Automobiles http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles.rss en Wed May 20 10:38:04 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html sound-of-silence <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/07/12/sound-of-silence.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/7/12/70-Hyundai-1.jpg" /> <p>The Kona, Hyundai’s first electric vehicle in India, got its name from the scenic west coast region of the Big Island in Hawaii. It is neither a devastatingly handsome SUV nor one with radical looks, but there will be plenty of takers for its play-safe design and the wide stance. The Kona is more plastic than chrome, and that is the first thing you notice about it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hyundai has been quick to bring the global product to India after its launch at the Geneva Motor Show last year, thanks to the government’s EV push. Tata and Mahindra have already been in the four-wheeler mass-market EV space for a while, and other entrants are now upping their game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first thing that the Kona gives you is peace of mind—you do not have to worry about the range or charging infrastructure. With 452km a charge (ARAI figures), it is miles ahead of the competition. Also, you get not just the DC quick charger that uses the CCS Type II charging port (charges the battery to 80 per cent in 57 minutes) but also a 7.2 kW Level-II charger (takes six hours and 10 minutes to charge the battery).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hyundai says that its technicians will help set up the charging infrastructure at homes. It is also working with Indian Oil in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai to install chargers at IOC outlets. It also plans to have a fleet of service vehicles that will have power converters onboard to help customers during emergencies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kona does not compromise on the driving experience at all; well, at least not until you hit 150kmph! Unlike the internal combustion engines, the power build up does not happen gradually. You have all the power you need right from the word go. And it tackles corners beautifully.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is one helluva silent SUV! No motor sound at all. Also, the clean interiors (no gear lever!) is a beautiful change. Maybe other carmakers could get inspired by the design cue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing that Hyundai needs to work on is the leg room. It does feel crammed, especially at the rear. However, with 17-inch alloys, sporty roof rails, leather seats, a digital instrument cluster that is going to take a while to get used to, a 17.7cm touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a smart electric sunroof, six airbags, all disc brakes and four driving modes, the Kona sure has a lot going for it. Price: Rs25.3 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/07/12/sound-of-silence.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/07/12/sound-of-silence.html Thu Sep 19 19:09:42 IST 2019 mg-hector-review-committed-to-safety-connectivity-and-more <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/06/21/mg-hector-review-committed-to-safety-connectivity-and-more.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/6/21/118-Tech-warrior-1.jpg" /> <p>The Birmingham-based iconic Morris Garages, now a subsidiary of the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corporation, is gearing up for its debut in India with its first SUV, the Hector. Named after a Trojan prince, the Hector sure looks ready for the tough battle ahead as it takes on the likes of the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is the longest SUV in the five-seater segment, and it has gone all the way to ensure that it is a safe one, too. The two combinations of sheet metal thickness, 1.4mm and 0.7mm, make the door panels really heavy, making you feel very secure inside. The B pillar has been hot-stamped for additional strength and the hi-tensile strength steel makes the vehicle structurally safe. At the base of every door is a black strip, which the carmaker calls the ‘sari guard’. It also keeps dust out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Hector boasts a 10.4-inch head unit and a 7-inch instrument cluster. There is also a panoramic sunroof that adds to the space inside this already big car. The interiors are in black leather in the top two variants, and fabric in the other two. At the rear, the middle passenger’s comfort has been taken care of—there is an adjustable headrest, a three-point seatbelt, and a reclining feature!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Hector is a connected car (it comes with an embedded SIM), and with the help of an app called MG iSMART, you can do a bunch of clever things—from getting a complete scan report of your car’s health to geofencing, and remote locking and unlocking (through the phone)­­. With more than 100 voice commands and three ways to activate them, there is never a dull moment in the Hector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The instrument cluster contains all basic info, and has one not-so-common feature—a fatigue alarm, which can be set depending on when you wish to take a break. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, online and offline navigation, over-the-air updates, fast phone charging at the front and the rear, MG has provided almost every conceivable comfort in the Hector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 1.5-litre petrol hybrid I drove delivers 143hp @ 5000rpm and 250Nm of torque @ 1600-3600rpm. It comes with a 48-volt hybrid technology, which, MG claims, improves fuel efficiency by 12 per cent and reduce CO2 emission by 11 per cent. During rapid acceleration, I did experience the 48-volt battery coming into play and providing an additional surge of torque. However, unlike the Toyota Camry hybrid, the Hector cannot be driven only in the hybrid mode because it is more of a support system. The 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine is the same one that powers the Harrier and the Compass, and it belts out 350Nm of torque @ 1750-2500rpm and 170hp @ 3750 rpm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Hector’s steering is grippy and precise. It is also light, which may not appeal to many drivers as it does not inspire confidence while driving an SUV this size on the highways. However, it does well in cities. Also, the Hector’s 360-degree camera is configured to work up to the speed of 15kmph, which is a thoughtful touch. The gearboxes on both the petrol hybrid and the diesel feel slightly notchy, especially while slotting them from the second to the third gear. Also, despite the premium cotton felts, insulation on the dash, and MEL sheets on the floor, there is some tyre noise and engine whine that is audible inside the cabin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With ABS, EBD and ESP as standard safety features even in the base variants, the best-in-segment stopping distance of 45 metres from 100-0 (thanks to all four dual-ventilated disc brakes), and six airbags, the Hector shows MG’s commitment to safety. Then there is all the tech and all those great features that make a pretty strong case for it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>HECTOR VS HARRIER VS COMPASS</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>■ SIZE</p> <p>The Hector is the longest and the tallest of the three, and it has the biggest boot as well. The Harrier is slightly wider than the Hector. The Compass is the smallest in all aspects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>■ POWER</p> <p>Only the Hector and the Compass have petrol models, and the Compass has a more powerful engine among the two. The Compass is also the most powerful among the diesels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>■ FUEL EFFICIENCY</p> <p>The Hector petrol version’s hybrid technology makes it more fuel efficient than the Compass. Among the diesels, the Harrier is the most fuel efficient.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>■ FEATURES</p> <p>All three have well-finished cabins, though the Compass has an understated styling. The Compass and the Harrier are no match for the Hector’s connectivity features. Its large infotainment system is miles ahead. The Harrier does not have a sunroof, the Compass has a small one and the Hector a panoramic one.</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/06/21/mg-hector-review-committed-to-safety-connectivity-and-more.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/06/21/mg-hector-review-committed-to-safety-connectivity-and-more.html Sat Jun 22 12:38:43 IST 2019 bang-for-the-buck <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/05/31/bang-for-the-buck.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/5/31/70-Venue.jpg" /> <p>The compact SUV segment is big in India’s passenger cars business today, with large volumes and tough competition. Hyundai has entered this lucrative segment late, but with a bang. Its latest offering, the Venue, got more than 1 lakh inquiries and 20,000 bookings within days of its launch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Venue has a bold look thanks to its chrome grill and diamond cut alloys that ride on 16” tyres. The twin headlamp design and projector fog lamps add to its appeal, but what stands out in the front are the projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. The DRLs look stunning, especially after dusk.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The LED tail lamps come with lenticular lenses for a crystal effect which is best seen at nighttime. These are especially useful in warning the drivers behind you when visibility is low. The shark fin antennae and the roof rails add to the sporty look.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Venue, being promoted as a “third space” for consumers after their home and office, is packed with every conceivable comfort. The interiors—available in black, khaki dual tone and denim dual tone—are surprisingly spacious. The upholstery comes in two variants: fabric, and fabric and leather combo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The car also has Eco Coating, a technology which eliminates bad odour. One thing that is missing, though, is an auto dimming inside rear view mirror. The technology, which helps to eliminate glare, is non-negotiable for most drivers these days.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The biggest add-on is Hyundai’s BlueLink Connectivity Technology, which does a bunch of things from starting the engine to controlling the air conditioning. It can even immobilise your car, if it is stolen, from anywhere in the world, through an application on your mobile phone. However, the best features are limited to the top end model.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Venue offers three engine options. A 1 litre turbo petrol engine (120ps at 6,000rpm; 17.5kgm torque at 1,500-4,000rpm and 18.27kmpl claimed fuel efficiency), a 1.2 litre petrol engine (83ps at 6,000rpm; 11.7kgm torque at 1,500-4,000rpm and 17.5kmpl claimed fuel efficiency), and a 1.4 litre diesel engine (90ps at 4,000rpm; 22.4kgm torque at 1,500-2,750rpm and 23.7kmpl claimed fuel efficiency). It has five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions and a seven-speed DCT (automatic).