BMW X6 Features , Performance & Test Drive

BMW X6 Overview

Infused with revisions, the generation BMW X6 SUV gets bigger bragging a relatively macho stance. Although, the wheelbase has been reduced minimally by 2 mm to 1,933 mm which means an insignificantly shorter cabin. Other than the metamorphosed size, X6 gets better styled exteriors and spruced up cabin. Available only in the xDrive40d grade, the M package is offered as standard fare. Cosmetic upgrades on the outside and inside make the SUV look changed for good.BMW has also inset some advanced gadgets inside for the purpose of occupants’ entertainment. Book a test drive for BMW X6 in Tryaldrive

BMW X6

BMW X6 Exterior

The BMW X6 combines the style of a coupe with the functionality of a SUV. The new BMW X6 has completely redesigned exterior with redesigned headlights and iconic kidney grille. The front end also sports a new under spoiler with a faux skid plate. The SAV also features 19 inch multi spoke alloy wheels. The tailgate can be operated automatically. It comes with heat protection glazing and exterior mirrors which are foldable and have automatic anti-dazzle function with mirror heating and memory. It has adaptive LED headlights with four LED DRL light rings and accent lights with auto high beam assistance and cornering lights. It also has rain sensor and automatic driving lights.

BMW X6 Interior

Spruced up interiors come fitted with a new leather wrapped M steering wheel, door sills feature M badge and individual headliner is also placed inside. A Harman Kardon sound system, BMW’s iDrive connected multimedia system, heads up display, powered tail gate and reverse camera have been incorporated. Chrome work has been done generously which makes the cabin look fresh and plush. Rear seats get snugger, able to seat three full size adults comfortably. For the driver’s convenience, BMW has put in place a pair of knee pads. Storage space is lavish, which ups the utility quotient, the all leather premium upholstery looks premium. Also the materials used inside are soft and upmarket.

BMW X6 Gearbox

The BMW X6 has only one engine option a 2,993cc BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine which generates 313 hp at 4,400 rpm and 630 Nm between 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. The engine is refined and tuned for fuel efficiency along with a refined and powerful response.The BMW X6 is equipped with a 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with Launch control and gear shift paddles. The transmission offers smooth gear changes and feature well tuned ratios that offers a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance.

The BMW X6 comes with a certified mileage of 15.87 km/l. These reasonable figures are due to the 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission which reduces engine speed at high speeds thereby reducing fuel consumption and engine noise yet keeping it sporty.In terms of frugality, this large sized beast isn’t very good, that said the mileage numbers are insignificant.

BMW X6 Rideing

The engine lumbar past 100 kmph mark from stand still within 5.8 seconds. BMW X6 top speed is 240 kmph which is not very impressive but is good enough.The claimed zero to 100 kmph figure of the BMW X6 is 5.8 seconds and it has a ground clearance of 212 mm. The X6 is offered with different driving modes, ECOPRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport plus.

BMW X6 Safety

In terms of safety, it comes with Dynamic Stability Control with Dynamic Traction Control, CBC, ABS with brake assist and airbags. It also has an electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor. It also comes with side-impact protection with runflat tyres with reinforced side walls.

BMW X6 Cost in Ahmedabad

Bmw X6 Ex-Showroom Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 94,15,000/- (X6 xDrive 35i M Sport) to 1,77,70,000/- (X6 M STD). Get best offers for Bmw X6 from Bmw Dealers in Ahmedabad. Check for BMW X6 price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice

BMW X6 Conclusion

The BMW X6 is a crossover based on the 6 Series Gran Coupe and is offered with a 3.0 litre diesel engine. This engine is mated to an 8 speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission and the BMW X6 is also offered with the company’s xDrive all wheel drive system. The claimed zero to 100 kmph figure of the BMW X6 is 5.8 seconds and it has a ground clearance of 212 mm. The X6 is offered with different driving modes, ECOPRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport plus. The BMW X6 is also offered with ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with Brake Assist, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), electric handbrake with auto hold function, run flat tyres and more. The BMW X6 is also offered with a Harmon Kardon surround sound system with a touchscreen infotainment system, iDrive handwriting recognition which also supports USB, AUX and Bluetooth streaming as well as connectivity.

