2014 Fiat Linea Facelift Test Drive and Review: 1.3L Multijet Diesel

Despite being very Italian in nature, Fiat still find its cars struggle hard to sell in numbers against the Maruti and Hyundai in India. Fiat sells a lot of its 1.3L Multijet diesel engine to various brands, that it seems almost every diesel car running in India are being deployed with the same. Selling that same Linea since 2009, a round of applause must be raised for Fiat for not carving out significant change during those past five years. Available in three engine options, 89bhp naturally aspirated 1.4L petrol, 112bhp 1.4L turbo-petrol (T-Jet) and the very favourite 1.3L Multijet diesel of 92bhp; turning down the petrol versions, we asked Fiat to send us a 1.3L Multijet diesel powered new 2014 Linea facelift for a test drive. And mentioned here are the first hand details we drawn on it when laid our hands on a one fine day.

On the front, it is a very much sophisticated and very Italian car on every bit. It got all the boxes ticked right by deploying chrome stark everywhere. The front grille received dual slats in chrome, while on the downside fog lamps and that whole lip spoiler, inclusive of air dam, from one end to another is done with that metal-kind shinning flair. However, it was easily remarkable the 2014 model is all new, and is Linea too. Must say, the black inserts on the backdrop of chrome structures is working impeccably, can be only thought by Italians.

2014 Fiat Linea Facelift

Moving inside, the cabin is completely revamped. It is refreshed and feels airy, not because the windows are enlarged, but the fabric and colour scheme used are adding value to it. Beige and black colored dashboard, nifty audio system, finer plastic grains, new console are the things to talk about. Yet the digits on the coveted floating hooded new dials may fall tough to read when on zest, but in still image they do feel super. Those bonks-type oozed out dial enclosure to speedo is the perfect fit. And the most remarkable change that this new car got is the ambient lighting, which makes its customers feels special during night. The model that we were driving was the Emotion variant of Linea facelift, where its seat fabric is meant to be matched to the leather quality, which it doesn’t. The covering on steering and gear knob feels true leather, but not on the other components of car. Front passenger gets an armrest and some cubby holes all around. The space chink that was one the top of dashboard is of more utility, which can be used for keeping sunglasses and other tit-bits on the go.

2014 Fiat Linea interiors

The bottle holder and mid-size door pockets are of great utility for front row too. The knee room wasn’t that generous to the tall person like me. Meanwhile, on the rear, the seats were bolstered with great comfort. Leg room and thigh support find interests with short-heighted, instead of the long ones. Central armrest with cup holders completes the pinnacle. The rear AC vents doesn’t seem making an exception to the ongoing trend. Needed not to forget, the door panels were carried over but the quality feels better. The last and the least not-so-liked feature of the 2014 Linea inside cabin remain the regular ‘power-windows’. They are not anti-pinch, so children on the drive shall be taken care of while rolling the windows up. The top end variant also gets a sun-down cover for rear wind-shield.

Fiat Linea Facelift 2014

On rear bench, there too are number of cosmetic changes. Major one is the change in number plate fixture. Earlier it was marked on the bumper, now shifted to the boot lid. The rear bumpers inclusive of front bumpers are revamped. With that minute tweaking Fiat managed to slap a one more chrome strip on the rear bumper, in addition to the side chrome skirts, for an additional price-value proposition factor. The boot lid too gets a complete makeover. The boldly encrypted LINEA over number plate enclosure is found making more promises than the brand itself. And if we aren’t wrong then the tail lamp cluster too are new, as it was fitted with one more diode which was touted for the highway driving. It remains sharp all the time, and warns other drivers like that of the fog lamps. Boot space is quite generous, but what we noticed is the Fiat sedan received hydraulic suspension for the opening of tail gate.

On the safety front, the Linea isn’t a safety-vault cocooned car, but it has enough of it to delight an average Joe. ABS with EBD, passenger and driver airbag, reverse parking sensor, and more importantly the safety-belt alarm are the ones to be named in the list.

Drive and handling experience remains tried and tested of Linea throughout the time for 1.3L Multijet. Though, already the brand made no changes in the drivetrain, so hitting the mark and attending the curve walks in through that same old road-sticky manner. There is a turbo lag till 2000rpm, but even after that the boost doesn’t comes out as what it is been expected of. Steering gives a bulky feel, but the good old good suspension eases up bumps-jumps. The potholed-filled tarmacs don’t bother either, because the ground clearance is also notched to 190mm. So, if by mistake u hit a speed-breaker at the speed of 45kmph, like what we had done accidentally, it would only grace a hitch and not the screeched or dents. Rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps appear of an important aide, while the top player in the list remains that “Cruise Control”, which is the first in segment. 2014 Linea facelift is done with front discs and rear drum, except the one variant T-Jet that gets discs on all four. We tried to hit all the best on it, but couldn’t find it manageable to drift it on roads, due to lack of power despite bestowed with the Turbo. But when rolled it out on the dirt, drifting was a child’s play. Now seriously, the city driving made keep shifting between the cogs, so to upkeep with the inner roads one needs to keep his temper control in composition with the gearbox. Even the open-stretches and highways feels to be better outdone by others, because of the lack of sixth gear; if added would have pumped in better power and improved fuel-economy.

2014 Fiat Linea Facelift Test Drive and Review

Conclusion:

Overall, the 2014 Fiat Linea is a good product for the money value. Oodles of chrome, much integrated sophistication, end number of features and Italian style on every deigned cue are the things to talk about. Hence, the turbo lag is making it to stay behind the rivals, but an added feature of Cruise Control manages to sail it swiftly. Modern technicalities and a good music system with all the needful embellished, this car doesn’t needs an additional attention after the showroom. All is done and said, the 2014 Linea is a good job and the carmaker had changed the world of its sedan at a very minimal cost. We love Italians because of their outstanding design than others, which make them to stand separate even in the crowd of a thousand. Hope so, the development on the after-sales service of Fiat must improve sales numbers, likewise the increasing number of its dealerships.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe – Impresses With Excellent Design And A Luxurious Appearance

Advantages

Wide range of performance and comfort settings; responsive automated manual transmission; extremely powerful engine.

Disadvantages

Modest rearseat legroom and headroom; feels big and heavy around tight turns.

Introduction

One of the many perks of this job is, not surprisingly, the cars. It’s relatively easy to snag the keys to a vehicle for a special occasion, whether that be for a road trip, tailgating or helping a friend move. And while sometimes the tailgating might happen with Tata Xenon instead of a Range Rover and the road trip might be in a MPV rather than a Mercedes Benz S-Class, occasionally the stars align, and a special vehicle arrives for an equally special time.

