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Audi S5 Engine & Gearbox

OVERVIEW ;

Being in the fold since 2007, it was about time for the Audi S5 to usher in a new generation, and it will do just that for the 2017 model year. With the new generation comes a new, wider front grille, larger corner air inlets on the front fascia, a more muscular hood, and new, thinner taillight units. Inside, the car has gone through a major revamp, sporting an updated instrument cluster, a new infotainment display that sits above the center stack, a new center console, and redesigned door panels. The S5 still sports a 3.0-liter, gasoline-powered engine, but for 2017 it’s been updated to deliver 354 horsepower – a 21-horsepower increase over the previous generation.

As always, the S5 shares a strong amount of its DNA with the Audi A5, but offers up significantly more power in an overall sportier package. As a model that competes with the likes of the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, Audi had to put in the wrench time to make sure the S5 is more competitive than ever. Part of that time was dedicated to developing an all-new chassis, revised aerodynamics, and shedding a little weight despite having a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

EXTERIORS ‘

The Audi S5 doesn’t look vastly different from the A4 but it’s this yellow colour which instantly stands out and makes people stare with admiration. As the A4 isn’t available in this paint shade, the S5 does come across as either a specially painted A4 or something different. The rearview mirrors are finished in silver and the right side mirror is too zoomed for easy rear visibility. For keen eyed viewers, recognising this as the S5 isn’t very difficult as compared to the A4, this model is naturally longer, wider and of course lower (much to our disappointment, more on that later). The difference over the A4 might not be striking but they are in line with the S4 with the changes to the bumpers and grille.

Where the Audi S5 is clearly visible as something different is the coupe design that’s evident at the rear. The roof flows all the way back till the boot as the tail gate is a one piece (both the boot and windshield open in one piece). This also results in the window line being lower and curvier, giving the S5 a striking visual identity. There is of course the S5 badging on the front grille and the boot while the V6T badge sits on the front fender.

INTERIORS ;

The S5 Sportback is something that blends the sporty design with lavishness to offer an experience like no other. It is extremely spacious from inside furnished with comfortable sports seats. However, buyers can opt for ‘S’ Sports seats, which are available as optional. Both seats in the cockpit have electrical adjustment facility along with 4-way lumbar support. Nappa seating upholstery is available as standard, but individuals can choose it from four different color schemes. Also comes as standard is the contrasting stitching and S5 embossing on seats. It indeed has a driver oriented cockpit with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches. It has a smooth dashboard featuring an attractive center fascia loaded with all the advanced equipment. The attractive factor of the insides is the instrument cluster that has two analogue gauges along with an LCD display integrated to it. The steering wheel has conventional three-spoke design featuring metallic inserts and S5 emblem. Also there are illuminated control switches for operating the audio system as well as calls. Another highlight of the cabin is the floor console that houses gearshift selector along with engine start-stop switch and other functions.

When talked about comfort, this company certainly offers the best of facilities. It is installed with a three zone, deluxe air conditioning system that creates a pleasant ambiance. This has separate controls for front and rear along with adjustable temperature and air distribution settings. Meanwhile, the air vents spread air in the whole cabin thus, adding to their convenience. The cruise control system is useful to maintain a steady speed as set by the driver. The Bang and Olufsen sound system is a plus point. It comes with high quality loudspeakers that gives brilliant listening experience. The driver information system with a high resolution color display screen provides other useful updates. There are electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and the rear one gets folding facility. It has a storage package that includes cup holder in the rear center armrest, lockable glove box, and space under front seats. Besides these, the Audi drive select aids in adjusting various characteristics of the vehicle. It comes in different modes like auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency. There are sunvisors available at front, while the heated outside mirrors are electrically foldable, adjustable and has automatically dimming with memory functions. The slide and tilt glass sunroof with a tinted safety glass, welcomes cool air and sunlight inside. In addition to all these, it also has a multi functional steering wheel, bottle holders, Bluetooth interface, front intermittent wipers, power windows, and a few others.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 from the S4 is brilliant in its ability to go from smooth and refined daily driver to savage beast depending on how firmly you flex your right foot. Even the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox does a great job in traffic, scooting you around with minimal intrusion. In fact, leave the Drive Select switch in ‘Efficiency’ mode and don’t go too hard on the gas, and it can even be quite frugal – so yes, it can conceivably be used every day.

