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Hyundai Talks About Kona, Ioniq Electric and Ioniq 5 Prices

 The electric vehicle market in 2022 will be on the rise. At least that's what PT Hyundai Motors Indonesia (HMID) believes as an electric vehicle player in Indonesia that offers the most models today.

Based on wholesale sales data from Gaikindo, in 2021, two Hyundai EV products, Kona Electric and Ioniq, were sold quite a lot. Kona recorded 360 units and Ioniq E sold 228 units. By calculation, Hyundai managed to lead the BEV market with 87.4 percent with a record retail sales of 605 units.

Hyundai Talks About Kona, Ioniq Electric and Ioniq 5 Prices
Hyundai Talks About Kona, Ioniq Electric and Ioniq 5 Prices



For prospective consumers of both EV products, Hyundai revealed at the beginning of the second year the product must undergo price changes. This is related to government regulation PP No. 74 of 2021 concerning Changes to Government Regulation No. 73 of 2019 concerning Taxable Goods classified as Luxury Motor Vehicles Subject to Sales Tax on Luxury Goods. The law came into effect in October 2021.

"From that regulation, Kona and Ioniq EV the price goes up. That includes a lot, but we have subsidies. The increase to almost Rp 40 million," said Makmur, Chief Operating Officer of HMID when met some time ago.

The import status of both products also makes an increase in the price of these electric vehicles. Currently Hyundai Kona Electric Signature variant is offered at a price of Rp 697 million on the road Jakarta. For Ioniq Prime variant costs Rp 637 million and Signature is offered at a price of Rp 677 million with both status on the road Jakarta.

Makmur revealed, currently for hyundai electric vehicle enthusiasts must be a little patient waiting for the unit. Currently both EVs have an indented time of approximately a month.

"So prices are going up because of government rules that are up about 15 percent. But, for later local production, still get zero percent tax. Previously PPnBM zero percent for EVs despite imports from outside. Now with the new rules, those that are not produced locally are not zero percent," said Makmur who again reminded Hyundai will produce Ioniq 5 at their factory in Cikarang this year.

Ioniq 5

Back about the EV product that will be present, ioniq 5, some time ago the product has been seen being studied production at hyundai factory. Ioniq 5 is a product that will be offered in different classes with Kona and Ioniq EV.

Makmur revealed that it will still sell Konda and Ioniq because both have different segments with new Ioniq 5 products that will be present this year. Both EV products fill the B segment while Ioniq 5 is a more premium product. The price is certainly more expensive.
"If the segment is different, the features are more, of course," Makmur asserted.

This means that Ioniq 5 can fill the EV market at Rp 700 million to Rp 800 million. A number that is quite large compared to the shadow of many people who hope to enjoy an EV product made in Indonesia at competitive prices. We'll see when this product comes this year.

Ioniq 5 is Hyundai's modern product that uses the latest E-GMP platform.

The use of this platform enables product configuration through modularization and standardization. This platform is claimed to provide a more stable driving sensation, guarantee the durability of a sturdy body structure and provide its own advantages to the exterior atmosphere and maximize its use in various road conditions.

Hyundai also revealed that the E-GMP platform comes more compact to maximize space and weight, more efficient because the battery capacity remains the same but the driving distance is further while developing the workings of ignition coil structure.

Another advantage, Hyundai guarantees stress-free when charging because in just 18 minutes from the beginning of charging can increase the range of 100 kilometers in 5 minutes. In addition, vehicle to load that allows units with the platform to switch functions as electric chargers (110V / 220V) to other vehicles, aka this platform allows it to become a charging power source through integrated charging control unit (ICCU) and also vehicle charging management system (VCMS) without using additional devices.

Ioniq Electric


• Signature AT: Rp 677,000,000

• Prime AT: Rp 637,000,000

Kona Electric

• Signature AT: Rp 697,000,000

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Has Sold 6 Thousand Units, This Is What Makes It Sell Well

PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia (KMI) arguably harvests the success of its ninja ZX-25R products. The sport bike is rumored to have sold as many as 6,145 units, and the best-selling model is the ABS SE type aka the highest variant.