That’s exactly how I found myself dressed to the nines and behind the wheel of the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, a INR1.75 crore rocket ship, en route to a rare multi-wedding weekend to celebrate with two pairs of my closest friends on the biggest day of their lives. Continuing with our nuptial theme, the M mechanicals and 6 Series Gran Coupe body are a match made in heaven. The M6 could be just what the doctor ordered! This sleeker 4-door is outrageously fast and fabulously luxurious, and it’s a delight to drive on most roads.

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

In addition to its state-of-the-art automanual transmission and massive power, the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe features numerous Motorsport division features; these include rear limited slip differential to help get the power to the ground, intensified interior with extra helpings of simulated suede and leather and standard sport seats. On the outside, you will notice the M car’s more aggressive front fascia with its integrated carbon fiber splitter, along with a prominent roof panel made of the same exotic material.

Whether all these additions are enough to justify the M6 Gran Coupe’s considerable price tag is largely a matter of your personal taste and budget. Sedans such as Porsche Panamera, Mercedes Benz CLS Class and Audi RS 7 are all viable alternatives. Every one of these vehicles is fast and luxurious, but if you are drawn to the M6 Gran Coupe’s character and style, rest assured that it’s a fine choice for an elite 4-seater sport coupe.

Trims and Features

The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is available in a single, well-equipped trim level, which includes adaptive suspension dampers; 20-inch wheels; adaptive bi-xenon headlights; a rear limited-slip differential; automatic soft-close doors; front and rear parking sensors; front and rear parking sensors and power-folding, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors. It is visually distinguishable from other 6 Series Gran Coupes with its unique front grille and air intakes, aero-contoured carbon-fiber roof, rear bumper with diffuser elements and M-specific side vents.

New BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Inside, you can look forward to standard keyless ignition/entry, four-zone automatic climate control, front-seat heating memory functions, aggressively bolstered 16-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar support), leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, split-folding rear seats and carbon-fiber interior trim. Electronic features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; adaptive cruise control; a rearview camera; BMW’s iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch display and Smartphone app integration; a navigation system; and a 12-speaker surround sound stereo system with satellite radio, USB/iPod integration and a CD player.

Engine

Motivation for the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes from the M TwinPower Turbo eight-cylinder petrol engine, which is good for churning out 560 horsepower with 680 newton meters of torque. The M double-clutch 7-speed transmission with Drivelogic leads to high-precision gear shifts in fractions of a second and thus offers inspiring thrust without any loss in traction. The use of intelligent technologies sends driving pleasure soaring and effectively reduces emissions and fuel consumption. In spite of its impressive performance, the M6 Gran Coupe only consumes an average of 9.9 litres per 100 kilometers and is therefore one of the top of its segment. It accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.2 seconds with the top speed of 250kmph.

Safety

The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, brake fade compensation, cornering brake control, hill launch assist and automatic brake drying. It also gets front seat-mounted side airbags, front airbags, side curtain airbags, knee airbags, parking sensors, active front-seat head restraints and a rearview camera.

Interior

The intimate cabin is decidedly driver-focused and trimmed in an abundance of leather and other high-end materials, including plentiful carbon fiber accents. The unique headliner treatment pairs Alcantara simulated suede with leather in a design, which follows the contours of the carbon-fiber roof. Trunk capacity isn’t exceptional with just 12 cubic feet, but thanks to standard split-folding rear seats, there’s a fair amount of utility when you need it.

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe interiors

A 10.2-inch screen and BMW’s iDrive controller together handle climate, entertainment, phone and navigation functions, in addition to various vehicle settings. There’s a lot of functionality here, and although we advise you to take some time to study the various features before you hit the road, iDrive is one of the best electronics interfaces out there. Graphics are excellent, processing times are quick, and once you’re acclimated you’ll find that the organization of the menus is pretty logical.

Driving Impressions

This car does not follow an example but a philosophy. With technology from motor sports. And with comfort that meets the highest requirements: those of everyday use. The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe: extravagant character and athlete in one. Not built for the mainstream but for the limits of automobile physics. Typical of BMW M. High performance that sets standards in every respect.

With an M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that knows no equal in terms of performance, torque and efficiency. Supplemented by a seven-speed M double clutch transmission with Drivelogic, which transforms the enormous drive of the high-performance engine into an emphatic forward thrust via two transmissions with separate coupling and no disruption in power. And with a high-performance chassis, which combines razor-sharp precision with outstanding agility.

Are complete control and free personality development mutually exclusive? The freely programmable M Drive vehicle setups in the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe impressively proves that they are not. Even when designing the chassis, the automaker pursued only one aim: the optimum. In every driving condition, the M6 Gran Coupe supplies the proof: mission accomplished. Its sets new benchmarks on asphalt, thanks to its broad track width, unique steering precision, superior handling and perfect road holding.

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Select reinforcements and struts maximize stability; innovative technologies optimize the driving characteristics. Even individually programmed vehicle setups ranging from comfortable to ultra sporty can be activated at the press of a button on the steering wheel. As the final consequence: in M Dynamic Mode the regulating tolerance of Dynamic Stability Control operates at the limit – it only intervenes to stabilize in critical situations.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

We recently informed that GM India launched the updated Chevrolet Cruze priced between Rs 14.37 lakh and 16.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Offering the perfect blend of power, refinement and efficiency, the updated Chevrolet Cruze further strengthen its position in the marketplace with improved fuel economy for the six-speed automatic transmission variant.

Improved Fuel Economy along with Power and Refinement

The updated 2014 Chevrolet Cruze comes with both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission mated to the turbocharged 2.0-litre VCDi engine. The Chevrolet Cruze delivers 166 PS of undulated power on tap with 380 Nm of torque making the driving experience simply exhilarating.

The all-new Gen2, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission sets a new benchmark in the segment with improved fuel economy of 14.81 kmpl as per ARAI. The manual variants return a fuel efficiency of 17.3 kmpl.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

Seamless gear changes mean superior acceleration off the block and instant torque delivery for effortless overtaking. The Electronic Automatic Transmission Control System offers a clutch-to-clutch shift operation for precision gear shifting. A widespread gear ratio ensures quicker getaways and the sixth gear ensures increased fuel economy at cruising speeds.

