Categories
Reviews

Ford Windstar 3.8 V6 test drive of 1995

The owner is Vladimir Nosikov, 28 years old Muscovite, a driver and a staff member.

The car is a 1995 Ford Windstar GL. Mileage – 230 000 km. The first generation was produced from 1995 to 1998. Purchased for 150 000 rubles.

Vladimir tells the story of his car.

– Such a car was in our family for many years – my father was engaged in distillation of used cars from Europe and brought Ford Windstar from Germany in 1999.

Relatives liked the minivan very much, and they asked to help them find a similar Windstar, which was done – in 2004, their father brought them a very successful and well-groomed copy of 1995, the first year of production of this model. Our Windstar was sold a long time ago, and I haven’t heard about the fate of the second one for a long time, because relatives didn’t live nearby and we didn’t talk too often. However, in 2014, I came across one of the largest car ad websites, the very familiar Ford. “Isn’t that Uncle Viti’s car? – I asked my father, and he also recognized her. At that time I had a VAZ-2113, but I wanted a Windstar – I knew this minivan well (both in general and in particular), its merits and convenience. The car was sold for 180,000 rubles, but by family friendship it was given to me for 150,000. For exactly the same amount of money I sold VAZ and, in fact, just changed!

Despite Ford’s age, the exchange was great: after a primitive and close “zhigulenka” old “American” seemed just a high-tech ship! However, after the purchase in 2014, I had a chance to ride it for only three days – and I was taken into the army. And since 2015, I’ve been riding it all the time, and the car doesn’t let me down or bother with repairs.

Today, Ford Windstar is quite rare in Russia, although its classmates, such as Dodge Caravan, still meet. Windstars for the whole country are usually on sale on the largest car resources – not more than a dozen. The usual price for such cars today is from 100-150 thousand for cars in average condition and up to 200 thousand for well-preserved copies.

Outside

Probably hardly anyone would call Ford Windstar handsome today, but at the time of his appearance in 1995, when he changed his angular and stupid predecessor, the biodesign with its licked inexpressiveness was at the peak of fashion. Windstar is fully consistent with this style, both on the outside and inside.

Our Windstar’s driver’s door swings open at almost 90 degrees, which is noticeably more than the front passenger’s – it’s easier to get behind the wheel. Passengers in the second and third row enter the cabin through a sliding door on the right.

Interestingly, by the end of the 90s minivans started to have sliding doors from both sides of their competitors, but on Windstar the Fordovtsy, when preparing the next package of modifications for the new 1998 model year, went for a temporary trick – an additional entrance to the cabin for passengers on the left side was realized through the driver’s door, which was enlarged for this purpose, and the driver’s seat was made with a folding backrest, as it is practiced in all three-door hatchbacks. A full-fledged second sliding door appeared only on the second generation of Windstar after 1999.

Inside

The dashboard and centre console are solid and monumental. At the wheel you feel like you’re on a bridge or at least a driver of a large full-size coach. The console is extended to the driver, the barn is vertically adjustable, all buttons and handles are visible and easily accessible. The interior is very well thought out.

The electronic dashboard is a rarity on Windstars. The model was equipped with such an instrument only in 1995 – then, strange as it may seem, they switched to a more traditional arrowhead. The main advantage of the “digital” variant is easy switching through the route menu from miles to kilometers and from gallons to liters!

Windstar is a seven-seater car. It has two front seats, a sofa for two on the second row and a passage past it to the third three-way. The seats are excellent – soft, high enough, with plenty of legroom.

 

There are few electrical adjustments in the seats, but the driver has a pneumatically controlled lumbar support, which is extremely useful in long-distance travel, for which Windstar is ideal.

У задних пассажиров есть собственная панель управления музыкой – с кнопками настройки радио, памяти станций, громкости. Штатная магнитола дает возможность слушать разную музыку: у водителя играет кассета через передние колонки, а задние пассажиры могут подключить две пары наушников со стандартным 3,5-миллиметровыми штекерами и слушать радио.

The mirror has an auto-blackening function, and its sensor is responsible for automatically turning on the light when dusk comes. Also on the mirror there is a slider to adjust the time delay of headlights off after leaving the cabin – a polite light.

Antisolar visors – double, allowing you to cover yourself from the rays and from the front, from the side.

Different niches and containers for Windstar’s things, oddly enough, aren’t too rich. The glove box volume is quite modest, but there is a very large tray for audio cassettes. There is a retractable cup holder for two jacks, pockets in the doors and a drawer under the front passenger seat.

Other nice chips include electrically operated rear windows, elastic plastic in the cabin and keyhole lighting on the outside – if you approach a locked car and pull the handle outside, the lights in the cabin and the well will turn on!

Iron

The Ford Windstar was equipped with a 6-cylinder injector V-shaped V-rays from the Vulcan and Essex families. In 1995, there were two engines: a 3-liter engine with a capacity of 147 hp and 3.8 liters with 155 hp. In the following years, engine power gradually increased.

On our Windstar, we had a 3.8-litre Essex, a front-driven, transversely mounted 3.8-litre engine. The range of these engines is as large as it is old. They lead their lineage from the late 60’s and over the years have found many variations for dozens of Ford models and other brands. Carburettor and injector, positioned longitudinally and transversely, with a wide range of capacities and attachments.

The ACP is a 4-stage “classic” with torque converter, controlled by a handle on the steering wheel with an overdrive button. This combination of engine and transmission is known to motorists for its much more common combination than Windstar’s Ford Taurus. The engine and gearbox are considered to be afraid of overheating – the engine requires a proper cooling system, and the “machine” does not feel sorry for long runs at high speed.

This Windstar hasn’t surprised anyone in four years of operation. All the work that was carried out was related to maintenance and expenditure and concerned mainly the suspension, which is quite simple (front McPherson, rear torsion beam). Front brake discs – 5000 rubles, pads – 1700 rubles, steering rods and tips – 1300 rubles each, stabilizer racks – about 1500 rubles of steam, shock absorber racks – 9000 rubles per pair. The availability of almost all of the marketable spare parts. But, according to the owner, Windstar may soon need to replace the mass flow rate sensor. And this is a detail of those that can’t be bought “around the corner”: it is custom-made and expensive – about 7000 rubles.

On the move

As it happens when you meet almost all the old Americans, the first effect of Windstar – amazing softness! The energy-intensive pendant of this “bead” swallows any city roughness, including log-like “lying policemen”, and what is “under swallowed” is damped by soft velour pillows of seats.

At the start the car reacts to gas very cheerfully – classic American V-shaped models are famous for their low speed traction. The catch after a hundred is already sluggish. And cotton brakes require pressure from the soul, not sorry.

