The cricket mad nation is eagerly waiting for the IPL 2018 auctions. On January 27th and 28th the whole country is expected to be glued to their TV sets and the experts are going to have an eventful day where we will witness over 1100 players go under the hammer. It is one of the biggest auctions since the commencement of the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. There are 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players in this auction. Lots of star players will be a part of this auction with some of the big Indian names like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin going to show us some tough battles. Foreign players like Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes lead the list of players who can challenge the costliest player price tag in this auction. Joe Root will be a part of IPL auctions for the first time and is only the fifth English recruit into the IPL. Australian dominance of fast bowling will be showcased by their top prime talents of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Steve Smith, David Warner, Maxwell and Watson are other top talents from Australia who are going to light up this IPL. What is a T20 if it doesn't have the Caribbean flavour in it and the likes of Bravo, Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder will bring that to IPL 2018. Kane Williamson, Hashim Amla and Miller are few other big names who are going to be the top buys for any franchise. IPL has always given an opportunity to the young Indian talents and this season being no different will have the likes of India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi. Bangladesh with 8 players, Zimbabwe with 7 and both USA & Scotland with 2 players each will be completing the list. We are hoping the cricket season gets quickly underway and doesn't keep their die-hard fans waiting impatiently for the exciting action packed season.
The big news coming out is that the BMW has revealed the second generation X4 SUV online. This has come ahead of the car’s scheduled global debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. The luxury SUV is positioned between X3 and X5. It is expected to launch in India sometime in late 2018 or in early 2019. Its arrival will be a challenge to the Range Rover Evoque here. While the first generation X4 was launched in global market, it was not available in India, but the Bavarian auto giant believes with the new model it will be able to draw attention of buyers in domestic market. Specifications : The demands for luxury cars in India are increasing fast and BMW has done its homework right to cover this aspect. BMW has good reason to be confident about the possible success of new X4. The car is underpinned by the same CLAR platform that hosts the new 7-Series and X3 as well. Thanks to the CLAR platform, second-gen BMW X4 comes around 50 kg lighter than its predecessor. This has helped the luxury SUV in achieving improved driving dynamics and better handling. Thanks to 81 mm of extra length, 37 mm of width and 54 mm of extra wheelbase, new BMW X4 offers more space and comfort to the occupants. In terms of design, it gets the automaker’s signature kidney grille with vertical slats, LED corona ring headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, LED taillights along with muscular bumpers at both front and rear ends. Apart from that, it also gets large alloy wheels, sharp character lines and a coupe-like roofline. Inside the cabin it has an all-black theme with red contrast stitching adds zing to the SUV. Similar features as the third generation X3. There is BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with voice and gesture control. High-end trims get paddle shifter with steering wheel. It gets M Sport suspension as standard, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist systems. On the powertrain front, 2018 BMW X4 gets two petrol engines and two diesel motors as well. Transmission duty will be done by an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all the four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. Overall : Released just four years after the original X4 first hit dealer forecourts, the new model will take advantage of the new X3’s underpinnings. The SUV coupe styling – dubbed sports activity coupe by the German firm – gets a sportier look than its sister car, plenty of BMW’s latest technology, and a couple of M-badged trims. BMW says it has sold 200,000 X4s since introducing the model in 2014, and it will be hoping that number increases dramatically with the introduction of this new version. Thus we all are awaiting eagerly for the launch and since with advances in its style and excess power it will certainly be a power packed model to rule its market segment.