Datsun GO Specifications & Features

OVERVIEW ;

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

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

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

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

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

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

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

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

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

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

With a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor already doing duty in the Micra and Micra Active, Nissan didn’t have to look too far for an engine. In brief, it’s an all-aluminium unit that produces 67bhp at 5,000rpm. And with just 788kg to hurl around, it does a rather impressive job of giving the Go some real go. A bit of hesitation at low revs apart, the Datsun feels very peppy at typical city speeds and it responds well to light throttle inputs. You can also pull away from low engine speeds in higher gears with ease, which means fewer gearshifts. Part of the credit for this goes to the smartly chosen (if slightly tall) gear ratios. Interestingly, the Go doesn’t use the Micra’s Renault-sourced gearbox (code: JH), because it was too expensive. Instead, Nissan has dusted off an older five-speed unit (code: FY) and pressed it into service here. This is not the most modern of gearboxes and there’s a noticeable whine at all times. The gearshift is slightly notchy too, but doesn’t require much effort. Neither does the clutch, which is light and progressive. The mid range and top end of this motor are the best bits, with power flowing seamlessly and never leaving you wanting for more. There’s a delightful little surge every time you floor the throttle in the meat of the revband. The engine does get noisy after 4,000rpm, but never to point of feeling strained or harsh. That’s probably because Nissan has fixed the rev limiter at a rather low 5,250rpm in the interest of fuel economy, so you’ll often find yourself maxing the car in each gear earlier than you’d expect.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

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

SAFETY FEATURES ;

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

CONCLUSSION ;

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

 

 

Maruti suzuki Omni Transmission

OVERVIEW

Maruti Suzuki Omni, launched as Maruti Van in 1984, has received its first exterior and interior updates in 1998 and few minor changes in 2005. It’s one of the most popular Maruti Suzuki cars in India. The MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) has outdated boxy design that doesn’t look good. It received new headlamps and front bumper. The door panels and side graphics are very simple. The interior is up-market than its predecessor, but doesn’t match standards of its rivals. The dashboard plastic quality is improved. The dual-tone upholstery with cushioning on inner wall and new steering wheel look good. The ambulance and Cargo variants get some additional features. The Omni is available with a 0.8-litre petrol and LPG fuel option. The petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 32.8bhp at 5000rpm, while yielding a peak torque of 57Nm at 2500rpm. It isn’t one of the most fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India, but a decent performer. The city drivability is impressive, but vehicles get unstable at high speeds. Check Ex Showroom Price of Maruti Suzuki Omni in Carzprice

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN

Ever since launch, the Omni has retained its original boxy van shape. It does not have a bonnet. The original car featured circular headlamps. The 1998 facelift gave the car square headlamps. It now has square clear lens headlamps. The car continues to get sliding doors for the rear seats and the side also makes use of body graphics. At the rear the van features simple vertical tail lamps with two reverse lights integrated into the bumper. The 2005 facelift has given the car refreshed and modern looks.

The exterior equipment list includes front and rear thermoplastic bumpers, laminated glass windshield, front and rear mud flaps, headlamp levelling device and right outside rear-view mirror. Find best offers on Maruti Suzuki Omni

INTERIOR AND SPACE

The micro-van is equipped available in 5- and 8-seater options. The car has a dual tone upholstery and sports the same old steering wheel. The 8-seater Omni is a bit cramped, while the 5-seater is specially designed for personal use. In detail, the car is packed with floor carpets, reclining front seats, a simple dashboard with cup holder and a large utility space for placing the items. There are sliding doors, which are very comfortable to use. The car has good headroom and legroom as well. Nothing changes in terms of the interiors. The car sports the same meters and a glove box with a lock added. The limited version comes with some features, including four speakers, a CD player supporting an auxiliary port and seat covers.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The all-new variants of Maruti Omni are empowered by the 796 cc capacity engine of Maruti 800. The vehicles use its 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder, 12valve multipoint fuel injection engine with a displacement of 796 cc. The power mill is capable to produce the maximum power output of 32.8 bhp achieved at 5000 rpm and the maximum torque of 57 Nm at 2500 rpm. Most of the Maruti cars are suitable for city drives.

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING

The petrol engine feels under-powered, though, the refinement level is pretty decent. Fuel efficiency could be better. The vehicle gets unstable at high speeds. City driving dynamics is good. Ride is bouncy, and very uncomfortable on rough roads.

SAFETY FEATURES

The Omni offers comfort and safety features like Reclining front seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, rear seats belts (static), dashboard with cup – holder and space for utility items, two tone upholstery, 2 speed windshieled wiper, 3 position cabin light and high mounted rear stop lamp among others.

CONCLUSSION

The Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the longest selling cars in the country. It’s a surprise that the company is still able to sell the van in good numbers considering the equipment levels and the old engine. The iconic name and the Maruti brand name goes a long way in helping keep the sales figures high. The Omni van is still a good cheap buy for commercial vehicles. Considering the sales figures, Maruti Suzuki should do something to improve the safety features of the van.

 

Fiat Linea Classic Overview & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

The demand for entry-level sedans is quite high in India as most hatchback buyers aspire to get into a three-box vehicle as soon as possible. The entry-level sedan segment, better known as the C-segment is dominated by sub 4-metre offerings from Maruti Suzuki and Honda while cars like the Toyota Etios, Ford Classic, Tata Manza and Mahindra Verito manage to do some decent numbers as well. In a bid to appeal to a wider audience, Fiat has launched the Linea Classic, which is nothing but the regular Linea sans some equipment, putting the car in a new price bracket. The company claims the Fiat Linea Classic is the longest car in the segment and thereby offers more for less. We analyse. Get On Road Price of Fiat Linea Classic in Carzprice

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The Fiat Linea Classic showcases an alluring design which is reminiscent of both the Alfa Romeo and Maserati alike. The exterior remains almost unchanged as the regular Linea and this is a blessing. It looks really beautiful with only the fog lamps and alloy wheels missing. The Linea Classic has a design template that makes it feel more expensive than it actually is. There is a huge satin silver grille with two huge dual barrel headlamps. The references to Maserati are very pronounced in this case. There is a huge Fiat logo on the radiator grille along with a thin chrome surround enveloping it.The Linea Classic gets 15 inch steel wheels with nicely sculpted wheel covers. The Linea Classic has huge proportions which are elegantly accentuated with strategically placed creases and muscular wheel arches which make the car look really classy to say the least.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

On the interior front, the Linea Classic lacks quite a lot of equipment you will find in cars of a similar price. Manually adjustable rear view mirrors aren’t very welcome at this price point as even hatchbacks are now coming with electrically adjustable ORVMs. Cost cutting is evident at several places. Although the car has four power windows, the driver side door has controls only for the front two power windows. The classy white Linea cluster is missing too but what’s really shocking is the spare wheel, which is a space saver of size 165/80/14, when the car runs on a tad bigger 175/70/14 tyres. Other things missing include keyless entry, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, etc.

