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    Hummer lance un SUV électrique qui peut rouler en diagonale

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · 6 days ago - 13:30 · 2 minutes

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Il est loin le temps où le SUV rimait avec monstruosité pour l’environnement. Alors que les constructeurs du monde entier entament leur virage vers l’électrique, à l’image de Volkswagen qui ne s’appellera finalement pas Voltswagen , GM C présente sa première incursion dans le secteur. Dans la tradition des Hummer classiques, le constructeur mise sur la puissance et le tout-terrain pour séduire de nouveaux consommateurs. Baptisé Hummer EV SUV, le modèle sera décliné en deux versions, une classique et un pick-up. Il alliera les performances de GMC à celle de l’électrique, avec la puissance en maître-mot. Le véhicule pourra passer de 0 à 100 en moins de 3 secondes et affiche une autonomie de 300 miles, soit environ 432 km.

Les deux Hummer seront parmi les premiers véhicules à bénéficier de la nouvelle plateforme de batteries électriques modulaires de GM, Ultium . Elle fournira selon la société une puissance de 50 à 200 kWh. Dans sa version Truck, le véhicule utilisera des blocs-batteries de 800 volts et une capacité de charge rapide pouvant atteindre les 350 kW, soit environ 160 km d’autonomie en seulement 10 minutes de charge.

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Un tout-terrain des plus performants

C’est la marque de fabrique de Hummer . Ses véhicules sont adaptés aussi bien à la route qu’aux chemins plus chaotiques. Dans ce sens, la marque a développé de nouvelles fonctionnalités pour faciliter la vie des automobilistes. Si son design imposant n’en fait pas un véhicule adapté pour la ville, notamment dans les rues étroites, la marque mise sur son Crabwalk (marche du crabe en français) pour se sortir de toutes les situations. Le réglage, que la firme présente comme révolutionnaire, sera capable d’utiliser les quatre roues motrices en diagonale. Concrètement, le véhicule pourra se déplacer en biais, à vitesse réduite. Une manière plus simple de se garer ou tout simplement d’éviter un obstacle dans les rues les plus étroites.

Enfin, Hummer annonce un mode extraction qui peut utiliser le système de suspension pneumatique pour soulever l’ensemble du véhicule à 15 centimètres du sol. Cela permettra au Hummer de franchir certains obstacles. À l’intérieur, le véhicule intègre un écran tactile de 13,4 pouces et un tableau de bord numérique de 12,3 pouces .

Les deux véhicules, déjà disponibles à la réservation sur le site, seront disponibles au printemps 2024 . Ils seront commercialisés à partir de 80 000 dollars aux États-Unis . La première édition du Hummer EV a quant à elle été victime de son succès. Alors qu’il doit sortir à l’automne prochain, les réservations sont déjà complètes. En France, il faudra sans doute patienter encore un peu. Sur le revendeur historique, Hummer . Fr, il n’est pas encore possible de commander les différents modèles . Néanmoins, vous pouvez vous inscrire à la newsletter pour ne rien louper.

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    Is New Jeep Compass The Most Complete Luxury SUV On Sale In India?

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Saturday, 20 March - 10:41 · 5 minutes

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The Compass has been requiring an update for a long time and in the face of new competition, it was something that was long overdue. With the recent arrival of the Citroen C5 Aircross , Tata Safari , and others, the premium SUV space suddenly looks crowded. Well, better late than never since the new Jeep Compass is now here, and it is packed with the latest technology and features. So can the new Compass steal back the limelight? Let us take a look.

New Jeep Compass Review

How does the new Jeep Compass look?

The new Compass does not look hugely different from the front but there are some key changes which are indeed welcome as they inject fresh life into this design. The Compass has always been a handsome SUV but the changes make it steer towars a more premium image. First of all, this new color looks great while the grille and the logo are de-chromed for a stealthy look. There are new headlamps and even the front bumper is all new. There are also much better-looking 18-inch alloy wheels, while the rear styling is limited to new tail-lamps.

In total, the Compass range has three new color options – Techno Metallic Green, Galaxy Blue and Bright White.

What about the interiors?

There is a lot more to talk about here than the exterior since Jeep has completely re-done the entire cabin. A new dashboard and new upholstery is being used while there is a complete change in the technology department. The smaller touch screen has been replaced by a 10.1 inch unit while even the instrument cluster is all digital. This top-end version that we drove had the ‘S’ specification and that means it is the fully loaded model.

