2018 VW Touareg Changes and Redesign

2018 VW Touareg Exterior, Interior and Equipment

The new high-end VW Touareg SUV will be based on the Volkswagen MLB Evo platform. This is the same platform on which was built the new generation of Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. It will utilize Volkswagen’s MLB longitudinal engine architecture, which is also shared by large Audi sedans and SUVs. Unlike the Audi’s though, the Touareg is expected to be a little bit shorter. The Evo platform will allow the vehicle to be more fuel efficient and lighter to help save on engineering costs, the car weight, the complexity of the car and provide a possibility for additional luggage space.

New body panels such as revised thin bi-xenon headlamps with running C- shaped LED daytime lights will give the Touareg a modernized look. A full-width trapezoidal grille and enhanced lower back treatment will enhance the classy appeal. The LED taillights will be made thinner to help reduce reflective light effects during a drive in rainy or foggy conditions.

The slightly shorter wheelbase, makeshift exhaust systems, and ill-fitting body panel will among the major features of the VW. It will feature a digital gauge cluster to be placed behind the steering wheel, improved infotainment system and drive assist features

The body of the Touareg is expected to be made using Aluminum and lighter materials. This will be to enhance efficiency and better control of the car. The outer appearance of the car is expected to be redesigned where the front end of the car will undergo diverse improvements including the addition of the VW signature logo.

The interior will feature wooden brown and black trims to make it more relaxing. The cabin will be filled with diverse switches to control the vehicle features. An 11-inch touchscreen will also be present to alert the driver of any abnormalities in the car. Temperatures will be properly regulated using the zonal climate control system. The door panels will be changed and the dashboard and instrument cluster modernized with a state of the art technology.

Engine Options and Performance

The Volkswagen is expected to have four-cylinder engines, with V6 and V8 engines also available. Rumors point that the car will have a hybrid version with a 10-speed dual clutch transmission, similar to the one used on T-Prime GTE Concept, which will produce 205 horsepower. The engine of the car will be around 185 pound-feet. The fuel efficiency of the car is expected to be higher for reduced fuel usage.

2018 VW Touareg – Release Date and Predicted Price

The 2018 VW Touareg is expected to arrive in 2017 and go on the market in U.S dealerships in the beginning of 2018. With a complete makeover both on the inside and outside, a refreshed engine on the table with enhanced gasoline and diesel engines, and an MLB platform to allow for better interior packaging. The car is expected to have a starting price of not less than $40,000.

In addition to this well-known SUV, we expect its big brother VW Atlas, which will be presented for the first time this year.

Reasons For Purchasing the Mitsubishi Pajero Sports Car

It’s always tough to drive on rough terrains. But, with the new Mitsubishi Pajero sports car, you can always stay ahead. With cutting-edge technologies, automatic transmission, and ultra-stylish interiors you can now experience a smooth and comfortable ride. So, here are some reasons as to why you should purchase the car.

Exceptional Performance
With the new model, the 2.4 liter diesel engine offers you an impressive power output. A controlled power output with minimal emissions can surely be observed even when you’re enjoying a long drive. Fuel efficiency is improved due to the injection system that optimizes fuel dispersion. Much to your surprise, the eight-speed automatic gearbox offers nothing less than effortless acceleration. The transmission systems adapt to the driver’s preferences by helping you control gear shift timing, engine, and other information. On the other hand, the four wheel drive gives the power to drive along steep slopes.

Eye appealing interiors
You would certainly be fascinated once you are seated in the Pajero Sports car. While plush leather seats contribute towards the trendy and modern look, the window frames feature a chrome lining all across its edges. Besides, you don’t have to bother about luxury and comfort. The infotainment system would let you enjoy the ride while a power steering wheel would help you maneuver the vehicle with ease. The features would be incorporated soon, but once they are included, the model will not seem expensive. Towards the front, the doors feature pockets to accommodate a water bottle and a dashboard that’s quite responsive to controls.

