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MAHINDRA E2O PLUS | FIRST DRIVE

Mahindra e2p Plus Price in India

 

The Mahindra e2o has been available in the market since a few years now but the company hasn’t been able to move out the electric vehicle from showroom floors. In a bid to generate more interest in its electric vehicle, Mahindra has now revamped the e2o and christened it the e2oPlus. The e2oPlus comes with some cosmetic changes and equipment upgrades over the older model, but the most significant addition are the 2 doors at the rear which make the EV more practical.

Electric cars haven’t gained popularity in the Indian market and there is still a lot of time before them to gain acceptance here. In fact, besides the e2oPlus there are no other electric cars that are priced in affordable brackets and most other electric cars are positioned in premium segments.

 

EXTERIORS

The new Mahindra e2OPlus gets certain upgrades in terms of design. The four door version of the car looks more well-proportioned than the regular e2O. The stylish front grille now gets Mahindra’s signature seven-vertical slats, like its other vehicles. It has a similar headlamp design of the 2-door version.

The Mahindra e2OPlus is overall quite a good looking hatchback. The exteriors look premium and the car is well designed too. More importantly it is proportionate, like a proper hatchback. The 2-door version looked a bit out of place. The two extra doors at the rear make all the difference. The Mahindra e2OPlus is longer by 310mm to the E2O. The width is also increased by 61mm and height by 25mm. The front end is similar to the E2O-2 door , however it is the side and rear that are completely different. The car gets attractive and sporty looking 13-inch alloy wheels as well.  This pleasant looking car is contemporary too. It gets projector headlamps, LED taillamps which are vertically mounted and also a rear spoiler.

The ground clearance of the Mahindra e2OPlus is good. From the rear, it looks a lot different from the 2-door E2O. The LED lamps help reduce the costing and consume less power too

 

INTERIORS

The biggest changes, however, are on the inside. The two-door e2o was surprisingly spacious in the back, but that was mainly because you expected it to be super-cramped. The e2o Plus, on the other hand, is properly spacious for its size. You have more than enough legroom in the front and back, and a good amount of headroom too. While three adults would find the rear a squeeze, two will find it adequately roomy. The seats too, are quite comfortable and offer good support. Boot space, at 135 litres, is not ample, but it is enough for two cabin-luggage-sized bags.

The dashboard is the same as that of the two-door e2o, featuring an Android-based touchscreen infotainment system manufactured by Blaupunkt in the centre console, rotary knobs for the air con and a digital instrument cluster that displays vehicle speed, shift status, driving efficiency, charge percentage and the distance to empty. The e2o Plus also gets all-round power windows, electronically adjustable exterior mirrors and keyless go. Material quality, though, is a sore point. All materials in the cabin, ranging from the plastics and fabric to the switchgear feel a bit cheap.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

What you can expect though, is adequate performance to keep you entertained. Electric cars may have been born out of the need to make travel ‘greener’, but that doesn’t mean boring. Why? Unlike petrol or diesel cars, you don’t have to work your way through multiple gears to access the motor’s potential.

All the performance is delivered in seconds. No gears = almost no transmission loss, and since the e2oPlus weighs less than 1 ton, it’s nice and zippy to drive. The top-end variant’s electric motor makes 30kW (around 41PS) of power and 91Nm of torque. That doesn’t sound like much, but as mentioned before there’s no working through gears or even waiting for a turbocharger to kick in to use what it has to offer. As a result, city driving is a breeze and with its compact size, it’s like a toy filtering through traffic. It’s quick off the line too, with a claimed 0-60kmph time of 9.5 seconds and the top speed is limited to 85kmph.

Regular city driving is easily managed in ‘F’ (forward) mode and if you’re feeling impatient, just knock the gear lever down a click into ‘B’ for boost mode. As the name suggests, it bumps up the throttle response and the e2oPlus darts forward like a 3-month-old puppy, putting a mischievous little grin on your face. All said and done though, it’s very easy to adapt too. For reference, this was the first time I ever drove an electric car in my life. The traditional engine rumble is replaced with the electric motor’s mild whirring, and the only other noise present comes from the tyres or the AC. It feels strange at first, but you get used to it.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The setup is tuned to offer good grunt at low to medium speeds, though understandably performance tapers off a bit as you build speeds, and top speed in fact is limited to 85kmph. After all, the car is meant to tackle bumper to bumper city traffic rather than quick highway jaunts. In terms of performance the e2oPlus clearly doesn’t feel lacking then, and you don’t really miss the engine as we know it. Where the e2o leaves you slightly wanting though is the handling part. It isn’t engineered to be driven like a hot hatch, and the steering wheel isn’t the best in the business to hold. It doesn’t offer much feedback either though it does feel rather direct and the e2oPlus is quick to change direction. The car feels slightly heavy around corners despite weighing less than a tonne, but the motor does a good job of offering ample drive exiting corners. Ride quality feels perfectly fine on smooth roads despite the stiffly sprung suspension but there are a few thuds when you get to rough sections or hit potholes. The e2oPlus could also do with sharper brakes, since the current setup doesn’t offer enough bite and you need to press the pedal harder to get the kind of retardation you want.

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BOTTOMLINE

The biggest hurdle for the e2o Plus or any electric car for that matter, is our charging infrastructure. The ultimate future foreseen when this car was getting conceived is just isn’t here. As a matter of fact, it’s nowhere in sight – there is no network of public charging stations at all. Also, the idea of charging EVs overnight is a far more difficult task than you would imagine given that a sizeable chunk of urban dwellers have only got on-street parking. The e2o Plus, then, may be the most ‘complete’ electric vehicle you can buy in India right now, however, it cannot be your only vehicle, at least not until we have a feasible charging infrastructure in place.

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Mahindra e2oPlus Ex Showroom Price in kolkata ranges from 7,57,425/- (e2oPlus P4) to  11,27,374/- (e2oPlus P8) .Mahindra e2oPlus has 3 Variants of Electric are available in India. Mahindra e2oPlus comes in 8 colours, namely Coral Blue,Spanish Red,Oceanic White,Eco Green,Arctic Silver,Sunfire Yellow,Wine Red,Solid White.

Renault Kwid Price In India,Performance,Exteriors & Interiors

OVERVIEW ;

The Renault Kwid has redefined the entry level car segment altogether. The Renault Kwid 2017 is one of the few cars to take on the Maruti Alto 800 and provide some stiff competition to it. The Kwid is not compromised as much as others in the segment. The Kwid comes with SUV looks, spacious interiors, it is feature loaded and has a big boot. We share our detailed review of the Renault Kwid.

DESIGN ‘

There are only two changes on the 1.0-litre Renault Kwid to differentiate it from the 800cc model. The French carmaker has added sporty body graphics on the doors having 1.0-litre stickers and there are a lot better looking full-size ORVMs finished in brushed silver. There is no badging on the tailgate or the front fenders. Apart from these minor changes, the Kwid looks exactly the same. The SUV proportions and high stance is the USP of the Kwid which really makes it stand out of the competition when it comes to styling.

