Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2017 FORD'S F-250 SUPER DUTY 4x4

Portage basically possesses the substantial obligation pickup truck market with its Super Duty lineup, and the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 Crew Cab King Ranch adds some swagger to the scene with a complete makeover through and through. Fusing aluminum body development (first seen on the F-150), an all-new completely boxed edge, another inside, and new (to trucks) innovation, the Super Duty takes a heavy hammer to swat the flies of rivalry. Most by far of Super Duty trucks get utilized for towing, and a lot of Ford's exertion at change has been engaged here. Not substance to lay on its trees, Ford has emptied unfathomable assets into the new 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. It all starts with the systems. The previous Super Duty rode on a SYSTEM that was mostly built from steel C-channel rails, which worked well. The new systems is fully boxed—in essence closing off the open side of the C-channels. This has resulted in much improved stiffness and strength from one end of the truck to the other. The frame is taller and thicker than before, and incorporates up to 10 crossmembers that add additional rigidity. All of the other components (body, drivetrain, suspension) hang on the frame. With a beefy, heavy frame and the weight-saving aluminum body, Ford has managed to increase the Super Duty's payload and towing capacity, while lowering the truck’s center of gravity. Like the most recent F-150 (presented in 2015), the new Ford Super Duty pickup has an all-aluminum body. Truth be told, the Super Duty body is indistinguishable to the F-150 body from the A-columns to the C-columns. Since aluminum is lighter than steel, designers could spare 350 lb., which was redistributed to the edge. The F-250 wears a novel hood, front bumpers, and grille plan. It's bigger than F-150, mostly to suit greater motor decisions and halfway for immaculate style. When you see a F-250 in your rearview mirror, you will be inspired with its gigantic appearance and snazzy new incidental LED running lights, which outline the rectangular grille and huge blue Ford oval. No nuance here. Sharing the cab body with its F-150 sibling makes sharing lots of its great interior features a no-brainer. The big 8-inch screen in the instrument panel brings lots of information to the driver via controls mounted on the steering wheel. A second screen lives at the top of the uncluttered center stack, providing touchscreen operation of navigation, audio, and other features.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Super Duty gets pushbutton keyless ignition, a second lockable glovebox on the passenger dash, and a bigger center console storage area. A clever (patent pending) sliding cup ring doubles the console cup capacity from two to four—why has nobody thought of this one before? A flat load floor in the second row and hidden lockable underseat storage increase cabin utility immensely. All new F-250 4x4 suspension has gotten some consideration, with updated cast span arms, new front and back springs and retuned stuns, beefier front stabilizer bars and collars, and better back joints and bushings. Not just have these parts been intended for more prominent limit, they likewise convey a much calmer, smoother ride than some time recently. We drove the F-250 unladen, stacked with a 1500-lb. water compartment, keeping in mind towing a 10,000-lb. trailer on a traditional hitch. In every circumstance, the ride was peaceful and smooth. We didn't encounter any ricocheting or pogo-stick feel when the bed was vacant; and when the truck was under burden, the ride was still supple. The F-250 practically rivals F-150 for ride quality at this point.                                                                                                                                                                                                The essential guiding setup for the 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup is a recycling ball course of action with a water driven force directing pump. Discretionary Adaptive Steering on our test F-250 included an electric engine and worm gear in the controlling wheel. PC charges set the controlling proportion progressively (generally identified with vehicle speed and load). At low speeds, little developments of the wheel will bring about a directing impact. At expressway speeds or while towing, the guiding proportion changes to minimizing the impact of little directing sources of info. The innovation is promising and keen, and truly shows itself off well in tight moves. Controlling feel at pace is somewhat numb, a trademark we regularly see with electric-help power steering systems. As indicated by Ford, 90 percent of Super Duty clients tow with their pickup trucks. Most extreme routine towing for the new F-250 is 18,000 lb. The casing can be requested with the setup to get a gooseneck or fifth-wheel, as well. Trailer influence control is standard. A variety of up to seven cameras (counting a wired camera on the back of your trailer) coordinates with the dashboard screen to give various perspectives and even some live training.

 All of the new F-250’s aluminum bed has deeper beads and valleys than F-150’s to handle the 4,200-lb. maximum payload capacity. Along with the expected tie downs, there are new BoxLink locking cleats that are compatible with E-Track accessories. LED box lighting is another smart addition. SUV drivers have become accustomed to electronic driver-assistance packages, and now some of those features are available on the Super Duty. Our F-250 came with optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses a radar sensor to maintain a set following distance from the vehicle ahead. A dedicated camera detects lane markers for Lane Departure Warning, which is very helpful in such a big, wide truck. Perhaps best of all, the Blind Spot Information System not only warns you if someone is in your truck’s blind spot—it also extends its coverage to include your trailer’s blind spots. Calibrate the system one time for the length of your trailer, and it works seamlessly. You can store up to 10 trailer calibrations in memory. With regards to pulling and towing, diesel motors standard. Our F-250's 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 motor was appraised to deliver 440 pull and 925 lb.- ft. of torque. Goodness. Sent through a 6-speed programmed transmission to the accessible 4-wheel-drive framework, that is so much torque that Ford needs to cutoff it in the least apparatuses to maintain a strategic distance from wheelspin. Envision smoldering elastic in a substantial obligation diesel pickup. All that force and torque gets to the ground easily, with almost no show or even confirmation of moving, and the lodge stays calm even under overwhelming speeding up.