Ensures Safety
Once you’re off with the sports car, every passenger is protected against inertia. Apart from the accessory set up at the driver’s seat, airbags are provided for passengers. The headlamp beam adjuster helps to drive the vehicle when it’s pitch dark outdoors. No matter what the road condition might be, the Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) aids for controlling the speed effectively. The vehicle is safeguarded from thieves due to the engine immobilizer and the engine starts only when a particular key is identified. Moreover, you can stay carefree because the child safety locks keep kids away from dangers. If you are worried about comfort, then you can schedule a test drive with the Mitsubishi Authorized Dealer.

Finally, eye catching exteriors could also be a reason for purchasing the Mitsubishi Pajero Sports car from a reputed car dealer. Just like other models, this vehicle features a unique design with matchless style. The exterior surfaces are coated with chrome to enhance the aesthetic appearance. Furthermore, fog lamps facilitate the driver to ride along murky pathways. The wheels shimmer under sunlight owing to multi-spoke alloy rims. The tail lamps towards the rear end always look appealing in every way. The boot-lid brings in the beauty with a chrome band along its contour. In addition, the front window frames have foldable mirrors and the area beneath the bonnet is protected by a front guard.

2018 BMW X2 – The New Sporty SUV Crossover

It’s just the beginning of 2017 and BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), one of the best-selling luxury automakers in the world, is all set to sensationalize the global market with one of its finest models of crossovers in the upcoming year of 2018. Preening to perfection, the new SUV is ready to slot in-between X1 and X3 and hence, gets its name – BMW X2 SUV. First showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show the preview model of 2018 BMW X2 is speculated to stay true to its design principles as detailed last year with only a handful of changes anticipated – though to the positive end. It will be the third and the smallest product to be released in its category. Let’s have a detailed view.

2018 BMW X2 Concept

As per the design makers of BMW, the idea of X2 has been conceptualized on the lines of offering a combination of enjoyment with practicality. The car amalgamates a perfect blend of fast moving body language along with low-slung proportions of a coupe that makes it a robust construction of its counterpart X1 series.

2018 BMW X2 Design and Exterior

Talking about the front side of 2018 BMW X2, it features a large kidney grille that’s fringed by slender headlights featuring signature LEDs. The big front bumper and silver lower trim, On the other hand, give the car its much talked about rugged SUV appearance. Further, at the back, the SUV coupe speaks of a low roof line with narrow windows which do justice to the concept of X2 design cue. Though it’s more like a hatchback than a sports car, it’s said to offer the best of both the worlds.

Moving ahead the wide wheelchairs add 2018 BMW X2 some muscle look. While at the same time, the broad 21-inch wheels give the car its complete resilient profile. At the back, the tailgate, however, isn’t exactly what we’ve seen BMW incorporate in its previous hatchbacks like X4 or X6. BMW X2 typically gives a more realistic appeal despite its sleek style.

Furthermore, X2, as modeled in Paris Motor Show, should have a centrally located BMW badge bordered by slender taillights and a number plate that finds itself attached to the bumper. Much similar to what we’ve seen in the auto marque’s 1st hatch series.

2018 BMW X2 Interior

The interiors of this roaring beast are expected to take inspiration from BMW’s new 5 Series classy cabin. A freestanding infotainment display that sits right on top a simple, central console and comes fitted with BMW’s new gesture control features. The dashboard will come in two variants – wood-effect or glossy metal finish.

The X2’s roofline can be a bit of a turn-off, especially for tall passengers – don’t expect to feel comfortable in the back when it comes to long journeys. Leg space also lags here.

2018 BMW X2 Engine

X2 will feature the same UKL1 platform as its counterparts BMW X1 and Mini Countryman. A result, it’s likely to brag front-wheel drive and be available in four major variants – three diesel engines and one petrol. Entry level cars will feature six-speed manual gearbox. While on the other hand, the drivers will be offered the benefits of choosing a smooth eight-speed automatic as well.

2018 BMW X2 Driving

The basic 2018 BMW X2 model will eye a 148hp diesel while the mid-range SUV’s will probably boasts of 187hp and 227hp units. To give you an idea, the current model of X1 has a 148hp diesel which returns a remarkable 68.9mpg. 227hp model race between 0 and 62mph in about 6.6 seconds only. These figures give us a rough idea what X2 can mirror or exceed.