CABIN ;

Here too, the design is really impressive. The dashboard looks contemporary, as does the chunky three-spoke steering wheel. There’s a nice, glossy black, chrome-lined central console that looks good too, and the instrument cluster uses a large, sporty digital speedo; there’s no tachometer though. On the storage front, you get a pair of big door bins at the front to hold bottles, two glove boxes and a large recess between them. There are cupholders and a cubbyhole between the seats, but they feel a tad too shallow for all practical purposes. The AC vents also have chrome accents and can, rather neatly, be clicked shut, but they do feel a touch flimsy. And like with the exterior, you will start to see a few cost-cutting signs if you look hard enough, but they’re really no better or worse than other cars in this class. Things like exposed screws, centre-mounted window switches at the front, no power windows at the rear, and non retracting seatbelts at the back either – you have to adjust the length manually every time you buckle up. A lot of this is par for the segment, but since the Kwid looks so upmarket, you have to remind yourself about which segment it is in. On that note, it’s interesting to see the way Renault has chosen the equipment here. It’s a budget car, so you don’t expect a lot, so things like the big multifunction touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth, fog lamps, the optional airbag and navigation are incredible features for a car at this price. Renault has been clever to give customers desirable features like this, while saving costs in areas less consequential to the average budget car buyer. It’s a smooth engine with a sprightly low and mid end but suffers from lack of power high up the rev band. You can short shift and stay in a higher gear without losing much speed. It’s not going to be a blast down the highway but the Kwid is quick on its feet nonetheless. The 5-speed manual gearbox is easy to use and the ratios are spaced well for city use. You don’t feel the vibrations in the gear lever that’s an annoying feature in the Alto. The pedals however could do with a bit more play, both the clutch and the brake. .

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

There are obvious hints in the Kwid which show Renault recognises that part of the strategy in this segment is playing a mind-game. But, we wonder if the choice of a 800cc engine was also one that was influenced by this market reality. But eitherways, with the “Kitna Deti Hai?” question being a constant, it is good to note that the Kwid’s 799cc petrol engine is the most frugal in the segment. This three-cylinder engine is not as refined as the one’s in cars one segment above, but when compared to the Alto 800 or the Hyundai Eon, it is about very similar in idling character. Cabin noise levels are fairly well contained, though we felt vibration levels could have been lower. The test mule we drove was a pre-production model; hopefully the final versions will be better insulated. The engine itself is a fairly peppy unit, for its size. Generating 54PS of peak power, and 74Nm of torque, the engine delivers much of this at lower rpm levels, though the peaks are hit closer to 5,000rpm. But, its ability to respond quickly to driver inputs seems to be affected by the throttle mapping. Overall, the focus seems to have been to squeeze the most fuel efficiency from the powertrain. Speaking of which, the engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Shift quality is good and there is none of the rubbery feel that some of the other cars in the segment have.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

A lesson Renault has learnt with the Duster is that a rugged high ground clearance car will find its takers here and with the Kwid, the carmaker delivers just that. Riding high at 180mm, the Kwid has the highest ground clearance in its class. And considering it’s a short wheelbase, this will be more than enough to go over just about every large speed breaker the country has in store for it. The high ground clearance also gives excellent visibility out of the driver’s seat making it a very easy car to drive around town. What impressed us right away is the ride quality of this tiny hatchback. The Kwid uses MacPherson struts up front and twist beam suspension at the rear and the setup is tuned to perfection for our roads. Large undulations are evened out impressively and broken roads don’t throw you about inside the car like most hatchbacks in this segment do. The nice chunky steering and the driving position are spot on. You sit at a good height and there is no offset pedal nonsense or steering on your chest sort of feeling that budget cars tend to have. The Kwid has considerable roll but not of the scary kind. You know you can keep it together when you are hustling this Renault baby, and in fact it is good fun to chuck around corners, much like the Alto. Just 660kg of mass to stop does ease pressure off the tiny disc brakes up front and the drums in the rear. The brakes could do with a bit more play though and the 155 section tyres with a bit more bite. When weight is on your side however, you can get away with a little less grip. Renault should however have an ABS equipped variant in the lineup too, which is not on offer as of now.

BOTTOMLINE ;

The are multiple reasons to state that Kwid is a strong product from Renault as firstly, it is a global car made from scratch and not a mere downsized or upgraded variant of any other car. The CMF-A platform, which powers the Kwid, has been designed and tuned to take care of all the present and upcoming needs and requirements. The same platform has potential to churn out cars with varied body types.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review,Features,Specifications & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

Jeep has over 75 years of experience in building SUVs and the brand explicitly claims that their vehicles clearly inspire a sense of freedom and adventure. If you take a trip down memory lane, you will always come across Jeep owners who confirm that the brand has always gone by the ‘Go Anywhere. Do Anything.’ slogan. After contemplating for four years, Jeep finally rolled into Indian showrooms late last month. With the Grand Cherokee, it’s primarily the extravagant nose with the seven-slat grille, the uniquely formed HID head lights, and immense chrome splashed all across, that allures. Adding to the visual drama is a towering and conspicuous bonnet line which flows all the way to the rear portion along with the square wheel-wells which indicates to the potent off-road lineage. A substantial quantity of chrome can be seen highlighting the details, however, soon after one appreciates the individuality of the design, you stumble upon the rear section of the car which could easily pass off as just another SUV. With the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler on the product list for now, Jeep has priced both cars more than what the market anticipated. We drove the diesel Grand Cherokee extensively and here’s the details.

EXTERIORS ;

. For starters, the Grand Cherokee is a spectacular looking vehicle as compared to its earlier generations showing exemplary evolution. The vertically placed 7-slat chrome grille might look familiar to most considering how Mahindra has been using the same design for a long long time. There is a generous serving of chrome on the front of the car with a large and rather well placed chrome accent piece running across the lower half of the front bumper and two handsome air intake ports with chrome linings occupying the top half of the front bumper.

What really captivated us was the sheer attention to detail in the sleek headlamp unit. The horizontally placed headlamps with embedded LED daytime running lamps gives the Grand Cherokee tremendous street presence and character. The headlamp units also come with small engravings that showcase the original Jeep form in them on one side and the words ‘Since 1941’on the other side paying homage to the vehicle that started the off-road trend. Incidentally, Jeep is also credited in making the world’s first luxury offroader, or what later came to be known as the SUV, the Wagoneer, which to some is the father of all modern SUVs the world over.

Coming back to the design elements on the new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, although the front of the car demands respect with its well crafted design, the rear of this range topping SUV does seem a little vanilla from the rear end due to its upright stance and large tail lamps. There is even more chrome on tap here though with the large Jeep badge dominating the boot lid. The rear bumper is festooned with two large trapezoidal exhaust tips and a large chrome accent piece dominating the rear bumper from one end to another. What does really stand out though is the sheer size and dimensions of the car amongst other cars on the road. We also like the large 20-inch split-5-spoke chrome wheels which although huge on paper look just about right on this huge SUV. In fact, if one is seriously considering buying the Grand Cherokee, we would beg you to go for the largest set of wheels Jeep as to offer just because this is one of those few cars that can actually pull a gigantic wheel off without looking awkward. The Grand Cherokee is most certainly one of the most brutish SUVs built and will certainly command instant respect wherever one takes it.

INTERIORS ;

We’ve glossed through some photos on the web and gathered all we could about the machine. The cabin is more spacious than most people would desire. At the front, you’re given more than enough room to stretch your legs out, while headroom and shoulder room are also fine. The second row could have been improved slightly according to some sources, although it’s quite possibly more comfort-oriented than most other SUVs of its classThe layout and styling of the cabin is pretty marvellous, but you might want to keep your expectations in check, because it’s not the type that you’d find within Audi/BMW/Mercedes-Benz. We definitely adored it, with the fine treatment and the expensive highlights. There is an edge of sophistication that you can trace in the design, and we personally thought it was very well done.

We aren’t too sure about the colour scheme, but we get the idea that there could be a two two colour scheme. At the front, the upper section of the dashboard is to come in a lighter colour, while the lower portion that flows down towards the leg area would be darker. AC vents are present on either side of the dash, and on either side of the console by the centre. A thick wooden garnish runs the length of the dashboard, stretching into the doorsides as well. This definitely does rake up the glamour within, and we thought that it was unlike other models that we see today. At the focus of the console is a 8.4-inch Touchscreen display with the buttons aligned below it. The placement and arrangement of the system was great, bringing a modern pulse to the interior that most people would find enthralling.