The figure was taken from the recap from the beginning of the launch on July 10, 2020 until the end of December 2022. The amount is not too much, but if you look at the price offered from Rp 99.5 million to Rp 116 million OTR Jakarta (January 2022 price), this is a positive achievement.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R



Deputy Head & Sales Promotion of PT KMI Michael Chandra Tanadhi revealed, of the two choices of Ninja ZX-25R types, 80 percent of consumers are more interested in the most expensive variants.

"Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R continues to get good enthusiasm from consumers. Our data, they prefer the most expensive variant," Michael told 

High booking numbers, continued Michael, can not be separated from the normal Kawasaki Indonesia assembly plant in the West Cikarang area, Bekasi. They can supply Ninja ZX-25R units on demand dealers in each area.

"The target delivery (to dealers) per month is 400 to 500 units. We will continue to maximize for consumers and immediately complete the delivery of the unit," he concluded.

Targets Far Exceeded

If you remember, at the beginning of the launch of kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R, Michael revealed that this bike only has a target of 2,000 units per year. But not even 2 months from its debut, KMI claims that the product has been ordered as many as 2,400 units, which means passing the production quota plan.

"Yes, the number has now exceeded the quota by a year. We have raised the factory production plan by about 10 percent," he added.

If there is no pandemic

Another thing if indonesia's condition without the COVID-19 pandemic, he said if ninja ZX-25R was originally projected with a quota of 4,000 units per year.

"Maybe if you are without the COVID-19 situation, the current economy might be at 8,000 units a year," he said.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R

So what exactly is the uniqueness of the motorcycle worth almost Rp 100 million? Broadly speaking, the Ninja ZX-25R has capital that its competitors do not have at this time, either from Yamaha, Honda, or Suzuki.

He is equipped with a 249 cc runway kitchen, DOHC, 16 valves, 4-stroke, liquid cooling, injection mixer, and 4-cylinder configuration. The construction of this machine can be said to be 'new' in the Indonesian automotive market.

The 4-cylinder engine offers a melodious sound character like a big motor (moge). Moreover, the ZX-25 is claimed to be able to shake up to 18 thousand rpm engine rotation, it is fairly high for a quarter-liter motor.

The concoction of legs on the Ninja ZX-25R is also a selling point. He uses an upside down front suspension type SFF-BP made by Showa. While in the back using a monoshock with a pre-load setting system combined with a swing arm type banana-arm aluminum.

The features and technology of driving preoccupation are another plus for the ZX-25R. He adopted a device similar to his older brother Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R. Below is the completeness of the ZX-25R.

Toyota moves Volkswagen back from top spot of world's best-selling brand in 2021

In the midst of the unfinished pandemic conditions and chip limitations that hit the automotive industry, Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) took first place for global sales in 2021. This achievement passed the achievements of the German company, Volkswagen AG for the second year in a row.

Data shown by TMC, they managed to sell more than 10 million units of vehicles exactly 10,495,548 units. This figure is an accumulation of sales of the Toyota, Daihatsu to Hino brands. Each contributed 9,615,157 units to Toyota, 725,179 units to Daihatsu and 155,212 units to Hino.

Toyota Kembali Geser Volkswagen dari Posisi Teratas Merek Terlaris di Dunia 2021

Toyota's biggest sales were contributed by sales in the Chinese and U.S. markets. This result is also quite interesting because both markets are quite hit by the scarcity of chips that are the source of production problems of most automotive manufacturers.

Toyota's results were up about 10 percent from a year earlier. In 2020, due to the Covid pandemic, Toyota's sales fell 11.3 percent. Toyota itself is still affected by the pandemic with the closure of 11 factories in Japan related to the pandemic issue.

Volkswagen Group sales in 2021 only managed to sell 8.88 million units of vehicles. This achievement is far adrift of Toyota with three brands contributing to their sales.

Toyota's record vehicle sales in Japan reached 2,108,810 units. That's down 2 percent from a year ago. The figure for each brand, Toyota, sold 1,476,136 units, down 1.9 percent from a year ago. However, for market share in Japan, Toyota's own brand sales reached 33.2 percent, up slightly from a year ago.