Large and massive car confidently holds the road, up to 120 km / h do not have to taxi, the steering wheel is held by a finger. Standard tires of Windstar are 205/70 R15, and on our copy there is rubber with the same diameter, but slightly wider – 215/70. At partings in ruthlessness the back is shaking: the suspension there, as it has already been said, is dependent, with a beam. The car does not leave the trajectory, but slightly “sausages”.

On parking lots it is a little bit more difficult: the body is long (5110 mm), and the angle of rotation of wheels is small. Because of this, where an ordinary sedan is pulled out at the first time, Windstar requires 2-3 receptions. The visibility, in spite of the abundant glazing, is so good. Do not add visibility and blinded flat mirrors rear view, in the blind areas of which too much is lost.

The consumption is just as pleasing: in mixed mode city-track it is a very moderate 12 liters, which is for such a “crocodile” – and not the consumption at all!

Model history

In 1986, the first 7-seater minivan – the rear-wheel drive model Aerostar – appeared in the Ford range of cars. By 1994, the angular Aerostar had become obsolete and was replaced by the Windstar front-drive biodesign in the 90s.

First of all, the car was positioned as a minibus for family and travel, but it also had a practically unknown in our country commercial cargo-version without glazing and with a cargo body.

The new minivan quickly gained popularity as the safest among classmates – in the crash-test it gained maximum points and already had two airbags and ABS in the base. The car was produced until 2004, having gone through a restyling process in 1998 with the renewal of bumpers and optics, as well as with the addition of a second sliding door on the left.

Changes were made to the model all the time, not only during restyling. Each year, Windstar has been improving the model by adding various options. Gradually, the list of options included electric closing/opening of the sliding door, electric height adjustment of the pedal unit, the system of course stability, air balloons in the suspension, a separate air conditioner for rear passengers, tire pressure control system and much more. Changes also touched the engine compartment: in due course the 3-liter engine was removed from the range, and the 3.8-liter engine was forced to 203 hp.

In 2004, the model was replaced by a minivan Ford Freestar, which was produced until 2007. Since then, there have been no full-size minivans in the Ford range – the segment was completely absorbed by crossovers.

 

Categories
Reviews

Toyota Verso 2019 in the new body

 

In autumn 2018, the Paris Motor Show was presented with a new, significantly updated model of the Toyota Verso, which has undergone 470 various changes and modifications. The new car was developed by the European branch of Toyota Motor Corporation, in cooperation with the best automobile engineers.

вид спереди

The modern version of the Toyota Verso 2019 updated many of the components affecting all sorts of details. Particularly noteworthy changes have been made:

  • technological component;
  • technical characteristics;
  • exterior and interior design.

Feedback on the new restyled version of Toyota Verso from owners and professional critics is largely positive. However, it is important to note that not all motorists had time to appreciate the car due to its recent appearance. It is possible to tell with confidence that in a year or less, Toyota Verso becomes one of the best family cars.

To estimate all features of the updated car it is possible by means of corresponding photos and video test drive in a network the Internet. At the same time, it is worth remembering that the best way to evaluate the car is only in the car showroom, by personal inspection.

Design

The restyling version received a completely new appearance during the update, showing the huge triangles of headlights and perfectly emphasizing the grille. The 2019 Toyota Verso model is equipped with fog lights on the bumper.

Appearance

Overview mirrors have comfortable legs and are equipped with repeaters. The profile of the family wagon, which has increased capacity, clearly demonstrates the smoothness of the ascending lines of window sills, flowing roof and quite massive wheel arches.

вид сбоку

The rear part was significantly less altered. The stern is perfectly complemented by a bumper with an integrated diffuser. Also, the number plate frame on the rear door received a slightly modified configuration.

Thanks to the increased number of welding points, the stiffness of the body was increased by 20%. In general, Toyota Verso’s performance has improved significantly, which has had a significant impact on the machine’s controllability in every possible situation.

фары

The good news for the Russian consumer is that the car has received excellent cross-country performance, suitable for Russian roads and off-roads. Although this applies only to the performance characteristics, tyres also have some impact on these parameters.

Salon

The renovated Verso 2019 showroom has a seat transformation, contributing to the creation of a large cargo area with sufficient dimensions – 1575*1430 millimeters. The seven-seater modification was equipped with a miniature trunk, only 155 liters. On the other hand, in a five-seater version it makes up 440 liters.

приборная панель

In the cabin of the compact minivan in the new body there are many boxes and chests, shelves and pockets for all sorts of things. Of course, everything is placed in such a way that the driver and passengers, being in the cabin, feel exclusively coziness and care of the manufacturer for each individual person.

In the case of the new restyled Toyota Verso 2019 model year, owner feedback underscores the fact that the car has impressive features. At the same time, the optional maximum modification and minimum equipment are virtually identical to each other. Thus, the car can be rightfully called truly affordable and comfortable.

Functionality

Restyled Toyota Verso 2019 is presented in three main types of equipment, and even the base manufacturers supplied electric mirrors with repeaters and heated, fog lights, air conditioning and multimedia system, including a 6.1-inch display. This version has:

Cruise control;
navigation;
climate control;
leather seats.

In addition, the new model has significantly increased the noise insulation from the engine and the surrounding space outside the car. Feedback from owners separately underlines this advantage as one of the most promising, given the power and noise produced by the engine under the hood of Toyota Verso.

Specifications

The car was installed on a modernized suspension, providing more comfortable conditions of movement. To improve controllability and increase information efficiency, there are settings of the electric power steering.

Each car model can be equipped with one of the five possible engines, specially designed for the updated model range:

1.6-liter petrol engine with 126 horsepower (basic);
1.8-liter petrol engine with 147 horsepower;
2.0-liter diesel engine with 126 horsepower;
2.2-liter diesel engine with 150 horsepower;
2.2-liter diesel engine with 177 horsepower.

It is important to note that only gasoline engines are available on the market for Russian consumers. Diesel engines have been developed for the global market, but are available only in some foreign countries, including Japan.

двигатель

Depending on the engine, the vehicle can be equipped with one of two possible transmission types. The 2.0-litre diesel engine and 1.6-litre petrol engine are thus combined exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. Any other engine, and possible, is combined with a convenient variator.

Complete sets

Initially, the price of the Toyota Verso 2019 car in the new bodywork was not disclosed and caused some concerns of potential consumers. However, after the official announcement of the possible kits and their cost, restyled versions of the car received only one more reason to make positive comments.

Each named set differs in the presence of some additional functions, as well as visual features and quality of finishing. This should be taken into account when choosing and purchasing a car. Each feature can be studied in detail by video test drive and photo on the Internet.

It is important to know that the Comfort package is the only one that can be equipped with a 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter gasoline engine. In all other cases, under the hood of the Toyota Verso model 2019 is installed a 1.8-liter en

Categories
Reviews

For seven presidents: Cadillac Fleetwood 75 1953 test drive

 

He’s worth it!

