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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jeep Compass - 10 Key Things To Know



Jeep India’s most anticipated entry-level SUV called Compass is set to launch by the end of this month or in the first week of August’17. Jeep dealers have already started accepting bookings for the new Compass at an amount of Rs 50,000 and if rumors are to be believed, the SUV is slated to be priced between Rs 15 and Rs 21 lakh, ex-showroom. The price cut is primarily attributed to local manufacturing under Make In India at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant near Pune. Let us explore top 10 key things you should know about Jeep Compass 2017.

Also Read: Jeep Cherokee India - A quick review


10 Key Things To Know About Jeep Compass


1. Extremely plush - The ski grey interiors deliver this experience, owing to the use of the choicest of leather and impeccable seat design, in order to offer maximum comfort even in the toughest terrains. The Jeep® Compass offers two more interior options.



2. Active Drive with Selec-Terrain® - Active Drive engages when traction is needed to deliver the signature Jeep® capability. The Active Drive system is configured to maximise fuel economy. This system includes the Selec-Terrain® dial, which provides four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on or off the road, in any weather.



3. Uconnect® Infotainment System - The infotainment on offer includes the signature Uconnect® system on a 7.0 Touchscreen. This gives you control over work and play with the ability to mirror your phone onto the system with *Android Auto and Apple Car play.



4. Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) - The EPB adapts based on the driver's actions. The automatic drive away release system senses if the vehicle is safe to launch and disengages. It also engages automatically when it senses open doors and unbuckled seatbelts while the driver exits the vehicle without engaging the parking brake. The EPB ensures safety leaving you stress-free to enjoy every ride.



5. 7-Speed DDCT - The Jeep® Compass sports a 7-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission. This lends split second gear changes which ensure a smooth drive at all speeds while keeping the vehicle fuel efficient.



6. Powerful Engines - When it comes to the engine you can choose between the 2.0 Multijet II diesel engine that drives a force of 173 ps, putting out a torque of 350Nm. Or the 1.4 Multiair Petrol engine that belts out 162 ps with a torque measure250Nm.



7. Hill Start Assist - HSA contributes to the safety of the vehicle and its passengers. In any situation if you find yourself on an incline HSA automatically engages and stops the vehicle from rolling back, giving you a few seconds to accelerate forward.



8. Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel - The leather wrapped steering wheel is one example of this. It provides for comfortable grip and ample feedback while giving the interiors a suave and sporty look. The wheel is also ergonomically designed with audio and phone controls placed in a way that your focus never shifts off the road.



9. Over 50 Safety & Security Features - In addition to a strong body structure the vehicle is equipped with advanced chassis controls including Four-channel Anti-lock Brakes, full function Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Panic Brake Assist, Hydraulic Boost Failure Compensation and Electronic Roll Mitigation. These features enable you to pre-empt any untoward driving situation and minimise damage.



10. Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control - This feature provides for a perfect driving atmosphere. Temperatures can be set separately for the driver as well as the passenger side. Making every drive a comfortable one.



Verdict

The Jeep Compass will compete with the likes of the Tata Hexa, Mahindra XUV500, Toyota Innova and Hyundai SantaFE. The new Jeep Compass will be available in three variants, namely; Sport, Longitude and Limited.  We are as curious as you are for the price. However we strong feel, if you can afford this SUV,  you can blindly go for it.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

InFocus Turbo 5 - Quick Review in 60 Seconds


The affordable smartphone space is heating up in India – thanks to cheap mobile internet availability with launch of Jio few months ago, leading to other key players to drop their prices drastically. Hence now, everyone wants to own a smartphone – majorly for music and videos.  Younger millennials wants to be live on social media all the time and now even tuitions are conducted via apps such as BYUJU. This has led to steep development of high end smartphones yet under affordable bracket to tap the market.

Another mobile company - InFocus unveiled its newest smartphone named Turbo 5 for India.  The phone is powerful as it sports massive 5000mAh battery and  will be exclusively available via Amazon India from July 4 in Mocha Gold and Pure Gold colors. But should you really consider this smartphone – check our quick verdict:

Know 10 Key Things About InFocus Turbo 5:


1) Processor & RAM: The smartphone is powered by  quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC (clocked at 1.3GHz) coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU and is powered by 3GB/ 2GB of RAM

2) Storage: Turbo 5 comes in two variants – 16 GB and 32 GB which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB)

3) OS: The smartphone runs on latest Android 7.0 Nougat



4) Display: Turbo 5 sports 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass on top

5) Camera: The smartphone brings on a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 apertures

