Jeep Compass Facelift Review

Jeep Compass Overview

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after a long delay finally made their India debut back in 2016 with two exciting products which included the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Both these SUV’s were sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and thus were expensive and well above the reach of many. However, that is all going to change now because Jeep has decided to launch a new SUV which is well within reach of buyers. Check for Jeep models On Road Price in Chennai at CarzPrice

Jeep has unveiled the Compass SUV in India today, and the good thing is that the compact SUV is made in India product which also means that the new product will also be priced quite aggressively as well. The brands new product will be locally assembled at their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra from June onward. The new Jeep Compass replaces the old Compass and Patriot SUV in the International market, and apart from the Indian market, the same SUV is also produced in some other Countries as well. However, the good news is that India will be mother hub for right-hand drive Compass SUV from where it will also be exported to some other right-hand drive markets as well. For all your information the Compass SUV is offered with 17 engine options for different markets of the world.

Jeep Compass Design & Style

At first glance it is easy to see what inspired the designers of the Compass – its bigger brother, the Grand Cherokee; this is especially obvious when you look at it from the front. But apart from that, the Compass has its own identity.The Jeep Compass looks tough but also premium, sophisticatedly brawny almost. At the front, the highlights include the wide swath of black that stretches from one headlight to the other – including the modern take on Jeep’s iconic 7-slat (chrome lines) grille. The headlamps have a white element in them which help them pop out – an almost animalistic ‘eyes’ look, according to Jeep’s lead designer Mark Allen. They also contain LED guide lights, these are not DRLs – the actual DRLs actually sit on the bumper, just above the fog lamps. The clamshell hood is sculpted, with a slight power bulge in the middle, but the lines on it are not harsh – Jeep wanted the Compass to look more inviting. The Jeep logo sits on the bonnet, just above the grille. A small horizontal slat-like grille on the painted part of the bumper helps break the huge swath between the main grille and air dam, it also directs air towards the radiator. The air dam is as wide as the main grille and taller – it adds to the muscular look at the front. A chrome lip at the bottom of the air dam adds a bit of bling.The bulk of the Compass is actually hidden well thanks to the use of a thick black cladding that goes all around the car. The Jeep-signature trapezoidal wheel arches contain the 17-inch silver alloy wheels shod with Firestone 225/60 section all-weather tyres; it feels like larger wheels could have made the Compass look even better. Surface detailing like the lines over the wheel arches, the prominent line that passes through the door handles onto the taillamps etc. make the compact SUV exciting to look at. Prominent ‘Compass’ badges are placed on both the front doors. The crowning jewel of the design here is the chrome line that separates the contrast-painted roof from the rest of the body – this line goes all the way from one outside rearview mirror (ORVM), over the windows, swoops down under the rear windshield, up over the windows on the other side to finally end at the other ORVM. The roof line seems to flow down towards the rear, while the windowline rises up, adding a kink at the very end of the windowline and the C-pillar looks like – according to Jeep – a shark fin! The roof rails and the spoiler do not stand out too much.At the rear, the design of the Compass becomes a bit sedate. Highlights here include the wraparound rear windshield with the chrome line running across its base, a two-part taillamps which consists of a prominent LED guide-light (mimicking the units in the headlamps), a slightly recessed number plate holder and a two part bumper with integrated fog lamps. The Jeep logo sits on a carved out recess just below the windshield, a unique touch.Look all around and the Jeep Compass feels solid, the panel gaps are consistent and the paint quality is impressive. The Jeep Compass is offered in five colour options – Exotic Red, Brilliant Black, Minimal Grey, Vocal White and Hydro Blue (the colour of the car you see in the pictures).

Jeep Compass Comfort & Space

The Jeep Compass India gets dual tone interiors with black and sky grey colours. The instrument panel design is neat and it does stand out. There is a three-spoke steering wheel with controls, a twin dial instrument cluster with driver information system. Fiat was the first brand in its segment to offer driver information system in the Linea and even the Punto. Jeep is also setting new standards.

Jeep Compass – Rear Seats (2)The centre console has a 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Then there is the climate control followed by the off-road hardware. Controls to move into different modes. Then there is the electronic parking brake, which can be seen on all the models. The space on offer is good enough. The front seats offer very good bolstering and are comfortable. There is more than sufficient head room and knee room for tall persons too.

Jeep Compass Rear MotionSlide into the rear seats and you won’t be disappointed either. There is more than sufficient space for tall occupants even at the rear. The boot size is also large enough making it more than sufficient in size to carry luggage for an entire weekend. Whats more the seats fold 60:40 making it a lot more flexible too. In terms of safety, two airbags and ABS will be offered as a standard feature.

Jeep Compass Performance

The diesel version we drove comes powered with Fiat’s new generation 2.0-litre Multijet II engine that debuts in India on the Compass. It makes 173PS of power at 3750rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1750rpm and 2500rpm. The torque is available from 1800rpm onwards below which there is noticeable turbo lag. The narrow, winding roads of Goa didn’t quite allow us to accelerate hard but the motor did feel like the power delivery could have been punchier. The engine is smooth but sounds clattery at idle and is a tad noisy even on the go, especially after 3500rpm.