A gas-charged McPherson strut type front suspension, U-shaped rear suspension with torsion beams and gas-charged shock absorber ensure a smooth and comfortable ride. A hydraulic power rack-and-pinion power steering is tuned for more responsiveness with quick-reacting ratio. A four-wheel disc brake set-up provides excellent stopping and stable braking capability.

Refreshed Stylish Exteriors:

The updated 2014 Chevrolet Cruze comes with turn indicators on outside rear view mirrors as standard. The Cruze embodies a new dual-port front grille with gold bowtie, newly designed front and rear bumpers, new dual bezel design headlamps, new alloy wheels and new fog lamps with chrome surround across all trim levels. The new Cruze with its refreshed styling chisels a lasting impression with its bold dynamism of form, aggressive stance, muscular shoulders and taut styling crease lines.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review 2014

The jewel-effect headlamps add striking character to the sporty front end. Muscular sides with chrome door handles, chrome applique on the trunk lid and mesmerizing twin-port jewel effect tail lights highlight the design enchantment.

Comfortable and Entertaining Interiors:

The new Chevrolet Cruze comes with thoughtfully researched comfort features like a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dead pedal, premium speakers, power-operated windows with the express-up & down feature on the driver’s window, Bluetooth music streaming and pinch guard protection for improved customer delight.

The ice-blue ambient lighting enhances this, as do the classy, elegant and comfortable jet black leather interiors. An advanced integrated centre stack with graphic infotainment display, radio and HVAC controls add to the premium feel of the car. A thicker, ergonomic rim design helps maneuver with more ease with the three-spoke steering wheel.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review Interiors

A sleek, no-wire experience for the car audio enthusiast is standard. Push button start, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming inside rear view mirror make the Chevrolet Cruze a dream to drive. Steering wheel-mounted cruise control automatically controls the speed for a pleasurable highway drive.

The three-gauge instrument cluster has sophisticated ice-blue dash illumination and a centre-positioned information display provides every little detail required.

Safe, Sturdy and Mighty:

Equipped with dual front airbags and two side airbags, the new Cruze enhances safety in case of a high-impact collision. The strong and rigid “safety cage” has reinforced pillars with tubular bars, which provide optimum protection to passengers. The front and rear crumple zone maximizes safety by absorbing the impact energy in a collision.

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic sensors provides excellent braking efficiency and shorter stopping distances, which ensures better steering control, especially on slippery surfaces. Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) automatically controls the central locking system, anti-theft alarm and ignition.

2014 Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

The pedestrian protection design of the hood and related hinge structures reduce the chance of pedestrian injury. With a child seat provision specifically designed in the rear seating area, the new Cruze offers protection for children at all times. They can be secured in any of the three rear seats.

Datsun GO Review and Test Drive

Datsun, the cost-effective brand launched by Nissan, has the first product on its launchpad “GO”. The aspiration range in gigantic numbers for the carmaker, and we are invited to find out that does it seems enough to give a tough and gutting competition to the India’s most selling and one of the top three best sellers Maruti Alto? Hopefully, the test drive session was called in the city of Hyderabad, and we found out what the engineers from Japan have clocked beneath its simple yet appealing looks. Read more here to find out, has the Datsun GO got those streaks right in the pinnacle of GO.

Exteriors:

On the first look, Datsun GO dons simple yet basic attire. The car that was given to us was of light blue paint shade, the one that the brand is seen marketing through, which also seems to be its flagship shade. So its first impression to it was quite soothing to our eyes. It was the paintjob that we were expecting to have on our platter for the tests too. The D-shaped front grille, flanked back headlamps and three air intakes on the front panel guts us to be revealing some more interesting ferns throughout the body. Connecticut, the sides also has gone through crispy creases, which the other cars in the segment may not have parched through. Overall, the aerodynamics ranging from the headlights adjoining to the Datsun logo on bootlid is impressive from a car of this category.

Datsun GO Exteriors

The combination of tail lamps and bootlid flapping is swiftly adapted ranking it to the category of hatchback. It remains an articulated fact that Datsun GO shares most of the spaces with Micra Active, but it is never meant to be uttered that the carmaker wanted to go down the line and sell its cars, without harnessing its existing brand image, which also sells the niche brand like Infiniti in the abroad and Teana in India.

Interiors:

On inside, the first and the most remarkable tip that was noticed by us was the bench-type front seat. It reminded us of those good old Fiat and Ambassador days; but sitting on the driver’s seat was worth having an experience. Starting from the dashboard, it is compiled of three different colors, and three spoke steering wheel, which everywhere is been donned with the plastic. The grain quality feels of average quality – not too high or too low. The second fact that will grab the attention after the seat is ‘gearbox and hand-brake’. The gear and hand-brake sticks are clustered in the dashboard, and is the only sort to have paved way for the single-platted seat of more convenience. When asked about having such sort of seat, the carmaker replied to have been designed it keeping in mind the utility factor, which can be used for keeping maps and other objects during the drive, rather than placing them on the floor or elsewhere. The leg and shoulder room inside are the class-leading due to the extensive wheelbase of 2,450mm.

The boot space even is consisted of 297 liters, which is groped subtle with nicely pierced in depth. Luggage will not be problem for the family of four. The car on inside as well on outside is basically designed keeping in mind the first-time buyers. The value for money remains the main focus for planting up those metals in place. Just to affirm that, the Datsun had also not left behind the technological aspect of the young generation. Four AC vents, two speakers, and docking station with USB (for charging) are said to be standard on all variants. To be specific, the top-end variant will be having power windows on front, while the manuals on rear.

Datsun GO Interiors

The seat fabric is draped in equation of quality-money asked. The only disappointment that we seems was have to be taken care of is, the connectivity of smartphone to the dock with a USB wire, instead of upgrading it to the Bluetooth connectivity. But it feels quite lucrative to have even the docking station on it, because rivals are still far from the said. The wipers acts automatically on sensing the rain or water for top-end variant. Follow-me headlamp feature was also experienced.  We were informed that, the three different variants of GO will have the trimming of features in form of power windows for the mid-variant, and the power windows as well as power steering for the starting one. The other features may remain the same. And in the last, the Nissan’s sub-brand had also pleased us by placing the bottle holders in front doors, of 1.5L each, which feels of great utility after a long tiring drive. We believe, that’s enough of the aesthetic gimmicks, shall now move towards the technical ones, with the driving experience.

