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Land Rover Discovery Hatchback First Look Review

Land Rover Discovery Test Drive in Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery Overview

The new Land Rover Discovery is a big deal product for the Tata-owned British SUV maker. The New York Auto Show saw the unveiling of the Discovery Vision Concept. What followed, as a production model soon after, was the Discovery Sport that replaced the Freelander2. But what many people missed was that the concept shown then was really the design study for the next generation Discovery or as Land Rover calls it – the Discovery 5. It is the most technologically and dynamically capable Discovery – since the brand debuted way back in 1989. And even though it goes by the 5 in its name its really the 3rd generation.

A premium workhorse, the Discovery is positioned very clearly as a family car by Land Rover. The new car is also just that, albeit in a plush and luxurious package. The focus of the Discovery is to provide a powerful, efficient car with a flexible and roomy interior – that’s also loaded with tech. If you are looking for sheer performance, then this isn’t the car for you, and you’re better off staying in Range Rover Sport territory in that case. The Discovery is for those who want to move themselves and their loved ones around, in comfort and style. But in India, it will no doubt still be presented to us as luxury vehicle, which is sad really, since that is not what the Discovery is meant to be!

Land Rover Discovery Appearance

The new Land Rover Discovery exterior, as mentioned before has a new futuristic look to it and as soon as you look at closely you get know that it’s a proper upgrade to the outgoing Discovery. The new LED headlamps look really futuristic and Range Rover like although it carries that sleek look with a blockydesigned back with new LED tail lamps. The glass roof adds to the attitude in its looks with new 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels. The size of the wheels depends on which variant one goes for.

Land Rover Discovery Comfort

The Land Rover Discovery interiors make you feel bright and airy, and the materials used are probably best in class. There is a lot to like about the interiors of this car as it comes with plenty of cool features, like there are plenty of storage spaces with large door bins that easily fit in a normal 1.5 L bottle. The central space is quite deep and can be refrigerated if one goes for the upper variants.

There are five Land Rover Discovery variants: S, SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and First Edition, where S is the most basic one, and HSE Luxury and First Edition are the top ones. A lot of features may differ depending on the variant. Land Rover Discovery colours are available in Solid, Metallic and Premium Metallic colours, with a total of 17 colour options and an option to have black alloys. Also, not to miss is the 14- speaker Meridian surround sound system, which is available inthe HSE and the First Edition variants.Check for Land Rover Discovery price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Land Rover Discovery Engine

The Land Rover Discovery price in India starts from Rs. 68.05 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to more than Rs. 1 Crore if you go for the top-end variant. The new Discovery comes with 2 engine options: 3.0 L turbocharged diesel and 3.0 L supercharged petrol both mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and being 6- cylinder engines. The Land Rover Discovery specifications for the engine are, 190 bhp of power and 600 nm of torque for the diesel engine, while the petrol engine is sportier, producing 250 bhp of power and 450 Nm of torque. You also get the terrain response with lower gear ratios.

The new Land Rover Discovery mileage has gone up due to the loss of weight. The earlier Discovery used to give around 11 kmpl of mileage, while the new one gives around 13 kmpl, which is not bad at as this kind of efficiency and does justice to the Land Rover Discovery price.

Land Rover Discovery Riding

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.To know more details on Land Rover Discovery check Pasear-w

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery On Road Price is 90,42,581/- and Ex-showroom Price is 75,83,700/- in Hyderabad. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black. Land Rover Discovery comes with AWD with 2995 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 335 bhp@6500 rpm and Peak Torque 450 Nm@3500-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.1 seconds . Land Rover Discovery comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .Apply car loan for Land Rover Discovery at Fincarz.

Land Rover Discovery Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery has been an iconic model ever since launch the late 1940s for its impressive off roading capabilities. The Land Rover Discovery is available with a 3.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine which is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission. It also has an all wheel drive system for tackling the rough terrain with ease. The Land Rover Discovery is available in ten colours, Baltic Blue, Bali Blue, Santorini Black, Nara Bronze , Marmaris Teal, Indus Silver, Ipanema Sand, Firenze Red, Siberian Silver and Fuji White

Volvo XC60 Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Volvo XC60 Overview

The XC60 is Volvo’s global bestselling car model line, and also Europe’s number one seller in the premium compact SUV segment. That’s quite a reputation – especially for a car that comes from a brand that was ready to be written off not so long ago, isn’t it? And being a brand’s best selling model in the last year of its life cycle – is even more creditable, given it was surrounded in showrooms by much newer and popular models like the S90, V90/V90 Cross Country, XC90, and facelifted V40 too. It also accounts for 35% of Volvo’s sales in India. This is significant since Volvo is now poised for growth in India.

