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HOW ROYAL ENFIELD METEOR 350 IS A NEW-AGE CRUISER MOTORCYCLE

The Chennai-based bike maker has just launched the Meteor 350 in the market, which in a sense is a replacement for the Thunderbird 350 cruiser and promises new levels of refinement.

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A new motorcycle from Royal Enfield is always looked forward to by the fans of the brand, but when the product is all-new with a new engine, platform and never-before-seen features, the anticipation is even more. The Chennai-based bike maker has just launched the Meteor 350 in the market, which in a sense is a replacement for the Thunderbird 350 cruiser and promises new levels of refinement. The name Meteor comes from another iconic Royal Enfield motorcycle which was launched at the end of 1952.

DESIGN & FEATURES

The Meteor 350 gets round Halogen headlamps but gets a nice looking LED DRL surround. The tail lamps have an unusual design when compared to the Thunderbird. The handlebar controls and switchgear are premium quality, with rotary power and lighting switches reminding you of some iconic machines from the past. A highlight is the new instrument cluster which is a combination of analogue meters and an LCD display which provides information like gear indicator, fuel gauge, clock and tripmeter. To enable charging on the go, a USB port is there too, but its position is not ideal. Making its debut on the bike is the new TBT (Turn-By-Turn) navigation pod, known as the Royal Enfield Tripper, a navigation display device for real time directions, built with Google Maps platform. It displays the best route to reach a destination using Google Maps’ two-wheeler navigation and is paired via the Royal Enfield App to the rider’s smartphone.

ENGINE

The brand new 349cc air-oil cooled single-cylinder engine generates 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, which means there is enough low-down grunt that always helps a cruiser. Designed with a balancer shaft, the new platform gives a smooth and well-mannered ride experience, and the characteristic ‘thump’ is still somewhat there, though not very loud. The acceleration is linear and a 5-speed gearbox along with a 7-plate clutch ensures gear changes are quite smooth on the motorcycle. The claim that the quality of refinement—mechanical, fittings and finish—is much better on the Meteor, proves to be true when you get astride the bike.

RIDE & HANDLING

The Meteor 350’s twin downtube spline frame has been designed to inspire confidence in the twisties, and it feels at ease both on the highway and city traffic. The seat height is low and which makes it comfortable for most riders. The handling is quite impressive on the bike and the stability on offer is amongst the best we’ve seen on Royal Enfield bikes. Suspension too does a decent job of taking on all kinds of surfaces. The bike gets 41mm forks with 130mm of travel and twin tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload at the rear. The footpegs are forward-mounted and there’s a heel and toe gearshift on the bike. Alloy wheels and tubeless tyres come as standard. While a 100/90-19 tyre is used on the front and a 140/70-17 has been put at the rear. There’s dual channel ABS, with 300mm front and 270mm rear discs.

ACCESSORIES & CUSTOMISATION

The Meteor 350 has been launched by a whole lot of accessories, which can be added when ordering the motorcycle. The range includes functional accessories, such as the passenger backrest, touring screens, luggage options, engine and sump guards, as well as classic styling embellishments, including a variety of brushed stainless steel and black powder-coated slip-on silencer options and touring seats, all of which come with a 3-year warranty. Then there’s company’s Make It Yours—MiY—motorcycle personalisation tool where new Meteor owners can tap into thousands of possible personalisation combinations when they order their motorcycle via the Royal Enfield App, on the website or at a dealership. In addition to the 7 standard colour options, under 3 editions, MiY allows an additional 8 colour options for customers.

PRICES

The Bike is available in 3 variants, Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. The Fireball is available in vibrant red or yellow single colour fuel tanks and matching wheel rim lining. It features blacked-out cycle parts and engine, which is finished with machined fins. The Stellar gets red, blue or matt black tanks and matching body components, comes with chrome handlebars and exhaust plus a backrest for the pillion. The top-of-the-line Supernova is finished in dual-tone blue or brown with matching body parts, and comes with a choice of premium seats and a windscreen. It is available at a starting price of Rs 1.75 lakh for the Fireball, Rs 1.81 lakh for the Stellar, and at Rs 1.90 lakh for the Supernova editions (all ex-showroom Chennai prices).

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INSTAGRAM WILL BE BRINGING PARENTAL CONTROL FEATURES NEXT YEAR

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Instagram will roll out new parental control features on its platform in March, the service’s head Adam Mosseri has announced in a blog post.