Fiat Linea Classic Review & Performance

Fiat Linea Classic Overview

Launched first in January 2009 in India, the mid-sized sedan Fiat Linea is an edgy saloon with true Italian DNA sporting perfect dimensions and a bunch of in-cabin goodies. The Fiat Linea range is available in two engine options spread across three variants; all mated to the five-speed manual gearbox. Fuel economy as rated by ARAI stands at 14.9km/l for the petrol variants and 19.5km/l for the diesel trims. Request a test drive for Linea Classic in Tryaldrive

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Compared to rivals in the segment, the saloon misses out on the automatic transmission and prominent features like airbags, steering mounted controls and an integrated touchscreen infotainment system among others. Under the skin, it comes with a choice between 1.4 litre petrol engine developing 89bhp and 1.3 litre Multijet engine making 75bhp, using a five-speed manual gearbox for transmitting power.

Fiat Linea Classic Exterior

The Fiat Linea Classic is a sedan offered by the Italian carmaker that is available in five colour options, New Pearl White, Tuscan Wine, Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black, Oceanic Blue. All these colours are metallic paint options and all versions are available with body coloured bumpers. The top end variant also has wheel covers for the 14 inch steel rims, body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) The lower trims miss out on the wheel covers and the door handles as well as ORVMs are black in colour.

Fiat Linea Classic Interior

The Fiat Linea Classic interiors are loaded with the superior quality of upholstery, power windows with ‘Delay and Auto Down’ function, hydraulic power steering with tilt adjustable features, rear armrest offering better comfort for the passengers.The real-time mileage indicator, Programmable follow-me headlamps, and speed limit buzzer adds to comforts and convenience of the driver.The Fiat Linea Classic is offered with an integrated audio system which supports CD and Radio playback which is available only on the top end trim of the sedan. This system does not support Bluetooth connectivity and in addition, has a manual AC unit. No variants of the Fiat Linea Class is offered with an automatic climate control. That said, all trims of the Fiat Linea Classic come with all four power windows, tilt steering, hydraulic power steering and adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), the last being electrically adjustable in the top end version.

Fiat Linea Classic Gearbox

Powering the Fiat Linea Classic is a 1.4 litre FIRE petrol engine and a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine. The petrol engine generates 89 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm while the diesel engine produces 75 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.Both engines offered in the Fiat Linea Classic are offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is not available in any of the variants, however, the manual transmission has smooth gear changes and the ratios have been tuned for the best possible fuel efficiency figures.

The Fiat Linea has a claimed fuel efficiency of 14.9 kmpl for the petrol variants while the diesel engine options have a claimed mileage of 19.5 kmpl. These figures are acceptable for its segment.The diesel version with 1248cc engine can deliver average mileage of 16.2kmpl in city conditions and up to 19.2kmpl which is also the Fiat Linea Classic mileage as per ARAI certification. In petrol version it can deliver upto 14.9kmpl in standard road conditions.

Fiat Linea Classic Driving

The Fiat Linea Classic feature powerful and well-proven performance engine in both petrol and diesel versions. The famous 1.3L Multijet diesel engine is improvised for delivering quicker acceleration as compared to earlier version of the same. The strong suspension system designed absorb most of the road shocks assuring best of comfort and the tilt-adjustable steering system makes it easy for driving on congested roads and sharp turnings.

Fiat Linea Classic Safety

The Fiat Linea Classic is offered with an engine and gearbox underbody shield, rear fog lamps, Fire Prevention System and an immobiliser as standard across all variants. The higher versions also get ABS (Anti lock Braking System), rear defogger, door ajar warning and central locking.

Fiat Linea Classic Cost in Chennai

Fiat Linea Classic Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 6,57,377/- (Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic) to 8,21,547/- (Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus). Get best offers for Fiat Linea Classic from Fiat Dealers in Chennai. Check for Linea Classic price in Chennai at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Classic Round Up

The main strength of Linea Classic is its high-quality engine and strong build quality and the growing service network which was a major setback earlier. And the competitive price tag has certainly given it a good boost in sales figures as well.

Hyundai Xcent Features, Specifications & Performance

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The Hyundai Xcent marked the company’s entry into the compact sedan segment in India. Based on the Grand i10, the Hyundai Xcent became popular in its segment, partly due to features like steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. Safety features such as ABS and driver airbag being standard across all variants make it an even better option for a small family. The Hyundai Xcent is powered by two engine options, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol and a 1.2 litre U2 CRDi diesel. The petrol engine generates 81.8 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and the diesel produces 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Both engines, have the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency. Request a test drive for Xcent in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Hyundai Xcent

Hyundai Xcent Exterior

This time around, Hyundai has tried to apply maximum effort to implement the design scheme from the high-end models in its portfolio such as Elantra. This has resulted in new ‘cascading styled’ grille that looks similar to the elder sibling. This also makes the Xcent looks different from the Grand i10 for which it has been taunted for many years. But for many, the older set-up with slender grille joining the headlamps would have been more appropriate. Another noticeable change at the front is the revamped headlamps and the revised bumper which now houses daytime running LEDs, positioned above the fog lamps.

