Mahindra Thar-ownership review

Mahindra Thar CRDe is a vehicle for adventures people who would like to explore. And I am sorry to say that it does not meet the needs for the other category of people. It is an affordable four wheel drive vehicle by the Indian middle class. I bought the vehicle in Sep 2013 since then it has completed 14500 km. Back then the vehicle had come with an on road price tag of Rs8,30,000.

Exterior design

The beauty of the car is indescribable. It is an admirable piece of architecture. The suv looks pretty much as its predecessor the mm540 DP, there is nothing much changed in terms of exterior design, apart from broad tyres. The car can be customized as desired by the owner, and you can keep doing it as long as you run out of money, because there are a lot many custom parts available in the market to meet your taste. Buying the vehicle is only a small part, customizing it is the major challenge. When you open the doors of the vehicle you get the same sound like in the old jeeps, and I am happy that Mahindra has made it a point to keep it in the present model.

Mahidra Thar front view

Undesirable Interiors

The Thar CRDE has the same dashboard as the Bolero, which is a bit disappointing as people would like something different for a vehicle that looks so appealing from the outside. The vehicle comes with air conditioning and heater as standard. The Thar looks very outdated from the inside. To feel like you are in the 21th century, you have to customize your interiors as well.

The dashboard is made of poor quality plastic and it has a very bad finish quality. The air blower cannot be adjusted for the flow of air to the driver and the co-driver, it is a major setback in the vehicle. It has no electric windows, no cigarette lighter, and it has no indication when the doors are opened, and it has no indication for the seat belt. The steering cannot be adjusted. To say it in one word its “rubbish” on the inside. It is a very bad impression for Mahindra. Jeep is a vehicle that owns a great reputation all around the world, and it’s not very pleasant to see Mahindra destroying it.

The rubber is out of place in the period of just six months.
The rubber is out of place in the period of just six months.
poor interior quality
poor interior quality

Driving experience

Good

The Thar has a 2400cc engine which has good torque and in no time you are into higher speeds as and when you press the accelerator. This attribute comes at the cost of greater fuel consumption. Overall the engine feels very refined and smooth. The braking characters are very good, the vehicle comes with front discs and rear drum brakes. If you would ask me what I like about the vehicle it would be the front end, because it has individual front double wishbone suspension which keeps the vehicle planted to the ground while off road. The vehicle has good off road ability, it handles any terrain with ease and it is gives you the that adventures feeling while you drive.

Bad

It handles very well at high speeds on the tarmac unless you meet pot holes or obstacles on the road, because it goes uncontrollable when you come across obstacles. When you travel at speeds above 50 kph, you come across hearing the soft top battering, no matter how many speakers you install you just wont be able to hear your music. The rear suspension is a leaf spring suspension. It is not very comfortable for occupants while traveling on uneven surfaces or bumpy roads. When you come across bumps while traveling at descent speeds you feel as though there are many loose components.

As the vehicle has a powerful engine you end up getting very poor mileage. On the highway you might get around 12 to 13 kmpl if drive below 80kmph, in the city will get 8 to 9 kmpl. If you have money constrains this might worry you a lot.

Service

Mahindra does not  have the facility to service the Thar in most of its centers, you have to be prepared to go miles to service your vehicle if you would like to own one. I am not very satisfied with the quality of service that Mahindra offers. The only thing that is done is the replacement and toping up of fluids, the vehicle is not washed, in fact the service station where I service my car does not even have a hydraulic facility to wash the vehicle. As it has been free service so far I am not sure what might turn out to be the Maintenance cost.

Overall vehicle build quality

The material and the paint job is done brilliantly, but there are many small details that is not very pleasant to view. The door beading’s are not of good quality, and during rain, water seeps through the door beading’s. The window seals are not of good quality either. The car’s hood beading is also not good and it is not fitted properly.

My car had coolant leaking in the first 1000kms itself. The clutch pedal rubber had come off the pedal. The quality of material used is very poor, they tend to fail very often. Mahindra has not taken good care in building the vehicle, and not taken any efforts in testing it before it reaches the customer. This vehicle is not built as rugged as the mm540, and I can tell you that because we had owned one.

Mahindra Thar CRDE

Conclusion

This vehicle is not worth the price tag, since it has no competition I believe Mahindra is taking this car leniently. Producing cars of such low standards is a bad reputation for the company. I had already sent an email stating the problems but the company has not given any response so far. I would be happy if Mahindra considers customer feedback and rectifies the problems. For people who would like to buy the Thar I would suggest you take a detailed inspection, and if it meets your needs, you can go ahead in buying the vehicle.

Faceoff: Hyundai Grand i10 vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio

grand i10 interiors

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is a car that amassed a huge following even before it had been launched or was even officially unveiled. India’s first Automated Manual Transmission-  this tag was enough to make the Celerio talk of the town. A manual gearbox which behaves like an automatic; everyone wanted to know what sorcery was behind this ingenuous technology. There were many car makers of international renown showcasing some of the swankiest cars in the industry at the 2014 India Auto Expo, but it was the Celerio that drew the largest, most raucous crowd.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is a car which entered the Indian market with an illustrious short history of being a hit in the European market and being the recipient of many awards behind it. It is so rich in features and high on performance that very few can compete with it on paper. However, real-world conditions bring a different side to every car. So here’s a look at how the Maruti Celerio stacks up against the Hyundai Grand i10.

hyundai grand i10

DESIGN

The Hyundai Grand i10 is clearly much larger than the Celerio in almost every aspect, except for the height. The Grand i10 possesses a very classy and modern appearance and is the more appealing of the two cars. The Celerio  takes after the likes of the Alto, Estilo and A-Star, and seems to combine the various design elements these cars sport. There isn’t much to differentiate the Celerio from the rest of the company’s portfolio in the design department. When compared with the Grand i10, it seems to be outdated given the manner in which it is reminiscent of the Maruti models of yesteryear.

Hyundai Grand i10: 4

Maruti Suzuki Celerio: 3

 Hyundai grand i10 interiors

INTERIOR

The Celerio comes with an attractive interior design which is more or less similar to what is offered on other Maruti models. Despite being above average on the interiors front, the Celerio simply doesn’t stand a chance against the Grand i10. The Hyundai Grand i10 comes with a fully loaded interior package which includes a 1 GB storage for multimedia, push button start, rear AC vents, electrically adjusted rear view mirror, rear parking sensors and much more.The Hyundai also trumps the Maruti Celerio in terms of quality of its interior and the impact it has on the drive experience. The Celerio being a bit taller than the Hyundai Grand offers a good amount of head room. However, due to  its improper rear spacing there is insufficient leg room for passengers at the back.