The all-black cabin looks and feels good with a real quality touch. There is leather and also soft touch corporealities being used inside the cabin while the silver finish to the switches or the line going across the cabin is also classy. You will also notice a new steering wheel while there are plenty of buttons along with the terrain management system knob below. We will also add that the doors close with a solid ‘thud’ and the car feels more solidly put together than some other SUVs.

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Is New Jeep Compass spacious?

Things here are the same when compared to the previous Compass as the size of the car has not increased since this is a facelift. Hence the New Jeep Compass remains a 5-seater but the middle passenger will not have that much width. The Compass is slightly smaller than other SUVs at this price and the smaller rear door also makes egress and ingress less easy. The boot is big though.

What about the features list?

We have a lot to talk about here and it starts with the new 10.1-inch touchscreen available here on the S model. The touchscreen has the latest UConnect-5 infotainment system which replaces the old one. The new touchscreen is very slick and easy to use while the icons/layout is done neatly. The graphics are also excellent.

That is not all, as another big change from the tech point-of-view is the 10.25-inch fully digital display. There are also no less than 24 configurable screens which can be used via the button on the new steering wheel.

Next we move on to the connected car technology which debuts in the Compass and it gets over the air updates (OTA) while it can be synced via the Jeep life app. Hence you perform remote functions and also get to know driver analytics and location services like geo-fencing while addition safety features like stolen vehicle assist also comes handy.

The overall features list has also grown massively as along with regular highlights like steering controls (at the back of the steering, weirdly), you get features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, 360-degree camera, 8-way power-adjustable seats for both driver and the front passenger, panoramic sunroof, 9-speaker Alpine sound system with a subwoofer, power lift gate, cruise control and more.

Further on the safety equipment includes Automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, Electronic parking brake, Hill hold and hill descent control, SelecTerrain 4×4 system, Frequency Damped Suspension (FSD), Six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Panic Brake Assist, Brake Lock Differential, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hydraulic Boost Compensation, Ready-alert Braking, Rainy Brake Support, etc.

How does Jeep Compass drive?

The Compass comes with both turbo petrol and diesel engines, while the petrol has both manual and auto; the 4×4 version is only for the diesel. Also, the diesel has a 9-speed automatic which is paired with the 4×4 system. We had the top-end S with the 9-speed auto and the diesel 4×4. The diesel Compass makes 170 bhp and 350Nm; the 9-speed automatic is also the choice for those who want the convenience of one. The diesel is slightly loud at low speeds and when you start it up while it settles down into a gentle cruise once up-to speeds.

The automatic is nicely suited for city work and while you do not get paddle shifters, the gearbox is reasonably responsive to not have the need for one. The engine is also quick and the mid-range especially has a nice build-up of power. The Compass can sit at big speeds all day and you can do long journeys with ease. In terms of ride and handling, the suspension is just fantastic and it glides over broken roads and potholes. It also feels stable at big speeds.

Is it good off-road?

Compared to rivals the Compass is easily better off-road and the ground clearance is also good enough for most off-road situations. It also gets the useful SelecTerrain 4×4 system which tunes the car for each kind of road surface like Sand or Mud.

Should you buy Jeep Compass?

The new Compass starts at a fairly attractive 16.9 lakh but the fully loaded 4×4 diesel automatic S model is Rs 28.2 lakh. This is a huge price jump and we guess the extra features are responsible for that. While Jeep Compass is now the best-equipped SUV, it is also the most expensive. However, the Compass is a premium 4×4 and is loaded with the luxury and features to rival a BMW X1 or any other German car, hence the Compass does seem value for money. If you can afford it, Compass is the SUV for you with all the luxury you need or want.

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    Skoda Kushaq First Review: See Images, Interior, Features

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Thursday, 18 March - 14:08 · 2 minutes

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Skoda has been promising its new SUV for India for a while, and finally, today, we got to see the production version. Skoda Kushaq, which borrows its name from Sanskrit, meaning “king,” is a compact SUV.

The car will be launched next month along with bookings and the reveal of final pricing details. In this article, you’ll get the first and exclusive look at this SUV and also learn about its features.

