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Proof of the All New Honda BR-V in the Expedition to Tana Toraja

 The All New BR-V is Honda's latest model in the low SUV market that offers seven-seater capability. The updates given to this latest generation BR-V are significant. Honda changed the appearance of the exterior, interior and equipped the new BR-V with advanced features and technology. One of them is Honda Sensing, which was previously present in Honda's premium products, now it can be obtained on the low SUV BR-V model.

Proof of the All New Honda BR-V in the Expedition to Tana Toraja

have tried the All New BR-V several times on various occasions. At first the media drive in Central Java, then the opportunity to try it on the urban route of the capital city of Jakarta. Now another opportunity comes with a fairly special route. The All New BR-V Prestige variant with Honda Sensing was brought across various road conditions in South Sulawesi, to be precise on the way from Makassar to Tana Toraja in the north with a slightly twisted route. The Oto.com team drove the All New BR-V through Maros Regency, to the city of Watampone in the east and then continued the journey to Tana Toraja through various cities and back to Makassar.

What is the impression and performance of the latest All New Honda BR-V through almost 1,000 kilometers of this expedition? Let's see together.

Modern SUV Design

The first discussion cannot be separated from the changes in the exterior of the All New BR-V. Honda did not really change the appearance of the concept version that was presented first, the N7X. The latest BR-V uses solid lines along the body of the vehicle to give the impression of a sturdy SUV. The changes on the front are more modern and sporty thanks to the use of a thick grille with LED headlamps that have distinctive LED daytime running light accents and LED fog lamps in front. The rear view is also fresher thanks to the use of the iconic LED rear combi light, with a small stop lamp in the middle. Some say the rear of the latest BR-V is quite simple and not too different from its predecessor, but this is back to a matter of taste. 

Xpedisi Tana Toraja All New Honda BR-V

Regarding lighting, the BR-V's main lamp is able to provide lighting that helps pass the night journey. The Oto.com team travels every day until night with the condition of roads between districts without lighting. For example, on the Maros axis from Makassar to Watampone or from the Pangkadjene area to Enrekang which is winding and from Parepare to Makassar where there are no street lights. Occasionally the Auto high beam feature operates due to winding road conditions and requires extra lighting assistance. However, manual operation of the headlights is still more dominant because it is rare to find other vehicles from the opposite lane.

The main concern is clearly the change in dimensions in the All New BR-V. Although still a low SUV status, the latest BR-V has a length of 4,490 mm, an increase of 34 mm from the previous generation, a width of 1,780 mm - an increase of 45 mm, a height of 1,685 mm - an increase of 19 mm, a wheelbase of 2,700 mm - an increase of 38 mm, and good ground clearance. now it's 220 mm - up 19 mm. The dimensions of this BR-V are still agile to maneuver and are able to pass several small roads encountered by the Oto.com team during the expedition.

The real advantage lies in the ground clearance which gives confidence to pass through various contours of the road. Not infrequently the roads between districts that are passed are in a damaged condition or are being repaired, which makes the BR-V pass through different road heights. The advantages of this ground clearance are also added with 17-inch rims and thicker tires measuring 215/55 R17 which in addition to making the appearance of the BR-V SUV more visible, it also has cruising power on various terrains. Unfortunately, these rims and tires were later sacrificed for the high ground clearance of the BR-V by receiving damage during passing through damaged roads during the expedition. Luckily, the team was still able to complete the journey until the last day without having to replace the spare rim with a smaller, space safer type after accidentally falling into a hole and being hit by stones many times.

MPV-Enabled Interior

This is indeed the value that the Honda design team pursued in the development of the BR-V. The ability of seven passengers in the low SUV segment is not arbitrary to highlight. Unfortunately, in this expedition the third row was not used at all and was used for luggage space. Thanks to the dimensional changes described above, there is no difficulty in putting three 30 liter suitcases in the rear trunk as well as a few additional carry-on bags.

Practically during the expedition, the first row became the main stage with the occasional addition to the second row. The second row is transformed into additional storage for quick access to documentation equipment during the trip as well as additional food and beverages in addition to the storage compartments on the left and right of the first row.

The discussion of the first line is on the driver's side. Honda made a taller center console to help the driver focus. This is indeed felt throughout the journey where driving this SUV rarely takes your eyes off the road. If you look at the passenger side of the first row, the dashboard gives an empty impression, only the air conditioning blowhole and storage are present. All entertainment access and also vehicle information can be done from the buttons on the left and right of the steering wheel, although for some MID access it takes a little study of the buttons. For example, if you have to press a button, the cooling and head unit settings can be easily reached using the driver's left hand.

