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Toyota Etios Liva Review,Features,Equipments & Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

For increasing the number of sales in the car market, the Toyota India has launched the facelifted version of its flagship hatchback, Etios Liva in the country’s car market. It will compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10, Renault Pulse, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto EVO, Chevrolet Sail Hatchback and others in this segment. Now it is available with quite a few updated exterior and interior features that will certainly attract the buyers. It is being offered with both petrol and diesel engines in several trim levels. Among them Toyota Etios Liva G is the mid range variant. The internal cabin gets a greige color scheme, which is complemented by new fabric upholstered seats and door trims. It is also incorporated with dual front SRS airbags and driver seat belt reminder notification as standard features. In terms of exteriors, its frontage is designed with a revamped radiator grille and it gets a lot of titanium grey insert. On the other hand, there are no changes to its technical specifications. This variant is fitted with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood. It can displace 1197cc and can churn out 78.9bhp and 104Nm of power and torque respectively. This hatchback is being offered with a standard warranty of 3-years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever comes first

EXTERIORS AND STYLE ;

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan with a sharp appearance that is marked by a stylized front grille and radiant headlamps. Intermittent wipers adorn the front windscreen. The upper grille is chrome treated and the lower grille is black in colour. White fog lamps are fitted on both ends of this black lower grille. The bumpers, door handles and Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are of the same colour as the body, and this makes the sedan look extremely elegant.

The side protection moulding comes with chrome insertions and the B-pillar is blacked out. The four 12-spoke alloy wheels are dressed in full wheel caps. Platinum Etios comes with a roof-mounted foldable antenna and the rear end of sedan is embellished with triangular tail lamps. The chrome garnish on its boot adds to the sophistication. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios is 4.27m long, 1.7m wide and 1.51m high. The wheelbase of the sedan is 2550 mm and it provides an incredible ground clearance of 170mm. The turning radius of 4.9m makes it easy to handle.

INTERIORS AND COMFORT ;

With the exteriors done and dusted, let’s check what the Etios Liva has to offer once you step inside the cabin. In all honestly, there is not much. You continue to get the same simplistic and basic cabin layout, which is a bit of a turn-off as there was indeed quite a lot of scope for improvement.

First its the steering wheel, which ergonomically feels a bit to large to handle; however it does get mounted controls for the 2-din music system. Talking about the music system, this piece in itself feels outdated, especially if you were to compare it with the ones available on the competition. The dial for operating the air-con control module are very basic while the ones for door locks, exterior mirror adjustment and headlamp leveling feel a bit awkwardly placed.

With the update, Toyota has now revamped the centrally mounted instrument cluster and now it gets a digital tachometer, in addition to the back-lit speedometer, which now looks significantly better than the earlier one. Ergonomically, the Etios Liva’s cabin offers decent storage space, comfortable seats with good shoulder and under thigh support. To sum it up, the interiors of the Etios Liva are a love it or hate it affair, they have been designed not to look good but to work well, which they will for sure.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

There was a lot of talk of the Liva getting the big 1.5-litre engine from the sedan, but anyone who knows the Indian market would know that the hatch would be looking to exploit the maximum benefits of the excise duty concessions that the Indian government has on offer for small cars. That means that under the Etios Liva hood is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine (Read :Engine & Transmission). On paper, it isn’t all that bad, 80PS @ 5600rpm and 104Nm @ 3100rpm. In fact the figures are pretty close to most of the competition and better than some as well. Coupled with the Liva’s approximately 900 kg kerb weight, it should also make for a great power-to-weight ratio to score high on performance. But somehow, that’s not the case because the Etios LIVA’s brief seems to be rather straight forward – better efficiency. With the gear ratios matched to make life in the city easier, the car does feel peppy enough at low revs and accelerates cleanly off the line, but the excitement tapers off much too soon and you really need to work the engine to get past 120km/h.