How does Skoda Kushaq look?

skoda kushaq front sideview 2021

The Kushaq bears similarities to the concept we first saw at the 2020 Auto Expo. The design is pure Skoda and similar to the Karoq or the bigger Kodiaq. The Kushaq is based on the MQB A0 IN platform and has been designed in India.

The dimensions are similar to a Creta with a length of 4,221mm and width of 1760mm while it has a fairly good ground clearance of 188mm. Top-end versions get 17-inch alloys while 16 would be standard.

skoda kushaq front view and grille 2021

The grille is big and expressive with a thick chrome line while the headlamp is divided into two parts with DRLs and LEDs. Top-end trims have a silver finish skid plate, while there are roof-rails and cladding all around for the typical SUV feel. The rear also gets LED lamps with a Karoq-like look. It is a Skoda and looks nice with some aggression. You can choose from a total of 5 colour options.

What about the interiors?

The interiors seem nice in quality at first glance, with a free-standing 10-inch touchscreen display and a clear but well-made layout. The quality is good and you get a two-spoke steering and a neat bank of buttons below the touch screen.

The AC vents have a nice soft-touch control while there are two cup holders along with two places to keep your smartphones. The Kushaq also gets the virtual cockpit in the top-end with a 10-inch screen which can be modified as well.

The features list is perhaps the most impressive we have seen on a Skoda since you get connected tech, glass sunroof, ventilated leather front seats, Type C USB ports, wireless charging, wireless smartlink with smart phone connectity, Wi-Fi hotspot, cruise control, six airbags, rear ac vents, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera plus more. The Kushaq also comes with six speakers as standard.

Is Kushaq spacious?

The Kushaq comes with a wheelbase of 2651mm while it has a 385l boot. Kushaq is a 5-seater and the rear seats are decent but not class-leading. However, the thigh support plus width is quite good.

What are engine options?

Skoda is going the petrol way for the Kushaq with two turbocharged engines on offer. The 115hp 1.0 TSI is the range starter and it would be standard with a 6-speed manual while it would also get a brand new 6-speed automatic torque converter too.

The other engine is a 150PS and 250Nm 1.5 TSI, which would come with a 7-speed DSG. We expect drive modes for the DSG while the DSG will also get steering paddles.

What would be the price of Skoda Kushaq?

We expect the Kushaq 1.0 TSI manual to start at about Rs 10 lakh while the top-end would be Rs 16-17 lakh. Kushaq has a high local content level that would help Skoda price it well and give it competitive service packages. The Kushaq seems impressive at first glance and is sure to be a best seller for Skoda. Will Hyundai Creta finally face some competition other than Seltos?? We think so!

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    Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV: Exclusive First Review, Specs, Images

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Wednesday, 10 March - 06:58 · 4 minutes

Volvo XC40 Recharge EV

Are electric cars the future? That might be debatable for some, but the car-makers are going full steam ahead with their EV plans. While, at the moment, a country like India is not yet ready for electric vehicles in regard to the infrastructure, electricity supply, and other issues, the number of electric cars available is also very less.

You have Tata Nexon EV , Hyundai Kona , and MG ZS — the next offering is the Rs 1 crore EQC from Mercedes. Yes, that is a large gap and Volvo wants a big piece from that un-occupied space. With no compact luxury SUV that is electric on the horizon, the XC40 Recharge would have no competition as of this year or even in the foreseeable future. But what is the XC40 Recharge all about? Let’s take an exclusive look at the car before its October launch.

How does Volvo XC40 Recharge look?

It is an XC40 all right but a closer look will reveal that it is no standard petrol XC40. The front grille is changed and there is no grille since there is no engine, so you get a painted body cover.

Apart from that, the famous Thor’s Hammer Volvo style lights and compact plus boxy appearance make the XC40 look more like an SUV when compared to rivals. We also see different wheels and we can expect more color options.

The rear styling is the same which means you can see the large typical Volvo style tail-lamps that stand out. You can spot a small badge that signifies it as the EV version. Else, it is the standard XC40.

What about the interiors?

Open the solid feeling doors and it is the regular XC40. You have the same large portrait touch screen and an all-black cabin. There is stitching and the quality is very plush. Equipment levels would also be expected to be similar in order to keep the costs down but the XC40 Recharge is expected to get a few extra features.