Hyundai Grand i10: 4.5

Maruti Celerio: 3.5

maruti celerio red

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

It isn’t just on features and equipment that the Grand i10 is way ahead. Hyundai’s premium hatch also takes the cake when it comes to performance parameters. The Celerio works on a 998cc engine called K-Next by Maruti. The grand is powered by a 1.2 L engine with VTT. Their engines are simply incomparable. The Hyundai Grand has a peak power output of of 83 PS and offers a torque of 119Nm. On the other hand, the Maruti Celerio produces 67 PS and 90 Nm torque. Another major drawback of the Celerio is its light weight. Due to this it produces a lot of vibration in its gear handle, steering wheel and the seats. The auto gear shift version in the New Maruti Celerio is the only advantage which the Celerio poses over Hyundai Grand i10. The Hyundai hatchback uses a 4-speed automatic gearbox compared to Celerio’s 5-speed manual one.

Hyundai Grand i10: 4.5

Maruti Celerio: 3.5

side Maruti Celerio

FUEL EFFICIENCY AND PRICING

Finally a point under which Maruti has an opportunity to come off looking the better of the two cars . Maruti claims a mileage of 23.1 kmpl on the Celerio, even for its automatic manual gearbox version. This is where the Celerio grabs an edge over the Hyundai Grand i10. The Hyundai Grand has a mileage of 18.9kmpl, considerably below what is offered by the Celerio.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is set at a price of Rs 4.29 lakh to Rs 6.4 Lakhs. The Celerio is much better suited to the budget minded and its price ranges from Rs. 3.76 to 4.79 Lakhs.

Hyundai Grand i10: 3.5

Maruti Celerio: 4

VERDICT

After going through all the specifications of both the cars, it is easily understood that the Maruti Celerio fails to pose a serious threat to the new Hyundai Grand i10. Maruti has focused a lot of its energy on the AMT and the other facets of the car that seem to have been neglected in the process. A smaller budget is the only thing that is going to keep buyers in the segment from choosing the Celerio over the Grand i10. For those looking to make a purchase in the segment, it is advisable to wait and save up for the Grand i10. Be it features or handling and performance, the Hyundai hatch offers a superior experience.

Top 10 Best Sports Cars of 2015

Sports cars are often perceived as unnecessary and extravagant playthings. While that maybe true, little in this world can compare to the thunderous . The economical and parking friendly hatchback may prove easier for day to day use but few experiences live upto charging down highways at 200 km/h. We take a look at some of the fastest cars currently available in the market.

10. BMW M235i:

When it comes to performance oriented cars, no other car maker stands out as much in the sports car segment as BMW. Spanning decades of brilliance from its motor-sport division, BMW’s M range of cars have been highly praised for their poise and unbelievably brilliant driving dynamics. Although the car maker produces a wide range of M enhanced cars, the M235i is the company’s most accessible product. Powering the M235i is a 3.0 L turbocharged straight six engine that churns out a massive 320 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque.Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight speed automatic. While BMW uses the the ‘M’ tag followed by a single letter nomenclature system to name its high performance machines, the M235i takes a different route. This is primarily because the 2 Series based sports car is not in the eyes of BMW, a full fledged M division car. Despite this, the M235i offers an ideal mix of German engineering and cost effectiveness un-rivaled in its class. This dream car holds the 10th position in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.

red BMW M235i: Best sports cars 2015
The BMW M235i

In a viral video to promote sales, the German car maker staged a flash mob with a fleet of M235i’s to showcase the car’s capabilities. A treat to watch, the video demonstrates the car’s ‘M’ DNA.

9. 2015 Mazda MX-5:

Its finally here folks, the next generation Mazda MX-5. Although not officially launched for the US market, the unveiling of the next generation MX-5 had been one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. Unlike previous iterations, the new MX-5 is far more muscular in terms of design. However, the car still retains classic Mazda elements such as the long hood and stubby rear.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3C6GXY5dHkPowering the Miata will be a 2.0 L four cylinder SkyActiv-G that produces 155 HP and 150 lb-ft of max torque. One might argue that placing the phenomenal BMW M235i below that of a small time Japanese runt seems absurd. But the Mazda MX-5 is a legend in its own right. Best known for popularizing the coupe convertible sports car segment and showing the world that one need not sell a kidney to have a great time behind the wheel, many claim that the MX-5 is the reason why BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster and even the Mercedes Benz SLK exist & it holds the 9th slot in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3C6GXY5dHk

8. Dodge Challenger Hellcat:

The mother of all muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is back in its newest iteration. The Hellcat moniker is reserved only for the most powerful of cars. For the Challenger Hellcat that power comes from a force of nature itself. Housing a 6.4 L Hemi-V8, the Challenger Hellcat makes a whopping 707 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque, numbers that have now earned Dodge's mad dog the title of the most powerful muscle car ever built.Popularizing muscle cars back in the day and introducing high performance machines for the common man, the Challenger has now become an icon in the American auto industry and a fan favourite among teens & sits at the 6th position in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x22OEDYv0-U

7. Ford Mustang:

This name needs no introduction. Ford's hugely successful muscle car has been around for decades now. While many criticize the new Mustang's new look as a departure from its muscle heritage, Ford's engineering prowess more than makes up for it. Offering a wide range of engine spanning a 300 HP V6 all the way to a stonking 435 HP V8, the American car maker offers a model for all & enjoys the 7th position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.[caption id="attachment_3373" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Best sports cars 2015: Ford Mustang 2015 Ford Mustang[/caption]

6. Jaguar F-Type:

Demonstrating a bit of English restraint, the Jaguar F-Type is a beautiful rendition of the classic British sports car. Available in convertible or coupe form, the F-Type is a paroxysm of engineering artistry and heritage.This beauty holds the 6th position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.[caption id="attachment_3372" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]silver jaguar f-type: Best Sports cars Seen here in classic sliver, the Jaguar F-Type is the company's flagship sports sedan[/caption]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFqaFu2maDg