6) Battery: This is the usp of the phone - 5000mAh battery pack that may last upto two days on a single charge, deliver up to 34 days of standby time, 50 hours of continuous music playback, & 23 hours of video calling

7) Unique Features: Smartphone can be utilized as a power bank for charging other devices, thanks to its reverse charging feature; it also offers 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio



8) Body & Design: This dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) smartphone comes in an all-metal design with a fingerprint sensor on the back which unlocks the smartphone in 0.5 seconds and it can also be used as shortcuts for selfies and flashlight

9) Vital Stats: Phone is 8.95mm thick, weighs 164 grams, and sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and range sensor

10) Pricing: The phone is priced very competitively at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant

Overall Verdict:

This is a very good smartphone at this price considering that it has a very large battery and running on latest Android OS. This can act as your back-up phone especially when you travel frequently – without worrying about recharging it again and again. We rate this phone at 4.5/5 !

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

iPhone 8 on iOS11 - Photos, Specs & Verdict

iPhone 8 is most awaited gadget of 2017. Rumors are strong that smartphone will showcase spectacular specs and features of iOS11. The iPhone will  potentially launch in or after September 2017 however few leaks are already in public domain reflecting what to expect from the new avatar.



10 Key Things To Know About iPhone8


a) The new leak brings re-imagined extracts of the iPhone running on the newly announced iOS 11.

b) The latest leaks showcases the new Control Center, Lock Screen and Apple Music along with the Messages apps on a bezel-less display.



c) The phone will have no Home Button in the front, and sports a small lip at the top edge to place the earpiece, and front camera sensor.

d) iPhone 8 may also feature a front laser and infrared sensor to bring facial recognition capabilities.



e) Touch ID, will be embedded underneath the display.

f) iPhone 8 is expected to introduce wireless charging capabilities.



g) Camera is going to be major highlight of iPhone 8 – at the back, the vertical dual camera setup is going to be essential for AR capabilities.

h) Apple has almost confirmed that the iPhone 8 will come with AR features, (ARKit released with iOS 11).

i) The new iPhone will have an integrated OLED display, an Apple A11 chip, and a 3D front camera as well.

j) Leaked iPhone 8 dummy models show a stainless steel trim around the edge of a black device.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nubia N1 Lite - 10 Key Things To Know

ZTE is all set to launch its much awaited brand Nubia in India today – The new smartphone has been christened as Nubia N1 Lite. It is to be noted that the Nubia N1 Lite was first launched in MWC 2017 this year. However, should you really buy this smartphone with many similar smartphone available in the Indian market today? Here our quick review…



10 Key Things To Know About Nubia N1 Lite.

a) The new Nubia N1 Lite from ZTE is a HD (720x1280 pixels) 5.5 inch smartphone.

b) N1 Lite is powered by a quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM.

c) The phone sports 16 GB inbuilt storage and runs of Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.




d) N1 Lite draws power from 3000 mAh battery.

e) Phone features 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture tagged with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera at front with LED flash.

Also Read: 60 Seconds Review of Redmi 4A - Cheapest VoLTE Smartphone from Xiaomi


f) Smartphone also present a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device capable of unlocking the Nubia N1 lite in 0.3 seconds.

g) N1 lite comes with a textured coating and inward-sloping sides, thus it fits comfortably in the user's palm.

h) This dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone accepts two Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM at ease.



i) Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.

j) The pricing of phone is not out however it may be well under Rs. 8000.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Exclusive Review: New Ford Endeavour - Great Ford Endeavour Drive, Hyderabad 2017



Introduction:

The Ford Motor Company (or "Ford") is an American multinational car maker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. It is one of the most iconic American Automobile brand. Ford started its India operations India in 1998 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, with its Ford Escort model, which was later replaced by the locally produced Ford Ikon in 2001. It has since added the Fusion, Fiesta, Mondeo, Figo, Ecosport and Endeavour models to its product line. 


Also Read: All exclusive review of Tata Hexa





Ford Endeavour is the only SUV from the American automaker which is sold in India. It is a mid-sized to semi-full sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Ford. ReviewsToday team was invited specially for a day-long event to test drive (off-roading) this beast in toughest terrains of Hyderabad – The Great Ford Endeavour Drive. Checkout our detailed review below...




Getting to Know About All New Ford Endeavour 2016:

Ford Endeavour directly competes with Toyota Fortuner in India. The former generation Endeavour did really well for Ford in India, until Fortuner came in. The all new Endeavour is an improved SUV from house of Ford in every possible manner thus making it more appealing. The pricing for the SUV is also quite competitive – INR 26,63,000, which is pretty less compared to Toyota Fortuner.