The Volvo XC60 will come to us by November 2017. It will be a direct import for starters and therefore, we will get only one fully loaded Inscription variant. Volvo has announced that it will now also begin assembling cars in India an so eventually the XC60 will also move to being assembled here. The first generation of the Volvo XC60 came in 2007, and was developed at a time when Ford still owned Volvo. It was also a time when any brand looking for volumes or success of any kind, simply had to get into the compact SUV game.

Volvo already had the credibility with its XC90 fullsizer and so the XC60 naturally took on many of its attributes, while still providing safe, adventurous and capable off- and on-road usability. So, it was obviously always going to be hard to bring that car’s successor to the market. The new XC60 had to be all that and more. It needed to better its predecessor in every which way – while still looking sexy and offering frugality. And let me tell you, that Volvo has knocked it out of the park with the second generation – and how.

Volvo XC60 Style

The 2018 Volvo XC60 carries the Volvo Cars’ family design philosophy and the face of the SUV (especially in that colour) will remind of Volvo XC90 SUV. In other words, the Volvo XC60 is the shorter version of Volvo XC90. The design is bold and aggressive and it indeed looks good from every angle. The face of XC60 incorporates Thor’s hammer sideways T-shaped LED headlights. The vehicles wheelbase is 4.2 inch shorter than the Volvo XC90 buy is still 3.6 inch longer than the first-generation Volvo XC60 which has helped Volvo to increase the rear seating space. The XC60 is also longer, wider and shorter than its predecessor.

Under the Scandinavian metal clothing is the Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which is a modular platform that also underpins the XC90, S90 and the V90. The use of this platform has allowed the designers to express freely diminish the XC90 and with the XC60 it is now possible to get an affordable XC90. Check for Volvo XC60 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Volvo XC60 Space

Like the exterior, the interior has been thoroughly refreshed and brought in line to current Volvo standards. The slab-like dash and the beige interior of the old car have made way for a far sportier cabin finished in some nice-looking brushed metal inserts and an attractive layout. Volvo has also used high grade leather, dull wood and chrome bits for the clean and rather cool looking dashboard. The lack of buttons and plenty of horizontal surfacing makes the whole dash clutter-free. The touchscreen display measures in at 9-inches and has the sort of functionality that’s like a tablet or an Apple device. Nearly all of the XC60’s functions can be engaged via the large touchscreen and while the display is slick and responds really well, we are not sure if it’s the most convenient way especially on the move. As for the quality, the XC60 is well built and is right up there with the leaders but some of the interior bits could be better finished – the main volume controller and the engine start/stop knob feel a little flimsy.

The XC60 has one of the best front seats (in terms of support) that we have experienced in a long time. They are large and adequately wide with just the right amount of contour and perfect cushioning. Also, it’s easy to find a suitable driving position in thanks to a plethora of steering and seat adjustment. Similarly, the rear legroom is ample and the back seats are extremely supportive and leave little room for complaints – the backrest angle is near perfect and its nicely contoured for shoulder support. The only downside, as we see it, is the slightly less under-thigh support and the helmed in feeling that one may get from the small rear windows and the narrow ingress.

Volvo has truly gone to town with features and safety equipment. You get panoramic sunroof, head-up display, leather seats, paddle shifters, a sweet sounding Bowers and Wilkins audio system, 9-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, ambient lighting and lots more. The XC60 even gets heated and cooled front seats with massage function, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, air suspension all-round and a plethora of driving assists including lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot assist. We tried out the lane-keep assist on the fast and windy ECR (East Coast Road) in Chennai and found the system to be fairly effective as long as the roads were properly marked.To know more details on Volvo XC60 check Icps2016

Volvo XC60 Gearbox

Under the muscular hood of the XC90 rests Volvo’s 2-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor that makes a solid 235bhp and 480Nm of torque. Thanks to the class-leading output, the XC60 feels brisk from the word go. On part throttle, the car is quick to react both in the city and at higher speeds thanks to the flat torque spread and a quick 8-speed automatic. If anything, this engine behaves its best on part throttle wherein it can ride the wave of torque and allow the gearbox to upshift early. The midrange pull is particularly strong and even at the top-end, this motor remains composed. The overall refinement levels, in fact, are quite high with little in terms of engine and road noise entering the cabin at normal speeds.

