Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Delhi pollution: NGT okays odd-even, no exemption for women and 2-wheelers

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Delhi pollution: NGT okays odd-even, no exemption for women and 2-wheelers Onlinelatesttrends The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given its nod to implement odd-even scheme in Delhi in order to check air pollution in the capital city. The NGT today allowed the Delhi government to implement odd-even scheme with certain conditions.
The NGT said that the Delhi government would have to implement odd-even scheme as soon as PM10 hits 500 mark while PM 2.5 gets to 300. The Delhi government has proposed to implement odd-even scheme between November 13 and 17.
The NGT also said that no official or women and two-wheelers would be given any exemption while implementing odd-even scheme in Delhi. The NGT observed that water sprinkling is a better way to control pollution.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) earlier submitted that two wheelers are more polluting than four wheelers, and their emissions comprise 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.
Before allowing the Delhi government to go ahead with its vehicle rota scheme in the city, the NGT issued a set of orders aimed at reducing air pollution.
The NGT asked the Delhi government not to hike the parking fees as it would "only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process."
The NGT also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that almost all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.
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During the hearing today, the NGT sought to know the answers to five questions the tribunal had posed to authorities.
The NGT asked the Delhi government to show the study to justify implementation of odd-even in the city as an effective measure to curb air pollution. In response, the Delhi government told the NGT that it had sought suggestions from the Environment Pollution (Prevent and Control) Authority (EPCA) in this regard.
The NGT expressed displeasure over conflicting data presented before it by the Delhi government and the CPCB. "It seems one is living in London and the other in Ghaziabad," the NGT remarked.
At one point during hearing, the NGT asked the DTC representative if he had read the tribunal's order. The DTC representative answered in negative to which the NGT remarked, "It is sad that you don't read orders.Read more
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Android has a new feature to highlight apps that cause bad battery life

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One of the biggest challenges with battery life on Android devices over the years has been wakelocks. Wakelocks are caused by apps that constantly poll the phone for information. This prevents a phone from entering a deeper sleep state where minimal battery life is used. Since the phone can never enter deep sleep mode, it just sits there burning battery.
There have been many third-party apps to detect and crack down on wakelocks, but it looks like Google is now getting involved. Users on Twitter (via Android Police) have reported that in the latest Android 8.1 Developer Preview the battery app is naming abusive apps. A warning appears in the battery settings with a red battery icon, the name of the offending app, and how it’s draining your battery. Tapping the warning will give you options to fix the issue. This may be as simple as killing the app or turning off location data for it.


There’s no telling yet whether this new feature will make it into Android 8.1 when it releases to the public. Google has been known in the past to add features in developer previews only to remove them before a final release. But, it’s an encouraging development that Google is testing out a feature that gives users more information and control over their phones. Google has long been trying to improve battery life with initiatives like Doze, but this takes it a step further.


What do you think about Android’s new feature? Do you think it will actually lead to better battery life or just more annoying notifications? Let us know down in the comments.
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Flipkart Billion Capture+ smartphone with dual rear cameras launched starting at Rs 10,999

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NEW DELHI: Flipkart, the domestic e-commerce website, has launched its new 'Made for India' smartphone called the Billion Capture+. The device is an addition to the e-commerce company's private label brand 'Billion' and will be going on sales from November 15.

The Flipkart Billion Capture+ comes in two variants based on 3GB RAM+32GB ROM and 4GB RAM+64GB ROM configurations. The 3GB RAM version costs Rs 10,999, while the 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 12,999. Both will arrive in two colours Mystic Black and Desert Gold along with some EMI offers, discounts and more.

Besides the RAM and inbuilt storage, rest of the specifications remain the same with both the smartphones.

The Flipkart Billion Capture+ runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box and is promised to get Android 8.0 Oreo in future. The company has specifically mentioned that the handset comes with 'no unnecessary bloatware', meaning the interface may be close to stock Android.

It has a 5.5-inch Full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with 2.5D Dragontrail Glass and 401ppi pixel density. It is powered by the mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM. Users can also expand the inbuilt storage up to 128GB using a microSD card.

One of the highlights of the smartphone is the dual rear camera setup. The Billion Capture+ features two 13MP rear cameras (monochrome+RGB) that aim to deliver sharp and bright images in low light situations. The cameras come with dual tone LED flash. At the front, users get an 8MP camera.
On the battery front, the smartphone by Flipkart is backed by a 3500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of life. The battery also supports Quick Charge tech. Using this the smartphone is said to run for up to 7 hours in just 15 minutes of charge.

