Porsche Mission E: First Blue Blooded Electric Sports Car

With the onslaught of electric concepts and production vehicles set to hit markets all over the world, electric vehicles are without a doubt the future of the automotive world. While a few manufacturers are exploring other areas such as hydrogen fuel cells and bioethanol, the industry’s keen interest in electricity driven vehicles is likely to give EVs a huge head start in the race to create the first zero-emission fleet.

Porsche, one of the few sports car makers with a hybrid supercar already in the market has showcased its first fully electric sports car concept. Dubbed the Mission E, the new concept serves as a platform for the German carmaker’s new E Performance philosophy. We take a look at Porsche’s take on the electric vehicle.

The Porsche Mission E Concept car is aimed squarely at Tesla
The Porsche Mission E Concept car is aimed squarely at Tesla

Design:

Porsche’s Mission E Concept is not a radical revamp of the German car maker’s design language. Borrowing modern day Porsche elements such as the current gen 918 front end and the 90’s 911 rear, the Mission E is a tantalizing blend of past, present and future. The headlights, composed of four separate units that make up the LED matrix, come fitted with an array of sensors for the various assistance systems. Despite being a four door sedan, the Mission E retains its sports car persona by sitting much lower than conventional saloons. As a result, the car is a mere 1.3 m in height.

Porsche's Mission E Concept will be the first full fledged electric sports car
Porsche’s Mission E Concept will be the first full fledged electric sports car from a mainstream high performance car maker

Aerodynamics play an important role in Porsche’s design and the Mission E is no exception. The sides feature a distinct lack of features to improve air flow. The ORVMs have been done away with for a more advanced camera system. Porsche also claims that additional safety information can be beamed directly onto the images that are projected onto the windshield. The rear features a single taillight that runs through the entire width of the car and is accented by a black glass pane.

The exterior of the Mission E concept from Porsche is a blend of retro and contemporary design methodology
The exterior of the Mission E concept from Porsche is a blend of retro and contemporary design methodology

Interior:

Interiors of the Porsche Mission E are decidedly minimal and retro. Similar to ultra luxury cars such as the Rolls Royce Phantom and Ghost, the Porsche Mission E seeks to make suicide doors mainstream once more. Suicide doors are essentially car doors that hinge at the front instead of the back. While suicide doors ease the process of entry and egress, they pose a greater risk of occupants falling out of the vehicle. However, with the introduction of seat belts and the use of such a system limited to only the rear doors, the risks are greatly reduced. The cabin is divided into two halves by the center console that extends all the way to the rear of the electric sedan. Although this system limits the occupant number to a maximum of four, it allows for advanced seat adjustment features for each car.

Passengers are greeted by suicide doors; a trait largely unseen in full size sports sedans
Passengers are greeted by suicide doors; a trait largely unseen in full size sports sedans

The Mission E’s dashboard sports three different displays. The primary display located on the center console serves as the main control center for the electric sports car’s major functions such as climate control, audio system, suspension setup etc. Porsche has also installed a secondary LCD unit that runs along the dashboard of the EV that broadcasts information in a manner accessible by the other passengers. The driver’s instrument cluster is the third and final display. While configurable instrument clusters are slowly becoming the norm in the industry, the German car maker takes it one step further with a 3D system that tracks eye position and dynamically adjusts gauge readout positions for optimal viewing angles.

Interiors are fairly modern with Porsche adopting a minimalist theme all around
Interiors are fairly modern with Porsche adopting a minimalist theme all around

Under the Hood:

Powering the Porsche Mission E is a pair of PSM (Permanently Excited Synchronous Machine) motors that produce a total of 440 kW (600 hp). With a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds, the Mission E falls behind the Tesla Model S on its ludicrous mode. However, with fast charging capability that recharges the battery to 80% in a mere 15 minutes, the Mission E seeks to eliminate the hassle of long waits between charges. However, with a range of 500 km, the Mission E seeks to eliminate charging between trips altogether. Porsche also offers the choice between two charging methods: inductive charging (wireless) and the conventional plug in type.

Toyota Mirai: Hydrogen Powered

"Toyota Mirai"

Toyota has introduced the competition busting Prius back in 1997 and this vehicle was certainly a game changer for the company. This commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car had revolutionized the buying behavior of buyers. The company is trying to repeat history with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction. Hydrogen-powered cars are real.

Toyota is launching a hydrogen-powered car in the United States. There will only be a few hundred, and they are certainly not going to befriend the pockets. The company has named this car “Mirai”. Officials at Toyota chose to call this car 2015 FC.

"Toyota Mirai"
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Fuel-cell cars use a “stack” of cells that electro-chemically combine hydrogen with oxygen to generate electricity that helps propel the car. Their only emission, bar heat, is water vapor, they can run five times longer than battery electric cars, and it takes just minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen — far quicker than even the most rapid charger can recharge a battery electric car. The 2015 launch culminates a 20-year zig-zag quest during which Toyota first struggled to get the technology to work and then strained to lower manufacturing costs enough to permit realistic pricing. It has also been playing catch-up to rival Honda Motor Co, which has set the early pace with its FCX Clarity, a sleek, purpose-built hydrogen car.

The cost-cutting continues, though Toyota thinks it has cracked the code with incremental design improvements, such as using wider, flatter “fettuccine-style” copper in coils that make the motor more powerful, and thus smaller and cheaper. “In time, the fuel cell vehicle will become mainstream. We wanted to take the first step,” said Mitsuhisa Kato, a Toyota executive vice president, at the vehicle’s launch Tuesday. “We want to be at the leading edge.” “With the 2015 FC car we think we’ve achieved a degree of dominance over our rivals,” Satoshi Ogiso, a Toyota managing director, said in a recent interview at the group’s global headquarters. “With the car, we make a first giant step” toward making fuel-cell vehicles practical for everyday use.