According to The Verge, they’ll allow parents and guardians to see how much time their teenagers spend on Instagram, set time limits, and get notified if their child reports someone. The controls were announced as a package of new features designed to make the platform a safer place, particularly for its teenage users. Although Mosseri’s post said these safety features have been in the works for “a long time,” their announcement comes in the wake of a series of damaging revelations about the Meta-owned social network.

Most notably, internal documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen showed Instagram was aware that its service can make body image issues worse for its female teenage users. This week, Mosseri is due to testify in front of a Senate committee, where he will likely be asked about the impact of Instagram on its young users, reported The Verge.

Alongside the new parental controls, Instagram has said that it’s developing an educational hub for parents and guardians to offer them tips and tutorials about children’s social media use. In the more immediate future, Instagram said it’s rolling out the ‘Take a Break’ feature it started testing last month. This opt-in feature prompts users to step away from the app once they’ve been scrolling for a certain amount of time, like 10, 20, or 30 minutes.

Notifications will prompt users to turn the feature on, and Instagram said 90 percent of users in tests have left the reminders on once they’ve been set. The feature is now launching in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and will be available globally early next year.

Other new safety features include changes to how Instagram handles tagging permissions for teenage users, which are due to roll out to everyone early next year. By default, Mosseri said the service will no longer allow users to tag or mention teenage users. There’s also a new bulk delete feature coming in January, which will let users remove their posts, likes, and comments en masse. Mosseri said this is designed to help users “manage their digital footprint.”

Mosseri’s post also went into details about safety features that are in their earlier development stages. It confirms the service is continuing to explore plans to “nudge” people away from topics they’ve been dwelling on for too long. When he announced this feature alongside Take a Break in October, Meta’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said it would kick in for “content which may not be conducive to [a user’s] well-being.”

Instagram hasn’t provided an indication for when the feature may launch. The service is also exploring introducing a stricter setting to control what content gets recommended to users in Explore, aimed at limiting their exposure to “potential harmful or sensitive content or accounts.” As per The Verge, although Instagram’s post contains a number of quotes from experts and research partners writing in support of the new features, Mosseri will have his work cut out if he wants to win over increasingly critical lawmakers in the US.

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VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 5-SEATER SUV MAKES A COMEBACK IN INDIA

‘Tiguan guarantees superior acceleration and fast pickup, ensuring a fun-to-drive experience.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is back in India. The updated Tiguan made its global debut in 2020 and one year later the 5-seater SUV has made its way to India. The car is part of 4 new SUVs German giant had committed for India for this calendar year and is the final launch in the series. The new Taigun, Tiguan Allspace and T-Roc were already launched in the market earlier in the year. The new Tiguan gets a single variant called Elegance which is priced at Rs. 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The car gets a new design and an updated feature list.

The SUV gets LED matrix headlights featuring an intelligent and adaptive IQ

Exciting New Tiguan Rear

Exciting New Tiguan Interior

LOOKS

The new Tiguan comes equipped with a muscular designed bumper with piano black finish inserts and a broad radiator grille that envelopes the new Volkswagen logo in the centre. The SUV gets LED matrix headlights featuring an intelligent and adaptive IQ. The light according to VW has a more commanding on-road stance. This vehicle lighting system is made of 24 individual LEDs that will guide the driver better through the dark. It has a dynamic and advanced front lighting system (AFS) with range control, cornering light and poor weather light that provides specially configured light beams. It adapts the lighting in front of the vehicle to various driving situations by changing the geometry of the headlight beam.

The car also gets dark LED combination tail lamps at the rear, and the tail-light cluster includes a switch function for the LEDs when braking, called the “click-clack” effect. The Tiguan also gets 18-inch frankfurt design alloy wheels. In all, there are 7 colour options to choose from – nightshade blue, pure white, oryx white with pearl effect, deep black, dolphin gray, reflex silver and kings red.

