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Jeep Compass variants explained

Jeep is all set to launch its first made-in-India model, the Compass, on July 31, 2017. Local production of the SUV commenced in early June and it has already gathered more than 1,000 bookings. Jeep will sell the model with two engine options – a 2.0-litre 172hp 350Nm diesel and a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo-petrol. Now the equipment list has surfaced online, confirming that the Compass will be available in five variants. Here's what you'll get on each of the variants:

Jeep Compass Sport

  • Petrol and diesel engine options
  • Six-speed manual only
  • 5.0-inch infotainment system (U-Connect)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS, EBD, stability and traction control
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Power adjust and folding wing mirrors
  • All-black interiors
  • Electric parking brake

Jeep Compass Longitude

  • Diesel engine only
  • Front fog lamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and go
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dual-tone interior

Jeep Compass Longitude (O)

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system (U-Connect) with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Projector headlamps
  • Rear parcel tray

Jeep Compass Limited

  • Petrol and diesel engine options
  • LED tail-lamps
  • Rear camera
  • Grey leather upholstery
  • Door sill guards
  • SelecTerrain 4WD system
  • Dual front, side and curtain airbags

Jeep Compass Limited (O)

  • Petrol and diesel engine options
  • HID headlamps
  • Contrast black roof

Pricing and competition check
The Compass is expected to be priced between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 25 lakh. When launched, direct rivals will include the Hyundai Tucson, the Ford Endeavour, the Toyota Fortuner and the recently launched Volkswagen Tiguan.

Courtesy : Autocar

Jul 13, 2017
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Volvo V90 Cross Country launched in India at Rs 60 lakh

Rugged V90 Cross Country estate gets aggressive bodywork, 210mm ground clearance and a 235hp D5 diesel engine

Volvo launched the V90 Cross Country today in India at Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The model expands Volvo’s 'Cross Country' range in India, which includes the V40 Cross Country and the S60 Cross Country. The new estate is set apart from the standard S90 by a rugged-looking exterior, complete with aggressive bumpers and additional black cladding all around. 

The vehicle gets 20-inch wheels as standard and that raises ground clearance by 60mm to 210mm, and all-wheel drive, which gives it mild off-roading abilities when compared with the standard V90.

The V90 Cross Country gets roof rails and there’s also adaptive air suspension at the rear. Luggage space is at 560 litres but can be expanded to 1,526 litres with the second-row seats folded.

Unlike the S90, which uses the 190hp D4 diesel engine in India, the V90 Cross Country gets the more powerful 235hp D5 motor paired to the same eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Swedish carmaker, which prioritises safety in its vehicles, has equipped the V90 Cross Country with a host of safety features such as collision mitigation support (front), park assist function with camera (front and rear), emergency brake assist and lane-keeping aid.

The cabin gets equipment such as a 12.3-inch driver display, seen in other Volvo models, nappa leather upholstery, power adjustable driver and passenger seat with memory, four-zone climate control and panoramic sunroof.

Courtesy : Autocar

Jul 13, 2017
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Next-gen Porsche 911 to get hybrid powertrain

The next Porsche 911, scheduled to be launched internationally in 2018, will get a hybrid powertrain and a fully digital dashboard. The car, currently being tested at the Nürburgring facility, will use the same technology as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.

Base models of the 911 are expected to use the same 3.0-litre, flat-six, twin-turbo engine that made its debut in the facelifted 911 Carrera.Porsche 911 product line director Erhard Mössle has revealed that the new 911 will sit on a modified version of the MMB platform used by the current car and feature only mild styling changes.

 Porsche already has hybrid powertrains in its Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, with both cars using the same supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine in combination with an electric motor. The 918 Spyder also features a hybrid powertrain – a 4.6-litre V8 engine with two electric motors.

 Last September, Porsche engineers told our sister publication Autocar UK that they were working on packaging a hybrid powertrain in the 911's body – something that could also account for the wider stance of development cars.

 Porsche is also considering an all-electric version of the 911 in the same vein as the Audi R8 e-tron.

