Tata Zest hatchback First Drive & Performance

Tata Zest Overview

Launched in 2014, the Tata Zest was the company’s first all new product under its Horizonext product strategy. It’s widely admired for its premium styling, class-leading features and competent engines. Designed with inputs from Tata’s design studios in Pune, Turin (Italy) and Coventry (UK), the compact sedan looks more premium than most Tata cars below Rs. 10 lakh. It gets new signature grille with the new ‘Humanity Line’, trapezoidal lower air dam, projector headlamps with chrome accents, ‘The Diamond DLO’ and ‘Slingshot Line’ on side profile and various other styling elements. For information on contact details of Tata car dealers in Hyderabad 

Check for Tata Zest On Road Price in Pune

The interior, too, looks a lot better than many of its rivals thanks to the material quality and features. The car offers best-in-class features such as Harman’s ConnectNext infotainment system with 5-inches touchscreen, reverser parking sensor display, voice commands etc. Powering the Zest is Tata’s self-developed 88.73bhp,1.2-litre MPFi turbocharged Revotron engine and the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre, four-cylinder Quadrajet diesel motor. The latter one churns out 88.73bhp with 200Nm. Power is transmitted to the front-wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission and an F-Tronic AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox.

Tata Zest Exterior

There is a new look about the Zest, yes, but there is also a little that remains from the Indigo CS. However, everything except the silhouette is new about the Zest. There’s a new grille that has taken inspiration from the old Indica grille, but is now a snazzy honeycomb design with a bolder logo on it. It is flanked by the headlamps, which remain a dual-barrel design but the top-spec versions now get a projector low beam with a corona ring. The fog lamps are housed in the new bumper that has a trapezoidal black center.

The Revotron gets LED daytime running lamps, while the diesel auto we had sported a chrome accent under the fog lamp. The hood now has a ‘power bump’, which helps the sporty intentions. From the front three-quarter, the shoulder lines are what grab your attention. Never before has Tata made a car this aggressive in the bodywork, and it is a pleasant change. The wheel arches are flared a little, and this time they are adequately filled out by the 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 185/60 tyres. The fenders don’t have indicators on them any more, they have been relocated to the mirrors, and the bottom of the window line gets a subtle chrome strip. The diesel gets a multispoke design reminiscent of the Manza’s wheels, and the petrol, a new eight-spoke layout. There is no diamond-cut finish here, and the Zest doesn’t really need it, either. As with any other sub-four metre sedan, at the rear is where the proportions are odd, but the Zest does a fair job of hiding the height of the rear by breaking it up into the bumper with a matt black lower section that mirrors the front bumper, a bootlid with a numberplate and a generous chrome strip above it that links the tail lamps and a subtle lip on the top of the boot lid. The tail lamps are horizontal and wrap around the car’s corners a fair bit. The top-spec variants we drove even had LEDs with light guides on the top, linked to turning the headlamps on. Overall, the Zest is a leap forward for Tata design, without making a clean break from the past. It is the right step forward and will definitely have heads turn, especially when they realise it is a Tata.

Tata Zest Interior

Unlike earlier, the designers at Tata Motors this time seem to have really worked hard when it comes to the interiors. The reason why we say this is that, the cabin is definitely up market when it comes to the embellishments provided on board that are superior than some of its competitors within the segment. The most important improvement here is the quality of plastics which has been an issue with almost each and every Tata vehicle in the past. Therefore once inside, the enhanced quality does across in a very strong way. Perfect blend of black and beige interiors give one the sense of roominess. The presence of a three spoke steering wheel with steering mounted controls is a welcome addition as it not only looks good but is firm to grip while driving. A newly designed instrument cluster with chrome surrounds brings to light two analogue dials – RPM and speedometer along with a digital display placed right in the centre providing information such as average fuel economy, trip metre and instant consumption of fuel at any given time.

A newly designed instrument cluster with chrome surrounds brings to light two analogue dials – RPM and speedometer along with a digital display placed right in the centre providing information such as average fuel economy, trip metre and instant consumption of fuel at any given time. While the fuel and temperature gauge are individually represented in two different analogue dials as seen in the image. To the left, is the company’s ConnectNext Infotainment system which has been developed with the help of HARMAN (world renowned audio system expert) keeping the ‘Zest’ as the focus. Featuring a 5 inch touch screen display, this system caters to advanced Bluetooth technology that enables smart phone integration. It features a total of 8 speakers split into 4 speakers and 4 tweeters which keeps one entertained with excellent audio quality. There is also a smart voice recognition which enables the user to give commands especially in regards to SMS notifications and read outs making life simpler for people like you and me who need to operate their smart phones on a regular basis while being behind the wheel. Other features such as Aux-In and a USB port also find their way into the cabin thereby enriching the overall cabin experience.

Seating both in the front and rear is pretty comfortable however its lacks under thigh support especially for those who are a bit tall. There is decent of amount of shoulder and leg room in both rows with the rear one falling short on head room due to its sloping roof line which is a bit of an issue for tall individuals. Rest active and passive safety features on board include elements such as driver and front passenger airbags, central locking, rear parking assist, burglar alarm, immobilizer to name a few.

Tata Zest Performance

This is one area where Tata Motors claimed to have cracked revolutionary changes with its first in class 1.2 litre Turbocharged MPFi petrol engine. So what’s so special one would ask? To begin, the 1.2 litre petrol power plant features shift-on-fly technology which basically aims to provide three different driving modes comprising of Economy, City and Sport. In detail, the petrol variant comes loaded with an 1193cc engine on board that puts out a maximum power output of 89 bhp with 140 Nm of torque.

All of this basically translates to an impressive engine performance which is said to be extracted out of a modern water cooled turbocharger that aims to provide faster, flatter response along with better torque spread. Having said this, there is a bit of turbo lag especially lower down the revs, the presence of a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox catering to smooth shift indicates that the Zest is perfectly packaged and meant for Indian conditions. Its ride quality, we must say is at par with rest of the competition within its segment as going over potholes and broken roads isn’t really an issue. Throw it at corners and curves, the Zest will do its best in providing decent handling as per its ability. Having mentioned all three driving modes earlier, its Sport mode really tinkles the maximum power from the engine making it rev all the way to 5,500rpm where in the needle automatically changes its colour to red indicating ‘redline’. Just to highlight the petrol model runs on ‘City’ which is its default mode.

This is just not it, for the increasingly competitive and growing diesel compact car segment Tata Motors have come out with an automatic diesel option which is again a first for this category. Interested in knowing more, christened as F-Tronic AMT, Zest diesel caters to a 4 cylinder; turbo intercooled 1248cc diesel engine that gives out a maximum power output of 89 bhp with 200 Nm of torque. Featuring a 5 speed F-Tronic AMT with Shift Assist Manual, the manufacturer has tried to address driving comfort for an end consumer considering that automatics are a boon nowadays keeping our traffic conditions in mind. The diesel provides two modes for driving; normal and sport. In normal mode the sedan remains subdued and goes about taking its occupants swiftly to places while the sports is more torque heavy relating to better power for those swift getaways.

