Merecedes Benz AMG C43 Class Overview

OVERVIEW ;

The current generation C-Class has been with us for nearly two years and has been one of the best cars in its class. The last generation C-Class lacked certain qualities one expects from a Mercedes-Benz and made you feel like you were sitting in the cheapest car in their lineup. So when Mercedes went back to the drawing board, they drew inspiration from the best car in their lineup: The S-Class. That inspiration is very noticeable from both inside and out where the C-Class bears a strong resemblance to the S-Class. Check for review, features & price of Merecede Benz Cars

Apart from fixing the C-Class’ obvious shortcomings with its styling and interior, Mercedes sought to outperform its rivals in the performance department. AMG is Mercedes’ in-house tuner and has created flashy high-powered machines for Mercedes for the better part of nearly the last three decades. In order to bring the AMG feel at a more accessible price, Mercedes has added the AMG 43 model to several models in its lineup such as the C-Class. The AMG C43 is supposed to capture the styling, dynamics and feel of its V8 brother

EXTERIORS ;

Mercedes has tried to make the new C43 as sporty as they could and the fresult is right in front o0f you. The C43 AMG gets all the styling characteristics of the AMG which makes it instantly recognisable that it is a part of the AMG family. The typical AMG front apron with bigger air vents, diamond mesh and silver chrome trim. The diamond radiator grille now features chrome plated pins, the louver gets which has been finished in Gloss black colour gets the AMG lettering as well. The side profile of the coupe gets lightweight alloy wheels. Towards the rear the Coupe features chrome plated twin tailpipes with centre divider. The rear profile also gets the “AMG” (left) and “C 43” (right) lettering on the boot lid and also the new “BITURBO – 4MATIC” lettering on the front wings. Get Ex Showroom Price of Benz AMG C43 in Carzprice

INTERIORS ;

The interiors of Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C43 4MATIC feature AMG line interior trims with open pore black ash wood and door sills with “AMG” lettering illuminated. The seat matrix features sports seats for the driver and co-passenger provided with electrically-adjustable feature and memory function for the convenience of regular users, and the seat upholstery in Nappa leather upholstery. The comfort and luxury convenience of the occupants has been enhanced with Thermotronic 2-Zone automatic climate control, and infotainment system with 7” high-resolution media display and music system with 4 high-resolution loudspeakers delivering high quality of audio output.

PERFORMANCE ;

Well, that pattern extends squarely to the performance department as well. The C 43 AMG runs a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 367PS and 520Nm. That’s two cylinders, 143PS and 180Nm down on the C 63, but two cylinders, 183PS and 220Nm more than the standard C200. And straight away, I can tell you that this engine is my favourite part of the C 43 AMG. Many write about how turbos blunt throttle response, but not once did I think, “Oh, I wish the engine’s responded faster to my right foot.” In fact, in the Sport +, the raciest of all the modes I had to make a conscious effort to smoothen out my throttle inputs. Then there’s the beautiful power delivery. Performance is strong from as low as 2,000rpm, and it just builds and builds till the needle slams into the 6,500rpm redline. I guarantee that you will repeatedly run into the rev limiter the first time you drive this car hard in manual mode. Power gets so addictively strong at the redline, and accompanied by that sweet 6-cylinder roar, you simply can’t help it! If only there were 500 or 1,000rpm more to play with, what an epic motor this would be. Wishful thinking, but still engine performance is nothing short of stunning. We recorded repeated 5.0s 0-100kmph runs, and top speed is limited to an easily achievable 250kmph. While I mentioned that the exhaust sound is enjoyable at the redline, at start-up and lower revs it lacks the bigger AMG’s volume and also doesn’t pop or burble quite so dramatically. That may disappoint some but it makes the car calmer and more comfortable to live with at low speeds. Get offers & discounts on Merecedes Benz AMG C43 Class

There are five driving modes as well as individual control over engine and suspension settingsThere are five driving modes as well as individual control over engine and suspension settingsLike the GLE 450 AMG Coupe that shares this motor, the C 43 uses a 9-speed automatic transmission. AMG says they’ve increased speed and responsiveness, but the transmission doesn’t work quite the same magic as the engine. Shift speeds are quick enough, but I found that the gearbox lacks the on-edge reactiveness and responses that the engine deserves. It’s fast, but not dual-clutch fast. In the enormous GLE 450, this didn’t matter because it’s not the type of car you push too hard, but the lighter, more agile C 43 encourages flat-out driving and that’s where you start to notice the gearbox.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The C43 features AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. Towards the front the coupe gets four-link front axle which gets all the components optimised in terms of rigidity, the rear profile gets multi-link rear axle. All these setup helps the cars overall agility and also improves the dynamics as well. The driver will also benefit from reduced body roll, higher lateral acceleration and better traction. The driver can further select the automatic adjustable damping system’s three suspension modes which includes “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. The driver also further gets assists of the speed-sensitive sports steering.For stopping the Coupe relies on a internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated towards the front which has a diameter of 360 mm, while the rear gets 320 mm discs.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The braking system of C-Class AMG C43 4MATIC features adaptive brake system with anti-lock braking system and brake assist system with servo brake assistance for emergency braking. The safety features offered include front and side airbag for the driver and co-passenger with thorax protection, window airbags for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags for the rear seat occupants. The passenger seat occupant detection, Pre-Safe system with reversible belt tensioners, glove compartment with emergency lockable key and electronic immobilizer are featured for safe usage and prevention against theft attempts.