On the brighter side, Fiat has retained one touch power windows, twin glovebox, multi-information display, follow me home headlamps and rear centre arm rest on the Linea Classic. The vehicle also turns off the headlights on its own if you forget to do so. Space inside the cabin of the Linea is generous although the sloping roof line does eat into the headroom of rear seat passengers. The seats are firm but comfortable and the visibility all around is good too, thanks to the large glass area. Fifth passenger isn’t going to be comfortable inside the Linea as the hump is significant and the seat back has the arm rest.Fiat makes some solid cars and the Linea Classic is no exception. The vehicle feels well put together and the doors shut with a resounding thud. The AC is a chiller and the audio system offers decent sound quality. The Linea is the only car in its segment which comes with double-blade wipers which clean the windshield brilliantly. So as far as the cabin goes, the Linea Classic does offer more than its rivals with more solidity and a generous boot which can hold 500-litres of luggage.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

This series is offered in both diesel and petrol versions. The 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines have a displacement of 1248cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are arranged based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. A maximum power of 75bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 1750rpm is generated. It runs on a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system and delivers a mileage of 16.2 Kmpl in city conditions and about 19.5 Kmpl on runways. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box and is efficient in reaching 100 Kmph mark in 13.6 seconds and a top speed of 165 Kmph. Whereas, 1.4-litre petrol mill with a displacement of 1368cc has four cylinders and sixteen valves. These are based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. Running on a multi point fuel injection supply system, a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under city driving conditions and about 14.9 Kmpl on highways can be expected. This motor can produce a power of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm along with a torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm. It has the ability to reach top speed of about 165 Kmph and with 12.6 seconds it can breach the 100 Kmph mark.

Its 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a multi point fuel injection supply system delivers a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. Whereas, on bigger roads, this figure goes up to 14.9 Kmpl. When it comes to the 1.3-litre multijet diesel mill, which runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. A fuel efficiency of about 16.2 Kmpl in cities and 19.5 Kmpl on highways.Based on a double overhead camshaft valve system, its diesel motor produces a maximum power of 74.9bhp at 4000rpm. While, a torque of about 197Nm at 1750rpm can be expected. On the other hand, petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1368cc. This is capable of generating 88.8bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of a peak torque at 6000rpm.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Linea Classic offers superb handling and ride quality. There is ample low and high speed comfort alike. The suspension setup is slightly firm and slight thuds can only be felt once in a while though rough roads are handled impeccably by the car. There is better grip and cornering is also pretty immaculate. The steering responses are accurate and the car handles pretty well actually.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The Fiat Linea Classic feature anti-lock braking system in Classic plus and Classic plus alloy wheel variant of Multijet diesel version. The safety features such as engine immobilizer, double crank prevention system, fire prevention system are available in all Linea Classic variants.

CONCLUSSION ;

Now arrives the crucial question. Does the Fiat Linea Classic make for a compelling case in the C-segment? We certainly think so. Amongst a sea of me too sedans, the Linea Classic offers a genuine European feel with its tank like build quality, attractive exterior styling, excellent ride quality and most importantly bigger dimensions. While the regular Linea Active is priced Rs. 75,000/- more than the top spec Linea Classic Plus, the latter is more feature loaded making it good value for money. The Linea Classic isn’t as loaded as similarly priced Japanese compact sedans but it has a definite character and that’s what makes it worth considering. With Fiat now finding its foot with a wide number of dealerships and the company offering a class leading 3-years/1 lakh kms warranty, there is no reason why admiration isn’t guaranteed with the Linea Classic.

 

Renault Kwid Overview

OVERVIEW ;

This, the new Renault Kwid AMT, is possibly the last chapter in the current Kwid’s evolution story. The story itself mirrors that of the high-selling Alto quite closely: First there was the 800cc, then the 1-litre came along, and now there’s the 1-litre with the AMT ‘box. And, we must say, this one is special. Sure, it has its shortcomings, but as a package for first time car buyers, it does more right than WRONG

DESIGN ;

The Renault Kwid, happily, doesn’t evoke any of that. Dimensionally, it belongs to its class but design wise it is not anything we have ever seen in the segment. With its SUV inspired styling and a much modern design, it will strike a quick rapport with both the vibrant young as well as the sanely matured. Not an exaggeration to say, this ne also proved to be a looker as we kept answering the curious beings all over.

A dark chain linked grille holds the bold Renault logo on the front with slender clear lens headlamps to the side. To add some razzmatazz, there is chrome detailing done inside the headlamps. Move behind and you would see the muscular contours curving below the grille. The fog lamp housing also gets swanky matte surround; affixed to the bumper.

The front hood has multiple characteristic lines to make it look more appealing and the same can be felt with the steeply designed windscreen. The strong shoulder line flows from the muscular wheel arch in the front before parting way and moving up towards the C-pillar. The efforts taken to make the Kwid look distinct from other offerings can be seen with intricate detailing done on the side such as scooped door handle pockets, boxy fuel lid shape and other contour lines on the side profile.

The ORVMs are done in contrasting black and need to be manually adjusted from outside. The matte cladding running over squarish wheel arches on the front and rear doesn’t look out of sync and instead blend nicely with the overall arrangement. The tall ground clearance of 180mm makes it sound relevant to the SUV inspiration and is also a best in class feature.

CABIN ;

One step into the Kwid and you already know you are getting into a fairly spacious hatchback by segment standards. The chunky steering wheel is neatly shaped and the Kwid comes with a digital instrument cluster, which is a first for its class. It comes with a elaborate trip computer and fuel economy reading which should help budget car buyers alter their driving style to eke out more efficiency.

The quality of plastics for a car of its price is quite good except for places like the door handles and aircon controls but overall the Kwid doesn’t look like it’s built cheap. There are plenty of storage spaces in the Kwid – two glove boxes, the top one with a bottle holder, two bottle holders in the front door pockets and plenty of scooped up places in the dashboard and in front of the gear lever. The seats are of the foamy, cushiony kind, and well contoured for the front passengers. The headrest is integrated and there’s decent under thigh support. It’s a spacious entry level hatchback, and in terms of boot space, it’s better than a few cars above the segment as well. At 300 litres, you can carry a big suitcase and an overnighter comfortably.