Tata Zest Rideing

The steering is now an electrically assisted unit, and Tata has taken care that it returns to the straight-ahead when the driver isn’t turning it. It works well, this system, and the steering assist at low speeds is very well tuned. It is accurate at speed, but doesn’t weigh up very much as speeds increase, but we’ll put off a final opinion about this until we get a chance to slingshot the Zest along our favourite set of corners. However, Tata’s claim about it not having vibration stands true: it is as refined as the petrol engine now. The brakes also are very confidence inspiring. Bite and progression are good, and outright power is good enough to let you brake late with full confidence. ABS, EBD and Corner Stability Control (what I gather to be an advanced form of EBD) are present on the top-spec variants. The suspension is the traditional layout of McPherson struts in the front, and twist-beam rear. However, to keep the plush Tata ride intact with the larger wheels, Tata has included a second rubber mount for the front suspension that helps the secondary ride. The traditional mounts are also different to work around this, so if you’re thinking of swapping your Zest front suspension for something else, it won’t be possible. However, this is a very interesting solution for the problem at hand – secondary ride, in case you didn’t know, is the shock absorption done by things other than the actual spring and damper. Usually it is the tyres and the suspension mounts (made of hard rubber) that do this job, which is generally at low speed, and the primary ride is taken care of by the spring and damper at speed, because that is when the tyre starts moving vertically over bumps. Goa’s roads are smooth and flowing, so we didn’t get to verify this fully on our short drive, but I can safely say that both in high- and low-speed ride, the Zest is a traditional Tata. As far as handling is concerned, it is a whole new Tata – it takes the fast with the slow equally well, giving an unexpected level of feedback and therefore driver involvement. Of course, the Zest isn’t at the top of the class in the driver involvement section, but that was never the expectation. Is it much improved compared to before? Definitely.

Tata Zest Safety

The Tata Zest uses a baked hardened steel in its construction. It gets front and side crumple zones along with protection bars for rear passengers. Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Corner Stability Control (CSC). The Zest feels strong, the doors close with a reassuring thud and the thickness of metal is good too. However, the vehicle isn’t tested by Global NCAP yet and we can only comment on the safety of the vehicle after a crash test rating has been given to it. The company has crash tested the Tata Zest at its own facility and it meets Indian regulations.

Tata Zest Cost in Mumbai

Tata Zest Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 5,19,594/- (Zest Revotron 1.2T XE) to 8,55,936/- (Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XTA). Get best offers for Tata Zest from Tata Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Zest price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Tata Zest Bottomline

It must be said that Zest is probably Tata’s best and well coveted attempt to target most sort after compact sedan segment. It actually breaks away from what we Indians are used to seeing in Tata Motors product portfolio till date as this sedan brings forward the company’s latest design philosophy and engineering to conquer competition. In sheer performance, the petrol is the one that impresses the most while the availability of an automatic in diesel is definitely going to attract a great number of seekers. The attractive pricing at which the company has launched the Zest into the market, will surely pull a lot of customers towards it, especially when it comes to the first-in-segment diesel automatic variant.

 

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand I10 Overview

Introduced in late 2013, the Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the top selling B-segment hatchbacks in the country. This is mainly because of the model’s well-built interior, generous equipment and efficient engines. The new 2017 Hyundai Grand i10 is now here and it is the mid-life update which makes sure the car is contemporary and offers the best feature list in its segment.The Grand i10 facelift competes with other mid-size hatchbacks including the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo, Honda Brio and the Tata Bolt. For information on contact details of Hyundai car dealers in Hyderabad 

Check for Hyundai Grand i10 Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Grand I10 Exterior

Hyundai designs its cars brilliantly and the Grand i10 is no different. The Grand i10 follows Hyundai’s elegant Fluidic design language strictly. The car looks beautiful, elegant and premium than any other car in its segment. The Grand i10 matches the design of its bigger cousin Hyundai i20 closely but is more compact than i20. The Grand, as the company likes to call it, is focused on the youth of the country and it does not disappoint. The elegant-looking vehicle has sculptured bodylines, which makes the car very soothing to look at. The subtle crease, which starts just before the front door and connects to the tail lamps, makes the car elegant while the strong-shaped crease on the bottom of the front and rear doors makes the car look very aggressive. Following the Hyundai design language, Grand i10 gets sweeping headlamps, making the front fascia very strong. The fog lamps have been placed very conveniently in the especially-designed dams with black inserts to give it a manly look.

The Grand i10 also gets roof rails in the mid and top variants, which adds to the sporty look. The Grand i10 looks very sporty and the rear spoiler makes things even better. Premium as it can get, Hyundai also offers optional diamond-cut alloy wheels on the top-of-the-line Asta variant and Sportz(O) AT. The Magna and Sportz variants get full size wheel covers, while the base Era model gets just the steel rims. Hyundai has also made a point by equipping body coloured bumpers with all variants. The base model misses out on body-coloured door handles, tail gate and mirrors. Hyundai has made a lot of things exclusive to the top-end variants. The micro roof antenna does not come checked with the base Era model. The Sportz and Asta models get the chrome dipped outside door handles for a premium look. The waist-line moulding, which saves the car from a lot of scratches, is also missing out from the base Era, Magna and Sportz models. The sporty-looking roof rails come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. The premium-looking indicators on the outside rear view mirrors also come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. Hyundai has made the Grand i10 brilliant but a lot of things are yet missing on the lower variants. Since the car offers a lot on paper, many important features, like ABS and passenger airbag etc. take a back seat in case of the lower variants.

Hyundai Grand I10 Interior

At launch, the older Grand i10 was one of the most feature-rich cars in its segment and for the price. With time, however, these features were available in other cars and for much less. Hyundai though has clawed back some of its lost ground. The new Grand i10 comes with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system which has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The system is easy to use and the only missing link there is an in-house navigation menu. However, this should be taken care of by the aforementioned apps. There is still 1GB of music storage within the system.

The steering wheel is new too and has a different pattern for the buttons with audio volumes to the left and others menus to the right. The buttons themselves are new too. The voice command option though will work only if you have connected your Android or Apple phone via USB. I would have preferred the simple idea that Maruti uses in the Baleno and other cars. Features that would have made the Grand an even better car will be height-adjustable seat belts, a centre armrest for the front seat occupants and a telescopic steering wheel. Other niceties that are carried over from the earlier car are a chilled glovebox, rear AC, automatic climate control, and power foldable and adjustable mirrors. The mirrors will also automatically close once you lock the car and unfold when unlocked. Neat! I however think that Hyundai should offer dual airbags as standard instead of just the driver airbag on all the models. Similarly ABS is available only on the top-spec Asta trims, which again in my opinion is a complete miss. If Hyundai could have gone the Maruti way by offering safety kit even as an option right from the base variants, it could have made much more sense.