Interestingly, the diesel version of the Compass will not be offered with an automatic transmission and will only come with a six-speed manual transmission. There will be a 7-speed automatic on offer as well, but only with the petrol version powered by the 1.4-litre Multiair engine. That said, a new 9-speed automatic is expected to be offered in the diesel by the end of the calendar year. The manual gearbox feels slick to use though, and gear changes have a precise feel which makes shifting up or down a delight when driving enthusiastically.

Jeep Compass Drive & Handling

Jeep has impressed us in this department by offering Frequency Selective Damping suspension. The Compass is dynamically rich both on and off-road, having such equipment such as Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Selec-Terrain and Jeep Active Drive. The ride is fantastic that filters out the bumps and potholes very well. The suspension is well damped and it’s only on huge craters that you feel the thuds filtering inside the cabin. There is some amount of body roll when you push around the bends but the steering feel and feedback is quite impressive for an SUV of this size. The Compass handles corners cleanly maintaining its line very well, thanks to the grippy all weather tyres and the AWD system.

The AWD system comes with four modes Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. The power is front wheel biased and when it feels the need, the rear wheels come to action. We had an off-road session with the Compass in Goa in slippery and muddy conditions including water fording and a couple of steep inclines and declines. The baby Jeep proved to be quite capable in the rough terrain and it can handle some serious off-roading. The ground clearance is good but still, the front lip panel manages to touch the ground. The brakes are quite effective and offer strong stopping power.

Jeep Compass Safety

There are six airbags on the Limited variant, though lower variants could get fewer. Fog lamps get cornering function, and ABS, EBD, ESP are obviously there, along with electronic rollover mitigation. The showstopper though is Jeep’s trademark SelecTerrain system. The Compass is primarily front-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is engaged full-time in auto mode and the system can power the rear wheels whenever it detects a slip. It also offers modes like snow, sand and mud with a mere twist of the rotary knob placed behind the gear lever. There’s hill hold too, and it worked excellently on inclines.

Jeep Compass Price

Jeep Compass Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 15,15,393/- (Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol) to 21,36,870/- (Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel). Get best offers for Jeep Compass from Jeep Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Compass price in Hyderabad

Jeep Compass Bottomline

The Compass is a seriously impressive SUV that seems to take full advantage of Jeep’s experience with SUVs. In fact, look deep into its headlights, past that seven-slot grille, and you can see the years and years of know-how shining through. Prices for the Compass diesel start at a very competitive Rs 15.45 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), with this top-of-the-line Limited (O) 4 X 4 going for Rs 20.65 lakh. What you get for your money is real off-road ability, strong dynamics and plenty of luxury and comfort on the inside. Sure, the touchscreen isn’t really what’s expected of a car in this class and there are important bits of kit missing, like a sunroof; and those interested will have to contend with Fiat’s less-than-fantastic dealer network. Rear seat comfort could have been better for this segment, and those looking for a diesel automatic SUV will be disappointed as the Compass will get that only at a later stage. But this SUV’s fundamentals are so strong, it’s difficult not to compare it to cars from a class above, like the Volkswagen Tiguan which is a lot more expensive at where it stands today. And that’s the real kicker – the Compass may just be the value luxury SUV you have been waiting for.

Volkswagen Polo GT Facelift Test Drive & Performance

Volkswagen Polo GT Overview

Volkswagen recently launched the facelifted versions of the GT TSI and the GT TDI. The top end GT Polo’s are the go faster versions of the regular Polo. The company first launched these cars in 2013. Volkswagen first launched the Polo GT TSI with a 1.2 litre petrol engine mated a DSG transmission. Then later they came out with Polo GT TDI that came with a diesel engine taken from the Volkswagen Vento.

These cars soon become some of the best hatchbacks available and were soon called “warm” hatchbacks. For the Indian petrol head, these cars are a boon. With power outputs of around 105 PS, they are some of the most powerful hatchbacks available at a decent price.For the facelifted model, the company launched the GT TSI and the GT TDI together but they were launched a month after the regular Polo. So what has changed with the newer cars? From the looks of it, not much actually. Check for Volkswagen cars On Road Price in New Delhi at CarzPrice

Volkswagen Polo GT Exteriors

The exterior styling of the Polo GT TSi isn’t very different from that of regular Polo. The changes are very minor and the easiest way to determine the difference is by spotting the GT and GT TSi badges around the car. The other difference on the GT TSi are the new alloy wheels, black-colours wing matters and the black-coloured spoiler. The Polo GT comes in multiple colours, though the best one is the red that has been retained from the first-launched Polo. That is the best colour we will recommend to get the Polo in. The Polo GT looks a lot more sporty than the regular Polo.

The Polo still looks fresh in design and with its new chrome additions, it still looks upmarket. The German automaker’s paint quality just makes the Polo look so good and adds to the premium-ness. The red colour that our GT TDI came in, is not available on the regular Polo. The Polo doesn’t fail to appeal to us. The regular Polo looks premium in styling, and looks best in the blue colour. The alloy wheels add some more styling to the Polo.

Volkswagen Polo GT Interiors

On the inside though, there are quite a few changes. The seats now get sportier black and grey fabrics with contrast stitching, the Polo GT TSI gets the climate control system from the Vento as well as a new 2-DIN audio system that incorporates USB, Aux-in and an SD card reader on its faceplate. Sadly, sound quality isn’t all that great. Plastic quality and fit and finish are good, but not exceptional like on the bigger VW’s and space and comfort are exactly the same as you would find on a regular Polo.