Our instrumented tests did see the car cross the 150km/h mark but it took a lot of patience and even more stretches of empty roads to get there. The 5-speed manual gearbox may be the culprit here with gear ratios more conducive for city driving rather than highway cruising. But that does have a rather positive effect on its fuel efficiency. The ARAI certified stat reads 18.3kmpl cumulative but real world conditions should see you get about 14.3kmpl in the city and 16.1kmpl on the highway. Considering the prices of petrol today, that’s a welcome proposition indeed! All through the test, the Liva’s gearbox provided positive feel and slick shifts all the way to fifth. Predictably, the Liva didn’t scorch the acceleration runs, taking over 17 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The ride comfort of the Etios Liva is very good. It doesn’t feel stiff on bad roads. The suspension absorbs most of the road shocks to give a comfortable ride. However at high speeds, it does feel a bit bouncy if your tyre pressures are incorrect. The handling is good enough. It doesn’t have the alacrity like its European competition, but it does a good job. The steering wheel too is light in weight and convenient to drive and park. The driving dynamics are how you get in a Toyota, there is absolutely no compromise

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

Provisions on the new Liva for the safety of occupants include dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD standard across variants. It also gets immobilizer, keyless entry, adjustable front headrest, child restraint system ISOFIX, fog lamps in front and reverse sensors

CONCLUSSION ;

Considering all of the above and the price (Toyota Etios Liva pricing revealed) tag that the Etios Liva sports, it sure seems like a quiet revolution in the small car segment. While most people might not be able to appreciate the car’s importance and value immediately, those who do will remain eternally happy with their decision to buy it. The Etios Liva is a big car in a small package and coupled with legendary Toyota reliability and quality, it should offer quality service to its owners who will revel in its roomy interiors and comfortable seating. This is certainly not the car for someone looking for a super fast mile muncher. But in the context of your monthly running bills, the Liva will definitely bring on the smiles. Maybe that’s what Toyota meant when they said that the Liva was a happy faced car then!

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Maruti Suzuki Omni Review,Speccifications & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

The Omni is one of the most iconic cars currently on sale in the Indian market. The car was launched back in 1985 and it was called the Maruti Van. It was changed to Omni in 1988. In 1998, it received a facelift and again another minor facelift in 2005 that included minor cosmetic improvements to the exterior and interior

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

The looks of the Car are hardly appealing on the style quotient. The overall design of the car is flat or like a Geometric figure(particularly, a box) which can also be determined from the dimensions of the car(3370x1410x1640 mm). It has got 12-Inch cross ply tires which are definitely not sufficient to maintain the grip on the road. One of the unusual things about the car is its positioning of the engine which is mounted beneath the car which still gives a ground clearance of 165 mm. This basically allows using entire space of the car for utilizing the purpose. The Front includes two headlamps encapsulated in a contrasting bold border which further continues to the two horizontal lines surrounding the Maruti Suzuki symbol embossed at the center and a Black bumper integrated with side indicators.

The sideways shows a collection of straight lines running through the shape of the Car with no peculiar characteristic and a fuelling point on the right side bottom corner. The rear doors and windows slide for an opening which again helps to utilize the small spaces for boarding or departing from the vehicle. The rear includes taillamps, indicators and a similar bumper to the front only with integrated reverse lamps.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

The micro-van is equipped available in 5- and 8-seater options. The car has a dual tone upholstery and sports the same old steering wheel. The 8-seater Omni is a bit cramped, while the 5-seater is specially designed for personal use. In detail, the car is packed with floor carpets, reclining front seats, a simple dashboard with cup holder and a large utility space for placing the items. There are sliding doors, which are very comfortable to use. The car has good headroom and legroom as well. Nothing changes in terms of the interiors. The car sports the same meters and a glove box with a lock added. The limited version comes with some features, including four speakers, a CD player supporting an auxiliary port and seat covers.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The 796cc, three cylinder, four stroke engine is placed under the front seats and transmits drive to rear wheels. Outputting 34bhp at 5000rpm and 59Nm at 2500RPM, the engine is a bit underpowered and is linked to a four-speed manual transmission.On the outside Omni features thermoplastic bumpers in front and rear, mud-flaps, outside rear view mirror in right, body graphics and clear lens headlamps. Inside, it gets reclining seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, sliding seat for driver, rear view mirror, floor carpet, steering lock, lockable glove compartment and seats belts in front & rear.The petrol powered mini-van is claimed to return ARAI rated fuel economy of 16.8km/l.Stopping power is derived from booster assisted disc and drum units.

