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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.

More refinements SUV Car

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.

Honda Civic Type R – Car Review

Honda Civic Type R – Getting You Everywhere You Need to Go, But Faster

Honda Civic Type R Overview

Honda has revealed its mightiest model ever-  the Honda Civic Type R. This model was conceptualised down in 2014 but finally came into production this year. Unfortunately, the company may not release the model in Australia until as late as 2017 which presently leaves the Civic Type R destined to be a European child.

It is Honda’s first ever turbocharged vehicle and it stands up to its mark with an all-new powerful engine. The vehicle is charged by a 2.0 litre four cylinder direct injected VTEC. The efficient engine is capable of producing 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and delivers 296 lb ft torque at 2500 rpm. Though the car touches the redline at 7000 rpm, which is much lower than the earlier versions like Type Rs, the other figures are at an all time high for all Honda  models.

With this kind of hardcore inner strength, the engine is well accompanied by a six-speed manual transmission with a mechanical aluminium knob sitting atop the gear shifter. The new Honda Civic Type R sprints from a 0 speed to a 62mph speed in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 168 mph.

Honda has also shown off some new technology with the Type R  in the form of four modes adjustable dampers. There is a ‘+R’ button on the instrument cluster’s left side which sits just opposite to the ‘Engine Start’ button resting on the right side. The ‘+R’ button sets the dampers to their firmest arrangement and also makes the steering tighter and improves the throttle response.

Special Brembo brakes have been fitted in the chassis which have front rotors of 13.8 inch size and also have four piston callipers. A Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension similar to that in Ford’s Revoknuckle works with two supporting kingpins that reduce torque steer and gives the Honda Civic Type R a well balanced body while driving. As far as rear suspension is concerned, higher stiffness is provided by a torsion beam with an H-shaped section. Similarly, the steering is electrically assisted and rests rack mounted.

Escalated Aerodynamic concept in the exterior

Although the earlier versions produced by Honda were all aerodynamically enabled, the new Honda Civic Type R has been updated further from the outside for looks as well as functionality.. Features that have been added in the new generation Honda offspring include: front fender outlet vents, a lower front splitter that goes well with a deep air dam, flat tray on the under-body, a higher rear wing and rear diffuser. All of these qualities give an overall high-performing, but fuel conscious experience for its buyers.

Buyers can also opt for a GT package which gives  the front and rear spoilers red accents.

Better safety

The Honda Civic Type R has been manufactured with a keen eye towards convenience packed with maximum safety to enhance the driver’s experience even at higher speeds. The car gives adequate warnings like the front collision warning and lane departure warning. Parking sensors work well to avoid unnecessary hits during parking and even make it easier to come out of the parking areas.

Interesting interior decorHonda Civic Type R Interior

High-back sports seats await the driver and passengers  and are as stylish as they are comfortable. The material that makes the ambience all the more beautiful is black faux suede in the seat covers which has been further highlighted by red out-stitching. The look of the steering wheel has also been enhanced by red stitching topped with a red band in the centre.

The standard media and communication system includes: a better navigation system, higher quality audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and an automatic dual-zone climate control have all been incorporated.

Pricing and worth

Interested buyers will have to shell out approximately $45000 to $ 55000 to own a new Honda Civic Type R. Its hatchback style and aerodynamic exterior,  definitely give it an edge during racing events. One thing is for sure, sports car lovers will have a satisfying experience owning and using a Honda Civic Type R for fun driving as well as for their day-to-day.

December 9, 2015

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack wagon Euro spec 2016

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack – A World of Fulfilled Desires

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack B8 is one of the best modified versions brought in by the company so far. The unique properties displayed by the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack are the inventiveness of the Passat along with the conventional Alltrack concept. This  busting giant has four petrol and diesel engines that deliver a promising performance on road and all terrains.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Overview

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2016 Overview

Jaguar has impeccably combined the thriftiness of a sports car with the practicality of an everyday driving car in this new Alltrack. The vehicle boasts of very low fuel emissions and very low CO2 emission which seeks it a far-fetched place in the environment friendly automobiles section. It also impresses buyers with an all time low fuel economy. These amazing figures make the 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack an all time hit destined to sell successfully after its launch in Australia in 2016.

