The S-Cross will always be a special car for Maruti Suzuki. Back in 2015, it was the one that kick-started the premium Nexa retail chain of the country’s largest carmaker. In fact, if considered independently, Nexa is now the third largest carmaker in the country. The S-Cross is also the last remaining car from the brand to get a BS6 treatment. And it is a big change as the crossover has had a change of heart. All through the last five years, the flagship Nexa product was running only on diesel engines, and now it will run only on petrol.
The S-Cross had received a significant upgrade in the 2017, which gave a massive push to the sales of the car. The new 10 vertical slat grille was liked by many and SUV traits like body cladding, roof rails as well skid plates too worked in its favour. In this 2020 upgrade nothing really has changed on the outside as the changes are more technical. You also get automatic LED projector headlamps along with LED DRLs which look quite attractive. The circular fog lamps, split tails lamps and the upright stance all make for an attractive looking car that has always looked different in a sea of compact and subcompact SUVs, though this is longer than 4 metres.
The cabin is also more or less the same when compared to the face-lifted car that came 3 years ago. However, one big change is the addition of the new SmartPlay studio with 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that also connects to the cloud. So what you can get are live traffic updates, voice recognition and access to curated online content. The system is also enabled with smartphone connectivity and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The dashboard is leather clad and that along with good quality material on the steering wheel and seats gives the cabin a premium appeal. Automatic rain sensing wipers and cruise control are also available on the higher variants. The cabin is big on space, but a big miss is the absence of rear AC vents.
In its first avatar the S-Cross was launched with 2 diesel engine options which later became one and now the only option available on the car is the 1.5 litre K-series BS6 petrol engine which does the duty on several other cars from the brand like Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga. The new engine delivers a peak power of 103 bhp and a top-end torque of 138 Nm @ 4400rpm. The big difference when compared to the Diesel is that this is a more refined and silent engine which ensures a quiet cabin while driving. Apart from the 5-speed manual transmission, the S-Cross has also gone Automatic for the first time and gets the same 4-speed gearbox seen on many other cars from Maruti Suzuki. It comes with hill hold assist feature as standard. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 18.5 kmpl and an improved cooling performance on the car.
Smart hybrid technology
A good reason for that impressive fuel economy is the smart hybrid technology that comes as standard on the car. The presence of li-ion dual battery setup comes with an idle start-stop system, torque assist functions and brake energy regeneration. The car also gets a good list of standard safety features which includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder, rear parking assist, high speed warning alert, reverse parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat restraint system. According to the company, the car is also compliant with advance safety norms including frontal offset crash, side impact and pedestrian safety.
There are as many as seven variants to choose from in the new S-Cross Petrol. Four of these are manual and three are automatic, which is not available in the base variant. The manual starts at Rs 8.39 lakh (exshowroom) and goes up to Rs 11.15 lakh (ex-showroom). The automatic starts at Rs 10.83 lakh (ex-showroom) and the fully loaded top variant will set you back by Rs 12.39 lakh (ex-showroom). That means on an average, there’s a difference of Rs 1.25 lakh between the manual and automatic variants which feels a bit on the higher side. But despite this, the S-cross is cheaper than many other over 4-metre SUVs, which makes it a viable option in the market. And despite being a Maruti, it does stand out owing to its unique stance and crossover design that is complemented well with a high enough ground clearance.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com.
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Using 5G technology, PM Modi test drives a car from Delhi in Europe
Using the newly launched 5G technology, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a test drive of a car in Europe from Delhi’s Pragati Maidan on Saturday. Union minister Piyush Goyal tweeted the photo and wrote, “India driving the world’.PM Modi inaugurated the India Mobile Congress 2022 exhibition before he launched the 5G mobile telephony services in India. At the exhibition, he visited the pavilions of the different telecom operators to experience the first-hand experience of the 5G technology.PM Modi was briefed about the technology by Mukesh Ambani and Akash Ambani at Reliance Jio stalls.Then PM Modi went to the stalls of Airtel, Vodafone Idea, C-DOT and others.Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Telecom is the gateway, the foundation of Digital India. It is the mode to bring digital services to every person.”Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani promised to deliver 5G to every town, every taluka by December 2023. He said, “I can say we are ready to take leadership and Indian Mobile Congress should now become Asian Mobile Congress & Global Mobile Congress. India may have started a little late, but will finish first.”
20 Essential Tips for Optimizing Your Site for Mobile Search
As more and more people use mobile devices to access the internet, it’s important to make sure your website is optimized for mobile search.
Here are 20 essential tips for optimizing your site for mobile search:
1. Use responsive design: Responsive design is a type of web design that makes websites look good on all devices, including small screens.