In the meter cluster, there is a 4.2-inch TFT screen without color. Various information is provided on this screen such as fuel consumption, trip measurement, outside temperature and clock in a wide display. This screen is also a place for setting various vehicle features such as keyless access, lighting, door and window operations as well as setting Honda Sensing features. During the trip the fuel and distance calculation features become the most viewed.

Along the way, the seven-inch head unit is a major concern. This touch screen displays a variety of entertainment features. Most helpful is the direct connection of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay made with a USB cable to the mobile device via the USB port on the center console. The most used features in mobile phones are navigation and entertainment such as Youtube and Spotify. Navigation directly appears on the main screen, making it easy for drivers to get directions, including voice commands that are present, which are transmitted to the six speakers in the cabin. This makes the driver not lose focus on the main job, namely driving and seeing the condition of the road ahead.

Another significant change is the tightness of the cabin which adds to the comfort while driving. Honda did mention that the noise and vibration dampening side is also improved. Along the way there were no significant disturbances in terms of engine noise, roads between districts and when it was raining. Some of the areas that have been improved to create this tightness include the engine head cover, urethane cover, side mounted dynamic module, trans mounting and torsion rod mounts to reduce engine vibration and noise. Several other areas such as the sound insulation system, rear fender, bottom cover and hood were improved as well as the additional use of spray foaming in the body panel area. As a result, along the way both passengers and drivers enjoy entertainment to the fullest.

Proof of Machinery and Control

We arrive at the main menu of this discussion. we does have a question about the capability of the 1.5L All New BR-V engine which has not changed from the previous model, especially on roads between cities outside Java. Moreover, the performance of this engine is coupled with various major changes in the control side which is the main attraction on the way to Tana Toraja.

Initial discussion of sitting driving position. The All New BR-V gives the impression of a high viewing angle with the ease of manual seat adjustment and tilt steering wheel. Touching the steering wheel of the latest BR-V is reminiscent of the size of the steering wheel of the City Hatchback and several other Honda models. The width is right and comfortable in the hand thanks to the leather material that does not cause sweat. This leather material is also found in the upholstery. The first impression is on the seats of the latest BR-V, for drivers with an above average width, this SUV seat design feels small. This is because of the presence of lumbar support on the left and right of the driver's seat which is thick. However, after several adjustments, including the height of the head rest, this seat design affects the comfort when maneuvering to keep the body position in check.

The high viewing angle also results in a wider field of view for the driver. The All New BR-V provides a wide viewing angle thanks to the angle of the windshield that is not too sloping and the A-pillar which is not too big. There are indeed a few obstacles when facing a road with a nearly 180 degree turn where the A pillar covers the view but this can be overcome by slightly changing the sitting position before entering the corner.

In terms of control, the All New BR-V feels good. The steering is relatively light when rotated and provides accurate feedback to the driver. During crossing inter-regency or urban roads that are decorated with straight roads, the steering feels stable. When in mountainous areas with winding tracks, the steering wheel easily translates the driver's wishes to maneuver left and right.

The control of the latest BR-V is also the result of changes that are embedded in the chassis and suspension side of the vehicle. The All New BR-V's suspension is quite hard when used at low speeds, but this has an effect on stability at high speeds and when maneuvering. Honda increased the rigidity of the MacPherson Strut front suspension and changed the rear suspension geometry to take advantage of the lightweight Torsion Beam for damping and comfort. The use of a sturdier platform, increased by 24 percent, and lighter makes the symptoms of body roll commonly found in SUV products minimally felt in this latest BR-V.

A little mention about braking performance, the latest generation of BR-V uses ventilated disc braking at the front and drum at the rear. This braking ability is quite convincing while driving inside and outside urban areas. Several times the braking of the All New BR-V saved the expedition team from hitting a hole in the road to avoid serious damage. This braking ability is also felt when descending where vehicle deceleration is needed quickly.

Now talk about performance. Crossing the city of Makassar, which is not much different from the city of Jakarta, the i-VTEC DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine with 120 ps @ 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm @ 4,300 rpm of torque feels perfect. Some small traffic jams with typical stop and go conditions and toll roads for higher speeds can be passed easily also thanks to the use of CVT transmission.

New challenges are felt after the city of Makassar. The team headed to Maros district through the Maros, Camba, Watampone axis with winding road conditions, uphill and not too wide. The condition of this road is then more common along the way to Tana Toraja, which is located in the north of South Sulawesi Province and in mountainous areas. The character of a powerful engine is immediately felt when facing an uphill road. It's quite easy to feel the power supply on the lower rotation since stepping on the gas pedal deeper.