The Four Engine Power

One of the four engines is a 2.0TSI petrol engine that delivers 220 hp and a torque of 350Nm. The rest of the three cylinder engines are diesel engines with respective outputs of 150hp, 190 hp and 240 hp while they deliver high torques of 340, 400 and 540 Nm, respectively.

While it gives the pleasure of an all-wheel drive, the owner will further appreciate the seven-speed automatic transmission with the option of driving in the off-road mode. The vehicle’s versatility has further been escalated by making available an ascend-descent control for hill driving.

Bold Exterior

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Leather Interior

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Leather Interior

From the outside, the Jaguar Passat Alltrack depicts a strong character which has been enhanced further and has been given an all-terrain look. This has been achieved with new bumpers, wheel arches and door sills along with under body protection.

Impressive Interiors

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Interior Source: Netcarshow.com

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Interior Source: Netcarshow.com

Seating has been made not only super comfortable but also more beautiful by covering it with new fabric or alcantara trim. The door sills have been finished with stainless steel and pedals have been given a rough look with brushed stainless steel.

The standard infotainment options are available in the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and features premium options like the Apple Car Play and the Android Auto combined with the Mirror link. The touch screen centre console also displays specialised off road info.

The four wheel drive offered by the F pace makes it ready for high and rough terrains as well as a suitable vehicle to drive in the iciest of mountains. Its amazing strength makes it suitable to pull a trailer as heavy as 2200 kg and the manufacturer has included trailer assist technology to make the towing process easier.

Conclusion

As far as its competitors are concerned, the PASSAT All track’s main competition lies with the Cross Country models by Volvo .i.e. the V40 and V60, however it easily out classes the other vehicles with its excellent interiors, outstanding power performance and world class infotainment systems.

December 7, 2015

Jaguar F-Pace 2016 Review

The Performance Roar SUV

Jaguar F-Pace Review

Jaguar F-Pace Overview Source: http://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/f-pace/index.html

The British origin Car maker- Jaguar- has introduced with its latest SUV F-Pace, which will be entering the Australian automobile market by September 2016. Reportedly, the car is being launched with the main focus as being competition for the Porsche Macan SUV and the company is not trying to hide this strategy at all.

The Jaguar F-Pace, which was unfurled in Frankfurt recently, is a combination of elite and compact style which makes it a noteworthy participant in the SUV market. It is proportionate and though an SUV, it stands at a height of 1.66 metres and a length of 4.7 metres so that its customers can easily navigate the vehicle through smaller spaces, too.

The designers at Jaguar have left no stone unturned in making it a driver’s car. Highlighted is that the SUV has been squeezed both in size and cost as compared to the BMW X5 and Audi Q5, however it has picked up both the innovation and practicality of both these high end SUVs.

Engine Specs

The Jaguar F-Pace will be offered in three standard variants with different engines. The first one is four-cylinder 2.0 litre diesel turbo engine which produces 132kW and 430Nm. This engine is one of the first Ingenium engines- an in-house Jaguar manufactured product. It gives great fuel economy at 4.9l/100 km.

The second variant is a V6 3.0 litre diesel engine which is also fitted in XF sedan. This one is capable of producing a torque of 700Nm and delivers a power of 221kW of power.

The third and topmost performing engine is a V6 petrol 3.0 litre supercharged engine which is the same as in Jaguar F-type. It translates from 0 to 100km/h in a short span of 5.1 seconds and produces 280kW and 450 Nm for the Jaguar F Pace.

The design cues have been picked up by some of its predecessors like the F-type where it has borrowed its tall shoulder line. Similarly, the horizontal headlights that F-Pace exhibits are like the E-type and the bonnet scoops appear to be an XJ quality. But Jaguar is targeting new customers who are first time Jaguar buyers- mostly young women. Recycled aluminium comprises 80% of the chassis material and makes it an extremely lightweight chassis which is incomparable with any other model.

Safety Technology

The F-Pace is as appeasing with its design as it is reliable with premium safety features. There are a total of twelve safety features, one of which includes emergency braking with pedestrian detection system.