The highlight of the XC60’s running gear is the electronically controlled air suspension with adaptive dampers. It not only constantly adapts to the road conditions but offers a whole lot more. For instance, it will keep the car at a constant height and level, irrespective of the passenger or luggage load. What’s more, when the engine is turned off, it will lower the car by 40mm for easy exit or entry. Finally, it will lower the car to its lowest setting at high speeds for better stability and increase the ground clearance by up to 40mm in Off-Road driving mode.

Speaking of driving modes, the XC60 has five of them – Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road and Individual. Unsurprisingly, the Volvo feels the calmest in Eco, with its throttle response feeling mushy and the gearbox upshifting early. Switch to Dynamic and you get a steering that’s noticeably heavier and a gearbox that hangs onto lower gears and upshifts over 4,500rpm. That being said, we found the XC60 to be the most intuitive in Individual mode as it allows the driver to alter the steering, gearbox, brakes and the suspension separately to suit their mood.

Volvo XC60 Driving

As far as the Volvo XC60 handling is concerned, the new PowerPulse engine is a very powerful unit with minimum lag and quick responding gearbox. The new 4-cylinder engine is a clean burning fuel and it is efficienct as well. It holds it lines very well through fast corners and Volvo’s massive safety systems means you are absolutely safe while doing so. Thinking of the rough road ride, the Violvo XC60 can glide through big patches easily with its air suspension system..

Volvo XC60 Safety

Known for its safety, Volvo’s XC60 has ventilated disk brakes for both the front as well as rear wheels and no compromises when it comes to installation of airbags, you get safety airbags for every passenger. While the automatic height adjustable seat belts and the intelligent driver information system are one of the highlights of Volvo XC60 Braking and Safety features.

Volvo XC60 Cost in Bangalore

Volvo XC60 On Road Price is 66,32,717/- and Ex-showroom Price is 52,90,000/- in Bangalore. Volvo XC60 comes in 4 colours, namely Black Sapphire Metallic,Bright Silver Metallic,Crystal White Pearl,Rich Java. Volvo XC60 comes with FWD with 1984 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 181 bhp@4250 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Volvo XC60 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Volvo XC60 Final Thought

So is the 2017 Volvo XC60 good enough to compete with its rivals with more popular badges? It certainly is. As a premium mid-size SUV it nails the brief quite nicely, featuring a refined and powerful motor, well sorted dynamics and an exquisite cabin that’s loaded to the roofline. Although what sets it apart from the rest is its full suite of active features and that sense of individuality you get from driving a Volvo. So if you are in the market for a mid-size SUV that’s a little out there, the XC60 is worthy choice, if you can get around Volvo’s sparse dealer network, that is.

Datsun redi GO Review & Test Drive

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Datsun redi GO Overview

Automatic transmissions are gaining popularity in India as our roads are becoming more congested with every passing day. In order to offer its buyers the convenience of an automatic transmission in a budget, Datsun will soon launch its most affordable car, the redi-GO, with an automated manual transmission (AMT). The redi-GO shares mechanicals with the Renault Kwid and the 5-speed AMT paired with the 1.0-litre engine isn’t an exception either. We drove the redi-GO AMT in the heart of India’s capital to find out whether automating gear shifts has made the little Datsun a better city runabout.

Since the redi-GO AMT remains the same as the redi-GO 1.0, read our review of the latter to know more about the 1.0-litre engine’s performance and the exterior and interior styling. Without beating around the bush, let’s get straight to what’s new here, the 5-speed AMT.

Datsun redi GO Design

Datsun has done an amazing job with the redi-Go, with the design closely resembling the original concept. With its young, fresh styling based on Datsun’s new Yukan theme which means brave and bold in Japanese, the redi-Go also manages to make the Go siblings look outdated. The front is dominated by the large hexagonal radiator grille with its chrome surround and a matte black mesh. It does look large for the overall profile but then Datsun wants it to be a signature trait that will also be seen on its future offerings. The wraparound headlights have a sleek design with chrome detailing on the inside.

The front bumper gets a series of crease lines which makes the lower portion appear wider. Instead of fog lamps, it gets LED DRLs which we believe will only be offered in the top-end variant or as an optional accessory. The recess above the DRLs gets circular and squarish slots which make the design look unfinished. Front bumper also gets a plastic cladding to mimic a bash plate which is a smart addition.The first thing that you notice on the side profile is its height. Datsun claims that the tallboy design was not only done for aesthetics but also to provide better ingress and egress compared to that of its competition. Also, for substance on the side profile, there are two distinct character lines that flow along the length creating multiple layers. In addition, it gets flared wheel arches and bulging contours, especially on the rear. This is further accentuated with its tall ground clearance of 185mm, which is greater than that of the Alto 800 (160mm), Eon (170mm) and even the Renault Kwid (180mm).