DRIVING AND HANDLING ;

The petrol engine feels under-powered, though, the refinement level is pretty decent. Fuel efficiency could be better. The vehicle gets unstable at high speeds. City driving dynamics is good. Ride is bouncy, and very uncomfortable on rough roads.Braking performance is mediocre. The MUV, except the front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, doesn’t get any electronic braking assistance.

SAFETY ;

Safety features on the Maruti Suzuki van 2-speed windshield wiper, front ELR seat belts and rear static seat belts. The thin tyres compromise stability at speed.

BOTTOMLINE ;

This Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the popular cars and it is perfectly ideal for those who transport a lot of things. It is complete van for storage and carrying needs. This is a car commercial purpose and mostly not good for family purposes.

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Review,Specification,Mileage & Price In India

OVERVIEW

Up until a few years ago, when you would think Maruti Suzuki, chances are that a hatchback would come to mind. Something, that clearly stresses a lot on fuel efficiency and tries to be as cost efficient as possible. Clearly, that formula has worked wonders and the company has been unbeatable in the hatchback segment in the country. So, it was time to look at the higher segment – Sedan. It started with the Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the company, in that segment, is currently represented by the Ciaz. Interestingly, the Ciaz also has a clever hybrid system variant that promises to deliver fuel efficiency unlike any other offering in the segment, making it probably one of the best value for money sedan in the country. There’s also an ‘RS’ variant which looks way sportier than other models. So, we got our hands on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS ZDi variant to find out how it fares

EXTERIORS

The design of the Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept which was showcased first at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show in April and then shown in production form as the China-spec Alivio sedan. It gets an aggressive front fascia with a trapezoidal front grille that features ample amount of chrome. The sweptback headlights and the elongated hood further enhance its street presence. The side profile is a rather conservative affair but one that works for Maruti Suzuki. It features delicately flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a strong shoulder line which works well with the forward leaning stance of the car. At the rear, the Ciaz gets the standard wrap around tail lamps which lend the car a premium look. The rear bumper is large and includes integrated reflectors. There’s also a lip spoiler and chrome badges across all variants.

INTERIORS

The Ciaz’s wide-opening doors lead to a cabin that is the most spacious in its class. From the driver’s seat, the uncluttered, European-inspired dashboard looks elegant and important controls are within easy access. Also, the wooden trim, metallic highlights around select knobs makes the cabin look premium and the general finish and quality of switchgear is good too. Sure, some plastic bits feel a bit scratchy but overall, they don’t hurt the ambience much. That said, the Ciaz carries over bits like the steering wheel and window switches from smaller (read cheaper) Marutis and that’s an association the sedan could have done without. We’d have also liked to see a touchscreen interface for the infotainment system on our top-spec Ciaz ZXi(O) test car. Interestingly, Maruti has such a system in the works that will be introduced on the ‘ZXi +’ version due in some months. For now, the simple black-and-white unit is all you get. It’s functional, easy to use and pairing our phones with it via Bluetooth was a breeze. This apart, there’s a fair bit of other equipment as well. The top-spec ZXi (O) gets front airbags, ABS, climate control, a reverse parking camera, keyless entry and push button start, a rear sun blind, rear air-con vents and leather seats as standard. Speaking of the seats, the driver’s seat is fairly comfortable but even in its lowest setting, feels a touch too high. Taller drivers may have to fiddle around a bit to find a comfy driving position. The Ciaz’s strength, however, lies in its spacious rear bench; something that the chauffeured lot will appreciate the most. There’s almost as much legroom here as in some cars a class above and even with the front seat pushed all the way back, most people won’t have to worry about their knees touching the front seatback. Headroom isn’t great but what hurts comfort is that the rear seat itself isn’t very generous – the smallish seat squab is largely to blame here and feels a bit stingy on thigh support. It’s not that the seats are uncomfortable, it’s just that in this airy and spacious cabin, the seats could have been plusher. Everyday practicality hasn’t been overlooked though. All four doors get a 1-litre bottle holder and there are lots of cubbyholes for small items as well. The boot is large too, but the wheel wells do eat into space and make it less useable than its 510-litre capacity would suggest