5. Corvette Z06:

Developed for and by the American muscle car fan, the Z06 perfectly sums up the appeal of American muscle. A stonking supercharged 6.2 L V8 coupled with a body to die for, the Z06 is a titillating combination of speed and handling rivalling those of its German counterparts. It holds the 5th slot in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.[caption id="attachment_3370" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]2015 Chevrolet corvette z06 The Z06 Falls Into Supercar Terriotory[/caption]

4. 2014 BMW M3/M4:

German sports saloons don't get any better than this. Heralding from a rich legacy of incredibly successful sports cars, the M3 and M4 are a masterful combination of agility, power and grace & snatches the 4th position in our list of best sports cars of 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFtUpMTs4vI

3. Porsche 911:

The Porsche 911 is regarded as one of the best sports cars since its inception way back in 1963. Despite the rear engine architecture deemed too off-balance to hit up ideal performance numbers, the German car maker has persisted, tweaked and developed one of the finest cars in history. Although Mercedes-AMG has launched the GT to take on the 911, Porsche's sports car is undoubtedly still the car to buy & firmly clings on to the 3rd position in our list of best sports cars of 2015![caption id="attachment_3399" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Porsche 911: Best sports cars 2015 The Porsche 911[/caption]

2. Alfa Romeo 4C:

Renowned Italian car maker Alfa Romeo will finally be re-entering the American car market with the 4C. Despite housing a mere 2.0 L turbocharged petrol mill, the 4C is a focused sports car designed solely for the pleasure of driving. Composed of carbon fibre and sporting no power steering whatsoever, the lightweight two seater has been lauded as one of Alfa's greatest & sits in the 2nd position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.[caption id="attachment_3371" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]white New Alfa Romero 4C The All New Alfa Romero 4C[/caption]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCselcfalZM

1. Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupe:

Few car makers hold a reputation as planted as Mercedes Benz. Staying in the game since time immemorial, the German car manufacturer has one of the most diverse range of cars available in the car market. Latest to join the fray is the S65 AMG Coupe. The two seater S-Class is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed by the Germans and features some of the most futuristic tech a car is allowed to have. Everything from Bengal leather to active suspension control makes the S65 AMG the top sports car to buy.[caption id="attachment_3375" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]blue Mercedes Bnez S65 AMG Coupe The Stunning Mercedes Bnez S65 AMG Coupe[/caption]Although the German sports saloon is powered by a twin turbocharged 621 HP V12, the S65 AMG is all about balance. Its restrained elegance and almost tranquil silhouette bear no resemblance to the monster lurking under the bonnet. Bathing its occupants in the utmost luxury, no other car can stake claim to the title of most luxurious best sports car of 2015.

Virtual Racers From the World of Gran Turismo

Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Ideas are quite often difficult to reproduce in reality. Though the sheer vastness of our imagination is almost unimaginable, the laws of physics and mathematics continually inhibit our own fantasies. A major reason behind the massive success of video games is the fact that the video game world provides a way out for our reveries. Endless possibilities combined with an infinite number of ways to adjust the laws of nature has allowed the gaming industry to design beautiful visual constructs previously only comprehensible within the mind’s eye .

Gran Turismo is one such game. A PlayStation exclusive, Gran Turismo has become an extremely popular racing franchise renowned for its realistic racing dynamics as well as an impressive aggregation of locale and cars to choose from. Although Need For Speed is still right on top in the racing genre, GT has been recognized as one of the few games that adhere very closely to real life physics and thus acting as more of a focused simulator than an out and out racing arcade game.

For the franchise’s sixth release, Gran Turismo 6, the studio behind the game has taken a different route. Unlike most racing games that source their car range from existing models or concepts, Polyphony Digital, the developers behind the game approached design firms and major car manufacturers to create concepts exclusively for the game. What came soon after was a stunning amalgam of concepts showcasing what auto-makers are capable of, if it weren’t for feasibility studies or budget constraints.

1. Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo:

The first and still the wildest, Mercedes Benz unveiled the AMG Vision Gran Turismo in the flesh (metal?) earlier this year at the LA Auto Show. A purposeful show of magnificence, the AMG Vision GT is no wallflower. Mercedes Benz’s addition for the PlayStation racer is powered by a twin turbocharged V8 that produces 585 HP.

Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
The Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

2. BMW Vision Gran Turismo:

Unlike Mercedes’ concept, BMW’s Vision Gran Turismo concept is a far more restrained offering from Germany. Based off the current gen 2 Series, the Vision GT is a focused track ready grand tourer. Draped in classic BMW M Division livery, the Vision GT paints a picture of what the manufacturer could produce in an ideal automotive world. BMW has always been known for developing some of the most well balanced sports cars of this generation. And The Vision Gran Turismo is no exception. Built for the track, the BMW’s take on an ideal sports car looks more production ready than most concepts unveiled by manufacturers at motor shows.

BMW Vision Gran Tursimo
BMW Vision Gran Tursimo

Powering the virtual racer is a 3.0 L turbocharged straight six engine that produces 549 HP and a whopping 677 Nm of torque.

3. Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo:

Japanese car maker Mitsubishi has slowly been pulling models from its lineup across the globe. Falling sales figures and the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the company’s critically acclaimed Lancer Evolution has left fans of the legendary rally marque second guessing about the car maker’s future. However, that hasn’t stopped our beloved Mitsubishi from unveiling a no-holds barred Evolution.

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo
The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo

The Concept  XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo is a hunkered down track focused hybrid. The flared wheel arches and lowered stance of the saloon hint at a more racing oriented approach rather than a rally driven development.

4. Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo:

VW’s series of hot hatchbacks have been extremely popular since the ’80s. The German car maker’s Golf and Sirocco hot hatches offer good performance at affordable rates. For the Gran Turismo however, the German car maker has gone all out.

volkswagen gti gran turismo
Volkswagen’s GTI Roadster Concept

Powering the GTI Roadster is a 3.0 L twin turbocharged V6 that puts out a mammoth 500 HP and 600 Nm of torque. The massive power from such a small car allows the GTI to hit 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

5. Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo:

A glimpse into the future of Nissan’s critically acclaimed GT-R, the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo may soon become a reality in the near future. Unlike most cars featured in this article, the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT may be in the pipelines as a future product. The 2020 Vision concept borrows design elements from the current GT-R as well as some retro design cues closely resembling the IDx Freeflow revealed earlier this year.

