January 15, 2017

2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL Review

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Well-loved by many owners, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL is a middle-sized sedan able to seat five passengers with a great deal of comfort in their extra-wide seats.  This latest model has been enhanced in many ways including in size.  It also ranks in the middle when it comes to looks.  It’s not an eyesore but there’s nothing in its design to distinctly set it apart from the rest.  It’s still sleek and handsome with a more aggressive-looking though unobtrusive face.

What specs does it offer?

This Camry carries a 2.5-litre petroleum engine and an electric motor.  Considering its size, its fuel efficiency is superior compared to its other rivals, 5.2 for every 100km.  Maximum power is about 151Kw at 5,700 rpm and regarding transmission, it’s a CVT automatic with a front-wheel drive.  The safety features are excellent as well and do not lack for anything with head airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags, a reverse camera,  adaptive cruise control, a warning when you stray off your lane and even blind spot monitoring.

How does the interior fare?

With their leather trimming, the front seats have an almost luxurious feel and this design is also matched by the steering wheel’s leather accents and well-laid out interior.  It is clear that first-rate materials were used in this car for durability and quality.  This car also has practical features such as climate control air conditioning with dual temperature and for storage and convenience, you have bottle and cup holders aplenty.

There are bottle holders on the front doors, holders for cups on the rear doors, a couple of cup holders in between the front seats, another pair of cup holders in the middle of the back seats, plus the usual storage bins and door pockets both at the front and at the back.

Despite being a mid-size sedan, the headroom and legroom are more than enough for anyone.  Boot space is massive as well.  You can store your luggage and all of your children’s school things, making it an ideal family car.  With this vehicle, your daily trips and long journeys become a truly comfortable experience.  You can adjust the seats into several positions to give you the best comfort, with the driver’s seat especially equipped with electronic adjustment.

One of its downsides, however, is the infotainment system which could do with a few more upgrades.  The standard tech like the satellite navigation system and streaming capabilities do a decent job but other competitors are already able to offer more responsive systems and more features.

How is its performance?

Being a hybrid does make a difference in this worthy vehicle.  The engine with its electric motor and nickel metal hydride battery can give you the force you need when accelerating although this vehicle is not exactly the most powerful.  It does maneuver roads and highways fairly easily and without too much trouble.  Take note that you don’t have to plug the batteries to charge them, they’re charged by the engine as you drive.

Acceleration is fluid and responds admirably as opposed to its steering performance.  In terms of handling, the Toyota Camry presents no major problems but it could still do better.  However, speed is not something you’d expect much of from this kind of vehicle.  The brakes execution is typical.

The cabin is well able to block most noise, insulation being one of its strengths, and the engine runs relatively quietly, too.  You might hear some wind and slight sounds from the larger than usual alloy wheels but nothing that can really be considered noisy or distracting.  The suspension is terrific at keeping passengers steady and comfortable inside.  Slight bumps and uneven city roads won’t jog you and are, in fact, hardly felt.

So, if you prefer a noise-free and comfortable ride with adequate speed and handling, the Camry should be among your top choices.

 Conclusion

All in all, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL is a top-notch option for families considering something smaller and more maneuverable than an SUV for driving around urban areas.  Driving and handling are pleasant but not its forte.  It shines in its fuel economy, comfort and space in its interior and trunk.  If you’re not too picky about your car and you value efficiency over mere aesthetics, the Camry may be your dream car.

Also read: 2017 Tesla Model S 7d Review

December 9, 2016

2017 Tesla Model S 75d Review

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Tesla Motors has been mass-producing electric cars since 2012. It was founded in 2003 by a team of Silicon Valley engineers who dreamed of making electric cars that are better than gasoline-powered models. Its car models offer instant torque, zero emissions, and impressive power. The company’s goal is to get the world to switch to sustainable transport. This article will give you a review of Tesla’s latest model, the 2017 Model S 75D.

Features

The Model S 75D will give you a feel of the future. Pair your smartphone once inside, engage the gear lever (steering-column mounted), choose drive or reverse, and then the car comes to life. Most owners will find that this car is the first ever electric-powered model that they have ever driven in their life.

The lack of a drivetrain tunnel or transmission allows for more space inside. It also gives you a different sensation of acceleration, which can be difficult to describe at first, especially if you have been driving engine-powered vehicles ever since. Another interesting thing about this model is its ability to update its own software and keep it up-to-date using WiFi connectivity. You will be surprised with the new features every time there is a new update.

The Model S now has LED adaptive headlamps. The 14 LED three-position dynamic turning lights will improve the model’s overall look and your safety. It boosts the visibility at night, and help you see better on winding roads. Furthermore, the model S now has a medical-grade air filtration system (HEPA) that removes nearly 100 percent of pollution and contaminants (including bacteria and allergens) from the cabin air to protect passengers.