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 1L Turbo GDI (DCT) turned out to be a gem of an engine. It is refined, noise-free and if you keep it in the 60-80kmph power band at around 2,000 rpm, you are going to enjoy every moment of driving. We also drove the 1.4 L U2 CRDI diesel engine (six-speed manual), which was in the Hyundai Creta, and came away hugely impressed with its performance in the Venue. However, it would have been nicer if Hyundai had offered tilt and telescopic steering, instead of just tilt, which is being offered by its competitors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Venue is available in seven single-tone colours and three dual-tone colours. It also matches the safety features that its competitors are offering. With extremely competitive pricing (16.5 lakh to 111.10 lakh), Hyundai has definitely produced a winner.</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/05/31/bang-for-the-buck.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/05/31/bang-for-the-buck.html Thu Jul 18 11:49:34 IST 2019 toyota-camry-review-elegant-efficient-and-expensive <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/29/toyota-camry-review-elegant-efficient-and-expensive.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/3/29/68-Premium-ride-1.jpg" /> <p>Chauffeurs may just find themselves with too much time on their hands. The Camry, in its new avatar, manages to shake off its image as a car that needs to be ‘chauffeured’ around, rather than being driven by owners themselves. Toyota’s premium offering, which takes on the Honda Accord, is longer and wider than its predecessor. A sleek corporate sedan that offers a distinct driving experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A brand-new grille with slats in the front gives the Camry its definitive bold look. The car also comes with “dusk-sensing” LED projector headlamps that have an auto-levelling feature—a big asset, especially while driving on poorly-lit roads. The car also has LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps and 18-inch alloys, which add to its looks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Inside, the beige leather upholstery and the light-coloured wooden finish make the car look airy and spacious. There is enough leg, head and shoulder room, and there is no cabin noise. The car is loaded with tech. Besides a JBL audio system with nine speakers, it has three-zone automatic climate control and a touch control armrest in the rear, adding to its luxe quotient.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Camry comes with a fourth-generation hybrid electric engine, basically a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre (2,487cc) petrol engine with a self-charging electric motor which Toyota calls a ‘gasoline hybrid.’ This eight-speed e-CVT, which also gets different driving modes, belts out 221Nm of torque at 3,600-5,200rpm, and has a maximum output of 178PS at 5,699rpm. The Camry also makes use of a 245V NiMh (nickel-metal hydride) battery, which does a fairly good job of belting out a max torque of 202Nm and delivering a total output of 120PS.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When the Camry’s very silent engine kicks in, it takes over seamlessly from battery power. You do not feel the engine whine, nor do you feel the slightest twitch. It brakes well, too, and keeps Toyota’s promise of a great combination of fuel efficiency (23.27kmpl) and emission performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The heads-up display shows the car’s speed and direction, and has an Ecometer. A drawback is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing. That is a pity; even cars in lower segments offer them. The slats on the front appear intimidating, because they are low-slung. The bottom of the slats may graze speedbreakers if you are not careful. But then, if you are not a novice, you would know how to negotiate those bumps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Rs37.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Camry is expensive. But, if you have the money, there are two reasons to shell it out with your eyes shut: Toyota’s bulletproof reputation for reliability and a cleaner and greener environment.</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/29/toyota-camry-review-elegant-efficient-and-expensive.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/29/toyota-camry-review-elegant-efficient-and-expensive.html Sat Mar 30 12:11:51 IST 2019 fully-loaded <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/15/fully-loaded.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/3/15/74-Mahindra-XUV300-1.jpg" /> <p>Mahindra's new kid on the block, the sub-four-metre XUV300, is a direct competitor to the Ford EcoSport, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, the Tata Nexon and even the Hyundai Creta. It is based on SsangYong’s X100 platform (renowned for the Tivoli that sold more than two and a half million units globally) and offers excellent refinement and safety features.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is a good-looking SUV—there are projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and diamond-cut alloys. And it packs in some segment-first features—front parking sensors, seven airbags, disc brakes on all the wheels instead of the usual disc-drum combo, not to mention heated ORVMs. There is also a tyre position display, which means when you are seated inside the car, you know exactly which direction your tyres are facing. It is a real boon in crowded cities such as Mumbai where every inch of the road matters. ABS and EBD are standard on all models. There is also hill start assist.