Hyundai Grand I10 Gearbox

This new hatchback also gets a new power source; an all-new, 1.1-litre, three-cylinder diesel motor (codename: U2) which develops 70bhp. Now, diesel engines and three cylinders don’t really go well together, as both are inherently prone to vibration, so it’s no surprise that the Grand i10 flutters and vibrates softly at idle. This new engine may be essentially Hyundai’s 1.4 four-cylinder unit with a cylinder chopped off, but that creamy idle is gone.Counter-balancing shafts have been used to iron out the inherent imbalance of a three-cylinder configuration, so when you rev the engine, it smoothens out a bit. There is a hint of turbo lag, but after 1,500rpm, the motor pulls cleanly and with a fair amount of enthusiasm. Performance feels smooth and linear at best, but you truly miss that strong surge in the mid-range that is so typical of more powerful diesel motors. The top-end isn’t strong either, and the engine labours as you cross the 3,500rpm mark, so it’s best to upshift early. Refinement on the move, however, is pretty good. At low revs, the engine is never intrusive and it’s only when you near the redline that you can really tell it’s a diesel. It must be said that this motor lacks the punch needed to really make the Grand i10 fun to drive, but the new Hyundai does have the right gearing for city driving. The short gearing makes you feel at home in the city and coupled with short throws, navigating through the box isn’t tiresome. We also had a go in the petrol version of the Grand i10 with the manual gearbox (it’s also available with a four-speed automatic). It uses the same 1.2-litre ‘Kappa 2’ four-cylinder motor as the current i10, which is equipped with variable valve timing (VVT in Hyundai speak).And just like the i10, it feels fairly peppy to drive. It may lack the outright performance of cars like the Swift or the Brio but, the power delivery is smooth and there is adequate power throughout most of the rev-range. You get useable power from 1500rpm and this makes it comfortable to drive in the city. Also, a strong mid-range means you can easily cruise at a reasonable 100kph on the highway and still have some power left in reserve for a quick overtaking manoeuvre.

Hyundai Grand I10 Driving

The ride quality is pliant & the car handles bumps rather maturely. She’s a little out of her element when faced with quick directional changes, but make no mistake. She’ll pull through whatever you throw at her, just not in the most graceful manner, that’s all. The steering feedback sadly is still the typical Hyundai legacy affair & no matter how much time I spend behind the wheel, I still haven’t gotten used to it. The glaring lack of feedback is disappointing & takes away a lot from an otherwise solid city runabout package.

Hyundai Grand I10 Safety

The Hyundai Grand i10 features a driver-side airbag as standard across the range. On the top-of-the-line Asta variant which we have tested, safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, impact sensing door-unlock, rear defogger and rear parking sensors and camera.The Hyundai Grand i10, for the price, does not offer as many safety systems as the Ford Figo. The Figo, with 6 airbags, ABS and EBD trumps the Grand i10 in terms of safety.

Hyundai Grand I10 Cost in New Delhi

Hyundai Grand I10 Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,57,845/- (Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol) to 7,36,778/- (Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Grand I10 from Hyundai Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Grand i10 price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Hyundai Grand I10 Conclusion

Hyundai Grand i10 is a very affordable car and by all means is the best choice in its segment. The Grand i10 has a long list of features, which look very good and inviting on paper. The base model somehow misses out on few key things like ABS and passenger airbag. This mid-sized hatchback looks very pleasing to the eyes and comparatively looks better than most cars on the road. The Hyundai Grand i10 packs almost every feature needed in a car in a compact package. With the segment-first features, like the integrated memory, Hyundai has surely attracted many tech-savvy buyers towards the new model. The elegant-looking diamond-cut alloys make the car even more appealing. Important safety features, like the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and passenger front airbag, are missing in the standard list, and they come only as an option with higher variants. Hyundai has surely made a point on including all the features in the vehicle but not all are available with the Era or the Magna model. Even with the missing features, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a good choice in the segment and the sales figure of the car just puts concrete to our thoughts.

What Is Educational Evaluation?

Educational evaluation is an ongoing process involving the gathering and organization of data collected on a teacher’s academic activities. Peers, administrators or outside observers conduct the evaluations to gauge a teacher’s effectiveness and make recommendations for possible improvements.

Evaluation Process

In educational evaluations, activities are observed and evaluated according to specific evaluation guidelines. Educational evaluations look at the entire educational process from different points of view, including the educator and students. The evaluation can be quantitative, such as tests or quizzes, or qualitative, such as observation of group activities. This process looks at the teaching and motivational methods as well as long-term goals of those being evaluated. Check for Educational Evaluations at UT Evaluators

Evaluation Goals

Educational evaluations aim to improve education and the educational process by giving educators information on the effectiveness of current strategies. The evaluations also provide specific suggestions to help educators improve in areas where they are weak. For example, educational evaluators who observe group activities might provide feedback to teachers on ways to improve participation of students, allowing for better instruction and learning processes. For Educational Evaluations in US visit UT Evaluators

Best 3 Strategies for Creating an Integrated Video Campaign

If you’re familiar with the TV ad scene, you’ve noticed it’s been a rocky year, and budgets have uncomfortably tightened. All this change is not just in your head; according to research from eMarketer, TV ad spending in 2017 dropped for the first time since 2009. However, digital ad spending has reached new heights at $107.3 billion. This dramatic shift is showing a reality that digital marketers have felt for a long time.

Today, TV is demanding more and providing less. Ad-buying agency Magna reports that, in the last four years, TV ratings have dropped an astounding 33% while ad prices have defied these plummeting audience numbers and increased 20%.

In the face of such a disparity between TV ad spending and the return—or lack thereof—on that investment, it’s more important than ever to design integrated video campaigns that use both TV and digital ads in conjunction to produce desirable results and meet business and campaign objectives.

Maintaining Integrity During Integration

Creating an integrated video campaign can be a challenging endeavor because different styles of video cater to specific platforms. Whereas a TV spot generally follows a classic story arc condensed into 30 seconds, a pre-roll ad gives the viewer the option to skip it after just five seconds of viewing. If you want viewers to quit scrolling through their Facebook news feeds and focus on your video, you need to make the first few seconds enticing enough for the viewer to watch the rest. For Digital Marketing Services Check Vivid Digital

How do you create a video that works for all channels? You can’t. With integrated campaigns, marketers all too often try to use one video to fill multiple roles. They create a beautiful TV spot. Then, they attempt to transform it into a direct response channel, such as paid social or pre-roll. To have a truly integrated campaign, repurposing videos won’t cut it anymore.

3 Ways to Create Effective Integrated Video Campaigns

I would love to be proven wrong and find one video that meets all needs and performs on every channel. But until then, here are three strategies that have worked for me to efficiently and effectively create videos that deliver across the entire marketing funnel:

1. Brief Teams According to the Funnel (Not per Channel)

Briefing your teams by stage of the funnel is the easiest way to ensure that the campaign feels cohesive across many different channels. An integrated campaign starts at the top of the funnel, where marketing teams responsible for items such as TV spots and banner displays should be briefed together. Overall, this brief should focus on how to get potential customers intrigued enough to take the next step. This next step might be visiting a website, or it might be learning more on another channel.