Although this Fleetwood was released in 1953, its model year is 1950. These machines were produced from 1950 to 1953, although much later moved to Fleetwood 1954 model year, which was produced until 1958. At the same time, some parts of this car were changed during production. Well, what was fundamentally new in it in 1950?

The most important thing is a fundamentally new “post-war” design, which other Cadillacs tried on back in 1948. Even strangely enough, the most expensive model was later updated with cheaper ones, although the previous generation of 1941-1949 looked great.

In the new generation of cars introduced all the most relevant at that time, designer and technical refinements. In particular, the steps were abandoned, and the windshield was made whole for the first time. The wheelbase grew from 3,500 to 3,730 mm (75 series, 67 series, with its own base). It is necessary to mention separately a bumper with characteristic “fangs” in the form of heads of shells – it is often called by own name “dagmar” (dagmar).

The history of the appearance of this name is naughty. According to the designers’ idea the projectiles were to symbolize the swiftness of the car, but the slang name “dagmar” was not connected with the speed, guns, shells and bullets. In the early 1950s in America was very popular actress Virginia Ruth Egnor, who acted under the pseudonym Dagmar. She gained fame primarily for her breasts and her manner of showing it on TV. The shape of her breasts seemed to the designers to be very similar to this bumper (or the shape of the bumper – the breast), which was immediately nicknamed “dagmar”. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the actress’s chest, but the bumper looks interesting.

Now let’s open the hood and watch the engine.

The engine of the first Fleetwood 75 came from the late version of the previous generation – 331st series (that’s how its volume is in cubic inches, in liters – 5,4). This engine was developed directly for the Cadillac and Oldsmobile. The power of the huge V8 today is not striking – only 170 hp, although in later versions after the installation of two four-chamber carburettors from it were able to squeeze out as much as 270 hp. (there were also intermediate versions with 230, 240 and 250 hp). The engine for that time (Lord, give me back my 53rd!) is quite traditional: short-stroke, with a full-bearing crankshaft and hydraulic compensators. By the way, the first hydraulic compensators appeared in the engines of Cadillac – on the engine V16 in the Model 452 1930, so it was not an innovation for Fleetwood. However, there was a nuance: hydraulic compensators did not work very well at high revs. That’s why in the distant 50s American “tuners” (or “collective farmers”?) simply threw them away and in return put ordinary pushers from the Studebaker V8 engine.

However, let’s go back to the undercover space – there is still a lot of interesting things here. First of all, what are these two glands sticking out on the right and left? And this is the compressor of the conditioner and the pump of GURA. Yes, both in 1953 were already on the Cadillac! However, as options, but hydraulic window lifters were “in the base”.

And now let’s take a look at the battery. On American cars, it was often such an unusual form today – narrow and high. In our case, this form allows you to open access to candles for their replacement and to the oil dipstick of the box. However, any other battery can fit in here, too – places in bulk. Simply drain is more convenient.

So, what’s with the oil dipstick in the gearbox? This usually stands on the machine. Is it really…

Yes! Yes! Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen! It’s a real ACP, and it’s a four-step process. General Motors developed this box Hydra-Matic in the late 1930s, and for the first time it appeared in 1940 on Oldsmobile models, and then – on Cadillacs. A little later this world’s first production automatic was equipped with Pontiac, Bentley, Hudson, Kaiser, Nash and Rolls-Royce. What, citizens, is typical: the mechanical box, which was “in the base” (ACP is an option, the base it became the next generation in 1954), was just a three-stage. Well, well… It is very interesting how the car with 66-year-old automatic rifle rides!

Turn on the sound!

Now we have to pull ourselves together a little bit to avoid the luxury of 66 years ago. You should agree that not every car of that epoch could boast of such a set of options: air conditioner, window lifters, mountain lights and automatic transmissions… And also – natural wood, chrome and even a radio receiver. At the same time, there are usual “oars” that stand in cars with mechanical window lifters. Why are they here? And they are needed to open the windows.

Driver’s seat is unexpectedly convenient: there is a lot of space, the seat is unusually high for the American front sofa. In general, the interior, ergonomics and the entire dashboard here seem a little more modern than the exterior itself. Inside – the beginning of the sixties with this compact dashboard instead of scattered on the entire panel of individual scales and pointers, “licked” transition from the panel to the door cards, a large glovebox in front of the passenger. It seems that there has been more progress inside than outside. However, everything is very, very good. In the cabin, by the way, it is also much more convenient than in older cars at least 10 years older. Now the main thing is that it was better.

Usually the launch of the old V8 is a whole event, marked by the work of the gas pedal and the “suction”, then – the sound of the awakened gasoline eater. Everything in Fleetwood is somehow easier. Even the cold engine started at one turn of the key, and the sound… You know, to be honest, I expected more. If you listen to the motor from the outside, it sounds right – uterine, low, a little ominous, and very exciting. But there’s no sound inside. Most likely, it’s the “noise”, which strangely cuts off the low frequencies, letting in only the absurd squeak in the cabin. And it seems that in front of you there are not five and a half liters of Western luxury, but two liters of Eastern technology. It’s even a shame, by God.

Parking mode of the car park is not available. There is a neutral, drive mode (which is marked not as D, but as Dr), Low mode (first gear) and R mode. Therefore, before driving, it is necessary to remove the car from a parking brake for what the handle at the left hand should be turned aside and released. Now turn on the “Dr” and let’s go!

Let’s be honest: it is impossible to “drive” like this. Still, 170 hp and 2.8 tons of weight are never a sports car. Yes, on the first gear it is possible even to polish with wheels wet asphalt. But Caddy, in general, doesn’t care about it. Wheels can throw out from under themselves even the whole layers of asphalt, the heavy car will touch quietly anyway. Maybe our tires are to blame, maybe – road conditions. It wouldn’t be fair to call this Fleetwood a “vegetable,” but he deserves the title of phlegmatic guy. For example, let’s take a little shit.

So, the start we get outwardly spectacular, but actually not the fastest. Now let’s try to turn around abruptly by giving gas. The back axis, as it should be, goes into a skid, but … But inside this stupid maneuver is felt only on a little gone trajectory. There is no screeching of tyres, an overwhelming heel, which you expect from a heavy limousine. Here the weight works and up to strange good noise isolation. The way out of the skidding, the gas in the floor – and nothing … Already in the second gear Fleetwood tries to behave as a pathos limousine, not a sports car. And he does it. There is no kickdown, so to get out of the way, you need to slow down to a minimum to start the first gear, and then press the gas. And only then it will be possible to leave quickly. Just in case, I will notice that “to leave quickly” is on the scale of today. For 1953, it was incredibly fast, instantaneous.

And now we will travel in a normal mode.