However, it is a performance car at the end of the day, so you’ll want to know how it feels to unleash all of that 328bhp and 44.86kgm, right? Well, because it’s supercharged rather than turbocharged, there’s no lag before all that torque comes in. In Dynamic mode particularly, it’s always raring to go, and the gearbox will lock you into the heart of the powerband, shifting down quickly and intuitively to do so. The paddles work really well too, but honestly, the gearbox does a good enough job all on its own. It feels properly quick too, and Audi’s 5.1-second claimed time for 0-100kph is perfectly believable. That sense of speed is also helped by the nice little purr this motor emits – again, not a raucous growl like you’d get from an RS5, but just enough to let you know it means business.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The Audi S5 doesn’t get adaptive suspension so the Drive Select doesn’t alter the suspension which shouldn’t be the case considering this is a fully imported car. The ride quality is very good and the S5 is properly usable as a daily driver. The suspension being on the stiffer side works quite well and also ensures high speed stability is excellent. Since the S5 is a CBU model, no changes have been made to the ride height and one has to be extremely careful over bumps as it does tend to touch on big speed-breakers.

The handling of the Audi S5 is quite good, the chassis is old and that can be felt as it’s not razor sharp and the steering feels a bit lacking in feel, it’s just not as communicative as you would expect a S badged car to be. Power is channeled to all wheels via the quattro AWD system and the ESP isn’t intrusive in Sports mode, so you can do aggressive launches and also slide around a bit, in control of course. The brakes are strong and help shed speeds quickly

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

This automaker has offered all its models with some advanced and vital security aspects and this one, is no exception. It comes with anti-slip regulation that increases traction and minimizes spinning of wheels. There are full size dual front, side and head airbag system available to safeguard occupants in case of an impact. The electronic stabilization control helps the vehicle to remain steady even when driving at high speed. Meanwhile, the electronic differential lock functions by braking automatically on surfaces that are slippery. There are three point inertial reel seat belts for all occupants with belt force limiters and tensioners at front. Also, it has the advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. This is helpful to prevent skidding besides improving braking performance in any road condition. The parking system plus with reversing camera is another aspect that aids in easy and safe parking. It is an acoustic and visual parking system that displays the image of area behind this machine. Apart from all these, the list also includes rear defogger, high mount stop lamp, crumple zones, door ajar warning, seat belt reminder and many others that gives enhanced protection.

VERDICT ;

It’s about time Audi updated the A5 and S5 lineup, and it did a fair job bringing together new technology, better comfort and luxury, and a more aggressive front end. But the S5 still looks way too much like the lesser A5 for my taste. Sure, there are minor differences in the front and rear exterior, and there’s a fine list of standard features for the S5, but I still think Audi could differentiate the models a little more. That said, the new S5 should soldier on for the next six or seven years before Audi drops a new-gen model, and a facelift won’t be in the cards until the turn of the decade. Even if the S5 is quite similar to the A5, I’ll still take the S5 over the A5 any day – that 354 horsepower is enough to sell me on the more expensive model.

 

 

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Audi RS7 Sport Back Performance

OVERVIEW ;

American performance is usually served with unmistakable flamboyance. For example, both the shark-nosed Corvette Z06 and Terminator-esque Shelby GT350 Mustang offer unambiguous speed cues front to back. But that’s a good thing; it’s an essential facet of their character. However, some people prefer the straight-to-jail speed in a package that flies comfortably under the radar. Folks looking for a combination like that usually turn to Europe, birthplace of cars like the Audi RS7 Sportback Performance. To the uninitiated, it’s just another AWD luxury sedan. But to those who know, it’s over 600 horsepower and a top speed of 190 mph.

Audi already offers U.S. customers the venerable RS 7, but now, according to a recent report from the fine folks at Autoblog, we’ll get the new Performance version as well. That means even more power, slightly tweaked styling, and all the refinement and comfort you’d expect from a range-topper with four rings on the grille.So then – a high-output variant of an already overpowered luxury sedan. Sounds tempting. We won’t know exactly what the U.S.-spec RS 7 Sportback Performance will bring to the table until Audi provides us with the details, but for now, read on for the Euro-spec iteration and cross your fingers it’s unaltered by the time it hits our shores.

