Sabtu, 04 Juli 2015

New Car: 2016 Hyundai Creta


Do you have any plan to buy a compact crossover like Ford Ecosport, Honda HR-V, and Nissan Juke this year? If so, and you haven’t decided what car you would pick, you have to consider the new entry in compact crossover. I’m talking about 2016 Hyundai Creta which is just introduced in India this week.

Basically, Creta isn’t a brand new car. It’s just a global version of Hyundai ix25 that is has been sold in China since a year ago after debuting at 2014 Chengdu Auto Show. Name ‘Creta’ is taken from the largest island in Greece, Crete. It will be used internationally, but its home market.

There’s no differentiation between ix25 and Creta. The crossover comes up with Hyundai’s latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Up front, Hyundai gives nice looking headlights that is integrated with blue LED Daytime Running Lights, trapezoidal grill with chrome accent, vertical fog lamps, and combined with two-tone colors front bumper making the Creta looks handsome. From side, Hyundai’s designers adds sculpted lines from A-pillar to D-pillar. At the rear, we can see a muscular part above the rear bumper from two horizontal lines. Meanwhile the taillights comes with a great combination.

Even though Hyundai hasn’t released the interior picture of Creta, but I expect the cabin is same to China-only ix25. The ix25 has a good interior design combined with best quality material and leather upholstery. Interestingly, the consumers in China can choose the dashboard color options: black, blue, and orange. Moreover, Hyundai offers 5-inch screen BlueLink that displays navigation and infotainment during your trip. Just like the cabin, Creta’s dimension hasn’t released yet but once again I guess it will have the same physic like ix25 which has 4,270 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, 1,630 mm high, and 2,590 mm wheelbase.

For the powertrain, Hyundai India offers 1.6 liter petrol unit producing 121 hp. For diesel engines, there are 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter. Those engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission, meanwhile the 1.6 liter diesel gets 6-speed automatic transmission as an optional. There’s no confirmation about 2.0 liter availability outside China that can produce 160 hp.

The car features Hive body structure. It offers a robust yet lightweight body structure with strong dynamics and enhanced safety. The body shell of Creta scores high on overall strength and rigidity and is set to be a new benchmark for this segment.Other features are 17-inch alloy wheels, 6 airbags, and parking reverse camera.

2016 Hyundai Creta will be available in India starting from 21st of July. I hope Creta will male its debut at 2015 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) next August in Indonesia.


New Car: 2016 Audi A4


Finally Audi introduced the fifth generation of A4 this week. Audi promises everything is new outside and inside. From exterior, interior, powertrain, and technology to fight with BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, and Mercedes C-Class.

From exterior, I’m sorry but I have to say that the design is plain. For me, its exterior design is almost the same to its predecessor. It’s more look like the second facelift rather than an all new model. Up front, Audi’s designers give new design of headlights that’s integrated with LED Matrix. Now, the grill comes up with hexagonal shape and we can see new foglamps design. At the rear, the automaker put LED taillights with new formation and dual-exhaust.

Latest A4 is 120 kg lighter than its previous generation. The dimension of New A4 is 4.73 meter long and 2.82 meter wheelbase. A4 Avant comes with 505 liter load capacity but when you fold the rear seats, the capacity increase up to 1,510 liter. Audi claims that it is the best load capacity in the segment.

Inside, the German carmaker offers a lot of gadgets. There is Audi Virtual Cockpit that has debuted in Audi TT comes with 12.3 inch TFT display replacing the traditional instrument panel. In center cockpit there’s an 8.3-inch TFT that will display MMI system. For your ear, Audi immerses Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D Sound, 755-watt and 19-speaker. Furthermore, you can connect your music collection via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

According to Audi, the A4 handling is great combining sportiness and comfort, thanks to re-developed five-link axles and an electromechanical steering. The features that improves driving experience are dynamic steering which varies its ratio based-on car’s speed and steering angle, and suspension, with adjustable shock absorbers.

Under the hood, Audi offers 7 engines for German market. For diesel engine, there are 4 TDIs range from 150 hp to 272 hp. Meanwhile for petrol engines, there are 3 TFSIs range from 190 hp to 252 hp. Those engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission, 7-speed S-Tronic Dual Clutch, or 8-speed automatic transmission. The most green A4 is TDI Ultra sedan that has 150 hp with 99 g/km for its emission.

2016 Audi A4 will be available from the end of this year.

First Sketch: Honda BR-V Concept


In Indonesia, Daihatsu Terios and Toyota Rush dominate the small crossover segment. But in 2016 there will be a new comer from Honda. Rumors about Brio or Mobilio SUV have been spreading around the internet since a year ago. The Japanese automaker just revealed the first sketches of its small crossover, called BR-V (Bold Runabout-Vehicle).