The instrument cluster is different for the EV version, while it is the first Volvo to get a brand-new infotainment system powered by the Google Android operating system. The infotainment system also has the Volvo ‘On Call’ connected tech feature, using which you can check the range or your driving habits plus more features.

Tell me about the XC40 Recharge power and range…

Yes, these are the main factors that you should keep in mind when buying an EV. The XC40 Recharge, with two electric motors, gets a 78kWh lithium-ion battery which is located in the floor. This is an electric all-wheel-drive power-train that has a total power output of 408hp and 660Nm. The power figures are impressive too as it is capable of reaching 100kmph in just 4.9 seconds. That is proper fast! There are also drive modes and the top-speed is limited to 180 km/h only.

Moving on to Volvo XC40 Recharge range: More than a conventional car, the range of an EV is more important as charging stations are far too few. In the XC40 Recharge, the range figure is 418km which is one of the best in India. This figure is not an ARAI figure but on the basis of the WLTP and EPA driving cycle. However, one should expect a rear-world range comfortably near 350km or at least above 300km. This means it will take care of your daily commute for a few days without the need for any charging!

The impressive range would be the main confidence booster in buying an EV. With XC40 Recharge, you can visit Jaipur once and charge it while coming back. While it might seem tight for many to attempt that, as a city-based commuter, the XC40 Recharge could be the ideal luxury SUV. It will also get regenerative modes to adjust the regenerative braking and different modes.

What is the charging time?

The XC40 Recharge supports fast charging and the battery charges up to 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes. The XC40 Recharge will also get charging equipment bundled with it.

Volvo has not yet disclosed details regarding the charging infrastructure but we expect their dealers to have charging facility and they can tie-up regarding installing chargers at popular places. There are currently 25 dealerships in cities including in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi NCR – South Delhi, West Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Raipur, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, West Mumbai, South Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

What would be the price of XC40 Recharge?

That is another crucial factor in determining how well the XC40 Recharge can do in India. The standard petrol XC40 starts at Rs 40 lakh while the electric version should be Rs 10 lakhs more. With a cost of Rs 50 lakh or slightly more, the XC40 Recharge should find takers since it is the only full electric SUV at this price point.

The XC40 Recharge has a good enough range and is as spacious as the standard XC40 which means the leap to electric will not compromise practicality. Volvo wants to double its volume in India in the next 2 years while it wants the majority of its sales to be electric by 2025. With the XC40 Recharge, we think it has a good chance.

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    The Toyota Highlander hybrid is a big three-row with a buzzy engine

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 March - 17:19 · 1 minute

I'm not quite sure exactly when the three-row SUV became the American family car, but we're firmly in that era now. The country has always liked its vehicles to be big , and the extra height of an SUV makes it extra-bigger. Which is why it's disappointing that there are so few hybrid three-rows to choose from, particularly if you don't want a luxury badge on the front. There are really only two options in 2021. You could go for the Kia Sorento Hybrid, which we tested in January . But for a little more—starting at $38,510 for a front wheel drive version—you could get an even bigger one: the new Toyota Highlander hybrid.

The country seems obsessed with imposing, bluff-fronted SUVs and trucks these days , and the Highlander conforms to this trend, albeit with less implicit menace than others have achieved. Toyota knows how to style attractive SUVs , but it's a challenge for any automaker to make something this big look elegant as opposed to slab-sided. And you do get a heck of lot of vehicle when you get a Highlander. It's 195 inches (4,950 mm) long, 76 inches (1,930 mm) wide, and 68 inches (1.730 mm) tall, and it has a 112-inch (2,850 mm) wheelbase, all of which puts it in the "midsize" segment (something that still baffles an immigrant like me who considers it ginormous).

The result is an interior that goes beyond spacious. From the driver's seat, you have plenty of room between you and the passenger seat, and the door is far enough away that I started complaining there was nowhere convenient to rest my elbow. As is usually the case with press fleet vehicles, our test Highlander hybrid was fully loaded, in this case a $50,315 Platinum AWD model, so the interior is trimmed with plenty of leather. There are plenty of cubbies and shelves for storage, and I rather like the way the 12.3-inch infotainment system is framed by a bar that stretches out to the passenger-side A pillar. (As an infotainment system it's fine; it's the same one you'll find in the Venza hybrid crossover , with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.)

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    New Tata Safari Review — Better Than Harrier Or Hector Plus?