 

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

6. Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo:

Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, Aston Martin’s Utopian supercar is a mid engined V12 rocketship. Unlike most Aston Martin’s, the DP-100 is more of a racer than a grand tourer. The twin turbocharged 6.0 L V12 produces a whopping 800 HP making it the most powerful Aston Martin ever conceived. Similar to an earlier concept, the DP-100 will influence future design languages implemented by the English marque.

 

aston martin dp-100 concept
Aston’s Wildly Monstrous DP-100 Concept

7. Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo:

The final addition to an insane list of cars, the Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo is a fitting tribute to the once mighty Supra. Based of a recent Supra concept, the FT-1 is a return to its roots. Since 2007, Toyota has regressed to making family MUVs and cheap sedans to maintain profits. The days of tarmac shredding Supra’s and Celica’s have come to close. However, with the new FT-1 Vision GT, the Japanese automaker may make a return into the world of burnouts and drifting. A world we welcome with arms wide open.

Toyota FT-1 Concept
Toyota FT-1 Concept

Top 10 Best SUV’s of 2015

2014 range rover sport

The automotive sector of the US market is home to a vast collection of cars. Right from pick up trucks to Maybachs, the American car buyer has an almost uncountable number of options to choose from. One of the most popular segments of the American car market is the SUV sector. Teens and soccer moms alike adore large 4×4’s for their practicality and style statement. We take a look at the hottest and best SUVs of 2015.

10. Subaru Forester:

A safe bet for those unsure of what they’re exactly looking for, the Subaru Forester may not appeal to many but its cheap running costs and massive amounts of space is primarily why the Forester is on this list & is definitely one of the best SUV in 2015

subaru forester in red: Best SUV 2015
The Subaru Forester Is A Reliable and Extremely Cost Effective SUV

9. Toyota RAV4:

Toyota is a brand renowned for its reliability. With a reputation for building sturdy (read Top Gear’s Toyota Hilux Stress Test) and value for money products, a Toyota SUV on this list of Best SUV’s in 2015 was inevitable. While SUVs bring to mind a world of muddy byroads, marshes and 75 degree vertical inclines, in truth, most buyers opt for SUVs solely for the large amounts of space they offer. And that is what the Toyota RAV4 does well. Although the Japanese automaker hasn’t focused on the RAV4 as a stiff jungle dweller, Toyota has developed an impressively priced all purpose vehicle.

Best SUV of 2015: The Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4

Powering this Japanese SUV is a 2.5 L four cylinder engine that produces a modest 176 HP as well as a more powerful 3.5 L V6. Sadly, the RAV4 has been around for quite sometime now and the car manufacturer has made little changes over the years. As a result, the RAV4 may feel a little dated in terms of design and even material use.

8. Acura MDX:

Honda's luxury division, Acura hasn't experienced the same kind of success as Toyota's Lexus. Despite offering a staggering number of models for the US market, Acura never really caught on as a real Benz or Audi competitor. Nevertheless, the car maker's range does include an impressive collection of cars whose German equivalents would be almost double the price.[caption id="attachment_3262" align="aligncenter" width="2048"]Acura MDX: SUV of 2015 The Acura MDX Is One of The More Affordable Vehciles on This List[/caption]The Acura MDX is a stunning piece of machinery. Featuring futuristic headlight design as well as a well contoured silhouette, the Acura NDX is one of the best looking SUVs around in 2015. Coming from Honda's luxury division, the MDX is extremely well built and offers superb ride and handling dynamics. Japanese engineering and premium styling may seem like a recipe for success, however, the SUV's unbelievably complex infotainment system and its questionable ergonomics may prove maddening for the digitally less inclined. Despite this, the Acura is a superb SUV with impressive ride and handling characteristics.7. Kia Sorento:One might say including a Kia is almost blasphemy but the latest launches from South Korean car maker Kia, has proved that the automaker has learned that setting trends in segments is far more rewarding than religiously following them. The Kia Sorento's selling point isn't its engine or handling or even pricing. However, interior design as well as comfort are one of the SUV's strong suites and the best in the business.Buyers have an option of a 2.4 L inline four cylinder or a more powerful 3.3 L V6 unit that produces 191 HP and 290 HP respectively. Both engines are mated to a six speed automatic- making this one of the best SUV's in 2015!Kia Sorento 2015 SUV6. Hyundai Santa Fe:Showcasing the company's latest StormEdge design philosophy, Hyundai's Santa Fe is a wildly impressive looking car. Sadly however, the car's driving dynamics are still not upto par with its rivals such as the Honda CR-V. Despite the beautiful cabin and aggressively styled exteriors, the steering is vague and feels unstable at moderately high speeds. However, the soft suspension is a boon for bumpy roads and offers good levels of comfort. Buyers have an option of 2.0 L petrol or a 2.4 L turbocharged unit that produces 190 HP and 264 HP respectively. The South Korean car maker also offers a more powerful 3.3 L V6 that churns out a massive 290 HP. The 2015 model will for sure be one of the Best SUV's of the year.Best SUV: 2015 hyundai santa fe5. BMW X5:Highly lauded as one of BMW's finest SUVs, the X5 is an extremely popular luxury crossover. Known for its sedan like handling and performance, the X5 is one of the most impressive & Best SUVs of 2015 on road. However, all the power comes at a price as the X5 isn't really made for true off-roaders. Despite offering the grunt and oodles of space, the suspension setup and power delivery system is not adequate enough for off roading.[caption id="attachment_3268" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]front bmw x5 new The All New BMW X5[/caption]The new design philosophy is implemented well in the X5 and is one of the best looking luxury sports crossovers out there.4. Range Rover Sport:A name synonymous with rugged, reliable off-roaders, the Range Rover breed has always been the goto vehicle for all sorts of shenanigans. Although previous iterations of the Sport has been met with less than positive feedback, the English marque's latest attempt is quite impressive & will be one among the best SUV's of 2015.[caption id="attachment_3267" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Range rover sport One Can Never Go Wrong With a Range Rover[/caption]The Range Rover Sport is offered in two engine variants, the 3.0 L 340 HP and the utterly mad 5.0 L 510 HP unit.3. Jeep Grand Cherokee:Jeep needs no introduction. A brand popularized during the World War, the American car maker has a developed International acclaim for creating immensely capable SUVs. Although the Wrangler is a far more competent SUV off road than the Grand Cherokee, the SUV offers little in terms of creature comforts and daily usability. The Grand Cherokee maybe a slightly toned down off-roader but the car offers more on the inside than most other Jeep products, and so is in the list of Best SUV's of 2015![caption id="attachment_2885" align="aligncenter" width="960"]black jeep grand cherokee 2015 SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee[/caption]Plush interiors and a feature loaded cabin offering plenty of space makes this one of the top choices for a big family. The American automaker also offers a wide range of engine options to choose from. The Grand Cherokee is available in a 5.7 L  360 HP V8, 3.6 L 260 HP V6, 3.0 L turbocharged diesel and the monstrous 6.4 L 470 HP V8.2. 2014 Dodge Durango:Few carmakers have generated the same level of cult following as that of American legend Dodge. Producing iconic cars such as the Charger and Challenger, the American car maker has slowly expanded to produce cars in various segments of the car market. One of Dodge's other ventures has been the Durango.[caption id="attachment_3261" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Dodge durango 2015 Dodge's Durango Is One Impressive Car[/caption]Donning trademark Dodge design elements with a hint of old school muscle, the Dodge Durango is easily the most charismatic and Best 2015 SUV on this list. The low price level when compared to SUVs of similar grunt makes the Durango a top pick on this list. Unlike most new age SUVs, the Dodge is capable of true off-roading, all the while allowing its occupants to be seated in comfort and luxury. Buyers have an option of choosing the mighty 5.7 L V8 that produces 360 HP or the 3.6 L V6 that churns out 290 HP.1. Porsche Macan:The latest to join the fray of high speed, fuel thirsty off-roaders is the Porsche Macan. A highly anticipated model, the Macan is a success story for more than one reason. When the Cayenne, Porsche's first SUV was first announced, many believed the advent of a Porsche SUV signaled the eventual ruin of the German automaker's racing pedigree. Despite many manufacturers before it turning to creating cars in segments outside their safety zone, Porsche was especially criticized for even proposing the idea. Although many were of the opinion that the Cayenne would dilute the car maker's racing pedigree, the Cayenne became a huge success. Primarily because the German SUV was infused with racing DNA, a trait unheard of for a bulky 4x4.[caption id="attachment_3260" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Best SUV 2015: blue Porsche Macan The Porsche Macan[/caption]The Macan too is another runaway success. Posing as an SUV, this 911 in sheep's clothing is the closest one can get to for the best of both worlds. Agile cornering abilities combined with almost uncanny off roading capabilities, the Macan is a worthy adversary to its American counterparts. And yes it holds top position and is claimed the Best SUV of 2015.