Flipkart itself will provide the smartphone repair solutions via its owned F1 Info Solutions. The company is also said to be a service partner of Apple, Samsung, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Asus and more.

"The Billion brand's products have always been backed by meticulous data-driven research and insight into Indian customers' needs. The features in the Capture+ too have been derived from deep data-mining of millions of Flipkart customers' reviews. Few true dual camera phones offer this combination of flagship features. We're sure this customer-centricity will delight Indian smartphone buyers," said Sachin Bansal, co-founder and executive chairman, Flipkart during the launch.
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

First Drive: Ford updates the 2018 Expedition with more power, features, room, and fuel economy

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 It’s a good thing everyone doesn’t drive full-size SUVs. Can you imagine the impact on traffic if even more of these tall, wide, view blockers were clogging our already overburdened roads?
But for the fraction of the 17 million new vehicle purchasers in the U.S. (less than 3% in 2016) who fill their driveways with one of these big rigs, nothing else would do. The 2018 Ford Expedition is one of just a handful of vehicles capable of carrying up to eight adults and gobs up their gear all while towing a big trailer—in the Expedition’s case one tipping the scales at up to 9,300 pounds. And it’s all new this year.
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The first new Expedition in a decade breaks cover with fresh styling, a weight-saving aluminum body, and updated safety features.

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The Expedition was last redone more than a decade ago, before the invention of the Apple iPhone. At the time, it offered such segment advantages as a smoother-riding independent rear suspension and power fold-flat third-row seats. Those features continue in the new Expedition, along with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that arrived for 2015.

The total package

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The 2018 Expedition carries up to eight people, unless these second-row captain’s chairs are installed. Maximum cargo space measures 104.6 cu.-ft., with the larger MAX version hauling up to 121.4 cu.-ft.

(Ron Sessions)
The 2018 Expedition continues to be available in standard and long-wheelbase series, but last year’s larger EL version is now dubbed the MAX. Available trims include a base XLT at $51,695; midlevel Limited at $62,585; and top-of-the-line Platinum at $72,710. These prices are $4,570 to $8,540 more expensive than the 2017 models they replace. For the extended-wheelbase MAX, you’ll pay a $2,600 upcharge and 4-wheel drive adds about $3,000 depending on trim level. There is also a fleet-only XL trim for police and other non-civilian duty.
The 2018 Expedition’s freshly chiseled sheet metal breaks no new ground but looks contemporary enough to fit right in at Ford showrooms, resembling as it does both the Explorer SUV and F-150 pickup truck.
Relative to the sales-leading Chevrolet Tahoe, the standard-wheelbase Expedition is half a foot longer, has 6.5 inches more wheelbase, provides 16 inches of additional third-row seat legroom, and offers almost 10 cubic-feet of added cargo space with second- and third-row seats folded, for a total of 104.6 cu.-ft.
Chalk up that third-row legroom advantage to the longer wheelbase, but also a new second-row seat design that slides and tips forward (even with a child safety seat safely belted in place) providing third-row occupants easier ingress and egress. Another benefit of the nearly five inches of second-row seat fore-aft adjustment is that it allows passengers to allocate second- and third-row legroom and cargo space according to needs.
About that cargo hold: uplevel Platinum models offer a hands-free liftgate that opens with a wave of your foot under the rear bumper. And all Expeditions have separate opening liftgate glass, which is handy for dropping items into the back without opening the whole liftgate in tight spaces, or for carrying long items.
As the Expedition EL did before it, the new extended-wheelbase Expedition MAX shadows the Chevrolet Suburban dimensionally. The MAX is just 2.5 inches shorter than the big Chevy, but manages to offer equivalent cargo space and, courtesy of that sliding second-row seat, more than six inches greater third-seat legroom.

Driving Miss Daisy

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Standard fare on the new Expedition includes power adjustable foot pedals, push-button engine start, and infotainment technology including Bluetooth, satellite radio and voice command. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are also available.