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Friday, 26 February - 08:17 · 5 minutes

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The new Tata Safari is basically a longer Harrier and is the three-row version that was first displayed at the 2020 Auto Expo. In the Tata range, Safari is the flagship SUV being sold over the Harrier at a premium; thus, for the extra money, you get an updated design plus a longer car along with a more luxurious interior plus the three-row seating, of course.

New Tata Safari 2021 Review

How does it look?

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The new Safari looks brilliant and has lots of road presence when seen for the first time and also looks longer than the Harrier, which it is. The extra length of nearly 65mm over the Harrier gives it a more elegant design, which adds to the looks, no doubt. Compared to the Harrier, the Safari has been designed to look more premium; hence you get the grille, which is finished in chrome and the same goes for the headlamp surrounds below. However, the side and the rear styling have more differences, and it is where you can see the new look. Unlike the Harrier, the roofline has been increased, and there is now a rear quarter glass being added for the third row.

Also, notice the nice way the roof-rails look somewhat like the previous Safari, and the “Safari” badge looks well done. Safari also wears bigger shoes as it gets 18-inch alloy wheels. There is not much choice in terms of colors as you get only three options: Royale Blue, Orcus White, and Daytona Grey.

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What about the interiors?

The interiors impressed us more than the exteriors; here, the differentiation is more evident, and the execution of the design is amongst the best we have seen from any Tata Motors car. It feels tough — from the solid doors to the big steering wheel, along with chunky switchgear. It feels big and sturdy — something which owners will like.

The old Safari was outdated, and here we are glad Tata Motors did not see the past. The new Safari cabin looks really premium with a white interior and seats and the classy ashwood used, plus there is leather used on the door pads. The dashboard has soft-touch materials and also has an anti-reflective top-layer that looks/feels classy. This is one of the top-tier cabins for the price.

Some crucial changes make life easier when compared to living with a Harrier. There is an electronic handbrake for one, and the USP port location is also easier to access. The steering wheel has buttons that are easy to use, while the part digital instrument cluster is also nice, even if not quite as tech-focused as its rivals with a full digital cluster.

The touch screen at 8.8-inches could have been bigger too as all other SUVs in this segment have vastly bigger screens. We also think the quality of the touch display along with rearview camera graphics could be better.

That said, the Safari does quite well in the overall features count with equipment like a panoramic sunroof (one of the largest that we have seen in this class), 6-way Powered Driver Seat with adjustable lumbar support, captain seats, auto headlamps, drive modes, electronic parking brake, 9-speaker JBL audio system, Android Auto and Apple Car Play Connectivity plus connected tech, 6 airbags and more. However, wireless charging is missing from the features list.

Is Safari 2021 spacious?

Absolutely! Since one of the biggest reasons to buy Safari is the space and comfort on offer. The white color looks inviting, and once inside, the middle row is the best place to be with the Captain Seating layout. The standard is a 7-seater bench, but the 6-seater Captain’s Seats is the better option. The seats are superb and are very comfortable while having the right cushioning. Legroom and headroom are also fantastic in the second row. There are also special features include a boss mode to create even more space by moving the front seats ahead, while the 2nd row also gets a 60:40 Split along with auto climate control, ambient mood lighting, and plenty of storage space.

The third row is surprisingly good, and access to it is best via the space between the captain’s seats; once in, even tall passengers will not complain. Yes, thigh support is less, but headroom is good and you also get a separate blower control and USB ports.

What’s the technology on offer?

The Safari is the second Tata Motors car to get connected technology and it gets various features like location-based services, vehicle diagnostics, remote features (remote lock/unlock etc.), over-the-air updates, and vehicle security services. It also gets Terrain response modes connected to the ESP along with offroad ABS, traction control, hill-hold, electronic stability control, hill-descent control and more.

How is new Safari to drive?

The Safari gets the same 2.0 turbo diesel present in the Harrier along with the same 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox. It is a monocoque chassis-based SUV (For instance, Fortuner is a ladder-frame) and based on the same Land Rover platform. Controversially, it does not get a 4×4, unlike the last Safari.

While Tata Safari is heavier than Harrier, performance is the same as the diesel engine plus automatic being the best combination rather than manual, requiring more effort. The engine starts with a typical diesel noise but soon settles into a smooth idle. On the go, the automatic gearbox is nice and smooth for city traffic. The steering requires more effort though, since it is a bit heavy but gets better at higher speeds. Speaking of which, the Harrier is pretty responsive and cruises very well.