Lateral stiffness has been increased to a great extent by a wishbone front suspension made of aluminium and a great rear suspension too.

World Class Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Interiors


Jaguar F-Pace Leather Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Leather Interiors

From the inside, the F-Pace is fitted with an electronic steering and convenience features for comfortable winter driving and efficient fuel economy and four zone climatic control. There are electric rear seats which are reclining and 14 way adjustment in the front seats. A huge boot volume of 655 litres which can be expanded to 1740 litres makes it an extremely comfortable SUV. The interiors have also been fitted with an audio comprised of four USB systems and also four sockets of 12 Volts each. In the infotainment zone- a 10.2 inch touch screen along with a 12.3 inch digital display- makes it very user friendly and attractive too.

It offers ample of legroom, which is  the best in its sector and also a huge luggage space for travel comfort.

Estimated Costs

The Jaguar F-Pace will be hitting the Australian market in 2016 with an estimated cost starting from $70,000 and is a promising selling model when customers are looking for better quality at lower costs.

Jaguar F-Pace buyers can get a huge amount of premium features that start from the entry level models itself, like the monotube shock absorbers and Adaptive Dynamics. So, customers can get their dream car with ultra luxury qualities and a high fuel economy vehicle which is well within their reach, soon to be launched in Australian car showrooms by late 2016.

Honda NSX 2016

New Generation Honda NSX (2016 Model)

Honda NSX 2016

Honda NSX 2016

The new Honda NSX is being introduced as a unique blend of performance, strength and sport. This supercar has been developed by Honda in the sports category and is bound to give the sports driver an ultimate experience in terms of design, intuitive driving and power. Its hybrid nature power unit is destined to make it a popular choice for its buyers. The NSX which stands for New Sports car Experimental has come a long way from its predecessors.

As a part of its global recovery plan, Honda has recently announced that the NSX Hybrid supercar originally launched in the US will be soon out for delivery in the Australian supercar market as well. Although there has reportedly been a significant delay in this step as there was a developmental change in the engine layout of the car. Originally, the manufacturer planned to fit a transverse mounted V6 engine in the car, which was later replaced by a north-south engine which will finally be the power hub of the new generation Honda NSX to be launched in Australia. As per the plan, the company sticks to its announcement of introducing the wonder super car in Australia in 2016.

The New Honda NSX will revitalise the entire brand and will be a showcase of the hybrid technology being brought in by Honda. As compared to its first ancestor, the 1980 Japanese supercar original NSX, the all new 2016 NSX has an incredible change in the performance and interior appearance.

Striking Exteriors

With distinct and sharp lines, the new generation Honda NSX exudes a muscular and menacing look. The sports car comes in a palette of exciting colours and buyers can end up feeling ecstatic riding the all new Honda NSX.

The hybrid engine

The new Honda NSX’s power train is inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder, though it has some unique features of its own too. A twin cylinder turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine sits behind the passenger cabin longitudinally and produces 373 kW and 550 Nm torque.

An in-house automatic transmission developed by Honda is also fitted which is nine-speed dual clutch. This is the main factor that reduces lag and immediately delivers power to the rear wheels.

There is a lithium ion battery pack that sits in the chassis and powers the individual 73Nm electric motor residing each in the front wheel and making them more powerful. This enables pure electric controlled operation at low speeds and also delivers an enjoyable all-four wheel drive and adequate torque vectoring.

Delivering a total output of 427kW and 646Nm, the Honda NSX has been interestingly engineered to give a power packed performance. As the driver speeds up, the change in speed is easily accommodated and the car’s digital speedometer seems to lag behind the actual speed rising up swiftly. Even at a high 180km/l drive, the NSX manages to stay calm and settled, allowing the driver to comfortably navigate up to the ninth gear. Be it plain or steep roads, the new Honda hybrid NSX moves smoothly with the help of front motors effectively pulling on.

Honda NSX-2016 Interior

Soothing interiors

All lined up with leather and Alcantara, the NSX is beautifully done in every nook and corner from the inside with a royal touch. Body hugging seats give utmost comfort to driver as well as passengers. Amazing driver visibility leaves a clear front vision through the car’s broad window screen.