Daihatsu's sales in Japan reached 572,739 units, down 3.3 percent, and the Hino brand by 59,935 units, down 0.2 percent from a year ago. Sales results for the Japanese market itself decreased two years in a row.

Toyota moves Volkswagen back from top spot of world's best-selling brand in 2021
Toyota moves Volkswagen back from top spot of world's best-selling brand in 2021


Toyota Group sales are indeed the most outside Japan with total sales reaching 8,367,738 units or up about 13 percent from a year ago. This is the first increase in two years.

From the data shown by Toyota, production has also increased, especially for global results from January to December 2021. Toyota, Daihatsu, and Hino production outside Japan managed to produce 6,185,272 units, up 17 percent from last year. The slight decline was actually present from factories in Japan, which was 3,890,974 units, down 1.4 percent.

This record shows the first increase in the last two years. Domestic production in Japan fell in two consecutive years.

Rumors honda Vario 160 will debut on February 2, 2022 in Indonesia

The Signal Honda Vario 160 will soon launch seems to be realized soon. The news comes after Astra Honda Motor (AHM) released the PCX 160 in early February last year which is known if both motorcycles are built from the same engine platform.

About the rumors of the launch of the Honda Vario 160, actually this bike is expected to debut in Indonesia at the end of 2021, but at that time it was the CB150X that was launched by AHM on the GIIAS floor.

Honda Vario 160
honda Vario 160


But wait a minute, hopes vario 160 soon reappeared after Honda informed if it will launch a new product on February 2, 2022. Through an official invitation, the new motorcycle will be introduced at 09.00 WIB at AHM Safety Riding & Training Center in gicc area, Kota Deltamas, Cikarang West Java.

It does not mention the name of the Vario 160 that will be reported, but based on information from one of our sources who work at the component manufacturing vendor company for AHM mentioned if they are receiving an order of Vario 160 parts.

"It should be in the near future (Vario 160) between January or February already launched. The information is from AHM, but for the date is still completely undisclosed there is no join trial. Unlike the PCX 160 which has been released before launching," said a source who declined to be identified.

Furthermore, he explained, the components in question use the BASE PCX 160 but will have differences in some parts that are called more sporty.

"The overall form of the bike I have not seen, until now there has been no leak even the vendor of the tier 1 AHM only info to me has not been able to form," he concluded.

Thailand and Vietnam

Lately the Thai and Vietnamese automotive media are also quite massively reporting the chances of honda Vario 160 or Click 160 launch. Quoted great biker, this bike is planned to be introduced in Thailand in February to March 2022.

The information will get a significant design revision but does not change the identity and main character of the previous model. Some predictions have sprung up, Vario 160 will reportedly carry disc brakes at the back, the use of ABS brakes, traction control, and the application of new engines. 

Unfortunately, there are no details about the specifications of the engine that will be used. But if it is true to use the 160 frills does not rule out the possibility of using a pacemaker similar to the all new PCX, namely eSP + 157 cc configured 4 valves.

A common strategy carried out by manufacturers using the same machine from several products. Generally will be distinguished in terms of output and the character of the engine adjusts to the appearance of the motor. Yes, the company so no longer need a large investment to present a new engine.

However, until now, the AHM still rejects the news of the launch of Vario 160. General Manager of Corporate Communication AHM, Ahmad Muhibuddin explained that they are still focused on the Vario model now and said that sales and demand are still good.

"For the Honda Vario 160 looking forward to it, for a while we have no plans to go there yet and we are just using that engine for the Honda PCX. The Indonesian market with a 160 cc engine is still to PCX first," muhib said.

Do you think the Honda Vario 160 will launch on February 2, 2022? Stay tuned continuously, yes to find out the new motor information from AHM!


Don't Forget to Take Care of the Brakes During the Rainy Season

Speaking of the rainy season, it certainly speaks of vehicle maintenance. Weather in Indonesia known for high rainfall in some areas, especially at the end of the year, makes vehicles need to be considered in some parts.