(Ron Sessions)
Like other full-size SUVs, it’s a hike up into the cabin. Available running boards, power retractable on Limited and Platinum trims, present themselves the moment you open the door and then fold away once the door is closed.
Although the interior has some hard-plastic trim showing here and there, it’s handsome enough. The front seats are comfortable and reasonably supportive. Thoughtful touches include dual glove boxes and an available panoramic vista roof, standard on the Platinum, which with a wink Ford describes as making the Expedition feel like the world’s largest convertible.
There’s plenty of stretch-out space and room to stash odds and ends, and the center console bin will swallow a basketball. Even the reasonably large 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display that is standard on Limited and Platinum trims has a tip-and-slide feature, offering hidden storage behind it.
Infotainment usability is bolstered by the latest SYNC 3 platform with voice command, and by analog knobs just below it for volume and tuning plus a bank of easy shortcut buttons between them. Technology advances for Limited and Platinum models also include onboard Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices and wireless device charging.
Every 2018 Expedition comes standard with such safety features as a backup camera, trailer-sway control, and rear parking sensors. Limited models bring blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring and Platinum gains a lane-keeping system, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high-beam headlights.
And listen up New Yorkers: An advanced active park assist system that can autonomously steer the big SUV into a parallel parking spot while you operate the transmission and pedals is also available.

Gearing up

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A smooth-running EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 serves up 375-400 horsepower and is hooked to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers significantly improved fuel economy while offering trailer-towing capacity up to 9,300 lbs.

(Ron Sessions)
Mechanically, the big news for 2018 is the arrival of a 10-speed automatic transmission, standard on all new Expeditions and replacing last year’s 6-speed autobox. This new 10-speed unit, jointly developed with General Motors, ups the Expedition’s cog count by four, adding a super low first gear for quick launches and a few extra tall overdrive ratios for relaxed highway cruising. A rotary shift dial on the center console takes the place of the traditional PRNDL shift lever. Expect to see the 10-speed in GM’s own full-size SUVs very soon.
The Expedition continues to be the only big non-luxury-brand SUV with a twin-turbo V6 under its hood. It’s an elegant solution, but much more expensive to produce than the naturally aspirated V8 found in the competition. For 2018, Ford ups the 3.5-liter V6 engine’s output from 365 to 375 horsepower for XL, XLT and Limited models and squeezes out 400 horsepower for the range-topping Platinum. (We know there’s even more power to be had as the Expedition’s upscale Lincoln Navigator corporate sibling rolls with 450 ponies). Peak torque also gets a proportional bump from 420 lb.-ft. to 470 in the Expedition XLT and Limited, and 480 in the Platinum.
The new Expedition underwent an extensive lightweighting program with greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel in its construction. But new features such as the 10-speed automatic and sliding second-row seat, plus increased overall length, put most of the pounds back on.
That said, the overall impact of the tuning changes and extra transmission gears is significantly improved fuel economy. Ford says the EPA ratings are 17-mpg city/24-mpg highway for the Expedition 2WD, which is more than 10% better than the 2017 model and bests the estimates for the 2017 Chevy Tahoe. A standard automatic stop/start system that shuts off the engine at stoplights then restarts it when the driver lifts a foot off the brake is standard this year, no doubt contributing to the impressive numbers.

The strong silent type

 

Thanks to its twin-turbocharged V6 engine, this is the view many people will most frequently see of the 2018 Expedition.

(Ron Sessions)
Velvety at idle, with a turbine-smooth launch feel as boost builds quickly and seamlessly, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 allows you to pull out into fast-moving traffic and get the Expedition’s nearly three tons up to speed without breaking a sweat. There’s no V8 rumble as in the competition, just a very sophisticated and polite baritone melody.
The 10-speed transmission’s shifts are also barely detectable, the extra-wide range of ratios working with the turbo V6’s generous well of low- and mid-range torque to deliver satisfying thrust in all driving situations, from measured part-throttle in-town nudges to spirited foot-to-floor freeway merging and 2-lane backroad passing maneuvers.
The 2018 model is the first Expedition equipped with Ford’s Terrain Management System, controlled via a convenient rotary dial on the console. Two-wheel-drive versions offer Normal mode for your daily commute, Sport for when you’re feeling a bit more spring in your step, Eco for when your mother-in-law is aboard, Tow/Haul for trailering duty, and Snow/Wet for slippery roads. Four-wheel-drive models keep the Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul and Eco settings, but replace the Snow/Wet mode with the aptly named Mud/Rut, Sand and Grass/Gravel/Snow modes. New this year is an FX4 off-road version for XLT trim which adds suspension upgrades, a heavy-duty radiator and extra underbody skid plates.
On the highway, the new Expedition supplies stable and secure handling with rubber ranging from 18 inches all the way to 22 inches in diameter. Ride motions won’t send anyone looking for the Dramamine, and are improved with the optional air suspension. Body roll in corners is reasonably kept in check. Steering effort is well weighted, neither too tiring nor too nervous, with good precision too. The massive 4-wheel-disc brakes could offer quicker response at top of the pedal, but deliver reassuring stopping power from speed.
The 2018 Ford Expedition certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s big beyond the needs of most SUV buyers. But if you’re in that sliver of vehicle buyers who plays with boats or horses and has a lot of friends and family that would rather all ride together in one very capable hauler, Ford’s biggest SUV certainly won’t
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Family-style Review: As good as the new 2018 Volvo XC60 is, faults both real and perceived give cause for pause