The area surrounding the console is wrapped in the same silver embellishment, making for a more opulent and energetic look. At the bottom of the console, the gear-shift lever has been placed right next to a bottle storage region. By the corner, the steering wheel is to come with fine leather dressing, and we’re sure few people would turn down this thrill. Paddle shifters have been incorporated by the wheel, allowing for easier shifting. Coming to the seating arrangement, you’re sure to love the black leather upholstery that lavishes the seats, and it comes along with Suede inserts for a more affluent touch. When you take a seat here, you’re sure to feel more relieve than in most other cars, with the strong ergonomic design, along with many reliable comfort facilities. This includes seat heating, 4-way adjustable lumbar support, split folding for the rear seats, and ventilation for the front seats. With all of these and more, we can safely say that riding in this vehicle, upon its release, is going to be quite a breeze.

PERFORMANCE ;

This is the department where the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT shows its true colours. Petrol motors with huge displacement is an American trademark and this beast is no different. Powering the SRT is a 6.4-litre naturally aspirated HEMI V8 engine which produces 475 BHP and 630 Nm of torque. On paper, the numbers aren’t too high considering the displacement. However, in the real world, the performance of this SUV is mind numbing. Being a naturally aspirated motor, torque is available from the word go and there’s no turbo lag to deal with. This makes the car shoot like a rocket.

Speaking of shooting like a rocket, the Grand Cherokee SRT comes with launch control which is very easy to use. All one needs to do is press the launch button located next to the gearlever, straighten the steering wheel, press the brake and accelerator completely and then leave the brake pedal. The way this thing surges forward post that is an experience which is very, very difficult to put into words. To describe it in one word – unreal. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine a SUV to launch this way. This even beats the European SUVs which have turbocharged engines with more horses in terms of brute force.

The brute force and rawness of the engine is down to the torque it produces and the way the engine is built. Earlier, I mentioned about the dual exhausts acting like speakers. What I meant there was that the exhaust note of the SRT is music to the ears. There are very few things which can be better than the sound coming out of a big block American V8 engine and it adds to the whole drama. However, all this comes at a cost and the cost is in terms of something very dear to us Indians – fuel efficiency. Drive it sedately and you would be lucky to get around 3.5 km/l. Drive it the way a SRT is supposed to be and you end up getting 2.5 km/l. The low fuel efficiency is somewhat set off by the huge 120-litre fuel tank.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The driving dynamics of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are improved with drive select mode with five settings. The grip management system coordinates with 12 driving systems, including throttle control, transmission shifting, electronic stability control system, etc., delivering accurate stability over varying driving conditions. The superior quality of the suspension system with high ground clearance inspires for an adventurous drive.

SAFETY ;

The safety level of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is right up there as it is imported as a CBU from the USA which is known to have one of the most stringent safety norms. It gets the usual shebang of safety kit including multiple airbags, ABS, ESP, TCS, Hill start assist, Hill descent control and the likes. What remains to be seen is the sales and service network of the brand once it is established in India. In the beginning, showrooms will be opened up in very few cities which is definitely a problem for potential owners.

VERDICT ;

We’ll be honest with you, it’s hard to judge a vehicle with such amazing depth. The Grand Cherokee is displaying promise like no other vehicle has, and its response in other markets is pretty good. We’re sure that a major class of Indian car lovers would enjoy this vehicle’s enthralling exteriors, luxurious interiors and the never ending list of comfort. Its handling and performance would charm the sportier section of the crowd, and youngsters would definitely love the overall style and glamour. In the end of the day, we’re going to have to wait for the machine to be launched here before we can ascertain whether it’s destined to fly or to flop.

VOLVO S60 CROSS COUNTRY INDIA REVIEW, TEST DRIVE

Volvo S60 Cross Price in India

 

The S60 Cross Country is the stand-out version of the already available S60 sedan with an increased ground clearance, raised suspension and handling tweaks to differentiate it from the regular luxury model. At the first glance, the S60 Cross Country looks like a S60 with lift kit and 19″ alloy wheels but it’s something more than just a four-door, five-seater luxury sedan as it offers two main traits: First, You can take it out on weekends and explore low-level terrain and second is it adapts a unique combination of an SUV and a sedan.

 

EXTERIOR AND STYLE

 

It’ll be completely honest here, at first glance, the S60 CC can be quite deceptive. I mean it looks almost exactly like the S60 sedan from most angles and the only thing that doesn’t fit with the S60 profile is the unusual height. It’s only when you step to the side of the car that you realize that this isn’t the standard S60 but one that could probably be the best suited luxury car for our Indian roads. Confused? Keep reading.  The S60 Cross Country boasts of a ground clearance of 201mm which means it has better ground clearance than all of its competition. Even luxury crossovers like the Audi Q3 (170mm), the new BMW X1 (193mm) and the GLA (183mm). In addition, it rides on 235 section Michelin Primacy 3ST tyres mounted on 18-inch alloys with a rather large sidewall. Aesthetically it looks like a jacked up version of the S60 with an imposing yet reassuring stance. And when you move around the back and notice the chrome badge that reads AWD do you realize that there is more to this car than meets the eye.

 

INTERIOR AND SPACE

 

As it is based on the S60, which is now entering its fourth model year since its last major update, the S60 Cross Country’s cabin is handsome, if showing its age. Cabin materials are uniformly of reasonably high quality, though some might quibble about some of its silver plastic trim.

 

We like that Volvo has not yet abandoned knobs for the temperature and volume controls in the Volvo S60 Cross Country. They are just easier to use than virtual buttons in competitors with touchscreen-heavy interfaces. The “mode man” vent controls are another clever solution that in practice requires no explanation. This kind of thinking is emblematic of Volvo’s Scandinavian design, which eschews gimmickry for elegance.

 

Like many Volvo S60 Cross Country’s front seats offer outstanding long-trip comfort and proper support. Full-size adults, however, might find that the ample bolsters are on the narrow side. In the backseat, the S60 Cross Country isn’t quite as accommodating. The seats themselves are supportive, but space is at a premium. Legroom and foot room are tight for folks taller than 5 feet 10 inches tall.

 

The trunk’s 12-cubic-foot capacity is on the small side among entry-level luxury sedans, but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats fold down, and there’s a separate pass-through for skis.

 

ENGINE AND GEARBOX

 

The only engine you get in the S60 Cross Country is the 2.4-litre D4 – a detuned, 189bhp, 42.83kgm version of the five-cylinder diesel you get in the standard S60; we were hoping for one of the new four-cylinder Drive-E motors, but it’s not on the cards. It puts its power down through a six-speed automatic gearbox and standard all-wheel-drive, in keeping with its soft-roader USP.

 

It’s not a thrilling motor, but it’s actually pretty quick. We clocked an 8.2sec 0-100kph time, which is really not too bad for this sort of car. It’s very refined at idle, but the moment the revs climb to about 1,800rpm, you get an ugly diesel clatter. At full chat, the five-cylinder thrum is quite unique sounding, but of course, it’s not what you’d call sporty. Similarly, the car doesn’t leap off the line ferociously when you punch down your right foot, but instead, builds its speed in a smooth and measured manner. The gearbox can be a bit slow to react in kickdown situations, but because of the lack of urgency from the motor, it’s pretty easy to manage.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

By looking at it, the 201 mm ground clearance of the S60 Cross Country makes you feel that it can tackle rough terrains and handle bad roads with comfort. However, the story is a bit different here. It might crawl over huge bumps and potholes but the ride quality is stiff. That is good for high speed stability and offers flat ride on the highways but at slow speeds it feels a bit on the stiffer side. Handling is quite predictable and with the AWD system, the S60 sticks to the road like a leech, it doesn’t move away from its line when you push it hard. Just the feedback from the steering could have been better and the body roll is noticeable to some extent when you corner hard. It is well controlled though for a sedan with 201 mm of ground clearance. The brakes are spot on and the feel from the pedal is very positive, giving you lots of confidence. No, it’s not a full fledged off-roader that it can handle rocky terrain and deep slush but yes it can tackle mild off-road stuff to get you out of trouble.

