After battling coronavirus and its resulting lockdown, the Indian two-wheeler industry is gearing up for the upcoming festive season. New models and editions are getting launched in the hope that more consumers will lap up the products. While Honda has launched a new motorcycle, rival Hero has launched a new variant of the Maestro Edge 125. And while we’re at scooters Suzuki has introduced connected technology in its scooters.
Honda H’ness CB350
Japanese bike maker Honda has finally entered the 350-500 cc segment with the H’ness CB350, a bike that aims to end the dominance of the likes of Royal Enfield, which is certainly not an easy task. The retro design of the bike certainly reminds many of Royal Enfields and there are several elements that contribute to that. The most obvious is the extensive use of chrome on exhausts, mirrors and fenders. Y-shaped spoke alloy wheels and wider rear section tyre contribute to the modern roadster look of the motorcycle. A dualtone fuel tank is there along with a digital-cum-analogue speedometer which has a side stand indicator, mileage features, gear position indicator and battery voltage meter. And yes the bike gets full LED lights on both the front as well as rear.
H’ness runs on a 350cc, air cooled 4 stroke OHC singlecylinder engine that delivers torque of 30 Nm@3000 rpm. Honda says the technology on the bike eliminates both primary and secondary vibrations, something Enfields are infamous for. However, the there’s enough and more sound of the exhaust if you like it that way. A large 45mm tailpipe along with a single onechamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note. The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and keeps the engine temperature within acceptable range.
Honda is promising many segment first features on the bike. A selectable torque control (HSTC) helps in maintaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds among other things. It also gets an assist and slipper clutch which ensures smoother gear shifts along with a smartphone voice control system which allows riders to make phone calls, use navigation, play music and see incoming messages. Then there is the dual channel AB S with a large 3 1 0 mm disc brake up front and 240mm rear disc. On the front is a 19- inch wheel while the rear gets an 18-inch one. The CB350 comes with a dual seat and a fuel tank capacity of 15 litres, things which promise a long comfortable ride. The bike is available in 2 variants — the DLX which is offered in 3 single tone colour options, while the more expensive DLX Pro can be bought in 3 different dual-tone options. Honda will be offering a 6-year warranty package which includes a 3-year optional extended warranty on motorcycle. The price of the Honda H’ness CB350 will start from around Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
Suzuki Connected scooters
While Honda got in a new connected motorcycle to the mar- ket, rival Suzuki has decided to give its existing scooters connected technology. The company has launched the Access 125 and the Burgm a n Street with Bluetooth enabled digital console. The technology that lets the rider sync his/her mobile phone seamlessly with the vehicle’s console has been developed to provide features such as turn-by-turn navigation, call & SMS alert display, WhatsApp alert, estimated time of arrival alerts, missed call alert and caller id, over speed warning and phone battery level display.
The rider needs to download the ‘Suzuki Ride Connect’ application from the Google play store of any Android phone to be able to use the feature. After this the phone can be paired with the scooter, to use navigation assistance and features such as last parked location and trip report. Apart from bluetooth connectivity, both the scooters have also been given new colour options. While a new Matte blue option has been given to both the scooters, the Access also gets a Metallic Royal Bronze. The latter will now also get LED position lights as an added feature across all variants.
The prices for these scooters start at Rs 77,700 (ex-showroom) for the drum brake variant of the Access. The Disc brake version will cost you Rs 900 more. On the other hand, the Burgman Street is available in just one disc brake variant for Rs 84,600 (exshowroom).
Hero Maestro Edge 125 Stealth
Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has also launched a new version of the 125 scooter, Maestro Edge. The ‘Stealth’ edition of the scooter gets carbon fiber textured strips, white accents and tone-on-tone stripes and is available in an exclusive matt grey theme. The parametric patterns and sharp accents with crest badging are all the more visible with this theme. It runs on a 125cc fuel injection engine which delivers a power output of 9 bhp torque-on-demand of 10.4 Nm. The scooter has been priced at Rs 72,950 (ex-showroom).
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com.
