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.
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