When it comes to handling, this model is respectable. It weighs 2,205kg, but you will not feel the weight that much. It may not be the car that you would want to bring for a mountain run, but it definitely will not disappoint when the need comes. The 19-inch wheels were enough to provide ride comfort. It does not float that much, but it is also not that hard. If you want larger wheels, which you will want to consider to make it more macho, getting the optional air suspension is not a bad idea at all.

Tesla will give you a seven-metre cable to charge your car in your garage. The immediate torque it gives might make you feel a bit sick. This car has an outright acceleration from zero to 100km/h, which the AWD can achieve in just 5.4 seconds. You will be 0.4 seconds slower with an RWD.

Add-ons and upgrades

Add-ons include the auto-pilot feature, which you can get for $3800. This option, however, is simply a software enabler because the hardware has already been installed. The premium upgrades will cost you $4500 that includes allowing the doors to auto-open. Other premium add-ons include the finish and fit refinements, the HEPA air-filtration system, LED fog lights, dynamic three-position LED turning lights, power liftgate, interior accent lighting, and the lighted door handles.

Price

This model is not cheap. The 75D variant will cost you around $136,000 and can go as high as $144,000, plus on roads. Despite the costs, Tesla is still the leading automotive manufacturer when it comes to electric cars.

The company remains committed to making the world transition to sustainable transport, even if traditional car makers are still on top of their game. Besides, you cannot simply ignore the hundreds of years invested by these companies in making and improving traditional vehicles. The good thing about the Model S is the familiar-looking features that you will normally find in traditional cars, like the Mercedez-Benz. These include cruise control, indicator, and other features that Tesla find useful.

Verdict

Tesla has been offering car buyers the opportunity to use other energy sources to drive a vehicle. Simply being able to jump in a car without needing to turn it on or off is exciting, not to mention the huge screen on the middle that looks futuristic. The main barrier for the 75D and the rest of the Model S (and X) is the price. The company does not seem to be lenient enough to reduce its price, but it only gives you the assurance that everyone will shoulder the same cost. Overall, the 2017 Model S 75D is a promising electric-powered car that aussies looking for alternative energy sources will surely find worth considering.

Also read: 2016 Nissan X Trail ST AWD Review  

December 9, 2016

2016 Nissan X Trail ST AWD Review

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Family SUVs are a thing in Australia these days, as well as most parts of the globe. In terms of Year-to-Date, this model is ranked fourth in the medium-SUV sales, leaving behind Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and the Toyota RAV-4. Nissan remains consistent in selling over 1000 X-Trail units a month, meaning it is still quite popular. This article will review the cheapest variant of the model, the 2016 All Wheel Drive (AWD) ST. Read on.

About the X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail was first introduced to the industry 15 years ago. This first generation model was joined by the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, and the Subaru Forester in the crossover segment. The X-Trail offers compact dimensions, decent off-road capability, and an affordable price tag. It became a hit among people who wanted an adventurous-looking car, but not as demanding as other SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Fast forward to over a decade, the third-generation Nissan X-Trail has bid goodbye to its predecessor’s boxy look. The latest model now sports a European-inspired aesthetic that is curvaceous and more modern to win over the style-focused city dweller.

Features

The X-Trail ST AWD is currently priced at $33,980, plus on-road costs. You can avail the Tempest Blue version for an additional $495. Considering this is a base model, you will get along with its affordable price tag – definitely a bang for your buck.

The features include:

  • keyless entry
  • push-button start rear-view camera (no sensors)
  • automatic headlights
  • CD player
  • five-inch coloured infotainment central display
  • Bluetooth audio and phone streaming
  • cruise control
  • USB input
  • TFT driver’s information
  • telescopic and tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • two child seat (ISOFIX) anchor points (in the second row)
  • manual air-conditioning

You will also find rear air-vents, a roof-mounted eyewear holder, cooled front cup-holders, and a boot floor that can be configured in 18 ways (to adjust floor height, make shelves, and keep items). This entry-level variant will make it slightly difficult for you to tell between this base model and the mid-range ST-L. The biggest difference would be the lack of roof rails and front fog lights. Other than that, the two look almost identical.

The 17-inch alloy wheels come standard in the entry-level ST, which are far better than the ones you might find on many other models. You will also be impressed by the LED daytime lights. The spare wheel under the boot floor is definitely a space-saver.

Interior

The X-Trail has a 550-litre boot. This luggage area betters the likes of the Hyundai Tucson (488 litres) and the Mazda CX-5 (403 litres), but falls short of the Honda CR-V (556 litres). Other things to note about its interior include comfort, cleanliness, and the functionality. Its lack of a leather steering wheel and gear-shifter will remind you that it is a base model, but this is something minor.