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ONEPLUS NORD CE 5G HAS MORE HITS THAN MISSES
It is time for a device with a strong core. OnePlus launches Nord5G CE. CE literally stands for ‘Core Edition’. Nord 5G made its way into the market in July last year and now it’s time for an upgrade with some new editions and competitive pricing. Let’s find out if Nord 5G CE is the upgrade you have been looking for.
OnePlus Nord has kept the design cue simple and like the previous model, CE 5G gets the similar Blue Void colour. The device is slim at 7.9mm and is light to hold at 170g. It is an easy device to be used with a single hand having the power button and volume rockers placed on the side centre. The device is curvy, making it easier to grip. Having a minimalistic bezel around the device, it is slightly larger towards the chin. The phone gets a micro SIM slot but misses out on a micro-SD slot. The device does get a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the device alongside USB Type-C port and speaker.
Flip the device and you get a Blue Void striking colour with a triple lens camera module which does protrude out a bit but it’s not really a problem. The matte finish at the back helps keep the finger marks away.
The 6.43-inch AMOLED display has full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner and Asahi Dragontrail glass for protection. Powering the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. You get 6GB of RAM on the base variant of the Nord CE 5G, and a 12GB RAM on the top range that I had for review.
There are only two storage options on this smartphone—128GB and 256GB. The Nord CE 5G has support for Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and six satellite navigation systems. There is support for dual 4G VoLTE, as well as 5G connectivity.
SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE
Nord CE 5G has the same ease and magical experience of the software which OnePlus has been well-known for. The device runs on OnePlus’ custom OxygenOS. The device has a clear interface, easy to use, and comes with good add-ons like two years of Android updates and three years of security updates.
The device is a pure delight for anyone and everyone. It is seamless while multitasking. You can switch from apps without hesitation. There is no trouble or lag that you would face using this device. Being light and handy makes the process even easier.
For gamers this device is a delight. You can play with the Game Mode on and not be disturbed during your game time. The graphic display is good; the only hindrance faced was the device heated up a little post a long gaming session.
OnePlus has packed a 4,500mAh battery into the Nord CE 5G which is slightly bigger than the one in the original OnePlus Nord. This phone supports 30W fast charging and comes with a Warp Charge 30T charger in the box. Having the default 90Hz refresh rate, the device can run for over 18 hours.
OnePlus Nord CE packs in a triple camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel primary camera with an Omnivision sensor, f/1.79 aperture and EIS; an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view; and a 2-megapixel black and white camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.45 aperture.
Daylight photography generated desired results with the primary lens. Ultra-wide lens did give you what you were looking for in an image but the quality might not be too good.
Low light photography is also not too good. In the Nightscape mode, the phone takes eight exposures and combines them into one photo. This process takes about 7-8 seconds. The output of that is much better.
Front camera gives you results as desired. The portrait mode works well with your selfies, giving the depth you would want from a selfie camera.
Video recording tops out at 4k 30fps for the primary camera and 1080p 60fps for the selfie shooter.
PRICE & VARIANTS
OnePlus Nord CE 5G price starts at Rs 22,999 in India for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs 24,999, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs 27,999.
All three variants are available in the dark Charcoal Ink finish. The 8GB variant is also available in a Blue Void colour. The 12GB RAM version gets the above two and you get a Silver Ray option as well.
Nord CE 5G is a device which fares well in all departments. Camera might not be the best offered by OnePlus, but the overall experience of the device is good. You get a capable device in 3 variants and colour options with an above average performance and software. The Core Edition does make an impact, but it does face competition.
SKODA OCTAVIA IS BACK WITH A NEW LIKEABLE CHARACTER
First launched in India almost two decades ago, Skoda Octavia is back in the market with everything new about it but the name. Will the luxury sedan be able to hold fort?
NEW DELHI: A car that was first launched in India almost 2 decades ago is back in the market with everything new about it but the name. The name Skoda Octavia still excites many car lovers in the country and the new generation of the sedan aims to attract a fresh set of buyers towards itself and the Czech car brand. Yes, the market has evolved, and it is now dominated by SUVs of various shapes and sizes. In the middle of this, the big question is: Will a luxury sedan be able to hold fort?