Ride and Handling:

Likewise its cosmetic fronts, with no disappointing feedback, the ride and handling too remain outstanding. Firstly, the car feels impressively high from the ground, when taken the charge of driving seat. And after the ignition process, that is while moving out of the parking lot, it felicitated us with the smile on our faces. All because of the shorter turning radius and the first thumbs-up from a group of ladies who were probably the college goers, peered into our car’s front to get its cute glimpse and also a snapshot from their smartphones. The thumbs-up were then followed on our test too, with some from the bikers, and also a one from an Alto owner. Talking its technical aspirations, all of them were drawn from the three cylinder 1198cc petrol engine producing 68PS @5000rpm in term with 104NM of torque @4000rpm. The top-speed that our odo clicked was the 165kmph, but some of other media friends had made to the 170kmph without a hick. Even the more power strokes were also meant to be experienced if the noises from underneath the floor wouldn’t have stopped us there. Hope so, those noises may be on the media trial vehicles only, which could be resolved in the showrooms one. The 120kmph can be attained like a child’s play. To the science behind it, we can safely utter that, the Datsun GO is altogether the same Micra Active under the skin, because of its driving feels like a “Hatchback”.

Datsun GO Engine

That additional number of speed, comparatively with the Active, was due to the reduction in weight. In the nearby tout, gearing distribution can also be held responsible for it, which was shorter in first two gears and longer in the latter two. So the city driving is lucrative, whereas the overtaking on highways may need a downshift depending upon driving conditions.

The suspensions were of subtle inputs. Bad roads to an extent lent us some unsettled bumps, but the regular tarmacs haven’t impacted the noise to leak. It remains undoubted the GO has a lot of body roll. But it can be handled upto an extent on its 13-inch wheels wrapped with the 155/70R13 tubeless tyres.

Conclusion:

The Datsun GO is altogether a winner on the hand, which is needed to be supplemented by the outstanding network of service and repairs. We believe, it is going t change to scenario for Maruti and others who were ruling the roost for many years. The fuel economy that ARAI has claimed is of 20.6kmpl, and so our mix-drive of city and highway made a progress of something near to 17-18kmpl, which is almost somewhere near to its rivals. But the charm that it seems to have retained with it is the low pricing of spare parts so as to encourage many of the first-time car buyers. Expected to be launched in the category of sub Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom) it has no rivals coming near to it in the vicinity of glazing accomplishments. And if proved successful, then the hatchback-derived A+ segment car of Datsun will definitely make way for the Nissan cars and also the MPV GO+. So guys, we say, don’t wait, GO and test drive once when it will be launched. It is worth doing that, trust us, especially the first-time car buyers.

Rating: 9/10

Datsun GO Review

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Honda Mobilio Review – The Phenomenal MPV

Honda Mobilio is the third car to be designed and engineered on Brio platform, and marks the company’s entry into MPV segment in India. After the introduction at Indonesian Auto Show, the automaker invited a couple of journalists to Tokyo for examining the vehicle up close. The Indian car market has hit a bit of rough patch and most segments have been beleaguered with low customer response and dropping sales. The Japanese automaker had quite a distinct benefit when it planned to try its luck in the MPV category. The Honda Brio has been designed and engineered on such a platform that it can be ported to be used on MPV or saloon. The all-new Honda Mobilio was designed keeping Indonesia in mind, simply as it is a market, which adores multipurpose vehicles and the vehicles already thrive in the country.

Honda Mobilio was originally manufactured and launched by Japanese automaker for its domestic market, which took the company’s i-DSI engine and Global Small Platform. Amongst its features were sliding doors, which could open for easy entry and exit in confined spaces. It was designed keeping recreational activities in mind and was introduced in the year 2002. According to Honda, the Mobilio attained highest fuel rating in seven-passenger vehicle segment and could be configured in five modes; these include long mode, utility mode, refresh mode, adjustment mode and twin mode. Its body was designed for providing protection to passengers in 64 km/h front offset collision, 55 km/h full-frontal collision, 50 km/h rear collision and 55 km/h side collision.

Design

New Honda Mobilio

Exterior

Honda is renowned for its amazing style and exemplary looks. Recently, the Amaze further enhanced its quality. While the company’s focus either designing an economical or a luxurious vehicle, it has been able to offer a perfect combination amongst these two in Mobilio. Like the Honda Amaze and Honda Brio, the all-new Honda Mobilio is based on the same platform. So basically, there’s nothing to hide as the other two vehicles are already known to everyone. Just like Amaze, its front is pretty much appealing with chrome bar placed between honeycomb grille and chrome furnished logo. In addition to this, there are rounded headlamps with turn signal indicators and foglamps with matte black finish.

Honda Mobilio’s rear end is quite simple and pretty much identical to that of Toyota Innova. The taillamps with small grille and turn indicators act like supplement to rear beauty. The overall length of this multipurpose vehicle is 4390mm with 2650mm wheelbase, 185mm ground clearance and 1610mm height.

Honda Mobilio Exterior

Interior

The Japanese automaker’s intentions are quite clear; they are planning to introduce Honda Mobilio at an affordable price unlike other multipurpose vehicles in the market. It would offer comfortable seating for up to seven passengers along with adequate interior room comprising 3-row seat configuration. Most interior design elements, particularly the seats and dashboard, are carried over from Brio. The Mobilio is still under production stage and final interior design has not been frozen yet; nonetheless it offers voluptuous interior with excellent legroom and 60:40 middle seats. Once third row folded flat, you get plenty of cargo space.

Honda Mobilio Interior

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Engine

The Honda Mobilio will be available with two engine choices: DTEC 1.5 liter diesel and i-VTEC 1.5 liter petrol. Both powerplants will be teamed up with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine generates 116.3 horsepower @ 6600 rpm with 146 Newton meters of torque @ 4800 rpm, whereas the diesel engine churns out 98.6 horsepower @ 3600 rpm with 200 Newton meters of torque @ 1750 rpm.

Safety

The Honda Mobilio comes standard with advanced safety features; these include antilock braking system with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) technology, which applies less or more braking pressure to every wheel in order to maximize stopping power while maintaining vehicular control.

The production version of Mobilio is likely to be revealed at Delhi Auto Expo this year and when it does, we could see the new king being crowned in India’s multipurpose segment.

Honda Mobilio Back View

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Tata Nano Twist (Power Steering) Review

Tata Nano ‘Twist’ is meant for churning out more numbers from the hat of Nano before it gets fizzed out. The Nano with a twist, in fact, was anticipated at the time of launch itself; but to disappointment Tata Motors hadn’t did the R&D righteously, and so we are getting our hands on it for the year 2014 bloom.