PERFORMANCE

The Ciaz gets a choice of two engines one each of petrol and diesel. The petrol engine is the K14 VVT mill that is already available in the Ertiga and in almost the same state of tune. But, Maruti engineers say that there has been considerable amount of weight reduction work that has been done to the engine. The Ciaz itself also features an increased use of lighter weight, high tensile steel that keeps the kerb weight of the petrol version to just above one tonne (1,010 kgs). The 1,372cc petrol engine delivers a peak power of 92.5PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine, as we all know by now, is a refined unit that is inherently quiet and of low vibration. During our test drive of the Ciaz, the most likeable aspect of this engine was the amount of low-end torque available. During slow speeds, below the 20-30 kmph levels, the engine almost behaves like a diesel. The diesel engine is the more familiar DDiS engine that is originally the multijet from Fiat. This is the 1,248cc diesel burner that is available across many models from Maruti and even Tata and Fiat models. This engine felt familiar during our test drive too and continues to surprise with its remarkably refined performance even in the Ciaz. The mill delivers 90PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 200Nm of torque at a low 1,750 rpm. There is a bit of turbolag initially just like it is in other models with this engine, but there is enough pulling power just past 1,200 rpm. Both the engines are paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The petrol engine version also gets a 4-speed automatic, which was available for a test drive. What is missing in the smooth shifting manual transmission is a bit more shift feel. The cabin is quiet in both the petrol and diesel versions, with extensive use of sound deadening and noise dampening aids. The improvements to the engines and the weight reduction measures manage to make the Ciaz one of the most fuel-efficient sedans with a claimed mileage of 20.73 kmpl for the petrol and 26.21 kmpl for the diesel (ARAI rated).

RIDE AND HANDLING

Now if you like driving, the Ciaz might not be the car for you. It has a precise steering and you eventually learn how much steering input to dial in but it isn’t great on feedback. It just isn’t in the same league as the Volkswagens and the Skodas. But, if you are looking for a comfortable long distance cruiser, you will like the Ciaz’s easy nature. Good straight line stability and potent braking, is of course an added plus. The Maruti Ciaz rides well too. It has been setup for comfort over all else and it’s evident in the way the car rides. It’s softly sprung, so at slow speeds and over broken roads, it remains comfortable. However, at higher speeds and particularly over undulating roads and with load, the Maruti Ciaz does tend to wallow.

CONCLUSION

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was launched with high hopes and it manages to live up to it. This car doesn’t try to be everything, it is aimed at comfort and delivers that in good measure. Yes, it’s not a handler and the looks aren’t going to make you stop and take notice either. However, for most buyers in this segment who want a well specced car with acres of room, fantastic ride quality and frugal engines, the Maruti Ciaz is difficult to beat. When you factor in the pricing, which is a good Rs. 1 lakh plus cheaper for certain variants over the segment leader Honda City, you realise that the tradeoff in brand image might be worth the money saved for some. The Maruti Ciaz doesn’t come across as exciting but is certainly a very practical choice in the overcrowded C-segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Sigma Petrol Ex-showroom Price is   7,74,593/- and On Road Price is   8,53,203/- in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Sigma Petrol comes in 7 colours, namely Nexa Blue,Pearl Midnight Black,Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown,Pearl Snow White,Pearl Sangria Red,Metallic Silky Silver,Metallic Glistening Grey.Test drive for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

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Fiat Punto Pure Price In India,Mileage,Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

Is it true that we loved the pre-facelift Punto so much that we cannot actually let it go? Well that is what it looks to me because believe it or not we were actually quite surprised to see that gorgeous little Red car which took the center stage at the Fiat’s stall of the Auto Expo 2016.

Will this be little odd that you will have to think atleast once before actually choosing between the pre-facelift Punto and the current facelift Punto Evo which is available for sale from the year 2014 onward. Now definitely the new facelift Punto looks good and it has got everything to actually impress the new owners, be it its attractive Italian styling or sweet looking interiors.

The pre-facelift car on the other hand has already gone for sale in the Indian market and is renamed as Fiat Punto Pure. So definitely there are few differences that we noticed in this car and also some new additions as well. However this will be the entry level hatchback offering from Fiat which actually will raise its selling quotient a boost as well.