Two gasoline engines, a 6.2-liter V8 and a 6.8-liter V10, are also offered in various Super Duty configurations. All of Fords new truck's in 2017 Super Duty comes in three models: F-250, F-350, and F-450. Pickup trucks can be requested with Regular Cab, Super Cab or Crew Cab, and with a decision of 6.75-foot or 8-foot bed lengths. Trim levels begin with XL (base), then stride up through XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, aggregating elements (and dollars) en route. The slightest costly F-250 XL begins at $32,530; check the greater part of the containers on a F-450 Platinum and you're effortlessly over $80,000. Our 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 Crew Cab King Ranch test truck conveyed a base cost of $57,450 ($77,720 as tried with diesel motor, FX4 Off-Road Package, Adaptive Cruise Control, , Lane Keeping Alert, 20-inch wheels, and different alternatives).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

LEXUS NX 2016 200T

Couple of things send throbs of energy up the spines of atomic families like another Lexus suv. With particular styling and trademark inside solace, the 2016 Lexus NX 200t unquestionably possesses all the necessary qualities. Opened underneath the fair size Lexus RX, the NX effectively situates five individuals with liberal space. Lexus revealed the extravagance reduced SUV a year ago and has executed minor enhancements from that point forward, focusing on 5-seat heavyweights like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Taking piece of the overall industry in this fragment is no little deed—the Jaguar F-PACE and Porsche Macan have since appeared too—and Lexus depends on grandiose desires of significant worth, respectfulness, and dependability to separate it. Does the NX 200t pack the products? Our street test survey will fill you in.The NX is Lexus’ first foray into the emerging luxury compact SUV market, one that has boomed recently as SUVs have shrunk and buyers have begun to expect more for their money. This is right in the Lexus wheelhouse, and it's positioned the NX neatly as the affordable small luxury suv that families can, above all, rely on. Peace of mind may be the ultimate luxury, and thanks to near-bulletproof mechanicals, this is where the NX butters its bread. Based on the Toyota RAV4 platform, but tightened for improved rigidity and ride quality, the base NX 200t starts with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive, an aggro F Sport design package, and the 300h hybrid are all available.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           All new 2016 NX 200t is fronted by the vast, squeezed front "shaft grille" plan seen on all Lexi in the organization's lineup nowadays. I think history won't reflect merciful upon this time of Lexus styling. Including the F Sport bundle makes an all the more full, certain nearness, and some may discover the NX an invigorating burst contrasted with more held German and American offerings. Still, others are better at communicating their identities. A BMW X3 is dynamic; an Audi Q5 is created; a Mercedes-Benz GLC is advanced. What is the NX saying? As you'll read, the impression the NX plan emits is not as a matter of course intelligent of the driving knowledge. Lexus is making a decent attempt, yet the organization never gives you a chance to overlook it.                                                                                                                                                                               Soft is the name of the game inside the NX 200t. In base trim, the Lexus NX shines with sumptuous 10-way power leather seats and great design. The dash swoops into the door rests and envelopes the front passengers cozily. The center console and controls, while largely plastic, are simple to figure after a couple of spins. All new and up grated Big windows and a wide windscreen provide an excellent outward view, which is much appreciated from the high seating position. The steering wheel is refreshing, with a prominent Lexus logo and deftly organized controls. This is where the personality of the 2016 NX 200t shines through—there's no need for pretense, no chasing trends for the sake of doing it. Just a pleasant place to be.                                                                                                                                                                                 Such a forceful outline and the guarantee of a turbo—the "t" in 200t—may emit the wrong impression. In spite of figures of 235 drive and 258 lb.- ft. of torque, the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-chamber motor is not here to spike your adrenaline meter (however Sport mode holds onto outfits longer). The turbo and double variable valve timing are tuned for smooth force conveyance. The outcome? The NX 200t wants to get up to speed and stay there, cruising working together with its child delicate suspension nearby the best in the fragment. Codenamed the AR, this motor has turned into the heart of base Lexus models, imparted to the IS, GS, RX, and RC.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Keep the NX 200t in a straight line and you'll be compensated with the smooth and fresh ride not out of the ordinary from an extravagance SUV in the $39,000 to $40.000 territory. The motor is tranquil, the electric-help directing plume light. Hurling the NX around, however, with snappy darts of the wheel or hard departures and braking, upsets its customary range of familiarity. With its short wheelbase and high focus of gravity, the NX drives best when driven gently. That is valid with mileage also—in the city, I found the NX returned MPG in the high youngsters, yet on the roadway, it effectively ventured into the 30s. By and large, the NX 200t returned 24.6 MPG, right amidst its EPA appraisals of 22 MPG city/28 MPG highway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             one thing about Lexus models: They know how to make you feel special. Ambient lighting greets every approach to the door handle, and the gauges and interface screens provide bright and convenient information. An optional Navigation Package ($1870's ) includes 10 premium sound speakers and an app suite. Some may find the 4.2-inch color display lacking in size, though color and clarity are strong points. Lexus has nixed its oft-maligned “mouse” and installed a tracking finger pad to operate the display. I found it intuitive and quickly learned to operate it without taking my eyes off the road. If you prefer tapping the touchscreen, though, Lexus seems to be moving in another direction.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  awarded the 2016 Lexus NX with Top Safety Pick+, its highest honor, thanks to top scores of Good in every crash worthiness test. Extra points from crash-prevention technology like auto brake and forward collision warning pushed it over the top. A backup camera, LED fog lamps, whiplash-reducing seats, and automatic collision notification are standard. Blind-spot sensing is activated by a small light on the side-view mirror and skips the annoying beep on some other models. Impressive vented brakes that increase pressure in panic-stop scenarios are a good old-fashioned safety feature, and the Premium Package ($2890) includes 18-inch all season tires that enhance grip and control.   At just $34,865 to start, the 2016 Lexus NX 200t is among the most affordable vehicles in a long list of luxury compact crossover competitors. The F Sport package starts from $37,065—all-wheel drive is available on either trim for an extra $1400. There’s also a hybrid NX 300h model with EPA ratings of 35/31/33 MPG, which starts at $39,720 for front-wheel drive and $41,310 for all-wheel drive. The base NX 200t front-wheel-drive model I tested, including plenty of options and destination, came to $42,475. Taking the serenity and reliability that comes with the NX into account, it’s an attractive price among the Jaguars and Porsches of this world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Saturday, September 24, 2016