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Volvo is halfway through its reinvention. Starting, logically, with complete redesigns of its flagship sedan, station wagon, and SUV models, the company is two years into a transformation of its existing model lineup. For 2018, Volvo’s most popular vehicle, the XC60, is all new, and it is impressive.
As is true of the larger XC90, the new 2018 Volvo XC60 is offered in turbocharged T5, turbocharged and supercharged T6, and plug-in hybrid T8 series. Within them, standard Momentum, sporty R-Design, and luxurious Inscription trim levels beckon. Prices range from an opening number of $42,495 to a loaded figure of $75,665, and that’s before adding any of the useful accessories offered at the dealership.
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Volvo’s most popular model, the compact XC60 SUV, gets a complete makeover for 2018.

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Sized to transport a maximum of five people, the Volvo XC60 is likely to be popular with families. That’s why Daily News Autos editor Christian Wardlaw and contributing writer Liz Kim, who are married with children, received this assignment. They spent a week with an XC60 T6 in Inscription trim, equipped with nearly every option, shuttling kids, running errands, and driving across the vast Los Angeles freeway network to partake in the best dumplings in the city.
The Volvo’s price tag came to $63,290 (including the destination charge of $995). Lunch at Din Tai Fung was almost as much. This is their story…

How it Looks

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Volvo’s modern design language is plainly evident, both inside and outside.

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Volvo has copied Audi’s playbook, which calls for simply designing one vehicle and then adjusting proportions to make bigger and smaller versions of the same thing.
From the front, you can barely tell the XC60 and XC90 apart. The headlamps, and how they integrate the Thor’s hammer lighting elements, differ slightly, as does the lower fascia. The side character lines vary slightly, too, leading the eye to the XC60’s rear tail lamps, which are perceptibly different from its larger sibling’s.
Good thing, then, that Volvo has done a bang-up job in styling the latest batch of its handsome vehicles. Our 2018 XC60 test vehicle drew stares with its solid proportions, its extra-cost greenish-grey metallic paint job, and it’s 20-inch wheels that enhance its rather burly stance.
Step inside and you’re greeted by a Scandinavian dream. Our test vehicle had Blond leather, a cool, light hue applied to the headliner, door panels, and ultra-smooth upholstery. The lower door panels and sills soon became smudged with dirt, however, so frequent trips to the car wash will be a part of the cost of ownership if you choose this interior color.
A black dashboard, a light grey matte wood that Volvo calls Driftwood, and just the right amount of brightwork offset the Blond surfaces. Volvo’s big, vertically oriented infotainment screen punctuates this gorgeously rendered environment, completing your hygge fantasies. It’s just beautiful inside of this SUV.
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If the XC60’s interior looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen the same design in the S90, V90, and XC90. Here, it is scaled down to size. 

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Yes, the new XC60 does look much like the larger XC90, but it also resembles the outgoing XC60, especially viewed in profile. And Volvo isn’t going to make all of its vehicles look the same. As proof, look no further than the new 2019 XC40.
In any case, I think Volvo absolutely nailed the XC60’s exterior styling. This is easily the best looking vehicle in its segment, and Volvo gets not a single line, crease, or swell wrong. Plus, I loved our test car’s Pine Grey paint, and you can get 22-inch wheels as an option. They’re ridiculously expensive, but you can get them.
Inside, the XC60 looks just like the S90 sedan, V90 wagon, and XC90 crossover, but scaled down to size. Minimalistic to a fault, the high-contrast Blond over Black theme, accented with beautiful Driftwood trim, chrome detailing, and piano black surrounds, is a study in attention to detail.
The only downside is that owners are forced to use the Sensus infotainment display screen to access nearly everything. Which is fine when the XC60 isn’t moving. While driving, it is a problem.