Next, mid-funnel methods include everything from paid social to influencers and even landing page content. When customers arrive here, it’s safe to assume that they already have a certain level of intent, so you need a different approach than the one used in the top of the funnel.

Finally, figure out what converting a customer looks like for your company and goals. For example, when a product is in a customer’s virtual shopping cart, you could break out testimonials, referrals, or other campaign components to influence him or her to add more or similar items.

2. Pressure Test Your Tagline

Marketers are often quick to adopt a tagline that seems to embody the brand. This decision should only be made after extensive testing across tactics. The tagline needs to work across every channel, including online and offline. For instance, Lyft’s “It matters how you get there” tagline works in a TV spot, a paid social ad, after an app download, or as part of a referral campaign.

A tagline must also stay relevant with respect to different stages of the funnel. LinkedIn’s “What are you in it for?” tagline doesn’t just work for creating high-level awareness. It also remains effective when a user has upgraded to a paid account, and it continues to make sense for a business that’s looking to hire new employees. Remember, for an integrated campaign to work no matter where content is placed, it needs a tagline that can go the distance. SEO Company in Hyderabad visit Vivid Digital

3. Think Tactically About TV Spots

When filming assets for an integrated campaign, it’s typical for a marketing team to think about both the TV spot and the corresponding digital videos at the same time. However, other simple steps are often forgotten. Think of it this way: A video shoot is a perfect time to have other members of your team on set who are focused on paid social advertising or website visuals.

Creating a video advertisement results in a huge amount of content that can produce an integrated campaign far beyond the one or two ads being filmed. As customers move further down the funnel, they’ll recognize certain aspects from the TV spot. These moments will result in a much more in-depth experience. Video assets are expensive! Leverage them in a way that produces related content for all of your channels.

Achieving integration is not without its challenges, but the results are well worth the extra effort. In an age where TV ads are becoming simultaneously more expensive and less effective, it’s essential to integrate your video advertising efforts to achieve maximum ROI. Doing away with costly silos in your marketing department is the best place to start. Then, ensuring your tagline can function in any scenario and learning to double (or triple) dip when creating your TV spots. This will prepare you to maintain integration across all channels and at each stage of the sales funnel. Now that you know the steps, it’s time to start integrating!

Web Developer Security Checklist v1

Michael O’Brien

This checklist has been updated at Web Developer Checklist V2. Also available on Medium.

Developing secure, robust web applications in the cloud is hard, very hard. If you think it is easy, you are either a higher form of life or you have a painful awakening ahead of you.

If you have drunk the MVP cool-aid and believe that you can create a product in one month that is both valuable and secure — think twice before you launch your “proto-product”. After you review the checklist below, acknowledge that you are skipping many of these critical security issues. At the very minimum, be honest with your potential users and let them know that you don’t have a complete product yet and are offering a prototype without full security.

This checklist is simple, and by no means complete. I’ve been developing secure web applications for over 14 years and this list contains some of the more important issues that I’ve painfully learned over this period. I hope you will consider them seriously when creating a web application.

Please comment if you have an item I can add to the list.

Database

  • [ ] Use encryption for data identifying users and sensitive data like access tokens, email addresses or billing details if possible (this will restrict queries to exact match lookups).
  • [ ] If your database supports low cost encryption at rest (like AWS Aurora), then enable that to secure data on disk. Make sure all backups are stored encrypted as well.
  • [ ] Use minimal privilege for the database access user account. Don’t use the database root account and check for unused accounts and accounts with bad passwords.
  • [ ] Store and distribute secrets using a key store designed for the purpose such as Vault or AWS Secret Manager. Don’t hard code secrets in your applications and NEVER check secrets into GitHub.
  • [ ] Fully prevent SQL injection by only using SQL prepared statements. For example: if using NPM, don’t use npm-mysql, use npm-mysql2 which supports prepared statements.

Development

  • [ ] Ensure that all components of your software are scanned for vulnerabilities for every version pushed to production. This means O/S, libraries and packages. This should be automated into the CI-CD process.
  • [ ] Secure development systems with equal vigilance to what you use for production systems. Build the software from secured, isolated development systems.
  • For Best Website deign services check Vivid Designs

Authentication

  • [ ] Ensure all passwords are hashed using appropriate crypto such as bcrypt. Never write your own crypto and correctly initialize crypto with good random data.
  • Use best-practices and proven components for login, forgot password and other password reset. Don’t invent your own — it is hard to get it right in all scenarios.
  • [ ] Implement simple but adequate password rules that encourage users to have long, random passwords.
  • [ ] Use multi-factor authentication for your logins to all your service providers.

Denial of Service Protection

  • [ ] Make sure that DOS attacks on your APIs won’t cripple your site. At a minimum, have rate limiters on your slower API paths and authentication related APIs like login and token generation routines. Consider CAPTCHA on front-end APIs to protect back-end services against DOS.
  • [ ] Enforce sanity limits on the size and structure of user submitted data and requests.
  • [ ] Consider using Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) mitigation via a global caching proxy service like CloudFlare. This can be turned on if you suffer a DDOS attack and otherwise function as your DNS lookup.

Web Traffic

  • [ ] Use TLS for the entire site, not just login forms and responses. Never use TLS for just the login form. Transitionally, use the strict-transport-security header to force HTTPS on all requests.
  • [ ] Cookies must be httpOnly and secure and be scoped by path and domain.
  • [ ] Use CSP without allowing unsafe-* backdoors. It is a pain to configure, but worthwhile. Use CSP Subresource Integrity for CDN content.
  • [ ] Use X-Frame-Option, X-XSS-Protection headers in client responses. Use https://observatory.mozilla.org to score your site.
  • [ ] Use HSTS responses to force TLS only access. Redirect all HTTP request to HTTPS on the server as backup.
  • [ ] Use CSRF tokens in all forms and use the new SameSite Cookieresponse header which fixes CSRF once and for all newer browsers.

APIs

  • [ ] Ensure that no resources are enumerable in your public APIs.
  • [ ] Ensure that users are fully authenticated and authorized appropriately when using your APIs.
  • [ ] Use canary checks in APIs to detect illegal or abnormal requests that indicate attacks.

Validation and Encoding

  • [ ] Do client-side input validation for quick user feedback, but never trust it. Always validate and encode user input before displaying.
  • [ ] Validate every last bit of user input using white lists on the server. Never directly inject user content into responses. Never use untrusted user input in SQL statements or other server-side logic.