The seats are cloth-trimmed. They are soft, supportive, and will feel like you are sitting on a couch. The driver’s seat, however, may feel like it is tilted forward a bit, even if you adjust it in its lowest setting. You will notice that most parts of the cabin are made of soft-touch plastic, which may not look as pleasant as you expect. Despite the hard plastics used around the cabin, the X-Trail is done solid, without the squeaks and rattles you usually hear.

The doors have padded arm-rests, but you can also rest your elbow in the small centre storage in the front. The second-row passengers will enjoy plenty of leg- and headroom, especially the taller passengers. The seat belt buckles seemed to be awkwardly placed because the person in the middle seat should have a skinny bum to avoid sitting on one. The good news is that the seats are split into 40/20/40, and are served by rear air-vents, so great job for Nissan.

The middle seat can serve as an armrest with cup-holders, while you can find large bottle holders in the doors. All AWD models do not have a third-row option. This means you are not capable of carrying two more passengers.

Engine

The X-Trail AWD ST features a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 126kW of power, running at 6000rpm. It also releases 226Nm of torque, at 4000rpm. It does not take much effort to push it to your desired speed, but it will not happen quickly. The engine works with a continuously variable transmission or CVT. The ST AWD consumes around 5 litres per 100kms when running on the freeway, but runs at 8.6 litres per 100kms on mixed driving conditions.

Maintenance

Nissan offers a 100,000km or three-year warranty on the X-Trail, whichever comes first, along with road-side assistance and capped-priced servicing. The maintenance is required every 12 months or 10,000kms, and will cost you somewhere around $312. The servicing can last between three and six years, depending on your driving habits.

Verdict

The Nissan X-Trail is a winner with its seven-seat option and cabin space. However, the AWD ST only accommodates five passengers due to the lack of a third-row option. This variant is not at all bad, but will have a slightly difficult time competing with its rivals. It does have a comfortable interior with armrests and cup/bottle holders for passengers to enjoy. It also offers a stylish design and a smooth driving experience that still make it value for money.

Also read: 2016 Mazda BT50 Review

December 9, 2016

2016 Mazda BT50 Review

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The 2016 Mazda BT-50 is a pick-up that looks car-like and edgy but feels more road-friendly than many of its rivals. It may not appear as different as some people may have hoped, but its macho look is definitely worthy of everyone’s attention. To this day, the BT-50 is still one of the most competitively-priced models in the segment. It goes head to head with the likes of the Holden Colorado and the Isuzu D-Max.

Pricing

The new Mazda BT-50 ute has 23 variants. It consists of three body types: freestyle-carb, single-cab, and dual-cab. The pricing for this range has not changed much, from $25,570 to $53,790. The BT-50 has historically done better in the two-wheel drive version than in the four-wheel drive in terms of sales. In 2015, the 4×2 models have had 3,474 units in sales or 12.9 percent of the market share. The 4×4 variants, meanwhile, have taken only 6.8 percent of the market share.

Mazda Australia’s managing director, Martin Benders, said the company received rejections from the small business and fleet buyers – which is more than what they needed. Benders said it did not turn off the private buyers. He added that the changes should appeal to business and fleet buyers, and will not detract from private ones. He believes that it was where the company got the growth opportunity.

Features

There is a host of new standard equipment for all models apart from the changes done on the cosmetics. The company has given importance to 4×2 models and has decided to spend more time in the entry-level 4×2 XT single-cab variant. This entry-level model is run by a four-cylinder 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine with a torque displacement of 375Nm and power of 110kW. The automatic version has a starting price of $28, 815, plus the on-road costs. The diesel engine runs from 1,500-2,500RPM, and revving it up can get quite loud inside because the XT variants lack the engine cover that helps lessen the cabin noise.

The six-speed automatic transmission behaves quite well. It swaps between cogs smoothly, and you get to pick the right gear without hassle. There could be times, where driving through steeper hills will make you wish for a quicker downshift, but this is just a minor issue. The BT-50 XT variant is ready for the rough work, but the auto model has a Hi-Rider body that is 30mm higher when unladen and stretches to 65mm when laden. It also betters the manual two-wheel-drive version’s payload by over 205kg.

The XT’s interior has two bucket seats, instead of the three-seat bench in the Hi-Rider guise. It also features driver’s seat height adjustment, new interior highlights, and a new cloth trim. These are all done in gunmetal gray finish, instead of the usual shiny silver. There is now a lockable glovebox, as well. Mazda retained the small dash-top screen on all XT models, including the many buttons underneath. The company did not adopt the touchscreen media system because it is fitted to the GT and XTR models.