Volkswagen Polo GT Performance

It is an entertaining engine and gearbox combination. Peak torque kicks in at a low 1400rpm and post this, the engine has a strong midrange. It will also pull happily up to its 6000rpm redline, but it does get a bit thrashy after 5000rpm. It isn’t as smooth as say, the TSI motor in the Laura when you rev it hard.Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Once you get past that initial tiny bit of lag (the DSG tries its best to hide this) there’s a smile-inducing grunt and the car will get to 100kph in a reasonably quick 11.34sec, which is 0.28sec quicker than the Polo 1.6 (0-100kph in 11.62 sec). Throttle response is reasonably linear and the car feels peppy thanks to peak torque being made all the way from 1500rpm to 4100rpm. Despite that, the lack of sheer displacement can still be felt, especially when you get to around 140kph where the rate of acceleration slows down. VW’s ARAI-tested fuel efficiency figure for the car is 17.2kpl.

Now, because the car is called the GT, you might expect a sporty suspension setup, but that is not the case here. Sure, the GT TSI has its own specific setup – but ground clearance remains the same as the other Polos in the range and the spring and damper rates have clearly been tuned with comfort in mind. That’s not to say that the car is soft and wallowy and it is, in fact, quite the opposite. Push it hard through corners and the Polo GT will stick with you most of the time. There’s decent body control, the steering is direct and accurate enough (it lacks any real feedback though) and there’s good grip from the 185/60 R15 tyres (the same as on a regular Polo Highline). This, combined with the engine’s enthusiasm makes for a car that is fun to punt down your favourite twisty road. Push it to the limit however and it will show its limitations in the form of some understeer and bobbing over undulations.

Volkswagen Polo GT Ride & Handling

If roads are smooth with very small bad patches then it behave like leech just stick to road no matter what is the speed. If there are worse roads then you will hear some unpleasant noises from suspensions. Really not happy with suspensions on bad roads though there is not any problems to pessangers but this is small flaw.Steering connects you with road directly.and easy and light. Really quite in cabin.no noise protrude in cabin.i don’t want to take any competitors names but this car is way ahead in this department from it’s all competitors. For information on contact details of Volkswagen car dealers in Mumbai visit volkswagenprice.in

Volkswagen Polo GT Safety Features

Safety equipment on the Polo GT includes electronic stabilization programme, hill-hold control, dual-front airbags, ABS and front fog lamps with cornering lights. The exterior profile gets several styling elements like dual-beam halogen headlamps in black finish, chrome application on air dam, GT badge on front grille and GT doorstep garnish. Cabin packs sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with controls for audio Bluetooth and voice command.

Volkswagen Polo GT Price

Volkswagen Polo Gt Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,17,792/- (Polo GT TSI) to 9,32,555/- (Polo GT TDI). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo Gt from Volkswagen Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Polo GT price in Hyderabad

Volkswagen Polo GT Verdict

The price tag of Rs 8.08 lakh is slightly on the higher side, considering the fact that the only major change is the bigger engine. But then it is actually not Volkswagen’s fault – the 1.6-litre engine means it does not qualify as a small car as per the Indian tax regime and you have plenty of options that are bigger and yet fit the bill at the price point. The top-end Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze with extra boot space are available for a lower price tag, but neither would match the GT TDI in performance and handling. And that is the reason why it has been launched as a sort of a limited edition model. This is not for those looking for the biggest car their money can buy, but for those looking at a quick, convenient hatchback with benefits of a diesel

Audi Q3 Engine & Transmission

Audi Q3 Overview

When it was launched in 2012 the Q3 was Audi’s shift in focus from distinguishing itself in a new market to boosting its sale numbers and targeting a new, younger customer over your regular 45+ something Indian millionaire/billionaire. At just a couple of lakhs over the price of the entry level A3 sedan, the Q3 still isn’t far away from the entry ticket (A3 sedan) into the Ingolstadt marque’s luxury club. It’s been facing some stiff competition from the BMW X1 and the GLA of late and the next generation update is still about a year away. Can a new frugal petrol engine, and an also new, frugal and more powerful diesel mill encourage you to put your money on the four-ringed contender? Check for Audi cars Price, Review & Specifications at CarzPrice

Audi Q3 Design

The Q3 cuts a handsome figure and the silhouette remains the same in the 2017 Q3 as well. The updates include a redesigned bumper, large faux air dam and some more plastic cladding. The cladding on the doors features streaks that look distinctive and much better than featureless plastic on the sides of the door. The update also includes standard 17-inch alloy wheels as well as LED headlamps and tail lamps as standard across the range. The Q3 also gets dynamic turn indicators, which is steadily turning out to be a signature Audi feature

Audi Q3 CAbin

There are no major changes to report in the cabin. The Audi Q3 carries forward with the same neat dashboard and generally user-friendly interior. Quality is up there with more expensive Audis and though the seats are not real leather but leatherette, the ambience inside is what you’d expect in a premium SUV. You sit reasonably high up in a Q3, the front seats are generous in size and support and even the rear seat is spacious enough for two adults to sit in comfort.