VERDICT ;

Middle ground is a space appreciated by a lot of folks. Not everyone wants extreme performance, but many aspire for more than the ordinary. The C 43 AMG straddles this space well, especially in an age where a C 63 AMG costs over Rs 1.7 crore on-road in Mumbai (Maharashtra takes about 25 per cent of your luxury car’s value, but we’re not quite sure where it’s being spent, but it certainly isn’t on the roads). Similarly, the C 43’s enticing ex-showroom price of Rs 73.6 lakh shoots to Rs 98 lakh on-road in Mumbai. Nevertheless, at this price, you get a sports sedan that is far more luxurious and refined than a CLA 45 AMG but also costs a lot less than a full-on super saloon. It’s not the ultimate driving machine, but on the right road it’s a proper laugh, and aside from the Audi S5 Sportback, there isn’t much else at this price point.

Ford Figo Facelift Review

OVERVIEW ;

Ford’s breakthrough model in the domestic market, Ford Figo hatchback is as refreshing as the first generation version. Talking broadly about the overhaul, this version looks a lot better than the predecessor featuring relatively chic styling identical to its sedan twin Aspire. Underpinning the same platform, Figo hatchback could be referred as the boot-less version of Aspire. Up front the similar Aston Martin-esque radiator grille is notably conspicuous. Moreover the side view and rear profile all bear similarity to the sedan version. Interiors appear largely same as Aspire with subtle changes, differentiating it from the latter. Even the equipment embedded inside the cabin are akin to the ones stuffed in Aspire. Power generation is done by the same set of engines serving in Aspire including 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre gasoline engines and one 1.5 litre diesel powerplant. There are two transmission choices which comprises of one manual and one automatic gearbox. Rivalling the likes of Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Nissan Micra, Figo hatchback is the one upper in terms of pricing. That said, the Ford Figo price in India is tagged very competitively.

STYLE AND LOOKS ;

The Ford Figo 2017 does not share anything with the earlier model and is an all new car. It is based on Ford’s Kinetic design 2.0 language and the theme is identical to other new generation cars from Ford. A robust passenger cage made from high strength steel is a part of it. The Ford Figo 2017 also offers driver-side airbag as standard, across all variants. Ford has given a lot of emphasis on passenger safety. In fact, the Ford Figo 2017 is the only car to offer upto six airbags in its top line variant. Thus it distinguishes itself from others cars in its segment

The new Ford Figo 2017 stands out as one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country, clearly. The large dominating trapezoidal front grille, instantly reminds you of Aston Martin. It has chrome highlights and elongated headlamps look good adding some premium feel to it. Diagonally from the front it also resembles Fiat Punto Evo, as the headlamps are strikingly similar. The side looks well balanced with a slightly tapered windowline. The Ford Figo 2017 has a slightly tall stance due to the high window line. It comes with 14-inch alloy wheels, which do look small in comparison to the car. ORVMs have turn indicators on them. The rear portion is pretty neat and simple and integrates well with the overall look. The boot looks sporty and has a spoiler that adds a subtle flair.

SPACE AND CABIN ;

As opposed to its immediate competition, the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Figo is relatively longer, and it shows on the inside too. Seats are comfortable and supportive enough. Knee room for passengers at the back is in plenty thanks to a best in class wheelbase of 2,491mm. The shoulder and leg room though is a bit compromised due to the large transmission tunnel at the back. The extra bit of space for the passengers at the back has resulted in a smaller boot. In fact this 2015 Figo has smaller boot space than its predecessor. There are quite a few cubby holes to store bottle and knickknacks.

The dashboard of the Figo is similar in every detail to the Figo Aspire. But the silver and grey combination on the hatchback looks a lot better than the black and beige on its larger sibling. Use of a lighter color scheme has also made the cabin feel airy. The V-shaped center console is in line with Ford’s design philosophy. We particularly loved the instrumentation – it not only looks good but is also easy to read and informative; a rare combination to find nowadays.