2. Use large font sizes: Make sure your font sizes are large enough to be easily readable on small screens.
3. Use short and descriptive titles: Keep your titles short and descriptive so they can be easily read on small screens.
4. Use mobile-friendly content: Make sure your content is easy to read and navigate on small screens.
5. Use images wisely: Use images sparingly and make sure they’re optimized for small screens.
6. Use simple menus: Keep your menus simple and easy to navigate on small screens.
7. Use social media buttons: Make it easy for visitors to share your content on social media by adding social media buttons to your website.
8. Use mobile-specific design elements: Use design elements that are specifically designed for mobile devices, such as click-to-call buttons and maps.
9. Use Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP): AMP is a type of code that makes pages load faster on mobile devices.
10. Use Google Search Console: Google Search Console is a free tool that helps you track your website’s search performance on Google.
11. Use Google Analytics: Google Analytics is a free tool that helps you track your website’s traffic and performance.
12. Use keyword research: Use keyword research to find the right keywords to target for your mobile website.
13. Use backlinks: Backlinks are links from other websites to your website. They help improve your website’s search engine ranking.
14. Use sitemaps: Sitemaps are files that contain a list of all the pages on your website. They help search engines index your website more effectively.
15. Use structured data: Structured data is code that helps search engines understand the content on your website.
16. Use robots.txt: Robots.txt is a file that tells search engines which pages on your website they should index.
17. Use hreflang tags: Hreflang tags are tags that tell search engines which version of your website to show users in different languages.
18. Use mobile-friendly URLs: Make sure your website’s URLs are easy to read and remember on small screens.
19. Use local SEO: Local SEO is a type of SEO that helps you rank higher in search results for local searches.
20. Use Google My Business: Google My Business is a free tool that helps you manage your business’s information on Google.
By following these tips, you can make sure your website is optimized for mobile search and get the most out of your mobile traffic.
1. What is responsive design?
Responsive design is a type of web design that makes websites look good on all devices, including small screens.
2. What are the benefits of using responsive design?
The benefits of using responsive design include improved user experience, better search engine optimization, and higher conversion rates.
3. What is AMP?
AMP is a type of code that makes pages load faster on mobile devices.
4. What are the benefits of using AMP?
The benefits of using AMP include improved page loading speed, reduced data usage, and improved user experience.
5. What is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free tool that helps you track your website’s search performance on Google.
6. What are the benefits of using Google Search Console?
The benefits of using Google Search Console include improved search engine ranking, higher click-through rates, and more website visitors.
7. What is Google Analytics?
Google Analytics is a free tool that helps you track your website’s traffic and performance.
8. What are the benefits of using Google Analytics?
The benefits of using Google Analytics include improved website traffic, higher conversion rates, and better marketing insights.
As you can see, there are many benefits to using responsive design and mobile-friendly design elements on your website. By following these tips, you can make sure your website is optimized for mobile search and get the most out of your mobile traffic.
Maruti lines up the Grand Vitara SUV for this festive season
The new Grand Vitara is built on the company’s new crafted futurism design language and gets many premium as well as SUV design cues, such as body cladding, roof rails, as well as skid plates.
Maruti Suzuki has been in the thick of action in 2022 when it comes to launching new cars into the market. The Indo-Japanese brand has launched many new offerings across all segments, including cars like the Alto, Baleno, Brezza, and XL6. The company has now reintroduced the Grand Vitara name to the market with a new compact SUV, one that comes with many engine and gearbox options. It is also the first car from the brand to get a strong hybrid model and the first in a long time to get an all-wheel drive option.
The new Grand Vitara is built on the company’s new crafted futuristic design language and gets many premium as well as SUV design cues. This includes elements such as body cladding, roof rails, as well as skid plates. The highlight of the face is the triple LED headlamps, which certainly add to the appeal. The Strong Hybrid or the Intelligent Electric Hybrid gets a more premium, rich chrome finish on the grille and a glossy black finish on the cladding. Overall, the car looks quite big and commands a solid presence on the road, something that will work well for the buyer both in the urban as well as rural markets. The SUV gets 3 dual-tone and 6 monotone colour options, including the very popular Nexa Blue.
The Grand Vitara is loaded with features, something that cannot be said about every car from Maruti Suzuki. Once again, it is the strong hybrid model that gets an enhanced appeal with exclusive features like wireless charging, head-up-display, and ventilated front seats. The SUV also gets features like a panoramic sunroof with dual sliding panes, a 360-degree parking camera, a Smart Play Pro+ infotainment system, and in-built Suzuki Connect technology, which comes with more than 40 connectivity features. The 2nd row is good on space, and 3 passengers can sit here in relative comfort. The good thing is that all three get adjustable headrests and, more importantly, 3-point seat belts. Talking about boot space, the smart hybrid model gets more volume as batteries eat up some of the space in the strong hybrid version of the car.
