Lexus may price new compact SUV hybrid NX 300h at Rs 60 L

first_imgMumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Japanese auto major Toyotas luxury arm Lexus today unveiled a compact hybrid SUV, the NX 300h, which is a premium urban sports car and is expected to begin delivery from February.The NX is the fourth offering from Lexus since its entry into the domestic market this March and is pitted against the likes of the locally-assembled GLA Class from Mercedes, the Audi A6 and most models of the Tatas-run JLR.Though Lexus did not disclose the final price of the NX, which will be sold as CBUs, it indicated that it will priced around Rs 60 lakh.The luxury car maker sells three models–RX450H hybrid and the full-size LX 450d (both SUVs) as well as the hybrid sedan ES300H–all as CBUs in the country now.The Lexus NX300h will be available in two variants – the F Sport and Luxury, and caters to the lifestyle needs of young achievers, Lexus India president Akitoshi Takemura said.Company vice-president Arun Nair said the deliveries of the new car could commence from February.The NX comes with 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine, which produces 145 KW max power, and proffers 18.32 km a liter.Nair said they have so far set up four guest experience centres in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Gurgaon besides an equal number of after-sales centres.When asked if the company will follow the rest of the luxe players who all locally assemble most of their models, Nair answered in the negative saying that at present the focus is to establish the brand. PTI IAS BEN BEN BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test series

first_imgRicky Ponting wants Australian bowlers to get under the skin of Virat Kohli with some “hostile bowling” spells in the upcoming Test series. The four-match series between the two top cricketing nations begins December 6 in Adelaide.Ponting believes Kohli can be rattled but Australia need the right attitude against the India captain.The India skipper has mellowed down since the previous tour Down Under but when asked if he will be baiting Australia on the field, Ponting said: “Well, he might. I don’t necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn’t try to get under his skin. I have seen him rattled.”Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good hostile bowling and some good hostile body language around him. So, I would not sit back and let anyone bully,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language. That is the way Australians have always played their best.”Ponting, under whom Australia dominated world cricket, said it would be “rubbish” if the current side doesn’t play with an aggressive mindset.”Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can’t do without it. It is rubbish otherwise.”You have to able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You got to use your actions and skills.”India lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86.25, including four centuries.advertisementHad he been the captain, Ponting says he wouldn’t have allowed Kohli to get a good start.”With someone like him who likes to score freely, he has obviously got a big ego, there are other things you can do. Don’t let him score boundaries early on. Try and ball tight consistent stuff,” he said.”He also likes to run the ball down to third man so may be play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do.”Another thing I will be doing is going back and looking at who has had the most success against him and why. The first one that comes to mind is James Anderson. He seems to trouble him the most,” added Ponting.(With inputs from PTI)Also read | Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?Also read | Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneAlso read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inAlso watch –last_img read more