 

SAFETY AND FEATURES

 

There is no dearth convenience equipment in the S60 Cross Country, the best part however is that the car is available in one trim only and that trim is fully loaded. You get electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver’s seat. Dual-zone climate control comes in as standard and so does the sunroof, steering mounted controls and an electronic parking brake. It also comes with parking sensors both up front and at the rear coupled with a reversing camera with distance and obstacle indicator for low light conditions, rain sensing wipers also come in as standard.

 

Safety has been given the highest priority like in all Volvos and the list of the safety equipment is long and exhaustive though, a heads-up-display though has been skipped. 2-step airbags are standard along with curtain airbags and whiplash protection for front seats. Also fitted as standard to the Cross Country is the Dynamic Stability Traction Control system or DTSC along with Volvo’s City safety braking system.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

The Volvo S60 Cross Country is the first premium sedan crossover offered to the Indian buyers. Known for its safety and the powerful five-cylinder diesel and coupled with the raised ride height and all-wheel drive, the S60 Cross Country is a genuine value proposition if you are looking for something beyond the Germans.

 

Volvo S60 Cross Country Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 40,31,000/- (S60 Cross Country D4 AWD Inscription) to  40,31,000/- (S60 Cross Country D4 AWD Inscription) .Volvo S60 Cross Country has 1 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Volvo S60 Cross Country comes in 5 colours, namely Chyrstal White Pearl,Black Metallic,Ember Black Pearl,Caspian Blue,Passion Red Solid.

Jeep Compass Review,Specifications,Features & Price in India

OVERVIEW ;

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after a long delay finally made their India debut back in 2016 with two exciting products which included the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Both these SUV’s where sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and thus were expensive and well above the reach of many. However, that is all going to change now because Jeep has decided to launch a new SUV which is well within reach of buyers.

Jeep has unveiled the Compass SUV in India today, and the good thing is that the compact SUV is made in India product which also means that the new product will also be priced quite aggressively as well. The brands new product will be locally assembled at their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra from June onward. The new Jeep Compass replaces the old Compass and Patriot SUV in the International market, and apart from the Indian market, the same SUV is also produced in some other Countries as well. However, the good news is that India will be mother hub for right-hand drive Compass SUV from where it will also be exported to some other right-hand drive markets as well. For all your information the Compass SUV is offered with 17 engine options for different markets of the world.

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

In terms of design, the Jeep Compass has most of the elements one is looking for. The design has a good road presence, there is more than enough similarity to the Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Compass gets the seven slat front grille and somewhat hawk-eye line design. The higher spec model gets projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs. The bumper too is wide and its lower end is black matte to avoid any scratches on the paint if and when off roading.

The side profile does have the SUV like boxy styling, but the low stance makes it seem more like a crossover. The wheel arches are muscular and squarish. The door pillars are blacked out and there are roof rails too. The alloy wheels fill the arches well and they do not appear to be empty at any point. There are clean lines that run across the SUV. The rear styling of this new SUV also melds well with its overall design. The tail lamps are neatly integrated and they do look stylish. There is an integrated rear spoiler and reflectors in the bumper. The overall styling is just impressive and even the paint quality makes it feel premium.The Compass doesn’t seem to look very tall and its design will somewhat appear like a crossover. So, we aren’t certain on what will a buyer’s reaction to this design. The Jeep Compass India production will actually make it easier for the company to enhance their sales numbers as the pricing should be highly competitive.

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

The interiors of the JeepCompass aren’t very swanky and lavish. The dashboard is simple yet functional having a dual tone treatment. You’ve got a chunky three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls but there are some dummy buttons for the cruise control, which is not being offered in India. The instrument cluster looks premium having a huge MID in the middle and is easy to read. There is a neatly integrated touchscreen infotainment system. The user interface looks good but the touch quality is just average. Jeep offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The sound quality of the audio system is rich and quite satisfying. Some of the features missing in the Compass are sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, auto headlamps, auto wipers, etc.

The ingress and egress is quite comfortable in the Jeep Compass and you don’t feel like you are sitting in a hatchback like other compact SUVs, it is relatively high and you have a commanding driving position with a good view all around. The quality, fit and finish is nice and you can hardly find any cheap quality panels inside the cabin. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, there is ample legroom and headroom at the back. Even the under-thigh support of the seats are pretty good. The boot is also well spaced out and can accommodate a lot of luggage.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The diesel version we drove comes powered with Fiat’s new generation 2.0-litre Multijet II engine that debuts in India on the Compass. It makes 173PS of power at 3750rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1750rpm and 2500rpm. The torque is available from 1800rpm onwards below which there is noticeable turbo lag. The narrow, winding roads of Goa didn’t quite allow us to accelerate hard but the motor did feel like the power delivery could have been punchier. The engine is smooth but sounds clattery at idle and is a tad noisy even on the go, especially after 3500rpm.

Interestingly, the diesel version of the Compass will not be offered with an automatic transmission and will only come with a six-speed manual transmission. There will be a 7-speed automatic on offer as well, but only with the petrol version powered by the 1.4-litre Multiair engine. That said, a new 9-speed automatic is expected to be offered in the diesel by the end of the calendar year. The manual gearbox feels slick to use though, and gear changes have a precise feel which makes shifting up or down a delight when driving enthusiastically.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The steering unit on the Compass is a revelation. Though it is electrically assisted, it feels well-connected to the front wheels. While there is almost no resistance from the steering system at parking speeds, it weighs up nicely as you pick up speed.A brief drive on the beach also gave us a preview of how effective the ‘Selec Terrain’ system is. Controlled via a rotary knob on the lower centre console, it offers shift-on-the-fly traction modes – including ‘Auto’, ‘Snow’, ‘Sand’ and ‘Mud’. Though the Compass has all-weather tyres, which are generally just enough to cope with varying terrains, the AWD system made sure the Compass felt comfortable on soft sand. The system automatically sent power to the rear wheels when it detected slip and stopped it from digging in.

On a dedicated 3.5km long off-road track, the Jeep Compass felt like it was built to do such stuff. Water wading, steep inclines, slush tracks, slippery grass, wet rocky terrain and a very bumpy log path were all dispatched with minimal effort. We were tackling all these in the ‘Mud’ mode which locks the 4×4 system and disengages traction control. The short first gear compensates for the absence of a crawler gear and there is enough grunt low down the power band that you don’t need to slip the clutch to go over steep obstacles. The responsive steering wheel has to be given another mention here – it had enough feedback for me to know where my front wheels were pointing at, without tiring my arms.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The Jeep Compass gets disc brakes at front as well as rear. The SUV comes with as many as 50 safety and security features in form of Four-channel Anti-lock Brakes, full-function Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Panic Brake Assist, Hydraulic Boost Failure Compensation, Electronic Roll Mitigation etc. Additionally, the company has incorporated 6 Airbags (side curtains for front and rear-passengers), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Reverse Parking Camera to further strengthen the safety of the occupants.