At the moment of gear shifting the shocks are still noticeable, but not critical. But the algorithm of ACS operation differs greatly from modern algorithms. When switching upwards, everything is predictable, but when switching downwards, it is not always clear what kind of gear the automaton will put in. More precisely, it is always unclear. There is no tachometer in the car, the box switches down inconspicuously, so it is impossible to predict how the car will respond to the subsequent pressing of the gas pedal after the speed is reset. Maybe it will tear forward, or maybe it will start to gain speed barely. The whole story reminds me of the good old West with AMT of the first year of production. The same damn thing, only with the “crawling” mode of ACP.

Surprisingly, but in the Cadillac there is no such feeling of retro, which is given by many post-war vehicles of this class: tightness behind the wheel, swelling, desire to leave the trajectory on a straight line, inaccuracy of heavy steering. Here everything is different. In his time, this Fleetwood really was on the front of the hull for many of his contemporaries. The steering is not only light thanks to the power steering, but also quite accurate. Though, as modern observers like to say about modern cars, “in a near-zero zone of a steering wheel not informative” – there is such business. In the corners of the Cadillac also follows the turn of the steering wheel very accurately.

The engine with the box is mounted on the X-shaped frame through the thick rubber supports, so there is almost no vibration.

What Fleetwood lacks is good braking and vision. The brakes are drummed and can even start the car in the yuzzle. But the effort on the pedals is very large, and the reaction to the press is again difficult to guess. The pedal as if rests against a brick, but it does not mean that it is useless to press it. On the contrary, just after the “brick” brakes start working. It is impossible to calculate the effort, you just need to press the pedal at random. In the end, the Cadillac will stop after all, but it is likely that it will do so later than it would be desirable. It’s especially disappointing that the automatic transmission does not allow you to brake with the engine, so the drawbacks of brakes seem much more significant. Now let’s move on to the review.

What can I say: the hood cannot be short with a car length of six meters. Worse than that it is unrealistic to estimate dimensions: a mascot in the form of a goddess of speed with a waving shawl helps out a little, but here edges of front wings are not visible.

Rear-view mirrors then too have not yet learned to do. Looking in salon, it is possible only to paint sponges (though it is not exact, I did not try), and that which stands on a rack of a driver’s door, it is necessary only for beauty – on its case there is an engraving with an emblem of the Cadillac. You can only see in it a piece of board and a little bit of something behind it, which is absolutely not enough for safe driving. In the garage, I was only able to drive the car in reverse with the owner’s prompts, waving at me energetically (and sometimes panically) from the outside. And then I figured out how to get out of Caddy more than once: to open the door from the inside, you don’t have to pull or turn the handle, but move it back.

*  * *

As I said, the next fifth generation of Fleetwood 75 of 1954 was not so much a revolutionary as an evolutionary generation, resulting from the constant modernization of the previous generation. In principle, our fourth generation differed from the previous generation only in more modern design and the presence of ACP.

Americans, constantly changing equipment and some elements, remained true to their conservative views. Judge for yourself: the same platform GM D-platform (or simply D-body, D-cooses), on which this Fleetwood is built, existed from 1936 to 1976. Forty years! In 1977, the platform was greatly reduced, which was due to changes in U.S. law, and it ceased to exist as a classic GM D-platform. In 1985, the limousines were moved to a smaller C-platform.  The original D-platform, on which ten (!) generations of Cadillac limousines were built, was not at all. And two years later, the production of the 75 series was finally stopped, which led to the closure of the era of limousines Cadillac.

Categories
Reviews

Nissan GT-R 2017. Test drive of a new Japanese

 

Nissan GT-R 2017 model year is something! If the last time a man had his palms sweating, when he returned from school, secretly watched films about dastish fiction, and his legs bent only from food poisoning, it means – he has not yet ridden in a supercar Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Already at a sight of powerful sports Nissan GT-R 2017, the hearts of connoisseurs of Nissan brand and potential racers begin to beat frantically. The person who opened the door of the monster for the first time feels that he falls into something like a “bucket”, it seems that Nissan GT R is practically lying on the asphalt with its belly. Having started the engine with a button, you feel – hair starts to move on your head, in the new Nissan GT R it is felt even by those whose top shines like a billiard ball. Doesn’t it scare you, do you want a big adventure with Nissan in half with horrors, cosmic overloads? Go ahead – try out the handsome Nissan GT-R!

The first trip on Nissan GT-R will be much cooler

It is not necessary to lose pleasure, having switched a gearbox in a mode Drive, only having sat down behind a wheel of Nissan GT-R, it is better to practice with a gas pedal, causing at new Nissan formidable roar, to remove the environment frightened by a loud roar of the engine in 555 horsepowers by a mobile phone. The effect can vary, from a lightning bolt of escape from the scene to a tight ring of admired observers around Nissan GTR exclaiming “more or less! Be sure – countless views and likes of the Nissan GT-R tested by you in the world’s most fashionable social network Instagram are guaranteed by pressing a couple of times the “nut”, the brave man behind the wheel of the Nissan GTR 2017 will get a frightened and delighted squeal of girls and a minute of fame

Nissan GT-R: Horizontal racing

Pressing the gas, in 2.8 seconds you accelerate the Nissan GT-R up to 100 km/h. It feels like it happens faster. Sobbing with surprise and surprise girlfriend, squeezing her spine into the back of the front passenger seat, with her voice drowned out the roar of the engine of a supercar Nissan, similar to the roar of aircraft turbines.

At acceleration of Nissan GT-R up to 200 km/h, testosterone goes off the scale at the driver. Nissan passengers are girls? The smell of women’s perfume has a chance to change the smell of children’s surprise. Did you manage to shout out the roar of the Nissan GT-R engine and the sound of Bose glass rattling from the power of the sound, begging the person sitting at the helm to slow down? There is no mercy to see – the driver of monster Nissan GT-R in a new body has already felt the taste, the speedometer shooter has passed for the third hundred

 

New Nissan GT-R is nothing but subordination and frightening of the fair sex representatives, as well as of the one who sits behind the wheel: to drive, to own a car, to subordinate Nissan GT-R – a lover of hardcore! The leg has grown into an accelerator, the stomach stuck to a back at furious speed. Truly, driving Nissan GT-R is drive, high, feeling of absolute freedom!

Those who have changed their sex, find their emotions in cocaine, and others in Mercedes-AMG races, which run from a place up to a hundred kilometers in 3 seconds, but nothing compares to the feeling of driving a Nissan GT-R

Meteor, a beast in the iron appearance, Nissan GT-R will not tolerate almonds, style – gas to the floor, turning the wheel – not smoothly – aggressively: riding on the Nissan GT-R will charge an indescribable energy, enter into the ecstasy of the driver and his companions, activation of the R mode, perhaps, will make you change pants. Nissan GT-R cannot help but like, admire, drive mad and wish to merge with it

Categories
Reviews

Toyota Auris 2019 in the new body: equipment, photos

 

Toyota Auris is a small family car that Toyota has been manufacturing since the beginning of 2006. It was placed on the platform of its predecessor Corolla, which competes with today. A car of this brand, both new and used, of older years, can be selected and ordered from Order Cars From Japan Auctions

общий вид

This model was designed for European motorists, but it is produced not only in Europe, but also in Turkey, England and Japan. The car turned out to be quite spacious and comfortable, as well as, having a minimum level of vibration, surprisingly quiet.