Let’s be simplified with the thought of driving a Nano, power steering sounds a must for the city drive. And with this new Nano, Tata Motors has announced to have shifted the target audience from 35+ age-group to the 18+ to 35 batch who prefers all the comfort of driving sense and also wanted to go trendy at the same time, lest of bothering about the car’s price-tag.

Amplified with the purple paint shade, Nano Twist patches up the all remaining factor to demand of India’s young generation. And during the time of soaring car prices, Rs. 2.36 lakh price tag for Twist is interesting, which is only Rs. 14k more than the outgoing Nano. ‘Edition XT’ is what the Nano Twist is grouped under. The option of customization is also been made available at all the Tata Motors outlets.

Tata Nano Twist

Exteriors:

On seeing exteriors, minus the purple paint shade, it was the same Nano underneath. The Damson Purple paint shade was in actual one of the features portrayed by Tata Motors to entice up the eyeballs. Nothing much to do new on the Nano; the coolest options which the carmaker has portrayed in the form of customization was mind-wobbling. Decals, spoilers, and regarded detailing on interiors were meant to talk about. But the customization is not termed to fall easy on pocket. On asking one of the Tata officials at the launch, it was revealed, the package hopefully starts as low as Rs. 22k, which we were adored to. Devoid of the additional bells and whistles, Nano’s new paint job was enough to lure our attention with its luster. Apart from that, the ounce of chrome garnish on bootlid is what the world’s cheapest car got on exteriors, in the form of badges “Twist” and “XT” for the Nano Twist.

One of the customization packages was also done with silver-colored ORVMs.

New Tata Nano Twist

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Interiors:

Major chunk of changes were experienced when doors were let open to us. Interiors were feeling special: the dual tone upholstery, slightly refined plastic grains, and lot of other minute bits here and with significant importance were noticed at a first glance. There weren’t seems many of the changes did in terms of spacing, which Tata was claiming so at the venue. The most remarkable frat we liked was the dual glove box placed on each side of the instrument cluster. And that too it opens at a touch, sounding sophisticated in its class. The endowment of driver information system is the first in its class, with to claim more powerful AC, Bluetooth featured music system and keyless entry appeared there name in the list of Nano Twist. It was also surprising to see the ‘Nano badge’ on the black colored floor mat, as pf for some special edition car. Other portions which were raised a class above were the aluminium pedals, cubby hole next to gear level, and flimsy door pockets. Two good quality music speakers were jagged at the rear, with proper inlays, for boozing the car with a good music dose.

Tata Nano Twist interiors

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Technicalities:

Technicalities is retained the same to what it was there in the outgoing generation. The petrol powered 624cc twin-cylinder MPFI engine return output of 38PS and 51Nm of torque. The 4-speed gearbox tosses it up to the max speed of 105kmph with leading fuel-economy at 25kmpl.

Turning radius is also been shortened to 4m making lucrative to maneuver the twisty city roads.

Other additions include paint shade namely Dazzle Blue, Royal Gold, and Damson Purple, alongside the existing Papaya Orange, Pearl White and Meteor Silver.

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We are interested to see what the Tata Motors is going to display at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo for the Nano.

Mercedes Benz B Class B180 Petrol Test Drive in India

Experimenting new things in India, sometimes gets a one better result than anywhere else. Hope so keeping in mind the said testimonial, Mercedes Benz launched most affordable Merc last year in India. However, we now had the A Class in the start of line, but last year when this car was launched, the media was most hyped by the Germans’ new affordable horse in our country, which was seems sounding like a bliss to us. At present, there are tonnes of metals available for the most efficient price tags, but we decided to take a shot at a compact MPV type vehicle of Mercedes Benz this season.

Though, the car itself needs no introduction for being a Merc. The dual slat front grille, embarking big logo on the front, SLS AMG styled bonnet, (which is only a cue from said and not the whole), new generation LED headlamps, crispy lines flowing from front to end on sides, wraparound tail lamps, metal guard on the boot sill, and much more. Cosmetically, the B Class has better ergonomics as per the competitors in the respective price tag, and that partly hatchback partly MPV type stance makes it to stand apart from others. One could say here, we got a mixed feelings looking at the vehicle, either it’s a hatchback or a MPV, we decided not to dig that excuses very deeply and concentrate on the numbers of values that Germans had driven to lure the masses here with this vehicle. Hopefully, it will not be wrong to say that the B Class is for those who love to drive their own car to office, and also to some gateways on the weekends. Hence, the chauffeur driven audience may make a nag here at this car. Apparently, the thing that does matter for B Class here is the drivetrain then, which had mention further in this post, but confirming more details about the platform skinned underneath its body is the W245 front wheel drive architecture. We guess, the B Class is the first car in India to possess this platform, later on the further coming siblings will also dwell the same sort. A Class is the one to name right now, and the upcoming GLA is also meant to don the said.

Mercedes Benz B180 Petrol

The B Class has a very tall height, of 1557mm if said precisely, and 16-inch alloys as standard, making it to gasp something between two of the segments. Hence, no need for the disappointment, buyers can upgrade their wheel size to 17 and 18 inch as choosing the different packages available with Mercedes.

Interiors:

Moving inside, the interiors feel quite up to date, and sophisticated at its best. There aren’t nags found in it claiming the B-Class not to be part of the Mercedes stable. We in fact were pampered in the SLS AM Style by the looks of air-con vents and central console. Interiors feel well propositioned dating as per the ongoing requirement of Indian market, which are most probably termed as spacious, airy, comfortable, sophisticated, futuristic, and build to last. Unfailingly, even the minute details were also given the brief precision. None of the trials and erros typos be felt inside ‘B’. There is one more thing we would like to add, no offensive, sometimes the C Class may also lessons from this vehicle to learn pampering the passengers at a sight. The legroom is quite sufficient, on front as well as rear. The rear seats also feel spacious like expected. However, one of the things has kept us hovering throughout the test, and that is the lack of thigh support on rear. Given the upright sitting position along, that discomfort gets eased to a lot extent.

The engineers at the backend has plugged off the gear from the central console and shifted it behind the steering wheel, so the whole cluster in between becomes free of sort, and there those genius planted cubbyholes for storage and else. It feels of great use and advantage. Very importantly, the COMMAND system of the vehicle is fixed just above the AC vents on the dash, and peels up the feeling of ‘like it or hate it.’ Though, the size of it looks quite large, and user interface is also not interesting, but talking the fact we loved that oozed out component of the interiors. It in fact, gives that tech-fi feel to the car, and is also clearly visible from outside, in overall impacting a nice impression on some aspiring onlookers.

