I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Friday, 26 May 2017

TMW - We test the latest Mitsubish ASX5 Leather - A car thats better than so called remium cars.

The Mitsubishi ASX is a great car, and is probably the best car in it's range, it is good enough for the family, offers plenty of space and pricing that's now more competitive that ever, so why is not a better seller.
There are a selection of engines of engines available from two 1.6 litres, one petrol and one diesel and the car tested here, the 2.2 litre diesel automatic, the trim levels are a little confusing, with numbers and letters from ASX2-ASX3-ASX4 and ASX5, with pricing that starts at £16k and tips the scales at a whopping £27k, which takes it into more premium priced products.

Even the basic model comes reasonably well equipped, with our car coming with electric front drivers seat, Nav system, Heated seats front AND rear, leather upholstery, Climate and cruise control, and these are just some of the toys, of which i will list later, the exterior of the car has been updated with the new corporate look, and it is a huge leap forward for such a small change.
The car is a proper off road car, none of these "soft roaders", which is another big plus point for the car, you can select two wheel drive if on normal roads, but once you go into the muddy and rough stuff, the press of a button takes in into four wheel drive, the auto box can then be moved into manual mode with flappy paddles, which are available anytime.
The car comes with a rear view camera to aid reversing, the front comes with Emergency Stop Signal System, alerting you to anything too close in front of you, a great help whilst driving, the overall look of the exterior is of a capable and well resolved SUV, one that really should sell better than it does. 
The only downside to the engine is that it was a little course at higher revs and at motorway speeds, but it is more than capable to over take anything at said motorway speed, without any real issue or trouble, it is not as refined as other engines from other brands, but once you have the radio on and your tootling along, you really don't notice the noise - there is very little road noise intrusion either, which considering other cars in this class fail to get a grip of, Mitsubishi has.
 The ride is very good, the car grips to the road and sticks to the corners well, push it however, and it will try and give way, but you get used to what you can and can not get away with, and at that point it becomes a perfect car with near to perfect road manners, it even smooths out the ever increasing pot holes.
The car out performs other cars in the class from the Mokka X and Ateca, with really light steering, the car is the perfect town car, it is very easy to park as well.
The automatic on our car is very smooth and totally un-noticeable when it changes up or down at reasonable speeds, boot it and yes you can feel the change, it is a shame that the gearbox is limited to just 5 a speed, when most other brands are now heading towards 7 or 8 or in the case of Ford, 10 speed auto, but never the less this is acceptable, for this generation at least.
The interior of the car is simple and easy to understand, with a  lot of the functionality on the touchscreen you find everything close to hand and easy to operate, the other button, switchgear and dials that are not on the touchscreen, are all easy to reach and equally easy to operate, the movable arm rest houses a storage bin, and the car has a load of storage dotted all over the interior.
The steering wheel is a decent size, fits nicely in the hand with decent well weighted controls, the wheel has reach and height on all models, once you get your self sorted and comfortable utilising the four way electric seat, steering wheel and mirrors, you find that there is also loads of room for your feet with enough space to place your foot, rear space is also really good, with more than enough room for, even, the larger passenger, however that does impact on the boot space a little, but it still is large enough to take a family week shop, a few large suitcases or similar.
The 60/40 split rear seats at the back give significantly more space, although with the seats up you get over 440 litres of stowage room, and a nice tough is having these seats lay totally flat, which a large number of its competitors are not able to do.
Considering the seats are leather and the suspension is more tuned for a firmer ride, the seats are very comfortable and you fell well cossetted from the first time you get in, once sitting the dash display is simple and easy to understand, possible slightly on the small side, but you don't spend your journey looking at display, 
The dashboard is simple and sensibly arranged, with straightforward rotary controls for the air-conditioning and a high-stacked centre console that’s easy to see and reach. The digital display between the instrument dials is rather small and hard to read, but there’s plenty of foot space around the pedals, while all versions have a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and height.
All models are fitted with Blue tooth with a USB port for your iPod or phone charger, DAB is then added from ASX3 upwards, you would assume to keep costs under control, they all operate the same Touchscreen, but no, the lower models have a 6" version with a 7 " version from ASX4 upwards, this then adds Sat Nav, i found the sat nav to be a little "slow" with you getting to a junction before the system tells you where you need to go, which on an unknown road can be rather off putting, the system itself is not the best one available, in fact the Outlander PHEV we tested previous was better, and other brands have superior set ups too..
The dash looks the part, but its quality lacks a little, there are some hard scratch plastics, and lots of soft touch plastics with piano black flashes dotted about, the doors have red leather inserts which match the red leather upholstery, which is really striking and looks the part, the amount of glass, either from the Windscreen, doors or full length glass panoramic sunroof shows the interior up very well indeed, and to be honest, this car needs the glass roof to give it a more bright and visual appeal.
Pricing for the ASX is very good too, with the entry model costing :-
  • £15,999 Mitsubishi ASX
  • £20520 Vauxhall Mokka X
  • £18,150  Seat Ateca
  • £15,645 Ford Eco sport (terrible car)
  • £29,150 Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • £15,999 Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross

You should be able to do some good haggling and get a decent discount, especially after last months 20% new car sales decline, fixed price service packages should be available as well, keeping costs under control, however, you will find that the 2.2 litre Auto is a tad thirsty and service schedules are only 9000 miles :-
  • Economy - Urban 50.4mpg
  • Economy Extra Urban 60.1mpg
  • Economy Combined 56.5mpg

Yes, you can buy the basic model for £16k, but we say that you should, if you can, put some extra money towards a model further up the range to get some decent kit and better engines, after all, this will be a purchase you keep for some while, so you might as well have a decent car, with better interiors too boot
The car we have has a number of decent options :-
  • Leather Upholstery
  • DAB Radio
  • Blue tooth
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Rear View camera
  • 18" Alloy Wheels
  • Panoramic Glass Roof
  • Privacy Glass
  • All Round heated seats
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED For lights
  • Dusk Sensing Headlights
  • Keyless start
  • Auto Wipers
  • Auto lights
  • TPMS
  • Electric Heated and operating/folding wing mirrors
  • Emergency Stop Signal System
  • Hill Start assist
  • Brake Assist
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Auto Stop & Go
  • All round Electric Windows
  • 4-Way Electric Drivers Seat

And this is just a small number of the options that are on the ASX5 Leather, once you have driven this car, going down the range is a hardship and something you really do not want to do.
The ASX5 is a great car, beaten by only a handful of other cars, the model that we had was perfect, had the right amount of kit and options, drove very well, was reasonable quiet, handled very well, and apart from the slow Sat Nav and high fuel consumption you would be hard pressed to pick something over this, the price for the uber top model tops out at £23,489 which is knocking on the door of a Range Rover.
But as of today (going to press) there is a three year 0% APR and a £2,500 deposit allowance (Terms and conditions etc apply) this will make it more tempting, so what is stopping you from buying the ASX, as far as we are concerned, nothing, i would pick this over and above the majority of the competition, so go one, you know you wan to !

USA - Volvo announces pricing & some specification for the all new 2018 XC60 SUV.

Volvo Car USA has released pricing for the highly anticipated all-new 2018 Volvo XC60. The mid-sized luxury SUV will be available with a T5 turbocharged gas engine producing 250 horsepower with all-wheel drive; a T6 turbo and supercharged gas engine producing 316 horsepower with all-wheel drive and a T8 Twin Engine Electric Plug-In Hybrid producing 400 horsepower with electric all-wheel drive. 
Pricing for the T5 starts at $41,500, the T6 starts at $44,900 and the T8 starts at $52,900. The 2018 XC60 is the first of the all-new 60 series cars and includes elements of the new Volvo design language. 
All XC60s will come equipped with a class leading level of standard equipment including a panoramic moonroof, leather seats, Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps, and Apple Carplay / Android Auto integrated into the 9 inch center touch screen.  
Optional features such as soft Nappa Leather seats with ventilation and massage, Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound and four-corner air suspension bring a new level of luxury to the mid-sized SUV market.
The XC60 features Lane Keeping Aid standard and will debut with Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which will provide steering input to mitigate head-on collisions. 
This function will also join the standard Intellisafe City Safety system, which includes pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle and large animal detection with automatic emergency braking. Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) will now use Steer Assist functionality to prevent drivers from changing lanes into other vehicles.
Customers may configure their vehicle online at volvocars.com/us or order from their local Volvo retailer. The first XC60s are set to arrive in the U.S. this fall.

USA - Acura launches the significantly updated TLX with added optional packages and more kit.