One of them is the brakes. This part is the main component of the vehicle that can be affected by its performance. Slippery roads make the need for braking crucial to stop the speed of the vehicle.

Don't Forget to Take Care of the Brakes During the Rainy Season
Don't Forget to Take Care of the Brakes During the Rainy Season


In order to turn off driving safety, checks on vehicle brake readiness should be a concern. Basically brake perfroma can be felt by the driver while driving. But for safer steps, periodic checks are also recommended to ensure the feasibility of further brake components.

Mitsubishi advises on how to perform brake maintenance on vehicles during the rainy season. The easiest is to do periodic maintenance that will usually be checked the condition of the vehicle's brake system every 20,000 km. The examination includes the quantity of brake fluid, brake fluid leakage, thickness and flatness of the disc disc surface and the thickness of the brake pad.

If the campas are found to be thin or depleted then it should be replaced immediately. If it is thick enough, it will only be cleaned.

The disc also needs attention. If the disc experiences uneven wear and tear as a result when braking will potentially cause vibrations that are felt on the brake pedal. If this happens, it should be checked whether the disc can still be seized or has to be replaced. If it can be done subbed, it is highly recommended to use a lathe directly in the vehicle for maximum results.

Brake performance also depends on fluid or brake fluid. Be sure to check the condition of the oil reserve tank brake fluid regularly, once a week, along with other components. Vehicle owners should also follow the recommendation of replacing brake fluid every 40,000 km with brake fluid recommended in the owner manual or official workshop. Also note if the brake fluid has been exhausted before the minimum distance limit because there is a possibility of a leak that must be repaired immediately.

Brake checks should be done in an official workshop to get maximum results. Perform regular maintenance before the brake components are damaged. Regular maintenance is still better than repairing when damage occurs, especially for brake devices that have a vital role when driving. Make sure to use original parts.

"Every component equipped in a Mitsubishi car has been prepared to facilitate and ensure users to drive safely and comfortably in a variety of conditions. Owners and users must still be more vigilant and pay attention to vital aspects and also drive including when entering the rainy season," said Boediarto, General Manager aftersales Division of PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI) in his statement, Thursday (12/16/2021).

For Mitsubishi consumers, there is a special vehicle maintenance program during the rainy season through the Rainy Campaign program. This program offers a Mitsubishi vehicle training package that aims to prepare the vehicle consensus remains primed to provide a sense of security to customers facing the rainy season. The program, which was held from December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022, was implemented at all authorized Mitsubishi Motors dealerships with 3S facilities and was addressed to consumers with Pajero Sport, Xpander, Xpander Cross, Outlander Sport and Mirage models.

Test Drive BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro

BMW 4 Series. When this model officially appeared to the public, it immediately sparked debate. There are pros and cons. Especially if it's not because of the design. About this look does cause a strong reaction even since it comes as a concept model. Yep, for Bayerische Motoren Werke fans, the new design of the 4 Series is out of the pack.

The front face with its large and provocative grille was considered too strange. Actually not only in the company, most automotive lovers object to this new design style. Many memes later appeared, mocking the design of BMW's grille that is getting bigger so that in the future the German manufacturer's car only leaves the grille alone.

BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro
BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro


The second generation of the 3 Series Coupe replacement model is also the model that became the basis of BMW's then flagship sports sedan, the M4 Coupe. The beginning of the new generation of 4 Series Coupe introduced has attracted controversy, through the BMW 4 Concept in 2019. Then the production model launched in mid-2020, which then in Indonesia landed in June 2021.

Actually BMW does not only pair this new design style in the 4 Series Coupe only. They also use it in the 4 Series Gran Coupe, i4 electric cars, iX, and other potential new models that have been promised. If you look back a little, this large grill style has been started by the birth of the first X7, then the facelift or LCI version of the 7 G11 /G12 Series.

But maybe it was the manufacturer's intention in designing this car, a sportscar that is not only exciting to drive, but also able to steal the attention of anyone who sees it. And evidently, until now people are still talking about this latest BMW design, although not entirely positive.

BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro
BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro

It's hard to talk about the latest BMW 4 Series without mentioning the design. Even Carvaganza to create a special segment Colonial vs Millennial discusses this latest BMW design. But is his performance also as aggressive as his performance? Therefore we were curious and found out directly by trying the BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro, which now carries the code G22.

Design

Yes, it would be nice if we start the review directly about the design of this 4 Series Coupe. BMW reasoned that this front grille design style takes reference from classic models such as the iconic 328 or 3.0 CSi E9, also having a transverse grille down. The 328 does follow the slender and tall shape of the bonnet, while the E9 is still as dimensional as the height of the bonnet top line and lamp.

Subjectively I think BMW is a bit outrageous in translating this reference. The new grille dimensions dominate the front fascia, although the design still plays its role as a fresh air induct to the engine cooler. But the aggressive shape of the grille is not followed by most others on the exterior. 

BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro
BMW 430i Coupe M Sports Pro

Like the headlights are still one area with a grille in the front fascia, the shape tends to be calm and smooth. Though it could be BMW adopts the headlight design of the 3 Series G20 which is more notched and emits a sportier character. Then the overall body design is also arguably too smooth for the 4 Series whose segment will be more looking for a sensation of toned and sporty while driving it.

Visual exterior side of the 430i Coupe looks clean from the curves of the body, unlike its predecessor, the F32. Not to mention with its very sloping roofline backwards, almost without faults that limit the roof and luggage. The impression is as if BMW has spent aggressive energy to design the front grille, so that the side and rear sculptures look more polite. The overall silhouette of the 4 Series Coupe makes it like the junior 8 Series. Whereas as a model 'Even Series' actually all made aggressive.

Then if you look at the interior, it is not wrong if we call Series 4 is just a plagiarized from the 3 Series. The design, layout, even the location of each button for the function and features of the interior is exactly the same. Most only the trim alone distinguishes between the Series 4 and 3. Through this variant of the M Sports Pro, the 4 Series Coupe has a more sporty touch, with the dominance of black in the cabin.

BMW 4 Series Coupé (G22): Models, technical Data & Prices | BMW.co.id



But most of the ornaments in this interior are in line with those that BMW presents through the G20 generation 330i M Sport model. Most differ most low rooflines in the rear row seats that reduce cabin relief. Then there is the electric butler that delivers the seatbelt at all times will start the engine, because of the position of the B pillar that reverses on this coupe.

Performance

I immediately expected that the new 430i Coupe will have a more aggressive and sporty character than the 3 Series. Especially if you look at the style of a two-door body coupe that has been the benchmark of sports cars for a long time, to be able to have fun with speed. But will this car meet my expectations?

In terms of specifications, Munich equips the 4 Series this variant with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, just like used 330i, whose performance figures present 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque. It is quite large for a car targeted to become a daily sportscar, especially turbocharger applications are also increasingly mainstream in the BMW line up today.

Shoulder line high in doors and seats that can be positioned low aka low slung makes the cockpit 430i feel like a proper sports car. To invite him to speed is not difficult, because indeed the machine can respond instantly once the accelerator is stepped in. The output distribution to the rear wheels tends to be linear and non-explosive, although there is a turbo, because the turbo lag effect is minimal. It feels like anyone who just wants to taste a sports car for the first time will not be intimidated by its performance.

In Comfort driving mode, of course, the entire driving character ranging from engine response, gear shift, handling and suspension feels conservative. It feels like a BMW sedan in general, compact like the 3 Series but the comfort is almost as high as the 5 Series. Of course, the quality of cabin comfort, especially insulation has increased compared to the first generation.

Because I want to feel whether the performance is comparable to the fierce look, then I try this car a lot in Sport mode. Yes as in general, the ECU changes the settings of the engine character, 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, suspension and steering wheel. The engine instantly changes its tone of voice higher, because the exhaust is more open to overflow the roar of the turbo engine.