Moving ahead, no such details are yet available about 2018 BMW X2’s drivetrain. However, insider reports suggest that the production model will feature 1.5 liter, three-cylinder motor, while its top end models should receive a more powerful motor of 2.0 liter and four-cylinder unit with BMW’s twin turbo technology.

2018 BMW X2 Release Date and Price

The Munich-based automaker is expected to commence the delivery of 2018 BMW X2 by the start of the second quarter of 2017. The crossover is expected to be priced close to its counterpart X1 at the cost of $35,000 (base model). Bigger crossovers will come for about $38,000. The cost further will fluctuate between diesel and petrol variants.

Test Driving The Mahindra KUV100 In SA

On a trip to India In May, I drove the diesel model. After 40 km on Mumbai’s highway, it was clear to me that the high-riding hatchback could very well raise some eyebrows in the SA passenger-car market.

My first experience of the Mahindra KUV100 back in South Africa was a ‘Sunset Orange’ diesel model. It was powered by a 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine capable of a modest 57kW/190Nm. They claim the fuel consumption is 4.4l/100km but you won’t be able to accurately tell as it doesn’t have a consumption gauge.

The K6+ derivatives and above offer a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity to the Mahindra Blue Sense app. A multi-function steering wheel and a refrigerated glove compartment are also included.

Despite its low horsepower, the three-cylinder delivered as it did in Mumbai and felt lively with loads of torque between all five gears.

The gearbox really deserves all the accolades. The shifting is solid and precise but sadly the clutch pedal is too low down on the floor. It took me a while to get used to and this is perhaps something Mahindra should reconsider.

On that note, the pedal placement of the brake and clutch are too close together. If you have small feet, you might be OK or just let your toddler drive you around.

Taking to a gravel road showed an acceptable ride but the height of the 1155kg KUV100 meant the ride was rather bumpy, especially at speed. Build quality could also be improved upon as I experienced wind noise while driving on the highway.

I wouldn’t go for the petrol model even though it also has the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine (61kW/115Nm). It feels lethargic and nothing compared to the diesel. In first, second and third gear it really struggled like the Bulls did in Super Rugby this year.

Is the KUV worth buying?:
Mahindra claims the KUV100 competes with the Toyota Etios Cross, Renault Sandero Stepway, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Chery J2, Tata Bolt and the Ford Figo. It’s a tough ask as most of these cars have great commercial value, brand loyalty, better-perceived build quality and an established dealer network.

There is one area the Mahindra KUV100 outshines the rest and that is on price. It will set you back a little under R150 000 for the entry level petrol model which comes standard with aircon, electric windows, ABS and driver/passenger airbags.

I may have been somewhat reluctant of the KUV100 but at the end of the launch I had really warmed up to the diesel model. The price, equipment level and overall driving experience left a good impression. Let’s hope the automaker ages like a fine wine and not like vinegar.

In conclusion, the diesel engine and gearbox are both more than adequate but the biggest concerns are pedal placement, clutch and wind noise. It remains to be seen whether or not South Africans will be interested in the KUV100 but it’s certainly worth a mention. Even if the Mahindra KUV100 isn’t quite your cup of tea, there is more Mahindra on the way.

Everything You Need to Know About the All New Volvo XC60

Volvo has launched the second-generation XC60 SUV in India at a starting Price of Rs.55.90 lakhs with a fuel-efficient powertrain, increased safety systems and of course a luxurious feeling. The Volvo XC60 is provided with just a single variant, known as Inscription, as for now in India. However, the Swedish Brand looks determined enough to assemble the SUV in India just like the earlier XC90, as competition gets stronger like never before.

Lets take a look at the Design aspect of the SUV. The SUV is pretty much inspired by its larger relative XC90. Highlights of design are 19 inch alloy wheels, waterfall grille, all LED headlamps and sleek but attractive tail lamps. The SUV is 44 mm longer, 11 mm wider and 14 mm shorter in height than earlier variants. The Ride is quite comfortable for 5 people. The interiors are familiar Volvo designs which by all means is a compliment. The standout of the Single piece Driftwood dashboard is the 9 inch Touchscreen Infotainment System. A 15 speaker system by Bowers and Wilkins, a Sunroof and all round Heated Seats are other Deign highlights.