BOTTOMLINE ;

The Compass is a seriously impressive SUV that seems to take full advantage of Jeep’s experience with SUVs. In fact, look deep into its headlights, past that seven-slot grille, and you can see the years and years of know-how shining through. Prices for the Compass diesel start at a very competitive Rs 15.45 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), with this top-of-the-line Limited (O) 4 X 4 going for Rs 20.65 lakh. What you get for your money is real off-road ability, strong dynamics and plenty of luxury and comfort on the inside. Sure, the touchscreen isn’t really what’s expected of a car in this class and there are important bits of kit missing, like a sunroof; and those interested will have to contend with Fiat’s less-than-fantastic dealer network. Rear seat comfort could have been better for this segment, and those looking for a diesel automatic SUV will be disappointed as the Compass will get that only at a later stage. But this SUV’s fundamentals are so strong, it’s difficult not to compare it to cars from a class above, like the Volkswagen Tiguan which is a lot more expensive at where it stands today. And that’s the real kicker – the Compass may just be the value luxury SUV you have been waiting for.

Jeep Compass Sport 1.4 Multi Air Petrol Ex-showroom Price is   15,14,873/- and On Road Price is   17,39,336/- in New Delhi. Jeep Compass Sport 1.4 Multi Air Petrol comes in 5 colours, namely Exotica Red,Hydro Blue,Vocal White,Brilliant Black,Minimal Grey.

Skoda Superb | India Drive

Skoda Superb Price in India

Ever since Skoda came into the Indian market, they have offered luxurious carsat not so reasonable prices. The SkodaSuperb was the answer to Mercedes, offering the luxuries of an E-class Benz at priceslesser than then theC-class Benz.

Even though the Superb is ageing, we guess it has decent market demand for Skoda to roll out a new variant- the Superb Ambition 2.0 TDI AT. The Ambition comes with all the safety and comfort features that are available in the Skoda Superb Elegance baring an economical price tag.

 

DESIGN

Skoda’s Superb needs no introduction. A quick way to summarise its legacy would be to say that it was the reason behind some cars exiting the segment. Superior packaging with brilliant performance and mechanicals to match, saw this car win a number of followers. So what does the all-new Superb have in store for you. From a distance you might mistake the all-new Superb for an Octavia, as it carries the same design language. However, the closer you get, it’s the size that reveals the true identity of the car. You would agree that the outgoing model felt stretched in the middle when viewed from the side profile.

Nevertheless, the latest iteration is far from that and looks proportionate in every viewing angle. The grille shape and overall lines of the headlamps lend the fascia an aggressive posture. Move on to the sides and you will appreciate how the extra length of the car has been smartly subdued in the design cues. This is also where you will notice the two alloy wheel shapes that differentiate the Style from the L&K version. The rear is characterised by the long tail lamps that move from the boot lid and curve on to the fenders. We wish Skoda gave the Superb a more spectacular overall design to keep the buyer excited as the present look does not really make it a crowdpuller.

 

CABIN

The interior of the facelifted Superb remains nearly the same as in the outgoing model. The only change apparently is the replacement of the 4-spoke steering wheel with a 3-spoke, multi-function steering wheel. There is also a change in the music-system, which is now a Bluetooth-enabled Bolero audio system.

Depending on the trim level (Ambition or Elegance), the interior equipment, however, includes features like electrically adjustable Nappa leather seats, sunroof, eight airbags, dual-zone auto climate control and air-con vents on the B-pillar for rear occupants. But, even lower trim Ambition has a lot of small bits, like the rear privacy screen, that really add to the appeal of this car.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

There’s a reason why this road test has been written and why you’re reading it. This is probably the most important section in this article, apart from the next one. Yes, this one’s about the source of all the power that is good in this world – that sweet V6 engine! Replacing the 1.8 litre unit in the Superb’s engine bay is a 3597 cc, direct injection, transversely mounted V6 mill. The engine is naturally aspirated though, which means it makes about 260 PS of power at 6000 revs. 350 Nm of torque kick in at 2500rpm and stay at maximum value all the way till 5000rpm – plastering a huge smile across your face as the car rocks from side to side when you blip the throttle in neutral. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed DSG with Tiptronic manual gear changing. While the engine-‘box combination works well, we would have liked to see the 7-speed DSG that does duty in the TSI to be employed here as well – that engine deserves it! Taking all that power down to the tarmac on the Superb V6 is an all-time four wheel drive system that distributes power to all four wheels seeking out immense levels of grip from the Superb’s tyres.

90-100 km/h comes up in just under 9 seconds and while you’re eyes are busy trying to make sense as the world goes by in a blur and your back is pinned against the nicely supportive seats, your ears will be at peace – savouring the magnum opus that is the sweet sound of the  uperb’s V6. While some may argue that the sprint time isn’t exactly better than any of the other V6 engines in the Superb’s segment – all the inertia of the 4×4 system and restrictions in launching at higher rpms with an automatic gearbox tend to take away a bit of the Superb V6’s 100 km/h dash time. Also, this car is heavy – at 1750 kg, just under 9 seconds is a respectable time indeed!

The quarter mile came up in 16.39 seconds with the Superb hitting speeds just under 140 km/h and going on to accelerate way past the 200 km/h mark before quite simply put, we ran out of road! But what really gets you liking the Superb V6 are the car’s brakes. Feel is extremely positive with huge amounts of feedback that make you believe you’re in control of the car the whole time. The Superb V6 will stop dead from 100 km/h in just 2.86 seconds and creep ahead 41 metres in doing so. But the real beauty of the V6 engine is not in the 100 km/h dash nor in the braking. It’s in the way the Superb responds when you floor the pedal while overtaking. It simply makes mince-meat out of every other normal car on the road. You won’t have to flinch or even think twice before planning that next overtaking move – all you have to do is imagine it and it’s already done!

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

There’s a greater need for cars with supple suspension that is able to allow fluid handling over poor surfaces without feeling vague or sloppy. The Skoda Superb is just such a car. You don’t get super-sharp steering and razor responses from a Superb, because it isn’t that sort of car. It’s meant instead to give its occupants a serene ride, and if the driver can enjoy the process, so much the better.

Body control at speed, over undulations and through bends is excellent. Naturally, this nose-heavy, softly sprung Skoda understeers strongly if coaxed too quickly into a corner, and any line-tightening it offers in response to a lifted accelerator is too languid to be of much practical use.

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But if you drive the Skoda in the flowing fashion it encourages, it shows strong grip, terrific poise and confident steering. Mercifully, given the breadth of range brought by the multitude of engine, transmission and driven wheels combination, suspension is standard on all the Superbs and is hard to fault. Stick with the big-selling 17- or 18-inch alloys and you can’t go wrong.

 

SAFETY

Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sale.

 

CONCLUSSION

Skoda is offering the ideal product for their King. The Superb looks stunning, is spacious and one of the most  eature loaded vehicles in its segment. This makes it a great option to consider and one of the value for money products in this segment. Skoda has the premium brand value and then the space, features and power vis-a-vis price. The time has come to pamper yourself.

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Skoda Superb Ex Showroom Price in Ahmedabad ranges from  /- (Superb Style 2.0 TDI AT) to  32,39,726/- (Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT).Skoda Superb has 5 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Skoda Superb comes in 6 colours, namely Magic Black,Magnetic Brown,Amethyst Royal,Candy White,Rosso Brunello,Lava Blue.

Toyota Prius Reviews – Toyota Prius Price, Photos, and Specs

Toyota Prius Price in India

 

The Toyota Prius had set a new benchmark in the luxury hybrid car segment. The new Toyota Prius has been upgraded in terms of performance parameters and styling features. The exteriors feature new LED headlamps and fog lamps with daytime running lights. The new interior features introduced in this model include a multi-information instrument cluster with a head-up display and a new touchscreen display music system with 10 speakers. The safety features of seven airbags, including driver knee airbag, ABS with EBD and traction control, are featured in this model.