The redi-Go measures 3,429mm in length, 1,560mm in width and 1,541mm in height which makes the redi-Go shorter than the Hyundai Eon by 66mm, wider by 10mm and taller by 41mm.On the rear profile, the sharply raked character line gels into the tailgate to create the effect of a slingshot. The clear lens tail lights have been placed at a higher position which offers better visibility to cars around you. The redo-Go’s rear bumper is wide and gets a chrome-treated exhaust pipe neatly tucked underneath. The faux skid plate can be seen on the rear bumper too. It is a step towards making the redi-Go appear like an ‘urban-cross’ (as Datsun likes to call it), but to me it just looks like a jazzy A-segment tallboy, at best.

Datsun redi GO Cabin

The instrumental cluster doesn’t feel as modern as the Kwid’s digital unit but displays the same amount of information like fuel efficiency, distance to empty, gear shift indicator and trip distances. The redi-Go shares it three-spoke steering wheel with the Go range. The centre console isn’t reminiscent of the Go though and gets a comparatively premium layout with a piano finished bezel around the single-DIN audio unit and the HVAC controls. Also, the redi-Go’s entertainment unit offers USB connectivity too which is missing in the more expensive Go series. Is it better than the Renault Kwid? Not when you consider the Duster-sourced 7-inch touchscreen system, which comes with satellite navigation system and bluetooth telephony.Check for Datsun redi GO price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Being 6’1 in height, I always have trouble crawling inside the cabin of entry-level hatchbacks, but in the redi-Go, it wasn’t the case. The tallboy cabin design was of great help. In addition, the cabin offers generous headroom. The cabin can accommodate four average-sized adults and a kid; however, taller occupants will find it uncomfortable with the shortage of kneeroom in both the rows. I also felt that the seats were tad too small. In addition, both row seats lack under thigh support as well. However, I liked the tall seat positioning which Datsun claims was done intentionally to give a better visibility of the road.

In terms of practicality, the front door panels don’t offer useful storage – maybe enough space for a tablet device or a notebook. The glove box too is shallow on space and can only hold the vehicle documents at best. Under the dash, there are cubby pockets to make space for knick knacks. The 222-litre boot is sufficient to carry one average size suitcase, but the higher placed loading lip makes it difficult to haul.There are certain areas that highlight various cost-cutting measures like the lack of enough cladding around the pillars(exposed metal instead), seat mechanism and foot well or just having one reversing lamp instead of the usual two. Justifying it by considering the price range of Rs 2.5 – 3.5 lakh won’t be right, especially when you realize that even the Renault Kwid is positioned in the same segment and offers better quality of interiors compared to the redi-Go.

Datsun redi GO Performance

All our doubts on the Datsun redi-Go getting a different tune of the engine compared to the Renault Kwid were cleared when Gerard Detourbet, managing director, 2ASDU Renault-Nissan Technology and Business Centre India clearly stated that both the motors are identical in nature.The Renault-developed 799cc petrol motor makes 54PS of power at 5,678rpm and generates 72Nm of torque at 4,386rpm. This aluminium-finished motor is claimed to be highly fuel efficient and extremely compact in construction. It weighs a mere 57kg and this was achieved with the use of a plastic oil sump and directly attaching the alternator to the engine block. This motor is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission with gear ratios identical to the Kwid. Even the claimed fuel economy remains unchanged at 25.17 kmpl. To know more details on Datsun redi GO check Lanetalab

While the Kwid hadn’t made any claims about its 0-100kmph sprint, the Datsun claims 15.9s, with a top whack of 140kmph.Crank up the motor and you hear a familiar note. The engine idles at a little less than 900rpm. The motor doesn’t feel eager at lower revs, but comes into its zone beyond the 2,800rpm mark. I liked the motor’s mid-range performance, and the car feels a bit more energetic than the Kwid. But don’t expect it to be as rev-happy as the engines in the Maruti and Hyundai rivals. That said, I appreciate its ability to cruise effortlessly at speeds of 80-90kmph in fifth gear. The engine refinement is impressive for this class, but at higher speeds, the motor noise starts seeping inside the cabin.

With two passengers, the redi-Go’s motor doesn’t feel stressed but with four, the motor demands frequent shifts within the lower gears. This was felt especially while climbing flyovers. Speaking of the transmission, the unit is not the best in the business and the shifts feel rubbery. We believe that the AMT unit, which will debut in the Kwid by June-July 2016, could make a lot of sense on the redi-Go as well.

