Force Motors recently launched a more powerful versions of the Gurkha 4×4 SUV and this is only offered in the 3-door Xtreme version. At Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) it is a good 2.5 lakh more expensive than the regular Explorer 4×4. The new pricing also makes it rub shoulders with the Isuzu V-Cross 4×4 which is priced just 14% higher, and hence the reason for this article. Which among the two should you buy and why! The heart of the matter The biggest change in the new Gurkha Xtreme is the engine. This Mercedes-Benz-licensed 140hp OM611 unit used to power the Force One SUV and the older generation E Class at one point of time. Even though it has a smaller displacement than the V-Cross, it puts out more power and the same amount of torque. Most importantly, max torque for the Gurkha is generated at a lower RPM than the V-Cross’ 2.5-litre unit and this comes very handy when off the road. The new heart should also give the Gurkha long legs for highway runs … [Read more...] about Force Gurkha Xtreme 4×4 vs Isuzu V-Cross 4×4 : Which one to buy & why!
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To read the internet, you'd think the VW Up GTI is just about the greatest hot hatch ever to grace mankind. It's small, cheap, accessible and cute, after all. And apparently channelling all that lovely Mk1 Golf GTI spirit - first tick on the bingo card - into a modern, fizzy, desirable pocket rocket package. Us? Not so sure. There's an awful lot to recommend the GTI to prospective buyers, sure. We're running a longtermer based on some of those reasons. But that doesn't automatically mean that for the enthusiast, the only way is Up. It's done a decent job in isolation - VW's almost always do - but nothing really tests a car's mettle like a comparison with its immediate rivals. Trouble is, what to compare an Up GTI with? The Renaultsport Twingo hasn't been replaced (more's the pity), the Abarth 595 range is now 10 years old, a Vauxhall Adam S is £18,875 at list price and, well, what else is there? Fast, small cars aren't the focus they once were, the motivation for manufacturers … [Read more...] about VW Up GTI v Mazda 2 GT Sport v Suzuki Swift Sport
2019 Jaguar F-TypeThe next Jaguar F-Type may have to hide a German accent. According to a Car report from Monday, Jaguar will source the next sports car's engine from BMW. Specifically, the publication reports a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine is on deck for the next F-Type. BMW offers its 4.4-liter V-8 with 456 horsepower in the 2019 X5 and up to 600 hp in the F90 M5. In the M5, BMW squeezes out 553 pound-feet of torque as well. The M5 figures eclipse the output of the current line-topping F-Type SVR, which makes 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The BMW engine would put a nail in the coffin of the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine Jaguar currently uses, which has roots stretching back to Jaguar's days under Ford ownership, and offer better fuel economy. 2019 Jaguar F-Type Car reports the next F-Type's new heart will be placed in a slightly reimagined F-Type, too. While the current car is a two-seater, the next model will reportedly move to a 2+2 configuration. The extra seats … [Read more...] about Next Jaguar F-Type could get BMW V-8, 2+2 layout
Is the BR-V even remotely adequate for Malaysian needs? Colleague Anthony Lim asked me this via chat while I was seated in the middle row of the Honda BR-V, heading back to KL from the media drive in Penang. His tone was skeptical, and while he drives a hatchback with very little space and plenty of horsepower, I suspect there are many regular (and less focused) punters out there wondering the same. Personally, I had some doubts to clear up too, and a drive to the Pearl of the Orient and back did the job for this writer. Launched in early January, the seven-seat BR-V has an order book that’s bulging with close to 9,000 names so far, exceeding Honda Malaysia’s expectations and creating a two-month waiting list. So many people can’t be wrong, or can they? We find out. The “Bold Runabout Vehicle” was first seen as a mildly disguised prototype in August 2015 at the inaugural GIIAS show, and production started in early 2016, the year that also saw the … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Honda BR-V 1.5L review
VW’s Seven-Passenger Large SUV Siblings Volkswagen is a latecomer with its three-row Atlas SUV. Designed for the American market, the Atlas lives up to its name–it’s big, which is a good thing if you need to seat up-to seven people. For most, this is something very few of us do on a regular basis. However, if you have a growing family and need the extra storage space for all their (and their friends’) gear, the 2018 Atlas should be on your wish list. VW wants to play with the big boys VW designed the Atlas interior to be open and inviting, even for passengers venturing into the third row. You need to be a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to access or comfortably sit in the far back of many seven-passenger SUVs. Not so with the Atlas, as VW has made the access easy with fold-and-slide second row seats, and a third row bench with good thigh support and a comfortable angle for the seat back. Maybe six-footers would not want to spend a few hundred miles back there, … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium 4Motion vs. Atlas 2.0T SE