Acceleration turns into more fierce of course, accompanying the sound of a hardened engine. The claim, 430i this generation can do sprints 0-100 km / h in 5.8 seconds. Speeding on the motorway with this car feels without worry, because the engine can quickly provide acceleration, a stable chassis to be in the lane, then the steering is also precise and steady. What is clear for the needs of a fast cruiser, the 4 Series is no longer in question.

But when trying to devour a circuit-like track, it seemed like my expectations had to be reset. This 4-time series may arguably be too tame to be a sportscar driven on a winding track.

Indeed the chassis is stiff enough to provide precise and sharp handling, so it is quite easy to read the movement of the body every time it invites it to maneuver aggressively. But it feels like the steering wheel is too light to support an aggressive driving style, even though it's already in Sport mode.

Even so, the front has an incredible grip to accommodate the desire to maneuver quickly when changing direction. And the back is light enough to be thrown if you want to make it dislodged. But yes it was, the steering wheel rotation is still too light and very electronic, although the precision in translating input from the driver.

Too comfortable?

Either maybe my expectations were wrong or indeed bmw's development direction for the 4 Series is indeed a comfortable sports coupe. Because I think during the test of this car, it feels like the 430i Coupe M Sports Pro is too comfortable for a sportscar. My expectations in trying sportscars didn't climax, or were not met to the fullest.

This car I think is too impermeable, smooth, and comfortable, or arguably too polite for its aggressive appearance with its provocative grille. Although in terms of series 4 performance is still tight, but the sensation of pleasure is less thorough. It must be said that the essence of "Sheer Driving Pleasure" that BMW always highlights is not fully enjoyable by speed lovers.

When driven fast, the cabin is too impermeable to be able to enjoy the roar of the turbo engine. Whereas usually a car with frameless windows on the door compromises about reduced cabin efficiency. But it feels like the insulation in the 430i is too impermeable or indeed the engine sound is not so loud. If that is the case it can be understood because now the increasingly stringent emission demands affect the decibel level in the engine sound, in addition to the fact that the turbo is also enough to dampen the engine screams.

Likewise with the character of the steering very light and smooth, becomes another supporting factor why this car is too comfortable as a sportscar. Bakan compared to the MINI trim Cooper S that was both born BMW alone feels much different. Perhaps bmw's development direction in the G22 4 Series is for the wider market and segment, not just speed lovers. So, more and more consumers can enjoy and own this car. Yes, if you want to sell as much as possible, it is not wrong either.

The comfort and smoothness of the ride is more suitable to be a compact grand tourer than a circuit-devouring coupe. Its dimensions are still similar to the 3 Series also make it a sports car that is still comfortable and practical enough to be an everyday race. At least it can be more stealing people's attention when parking in the office or hangout to the mall.

My advice, if you want to have the latest BMW coupe that can meet the desire to adrenaline and have fun, you should just take the M4 Competition option that is already available in Indonesia. But if you want a stylish car and still comfortable to rely on as a daily mobility partner, the 4 Series Coupe can be an attractive choice.

Test Drive Jeep Gladiator, Not Canned Offroader

When we hear the word Jeep, what is imagined in our minds is a tough car, macho and a whiz in bulldozing offroad tracks. Jeep seems to be an idiom for those who like to adventure in the wild with 4x4 vehicles.

It can't be denied. The company, founded in 1945, has this reputation. The brand, which is now under the Stelantis umbrella, is known for its reputation as a 4-wheel drive car with incredible toughness. That toughness is what makes Jeep imaged as an off-road and touring vehicle that is identical to those who have an adventurous spirit.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


Lately the variety of TYPES of SUVs makes the choice also more and more. Various SUV characters come with designs, technologies, and capabilities that adjust the needs of various consumers as well. About ten years back, even the mention of an SUV could already be owned by a hatchback that was only made taller and given additional body panels to provide extra protection.

The market and consumer desires may grow. But for a true SUV manufacturer like Jeep, there is a unique and different way to offer a car that can fulfill many activities. Indeed, if you look at the current Line up of Jeep models, there are already compact dimension models and affordable prices, for those who may not need full SUV capabilities. Just look at models like the Jeep Renegade or Compass that tend to be developed into concrete jungle SUVs.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator

Another case if you look at the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator, a double cabin that has extra dimensions compared to the regular Wrangler double cabin. You could say this Gladiator is a variant of the Wrangler that maximally combines the needs of utility, practicality, attention-stealing style, as well as offroad abilities that need not be doubted. Because it's basically a Jeep Wrangler.