Ford deserves to be applauded for giving driver side airbag as standard figment across variants. The second variant, Ambient, upwards all trims get dual airbags with a maximum of 6 in the top-end trim. ABS and EBD though is only offered in the top two trims. Safety aside, the Figo offers a lot on terms of features including, Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity, keyless entry, climate control and more. The Ford MyKey, MyFord Dock and the Sync Applink are other first-in-class features.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Ford is offering the same set of engines on the new Figo which do duty on the Aspire compact sedan. So petrol duty is taken care by a 1.2-litre unit that generates 88 PS and 112 Nm, matched to a 5-speed gearbox. This motor has good low-end pep but isn’t the most urgent when you get out on the open road. There is another petrol engine on offer, the bigger, more powerful and excise duty unfriendly 1.5-litre unit, only matched to a 6-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox. Producing 112 PS and 136 Nm, the real highlight is of course the gearbox which is a dual-clutch unit and thereby offers quick shifts and is very responsive to throttle inputs. It can be felt changing cogs at low speeds, the mill having good low-end performance, upshifting under 2500 RPM when driven normally. There are two modes – D and S, the latter inducing some more josh in the Figo. One can also shift gears manually using the lever mounted buttons, the cluster also displaying the gear position in Sports mode.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine has good performance for the city as the autobox makes driving in stop-go traffic a breeze, something we really appreciated in the crowded city of Agra. The motor does become vocal in the top-end, redlining under 6500 RPM. Getting to 100 km/hr at full pelt requires third gear while at the same speed in top gear, the motor spins at 2500 RPM, being quite loud. While ARAI mileage figures for the petrol models are 18.16 km/l (1.2L) and 17 km/l (1.5L) one can expect 14.5 km/l and 13 km/l for the manual and automatic respectively, mileage dropping to around 12 km/l with a heavy foot. The diesel engine is the tarmac scorching 1.5-litre unit which thrusts out a segment best 100 PS and 215 Nm, again identical to the Aspire whose performance we have praised endlessly.

Low-end poke is plenty, lag is very well contained and the shove is so strong that at times you end up with a lot of wheel-spin. The motor has good city drivability and once out on the highway, this engine makes you grin ear to ear, the zest with which it picks up speed is truly fantastic, no hesitation in getting past the 150 km/hr mark. Aiding the fantastic mill is the smooth shifting 5-speed gearbox and light clutch, making easy work of driving. NVH levels are good too (slight diesel drone is present) and the ton comes up in under 10 seconds (being slightly lighter than the Aspire, it’s marginally quicker too), requiring at least third gear while at the same speed in top gear the needle hovers around the 2300 RPM mark, one nudge on the big pedal and overtaking is done in an instant. The ARAI rated mileage is the best in the segment (25.83 km/l) and after having tested the Aspire’s fuel economy, the new Figo should easily deliver around 18-20 km/l in the real world.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The last Figo aced this section of our test, so it’s a bit hard to break the news that the new one isn’t quite as special in the handling department. There is some un-Ford-like slack at the steering and it doesn’t feel quite as sure-footed as the last one did around the corners. But that’s not to say the Ford isn’t nice to drive, because dynamics are actually good by class standards. The steering has decent weight to it (it feels better calibrated than the Aspire), high speed body movements are well contained and the brakes offer great feel and stopping power.

Straightline speed stability is also really good. However, at slower speeds, the Figo tends to feel a bit stiff-kneed on all but the smoothest city roads. The small 14-inch tyres also get swallowed by large potholes. The suspension does work quietly and bump absorption is generally good, but that little bit of Ford magic is missing on this Figo.What is noteworthy though is that Ford seems to have addressed the bottoming-out issue that plagued the old Figo. Ground clearance on the new Figo is actually a class-best 174mm.

SAFETY ;

Ford has nailed it when it comes to safety. No one would have ever imagined that in our country a carmaker would offer six airbags in a hatchback priced under Rs. 10 lakhs. Ford is also offering a driver side airbag as standard across all variants. No doubt the new Figo is the safest car in its segment and future-proof. That’s not it, the car also comes with traction control, stability control and hill hold assist with the automatic transmission variant. Ford is targeting rural markets as well with the Figo and is promising a competitive maintenance cost along with 24/7 roadside assistance and 2 year/1,00,000 kms warranty.

VERDICT ;

The Ford Figo surely stays towards the top in the list of some popular hatchbacks of India and this new generation hatchback helps to raise the popular quotient even higher. The new generation hatchbacks comes with a new and improved styling which surely seems to have worked in favor of the hatchback while it also gets plenty of features as well which are never seen on a hatchback before. The Figo also excels in the drivetrain department as well and offers one of the most powerful petrol engines in its segment while Ford has taken no chances either in terms of safety as well and thus even the base petrol variant also gets driver side airbag which is pretty impressive.

Overall this is complete package that you will get for your money and I am sure this new hatchback will be appreciated in the Indian market which is considered as one of the toughest market of the world.

BMW 6 Series Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay. Check On Road Price of BMW cars in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

You don’t need to stare for long to realise that this is indeed a gorgeous looking car. Compared to Chris Bangle’s dreary treatment on the outgoing 6 Series, the new one looks far more exciting, to say the least. Gone are the drooping headlights and morose facial expressions, to be replaced by something that is very pleasing to the eye.The new BMW 6 Series Coupe undoubtedly has a more commanding presence and athletic elegance to it, and the new model’s extra length (4894mm) and width (1894mm) over its predecessor combined with a 5mm lower height has given the third generation model a lustworthy silhouette. Get Ex Showroom Price of BMW 6 Series in Carzprice

While those neat kidney grille slats emphasize the coupe’s sporting demeanour, the sweeping bonnet flanked by those marvellous looking bi-xenon headlamps and the optional LED foglamps below them endows the car’s front end with a new lease of life. Compared to the eyesore-ish and disjointed rear styling on the previous generation model, the back end of the new BMW 2-door coupe needn’t demand your attention – it will just get it. Very clever interplay of LED, chrome and crease here. Need I even mention twin aluminium exhausts?