With the update, Audi has streamlined the variants on offer. The 30TFSI and 30TDI can only be had in Premium trim while the 35TDI is available in Premium Plus and Technology trim too. What is nice is that even the Premium variants get much wanted goodies like a panoramic sunroof and electrically adjustable front seats. The Premium Plus trim doesn’t get more features but adds in richer aluminium-look inlays. The top-spec Technology variant is pricey but your money does get you paddle shifters, SD card-based navigation, a reverse camera and a colour multi-info display in the instruments binnacle among other features.The Q3 runs Audi’s MMI infotainment system. It is easy enough to use but the interface doesn’t look as slick as that in the newer Audis and there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support either.

Audi Q3 Engine & Transmission

The smooth, 1.4-litre TFSI petrol motor in the Q3 develops 150PS at 5,000-6,000rpm and 250Nm between 1,500-3,500rpm. While the figures may seem paltry for the price of an SUV, it’s a pleasant surprise to discover that the petrol Q3 never feels as if it’s run out of breath. This is evident in the 9.5s it took to cover the 0-100kmph dash. The 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission also does a brilliant job of keeping the Q3 in the power band at all times. The Q3 gets four driving modes – Efficiency, Comfort, Auto and Dynamic, each altering the steering, acceleration and shift points. Comfort and Auto is ideal for commutes in the city, but if you are in the mood for some fun, the Dynamic mode offers quicker acceleration as the shift points moves to the redline, making full use of the engine’s power.

Efficiency, as the name suggests, optimises the aforementioned parameters to deliver the best possible fuel economy. The gearbox, in this mode, shifts to the next gear just under 2,000rpm and if you lift off to coast, the revs drop to 800rpm, thereby saving every drop of fuel. Which is why there’s no surprise that petrol Q3 returned 10.7kmpl in the city and 15.8kmpl on the highway, which is actually quite impressive. The figure, however, I presume, could have been even better if Audi would’ve not skipped the 1.4 TFSI’s Cylinder On Demand feature. The system shuts off two cylinders while cruising between 90-125kmph or at low speeds (25-40kmph) and this feature is available in the 2017 A3 sedan.

While the petrol is really good, the 35 TDI engine is the one that takes the cake. What hits you first is the sheer refinement of this motor, and the way the tacho needle races to the redline.And then there’s the performance. The 184PS, 380Nm engine propels the Q3 from 0-100kmph in just 8.1 seconds, and our tests revealed that in-gear acceleration too is quicker than the petrol Q3. While performance has improved, fuel efficiency surprisingly remains pretty much the same as what the previous Q3 returned. At 12.9kmpl in the city and 18.1kmpl on the highway, the diesel Q3’s efficiency is also at par with its segment rivals.

Audi Q3 Ride & Handling

The ride quality of the Q3 is on the firmer side when compared to its silky smooth Q brethren – the Q5 and the Q7. That said it’s still perfectly composed over any obstacle you will encounter in town. From small to large bumps you remain quite isolated and comfortable. There is also very little vertical or lateral movement from uneven surfaces too. There are some differences in the way the petrol and diesel behave on the road and out on the highway the petrol tends to feel a little flighty, due to some unnerving bouncy vertical movement at high speed, and this may be down to its lighter kerb weight; the diesel on the other hand with a heavier kerb weight and four wheel drive is unsurprisingly more planted on the highway. For information on contact details of Audi car dealers in Hyderabad visit Audiprice.in

The steering is quite light and this is excellent when navigating through city traffic and parking in tight spaces, but when you up the pace through a set of corners you’ll soon find it lacks any feedback. The chassis is quite nice when pushed, with the suspension handling any challenge our bumpy roads care to throw its way. There is a little bit of body roll when you push the car but this too is controlled and soon you can learn to trust the front and let the suspension handle the rest. The petrol engine with its gruff rumble and desire to rev is quite nice when your evil twin shows up behind the wheel, but it’s again let down by the lack of pedals that would have allowed better use of the gearbox while keeping both hands on the wheel. The diesel with its smooth spread of 380Nm of torque is again the more fun of the two even when you’re hooning around.

Audi Q3 Braking and Safety

Audi Q3 is equipped with plenty of braking and safety features for driving control and passenger protection. The primary braking of the wheels is operated by the Ventilated Disc front and Solid disc rear brakes. Moreover, this luxury compact SUV is also equipped with advanced braking features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electric Braking System (EBS), Traction Control and Electronic Stability Programme.

Audi Q3 Price In Hyderabad

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 33,40,000/- (Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD) to 41,54,250/- (Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology). Get best offers for Audi Q3 from Audi Dealers in Hyderabad.

Audi Q3 Verdict

With the introduction of the new petrol engine and by skimping on some features like a reverse parking camera, paddle shifters and the higher resolution instrument cluster screen, Audi has managed to keep the low entry price for the Q3 range similar in the hopes of attracting a few more buyers. But really the pick of the bunch is the new diesel. It’s a much more pleasant driving experience, is quattro equipped and also doesn’t skimp out on features that the petrol misses.If you feel that the badge on the car is worth sacrificing some creature comforts for, and you’re sure you will never feel the urge to mash that throttle pedal, and with no one wiser that your pride and joy is slightly lacking in displacement, the petrol (five lakhs cheaper than the diesel) may make enough sense.