EXTERIORS ;

Luxury in Audi RS 7 is complemented by a very elegant and attractive exterior look. Not only it has an elegant appeal but also has been engineered in a fashion so as to ensure proper and sophisticated ergonomics. The overall exterior design has been carved out considering the extra edge or lead that every less gram of it provides. The exterior is dynamic, self-assured and sporty with an extraordinary snob appeal. The beauty of this automobile Marvel is mesmerizing and deals in unconditional athleticism that too with elegance.

This elegance is at its peak with the most powerful trademark, of being an Audi Singleframe that features a matte aluminium look frame. The strength in exterior design is at par with ahigh-gloss black honeycomb grid. The RS model supports bumpers that come with large side air intakes and integrated flaps. The uniqueness of RS 7 model is outlined by dark-tinted surrounds that back optional LED headlights. Dynamic and self-assured appearance is furthermore emphasized by tornado line sets that come with distinctive widened sills.

RS 7 Sportback supports dual-branch design trims for better acoustic experience with its exhaust system. Mirror housings and slide-and-tilt glass sunroofadd to some RS specific touches. Some additional features include Matrix LED headlight, ambient lighting and light/rain sensor. The wheels are of cast aluminium that come in 5-spoke blade design; which sports high-gloss, matte titanium look.

INTERIORS ;

The company’s obsession to be perfect reflects in the interiors that were given a lot of attention to every little detail. The seats are cushy and covered with alcantara leather with diamond stitching and also has the RS7 logo. The heads up display spreads on the windshield and gives all the possible assistance for navigating. A rear view camera helps in cornering and adjusting the vehicle while parking. An alert notification by Audi side assist system helps in acknowledging the unnoticed vehicles. Furthermore, The whole interior looks stunning and feels luxurious with sharp and custom designed parts. Starting with the fabrications, there is a multifunctional sports steering wheel, which is enabled with gears that can be changed manually and is covered with leather. The multimedia interface has touch screen capacity that makes the functions to be handled effortlessly. The inside rear view mirror is provided with an automatically dimming mechanism. There is ample lighting in the cabin along with a package of multiple light functions. To compliment the look, even the pedals are layered in aluminum. The door openers are in a double-bar design and the inlays are a mix of carbon and fibre. The rear seats are provided as two separate seats that could stand as a like factor for those who are specifically expecting such a feature.

Fully loaded with comfort features, this Sportback has been generous in providing all that one could ask for in a cabin on wheels. The cruise control with speed limit function helps immensely in giving a better drive control, while its display can be seen on the instrument cluster. The 4-way lumbar support to the seating is a blessing for the occupants. The driver information system is offered in a color display. Then, there is the 4-zone automatic air conditioning unit that gives an advanced regulation to the cabin temperature. The radio remote control adds to the list of automated functions. The parking job is made flawless by aiding with a rear view camera and a parking brake auto release function. The handling is made better by offering a responsive power steering wheel that can be adjusted. The infotainment section consists of an MMI that supports advanced navigation system as well. The Audi music interface along with Bose surround sound distributes the audio evenly and has a fantastic deliverance of sound. There is Bluetooth connectivity available and also a heads up display, which shows up on the windscreen. As a standard feature, there is an Audi pre sense display that helps in alerting or adjusting to all the calculated possible risks.

PERFORMANCE ;

The RS7 is limited by default to a top speed of 250kph, and you can have that raised to 280kph or a ridiculous 305kph with a performance pack. Since exercising these limits would require the main straight of the Buddh International Circuit (which we don’t have with us today), let’s focus on what it’s like in more everyday conditions. There are no mechanical changes on this facelift, so you still get the same ferocious 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V8 that produces 553bhp and 71.38kgm and will haul two tonnes worth of Audi to 100kph in just 3.9 seconds. The power delivery is pleasingly urgent for a turbocharged engine, at least in Dynamic mode – there’s barely a hint of hesitation before it launches you at the horizon. Part of that, of course, is down to the quick-shifting ZF eight-speed gearbox.