The five-door hatchback working on the front drive is a typical family car, which deserves extremely positive feedback from the owners of the relevant contingent of people.

It is important to note that while the performance and appearance of the 2019 Toyota Auris is praised by both car enthusiasts and professional critics, its technical performance is poor. However, throwing away the technical nuances, you can enjoy the impressive external data of the car in the new body through photos and videos on the Internet.

Design

The main thing that should be given special attention is not the technical characteristics, but the design and integrated design ideas of the new Toyota Auris. The machine has undergone both external and internal modernization, having received, in addition, a considerable number of electronic additions and various extensions. Each installed addition has found its own consumer and received positive feedback individually.

Bodywork

The appearance of the new car is a clear reference to another car of the same Japanese brand, which once was a subclass of this car. The original prototype of the Auriz model was the well-known Toyota Korolla. However, in contrast to its predecessor, the new car received unique details. Having studied the photo you can make your opinion about the new car.

вид спереди

The main noteworthy features of Toyota Auris can be rightfully attributed:

  • the backlit headlights;
  • miniature radiator grille;
  • bumper with a low seat, which has an unusual shape with many curves;
  • fog lights located at the edges of the bumper;
  • streamlined, but at the same time clearly shaped, side mirrors with electronic regulators;
  • The rear part of the car is decorated with a wide luggage compartment lid;
  • All optics on the car is equipped with LED glow, regardless of equipment.

Among all sorts of other nuances, we can note the size of the new car. Compared to previous generations, the car, which is surprising for the modern hatchback, has decreased in size. Thus, the new car has:

  • The length is 3980 mm;
  • The width is 1695 mm;
  • height – 1475 mm;
  • Clearance – 155 mm;
  • wheelbase – 2510 mm.

Among other things, the volume of the trunk of the car in the new body increased to 360 liters, with the possibility of large-scale expansion by folding the rear row of passenger seats. The dimensions of the Toyota Auris can be studied by means of appropriate photos.

Showroom

Spacious salon Toyota Auris model 2019 is distinguished by high comfort and excellent ergonomics. The convenient location of the controls makes for a comfortable journey, even over long distances. In the photo you can see all the details.

салон

The main features of the new car interior, equally, are such aspects as:

  • with rigid seating arrangements, capable of taking on different, human-friendly positions;
  • Elegant infotainment touch screen display;
  • Dashboard and controls made of high quality leather;
  • air-conditioning system;
  • Dual range steering column adjustment;
  • Powerful steering rod;
  • The dashboard’s high definition cross sections are on the dashboard indicators.

Toyota Auris has excellent reviews from owners, as he is pleased with the thoughtful design and excellent equipment. Each nuance can be studied by means of photos on the Internet.

Prices and equipment

The new Toyota Auris’s equipment and prices are directly related to each other. The manufacturer has announced that the price of the new car in European countries will range from $18 thousand to $25 thousand.

It is important to note that the modifications, which are not the basic version, have approximately the same capacity as the top model. However, the maximum number of additional functions in the assembly is significantly increased, compared to all other modifications, because of which prices are very different.

In the 2019 Auris model year, the price and equipment predetermine the presence or absence of any additional features, as well as some elements of the exterior and interior. Photos of the maximum and minimum assembly allow you to clearly see the difference.

максимальная комплектация

After restyling, the model received climate control, anti-lock system, air conditioning and many other additions. However, due to the right equipment, the car will not be inferior to the leaders of the world car market.

Technical characteristics
Suspension and driveability

Thanks to the rigid suspension Toyota Auris fully meets the needs and condition of domestic roads. The car perfectly works out all irregularities. Therefore, even on an uneven road the driver and passengers can feel quite comfortable.

For the front suspension technology MacPherson is used, which is known for the fact that the basis of its design are shock absorber racks. The inclination of the suspension legs is very important to ensure a smooth ride. In Auris this indicator is calculated rather correctly, therefore to its owners it is not necessary to complain that each bump is felt at driving on rough road. However, such suspension is a little bit difficult and expensive in service. But at Toyota it is known enough good reliability even in severe Russian conditions. The rear suspension of the car is semi-dependent.

Initially Auris was equipped with a torsion beam. However, later it was replaced by a multilever suspension, which perfectly suits to energetic, miniature hatchback. Clearance and pendant can be seen on the corresponding photos on the Internet. It should be noted that the clearance is very low and is only 14 cm. Therefore, the car is ideal only for trips around the city and the highway. It will seem low and uncomfortable for traveling out of town.

подвеска

Engine

The vehicle is available with several different engine variants, each of which is fully compliant with European environmental standards. The most notable among them are the following versions.

Gasoline 1.2-liter engine with such characteristics:

  • The power output is 116 hp;
  • The torque is 185 Nm;
  • Mixed fuel consumption is 5.4 liters;
  • Acceleration to 100 km/h – 12.6 seconds.

Diesel 1.6-liter engine with the following indicators:

  • Power – 112 hp;
  • Torque – 270 Nm;
  • mixed fuel consumption – 5.7 liters;
  • Acceleration up to 100 km/h – 11.1 seconds.

For Toyota Auris the reviews of the owners are unambiguous, the car has high reliability, safety and comfort. The engine, as well as other cars of the series, looks brutal, as evidenced by the photo.

Important features of the new car can include such technical characteristics as:

  • Excellent engine soundproofing, which removes unnecessary noise while driving;
  • a level of safety that achieves the highest possible score in its segment;
  • The car’s suspension is designed in such a way that there is almost no discomfort on a bumpy road.

Among other things, the technical specifications concerning external aspects are also at the highest level. Thus, high ground clearance, relatively small size, a huge transformable luggage compartment, LED headlights, low prices and other nuances make the car one of the most desirable in the automotive market.

Categories
Reviews

Living is more fun: the test drive of the new Toyota RAV4

 

The fifth-generation RAV4 reached Russia only a year and a half after its premiere. The St. Petersburg model is offered with two new gasoline “atmospheres” (2.0 liters or 2.5 liters), two types of automatic transmissions (variator or 8-speed “hydromechanics”) and two variants of all-wheel drive (one or two multi-disc clutches in the rear-wheel drive). How it all works, we evaluated on the roads of Romania.

Hexagons of discord

Design, of course, is subjective, and it is discussed most of all in connection with the new RAV4 on the web, and the polarization of opinions is maximal, and there is practically no indifference, which for Toyota can already be considered a victory. Claims are mainly reduced to contrivance and redundancy in the design of the exterior. By the way, in America new RAV4 looks even more angrier because of other registration of an aperture with “square” sections of foggles, and we have got more quiet European variant with an aperture formed by two hexagons in different planes.