Eagerly Anticipated Best sports motorcycles of 2015

There are a number of sports motorcycles that are eagerly anticipated in the US market for the year 2015. Here’s a look at some of the best & most exciting ones.

2015 KAWASAKI NINJA H2R
kawasaki ninja h2r: Best sports motorcycles 2015

“Built beyond belief” are the words used by Kawasaki to describe the new 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R. The excitement among enthusiasts has aroused drastically after hearing the news of its arrival. The 2015 supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R is no ordinary machine. The game-changing Kawasaki has clocked in this super bike at 300HP. This makes the H2R the most powerful bike ever produced in its category. The engine is a 998cc, liquid cooled, inline four cylinder engine boosted with a centrifugal supercharger. The H2R also ensures a high speed stability of upto 320km/hr mark. This is thanks in no small part due to its carbon-fiber upper and lower wings designed by the Engineers of Kawasaki Aerospace division. Kawasaki has put in a great effort of research and synergy for the creation of this Hunky H2R, which the world will get to see it in the flesh soon & will definitely be one of the best sports motorcycles of 2015!

2015 Yamaha FZ-07
yamaha mt 07: Best sports motorcycles of 2015!

Yamaha is all set to redefine the rules of the road with the launch of 2015 Yamaha FZ-07. It will be its own particular monster- agile yet solid, with a snarl in its high-ductile steel . The heart of the 07 is a 689cc parallel twin engine, providing the most linear torque delivery we’ve seen in a Yamaha . At less than 400lbs weight, the FZ-07 is almost as light as a big dual-purpose machine. This Yamaha inherits cross plan concept with its 270 degree wrench trickling down from its M1 GP roots. Also to keep in mind that one should not be tricked by its humble disposition. Its power delivery amounts  of 74HP at 9000 rpm and 50.2 ft-lb torque at 6500rpm. The Yamaha FZ-07 constitutes products which can get the adrenaline gushing in your body only at an opening cost of $6,990 & will for sure be one of the best sports motorcycles of 2015

DUCATI DIAVEL 2015
2015 best sports motorcycle: Ducati diavel

Ducati recently unveiled their latest model 2015 Diavel, which is going to be offered by the company in three versions based on their colour- Carbon Red, Carbon Dark and Carbon White. This iteration implements marginal changes to the appearance, by giving more aggressive look with a generous amount of muscular elegance. However, the real changes are the new engine from the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark, the exhaust system, and a new package of ABS. Ducati Traction Adjust System and Riding Modules lend the pure Ducati experience for real motorcycle passionist’s. It claims a horsepower rating of 162HP, same as the previous versions. The major upgrade to the bike is the LED headlamp and it also incorporates LED into tail lights giving it a mean streak in the rear.The Testastertta engine constituting two spark plugs in each cylinder leads to better combustion of the fuel. Ducati’s Diavel appears in the market at a price of 17.995$ for Diavel Dark to 20.995$ for Carbon Red and Carbon White. Just looking at this monster of a bike, one can definitely say it will climb up the list of Best sports motorcycles in 2015

 

2015 HONDA CBR300R
Honda cbr300r 2015: Sports motorcycles

The Honda CBR 300R will hit the States in the month of December, as a rival to the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The 2015 CBR300R will be available in retail for $4399, with an ABS version for $4899. The Honda CBR300R will be available in two models: Standard -non-ABS- in Black or Red. Powering it is a 286cc mill producing 30.8PS at 8,500rpm and a torque rating of 27Nm at 7,250rpm.Building on the platform of the CBR250R, a wildly popular quarter liter, for the CBR300R, the highly efficient , single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine has been given an increased stroke to boost the capacity to 286cc. Acceleration is greatly enhanced thanks to this larger capacity and the six-speed gearbox’s final drive ratio has been lengthened for more efficient highway speed cruising.For the inexperienced, it’s a great platform from which to hone riding skills and a lot easier on the pocket in every respect- purchase, fuel, and  insurance. The cost factor gives this automobile an advantage over other sports motorcycles, thus making it one of the best in 2015!