Cloud Configuration

  • [ ] Ensure all services have minimum ports open. While security through obscurity is no protection, using non-standard ports will make it a little bit harder for attackers.
  • [ ] Host backend database and services on private VPCs that are not visible on any public network. Be very careful when configuring AWS security groups and peering VPCs which can inadvertently make services visible to the public.
  • [ ] Isolate logical services in separate VPCs and peer VPCs to provide inter-service communication.
  • [ ] Ensure all services only accept data from a minimal set of IP addresses.
  • [ ] Restrict outgoing IP and port traffic to minimize APTs and “botification”.
  • [ ] Always use AWS IAM users and roles and not root credentials. Invest in learning to use IAM effectively.
  • [ ] Use minimal access privilege for all ops and developer staff. Give IAM users and roles the minimum capabilities required to complete the task.
  • [ ] Regularly rotate passwords and access keys according to a schedule.
  • Web development company in Hyderabad visit Vivid Designs

Infrastructure

  • [ ] Ensure you can do upgrades without downtime. Ensure you can quickly update software in a fully automated manner.
  • [ ] Create all infrastructure using a tool such as Terraform, and not via the cloud console. Infrastructure should be defined as “code” and be able to be recreated at the push of a button. Have zero tolerance for any resource created in the cloud by hand — Terraform can then audit your configuration.
  • [ ] Use centralized logging for all services. You should never need SSH to access or retrieve logs.
  • [ ] Don’t SSH into services except for one-off diagnosis. Using SSH regularly, typically means you have not automated an important task.
  • [ ] Don’t keep port 22 open on any AWS service groups on a permanent basis. If you must use SSH, only use public key authentication and not passwords.
  • [ ] Create immutable hosts instead of long-lived servers that you patch and upgrade. (See Immutable Infrastructure Can Be More Secure).
  • [ ] Use an Intrusion Detection System to minimize APTs.

Operation

  • [ ] Power off unused services and servers. The most secure server is one that is powered down. Schedule dev servers to be powered down after hours when not required.

Test

  • [ ] Audit your design and implementation.
  • [ ] Do penetration testing — hack yourself, but also have someone other than you pen testing as well.

Train

  • [ ] Train staff (especially senior staff) as to the dangers and techniques used in security social engineering.

Finally, have a plan

  • [ ] Have a threat model that describes what you are defending against. It should list and prioritize the possible threats and actors.
  • [ ] Have a practiced security incident plan. One day, you will need it.

Stop Wasting Your Money On Instagram Influencers. They Suck.

Best web design company in New Delhi

I’m going to rip this band-aid off right now.

Instagram influencers are the best way to piss your money up a wall.

Instagram influencers are the best way to blow your whole marketing budget.

Instagram influencers are a waste of time, space, effort, energy, eyeballs, attention, bandwidth, iPhone data plans, creativity, interest, analysis, investment and good times.

You know exactly who I’m talking about. The folks whose job is to pose with products, abs and exotic locations to show you how #humbled they are, while making bank at the same damn time. The folks whose job is to be a model but without 90% of the work that it takes to be a model. The folks that people pay a hundred grand (for the record, yes that’s $100,000.00) to write a caption and snap a pic on their free, band provided phones.

At its core, the idea of an influencer isn’t terrible. Find someone who has influence, and ask them to influence their following, audience and the general public to invest in your products. But the good ideas really stop there.

It only works when it’s authentic. Okay, sure, a lot of people are buying skinny tea. The bad news is, it’s a lot less than it was before, because people have cottoned onto the fact that all of the influencer posts are just paid advertisements. They’re not real, authentic product reviews. This means that the trust factor is just about zero.

And it’s a lot harder now to hide that it’s a non-authentic piece of crap post, because it’s fucking illegal to not tell people that it’s a sponsored advertisement, and if you fail to disclose that, you’re going to be fined.

Influencers are turning content into commercial breaks. You know what that turns your fancy influencer’s feed into? Nothing but commercial breaks with no content in between. Bear in mind, this is Instagram, and there’s already advertisements to scroll through between the content.

If the content is a commercial break too, that means that brands and influencers think the general public and their dedicated audience are dumb enough to waste their days scrolling through literally hundreds of advertisements without giving them content that makes them at all bothered to scroll through advertisements. Top web  development company in Bangalore

How stupid do you think people are, mate?

Ultimately, we don’t want to be constantly bombarded with advertising. Every time a platform has skewed too far in that direction, we’ve all abandoned ship for a platform that’s more respectful of our attention and our willingness to absorb advertising.

Why do you think we’re more into Netflix than cable?

The content itself is just off-brand. Do you follow someone on Instagram because you like seeing photos of amazing locations and beautiful buildings?

Tough. Here’s their latest post about protein shakes.

Do you follow someone because she’s a talented indie filmmaker and blogger and you wanted to see her Instagram behind-the-scenes?

Great. But here’s their latest post about protein shakes.

The influencer model is essentially requiring people to sacrifice the style, the tone, the imagery, the story and the message that they committed to and attracted an audience around, purely to push product. The posts have nothing to do with their work or their aesthetic, and it means that any honest content they make is going to be poisoned by the off-brand opportunism. Gross.

And you know what? The ROI isn’t even worth it! I have seen influencer marketing work, I’ll admit it. In some industries, with some influencers, on some platforms, with some products – it can provide 500% more ROI than any other form of advertising. But the qualifications are many and varied, and I’ve seen far more brands just throw money away and only receive vanity metrics in return.

Clicks. Views. Likes. Shares. Who gives a fuck?

The only metrics that should matter to you are these:

Acquisition

Activation

Retention

Revenue

Referral

In the startup marketing game, we call these Pirate Metrics (AARRR!) and I am bringing them up because your entire approach to marketing should be based on these metrics, and if you have an activity or a strategy or an expenditure that does not contribute to growth in one of these areas, it’s a waste of your time.

If you can run an influencer campaign that impacts these? Great. But I’ll bet you a slice of pizza that ya can’t.

Finally? They’re rogue agents. And you can’t trust them. Spent a couple hundred grand on an influencer? Nice!

Actually managed to move the bottom line with real, measurable ROI? Awesome.

What do you do when they come out with some racist, homophobic, indefensible shit that severely messes with your brand, makes you look bad, offends yourself and your staff and winds up hurting vulnerable and marginalised people?

I’m not saying they will. But it is a clear and present danger.

This is from Vogue:

Brands who have jumped on the influencer bandwagon are now scrambling to reset their storied houses. In an effort to make their brands more inclusive, it would appear that influencers, who represent “the people,” just might harbor values that are not so all-encompassing, after all. When Kuwaiti beauty influencer Sondos Alqattan published her views on the treatment of household workers – employers should possess employee passports should the latter decide to “run away” – a deluge of complaints were directed at her collaborative brands. M.A.C, Shiseido, Max Factor Arabia, and Phyto severed ties immediately with Alqattan. When you let people who you can’t ensure will stay within your brand’s boundaries have a massive association with your brand, you’re risking a lot of good will.

The negative associations can just keep on coming back, and coming back. The nature of the game for influencers is that they’re generating constant posts on an insane schedule with very little oversight, feedback or checks/balances in place. That’s how you wind up with Pewdiepie and his Nazi crap. If the influencer messes up their career, that’s on them. Sucks if they could take your whole brand down with them though.