If you are not sure, Honda still provides S and L modes on the transmission lever which can provide faster power in various conditions such as steep inclines or trying to overtake other vehicles. Although it needs a little adjustment for its operation which is only a straight line on the transmission column. Several times the switch from S to D missed into N mode and caused the engine to roar loudly. Another slight drawback that makes the enjoyment of feeling the performance of this machine diminish is the absence of paddle shifts behind the steering wheel which is usually found in other Honda products.

So how about the fuel consumption? In this test, Oto.com departed from the city of Makassar using Ron 90 fuel. The consideration was that there was a fear of difficulty getting Ron 92 fuel in several areas that were passed along the way to Tana Toraja. In addition, according to the instructions at the mouth of the tank, the BR-V receives fuel with a minimum RON of 90. Full filling is carried out before starting the journey and the next filling after passing through the city of Watampone. The total journey to Tana Toraja from Makassaar via the Maros, Watampone, Enrekang routes is about 530 kilometers. Based on MID, the average travel speed is around 26 kilometers per hour with an average fuel consumption of 12.4 kilometers per liter. The condition of the road that is passed mostly is an incline which is quite draining of fuel. However, with the achievement of these consumption figures, for the calculation of out-of-town trips, the All New BR-V can prove a three percent increase in efficiency as claimed.

Calculation of the journey from Tana Toraja back to Makassar, the team chose to use the coastal road which is more gentle and offers many straight paths. During this return trip, it turned out that the fuel available at Tana Toraja was Ron 92 BBM. The return trip distance was 385.3 kilometers with an average speed increasing to 27 kilometers per hour and average fuel consumption to 13.7 kilometers per hour. liter. In total, the entire Tana Toraja expedition covered a distance of 915.3 kilometers with an average speed of 26 kilometers per hour and an average fuel consumption of 12.9 kilometers per liter. Quite impressive.

Convenience of Various Features

Talking about the All New BR-V, don't forget the various features that are offered both comfort and security and safety. Oto.com arrived in Tana Toraja and went straight to several mainstay tourist destinations there such as the Lemo stone tomb, the Kete Kesu traditional house complex, the Lambuang Bori menhir stone tomb and the land above the clouds of Lolai To'tombi. Some of the perceived features include hill start assist to help prevent the vehicle from sliding down during an incline, a rear camera that provides a wide viewing angle for moving backwards and parking sensors for easy parking.

Most helpful is the walk away auto lock feature where the driver just walks away and the BR-V will lock itself. It's important when you want to immediately document pictures and your hands are full of various equipment, which sometimes makes the driver forget to press the vehicle lock button. There is also a remote engine start feature that helps start the vehicle engine to get a cool cabin temperature after being hot outside. Even during the trip, it takes a few tries to be able to feel this feature working quickly.

Not to forget, the variant used during this expedition was the Prestige Honda Sensing variant. This feature consists of several safety features, namely lead car departure notification system, collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, auto high beam and additional Lane Watch. Based on the experience of this expedition, Honda Sensing was not felt too much along the way. This also answers the need for safety features such as Honda Sensing when traveling between cities where road conditions vary.

However, that does not mean that Honda Sensing is completely unheard of. Several times the driver feels the presence of a collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist and auto high beam on the way, which helps in providing safety while driving. Most noticeable is the presence of LaneWatch which minimizes blind spots on the left side of the vehicle and displays them on the head unit screen. This feature works every time the driver turns on the turn signal to the left so that he can see the condition of the left side of the vehicle clearly.

Conclusion


The All New BR-V is proven to be able to answer all doubts and questions before this Tana Toraja expedition trip. Where is this low SUV car can and is able to pass through various road conditions in South Sulawesi which are more diverse than the island of Java. The matter of performance and efficiency has been well proven. Control also gives a positive assessment including changes in the interior, entertainment and features.

As an assessment, the All New BR-V Prestige with the Honda Sensing feature is now offered at a price of IDR 346.6 million for the Greater Jakarta area. Seeing the minimal use of Honda Sensing along the way, it's a good idea for prospective consumers to also consider several non-Honda Sensing variants such as the Prestige variant which is priced at Rp. 327.6 million, or the E CVT at a price of Rp. 305.3 million. For fans of manual transmissions, Honda still offers the E MT variant at a price of IDR 295.4 million and the S MT at a price of IDR 281.1 million. It should also be borne in mind, for potential consumers who still want the top variant, they must be willing to wait about three months for the pivot time of the product. This is because Honda is still having problems with the shortage of semiconductor chips that plagued various world automotive manufacturers.

