Photos: Hrishi Gade
Things that come to the mind when we say Jeep, is the go-anywhere-attitude, rich military history and loads of off road madness. When Jeep ventured back into the Indian market after nearly a two decades hiatus, it came back with the superstar Wrangler and the super successful Grand Cherokee, the cost factor was not all favourable to them, thanks to the insane taxation on CBU cars and we Indians being super sensitive about pricing gave a shock to the Americans when it came down to sales figures.
However it came as a blessing in disguise for them and that’s where the Jeep Compass came into the picture. With the aim of producing more than 47,000 units every year including exports for the right hand driving markets, the Jeep Compass is the now or never model for them to survive in the competitive Indian Market. We at PitStop drove the Jeep Compass “Limited Edition” (4x4) for two days and yes it just surprised us with all its capabilities.
What we drove was the 2.0L Multijetll (Diesel) engine laced with 173 hp and good torque of 350 Nm at just 1750 rpm, and for a while let’s just keep these technical terms and numbers aside and let me tell you something, it’s one hell of an SUV – and the new 2.0L engine is as fun to drive as it’s ancestor. All the initial lag will be just a passé once the turbo kicks in at 1700 rpm and every needle on the speedo and odometer points towards north. The clutch does feel a little heavy but then it comes with a task of managing this 350 Nm of torque. Throttle response is crisp but what would have my life little easier is the gear shift; just few niggles here and there, but having said that the aluminium gear knob is quite a pleasure on the left hand.
Since the Compass inherits loads in terms of looks from its elder sibling, the Grand Cherokee, off-roading capacity is what it is always taken for granted by many of us but what surprised me is it’s on road capacity and the way it tackles urban issues like potholes and sudden braking. It just goes through every possible pothole as if nothing has happened and this definitely spoils you. It is not only comfortable, and it’s a skitter of an SUV too. The reason I am telling you this strongly because you can do those triple digits illegal numbers on tight corners too easily with only the co-passenger screaming the hell out of her throat.
Now my confusion is always is about this small notion: does a car with numerous switches and fancy looking dashboard win the case or the car with a normal dashboard but heavily practical switches and sense of usability? For an enthusiast like me, I will go with the second option, because it’s me who has to drive it daily to work. The dashboard definitely looks a generation older but it is equipped with every possible gadget you need every day including USB port at the rear, air conditioning vents.
The 5 inch info system comes with a compass and is not cluttered and it does quite well what it is supposed to do: doesn’t confuse and play good music, and thanks to the four speakers in the SUV, it doesn’t need any additional aftermarket systems. With great support at the back and under thigh for the front seats is not a place one would like to exit anywhere soon once inside the cabin. Rear passengers are treated with enough leg space and comfortable seats with temperature controller AC vents. Did I forget to mention the Compass comes with a storage space of 438L and is loaded with configuration features like a front seat that folds forward and a three-level adjustable rear cargo floor for everyday storage ideas?
The baby Cherokee comes with host of designing excellence mostly inherited from its elder sibling. The seven slot grille with chrome rings, body-colour exterior mirrors with a touch of chrome, LED tail lamps, body colour door handles and many more just to add to the elite feeling of driving a Jeep.
Priced very competitively at INR 21 lacs ex showroom Mumbai, the Jeep Compass definitely gives a run for the money to most of its competitors in terms of performance and practicality. The black and Red Compass is simply stunning to look at on the road running and gunning, and it has great road presence. Let’s play the waiting game to get a complete report on the after sales service from buyers in the long run.
The action camera leader announced a reboot of its flagship Hero camera recently as the new Hero 6 Black is now available worldwide and has improved image stabilization system eliminating camera shake and vibrations.
The stabilization is a digital effect and the camera analyzes your footage frame by frame before cropping in slightly to keep the image centered.
It shoots 4K footage at 60 frames per second and you can go into a slow-motion mode that shoots at 2.7K at 120 fps.
It also can shoot in super slow motion 240 fps at 1080 resolution. The new flagship camera has improved dynamic range and will be able to capture better during mixed sunlight conditions and in low light. Moreover, the touchscreen on the rear gets a touch-to-zoom feature.
A better Wi-Fi radio triples the transfer speeds of the last generation Hero. GoPro’s new custom processor, the GP1, powers all of the Hero 6 Black’s imaging tricks. It's an important move for the company as it seeks to differentiate from a growing sea of imitators.
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After a year of its launch in overseas markets, the A5 Sportback finally makes it to India with a price tag of Rs 54.02 lakh (exh-showroom, Delhi). It is based on the VW Group's MLB Platform and gets its engine positioned longitudinally. The A5 Sportback is an absolute looker as it is low, wide and lithe. The flowing roof that connects to the rear is quite a sight to behold. Smoothly curved surfaces with mild creasing give the A5 Sportback give it a sporty stance. Our favourite bit being the frameless door of of course. 'Cut-outs' in the tail lamp design and sleek headlamps really make this Audi stand out from the rest. Powering the A5 is 190hp 2.0-litre TDI unit churns out 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Acceleration from 0-100 comes in 7.9 seconds. However, the S5 - its 3.0-litre turbo V6 sibling - makes 354hp and does the 0-100 sprint in just 4.7 seconds. Inside the cabin, it boasts of new sporty three-spoke steering, a MMI Touch Infotainment system, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Audi’s smartphone integration suite with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as additional options, a 755W Bang and Olufsen sound system, black wood trim on the insides and of course, a sunroof among other things. Thanks to the low roof however, ingress and egress for rear passengers can be a bit bothersome, but once in, there's good legroom. Boot space at 480 litres is as good as it gets. The A5 will be bought mostly for its looks, and although it costs a fair bit more than its rivals, it surely looks worth every extra penny! Audi A5 Sportback Engine: 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 190hp Torque: 400Nm Boot capacity: 480 litres A5 Cabriolet Engine: 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 190hp Torque: 400Nm Boot capacity: 380 litres S5 Sportback Engine: 3.0-litre V6, turbo petrol Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 354hp Torque: 500Nm Boot capacity: 480 litres
Skoda India has finally launched the long-awaited Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, here in India at a price of Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom, all-India) in just one variant called 'Style'.
The SUV aptly gets its name from an Alaskan bear as it appears brawny and rather huge. But don't mistake it for being a hardcore off-roader; the Kodiaq is more a luxury SUV for families than a dune-bashing machine. Tight lines and solid, muscular panels give it proper SUV appeal. It's based on the MQB platform that underpins the new Superb. LED Adaptive headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps all add up to it being a smart looker.
Under the bonnet lies a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 150hp and 340Nm of torque. It send all this power to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Skoda claims a fuel economy figure of 16.25kpl.
The dashboard design is classy and quintessentially upmarket; it features gloss black trim running the length of the dash, sporting chrome-ringed AC vents and an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit that consists of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google Earth and Wi-Fi.
A host of features include 360-degree cameras, Emergency Assist SOS function, door edge protection ,a handy magnetic flashlight that can stick to the body when in need of changing a tyre or something of the sort, electric front seats, sleeping headrests (specially designed to prevent your head from rolling off the cushion when napping) and a hands-free boot opening function, also seen on the Superb. The second row of seats split 60:40, reclines and slides as well. Unfortunately however, the third row is a bit of squeeze and can accommodate children or adults with small frames. A 270-litre boot capacity with all rows up, make it a really good deal.
Despite its 2791mm wheelbase, the Kodiaq - when viewed in person - is pretty compact. Skoda feels that this will help making it easier to live with as a family car.