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APPLE ROLLS OUT IOS 15.0.2, WATCHOS 8.0.1

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American tech giant Apple has recently released iOS 15.0.2 and watchOS 8.0.1- further updates to its smartphones and smartwatches with some important bug fixes.

The recent update has come as a fix to the outrage people faced with iOS 15. Apple released iOS 15 on September 20 and already updated it once to iOS 15.0.1 to fix an issue where people could not use their Apple Watch to unlock their iPhone 13 while wearing a mask. As per The Verge, the company is also testing iOS 15.1 in beta, which currently includes features like SharePlay, support for adding a COVID-19 vaccination card to Apple Wallet, and new iPhone 13 Pro camera features.

Here’s what the update includes, including Find My bug fix:

1. Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message

2. iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My

3. AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab

4. CarPlay may fail to open audio apps or disconnect during playback

5. Device restores or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models

For the iPad and iPhone, it also fixes a security flaw that Apple says may already be under attack, so an update is required as soon as possible, according to The Verge. iPadOS 15.0.2 is also out.

Reportedly, watchOS 8.0.1 has also been released. According to Apple, here is what all has been fixed:

1. Software update progress may not be displayed accurately for some Apple Watch Series 3 users

2. Accessibility settings may not have been available for some Apple Watch Series 3 users

According to The Verge, both iOS 15.0.2 and watchOS 8.0.1 are currently available for download on supported devices.

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THE LATEST INNOVATION IN AIR PURIFIER RAISES THE STANDARD OF FILTRATION

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Diwali is round the corner and you know it is time for the pollution levels to rise. We all once again will start talking about Air Quality Index and Air purifiers. The last few years we all have realized that Air purifiers have started to become a necessity and tech companies have understood the need of the market and therefore we get a new upgraded purifiers every year now. One company which is surely a market leader when we talk about purifier is Dyson. The latest innovation in the product raises the standard of filtration.

The newest range of this product is still a multi-function device, equipped with a cool fan, heating and air purifying with its HP07 model and cooling and air purifying with its TP07 model. The basic design remains the same as ever which in its own way is classic. It can be placed in a corner in any room, and it looks perfect. The functionality button is placed in the center. You have a multifunctional remote and it is as light and sleek like before.

Dyson claims to have re-engineered the machine airflow pathways to achieve fully sealed HEPA 13 standard filtrations, not only ensuring that no air bypasses the filter, but blocking any potential leak points through which dirty air might enter the airflow. The claim is that 99.95 per cent of particles as small as 0.1 microns are removed. The machine is great at catching any change in pollution levels in the room. As one would light up a candle the levels go higher, and it automatically shifts to Turbo mode. The mode is much quitter this time. You can control your device via the app like earlier.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DEVICE:

• Guarantee: Dyson air purifiers have a 2-year parts and labour guarantee

• Remote control: A magnetized remote control can be neatly stored on top of the machine.

• Sleep time: Pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

• Dyson Link app: Available for iOS and Android, the Dyson Link app enables you to track indoor pollution, temperature and humidity levels and provides maintenance support and troubleshooting

• Voice Control: Compatible with Google Home, Alexa and Siri.

Priced at an introductory price of 39,015 (purifier cool) and 47,515 (purifier hot+cool) for a limited time, instead of Rs 45,000.

The season for purifiers is coming if you are looking for one this one can be your choice.

An interesting polar testing conducted by Dyson showcased.

*The study above has been conducted by Dyson.

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NEW GENERATION KTM RC 125 AND RC 200 ARRIVE IN INDIA

The KTM RC Range has undergone a major transformation, with the 2022 models getting an all-new chassis, improved ergonomics and better performance.

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The KTM RC Range has been a staple Supersport model in the KTM line-up for a number of years, bringing sports bike styling, handling, and performance to smaller bikes. Now the KTM RC Range has undergone a major transformation, with the 2022 models getting an all-new chassis, improved ergonomics, better performance, updated electronics, and of course grand Prix-inspired styling, something that has really worked with the Indian buyer. The idea behind the new generation is to bring in a racetrack DNA for the street. Recently the Austrian bike maker has launched the new RC 125 and RC 200 in the market. The globally unveiled new generation RC 390 will be launched in India in a few months’ time.