Both the smart hybrid and intelligent hybrid models of the Grand Vitara come with 1.5-litre petrol engines. The former runs on the familiar new-Gen K-series 1.5-litre, Dual Jet, Dual VVT petrol engine that does duty on many cars from Maruti Suzuki. It comes with a choice of 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options, and here the brand is claiming a fuel efficiency of up to 21.11kmpl depending on the variant you choose to buy. This Smart Hybrid comes with a dual battery setup and offers brake energy regeneration, torque assist, and idle stop-start function.
The Intelligent Electric Hybrid gets a dual powertrain system, which includes an electric motor and a 1.5-litre engine. The self-charging SUV gets multiple drive modes (EV, Eco, Power, and Normal). This allows it to switch between the engine and electric drive modes. The setup also harnesses the power of both powertrains, depending on the driving situation. The SUV can also run as a pure EV, resulting in zero emissions. The model is available with an e-CVT transmission and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 kmpl. It comes with a standard warranty of 8 years/160,000 km on the Li-ion battery pack.
The SUV also gets Suzuki’s All Grip Select technology, albeit only with the smart hybrid model and only with a manual gearbox. The electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive system comes with four selectable driving modes—Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock. This enables the SUV to take the road less travelled and tide over challenging conditions.
Talking about safety, the car gets six airbags, which include front, side, and curtain airbags. It also gets an electronic stability program with hill hold assist and front and rear disc brakes across all variants. You also get safety features like hill descent control and a tyre pressure monitoring system on the SUV.
The smart or mild hybrid model of the Grand Vitara is priced between Rs. 10.45 lakh and 17.05 lakh, while the price of the intelligent electric hybrid ranges from Rs. 17.99 lakh to Rs. 19.65 lakh. The only All-wheel drive variant is priced at Rs. 16.89 lakh, all prices ex-showroom. Maruti says to encourage faster adoption of cleaner, greener hybrid electric vehicles in the country, the Grand Vitara strong hybrid gets a special introductory package consisting of an extended warranty till 5 years/1 lakh kms and a ‘Pristine’ accessory pack which is worth over Rs. 67,000. The SUV can also be owned through Maruti Suzuki Subscribe at an all-inclusive monthly subscription fee starting from Rs. 27,000. This fee covers the cost of complete registration, service and maintenance, insurance, and roadside assistance.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.
Crickex App: Download & Installation process, Betting Options
Crickex is the leading sports exchange platform in South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is the most reliable and trustworthy platform when it comes to online sports betting. The website features the best promotional offers and bonuses in the online betting market. In addition, Cricket also offers the best user interface for its customers.
Cricket has a wide variety of games on its platform. Users can register with Cricket and bet on popular games like Cricket, Kabaddi, Football, online casinos, lottery, etc. Besides, they also provide a range of Promotional offers and other bonuses that the users won’t find anywhere else in the online betting market.
In addition, there are several payment methods on Crickex, using which the users can deposit and withdraw their winnings easily. The transactions can be done using credit cards, debit cards, wallets, Internet Banking, etc.
Crickex has a huge market base in both India and Bangladesh. The company has a safe work permit to operate in South Asia. Crickex has valid licenses from the Curacao Gaming Commission. Besides, the features such as SSL, data encryption, and data scrambling helps in making it a secure platform to bet.
Crickex also provides other unique features to make online betting easier for its users. Some of the features include:
- Real Odds offer more winning chances to the users.
- A unique cash-out feature that helps withdraw your winnings.
- 24*7 customer support using E-mail, Live chat, and social media. It helps in the quick resolution of customer issues.
- A range of available payment and withdrawal methods helps in making transactions easy.
How to Download the Crickex App?
Users can download the Crickex App from its official website. Besides, the download is available to Android users only. Using the app, users can bet on a wide range of online sports and casino games, at their convenience. Also, the download is safe and compatible with every mobile phone. Below are the steps to safely download the Crickex app on your Android phone.
- Once you click on the Android download icon, a 4.83 MB.apk file appears on the screen.
- Now, click on the download file icon and wait for it to download.
- Then, open the file using the Package installer on your Android phone.
- An icon appears on the screen that asks whether “Do you want to install this app?”.
- After clicking the “Install” button, wait a few seconds.
- Now that the app is installed on your phone, you can use it.
Betting Options on Crickex
On the Crickex app, you can bet on your favorite sports. The Crickex sportsbook has more than 15 different sports betting markets available for betting. The most popular options include cricket, soccer or football, rugby, tennis, kabaddi, and more. Besides, there are several online casino games and lottery games to bet on.