"Toyota Mirai"
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Executives and engineers at Toyota are willing to sell the Mirai at a loss for a long while to popularize the new technology. The company had adapted the same strategy with the Prius that happens to account for 14% of Toyota’s annual sales, excluding group of companies, of a boastful 9 million odd vehicles.   Let’s first understand the technology involved behind a fuel cell vehicle: Most of us know that the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen can generate fuel cell that would generate electricity that is sufficient enough to power the motor of the Mirai. As a substitute to gasoline, the motor is fuelled by hydrogen that is an environment-friendly energy source that can be produced with the help of numerous raw materials. Toyota is putting in its to create sustainable mobility a reality with hydrogen that started back in 1992. In fact, this concept started even before the launch of Prius. The year was 2002 and Toyota had begun selling the world’s first fuel cell vehicle called “Toyota FCHV” in Japan and U.S. Toyota has also made use of the same technology in developing fuel cell vehicles.

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Infrastructure challenge: The problem lies in the limited number of hydrogen fuel stations in the U.S and as with battery electric cars, the infrastructure required is limited to the point where it costs big dollars to build it. On an average, the cost of building a fuel station would be around $ 2 million for a single hydrogen fuel station in the U.S.

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Safety: Safety also happens to be a major concern. Hydrogen is highly flammable and requires to be handled with utmost caution. The Toyota launch pits fuel-cell technology against battery electric in a race to capture the hearts and wallets of drivers looking for engines that are easier on the environment. Automakers are under pressure to invest in so-called “zero-emission” cars as tougher rules globally demand lower harmful emissions and better fuel economy.

If proper measures are taken, the safety parameters can be examined closely to attain results. Japan currently operated 3 hydrogen fuelling stations. Japanese government, to support the commercialization of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have set a goal to build close to 100 hydrogen fuel stations by march 2016. California has 10 hydrogen stations and the government has allotted around $ 47 million for 28 additional stations. Hence, utmost safety is taken for their upkeep.

 

Mirai Specs:

The Mirai uses Toyota’s Fuel Cell System (TFCS) that features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology. This includes Toyota-developed components that include the fuel cell (FC) stack, FC boost converter and high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The TFCS are energy-efficient and emits no CO2 while the vehicle is running.

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The 2016 Mirai has a range of 502 km on a full tank and a combined city & highway fuel economy rating of 66 miles per gallon or approximately 3.6 Liters per 100 kms.

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Costs: The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai is getting set to make the roads greener. But they will not come cheap. The Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen of $ 57,600 before taxes. Toyota Motor Corp hopes to sell 400 in Japan and 300 in the rest of the world in the first year.

Subaru Impreza Review

"Subaru 2015 Hatchback"

Subaru is a well-known brand that is poplar for its all-wheel drive vehicles. Impreza happens to be a great (and only) choice for a small sedan or hatchback if you want the traction-aiding feature on it.

The new 2015 Impreza is back to win you over with features, specs and a whole lot more. The new Impreza comes with a spacious cabin, roomy rear-seat and a well-tuned suspension. Here is everything new and trendy about the Impreza:

Design language and trim level options:

The 2015 Subaru Impreza comes in a sedan and hatchback version. It has a 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim level. The car is also available in 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims.

"Subaru Impreza 2015"
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First off, the Impreza 2.0i comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler (hatchback), full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.2-inch touch screen interface and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB/iPod integration, HD radio, an auxiliary audio input and smart phone integration with Aha, Pandora and iHeart Radio.

The Impreza 2.0i Premium adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear stabilizer bar, body-color exterior mirrors, chrome interior door handles, an adjustable front center armrest, a cargo cover (hatchback) and a six-speaker sound system. The optional Alloy Wheel package adds 17-inch wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The optional All-Weather package (included as standard with the manual transmission) adds heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated front seats.

The 2.0i Limited includes all of the above extras, and adds automatic headlights, fog lights, chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a rear center armrest and a 7-inch touch screen interface with swipe/scroll capability, satellite radio, voice controls, dual USB ports and text-to-voice messaging functionality. Options include keyless entry and ignition, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, lane departure warning and steering-responsive fog lights that enhance corner illumination when turning.

The 2.0i Sport Premium adds roof rails, fog lights, body-color rocker panel extensions and sport fabric upholstery to the regular Premium equipment list, and it includes the Alloy Wheel and All-Weather package items as standard. Its 17-inch wheels also have a darker “gunmetal gray” finish.

Meanwhile, the 2.0i Sport Limited bundles the Sport Premium model’s additional features with the amenities of the 2.0i Limited (including automatic climate control and leather upholstery), and it adds a special silver-accented front grille. Options for the Sport Limited mirror those for the regular Limited.

A sunroof is a stand-alone option on all Premiums and Limited trims.

 

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Engine and Performance:

The 2015 Impreza from Subaru comes with a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed “boxer” four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.

The 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium come standard with a five-speed manual transmission coupled to an all-wheel-drive system with a 50/50 default front/rear power distribution. Optional on those trims and standard on the others is a CVT paired with a different all-wheel-drive system that apportions more power to the front wheels by default, but transfers power rearward when more traction is needed.