Datsun redi GO Driving

The first thing that you notice while driving the redi-GO 1.0 AMT is the transmission’s eagerness to upshift. Feather the throttle and it shifts from first gear to second at around 15kmph, which is okay. It shifts to third at around 25kmph and to fourth between 30kmph and 40kmph; the shift from third to fourth being sooner than what an experienced driver would anticipate. It’s a great strategy for extracting the best economy from the engine but does hamper drivability in certain situations like fast-moving traffic – typical of a metro city like Delhi, where you want the engine to remain in its sweet spot. But more often than not, in D (automatic) mode the transmission tends to be in a gear too high to maintain pace with the car in front.

So, unless you’re driving in fast-moving traffic, the D-mode shift logic seems to be spot on. The redi-GO, then, is at its best in the fully automatic mode when driven in a relaxed manner; when you don’t mind a hurried driver overtaking you with just a car’s distance between you and the car in front. The downshifts and the upshifts happen with negligible head jerk and the engine turning over at a relaxed rpm.Since there are no mechanical changes compared to the redi-GO 1.0, the redi-GO AMT continues to offer a comfortable ride at city speeds. The steering is feather light at slow speeds which makes it easy to park and turn in the city. However, it feels a bit too light as speeds exceed 60kmph-70kmph.

Datsun redi GO Safety

The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive.

Datsun redi GO Price in Bangalore

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,17,231/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,61,300/- in Bangalore. Datsun Redi GO comes in 8 colours, namely Red Sport,Lime,White,Grey,Grey Gold,Ruby,Silver,Silver Gold. Datsun Redi GO comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4386 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Datsun Redi GO comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Datsun redi GO Bottomline

The AMT in the Redigo gives prospective buyers yet another reason to consider this car. It remains a smartly-styled, practical car which is amply spacious for its size and due to its tall stance, is very user-friendly, too. The high ground clearance, light steering and nice frontal visibility make it very easy to drive; and now this automatic only makes it easier. Datsun may be making its moves very late in the segment, as compared to rivals like the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid, however, this Redigo does pack in a lot of strengths. For city commuting, then, the Redigo offers buyers in this segment almost everything they’re looking for – space, style, practicality and ease of driving. The Redigo 1.0-litre AMT is pegged rather aggressively to begin with, at prices ranging from Rs 3.81-3.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The AMT’s price is about Rs 20,000 more than the subsequent 1.0-litre manual transmission; this makes it the most affordable AMT in its segment.

Toyota Camry Facelift First Look Review

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Toyota Camry Overview

Toyota Camry is currently one of the best vehicles that are available in the mid-size luxury car segment. Though the sedan is a niche player in the segment, it got a big boost when the Japanese carmaker decided to assemble it in India. This gave it an edge over immediate rival Honda Accord in terms of pricing. Toyota has recently launched 2018 Camry in India, the updated car gets minor tweaks on the outside as well as inside with added goodies.

The 2018 Toyota Camry is being offered as a perfect choice for the executive buyers as it gets high predicted reliability rating, advanced driver assist features and numerous safety aspects. Camry also gets a boost in performance and all thanks to its powerful and improved engine. The carmaker has roughly sold around 10,000 Camry till date and the most surprising bit is that about 73 percent sales come from the hybrid version. This also shows the great potential of hybrid cars in India and the reason why Toyota came out with the 7th generation model. Check for Toyota Camry price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Camry Look

The Camry was never designed to be a head turner, but this facelift has brought in some much needed oomph, particularly if you happen to view it from the front. There’s that essential bit of visual excitement to the car now. The grille has grown in size (a good thing that); the air-dam goes all trapezoidal on you and the fog-lamps plus the DRL’s have been integrated rather neatly into the revised bumper.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Toyota badge sitting proudly, smack in the middle of things, now has a bit of blue in it. It acts as a subtle visual differentiator. It is to proudly declare to the world that you can enjoy motoring about in sheer luxury, even as you do your bit for the environment. The chrome might not be to everyone’s fancy, but it is of a gleaming high quality.

The all-new headlamps though are something that you’ll come to love. While the high-beam is still a halogen affair, the low beam and the day lamps are pure LED. View the older car and this new face lifted Camry from the side and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Only the keen eyes reveal the subtle differences in the skirting on the new one.Things do get a wee bit more noticeable at the rear, for the tail-lamps do get the LED treatment and the bumper has been revised too, but that’s that. All-in-all, the new, face-lifted Camry ticks most of the right boxes on the exterior.