In fact, it’s this gearbox that sets the tone for the RS7’s dual, luxury-sportscar personality. While most performance cars have switched over to dual-clutch setups (Audi’s own R8 included), this car sticks with a good old fashioned, eight-speed torque converter that’s related to the one in the A8 limo. So, while it’s quick to react and swap cogs (it only starts to falter slightly when you’re really hammering it), it’s perfectly civilised in Comfort mode. It’s the same for the ride, despite those optional 21-inch wheels and low-profile tyres (never thought we’d recommend 20-inch wheels as the sensible option). Yes, it’s firm and a little skittish over bumps, especially in Dynamic, but so far from what you’d call uncomfortable.The engine too, in Dynamic with the gearbox in ‘S’, likes to keep the revs high for the best responses, but here too, it’s not as if it’s undriveable at low speeds. Of course, the correct thing to do at low speeds is use Comfort mode, in which case it’s downright docile at part throttle. And with the combination of engine stop-start and cylinder deactivation, you could probably manage some pretty conventional fuel economy figures – provided you’re very gentle with the throttle, of course.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Being equipped with quattro, power is channeled smoothly at all times, no wheelspins, no drama and even if you are very aggressive on the throttle, the Audi RS7 behaves itself. The massive 275/35/20 sized tyres offer leech like grip and you can enter corners at insane speeds and come out on the other side without wetting your pants. But the massive rims also mean you have to be supremely careful on Indian roads which throw out a big bump or two unannounced.

Ride quality is very good by the low profile tyres standard. Ground clearance is low but we did not face any issues with the underbelly although to be brutally honest, we were super careful over speed bumps. The RS7 has good body control but it isn’t a sharp handler due to the heavy two tonnes of weight it carries. The steering has good feedback but isn’t the sharpest and lacks a bit of feel. Understeer kicks in when you corner very hard and the RS7 doesn’t wag its tail out. The carbon ceramic brakes result in stupendous stopping power.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Efficient safety measures such as full-size airbags and effective start-stop system have been incorporated. There is Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which networks the ABD, EBD, ASR and EDL. Also, there is tyre pressure monitor display.The car comes equipped with a Bang and Olufsen audio system, start/stop function, a heads-up display, night vision assistance and and adaptive cruise control. In addition, it has rear dual-zone air conditioner, a sunroof, power assisted door closing (in case any door remains half open) and an automatically opening boot lid. In terms of safety, the car comes equipped with eight airbags, ABS with EBD and ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation)

VERDICT ;

This is a segment that promises everything. The practicality of four doors combine with the good looks of sweptback rooflines, while high technology and world-class comfort pair up with breathtaking speed. Anyone willing to spend this kind of coin on a car is simply unwilling to compromise, no matter the situation.With that in mind, how does the RS 7 Sportback Performance stack up? With over 600 horsepower on tap, the Audi has the muscle, while the adjustable suspension finds a happy balance between refinement and cornering prowess. You’ll also find options like ceramic brakes to gain an edge come Sunday. Inside, Audi brings top-shelf materials and the latest techno gadgetry.All in all, things are as they should be. So why would you pick the Audi over the BMW or Mercedes?

In a word – maturity. While the BMW and Mercedes announce their presence with showy styling and faster-than-you attitude, the Audi brings a uniquely restrained confidence. On most days, it’ll easily cruise to your destination with discretion. But dig into the loud pedal, and it’s all sound and fury.

 

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4 Major Advantages of a Cloud Phone System

Cloud phone systems are steadily on the rise in the business telephone market as more businesses become familiar with and adopt cloud technologies. SMBs and enterprises are realizing the many advantages that cloud technologies can offer their businesses, opening up new avenues for business communications and the way employees communicate. But when it comes down to the specifics, cloud phone systems are simply hosted PBX systems labeled under another term. They still offer the same cost-savings, features, and more that hosted PBXs offer their users.“Cloud” and “cloud-based” are newer buzzwords in the VoIP and telecom spaces, offering companies the opportunity to take advantages of new tech in the voice space. However, this doesn’t change the way a hosted phone system can help your small business or large enterprise

Advantages of a Cloud Phone System

Cloud phone systems offer features, mobility, and customer support.

A cloud-based communication system can help make your business appear larger than it actually is. This is because it gives your business a professional-quality phone system that uses such features as auto attendant, call forwarding, extensions, and more, giving your small business a big enterprise feel. A hosted phone system generally includes call management features like call forwarding, music on hold, access to a dial-by-name directory , and other enterprise-grade features to help you stay organized and efficient. There are also a number of other perks with a cloud phone system, namely:

Cloud Phone System Offers Flexibility:

With a cloud-based phone system, your employees are not chained to their desks, waiting for an important call or stuck on a conference call. Calls can be routed to cell phones or home phones as needed thanks to access to mobile applications and the call forwarding or find me/follow me feature. In fact, calls can be routed based on who’s calling and at what time it is (so you won’t receive calls out of the office on certain days). There is also the option to use the ‘Do Not Disturb ‘ feature when you are busy with a project or engrossed in a meeting.