According to Honda, it’s based-on Honda Mobilio. No wonder that its exterior design is look alike its sibling that is in MPV segment. Its front fascia looks tough and more mature featuring new headlights which seems is integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights and Solid Wing Face grill as current Honda’s identity. From side, there are sculpted fine lines which sweep from A-pillar to rear bumper. At the rear, we can see a new rear bumper features vertical sculpted that reminds me to 2010 Fit/Jazz facelift. Moreover, there are C-shaped LED taillights. The body moulding is seen around the car from front, side, and rear.

For its dimension, Honda hasn’t announced it yet. But probably BR-V is slightly longer, wider, and higher with bigger tires. And for the powertrain, I guess that BR-V to get 1.5 liter VTEC from Mobilio. But I hope Honda will offer bigger engine, like 2.0 liter VTEC. For the transmission, I expect the SUV to get 5-speed manual transmission or CVT.

Honda BR-V will make its debut at 2015 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) next August as a concept car. The production version is set to debut in 2016.

Sabtu, 27 Juni 2015

New Car: 2016 Mercedes A-Class


Mercedes just announced the facelift of A-Class. But the updates are in minor scale. Seems like this is the first update (yes, it is. But I mean there’s a possibility for the second updates). The German carmaker did some changes at exterior, interior, powertrain, and immersing a new feature for the hatch.

nside, now the A-Class gets dual instrument binnacle that you can find in CLA and GLA. Moreover, there are redesigned switches, revamped new seats with new colors and trim options, better quality material, and infotainment system that is now has 8-inch display as an optional and now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink. And for Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG, there are multifunction steering wheel with flattened lower section, and sport seats with cushion depth adjustment as standard.

A new feature that is immersed to the five-door hatchback is DYNAMIC SELECT. It is an adaptive damping system that has 4 driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco, and Individual. Moreover, Mercedes offers Motorsport Edition which is inspired by firm’s F1 team. The edition is available from the A200/A200 d upwards. It features green accents on the body, the AMG wheels, and in the cabin.

When you look at to the update 2016 A-Class probably you won’t notice the changes. Let me tell you that you can see the changes carefully. Up front, Mercedes’ designers redesigned the bumper that now comes up with more arrow-shaped. And also, now diamond accent grille is standard for all models. At the rear, you can notice the updates easier. The LED taillights gets new cluster design where duo brake lights surrounding the sign lamps. Furthermore, there are revised rear bumper and new dual-pipes.

And for A45 AMG, Mercedes offers more aggressive and sportier exterior design update. To improve the aerodynamic, Mercedes’ designers redesined the front bumper which is now gets front skirt and canards, a new rear bumper, quad-exhaust, a new rear spoiler, and LED headlights as standard.

nder the hood, there are some changes for the engines. First, A160 which has 4-cylinder 1.6 liter producing 99 hp. For the diesel engine, there’s A180d BlueEfficiency 1.5 liter with 108 hp. Meanwhile for A220d and A250 gets more power around 7 hp. And for A45 AMG, Mercedes’ engineers upgraded the powertrain 2.0 liter producing 376 hp and 475 Nm of torque.

New Car: 2016 Kia Cee'd


The second gen of Kia Cee’d is still the coolest car from the South Korea company, in my mind. Peter Schreyer has done a great job for this hatchback. No wonder the car has got good sales performance reaching 1 million units. This year, it’s time for Cee’d to get facelift. And we don’t need to wait until 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is open, because Kia just released the official pictures and specs of 2016 Cee’d.

Exterior changes are more angular and wider bumper, smaller fog lamps, and chrome accents around the fog lamps and Tiger Nose grille. At the rear, we can see the differentiation among Cee’d, Cee’d Wagon, and Pro Cee’d. Cee’d gets LED taillights that a glance looks like borrow from latest Kia Rio hatch. Meanwhile Cee’d Wagon gets more elegant LED taillights and clean design. And Pro Cee’d gets an attractive design which is seen from cool LED taillights and redesign rear bumper that’s integrated with rear fog lamps.

Just like on the exterior design, the interior gets minor styling update. Now the cabin features chrome accents around the instrument binnacle, upper instrument panel, air vents, base of gear stick, door handles, and the temperature control dials. Meanwhile, now center console gets gloss black finish. Furthermore, Kia offers a new optional Brown Pack color package that adds brown upholstery to the seats and doors.