Tactfully as we said, the B-Class is partly a MPV, there arises the question of boot space as well. Need not to be disappointed, the Germans had bestowed this newbie a massive 486 litres of boot space, which is quite generous for any of the sorts road trip in India. for those who always carry some extra luggage with them, even they too will be satisfies when fold down the second row seats. Flipping down the second row, 1545 litres of boot space can be achieved, which is magnificently immense for the long-road travelers. Adjustable front seats, climate control, USB and aux-in ports, leather upholstery are some of the features to name for now. we bet, the safety is also not even compromised while keeping the costs low. Seven airbags, hill-start assist, ABS, ESP, brake assist, traction control and a tyre pressure warning system are mentioned in the feature list of B-Class.

Lastly, on the interior note, we would like to make a point; there is also a panoramic sunroof inside the car, which is enough to make a one feel of the convertible types. Thoughtfully, there weren’t expected this type of assortment on the petrol based ‘B’, but as per the time of writing this blog, diesel variant of B Class is not bestowed with the sunroof, which sounds as a major turn down for the buyers.

Performance:

The Mercedes Benz B Class is dwelled out in the petrol version till this year, where some months back the carmaker then finally launched the diesel one to comply the rising demand of oil burners. Formerly, the B180 which we were driving was lugged with the 1.6-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine, that was made of complete aluminum. Finally, a lot of weight is saved and the car feels light in driving. Enthusiastic prompt, the steering has some gut feeling somewhere in the centre portion. With that blasphemy of engineering, it made the drive behind its wheel just peppier than expectations. The nose is not as sharp as the A Class, we comparatively had a bit negative experience on this clause to the B180. Adding to its woes, the jarred design ergonomics of it was mending to do some body rolls in crossing the lanes. The B starts in the Eco mode first, and then one can switch it off ‘Sports’ to ravel the creamy layer of German mechanism. Now the Sports mode is where the drivers can drive the pulse out of their heart, but though it still has some of its own limitations, where we can name it as ‘fuel-economy’. That is but obvious the car the fuel has to be burnt in the wide opened funnel for gaining performance figures. Eco mode is recommended for the thrusts driving in the city, mostly in traffics. 0-100kmph is touched somewhere more or less to the 11 seconds; we guess there was as usual enough power in the mid range as well. Top whack that we touched was nearly to 150kmph, but reports on other portals have claimed more number than ours. The seven-speed, twin-clutch gearbox works seamlessly without any hassle. No complaints from them, which we guess also an addition to the Germans’ magnificent engineering, which sometimes this type of assimilation doesn’t mean getting good responses. However, verifying all the ticks to be right in the boxes, the Merc has planted a ‘Manual’ mode too in the drivetrain. Though, manies may not like it at all , but trust us makes us feels its significance when being driven on highways for controlling the speed at a jiff.

Ride and Handling:

Talking Ride of B Class is a bit different thing here. Let us make clear that those who are highly addicted to the driving style of Merc sedans are but obviously going to get disappointed in this vehicle. We knew that we are not writing a ‘comparison’ here, but its driving experience clearly divides two sects when one takes the charge of steering and pedal, one of them is the existing Mercedes owners, while the second one is the new group of audience who are just introduced to the three pointed star just for being its owner because of the pocket-friendly price tag.

Mercedes-Benz B180 Test Drive in India

The car which we were driving was of standard version and was having the 16-inch wheels, it was found doing its job perfectly. As we sais before, the architecture of B Class is monocoque, hence a large amount of bumps gets filtered inside the cabin, which the Merc-sedans doesn’t provides it so even at the entry level model plate. As the wheelbase is of generous in nature, and added with the front wheel mechanism, the timings on turns gets sharper, speedy and accurate. It enters and exits the corners rightly; we didn’t felt any forcing complement from our side to navigate the car in right direction when on curves. For the butting note, B 180 starts in Eco mode, so the drivers needs to switch it off to Manual or Sports when he wanted to melt out the pastry layer from it on roads. But there is problem in usage of pedal shifter while downshifting. The speed control on the shifting process is not so definite on the pedal. We guess, the engineers need to addres this issue for India, because we don’t have those past swooping European roads here, where an obstacle can be observed from fat itself and hence braking procedure would start from there itself. More crap for it, the brakes aren’t so effective in handling the downshifting situation of pedal. Commenting steering, it is the most fabulous part we observed about the vehicles’ drivetrain in our test, ample of power and the right trigger to shoot it from, is what we can describe the steering of 2012 B 180 Petrol.

Added lastly, the gear shift on the right side of steering column will mostly make the most users to shift the car in neutral shift, obsessed with the habit of switching the lights from the right corner of steering.

Verdict:

Finally, the temp of Mercedes has dropped down and the B Class is the suitable option to drive out from the expensive German repertoire.  At the time of writing we have the A Class as well the B Class diesel launched in India, but looking at the price tag of B180 it feels suitable to buy the petrol version with its triumph over the diesel one justified with ‘sunroof’ and some ‘additional features’. Cleverly, the fuel efficiency of approximately “10.2kmpl” with mix of highways it feels well composed and propositioned for the driving comfort provided in the petrol variants of Mercedes Benz. And cosmetically, it looks better than the hatchback, giving the whips of MPV and not anything lesser than that. Hope so that answers all the questions regarding 2012 B180 Petrol.

Our Rating: 7/10

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Nissan Terrano in India Test Drive

Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster are the two prominent names being tremendously christened in the auto fraternity nowadays.

Hence, the Renault Duster is been there in the market since long back, and had claimed some international titles too. Now it is the time for Nissan to invade the compact SUV segment and mark its prominence. Taking the strategic advantage by the means of agreement between the French automaker, Japanese showed up its aggressiveness and it finally resulted in the form of “Nissan Terrano”.

Though, we had already reported the Nissan Terrano in detail at our review section, where we claimed the Terrnao of having 1.5-litre dCi diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines. Diesel engine tuned in two state of tunes – 84bhp and 109bhp, while the petrol one is done only with 103bhp. However, the 109bhp diesel is thrown with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol one and 84bhp diesel are given with five-speed manual. For your information we had test driven two of the vehicles in Udaipur, where the Nissan had arranged a special media test drive session for all the leading publication houses, we now will reveal the experiences of all the said vehicles step by step.