INTERIORS

The new Tiguan gets a multi-function display and digital cockpit while the reverse camera gives 4 different views. A 20.32cm touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control is there as well. The new Tiguan is fitted with illuminated scuff plates and USB C-ports, Vienna leather seats, a soft-touch dashboard, flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel and a three-zone climate control system with touch control. It also consists of 30 shades of multicolour ambient lights along with a panoramic sunroof. My Volkswagen Connect App on the SUV enables users to monitor their driving behaviour and usage patterns offer live tracking and apprise the user on safety and security features like Geo-fencing, Time-fencing and various other safety alert functions. It is enabled by a SIM-based dongle which ensures connectivity between the car and the user’s mobile device. The SUV gets a luggage space of 615 litres.

ENGINE

The Tiguan is being offered with just a Petrol engine option and an automatic gearbox. The much popular 2.0L TSI motor, seen in many VW group cars, is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission with 4MOTION technology that produces a peak power output of 190PS ranging from 4200-6000 rpm and a peak torque of 320 Nm right from 1500 rpm and flat up to 4100 rpm. Volkswagen says the Tiguan guarantees superior acceleration and fast pickup, ensuring an overall fun-to-drive experience. It offers ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 12.65 kmpl.

SAFETY

As expected from Volkswagen, the list of safety features on the new Tiguan is long. It is offered with 6 airbags, front and rear disc brakes, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), electronic differential lock (EDL), EDTC – engine drag torque control, hill start assist, hill descent control, auto hold, 3 headrests at rear, 3- point seat belts, ISOFIX child seat mounts and driver alert system.

WARRANTY

The new Tiguan comes with VW’s 4EVER Care program that offers a four-year standard warranty extendable up to seven years, four-year Roadside assistance extendable up to 10-years and three free services. The four-year service value packs start at an introductory price of Rs. 63,558 which offers almost 23 percent savings along with an extended warranty that starts at Rs. 31,499. Bookings are now open for the SUV with deliveries beginning mid-January 2022 onwards. Prospective customers can test-drive the vehicle starting 10th of December in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune to be soon followed by other cities.

The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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IS APPLE WATCH SERIES 7 A REAL UPGRADE?

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The Apple Watch since its inception has been a desirable wearable and over the years, we have seen some great introduction in each new generation. Apple Watch Series 7 launched this year, features a bigger display, a new S7 SiP, a crack-resistant display, and fast charging. How different is it from Series 6 and is this the upgrade you have been waiting for let’s find out?

DESIGN

Apple has not really changed the design much. If you were wanting a real design change then you might be left wanting for more. Series 7 case-wise is bigger than Series6 and SE. Series 7 gets a bigger display the glass has curvy sides. The right side has the digital crown and a multi-function button just below it. Between these two is a microphone hole. On the left side, you’ll find a single wide cutout for the speaker, while all the sensors for tracking are on the underside. You get a wide range of strap designs to choose from. You can also use an older strap if you are getting the same size watch.

DISPLAY

Series 7 has a 1.9-inch LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 396×484 pixels for the 45mm model. It has a peak brightness of 1000 nits when it’s active and up to 500 nits when it’s in the always-on state. It has an IP6X rating for dust resistance and is also water-resistant up to 50m.

Apple claims to have tweaked the watchOS 8 UI to take advantage of the bigger display. They have also brightened the display when it is on always-on state. I did find the difference myself as I have been using the Series 6 for a long time. Replying to messages from the watch seems to be easier due to the larger screen. You also get some cool new Apple watch faces, which enhance the curvy display.

PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE

Apple S7 SiP powers the Apple Watch Series 7. Series 7 supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Apple’s U1 chip, and ultra-wideband antennas. It has health sensors for blood oxygen and heart rate tracking as well as the hardware to record an ECG. Something which I liked a lot was an addition of fall detection during workouts.

When testing the Apple Watch Series 7, it was running watchOS 8. The interface is very easy and seamless. You swipe on hand up and down the watch and you have it all. Get your notification updates and quickly back to home. If you have previously used an Apple watch then the process is something you are familiar with. You feel no lag with the Series7 and would enjoy maneuvering with the larger screen.

Taking calls on Series7 is very easy and clear. Often when my phone is not around, I do take calls on my watch and the audio quality is clear and the speakers don’t feel like I am taking the call from my watch. You don’t need to keep the watch too close to your mouth. You can take the call from your wrist distance, and it would be audible.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Apple watches have been well known for their health and fitness tracking. Series 7 is no different and would live up to all the parameters. Setting health goals to a competition setting the watch keeps you motivated and tracks your activities in the most accurate manner. I use the watch daily to track my workout and my daily activities. It pushes you to complete your circles which involve a Standing, Exercise, and Movement goal, which you can set for yourself.