The Kwid has the longest wheelbase in its class at 2423mm, about 60mm more than the Alto and 40mm more than the Eon. It is also much wider than its closest competition and so you get more legroom and shoulder room. The Kwid’s packaging is seriously impressive.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The 1.0-litre Renault Kwid produces 67 BHP at 5500 RPM and 91 Nm at 4250 RPM. This basically means 14 BHP and 19 Nm more at lower RPMs when compared to the 800cc engine. The added capacity and retuned engine offers strong low end and mid-range punch. The 3-cylinder engine doesn’t feel strained now and easily picks up the pace without letting you put effort. In-gear acceleration is better now and you don’t need to shift more frequently while driving in city traffic. The 5-speed transmission still feels a bit sluggish to use but has well defined gates.

100 km/hr comes up quickly if you upshift a tad before the redline since it doesn’t feel too responsive at the higher end of the rev band. Renault has worked on the NVH levels, which makes it less noisy and it feels more refined now. The more powerful Kwid now feels at home on the highways since you can cruise around 100 km/hr with ease at lower RPMs. The claimed fuel efficiency has gone down a bit to 23.01 km/l since there is a bigger engine under the hood.

DRIVING AND DYNAMICS ;

Truly, the Renault Kwid 2017 impresses in many ways and that includes the ride and handling. It maintains Renault’s legacy of a fantastic ride quality, similar to what we have seen in the Duster and Lodgy as well. The potholes are not much of a bother when you are behind the wheel of the Kwid. Yes, it glides over them. The handling is something unseen in this segment and the Renault Kwid 2017 can put to shame many a cars from higher segments too. The steering is well weighted, not too light or heavy either and the feedback is quite precise.

CONCLUSSION ;

Design is often half the battle won here in the Indian market, and so Renault is off to a good start with the Kwid. It has also armed itself well, with many trump cards like a premium cabin, plenty of space, the best fuel economy, loads of equipment and ride comfort that is class leading. And Renault has got its strategy and pricing right too. The company has been clever to save costs in areas that customers won’t notice or mind, and instead provided features – like that touchscreen – that people really want. The company also claims it will offer the lowest overall ownership cost in its class; an uphill task when you’re up against Maruti. And, with 98 percent localisation of parts, it seems to have nailed the price too. The fully loaded car tested here (the RXT with options) retails for just 3.53 lakh(ex showroom Delhi), which is only around Rs 9000 above the top of the line Maruti Alto VXi. Yes it has its flaws, mainly with the engine, which falls short on refinement and power delivery, and some of the cheaper Kwids aren’t well equipped. Still, all things considered, Renault’s Kwid clearly is a breath of fresh air in this class, and from the look of things, has all the makings of a game changer. It’s deeply desirable, clearly capable and the aggressive price is only the icing on the cake.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Hatchback First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

There is no denying the fact that the Maruti Dzire has shaken the compact sedan segment in India by selling in such huge volumes which no other rival has been able to come close to. The Dzire is also one of the highest selling cars here and hence there is a lot of anticipation around the new generation. The looks have changed, the interiors have evolved and the driving dynamics are better. Let’s check out everything in detail. Check for review & price of Maruti Suzuki Cars

EXTERIORS AND INTERIORS ;

The use of wooden finish add a bit of class to the overall cabin quality of the new Dzire. There are also AC vents now for the back row passengers and despite being a compact sedan you won’t mind getting a chauffeur for it. The new platform used on the Dzire also makes space for some extra legroom for the rear passengers. There is also plenty of shoulder room at the back and getting three people to sit on the back seat is no longer a squeeze. Despite more legroom, the boot space 378 litres is more than what you would need on a family sedan.

Now the biggest change on the new Dzire is how it looks from the outside. It now gets that fancy big grille up front just like its competition the Ford Figo Aspire. And the new eyes on the Dzire now has a shimmer to them thanks to the fancy looking DRL’s. The engine hood of the car in now much more flat and edgy and many would say it looks like a vintage design. We would say that Maruti has tried here to make it look classier with a modern aesthetic. Get On Road Price of Maruti Suzuki Dzire in Carzprice

One look at the Dzire from the side and you still get that feeling that there is something incomplete there. But that’s with almost any compact sedan in the market right now. The rear is something that we didn’t fancy that much on the Dzire. The reason is simple here, it’s just flat. The bumper, the tail-lamp and the rear boot hood are all on one line. And there is no major separation for all the three parts. That means there is a huge probability of a low collision impact damaging all those three parts

PERFORMANCE ;

The new Dzire carries over the same two powertrains from the previous generation. So, it is the same 1,197cc VVT petrol engine and the 1,248cc DDiS diesel engine with their 5-speed manual gearboxes. The powertrains get changes to their calibration and the automated manual transmission (AMT) makes an appearance in the Dzire. The AMT which we have seen in smaller Marutis is still the same basic tech involving sensors and hydraulic shifters mounted on top of the manual gearbox. The AMT’s relatively unrefined shifting characteristic is also, unfortunately, a carry-over. Unlike a torque converter or continuously variable (CVT) auto transmissions, AMTs tend to have prominent shift shocks during heavy acceleration. But, the head nodding pull during up shifts eases up during cruising speeds. Kick downs to lower gears when I stomp the throttle for an overtake maneuver also tend to be less urgent, but at slower speeds there is a double shift down from overdrive gears. With a lot of low-end torque being available, the diesel AMT was easier to use overall. Buyers have to be aware that the AMT tech is oriented towards optimising mileage in city driving cycles and so there is a certain inevitable performance compromise.

The petrol engine in the Dzire produces a peak power of 61kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm. This is a quiet, refined engine with its performance being an ideal combination for all types of driving cycles, My personal preference would be the manual transmission for both the petrol and diesel engines, but with more and more buyers preferring AMTs Maruti is now offering three trim variants each with the automated gearbox. The Dzire’s diesel engine delivers 55kW of power and 190Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from 2,000rpm. This common rail direct injection engine’s familiar character means that driving it in a Maruti is somehow always more pleasurable than in any other brand’s cars. It does get a bit raucous at high revs, but if you are a driver that loves to be connected with the car, this engine will keep you amply engaged.

I test drove the new Dzire in Goa, a city which throws up an ideal combination of narrow city streets and short highway stretches.

The Bridgestone Ecopia 185/65 tyres that my test mule came with were shod on 15-inch alloys. While these tyres helped keep road rush to a minimum in the cabin, their relatively thin contact patch on the road meant lesser confidence while taking fast corners. However, straight line stability has improved dramatically and the Dzire now cruises confidently even at speeds of upto 160kmph

SAFETY ;

The safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and even brake assist. There is also ISOFIX on all the variants, which makes it a good option to consider. The other features on offer include the front seat belt with pre-tensioners, immobilizer, force limiter, seat belt warning lamps. Key left warning and door open warning are a part of this list.