How it Feels

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When equipped with the optional Luxury Seat Package, it is quite possible that no direct competitor is more comfortable than the 2018 Volvo XC60.

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Don’t drum your fingertips or rap your knuckles on the plastic covering the XC60’s glove box or the sides of the center console. It looks good. It is properly textured. But it sounds hollow, and that translates to cheap. Aside from these missteps, everything within the XC60 Inscription’s cabin exudes quality.
Seat comfort is excellent, too, especially with the optional Luxury Seat Package. Perforated Nappa leather upholstery is wrapped around heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustable thigh supports and side bolsters, and they come with several massage functions. A heated steering wheel and heated rear seats are included in this package, too, which costs $3,000 but might just be worth it. If you disagree, the heated steering wheel and rear seats are available for $750, but then you give up the perforated leather, the ventilated front seats, and the on-board masseuse.
The XC60’s rear seats are roomy enough for adults, but hard front seatback trim might prove bothersome to longer-limbed members of the species. Our test vehicle also had separate climate controls for rear seat occupants. Oddly, though, given this SUV’s likely appeal to young families, Volvo does not offer an integrated center booster cushion for the second-row seat, which is available for the XC90.
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Featuring seat belts for five people, the new Volvo XC60 is easily large enough to accommodate a family of four.

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As the saying goes, real beauty is found within. If that’s the case, the new XC60’s true colors are revealed when you tap on some of the plastics around the cabin. Then you start wondering why you paid more than 60 grand for this SUV. The cabin sure looked great, but Volvo needs to improve some materials if it wants to sell top-shelf XC60s for this much money.
Still, such oversights might be forgiven as you settle into the supremely comfortable front seats and switch on the available massaging function, turning on the seat heaters to ward off a chill, blissfully basking in the tasteful ambient lighting and appreciating beautiful swells of music from the Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Just don’t forget to keep your eyes on the road!
The rear seats do have a good amount of legroom, but I think shoulder room would be really tight for three adults sitting abreast. Remember, this is a compact crossover, so families of five may want to consider something larger. Each of our two kids loved the rear climate controls and their own heated seats, though the lack of USB charging ports for rear-seat passengers was puzzling.

How it Works

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Behind the rear seat, the XC60 supplies nearly 30 cu.-ft. of space. Note how a compact folding stroller fits between the liftgate and your luggage.

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We were in Italy recently, where tiny little cars tootle around on tiny little streets. Here, a compact crossover seems like a leviathan hulk when faced with a tour bus on a vertiginous cliffside road, or when attempting to squeeze through alleyways between ancient buildings.
Stateside, a compact crossover is small, making sense only for families of four who don’t need a whole lot of cargo space but do need more utility than what a traditional sedan or hatchback can provide. The point is that everything is relative, and only you can decide what vehicle best fits your family’s needs.
Offering 29.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats in use, and 63.3 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded, the XC60 is perfect for people who live in cities or smaller dwellings and don’t make bulk purchases or have lots of sports equipment to ferry. For more robust assignments, the difference between this Volvo and the XC90 is profound, especially in advance of the holidays. One trip to a big-box store to prepare for celebrations, and the XC60’s smaller cargo area suddenly presents a daunting challenge.
When it comes to the infotainment system, Volvo’s big, vertically oriented display screen is beautiful, but the minimalistic approach means that you have to go through several menus and app icons to find what you want to use or adjust.
For instance, changing the cabin temperature requires you to touch the temperature part of the screen, and then touch the temperature that you’d like for it to be, and then touch the “X” to close the menu. That’s a lot of time with your eyes averted from the road. Alternately, you can use voice commands, but I found the Volvo’s voice recognition system to be a bit sketchy.
I’ve come to love head-up displays, like the one found in our test vehicle, as well as digital gauge clusters. The instrumentation in the XC60 isn’t as dazzling as what you might find in an Audi, but it sure makes for a pretty display.
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Volvo’s smartphone-inspired Sensus infotainment system is instantly familiar, yet maddeningly frustrating to use when the XC60 is moving.