The fuel economy on this car with manual transmission for both sedan and non-sport hatchbacks is 28 mpg with 25 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. The sports hatchback has an incremental drop of mileage to 28 mpg; 24 in the city and 33 on the highway. When equipped with the CVT, the sedan and non-Sport hatchbacks rate in at 31 mpg with 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The sports model drops to 31 mpg combined with 27 on the city and 36 on the highway. That said, these figures are quite competitive and are remarkably high for an all-wheel drive car.

Interiors:

The Subaru Impreza retains its interior design and it looks pretty conservative in the design sense. While others might find this car a tad traditionally designed, others might find it clean and likely to withstand the test of time. Materials and build quality are decent for the segment, highlighted by soft-touch material on the dash and door sills along with tight panel gaps. Music lovers, take note, however: The Impreza’s audio systems deliver disappointing sound quality, even by the modest standards of this class.

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The front seats are comfortable enough to make you enjoy long trips. The head- and legroom are above average for the class. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment, making this Subaru eminently suitable for small families. Boot space is also generous, measuring 12 cubic feet in the sedan’s trunk and 22.5 cubes in the hatchback’s trunk. Folding the hatchback’s rear seatbacks down opens up a healthy 52.4 cubic feet. The car also has rearview camera, cruise control, and a 6.2-inch touch screen interface with upgraded infotainment features as standard equipment. An advanced safety package (including adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking and lane departure warning) is newly optional on Limited and Sport Limited.

"Subaru Impreza 2015"
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Bottom Line:

With all that’s said and done, the Impreza has a little noisy engine and has a hard acceleration that is aggravated by the continuously variable transmission (CVT). On the Brightside, the vehicle has spectacular fuel economy and this makes it quite a respectable car.

Maruti Wagon R AMT

"Wagon R StingRay"

Proud to be one among the league of the highest selling cars in India, with success sharing cousins like the Alto K10 and the Celerio AMT, Maruti Suzuki India has now introduced the all-new Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology and coupled it with the Wagon R. Wagon R has been a desired hatchback vehicle for quite some time and Indians have grown a liking towards this vehicle.

To add more challenge to the buying game, the company has added the AGS technology with the Wagon R Stingray. Besides this, the company has also offered optional driver and co-driver airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) across all variants of the hatchbacks.

The following article enlists the various features, specs and technology that is going to revolutionize the Wagon R.

Commenting on the new variants, Mr R S Kalsi, Executive Director Marketing & Sales, MSIL said, “WagonR is one of the strongest brands in the Indian car market and it has been one of the top five selling cars in the country. WagonR will be the third brand from our portfolio to get the acclaimed Auto Gear Shift technology. By introducing the AGS in a popular car like WagonR, we aim to democratize the AGS technology so that more customers can enjoy the convenience of automatic gear shift without compromising on fuel efficiency and at an attractive price.” “The option of dual airbags and anti-lock braking further strengthens the core proposition of WagonR and Stingray as ‘Smart’ cars,” he added

Exterior & Interior

You can very well expect the AMT gearbox along with the AMT badge on the car’s boot lid. The exteriors haven’t been touched and there aren’t any changes to it. The company has now offered the driver and co-driver airbags as well as anti-lock braking system (ABS) that happens to be an optional offering across all variants of the vehicles. The new AMT model has adapted the tall-boy design and has blue tint headlamps, chromed grille, body-colored bumpers and door handles, side body moldings and other design elements. Inside, the car gets the regular dual-tone beige and black interior them with dual-tone 3D effect upholstery, electronic power steering, keyless central door locks, air conditioner with heater and rotary AC controls, etc.

"Wagon R StingRay"
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The vehicle comes with auto gearshift transmission with Intelligent Shift Control Actuator. This feature is available only on the VXi variants of the both the vehicles. Interestingly, Maruti Suzuki, currently, offers Auto Gear shift in Celerio and Alto K10.

"Maruti Wagon R Automatic"
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Certainly enough, Maruti Suzuki has to get all the credits for making automatic gearbox more acceptable in India’s affordable compact car segment, by introducing Maruti Alto and Maruti Celerio with automatic manual transmission (AMT).
Engine & Transmission

The same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder K-Series petrol engine that also does duty to the regular models powers the Wagon R AMT. However, the power train is now coupled with an auto gearshift (ASG) transmission. It also has a Magneti Marelli-sourced, coupled with an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator that automatically performs clutch and shift operations. This system also optimizes ECU calibration of the engine, and enhances its fuel efficiency. This engine churns out a maximum power of 67bhp with a peak torque of 90Nm. The Wagon R AMT just like the Celerio with its 998 cc motor will produce a mileage of around 23 kmpl.
The new Maruti Wagon R EZ Drive with AMT is said to be offered in LXi and VXi variants initially. The price for the new Wagon R AT (with automatic manual transmission) will be about Rs 50,000 more than the manual gearbox version, and is expected to cost between Rs 4.5 lakh and 5 lakh.

It was reported that Maruti is working to increase the production of AMT cars to 43%. Maruti seems to have taken a step forward in the same context. Not only this, now the report stating that 30 percent of the cars in India will feature AMT by the year 2020. Every manufacturer is working on producing AMT cars. Earlier this month, Toyota also mentioned that all its cars would be launched as automatic cars in India.

 

The AMT version of Wagon R Automatic is available only in the String ray edition to keep it at the premium end line up. The Wagon R Sting Ray comes in 3 different variants namely; VXi (O) Petrol, VXi (Petrol) and LXi (Petrol). It is powered by 998cc three-cylinder engine producing maximum power of 68 PS at 6,200 rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 RPM. It features a 5-speed transmission. The dimensions of the car are 3636 x 1475 x 1670 mm ( L x W x H). The wheelbase is 2400 mm with a ground clearance of 165 mm.