 

2015 Kawasaki KX450F
kawasaki motocross bike 2015 : Best sports motorcycles

Kawasaki advances in the motocross motorcycles with the announcement of new 2015 Kawasaki KX450F 450cc. The biggest news for 2015 is the new Showa SFF-Air TAC (Triple Air Chamber) fork where the right fork acts as a spring and the left does the damping. The front fork carries out three functions: Spring, Damper and Air system . Replacing the SFF-AIR metal spring is an Air Spring Cartridge (internal chamber) in the right fork leg that is set to a pressure of 145psi. The fork on the right also has an outer air chamber that is pressurized to 7 psi and third lower (balance) chamber that gets charged to 130psi. The KX450F also includes a digital air pump, for checking and adjusting air forks with a great deal of accuracy. The Uni-Trak suspension with Showa Shock gets a revised valve code for improved high-speed handling and stability. Kawasaki also claims a decrease in 0.9 pounds compared to 2014 model- hence making it one of the most desired & best sports motorcycles of 2015.

Faceoff:Suzuki Hayate vs Mahindra Centuro Rockstar

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With the raising competition in the two wheeler’s market, it is important for the manufacturers to come up with changes in their existing models which can attract customers in terms of technology, design and styling and cost effectiveness. Updates in bikes involves slight changes which involves rendering of the bikes and new features installation.Here we will look at two such updated models, Facelifted Suzuki Hayate and Mahindra Centuro Rockstar.

DESIGN AND STYLING:

Mahindra Centuro has a unique style in its range of bikes. Its frontal golden ribs provides it a rugged style and tough look. Chisled like body and tattoo like decals makes it watchable anywhere. The bike from Mahindra two wheelers look very fresh in its design and definitely stands itself out of the conventional designs.  The Rockstar model will come with combination of bright red, black and gold colour which adds premium looks to the bike. The bike is equipped with  LED brake lights.

Mahindra Centuro Ribs
Golden Ribs in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar brake lights
LED Brake Lights of Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Decals in Mahindra Centuro Rockstar
Tattoo like decals in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)

When we come to Suzuki Hayate, it looks like a slim designed bike with all systems arranged in a compact manner. The face lift model comes with a fully painted side cowls which adds to the styling. The vehicle will be offered in Glass Sparkle Black- Red Graphic Glass Sparkle Black- Blue Graphic, Pearl Mirage White, Pearl Mira Red/Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Moon Stone Grey. The bike with its styling and colour options does not give a tougher body language when compared to Mahindra Centuro Rockstar. Thus here Mahindra Centuro comes higher in design and styling.

ERGONOMICS AND BUILD QUALITY:

Comfort and eergonomics play a vital role in the minds of customers. Mahindra Centuro Rockstar has been designed keeping that in mind with extra large seats for comfort. Hayate has its own way of sleek styling of seats. Build quality of both the bikes are appreciable and are comparable to each other.

POWERTRAIN:

Centuro Rockstar is powered by Mahindra’s indigenously developed 100 cc intelligent Mci (Micro chip ignited 5-curve) Engine which delivers a power output of 8.6 PS @ 7500 RPM. It also has a patented lubrication system which helps it in achieving mileage of 85.4 kmpl as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) . It provides a smart balance between power and fuel economy and is coupled with 4 speed manual transmission.

Centuro Rockstar engine
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar: Micro Chip 5-Curve Ignited Engine (Source: google.com)

Suzuki Hayate comes with a 112cc engine with a mileage of around 75-80 kmpl at standard test conditions.  It comes with a 4 speed manual transmission for powering the rear wheels.  The engine provides a maximum power of 8.4 PS @ 7500 RPM.

Indigenous and fuel efficient engine of Centuro comes up in the higher position.

SUSPENSION , BRAKES AND WHEELS:

Centuro Rockstar is having telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front and five step adjustable damper in the rear. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels allowing comfortable braking responses to the rider. Alloy wheels make the bike look new and also reduces weight of the bike.

Suzuki Hayate is also equipped with telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front  and coiled spring damper in the rear with swing arm. The swing arm helps in maintaining stability at higher speeds. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels and is also equipped with alloy wheels same as that of Centuro Rockstar.

 COST AND OTHER FEATURES:

Suzuki Hayate self start model costs Rs. 47,727 on -road at Gurgaon and Centuro Rockstar costs Rs. 43,774 on-road a Gurgaon. This shows the cost effectiveness of Mahindra Centuro.

Also Centuro is equipped with features like stylish flip key, anti-theft system, easy pass switch and handle mounted choke. Suzuki Hayate comes with maintainence free battery, and tubeless tyres as its major features.

Considering all the above mentioned parameters, Mahidnra Centuro has taken lead in front of Suzuki Hayate. Mahindra is new to the two wheelers market, but still its Centuro Rockstar definetly has the potential of taking on many bikes in major aspects. Mahindra two wheelers has also shown an aggressive futuristic display of products in 2014 Auto Show with Mojo being the latest to be launched.

Recent sales report from Mahindra two wheelers shows that they have sold 2 lakh units of Centuro till day.

Rigid Dump Truck by Hitachi

Have you ever seen trucks used in areas like mining ,dumps and construction? I will let you know about some world class rigid dump trucks  from Hitachi. Rigid dump trucks are entirely different from the trucks we see in our day to day life. These machines are huge and are made for carrying heavy loads in mining, construction and dump areas with the use of attached hydraulic excavators. Even the height of the tires are bigger than a human. They can be seen in coal handling areas, stone mining areas etc. where huge payloads needs to be transported.

Hitachi has 12 models of rigid dump trucks in the market under the company named Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. Various models differ mainly on their load carrying capacities and also work area.The company has an excellent record for performance and least failures. These trucks have to go through the worst off-road conditions and now Hitachi has come up with latest updates in comfortability and serviceability features. Here we will go through one of the Rigid dump trucks by Hitachi and the latest updates Hitachi has come up with.