All more up to date 2016 Volkswagen Beetle picks up another S trim level and another infotainment framework with a 6.3-inch touchscreen for higher evaluation models. Programmed post-crash braking is presently standard on all Beetles. The Lighting bundle is another accessible alternative and accompanies HID headlights with LED inflections and a LED back tag. All new 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a front-drive conservative auto that is accessible as a two-entryway car with a trapdoor or a convertible. A diesel motor is likewise offered in both body styles.

Two gas motors are accessible in the 2016 Beetle and they are matched to decision of manual or programmed transmissions.

Model: Beetle 1.8T

Motor: 1.8-liter turbo I-4 – five-speed manual or six-speed programmed transmission

Power: 170 hp/184 lb-ft of torque – five-speed manual or six-speed programmed

EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 25/34 mpg city/interstate (Beetle Coupe), 25/34 mpg (Convertible, programmed), 23/31 mpg (Convertible, manual)

Model: Beetle R-Line

Motor: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 – six-speed manual or double grip programmed

Power 210 hp/258 lb-ft EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/31 mpg (manual), 24/30 mpg (programmed), 23/31, mpg (convertible)

Behind the split-collapsing back seats, there's 15.4 cubic feet of payload space that can be extended to 29.9 cubic feet. The Beetle convertible has less load space at 7.1 cubic feet. Albeit Beetle TDI diesels have been sold on this era two-entryway, as a consequence of Volkswagen's EPA outflows duping embarrassment, the diesels are not as of now confirmed available to be purchased until an appropriate fix is found.
All Beetle models come standard with dual front, front-side and side curtain airbags regardless of the body style. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available only on the SE and SEL trim.
In the base S trim, standard features include a five-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cloth upholstery, and front lumbar support. SE models add a larger 6.3-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera while the range topping SEL model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, and a Fender audio system. R-Line models come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, a performance gauge cluster mounted on the dash, a rearview camera, keyless entry/start and a sportier suspension setup. Top-of-the-line R-Line models come standard with navigation, a Fender audio system, a panoramic moonroof or sunroof . HID headlights can be had as part of the Lighting package in higher trim levels of the Beetle.
What We Think
In a 2014 First Test of the Beetle GSR, which is an extraordinary release form of the R-Line, we said that the auto offers a lot of punch for awesome straight-line quickening and is bounty amusing to drive on this present reality; be that as it may, it isn't as engaged as the GTI with regards to general execution. The auto highlights sharp controlling, and an all around tuned manual transmission that makes the most out of the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Notwithstanding, the auto isn't a particular GTI on the grounds that it has a lot of body roll and doesn't have brakes that are as forceful. We noted in a 2014 First Test survey that the Beetle convertible drives performs correspondingly to its roadster partner while the additional weight doesn't degrade the auto's general taking care of. For cruising, then again, the Beetle convertible stays very much protected on account of its seven-layer roof,  which keeps exterior noise out