Price:

The Wagon R AMT (Automatic) Price range (Ex-showroom) is as follows:

VXi AMT – Rs. 4.76 lakh
VXi AMT (O) – Rs. 5.09 lakh
LXi (O) – Rs. 4.39 lakh
VXi (O) – Rs. 4.64 lakh

 

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Bottom Line:

Automatic transmission cars are the future and Maruti Suzuki is handling this cost with price consideration in mind quite well. The Auto Transmission cars are a charm indeed.

Maruti Baleno: Making a Successful Comeback

"Maruti Suzuki Baleno"

With 21000+ bookings from the time of its launch, maruti baleno has put itself in a winning streak. In fact, even Nexa Dealerships are witnessing close to 56,000 footfalls that have been converted in a matter of a fortnight. Earlier, the Nexa website offered a configuration tool that could be used to select various accessories and such.

The overwhelming response received showed up in just 2 days when maruti has 4600 bookings for Baleno. It is reminiscent of the time when Baleno was launched about a decade ago and did not do as exceptionally well as it is doing now. This new vehicle has nothins in common from its predecessor, except for the name.

Here’s a review on this B+ segment hatchback from Maruti Suzuki:

The Baleno is the new B+ segment hatchback from Maruti Suzuki. The compact car is positioned above the Swift in the Maruti Suzuki range, making it their most premium hatchback in India. This car made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. The Baleno is a global product that is solely made in India for both domestic and global markets. This car is doing pretty well for itself and since Maruti holds a great repute, the credibility is turning pretty lucrative for the company.

Outside:

On the outside, the Baleno appoints a new liquid flow design philosophy to emphasize its exterior. This car gets a V-shaped front grille that has its lines working their way till the rear, first through the sweptback headlamps and then through the shoulder line.

"Maruti Suzuki Baleno"
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This car has an odd resemblance to that of the Swift with similar bonnet size and a little similarity with the design language. However, up close the car looks different and a lot more premium with LED DRLs, projector headlamps and chrome inserts. Maruti Suzuki has given this car a relatively simple side view. The rear side of this car is sloping but in no way brings out the sporty feel. The rear profile looks pretty with LED tail lamps and extra chrome. Overall, as intended the Baleno appears to be bigger and premium compared to the B-Segment cars. It is something that every car enthusiast needs, space, comfort, luxury and looks.

"Maruti Suzuki Baleno"
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Maruti has certainly done its homework well to bring the Baleno at the right time. No other car manufacturer could pull up such a lot of bookings within a span of 10 days.

Inside:

Once you step inside the baleno, the vehicle greets you quite well with its all-black interiors and gives you an up market feel. The cabin feels fresh and looks revamped. In fact, the new dashboard layout is certain to get a lot of compliments. The silver inserts for the dashboards and the door trims are the additional goodies that make this car manifest a B segment car lover’s dream. There is plenty of space in the cabin for five passengers; also the boot is large at 339 litres.

"Maruti Suzuki Baleno"
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The story doesn’t end there. Maruti has offered plenty of features with the Baleno. The top-end model gets touch-screen music system with navigation, rear parking camera and sensors, climate control, engine start-stop button and a detailed instrument cluster with a TFT screen. Also the safety features like ABS-EBD and the front airbags are standard across all variants.

 

Power train:

Powering the Baleno are the petrol and diesel variants. Choose the petrol variant and you should be able to enjoy the 1.2-litre K-Series VVT engine that helps you churn 83bhp and 115Nm of torque The fuel efficiency of the engine is officially rated at 21.4kmpl and it is available with a choice of a five-speed manual or the CVT automatic transmission.

The Diesel variant on the other hand is the same 1.3-litre multijet from the Swift producing 75bhp and 190Nm of torque. It uses the five-speed manual gearbox and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.39kmpl.

The baleno is a bigger car than the Swift. And so, the car has a new platform that was developed from scratch. Still, this car is 100 kilos lighter than the Swift.

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In terms of variants, the Baleno is available in four trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The Sigma is the base level, while the Alpha variant is the top-spec with all the features. The CVT automatic transmission is available only with the Delta variant of the hatchback.Maruti Suzuki is offering the car in seven colours – ray blue, fire red, met premium silver, autumn orange, premium urban blue, pearl artic white and granite gray.

Price:

With an onward price of Rs. 5.41 lakhs On Road Price (Bangalore). The baleno hits off a spark and certainly removes the complaints that people had about the lack of space in the Swift. The vehicle is more generous on space, nimble to drive and befriends the pocket too.

Bottom Line:

Matters seem pretty profitable for Maruti Suzuki at the moment with the launch of Baleno. However, with competitors looking out for newer ways to tap into the market, Maruti Suzuki has to always outshine competition by launching something better and more desirable.

Honda Civic Coupe 2016

"Civic Coupe"

Here’s a look at the 10th generation Honda Civic that is expected to hit the streets during the fall of 2015. The 2015 LA Auto show set the stage for this new production model. The Coupe version is slotted to arrive at dealers in March 2016 thereby giving the coupe-crazy customers a completely revised contender to consider while deciding.

Although this isn’t a revolutionary redesign as compared to the 2015 Civic Coupe, it happens to be an excellent improvement. The much-awaited improvement is something that the Civic badly needed. Its more aggressive styling and slew of interesting exterior and interior details should help the Civic Coupe compete with plenty of rivals.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Civic Coupe:

Exterior:

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe version has some awesome features that resemble the ones spotted on its prototype. It has a classy grille, multi-layered rear end and sloping roofline. The Grille resembles the one found on the Civic Sedan. In fact, the A-pillars have also been unchanged. That said, the front design of the car goes inline with the rest of the body. The Coupe has a 2.9 inch longer wheelbase, the body is 1.9 inches wider, and the front overhand is 1.4 inches shorter.