And it’s not even just the risk factor. It’s selfish, irresponsible influencers who push cheap fast fashion, gender norms, sexualisation and insane body standards on young people and teenagers who are already vulnerable, and do so without any regard for their mental health. It’s influencers who want to pose around the place holding up vapidity as a goal and damaging kids’ ideas of who, what and where they ought to be.

Okay, so what’s the alternative? Collaborate.

Don’t sponsor posts – work with people to make good, solid content that people will enjoy, that connects them constructively your brand and provides influence through positive associations.

Instead of a paid Instagram post series where some moron takes photos of himself using body oil, work with a talented film maker with an audience who cares, to create an Instagram based documentary series starring athletes and creatives who are within your target demographic, and make it good.

Put the focus on making content and supporting creatives, rather than paying for fake advertisements. Stop working with kaftan wearing faux celebrities and start working with that young artist who has dedicated her life to a craft and can make your brand resonate with an audience who appreciate her creativity and will respect you for backing her.

The truth is, influencers might not be fucked now. They might not be fucked tomorrow. But as a category and a vertical, they’re on their way out. People just aren’t stupid, shitty advertising just doesn’t work, and weight loss protein shakes are snake oil for idiots.

Source

Resource Hints

Check for web development Services  in Bangalore

Resource Hints allow us to help the browser find the resources it will need, and download them ahead of time for better performance.

For modern websites, optimizing speed requires more than just minimizing the initial download size and critical rendering path. We can optimize the loading of resources by resolving and prefetching them as early as possible.

“Prefetching” is simply the act of starting the download of a resource before it is needed, to provide a fast and instant experience.

Dns-prefetch Dns-prefetching is the process of initiating the dns resolution of each domain where we have hosted resources, before the browser makes a request for them, with the goal to save the DNS resolution time when the resource is requested.

You can think of dns resolution has the process the browser has to undertake in order to convert domain/hostname to an ip address required to access a resource (this process is what converts a user friendly url like: http://www.medium.com to http://80.72.139.101 ); Inspecting the source of amazon.com you’ll find the following code right at the top of their homepage:

<link rel=’dns-prefetch’ href=’//g-ecx.images-amazon.com’> <link rel=’dns-prefetch’ href=’//completion.amazon.com’> Amazon.com uses DNS-prefetch to resolve multiple domain names, from which different resources such as images, javascript, and css files are accessed. When the browser encounters these URLs, it first checks it’s cache, and then, lacking a cached copy, resolves the domain to the associated IP address through a request from the DNS server. These requests happen in the background in a way that doesn’t block the rendering of the page.

DNS lookups are very low cost — they only send a few hundred bytes over the network, so there’s not a lot of risk.

You can check for current browser support at: http://caniuse.com/#feat=link-rel-dns-prefetch

Preconnect It does all the work necessary to establish a connection with a given domain including the DNS lookup, TCP handshake, and TLS negotiation if you’re on https.

It can help you mask high latency connections by performing this work ahead of time and shaving off precious time to start a request

<link rel=”preconnect” href=”//example.com”> You can check for current browser support at: http://caniuse.com/#feat=link-rel-preconnect

Prefetch From MDN:

Link prefetching is a browser mechanism, which utilizes browser idle time to download or prefetch documents that the user might visit in the near future. A web page provides a set of prefetching hints to the browser, and after the browser is finished loading the page, it begins silently prefetching specified documents and stores them in its cache. When the user visits one of the prefetched documents, it can be served up quickly out of the browser’s cache. So this means that prefetch is used to fetch and cache resources, that will be used in subsequent routes that the user is likely to navigate to. Best web design company in New Delhi

Prefetch can be used as a link element with a prefetch attribute and a url:

<link rel=”prefetch” href=”//example.com/next-page.html” as=”html” crossorigin=”use-credentials”> <link rel=”prefetch” href=”/library.js” as=”script”> The ‘as’ atribute is optional and it is used as an helper to the browser preloader to optimize the prefetching process.

The crossorigin attribute is also optional and allows you to specify the cross-origin policy of the given resource.

Only cacheable elements should be prefetched.

You can check current for current browser support at: http://caniuse.com/#feat=link-rel-prefetch

Preload Preload is similar to prefetch, with the difference that if prefetch is used to initiate a request for a resource that will be needed in a subsequent route, preload is used to prefetch a resource that will be needed in the same page.

<link rel=”preload” href=”/library.js” as=”script”> Prefetch is an optional and low-priority fetch for a resource that might be used by a subsequent navigation; preload is a mandatory and high-priority fetch for a resource that is necessary for the current navigation Preload can be useful if you lazy load resources to accelerate page load, or to tell the browser about resources that live inside javascript and css such as web fonts.

There’s also this interesting use case where you can have fine grained control of your preloaded resources:

<script> function preloadFinished(e) { … } function preloadError(e) { … } </script> <!– listen for load and error events –> <link rel=”preload” href=”app.js” as=”script” onload=”preloadFinished()” onerror=”preloadError()”> You can check for browser support at: http://caniuse.com/#feat=link-rel-preload

It’s also in Safari Technology Preview release 13 https://developer.apple.com/safari/technology-preview/release-notes/

Prerender Pre-rendering is a way to tell the browser to prefetch and execute a given resource.

You can trigger prerender by inserting a link element with a ‘rel’ of ‘prerender’, for example:

<link rel=’prerender’ href=’//pagetoprerender/landing.html’> You can think of pre-render as loading a page in a new tab, just that this tab is hidden from the user until he makes a request for it.

As the browser executes all the scripts on the pre-rendered page, you may encounter some unexpected consequences such as analytics beacons being fired without the page actually being displayed. You can use the Page Visibility API to account for these situations.

Pre-rendering should be used wisely and responsibly, as it may lead to increased bandwidth and cpu usage. You should only consider the use of prerender if you have high confidence on the usage of a certain resource, and if you’re really providing added value.

Be aware that the decision to start the prerender process is left to the browser, and that the browser may choose not to start or to abandon the pre-render off your content based on a set of predefined rules.

You can check for current browser support at: http://caniuse.com/#feat=link-rel-prerender

Hint probability The hint probability is a ‘pr’ attribute that you can use to indicate the probability that a given resource will be necessary, and you can use it with any of the mentioned resource hints with the exception of preload.

// The pr attribute expects a float value in the [0.0-1.0] range <link rel=”prefetch” href=”//example.com/next-page.html” pr=”0.75″> This hint is used to help the browser decide on the execution of a given hint. Fon an instance in a resource constrained device the browser may decide to only execute high propability hints.

Inject resource hints at runtime Each of the resource hints mentioned above can be triggered at runtime with javascript, you just need to create the link element with the correct atributes and add it to the head of your page.

var hint =document.createElement(“link”) hint.setAttribute(“rel”,”prerender”) hint.setAttribute(“href”,”next-page.html”) document.getElementsByTagName(“head”)[0].appendChild(hint) Analyze your architecture, study users actions and iterate Make an analysis of your architecture and figure out where you could take the most out of this: – Which are the most critical resources on each page ? – What actions trigger the download of additional content ? – Which assets are on the critical rendering path?