You can track a wide variety of activity types with this Apple Watch such as strength training, HIIT, cycling, walking, and even swimming, and it tracked my heart rate constantly while working out.

Series 7 is capable of tracking blood oxygen saturation and takes around 15 seconds to measure your level. While SpO2 tracking is convenient, no wearable should be used as a replacement for a dedicated pulse oximeter. Series 7 can record an ECG, taking about 30 seconds to do so.

Health Card, which you create for yourself on your watch is very helpful. You can track your menstrual cycle to your health issues. You can go to your health app and do so. It tracks your fitness and health for you for a fitter and healthier tomorrow.

Sleep tracking is one place where the Apple watch still needs to work a little more. It still is not as accurate as others in the market. You will find a bit of inconsistency in your sleep cycle reading. But all in all, the Fitness and Health feature in the Apple watch is a boom in the wearable segment. For someone like myself who likes to know about my health on a constant basis and keep a tap on my lifestyle, the watch comes very handy.

BATTERY

Apple claims 18 hours of battery life on the Apple Watch Series 7, I have done nearly two days on a single charge. This includes workout tracking and sleep tracking as well.

VARIANTS & PRICE

The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in three case materials – aluminium, stainless steel, and titanium. The aluminum case is available in five colour finishes: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Green, and (PRODUCT) Red. The stainless-steel case is available in Silver, Gold, and Graphite, while the titanium case is now available in Space Black and Titanium.

Apple offers two case sizes, 41mm and 45mm, and you have the choice of a GPS-only watch or one with GPS + Cellular connectivity. There are multiple strap options to choose from as well.

The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at Rs. 41,900 in India for a 41mm GPS-only model with an aluminum case, while the bigger 45mm model of the same spec will set you back by Rs. 44,900. If you want a GPS + Cellular Apple Watch Series 7, it will set you back by Rs. 50,900 or Rs. 53,900 for a 41mm or 45mm case respectively.

VERDICT

Series 7 is everything you would want from an Apple watch, but the only disappointment is it is not too different from its predecessor. Except for having a larger and brighter display you really don’t have too much of a change. You do get some new colors that stand out and shout out to be Series 7. The fast charge doesn’t come in India, therefore, the benefits we can’t receive. If you are buying an Apple watch for the first time, then maybe this one can be your pick. It does come at a premium value but also gives you a premium product. Series 7 might not be a real upgrade but as always is a great product from Apple.

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SKODA’S NEXT BIG BET IN INDIA IS A COMPACT SEDAN, REPLACES THE RAPID

The Slavia has been unveiled recently to the world and will be launched in the market in early 2022.

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At a time when the consumer and market are both turning towards SUVs, Czech carmaker Škoda in a bold move has revealed that its next bet in India will be a sedan. The Slavia has been unveiled recently to the world and will be launched in the market in early 2022. Built on Volkswagen’s heavily localised MQB-A0-IN platform, the Slavia will replace the now discontinued Rapid sedan in the market. It is the second car from the brand to be made on this platform after the Kushaq which was launched earlier this year.

Vertical black slats are upright and extend to the sides of the slim headlights.

Headlamps and taillights come with LEDs and crystalline details.

Skoda Slavia Interior.

DESIGN

According to Škoda, the Slavia comes with the widest body in the segment. It is 1,752 mm wide and 1,487 mm tall while the wheelbase stands at 2,651 mm. Both the headlamps and taillights come with LEDs and crystalline details. The wide, hexagonal grille with a chrome surround and vertical black slats is upright and extends to the sides of the slim headlights. The tailgate bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering in the centre which looks premium. The car gets two-tone alloy wheels and the new metallic crystal blue, and the tornado red paintwork is both exclusives for the Indian market. In all, there is a choice of five body colours for the brand-new sedan. There are three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style – for the new sedan. The top-end variant Style also comes with an electric sliding glass roof. Overall, the coupé-like design of the car impresses.