The Octavia has been completely redeveloped; it gets a new, light design which makes it look more muscular than before. According to Skoda, every panel of the car is new. It is 4,689 mm long, 1,469 mm tall, 1,829 mm wide, and comes with a wheelbase of 2,680 mm. The classic chrome laden grille is flanked by narrower, new headlights featuring Bi-LED technology and daytime running lights which come as standard. The car is available in 5 colour options—lava blue, candy white, magic black, brilliant silver, and maple brown—with the last two exclusively available on the more expensive Laurin & Klement variant.
The new Octavia gets premium beige suede leather upholstery complemented by chrome highlights. The multi-level dashboard has been completely redesigned while the two-spoke multifunction steering wheel gets paddle shifts and black leather. The new 25.4 cm display infotainment system gets a touch slider to adjust the volume or the map. Smartphones can be paired to the infotainment system, offering access to infotainment apps. The premium canton sound system on the L&K features 12 speakers, including a subwoofer, and has a power output of 600 plus watts. The car also gets a 2-zone climate control for front passengers while the new lighting system assists in safety and turns red when the front doors open.
The Octavia also comes with gesture-operated LED reading light unit, smartphone pockets on the front seat backs, a storage compartment in the front doors for an umbrella, easy open-cup holders, a pair of USB C Ports in the dashboard and centre console, a USB C port behind the internal rear-view mirror and roller sun blinds. The car offers 600 litres and 1,555 litres luggage space after folding down the rear seats. The electrically controlled 5th door or boot hatch opens and closes at the mere touch of the button on the remote control. It is equipped with a virtual pedal enabling contact-free access. However, a major miss on in the car is the absence of a sunroof.
A first for the Czech auto manufacturer in India, the fourth generation Octavia features ‘shift by wire’ technology and electric parking brake. A rocker switch is integrated into the centre console which controls and electronically conveys the gear selection to the transmission unit. The car runs on a turbocharged 2.0 TSI petrol engine which delivers 190 PS of power and a peak torque output of 320Nm.According to the company the sedan comes with a fuel efficiency of 15.81 kmpl.
The standard safety equipment on the higher Laurin & Klement includes 8 airbags, iBuzz fatigue alert and AFS (adaptive front-lighting system). In addition, the car also comes with ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESC (electronic stability control), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and tyre pressure monitoring system. The car is also equipped with the “MyŠKODA Connect” connectivity solution that helps one in case of an emergency with features such as roadside assistance and SOS. It also helps keep the car secure in the owner’s absence with features like geo fence, time fence, etc. It also offers useful information driving behaviour and trip analysis.
The base or Style variant of the car is priced at Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) while the Laurin & Klement version will set you back by Rs 28.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This means the car is now much more expensive than what it was earlier, and at a time when sedans are not finding much favour with the buyers such kind of pricing may not help the brand. But the name Octavia has done wonders for Skoda in the Indian market before, so do not be surprised if history repeats itself.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
GALAXY M42 5G: AN AFFORDABLE 5G DEVICE FROM SAMSUNG
Samsung as a brand stands for durability, good products, great after sales. Over the last few years an area where this brand has made its mark is the product range. It has an extremely versatile range where there is something for everyone. A recent addition is the Galaxy M42 5G. Is it just an affordable 5G device or more than that? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is a big smartphone. As you pull it out of the box the first thing you realize is that it is a large device with a 6.6-inch display. It comes with a minimal bezel around with a dew drop notch. The back panel comes with ‘galsstic’ what Samsung calls a glossy finish. It gets an interesting looking back panel. The back has 4 divisions with the topmost being completely black with the camera module sitting on the left. The cameras module has been very set which doesn’t bulge out at all. The remaining 3 divisors have a dotted fashion which gets lighter by each block. Samsung calls this Prim Dot Black and Prim Dot Gray.
Galaxy M42 5G is 8.6mm in thickness and weighs 193g. The SIM tray is on the left of the plastic frame, while the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and loudspeaker are at the bottom. The top only has the secondary microphone.
The device is light and can used easily by a single hand. It might not be very comfortable to hold all the time as the device is wide.
FEATURES & PERFORMANCE
Galaxy M42 5G gets a 6.6-inch AMOLED display sports only an HD+ resolution and has a 60Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy M42 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G processor. Samsung offers the Galaxy M42 5G in two variants, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The storage on both these variants is 128GB. You can expand storage by up to 1TB.