Toyota Camry Cabin

The first thing you notice when you enter the Camry is that the seating position is a bit low. However the cowl of the dashboard is not very high and with electric seats, it’s a breeze to get into a comfortable driving position. The interior of the Camry feels plush, well appointed and fitting to a car of this price. The dashboard has a unique Y-shaped design which looks cool. The knobs and physical buttons feel quite nice to operate and kudos to Toyota for keeping the physical buttons alive. It gets really easy to operate commands on the move. The only catch is that the quality of some plastics is not quite in the league of the Skoda Superb or the Volkswagen Passat. The cabin lacks the solidity and the heft of some German cars

Toyota has lavishly equipped the Camry with the latest in tech and comfort. The front seats are powered as well as ventilated and there’s a memory function for the driver’s seat. You also get power-reclining rear seats, powered sunshades with touch-sensitive controls in the rear centre armrest, 9-speaker JBL audio system, a reverse camera and a head-up display amongst others. When you slot into reverse, the rear windscreen sunshade automatically folds down so that you get a better view and then it comes back when you slot into D. This gets a bit annoying though when you’re parking in a tight space and need to do switch between D and R multiple times. The sound quality from this infotainment system is very good, the menus are also well laid out and navigation works great but my grouse is with the richness of the display because when compared to other premium cars, the display on this feels a step behind.

The light brown wood theme is also pleasant to your eyes and we like how there are different colours and textures on the seats. They look refreshing compared to an all-beige theme. The seats, as always are supremely comfortable. The Camry has lots of space in the front and the back and it is one of those cars you can spend hours in. The front seats offer excellent comfort and they’re designed in such a way that you don’t get tired even after really long drives. Same goes for the rear seats which offer phenomenal comfort and space is also very good. Leg room is brilliant and the best part is that the front seat can be pushed forward by the rear passenger via a couple of buttons placed on the side. The boot is also humungous, we stashed a lot of bags and it just took in everything. The Camry doesn’t disappoint when it comes to storage spaces in the cabin, with ample amount of cubbyholes and storage to keep various things. To know more information on Toyota Camry  check Ksd-media

Toyota Camry Transmission

The powertrain on the Camry Hybrid is a sublime tribute to the Gods of electro-mechanical art. You start off in pure electric mode and continue to run on battery power at low speeds. This is most helpful in choc-a-bloc traffic conditions, when the world around you is going honking mad and you’re sitting there in a calm, serene environment – sheer bliss! There is a wee bit of whine for those of you with keen ears but the major chunk of the noise is from the tires. Not obtrusive in any way, mind you – but simply a fall-out of having a propulsion system that’s way quieter than what’s usually on offer.

The 2.5 Litre petrol motor is carried over from its earlier avatar and continues to make 150+ Bhp. This is joined by an electric motor in series-parallel sequence, thereby bumping up power to over 200 Bhp. No, we didn’t get our math wrong (though there are those among us who’d argue that one plus one equals five). The lower combined output is quite simply the result of the time differential in the peak power generation of the two motors. On the road, she’ll please you with her butter-smooth power delivery and throw in a bit of a surprise every now and then, with her speed-gathering habits. The CVT ‘box does struggle when you get those ‘let’s nail the throttle’ urges (you really shouldn’t be buying a Camry for outright acceleration), but barring those rare moments, things are nice and smooth.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again – Toyota have really nailed it with the way the Camry shifts seamlessly between the two power systems. We literally lost track on the number of times, we caught ourselves double-checking if the car was running or not in traffic. Toyota haven’t given a manual override option on the Camry, and drivers have to make do with Economy and EV modes. No there’s no ‘Go-faster’ option either, at-least not a dedicated one. But floor that throttle, wait that split-second as the CVT ‘box catches on and then hold-on. There’s this steady build-up of power as the electric motor combines its output with that of the 2.5 Litre motor under the hood that sends you surging through in whichever direction you wish to choose.

Toyota Camry Driving

Speaking of the suspension, the new TNGA architecture has enabled a sportier setup in the car. The new Camry gets well-known McPherson Strut suspension along with stabilizer bar at the front and the rear gets the dual link suspension with stabilizer bar. It helps to make the ride quite easy on the bad road conditions and surpass the jerks providing the equal amount of comfort while driven on the smooth road.The car is an utter comfortable to drive as much as the vehicle with thrice the price tag. The damped suspension and the shock absorber work extremely well and make sure the occupants remain comfortable inside. The cabin is nicely insulated from both engine and road noise.