INTERIOR

The new Slavia’s interior is based on the latest design concept of brands’ European models. A free-standing infotainment screen measuring up to 25.4 centimetres takes centre stage while the car also gets circular air vents. You also get climate control, ventilated front seats and leather upholstery. Then there’s a digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting and the two-spoke multifunction steering wheel made popular by the Kushaq. The cabin features SmartLink technology enabling the integration of smartphones while the higher trim levels provide access to MyŠKODA Connect mobile online services with ŠKODA Play Apps, which can be used to download a navigation function for the top-end infotainment system. For connecting and charging mobile devices via cable, there are two USB-C sockets in the centre console and another two in the rear while the car also comes with a wireless charging phone box in the front. According to Skoda, the car has a generous boot capacity of 521 litres.

ENGINE

Škoda will offer a choice of two petrol engines for the new Slavia. Both get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. For the 1.0 TSI with an output of 115 PS and 175 Nm, a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional, while the top-of-the-range 1.5 TSI delivering 150 PS and 250 Nm can also be fitted with a seven-speed DSG. The Stop/Start system is a standard feature on the car and Škoda says it contributes to low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 1.5 TSI is equipped with active cylinder technology (ACT). When the engine load is low, this system automatically shuts down two cylinders, further reducing fuel consumption on the car. Automatic transmission or DSG variants also boast paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

SAFETY

The Slavia comes with many active and passive safety features. Occupants are protected by up to six airbags. These include airbags for the driver and front passenger as standard, as well as the optional front side airbags and curtain airbags. The sedan comes with ISOFIX anchors and top tether anchor points on the rear seats. The car also gets ESC along with Multi-Collision Brakes. Features such as Hill-Hold Control, rain and light sensors, and cruise control also find a place here so does tyre pressure monitoring system. The Slavia is also equipped with XDS and XDS+. This assistance system is part of the Electronic Differential System (EDS), which improves front-wheel traction. It reacts when the load on the inner wheels is reduced when cornering, and slows down the wheels under the reduced load, preventing them from spinning. Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard while the higher-trim variants come with a rear-view camera.

The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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ONEPLUS NORD 2 5G GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G, a OnePlus device we have been waiting for since the brand made its way into the market, is now available and what we have always associated OnePlus with are good specs and better pricing. Over the years, we saw a jump in the price of smartphones and were wondering if OnePlus is drawing back on its biggest USP. Well, Nord 2 5G seems to have been a good rethinking by the brand in terms of price and specs.

Specifications: OnePlus Nord 2 5G sports a full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10+. OnePlus has used the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor to power the Nord 2. You get 6GB, 8GB and 12GB LPDDR4X RAM options with the OnePlus Nord 2, and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Storage is not expandable on the Nord 2. There is support for dual 5G, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and five satellite navigation systems. The OnePlus Nord 2 is a dual-SIM device.

Design: OnePlus Nord 2 5G takes its cues from its family. Looks a lot like the 9 Series. It has a big 6.43-inch display with a hole-punch camera on the top left corner. The panel has thin bezels, and only the chin is slightly thicker. You get a glass back for a premium feel and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and back. The button placement is quite good, with the power button on the right and the volume buttons on the left of the frame. The device is easy and comfortable to hold. The alert slider, a common sight on most OnePlus smartphones, is on the right just above the power button. The device misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack. You get a secondary microphone on the top. The USB Type-C port sits at the bottom next to the dual-SIM tray.

I have the Green-Wood for review and what wins my heart is the back of this device. The mat finish nicely finished back. Making it look so distinctive and unique. If you want a device based on looks, get this one. You get your regular camera module is on the top left corner, and packs in three sensors. They are coloured in lighter green with a chrome-looking frame making it feel and look premium.

Software & performance: OnePlus Nord 2 runs OxygenOS 11.3 on top of Android 11. You get Google apps along with a few OnePlus apps and Netflix preinstalled on the device. OnePlus guarantees two years of software updates and three years of security updates with the device.

The device does offer a smooth experience. The default setting is at 90Hz, therefore using the device is a sleek and easy process. Using multiple apps and even using the device for video meetings didn’t lag or crash out at all. Did give the device to a gamer and the response was positive. High graphic games fared well will not result in high loss of battery.

Camera: OnePlus Nord 2 5G has a triple camera setup with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera. The primary camera has an f/1.88 aperture and OIS. There’s also an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119.7-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel mono camera.

The primary lens gives you desirable images with no quality loss. You can capture memorable images which look natural. The ultra-wide-angle will capture enough but not up to the mark.

The portrait mode does its job well. Separating the object well from the background keeps the edges crisp.

