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.

Minggu, 21 Juni 2015

New Car: 2016 BMW 7 Series

BMW revealed the sixth generation of 7 Series. As you know (and so does everyone else), the sedan is ready to beat Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 (sorry Lexus LS. You have to work harder). Everything is new, more luxurious, and more sophisticated.

BMW engineers did hard work to get lighter weight. The result is the latest 7 Series is 200 kg lighter and 130 kg lighter (for 750i xDrive) than its predecessor, thanks to the combination of carbon fiber structures, steel, aluminum, magnesium, and plastic. According to Klaus Frohlich, BMW AG board member, the new 7 Series is the lightest car in its segment.

The exterior’s styling is the combination of the fifth gen 7 Series and latest BMW’s design language that we can see on latest 3 and 4 Series. Up front, there are new headlights design that is now adopt laser technology. At the rear, we can see new LED taillights and chrome accent that is placed horizontally through the lights. To make it sportier, BMW adds dual-exhaust.

Codenamed G11, the latest luxury sedan is 5,098 mm long, 3,070 mm wheelbase, 1,902 mm wide, and 1,467 mm tall. Meanwhile G12 (long wheelbase/LWB) is 5,238 mm long, 3,210 mm wheelbase, 1,902 mm wide, and 1,479 mm tall.

Inside, the new sedan comes with more modern look featuring 3-spoke leather steering wheel, digital instrument graphic, iDrive 5.0 infotainment system that can be operated via touch screen or gesture control for the first time. It also comes with wireless charging for your mobile phone, an optional 7-inch removable tablet which can control functions of the car, and more.

The highlight technology in the car is Remote Control Parking. It enables the latest 7 Series moving in and out from the garage or parking space without anyone inside the car. While the car is parking, the driver can monitor its progress via BMW Display Key.

Under the hood, for European market BMW offers 3.0 liter turbo six-cylinder producing 326 hp for 740i and 740Li, V8 4.4 liter turbo produces 450 hp for 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive, and 3.0 liter turbodiesel with 265 hp. For USA market, there’s a little bit change for 3.0 litr turbo six-cylinder produces 320 hp. Early 2016, BMW plans to launch 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid which has 4-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged. The electric luxury car can run in electric mode up to 37 km with maximum speed 121 km/h. Those engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.

Jumat, 19 Juni 2015

Supercharged Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Giveaway!

Extreme Terrain and accessories manufacturer, Barricade Off-Road just revealed a fully-built 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, called Project Trail Force at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler, Pennsylvania. So, what does make it to be the coolest Wrangler ever?

The legendary SUV features a centrifugal Ripp Supercharger making it has more 140 horsepower to the otherwise factory V6 3.6 liter powertrain. Furthermore, it has Rock Krawler long-arm lift kit utilizing coil-overs making it 3.5" higher than stock. The standard tire is replaced by 37" and Mammoth Boulder wheels which is ready take you to anywhere you want. 

Exterior, we can see some changes, such as trail-ready Barricade Front Bumper, Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier, Fender Flares and Rock Sliders. For those who like night adventure, there are full Raxiom Lighting upgrade including two 25" LED spotlights, two 3” square LED off-road lights and a 50” double row LED light bar. In case that isn’t enough lighting to turn night into day, it is equipped with KC Hilites 7" LED headlights.

On the inside, this 2015 Wrangler is hooked up by Rugged Ridge with a pair of their Grab Handles, All Terrain Floor Liners, Cargo Liner and Seat Covers. Finally, the interior is finished with a Raxiom OE-Style Navigation including Bluetooth and Back-up Camera to help you find the trail.

Are you interested to have it? If so, Extreme Terrain is holding a contest to win the fully-built Wrangler. Every single US resident who is 18 year-old or older can enter the contest once per week until 23rd of October, 2015. Extreme Terrain will be flying one luck winner to 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where Project Trail Force doing world premiere to claim his/her prize. 

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to register.
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