The hexagon is in general the main theme of the new RAV4, it is widely used in interior design. What I remember most about the interior is the “tablet” of the multimedia system sticking out in the center of the front panel. Perhaps, if it had also been made hexagonal, it wouldn’t have been so much cornering, but in a rectangular version it looks a bit tricky, especially in combination with outdated square-socket graphics and flattened fonts (all this at Full HD resolution). Support for smartphone interfaces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Toyotovskoy “multimedia” is not, and it is badly combined with the stated strategy to attract young audiences.

But using the multimedia block, however, is convenient: the response rate is high, the menu structure is logical, and the physical keys on the edges of the screen give instant access to the main sections. It’s nice that the system reads heavy FLAC-files, not only outdated MP3, but to enjoy quality sounding, unfortunately, will not work – six regular speakers play loudly, but too dry and flat, and the possibility to adjust the sound is minimal.

Interior and boot

The primary ergonomics has a few notes. The front body posts have become thinner and have improved the visibility forward, the exterior mirrors are large, and the situation behind the car can be seen through the wide glass of the luggage door. The top-of-the-range, electrically adjustable leather driver’s seat (available in Prestige and Safety Prestige) is less appealing than the basic fabric seat. The latter has no adjustment of the lumbar support, but it was possible to find a comfortable fit faster, and the back on the road did not get tired, while the landing on the “electric chair” had to be corrected all the time, and after an hour and a half of driving there were pains in the lower back.

Basic devices with two classic analogue scales of speedometer and tachometer also liked more than more expensive ones with a 7-inch virtual section in the center. Short arrow on top of the arc of the drawn speedometer makes it difficult to read read readings, and in the variant of design with digital speedometer the layout did not arrange – in the center for some reason looms the optional information about the operation of the system of full drive or fuel economy, and the value of speed is at the top of the screen, and the numbers are too small.

The second row is spacious, and there is enough space for feet, even if tall people sit in front. Compared to its predecessor, the new RAV4 offers additional 49 mm of free space in the knees and 40 mm at shoulder level to the rear seats, so it is easier to ride three times on the rear sofa. In addition, individual air deflectors are available in the middle of the couch.

The trunk is spacious and quite voluminous – 580 liters, but the finishing is simple even against the background of other Chinese classmates: too much naked smooth plastic, which scratches quickly, and not everyone will like the thin soft shelf of the roll type.

In pursuit of Fortuner

The test drive route was dominated by dirt roads of varying degrees of lousyness, which should have convinced us that in terms of comfort and off-road qualities, the new RAV4 was one head higher than its predecessor. Only the 2.5-litre version of the RAV4 has made progress in terms of geometric cross-country ability, and its ground clearance has increased from 165 mm to 200 mm with the use of 19″ wheels (the 17″ and 18″ clearance is 195 mm for machines with 17″ and 18″ wheels).

But the energy capacity of the suspension became better regardless of the configuration: the new RAV4 has quite large by crossover standards of suspension strokes, and on the bumpers for two days the test drive of the body was closed only once, when my partner missed a big step on the broken Romanian concrete.

On a primer RAV4 goes rigidly, but a shake not such strong, as at the majority of competitors, and it is possible to maintain painlessly enough high speed of movement: within half an hour I managed not to lag behind frame off-road vehicle Toyota Fortuner from a support command behind which steering there was a person with obvious skills of rally driving. And nothing, RAV4 coped, without giving the slightest sign of fatigue. However, then I had a powerful 2.5-liter version (199 hp, 243 Nm) in combination with an advanced four-wheel drive system Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD. It is powered by two individual multi-disc clutches on the rear wheels, allowing you to steer the stern by the difference in traction on the left and right and simulate a complete lock rear differential, which in this case is not. The difference from similar systems of competitors (for example, Honda Pilot and Nissan Juke of the first generation) is the presence of an additional cam clutch on the rear axle, which eliminates the rotation of the crankshaft from the natural preload of side couplings and allows you to slightly reduce fuel consumption in front-drive mode.

The Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD dual clutch system is relied on only the most expensive sets of Prestige and Prestige Safety, and the cars in the sets of Standard and Comfort are equipped with a traditional all-wheel drive system Dynamic Torque Control AWD with one central clutch, and here it is after a long climb on a rocky primer showed signs of overheating – did not disconnect, but smelled like a pallet clutch. The RAV4 does not have a mandatory clutch lock in any of the versions, which is a pity – it would be especially useful in a more accessible version with a single clutch.

Two boxes, one result

All versions of the new RAV4 are equipped with an automatic electromechanical parking brake, and it has been set up perfectly: it works quickly and smoothly, so there is no need to think about it at all. The Mountain Travel Assistance System (which limits speed without brakes) is also standard

The Multi-Terrain Select mode selector in the form of a washer is only available for expensive versions.

The 8-speed automatic, paired with a 2.5-litre engine, has a gearing range of 7.8 and, thanks to its relatively short first two gears, is ideally suited for off-road driving: the shifts are always timely and smooth, and the converter is locked after approx. 20 km/h and does not create any unnecessary resistance.

The new Direct Shift CVT variator is paired with a 2-litre engine and, strange as it may seem, it has also proven to be excellent outside the asphalt. That’s because the developers added to the design the first (and only) gear with the number 4,262, which is responsible for starting from a place and driving at low speeds. It saved the belt and pulleys from the most unfavorable operating conditions and reduced the weight of the mechanism.

Muting the bottom

Toyota assures that it has significantly improved the noise insulation of the RAV4: in particular, the absorbent materials now cover 92% of the bottom instead of the previous 60%, and it can be felt on the primer – the blows of stones and dry lumps of dirt are hardly audible. But on a good asphalt road the new crossover all the same appeared to be a little noisy – especially in a combination to the 2,5-liter engine, overhead and not too euphonious “four-cylinder” roar which at intensive dispersals openly tires. The two-liter unit of the same family Dynamic Force (149 hp, 206 Nm) is much quieter, but with it at high speed the aerodynamic noise dominates – after 100 km/h it is necessary to raise a voice for the interlocutor to hear you.

The EPS steering is surprisingly well insulated from road bumps, but I missed the reactive force on a 2.5-litre crossover, even in sports mode, when the steering wheel is supposed to get heavier. The 2-litre car has better steering feedback, almost ideal in sports mode, but by crossover standards, of course, you don’t have to wait here for Porsche 911 sensitivity. Also version with 2,0 on 18-inch wheels has appeared better smoothness of a course, than at 2,5-title on 19-inch: large bumps it passes softer and better filters a micro relief.