The powertrain options get a new engine and upgrades. Kia immerses a new engine T-GDI petrol 3-cylinder 1.0 liter that has two output options, 99 hp and 118 hp and deliver 172 Nm of torque for both of them. The powertrain updates are diesel engine 1.6 CRDi which has 108 hp and 134 hp, and 1.4 liter CRDi diesel producing 99 hp. The petrol engines get update for 1.4 liter MPI producing 99 hp and 1.6 liter GDI with 126 hp. Meanwhile the hot hatchback version, Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT have got a new turbocharged system for T-GDI 1.6 liter producing 201 hp. The result is the hatchback can run faster from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.

And for those who wants to buy 1.6 CRDi model, you can get an interesting optional, 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT). 2016 Kia Cee’d will be available across Europe later this year. And I’m still hope that the cool hatchback will be sold in Indonesia.

New Car: 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia


The wait is over. Alfa Romeo finally revealed 2016 Giulia on June of 24th. A four-door sedan that marks the rebirth of Alfa Romeo. Moreover, the middle-size sedan is the first rear-wheel-drive car in over 2 decades from the Italian brand after 1992 75. Giulia is prepared to fight with BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. So, what’s new inside the sedan?

Under the hood, Alfa Romeo just unveiled Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) type which has V6 3.0 liter turbocharged and tuned by Ferrari engineers. The powertrain can deliver up to 503 hp. And its performance is 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from 0 km/h. But if the QV model is too fast for you, the automaker will announce lower and slower engines later.

The 159’s replacement has a perfect 50/50 distribution across two axles. Alfa Romeo said that the Giulia using lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, aluminum, aluminum composite and plastic. The result is Giulia has the best weight-to-power ratio at lower than 3kg/hp, and making its weight under 1,530 kg (Alfa Romeo hasn’t announced Giulia’s weight officially). Meanwhile, its chassis is shared some components with Maserati Ghibli and using Multilink suspension at the rear, and a new double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis for more accurate steering at the front.

The four-door sedan gets Torque Vectoring system with a double clutch that enables rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately. The system can improve driving on low grip condition. Other highlight features are  Active Aero Splitter and a renewed Alfa Romeo DNA driving mode with 4 options: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient, and Racing.

The exterior design, you can recognize it as an Alfa Romeo from distance. Its triangle grille is still at the front fascia that features aggressive and sporty design. Moreover, there are headlights that’s integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights. Its headlights design with narrow design making the Giulia’s face looked grumpy. The car looks muscular, thanks to sculpted lines that are placed on the hood. At the rear, we can see LED taillights and quad-exhaust. Overall, seems like Alfa Romeo wants to introduce its new design language that is combined with its traditional identity.

New Car: 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class


Mercedes GLK is one of the cars that gets name change for the next generation. And the German carmaker just unveiled the second generation of GLK which is now dubbed GLC. I have a good news that is now Mercedes GLC comes with right-hand drive version, unlike its older bro. It means that UK, Indonesia, Australia, and many other countries with right-hand drive can get the GLC.

The new SUV is totally different to the GLK which has boxy design and sharp lines. Now GLC comes up with curvy design that makes it less tough for an SUV. Up front, we can recognize it as a Mercedes-Benz because it has current company’s design language, such as short overhang, a big three-pointed-star on the grille, and LED High Performance headlights.

At a glance, it looks like Mercedes GLA. But I like its face. For me, it look is more handsome than BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Porsche Macan. At the rear, Mercedes designer put LED taillights that at a glance look like C-Class Estate, but it’s bigger. The line design is muscular without sculpted aggressive lines and features dual-exhaust.

The interior has nice and clean design. Looks elegant and luxurious. Some elements are borrowed from latest C-Class and GLE SUV. The instrument panel is sweeping from center air vents to the armrest. In the center console, there’s a touchpad that can be operated with finger gesture. Another good news from the GLC is about cargo capacity. The car’s rear bench features a 40/20/40 split. You can increase the capacity by locking backrests at a steeper angle. So, the total of load capacity increasing to 1,600 liters.

The 2016 Mercedes GLC features 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive with a basic drive torque split of 45% to 55% (front-rear). When you drive on off-road track, GLC’s Rocking Assist Program will raise the car by 50 mm and increase the wheel-slip control threshold. The SUV has other off-road programs, such as Off Road, Incline, and Trailer.

For the powertrain, Mercedes offers petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines. For the petrol, there are GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC which are powered by 4-cylinder 2.0 liter produces 241 hp and 370 Nm. Meanwhile the diesels are GLC 220d which has 2.1 liter producing 168 hp, and GLC 250d that has same capacity but it produces 201 hp. These engines are mated to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with 9-speed. The hybrid engine is badged GLC 350e to get petrol engine which has 208 hp combines with a 114 hp electric motor and mated to 7G-TRONIC Plus 7-speed automatic transmission.
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