Handle and Steering Like SUV

The Japanese brand tuned the steering and suspension similarly to that of an SUV. Unlike the Ford Ranger where its steering system was upgraded to an electronic rather than a hydraulic unit, the BT-50 still has its hydraulic system. This means the steering can be quite heavy but offers a nice linear response when driving at higher speeds. The vehicle is also competent when it comes to cornering, and is stable in bends as well.

The Tech Side

The GT and XTR models have a new 7.8-inch touchscreen. It features a simple navigation system that quickly responds. The Bluetooth audio, phone streaming, and USB playback are all usable through the glovebox. Mazda retained the dials, as well as the buttons and knobs, but the cabin now offers a practical space.

The back seat is impressively comfortable and quiet. It also now has a new fold-down armrest that comes with cup holders – perfect for longer driving. The door pockets are adequately positioned all-around, while there are bottle holders for you to enjoy as well. However, the BT-50 does not have any optional safety equipment, unlike in the brand’s passenger car models. It means there is no blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, or lane-keeping assistance. The model does have the standard requirement, which includes airbags.

There is a reverse-view camera in the GT and XTR models. It comes optional in all other trim levels. The servicing costs can be determined based on your chosen engine, but all models need maintenance every 12 months or 10,000km – whichever comes first. This is more regular than many of its rivals, where some brands only require maintenance every 20,000km. The 2.2-litre will average $428 for the first 50,000km, while the 3.2-litre will have $450.

Verdict: is it worth it?

The 2016 Mazda BT-50 remains to be one of the better choices in it class. It offers value-for-money, with comfort as one of its priorities for this model. This model still has competitively-priced variants that better many of its rivals in this segment.

The high-end versions offer more technological features, but the entry-level has everything you need for a smooth drive. It may have a more regular servicing at 10,000km or 12 months, but the overall satisfaction it gives make the effort well worth it. Moreover, driving the BT-50 feels more comfortable, even during longer travels. The fact that it looks more macho gives buyers a bonus.

Related post: 2016 Toyota Tarago GLI Review

November 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Tarago GLI Review

The 2016 Toyota Tarago GLI is one splendid transporter for families and large groups. Despite being a vast vehicle, it sports sleek and smooth looks which make it stand out. This eight-seater has received mostly positive reviews from its users and it’s easy to see why.

Let’s take a look at what’s great and not-so-great about this vehicle.

Specs and numbers

This massive vehicle can be relied on to move eight people with ease, plus it’s tough and built to last. You can choose between the four-cylinder petrol or the V6 engine but the V6 seems to be preferable. The Tarago is equipped with a 2.4-litre engine with a front wheel drive and automatic transmission. Regarding fuel efficiency, it tends to get a bit thirsty, about 14.3L/ 100 km in the city area.

Interior

The interior of the Tarago has several great features and is showing some notable improvements. It highlights a hefty cargo hold which can also be accessed from the back row. With the V6 engine version, additionally, you can free up more space by folding down the rear seats and detaching the cargo hold’s floor. Unlike some models where access to the last row is always an issue, this vehicle offers unbelievably easy entrance and exit to and from the rear seats with the aid of the sliding doors that open wide and can be moved in either direction.

The infotainment system, meanwhile, has its high and low points. There’s a 6.1 inch touch display that’s fitted with Bluetooth and streaming features but the screen is not exactly user-friendly or easy on the eyes. The dashboard and navigation system may be lacking in impressiveness but it’s complete with the standard tech necessary for a well-controlled drive. The six speakers are a plus point and there’s a climate control system which can be accessed as well from the back of the vehicle.

The cabin is able to shield the passengers from most of the external and engine noise. Even though the seats and space have been maximized to accommodate eight, careful though has obviously gone into the design of the seating as it does not lack for anything in comfort. Seats are well-cushioned and a pleasure to sit on and they look attractive enough though not exactly at the forefront of style. The passengers can relax and enjoy the ride in comfort with a modicum of facilities such as handy cup holders, fan controls and first-rate air conditioning which extends all the way to the back thanks to the vents strategically located all around the interior.

Storage is adequate with sizable door pockets and a few storage bins here and there. If you have younger children, this van should be among your top choices as it carries seats with ISOFIX seatbelt system, to keep your little ones comfortably but securely strapped in.

Performance and Handling

If we talk about the performance of the Tarago, it’s safe to say it has some positive points and a few downsides. Steering and handling are quite decent and though you may get off to a slightly rough start, you’ll soon find your journey pleasant. Shifting gears may take more effort than what you’d expect, but the van provides a fluid response in general. From the immense size of this van, driving it may seem like a daunting task. You’ll find however that the weight is thankfully not a concern when you’re steering, plus the van’s power helps you refrain from pushing the engine too much.