Cloud Phone Systems Help With Customers:

As IP phones and caller dashboards become more complex, cloud phone systems can provide employees with on-screen call display in addition to information about who’s calling and any notes you may have from previous interactions with the client. This is exceptionally helpful when a phone system is integrated with third party applications like Salesforce or other customer relationship management (CRM) applications. This allows employees to present potential customers or clients with personalized service, thus ensuring a good customer interaction.

Cloud Phone Systems Connect Your Employees:

A hosted phone system also allows employees to contact each other either by clicking or dialing an extension. A majority of call management tools are included with cloud phone service as well, helping to keep employees connected. Additionally, with a cloud phone service employees can access the cloud and their contacts or employee notes from anywhere there is a reliable Internet connection. Plus, by using a unified communications (UC) solution, employees can chat, share files, view presence, and hold digital meetings all thanks to the cloud.

 

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Why The Virtual Phone Numbers Are Suggested For The Female Entrepreneur ?

You’ve worked hard to establish your own business. Perhaps you have employees or perhaps you’re a one woman show. To stay competitive, you have done everything to prove your worth and even boost your professionalism above the male competition. You are held to a higher standard already in the industry and you know you still have a long road ahead. While you are working hard to make it to the top, you should never sacrifice professionalism or even your safety to get there. One of the best tools at your disposal is that of a virtual phone number.

Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Professional

A virtual number provided by a cloud-based phone service keeps your business professional. Instead of handing out a home phone number or even a personal cellphone number, you are giving them a line separating personal from private. You can even setup a toll-free number or vanity number for your company. Vanity numbers let you use a combination of numbers that spell something, such as your company name or something you sell.Your virtual number will also help keep creditors, sales professionals and spam callers from harassing you on your personal line – giving you more opportunities to separate personal from professional life.

Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Safe

As a female entrepreneur, you may travel or meet with clients – people you don’t know. You can add a layer of personal security by handing out a number from your virtual phone service rather than giving out your personal number. This also works as a filter – allowing you to screen who calls you and why.Also, as you create your website, you do not want to publicly broadcast your personal cellphone or home phone number. With a virtual phone service issued number, you are only displaying the business line – so people have no way to contact you personally.Virtual numbers cannot be back traced like your personal number. That means no one could pay for a reverse search to find your name, address and other private information. Instead, the virtual number is registered to the business and that is it.

Bloggers Should Use Virtual Numbers Too

You don’t have to have a full-fledged business or even a company to use a virtual number. Female bloggers are a growing community and there are numerous seminars and conferences hosted just for female bloggers. If you are one of those attendees, do you want to hand out a business card with your personal number? A virtual number can be used for contact forms on your blog too – ensuring advertisers and even spam callers don’t have your personal number to constantly harass you on.

 

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

The current leader in car sales in India is the Maruti Suzuki Alto and fortunately for buyers, there isn’t just one engine on offer but a performance K10 option too. There was a time I really admired the Alto, I remember it being launched in India in 2000 but it was only in 2001 that I really started liking the small car. It was when I was in my teenage years and had gone to get the family’s Esteem serviced. It was then that I first sat in an Alto VXi. Now I mention VXi because the difference between LX and VX wasn’t just features (the latter also had a tacho) but also engine. The VXi was also called as the Alto 1.1 as it was equipped with a 1061cc F10D, 4-pot motor (the Wagon R too used this engine but the Zen didn’t as it was powered by a 1000cc motor, the same that was in the Maruti 1000). This was good enough for 64 PS and 80 Nm, what a rocket that was. Fast forward to 2015 and we have the Alto K10 which has been given a thorough revision and an AMT gearbox (Auto Gear Shift in Maruti speak), does it connect me to those days? Check On Road Price of  Alto K10

EXTERIORS ;