The wheels have been moved to the corners, giving the car a wide footprint, which should lead to greater stability. The sloping roof is an inch lower than the Civic Sedan’s, contributing to the car’s overall, low-slung look. And despite the longer wheelbase, the Civic Coupe is actually 5.5 inches shorter than before. The rear end of this car is styled to attract the eye of a youngster, It has a C-Shaped LED Taillight that stretches across the entire rear end. The dynamic shape of the lights not only gives the rear more attitude, but helps in reducing drag, thanks to the crisp lines. A modest spoiler tops the trunk, helping with aerodynamics and styling.

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Its LED treatment continues up front, with LED daytime running lights. LED headlights are optional as well. The headlights, regardless of lighting source, are now automatic, meaning no more worrying about turning your lights on and off. It also houses rain-sensing wipers as an option.

Interior:

The interiors have been completely overhauled to give this car a very sporty look. This car makes the two-tiered dashboards look like history. It has borrowed its dash from its four-door brother, and in doing so, becomes far more grown up without looking its fun factor. Clean lines, well-placed screens and gauges, and stylish cues make bring the interior into modern days. The Civic Coupe uses digital gauges that have been retained for quite sometime. The higher the trims, the more features you’d find.

For variants starting from EX and higher, there is a center-mounted TFT screen that digitally shows engine and ground speed via an analog style tachometer and a fully digital speedometer. The familiar blue hue emanates from the cluster, matching the blue color coming from the center-muted infotainment screen. This is a massive seven-inch unit that fully supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, runs the Pandora app, and has SiriusXM and HD Radio. Additional features include, an electronic parking brake with an electronic Brake Hold function that assists in hill starts. EX and higher trims have leather door panel inserts with real stitching, the cabin is lit by an overhead LED lamp, and the shifter sports a leather boot.

 

"Honda Civic Coupe Interior"
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Engine:

The Civic Coupe borrows its engine from the Civic Sedan and thrusts out the same horsepower and torque. Base Civic receives a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be had with either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. Like the previous generations, the manual is relegated to the lowest LX trim. The 2.0-liter is estimated to deliver 31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined, when mated with the CVT. It also comes in a 1.5 liter version that is more exciting than the normal version.

 

"Honda Civic Coupe"
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Performance and Safety:

Safety has been paid close attention to and Honda has added every available safety system in its parts bin on the Civic Coupe. First off, the car is built using Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Structure, also known as ACE that helps redistribute an impact’s force around the passenger compartment, keeping occupants safe. Multiple airbags and seatbelts are standard equipment, as part of the Honda Sensing suite of technologies.

Price:

Although the prices are yet to be revealed, you can expect this car to be around the $ 20,000 ballpark for the base model.

Conclusion:

The Civic Coupe is definitely a stunner of a car and has adequate features to gouge upon. The car carries a new 1.5-liter engine option that is sure to stir up some action. It is a pretty reliable car and promotes Honda’s name quite well. However, you might have an issue with this car if you’re tall. Also, there is no manual transmission option in the upper trims that might upset a few. Overall, this is one beauty waiting to rule 2016.

 

 

Chevrolet Trailblazer

"Chevrolet Trailblazer"

Chevrolet, as expected launched the Trailblazer in India. This vehicle is a hard-core off-road SUV that comes with plenty of performance capabilities and a lot of muscle.

Sadly, this is a performance-oriented vehicle and has a rear wheel drive mechanism instead of a 4WD system as we all expected. However, the company claims that this vehicle isn’t just about performance, since it represents a new benchmark with regards to safety and driving experience in its class. Another fact is that the vehicle is being brought as a CBU unit, imported from Thailand. Since a long time, this car maker is conducting several test runs for this SUV across India.

Now, it has officially arrived, it will be interesting to see how the competitors like Toyota and Ford would face this threat. Both these automobile firms have already unveiled their SUVs for India and Ford is already on its way to roll out the 2015 Endeavour soon, maybe very shortly. This newly launched Trailblazer may gain the upper hand over the others for several factors. One of the reason is its classy SUV appeal. It may not look like a modern vehicle, but the perfect body structure and its expressively crafted cosmetics does leave you mesmerized.

If you’re all into performance, this vehicle is the perfect choice for you. Here’s a review on this car:

 

Exterior:

 At first look, this SUV looks similar to its cousin the Captiva. This car looks a tad up sculpted and appears quite bold and classy. The Trailblazer takes the company’s signature design language ahead and features a dual port grille up-front with perforated mesh and sleek chrome surround. Adorned with this is the golden bowtie badge that sits in the middle of the grille. The bold headlight cluster loaded with projector lamps and turn blinkers surround the badge.

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There are LED DRL’s also that further amplify the facet. Its front bumper is sleek yet muscular and assembled with a black colored lower cladding. It also has fog lights with chrome-plated strips that enhance the classiness of the car’s facet. It’s mirror caps as well as the door handles have been garnished in chrome rendering it a premium look. The car’s fenders are coupled with alloy wheels that look attractive. The car also has a chrome waistline that compliments its SUV appeal and has roof rails. The rear side of the car looks pretty bold and it hosts dynamic brake light clusters with chrome wraps. Overall, it carries a pretty stern and rugged design that looks pretty appealing.