Samsung has picked a capable processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, it surely delivers. I didn’t have face any lag or delay. Multi-tasking was error free. The display feels very comfortable to the eye indoor as well as under bright sunlight.
For gamers the device is a complete bliss. You would enjoy a hazel free gaming session without the phone heating up.
Galaxy M42 5G runs One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11. One UI feels very familiar if you have been using Samsung smartphone, and if not, it is very easy to get used to.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes with a 5000 mAh battery. Which lasts almost a day with regular usage of the device. The device takes around one and half hour to charge fully.
Galaxy M42 has a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, it has a 20-megapixel shooter in the dewdrop notch at the front.
Quality and clarity of pictures clicked by the primary lens have satisfactory results. The ultra-wide camera has a lower resolution.
Be it portrait, close or micro shots the results for all of them have been decent and appealing to naked eye.
Photographs in low light are not as good as the primary lens. Night mode does give some good images with the brightness level being high.
Selfies have beautification enabled by default, so you do see yourself a bit fairer and smoother. You get a good portrait option which can help you get pictures worth posting.
Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the primary camera. Super Steady mode uses the ultra-wide-angle camera and provides good stabilisation.
Galaxy M42 5G is an affordable 5G device from Samsung. Which comes with a capable processor, good camera, decent battery life, good performance and design. What it misses out is on a better display but that is why the price of the device has been kept in track. At Rs 21,999 the device does have competition within Samsung and few others but if you are fond of the Korean giant over the Chinese company then this one can be your pick.
‘DARK SHADOW’ EDITION MAKES BMW X7 EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE
The most striking feature on the X7 ‘Dark Shadow’ edition is the special paint finish in frozen arctic grey metallic colour. This high-quality and elaborate body finish is being used for the first time in a BMW X model.
NEW DELHI: The BMW X7 is the flagship SUV of the German luxury car maker. Starting at Rs 95.90 lakh (ex-showroom), it is beyond the reach of most car buyers in the country. But now to make the SUV even more exclusive, the Bavarian giant has introduced its first ever limited-edition model called the ‘Dark Shadow’. Just 500 units of the car will be available for sale worldwide, that’s how exclusive the brand wants this edition to be. The price in India is Rs 2.02 crore (ex-showroom) and it is available in M Sport design scheme. It can now be booked online and the model comes to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU).
The most striking feature on the X7 ‘Dark Shadow’ edition is the special paint finish in frozen arctic grey metallic colour. This high-quality and elaborate body finish is being used for the first time in a BMW X model. This paint finish in body columns, exterior mirror bases, a black chrome finish on the frame and the bars of the kidney grille create a subtle contrast to the matt shimmering body of the car. Another exclusive feature is the 22-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design with a jet-black matt finish and fitted with mixed tyres. The M-Sport model also gets the highly advanced BMW Laserlights for a clearer view.
This flagship is loaded with a lot of features. The driver and front passenger get electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory function. These seats also get active seat ventilation that promises to reduce stiffness and fatigue by continuously adjusting the seat surface. The edition gets an M leather steering wheel while the large sky lounge panoramic glass sunroof extends all the way till the third row. The car has five-zone air conditioning with captain seats on the second row and soft close function for doors. Another highlight in the interior is the use of exquisite glass that embellish the insert of the gear selector, the iDrive control wheel, the audio control button, and the start/stop button.
The car gets BMW Individual merino full leather upholstery which comes in ‘night blue/black’ two-tone with contrasting seams, as does the BMW Individual roof liner in night blue with alcantara finish. The upper part of instrument panel and door armrests are covered with nappa leather in night blue. Black merino leather is used in the lower section of the instrument panel and on the front backrests. The centre console sees the use of piano black finish bearing and bears an edition logo. Some cool tech on the SUV includes gesture Control, a display key, wireless charging and wireless apple carplay and android auto. There are two 12.3-inch screens doing the job of instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system. The luxury SUV also gets a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers.