There’s a long list of new features both these bikes come with. These include new adjustable handlebars, new LCD dash instrument cluster, Increased fuel tank volume from 9.5 litres to 13.7 litres, a new, Larger airbox, a sharper taillight design and lighter, high-strength wheels. While the KTM RC 125 gets a new Halogen headlight, the RC 200 gets a new LED headlight and a Supermoto ABS. Both the bikes also get an all-new stiffer, lighter split-steel trellis frame, lighter 320mm front brake disc & 230mm rear brake disc, curved radiator, stiffer hollow front axle, wind screen with unique laser texture, integrated front position lamp with front blinkers along with aluminium cast and split pillion grab.

The new bikes get race-inspired lines and two new colorways which according to KTM define their sporty character. The company says this redesign has been purposely undertaken to optimize the aerodynamic properties due to higher top speeds. This has been achieved by a computational fluid dynamics design process, which has reshaped the RC for both style and real-world function. The KTM RC Range Gen-2 features an all-new chassis – a steel trellis frame with bolt on subframe, lightweight wheels & brakes. With fully adjustable handlebar risers, the new RC range combines track day ergonomics and everyday usability into a refined racing machine.

With a collection of premium parts in the KTM RC 200 and KTM RC 125 such as a WP APEX big piston fork in the front and a new WP APEX shock absorber in the rear, all-new LCD dash display, all-new LED headlamps in the KTM RC 200, all-new halogen headlamps in the KTM RC 125, new ABS with Supermoto mode, the bikes have become worthy competitors against other Supersport machines in India. All-new larger 13.7-liter fuel tank provides best in class fuel capacity according to KTM, meaning you can go further, faster for longer.

KTM RC range is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection. The new larger airbox allows the bikes to breathe easier, providing improved responsiveness and increased torque giving it an impressive off the line launch ensuring faster acceleration. The new curved radiator ensures superior cooling for the engine. This improves airflow throughout the engine allowing the KTM RC Range to run cooler, giving it the optimal performance temperature needed to hit the apex, lap after lap, or charge through rush-hour traffic.

As a sports bike, according to KTM, special care has been taken in improving the overall ergonomics of the RC range. For example, the knee area is now ergonomically developed to allow for more rider movement, being as narrow as possible with the largest possible contact area. The new bodywork is designed for optimized wind and weather protection, enhanced heat management by using a combination of inner and outer body panels to direct airflow away from the rider, and not to mention a striking visual presence.

Bookings for the new generation KTM RC 200 and KTM RC 125 are now open, and the latter will start reaching showrooms from next month. The production of RC 200 has started and will be reaching the showrooms soon. It will be priced at Rs.2.08 lakh (ex-Showroom, Delhi) which is the same price as the ongoing model. The RC 125 meanwhile will be priced at Rs. 1.81 lakh (ex-Showroom, Delhi).

The writer is the Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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The most preferred shopping sites in 2022.

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Here is the list of the best online shopping websites to shop online in 2022:

  1. Aliexpress
  2. Amazon
  3. eBay
  4. Google Shopping
  5. Asos
  6. Overstock
  7. Zappos
  8. Wish
  9. Etsy
  10. Eight

Before giving information about foreign shopping sites, it is useful to examine other recommendations that may be of interest to you and that we think will be useful to you.

1. AliExpress

E-commerce stores have become an inseparable part of our lives with the increasing use of the internet and the transfer of shopping needs to the virtual environment. It is now possible to shop from anywhere in the world, from stores on the other side of the world. China-based  Aliexpress  is one of the international virtual stores serving users from all over the world.