The Volvo XC60 is powered by a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel Engine, and produces 235 PS of Maximum Horsepower and 480 Nm of Torque, thus easily makes it the most powerful SUV in its segment category. XC60 has a 8-Speed Automatic transmission and the Company claims to reach a top speed of 230 kmph. Thus Driving luxury is enhanced and speed lovers won’t be disappointed with this specifications.

The Volvo XC60 Specifications:
Mileage: 11.20 kmpl,

Fuel Type: Diesel,

Fuel Tank: 71 Litres,

Engine: 1969 cc,

BHP: 235 PS,

No. of Cylinders: 5,

No. of Gears: 8 Speed.

Volvo XC60 is coming with a sector where the competition is really tough. The Volvo XC60 has fierce Competition from the likes of BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Lexus NX 300h. However if you want a sporty SUV, look elsewhere, also if you want a Off-roader SUV, this isn’t for you either. But yes, if you are looking for a Compact Luxury SUV, this can turn out fantasy SUV for you because of the every reason mentioned earlier. With the kind of equipment it provides and several unique elements, it certainly has the potential to stand apart at a price range below 60 lakhs.

Audi Q5 2018 is to Be Launched in India – Good Enough to Regain Lost Glory?

In recent times the flare Audi Q5 earlier has been taking a toll due to sustained competition in its market. Once a market leader in its segment, Audi is about to launch new 2018 Audi Q5 on 18th January. Let’s take a look at what the German Auto giants has in offer for the Indian Customers. Since its launch in 2011, Audi Q5 had been a instant success in Indian market, becoming one of the most beloved Premium SUV in this part of the World. Lately the numbers haven’t done justice to its history and thus made Audi come up with a new Audi Q5 2018.

The design changes aren’t all evolutionary but yeah they do enhance the appeal the old Q5 had. In fact the new Audi Q5 2018 front looks very similar to Q7. The LED DRLs alongside the headlamp pretty much adds to the sharpness of the design. The tail lamps are also redesigned and add sleekness to the SUV. The new 2018 Audi Q5 is slightly taller, longer and wider than its older version.

Let’s now talk about the interiors. A dual-colour dashboard has been used, which is similar to Q7 and looks pleasing to the eye. The materials used throughout are excellent, with supple leathers and glossy wood. The infotainment screen is on the top and below is climate control system. The Audi looks spacious in regards to its legroom and headroom. Also you have a panoramic Sunroof which is nowadays expected in premium SUV segment.

As expected Audi Q5 2018 will be launched in only diesel variant. The engine is powered by 2.0 litre TDI turbocharged engine which is same as the older version but is around 8-10 % more powerful producing 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. There are different modes to choose for enhancing the driver experience viz., Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, Individual and Auto Mode. Choosing a certain mode adjusts the throttle response, suspension and steering according to the requirements.

The fuel-efficiency is an important improvement in accordance to its older version. The Automakers claim to have increased the fuel-efficiency by 20% and now delivers around 17 kmpl of average which is great. The primary reason for the mileage getting up by 20% is that new SUV is 65-70 kg lighter than its older variant.

When it comes to Safety, who better to talk than Audi? In fact the SUV comes with a 5 star Crash certification from Euro NCAP, thus has a competitive edge over the rivals. Other safety features include ABS, Hill Descent Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and as much as 8 Airbags.

When it comes to SUV sales, Audi is the perpetual bridesmaid among German luxury-car brands. The factors to be considered to give the SUV a go are Excellent fuel economy, Superb fit and finish, Deluxe cabin design and Roomy cabin. Audi’s New Q5 has the technology content and driver-assistance amenities it needs to go head-to-head with the segment’s competitive rivals. With the 2018 Audi Q5, the German Auto giants will look to set pace in a very fast growing segment.