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The seven-inch touchscreen comes with GPS navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get to choose the colour on the instrument cluster display. Some of these colours, however, are a bit too loud and may be distracting while driving at night. The sunroof, cruise control, steering mounted-audio and telephone controls and the Blue Sense app that gives smartwatch connectivity make a very strong case for the Mahindra XUV300.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Available in petrol and diesel, the XUV300 comes in three variants (W4, W6 and W8). The 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine offers 115 bhp and 300 Nm of torque, whereas the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine offers 110 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to six-speed gearboxes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The XUV300 does not disappoint when it comes to ride and handling. What you get is a punchy performance with the slightest tap of the throttle and it offers a very pliant ride. The steering is precise and comes with three different driving modes. Based on the driving mode, the steering weighs up as you increase the speed. The brakes have sufficient bite, too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This compact SUV comes with the longest wheelbase in the segment (2600mm), claims Mahindra, and the fact that the transmission tunnel does not protrude in the rear gives it the flat-floor advantage, ensuring that the middle passenger in the rear seat is also comfortable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The XUV300 starts at Rs7.90 lakh (petrol) and Rs8.49 lakh (diesel).</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/15/fully-loaded.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/15/fully-loaded.html Sat Mar 16 14:15:33 IST 2019 Jaguar-F-Pace-petrol-review-Put-it-through-the-paces <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/12/Jaguar-F-Pace-petrol-review-Put-it-through-the-paces.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/3/12/f-pace-2.jpg" /> <p>It has been a little over two years since the Jaguar F-Pace arrived in India and set tongues wagging with its sheer performance, handling and luxuriousness. Now, the petrol variant is here. We drove the Jaguar F-Pace 2.0L Petrol Prestige variant, (the only variant that is available in petrol) and which is now made in India, and we were rather impressed!</p> <p>The Jaguar F-Pace is a handsome SUV with not just a beautiful design but with very good proportions as well. And when you get inside and start driving it, at no point in time you feel its bulk weighing you down. On the contrary, it is quite a sprightly SUV—a delight to maneuver—even in city traffic. Put it through the paces and you will be even more pleasantly surprised, not a groan or a whimper from what is evidently a well-calibrated engine. And at no point you feel that the engine is overworking or stretching itself beyond its limits.<br> </p> <p>The Jaguar F-Pace 2.0L (1997 cc) petrol Prestige variant is packed to the gills with features. Once you are seated inside, you will definitely appreciate the creature comforts that the SUV comes with. Starting from the 12.3 HD touchscreen infotainment centre to its four-zone climate control, to its air quality sensor to cabin air ionization—small steps towards healthier living—and to its 360-degree parking sensor, you will appreciate the thought that has gone into providing F-Pace owners with these technological features that allows them to enjoy their SUV to the fullest. However, the 360-degree parking sensor can be slightly cumbersome in our densely populated country with every square centimetre of the road (especially in metros) occupied by two and four-wheelers. The seats are well-designed and supremely comfortable, and make the F-Pace’s interiors seem really plush. Even the large instrument cluster adds to its luxe feel.<br> </p> <p>The F-Pace is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.0L turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission producing 247bhp. Besides being a 7-second car (0-100 in 7 seconds), this super-fast SUV belts out 365 Nm of torque and has a top speed of a whopping 217 kmph! That’s quite incredible, really, given its footprint but all this is largely made possible thanks to its all-aluminum engine which gives it its lightweight body structure, not to mention its aerodynamic design, which gives it a decent fuel economy too.<br> </p> <p>Ride and handling are very good and the steering is precise too. There is something in the F-Pace that sort of reminds you of the F-Type, especially the manner in which it is so eager to lunge forward. If you haven’t driven any other Jaguar F-Pace before, you are bound to love this one, have no doubt about it. If you’re looking for something different from the Porsche Cayenne or the Mercedes Benz GLE or the Audi Q7 or even the Volvo XC60, this may well be the answer!<br> </p> <p>Priced at 63.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), this isn’t out of bounds for many SUV-enthusiasts with deep pockets and considering the Jaguar F Pace is a great combination of tech, comfort, design and build quality it does have a lot going for it!&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/12/Jaguar-F-Pace-petrol-review-Put-it-through-the-paces.