(VXi/VDi) In the V variant, the additional features are day and night adjustable IRVM, speed sensitive door locking and anti-theft security system. (ZXi/ZDi) Z offers reverse parking sensor, front fog lamps, rear defogger as additional features. (ZXi+/ZDi+)

The Z+ also offers some additional features too. There is reverse camera with guide that is an extra over the Z variant

DRIVING ;

If I were to rate the most significant high points of the new Dzire, its ride comfort would come a close second after its interior space; it’s that unbelievable. Three key areas show significant improvement – the damping, the steering steadiness and robustness while tackling bigger potholes. The additional weight of the diesel Dzire lets the suspension setup deal with road uncertainties with aplomb. The characteristic can be experienced at both low and high speeds, and it ups the plushness of the cabin. The steering is also steadier now in and maintains its centre position when going over rough patches without much driver effort, which builds the driver confidence. The third, and the most common of the complaints associated with Maruti cars – that of crashing into the potholes, has also been addressed. The Dzire goes over uneven surfaces and even bigger uncertainties without any harshness

The new Dzire is built on Suzuki’s Heartect platform which is more rigid than the one on which it was based before. Apart from it passing the crash tests, it also improves the stability. The Dzire feels more planted now than before at speeds closer to three digits. While the platform makes it stable, the steering starts to get lighter with an increase in speed and makes it a nervous handler. At low speeds, the same steering feels better weighed. Braking is one department that doesn’t see any improvement. The Dzire still lacks the initial bite, and speed sheds only when you press the B-pedal hard. So, while the Dzire maintains composure under hard braking, it’s still not confidence inspiring

VERDICT ;

We won’t be surprised if the Maruti Dzire goes on to become the largest selling car by overtaking the Alto. Maruti Suzuki has taken a good package and made it even better with the new generation and the Dzire comes across as a well-rounded compact sedan that excels at a lot of things. What really impressed us is how the company has moved ahead in its quality standards and how the car is loaded with so many features. The driving characteristics are also very good and both the engines are efficient too. The Maruti Dzire is an excellent buy for someone looking for a not-so-big sedan that offers a competitive package.

Merecedes Benz GLA Class Overview,Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

Mercedes Benz GLA has been one of the most appealing luxury compact crossovers from the stable of German luxury car brand. Unveiled at Benz at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes Benz GLA Class initially made its public debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 as a concept. Introduced to compete against the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the crossover finds its place below the GLK Class which is now renamed as GLC Class as per company’s new naming nomenclature. Moreover, the company has now introduced an all-new GLA 220 d 4MATIC ‘Activity Edition’ which comes with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive train system for the first time in the Indian market. The introduction of GLA 220 d 4MATIC ‘Activity Edition’ mark Mercedes-Benz’s 9th product for the year 2016 in the country. Launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO Mercedes-Benz India, the GLA 220 d 4MATIC’s introduction will assist the company to increase its SUV sales. Check On Road Price of Merecedes Benz in Carzprice

EXTERIOR AND LOOKS ;

The GLA is a mighty good looking car, especially when compared to the other SUVs in the Mercedes range. It is based on the new MFA platform that also underpins the A-Class, B-Class and the CLA sedan and similarities are so evident that some might say this is the A-Class on steroids.The GLA is not one of the larger SUVs in the segment, but it gets more than a few cosmetic elements that make it look bigger. The front grille gets thick horizontal slats and a big logo, the wheel arches are massive and so are the bulging lines on the bonnet and the side of the car. Only when you spend some time with the car, you will realise that the GLA is not really big even for a compact SUV, but the impression that it leaves on the onlookers is totally different.

Unlike the burly and brutish elder siblings, this entry-level crossover is pretty. The front is a combination of the A-Class and the B-Class with the addition of the big air intake on the bumper with brushed aluminium surrounds. The bonnet is a lot bigger in proportion than the size of the car and it has the same busy design. The side profile is not SUV-like, the GLA is not a tall car and this is one angle which makes it look like an extra-large hatchback. Here the lines are similar to that of the CLA with a downwards sloping shoulder line and a thick waistline. The roof spoiler looks particularly good from the side angle; there are a few nice design elements on the roof as well, unfortunately those are a little hard to notice. The GLA is also one of the few cars that get 18-inch five-spoke alloy-wheels as standard and they look neat. Get deals on Merecedes Benz GLA Class

The rear end appears cluttered to me; the design is an extension of the A-Class and there are so many elements that it takes away the elegance. There are a couple of chrome strips, the bumper gets brushed aluminium cladding that also has twin exhausts with chrome tips, the tail lamps have LED treatment and even the spoiler gets little cuts asking for attention. Overall, the GLA is certainly the best looking compact crossover in the segment. It might not have the size of its rivals, but it makes up for the lack of it by being a showstopper purely on its design. INTERIOR AND SPACE ;

Similar to the CLA-Class sedan, with which it shares many cabin components, the GLA looks like a traditional Mercedes inside. Big analog gauges, a clean center-stack design, and tight fit and finish impart the same premium feel shared across the Mercedes lineup. If you get up close and personal with the materials, however, you can see where the GLA falls short not only compared to more expensive Mercedes siblings but also rivals such as the Lexus NX and BMW X1.

The optional navigation system’s display looks like an aftermarket addition given its location perched high on the dash. On the upside, the screen is easy to read and fairly large. Although it takes a little getting used to, the column-mounted gear selector quickly becomes second nature and frees up valuable, easily accessed storage space on the console. A variety of cabin accents, which include walnut, ash, aluminum and (GLA 45 only) carbon fiber, dresses things up.

A modestly elevated driving position provides excellent forward visibility, but the shallow angle of the tailgate and thick roof pillars impede the view out back. Although there is a lot to like about the front row, the rear quarters are less accommodating and space is distinctly lacking compared with rivals such as the BMW X1 and Acura RDX. For example, the GLA has 27.1 inches of rear legroom and 53.2 inches of rear shoulder room, compared to the X1’s 37 inches/55.2 inches and the RDX’s 38.3 inches/57.2 inches. Fortunately, there’s enough headroom for adult passengers as long as you don’t order the sunroof.

Cargo space behind the GLA’s rear seats measures 14.9 cubic feet — among the smallest in the segment. Fold the rear seats down and you have 43.6 cubic feet available, which is less than most rivals and indicative of a compact hatchback. The standard power liftgate is nice, but the liftover is set quite high, making it a chore to load heavy luggage.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

;The petrol version is powered by a 2.0-litre, in-line drive-train that is integrated with variable valve control technology and direct fuel injection system. This power plant comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves altogether making a displacement capacity of 1991cc. This DOHC based mill is also integrated with a turbocharger that helps it to deliver a maximum power of 181bhp at 5500rpm in combination with 300Nm of pounding torque between just 1200 to 4000rpm. While its diesel variants draw power from a 2.2-litre oil-burner that has the latest generation common rail fuel injection system. This motor is also based on DOHC valve configuration featuring 4-cylinders along with 16-valves, which displaces 2143cc. This motor is integrated with high pressure Piezo injectors that enables it to produce a maximum power of 134bhp in the range of 3600 to 4400rpm and yields a superior torque output of 300Nm between 1600 to 3000rpm. The car maker has paired both these motors with an efficient 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox that releases the torque output to its front wheels.