The new Alto K10 sports a completely new look. It still shares it doors and roof with the 800 version but the rest of the panels – the bonnet, the front fenders, the tail gate and even the bumpers are unique to the K10. It has larger, more contemporary looking head lamps; a more aggressive air dam design; and it sits on larger 13 inch wheels. Overall, the new K10 still looks like an Alto as we know it, but it has a younger, sportier aura to it now. And in this top of the line VXI option trim, it also gets body coloured outside review view mirrors and body side moulding to give it a plusher feel

INTERIORS ;

The interior of the Maruti Alto K10 is totally fresh when compared to its 800cc sibling. The console and the dash has a black and beige tone with the instrument cluster having features like the USB option and aux input and a mp3 player. The buttons are big and clear and hence easy and convenient to use. This new centre console is a welcome after the old Alto 800 styling, which does look outdated. Find best offers on Alto K10

The Maruti Alto K10 gets new rich beige fabric seats to add a pinch of richness in the cabin. The cabin space is sufficient and feels airy. The front row seats are comfortable for even long drives. In the second row there is sufficient kneeroom even for tall people and there is enough head room as well, but the thigh support could have been better.

ENGINE ;

The Alto K10 AMT has the same engine and transmission pair as the Celerio, but thanks to a lower weight, the Alto K10 feels a wee bit quicker. It is very sprightly off the line and it’s only when you reach speeds north of 70-80 km/h that the engine starts feeling a bit strained. The biggest talking point here, however, is the 5-speed AMT. This unit feels smooth and the jerks at lower rpms are well contained. When driven with a light foot the gear changes are relaxed and happen at a relatively low rpm

DRIVING ;

On the short 70 kilometre drive the Alto showcased just how brilliant its ride quality is especially in urban areas over some rough roads. The gas-charged shock absorbers on a MacPherson strut assembly at the front and a 3-link rigid axle at the rear give it superb low speed absorption qualities. However, as the speed builds up and the corners get tighter or the surface undulating, you realise just how woefully inadequate this suspension is. There is a lot of body roll and you need to be able to react quickly enough to offset the suspension getting upset at being pushed hard around corners. The Maruti Suzuki Alto therefore is best experienced between the speeds of 60-80kmph and anything beyond is just asking it to perform over and above its station.

The steering too is reasonably precise at lower speeds with enough weight to give you a well connected feel but as you go faster it gets vague and the communication between steering wheel and tyres a bit disconnected.

CONCLUSION ;

The Alto K10 is a move in the right direction by Maruti Suzuki. It has a lot of short comings, but the major flaw of the Alto has been answered, it is no more sluggish and never feels out of breath, something which the 800cc Alto could never boast about. It is the fastest car you can get at that price point and is economical too. The performance of the K10 motor very well makes up for all its short comings and if some one wants a pocket rocket, this is it. Add some good rubber and a few short comings of the Alto K10 will be resolved. There is truly no alternative to the Alto K10 and Maruti Suzuki have opened a new segment, the econo-hot hatch one.

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift Review

OVERVIEW ;.

The New Maruti DZire 2017 is launched. Yes you read that right, Maruti Dzire and not Swift Dzire. The Swift moniker has been done away with and the Dzire is now positioned as an all new model. The Dzire has been a runaway success for the company since the time it was launched. From a proper sedan, it later transformed into a compact sedan. This time, it comes in an all new avatar.

This is an all new sedan and is built on the Heartect platform of Suzuki. It continues to be a compact sedan but now has new dimensions. it is bigger than before and has changes in height, width and length. What is visually evident is the new width. The car also is lower in height, which makes it looks more proportionate. The new Maruti Dzire looks much wider than before. Even the weight of the car has reduced due to the new chassis and the car is about 100 kilograms lighter. The New Dzire also sees the introduction of a new variant in its lineup, which is the ZDi +

The same engines power the 2017 Maruti Dzire. These are the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The engine and power ratings remain the same, but the the car performs better as it is lighter. With engines are offered with a five-speed manual transmission and both engines also get AMT options. So there is a choice for automatic in both petrol and diesel and this is a big advantage over competition. Check Ex Showroom Price of Dzire

EXTERIORS ;

The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is based on the next generation Swift that should come to India by the end of FY 2017-18. However it’s only the front that it borrows from the hatchback, and of course, the platform as well. Unlike the previous generations, the new Dzire is a completely different car from the new Swift A-pillar onwards. Also Read – Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Baleno vs Brezza