Mercedes Benz AMG GT Class Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is just another masterpiece from the German luxury carmaker. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show 2014, this sports car has finally arrived here in India. For now, only one variant is launched, which is the AMG GT S. It is the fifth AMG model by Merc and is last but one in the company’s 15-car launch plan for India this year. It is only the second sports car after SLS AMG, which is designed and developed wholly by the manufacturer. Under the hood, there lies a 4.0-litre, bi-turbo petrol engine. It propels this GT S to an electronically regulated top speed of 310 Kmph and clocks 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds. This sports car represents the next level of build quality in the auto industry. It comes with the latest design language featuring almond shaped LED headlamps and a signature grille with company’s star embedded on it. The overall exterior design looks flawless and there is no wonder it if its gets your attention at first sight. The same is the case with its interior design, thanks to the use of premium leather upholstery. Also, glossy black and chrome accents insides adds a bit more sophistication to the cabin. As a standard feature, it comes with ‘Designo headlining in black dinamica microfiber’ that renders it an exclusivity.

EXTERIORS ;

Design is its highest talking point and why not as it won the Red Dot Award for the innovative design. Bonnet is long and wide, marked by the sculpted wheel arches that penetrate into the edged of the engine hood. Exterior styling isn’t very elaborate and that is what makes it even more classy and interesting. Bonnet gets subtle lines, up front, the large black radiator grille with chrome treated Mercedes emblem and sleek chrome line running across the grille appears elegant. Air intakes are large too, adding aggression to the front profile. The lower grille is also finished in black. Coming to the LED head lamps, these have been carved intricately; it features a couple of elements that looks upmarket. The bonnet is so long that the windscreen appears short; the all black wing mirrors go well with the black roof. Side profile is chic, all thanks to the large black finished 19 inch wheels in front and 20 inch wheels at rear. Rear gets extremely lean LED tail lamps, Lift-back style trunk lid, dual chrome tail pipes, reflectors and the roof cascades beautifully into the rear. Window frame is petite and curvy featuring black outlining. Yet another interesting fact is that chrome work is minimal, instead the vehicle gets more of black finishing that for some reason looks posh.

INTERIORS ;

The interior section is just a continuation of its exterior design language. It comes with a blend of classy theme and extreme sporty characteristics that makes it stand-out amongst others. As we can see there is an extensive use of leather inside the cabin highlighted by glossy black and chrome accents. Its floor console has an impressive design and is housed with dial type control switches along with push buttons. Also, it features a touch controller along with a shift knob. The seats are of AMG sports design and covered with premium grade leather upholstery. We can also see the door panels with this upholstery, which only elevates its exclusivity. The steering wheel has a specific three-spoke flat bottomed design. However, it is wrapped with a combination of leather and velvet upholstery making the cabin look even more exclusive. The instrument panel has a twin-tube design, but also has a color screen that displays all the informatics. All the air vents inside have a chrome garnish, which further boost the regal stance of the insides. The central console is mounted with an infotainment screen that is integrated with touch controls. As for the conveniences, we can see a few facilities like a glove box, inside mirrors, cabin lights and much more. The cabin is designed to accommodate only two occupants along with luggage at rear section.

Currently, this vehicle from Mercedes Benz comes only in one variant. Unlike other sports cars, it features better equipment and facilities, which only offer luxurious traveling experience. As a standard feature, it comes with a specific AMG package including performance steering wheel, instrument cluster, sports seats, ambient lighting and floor mats with AMG lettering. As for the comfort, this vehicle comes integrated with a reversing camera along with PARKTRONIC system that aids driver while parking in tight corners. Also, it has a cruise control system that eases the efforts while driving on highways. This variant is also packaged with features like memory package along with heated front seats, KEYLESS-GO package, windscreen wipers with rain sensors, mirror package and illuminated AMG door sills in brushed stainless steel. The manufacturer is also offering a list of features as optional package for the buyers. Those include AMG performance seats, carbon fibre package and other such features.

PERFORMANCE ;

The same engine that powers the C63 AMG S is also found under the hood the Mercedes AMG GT-S. The 4.0-litre, V8, Bi-Turbo engine puts out 510 horses and 650 Nm of torque. It comes with the 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission. The engine is far from tame and it can be best described as a wild animal. Power delivery is instantaneous right from stepping on the gas and what is turbo lag?! Baby the throttle and the AMG GT-S will potter around smoothly with a light burble from the exhaust. Go full out on the pedal and the car will simply take off and reach 100 km/hr in less than 4 seconds.

Since all the power is sent out to the rear wheels, there is a lot of wheel spin and the car twitches a lot under hard acceleration too. The engine has so much punch that it just goes on and on right up to the 7000 RPM redline with a very loud growl. The powerplant never feels strained out and the speeds it can do in a matter of seconds is mind boggling! At extremely high speeds, the AMG GT-S feels raw and it transforms itself into a missile. The driver gets a lot of feedback from the car and the fun factor that you get feels very unadulterated. The supercar also comes with a rear wing which pops out at different speeds depending on the driving mode chosen, but you can always choose to pop it up manually too.

You get different modes to choose from – Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race. In the first 3 modes, the exhaust noise gets a little tamed down while performance remains good but not as ballistic as the latter 2 modes. In Sport+ and Race, the exhaust comes up at full volume and performance is also top notch, while the chassis feels much more tighter. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT gearbox is splendid and does its job very nicely. Fuel efficiency is something that should just not be discussed while talking about performance cars. But for those who are still curious, well, the Mercedes AMG GT-S will probably churn out 3-5 km/l if it’s driven the way it’s meant to be driven.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Driving the 2017 Mercedes AMG GT is an event. Whatever engine you choose, acceleration is instantaneous yet controllable, and the turbocharged V8 feels as if it’s even more powerful than its lofty specs would indicate. When fitted with the performance exhaust (optional on the GT, standard on the GT S), a bypass valve opens that amps up the V8’s full-throated roar and sends a shiver down your spine. The neighbors may be less impressed, however.