OnePlus has introduced Nightscape Ultra mode on the Nord 2 to capture better photos in low light. It might take longer to capture an image on the Nightscape Ultra mode, but the results are brighter and better.

You get a 32 MP front camera and the selfies derived are as good as you would have wanted.

Overall, the camera is great in daylight and bright lighting. The Ultra-wide might not be the best but now you have Nightscape Ultra mode making your night and low light photography great.

Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps on the Nord 2.

Battery: The OnePlus Nord 2 weighs 189g and packs in a 4,500mAh battery. To top up the battery quickly, it comes with a Warp Charge 65W charger in the box which can be capable of taking the battery to 58 percent in 15 minutes and 98 percent in 30 minutes.

Verdict: Nord 2 5G is a device for everyone. Well priced with good specification. You get the device at a starting price of Rs 27,999 for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s also an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant priced at Rs 29,999, while the top-of-the-line option with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is priced at Rs 34,999. Nord 2 is available in blue haze, gray sierra, and green-wood.

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AUDI Q5 MAKES A COMEBACK IN INDIA WITH NEW DESIGN AND FEATURES

The launch of the Q5 facelift earlier this week has become Audi’s 9th product in India for 2021. Historically, the Q5 has been amongst the company’s bestsellers globally.

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German luxury car brand has been on a launching spree in Indian in the year 2021. Be it electric cars, performance cars or luxury sedans—the list is quite long. But it is the highest-selling Q range of cars that were missing in action. And it is an important segment as almost half of the total sales of the brand come only from the Q category of cars. That void has now been filled with the launch of the Q5 facelift earlier this week, which has become Audi’s 9th product in India for 2021. Historically, the Q5 has been amongst the company’s bestsellers globally. The pandemic delayed its arrival in India by quite some time but now the SUV is here in 2 trims – Premium Plus and Technology. Audi says the new Audi Q5 combines a sporty character with excellent everyday usability and comes with a wide array of infotainment and assistance options. It is being manufactured at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India plant in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

The front of the Audi Q5 comes with the trademark single-frame grille with an octagon outline

The sharpened exterior design of this highly successful model emphasises the Q identity

Audi Q5 Interior

LOOKS

The front of the Audi Q5 comes with the trademark single-frame grille with an octagon outline, which has sharper and better-defined edges. While the grille and the slats have chrome garnishes, the skid plates, roof rails, and the new foglamp casing get silver accents. The car also gets new 19-inch alloy wheels which differ in design according to variants, wraparound shoulder line, LED combination lamps, panoramic sunroof, and aluminium roof rails. It is available in five colour options – Navarra blue, Ibis white, Mythos black, Floret silver and Manhattan gray. According to Audi, the sharpened exterior design of this highly successful model emphasises the Q identity and embodies the Quattro DNA.

INTERIORS

Atlas beige and Okapi brown in leather leatherette upholstery with inlays in Piano black finishing make for the interiors of the new Audi Q5. The 25.65 cm multimedia touchscreen comes with the third-generation modular infotainment platform MIB3. It has Audi’s latest MMI Touch, voice controls and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Another highlight is the B&O premium sound system with 19 speakers that produce 3D sound effects at 755 watts output. The SUV also gets 3-zone air-conditioning and contour ambient lighting with 30 colour options. You also get sensor-controlled boot lid operation, park assist with parking aid plus, electric front seats with driver memory, and an Audi phone box with wireless charging.

ENGINE

Audi says the redesigned Q5 promises better performance and an enhanced driving experience. Its 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine generates 249 HP of power and 370 Nm torque which propels the car from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.3 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 237km/h. The car offers Adaptive suspension with damping control which is a boon on broken roads and most undulations are not felt inside the cabin. With Audi Drive Select, the driver can choose between six modes, ranging from comfort, dynamic, individual, auto, efficiency and off-road. And of course, there is the Quattro four-wheel-drive system that enables optimal grip in challenging terrains.

SAFETY & PRICES

The new Q5 gets as many as 8 airbags, including rear-side airbags, to enhance the safety of its occupants. While the Premium Plus variant is priced at Rs. 58.93 lakh the more expensive feature-loaded technology trim will set you back by Rs. 63.77 lakh (ex-showroom). Deliveries of the new Q5 will begin soon.

The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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