The countenance is purposeful with muscle at the right places on the bonnet and the wheel arches. The hexagonal front grille is also short and wide, and it all adds to make the Dzire look broad. Chrome work is generous on the front grille, below the fog lamp housing and even in the headlamp unit, but it doesn’t look overdone. In fact, the quality of chrome is so good that it would match the finish on cars twice its price. Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki offers LED projectors and DRLs on the top ZXi+ variant only, so the lower variants get reflector headlamp units that tone down the aggression a bit

The muscle on the bonnet is carried on to the front fender and a sharp shoulder line weaves through from the front to the rear. A pinched character line at the lower end breaks the monotony of what would otherwise be a plain design. The A-pillar onwards, the Dzire looks more sedan-like in profile with the roof flowing from the A-pillar to the C-pillar smoothly. The proportions are better too, as Maruti Suzuki has increased the width by 40mm and reduced the roof height by 40mm. However, the ground clearance is reduced only by by 7mm, down to 163mm now. So, while the Dzire will tackle the speed breakers of different sizes with ease, sharp gradient changes may require you to double check the front overhang before committing to them. Also Read – Maruti Dzire Vs Sub-Four Metre Rivals – Spec

Unlike the front design that imparts the Dzire a big-car appeal, the rear is usual business as far as compact car designs go. Nonetheless, it is a step forward as the boot is now better integrated into the C-pillar and doesn’t look like an afterthought. It’s stubby with the bumper hardly extending any mass beyond the boot lid. The arc-shaped lip is Ciaz-like now. Importantly, the Dzire now not only looks proportionate but is also pleasing to the eye

INTERIORS ;

Coming to the interiors, here’s where a lot of major revisions lie. The dashboard gets an all-new design and even though some elements are derived from the new Swift, Maruti has again made a lot of changes to things like the instrument cluster, AC vents, steering wheel, inlays on the dashboard, etc. There is a dual tone black and beige colour theme and the top variants come with wood inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. The wooden inserts are provided with an intent of making the car feel premium but honestly, it could have been done in a better way and the quality also feels a bit inferior. However, the overall fit and finish of the insides feel much better than the second generation Dzire

Due to the rear doors being wider, ingress and egress have become easier. The seats are large and comfortable and the cushioning is also soft but under thigh support felt a bit lacking. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment while the steering gets tilt adjustment and hence you can find yourself a good driving position with decent visibility all around. Space at the rear is decent but at the front, the footwell eats into space slightly. The roofline limits the headroom at the rear a bit. The boot is nicely shaped and has good cargo carrying capacity, it is larger by 60-litres now.

The third generation Maruti Dzire gets a good equipment list. You get automatic climate control and the cooling performance from the AC is very good and the rear AC vents are a big plus. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and folding. The audio system is the same one that is also offered on the Baleno. The 7-inch touchscreen has a good response and it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. Connectivity is seamless and the sound quality from the speakers is very good. Apart from that, the Dzire also gets keyless go with push button start and unlock sensors on the door

PERFORMANCE ;

Underpinned by the HEARTECT platform, the Dzire is lighter than its predecessor by 85 kg for the petrol version and 105 kg for the diesel version. This makes a considerable difference to the performance and efficiency of the vehicle. Despite the usage of the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines, the lighter Dzire now feels a bit more zippier to drive. Fuel-efficiency has gone up by 6.8% to 28.4 kmpl, making it the country’s most fuel-efficient car. The petrol version’s figures too have improved by 5.5% to 22 kmpl. Power output for the petrol engine is 81 hp with 113 Nm of torque, while the diesel mill develops 73 hp and 190 Nm of torque. The extra torque of the diesel motor makes it more fun to drive and there is a hint of lag that disappears once the tacho needle swings past about 1,600 rpm. The petrol motor, on the other hand, becomes lively past 2,500 rpm but drivability in both engines is good and doesn’t call for frequent gear shifts.

Talking of gear shifts, the Dzire comes with a five-speed manual and a five-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) or the AGS as the company calls it. The best part is that AMT is available with both petrol and diesel engines and is available in middle and top variants. The manual transmissions offer smooth shifts and the well-tuned ratios complement the engine’s easy-to-drive nature. The AMT on the Dzire turned out to be quite a surprise as it shifted quicker than expected. Even the diesel AMT shifts at a reasonably well speed and the petrol is a tad quicker with a kickdown response being good for both. One can also take control of the gears manually, in case a quicker shift is required in case of overtaking on highways. NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) level is significantly lower in the new Dzire compared to the older model. This is a result of the new platform that improves NVH efficiency and the pendulum joints further help the cause. Overall, the Dzire offers good performance, easy drivability, class-leading fuel efficiency and the option of an automatic in both diesel and petrol versions, taking it a step ahead of the competition.