Its oil-burner is integrated with a critically acclaimed CRDI fuel injection system featuring Piezo injectors. These are high pressure injectors, which enables the power plant to unleash immense power and at the same time, they also helps to deliver a maximum mileage of 17.7 Kmpl. While its petrol engine is incorporated with a conventional direct fuel injection system. This empowers the SUV to give away a maximum mileage in the range of 12 to 14 Kmpl.Its 4-cylindered diesel drive-train is based on DOHC configuration and displaces 2143cc. This turbocharged motor has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 134.1bhp in combination with 300Nm of hammering torque. Its petrol motor is also based on a 4-cylinder configuration and is integrated with variable valve control technology for optimum power generation. It can belt out 181.03bhp of maximum power along with 300Nm of hammering torque.

This SUV is bestowed with ‘comfort’ suspension system comprising multilink system for its rear axle and an independent strut suspension for the front one. In terms of braking, its front wheels are fitted with a sturdy set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas its rear ones are coupled to solid disc brakes. Aiding this mechanism is the anti lock braking system that works in combination with brake assist function to reduce the possibility of skidding. In addition to these, this SUV gets a latest generation electronic stability program that works in collaboration with curve dynamic and hill hold assist.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The GLA is set up stiff, so the ride is a bit bumpy at slow speeds, especially when driving over potholes or undulations. Pick up the speeds, however, and the ride does get a bit better. But the joy of this set up lies in corners, and that’s where the GLA shines.

Despite its 171mm ground clearance, the GLA handles just like a car. It remains flat and true to an intended line around a corner. There is good feedback from the steering too, and the grip from the fat tyres and the all-wheel-drive system make the GLA enjoyable around canyon roads. This, with the added peace of mind that you won’t have to worry too much about scraping the underbelly on bad roads. Request test drive for Merecedes Benz GLA Class

SAFETY ;

Mercedes-Benz has always had a strong focus on safety and the GLA follows the same company policy. The GLA gets 7 airbags (including knee airbag) as standard and is rated 5-star by EuroNCAP. Safety equipment includes Attention Assist and tyre pressure monitoring system. The GLA also gets Hill Start Assist, ESP, ASR and BA. As far as after sales is concerned, Mercedes has the widest network than any of the competing brands. The company offers a no frills 3-year warranty as standard on all its products (including the GLA) which can be extended for the additional fourth year at a nominal charge.

CONCLUSSION ;

It’s not at all surprising that this facelift left the GLA mostly unchanged, but it’s a bit disappointing to see that Mercedes didn’t upgrade the engines or the suspension. More importantly, it seems that the Germans didn’t even bother to fix the noisy diesel drivetrains or do something about the crossover’s lifeless handling most customers have been complaining about in the past. Coupled with the fact that the GLA falls behind its competitors when it comes to interior space and trunk capacity, and Merc’s high-rolling A-Class isn’t very appealing compared to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. On the flipside, the nice interior and the fancy options make it a classy proposition in this small niche.

Mahindra Thar Overview,Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW

Mahindra Thar CRDe is the top end trim in its lineup. Now, it is available with updated exteriors as well as interiors. The list of updated features include plastic cladding over the wheel arches, metal based front bumper, bigger foot rest, new headlamps, a new dual-tone color scheme for cabin, brand new dashboard with a slot for 2 DIN audio system, silver finished AC vents on center console, an astute looking instrument panel, redesigned steering wheel, lockable glove box, windshield demister, larger seats, a 12V power socket and a newly designed center console with hand brake, gear shift lever and transfer case. It is fitted with a 2.5-litre CRDe engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2498cc. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which enables the engine to deliver a maximum power and torque output of 105bhp and 247Nm respectively. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which keeps it well balanced at all times. This vehicle has a decent wheelbase along with ground clearance, which makes it capable for driving on terrains. Its handling is made easier with the help of a responsive power assisted steering system that is tilt adjustable as well. The interior section is quite spacious and airy with good seating arrangement. It offers ample of leg space along with shoulder room for all occupants. The seats are wide and well cushioned and are integrated with head restraints. This vehicle is going to give a tough competition to the likes of Maruti Gypsy, Force Gurkha, Premier Rio, Tata Sumo and others in its segments.

EXTERIORS AND STYLE

The root of this car is surely the famous Jeep. The front profile to be specific comes with round shaped headlamps, front teeth like grilles, which is richly similar with the Willys Jeep, which was a cult model all around the world for many decades. This facelift version comes with two clear lens large headlamps which are capable to illuminate a wide area; there is an overhauled front bumper, which is more bulky as well as robust than the previous edition with a larger THAR branding sitting at the front just below the grilles. The new and huge butch looking wheel arches come looking bolder and sharper as well, and blend perfectly with the front bumper. The wheels underneath the arches come bigger than before, as well as the tyres are wider than the previous model, which ensure a more tighten grip to the soil.

At the side profile too we can see a few changes, which come in the form of bigger tubular sized footrests and fender extensions. The black hard claddings all around the body gives a slight crossover type feeling to this car. The rear profile too got some renovation, which comes in form of new rear bumper, which is thicker and beefier. Another new touch is the redesigned soft head canopy, which we already saw in the promotional video.

The new Thar CRDe will be available in 5 interesting colours which are Red Rage, Fiery Black, Mist Silver, Rocky Beige and Diamond White.

INTERIOR AND CABIN

The inside of the new Thar has been tweaked to make it more civilized as Mahindra might have realised that even normal people who live a normal life and drive normally can think of buying one provided the cabin offers features and comforts for the normally abled. It will not always be on its way to Ladakh or deserts of Rajasthan.What all has changed inside? Mahindra has played around with the interiors by borrowings bits and pieces from its other portfolio models like the brand new steering wheel which has been sourced from Bolero. The three spoke steering wheel feels great to hold on to. The instrumental cluster gets a three pod display with a chrome rings; Looks comparatively upmarket than before except for a tiny issue. The needles are so wide that you can’t make out the exact quantity of fuel left in tank, the exact speed and the exact engine rpm.