EH 1100-5: A rigid Dump Truck:

Among its 12 models, EH 1100-5 is one of the rigid dump truck model. It is powered by a  Cummins QSKTTA60-CE engine which gives an enormous 760 hp required to carry out the movement of heavy loads. It is limited to a maximum speed of 58 kmph. The extreme road conditions do not allow the high speeds and thus steady loading and un-loading is usually followed with standard practices. Their nominal payload capacity is around 63500 kg. Heavy load carrying capacity demands for a strong, durable and reliable chassis for the operations. The chassis involves a fabricated box section and rectangular frame rail to withstand bending and torsional loads. The frames are welded using robots for ensuring higher quality. Additional stiffeners are added to increase the toughness of the body.

hitachi rigid Dump Truck
EH1100-5 : Rigid Dump Truck by Hitachi (Source: hcme.com)

With increasing complexities in the working conditions and also exposure of driver to harsh conditions, has made Hitachi to introduce new updates which will improve comfort ability and serviceability features. Now we will go through the latest updates in the new version of EH 1100-5.

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Rigid Dump Truck in Action(Source: hcme.com)

LATEST UPDATES IN EH 1100-5:

Considering the tough conditions in which these truck works, Hitachi decided to update them in terms of operator comforts, improving service ability, more payload carrying capacity and also remote monitoring of the trucks. It is equipped with a 10 inches LCD screen for the operator to understand different operations and also allows usage of rear view camera for the operator. Several languages have been installed in the LCD for allowing the operator to understand properly and also do effective troubleshooting. Safety has been given high priority with inclusion of two safety features. One is the ROPS ( Roll over protection structure) for operator’s cabin and the other is the three point seat belts.

A hand rail in the front provides better visibility to the operators during haul road operations. There is lot of noise in their work areas and thus to make it comfortable for the driver, provision for special sound cab material and exhaust modifications has been done. With such huge machines, servicing becomes a tedious task if the components are not at the right place. Hence many steering and brake valves have been re-positioned from the mid frame to the service deck for easier troubleshooting. Batteries have been shifted to the front bumper for ground level access.  Within North America, only Cummins QSK23 engine is available but for other markets MTU Series 2000 engines are also available.

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Latest version of EH 1100-5 by Hitachi (Source: google.com)

The body has been redesigned to take up to 70 tonnes of payload. Hitachi has added brake surface area to improve braking in wet conditions. Active traction control system allows smooth running of trucks in wet and muddy conditions. This improves handling and also increases production. Remote monitoring has become an important tool for observing these trucks as they works on sites away from cities and population. It consists of a DLU( Data Logging Unit) for remote monitoring through satellite and Wi-Fi. A new feature of speed limit has also been introduced depending on the customer requirements. This would help in maintaining speed of fully loaded trucks in the downhill.

 BOTTOM LINE:

These trucks are not under production like commercial trucks we see as they are made for special purposes. They make gigantic tasks at mining sites look much easier. Efficiency of these vehicles directly reflects on the production at sites. They belong to very large mass automotive categories made using high strength material and various other technologies. Caterpillar is one of the other manufacturers and is a pioneer in this segment. They employ their own Engines for these trucks.

How EXPENDABLE are you?

"Expendable movie chopper bikes"

Actions movies seem quite wrong without a high speed car chase and nasty a$$ cars / bikes. Although Hollywood has left a deep impact on our lives, the cars drove pleasingly into our hearts.

There have been plenty of movies that were based completely on cars or bikes, but somehow they had a little monotony in them. The inclusion of action with the right amount of cars and stunts is what constitutes a good movie (by stunts, I most certainly do NOT mean Rohit Shetty stunts)

One movie that had the right concoction of action, amusement and a$$ kicking cars was the blockbuster movie, Expendables. The movie featured a potpourri of action heroes who made us jump out of our seats or beds (for those watch online)

Without further ado, I am going to take you on the expendable ride and touch upon a few of the most appealing and attractive rides used in the movie.

Antonov AN- 26

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Presenting the ruler of the skies, this massive mean looking action on wings had nestled in the third expendable movies. The Anotonov AN-26 is a twin-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that were designed and produced in the USSR from 1969 to 1985. This shark headed plane looked mighty impressive in the movie.

Grumman HU-16 Albatross:

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The gigantic twin radial engine mated on this amphibious flying boat is mostly seen commandeered by Stallone himself. This flying boat was utilized by the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Coast Guard mainly for search and rescue operations. The Grumman transported the mercenary action team and was also spotted when Jason Statham and Stallone go disguised as Global Wildlife Conversationalists.

 

1955 Ford F-100

Ford F-100 in expendables movie
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The Ford F-100 made its debut in the expendable movie (can’t forget the sad part when this beauty was heartlessly fired at whilst protecting Jet li and Stallone, seriously how did they survive from the bullets raining on the ride?)

An interesting fact about the F-100 used in The Expendables is that, this car was a custom built by West Coast Customs Street Customs that built 3 customized matte black 1955 Ford F 100’s. One of them lost its life in the crash scene, the second was used in the green screen and the third made its temporary visit into Slvyster Stallone’s garage, and was later auctioned by Barrett Jackson in Arizona. The car was sold for $ 1,32,000.

The custom truck had Ford’s 347 cid Edelbrock engine, B&M equippied AOD transmission, Gibson Exhaust, Heidts Mustang II front suspension and Heidts 4-link kit with ford’s 9 inch axle in the rear, Gennie shifter commander shifter, Wilwood brakes, Kinetik battery as well as a vintage air system.

The winner of the truck received an autographed photo of Stallone along with an interesting feature; the truck had a hidden compartment to carry the weapons used in the movie.

Ducati Desmosedici RR

Watching Jason Statham bring his girlfriend to the basketball court to kick some butts and to end the fight sequence with a ruptured basket ball (and a keynote to deflate the enemy’s [email protected]!!) just couldn’t get better with Jason firing up the bike’s engine and whizzing away to glory.

Ducati Bike used in expendables
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The Ducati Desmosedici RR that was featured in the Expendables was a limited production (street-legal) version of the Desmosedici Moto GP race bike. Ducati had produced 1500 Desmosedici models for purchase and this bike made its debut at the 2006 Italian Moto GP event. This Bike had a 989 cc Desmodromic V4 Engine that produced 197.3 HP at 13,800 RPM and rode its way to 190.78 Mph. The bike came with a price tag of $ 75,000.