Study your users actions on your website: – Which are the most visited pages? – What is the journey your users take to conversion? – What is the frequency of a certain action?

Source

How Many Types Of Phone Numbers Are There In Call Routing ?

If your business is suffering because you are unable to answer your customer’s calls in a timely manner or keeping clients linked to your business, then it may be crucial for you to manage your call routing practices. Currently, there is a variety of call routing software available. With an efficient call routing strategy, you can increase your first contact resolution and thus, create a wonderful customer experience. With the use of an intelligent call routing software, you can identify the caller and then direct them to the respective agent who had helped them previously. To do that, call routing softwares use anarray of information such as Automatic Number Identification (ANI), and other details provided by the caller. One more significant feature of an intelligent call routing software is the automatic call distribution system that deals with first-time callers. Another important feature of this system is phone hour settings that determine what should occur when customers call during nights, weekends, holidays, or non-operating hours. The phone hour settings may include voicemail, call forwarding option, schedule a call option, or automatic hang-up. Calls may also be recorded with a call routing software.

Phone Numbers that are assigned to you are visible in the Phone Numbers section of the Portal. Here, you have the ability to modify the call routing and behavior of incoming calls.

To modify the behavior or details of a phone number, click “Phone Numbers”, then click “Edit”:

1 Caller ID (CNAM): – The value of this field will be displayed on the called party’s Caller ID display when they make outgoing calls from this phone number. This field is limited to 15 characters including spaces, commas and periods. No other punctuation should be used. Please allow between 7-10 days for changes to this field to take effect.

2 Internal Presentation – If the customer has a need for the caller ID name for incoming calls to be presented differently than the caller has supplied, the settings can be changed here. If any text is entered into the text box, it will be pre-pended to the beginning of the caller ID name that the caller has provided, and displayed to the called party. If the checkbox is checked, then the caller ID name that the caller has presented will be displayed to the customer, otherwise it will not be provided.

3 If Holiday – Customers have the option to configure specific dates to be holidays, using the “Holidays” module. If a call comes in on a day that is configured as a holiday, the call be be routed based on the rule defined in this field.

4 Route To – all incoming calls to this number are routed based on the rule defined by this field.

5 Hold Music Group – Customer have the option to select custom hold music for incoming calls based on upload content in the “Hold Music” module

6 Screen for Privacy – This feature of the PBX System is to have incoming calls screened for telemarketers or other automatic dial programs. If “Yes” is selected, than all callers who do not present a caller ID will hear a greeting asking them to enter a caller ID number using the dial pad of their phone. If they do not enter a number, they are disconnected.

7 Currently Active? – This must be set to “YES” for inbound calls to process for the number. Note: A change to this field can take up to five minutes.

Calls can be routed to Some of the following options:

Extension – Calls process to the Extension and follow the extensions routing.

Sip Trunk – Calls process to Sip Trunk and follow sip trunk routing.

Phone – Calls process directly to the Phone and do not follow any additional routing. Note: if user does not answer caller will be disconnected.

Mailbox – Calls process to a Mailbox.

Group – Calls process to the Group and follow the groups routing.

Auto Attendant – Calls process to the Auto Attendant and follow the auto attendants routing. Time Frame – Calls process to the Time Frame and will follow configured routing depending on time of day.

Conference – Calls process to a configured Conference.

Conference Hub – Calls process to the Conference Hub.

Queue – Calls process directly to configured Queue. Note: If this is selected the caller will not hear a ring, they will instantly hear hold music.

Outside Phone Number – Calls are forwarded to listed outside number. Note: This can not be another number in the same pbx.

Company Directory – Calls process to the Company Directory.

Check Voicemail – Calls process to the check voicemail application

 

Free Virtual Receptionist Work And The 7 Issues Of Free VR

A virtual receptionist is an phrase used in the business sense that refers to an individual who answers phones or performs the duties of an on-site receptionist, but is not actually located at the primary business’s location. Customer service representatives, answering service agents, and even appointment schedulers could all be classified as a virtual receptionist if they are working off-site or at a remote location. In the majority of cases, the receptionist is working from a home office.

Free Virtual Receptionists use specific software’s that is connected to your phone system and computer. You can re-route the calls or mails to the receptionist just as you would to a traditional one. The VRs then sent a prompt reply or message to the right person in the company or outside of it.The power to send calls and messages is completely in your hands. Through this software, getting work done becomes quicker and easier. The jobs can easily be sent to the VR with just a click of a button.

Issues with free VRs

However, it is important to note that since most VRs are paid, a free VR may not be as useful as one on contract. And that is why there are certain cons that are associated when using a free VR to tend to business needs. Some of these are as follows:

1 Reliability

The reason why free virtual assistants are not too reliable is because they are, well, free. And free is often associated with cheap. Therefore, the service may not be as top-notch as one would expect it to be. Plus, most that are available in the market are trial versions. Which means you won’t be entitled to its complete services.

2 Poor response

Most companies that provide free VR services may not be as dedicated to your business as a paid VR. That is because a VR depends on many resources which cost money. And since these resources are more or less reserved for businesses who really need them, a lack of response on their part can be expected. If it is for a trial, then it may be beneficial for you. Otherwise, you may want to spend money and settle for a paid VR service. For more information on Virtual receptionist Visit Linkedphone

3 Does not provide the complete picture

Picture this. You are a new company and would like to hire a VR for his services. However, you are also short of money and do not really know how a VR works. So, you settle for a free VR or a trial version of an original one and you end up being dissatisfied with what you receive. It can change your perspective and that may not be a good thing. Times are changing, and smart business strategy is the key to growth. But if you get stuck on a particular notion, then your business can take a bad hit.

4 Logistical short comings

Physical collaboration will always have a greater impact than technological interactions because of one simple reason – physical interaction cannot be disrupted during an important meeting. Technology has a tendency to fail, no matter how small the chances might be. But in a physical interaction, the only way something can disrupt the communication is if a major problem occurs.Meetings are based on timings and communication and when both do not take place smoothly, businesses take a hit.

5 Dealing with the language barrier

Free VRs work from a number of countries around the world and sometimes, miscommunications occur due to language barriers. It’s not just restricted to grammar and diction but also includes cultural and social nuances as well.Although the VR cannot be blamed for such shortcomings, these problems do exist and you as a leader must find a way to work around it. Also, keep in mind that free services are often not the best option to entrust communications.

6 Risk of data security

It is possible that a free VR won’t be as dedicated to your campaign as other employees within the organization. And even when he does there is a risk of the data getting leaked out to the public. After all, VRs will be in charge of sensitive information and some of it might be enough to put the company at risk.

7 Research before you Hire

It is always important to do a background check before hiring a free VR. Job experiences and recommendations are a plus. A VR with credible background is easier and safer to work with than a new one.