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/03/12/Jaguar-F-Pace-petrol-review-Put-it-through-the-paces.html Tue Mar 12 22:32:10 IST 2019 just-for-kicks <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/02/16/just-for-kicks.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/2/16/76-Nissan-1.jpg" /> <p>The Kicks is Nissan's latest offering in the crowded compact SUV segment. Since it has taken its time to arrive, it has a slew of tricks up its sleeve. Little wonder Nissan calls it the “intelligent SUV”. With the Japanese carmaker setting up a digital hub in Thiruvananthapuram, its India strategy seems to be well on track.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kicks has not just been Indianised inside out, as claimed by Nissan engineers, but also been developed and tuned to ensure that it meets the needs of Indian roads and drivers. Take, for instance, the ground clearance of 210mm, which Nissan says is class leading. Nissan has introduced global technologies in the Kicks such as the 'around view monitor' or 'smart card' for keyless entry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kicks looks muscular. “It has dynamic expressions that convey energy and passion,” says Yasuhiro Tani, India design head of Nissan. With robust bumpers and the V-motion grille, it has a solid road presence. The floating roof and the functional roof rails add to its appeal. Then there are the signature boomerang tail lamps and the shark-fin antenna. Its two-tone body graphics make it stand out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Inside, the ‘gliding-wing' layout of the dashboard is refreshing. There is a high-quality matt-chrome finish on the steering. The SUV’s door pockets can easily hold one-litre water bottles. The cabin is roomy and there is ample luggage space. There is an 8-inch floating touch screen that comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kicks comes in petrol and diesel. The 1.5-litre H4K petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the 1.5 Intellitune K9K dCi Diesel engine to a 6-speed manual gearbox. While the petrol engine produces 142 Nm of torque and claims a fuel efficiency of 14.23 kmpl, the diesel engine produces 240 Nm of torque and claims a fuel efficiency of 20.45 kmpl.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It ticks all the boxes. The steering has a precise feel; there is hardly any body roll and the cruise-control is great on highways. There is hardly any outside noise filtering into the cabin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kicks may not be an emotional buy, but it makes a lot of sense. It has distinct styling and good road presence. And it is worth the money.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Price: Starting from Rs9.55 lakh (ex showroom)</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/02/16/just-for-kicks.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/02/16/just-for-kicks.html Sat Feb 16 11:18:01 IST 2019 tata-harrier-the-highway-star <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/01/04/tata-harrier-the-highway-star.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2019/1/4/tata-harrier1.jpg" /> <p>The much-awaited Tata Harrier will be launched on January 23, 2019. The product from the Tata Motors stables had wowed guests at the Auto Expo last year with its design, and within a year of being displayed, the SUV has begun rolling off the Tata Motors production plant in Pune. The bookings, both at the Tata Motors showrooms as well as online, commenced a few weeks back.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Though the Tata Harrier is based on the Land Rover’s D8 architecture, which went on to sell one million of them worldwide, the challenge for the design team as well as the engineering team at Tata Motors was to make it as distinct as possible, both in terms of looks as well as drivability, giving it the Tata Motors’ famed DNA, but ensuring that it was more Tata Motors than Land Rover, said Pratap Bose, head, Design, Tata Motors.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the outset, the first thing that grabs your attention is the Tata Harrier’s distinct design which follows the Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, adding not just oodles of appeal but also ensuring that the Harrier doesn’t fail to impress when it comes to road presence. Everything on the 5-seater Tata Harrier seems to be well-proportioned. Though the Harrier looks best from the side angles, the front is rather impressive with its muscular bulging bonnet, flared wheel arches and its Xenon HID Projector headlamps, which sit below the sleek LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights). The 205 mm of ground clearance and its five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels complete the Tata Harrier’s macho look.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Inside, the Tata Harrier has an extremely premium feel. The signature oak brown interiors with perforated leather upholstery and door pad inserts, soft touch dashboard, brushed aluminum finishes on the doors, the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 9 JBL speakers, eight-way adjustable driver seats and the aero-throttle styled piano black lever which is actually the parking brake, are all pretty impressive! The Harrier gets a push button start, cruise control and a tilt, and telescopic steering, which is a leather wrapped one. It also feels nice and chunky in your hands while driving.