Toyota Camry Safety

Safety is never a bother with Toyota’s India line-up. It is but natural then that the top-spec car from the company’s range gets a whole hog of safety. Toyota gives 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP and child seat anchorages as standard. It is likely that the Camry will score top marks in crash tests with so much on offer. The Camry offers world-class safety and it is right up there with the competition. Toyota’s service and reliability, as we all know, is top class too.

Toyota Camry Price in Chennai.

Toyota Camry On Road Price is 44,57,568/- and Ex-showroom Price is 36,95,000/- in Chennai. Toyota Camry comes in 7 colours, namely Dark Brown Mica Metallic,Silver Metallic,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Grey Metallic,True Blue Mica Metallic,Attitude Black,Greyish Blue Mica Metallic. Toyota Camry comes with FWD with 2494 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 158 bhp@5700 rpm and Peak Torque 213 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Camry comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Toyota Camry Final Word

The 10th generation Toyota Camry Hybrid is indeed a step up from the older car. It has so much more tech, offers excellent comfort and the powertrain is brilliant. There’s not much to dislike about this sedan actually. The new model is priced a bit lower than the outgoing car and it offers good value for this price because it comes bundled with Toyota’s stellar service and reliability. Talking about competition, well the Camry rivals the Honda Accord Hybrid which is priced significantly higher. For the price of the Camry you do get entry-level luxury saloons but for people who don’t care much about the badge and want a car that lasts for years if not a lifetime, the Camry is the one to buy.

Toyota Camry is available in two variants. The 2.5 G model is available at the price tag of Rs. 29.75 lakh while the hybrid variant gets the price tag of Rs. 37.22 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Toyota Camry challenges Honda Accord in the segment while Skoda Superb is also a strong contender against the luxury sedan which undercuts it by a huge margin.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Hatchback Review

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 22 lakh units of the WagonR ever since it was launched in 1999. This itself proves how successful this hatchback has been and continues to be ever since. Now with changing times and buyers’ increasing demands, the carmaker has launched the new-gen WagonR. It looks trendier, gets more modern creature comforts and is underpinned by Suzuki’s new A plus Heartect platform. What’s more, there’s a new powerful engine with automatic versions too. Plus, the latest iteration claims to offer better value for money than before. To know more about car loans visit Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Design

As is fairly obvious, the new car still looks pretty much like a Wagon R. The sharply sculpted headlamp edges, the handsome shoulder line that steps up and then down again as it runs along the flared waist, and the tall waterfall tail lamps increase the style quotient slightly. However, it is a surprise to us that Maruti did not build on the crisp style that they used on the previous generation WagonR Stingray. Thankfully though, it doesn’t look slab-sided like it did before.

On the upside, the new DNA makes the Wagon R kinder to the eyes thanks to its new proportions. It is longer by 56mm and also boasts a stronger footprint. The wheelbase is stretched by 35mm, to 2435mm, and the wheels have been pushed out further, by 140mm at the front and 150mm at the rear! This makes the Wagon R a much bigger vehicle now and the 165/70 R14 tyres look a bit skinny. This tall boy’s mini-MPV-like aura is a bit deceptive because the Wagon R’s length is still 45mm less than the Ignis!

Before you ask, no. There are no LED DRLs (daytime running lights) or alloy wheels on offer. Surprising, since the Stingray had these on a VXI+ variant!

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Cabin

Like the old car it is easy to get in and out of the new Wagon R thanks to the wide opening door and the ideal seat height. Once inside you are greeted by a cabin that looks much more contemporary as compared to the old car. It’s a well thought out cabin as all the frequently used features like the infotainment system and air con controls are placed higher up. Unlike the old car the new Wagon R now gets the top ZXi variant that adds a lot more features than before. The seven inch touchscreen infotainment system dominates proceedings. It’s a brand-new unit and it features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Maruti has also developed a SmartPlay Studio app that connects to the system. Through this app you get music, offline navigation and many more features. The screen quality and touch sensitivity is good too. Overall interior fit and finish has taken a big step-up over the old car, but still it isn’t as good as the recently launched Santro in this respect.

Thanks to the bigger body and better packaging interior space has grown in all directions. The front seats are accommodating and offer good support. But it’s at the back where space and comfort has taken a big leap forward. The new Wagon R offers much more knee room and the wider cabin gives it an airy ambiance. As compared to the Hyundai Santro, the new Wagon R has 30mm more knee room, 70mm more headroom and 70mm more shoulder room. This results in a car that can easily accommodate three adults at the back in good comfort. The rear bench itself is well shaped and the upright backrest gives good good support too. What would have made the rear seat even better is better under thigh support and adjustable headrests.