It gets drive modes, and Sport mode is very quick and does enough for all those highway overtakes. It is also brilliant in its stability. Unlike the previous Safari, the new one is much better and does not have too much body roll. Braking for such a heavy car is decent but could have been more confidence-inspiring. Superb ground clearance and terrain response modes are also enough to offer off-road capability for most situations other than hardcore off-roading.

Should you buy Tata Safari 2021?

Prices for the Safari start at Rs 14.6 lakh while the fully loaded version is Rs 21.4 lakh. That makes it good value on the basis of its design, space and the excellent suspension which makes for a comfortable family SUV. Getting one over the Harrier is a bit of a no-brainer due to the extra space, features and the added road presence. It is also a better packaged product. Over its immediate rivals, the Hector Plus has more features and a petrol engine while the Safari has the looks and the capability.

Overall, if you want a big SUV with comfort, features and the ability to go over any road surface with ease, then you should look at the Tata Safari. It is a lot better than the earlier Safari too, we might add!

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    5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying 2021 Tata Safari

    pubsub.dcentralisedmedia.com / FossBytes · Monday, 1 February - 11:06 · 3 minutes

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The iconic SUV ‘Tata Safari’ by Indian automaker Tata Motors is going to relaunch in the first week of February 2021.

For many automotive enthusiasts, Tata Safari holds a special spot in their hearts. Along with this, Tata Motors has significantly excelled in automotive technology in the past few years.

For the same reason, the anticipation among the masses is now even greater for its comeback.

Though the 2021 Tata Safari is set to launch next week, the automaker has already revealed its specs and details on its official website.

Hence, let’s discuss why it’s worth considering if you are planning to buy Tata Safari in 2021.

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy 2021 Tata Safari

2021 tata safari price Image: Tata Motors

Before we move ahead, let me tell you that Tata Safari is an extended version of Tata Harrier. Also, prior to the announcement of Tata Safari, it was being advertised as Tata Gravitas.

Anyway, coming back to the topic. Here are the reasons 2021 Tata Safari is one of the best SUVs on the market.

1. Built On Land Rover Platform

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Tata Safari is built on OMEGARC architecture which is derived from the D8 platform of legendary SUV Land Rover.

The structure itself ensures the topmost built quality among the SUVs of this segment. In addition, it’ll also enhance the overall ride quality.

2. Sheer Performance Of An SUV

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The 2021 Tata Safari will get its power from the Kryotec 2.0-liter Turbocharged BS6 Diesel engine. It’s capable of churning out 167.6 BHP and 350 Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful engines.

It’s the same engine that powers its not so little brother Tata Harrier.

The engine meshes with six-speed automatic transmission. One of the most impressive features is that there are different driving modes based on your mood as well as road conditions.

You can choose different modes depending on the terrain. For example, you can choose between Normal, Rough, and Wet mode based on driving conditions.

Similarly, you can shift on to Sports, City, or Eco mode depending on your mood.

3. Luxurious And Comfortable Interior

2021 tata safari interior

Being the flagship car in the portfolio of Tata Motors, Safari received top-notch interior detailing.

One of the most striking features is its signature oyster white interior color theme. Along with that the seats are wrapped in white perforated leather to enhance its premium appeal.

Moreover, the Ashwood dashboard, floating display, two captain seats, iRA- the vehicle connectivity technology, 9 JBL speaker sound system, and best in segment panoramic sunroof altogether makes a great package.

Also, the multiple utility spaces and charging port in each row makes the 2021 Tata Safari more comfortable than ever before.

4. Spacious: Feel More Room Inside Cabin

2021 tata safari cabin Image: Tata Motors

If we talk about the interior space, then both front and second-row seem to have ample space. The third row as usual in all SUVs of this segment is a bit congested, however, it looks sufficiently comfortable for short trips.

Also, the new Safari is a bit longer as well as wider, which also confirms the extra space. Here’s a comparison of the dimensions of the Tata Safari Storme (old model) and the new one.

S.No. Dimensions 2021 Tata Safari Tata Safari Storme (old)
1. Length 4661 mm 4655 mm
2. Width 1894 mm 1855 mm
3. Height 1786 mm 1922 mm

5. Paramount Safety Of 2021 Tata Safari

Needless to say, Tata Motors is the safest automaker in India. The entry-level car Tata Tiago of the automaker holds a four-star safety rating in Global NCAP crash tests.