Nissan Terrano Test Drive

1.5-litre dCi diesel of 109bhp

Firstly, we decided to put out the note on the most desirable 1.5-litre dCi diesel of 109bhp, which transacts all the power from a stick of 5-speed manual transmission. Hence, need not to say the power given to this Terrano is mouth watering and is a better option than that of the petrol fuel trim, sounding like bliss in the times of skyrocketing petrol prices. We took this vehicle for an approximately 80-90kms, drove in between winding roads and some off-roads. Need not to say, the Japanese (Nissan) has provoked the mechanism of best Japanese automotive engineering by giving us the Terrano. Well, over here one may say that, the Terrano is originally a French translation into a Japanese, but truly the car that the Nissan had developed is quite amazing than the Duster. It performs all the tasks that are thrown in front of it. No need of adjusting oneself to the devotions of car, but here we had experienced none of the naggings from vehicle at all. It pulls up the power from 2500RPM and leaves the genre uninterrupted to the 4000RPM. The 248Nm of torque comes active at around 2500RPM only, but due to the aggressive gear distribution ratio, excitement start notching the steering from 2000RPM itself. Though we don’t deny that clutch on this vehicle is a bit on the harder side, making feels a bit tad while climbing uphill, and in city traffics. Overall view from the driver’s seat gives a plenty of needed outlook. The ground clearance of 205mm makes Terrano to reach wherever needed.

New Nissan Terrano Test Drive

The above said was all about the ergonomics mostly, but now when the ghats and winding roads on our drive ended, highway started following us. Unbelievably, 0-100kmph is reached in some astonishing amount of time, and when we recorded the reciprocal of same, i.e. from 100kmph-0kmph we touched down the line in a slight more than 3 seconds. The mentioned figures are not knitted with the help of some advanced equipments, but are carried out with the bare-basics only. Hopefully, the Terrano delivered us uninterrupted power throughout the whole range of throttle, never disappointed at any of point. It finally landed us on the top whack of 120kmph during the test. No doubt that it was having a fair amount of additional horses being stored under the bonnet even at that time (i.e. at 120kmph) too. To sound safe in a new city and on the new roads, we didn’t pedal the accelerator more than that. Hence, if we could have done that, then reaching the 135-140kmph mark didn’t seem tough for the 109bhp 1.5-litre DCi engine of Terrano.

Nissan Terrano in India Test Drive

Talking suspension and control, there aren’t any bits which claim the Terrano is not bounded for the roads in India. Potholes and the open stretches are galled by it in tons and tons, without even beating a sweat. Push it harder, the harshest it gets. It not mussing even the king sized potholes inside the cabin, all thanks to the softly tuned suspension. In fact, that same soft suspension goes for a rough time when the car is being slided into some tight corners. Body rolls and understeer to an extent can be experienced at the steep turns. But that’s understood when given at this much of so desired comfort. Steering feels quite light, directs the car sharply in the reclined direction. No negative feedbacks even at high speeds. It weighs up along with the rising speed, and gives in confidence to make the most of it at its top notches.

We must say, Nissan Terrano is a good highway cruiser, and is boon for the city slicker too. We have no complaints from the high powered diesel variant of Nissan Terrano, but instead we would say the Japanese trapped the misfielded balls which the French had dropped while trimming it as per the low-costing profile.

1.6-litre petrol of 103bhp

However, it may make someone feels irk that petrol is driven on less number of horses comparatively to the 109bhp diesel. Let us tell you, the Duster is world’s cheapest SUV, so its sibling shall copy some of its traits. Hence, counting the major of its audience to be more cost-conscious regarding the mileage, it may be an issue for the carmaker to yield the stunning return on kilometers-per-litre-of-fuel, where the solution is being chalked out at the cost of deleting some horses underneath the bonnet. Well, gasoline wakes up the power of 103bhp at an early 2000RPM and keeps revving smoothly till 4000RPM. Disappointingly, the motor makes aggressive move till 4000RPM, later than it starts falling short of power. However, making the motor to reach near to maximum 4800RPM gets a one teddy to drive. One has to punch the feet harder on pedal on take on the paths at ease on gasoline. Though, we are not disappointed about its feel in the city. 103bhp of petrol maneuvers easily in the slicken lanes of towns. Five-speed manual does its job brilliantly. Taking the same on highway makes us to be under-confident when overtaking the heavy vehicles. However, other of the bits like suspension and body control are of the same what we had said about the diesel above, but drivetrain faces serious nags, which Nissan should do something about if it wanted to sell the petrol trim of Terrano successfully.

Final Verdict:

Nissan Terrano of 1.5-litre dCi diesel of 109bhp is awesome, and hefts the job to powertrain at a compelling need. All the effort of engineers at Japanese workshop seems to deserve a success party. However, they may have the cues from Renault Duster too; but personally, a lot of efforts had gone in making the Japanese compact SUV a better option in present times than the French version. Petrol one is sufficient for the city slick, but may pose serious lacks on the highway, as per to our experience. On overall (including interiors), the Terrano is a deserving option to get for a money value like this. Even French may not have tided this better when they could have tried drawing a notch above than their Duster. Contemporarily, the Japanese seems successful!

Nissan Terrano 2013 Test Drive

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Nissan Terrano Review

“Renault Duster” the word itself is a big bonk of the industry. Though, wherever it may have been launched in the world, the results were tamed to be outstanding in terms of sale-numbers. However, it has to be, because the title of “world’s cheapest SUV” along with it makes it to caption many of the loop-holes which most of the carmakers had left behind in the fraying context that they cannot be so down-trodden in the terms of pricing and the quality offered on board.

It is no doubt that Renault used to do the justice when it comes to the pricing against value-driven. But there was a question lying unattended in the industry which says, do anyone needs more of the upmarket feel in Duster by just paying a mere ounce of money? Well, it is still unattended, hopefully would be answered when the Nissan will launch its terrifying “Terrrano” in the market in order to gain the fanfare that it was eyeing since allied with the Renault years back. To an extent we hope, the unveiling ceremony of the car may have lend some light on what the game Nissan is ready to play. But (of course) the price is remained to conclude the most of it. One can read the review below to gain at least an idea of it what is stored there for many of us at a near future which may prove a blockbuster to the industry just like the Duster had did when it was launched.

Exteriors:

Nissan Terrano

At the unveiling ceremony, as it was carried out in the Film shooting studio, Nissan had did an outstanding job to conclude the first look of Terrano. There were three cars placed on the stage and three different sets were created to preview it. Hopefully, without any second thought we just loved the way it was staring to us from the platforms. Those bold headlights, a couple of crease on the bonnet and that massive aggressive stance all over, making it a “number” on the appearance. The front, it was inspired mostly by the layouts of all Nissan big bulky SUVs, namely X-Trail, Patrol and Pathfinder. The vertically chromed v-shaped logs on the grille, very unlikely to the couple of horizontal stance on the Duster, and the mesh type formation of grille on the back are making the Terrano to look aggressive in its best possible avatar. However, the overall looks of the front is not so similar to that of the Duster, but instead its gives in the quite upmarket feel to the vehicle more than what we had expected. Bumpers on front and rear are same to that of the French’s offering, but the first look of the front had eaten up all the efforts of Renault very ‘aggressively’.