Boot space is humongous for a car of this size. You get a massive 341 litres of luggage space and the boot is deep and well-shaped too. To put things into perspective, the Wagon R’s boot is 50mm longer, 10mm wider and 100mm taller than the Hyundai Santro’s 235 litre boot. You also get 60:40 split folding rear seats for added convenience.

Although there are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin this is one aspect where the new Wagon R doesn’t improve upon its predecessor. You do get large door pockets, storage in front of the gearlever and a decently sized glovebox. But it misses out on unique storage options like the twin gloveboxes and cup holder in front of the AC vent of the old car.

In the top ZXi trim the Wagon R comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and bluetooth telephony. Apart from this the Wagon R gets all the basics like air conditioning, key-less entry, parking sensors and a comprehensive trip computer. Missing equipment includes seat height adjust, reversing camera, rear air con vents and alloy wheels. In terms of safety, Maruti is offering single airbags (dual for top variants) and ABS with EBD as standard across the range. You don’t get ISOFIX anchor points which is glaring omission in our eyes. (None of its rivals offer this features as well)

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Performance

The older 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit continues to power the lower variants. On the other hand, a more powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is seen under the hood of the top-end variants of the WagonR. This is the one we sampled and it clearly comes across as a peppy and refined engine. It’s the same unit from the Swift and the Ignis, producing 82bhp and 113Nm of torque. This may or may not be the fastest off the mark, but it certainly helps attain speeds quickly and make progress swiftly. The engine is responsive, rev-happy and also makes the WagonR feel smoother. It becomes noisy only post 5,000rpm, the territory where there hardly would be any need to rev to. Otherwise, the car nicely marches along thanks to the readily available torque. The punchy mid-range is respectable to get going in at 2,500-3,000rpm. The lighter kerb weight of 825-845kgs further helps its case in moving around effortlessly. For more information on Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  check Kotra

As for the five-speed manual transmission, the gears slot in well and the short throws and light controls help in making driving an easy affair. What’s more interesting, is the AGS (AMT gearbox) that eliminates the use of the clutch and adds to the ease in traffic. There’s almost no delay in shifting to higher gears and with a sudden change in throttle input, it slots into a lower gear without any fuss. Thankfully, the head nod akin to most AMTs isn’t prominent here and builds a strong case for being one of the smoothest AMTs available in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

But where the Wagon R has improved the most is in terms of its ride. Over any surface, at any speed, the Wagon R felt unfazed and the refined suspension simply goes about its job, keeping you isolated from the biggest of potholes. It’s only at low speeds that you feel some stiffness and the sharp bumps do jar you a bit. We drove the car on the in and around Udaipur. With hardly any corners to speak of, it was difficult to assess its handling prowess. But first impressions are pretty positive. The steering though a little vague at first feels surprisingly direct as you add more lock and the Wagon R felt rock steady at high speeds too. What has also helped the new Wagon R’s dynamics is the new torsion beam rear suspension as compared to the rudimentary ITL (Isolated Trailing Link) setup on the old car.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

Higher levels of safety on the new Wagon R start with the platform. The Heartect platform uses 40 per cent high-strength steel and this improves the rigidity of the chassis. Along with this Maruti is offering ABS with EBD, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. Dual airbags are offered as standard only on the top end Z variant. In all other variants, the passenger airbag is an option.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 4,93,374 to 6,10,853 for variants Wagon R LXI and Wagon R VXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R variants price in Chennai. Check for Wagon R price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Summing Up

There are very few reasons not to. The new Wagon R is a huge step ahead of its predecessor in almost every department. That is a huge compliment for a car that was already selling in big numbers. It gets a more premium cabin, good interior space, loads of equipment, is very practical and more importantly, it now drives well too. What makes the deal even sweeter is the price which is in the same ballpark as the old car. So like before, the new Wagon R remains a hatchback that is great value for money but unlike the old car, it is less compromised and has improved in almost every department.

For the very first time, the new WagonR is available with the top end ZXI variant. The base LXI and the mid-level VXI variant are also offered. The Wagon R is offered with a choice of two petrol engines and two transmission options. The base L variant is available only with the 1-litre engine and a manual gearbox. The V variant can be had with a 1-litre or 1.2-litre engine, while the top end Z variant is offered only with the 1.2-litre engine. The automatic gearbox, the AMT or AGS, is available from the V variant onwards.  For price details  on Maruti Wagon R check AutoZhop.

None of these variants get alloy wheels but the LXI variant does with smaller 13” rims compared to the 14” on the higher variants. The Wagon R is available in six colours: Silky Silver, Magna Grey, Autumn Orange, Nutmeg Brown, Poolside Blue and Superior White.