Honda NSX-2016 Interior

Estimated Costs

As spoken by the Honda Australia Sales Head Stephen Collins, the specialised super car that is much awaited in Australia is going to touch the country by second half of 2016. The petrol electric hybrid car has not yet revealed its actual pricing, but it is estimated to be in the price tag under $200,000.

Honda customers who are eyeing the supercar hybrid Honda NSX can have the full advantage of its smooth transmission, high performance at top speed adventure levels. Honda has tried to create a very special experience for its buyers through the 2016 Honda NSX which has almost re-born to work up beyond expectations for sports racing events. One will definitely want to upgrade to this super power car for a thrill.

December 3, 2015

Ford Focus RS – For an All-new Halo Performance

Ford Focus RS Car Review

Ford has recently announced the arrival of the all-new Ford Focus RS to be available in the Australian market beginning mid-2016. Back in 2011, the older version i.e. the 224 kW RS was successfully sold in Australia. Now, the new generation with sharper looks and greater performance is being introduced by Ford and will become available for buyers in the coming year.

A Robust Engine

The second generation Ford Focus RS has been fitted with a 2.3 litre Eco-Boost turbo engine which runs on a four-cylinder system. This is uniquely combined with all-wheel drive that enables the vehicle to channel its 257kW/440 Nm into a  performance unlike any other. A torque vectoring system has also been incorporated for enhanced driving pleasure. The Ford Focus RS is a thrill to steer through various traffic situations with selectable driving modes which make it very convenient to handle. Oversteer control is easier by opting for the ‘drift mode,’ technology which is the first of its kind to be used in the car industry.

The Eco-Boost turbo engine follows the conventional method of transmitting torque to the vehicle’s corners via the six-speed manual gearbox which makes it a popular choice for purist buyers.

The car’s peak torque ranges between 1600 and 5000 rpm with the peak power reaching around 6000rpm. This enables the Ford Focus RS to sprint between 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds which is enabled by its efficient launch control system.

The car’s base weight measures at 1575 kg which allows the Ford Focus RS to speed up without losing stability, even at high speed drives.

The car has a unique RS tuned suspension with adjustable dampers. These all-new engine features give the Ford Focus RS a commanding as well as a pleasant-to-drive personality. It easily out-powers the Audi’s supercharged S5 and is destined to please its customers with its delivery of 257kw in just 2.3 litres. Also, a huge turbocharger gives a staggering 1.3 bar or 23.2 PSI of boost, thus racing it far ahead of its competitors.

Decked Out InteriorsFord Focus RS Interior

The Ford Focus RS has easy to please interiors that are eye-catching as well as  convenient. The shell seats are Recaro branded and the fabric panels are made of either partial leather or microfiber. The all-new Audio System has a High Resolution colour touch screen with an 8.0 inch size. There are even more cutting-edge technological features that further enhance the inside ambience- like the Bluetooth device with audio streaming Natural Voice Control for controls of climate, music, phone and navigation.

Voice Control enables One-Shot Destination Entry that makes Navigation Control much easier. The audio system is also equipped with a nine speaker system and high quality USB and RCA inputs.

A Reverse View Camera allows for enhanced safety and comfort when backing up. Another unique feature is the Dual Zone Climate control that allows comfortable regulation of ambient temperature during summer or winter months.

The Standard Drift Mode

The Ford Focus RS comes standard with 235/35/R19 Michelin Super Sport tires that have a superb grip and prevent skidding even while slowing from high speeds. The Track mode enables easy everyday handling while the Normal and Sport modes are for more aggressive driving situations. The driver can also switch to an all new Drift mode which allows for maximum tire slaying for added fun on the road.

Aerodynamic design

The body has been designed putting maximum emphasis on a sleek, aerodynamic design, boosting the fuel economy and maximum handling for oversteering.

Costs

With this enhanced feature package, the Ford Focus RS 2016 will start at $50,990 with additional on-road costs in Australia next year. Buyers can fall in love with this new performer, which is Ford’s sixth new performance model in the last two years. Ford has forced its way into various niches over competitors by being more affordable and performing better than both the Mercedes Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M135i in road tests.