It attracts great attention from users due to the fact that it contains various product groups. On the site, producers and consumers have the opportunity to come together directly without intermediaries. The site, which was established in 2009 with the aim of selling to users by Chinese sellers, became one of the largest virtual stores in the world in a short time thanks to the intense interest it received.

AliExpress has hundreds of thousands of merchants and millions of products in different categories. Every product needed from the site, which is the most suitable market of the digital environment, can be purchased at prices many times lower than the market price. It is extremely easy to register and shop on Aliexpress, which stands out with its category and product variety.  

2. Amazon

One of the first companies that come to mind when it comes to online shopping,  Amazon is one of today’s record breaking technology companies. The site, which first started its activities with the sale of books, continued its services by adding products in different categories from time to time.

In a short time, the site, which has a product range that can easily meet all needs from clothing products to technology products, from electrical household appliances to kitchenware, also provides technological services in addition to product sales. Unlike traditional shopping sites, cloud storage and data processing service, and music and movie download service within the scope of subscription are the features that make the site different from its counterparts. 

3. eBay

eBay , which is one of the most popular e-commerce and export sites in the world, provides the opportunity to sell to different countries over the internet and to buy products from different countries. eBay, the online marketplace of the virtual environment, is one of the trusted addresses used by investors to sell products around the world.

Both new and used products can be sold on the site. Selling and buying is easy on eBay, which gives sellers the opportunity to list their top 50 products on the digital market for free every month. You can both sell and shop with an eBay account that can be opened for free without any procedure.

On the giant sales platform, where millions of transactions are made in a day, there are product categories to meet all needs, from old products to new products, from collection products to products with campaigns.

4. Google Shopping

One of the greatest conveniences technology offers to people is the internet. Like many transactions, shopping can be done over the internet, making it possible to benefit from the benefits of technology in the most efficient way. When it comes to the Internet, Google comes to mind directly. It is also a privilege to benefit from Google services in the shopping area, where all kinds of searches can be made and all necessary information can be accessed instantly.

With the Google Shopping service, users can search for products on online e-commerce sites. In addition, comparisons can be made between the products offered by different vendors by using the Google Shoppingi service. Billions of searches are made on Google in a day. Most of these searches are about shopping. Google Shopping service is used to meet the demand of users to buy products.

Google Shopping is not an online shopping site, but an advertisement presented to users by the search engine. Professional sellers use this option to reach their target audience. By using the Google Shopping service, users have the opportunity to access the quality products of large stores and make the right choice by comparing prices.

5. Asos

In the past, we used to go out on the street and wander around the store for hours, trying to find a product. But nowadays, we can reach the product we want in a short time over the internet. And without getting tired! Considering the possibility of purchasing economically priced products with opportunity campaigns thanks to Asos, a UK-based service provider, it will be understood how advantageous online shopping is.

The biggest advantage of the Asos shopping site is that it offers the opportunity to find products in numbers that can be called funny compared to other sites. Uninterrupted customer service support and prompt response to messages greatly satisfy users in terms of reliability.

The shopping site, where cancellation and return transactions can be made easily, has a rich product range that will make it difficult to decide on women’s and men’s clothing. For those who want to dress economically and follow fashion closely, Asos offers hundreds of products in different categories in a variety that will appeal to every budget. 

6. Overstock

Every product offered for sale in Overstock, one of the e-commerce stores of the online market with a long history, is delivered to the buyers in a short time. You can take advantage of the fact that you can buy various needs from clothing to cosmetics, auto parts, accessories and vitamin group from the site with the guarantee of the original product and have it delivered to your home.

Human needs are quite diverse. Some of these needs need to be met daily, while others need to be met periodically. With Overstock, it is possible to find the necessary products for all needs on a single site. The world’s giant store in America’s online shopping, which sells products in many different categories, brings quality products to internet users from all over the world.  

7. Zappos 

There is a great interest in online shopping throughout our country. However, not a day goes by that we do not encounter a new e-commerce store. However, while there is an opportunity such as the internet, those who want to open up to the world, not limited to our country, are in demand for foreign shopping sites.