Electrically assisted power steering also makes it easy for any driver to keep this van in control. The drivetrain is strong and superb as well while the suspension system performs its job admirably shielding you from all but the worst of rough and bumpy roads.

In the area of safety, the Tarago scored well with a rating of five stars from ANCAP. These safety features include the anti-skid braking system, reversing camera and seven airbags. Two of the airbags are facing the front row, some more are at the side and curtains, plus one more is covering the driver’s knees. All the seatbelts utilize the three-point system for the best protection without sacrificing comfort.

Conclusion

On the whole, the 2016 Toyota Tarago GLI certainly pulled out all the stops when it comes to its space, legroom, headroom and seating capacity. This may not be for you if you’re looking for a speedy ride, but for taking many passengers around town while sitting back in comfort, this remains a go-to vehicle.

2017 Mercedes GLS SUV (2016) Review

Luxury and style with 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS

You can take advantage of luxury and style 7 seater car with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS. The SUV will be launched with further enhancements in April 2016. The GLS class comes to replace GL. More equipment is added to the brand so that it will be far better than the past versions. There will be benefits associated with exterior design changes. You can find refinements in the cabin which include 3-spoke steering wheel, tablet-style infotainment screen and redesigned center console. It has new touchpad controller.

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There is a revised instrument cluster. Except GLS63, all models will go for automatic upgrade from 7 speed automatic transmission to 9-speed automatic transmission. The entry level in GLS comes with advanced features. These features include 20” alloy wheels, five mode dynamic select system, intelligent LED system and command online navigation system.

GLS350d and GLS350d Sport comes 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine which produces 190kW of power and 620 Nm of torque. GLS500 retains its 4.7-liter petrol V8. There are changes in terms of the glass roof, luxury front seats, second-row seats (heated), digital TV tuner and anti-theft package.

There is a big jump in power in most of the models. GLS63 comes with twin turbo engines of 5.5 liter V8 capacity. The power grows from 20kW to 430 kW. The torque remains at 760Nm. You will also find 40:60 rear bias for all-wheel drive system. For the dynamic select system, there will be sport plus driving mode.

You can go for Mercedes-Benz GLS versions with optional features. These features include off-Road Engineering pack and Airmatic suspension. In this process, the ground clearance and wading depth is very much enhanced.

Cosmetic updates

There will be internal and external updates in the new Mercedes-Benz GLS version. There will be new front and rear bumpers with the new version.

As per the new naming convention, all the vehicles will be labeled with C, E and S as per the category. These three vehicles are most well-known vehicles in their lineup. If it is GLS, it denotes S class range. Models with top specifications come with LED headlights and models with lower spec models come with bi-xenon projector lamps.

There will be more updates than changes in the car. You can expect a new steering wheel. There will be ambient cabin light options. There will be larger air intake on sides. There will be same wavy insert on the GLE. The upper edges of grill have been refined to produce bright appearance.

Exterior dimensions

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

The length of the vehicle is 202 inches, width is 84.3 inches, height is 72.8 inches and wheelbase is 121 inches. The car can be individualized with paints such as Diamond white and Cardinal Red. It has comprehensive range of new wheel designs.

Drivetrain

The company offers four drivetrains in US market. In the case of Biturbo, you can take advantage of the 3.0 liter V-6. It produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from 1800 rpm. GLS550 is v-8 rated and it produces 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Thus, it is 20 ponies more than the outgoing model. The gasoline model comes with V-8. It generates 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet from just 1,750 rpm.

Safety features

 

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS has numerous safety features. There are driver assistance features, cruise control, ESP, brake assist, pre-safe, crosswind assist and attention assist. The driver assistance package is optional. It includes pedestrian detection, cross-traffic assist, active lane keeping assist and speed limit assist. There will be improved night time vision with the help of LED intelligent light system. You can also opt for magic vision control system as per your convenience.

 

Pros

  • Redesigned infotainment panel
  • Better interiors and exteriors
  • New touchpad controller for better access and control
  • There is room for seven members in three rows of seats
  • Comes with leather interiors and wood
  • It has air ionization system

Cons

  • The price is marginally higher than its predecessors
  • Few cosmetic changes to enhance the appearance of the vehicle

Conclusion (Best 7-seater car)

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS has much competitors but one of the best 7 seater cars in the market. It has to overcome Cadillac Escalade and Audi Q7. It has broad powertrain lineup. The car comes with restyled exterior. Hence, more style is added. The cabin is updated in terms of design and technology. There will be better driving conditions with the option driver assist packages.