Ignoring the above, the front dashboard lends a nice touch to the cabin as it sits higher and also covers the possible gaps seen previously. The central console is done in contrasting grey with THAR embossed; this area can be used to fit an aftermarket music system. The simple AC vents gets a aluminium surround along with basic retro styled controls.The front seats have been sourced from Mahindra Scorpio and do an almost comfortable job provided your commute is very short as on long journeys, it can play great havoc. In addition, if you are on the taller side, you might prefer chopping your legs off as the front kneeroom and legroom is extremely tight. However, if room is what you want then shift in to the rear passenger area and there is plenty of it since it gets front facing two bench seats which might make you feel like someone being taken to the legal offices for doing something notorious.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

With no major changes underneath, the Thar still drives like it used to. The 2.5-litre engine, putting out 105bhp, has enough grunt to pull you over most obstacles, evident by its performance on Mahindra’s off-road track. The addition of the differential lock has made it marginally more capable as the Thar conquers a lot more than before. The Eaton-manufactured differential lock, also used in the export Mahindra Getaways, helps send power to one wheel when the other one is airborne or stuck. However, a centre-diff lock would have added to its capability as the locking differential was of little help while climbing a mucky incline or wading through a slush pit. That said, the course laid-out for us at Mahindra’s off-road academy was not a cakewalk, and our test car shod with Maxxis Bighorn off-road tyres, along with careful driving ensured we didn’t get out of the car even once to push it. But if it were the standard road-biased Bridgestone tyres going through those obstacles, we would have been stuck for a long time. That explains the role of the right tyres while going off-road. We wish the tiny four-wheel drive lever could have changed places as it is still in the same awkward position and takes some effort to slot in. Also, the five-speed manual gearbox is still not light or easy to use and has an inconsistent feel while slotting into gears. Get On Road price of Mahindra Thar from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad at Carzprice

RIDE AND HANDLING

Driving it in city conditions is not recommended at all provided you don’t wish to throw and show muscle power on other citizens. The engine takes it own sweet time to gather and deliver momentum and the engine demands to be peaked at every shift to make sure there is enough power available all across the band. However, take it on less travelled surfaces and the Thar feels at home. Climb mountains, drive on peak and troughs or just make doughnuts on sand, it does all of that with great confidence. The high approach 44° and 27° departure angle makes it a great off-roader.The new addition of rear lockable differential gives more traction while manoeuvring on such impossible terrains. The rear wheels work in tandem with the front and do not lose out on power even on slippery terrains. It is indeed a fantastic addition to the Thar and will be appreciated by enthusiasts.

SAFETY FEATURES

As wonderful as the Thar is, my primary problem has always been that the Mahindra is as safe as a box of cereal. And just like said box, it does not get ABS, ESP or airbags. The only thing stopping you from certain death is that body and chassis that is built like a tank, I’m sure. It isn’t really safe out on the highways either. It feels really hairy at high speeds and the steering doesn’t correct itself too fast, which means you have to manually assist to straighten the car out of tight turns.

CONCLUSSION

Mahindra Thar is for those who prefer performance over looks, the UV has been built to deliver power packed performance. Well known for its off-roading traits, Thar offer a great run. The new improvements made to the vehicle further improve the brand Thar which earlier was known as a suave UV. Although, still a lot is missing on the vehicle and considering the price it is offered at it seems it could get much more options. However, comparing it with all other off-roaders in India Thar is a viable option

 

Mahindra Bolero Test Drive

OVERVIEW

We believe that small adjustments make a big difference. In our day-to-day life, small things give us immense joy, be it a successful bargain with a vegetable vendor or a small drop in the fuel prices. In a similar fashion, a small adjustment in the length of the car gives automakers a lot of benefits. This encouraged manufacturers such as Tata, Maruti, Ford and Volkswagen to develop sub 4-metre cars. Due to the growing popularity of SUVs, Mahindra was the first company to introduce a sub 4-metre SUV, the Quanto. Mahindra also offers the TUV300 and the NuvoSport in this segment and now we have a new entry from the company, the Bolero.

That last bit is what has driven everyone from Tata and Maruti to Ford and Volkswagen to develop sub-4 metre offerings. However, with SUVs becoming the demand of the day, Mahindra was first to introduce a compact offering in the body style, by giving the Xylo a little adjustment to create the Quanto. M&M followed it up with the TUV300, NuvoSport, and now, it’s put the Bolero under the knife as well. Get detail features, specs and price of Mahindra Bolero in Carzprice

Mahindra’s beloved cash-cow now gets a version which loses a few cms in length, a few cc’s in displacement and healthy few Rupees in price too. So is this downsize a compromise?

EXTERIORS

This new Bolero Power+ remains virtually identical to the standard Bolero except at the edges. Look closer and you’ll notice that the front bumpers are actually inward sloping and don’t jut out any more. Even the metal foot plate at the rear has been re-designed so that this vehicle qualifies as a ‘compact car’. There are some badges on the sides with the ‘P’ in Power+ marked in red which suggest that this is the more powerful version (more on that in a bit).

INTERIORS

Mahindra Bolero Power+ has several features, but nothing new as such. It has power steering, power windows, manual AC, music system, keyless entry, in-dash music system. There is even bluetooth connectivity as well. The instrument cluster is digital on the Bolero and the higher variants get micro hybrid technology too. The Mahindra Bolero Power+ even gets stylish interiors.

In terms of space, there is no change on the Mahindra Bolero Power+. It has seven seats, the second row is tight on knee room and the third row is good only for short distances as it gets jump seats. The boot too isn’t that large. What makes this a good deal is the fact that it now without any compromise on space or power, the Mahindra Bolero Power+ is more affordable.

PERFORMANCE

The Mahindra Bolero Power+ comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and it is more powerful than the older 2.4-litre unit. The oil-burner produces 70 HP of power and 195 Nm of torque. Torque delivery is smooth and linear. The car accelerates in 3rd gear from crawling speeds without much of a fuss. Acceleration is tiring slow, however, and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 20.76 seconds. There is some turbo lag but the mid-range feels punchy. There’s not much action after 4000 RPM though. 100 km/hr in 5th gear comes up near the 2500 RPM mark.

The new engine is very refined compared to the older unit and the clatter isn’t as bad as earlier. The insulation is very good and we were actually very surprised by the refinement. The Bolero Power+ isn’t meant to be driven fast at all and it is best enjoyed at cruising speeds. Gear shifts are very long and notchy but the clutch is super light. The Bolero Power+ has a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.5 km/l and we still managed to extract 15 km/l under normal driving conditions. The large fuel tank ensures that you get a range of around 700 kms on a full tank.

RIDE AND HANDLING

While overtaking on the highways, if the vehicle is not loaded takes good effort to push it but then the Bolero seems to die completely when fully occupied. On highways the engine response is very discouraging and the lack of power gets very evident. Not to forget the excess noise that penetrates inside the cabin making it a noisy one.