Custom Choppers:

If you’ve seen one; you might love em all. The choppers used in the Expendables movie were Stallone’s personal selection. The bikes were chosen from three sources, Bourget’s Bike Works, Easy Riders Show as well as the Cycle Source Chopper Show. These heavily modified beasts were specially designed to create awe. All the custom bikes in the movie were priced upwards of $ 90,000 and grumbled like everybody’s business.

Custom Choppers in Expendables
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Expendables movie Custom chopper bikes
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Expendables movie custom chopper bikes
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Stallone choosing classy choppers for the movie.

Land Rover Defender 110:

Defending its pride and defeating the enemy, the Rover Defender 110 was shown breaking into walls and battling with fury. The British four wheel drive off road utility vehicle was modified by the expendables team from a 4×4 to 6×6. This vehicle played a crucial role in Expendables 2. This vehicle was also used in James Bond Skyfall movie.

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Beast ride at its finest.

Haval H8 SUV:

The latest expendables (Exp3) had a particular shot where the Haval brand name was flaunted and the camera slowly portrayed the side profile and the front view of the SUV (at first, it looked like a Porsche SUV)

Haval H8 in Expendables movie
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A fun fact about this SUV is that, this is the first Chinese car that was showcased in an American movie. The 2.0 liter four cylinder SUV. Unfortunately, this car carries a disastrous profile with it. In reality, the Haval H8 turned out to be a blunder for Great Wall Motors because of the delay in releasing the tucks. This may have been a good strategy to showcase the vehicle, let’s hope it works.

This sums up the list of a few prominent vehicles / bikes and planes used in the movie. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading the article 🙂

Jeep to Enter India Market in 2015-What To Expect

Iconic car maker Jeep will soon be making its official entry into the Indian market in the coming months. Although the Fiat owned manufacturer did announce it will hit Indian shores later this year, the brand has postponed its debut date to next year. The Indian audience eagerly awaits the arrival of the Jeep moniker primarily for two reasons. One being the on going SUV pandemic sweeping our nation and the other being the massive legacy of the Jeep brand. Although one might argue that the American car maker has been reduced to making luxury tarmac lovers and family oriented SUVs, Jeep still maintains cars such as the Wrangler in its purest form: a heavy duty off-roader.

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The Jeep Brand Will Soon Be Arriving in India

Throughout the course of history Jeep has managed to garner a legacy for churning out rugged off roaders. With its range used in Word War II and Vietnam Wars, the American car maker’s reputation for making reliable 4 by 4’s hit super stardom. Sadly however, the Wrangler is the last of the thoroughbreds. The only SUV in the manufacturer’s range to offer sold front and rear axles and a chassis designed with a primary focus on hardcore off-roading.

We take a look at what Jeep has in store for the Indian market and its main competitors. Will the brand take off? We find out.

Jeep Grand Cherokee:

The big daddy of them all, the Grand Cherokee is the American automaker’s flagship SUV. While most manufacturers these days simply make a bulky car and slap an SUV tag onto it (read BMW X6), Jeep created an SUV with true off-road DNA. While cars such as the Q7, ML-Class offer a level of luxury rivaled by none, the high degree of opulence comes at a price. And that price for SUVs is its off-road capability. Jeep however has opted to keep the Grand Cherokee somewhere in the middle, the sweet spot. Offering a massive cabin, decked up in premium leather and wood, the Cherokee is no village barn on the inside.

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The Grand Cherokee May Not Offer The Same Level of Off Roading Prowess as the Wrangler But It Strikes The Perfect Balance Between On Road and Off Road Comfort

Under the hood you’ll find a 3.0 L V6 oil burner that churns out 237 HP and a massive 550 Nm of torque. Although the American car maker does offer a bigger 6.4 L V8, Jeep is unlikely to launch the Grand Cherokee with such an indulgent variant here in India. The car’s biggest rivals will be the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

 

Jeep Wrangler:

The next Jeep to soon enter the Indian car market will be the iconic Wrangler. Praised for its compelling and timeless industrial design, the Wrangler is one of the all time greats. Unchanged over the years since its inception, the Wrangler has spawned a cult following across the world. Without the unnecessary headlights, sleek roofline and fancy paintwork, the Wrangler is a no nonsense SUV capable of roaming any kind of terrain. Unlike its siblings, the Wrangler is no toned down, tarmac lover; built for the road less traveled by, the SUV is an off-roader’s favorite. However, its extreme off-road durability comes at a price. The Wrangler is extremely uncomfortable on city roads and with the poor state of infrastructure and road conditions our country has to offer, the Wrangler is reserved only for the true nature lovers.

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The Jeep Wrangler Is A Legacy Recognized By All

Powering this SUV is a 2.8 L four cylinder diesel mill that produces 197 HP and 460 Nm of torque. Although the performance numbers are not nearly as much as the Grand Cherokee, the Wrangler sports fewer creature comforts and is much lighter than the Cherokee.

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Rear View of the Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Renegade:

Officially not on the company’s release list, the baby Jeep is a highly likely candidate for an India launch. Unlike the new age crossover movement taking place all over, the Renegade is one of the handful of compact SUVs that can actually hold its own when off the road. Despite its short stature and rather meek engine, the Renegade has been designed with years of off road expertise and the results are quite impressive. For those of you who do not really intend on going for a bit of exploring in the woods, the Renegade is also offered in front wheel drive only format.

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The Jeep Renegade Is One of the Latest Cars To Join The Jeep Range

For its India release, we may see both avatars of the Renegade. Powering the mini Jeep is a 1.4 L turbocharged engine that puts out 160 HP. The American car maker also offers a 2.4 L four cylinder engine that produces 184 HP. While the former is mated to a six speed manual, the latter is offered with a first ever nine speed automatic.

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Don’t Be Fooled By Its Cutesy Exteriors; Inside, the Renegade is all Jeep

A synonym for all things rugged, Jeep represents a facet of culture that has long been abandoned thanks to gizmos and concrete jungles. While some may buy a Jeep for its snob value, the brand’s range is strictly for the adventurous. Hopefully the Jeep moniker will evoke the same feelings of breaking free as the original Safari did and take it to new heights.