Most cars these days have electric power steering, but the GT’s old-school hydraulic setup is gloriously direct, responsive and characterized by a class-leading amount of feedback. Together with its superb suspension tuning, excellent brakes and sharp transmission, the GT is an effortlessly fast sports car. Whereas earlier AMG offerings had all the delicacy of a chainsaw when carving up a back road, the GT feels like a far more precise instrument when you’re pushing hard. Driven more sedately, it’s a pretty civilized beast, but its ride quality is certainly on the firm side. In particular, watch out for the AMG Dynamic Plus package’s stiffened suspension. Even with the adaptive dampers on their most supple setting, impacts are transmitted through the seats with an un-Mercedes-like harshness.

SAFETY ;

On the safety front, the Mercedes AMG GT-S comes equipped with ATTENTION ASSIST, Adaptive Brake Lights, AMG high performance composite brake system, PRE-SAFE, ESP, TPMS, Automatic Child Seat Recognition and front, knee, side (thorax and pelvis) airbags for the driver and co-driver apart from windowbags. Mercedes also has one of the best after-sales service among the premium marquees.

VERDICT ;

The AMG GT opens a new era for Mercedes-Benz and AMG, as the Germans now have the tools to go against the Porsche 911, the benchmark for all sports cars. With the SLR McLaren and the SLS AMG as its spiritual predecessors, the Mercedes-AMG GT has some big shoes to fill, but it seems AMG has reached a stage where it no longer focuses on brute power alone, but on a package that brings lightness, force, and fuel efficiency under the same roof. It remains to be seen whether or not the GT has what it takes to give the 911 a run for its money, but the preliminary details suggest Stuttgart is about to host an epic battle. Needless to say, the AMG GT has that classic front-engine sports car appeal that many manufacturers fail to obtain.

 

Mahindra TUV300 Features & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Compact SUVs, they come in two sizes – S and XS, the latter getting the crucial excise duty advantage and yet we have very few options. Mahindra quite literally started the sub 4-metre compact SUV segment (the highly outdated Premier RiO aside) by taking a big saw and chopping off the backside of its Xylo MPV, OK, there certainly is more than what meets the eye but I digress. The MPV based Quanto faltered on many fronts and new entrants in the segment lead to sales dropping drastically. Time for a new SUV for the UV specialist then, only thing being, the TUV300 isn’t the successor to the Quanto but we at MotorBeam feel it fills those shoes till the updated model is launched. After driving it on the Mahindra test track, we quite liked the product but time for a detailed road test to judge the real character of this “Tough Utility Vehicle”. Check for TUV300 price in Kolkata

EXTERIORS ;

Taking inspiration from the ‘battle tank’, TUV300 has been shaped in a rather boxy manner which may or may not go well with the customer, reason being that some may find it tough and rugged while others may think that it is too plain jane to stand competition like Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Mahindra TUV300 pictures of the outside testify the company’s attempt to come up with a rugged vehicle, but what really works for the SUV is that despite its small size it manages to appeal customers and is not mistaken for an oversized hatchback. Despite its sub-four meter length, the SUV does not seem petite or compressed, probably because it is not feature clad on the outside, the unnecessary styling to make it look sporty has been skipped which works well for it. Front is bold, the engine hood is short and front apron is unusually wide. Radiator grille is reminiscent of Jeep and a hint of chrome is evident around the rectangular openings. Head lights are designed in such as way that fits well with the bold front end. Body coloured lower bumper gets square shaped fog lights featuring chrome surrounds. Air inlets are again wide that add to the aggressive stance. Wheel arches are rather rectangular than round, side view is simple, the black treatment around the window frame, dual tone power adjustable ORVMs, body painted outside door handles and window beltline altogether lends a suave look. Rear too has been designed in line with the rest of the body, a set of simple tail lights and mounted spare wheel are equipped on the tailgate. And the black painted roof rails have been atop appear sport. Get deals on TUV300

INTERIORS ;

The cabin of the TUV300 is a mix of beige and black, with some dull silver thrown in. While it isn’t the best quality from the Mahindra stable, it does just fine for the price point. The space is enormous, and the cabin proportions felt exact. Taller/heftier members of our team had little to complain about during the drive.The all new dashboard layout is marvellous in our opinion, and Mahindra has perfected its beige-black combination with this particular model. The centre region is coloured in black, while the upper and lower halves are beige.The black design stretches all the way into the front console, extends around the instrument cluster and envelops the steering wheel as well. The centre console is laid out in a simple yet, eye catching manner. We personally feel that it is one of the best looking fascia designs in a Mahindra. The piano black finish for the console adds some zest to the look, and the silver garnish looks nice as well.