However, for potential customers with a capital of IDR 330 million to IDR 340 million and waiting a few months is not a problem, the BR-V with Honda Sensing is indeed a benchmark that is hard to miss. Including for the size of the low SUV product which is now present in Indonesia.

The five-day trip through the South Sulawesi region, from Makassar to Tana Toraja, ended with a satisfied smile. The BR-V has proven itself to be a reliable travel companion with its many advantages. Unfortunately, the offer of convenience for seven passengers on this trip has not been fully exposed. Maybe this will be a separate discussion in the next All New BR-V test.

Road Test Peugeot 5008: Here's How To Wake A Sleeping "Lion"

 Peugeot 5008 is not new in Indonesia. This seven-passenger family car was first introduced in 2009, where we also had time to test it. At that time, the machine amazed us. The form and features are not very.

In other words, the 5008 at that time was in line with what one would expect from a European-born Peugeot. Practical seat arrangements, spacious cabin, full features to a comfortable ride and the shape is in accordance with the 'Prancing Lion' design theme at that time. This car was drawn by designer Gilles Vidal, who had just been appointed to be the main designer at Peugeot.

Road Test Peugeot 5008: Here's How To Wake A Sleeping "Lion"

What we can say about the first-generation 5008 is, like a gentleman who is ready to slap anyone who has the intention of getting in his way. This is made possible by the use of a THP 156 four-cylinder engine with a 1.5 liter turbo capacity which is responsive and enjoyable.

Astra Peugeot then presented the second generation around 2017. This time the shape was surprising because it was outside the standard family car design that is usually found in Indonesia. The lights no longer seemed to be pulled back, but depicted the hooves of a lion ready to claw. Again, everything was as expected.

Then came the facelift version. This surprised us. The design of his face is like a long jump. The frameless grille with DRLs dangling from the bonnet on the rim emphasizes its presence on the road. Even when silent, this car always attracts attention. Especially those who already feel cool riding the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

But is the new 5008 that cool? We must firmly say yes. Apart from (honestly) we are fans of anti-mainstream new cars, but this is indeed a car to be proud of, without having to try hard to look good. Of course there are minuses. But we are sure, you will be aware of the various advantages that exist.

Complete Everything

The engine inside the Peugeot 5008 Allure Plus muzzle is called the EP6FDT. As previously reviewed, this derived engine from the Prince Engine drive family is configured with a four-cylinder with TwinPower Turbocharger. Its peak power is 167 PS which appears at 6,000 rpm. The highest torque is obtained from 1,400 rpm at 240 Nm. The power is channeled through a 6-speed automatic transmission which can be controlled via paddle shift on the steering wheel. 

What does it mean? Pay attention to engine speed when torque peaks. 1,400 rpm is a very low rev. The gas is stepped on a little, the torque has exploded. The pull feels responsive, the car becomes agile. Even so, in Normal driving mode, the ECU will reduce the pounding that makes you feel nauseous.

This mode makes passengers feel comfortable and the driver hardly feels any aggressive gear shifts or engine revs. Peugeot 5008 also acts like a family car.

Switch to Sport mode. The ECU seemed to say "Whatever!" 5008 is like a sleeping lion being disturbed. Towing becomes more aggressive, and the steering wheel feels fuller. And the exhaust is more audible. Turbo works neatly without lag. In automatic mode, the shift feels accurate. The transmission's willingness to hold the gear makes the 5008's movement even more aggressive, especially when swerving in toll traffic density. Of course with attention to driving safety. His behavior in this mode reminds us of BMW products, minus the pops at the end of the exhaust.

Play gearshift with paddle shift, then adrenaline satisfaction can be achieved properly. Certainly not as big as the BMW M-Series or Mercedes-AMG. But for family men who still like the rush of adrenaline, this Sport Mode 5008 can accommodate.

In the end, the pleasure and driving comfort of the first generation 5008 is passed on to this generation. In fact, we dare say, everything is getting better without sacrificing anything for the sake of production efficiency and selling price.

Excessive? We don't think so. Peugeot has always been known for its capable products. Then what's the minus? Sometimes it feels a bit slow gearshift, especially when using the paddle shifter. Don't imagine being slow for 1-2 seconds. But sometimes it feels like there is a short pause. Second, the sound of the Continental tires being used. Maybe this is affected by the mileage of the test car which is already more than 19 thousand kilometers.