Users can bet on the Crickex app using a Multiple Account and Bet Limit Rule acceptance page. It helps avoid heavy losses due to aggressive betting. Thus, the website helps in playing a key role in safe and responsible betting.
Besides, users are not allowed to bet higher than the upper betting limit that is set by the website. In addition, Crickex also offers a sportsbook experience for players who like to stick to the basics.
Its sportsbook is a different section entirely. So, you must check out the sportsbook from the homepage by clicking on the “Sportsbook” option.
Crickex is the most unique and reliable platform in terms of the variety of games and odds offered. Besides, it also offers a betting exchange experience and live betting with a streaming service.
Another interesting feature on the platform includes the Parlay bet. It allows users to mix different wagers into a single bet. Also, the variety of gaming options on the platform makes it one of the best in the business. Download the Crickex App for more interesting betting options and games.
Instagram to develop safety tool to protect users from filthy DMs
Instagram is developing a new security feature that will shield users against sexually inappropriate photographs in their inboxes. According to The Verge, the “Nudity Protection” tool will work to weed out instances of online harassment known as “cyberflashing.”
Recent days have seen a significant rise in cyber-flashing incidents, which entail sending unwanted sexual messages to strangers, frequently women. By empowering users to automatically reject direct message requests containing objectionable content, this new functionality aims to combat this threat.
The report says Meta is going to use machine learning to support people to shield themselves from nude photos and other undesirable messages.
Alessandro Pauzzi, a Meta developer, also shared a sneak peek of the new feature on Twitter.
In a tweet, he shared the screenshot of the possible feature and wrote, “Instagram is working on nudity protection for chats. This technology covers photos that may contain nudity in chats. Instagram CAN’T access photos.”
Confirming this, a Meta spokesperson told The Verge they are working closely with experts to assure these new features maintain people’s privacy while also providing them to control over the communication they receive. The technology won’t let Meta view the actual messages or share them with third parties, the spokesperson mentioned.
When the feature is released, Meta said, users will have the option to enable or disable it at their choice. The feature is currently in the development phase.
A control system for parents of minors using the social networking site owned by Meta in India was recently developed. This function is now considered to be the next development in ensuring users’ privacy and security.
In addition to the current Hidden Words function, which was first launched in 2021, this feature will be available. Users can automatically filter problematic words, phrases, and emoticons into a protected folder using the Hidden Words function. Even DM inquiries that are presumably spammed are filtered out by this tool.
Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate 5G services on October 1
The 5G services will be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress.
In October, the Prime Minister will open a four-day conference where top telecom providers including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea will outline their 5G plans for the nation.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, “the 5G services will launch in India at the India Mobile Congress on October 1.”
The department of telecommunications (DoT) and the cellular operators association of India jointly organise the India Mobile Congress (IMC), one of the major telecom, media, and technology events in Asia (COAI).
This news comes about a month after Reliance Industries Ltd. announced it would invest 2 lakh crore to build out its 5G services in important cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata by Diwali and throughout India by December next year.
The Reliance Jio intends to launch Jio 5G by this Diwali 2022 in a number of significant locations, including the megacities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Within the next two months, by Diwali, we will launch Jio 5G across multiple key cities, including the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. By December 2023, which is less than 18 months from today, we will deliver Jio 5G to every town, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country,” Ambani told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on August 29.
By March 2024, Bharti Airtel, a competitor of Reliance, intends to roll out its 5G services in 5,000 cities and towns.
“By December, we should have coverage in key metros. After that, we will expand rapidly to cover the entire country,” Gopal Vittal, the chief executive officer of the second largest telecom operator, said earlier this month.
Even though Vodafone Idea purchased spectrum in 17 circles across the nation during the auction month, it has not yet made any announcements regarding its plans for 5G services.
The government’s airwave auction saw Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd emerge as the biggest buyer, spending 88,078 crore, more than twice as much as Bharti Airtel Ltd, which came in second.
By selling 51,236MHz of spectrum at the week-long auction, Ambani’s acquisitions assisted the government in earning a record-breaking 1.5 lakh crore. Wireless operators purchased 71% of the available airwaves in the 72,098MHz band, including 5G spectrum, with the sale of spectrum in the 3.3GHz band generating the highest revenue of 80,590 crore. A total of 39,270 crore, 14,709 crore, and 10,376 crore were generated from the sale of airwaves in the 700MHz, 26GHz, and 1,800MHz bands, respectively.
“We understand that the spectrum purchased is good enough for covering the entire country. So, there’s good reason to believe that in the coming two to three years, we’ll have very good coverage of 5G in the entire country,” telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said after the auction.
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