All-new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

New generation vehicles are introduced by major car manufacturers. Chevrolet launches Cruze in Australia and other popular global destinations. However, the exact launch date in Australia is not yet revealed. You can have some expectations based on the revelation made in USA. The new car is designed for users who prefer three box models. The car is more efficient and comes with highly sophisticated design. The car has great prospects to become the best-selling global car. (All I want for Christmas is Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE)

Targets younger generation

The new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is targeted to attract young generation. The car comes with new MyLink infotainment system. It is updated to be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Thus, the smartphone integration is done in a very efficient manner. With the 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connection capability, you will be able to connect up to seven devices to the hotspot.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Overview Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Overview Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

The new version is more comfortable than the earlier version. Drivers as well as passengers will be able to have great comfort. You can take advantage of the new interior design. Depending upon the model, you will have 4.2” color screen as well as 7.0” media screen to enhance your entertainment proportion. The safety of the car is further enhanced through the inclusion of 10 air bags system. There are some optional features such as blind spot warning, lane-keeping assistance and forward collision mitigation system.

Rigid and light design

Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is rigid and light in weight. The stiffness of the body increased to the extent of 27%. It has become lighter to the extent of 24%. The weight is reduced to the extent of 113 kg. You will enjoy a dynamic driving experience.

The car is fitted with 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 113kW of power and 240Nm of torque. You can go for manual or automatic speed control system. It can zoom to 100 km/hr in just 8 seconds. The fuel consumption is 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. The diesel version will be released in 2017. The length of the car is 68 mm more than the current version. However, it is 25mm shorter in height than the earlier version.

Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is available in four specifications. These specifications include L, LS, LT and sporty Premier. There are unique grilles, fascias, splitters, panels, wheels and spoilers. If you go for top specification model, there will be higher performance levels. You will find different kind of suspension and larger wheels. The model is available in hatchback and sedan version.

Engine features

The strength and refinement is enhanced through the presence of Aluminum bedplate. The efficiency is increased through variable flow oil pump. There will be optimal performance through the piston cooling oil jets. The weight is saved through the presence of dual overhead-cum-cylinder head which is integrated with exhaust manifold. There will be very low noise through premium inverted tooth camshaft drive chain.

The new engine family was developed by using the latest computer simulation and modeling techniques. Other basic components were tested through modeling and simulations. The testing took place to check temperature, friction, emissions, efficiency and other performance parameters.

The car comes with 5-star safety rating. The maintenance cost of the vehicle is lowered through the improvement in design and implementation of latest technologies.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Leather Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Leather Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

Advantages

  • More comfortable
  • Refined interior design
  • Lighter and rigid construction
  • The engine has start-stop feature to save fuel in traffic
  • Secure handling
  • Big trunk space
  • Built on cutting edge technology

Disadvantages

  • The straddling of two segments should be done very efficiently.
  • Expensive

Conclusion

It is described by General Motors as ‘larger and lighter’. The new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE comes with bold looks. You can expect more than that you can get from the compact car. The interiors are refreshed. There is a great technological enhancement. You can get sporty presence on road. There will be space for everything in the new car. There will be more fun when you drive the car. The performance is very much enhanced with Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE. The response rate is good with the presence of Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) system, Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). You can connect your smartphone and it will be integrated in a perfect way.

2016 Lexus GS Review

Lexus GS 2016 Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

 

New looks and upgrades feature from Lexus GS 2016

In the sedan type, ‘Lexus GS’ lands in Australia with new looks and upgraded features. There are few changes in its mechanism. The old engine GS250 is replaced by GS200t. it is a turbocharged engine. It comes with styling changes in the front. There are new headlights and daytime lamps as well. The tall new fog lights will ensure that you will be able to drive the car very safely in frozen areas as well. It has new RC Coupe-inspired tail-light internals. Rear bumper and exhaust finishers have revised looks. (Other available models are the GS F SPORT and GS HYBRID)

Host of changes

Lexus GS 350 2016 Overview Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS 350 2016 Overview Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

There are many minor changes through which the style of ‘Lexus GS’ is enhanced. The changes are made in the cabin as well. The steering wheel is revamped. It got a new look. There are special looks on high-grade vehicles. You can find a new clock retrofitted. The central air vent surround is arranged so that there will be better ventilation. Through metal headlights, there will be better visibility. There are remote touch switches, door trim switches, updated shift lever knob and centrally positioned rear lamp.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Eight-speed automatic transmission is used to send power to rear wheels. The fuel consumption rate is 8 liters per every 100 kilometers. The earlier model used to consume 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers of a journey.

Engine features

GS 200t of Lexus GS has 10-way power front seats with driver memory, 12-speaker audio system, 12-speaker audio system, third generation Lexus Remote Touch Controller, 1600kg braked towing capacity, three-mode drive mode select, eight-inch navigation display screen, electrochromic interior mirror, electronic park brake and electrochromic interior mirror.