INTERIORS ;

It’s unlikely you’ll find much to complain about when you step inside the 6 Series. Even base SE cars get leather upholstery as standard that covers the seats, dashboard and large chunks of the doors. Add in attractive trim pieces and controls that work precisely, and you’ve got an interior that befits the car’s purchase price.Regardless of your size, you should be able to get comfortable in the standard electrically adjustable seats. That said, we were disappointed to see that lumbar support is an optional extra on most models in the range. It’s also worth knowing that the pedals are offset to the right, although this doesn’t prove uncomfortable.

Front visibility is good although you are aware there is a very long bonnet in front of you. Rear visibility isn’t as bad as some coupes but you’ll be glad there are front and rear parking sensors as standard.Once settled, you’ll find all of the major controls fall easily to hand, including the rotary dial for the iDrive infotainment system. This controls a high definition 10.2in screen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and sat nav. If you want Apple CarPlay, that’s an optional extra unfortunately. At least the menus are logically laid out while the dial control is far easier to use on the move than a touchscreen.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 6-cylinder power plant is the same 3.0-litre, in-line motor that has a displacement capacity of 2993cc integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. A multi-stage turbo charging unit features variable turbine geometry. This enables in generating a maximum power of 313bhp at 4400rpm that yields in a hammering torque output of 630Nm between 1500 to 2500rpm. The car maker has paired it with a sophisticated 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gearbox. It collaborates with the advanced BMW Driving Experience Control function to provide an unmatched driving experience. In addition to this, it also has an automatic start/stop button that switches off the engine automatically when this coupe is at standstill.Both the options are fitted with V6 oil-burner that received no modifications to its specifications. It is integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. This mill enables the vehicle to produce a minimum of 14.7 Kmpl on city roads that goes up to a maximum of 17.54 kmpl on highways. . Like mentioned above, this series is powered by the same six cylindered motor that is based on DOHC valve configuration. It is integrated with a twin-power turbo charging unit unleashing a maximum power of 313bhp that yields in a commanding torque output of 630Nm.The car maker has retained its braking mechanism by fitting all its four wheels with a set of internally vented disc brakes. They are further loaded with high quality superior quality brake calipers for unmatched braking performance. In addition to this, it has an anti lock braking system and brake assist. In terms of suspension, both the front and rear axles are fitted with Dynamic Damper Control with infinite and independent damping mechanism. It can deal with all the jerks caused on roads and provides a pleasurable traveling experience. An advanced electromechanical power steering with servotronic steering assist is activated only when it is needed. Apply car loan for BMW 6 Series at Carzprice

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The BMW 6 Series delivers a comfortable ride that makes long-distance cruising an enticing prospect. The 6 Series’ focus is on providing a smooth ride over a more engaging drive, and it succeeds. The ride is comfortable, but doesn’t have the take-on-all-comers athleticism of some other BMW models, and it isn’t the most agile car in the class. However, it provides composed handling and solid road grip, and it feels stable around corners. The Audi A7 is more athletic and handles commendably on curvy roads. It delivers a more engaging drive with its sharp steering.

SAFETY ;

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 BMW 6 Series includes antilock disc brakes with advanced standby and drying features, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and active front head restraints. Also standard are the BMW Assist emergency communications system (providing automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance) and BMW Remote Services (including remote access via smartphone app and remote door unlocking via BMW’s call center). Pop-up roll bars come standard on the convertible.Optional safety equipment includes active lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, a surround-view camera system and a night vision display. Bundled with the adaptive cruise control option (which requires the Driver Assistance Plus package) is a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking capability.

VERDICT ;

It’s important to digest the fact that very few people in India and even around the world pick up a 2-door Grand Tourer, the likes of the BMW 6 Series for the sake of practicality. Such decisions are more often than not from the heart and if you’re looking for a car to drive yourself and are perhaps a genuine BMW aficionado then this one’s for you.It is not a family sedan, nor is it a supercar for the race track. It is a sporty, road focused BMW that can only be truly appreciated from behind the wheel. The BMW 6 Series coupe was made to cater to its driver’s needs and it performs this role quite flawlessly.

 

 

Merecedes Benz E Class Review & Transmission

 

OVERVIEW ;

Somethings are made to be timeless and that is exactly what the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is all about. The E-class has been a favorite luxury sedan around the world and a best seller too. Mercedes-Benz had started their innings in India with the E-Class, twenty years back. This time the company has introduced an all new version of this sedan and it is better than ever before. We drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and tell you what is special in this car. Get On Road Price of Merecedes Benz cars in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

This is where the E-Class has taken a noticeable step forward. Just like the C-Class facelift, the only unsubtle changes are to the headlamp and tail-lamp clusters, but it is enough to give the E a fresh look. The twin-pod headlamps have now fused to a more angular version of the CLS headlamps. However, on the inside they’re still very much twin-pod, divided by two LED-DRLs that now ape the “eyebrows” of the A and B rather than the plain-jane horizontal strips on the bumper of the outgoing model.