Isn’t it a great advantage to reach the stores in the other parts of the world and shop from where you live? It is a privilege to buy products from popular stores that have proven their reliability, especially Zappos. Let’s say for those who do not know Zappos among the variety of online stores; Millions of clothing products, shoes and accessories are offered for sale on the site.

Free shipping is an economic opportunity for users when purchasing or returning products. In addition, the ordered product is delivered to the address of the buyers within 2 or 3 days. Other online stores do not have the opportunity to return a product purchased from the site but which is not liked or has problems, for one year. Uninterrupted access to the customer service support of the online sales site, where shopping can be made 24/7, is also possible.  

8. Wish

If you are looking for an online shopping site where you can find the products you love in different varieties and follow technology and fashion soon, Wish is a good alternative. Because on the site, hundreds of different stores from all over the world sell their products. This means that what you are looking for can be found easily.

The product variety is quite high on the site, which practically brings together buyers and sellers for a profitable shopping system for both parties. From Wish, a San Francisso-based service, shipping is made to all over the world, including our country. Wish products are very cheap compared to the market since they are sold directly from the factory without an intermediary company.

Personal payment options are also available on the site, which offers installments by credit card. Remittance or EFT options with a 5 percent discount can be used, as well as payment at the door. With the original product, reasonable prices and payment options, you can have a quality shopping experience on the Wish site.  

9. Etsy

The online shopping system, which has been used for a long time, has now turned into a classic activity. There are thousands of sites that serve as e-commerce stores. On these sites, almost the same products are offered for sale with slight variation in price ranges. Those who want to go out of the ordinary in online shopping are looking for a different site.

Etsy stands out with its unique products at this point. Etsy is a more advantageous site compared to other online companies. Because more handmade products are sold on Etsy. With its vintage-weighted product categories, it brings together those who want to sell or buy these special products.

Like other stores, Etsy does not have a product store. Millions of people on the site sell items with material and moral special value. You can directly access the products you are looking for on Etsy without searching for different items.  

10. Eight

The point we have reached in terms of technology has made our lives much easier. The developments that have taken place have been especially beneficial for us in terms of shopping. Nowadays, every product you want can be found on the internet. Many shopping sites with different names and capacities sell all the products needed.

Otto is one of them. On the site where special design shawls are sold, it is possible to find shawl models that will complement daily use or special day combinations in the most elegant way. The product range is exceedingly wide, as the service is provided with different tastes and budgets in mind. Otto, where women of all tastes can easily find the models they are looking for, takes the classic shawl shopping experience to a special dimension.

The site, which generally sells at economical price ranges, also organizes special campaigns for users. Offering dozens of shawl models to buyers, Otto also keeps customer satisfaction at the highest level with its superior service quality.

How Do I Know If A Shopping Site Is Trustworthy? 

Shopping online is very convenient. Considering the affordable prices in addition to the opportunity to shop without getting tired, online stores are the smartest option to meet the needs. However, online shopping has some risks as well as convenience and advantages. Chief among these is security. Those who want to shop online without experiencing victimization   are doing research on reliable shopping sites . In fact, it is possible to shop reliably on the internet by paying attention to a few simple points. 

Pay attention to the address bar: There is a lock sign in the address bar of trusted sites. In addition, the “https” tag, although not a reliability criterion alone, still serves to distinguish corporate sites. The Google search engine warns users when they enter an unsafe site. 

Price information:  Comparing the price information of the site with different sites before shopping will give a clue about security.  

Advertising phenomenon: As you  know, advertisements appear on the sides of almost every shopping site. However, some of them have too many ads. This is a security criterion for shopping sites.  

Company information : Company information of corporate shopping sites is given clearly. If both the sites serving in our country and  foreign  shopping sites provide reliable service, company information is definitely given in the about us and communication sections.  

Frequently asked questions and comments : It is useful to do research and read the comments before buying a product from a shopping site. Corporate companies provide access to comments made by customers. In addition, extra attention should be paid to frequently asked questions and answers given by the site.  