The handling quality is weak and needs some major improvement from Mahindra. It is not a very easy to maneuver vehicle and gets a bit sticky in some scenarios especially as the gear stick behaves like a sore thumb. The brakes are of average quality and do not offer a precise feedback whatsoever. We got a real time mileage of 12 Kmpl which is average compared to the competition.

BOTTOMLINE

Why bring in another Bolero when you’re going to sell the older version as well. Mahindra says that the two SUVs will cater to different customer bases – one which wants the newer engine as well as lower running costs, and the second which wants to still go ahead with the older, proven engine and mechanicals. The company has added a three year/one lakh kilometres warranty package now on the SUV.

At Rs 8.03 lakh ex-Mumbai, the Bolero isn’t the best value, especially for someone looking for a more urban-biasedvehicle. Instead, for Rs 7.74 lakh, you get the TUV300 T4+ which has got ABS as well as airbags, is more powerful and feels far more modern. Of course, the Bolero will be the more logical choice for rugged, rural use. Another fun reason to buy a Bolero in white? People inadvertently mistake you for a cop. Traffic parts ways for you, and I actually saved good time on my commute home! Seriously though, given the popularity of the Bolero (over ten lakh have been sold so far), I see no reason why the cheaper and more powerful Power+ shouldn’t be a hit with its target audience as well.

Merecedes Benz C Class Specifications & Transmission

OVERVIEW

In spite of what automobile pundits say about the Indian car market, nothing has fazed Mercedes-Benz, a manufacturer which is set to launch its 10th product and also the most important for the Indian market, the fourth generation C-Class. The importance of the C-Class in India can’t be questioned as we are among the first few to get the right-hand drive model. While it has been the entry to the coveted three pointed club for the whole of last decade, the C-Class has now grown and is no longer Mercedes’ entry-level model in India. Justifying its upward movement in positioning is the car itself, the new C has been heavily influenced from the new S but how good a thing is that? For detail review, features and price of Merecedes Benz car models visit Carzprice

EXTERIORS AND LOOKS

Not surprisingly, when it comes to exterior styling, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class seeks inspiration from the new S-Class. It has similar silhouettes as an ‘S’ with a long bonnet, coupe-like roofline and stub tail, but is only smaller in terms of proportion — truly justifying the ‘baby S-Class’ tag.

The Indian version comes with a more distinct Avantgarde face with a bolder two-slat grille which houses a large TriStar Mercedes emblem. The front bumper flaunts an intricate design, including large flared-wing-like air dams and aero lip. But the jewel on the crown is the complex layout of the full LED, adaptive headlights with delicately set Daytime Running Lights.

The muscular side profile shows off prominent light reflecting character lines, intense wheel arches and a thin chrome strip that runs till the rear bumper. The details on the LED taillights are equality impressive. I particularly like the integrated spoiler and chrome diffusers at the back which not just look striking, but also help bring down the new C-Class’ drag coefficient value to an impressive 0.24. The only disappointing bit is the 17-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels which resemble the ones from the outgoing model. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz does manage to deliver an upscale and desirable design as expected from a car of its class.

INTERIORS AND CABIN

As the first interior developed in Mercedes’ Italian design studio, the C-Class cabin artfully blends modern high technology with evocative classic design. One of the few questionable elements is the tabletlike infotainment screen mounted atop the dashboard, but its perfect placement in the driver’s sight lines makes up for any awkwardness. Opting for the panoramic sunroof also reduces headroom, though 6-footers will still have enough space.

Materials quality is excellent, whether you stick with the standard MB-Tex simulated leather upholstery or upgrade to genuine leather. The center stack is particularly attractive, as it’s cut from a single wood veneer sheet. The cabin also gets high marks for usability thanks to Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment interface. The dial controller is very intuitive, but the trackpad hovering above it does take some getting used to. The trackpad uses smartphone gestures (pinch, taps and swipes) to operate some of the features, but it’s not initially clear when to use them.

Front seats provide excellent support and a wide range of adjustments for all-day driving comfort. The sedan also offers adequate room for rear passengers; only the tallest riders will wind up feeling cramped in the backseat. However, the two-door’s rear seats are cramped by comparison, and only smaller passengers may be comfortable back there. For Price details of Merecedes Benz C Class check out in Carzprice

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

Do you like having plenty of engine choices? Well then good news! The C-Class offers a wide range of engines. The base engine (in the C300) is a turbocharged four-cylinder. For many drivers, this engine should have all the power they’ll need. It feels potent, and it also gets good fuel economy.

AMG C43 models feature a twin-turbo V6 that has better power and acceleration – but worse fuel economy – than the four-cylinder. For the best possible performance, you’ll want one of the high-performance AMG models. The AMG C63 and C63 S each feature a twin-turbo V8. The C63’s engine puts out over 450 horsepower, and the C63 S’ has over 500 horses. Mercedes claims that both AMG models will go from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds or less, and test drivers report a quick response whenever you press the gas.

RIDE AND HANDLING

The familiar 2.1-litre diesel in the C 220 and C 250 BlueTEC has been fettled for economy and silence, and just mumbles gently while serving useful overtaking performance (although it can get raucous when revved, and isn’t the quietest from cold). The steering gets more direct off-lock and the calibration is terrific. Thanks to the weight cut of 100kg or so, the car never feels bloated. The C isn’t set up to be power-interactive in bends – the attitude is always mild understeer at road speeds – but it’s ultra-faithful and capable. The ride is supple too. OK it pogoes a bit if you nudge the ‘agility control’ switch towards the sporty settings, but you can opt for ‘individual’, and set chassis and powertrain eagerness independently.

The ultimate C is the C63 S, with an M3-beating 517bhp for 0-62mph in 4 seconds. There’s a lesser 483bhp AMG too, but you have to go full fat.

And of course the C is a brilliant cruiser. Driver-assist options use radar, stereo camera and ultrasound to figure out what’s going on all around, further taking the load off the driver. It can look for – and take action to avoid – vehicles, people and other obstacles coming from pretty well any direction except outer space

SAFETY FEATURES

Most luxury small cars earn excellent scores in crash tests, and the C-Class follows suit, getting a five-star overall rating (the best possible) in tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates the C-Class as a Top Safety Pick. Still, as high as the C-Class’ scores are, some competitors’ are even better. The Audi A4 and Volvo S60 both earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ designation.

The C-Class has more standard driver assistance features than class rivals like the Audi A4 or BMW 4 Series. Among them are several features that are uncommon – if not unique – for the luxury small car class. Crosswind assist helps keep the vehicle stable and in line when it detects strong winds (when you’re driving through the mountains or during a rough storm, for example). Driver drowsiness monitoring can detect signs that you might not be fully alert and let you know before you fall asleep at the wheel. Mercedes’ Pre-Safe preps occupants for a crash by tightening seat belts if it detects that a crash is imminent.

