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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Buying a SUV

The first of course is your budget. You need to know that you have the right amount of money for an SUV, always keep to your budget, never overspend, as you don’t want buying a SUV to send you into financial turmoil do you? There are plenty of SUV’s in all price brackets out there, and if you really want one, but cannot purchase ‘new’ then you can always opt to go for a used SUV.

You will also want to look into the fuel consumption, if the SUV is a gas guzzler then you may want to steer clear of it, otherwise it is going to take a large slice of your money on gas every month, and that isn’t going to be ideal. If you want to find out more about the fuel consumption when you are looking into buying a SUV then you can either look at the manufacturers specifications, although the review websites out there will most likely offer more ‘accurate’ information.

Next thing you will want to bear in mind is size. Your budget will play a huge roll in this. You have a bit of a compromise to make here, whilst the larger vehicles offer more space, they also consume a lot more case, smaller vehicles often offer less space, but consume far less gas. You will most likely find more passenger space in a large vehicle, and in a smaller vehicle there will be more cargo space. You will also find that large SUVs have towing power, something which seems to be vital amongst families.

Now, are you going to want a car based SUV or a truck based SUV? Cars perform better on the road, however, trucks have a bit more power behind them which makes them perfect for use at work. They are also better in off road conditions. When buying a SUV you should always consider exactly what you are going to be using it for.

There are a plethora of different manufacturers and SUV models out there, so you may want to consult a couple of ‘review’ websites to check whether the car you are looking at is any good. Generally most review sites are impartial and should offer good advice.

New Sporty SUV Crossover

As per the design makers of BMW, the idea of X2 has been conceptualized on the lines of offering a combination of enjoyment with practicality. The car amalgamates a perfect blend of fast moving body language along with low-slung proportions of a coupe that makes it a robust construction of its counterpart X1 series.

Talking about the front side of 2018 BMW X2, it features a large kidney grille that’s fringed by slender headlights featuring signature LEDs. The big front bumper and silver lower trim, On the other hand, give the car its much talked about rugged SUV appearance. Further, at the back, the SUV coupe speaks of a low roof line with narrow windows which do justice to the concept of X2 design cue. Though it’s more like a hatchback than a sports car, it’s said to offer the best of both the worlds.

Moving ahead the wide wheelchairs add 2018 BMW X2 some muscle look. While at the same time, the broad 21-inch wheels give the car its complete resilient profile. At the back, the tailgate, however, isn’t exactly what we’ve seen BMW incorporate in its previous hatchbacks like X4 or X6. BMW X2 typically gives a more realistic appeal despite its sleek style.

Furthermore, X2, as modeled in Paris Motor Show, should have a centrally located BMW badge bordered by slender taillights and a number plate that finds itself attached to the bumper. Much similar to what we’ve seen in the auto marque’s 1st hatch series.

The interiors of this roaring beast are expected to take inspiration from BMW’s new 5 Series classy cabin. A freestanding infotainment display that sits right on top a simple, central console and comes fitted with BMW’s new gesture control features. The dashboard will come in two variants – wood-effect or glossy metal finish.

The X2’s roofline can be a bit of a turn-off, especially for tall passengers – don’t expect to feel comfortable in the back when it comes to long journeys. Leg space also lags here.

X2 will feature the same UKL1 platform as its counterparts BMW X1 and Mini Countryman. A result, it’s likely to brag front-wheel drive and be available in four major variants – three diesel engines and one petrol. Entry level cars will feature six-speed manual gearbox. While on the other hand, the drivers will be offered the benefits of choosing a smooth eight-speed automatic as well.

The basic 2018 BMW X2 model will eye a 148hp diesel while the mid-range SUV’s will probably boasts of 187hp and 227hp units. To give you an idea, the current model of X1 has a 148hp diesel which returns a remarkable 68.9mpg. 227hp model race between 0 and 62mph in about 6.6 seconds only. These figures give us a rough idea what X2 can mirror or exceed.

Moving ahead, no such details are yet available about 2018 BMW X2’s drivetrain. However, insider reports suggest that the production model will feature 1.5 liter, three-cylinder motor, while its top end models should receive a more powerful motor of 2.0 liter and four-cylinder unit with BMW’s twin turbo technology.

The Munich-based automaker is expected to commence the delivery of 2018 BMW X2 by the start of the second quarter of 2017. The crossover is expected to be priced close to its counterpart X1 at the cost of $35,000 (base model). Bigger crossovers will come for about $38,000. The cost further will fluctuate between diesel and petrol variants.

Accessories for Heavy Utility Vehicles

There are many accessories that would make your vehicle look good and run better. A few of them are listed below:

• Tow-bars – this is the most economical option when it comes to trading and moving goods from one place to another. The heavy utility tow-bars possess serious pulling power along with electronic brake system control, used for towing heavy vehicles. They are strong in appearance and are finished with an attractive powder coating.

• Ribbed Mats – these mats are used to protect the garage floor from harsh automotive chemicals, liquids and debris. They are highly durable and can stop your load from sliding on the floor of your tray. These mats can be used for both indoor and outdoor purpose. The ribbed mats are available in different sizes and colours as per the design of the vehicle.

• Drawers – they are also known as roller drawers or trundle drawers and are just the perfect solution to all your storage needs. These drawers offer safe and secure storage for all your tools and other important stuff. They are water-resistant and are constructed of galvanized steel plating and finished off with a brushed aluminium face plate. Also, they are available in different sizes as per the requirement.

• Tonneau Covers – these waterproof covers are used to safeguard the vacant passenger seats in a convertible or roadster, or the cargo bed in a pickup truck. They are just the perfect complement to the pickup trucks and roadsters because of their highly secured nature and style. There are a wide range of tonneau covers including hard, soft, folding, roll-up and retracting covers.

Having a 4WD Awning

The longer side is usually the one running length ways along your vehicle, so make sure you measure to see which is going to sit the best. These things are great, and incredibly cheap. In fact, you can get a good quality one for under $300, and fit it in around an hour.

4WD Awnings are designed to be set up by one person, and very quickly. The procedure normally involves unzipping the case, un-clipping the supports, rolling the awning out and standing the legs up. The legs are incorporated inside the aluminium frame that the awning rolls out of. Stand them up, attach the supports and if it is windy, put a few pegs in the ground with guy ropes going to the awning. I usually suggest that pegging it down is a good idea, as a gust of wind will pick the whole thing up, and dump it on your vehicle. This often results in panel damage!

4WD Awnings are completely weather proof; I have had a puddle of water build up on our awning when it was raining severely, and not a drop came through. Whether its a quick bite of lunch that you are after, or you want to sleep under the awning, they are a brilliant idea. You can get Awnings that pull out from the rear of the vehicle, and awnings that will cover all 3 sides of the vehicle. Expect to pay a considerably higher amount for these, but if they suit your purposes then that is great!