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Interiors:

The beast has a comfortable cabin. You are certainly going to love driving with such a cabin. The interiors on the Trailblazer have a great look but, they lack a modernistic appeal. The ergonomics on this car with all the bolsters and support for the body are wicked cool. They are dressed up with leather upholstery that adds regal stance to the insides. These seats can offer comfortable accommodation for a maximum of seven passengers. For added convenience, all three rows of the cabin are provided with AC vents. This really helps the third row occupants to experience chilled ambiance all through the journey. The manufacturer has managed to achieve an up-market look to the cabin by adorning it with glossy-black accents. These inserts can be found on door panels, steering wheel and on center fascia as well. The instrument cluster on the other hand has a distinctive design with separate consoles for each gauge.

The door panels have a bigger armrest ensuring relaxed traveling experience. The shift selector on floor console has chrome as well as leather inserts adding to the sophistication of interiors. Not to forget that the steering wheel has a very attractive three spoke design featuring gold plated bowtie and high-gloss black inserts. Besides, there are multi-functional switches on this rim that eases the operation of audio system. The center console on this vehicle comes packed with a touch enabled infotainment system featuring MYLINK.

It is one of the kind features that helps you to sync your smart phone with the infotainment and allows you to access various radio stations across the globe. Perhaps Trailblazer is the first vehicle from GM to get this feature and later it will be offered to other vehicles in its portfolio. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a conventional design, but glossy-black accents and a golden bowtie renders it an up-market appeal. Placed in the league of luxury SUVs, this latest model is loaded with all the essentials like features like automatic climate control unit, electrically adjustable seats with memory, cruise control and parking assistance with reversing camera.

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Power Train:

Under the belly of the beast is Chevy’s 2.8 litre diesel engine comprising of a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. It is a 4-cylindered mill featuring 16-valves altogether, making a total displacement capacity of 2776cc. This turbocharged oil-burner has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 197bhp at 3600rpm that results in a hammering torque of 500Nm at 2000rpm. Being mated with a six speed automatic gearbox, it distributes the output to the rear wheels and enables it to deliver good performance, even on rugged roads.

Bottom Line:

The Trailblazer is a phenomenal car to own. It’s appearance is astounding. This vehicle comes with traction control and it has a braking program that ensures stability. It has one of the highest ground clearances found in any off-roader. This vehicle also has MYLINK technology that is quite amazing. On the downside, this vehicle is expected to bag a hefty pricetag. The cabin on this car seems outdated and the comfort features on this SUV are somehow lacking. Lastly, the fuel economy on this SUV is a big drawback. Overall, you’d love this SUV if you’re an off-roader.

Evergreen Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are the present and since they’ve come a long way, these cars reminisce the golf cart days. These green cars are finally attracting attention of the global consumers. Companies like Mercedes Benz, BMW, Tesla and various others are getting into the electric car market. The competition is hence on an ever-increasing rise. However, the concerns about the price of these cars are a little disturbing. Here is a list of electric cars that are a sure shot wonder:

9. Focus Electric: Focus happens to have dropped its price tag drastically since 2004. The focus does 105 combined miles per gallon that is equivalent to 76 miles on a full charge. This is a far better option than the other cars that offer just 24 miles per gallon.   The Ford focus is priced at $ 29,170 and can save owners at least $5,500 in fuel costs over a period of five years. It has a post-rebate price under $22,000 before you add in state incentives.

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8. Smart Electric Drive:

Smart EV is certainly a winner in the beauty contest. It also delivers up to 68 miles on full charge and offers 107 combined miles per gallon equivalent, fifth-best on the road. The Smart Electric Drive is priced at $ 25,750 and is currently the only electric vehicle with a convertible option and remains the most affordable model for drivers who want to go green. The operating cost of $0.95 for every 25 miles.

7. Chevy Spark EV:

General Motors introduced the Chevy Spark EV that doubles the somewhat disappointing figures that the Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR delivered. In comparison to the 38 miles mileage, the Spark EV delivers 82 miles per gallon. In fact,  the Spark EV’s 119 miles per gallon equivalent made it the car with the second-best economy in the United States at 119 MPGe. Pricing dips well below $20,000 after the federal EV tax rebate, while it’s affordable lease of $ 139 per month has made it quite a sensation on the Electric Vehicle market in 2015.

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6. BMW i3:

When it comes to sustainability, BMW has quite the sustainable production model for an electric vehicle in its small i3, which has an EPA-estimated range of 81 miles and offers the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon, best of any car on the U.S roads. Investing $43,350 after the federal tax rebate and fuel savings, the figure doesn’t seem too high.

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5. Volkswagen e-Golf:

VW’s e-golf is one of the most efficient car’s on the U.S market. The company has been facing a tough time with emission standards and the e-Golf happens to offer some hope of survival. The e-Golf is rated at 116 MPGe. For $35,450, the e-Golf offers 83 miles of range on a full charge. This car is built on the standard  gas consuming Golf platform.

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4. Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive:

Mercedes did not miss out on such an opportunity as well. The company brought an all-electric vehicle to the party. The car is priced close to the BMW i3, this car offers a slightly smaller look but did not compromise on the luxury. The B-Class Electric Drive is priced at $ 41,450 and has a strong presence in the segment with 87 miles of electric range. With more power than some of the competitors, the B-Class is not quite in the efficiency elite with 84 combined miles per gallon.

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3. Kia Soul:

Kia’s Soul Electric vehicle has been one of the most prominent and significant entry into its segment. This vehicle was launched in 2014 and boasts 93 miles of total range and 120 miles per gallon equivalent in city driving. The base price of the Soul is $33,700, it will make sense for a consumer who want a car for around $ 25,000 after the incentives and happens to be cheaper to operate and own than its gas equivalent.