You can monitor the engine condition and overall vehicle condition very easily through the enhanced features. It has sensors through which the tyre pressure will be monitored. The seats will be heated and ventilated to enhance your comfort level. Rain sensing wipers will ensure that you will have visibility without fail under all kinds of circumstances. 17-inch alloy wheels will give great driving experience. Automatic heated exterior mirrors with memory, smart entry and start with a smart key card, LED headlamps with automatic high beam, LED daytime running lamps and LED front fog lamps will give you great visibility.

Safety features

Lexus GS 350 2016 Interior Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS 350 2016 Interior Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS comes with enhanced safety features. The driver and passengers will have smooth riding experience.

All speed active cruise control, back guide monitor, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, clearance and rear sonar and lane keeping assist are some worthy features which will help the driver exercise better control on the vehicle. The driver will be stress-free by using the latest arrangements.

Climate, audio, phone, and navigation controls can be exercised in a better way with the new Lexus GS. There are various models in GS. You can select a model as per the budget and features required by you. Some options can be customized as per your needs.

The new version combines the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. As a matter of fact, Lexus Enform Safety Connect has become a standard in all Lexus vehicles. The snow plow feature is incorporated through the new grille design. If you are new to Lexus versions, you can find many new features. With best fuel consumption and enhanced driving conditions, you will be able to make the most of your investment.

Pros

  • Enhanced mileage
  • Better ventilation
  • Driver-friendly features
  • Better visibility
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Safety features are very much enhanced

Cons

  • Enhancement add-on is an additional cost
  • The front end design (grill area) is chilling

Conclusion

Lexus GS comes with better interiors. The engine efficiency is increased. Hence, you can expect better mileage than ever before. You will be able to make the most of your time, effort and money. The car has great features so that it can be driven very safely. The driver will enjoy the stress-free driving experience. It is a great vehicle for Australian terrain. With the best grip and command on any kinds of weather and driving conditions, you can look forward to a relaxing travelling experience. Each drive can be customised as per your needs with the available five drive mode assist.

Review of Fiat 124 Spider 2016

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Overview

The much awaited Fiat 124 Spider is being launched in Australia in February, 2016 (Possible 2017). The car was conceived in 2012. It is a joint venture between Fiat Chrysler group and Mazda. It was first termed as Alfa Romeo. As per the original deal, Mazda has to produce Alfa Romeo powered and styled version of its new MX-5. The car is intended to give stiff competition in the sports car arena. Both companies are committed to produce best sports car by minimizing the cost to the highest possible extent.

Best of Fiat and Mazda

Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features. The platform and interior are dominated by MX-5. The engine is dominated by Fiat. The styling of the car is inspired by original 124 spider. It has large round headlights. Broad grille sits in the centre. The car presents iconic look. There are longer new headlights with the new version. The original look is recreated through the LED halo lighting. The new version comes with 124’s grille in a very efficient manner.

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Exterior

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Exterior

There are some changes made to the profile. However, they are very less distinct. There are subtle tweaks in soft curves and folds. It can be easily identified among a group of cars. There are prominent changes in the rear side of the vehicle. There will be larger and more rectangular tail lamps. The rear deck is noticeably squarer than MX-5’s back end.

The cabin is completely similar to MX-5. There is complete resemblance with MX-5 in terms of dashboard, steering wheel and roll-over hoops. It has Mazda’s MZD infotainment system.

Under the bonnet

MX-5 is driven by 96kW/150Nm 1.5 liter engine and 118kW/200Nm 2.0-litre engine. However, 124 has its own engine. The car has 1.4-litre MultiAir engine. It is turbocharged and produces 119kW and 250Nm of torque. Hence, the engine’s capacity is enhanced by 1kW higher than MX5’s 2.0 liter option. However, 50 Newton meters are added in this process. The kerb weight of 124 is not yet revealed.

In terms of mechanical strengths, Fiat and Mazda have equal capabilities. It has double-wishbone on the front and multi-link rear suspension in both models. The electric-assisted steering is present in both cars. It has 6 speed manual and automatic transmission. These features will be offered in 124. Hence, they are mirrored in MX-5 arrangement.

The car is to be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plan in Japan. It will come with safety features. The safety of the vehicle is enhanced through dual air bags in the front, seat-mounted side airbags, electronic brake force distribution, ABS, brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control. Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters will help you use the car very conveniently.

There might be a six speaker sound system with auxiliary input. On the entertainment and electronic design front, it will come with Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, audio streaming, cruise control, daytime running lights, remote central locking and power windows and mirrors.

You will have comfortable experience with air conditioner. It gives comfortable driving experience with the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The security of the vehicle is enhanced through a trip computer and an immobilizer.

There is leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel and gearshift. The inside is furnished well so that you will get a luxurious look and feel. The instrument panel is easily accessible so that you can have great control on the car and entertainment options. It is reliable and comes with great warranty. You will certainly be able to purchase your dream sports car at best prices without compromising on features.