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In the state of California, it is illegal to hold a smartphone while driving. That’s because smartphones are distracting, and driver distraction causes accidents.
The Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system looks and works like a smartphone. This makes for an intuitive interface when the SUV is sitting still. When you’re driving, trying to be precise about fingertip activation of virtual buttons or gently swiping from one screen to the next or scrolling through a list of radio station pre-sets, Sensus is a significant distraction.
This is where voice recognition comes in handy, right? Well, we tried using it to find our way to a different location of a favorite restaurant that was about half an hour away from home. It kept asking us to input a search area first. That is 100% unhelpful, Volvo. We finally gave up, whipped out an iPhone, and asked Siri. She got us the directions right away.
To be fair, when using the voice recognition system to place a call, it did so without a problem. Still, overall, the level of fussiness and distraction associated with the XC60’s controls, displays, and technologies makes it a good thing Volvo offers so many effective driving assistance and collision avoidance systems for this SUV. And they work with an impressive level of accuracy and refinement.
Furthermore, the optional Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system is nothing short of outstanding, as it should be for $3,200. The XC60’s available head-up display impresses, too, and remains faintly visible even when the driver is wearing polarized sunglasses.
As for cargo space, I’m more satisfied with the XC60’s roominess than Liz is. Full-size suitcases lay flat side-by-side, making it easy to stack four of them for a family road trip. Thoughtfully, Volvo leaves enough room between the luggage and the tailgate that relatively new moms and dads can stash a compact folding stroller there. Our test vehicle also had power folding rear seats and a hands-free tailgate function.

How it Drives

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In T6 Inscription trim, the new Volvo XC60 is unexpectedly quick, but not terribly fun to drive on a writhing back road.

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A Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription weighs 424 pounds less than a Volvo XC90 with the same specification. Both SUVs are equipped with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. You don’t need to be Albert Einstein to figure out that this makes the smaller XC60 all kinds of fast.
Talk about a sleeper.
No doubt, there will be drivers of competing compact luxury SUVs, their vehicle perhaps even dressed up in performance costumes, who will be taken aback by how rapidly the sensible Volvo in the adjacent lane can accelerate.
Dynamic mode produces the greatest response from the powertrain, which includes an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Other choices include Eco, Normal, and Off-Road. With the standard suspension, the XC60 provides a generous 8.5 inches of ground clearance. With the optional air suspension, it drops to 8.2 inches, but in Off-Road mode that figure jumps to nearly 10 inches.
Our test vehicle had the air suspension, and in Normal mode, it provided a smooth, supple ride quality. This, in combination with effortless steering, easily modulated brakes, and multiple driver assistance systems that work in refined, subtle fashion, makes the XC60 terrific to drive in cities, in suburbs, and on the freeway. Add the T6’s rocketship acceleration capability, and the XC60 makes for a stylish, plush, and enjoyable vehicle to drive.
If, however, you are a driving enthusiast, I strongly recommend sampling the XC60 R-Design. I haven’t driven it, but this version is allegedly tuned for driving fun on a twisty back road, which is not the XC60 Inscription’s forte.
The optional air suspension isn’t the problem. Neither are the brakes. And, as I’ve mentioned, the engine delivers robust power. The light and lifeless steering, combined with all-season tires that fail to inspire confidence, a somewhat frenetic Dynamic driving mode, and a lack of paddle shifters, combine to limit the fun. But if you could care less about this, well, the XC60 is a delightful daily driver.
Fuel economy isn’t great, either, the test vehicle averaging 19.4 mpg on the test loop. That figure is far short of the EPA’s estimate of 23 mpg in combined driving.No wonder Volvo plans to electrify all of its powertrains within the next couple of years.
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Our test vehicle returned 19.4 mpg on our standard testing loop. The EPA led us to expect 23 mpg.