Positioned at the top of the console are two AC vents, and right below them is the 2 DIN audio system that comes with Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity. The buttons to the radio are spread around the small screen.At the bottom of the fascia, you have three large AC knobs with chrome surrounds. A 12V power socket along with a USB and AUX-In port have been integrated in front of the gear lever, and resting between the front seats are cup holders and other storage options. Power switches for all four windows are also hosted in the console area between the seats, while a small storage pocket is present behind the hand brake. We personally felt that these small pockets wouldn’t hold anything substantial, but you could find them useful for keeping spare change or your keys.

Look up at the roof and you’ll find a cabin light console that resembles that of the Scorpio. Also included here are swivel lamps and a Bluetooth mic. Talking about the inner comfort, we were quite satisfied with the ergonomic build-up of the seating. The front passengers get the benefit of the individual armrests, while headrests for all of the seats further ramp up the comfort. The vinyl and fabric mixed upholstery quality is acceptable. The steering wheel inherits the standard Mahindra design that you can easily spot in other vehicles of the brand including the Scorpio and XUV500. The shiny emblem of the company rests at the focus of the wheel, and audio controls have been incorporated at the left.

The chunky steering wheel is nice to hold. For the top end variants, there is a silver garnish on the lower side of the wheel, which adds an upmarket touch. In front of the steering wheel, the instrument cluster houses the tachometer and the speedometer, and when you take a closer look, it feels as though the company never falls short of chrome. The dials have a chrome touch too.

PERFORMANCE ;

Mahindra offers the TUV300 with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. But, it comes in two states of tune. First being the mHawk80 which has a power of about 84bhp, while the second engine is the mHawk100, which produces close to 100bhp of power. Both these come with a five-speed manual transmission and the powerful engine has AMT option too. The powerful engine comes only with the top variant T8, with 100bhp. This an improvement over the 80 bhp version.

Engine refinement is good, and there is very limited vibrations at low speeds. It is at high speeds that the engine becomes noisy. The engine has good power. There is good enough torque at almost any engine speed. The boost that one gets from a diesel engine seems to be missing on the 80bhp. The 100bhp is a tad quicker, but nothing that one can speak off. The 100bhp engine is more suited for the AMT version and has ironed out a lot of issues that came up with the 80bhp version.

The gear lever on the Mahindra TUV300 is tall but it easily gets slotted. The clutch pedal too is light and it makes it easy to drive. The AMT is a bit sluggish in shift, but is good enough for city use. There have been issues with this transmission, however now it the problems have been fixed.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The TUV300 will be Mahindra’s first SUV which will actually sit on the new body on frame chassis which has been developed for recently for the new generation Scorpio. The advantage of this new chassis is that it weighs much less than its earlier ladder on frame chassis, although the length of the Chassis will be actually shorter than that of the Scorpio for obvious reasons. For that reason expect the new TUV300 to also handle better than the compact SUV Quanto

SAFETY ;

The TUV300 is offered with dual front airbags and ABS as optional on the T4 variant while the T6 variant gets ABS as standard. Airbags and ABS with EBD are standard offerings on the T8 variant. This is quite a good step taken by Mahindra since safety is quite a norm now and most customers have finally realised the importance of these features. In terms of service, well the automaker has a lot of service stations across the length and breadth of the country and there are service centres located in remote areas too. Hence, TUV300 buyers need not worry much when it comes to servicing their vehicles.

VERDICT ;

The Mahindra TUV300 is a refreshingly good product from Mahindra with appealing looks, a very well made interior that is also well designed. It is spacious, doesn’t cost the earth and has a pretty good ride and handling package too. If only the TUV300’s engine was more powerful and more responsive, it would have been an even more potent vehicle than it is today. That said, we are sure that the TUV300 will be a runaway success for Mahindra as most of its customers do not really care how powerful it is and are more wooed by how nice this compact SUV actually looks on the outside and insides and of course, how fuel efficent it is.

What is important to note here though is the fact that the TUV300 will not only take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport but also the likes of the premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz along with compact sedans like the Ford Aspire and the best selling Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, and that is when its value for money quotient will really make sense.

Mercedes Benz AMG G63 Class Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Mercedes-Benz G-Class G-63 AMG Crazy Colour Edition has exclusive luxury and comfort features with distinct exteriors. The exteriors have a new AMG radiator grille, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lightsand the panoramic sunroof with electric tilt/slide adjust. The comfort features of thermatic automatic climate control system, and the infotainment system with Harman surround sound system and touchscreen display with navigation feature deliver perfect entertainment for the occupants. Mercedes-Benz offers five distinctive colour options, such as Tomato Red Metallic, Alien Green Non-Metallic, Galactic Beam Metallic, Solar Beam Metallic and Sunset Beam Metallic, for this variant.

EXTERIORS ;

The G63 AMG carries old-school design elements that were found way back in the earlier G-Wagen. While Mercedes-Benz has added a lot of modern touches to the styling, the overall design still remains old-fashioned and it does suit the car’s personality. The headlamps are big and round while the turn indicators are placed on either side of the bonnet. The front bumper is flanked with LED DRLs and a chrome bull bar which looks quite macho. The side profile is pretty much straight-forward and those who do not know about the G63 can easily mistake the car for a modified Mahindra Bolero or something like that. The 20-inch alloys look massive and that matte black finish adds that sporty touch to the SUV. Peep between the spokes of the wheels and you notice the bright red brake callipers. Moving to the rear, the same rugged styling is carried over. The spare wheel is mounted on the boot in a body-coloured cover.