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Driver's Cockpit

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Driver’s Cockpit

Pros

  • Comes with platform and interior dominated by MX-5
  • The engine power is dominated by Fiat
  • Delivers best performance.
  • It has unique style and design traits
  • Agile, balanced chassis makes for excellent dynamics
  • Open-top appeal
  • 1.4-litre turbo engine and styling is different from Mazda ND MX-5

Cons

  • No shoulder support
  • Limited headroom
  • Steering wheel lacks reach adjustment

Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features of Fiat and Mazda. The product will be available for sales by April, 2016. The Italian twin is badged as Fiat 124 after many deliberations. Even though the car dominates MX5 features, Fiat has injected some of its features. There are twin power domes on the bonnet, grille and rear lights. It recalls the elegant design of the old 124 spider. The sports car is expected to be released in second half of 2016. It is two-seat convertible with a soft-top roof. 

Toyota Prius C 2016

Toyota Prius C 2016 Review

Go for bigger and better Toyota Prius C 2016!

Toyota Prius is the 4th generation model and it is synonymous with hybrid motoring. The new version is enhanced in terms of appearance and fuel economy. There were earlier versions which ran on petrol and electrical energy. There is lot of improvement over the third generation model. The power unit is called the hybrid drive system. You can run the car on either petrol or electricity as per your convenience. The 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine is designed to run on petrol. Nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion batteries are deployed to run on electrical energy.

Toyota Prius C 2016 Overview Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Toyota Prius C 2016 Overview. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Powerful engine

The rating of Toyota Prius is 72kW and 142Nm. The power offered by electrical motor is 53KW. The new power train relies more upon batteries at higher speeds. As per the new version, the batteries will cling to the drive system up to 110 km/her and it is based on the operation of the throttle and typography of the terrain. The old version singed off from the battery at 70 km/hr. The drive mode settings were adjusted to this extent by Toyota engineers. There are three settings including normal, eco and power.

The throttle response in eco mode will be similar to the third generation of Toyota Prius. The power mode appears to be little and there is not considerable change from the earlier version. The mileage recorded with the 3rd generation model was 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers. It was 5.4 was liters per 100 kilometers with the new version. The drive train will be disassociated in a much quieter way than the earlier versions.

You can exercise more control and precision than the predecessor. There will be less body role at corners. There is better response from the steering. The direction changes can be done very quickly.

Comfort level

In spite of the significant change in the rear suspension, there is no change in the comfort level. However, there was little improvement in the control of the body. There is better raking experience and pedal feel with the new model. There are major changes in the cabin so that the comfort level is enhanced. The cabin comes with high quality finish and more space is available than the older version.

You can notice very nice look and feel of the dashboard. The steering wheel design is enhanced. There are great improvements in the storage front. These improvements include bigger door pockets and better cup holders. There is larger boot space (502 liters). As there is extra large leg room, the rear seat space has increased. These changes are accomplished without making any change to the overall wheelbase.

Leaner and more luxurious

Toyota Prius C 2016 Dashboard Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Toyota Prius C 2016 Dashboard. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

With its rich cabin improvements and improvement in boot space, the car offers luxurious features without any difficulty. There will be more engaging and better drive features with the new version. The quiet performance of the car will let you make the most of your time, effort and money. The first impressions of the car are positive. There is significant drop in fuel usage. Because of the positioning of the battery packs, 10% additional space is added for cargo. High-resolution LCD screens, stylized air vents and glossy white highlights are some worthy features in the new Toyota Prius.

Advantages

  • Fuel economy
  • Hybrid drive system (petrol and electrical energy)
  • Disassociation of drive train is very quiet
  • More precision and control than the predecessor
  • Provides obedient response
  • Better raking response and pedal feel

Disadvantages

  • Power is compromised for fuel economy
  • The layout is intrusive. Hence, tall persons should be little watchful to enter the cabin.
  • Back seats are difficult to occupy (especially for taller people)
Toyota Prius C 2016 Interior

Toyota Prius C 2016 Interior. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

The new Toyota Prius will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2016. The price and other particulars are not yet revealed. The information presented is based on the test ride taken place in Japan. The car maker has described the new version as ‘a beautiful car for a beautiful Earth’. With its hybrid engine, users will have great flexibility to run on either petrol or electricity. Thus, you can contribute to the green technologies. Even though there is little compromise on the power, the fuel saving proportion should be appreciated. The inner cabin has changed and there will be more space for occupants. Even though tall persons might find some difficulty to get into the car, it is possible to have great riding experience. The body control is enhanced through new rear suspension. You can take curves very easily by using the new generation vehicle.

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