The BMW X7 M50d is powered by 2993 cc three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine which produces an output of 400 hp and a maximum torque of 760 Nm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 5.4 seconds. This is accompanied by the sweet sound of the M Sport exhaust system. The eight speed steptronic sport automatic transmission does its duty on the car. The car comes as standard with the M Sport differential and a model-specific chassis set-up to sharpen its agility and steering precision. The adaptive 2-axle air suspension enables raising and lowering of vehicle at the touch of button and automatically adjusts the height of the car to suit any given driving situation. The SUV also gets an auto start-stop, ECO PRO mode and brake-energy regeneration for better fuel efficiency which is claimed to be 12.04 kmpl.
The X7 gets a host of driver assistance systems which includes a head-up display which uses full-colour graphics to provide information to the driver without having to divert their eyes from the road. Parking assistant plus with surround view camera makes parking in tight spots easier by taking over acceleration, braking as well as steering. electronically controlled ‘automatic differential brakes/locks’, extended ‘dynamic traction control’, hill start assist and hill descent control have been provided to take on difficult terrains. Some more safety features include six airbags, attentiveness assistance, dynamic stability control including cornering brake control, electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
VIVO X 60 PRO: MORE THAN JUST A PREMIUM CAMERA SMARTPHONE
Premium smartphone segment in the last one year have seen a lot of new entries not just by prominent brands but also brands which have tried to expand their lineup. Vivo is one such brand we did witness X50 Pro last year, and it make it to the list of disruptive devices. This time around it is the X60 Pro which looks more impactful with its collaboration with German lens maker Zeiss. Let’s find out if the device is just a premium camera smartphone or more than that?
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Vivo X60 Pro feels premium as you pull it out of the box. The device takes its cues from its predecessor but is way lighter and feels way sleeker in your hand. I am extremely impressed by the back of this device. It is clean with AG glass with a frosted glass finish and anti-fingerprint coating prevents it from picking fingerprint and smudges. The camera module is well set at the back. Unlike high end premium devices, the smartphone is not bulky neither is the camera module bulging out. This really helps keeping the device cover free even though you get one in the box.
As for its display, the phone sports a 6.56-inch fullHD+ resolution AMOLED screen of 120Hz refresh rate. It is a two-side curved screen with fine contrast, ample brightness, and smooth touch response. The display and the rear panel are protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
Weighing 177g, the phone is lightweight and easy for single-handed use. The device is available in two colors- Midnight Black and Shimmer Blue.
The Vivo X60 Pro is a photographers delight device. It has number of filters and features to make the experience even better. You get the stablisation which makes the process way more fun.
The triple-camera system includes a 48-megapixel (Sony IMX598) primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP portrait sensor. At the front, there is a 32MP sensor for selfies and videos. The camera system is co-engineered with the German optics maker Zeiss.
You experience with the device’s camera for a day-to-day usage is commendable. You get desired results from the primary lens with such great detailing. What makes the experience even more fun is the Gimbal Stabilisation 2.0. This new stabilisation technology detects horizontal and vertical shakes, providing blur and shake free imaging experience without the need of any addition support – like that of gimbal. You can record 4K 30fps, 4K 30fps videos with standard stabilisation; the camera allows ultra-stabilisation only for 1080p videos.
Portrait photography on the device is worth an instant Instagram post. You have multiple filters making the edit way easier and more social media friendly.
The low light photography experience is good too. You again have multiple features to make the picture a perfect memory.
The selfie lens does the work which is needed but the problem that have always had continues it softens the tone and makes the image look too filtered and unreal. This does work well for a lot of people.
The Vivo X60 Pro powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 system-on-chip, paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, the smartphone is no less than a beast while handling multi-tasking. For all gamers you get the Ultra Game Mode which helps you have your single concertation only on the game with no class and updates.
For heavy games this device is of no issue at all. You can easily enjoy your high graphic games without any lag and trouble.
The Vivo X60 Pro ships with Android 11-based FunTouch OS 11.
The Vivo X60 Pro is powered by a 4,200mAh battery, supported by 33W fast charging. Full charge takes an hour and last over a day. With normal day usage if you are using the camera a lot more than the battery life might differ for you.
The Vivo X60 Pro has mostly everything going right for it. Priced at Rs 49,990 (12+256GB) the device has a lot going for it. It has more to it than just a good camera set up. It is a fully rounded device with great design elements and up to date features. Someone who is spending around 50,000 on a device now also has a multiple-choice option where X60 Pro fits in for a true camera lover who does want other premium features.