Stuff like the rubber insulation for the windows and windshield, rubber+chrome trim on the side profile and the bull bar are just some of the things that remind us that even though the G has grown modern, it still doesn’t miss out on its roots. The G63 AMG Crazy Colour is offered in three shades – Alien Green, Solar Beam and Sunset Beam. The vehicle gets an AMG sports exhaust system with two exhaust outlets mounted below the rear doors on either side. The SUV also gets bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp washers and headlight range adjustment. The LED DRLs are said to be brighter than the side lights and yet they consume lower power than the low beam headlights.

This model also gets a Stainless Steel package which includes side running boards and the spare wheel cover. Talking about road presence, the regular G63 AMG as well as the previous G55 AMG have always had loads of it. We have mostly seen these SUVs in white, black or silver and while they look uber sexy in those colours, the Crazy Colour variant takes things to just another level. The Alien Green shade looks quite bright in real and the SUV commands attention wherever it goes. We saw lots of kids looking at the car and smiling while their parents took out their phones to click a random picture of the car.

INTERIORS ;

We’re still in the dark about the upcoming G-Wagen’s interior. No spy shots or leaked insider information gives us a clear picture of what Mercedes has planned. However, rumors suggest the G-Class will use a similar layout and even share parts with the E-Class sedan. We certainly expect Mercedes to move the G-Class up market in terms of fit, finish, materials, and design.

Selecting the AMG G63 option box will surely bring a bespoke interior worthy of the AMG logo. Expect heavily bolstered seats, a sports steering wheel, carbon fiber accents, and perhaps red contrast stitching throughout the cabin. Alcantara and leather will likely be very prevalent.

The G-Class will come with Mercedes’ latest infotainment system from the E-Class. That means the small, outdated screen on the outgoing G-Wagen will be no more. We’re also hoping Mercedes redesigns the center console in a effort to incorporate better cup holders. The rear seats will likely have better legroom thanks to the slightly stretched wheelbase.

PERFORMANCE ;

For something as big as a one bedroom flat and about as aerodynamic and heavy as a bank vault, the G63 AMG is fast. Very fast. 0-100kph comes up in a claimed 5.4 seconds and top speed is limited to 210kph. The crazy performance is possible thanks to that monster of an engine under the bonnet. It’s a 5.5-litre, twin-turbo petrol V8 unit that makes 536bhp at 5500rpm and a mad 77.5kgm between 2000-5000rpm. The engine comes linked to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with permanent four-wheel drive there to transfer all the power to the four wheels; power that is literally available on call, at all throttle openings and across the rev range (that culminates at about 6200rpm). It actually verges on the funny what the AMG engine and modern gearbox can make this ‘distinguished’ (read: old) SUV do.

You’ll also break into a laugh each time you hear the G63’s exhaust note. The quad exhausts (two each ahead of the rear wheels) are always up to some mischief. They let out a deep burble at low speeds, a louder growl in the mid range and a full-blown African lion roar at the top-end. The G63 is the best-sounding of the turbo AMGs and one best heard in a tunnel.But as fast as the G63 is in a straightline and as dramatic it sounds, it’s not the AMG you’d want to show up in at a track day. The G63 just doesn’t like to corner. There’s a lot of slack and general vagueness to the steering and body movements around the bends are exaggerated too. Truth is, you wouldn’t want to push the G63 on anything tighter than long sweeping bends. High speed ride is also quite lumpy. Ride comfort is better and more than acceptable at low speeds but the suspension, in general, feels rudimentary in the way it tackles bumps.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

No surprises here, the G63 isn’t going to be agile by any stretch of imagination. Sure it’s an AMG and sends power to all four wheels but rigid axles and stiff suspension is necessary to keep 552PS/760Nm in check. The steering is on the heavier side, which is good as you don’t want to make large inputs. Weight transfer at high speeds is unnerving and attacking tighter corners is best avoided. It’s not meant to be a corner carver though. What the G63 is meant to do is dart fast on a highway to reach your offroad trail and we did just that. It’s here where the G63 comes into its own. Few SUVs offer three diff locks, and the G is one of those. You can either lock the front axle, rear axle or even the centre differential to send power to any desired wheel that finds traction. If not for the ludicrous price tag, we’d be happily mud plugging in this brute.

SAFETY ;

Talking about safety, well the G63 AMG is loaded to the gills. It is equipped with front, side and pelvis airbags for the driver and front passenger and side airbags for all passengers. The SUV also gets upfront and rollover sensors, NECK-PRO, ABS, BAS brake assist with brake servo assistance, Electronic Traction System 4ETS, Acceleration Skid Control, ESP, AMG high-performance braking system, Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Brake with hold function, TPMS and anti-theft alarm. In terms of after sales service, Mercedes continues to be excellent and the company has always had a good reputation in this regard.

VERDICT ;

The G63 AMG in its crazy colour is a crazy SUV. If you are out in the market to spend about Rs 2 crore, then you are already wild enough to buy something. So, do not think a bit and pick the G63 AMG. You won’t regret as there is nothing in the market that give you joy like this one. A supercar might have better on-road manners than this but the G makes a stronger case for itself. You do not have to worry about speed-breakers or bumps with this Wagen. The idea of having a highly capable off-roader with a twin-blowing V8 didn’t impress us, until we got behind the wheel and claimed it to be the best vehicle money can ever buy.