 

Mahindra Scorpio Performance & Price

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

Mahindra Scorpio was the first passenger vehicle to be introduced by the automaker and has made a lasting presence in the Indian utility market, ever since it first arrived in 2002. The SUV commands a strong demand in rural as well as urban markets and the Mahindra has consistently updated its highly popular offering with new features, more powerful engines and improved off-road capability. The Scorpio’s wide and lasting appeal as the authentic off-road SUV can be traced to its commanding and aggressive design, the powerful2.2 litre turbocharged mHawk engine that propels it ahead of others and true all-terrain capability with its tough body-on-chassis construction and shift-on-fly 4WD. Coupled with its elevated seating position, the Scorpio imparts that unique ‘King of the Road’ feeling to the driver. In its latest avatar, the new generation Scorpio is built on an all-new platform with Cushion Suspension and Anti-Roll Technologies. It comes with advanced technology features and exterior styling that’s more contemporary but reflects Scorpio’s signature aggression and muscularity. Always the trendsetter in technology, the Scorpio is India’s 1st mild hybrid SUV with Intelli-Hybrid technology. The Scorpio is also available with the frugal 2.5 litre turbocharged m2DICR diesel engine in the entry-level S2 variant. View Offers & Price on Scorpio in Mumbai at CarzPrice

 

Mahindra Scorpio Design

Like we already mentioned above the test mule of the facelifted SUV was spotted a couple of times and from the spy shots of the test mule, it is quite clear that the facelifted SUV will get all the changes mostly towards its front and rear profile.

The front profile of the SUV will feature a restyled bumper which might get some bigger air inlets to make it look premium and slightly more aggressive. Apart from the new bumper expect the facelifted SUV also to get a slightly redesigned grille as well. Many reports are saying that Mahindra might redo the headlamps, but we firmly believe that the daytime running lamps styling won’t change much. Apart from these changes to the front profile, there won’t be any changes made to the side profile of the SUV. However, we do expect it to get a new set of alloy wheels to enhance its exterior styling. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the SUV will also get some styling updates as well which might come in the form of slightly redesigned taillamps and rear bumper.

Mahindra Scorpio Cabin

Step inside the Scorpio facelift and there is hardly anything that an individual can relate with the previous model. The cabin seems to be extremely advanced and up-market, with an array of never-seen-before sophisticated and contemporary features. To begin with, the SUV has an all-new dual tone black and beige dashboard with new blue-grey interior scheme. The conventional and old-fashioned faux-wooden finish for AC vents and centre console have gone for a toss in favour of new chrome finished A/C vents and premium looking centre console and needless to say, both these upgrades lift the overall ambiance of the cabin tremendously. The new centre console displays all vital informations’ related to gear position, trip distance, fuel and temperature. There is a new steering wheel with audio controls and cruise control mounted on it which is being sourced directly from the elder sibling XUV 500. Vouching for decent comfort and convenience inside the cabin, viola! Mahindra Scorpio comes loaded with an array of such dynamic features which rejuvenates an individual inside out. Some of the prominent ones present in the SUV are Fully automatic temperature control (FATC), Height adjustable driver’s seat, Front centre arm rest, 12V accessory sockets for front and middle rows, Smart rain and light sensors and Reverse parking sensors. By no means, Mahindra intends to hurt the sentiments of music and technology lovers as it has incorporated a new Hi-Tech 6-inch touch screen infotainment system with inbuilt GPS

Navigation/Bluetooth/CD/DVD/USB/Aux in the top-end variant S10. However, the mid-level variants like S6, S6+ and S8 haven’t been left out as they consist of a 2 Din Audio System with CD/USB/AUX with speakers and tweeters as standard features. On the contrary, the entry-level variant S2 seems to be quite lacklustre and impotent as it barely boasts anything in terms of comfort and convenience stuff.

Mahindra Scorpio Performance

A key reason for the Scorpio’s success, right from the time it was first launched has been its strong engines. The 2.2-litre 118bhp mHawk is carried over from the previous car, has been further refined, mildly retuned and mated to a new gearbox (the same five-speed 5MT320 unit from the Xylo). Performance is even better than before and the new Scorpio lumbers past the 100kph mark from rest in 13.4 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds quicker than the previous model; pretty impressive for a 1.8-tonne vehicle. In-gear acceleration too is a shade quicker than before, especially in third and fourth gears.

But it’s not the outright performance, but rather the manner in which the engine delivers its power that is at the heart of the Scorpio’s appeal. The torqueymHawk motor is so responsive that it makes the heavy Scorpio feel light on its feet and faster than the VBOX numbers suggest. The engine pulls without fuss from as low as 1,500rpm and there’s a strong surge after 1,800rpm. The mid-range punch of this motor is superb and you feel there’s a surplus of power. Overtaking is effortless and the Scorpio can be wafted past slow-moving vehicles quite easily. It’s not an engine that likes to be revved though and it’s best to shift up before 4,000rpm to land back in the meat of the powerband.

The engine is amazingly refined as well and at cruising speeds it’s impossible to tell it’s a diesel. The new gearbox is better than before but still feels quite notchy and the clutch could have been more progressive and lighter.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving

With a completely reformed suspension setup, the ride and dynamics of the vehicle has gone up by several notches. Its potential to take uneven roads and potholes has also increased. The new dampeners come into effect when the vehicle goes through a rough patch and insulates the cabin from the entire disturbance. The difference in stability is also clearly evident.While taking corners at speeds of up to 100kmph, there is no body roll. It is only at higher triple digit speeds where one can feel an oversteer. To make night driving safer, there are static cornering lamps positioned behind the projector lights. These lights glow during taking turns thus illuminating critical points at night. They are very useful during pitch dark driving conditions. One thing that has changed is its straight line handling. The earlier version felt bouncy at higher speeds. Not that it has completely come down but has noticeably improved.In fact, we managed to drive it on great lengths of bad roads. The new suspension setup swallowed whatever we threw at it. The gear shifts were little sticky but nonetheless it still impressed us with its safe insulation. Even the in-cabin noise insulation is simply fantastic. The 2WD impressed us immensely. For information on contact details of Mahindra car dealers in

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

The outgoing Scorpio did feature a longlist of comfort features such as rain sensingwipers, auto lights, tyre pressure monitor,parking sensor, start-stop technology andmore. The new Scorpio carries forwardthese features as well. Safety features likedual-airbags and ABS will continue tobe offered, a new Panic Brake Indicationhas also been included. All the additionsand modifications will add to the pricebut we still think Mahindra will price itcompetitively. The number of variants hasincreased too, allowing buyers to choosethe model that suits them best.

Mahindra Scorpio Price

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,27,456/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 16,27,842/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio Conclussion

The Mahindra Scorpio is a great value for money. Honestly this would be my pick over their own XUV5oo as the Scorpio is more true to its roots to being a SUV rather than just looks like the XUV. The New Generation Mahindra Scorpio is not just next level in terms of design but also in terms of features and equipment. Let’s see if it still holds its on as new SUV’s keep entering the market.