Our test car has the Avantgarde grille rather than the traditional logo-on-the-hood that one could see from the cabin. The front bumper has many cuts and creases, and twin horizontal strips of chrome accent the erstwhile foglamp housings. Switch to the front three-quarter angle, and you’ll see the familiar silhouette of the outgoing model, but with a few changes: the nose juts out like the SLS AMG’s does.

There are also a fair number of horizontal lines on the sides, but somehow Mercedes manages to let the E stay elegant rather than busy. The large, split-spoke, almost Alfa-Romeo-like black alloys and roof were the only overt nods to sportiness on the outside. From the side, the E now looks more like a BMW – long bonnet, stubby boot – than before, where the overhangs at both ends were comparable.Check Price of Merecedes Benz E Class in Carzprice

The rear and rear three-quarter angles are some of the best angles to view the new E Class from – the shortening of the rear overhang and the integration of the tailpipes contributing to a more modern, neater derriere. At night, the tail-lamps with their light guides certainly make the E look special.

INTERIORS ;

Not surprisingly, the interior design is also based on the S-Class, which is good news given that the full-size has received one of the most beautiful cabins on the market. We’re looking at the same organic dashboard with a massive touchscreen in the middle, four A/C vents below, and a wide center stack and console with a clean and elegant design.

“The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel.”However, the Germans developed an all new instrument cluster for the E-Class. The entry-level models will get two analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between, while the more expensive trims will come with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The former will be paired with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the latter will feature an identical 12.3-inch unit atop the center stack.

The steering wheel also received an all-new feature, in the form of touch-sensitive buttons. A world-first in the automotive industry, the said function can detect horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet. This innovation will allow the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs, which will improve safety. Speaking of the infotainment system, it now comes with redesigned menus and functions, which will probably make it on the S-Class when the full-size receives its mid-cycle facelift.Much like all new-generation Mercedes models, the E-Class also benefits from Linguatronic voice control, the Comand rotary dial, and energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting. The latter can be had in no fewer than 64 colors, a first for a Mercedes-Benz.

PERFORMANCE ;

Mercedes has launched the facelifted E-Class with two engines, which are both 4-cylinder units. The E200 petrol uses a 1991cc engine to produce 184 HP of power at 5500 RPM and 300 Nm of torque between 1200-4000 RPM. Our test car was the E250 CDI which uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine to produce 204 HP of power and 500 Nm of torque. This diesel engine has decent amount of grunt and will perform brilliantly in most situations, as long as you don’t want to skip a heart beat. Power delivery is very linear and there is very little lag too but the motor runs sharply out of breath at around 3800 RPM, redlining at 4500 RPM. Floor the throttle and this Mercedes saloon does move quickly and with such silence, it’s simply outstanding. Although this lower capacity mill doesn’t give it fire breathing power, at full throttle it gains speeds effortlessly and little do you know how fast you are going as you coast along at high speeds. The NVH levels are simply fantastic, you can barely hear the engine even at full pelt.

Mated to this motor is a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission which isn’t the quickest around and is a bit hesitant in swinging gears downwards. Mercedes continues to use a 7-speed box while some of its competitors have upgraded to 8-speed units. Stuttgart is working on bringing a 9-speed autobox on the E later this year, which should address the lack of cog swapping speed of the current transmission. You get two modes on the centre console, E and S (the old model had Comfort and S) and the transmission is more eager in S mode, while upshifts are done to maximise economy in E mode (there is a Start/Stop system too). You can override the transmission via the steering mounted paddle shifts (M mode) and if you forget to take control later, it automatically moves back into the previous mode (E or S). The RPM needle ticks along at 1500 RPM in seventh gear at 100 km/hr, so it’s a very relaxed motor while cruising. For those who crave for more power from their executive saloons, Mercedes will introduce 6-cylinder engines on the E-Class later this year.Apply car loan for Merecedes Benz E Class at Carzprice

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Although it might seem odd that the new 2017 E-Class sedan offers a four-cylinder engine, you’re unlikely to find it bothersome from behind the wheel. The new engine delivers surprisingly strong performance while remaining quiet and smooth at nearly any speed. A sophisticated suspension, powerful brakes, and precise but lightweight steering further contribute to the E300’s ultra-refined feel. Should you want more speed and handling, or maybe just an aggressive style, the E43 AMG provides the AMG experience without the V8 price tag.

If you stick with one of the two-door E-Class models, you’ll definitely enjoy the deep reserve of power offered by the standard turbocharged V6. It has all the power you need unless you crave serious tire-spinning grunt. For that, the V8-powered E550 model is what you want. It not only pushes the E-Class into high-performance territory, it sounds great doing it. Neither the sedan nor the coupes are particularly agile, but if you’re more interested in long-range comfort coupled with confident handling, any E-Class model will satisfy.