Customer service : If there is a problem after shopping, whether there is someone to contact or not is one of the security issues to be considered in shopping sites.  

Social media:  Today, almost every shopping site has a social media account. The extent to which these accounts are actively used by the company can guide customers in terms of security.  

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VIVO X70 PRO IS A REAL SUCCESSOR IN TERMS OF ABILITIES TO THE X60 PRO+

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The X70 Pro might be a successor of the X60 Pro, but it is a real successor in terms to abilities to the X60 Pro+. It takes cues more from the Pro+.

SPECIFICATION:

The Vivo X70 Pro is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset and gets up to 12GB RAM. The device gets a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The display gets an aspect ratio of 19.8:9.

Vivo X70 Pro gets a quad-camera setup and the primary lens with a 50MP sensor. The primary camera gets an “Ultra Sensing Gimbal” feature which allows smooth video capture.

Additionally, the phone also supports a 12MP ultra-wide lens, 12MP depth sensor and an 8MP periscope lens. The X70 Pro gets a 32MP selfie camera as well. The Vivo X70 Pro gets a 4,450mAh battery that supports its 44W fast charging. Battery: 4450mAh; Fast charging 44W, Reverse charging.

DISPLAY &DESIGN:

The new model sports a brighter and more energy-efficient AMOLED screen while retaining the 120Hz refresh rate. The screen has great viewing angles and feels very easy to the eye making the usage very easy. The screen is bright, and the colors have such a good contrast making it very comfortable to use.

The X70 Pro is a particularly impressive device as it’s built around a 6.56-inch display, it doesn’t weigh that much, it’s rather thin and carries some serious hardware under the hood.

The device feels premium with its rounded corner comes with solid colors making the device look very premium. The camera modules are very designed in a single array and placed at the back comes craved with the Zeiss Lens.

PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE:

The Vivo X70 Pro swaps the Snapdragon 870 SoC for MediaTek’s top-of-the-line Dimensity 1200 chipset that employs an octa-core CPU and a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU for GPU-intensive tasks.

The octa-core CPU consists of one main Cortex-A78 core clocked at 3.0 GHz joined by another cluster of three Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6 GHz. For less demanding tasks, the chipset relies on a more power-efficient 4x Cortex-A55 cores ticking at 2.0 GHz. The whole chip is based on TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process.

The device we tested holds 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, but other configurations are also available – 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and 12GB/512GB. All of them run on the fast UFS 3.1 storage. Software’s version has been bumped up to version 12. It’s still the Fun touch flavor, as their Origin OS remains exclusive for the Chinese market for now. The stock-ish looking and functioning main UI elements and menus have been substituted with a highly customized and customizable UI. Some of the changes are nifty.

CAMERA:

The real highlight of this device is its camera module. The unique bit is that the phone offers the most versatile camera setup with gimbal OIS, +two telephoto cameras and an ultrawide with AF in such a small package. Being a mid-range segment device, it is giving you some exceptional shooting abilities.

Vivo X70 Pro on the rear packs a quad camera setup featuring a 50-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.75 aperture; a 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.98 aperture, and an 8-megapixel camera with an f/3.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It has a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring a 32-megapixel sensor with an f/2.45 aperture. The good news is that the special Zeiss optics and Zeiss T* lens coating are still around, along with the famous gimbal stabilization on the main camera.

The photographs taken from the Vivo X70 Pro are nothing less than that from a professional dslr. The Zeiss lens makes the picture look so rich and color are so well generated that you win love the results. The autofocus helps making the photographic experience much easier and you would never get a hazy picture.

BATTERY:

A small bump in the battery capacity, now 4,450 mAh, paired with an upgraded, snappier 44W charging, the device tops-up fast.

VERDICT:

The Vivo X70 Pro is available in Cosmic Black, Aurora Dawn, and White colour options.