Overall, the Peugeot 5008 managed to make us satisfied. Just like the generation it replaces. What it feels like until now is still effective

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

 Suspension or shockbreaker is one of the important components on a motorcycle. Its main function is to dampen or absorb various vibrations generated from the road surface. Of course this device is related to comfort while driving.

If the suspension is damaged there are several effects that will be felt by the driver. For example, the handling of the motor becomes uncomfortable, the acceleration is reduced, or the most fatal can endanger safety.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

According to After Sales Manager Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu), Muslian, generally motorcycle owners often ignore the condition of the suspension because it is considered a component that rarely breaks. Though the suspension must be carried out routine maintenance.

"The suspension has an important role so that the motorcycle does not receive too much load due to the shocks that occur," said Muslian in an official statement received by OTO.com.

Given the importance of the role of suspension on a motorcycle, Muslian tries to give some accurate tips about suspension maintenance so that these components are durable and can support your daily activities. Anything? Check it out below.

Keep Suspension Clean

According to him, the dirt stuck to the suspension work area, if not cleaned, will scratch the inner tube or suspension rod. This will cause the suspension to leak and reduce the quality of the suspension work. 

Muslian's advice is to wash the motorbike regularly and clean the suspension area thoroughly. If it rains, rinse or wash the motorbike with clean water, make sure the suspension area is also safe. The corrosion properties of rainwater can slowly damage the suspension.

Avoid the Broken Road

The second, according to him, avoid uneven or rocky roads can provide additional burden for the suspension. Too often pass the road like this has the opportunity to reduce the life of the suspension.

"So when forced to pass through an uneven road you have to drive with extra care and not speeding so that it can help ease the work of the suspension," he said.

He further explained, driving at high speed on rocky roads is very risky, it can cause the suspension to leak due to shock without pause.

Don't Carry a Heavy Load

Motorcycles have a maximum allowable load according to the owner's manual. If you are forced to carry an excessive load, then the performance of your motorbike will of course be significantly reduced.

One of the functions that are disrupted due to carrying too heavy a load is the suspension function. The suspension will work extra hard when the load carried exceeds the maximum capacity.

Haram to Use Accessories and Modify Suspension

If you want a long suspension life for your motorbike, according to Muslian, avoid installing accessories on the suspension or commonly referred to as earrings. Installation of accessories that actually makes the back of the bike look elevated.

"These earrings actually make the suspension can not work optimally. In fact, in some cases the addition of accessories and modifications to the suspension makes the suspension not work at all and even the suspension can be broken," he explained.

Change Suspension Oil Regularly

The last thing is to change the lubricant or oil in the motor suspension periodically. Muslian explained, front suspension oil changes are usually done every 15,000-20,000 kilometers or 1.5 to 2 years of motor use (whichever comes first).

However, if the load is always heavy or you have to travel on uneven roads too often, then change your suspension oil sooner than the manufacturer's specified period.

Must Know, These Are Easy Tips for Motorcycle Braking System Maintenance So It Doesn't Get Damaged

 The braking system is an important component related to the speed of the vehicle, as is the case on a motorcycle. Therefore, the owner of the motorbike must pay attention to its condition so that it remains in prime condition.

"The brake function is of course very important in smoothing motorcycle riding activities. If the brake performance is disturbed, it can endanger the driving safety of motorcycle users," explained After Sales Manager of Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu) in an official statement.

Must Know, These Are Easy Tips for Motorcycle Braking System Maintenance So It Doesn't Get Damaged

Now for maintenance of motorcycle braking, you don't need to make an effort to come to the workshop, it turns out that a series of motorcycle brakes can be inspected independently at home. However, it should be noted, if you require component replacement and do not have the expertise, it is better to use authorized dealers and mechanics.

This article will describe the sequence of maintenance and checking of the motorcycle disc braking system based on Muslian's explanation, in full as below,.

1. Periodic Brake Fluid Check and Replacement

Replacement of brake fluid, explained by Muslian, is generally done every 2 years or if it has reached a distance of 24 thousand km. Another indicator can be seen from the color of the brake fluid, if it has turned cloudy, don't compromise, immediately replace the brake fluid according to the manufacturer's standards.

"Regularly checking the brake pads or changing brake fluid is useful to maintain optimal disc brake performance," explained Muslian.

2. Caliper Component Cleaning

Motorcycle users should also pay attention to this, namely routinely cleaning the caliper components. Disc brakes are open so that when driving on the road, dust and dirt stick to the lining or piston.