Talking about the sides, is remained plain-Jane. Not any of the creases can be found on it. Meanwhile, the gun-finished alloys were tempting to fill up all the lacking very easily. No complaints from that viewpoint even, but we had some of them when we go looking at the third window of the SUV. It was almost similar to that of the Duster. No changes made there, and accompanying that in our drawback list are those bumpers too. They remained unchanged “a bit”.

Nissan Terrano 2013

 ‘Rear’, seems to be smacking so. The not so good and not even so bad response from all the viewers, we had drawn our views in the way as, tail lamps are a delight and razor sharp, but there is needed to be filled in something to oomph out the curves of the French sibling in the utmost. But not even that worst, we give the rear a plight more than ‘five out of ten’ markings for not disappointing us immensely. Well, we expect the Nissan must have sorted something about the ‘spare wheel’ conclusions at the rear, so that something we would have called it a lot different than Duster, but there still remains an opportunity for the Japanese carmaker to give a provision for this in near future. And, that third window must also be changed to square type of shape for suiting some of the spare wheel image when maybe given down at a near future.

2013 Nissan Terrano

Interiors:

Moving onto inside, the door handles gave us the confused feel. But however, we managed to move in and make us feel settled in the cabin there. No changes made to it in terms of ergonomics and others, but cosmetics had been revamped to follow that suit ‘a bit premium than Duster’ very strongly. Finally chrome strips seen on the AC vents and on the door nags, we were relived to feel that pampering performance of the designers at Nissan, clicked ‘fabulous job done’. More to the said suit, they had also given the car a heavy dose of beige which is complementing us, “yes the car is an upmarket in all its true sense.” Improved looks of dashboard is composed to serve the better prospective than the Renault, disappointingly we had to say, new steering wheel on Terrano was not having the music control. It was looking completely blank about such derivations of enhanced features despite being very new in its form. In addition to it, again the same up-stood AC vents on the floor of rear seating row, was disgusting even on the Duster too. Though it is not the functionality which is making us going nasty about it, but its habit of eating up the space for third person in second row cannot be entertained at all.

Nissan Terrano Interiors

Technicalities:

However it is being captioned directly on the Duster’s platform and other such facts, the engine specifications also tend to be done with the 1.6 liter petrol engine, and the 1.5 liter diesel engine in two states of tunes. The petrol engine said to be offered with the 101 PS of power and 145 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine to make debut in the 85 PS, 200 Nm and 110 PS, 248 Nm deal. There is no automatic gearbox as well as 4×4 option on offer right now, but we expect them to come at a near future when the vehicle being slotted peacefully on the comparatively upmarket shelf of fraternity.

Driving experience would be nearly same to that of the Renault Duster, exactly of the SUV in style, not instead the hatchback or sedan, like that of a one in EcoSport.

New Nissan Terrano Back View

Verdict:

Pricing of the Nissan Terrano is officially said to be below the Rs. 10 lakh, but the launch in the first week of festive month October will conclude the best for us all. And need not to be worried, the deliveries are also said to commence from the end of same month itself.

Well, remembered the one question that we had asked in the beginning, “Do anyone need more of the upmarket feel in Duster by just paying a mere ounce of money?” In our answer, it’s ‘yes’ when looking at the works of Nissan retaining the perfection to Indian context. Contradicting to it, the competition will not be less when there it would come face-to-face with the technicalities. However, on the looks and cosmetics we approve 7/10 in the preview here.

Renault Scala CVT: Test Drive

Renault is the French by nature and we expect the French wine to flow from its automobiles, to an extent it had happened with the carmaker’s famous model plate Duster in India, which had grabbed the eyeballs due to its practicality and efficient pricing too, but the rest of them wasn’t boasting a good amount of sales figure on board; and as an outcome the organization screeches to roll out different variants in the market, which now in the latest Indians are bestowed with X-Tronic CVT transmission of Scala under the 1.5L Nissan sourced petrol head.

Before dabbing our foot on the accelerator, we want to inform you that Nissan and Renault are tied together on an inked paper which leads them to share various tweaks in between, and therefore the Sunny is also rolled out in the same avatar recently. Over here in the horizon, it is learnt, except the offerings from French-Japanese alliance there are other competitors in the market, namely Honda City and Volkswagen Vento both with CVT transmissions itself, are closely eyeing these duos striding with their different lucrative strokes being offered underneath their top notching brand names.

Renault Scala CVT

Get started, pressing the accelerator had leaded us to the claimed driving force of 134 Nm torque, swift driving traction delivered between 1000-1500 RPM ratio, gaining a comfortable drive within city limits, but when the same pedal is bulked off with full efforts then the engine power is returned on the very aggressive note, must say the 80% of extract had reached only at a 50% of throttling dab, and that too with an increased engine noise, which then had jolted us to relax down our excitement in sober strata – driving the vehicle in which it is suited better. City ride was satisfying on the core and even highway too hadn’t disappointed on the results.

Renault Scala CVT inters

On inside, interiors are cool and airy flaring the sophisticated factors, with ample of legroom on back and, a decent upholstery on front. Not much of the changes appeared from that of manual guise but those bits which flicked to be the ‘new’ are fine with the overall statement. Practically the boot space is sufficient enough to store most of the luggage, not tempting to refuse for any of the trips, and instantly the cosmetic exterior appeal is also similar to its conventional sibling.

New Renault Scala CVT

Conclusion:  Scala CVT had proven the complete test worth a drive but the thing that had fussed us was ‘engine noise’ and ‘dragging-type characteristic on high revs’. Speaking technically, the reason behind this may be the steel belt drive which is good for the durability, but it is also a turn off for compromise on the minute driving tricks.

Renault Scala CVT Back View

Fuel efficiency, as per the ARAI test it is termed at 17.97 kmpl, and to be true the CVT mechanism assimilates with engine when the accelerator knob is held down, but when we release the foot from the throttle board then it gets disconnected very instantly, leaving with less strain on the drivetrain and hence more return on fuel economy per litre, even better than the conventional gearbox makes.

Rating: 6.5/10.