BRAKING AND SAFETY

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class specifications include disc brakes on all wheels and the electronic stability program that prevents skidding during cornering at high speeds. The safety features offered include total seven airbags for surround protection of the occupants. The attention assist system can detect any signs of drowsiness, and create audio and video alerts for the driver. The adaptive LED brake lights flash a red warning signal in case of emergency braking and helps reduce reaction time for the drivers of the following vehicles.

VERDICT ;

A massive departure from its predecessor, which had become a little too long in the tooth compared to its German rivals, the new E-Class is definitely one impressive sedan. Sure, many might not agree with its new cohesive design (personally I’m a little disappointed too), but Stuttgart makes up for it with a stunning interior, a ton of state-of-the-art tech, and several new engines that are more powerful and fuel efficient than the current ones. No matter how much criticism it will endure, I’m sure that the new E-Class will see an immediate sales surge that will put it well beyond the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 just about anywhere in Europe and the U.S. Mercedes just hit the jackpot with this new mid-size, and I’m sure it will take big efforts from BMW and Audi to dethrone the E-Class anytime soon. That’s excellent news for the market though, as stiff competition is what brings us increasingly better vehicles with each generation.

Rolls Royce Wraith Review & First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

After debuting the Series II for both the Phantom and Phantom Coupe models, Rolls Royce engineers have started to test a new luxury coupe. Initially thought to be called Corniche, the latest creation from Rolls Royce brings back in fact a name that was initially used in 1938: Wraith.The new Wraith, simply described as “the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history,” features a fastback profile, and is wider and lower than the Ghost, making it more aerodynamic and aggressive in the same time.For its new model, Rolls Royce has made numerous improvements to the suspension and the steering system and for the interior, it has installed the “on-board valet,” – an innovative voice-command system that sends data to the navigation and infotainment systems. Check price of Rolls Royce cars in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

While talking about the exteriors of this car, one word that immediately comes into your mind is classy. The Rolls-Royce is one of the most powerful carsin history. Wraith is a car for the person who is inquisitive enough to unlock the wonders that this technological marvel holds and has a confidence and boldness to carry this beast effortlessly. This car has a very modern look, and as Rolls-Royce is purely customized, you can choose from various exterior options like fixed glass roof adaptive headlamps. You can also choose from three different variations of Spirit of Ecstasy for your bonnet- Gold Plated, Uplit or Illuminated. Its other exterior features include changeable alternating rain sensing wipers and rear defogger. Get On Road Price of Rolls Royce Wraith in Carzprice

INTERIORS ;

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith is one of the most exquisitely detailed vehicles we’ve ever driven. Rolls claims the Wraith has the largest contiguous portions of wood in any automobile, and we believe it. The company says its designers drew inspiration from luxury yachts to create the stunning wood paneling that adorns each door and continues throughout the interior.Starting with the buttery-soft leather seating surfaces, what feels like ankle-deep carpet and switchgear so substantial that it feels like it was salvaged from the helm of the QEII, the Wraith exceeds any expectation of opulence and how “the very best” is supposed to look and feel. Nobody will be let down by the execution of the Wraith’s interior, especially when outfitted with the lambswool floor mats or the Starlight headliner, which re-creates a starry night sky with 1,340 individual lights hand woven into the leather roof lineBecause of the company’s association with BMW, much of the infotainment and navigation electronics are derivative of the generally impressive and user-friendly iDrive interface. However, in the Wraith, the substantial glass central controller, fittingly adorned with a Spirit of Ecstasy inlay, effectively operates through a uniquely British interpretation of this now-familiar system including multilevel menus and a high-resolution display. Even the car’s reminder chime has been replaced with the sound of a harp strum.Despite being a coupe with a rakish roof line, the Wraith easily accommodates a pair of adults in its sumptuous rear seats. Luggage space is similarly generous at 16.6 cubic feet, several more cubes than in the Continental GT or S-Class Coupe. Still, the trunk is relatively small considering the Wraith is as long as a Ford Expedition.

PERFORMANCE ;

To run this humongous luxury, there has to be a mighty powerhouse that can easily drive it. Rolls Royce has indeed used a muscular petrol engine under the bonnet, the 6.6 litre, twin-turbocharged powertrain features 12 cylinders and 48 valves which means 4 valves for each cylinder. This athletic engine outputs massive power of 624 Bhp at 5600 RPM and 800 Nm of torque between 1500 to 5500 RPM. Rolls Royce Wraith transmission is an eight speed automatic /8HP90 gearbox. This satellite aided transmission uses GOS data and navigation system to sense the road proactively.The beast can return decent fuel economy of up to 10.2 kms in a litre. Check for low interest car loans on Rolls Royce Wraith

BRAKING AND HANDLING ;