"This condition affects the brake performance to be not optimal, therefore immediately do a cleaning on that part. Or if the brake handle feels heavy when pressed, you can check or replace the upper brake master seal," he said.

 3. Make sure the calipers are in good condition

According to Muslian, the effect that is quite felt when the calipers are problematic is the decrease in braking quality and the brake handle work becomes heavy or loose, this can lead to the risk of an accident.

"Make sure the calipers on your motorbike are in good condition, and do regular checks at the nearest authorized workshop," he explained.

4. Vehicle Chain Maintenance

In addition to caring for the brakes, we also provide tips on how to care for the vehicle chain.

The chain is an important component of a motorcycle. It plays a role in transmitting the power from the engine performance results to the rear wheels so that it is able to produce the required acceleration. Because it has an effect on performance, comfort and safety, it is necessary to carry out routine maintenance.

According to Rizky Reza Saputra, Sales Marketing for DID Indonesia under the NGK flag, there are several important things you need to know to take care of your favorite iron horse chain. According to him, this method is easy to do and can be done at home.

5. Clean the Chain

Sometimes this method is considered trivial. If mishandled, you can be sure the age of the chain will not last long. There are still many who clean the chain using soap, gasoline or even diesel. According to Rizky, this is a mistake that must be avoided. “Leave it like that because it can damage the seal on the chain. Simply clean the chain with water with a gentle brushing. After cleaning, proceed with using a chain cleaner and then spray chain lube," he explained.

 6. Treat regularly

Cleaning the chain should be done regularly, ie when usage has reached 500 kilometers and multiples thereof. This also applies to normal use when taking a normal road route. Meanwhile, if you go through a muddy road, after arriving at your destination, the chain should be cleaned immediately. This is necessary so that the chain does not wear out quickly considering that the chain contains important materials that can affect the performance of the motorcycle.

7. Check the condition of the chain and gear

Checking the condition of the chain is mandatory. One of them the users must always ensure the slack limit. For the free play distance of each motorbike, it is different but in general it is between 20-30 mm to 25-35 mm. It is recommended that the wheel chain check and adjustment be carried out periodically. If the slack exceeds the free play distance limit listed on the sticker, it is better to adjust the tightness or take it to the nearest authorized repair shop.

The worn chain can be seen from the sharp rear wheel gear. This sharp gear if left unchecked can erode the chain so that the chain wears out quickly and does not function normally.

8. wish to dry

To get optimal power, it is mandatory to provide lubricant. “This step is also still a lot wrong. Do not give the chain with used oil, grease (grease) because dust and gravel can stick. If that happens, it can erode the surface of the chain and the risk can be broken in the long term. So it's better to give a lubricant that is specifically for chains, namely chain lube, "explained Rizky.

Well, that's some ways to care for a motorcycle chain so that it lasts. Basically all objects and motor components have their own age and will certainly experience damage so replacement is needed. So it requires proper care.

Buy Toyota Veloz Highest Variant, Here's What You Get

 The All New Toyota Veloz enters the second generation. It comes with a stylish appearance and has a touch of SUV orientation, although it still has MPV status. It is available in three (3) types, namely Veloz M/T, Veloz Q CVT, and Veloz Q CVT TSS. The highest variant gets the Toyota Safety Sense feature, which is Toyota's newest driving safety technology. So what do you get from this new MPV for IDR 331 million.

Buy Toyota Veloz Highest Variant, Here's What You Get

Machine

The latest generation Veloz in all variants uses the same engine. Use engine code 2NR-VE. 4-cylinder in-line, 1.496cc, 16 valve, DOHC with dual VVT-i heart pacemaker. It produces 106 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 137 Nm at 4,200 rpm which is sent to the front wheel drive. The CVT transmission also features a Sequential Manual Mode feature. So it can be moved manually.

The fuel system used is electronic fuel injection. He is able to accommodate approximately 43 liters of fuel.

Chassis

He already uses a unibody chassis type built on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform and is equipped with a front-wheel drive (FWD) system. TNGA which is a modular vehicle platform used by Toyota and Lexus. The platform has been introduced since 2015 for global use. Combining three main elements in one structure. These elements include agility, stability and visibility.

For suspension at the front using MacPherson Strut, while at the rear Torsion-Beam. Also equipped with stabilizers on the front and rear. While the braking system on the front and rear uses a 15-inch disc. The tire size used is 205/50 R17 Alloy with Machining. 