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

Fiat Punto Pure is an adorable looking little car with a black colour engine grill flanked by a sweptback shaped cluster of high intensity headlamp and body color front bumper embedded with black colour air vents to dry the brakes quickly. The inclusion of black colour door handles, ORVMs which contrast beautifully with the vibrant body colour of the car gives it a distinct look. Additionally, Fiat Punto Pure features a tinted back windshield with wiper, body colour bumper, rear fog lamps, big LED tail lights, mounted head lamps, multi spoke steel wheels and body colour painted C and D pillars.

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

This is perhaps the best term I could use to describe the cabin. It is in essence the same one that was offered with the base model of the Grande Punto when it was launched around seven years ago. The whole dashboard has been trimmed out in black comprising of hard and grainy surfaces save for the steering wheel which has soft touch plastics.A saving grace for what is otherwise a drab affair is the instrument cluster which gets amber backlighting and has a comprehensive digital display. It has two trip meters and most importantly a DTE (distance-to-empty) option.The front seats are two-toned with some amount of side bolstering but they lack under thigh support due to the odd positioning of the seat base. However, there is sufficient headroom and legroom even for a ‘generously’ proportioned human like myself.

As compared to its rivals (read Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat), the Punto has decent space at the rear but it still can’t seat three in comfort at the back. The floor though, is flat and the rear seat folds and tumbles over to reveal a vast boot space. The basicness of this car is visible in its feature list which is, like I said at the beginning of this section, quite sparse. You get air conditioning, height adjustment for the steering wheel and internally adjustable ORVMs. But, Fiat has left out central locking, a given feature for even the most basic cars these days.The car in our photos has also been fitted with the basic Fiat 1-DIN music system which is an optional extra. On the practicality front, there are four tiny door pockets, two slots on the centre console and two spaces on the dashboard.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The Fiat Punto Pure misses out on the famed 1.4-litre petrol and the 90bhp diesel version. What we now have is the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel mill tuned to produce 75bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 197Nm at 1,750rpm. Power for the petrol trim comes from the 1.2-litre FIRE unit tuned to churn out 67bhp at 6,000rpm and 96Nm of torque at 2,500rpm. The transmission is a five-speed manual gearbox only.The diesel engine starts with a typical clatter that mellows down as the car starts to move. The 197Nm of torque can be put to good use in the city and on the highway as well. This diesel Punto has a good mid-range once the turbo kicks in after the 1,800rpm mark. It achieves high speeds at lower revs and one can easily cruise at 100kmph with the needle of the tacho just above the 2,500rpm mark.On the other hand, the petrol is the quieter one, but lacks the punch that can be seen on the oil-burner. You will have to continuously floor the pedal and keep the revs built above 2,500rpm to get going. You will have to shift to a lower gear, while overtaking or climbing even a small incline. It is nevertheless more refined than the diesel variant.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

This new hatchback has been engineered with better suspension system to the ride safe. The front axle is coupled with Independent Wheel McPherson Struts type of layout, with a stabilizer bar to control the body roll. The rear wheel of the car is mounted with Torsion Beam system. Additionally, both the axles have Helical Springs and Double Acting Telescopic Dampers. The Suspension system in the car is effective, which actively offers better ride quality by absorbing the harsh road dynamics. This Light steering wheel operates the turns and twists easily and makes the drive efficient. Braking system in the car defines efficiency. The front wheels gets disc breaks and the rear comes with drum breaks. It has a generous ground clearance of 185 mm, which helps it to deal with rugged Indian roads effectively.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

This is actually the basic hatchback offering from Fiat and thus it gets only ABS in terms of safety features that also available on the top end trim. The absence of airbags even on the top end trim is really disappointing keeping in mind the safety of the passengers inside.

BOTTOMLINE ;

The Punto Pure may not be an attractive option if you have the feature loaded Punto Evo available for sale. However, Fiat connoisseurs and loyalists may appreciate the aesthetic appeal of the car coupled with the performance and the overall feel of what the brand stands for. This may be an impressive bet for those looking for reasonable pricing and decent features without having to shell out more for the Punto Evo variant. To know more about Fiat Cars and models in India, visit here for more information.

Fiat Punto Pure 1.2l Fire Petrol Ex-showroom Price is   4,80,803/- and On Road Price is   5,28,226/- in New Delhi. Fiat Punto Pure 1.2l Fire Petrol comes in 3 colours, namely Bossa Nova White,Exotic Red,Hip Hop Black. Fiat Punto Pure 1.2l