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 2. Nissan Leaf:

Many competing cars rolled out on the open streets, but nobody did it better than the Nissan Leaf. The car made its debut as a $29,010 car and since then, no other brand has surpassed the Leaf’s sales. After all these years, the Leaf still holds a spot as one of the best with 84 miles of range on a full charge. The Leaf boasts an impressive efficiency rating of 114 MPGe.

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1. Tesla Model S 85D:

Tesla Model S 85D is just phenomenal. There isn’t a better car that does wonders and is more sought after than the Tesla Model S. The Model S will vary depending on the model, but the 85 D is an undisputed king in the entire range. The vehicle rates at 270 miles and considerably more expensive than the pack at $ 85,000, but it’s huge advantage is its cost per mole of electronic range and makes it quite the car even at a lofty price point.

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Bottom Line: These were some of the best cars in their range. Keep us posted for more cars that you might find worth the top-list.

Ferrari Family: Some of the best Ferraris

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Fiat’s luxury child; Ferrrari is a head turner. This Italian company has attracted the likes of various head honchos, plutocrats and big shots. Here is a look into your fantasy cars that are prominent wallpapers on your screens.

Ferrari California T:

The first Ferrari California was brought to India in 2009. The Luxury sports car officially made its presence in the Indian market in May 2011. The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was first launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

Outside:

The California from Ferrari leads its inspiration from the 1957 250 California. The car has a sleek aerodynamic styling like the rest of the current Ferrari models while it comes with a host of signature Ferrari styling cues. The aerodynamically swept bonnet, the compact tail volume, the pulled-back cabin complete the silhouette of the car. The grille and slender air intake at the centre of the bonnet borrows traits from the 250 GT California. At the back, the muscular section gets single round LED taillights which are inset directly along the edge of the boot.

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The car’s signature feature is its retractable hard top (RHT). It is made from aluminum panels and has a cast aluminum weight-bearing structure, which has reduced its overall weight enabling the entire opening or closing process in just 14 seconds.

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Diamond-finish 19-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are offered as standard on the Ferrari California. However, prospective buyers can opt for diamond-finish 20-inch forged five-spoke alloy wheels that are 11kg lighter than the standard ones.

Inside:

The Ferrari California’s design philosophy takes quite a lot of comfort and luxury in the car’s cabin. The interior of the Ferrari boasts the same sophisticated reflection with the sense of refined luxury, quality and comfort. . In between the front seats, the car gets a new aluminium-trimmed centre console. The car’s magnesium-framed seats are electrically adjustable. The instrument panel comes with analogue instruments like tachometer and rev counter and features a four-screen TFT Multi display. The new infotainment system with 6.5-inch touch screen also gets satellite navigation, USB connection, Bluetooth, hard disc, voice commands and IPOD connector.

 

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Engine

A 4.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483bhp and 500Nm of torque powers the Ferrari California. This mill comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The car can do a top speed of 310 kmph and sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds.

 

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Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari has unleashed its newest convertible mid-engine super car named 488 GTB.

Outside:

Designed to thrill, the Ferrari 488 GTB replaces the 458 Italia and is redesigned with plenty of styling. The car’s headlamp’s, overall shape of the fenders, bumpers and hood is inspired from the 458.

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The front bumper if divided into three distinct sections with massive grilles at the sides. The car’s side view is inherited from the 458 and the side skirts, sculpted shoulders and beefy front fenders are amazing. The vehicle has gone through massive improvements such as double front spoiler, 308-inspired side intakes, active rear aerodynamics and the redesigned diffuser. It also has a highly sophisticated aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators with significant improvements.

Interiors:

Just like the 458, the 488 GTB’s interior is tailored around the driver, blending both luxury and the sportiness, with racing-inspired features. Overall, the dashboard is different and also includes control clusters, angled air vents and multifunction, three spoke steering wheel. The dashboard is more refined with mild update, especially in two-tone, black over-red, layout. The 488 GTB also has new graphics for the infotainment screen and a key designed to resemble car’s cylinder banks.

 

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Engine:

The 488 GTB gets its power from a 3.9 litre V8 twin turbo engine that makes 670 PS of power at a staggering 8000rpm and 760Nm of torque at 3000rpm. Ferrari claims that the 488 GTB takes only 8.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph. The top speed of the 488 has been increased from 199 to 205 mph.

 

Ferrari 458

 

It started from the 308, 328, 348, 255 and F 430 and of course the Ferrari 488. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto show, presenting the Ferrari 458.

 

Outside:

In terms of looks, the Ferrari 458 ticks all the supercar boxes thanks to its gorgeously aerodynamically influenced body capable of turning heads at 1000 paces.

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Inside:

The 458 doesn’t disappoint behind the car’s wheel either. The Ferrari 458 has a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox shits in the blink of an eye. The 458 is a seriously good-looking car and it is definitely appealing. The 458 looks like everything a supercar should be. The cabin provides everything that you should expect from a modern day Ferrari.

 

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Engine:

Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 just behind your head, the 458 Italia stumps up 570bhp and 398lb ft of torque, leading to extreme speed: 0–62mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed just over 200mph. I

 

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Ferrari F12 BERLINETTA:

F 12 Berlinetta was announced in 2012 at the Geneva Motor show. This is the fastest road-going Ferrari ever made.