Safety and Security Features

Veloz CVT TSS or the highest type is equipped with various advanced features to support the safety and security of the driver and passengers. Apart from having 15-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear, the braking section is reinforced with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Braking Assist (BA) features.

Then there are 6 Airbags that keep the whole cabin safe when things go wrong. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) also ensures the car will not oversteer or understeer when bulldozing corners. Hill Start Assist (HSA) also keeps the car from backing up on an incline. This HSA system also cooperates with Electric Parking Brake & Brake Hold. This brakehold is very helpful when in the middle of a traffic jam.

Because this is a type Q CVT with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), it has been equipped with six excellent features. Includes a Pre Collision System (PCS) which is able to give a warning when it detects an object in front. And if we keep going fast, the car will automatically brake by itself.

Lane Departure Assist (LDA), keeps the car from getting out of line. If out of lane is detected, the system gives a warning. And if the driver does not pay attention, the system will automatically return the car to the right lane.

Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) or a warning appears in the rearview mirror when a vehicle either on the left or right side is in the blind spot position.

Pedal Misoperation Control, is useful to prevent the driver from stepping on the gas pedal too deeply when he should have stepped on the brake pedal. This feature can minimize collisions with objects in front of the car.

Front Departure Alert, very useful when you stop waiting for a red light. This feature can alert the driver that the vehicle in front has started to run.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) gives a warning if a vehicle suddenly comes from another direction behind when the car is going backwards. All existing features inform the driver via voice and description in the MID.

Another powerful feature that is very helpful is the All Round View Camera (360 Camera). The screen on the center console gives a clear view of the situation around the car. The appearance of the car as seen from above. It's easier to park your vehicle at the mall or in the carport of a house that is relatively narrow. Coupled with a sound alert when there is an object that is quite close. This technology is also activated immediately when the driver turns on the turn signal. But this only happens when the car is running slowly.

Exterior

The exterior of the Veloz is to be proud of. The impression of being sturdy, tough, and aggressive radiates from the high hood as part of the New Distinctive Front Look. Strong character is also seen in the fascia. It appears on the New Formidable Design Front Grille, New Advanced LED Headlamp with Sequential Turnlamp, and with New Fog Lamp.

As a premium MPV, the Veloz side view exudes a powerful line through the Remarkable Chrome Window Belt, Fender Line & Roof Rail. The All New Veloz further emphasizes its new positioning as a Premium Cross MPV.

The application of the New Side Stone Guard not only protects the side body, but also strengthens the impression of being tough. Reinforced by the design of 17-inch alloy wheels and New Foot Lamp under the rearview mirror. In the rear sector he has been equipped with a Progressive Rear Combination Lamp with Full Backdoor Lamp to make the appearance more modern and wide. Reinforced again with Sturdy Rear Bumper.

Interiors

The interior of the Veloz is able to pamper the driver and passengers. One of the features in the driver's seat is the instrument panel. Already full digital measuring 7 inches and there are 4 display display options. Everything plays with colors that are quite detailed and attractive. And the various information that is there is easy to monitor. Among them there are seat belt warnings, outside temperature, odometer, tripmeter, digital clock, speedometer and even inclinometer and is also able to present an explanation of the Toyota Safety Sense feature. Just press the button on the left and right of the steering wheel to see it.

Then the fancy dashboard layout. Using three color combinations, namely black, beige, and silver ornaments. Not to mention that some of the panels on the front have embraced soft touch material. It's on the front passenger dashboard, armrest to the steering wheel.

The steering wheel is wrapped in luxurious leather and has adopted tilt and telescopic, so it's easy to adjust the driving position for comfort when traveling long distances. On the steering wheel there are several buttons that can be operated easily. Left and right can set the Multi Information Display, Toyota Safety Sense, audio, to bluetooth. Bottom right there is a button to set the Drive mode. There are several driving modes to choose from, normal, eco mode and power mode.

There is thin ambient lighting or New Vibrant Illumination Light on the center console and the first row door trim, exuding an elegant and premium impression. It is clearly visible at night and creates a sense of calm and relaxation for front passengers during the journey.

Then there is Veloz embossed on the left side of the dashboard or in front of the front passenger seat. This is an identity that he is different from the All New Avanza.

Still on the center console, there is a head unit with a 9-inch floating screen landscape. Has the ability to accommodate a variety of connectivity such as Android Auto and the latest Apple CarPlay®. Operation is also quite easy, because it has adopted a touch screen. There, the driver can experience the sophisticated All Round View Camera.