EXTERIOR AND STYLE

Most of the automakers spend relatively more time on the drawing board when it comes to designing a hybrid or electric vehicle. There are no exceptions in the case of the Prius, as Toyota has paid special attention to the futuristic styling of this hybrid vehicle. It is indeed an attention seeker because of its unique design and for the fact that there are very few examples on our roads. Up front the Prius boasts of a sharp headlight cluster housing projector lamps along with a thin grille divided by the Toyota logo, which is highlighted in blue shade to tell that it’s a hybrid Toyota. On the front bumper it gets a wide air inlet that integrates fog lamps alongside vertically shaped turn indicators, which is a neat touch.

The side profile of the Toyota Prius reflects a fish like design. The steeply raked windshield blends with the swoopy roofline that ends immediately at the angular shaped tail of the car. There is a sharp shoulder line on the side that erupts from the headlights and continues till the tail lights. The 15-inch wheels look a tad small in proportion to the well-sized body. The rear is the most attractive part of the Prius, where the hatch acts as a rear windshield blended with the roofline, which drops flat at the end, pointed with a sharp edge that looks like an integrated spoiler. The rear bumper is big and chunky and the vertical tail lamps are sharply treated with shiny bits, attracting good attention at the rear.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

The new Toyota Prius has received an interior with just enough changes to call it new. The car’s traditional high-mounted driver information cluster appears to have remained in place. In fact, this particular design strategy has been a staple for quite some time now, going all the way back to Asian models like the Toyota Vios.The multi-layered dashboard is a nice touch and I also like how the chrome trim creates a separate compartment for the new infotainment screen and the HVAC control buttons at the bottom.

The biggest issue I see is the size and positioning of the gear shifter. It’s one thing for the shifter to be small or located in an unusual place. It’s another thing for it to be both, which is what you’ll get on the new Prius. The white surround does pop out from the mostly black interior, but it looks like it’s made of plastic. The mobile phone charger and the cup holders in the tunnel are nice and functional additions.For the most part, the cabin looks clean and smooth, although it might have been better off with a more traditional transmission tunnel instead of having the shifter resemble a video game joystick.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The Toyota Prius uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive that in this application comprises a 98hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine – that runs the efficient Atkinson cycle – and a 53kW (72hp) electric motor that draws power from a 6.5Ah nickel-metal hydride battery. Do note, the latest Prius is also available with a superior lithium-ion battery but the higher cost is sure to have ruled it out for India. The combined output of the hybrid system is 122hp.Getting going in a Prius is an occasion, or actually a non-occasion. Provided there’s enough juice in the battery, the Prius will come to life in full-electric mode giving you the opportunity to make a noise and emission-free getaway. The Prius can run in full-electric mode, and on battery power alone, at speeds up to 50kph but you’ll have to be gentle with throttle inputs to manage so; the combustion engine wakes up when the system senses that more power is needed, or simply when the battery needs charging. Full-electric mode is perfectly useable in city traffic and there’s ample power on call to keep pace with traffic. When the engine does kick in, you can feel the additional power at your disposal. With both engine and motor at work, the Prius does manage to feel brisk enough. What is good is that the CVT gearbox doesn’t spoil the experience as it does on the Camry Hybrid, with far less of that irritating ‘rubber band’ effect. But outright performance is anyway not the focus here, fuel economy is. The Prius boasts an ARAI-tested fuel economy of 26.27kpl, though the car’s onboard computer showed a figure closer to 18kpl on our drive that included city streets and smooth moving highway stretches. Think about it, only a few small cars deliver that sort of efficiency.

Also impressive is the Prius’ overall level of refinement. The petrol engine runs quietly for the most part and only sounds strained when you really extend it, while much of the other sounds from outside stay where they belong.The new Prius is the first car to be built on Toyota’s new modular TNGA platform that will eventually underpin everything from compact sportscars to SUVs. And if the Prius’ generally impressive driving manners are a sign of things to come, there’s a lot to expect from future Toyotas. Yes, this is a Prius that you can actually have some fun behind the wheel of. It does roll considerably in the corners but the steering feels nicely weighted and offers pretty good feel, and there is good grip on offer too. Even brake pedal feel (the Prius uses regenerative braking) is much improved. And though squeaky, the low rolling resistance tyres also hold on quite gamely. Make no mistake though. The new Prius is not a sporty car. But rather than feeling like an appliance as old Prius models did, this one feels like a nice-to-drive mainstream car. For one, it’s a whole lot nicer to drive than Toyota’s own Camry Hybrid.

RIDE AND HANDLING

Strong disc brakes clamp down on the front as well as the rear, and we thought that the overall braking quality was superb. Cornering is easy, and slowing down and halting requires little strain. There is no body roll, but high speed does shake up the inside a bit. Coming to the suspension system, there is a McPherson strut armed onto the front axle. We thought that the overall ride was comfortable enough, but conditions could defer depending on the road terrain. The vehicle absorbs moderate road anomalies well, and we thought an average Indian passenger would feel quite satisfied with the overall comfort.

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BRAKING AND SAFETY

The Toyota Prius Hybrid features has ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear. The firm grip on the road by the alloy wheels is further improved with anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and traction control, assuring effortless driving on all sources. The safety features in this variant include airbags for the driver, co-passenger, side airbag at the front, curtain airbags at the rear and driver knee airbag.

CONCLUSSION

Here’s the thing with the new Prius ­­– given the lack of support from the government in terms of taxation, it is expensive. What’s more, one can buy more conventional cars for similar money that offer better features, more driving fun, and even higher practicality and comfort. What these conventional cars lack, however, is a statement. So, if I had an M3 in my garage to burn both fuel and rubber over the weekends, and I had judgmental friends at the club, I’d buy the Prius as my second car in a heartbeat; you know to handle the daily commute and put a lid on the club gossip.

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Toyota Prius Ex Showroom Price in Kolkata ranges from  45,24,000/- (Prius Z8) to  45,24,000/- (Prius Z8).Toyota Prius has 1 Variants of Hybrid are available in India. Toyota Prius comes in 7 colours, namely Emotional Red,Attitude Black Mica,Grey Metallic,Silver Metallic,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Super White,Dark Blue Mica Metallic.

New BMW X5 review, road test

BMW X5 Price In India

 

BMW, the Munich based luxury motor brand, has been selling a fleet of luxurious SUVs and sedans in India. X5, being one of its much anticipated SUV, has been launched by the company in an all new avatar in a bid to entice more buyers and set its cash registers ringing at the Indian auto industry. Presenting the third generation of this SUV, BMW wheeled out X5 in form of a single variant – xDrive30d Design Pure. It is being offered at a price of Rs. 70.9 Lakhs, Ex. Showroom, India. There is an array of cosmetic changes being carried out in the SUV both inside and out. The German engineers haven’t left any stone unturned in making it luxurious than ever and loading it with never-seen-before off-roading capabilities. Being touted as world’s most successful ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’, it is being manufactured locally at company’s Chennai plant which has subsequently resulted in a lesser price. The company also announced that its deliveries would be commenced by June end across all the dealerships available in India. Being presented with company’s Twinturbo V6 diesel motor, it has the requisite potential to non-nonchalantly outclass its contemporaries.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

As previously mentioned, there isn’t a whole lot worth talking about when it comes to these spy shots. The vehicle is clearly a BMW X5, but it has no side skirts, a minimal front fascia, and some headlights that look like they were borrowed from a 2000 BMW X5. The front fascia may be the skeleton of what the next X5’s will look like, but at this point, even that is speculation. If that hood is what we’ll see on the production model, it will be significantly toned down from the current model, but chances are, it is just a decoy used on this early test mule.