So far, without moose

“What about manageability?” – will be asked by a sophisticated reader who follows the news of the global car industry. In September, journalists from the Swedish edition of Teknikens Värld complained about the bad passing of their signature RAV4 moose test, which once broke the career of Mercedes A-class first generation. Swedish colleagues claim that the RAV4 is difficult to control and the maneuver speed is much lower than that of competitors.

To confirm or disprove their words, it is necessary to repeat the experiment – to take a new RAV4, a couple of competitors (at least the same VW Tiguan and Kia Sportage), go to the range and conduct appropriate measurements. It is impossible to predict the result in advance, as the machines of the Russian assembly have their own suspension settings. To make a rearrangement within the framework of the presentation test drive on public roads and without registering the results of the equipment, of course, is silly, and suddenly large obstacles on the Romanian roads, fortunately, I have not been caught (although the organizers warned about the risk of meeting with bears).

As for the standard modes, the RAV4 behaves quite well-mannered, showing close to neutral turnability at moderate for this class of cars rolls. Is it pleasant for them to drive? Yes, if it is a 2-liter version with a more informative steering wheel.

What to invest in?

In general, the 2-liter version with a variator liked more than the more expensive 2.5-liter version with 8-speed automatic transmission. The difference in dynamics is insignificant (11 s to “hundred” against 9,8), thus controllability is better. Even with a full load (four men plus a stuffed trunk) 2-liter car is capable of vigorously climbing the mountain, overtaking and accelerating in a straight line up to 178 km / h on the speedometer (the record, I confess honestly, is not mine, and my partner). Fuel consumption during the test in both cases was around 12 l/100 km. In terms of smooth running the victory is also for the cheaper RAV4, but here the difference can only be due to the tyres on the wheels of a smaller diameter.

Thus, in my opinion, the Comfort package with all-wheel drive, 2-liter motor and variator for 2 087 000 rubles is the best choice for every day. On the other hand, the extra payment for a top-of-the-range crossover in the Prestige Safety version with a 2.5-liter engine and automatic transmission is not high by the middle class standards – such crossover costs 2,661,000 rubles, and there will already be a smart four-wheel drive with two couplings, and a package of active safety systems Toyota Safety Sense, and the standard “navigation” (however, with a terrible graphics). And the main thing is that classical “hydromechanics” in the secondary market is more advantageous than any variator, even with the first gear screwed to it, and, therefore, the markup will pay off at resale.

Categories
Reviews

BMW X5. Crossover test drive in xDrive40e version

 

BMW X5 has arrived in the hybrid version of xDrive40e for the drive test conducted by us. Various motifs encourage people to buy expensive cars. Tesla speaks about prestige, about buying an expensive, but fashionable thing. With less well-known supercars, especially those equipped with hybrid powertrains. In this category, it is possible to add BMW X5 xDrive40e.BMW X5

BMW X5

Hybrids: The theoretical benefit of the BMW X5 xDrive40e against a harsh reality

Exotic high-value machines are rarely popular in the Russian market. The price of the BMW X5 xDrive40e significantly exceeds the price list of gasoline and diesel cars of the same model range of the BMW manufacturer. As for the environmental flawlessness and economy of the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the return often does not meet expectations.

Power output is not waste-free. Battery factories are “happy” with unpleasant waste, and the environmental benefits of machines with hybrid powertrains must be discussed with caution. In terms of cost-effectiveness for the owner, the practice in many countries shows that if governments remove incentives, for some reason the number of people who want to get a theoretically profitable vehicle drops sharply. This also applies to the new BMW X5 xDrive40e.

Is it profitable to own a hybrid BMW X5 xDrive40e?

The search for arguments to support your own position in the dispute about the benefits of owning the BMW xDrive40e hybrid should begin with a test drive X5, collecting the required indicators. The processed, analyzed figures will show the real picture

First, let’s remind the known figures, the facts concerning the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The basic model of the vehicle in question is the BMW X5 xDrive35i. Its engine compartment is equipped with a gasoline 3.0-liter unit, which produces a mountain of 309 horsepower. The cost of such a BMW X5 in Russia is 3.9 million rubles. BMW X5 xDrive40e is more expensive by at least 800 thousand. In the model under test, the power component is provided by a 245-horsepower gasoline engine, plus an electric motor for 75 horses. The price increase for the new X5 is substantial.

 BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

The interior of the salon is at such a high level, which is traditionally adhered to by BMW. X5 xDrive40e is not an exception here, it is pleasant to be inside, you can feel the highest level of performance, touching care for a demanding client. The machine differs from the usual X5 in this respect only by nameplates

It should be noted that the driving characteristics of the BMW X5 xDrive40e’s chic, self-propelled Bavarian crew were not particularly affected by the presence of an electric motor. The vehicle is moving as it should be on the X5 road. If you look closely, the difference can be found in the passenger compartment. Batteries need to be placed somewhere. What to sacrifice if not the luggage compartment. However, the capacity of the storage space for all kinds of things is only 500 liters. – 150 liters less than the less demanding versions of the X5th. However, it is necessary to recognize that this volume of trunk of the X5 is quite enough to go to the supermarket and buy a week’s supply of food

The technical specifications of the BMW X5 xDrive40 indicate that the machine is capable of traversing a 31-kilometre electrical traction. This is an indicator that should be checked, without forgetting to observe the conditions necessary for the purity of the experiment. The machine under test was parked in a parking lot and recharged through a special socket on the left wing. The charger used for the recharging of the life-giving power is normally located in a niche built under the boot of the BMW X5 xDrive40.

The mode, which allows the BMW X5 xDrive40 to drive only on electric traction, is called “e-drive”. As a result of the experiment it turned out that 100% of the battery charge is enough to travel 25 kilometers, but about a quarter of the distance was a solid traffic jam. The real gasoline consumption of the BMW X5 hybrid when driving around the city is 12 liters/100 kilometers – it turns out that the electric motor BMW X5 xDrive40 has helped to save three liters of fuel, which is about 120 rubles. Electricity costs are not taken into account

Now the math. Distance of 50 kilometers, overcome every day, without holidays, weekends and scheduled repairs, allows you to cover 800 thousand differences in the price of hybrid BMW X5 for almost a decade. Taking into account the infrastructural problems, the need for real drivers to rest, the payback time of the hybrid component should be considered endless. Battery warranty is six years, the entire BMW X5 xDrive40 is guaranteed for two years

In general, the conclusion about economy on the example of the BMW X5 xDrive40 hybrid can be made unequivocally.

To dilute the overview of the BMW X5 xDrive40, add a video overview of the BMW X5 E70 diesel SUV. So make your own conclusion that it is better, hybrid BMW X5 xDrive40 or gasoline, diesel version of the popular German SUV BMW X5

Categories
Reviews

Hyundai Reina budget sedan: photo, video

 

Hyundai Reina is the premiere of a new budget sedan from Hyundai. Korean manufacturer Hyundai decided to present his new sedan, called Reina, for a world review. The car belongs to the budget class and at the moment the company plans to start it in the market of Celestial Empire.