NEW-GENERATION MERCEDES-BENZ GLA ARRIVES ON INDIAN SHORES
Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mercedes-AMGGLA 35 launched in India. The good thing is that both these cars will be assembled locally at the Mercedes-Benz plant at Chakan, near Pune.
The most affordable SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the GLA has been launched in the market after facing some delays owing to the second wave of Covid 19. Along with the GLA, the AMG or performance version of the car, the GLA 35 has also been introduced in India. The good thing is that both these cars will be assembled locally at the Mercedes-Benz plant at Chakan, near Pune. While the GLA range starts at Rs 42.10 lakh (ex-showroom) the AMG GLA 45 will set you back by Rs 57.3 lakh. The German car maker has also clarified that these are only introductory prices and starting July 1, 2021 they will go up by Rs 1.5 lakh.
When compared to the previous generation, the new GLA has larger dimensions. The car has been launched in progressive line and AMG line versions with the most notable differentiating factor between the two being the single horizontal slat grille which is flanked by a new generation of headlamps. Inside too while the progressive line gets beige/black upholstery and a multi-functional steering wheel, and the AMG line gets Artico dynamica combination along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Mercedes says the new GLA gets a segment best wheelbase of 2,729 mm and more headroom than before.
The GLA now gets the Mercedes-Benz user experience MBUX system which makes it a connected car. The “Hey Mercedes” voice command powered by AI makes life easy for the occupants in many ways. There are 43 features in all and along with a new generation navigation system, the Mercedes me connect gets over the air updates. Some notable features are live traffic Information, remote engine start and Alexa and Google voice integration.
Some other features in the car include easy Pack tail gate, panoramic Sunroof, ambient Light with 64 colours, 2-zone automatic climate control, charcoal and HEPA filter, wireless charging and smartphone Integration (Apple Car Play and Android Auto). The car also gets energising seat kinetics which support orthopaedic changes in the seating posture.
The SUV gets both Petrol and Diesel engine options. The GLA 200 Petrol runs on a 1,332 cc, 4-cylinder mill that churns out 163 horsepower along with 250 Nm of torque. The 220 D Diesel which runs on a 1,950 cc, 4-cylinder engine is much more powerful at 190 horsepower and delivers a peak torque of 400 Nm. While the former gets a 7-speed DCT gearbox the latter is mated to an 8G-tronic Automatic. THE AMG line, offered with the Diesel is the only trim that gets a 4-wheel drive system. Depending on the variant the top speed ranges between 210 kmph to 222 kmph.
Safety features on the car includes 7 Airbags including a knee airbag, pre-safe, active brake assist pedestrian safety and attention assist. While the Progressive line is available in 5 colours with 2 upholstery offerings, the AMG Line is being offered in 5 colours with black dinamica microfiber upholstery and aluminium trim.Mercedes is offering an 8-yearengine and transmission warranty with the new GLA and a a service package for the SUV starts at Rs 61,200 for 2 years.
There is a lot that differentiates this more more powerful version of the car when compared to the regular GLA. The AMG grille with vertical chrome plated lamalle and the AMG front bumper with flics on the air intakes really stand out while you also get bigger 19-inch AMG spoke wheels. The rear adaptive LED tail-lamps are new too and are complimented by rear spoiler, two twin diffusers for better aerodynamics and chrome laden twin round exhausts. AMG GLA 35 is being offered in 5 colours plus “on special request” Patagonia Red. All the cars would be with Black Dinamica Microfiber upholstery along with Aluminium trim. Also on offer are a Burmester surround sound system and AMG Suspension.
The 4-cylinder 1,991 cc Petrol engine on the car makes a whopping 306 horsepower along with a peak torque of 400 Nm. The car accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 5.1 seconds which is much faster than other GLA variants. Along with an 8-speed DCT gearbox, the car also gets the Mercedes 4-wheel drive system called 4Matic. A fuel consumption figure of 13.47 kmpl is being claimed here. The 8-year engine and transmission warranty has been offered with this AMG as well and the service package for 2 years starts at Rs 63,600.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
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