• 8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 46,990

• 8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 49,990

• 12GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 52,990

The device is a winner in the display, camera, battery department. What one would find a bit of a pinch is the price and would have wished for a different chipset. The pre-installed apps are a bit too many, but you will love the OIS on three lenses.

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TATA MOTORS PACKS A PUNCH, LAUNCHES MICRO SUV

With the Punch, Tata is aiming to create a brand-new segment in the country, that of Micros SUVs.

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Tata Motors has launched its smallest SUV yet, the Punch in the market bang in the middle of the lucrative festive season. With the Punch, Tata is aiming to create a brand-new segment in the country, that of Micros SUVs. According to the manufacturer, the car just doesn’t look like an SUV but also performs like one in certain situations, even though it doesn’t get an all-wheel drive option. Tata Motors design studios in India, UK, and Italy have collaborated to design this vehicle which was further engineered and developed by Tata Motors team in India. The idea was to address a growing customer need for a small in size but large in space SUV.

LOOKS

The Punch gets many SUV cues like a raised ground clearance of 187 mm, cladding on wheel arches and on doors and roof rails. Along with that it gets projector headlamps & LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and signature LED tail lamps which get the company’s famed tri-arrow pattern. The top variant also gets 16-inchdiamond cut alloy wheels and dual tone roof options in white & black. In all there are 7 colours to choose from. The car has been launched in 4 variants or ‘Personas’ called Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. In addition, buyers can further personalize these variants with the Rhythm, Dazzle and iRA customization packs depending on the trim.

INTERIORS

Inside what will catch your attention is the granite black dashboard with glacier grey inserts, premium fabric seats with signature tri- arrow pattern, leather wrapped steering wheel & gear shift knob as well as body coloured AC vents. The feature list is long specially in the top-of-the-line Creative variant. You get auto headlamps & rain sensing wipers, push button start, automatic climate control, adjustable driver seat, cooled glove box, steering mounted control, tilt steering, fast USB charger, and a rear arm rest. The 7-inchharman infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto & Apple Carplay and the car also gets Tata’s now famous iRA connected car technology with What3Words & natural voice tech. Also, on offer is a 7-inch TFT Instrument Cluster as well as cruise control. In all there are over 25 utility spaces inside the cabin and the SUV comes with a boot space of 366 litres.

ENGINE

The Punch runs on the new gen 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine that also powers the Altroz hatchback. It is mated to 5 Speed AMT and Manual Transmission and the car also gets City & Eco drive modes. The Idle Start Stop feature automatically turns off the engine at signals and in traffic to help in achieving better fuel efficiency. The punch gets the Dyna-Pro technology which ensures more torque at lower rpms to help you get out of difficult situations. The AMT version gets an industry first ‘Traction Pro’ to give a spirited performance. For taking on the difficult terrain the car gets a 20.3°approach angle, 37.6° departure angle and 22.2° ramp over angle. It also gets a water wading capability of 370 mm.

SAFETY

The Tata Punch is built on the company’s new and modern Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) Architecture. It has become the third car from Tata motors to get the coveted Global NCAP 5-star rating for adult occupant protection. For child occupant protection it again gets an impressive 4-star safety. The car gets dual airbag sas standard along with ABS with EBD and corner stability control. It also gets a segment first feature called brake sway control which detects the tendency of instability during abrupt braking before the ABS kicks in to avoid vehicle swaying from the driving path. Safety features like child seat ISOFIX anchor points, reverse parking camera and tyre puncture repair kit also find a place in the Punch.

PRICES

The Punch has been launched starting at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) and the prices go up to Rs. 9.09 lakh for the Creative AMT. The customised packs will cost you an additional Rs. 45,000 depending upon what you choose and these prices are valid only till the end of the year after which they are likely to go up. There’s no doubt the Punch gets a stunning design, spacious interiors, attractive price, and of course absolute safety. A turbo engine probably is the only missing link which would make it a complete winner. But that is not everyone’s priority specially at this price point.