There aren’t many changes at the side profile except the wheels are larger than before and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. However, it’s the rear that has gone through a huge makeover. The smaller tail-lights of the previous model have now been replaced by wrap-around units, adding nice width to the car. The taillights setup look like a typical Audi. Then there is matte-black strip running across the rear bumper that further adds to the muscularity. Other changes include shark fin antenna at the top and the 1.2D badging on the front right fender. Overall, the changes done by the carmaker at the outside will compel you to make a nod of appreciation.

Hyundai Xcent Interior

The interior cabin of 2017 Hyundai Xcent is finished in dual-tone Black and Beige upholstery with Blue illumination. Though, most of the features seen on the pre-facelift model such as adjustable rear headrests, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders, leather wrapped steering wheel, fully automatic temperature control, tachometer, multi-information display with digital clock and tripmeter, electric power steering, front and rear power outlets, rear A/C vents, cooled glovebox, height adjustable driver’s seat and push button start/stop have been retained in the new model. However, the biggest update comes in form of the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smart phone (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB connectivity and Voice Recognition feature.

Though, it is available on the range-topping variants as the mid variants get just a 2-DIN audio system with four speakers. Sadly, the base variant doesn’t get anything, even the 2-DIN music system misses out. The steering mounted audio and bluetooth controls feature is standard with E+ onward grades. A special mention goes to the Smart phone holder with Charging port, which is only available with the automatic variant.

Hyundai Xcent Gearbox

Powering the Hyundai Xcent are two engine options similar to the Grand i10, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol unit and a 1.2 litre CRDi diesel. The petrol generates 82 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine generates 74 hp and 190Nm of torque which kicks in from 1,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The Hyundai Xcent is available in two transmission options, a manual and an automatic. The automatic is available only for the petrol powered unit in the Kappa S variant. The 5 speed manual gearbox offers smooth gear changes with both engines.

The ARAI Certified mileage of the Hyundai Xcent petrol manual is 19.1 kmpl, 16.1 kmpl for the petrol automatic and 24.4 kmpl for the diesel variants. All mileage figures are acceptable by segment standards.Hyundai claims that the new Xcent returns improved mileage figures as the engines have been improved. Where the diesel powered variant delivers ARAI certified mileage of 25.4kmpl, the petrol version, on the other hand, reads 20.14kmpl. The petrol automatic is though, a little low, returning 17.36kmpl.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

The car has also been improved in terms of ride quality and bumps absorption. The suspension set-up is slightly nimbler and the bad patches on the surface are galloped easily. The steering is now lighter to use and more accurate. However, once you go past the 120kmph, one can feel vertical nodding. But that doesn’t make the car feel nervous.The 2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with improved handling as comapred to its precedessor. The company engineers have worked hard towards the light steering wheel. The power delivery in the diesel variants is smoother due to the new engine. The NVH levels are immensely controlled and one seldom hear a noise even at low speeds. It feels pretty decent behind the steering wheel.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent.

Hyundai Xcent Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,37,029/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,40,577/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in Chennai. Check for Xcent price in Chennai at Carzprice

Hyundai Xcent Conclusion

2017 Hyundai Xcent seems to be better than the preceding model in terms of exterior appearance, interior features, and driving dynamics. A special mention goes to the new diesel engine, which is more powerful and fuel efficient than before. The automatic variant is also available for added convenience. In all, it is a decent offering with more bells and whistles than before.