SAFETY ;

The 2017 Maruti Dzire now comes with dual front airbags, ABS and ISOFIX mounts on all variants which is a very positive move. The car is lighter than before since it is based on the new HEARTACT platform. Talking about service, Maruti Suzuki has the best sales and after-sales network in India and the Dzire can be serviced in any nook and corner of the country since the company has a service centre almost everywhere.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Maruit Dzire has softened this car a bit and ride quality is noticeably better than the outgoing car. There are fewer body movements over bad sections of road and aren’t as jarring any more. It soaks up road imperfections in a very mature manner and feels nice and absorbent. The petrol’s steering is light and, with a tight 4.8m turning radius, it’s effortless to twirl around in the city. The return to centre is weak though, like many modern Marutis, and with all that lightness, it doesn’t feel as well connected to the road as before; there’s a bit of vagueness here. However, the diesel feels a bit heavier and more connected in compaBOTTOMLINE ;

BOTTOMLINE ;

Well, if you can spend that average of about Rs 50,000 on the automatic (AMT) or as Maruti Suzuki calls it, AGS – Auto Gear Shift, you should most certainly consider it. The good thing about the new Dzire is the fact that you can get the AMT option in the top of the line Z+ variant too which in turn means you can get a fully loaded car with the AMT option. The Ignis, which also has the AMT gearbox never offered that option. This means that you get the likes of the LED daytime running lights and LED headlamps along with the large touchscreen infotainment system while still enjoying the ease of the AMT gearbox. If I had to choose then, my pick would be the diesel engine with the AMT gearbox simply because of a combination of being a fun to drive car and yet offering phenomenal fuel economy.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USING CLOUD-BASED BUSINESS PHONES

Cloud applications are one of the recent advances in information technology that is sweeping the world with its ease of use and many benefits. It has changed the many ways people carry out their tasks in school, office, and even at home. Many small business owners have benefited from using cloud applications in their office. It has improved the overall level of productivity of their employees. It has helped them provide their customers with better service. It has also saved them huge amounts of money from business communication costs. Needless to say, it has provided many small businesses with more growth and more profit.

Features and Functions

But before you jump in and upgrade your current business phone system to allow for cloud applications, you need to consider a couple of things first. This article will give you a rundown of what to consider before using a cloud-based business phone system. The first thing you have to consider is the list of features and functions that you absolutely need. You have to look for those features that are the most effective for your small business. You can expect your cloud-based phone system provider to offer you standard features. But it is more important that you seek for functions that other service providers do not include in their offered package plans. You must look for functions such as Internet fax messaging, seamless mobile phone integration, video conferencing, advanced voicemail, and many others. The features that you want added to your business phone package must be those that you do not only find cool or high-tech but those that meet the business communication needs of your office.

Quality of Cloud Service

Aside from the actual features and functions of the cloud-based business phone system, you must also factor in the overall cost. It is important that you consider the practicality of this investment and make sure that you will gain more profit in the long run. While generally, using a cloud-based business phone system is a profitable business strategy compared to using the traditional analog phones, not all service providers offer the same quality of services at the same price level. Aside from the potential savings from actual business communication costs and freedom from several equipment and devices, choosing the right service provider can be crucial in getting the optimum savings.

Location

After considering the features and functions as well as the cost, many small business owners immediately decide on installing a cloud-based business phone system in their office. While these two are important considerations, it is not enough to help you decide. You must first make a careful assessment whether your small business needs a cloud-based business phone system. How can you exactly know this? Your clue would be if your small business maintains several locations. If this is the case, then a cloud-based business phone system can help integrate your multiple office locations into an advanced business phone network.

For instance, a Ring Central business phone can streamline office communication within your small business and can help speed up business transactions. Also, an important clue would be if your small business frequently facilitates incoming and outgoing calls from many different locations. If this is the case, then a cloud-based business phone system can provide your customers with an easy means to reach your office. Also, your employees can make calls to customers regardless of location easily and cheaply.