Бюджетный седан Hyundai Reina

By the time of release, the starting price of the minimum equipment will amount to 465 thousand rubles

According to numerous sources, hyundai reina 2017 is a new replica of the Verna model or the beloved Solaris. The wheelbase of the new model has changed slightly and now it is 2570 mm.

Hyundai Reina

The power pack uses a time-tested 95-strong 1.4-litre motor

Gasoline ICE pairs with either an ICPC or an automatic transmission depending on the configuration. Due to the attitude of the car to the budget segment, it has only two airbags, an air conditioner and an average audio system in terms of quality.

Седан Hyundai Reina

The model can replace the popular Hyundai Solaris

If the potential owner wants a more luxurious package, the new Hyundai sedan will have side airbergs, climate control and a complete multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen. It is likely that after a successful start the car will spread all over the world, gradually replacing Solaris.

Categories
Reviews

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

 

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2017 has long been known for its new appearance. The last restyling of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso van took place a few months ago, but there was no global change. The new Citroën has the same two-story optics, a huge windshield and a small hood. Like the previous Citroen C4 Picasso, the new generation of the Grand version, creates a dual feeling – the new minivan has a swiftness that blends in harmoniously with the coziness. The new Citroën C4 Grand Picasso is not devoid of dynamism, but its appearance is not aggressive at all, the car does not adjust to the dashing and “checker” style of driving.Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

The interior of the renovated Grand Picasso is traditionally designed in a classic, Citroënonian style. The central console, in the usual classical form, almost does not exist. The functions of the console is performed by an appliance pressed into the center of the “window sill” located under the windshield and touch screen, which takes the place of the multimedia system. Its screen displays the control of climate control, navigation system, music.

Automatic box in Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2017, in order to add convenience to the front passenger, has changed the usual interseat seat, to the helm position. Of course, it is necessary to get used to the new arrangement, you should agree, that not every driver will appreciate the switchover of the “automatic machine” made by a slight twitching of a small plastic lever hidden behind the steering wheel. But the test drive showed that literally a couple of trips on the new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso makes you get used to the new arrangement of the selector handle.

It turned out that during the test drive Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, St. Petersburg weather decided not to make exceptions, usually hiding the gentle sun in the clouds. Therefore, the huge windshield of the new Citroën C4 Grand Picasso was not superfluous, allowing to penetrate into the cabin of the minivan additional rays of the rare sun. Small passengers will certainly enjoy the seats of the updated Grand Picasso. Having folded the middle part of the rear seats, children will organize additional space for games, having made an additional platform from the folded back, harmoniously supplementing the folding plastic tables attached to the front seats’ backs of the new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.

In general, updated in 2017, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is able to give a head start to many family cars, by the number of different devices, comfortable niches, classic containers. In favor of the new minivan says a decent amount of trunk space. The new Grand Picasso C4 has a size of 643 liters, which allows you to load a huge amount of purchases during Sunday shopping. Loading the trunk has also proved to be convenient, thanks to the low flooring of the new Grand Picasso.

Everyone is accustomed to the fact that considering family cars like Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, the driver’s capabilities of the car go far into the background, highlighting the priority convenience of the car, designed for a large family. But the new Citroën Grand Picasso C4 is not bad on the move. Certainly, the suspension of the new Citroen is adjusted on comfortable driving, but on a line Grand C4 Picasso shows that it far not the bus. In a turn the car shows the minimum rolls surprising the small size, especially for the car of decent height. Certainly, the steering wheel of the new Grand Picasso is empty, though this statement is relative. For example, if we compare the new Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2017 with BMW, then it is certainly true! And when compared to Toyota Camry, the new Citroen is much better. While the diesel, located under the hood of Citroen C4 Picasso pleasantly pleases with the presence of traction, the presence of injectivity.

Even the combination of a Citroen C4 Picasso diesel engine with a cheerless, economical automatic machine is not able to spoil the pleasant feeling. The new Citroën Grand Picasso is able to jump off or outrun the lorry. Fuel consumption of C4 Grand Picasso is especially pleasant, in 2017 the figure of consumption does not exceed 10 liters, even during “aggressive” driving in the city.

However, there is also a “spoonful of tar”. A good car cannot cost cheaply, and Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2017 is one of the best family cars. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso can’t be bought for less than 1.6 million rubles. And Picasso’s price for a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso that came for a test drive exceeded 2 million.

Categories
Reviews

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019: Photo, specifications

 

The company has already introduced its new restyled version of Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019. Maybe it has not changed as much as a pretty similar Lexus LX 570 of the same Japanese carmaker. But she can boast of something.

Motorists in Japan, North America and Asian countries can now buy and evaluate the novelty. The Russian market is worth waiting for its appearance in 2018.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019 in a new body: photo and equipment

On the photo of the car you can see the expressive optics, which is divided into 2 clusters. They are equipped with lamps of both LED and xenon appearance. With the new chrome frames, the false grille is even more monumental. The changes also affected the front bumper. Spectacular, chrome-plated, square fog lights shine with all their appearance. There are no changes to the side, except for the new design discs. Stylish bumper and LED lights in the night will look unusual for Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019 in the new body. Photo:

тойота лэнд крузер 300, тойота лэнд крузер 300 2016 в новом кузове фото цена и комплектация, тойота ленд крузер 300 2016 года фото технические характеристики, toyota land cruiser 300 цена

 

Brutal and masculine appearance of the car, regardless of the configuration will please respectable people. It will be chosen by officials of not the very last rank and successful businessmen.

Naturally, that Toyota Land Cruiser 300, the price for which is equal to the whole apartment in the region is not for everyone. But it is this exclusivity that attracts the attention of people who want to stand out from the crowd.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019 photo specifications

тойота лэнд крузер 300, тойота лэнд крузер 300 2016 в новом кузове фото цена и комплектация, тойота ленд крузер 300 2016 года фото технические характеристики, toyota land cruiser 300 цена

The impressive dimensions also explain the serious petrol or diesel engine, which is 4.5 or 4.6 litres for all models. The car has 235 horsepower, and in the top models their number is increased to 309. It is also known about the possible appearance of a hybrid version of the car, which, however, according to the developers will in no case affect the car. The engine runs in conjunction with an automatic gearbox. Maximum speed varies from 205 to 210 kilometers per hour, depending on the modification. And the first hundred will be achieved from scratch in 8.9 seconds.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2018-2019 photo technical specifications: the shape corresponds to the content.

Looking at this restyled model, you realize that it has received updates both outside and inside. Despite the fact that the capacity of the car remained the same, the developers have worked well on fuel consumption, reducing it virtually at the same data when driving in the city in half, and on the road and mixed driving by half. In general, this spectacular and impressive model is worth taking a closer look: after all, the impressive appearance completely coincides with its internal technical parameters.