Also Read: Quick review of Isuzu MU-X SUV (India Edition 2017)



Build & Quality:

Let’s quickly get into its hood to see what Ford Endeavour had to offer. We must say – this SUV is really a beast.



Exteriors - Endeavour is truly an American SUV –it has no chiseled edges but the muscular posture is quite distinctive. It sports a big front grille, flared wheel curves, silver skid plate and tall attitude thus commands a lot of road presence.  


Interiors- The SUV really sways with its luxurious, well-appointed interiors. The dashboard is a nice mix of beige and grey, while its top is swathed in leather that provides a premium feel. The feel is heightened with the well-laid out centre console, quality of plastics, and switches. It also sports single glovebox, sans the cooling. Cabin is definitely more spacious when behind the wheel thanks to the bigger windscreen and lower set dash. The major USP of Ford Endeavour is panoramic sunroof which gives SUV an airy feel.




Features- SUV comes loaded with semi-auto parallel park assist and front parking sensors, along with SYNC3 - Endeavour’s infotainment system which allows you to pair your smartphones via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The SUV’s audio system offers a crunchier sound quality and gets 10 speakers. SUV also boasts of featuring dual zone climate control and temperature control for the second row. 

Also Read: 2017 Best CNG Cars at Entry Level



Space- With a near 5 metre length there’s ample legroom for front and rear seat making it one of the most spacious SUV in its segment. Seats on Endeavour are very comfortable. However the third row is little cramped and is best suitable for kids or adults with small height. In terms of Luggage space, SUV’s third row seats are powered, and you can flip the seats down at the press of a button which adds to the convenience.




Engines and Performance-  Engine is heart of any car, and Ford Endeavour is no different - SUV packs in a five-cylinder, 3.2-litre engine producing 200PS and 470Nm of torque, and could race upto 100kmph in 10.86 seconds. Endeavour weighs heavier at about 2394kg, but six-speed automatic transmission deserves acclaim, as it is the quicker of the two gearboxes to shift gears and adds to the performance. There are two engine variants on offer on the Endy - the 3.2 and 2.2 litre Duratorq. The 2.2 TDCi is available in Trend 2WD/4WD manual or 2WD automatic and Titanium 2WD automatic. The 3.2 TDCi is only available in 4WD automatic in Trend or Titanium avatars. The 225mm ground clearance serves you well, especially when you put the car off the road.




Ride Quality & Off-Road Experience:


The SUV performs extremely well in city traffic with its lighter and more responsive steering. It feels lot sportier and yet very easy to drive in bad traffic too. The 4WD is similar to Land Rover, with a dial that allows you to switch the car's personality to respond to varying surfaces. This Terrain Management System has Rock, Snow/Mud and Sand modes, and works with ease. The Endeavour also gets a rear differential lock. When climbing uphill/rocks the Endeavour’s front parking sensors are great help, which lets one know how close the front end is to obstructions. Really cool feature. For our experience a custom made track was prepared at Area 56 motorsports in Keesara, Hyderabad. We tested 3.2L variant (4WD).  Our off-roading included steep climbs, severe turns, hill descent, water-wading, tilted driving at a 30-degree etc. truly meant for adrenaline junkie like us.

Overall Verdict:

The Great Ford Endeavour Drive had been an outstanding event for our team. This was our first high end SUV off-roading experience. We were simply blown away by the fact what a fully loaded SUV can achieve. The prices of SUV are affordable, offers better specs compared to rivals and comes with brilliant features. From city roads to off-roads, from water to snow – this is a true companion for all roads. 

Truly enchanting & mystic experience – Thanks Ford Endeavour. 


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

India-spec Isuzu MU-X SUV Unveiled: 10 Quick Facts To Know

Isuzu is known in India mostly for its sturdy pick-up cross overs. However it is very soon going to launch their premium SUV, the MU-X in India. Potentially, Isuzu SUV will compete directly with Toyota Fortuner, Tata Hexa, Toyota Innova and the Ford Endeavour in the Indian market. Let us quickly reveal quick 10 facts about this upcoming SUV:


10 Key Things To Know About Isuzu MU-X

1)  MU-X borrows  much of its designs from its cousin the D-Max V-Cross pick-up with a front fascia that's near cloned. 

2) The SUV looks extended and sports a third row of seats and added comforts.



3 The rear styling is revamped and comes with split horizontal tail-lamps and new bumper.

Also Read: Complete End to End Review of Tata Hexa 


4) The SUV’s interiors resembles to that of the V-Cross' and the Chevrolet Trailblazer - The new beige interior theme with revised dashboard with wood trim and new seat upholstery add a premium touch to its appearance.