The intense speed capacity of the vehicle goes in perfect harmony with its braking and control system. It has an advanced braking system, with superior braking calipers equipping the wheels. The suspension system is just as top notch, keeping the vehicle firmly seated with balance throughout. An active cruise control feature takes technological elements to the aid of better handling and control.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Rolls-Royce Wraith consists of every modern safety feature like stability control, traction control and airbag deployment notification system. It also has a feature of an emergency internal trunk release. This vehicle also has an anti-theft system that is a remote alarm for anticipated unwanted attention. Along with these features, this car also has a very modern post-collision safety system that gets activated in case of any emergencie

VERDICT ;

It is a machine that defines perfection and style. This machine is not only potent but is also well-built and has quality to call itself the king of the roads. Be it for highway driving or any otherr casual drive, Rolls-Royce Wraith will get you hell loads of compliments. It is a car that allures you into driving with its high-class looks and powerful engine. Rolls-Royce provides you a luxurious experience no doubt, but the power of this machine beast will also surprise you

 

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Review & Price In India

OVERVIEW

It’s easy to see why the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) segment is one of the most successful here in India. With large families predominant here, the average sedan is just not enough. The MPV, however, not only seats 5 or 7 in comfort but also carries everyone’s luggage with room to spare. And to top it all, it drives just as well as your everyday sedan. The Toyota Innova has been leading this scene ever since its inception, and Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga, though not the same size, aims to offer almost the same at a lot less. Get On Road Price of Maruti cars in Carzprice

EXTERIORS

The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight high-tensile steel in its construction.

With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Tata Aria. The Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut, coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and rear drum setup. Check for  specifications, features & price of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact, the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.

INTERIORS

A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an optional feature

The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift, however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage especially with seven passengers

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING

The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.

The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.

The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and other sound deadening components.

But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4. On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire. Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its extra length compared to the Swift.

The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is 20.77 kmpl. Exchange your old car for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.

DRIVING

The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations. The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that there is a mild thud from the suspension.

There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds, this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push really hard that you long for a tauter setup. Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.

SAFETY

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety, the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims. Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features. The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.

CONCLUSION

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

Porsche 911 Hatchback Review

OVERVIEW ;

Further expanding the 911 line-up in India, Porsche today launched the all-new 911 GT3 sports car in the country priced at Rs 22,329,000 crore (Ex-showroom). Currently, one of the most potent 911s in the country, Porsche India started accepting bookings for the new Porsche 911 GT3 early this year, right after the car’s global unveiling, which happened at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new Porsche 911 GT3 is essentially built for some exemplary track performance and gets a bulk of changes over its predecessor. Get  Ex Showroom Price of Porsche cars in Carzprice

Porsche 911 range comes from updated flat-six engines with the 911 Turbo and Turbo S using a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged motor that now produces 533bhp and 572bhp respectively. The Carrera twins use a similar twin-turbo unit good for 370bhp on the Carrera Cabriolet and 420bhp on the Carrera S models. All engines come paired to Porsche’s 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission that has been updated for quicker shifts.

EXTERIORS ;

The front remains true to the typical Porsche 911 design. Low slung bonnet that scoops upwards towards the windscreen and broad muscled shoulders on the sides for the headlamps. Porsche call this the wing design. There is an LED DRL ring that run around the whole headlamp and looks like a halo around it. The twin projector up and down look like a futuristic double barrel bazooka. The Side indicators are on the corners of the bumper. The grill is on the bumpers and has a valley type design the bumpers too have a chrome strip to bring in the premium feel.From the side Porsche has tried to mix sport with elegance. There is a bold shoulder line they runs through the lower side of the window. This runs from front to back. You get the feel that there is no B-Pillar in the car. From far and as it rained some time back I get the reference that at stand still the Porsche 911 looks like a frog ready to leap forward. The rear windscreen is big and I wonder why is it small in the Macan as it is an SUV and needs more visibility. The wrap around taillamps are sharp and the powerful LED make it look like Lazer blades from a Star wars movie.There is a grill which is again typical of Porsche rear or mid mounted engines for cooling and that is just below the glass. The rear bumper scoops in and then jets out for a more sportier feel and the exhaust pipes on each side are again big like cannons ready to fire. In between the taillamps is the Porsche 911 Carrera Badging.

INTERIORS ;

Like mentioned above, the newly launched trim gets an extensive black treatment inside the cabin for a sporty yet classy appeal. While the regular variants are available with an option to personalize the cabin with different color schemes and cosmetics. Its interiors are made using premium leather material and is emphasized by metallic inserts. It has a sleekly structured dashboard that is equipped with several advanced aspects like an AC unit, an infotainment system and a sophisticated central console. The AC vent surround, door panels, dashboard and the central console are decorated with thick metallic strips. Also, it features a three spoke multi-functional steering wheel that is covered in leather and is engraved with company’s badge. Its cockpit is fitted with ergonomically designed seats with integrated headrest, which are electrically adjustment. These seats have been covered with high quality leather upholstery. The 911 Carrera range of variants comes with a luggage storage space of 145-litres and a total fuel tank capacity of 64-litres. While the Carrera S models have 125-litres of boot volume and a decent fuel storage capacity of 68-litres. The car maker has equipped this model series with several utility based features like smokers package, floor mats, storage net in front seat footwell and ISOFIX child seat mounting on front passenger seat. Check On Road Price of POrschee 911 