Looking at the sides, we can make out a body line along the doors and fenders that is similar to the current model. Since there is also lower body lines, it’s possible these doors will make it onto the next production model. To the rear, there is a rather bland fascia that will likely be styled completely differently by the time we see the next go around at testing. I don’t even know what to say about the taillights. If they are part of the new design, they will be a huge departure from the current model. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these are likely makeshift lights, used to make the test mule road legal, of new units under very heavy camo.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

A luxurious cabin is pivotal for shoppers at this price point and the new X5 delivers quite well on that front. From the moment you get behind the wheel, the cabin feels elegantly put together with plenty of quality materials around. An unlacquered belt of wood runs across the facia and is neatly integrated around the gearlever and in the doorpads as well. Then there’s the crisp, high-definition 10.2-inch media interface that’s powered by BMW’s iDrive system, which is still the most intuitive to use. What’s especially useful is that the screen can be split in two, letting you customise the content on display. So you can choose to have your music information and navigation displayed together, or even real-time power and torque figures, which are fun to look at. Also, the screen is quite non-reflective and has superb clarity, as does the rear-view camera.The pampering continues with an onboard LTE/3G WiFi hotspot and in-car Facebook and Twitter apps. There’s internet radio too! Standard equipment includes a brilliant-sounding Harman Kardon audio setup, four-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity (which is very easy to pair with) and cruise control. The iDrive controller now gets a convenient scratchpad which lets you scribble alphabets or numbers with your finger, for easier access to your phonebook and playlists. If anything, it teaches you to write with your left hand!

The large front seats offer great all-round support and are very comfortable, regardless of your build. But shorter drivers may find the instrument binnacle a bit too high even with the seat jacked up. Moving to the middle row, the 40:20:20 splitting seats are nicely cushioned and can be sufficiently reclined, but the squab itself feels a size too small, leading to limited thigh support. Knee room, however, is good and the flat floor means the middle occupant sits in reasonable comfort. What’s disappointing, though, is the third row – utility is limited strictly to children. The seats are half-size and even after sliding the second row forward, adults will find getting in or out neither easy nor very dignified.So while this may technically be a seven-seater, the X5 is best used as a five-seater with the last row folded down, which makes room for a very accommodating 650 litres of baggage. The split tailgate is carried over from before, with the top-half being electrically operated; the extent to which it opens is adjustable too.

 

ENGINE AND GEARBOX

The BMW X5 comes with only one engine option, which is the xDrive 30d. This is a 3.0-litre straight six diesel engine that makes 258bhp of max power and 559Nm of torque. The transmission is a eight-speed unit that transmits the power to all four wheels. It has four driving modes, as usual Eco-Pro mode for lesser gas emission and better fuel efficiency, Comfort for normal driving, Sport mode for a real BMW driving experience and then last being a Sport+ mode which is specifically created for an individual driving pleasure where it automatically turns off the electronic stability program (ESP).

The 3.0-litre engine just does not give you anytime to think and react, once the gas pedal is pressed hard, it just takes off the mark in no time. The power delivery was more than adequate to put sedans to a shame, thanks to the equal distribution of the power to the front and rear wheels. The Sport mode will give you a thrilling experience catching up three digit speeds ina very short span of time. Shifting from Eco-Pro to Sport mode brings prompt and evident changes in its driving dynamics such as the heaviness of the steering wheel and surge of power behind the wheels and the needle touching the red line mark before every gearshift.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The X5 takes a departure from other BMW’s in the dynamics department. Based on the 5-Series platform, the X5 doesn’t feel stiff like BMW’s are known for but the ridiculously low profile tyres on our test car do take a toll on the ride quality when you go on really bad roads. These 285/35/21 and 325/30/21 tyres are optional and the chances of damaging the rim on our bad roads are quite high. There is no space save either and it’s best to stick with the regular 18-inch wheels. The ride quality is good on Comfort mode, there is no thud on bad roads but the car becomes too harsh on Sport modes which becomes immediately apparent as soon as you switch the mode.

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In Sport+ mode, the traction control switches off and the modes also alter the steering and suspension besides tweaking the engine and gearbox. The X5 comes with air suspension and electronic damper control, the rear suspension is also self levelling. Ground clearance isn’t as much as you would expect from an SUV and you can’t manually raise the ride height either, this does hamper off-roading although the X Drive system is more than up for the job to traverse any given path (it can send 100% power to either axle). The steering is well weighed but doesn’t get too heavy at high speeds and has a bit of slack in the centre at certain speeds, it isn’t as responsive as other BMWs. Handling is good but all that weight does result in some body roll when you aggressively push the X5 around corners. The SUV does remain glued to the road at high speeds and braking performance is excellent with speeds shedding in no time.

 

SAFETY

The company has not compromised in matters related to safety as this machine comes loaded with an array of elements that increases the level of security. Around six airbags are on the offer to prevent possible injury caused due to an impact, while all the occupants get three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters. Electronic immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft, whereas the advanced ABS, cornering brake control as well as dynamic stability control are helpful in boosting the braking performance besides keeping the machine in good control. Other attributes such as the BMW Condition Based Service, ISOFIX child seat mounting and run flat indicator also aid for a safer journey.

 

CONCLUSSION

It is hard to really draw a conclusion on a model that is so heavily camouflaged, and lacking so many production-ready features. What I can say is that based on how well the X5 evolved from the first generation to the second, that BMW isn’t likely to disappoint when this model is finally spotted in full production form. I was already a big fan of the X5 in its current form, so I’m hoping that Bimmer doesn’t go overboard with trying to improve the model. I’m looking forward to seeing the next shots we get of the future X5.

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Bmw X5 Ex Showroom Price in Jaipur ranges from  67,90,000/- (X5 xDrive30d Expedition) to  80,08,850/- (X5 xDrive30d M Sport).Bmw X5 has 5 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Bmw X5 comes in 6 colours, namely Black Sapphire (metallic),Alpine White,Glacier Silver (metallic),Space Grey (metallic),Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect (metallic),Sparkling Brown ( Metallic ).

Here’s why SBI Cap initiates coverage on Tiger Logistic with ‘buy’

SBI Cap Securities has initiated coverage with a buy rating on Tiger Logistic, saying as revenues growing at 25 percent CAGR over the past 5 years, it foresees the company almost doubling its net profit margin to 4.7 percent by FY19 in a span of 5 years.

The brokerage house has set a target price of Rs 275 for the stock, giving an upside potential of 27 percent from current levels.

It has valued Tiger at a P/E of 20x of its FY18 earnings estimate, which it believes is on conservative side as average of industry is way above it at 22.8.

SBI Cap says its well diversified business portfolio, asset light business model, focus on new areas, expansion in new domestic markets, higher focus on defence logistics and focus on improving import logistics revenue share are key investment rationales.

Tiger is one of the country’s leading providers of end-to-end supply chain solutions. Incorporated in 2000, Tiger entered into logistic space with a prime focus on international logistics.

The company has well diversified horizontal business spread. It currently operates as international freight forwarders, custom clearance agents, transporters, custom consultants and project transportation specialists with no geographical boundaries.

Moreover, with no client contributing more than 17 percent of the topline, the business is also vertically well spread with reduced dependence of revenue on any single client, the brokerage house says.

Company operates in 3 segments – one is multimodal logistic, which accounts for approximately 55 percent of total revenue, second is transportation, which accounts for around 20 percent and lastly the custom house agent, which accounts for rest of the pie.

Majority of its revenue is sourced from sectors like automobiles (contributed 23 percent to FY16 revenue), project logistics (34 percent), commodities (20 percent), defence (around 10 percent) & others.

It says past performance of the company instills a sense of confidence & belief about the future prospects of company.

Company’s topline has grown at a CAGR of 23 percent in last 5 years, whereas company’s operating profits have grown at a CAGR of 24 percent during same period which highlights its margin improvement efforts. This growth is far above industry average for the same period. The growth in top line is driven by growth in volumes. However, realisation per TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent unit) has declined due to competitive scenario.