In dimensions this car is already significantly longer than the Wrangler Long Wheelbase. The overall length reaches 5.5 meters more, exactly 5,539 mm, compared to the Wrangler 5 doors along 4,785 mm. The Gladiator's wheelbase also swelled to 3,487 mm, nearly half a meter compared to the Wrangler Long Wheelbase. So you could say that this Gladiator is a Wrangler Long-Long Wheelbase. Just imagine, this car is also longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class long wheelbase.

In Indonesia, the Wrangler Gladiator launches with Rubicon trim, which is the highest option for the base of the oldest models from Jeep. Debuted in January 2021, Gladiator carries a variant of the 3.6-liter, non turbo, 285 hp Pentastar V6 engine, which still relies on a conventional automatic transmission aka torque converter system in this car.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator

Curious about the giant and long design like this limousine, we also tried gladiator which is now marketed by PT DAS Indonesia as the official distributor of Jeep in the country. We want to know what this car is used as a daily mobility partner. Not only that, the performance invited dirty-dirt alias playing offroad is also something we want to prove in the test drive this time.

City Cruiser

Looking at its anatomy, Jeep designed the Wrangler Gladiator as an all-terrain service vehicle with greater transport capabilities. The wheels alone are wrapped with MT (mud terrain) type tires, which need not be doubted performance to scratch the ground and mud.

But looking at the current automotive market conditions, more and more people are buying expensive high-performance SUVs to use in the city. Therefore, we want to feel also how to be a capital poser who only uses Gladiator on asphalt roads and maybe move from one mall to another. 

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


With a length of more than 5 meters, the Jeep Gladiator is tricky enough to drive in the city. Especially if you take it across a rather narrow residential area with a small corner corner. Then considering the position of the front wheel that is very advanced to have a short approach angle, it needs adaptation to get used to inviting it to swerve on the streets in the city.

Long wheelbase and extra large tub becomes a challenge to invite Gladiator to become a city cruiser, especially when in the parking area of the mall or office. The end of the tub or rear bumper that is far enough from the rear wheel axis must be admittedly quite troublesome to park backwards. If successful, it is also with the condition of the bonnet position jutting more forward than other cars in the parking building. Yes at least Gladiator can be more visible and still steal the attention even if it's just silence.

Fortunately this car is still fairly normal height, not increasing more than the regular Wrangler. So to bring it into a parking building with low ceilings is no more troublesome than the length. Moreover, as a true SUV from birth, a high sitting position also facilitates the execution of maneuvers from behind the wheel.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


With the V6 engine, the output for leisurely driving is linear. Not so explosive when the gas pedal is stepped on, although the torque is more than 350 Nm. The pace is polite enough to drive casually in the middle of dense city traffic like Jakarta. The conventional automatic transmission also feels still smooth to change gears driven casually. Indeed, if at the beginning of the acceleration of gear shift is fairly late, until it touches 2,000 rpm and makes the engine quite roar.

While still in a stationary state, the steering wheel feels heavy rotated, a consequence of the large dimensions of the wheels and tires. But if you have driven the weight from the steering wheel immediately lost, like a modern SUV or a regular car, so inviting Gladiator to devour the track in the city is not tiring.

Oh yes, speaking of dimensions, driving this car in inner-city traffic must also be considered the width. Because the shape of the fender that is wider than the base body also needs precision calculations, at least so as not to nudge other road users such as motorists. In addition, this factor also needs to be considered when going to park backwards, both in the parking lot and in your own home.

With a tall ground clearance, exactly 283 mm, so bulldozing damaged asphalt is not a big thing. It's like a human straddling a pebble. Then even though it is high, the suspension is also not too soft, feels firm and steadily reduces the body roll that usually occurs in SUVs. The character of this suspension makes it more comfortable when invited to pass quite fast on the motorway.