This luxury model is available with several innovative comfort features as standard. The list includes a two zone automatic air conditioning system featuring separate temperature settings for passenger and driver along with air quality sensor and residual-heat function as well. It also features an integrated cluster featuring five round instruments along with a high resolution 4.6-inch TFT color display and an on-board computer. It provides information regarding engine speed, oil pressure, vehicle speed, oil temperature, coolant temperature and fuel level. The company is also offering this model series with features like leather seats, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirrors featuring heating function, power windows with one touch operation, heated rear screen, three 12V power sockets and a key remote for central locking and luggage compartment lid release. It also comes with optional features like heated seats, cruise control system, fire extinguisher, seat ventilation, light design package and Preparation for Porsche vehicle tracking system. On the other hand, the latest variants are now blessed with PCM communication system featuring a navigation module along with an automatically dimming of rear view mirrors and cruise control system as standard.

PERFORMANCE ;

It’s here where the main novelties come into the spotlight. For starters, the previous 3.8-liter flat-six engine was replaced by a larger, 4.0-liter unit. The swap is far from surprising, as the 3.8-liter caused quite a few issues in the previous model, prompting Porsche to issue a massive recall after a few engines caught fire.The 4.0-liter flat-six is shared with the GT3 Cup race car and is rated at 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 25-horsepower and 15 pound-foot increase over the previous GT3 and makes the new sports car as powerful as the GT3 RS. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission remains standard and pushes the 911 GT3 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, a tenth-second quicker than the outgoing model. Top speed has increased from 195 to 197 mph, too.However, the really big news is the optional six-speed manual. Requested for many years by purists, the manual finally made a comeback on the GT3 some years after Porsche said it’s unlikely to offer a high-spec 911 with three pedals. But before any of you purists pop the champagne, you should know that the manual GT3 is slower, needing 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. Top speed, on the other hand, is slightly higher at 198 mph.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

As ever, the 911 is a super-competent handler with loads of grip available. Yes, you could be a hooligan with it and slide it around corners on a race circuit, but it’s so sharp and well balanced, it actually encourages you to concentrate on getting a better lap time. Lament the electric steering all you want, it’s probably the best one in existence with the sharpness, weight and feedback it gives you. And even in this two-wheel-drive version, the grip is so immense, it’ll make your eyeballs hurt. Then there’s the other controversial bit of tech – optional rear-wheel steering, which until now was only available on the Turbo and GT3 models. It steers the back wheels ever so slightly when you turn the wheel, to tighten the turning circle and let the 911 corner sharper. It feels like witchcraft, but boy does it work! It goes into corners faster, stays more composed through them and comes out the other side with less drama too. One could argue that track-driving enthusiasts will prefer the more natural feel of the standard setup, but for the average driver, this will only help corner faster.

SAFETY ;

The car offers ventilated ceramic disc brakes all around that keep rotating mass low and offer high efficiency. Safety features include ABS, airbags, traction management system, emergency brake assist, stability management etc.

VERDICT ;

Porsche has hit the nail totally plumb on the head with its most cherished sports car, and went straight back to the highest point of the class. The 991-era Porsche 911 is a triumph. There is a couple of complaints, yet in truth they’re more like quibbles. The movement quality on the manual could do with a frisson of honing, the torque bend on the 3.4 could be a bit more extensive and the parsimonious standard hardware rundown leaves a partially severe taste in the mouth. On that last point couple of recommendations: collapsing entryway mirrors, voyage control, a multi-capacity guiding wheel and Porsche’s phone module are every sensible choice. On the other hand, in the frame division less is by all accounts more. Typical dampers, with no controlling or move bar alternatives, leaves the 911 an exceptionally genuine driving, drawing in sports auto. Calculate EMI On Porsche 911

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review & Price In Hyderabad

OVERVIEW ;

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

EXTERIORS ;

For starters, the Grand Cherokee is a spectacular looking vehicle as compared to its earlier generations showing exemplary evolution. The vertically placed 7-slat chrome grille might look familiar to most considering how Mahindra has been using the same design for a long long time. There is a generous serving of chrome on the front of the car with a large and rather well placed chrome accent piece running across the lower half of the front bumper and two handsome air intake ports with chrome linings occupying the top half of the front bumper. What really captivated us was the sheer attention to detail in the sleek headlamp unit. The horizontally placed headlamps with embedded LED daytime running lamps gives the Grand Cherokee tremendous street presence and character. The headlamp units also come with small engravings that showcase the original Jeep form in them on one side and the words ‘Since 1941’on the other side paying homage to the vehicle that started the off-road trend. Incidentally, Jeep is also credited in making the world’s first luxury offroader, or what later came to be known as the SUV, the Wagoneer, which to some is the father of all modern SUVs the world over.

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

INTERIORS ;

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE ;

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

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

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

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

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

SAFETY ;

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

VERDICT ;

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