There are many available active safety features as well. These include features that are standard or available in many competitors, such as a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. There are still some available features that are less common, though. These include pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, and active park assist, which helps you size up a parking spot before you try to fit into it and then helps you park.

CONCLUSSION

The new C-Class is a lot better than competition in all aspects including the outgoing version. The new C-Class is locally assembled and it costs INR 43 lakhs (on-road). It is just like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, stylish and feature-loaded but a bit on the expensive side. As for competition, they need to do a lot of catching up.Mercedes Benz C Class C 220 Cdi Style comes in 5 colours, namely Polar White,Iridium Silver,Cavansite Blue,Obsidian Black,Palladium Silver. Check for low interest car loans on Merecedes Benz C Class

 

 

Toyota Etios Cross review, test drive

Toyota Etios Cross Price in India

 

Toyota seemed to be in a similar mood when they announced Etios Cross at the 12th Auto Expo in India. One associates the brand primarily with two models; the Innova and Fortuner. The former is the ultimate MPV while the latter is a popular premium SUV in India.

 

Unfortunately, the fame and success enjoyed by the above models never crumbled down on its entry level cars. Etios Liva, which marked an entry in the hatch segment, could not battle it out with the competition. Lack of premium interiors and dated design made buyers shy away from it. To regain lost confidence and engage more with the adventurous type, Toyota launched the Etios Cross. This crossover claims to be bold with an attitude. Our first impression report reveals more on it.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOKS

 

From the front the Toyota Etios Cross sports a new smiling grill that stretches from light to light that later extends down like a chinese mustache. The lights though similar to the old a elongated on the inner side to match the grill. The new bumper is huge and very sporty and is loaded with a lot of cladding to put on the crossover mask. Beside the silver mustache at the base of the bumper on each side are the fog lamps that looks like two dimples on the cheek. This is something you may find in WRC rally cars. Just the huge spoiler at the back is missing.

 

The is also a silver cladding at the base like a small goatee on the face. There is a cladding that starts from the front to the side and flows into the rear too. From the side the Toyota Etios Cross is the same except for 3 changes. Now the indicators are on the mirrors and the sharp design is lovely and the other being the new chrome multi spoke alloys adds a sporty feel with sophistication and body cladding for the crossover effect. The side cladding is divided into two parts the fibre at the top and a silver touch at the base.

 

The rear too is the same but now the entire bumper is fibre and has a silver cladding in the centre. Unfortunately it misses out on sensors like the Etios and Viva. There is a fibre cladding on the bootlid too which houses the ETIOS CROSS badging. The tail lamps are clear and remain unchanged.

 

INTERIOR AND CABIN

 

The image quite clearly shows that the Etios Cross has dark Black tone interiors with matte finished platic parts looks quite premium. The steering wheel gets audio controls (only available with the top variant though) which definitely comes in handy. The gear levers are also covered in leather which adds a premium feel to the vehicles interiors. The speedometer is placed at the center of the dashboard and has a combination of Black and Blue colors which make it look unique and also easily readable. The seats also have the Etios Cross stitching which makes the interiors feel special.

 

The Etios Cross has a seating capacity of 5 adults, while the rear seats can accommodate 3 occupants quite comfortably and because of the semi flat central tunnel the person seating in the middle of the rear seat won’t feel cramped.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

Like the Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback, the new hatchover is also available with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The 1.2-litre petrol mill powers the base petrol model ‘G’ delivering 79bhp and 104Nm of torque. The more powerful 1.5-litre unit does duty for the ‘V’ variant sending 89bhp and 132Nm to the front wheels. The diesel GD and VD variants use the sedate 1.4-litre turbocharged engine producing 68bhp and 170Nm of torque.

 

We briefly drove the V petrol and V-D diesel variants and although there is some increase in weight compared to the Liva, the performance is pretty similar to the hatchback. The diesel is lacklustre in comparison to the petrol, although there is no turbo lag, the engine lacks grunt and needs to be revved hard if you don’t want to miss the quick overtaking opportunity. It also highlights the poor NVH levels, although that should not be too much of a problem in petrol as the four-cylinder unit sounds really nice. We had no opportunity of gauging the efficiency in our drive and the ARAI figures of two petrol and diesel are 17.71kpl, 16.78kpl and 23.59kpl respectively.

 

The steering is a bit vague and even though it does weigh up, it feels artificial. The ride quality is good, the Etios Cross absorbs all the bumps without much fuss. The ground clearance is marginally higher than that of the Liva (may be 5mm, no confirmation from Toyota), courtesy 15-inch alloy-wheels that also look nice. There is hardly anything exciting about the performance of the Etios Cross, but it is capable of plying on all sorts of roads, also with a ground clearance of well over 170mm it can also occasionally venture on the unpaved country roads.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

Toyota Etios Cross handling is a bit off mark at high speeds but it is decent in city driving, courtesy the 3-spoke leather wrapped electric power steering with tilt function. The audio controls find a place on it too, so that the driver can comfortably set the volume according to his desire. As for performance, the company hasn’t tweaked or tinkered the all three engines; so it is a good performer spontaneously. The 1.5L petrol engine propels the crossover touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in a mere 11 seconds while clocking 160kmph as top speed. The other petrol engine, the 1.2L, achieves the 0-100kmph in a comparatively larger time span due to less powerful and mileage oriented. Precisely, it touches the 100kmph from standstill in 14 seconds along with a top speed of 150kmph. The 1.4L diesel mill focuses more on fuel efficiency and hence, lacks behind the petrol models by a fair margin. It crosses 100kmph barrier from standstill in 18 seconds and measuring top speed as 160kmph.

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SAFETY

 

The Toyota Etios Liva hatchback has received 4 stars from Latin NCAP, which makes it quite a safe car. However the vehicle which was tested was equipped with dual airbags at the front. The Etios Cross gets dual airbags on the top V (or VD for diesel) variants. The base G doesn’t get airbags, nor does it get ABS. ABS with EBD is offered as standard on all diesel trims of the Etios Cross. With cars like the Hyundai i20 getting 5 stars from NCAP, we expect the world’s largest automaker to beef up safety on the Etios.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

The Etios Cross looks rugged and retains the same Etios range of engines. It is easy to drive and comfortable too. However, the badge Cross doesn’t justify as its ground clearance hasn’t been improved and the Etios Cross has an increase of just 4mm. This is more of a cosmetic upgrade, hence the price hike should be much.

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Toyota Etios Cross Ex Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from /- (Etios Cross G) to  8,06,675/- (Etios Cross D 4D VD) .Toyota Etios Cross has 3 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Toyota Etios Cross comes in 8 colours, namely Celestial Black,Harmony Beige,White,Ultramarine Blue,Classic Grey,Symphony Silver,Inferno Orange,Vermilion Red.