As compared to its peers (Gateway Distriparks, VRL Logistics, Gati, Sical Logistics, Kesar and Allcargo), Tiger has outperformed in terms of revenue and PAT growth. Tiger has a competitive return on capital employed and return on equity. It has high growth potential, majorly because of its higher focus on international logistics and its potential business growth from import logistic, the brokerage house believes.

India spends around 14.4 percent of its GDP on logistics and transportation as compared to less than 8 percent by the other developing countries as per The Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India.

SBI Cap says Indian logistics industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9 percent between 2015 and 2020. Indian freight transport market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.35 percent by 2020 driven by the growth in the manufacturing, retail, FMCG and e-commerce sectors. Freight transport market in India is expected to be worth USD 307.70 billion by 2020.

It further says logistic industry has a strong positive correlation with economic activity. From the overall market trend and macro economic analyses it can be understood that the overall macro factors like infrastructure spending, Make in India, revival in investment cycle and GST rollout are in favor of logistics.

However, the brokerage house says the risk for its recommendation could be company’s dependency on other logistic player, change in foreign regulation & policy, any delay in infra projects and raising working capital & debtors collection days.

Source: MoneyControl

Datsun Go Review & Specifications

Datsun Go Price in India

 

Datsun unveiled their first Indian product a hatchback which they christened as GO couple of months ago.The Sketches which were revealed earlier clearly showed that the new hatchback looks aggressive and stylish as well, and when it was finally unveiled it looked almost same as it was highlighted in the sketch. Datsun is all set to launch the GO on 19th March to compete against the other small car manufacturers of India like the Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai which are already present in the Indian market for quite some now. The Datsun GO hatchback is presently being developed by Nissan India at its Chennai technical facility.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

Similar is the case with the Indian car market. The sub 4-metre and the small size engine duty have made the business a bit too complicated for car manufacturers. Compact-size sedans and even SUVs are making their way, with some compromise. However, Datsun has introduced a larger hatch called as the Datsun GO+. It is being marketed as a compact utility vehicle and does it do that? We take it for a weekend camping trip and find out how much of the addition exists.

The PLUS stands for the larger boot and additional third row of seating. The Datsun GO+ is based on the GO, and it shows the striking resemblance. The fascia’s of both are the same and the body design is the same till the rear door. After which the belt line rises as you move towards the rear and even the wheel haunches are protuberant. The blacked-out door pillar after the rear door (C-pillar) has a lesser glass area and this makes it very prominent. The roof also gently slopes downwards towards the rear. The boot lid of the Datsun GO+ is a new body part and the tail lamps are the same as the GO. The rear bumper looks stylish and does look muscular.

The length of the Datsun GO+ is under 4 metres, so it is as long as the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. However, what this offers is extra flexibility with another row of seating or a humongous boot, when compared to the compact sedans and SUVs. As the ground clearance is the same, it drives like any other compact car and is easy to manoeuvre through tight city lanes with a turning radius of 4.6 metres.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

Get inside this new hatch and you will like what you find inside, definitely Hyundai has set a new benchmark when it comes to interiors with their budget hatch Eon and when you compare Datsun Go’s interior the later looks and feels pretty basic and bland.The front dashboard looks boring with the round air vents which has once again been borrowed from Nissan Micra what is interesting though is that you won’t be getting any audio player with this new hatch instead Datsun has provided a holder which can hold any mobile audio device such as an I-pod or your mobile and it also has been provided with a aux in audio input jack so your phone or I-pod becomes in car entertainment system. The rest of the instrument cluster and dials looks pretty basic too but the small digital display provides lot of useful information such as rev counter, trip computer for average fuel consumption and fuel gauge.

Let me mention one more interesting thing about the dashboard here the gear lever has been fitted along with the dashboard in order to save space in the front seats. The dashborad does not have a glovebox instead it has a parcel tray just beneath the dashboard.The front seat or it would sound appropriate if I call it a bench because just between the two front bucket seats there is an additional cushion which joins both the driver and passenger seats and it can easily fit a third passenger but Datsun in particular has made it clear that this small space is strictly for a small children. Another disappointing thing is that although it has been provided with a cushioning there are no seat belts provided for the third passenger at the front.

The designers have given this new hatch a wider shape and thus have pushed the doors and wheels at the front and rear end of the car to create more space in its interiors moreover it also has been provides with a 265 liters of boot space where you can store some luggage easily which too is impressive for a entry level hatch of this size.The Go hatch interiors are definitely not luxurious but has ample of space inside although the interiors looks bit dull and boring with grey plastics and seat fabrics but this is only an entry level hatch and so expecting anything more will be bit silly.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

With a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor already doing duty in the Micra and Micra Active, Nissan didn’t have to look too far for an engine. In brief, it’s an all-aluminium unit that produces 67bhp at 5,000rpm. And with just 788kg to hurl around, it does a rather impressive job of giving the Go some real go. A bit of hesitation at low revs apart, the Datsun feels very peppy at typical city speeds and it responds well to light throttle inputs. You can also pull away from low engine speeds in higher gears with ease, which means fewer gearshifts. Part of the credit for this goes to the smartly chosen (if slightly tall) gear ratios. Interestingly, the Go doesn’t use the Micra’s Renault-sourced gearbox (code: JH), because it was too expensive. Instead, Nissan has dusted off an older five-speed unit (code: FY) and pressed it into service here. This is not the most modern of gearboxes and there’s a noticeable whine at all times. The gearshift is slightly notchy too, but doesn’t require much effort. Neither does the clutch, which is light and progressive.

The mid range and top end of this motor are the best bits, with power flowing seamlessly and never leaving you wanting for more. There’s a delightful little surge every time you floor the throttle in the meat of the revband. The engine does get noisy after 4,000rpm, but never to point of feeling strained or harsh. That’s probably because Nissan has fixed the rev limiter at a rather low 5,250rpm in the interest of fuel economy, so you’ll often find yourself maxing the car in each gear earlier than you’d expect.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Datsun Go handles almost all the irregularities of the Indian roads pretty well with only the large pot holes giving it the wobble. The suspension does a nice job of absorbing them but the absence of any kind of insulation means even though you won’t feel the smallest of the disturbances of the roads, you will hear them.The light steering is good for the city driving and gains good weight on the highways at higher speeds. Straight line stability is good but an upgrade for the tyres is strictly recommended. Braking is satisfactory but without ABS, sudden braking made both the car and us nervous.

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SAFETY FEATURES

The Datsun GO features a speed-sensitive electronic power steering system, which is well weighed. It isn’t as light as a Hyundai, but is convenient for both – city as well as highway duties. The gearbox has precise throws but feels a tad notchy.The downside for the Datsun GO is lack of enough safety features. Unlike the Alto 800, the GO doesn’t get airbags on any of its variants. While it runs disc brakes up front, it doesn’t get anti-lock brakes. Wheel lock-ups are therefore, evident under hard braking

 

CONCLUSSION

Our initial stint with the Datsun GO has impressed us. The car has a lot going for it. While most vehicles in this segment offer a compromised product, Nissan has given first time car buyers a genuinely good alternative although cost cutting is glaringly evident in many places. The GO not only ticks the right boxes when it comes to important criterias like space, comfort, ride quality, efficiency and affordability, it is also appealing and not obnoxiously shaped like some of its rivals. The 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty is just the cherry on the GO (no pun intended) and as ironic as it may sound, the GO’s chief rival has its name in its tagline. Nissan is serious about the Indian market and with its solo journey commenced for sales and service, the Datsun GO is undoubtedly one of the best cars for the first time car buyer.

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Datsun Go Ex Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from  3,27,503/- (Go D) to  4,27,440/- (Go T Optional).Datsun Go has 5 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Datsun Go comes in 6 colours, namely Ruby,Sky,Silver,Grey,White,Blue.