5) The SUV is loaded with bunch of features like a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, a silver accented steering wheel, roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, split and fold 2nd and 3rd row seats, climate control, 12 cup holders and 19 cubby holes.

6)  Isuzu will be launching multiple variants of the MU-X viz.  4X4 MT and AT initially with the 4X2 models joining later. 



7) The SUV comes loaded with 3.0-litre engine initially, with 150hp 1.9-litre engine in works as well for later launch.

Also Read: 10 Key Things to know about Honda WR-V - Mini SUV 


8) Isuzu MU-X will be assembled locally at Isuzu's Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh.

9) Isuzu’s new 7-seater SUV might come as a cheaper option for buyers looking for 7-seater family car and can be priced at Rs 23 lakh – Rs 27 lakh.

10) The SUV will be launched tentatively on May 11, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Things to Know About Redmi 4A - Cheapest VoLTE Smartphone from Xiaomi

With advent of Reliance Jio and other 4G players in Indian market, the race for affordable VoLTE smartphone have been on rise. VoLTE smartphones segment is majorly dominated by TCL, LYF, Spice, Intex and Lava etc at an entry level. However, the status quo is being challenged by very new, powerful brand – Xiaomi and will be launching Redmi 4A for just Rs. 5,999 and will be available through Amazon starting March 23, 2017. However, the larger question – should you buy Redmi 4A. Let’s check it out:


10 Key Things to Know about Redmi 4A

1. Redmi 4A is the most affordable VoLTE smartphone from house of Xiaomi.

2. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with the pixel density of 294ppi.

3. 4A is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM.



4. The phone runs on MIUI 8 version over Android Marshmallow OS out of the box.

5. Redmi 4A comes with excellent camera capabilities – i.e. 13MP primary camera with an LED flash and in the back it flaunts 5MP camera and can record videos of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution @ 30fps.

6. The phone comes with an internal storage of 16 GB expandable up to 128 GB.

7. Smartphone also come with massive non-removable battery of 3100 mAh.



8. In terms of connectivity phone is loaded with dual SIM, 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass and microUSB 2.0.

9. The phone is available in two color options viz. Dark Grey and Gold version.  The exclusive ‘Rose Gold’ aka pink phone will be launched on April 3.

10. At Rs. 5999,  the smartphone has no fast-charging, fingerprint scanner and the phone doesn’t ship with headphones in the box.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Honda WR-V: Decoded in 60 Seconds | Price | Verdict


Honda WR-V is a newest compact crossover in India that is scheduled to launch on 16th of March. It is built on the Jazz platform, but comes with new fashioning, features, ground clearance etc. This car from Honda will compete directly with likes of Hyundai i20 elite, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra KUV, Fiat Avventura and Suzuki S-cross. Prices starts from 7.75 lakhs upto 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). But the major question, should you buy it. Check out our quick analysis…

Also Read: Honda Jazz Decoded in 10 Points



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Key 10 Things to Know About Honda WRV


1. WRV is the new crossover from Honda which will be priced INR 65,000 more than the Jazz and will offers better ground clearance, body cladding and even roof rails and comes with six colour options i.e. Premium Amber, White Orchid, Golden Brown, Carmelian Red, Alabaster Silver and Modern Steel.

2. WRV sports a muscular looks and hence it resembles more like an SUV than a crossover.

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3. The interiors of WRV is plush and showcases the dashboard which is similar to the Jazz and is sporty. It comes with two colour options: a) black and silver b) bluish grey.

Also Read: Complete Review of Honda - Mobilio


4. Instrument cluster features three dials, one for speedometer, tachometer and driver information system along with keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, dual airbags and even ABS.


5. The cruise control and push start and stop features will be available only on the diesel top-end model, VX.

6. The infotainment system comes loaded with HDMI, MirrorLink, 2 USB and SD card slots.

7. In term of spacing, WRV will not disappoint you – ample boot space of 360 litres and amazing knee room and head room for the rear passengers.



8. However only down side – it does not have rear AC vent, which can be an issue in summer.

9. The WRV comes in two engine variants - 1.2-litre petrol/ 1.5-litre diesel offering 87bhp/100bhp and 115Nm/200Nm respectively by 5-speed/6-speed manual gearbox which suits both city and highway drives. Also note diesel engine even gets a lambda sensor – that checks emission.




10. The mileage of WRV Petrol is 13 KMPL in city / 17 KMPL on highways while Diesel variant will offer 18 KMPL in city and 25 KMPL on highways.


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