Mahindra Scorpio Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

It has been a year of facelifts for Mahindra & Mahindra and when it comes to the Scorpio SUV even a small change makes enough noise to grab a buyer’s attention. Mahindra Scorpio has been a popular SUV ever since its inception in 2002 and has done decent sales in both urban and rural markets. The SUV has evolved with time with introduction of new generation, modern technologies and powerful engine. The current third generation Mahindra Scorpio recently received its 2017 model year facelift and Mahindra has ensured that its offering almost all new modern features to attract the buyers and so the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift have undergone subtle exterior and interior changes and receives a mechanical update too. Book a test drive for Scorpio in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio Design & Style

Looking at the new Mahindra Scorpio, I must say that the initial impression is mixed. For a vehicle, which according to Mahindra, hasn’t carried over any body panels – other than the doors and roof – the styling is simply far too evolutionary. While it does feature a far more aggressive front end with a bold grille and large headlamps – which makes it look like a snarling canine – the overall theme is too similar to the old car. The rear end, which features a new colour scheme, also looks like the designers were trying too hard to differentiate it from the older car without affecting any major changes.

The rear tail lamps, on the other hand, which feature LED’s, are quite striking – even though their chrome finish is a bit too flashy for my taste. But, whatever you think of the design, with renewed aggression and large 17-inch wheels, there’s no denying that the Mahindra Scorpio has a lot more aggression and road presence than the older car. And that certainly appears in our Mahindra Scorpio 2014 Review to be the point with this new design!

Mahindra Scorpio Cabin & Comfort

The all-new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio has been given an improved cabin. The current generation version of the car looks more premium and gets dual tone color scheme and numerous added features. The car seats are covered with new black artificial leather upholstery, the top spec models get luxurious black faux leather seats with dark blue fabric inserts while the gear knob, as well as steering wheel too, are leather wrapped. The driver’s seat is height adjustable for a better driving experience. Temperature control is fully automatic that maintains the preferred environment inside the car. AC vents too are improved for better airflow and uniform cooling in the cabin.

Other features in the car are carried forward from the outgoing model that includes 6-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, AUX and USB connectivity and smartphone pairing through Bluetooth. The SUV is nothing short of comfort features which include cruise control, rear parking camera, climate control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. The carmaker has also addressed issues with storage spaces with 12V socket now repositioned, pocket for mobile behind gear knob and sunglass holder.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine & Gearbox

Powering the Mahindra Scorpio are two diesel engine options viz a 2.5 litre m2DICR and a 2.2 litre mHawk. Power and torque generated by the mHawk engines is 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants. The engine in the S7 trim also comes in a high power avatar, which along with the top end S11 version churns out respective power and torque of 140 hp and 320 Nm. All the engine options are BS-IV compliant and have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency and the Mahindra Scorpio has a reasonable torque band that makes it easy to drive on highways.

The transmission on the Mahindra Scorpio can be opted in two manual options. The S3, S5 and S7 trims get a five-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the high power output S7 and the top end S11 version receive a new six-speed manual gearbox that has been introduced for the first time in the Scorpio. The S11 variant has a shift-on-fly all-wheel drive system that shifts the vehicle from a rear wheel drive to a four-wheel drive where all four wheels drive the vehicle. This system is apt for owners looking at off roading with the Mahindra Scorpio. Although the system has an electronic switch, the transfer case is a mechanical one.The Mahindra Scorpio has a rated fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl for the m2DICR engine and 15.4 kmpl for the mHawk 2.2 litre diesel unit. These figures are competitive for the SUV.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving Dynamics

The ride quality of the new Mahindra Scorpio has improved as compared to its older version, the suspension feels more liveable and the car is no longer bumpy as the old car. Handling too is safer than it used to be. Scorpio is, of course, a robust vehicle which is capable of handling uneven and inexistent roads with ease. NVH levels have been improved with the utilization of better sound deadening material.

Mahindra Scorpio Braking & Safety

Safety is paramount for Mahindra and the Scorpio comes with dual front airbags on the S5, S7 and S11 variants. Other safety features that are available in higher variants are ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, panic brake indication and auto door lock.

Mahindra Scorpio Price in Chennai

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 9,12,533/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 16,41,883/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Chennai. Check for Scorpio price in Chennai at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Bottomline

So, while it might not be quite so evident stylistically, the new Mahindra Scorpio offers a raft of improvements – especially in areas where it was clearly lacking vis-à-vis the competition. As a result, it features better quality levels and improved fit-and-finish, as well as increased levels of standard equipment and decidedly better ride and handling. Sure, there are still plenty of rough edges that still need to be ironed out, and the styling might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, for Scorpio loyalists, and for people looking for a tough, sturdy, body-on-frame SUV, the new Mahindra Scorpio could prove to be a very attractive proposition. We will, however, hold off on final judgement till we get to spend some quality time with the new car and really put it to test…