Outside:

The Ferrari F 12 is a pioneer and throwback. The Ferrari F12 is lower, shorter, narrower, lighter and faster than others. It leads a path leading design that looks pretty amazing. The F12 is more than 200mm longer than the 275 GTB but its short overhangs visually reduce its mass, and its cabin-rear profile contributes to a classic sports car silhouette. This car is built by scaglietti, the mono coque underbody is made of 12 aluminum alloys.

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The car is clothed in aluminium, too, its panels sculpted according to Ferrari’s unique ‘aerodynamics via subtraction’ philosophy. The arcing channels cut into the bonnet form the so-called Aero Bridge, diverting air from the base of the windscreen and using it to reduce drag around the wheel arches.

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Inside:

The Berlinetta has increased cabin space and has overall reduction in its size. Its appearance seems thin yet purposeful and makes long distances quite comfortable.

There is enough space behind the two seats for coats and shopping bags and there are storage nets for loose items. Further back, the boot is large by supercar standards: up to 500 litres in all.

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The F12 has a right-handed LCD display screen in the instrument binnacle. Sat-nav comes as standard but it isn’t the easiest to use. It’s a dramatic improvement over previous units, however. The map appears in the right-hand screen in the binnacle and relays directional prompts as well. Programming is quite lengthy by the standards of the best premium brands, but Ferrari says there’s voice control for it.

 

Other standard equipment includes an anti-theft satellite system, a rear parking camera, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, climate control, cruise control and temperature monitoring.

Engine:

 

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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta’s  Power comes from a 6.3-litre V12 with normal aspiration and direct injection. It produces 731bhp and 509lb ft of torque, sent via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

 

Bentley Bentayga: First Production SUV

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Bentley has launched some of the most spectacular looking cars worldwide. The brand is one of the most sought after luxury car brand. With the launch of various high-end offerings suited for plutocrats, the company has followed a rather different approach by announcing the launch of an upcoming SUV.

What’s Bentayga?

In January 2015, Bentley had officially unveiled the name Bentayga. Inspired by Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest, and composing the first four letters of Bentley comes the name Bentayga. Bentley had supposedly drawn inspiration from the rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in Gran Canaria, Canary Island.

The Bentayga is a four seat, five-door luxury SUV that has a uni-body construction. This car is a VW offering and it does make perfect sense that Volkswagen had its W12 engine mated to this beast SUV. This all wheel drive vehicle is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform, same as the one used in the 2nd generation Audi Q7.

The Bentayga is the company’s first production SUV and is an evolution of the 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F concept car.

 

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Design:

The design team behind the making of this marvel had pushed limits to deliver an innovative design that carries a beautifully sculpted one-piece fender that includes a stunning light design. Bentley employed all of the VW Group’s experience in aluminum with hot super form technology used to shape the huge fender panel with enough precision to allow a crease with a 3mm radius plus a delightful sculpting that runs alongside it. The Bentayga’s twin headlights provide the perfect balance of technology and jewellery’ with knurled beveling around the inside and a Bentley logo embedded in the LED lights. The precision with which the headlights are recessed in the fender panel is again down to the super form process, yet the lenses sit flush with the bodywork.

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The outer LED daytime running lights change color to act as indicators, while the high-pressure headlamp washers actually sit in the centre of the outer lights. The Bentayga is 5141mm long, 1742 high and 2223mm wide – bigger in every respect than either the Q7 or the Cayenne, but slightly shorter and a lot lower than a Range Rover Sport. The exterior design makes the Bentayga the most luxurious SUV in the world.

 

Interiors:

 

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Intricate level of attention has gone into the interior as Bentley’s head of interior design Darren Day explains. “We’ve used a similar ‘winged’ design to the dash as in Mulsanne and GT, but with upper and lower wings,” he told us, “And we’ve worked hard to integrate the technology in a Bentley way.”

 

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The interior cabin is opulent as a king’s throne. The innards are perfect enough to make you forget what’s on the outside. To start with, the car has Fifteen veneered pieces of wood trim that go into the cabin and the customers have the liberty to choose among 7-different varieties of dead tree to accent one of 15 shades of naturally tanned bull hide. The leather covers for this SUV are 22-way adjustable (that’s right, twenty two way adjustable) front chairs with massage functionality. It also has 18-way adjustable rear seats in 4-place models. To add to comfort, there is a rear bench facility too. And if you need more from an impromptu ride towards a lovely sunset or a serene locale, you get a folding “even seat”that is upholstered to match the Bentayga’s interior.

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To add to this, the Bentayga has an 8-inch touch screen that gains access to the infotainment system that includes night vision and a head-up display. It also includes safety features such as Traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and self-parking.Rear seat passengers can get a Bentley-branded 10.2-inch Android tablet, which will make use of on-board wifi.Rear passengers get the same level of opulence as front seat passengers.

Engine and performance:

The Bentayga will be the first car to receive Bentley;s new Twin-turbo W12 engine. The 6.0 L twin-turbo will have an estimated 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque. This will enable the bentayga to thrust from 0 to 100 kmph under 5 seconds. This vehicle has an 8-speed transmission that splits torque with 60% to rear and 40% to the front. The Bentayga can touch a maximum speed of a whooping 301 kmph. The car carries an active anti-roll system (EWAS) that reduces the body roll.

 

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Price:

The official price of the Bentayga is in the dark. However, with all the speculated prices floating around the internet, the Bentayga should be aggressively priced in the likes of a Rolls Royce.

Wrap up:

Interestingly enough, the Bentayga was a showstopper at the Frankfurt Motor show this year. Bentley is said to have invested £800 million in a new facility in Crewe. It has also hired 1000 employees to meet the demand for 3000 to 4000 SUV’s annually.