And speaking of on the motorway, this Jeep Gladiator is like I said it feels like a mainstream modern SUV in general. Stay comfortable and steady to drive. The most important thing to note is the steering wheel that is not developed as impressively as a sports car, there are conditions we must quickly correct the steering wheel even though it goes straight. Then although mt tires produce noise that is quite noisy, the sound is not so disturbing into the cabin. This means that the insulation given by Jeep deserves a thumbs up.

Offroad

Incomplete feels already with jeep Wrangler but does not invite him to step on the offroad terrain that becomes his natural habitat. Moreover, as a standard Wrangler is available transfer case to move from 2WD mode to 4H and 4L. There are even some supporting features that will make playing offroad easier and more practical in this car.

The offroad field we chose is the Pagedangan track which is located in bsd area, South Tangerang. This area with a stretch of red soil and some muddy sections presents a track that is representative enough to prove the performance of the Wrangler Gladiator, although not yet to extreme levels. Especially with already equipped with MT type tires, meaning playing on artificial offroad tracks in this city should not be a difficult challenge.

Straight away the track steps back and back, steep climbs and mud become the target of testing. Before that, the drive system was moved to 4H mode aka 4WD with a high gear ratio. With this 4H mode although linear, torque to be used uphill can be quickly devolved by simply playing the gas pedal. Because itself on a fairly wide track, so maneuvering to turn around does not feel bothered even though Gladiators along it.

Actually more curious is the extent of the articulation or distance of the suspension when bulldozing offroad roads. So in the asymmetrical obstacles of the row, we try how the chassis. Although long and wide, it's easy for this obstacle we go through. With different wheel positions in front and back or right and left, gladiators can still stand in fairly flat conditions. It feels firm on the asphalt, the suspension is very flexible on contours like this.

The scorching weather conditions during testing make the red dirt track quite hard, so it is not so difficult. Then some steep climb obstacles become the next target. With a very short overhang, so it's very easy to start going uphill at a sizable angle. Even without having to go into 4L mode, pentastar engine torque is still very capable of being invited uphill. Just play the momentum and set the pressure on the gas pedal.

Satisfied with successfully devouring these climbs, we try to pass from the opposite direction that is downhill. With the same mode, going through a steep descent is enough to hold the speed with the brake pedal so as not to slide freely. Looking at the slope indicator in Off Road Pages, the angle of this derivative is already at 23 degrees. We tried again down in this steepness, but by trying hill descent control that can only be active when in 4L mode. With this feature, the drivetrain automatically holds the wheel when it goes on steep descents instead of brakes.

Curiosity arises when you see some parts of the track that are flooded. Wrangler Gladiator we directly directed to a puddle that looks quite deep. Surely the base is soft enough to be mud. We are confident enough to devour the puddle with 4H mode. Sure enough, although the depth is up to half the tire, to go through it is enough to go constantly and play the steering wheel rotation in order to get traction. This is one of the advantages of MT tires used.

Starting from a shallow puddle of mud to quite deep, many times we libas without obstacles. Even the diff-lock feature is completely untouched, which can be activated when it needs optimal traction through the same right and left wheel rotations. There is a diff-lock activation option only for the front wheel, rear wheel, or all at once to all wheels.

The need to play offroad accommodated quite complete by Jeep on this car. All supporting information can be accessed through Off Road Pages which show tilt angle indicators, drivetrain mode, as well as temperature and oil pressure. All of that can be accessed through Uconnect which is integrated into Jeep's built-in infotainment. But with its such large dimensions, Jeep does not provide a 360-degree camera that can facilitate visibility in extreme terrain. The camera is only behind and in the front.

It's clear that the Wrangler Gladiator is an offroad vehicle that has no doubt about its capabilities and specifications. Its longer dimensions, mainly because an enlarged tub provides a higher utility value. And to wade through the streets of the city, this car can very steal the attention, especially if dirty by the mud used offroad. This jeep can be an option if the latest Mercedes-Benz G-Class is considered too expensive and the Land Rover Defender is less dashing.