The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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HERO LIGHTS UP THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH 2 NEW LAUNCHES

The company has launched the all-new XPulse 200 4 valve and the Pleasure+ Xtec, a more advanced version of the popular scooter.

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World’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero Motocorp is lighting up the festive season with back-to-back launches. And it includes a flagship motorcycle and an affordable scooter. In the last few days, the company has launched the all-new XPulse 200 4 valve and which replaces the 2 valve model in the market and the Pleasure+ ‘Xtec, a more advanced version of the popular scooter. Both come in segments where the brand doesn’t really dominate and these launches could play an active role in attracting more buyers, especially in the festive season.

NEW XPULSE 200 4 VALVE

Building on its DNA of adventure experience, the new XPulse 200 4 Valve comes with the 200cc BS6 4 valve oil cooled engine, that offers 6% more power and 5% added torque than before. Hero says this ensures a relaxed and stress-free ride at high speeds. The bike gets an updated oil cooling system, improved seat profile and upgraded LED headlights, making it more appealing than earlier. The XPulse 200 4 Valve is available at a price of Rs. 1.28 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

The new engine produces a power output of 19.1 PS @ at 8500 rpm and torque of 17.35 Nm @ 6500rpm. According to Hero, it provides more power across the mid and top-end speed range and also offers stress free engine performance even at high-speeds, while keeping the vibrations in control. For better heat management in heavy traffic, the cooling system is now updated with a 7-fin oil cooler. The transmission setup is also improved and offers better strength and durability, while the gear ratio has been updated for better tractive effort and acceleration.

The bike also gets enhanced LED headlight which provides better visibility at night. Some other features that are being offered in the bike include full digital LCD instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and call alerts, turn-by-turn navigation, gear indicator, eco Mode and two trip meters and single channel ABS as standard offering.

The motorcycle features long suspension travel – 190mm front and 170mm rear along with 21” front and 18” rear spoke wheels. It is also equipped with an aluminium skid plate that protects the engine, new toothed brake pedal for maximum grip and control, and an upswept exhaust that enables deep water crossing. The dual-purpose tyres, 10-step adjustable mono-shock suspension, accessible seat height of 825mm and high ground clearance of 220mm also help the adventurous rider.

The new XPulse 200 4V comes in three new colour options – Trail Blue, Blitz Blue and Red Raid to catch all the attention on road. The bike continues to be offered with a Rally Kit which is completely road legal and also homologated for FMSCI approved motorsports events.

HERO PLEASURE+ ‘XTEC’

The Pleasure+ XTec takes the story of the iconic Pleasure brand forward. It features a new LED projector headlamp seen for the first time in the 110cc segment. A new jubilant yellow colour is also now being offered on the scooter. Other features include an Idle-Stop-Start system, digital analog speedometer with Bluetooth connectivity with call and SMS alerts, side-stand engine cut off and a metal front fender. Hero Pleasure+ 110 is available at a starting price of Rs. 61,900 for LX variant and Pleasure+ 110 XTec starts at Rs. 69,500. (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

Hero says the new headlamp provides 25% more light intensity with a longer and wider road reach and anti-fog advantage that offers maximum on-road visibility. In terms of design, it takes forward the scooter’s retro theme and gets chrome additions on mirrors, muffler protector, handlebar, seat backrest and fender stripe. Hero is also offering a dual tone seat and coloured inner panels on the new scooter. A unique novelty is a seat backrest which takes care of pillion comfort. The digital analog speedometer with bluetooth connectivity displays incoming and missed call alerts, new message alerts along with the phone battery status.

The scooter is available in seven colours, the jubilant yellow specially created for the Pleasure+ Xtec. The Pleasure+ XTec comes with a 110cc BS6 engine which produces a power output of 8 bhp @ 7000 rpm and torque on demand of 8.7 Nm @ 5500 rpm. Hero’s i3S patented technology also ensures good fuel efficiency, something that’s really important in gearless scooters.

The writer is the Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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