Although the new Tata Safari is not crash-tested yet, we are pretty much sure that it’ll score no less than five stars.

Anyway, the 2021 Tata Safari is equipped with ESP with 14 additional functionalities.

Apart from this, features like six airbags, all-disc brakes, hill-hold and hill descent control, TPMS, child seat ISOFIX, auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror, and much more make it one of the safest SUVs in India.

What’s The Price Of 2021 Tata Safari?

The price of Tata Safari is yet to be announced on February 4th, 2021 at its launch event. However, we expect that it would be somewhere between Rs 14.99 lakh and 22 lakh (ex-showroom).

Anyway, we’ll update it as soon as the automaker announces it.

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    On nous refait le « coup du diesel » avec les SUV

    ancapism.marevalo.net / Contrepoints · Friday, 29 January - 04:00 · 6 minutes

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Par Philbert Carbon
Un article de l’Iref-Europe

Le « coup du diesel », vous connaissez ? C’est une manœuvre de l’État qui consiste à accorder des avantages à un produit ou un service puis, une fois qu’une grande partie de la population a été convaincue de les adopter, à décréter leur caractère néfaste ou dangereux. Les consommateurs sont alors orientés vers de nouveaux produits ou services, qui sont à leur tour subventionnés, tandis que les anciens se voient davantage taxés, voire interdits.

Le meilleur exemple en la matière est celui du diesel. Les automobilistes ont été longtemps encouragés à choisir cette motorisation. Les ventes de voitures diesel ont représenté 64 % du marché des véhicules particuliers en 2014 pour tomber à 34 % en 2019. Puis petit à petit, comme nous l’avons expliqué dans un article de février 2019 , de nouvelles réglementations sont venues rendre le diesel moins attractif, et les consommateurs sont désormais incités à acheter des véhicules électriques ou hybrides rechargeables.

Cependant, comme nous l’avons montré dans un article de décembre 2020 , la fin des subventions à la voiture électrique est déjà programmée et il est probable que de nouvelles taxes sur l’électrique apparaissent prochainement, à l’instar de ce qui se passe en Australie.

Haro sur les SUV

Aujourd’hui, les SUV sont dans le collimateur des pouvoirs publics et des écologistes . La Convention citoyenne pour le climat a, par exemple, proposé de renforcer très fortement le malus sur les véhicules polluants et d’introduire le poids comme un des critères à prendre en compte. Le gouvernement a repris l’essentiel des propositions de la Convention, et les véhicules neufs de plus de 1,8 tonne seront soumis à un malus de 10 euros par kilogramme excédant ce seuil de 1800 kg à partir du 1er janvier 2022.

Certains veulent même interdire purement et simplement les SUV des villes, comme David Belliard, candidat écologiste à la Mairie de Paris en mars 2020, et aujourd’hui adjoint au maire chargé « de la transformation de l’espace public, des transports, des mobilités, du code de la rue et de la voirie ».

Apparu dans les années 1990, ce Sport Utility Vehicule ressemble à un 4 x 4 de par sa carrosserie, mais n’est pas à proprement parler un véhicule tout-terrain (il n’est pas systématiquement équipé de quatre roues motrices par exemple). Il a rapidement eu les faveurs des automobilistes et ses ventes n’ont cessé de croître.

Aujourd’hui, avec une part de marché de 40 % en France en 2020 (contre 6 % en 2009), les SUV grignotent celle de tous les autres types de véhicules (monospaces, berlines familiales, véhicules haut de gamme, et même citadines).

Les SUV : Trop gros, trop polluants, trop chers

La popularité du SUV ne le met pas à l’abri des critiques. Il serait d’abord trop gros pour la ville : plus haut, plus long (de 26 cm en moyenne par rapport à un véhicule standard), plus large (de 10 cm), plus lourd (de 205 kg), plus puissant (de 26 cv), le SUV représenterait un danger pour les piétons et les cyclistes. Selon l’European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), un organisme qui teste la sécurité des voitures, « plus l’avant du véhicule est haut et vertical, plus il sera dangereux pour les usagers vulnérables de la route ».