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Tata Harrier comes only with the Kryotec 2.0-liter (1956cc), Turbocharged diesel engine, that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which belts out 140 PS @ 3750 rpm and 350 Nm of torque @ 1750-2500 rpm (The automatic transmission will soon be here too). Though the engine seems eager, it is also a tad bit noisy, and that is something that buyers need to pay heed to. However, with three different terrain response modes (Normal, Rough and Wet), the Tata Harrier doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it is quite the Highway Star, as we discovered, while driving it on the highways of Jodhpur and Khimsar in Rajasthan. The suspensions, both front and rear, have been specially tuned for Indian driving conditions, claims Tata Motors. And true to their claim, the ride, we thought, was pliant. With disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels, they have enough bite to come to a halt in a satisfactory manner, on demand, and it is also a safe place to be in, God forbid, one is involved in an accident. With six airbags, ESP, Roll Over Mitigation, Corner Stability Control as well as Hill Descent Control, the safety features list is pretty impressive, too.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The rear seat lacks thigh support and cannot be reclined, taller and heavier set people may find that ever-so-slightly inconvenient; however, the seats are plush and feel very upmarket. We felt that the rear armrest with the cup holders is a nice touch but it would have been nicer, had it had been slightly longer. But having said that, the inside of the Tata Harrier is overall, a very swanky place to be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Tata Harrier should sell well, once launched. At Tata Motors, not only have they tested it extensively for 2.2 million kms on various terrains but they have also come up with a well-designed product that doesn’t disappoint in terms of its performance. Not to mention, there is a dearth of 2.0-litre diesel engine vehicles in the Indian market at present. However, the crucial thing will be the price tag, and if only Tata Motors can get that right, there will just be no stopping this Highway Star!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Length: 4598 mm</b></p> <p><b>Width: 1894 mm (Without Mirrors)</b></p> <p><b>Height: 1706 mm</b></p> <p><b>Ground Clearance: 205 mm (Unladen)</b></p> <p><b>Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 Liters</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/01/04/tata-harrier-the-highway-star.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2019/01/04/tata-harrier-the-highway-star.html Fri Jan 04 18:04:48 IST 2019 feline-grace <a href="http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2018/11/27/feline-grace.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/automobiles/images/2018/11/27/70-jaguar-f-coupe.jpg" /> <p>This Jaguar is on steroids! The F-Type I drove was the handsome 2.0-litre Coupe R-Dynamic, in red, which got me red-carpet treatment just about everywhere I went! And, I am not complaining!</p> <p>The first thing that will grab your attention on this iconic car is its massive 19-inch, seven-split-spoke set of wheels. They give the car a solid road presence. The re-designed front bumper, the LED headlamps, the rear spoiler and the shark-fin antennae further add to its sporty appeal.</p> <p>It must be said right away that the ingress and egress are not the best we have seen because of the deep foot well of the car. Unless you have the fitness levels of Novak Djokovic, you are going to find it a tad bit difficult to get in and out of this car, especially if you will be using it a lot in the city for quick runabouts. Having said that, a great deal also depends on the seating position you have programmed in the car’s 12-way electric front seats with memory.</p> <p>Once inside, you will certainly appreciate the clever details and loads of equipment and features that the car comes loaded with. Whether it is just seeing the way in which the steering (it comes with an electrically adjustable steering column with memory) and the seat adjust to your body position, or the manner in which the air con vents slide up (and go back in, when you turn off the engine), it is all pure drama, to say the least. The Meridian sound system isn’t too bad, and the car’s auto dimming ORVMs will definitely take some getting used to.</p> <p>Sheer exhilaration is felt even at the slightest press of the throttle thanks to the loud 2.0-litre (1,997cc) four-cylinder petrol engine. The car belts out a maximum power of 221kw at 5,500rpm. It comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The handling and performance are just what every sports car ought to be like thanks to the well-balanced aluminium chassis. Whether you are throwing it into corners or simply driving on a straight road, you are certainly going to enjoy every bit of your driving experience because of the splendid manner in which the car responds. At times, I did find the seats slightly stiff, but usually they provided adequate support.</p> <p>The Jaguar F-Type is both a looker and a performer. The pressing question, though, is will we see Agent 007 driving this one? James Bond’s last outing, Spectre, had a Jaguar C-X75 chasing him around in Rome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Length: 4,482mm</p> <p>Width: 2,042mm</p> <p>Height: 1,311mm</p> <p>Fuel tank: 63 litres</p> <p>Seating: 2</p> <p>Price: Rs93.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)</p> http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2018/11/27/feline-grace.html http://www.theweek.in/review/automobiles/2018/11/27/feline-grace.html Tue Nov 27 23:11:13 IST 2018