Courtesy : Autocar

Jul 05, 2017
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Volkswagen to introduce pWLAN tech by 2019

Volkswagen aims at increasing safety in road traffic by enabling vehicles to communicate with each other from 2019.

Connectivity between vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is one important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents or minimise their consequences. 
From 2019, Volkswagen will start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange-selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure. This will, for example, enable information about the current traffic situation, accidents and other situations relating to traffic conditions to be shared with the local environment within a radius of approximately 500m, even faster than has been possible in the past.  

The technology is based on IEEE 802.11p (pWLAN), which the automotive industry has standardised and tested for direct, non-proprietary inter-vehicle communication as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure and in international markets. 

It enables to share information about the current traffic situation, warnings or even sensor data with the local environment within milliseconds. This extends the vehicle’s coverage by several hundred metres, virtually making it possible to look round the corner. 

It provides an added advantage to the customers, as it uses a special frequency band intended for road safety and traffic efficiency. There are no ongoing communications costs and it does not rely on mobile phone network coverage.  

Johannes Neft, head of vehicle body development for the Volkswagen brand, said, "We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology. What matters most is that the technology is used consistently, and by as many manufacturers and partners as possible."

Courtesy : Autocar

Jul 03, 2017
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Ducati Panigale 1299 R Final Edition details revealed

California emissions documents and a dealer website have revealed the name and specifications of what is to be the last Panigale.

Even though its official unveiling is slated for July 7, 2017, at the Laguna Seca round of the World Super Bike (WSB) championship, details and specifications of Ducati’s ‘last hurrah’ Panigale have already leaked out. The leak happened thanks to the new bike’s emissions documents being out in the public as well as a Ducati dealer from the UK listing the specs on their website.

First things first: the name. This bike will be called the ‘Panigale 1299 R Final Edition’, which clearly points to the fact that the bike runs the 1,285cc L-twin motor from the Panigale 1299 road bike, and not the 1,198cc L-twin from the homologation-special Panigale R. This also means that the ‘R’ in the Final Edition’s name is a bit deceptive as it won’t be handling racing duties for Ducati in championships such as WSB on account of the engine capacity being too high for homologation.

In fact, the Final Edition’s motor is actually derived from the feather-weight 1299 Superleggera. The key differences between the engine of the Superleggera’s and Final Edition’s engine are that the latter runs steel cylinder liners, steel fasteners and a die cast crank case. Peak power for this Final Edition is a whopping 209.5hp at 11,000rpm while peak torque is rated at 141.95Nm at 9,000rpm. These figures are slightly lower than those from the Superleggera, but that is mostly just down to the fact that an engine dynamometer was used to measure the Final Edition’s power, while a chassis dynamometer was used for the Superleggera.

The Panigale 1299 R Final Edition tips the scales with a kerb weight of 190kg, which is about 12kg more than the Superleggera. But it’s pretty much exactly the same as the Panigale 1299 and the 1299S. But with that extra power and torque on tap, performance is sure to be more exhilarating.

The emissions documents have also revealed that the Final Edition runs a lot cleaner as compared to the 2017 Panigale 1299. Its CO and combined HC+NOx emissions are now 0.4g/km and 0.08g/km, respectively, down from 5.9g/km and 0.32g/km for the same gases on the 2017 bike. While these are American specifications, it seems, just like the Superleggera and unlike the regular 1299 Panigale, 1299 Panigale S and Panigale R, this Final Edition is finally Euro 4 compliant.

Ducati’s new V4 superbike is undergoing testing right now and is slated to be launched as a 2018 model. However, it’s highly likely that the new V4 bike won’t carry the Panigale name. So, for those who want to get their hands on the last of the big Panigales, this Final Edition will cost GBP 34,995 in the UK (approx. Rs 29.33 lakh) – that’s nearly double of what the standard 1299 Panigale costs there. We honestly don’t think any of these Final Edition Panigales will make their way to India, but we are hoping Ducati India surprises us. We’ll know more after the bike’s official launch on July 7.

Courtesy : Autocar

Jul 03, 2017
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