Deux études, présentées par WWF France en fin d’année dernière, indiquent par ailleurs que les SUV sont une « catastrophe climatique » et un « gouffre pour le budget des ménages » . Pour l’association de défense de l’environnement, un SUV émet 20 % de CO2 de plus qu’un véhicule standard lorsqu‘il roule. Il pollue aussi fortement lors de sa fabrication puisque son « empreinte carbone » serait 1,3 fois supérieure à celle d’un véhicule standard. Pour le WWF , avec un marché des SUV en croissance, la France ne pourra respecter ses engagements climatiques. Même avec des SUV électriques.

Les SUV sont également mauvais pour les ménages puisque, en moyenne, ils coûtent 30 % plus cher qu’une voiture de moyenne gamme et consomment 20 % de carburant de plus. Le WWF a calculé que les ménages modestes, qui s’équipent en automobiles essentiellement sur le marché de l’occasion, pourraient voir leur budget auto augmenter de 13 % (soit 408 euros par an). Et l’association de souligner que c’est trois fois plus que l’augmentation des prix des carburants qui, en 2018, a précipité les Gilets jaunes sur les ronds-points.

Pour Isabelle Autissier, présidente du WWF France, « les SUV pourraient représenter deux tiers des ventes en 2030 et renforcer les fractures sociales et les inégalités d’accès à la mobilité » . Elle soutient donc les propositions de la Convention citoyenne pour le climat visant à détourner les Français de ce type de véhicules.

Et tant pis si les Français, y compris les plus modestes, aiment les SUV !

Pourquoi les SUV se vendent-ils autant ?

Car, même si les constructeurs automobiles poussent à l’achat de SUV, concentrant leurs actions marketing et commerciales sur ces modèles, le boom des ventes s’explique avant tout parce que ces véhicules attirent les automobilistes. Ces derniers apprécient l’habitacle vaste et lumineux, la position de conduite haute qui fait dominer la route et permet d’anticiper les dangers, le sentiment de sécurité procuré par une voiture lourde voire imposante.

Mais les pouvoirs publics, et plus particulièrement la Commission européenne, ne sont pas non plus étrangers à leur succès, comme l’explique Samuel Klebaner , maître de conférences en économie (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord). Les SUV ont, en effet, bénéficié d’un « terrain réglementaire favorable à leur développement ».

Il y a d’abord le règlement (CE) n° 78/2009 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 14 janvier 2009 « relatif à la réception par type des véhicules à moteur au regard de la protection des piétons et autres usagers vulnérables de la route », qui demande un rehaussement des pare-chocs et donc favorise les SUV.

Par conséquent, il est curieux d’entendre l’Euro NCAP, cité plus haut, critiquer les SUV sur le plan de la sécurité des piétons. C’est au contraire parce qu’ils satisfaisaient aux nouvelles normes que les SUV ont été développés par tous les constructeurs.

La prolifération des SUV les plus gros a également été aidée par les normes sur les gaz à effet de serre (NOx) et les particules qui, jusqu’en 2005, ne s’appliquaient pas aux véhicules de plus de 2,5 tonnes. Les constructeurs avaient donc intérêt à développer ces modèles. Depuis, de nouvelles normes de pollution (Euro 6) sur le diesel sont apparues qui favorisent le système SCR ( selective catalytic reduction ). Celui-ci consiste à injecter de l’ammoniac dans la ligne d’échappement pour créer une réaction chimique et transformer les NOx en azote et vapeur d’eau. Pour cela, il est nécessaire d’avoir un réservoir d’urée que seuls les véhicules les plus spacieux peuvent accueillir.

Enfin, le mode de calcul des émissions de CO2 par les constructeurs favorise les véhicules lourds, autorisés à émettre davantage de CO2 que les petites voitures. Les constructeurs, pour tenir les objectifs qui leur sont assignés et éviter les conséquentes amendes prévues, ont donc intérêt à vendre leurs voitures les plus lourdes.

L’alourdissement des véhicules et le développement des SUV ne sont donc pas que le fruit d’une stratégie commerciale des constructeurs et du désir des automobilistes. Ils sont aussi largement le fait des normes et règlements.

En taxant davantage les SUV à partir du 1er janvier 2022, les gouvernants se comportent, une fois de plus, comme le sapeur Camember qui creuse un trou pour pouvoir reboucher celui qu’il avait précédemment formé.

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