  • Bold new style inspired by Acura Precision Concept
  • New A-Spec variant adds dynamic dimension, distinct style and performance character to TLX V6
  • TLX leads segment with AcuraWatch™ technologies now standard
The refreshed 2018 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan goes on sale June 1 with a more sporty and alluring look reflecting the brand's new design direction, along with an all-new TLX A-Spec variant, and new premium features. 
The 2018 TLX offers AcuraWatch™ as standard equipment on all grades, leading all luxury midsize sedans in the application of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. The new 2018 TLX 2.4L starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $33,000 while the V6 equipped models start at $36,200. The TLX V6 A-Spec is offered for the first time starting at $42,800.
"We're enhancing the already outstanding dynamic performance of the Acura TLX by carrying our Precision Crafted Performance direction through to the exterior design," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. "The addition of the new A-Spec further advances the TLX to a more distinctive position in the segment and enhances its appeal to a more performance oriented buyer."
The 2018 TLX is the first Acura to feature a redesigned dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0) with more intuitive menus and command structures complemented by a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (previously resistive type) with a 30-percent faster response time and Android Auto™ compatibility -- putting some of your phone's most useful Apps on the TLX's display. 
The new TLX also supports Apple CarPlay™, a seamless way to use your iPhone in the car to get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music.
The 2018 TLX is the first Acura sedan to take design cues from the Acura Precision Concept and boasts an alluring new style, highlighted by the Acura diamond pentagon grille and amplified by its more sharply sculpted hood and front fenders, paired with strong dynamic characteristics including more aggressive and sporty front and rear fascia and side sills. 
Acura's signature 5-lamp Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs complete the distinctive, athletic and aggressive character of the TLX. 
New Features for TLX V6 Models
All TLX V6 models feature a new rear diffuser with exposed dual-exhaust outlets; while the Technology Package adds a chrome side sill garnish, leather seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, and a power-operated driver's seat thigh extension.

The TLX V6 Advance Package gains new, premium features including trapezoidal LED fog lights, a Surround View camera system, built-in wireless charging pad, white LED ambient interior light piping (in 10 locations), a heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats, power-folding side mirrors, and a new body-colored decklid spoiler.
All-New TLX V6 A-Spec
Reflecting Acura's Precision Crafted Performance® DNA, the all-new 2018 TLX V6 A-Spec amps up the sporty character of TLX and features exclusive design elements inside and out, along with key enhancements to chassis tuning and wheel/tire specification. 

The TLX A-Spec's unique styling begins in front with a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights. 
A-Spec exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray paint are shod with 245-series tires and combine with aggressively flared side sills for a more athletic and planted stance. 
The A-Spec exterior upgrades continue at the rear with a gloss-black decklid spoiler, "smoked" LED taillights, and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers. A matte-black side window surround and A-Spec badging on the front fenders and rear decklid completes the look.
Inside, the TLX A-Spec features more aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping; red LED ambient light piping; red driver's meter highlights; black headliner and pillar treatment; brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish; and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.
In addition to the improved lateral grip and responsiveness offered by Michelin Primacy 245/40R19 tires (225/50R18 on other V6 models), the TLX A-Spec benefits from a retuned electric power steering system and damper settings. A-Spec models equipped with SH-AWD also get a quicker steering ratio for increased response and a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control.
The TLX A-Spec is available in five exterior colors, including a trim-exclusive Still Night Blue Pearl, and one of two unique interior color schemes, Black with Alcantara™ seat and door inserts or Full Red which features a bold red leather throughout. 
A-Spec models have the same feature set as the TLX V6 with Technology Package as well ventilated front seats, wireless charging pad and LED ambient light piping found in the Advance Package.
The 2018 Acura TLX continues to be offered with two advanced powertrains: a 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC® inline-4 mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter; and a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC® V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission that has been retuned for a more refined feel.
TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine come equipped with Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), with independent left- and right-rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
TLX models with the 3.5-liter V6 are available in both two- and all-wheel drive configurations. Front-drive models feature P-AWS with independent left- and right-rear-wheel toe angle control that sharpens low- and high-speed maneuverability. 
All-wheel-drive models feature Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), the most sophisticated torque-vectoring system in the industry, enabling a precise, dynamic driving experience that is uniquely Acura.
TLX 2.4-liter models can be equipped with the Technology Package, while V6 models are available with the Technology, A-Spec or Advance Packages. 
Significant new or upgraded features and technologies for the 2018 Acura TLX:

2.4-liter TLX:

  • Newly styled front fascia, hood and front fenders
  • Restyled Jewel Eye™ LED headlights with auto on/off and auto high beam
  • LED daytime running lights and turn signals
  • Dark Burl/Acoustic wood interior appliques
  • ODMD 2.0 user interface with capacitive touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Android Auto compatibility
  • Sirius XM 2.0
  • Full-color TFT driver's meter
  • New 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies (now standard)
2.4-liter Technology Package (adds to TLX 2.4L):
  • Navigation
  • HD Radio with Digital Traffic
3.5-liter V6 (adds to 2.4-liter TLX):
  • New rear fascia design with chrome accents
  • Exposed dual exhausts outlets
  • Rear diffuser
3.5-liter V6 TLX Technology Package (adds to TLX V6):
  • Navigation
  • HD Radio with Digital Traffic
  • New seat styling with high-contrast stitching and piping
  • Driver's seat power-operated thigh extender
  • Chrome side sill garnish
NEW: 3.5-liter V6 TLX A-Spec (adds to TLX V6 Technology Package):
  •    A-Spec exclusive exterior styling and trim
  •    A-Spec exclusive interior styling and trim
  •    Round LED Fog Lights
  •    New 19" split 5-spoke alloy wheels
  •    Flush-mounted front and rear parking sensors (+2 front sensors)
  •    Gloss black rear decklid spoiler
  •    Increased front seat bolstering
  •    Red driver's meter highlights
  •    Red LED ambient light piping - 10 locations
  •    Wireless charging pad
  •    Ventilated front seats
3.5-liter V6 TLX Advance Package (adds to TLX V6 Technology Package):
  • Surround View Camera System
  • Trapezoidal LED fog lights
  • Flush-mounted front and rear parking sensors (+2 front sensors)
  • Body-colored decklid spoiler
  • New 18" 15-spoke alloy wheels
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated windshield
  • White LED ambient light piping - 10 locations
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Ventilated front seats
2018 Acura TLX Pricing and EPA Ratings
Trim Name
EPA Ratings2(city, highway, combined)

TLX 2.4L
23 / 33 / 27
TLX 2.4L with Technology Package
23 / 33/ 27

TLX 3.5L
20 / 32 / 24
TLX 3.5L with Technology Package
20 / 32 / 24
TLX 3.5L A-Spec
20 / 30 / 23
TLX 3.5L with Advance Package
20 / 32 / 24
21 / 30 / 24
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package
21 / 30 / 24
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD A-Spec
20 / 29 / 23
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Advance Package
21 / 30 / 24

USA - The 2018 Camaro is topped off with a lighter weight ZL1 1LE supercharged model.

The ZL1 1LE — the ultimate Camaro track-day model — leads the 2018 Camaro lineup, taking the track-focused 1LE legacy to an unprecedented level. With racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.
The new ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package (order code A1Z) will cost $7,500, bringing MSRP of the 2018 ZL1 1LE to $69,995, which includes the $995 destination freight charge.
“In the long, storied history of Camaro performance, there’s never been another model that matches the capability of the ZL1 1LE,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director. 
“With the addition of the new 650-horsepower ZL1 1LE, the Camaro lineup is more diverse and exciting than ever, offering customers the ability to select and personalize their ultimate performance car.”
Additional ZL1 1LE highlights include:
  • Downforce-producing aero: Unique features include a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia that produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
  • Adjustable suspension: Racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear offer exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable, along with the caster geometry. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability.
  • Wheels and tires: New, specific lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) less per corner.
  • Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with thinner rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. 
  • Supercharged performance and more: The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes are also included, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
Camaro for 2018
The Camaro lineup is offered in LS, LT, SS and ZL1 models, which are available in coupe and convertible body styles. The performance-oriented 1LE package is offered on LS, LT, SS and ZL1 coupes, with track-focused content specific to each model.
In addition, on SS models the 1LE package is now available with the uplevel 2SS trim (late availability).
The Redline Edition package returns for 2018, offering a distinctive, personalized appearance that includes black front and rear bowtie emblems, red-accented grille, hash mark graphic, decklid blackout graphic, dark-finish taillamps, black outside mirrors, 20-inch black aluminum wheels with red accents and more. It is available on LS, LT and SS models.
The 2018 Camaro lineup goes on sale this summer.