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I can’t believe that we only averaged 19.4 mpg. When you can’t even manage to get the expected city fuel economy on a testing loop that includes almost every kind of driving there is, that’s beyond disappointing, and treads into the realm of the unacceptable.
C’mon, Volvo. Especially now that our home state of California has raised taxes on every single gallon of already-expensive gas, and your SUV requires premium unleaded, people are not going to happy about the XC60 T6’s inability to deliver on this promise.
In my drives around town, I felt a little bit of flex in the XC60’s structure. Admittedly, it might have been a perception of flex caused by a subtle little rattle coming from the dashboard when going over bumps and the plastic on the center console creaking on occasion. And in the SUV’s Normal driving mode, the air suspension sure is soft, allowing some extra wallow.
Perhaps due to these initial impressions, my expectations for the XC60’s handling chops weren’t terribly high, but I thought it performed competently on my mountainous route, especially when placed in Dynamic mode. The steering doesn’t give much feedback, and the XC60 lacks the precision found in vehicles like the Audi Q5 or the Mercedes GLC-Class, but as you’ve said, Chris, not many people care about driving at even 7/10ths of a vehicle’s limits, so this is likely irrelevant to most XC60 shoppers.
No, this is not a vehicle to inspire driving enthusiasm, but it handled the curves confidently. More importantly, around town, the XC60 is a pleasure to drive, from its vivacious powertrain to the supple nature of the air suspension. I do miss Volvo’s oddball straight-five engines, though. Maybe that would have helped our fuel economy result.

Would we buy one?

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As good as the new 2018 Volvo XC60 is, faults both real and perceived give cause for pause.

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Her Verdict:
Sure, our loaded XC60 T6 Inscription test vehicle was luscious and dripping with every possible option there is. It’s hard to believe, however, that a Volvo with a base price of $46,295 (for the luxury-oriented Inscription T5, including $995 destination) doesn’t come with a basic safety feature as a blind spot monitoring system. Instead, this safety-focused company makes it part of an option package that costs $1,100.
This is just one of many reasons that I find the 2018 XC60 a little too expensive, a little too precious, a little too small, and way too thirsty to fit my family’s needs. For more than $63,000 as tested, I expect a lot more.
His Verdict:
If I bought a 2018 Volvo XC60, I would need to get it in R-Design trim to maximize driving enjoyment, and this means I’d need to live with a black interior.
Ugh. I mean, the point of the XC60, aside from legendary Volvo safety, is its sumptuous design. And in black, with nothing but metal mesh interior trim as a decor choice, the R-Design’s cabin is too much like every other small luxury SUV.
Plus, a T6 R-Design with all the extras is priced at close to $65,000. That’s what a loaded Audi SQ5 costs, and that SUV is utterly brilliant to drive on my favorite back roads.
Therefore, the driving enthusiast in me rejects the new XC60. But that doesn’t mean this new Volvo isn’t worthy of your consideration. Few people will ever explore its maximum handling capabilities, which means that aside from the frustrations associated with the Sensus infotainment system and a few obviously inexpensive interior fitments, this is a terrific alternative to the usual choices in the segment.
I might not buy one for myself, but I would recommend one to most of the people I know.
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Mercedes-Benz ends first-generation G-Class production after nearly 40 years; three special edition models announced

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Mercedes-Benz ends first-generation G-Class production after nearly 40 years; three special edition models announced Onlinelatesttrends
 Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class is one of the company’s most iconic and recognizable vehicles. Thanks to its rugged set of capabilities and unique boxy design, the SUV has enjoyed nearly 40 years of production. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and such is the case for the decades-long run of the first-generation G-Class.
However, Mercedes-Benz is making the news easier to accept with the announcement of three special edition G-Class models. The new G-Class models are the G500 Limited Edition, G350d Limited Edition, and G350d Professional Limited Edition.
The G500 Limited Edition features a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, generating 416 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, while both G350d models utilize a turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V6 engine, generating 241 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque.
Unfortunately for the United States market, neither of the diesel-powered models will be available, but 100 units of the V8 model, badged as the G550 Limited Edition, will make their way onto American shores around March or April of 2018.
Both the G500 Limited Edition and G350d Limited Edition are refined models, featuring subtle exterior modifications as well as interior changes to stitching, trim, and interior materials.
Conversely, the G350d Professional Limited Edition is more of an off-road oriented model, featuring a steel front bumper, fender-mounted turn signals with protective grilles, mud flaps, and a roof rack. Inside of the rugged G350d Professional Limited Edition is an interior made up mostly of fabric material, but features such as a navigation system and heated front seats are still present.
As a tribute to the Shockl Mountain in the Alps, where the G-Class endured capability testing, the entire run of special edition models have “Shockl proved since 1979” imprinted onto the center console. Each of the three models is limited to 463 units, a reference to the G-Class’ W463 chassis code, making for a total of 1,389 vehicles.
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