Underneath there is an auto climate control feature on the air conditioner, which is effectively and intelligently able to keep the cabin temperature cool even though the weather is hot outside. The left knob is to operate the fan power, the right is to adjust the air conditioner temperature. Then behind the transmission is an Electric Parking Brake with Brakehold, replacing the conventional parking brake lever at the touch of a button.

Furthermore, there is a wireless charger on the center console. For the driver's left arm rest and the front passenger's right arm rest is sufficient. The material is soft and very useful. Inside there is space to store small objects and is provided with a charger port that requires an additional connector.

The passengers get comfort from the seat design that uses premium quality. Use a combination of leather and fabric with a two-tone concept. Able to support the body well when maneuvering fast or walking leisurely. In addition, the structure is soft.

The driver's seat can be adjusted reclining for the back, and also the height and low through the height adjuster feature. Although still a lever, this is enough to help the driver get a relaxed position.

Leg and head room in the first row is really roomy. Likewise in the second row that can be shifted back and forth. Plus it already has a new blower design with a thinner look. The setting is in the form of a round knob whose position is placed slightly backwards. Although it is similar to Calya's with a flat design, air conditioning can reach the passengers in the third row seats.

The center back can be folded to become a handrest. Unfortunately no cup holder is provided. But quite helpful when passengers want to relax. Speaking of features, passengers in the second row get two USB ports which are located under the center console.

All passengers including the driver are also guaranteed to be safe, because each seat is equipped with an adjustable headrest, three-point seat belt and airbags that ensure ultimate safety.

The issue of comfort continues with the presence of the long sofa mode. This feature allows all seats, both front and center, to lie down like a sofa. Because the second row seats can go back and forth, adult passengers can still sit in the back seat. However, it can only be used for those who have a height below 170cm. If more than that, the head is easily stuck with the roof.

The isofix feature for baby seats is also available. This technology is very important to install a baby car seat so that the baby can ride safely.

Entertainment for the middle and rear passengers is provided with rear seat entertainment (RSE) aka a monitor attached to the ceiling. They can watch their favorite videos while enjoying the trip. The resulting sound quality is quite adequate. There are six speakers (including two tweeters on the A-pillar). And to adjust the audio is also easier with the audio steering switch on the steering wheel.

The trunk capacity of this car is 400 liters (all seats are used). So it's not a hassle when you have to bring all the family necessities. When the second and third row seats lie down, the luggage volume feels very spacious. Because it is supported by a flat luggage floor, making it more flexible in entering all types of goods.

In addition to luggage, the All New Veloz highest variant has quite a lot of storage space and cup holders. Almost all doors are available, even up to the back seat. Enough to make it easier for passengers to put drinks or other small items.

T Intouch

No less interesting, there are Toyota's latest advanced features, namely T Intouch. Previously only applied to the New Camry premium sedan. T Intouch is a telematics technology by connecting the car with the mTOYOTA application. So that customers can connect to all Toyota mobility services.

T Intouch aims to answer customers' needs for convenience and a sense of being connected to a car. In addition, T Intouch is also an important milestone for Toyota to become a mobility company that provides Total Mobility Solutions, especially for customers in Indonesia.

Offers everyday life digital connectivity experiences and integrated solutions and benefits. First, there is the Find My Car feature which can accurately find out where the vehicle is parked to provide a sense of security and comfort for customers.

Then, there is the Geofencing feature which provides a warning when the vehicle is outside the official zone to ensure customer safety at all times. In addition, T Intouch also comes with features that can provide peace of mind for customers. For example, there is an E-Care (Maintenance) feature that helps set reminders for regular vehicle maintenance so that the customer's vehicle is always in its best performance.

Then there is the Inquiry & Support Center feature that offers direct assistance from the Toyota call center to help solve customer problems. There is also a Road Assistance feature that provides an SOS button when you have an accident. T Intouch will connect users with Toyota's call center to be directed to the Emergency Road Assistance (ERA) provider for faster assistance.

Comparison of Hyundai Ioniq 5 Electric Car vs Lexus UX 300e

 Ioniq 5 is Hyundai's newest investment to play in the electric vehicle segment in Indonesia. No half-hearted, his presence was immediately responded positively to the achievement of ordering nearly 1,700 units since his presence last month.

Comparison of Hyundai Ioniq 5 Electric Car vs Lexus UX 300e

Then speaking of rivals, the Ioniq 5 does not stand alone as an EV model in Indonesia. There are several interesting models to compare with the Hyundai product. One of them, the Lexus UX 300e. It seems there is no problem trying to look at the data on paper of these two premium electric vehicle products, which certainly invites interest for electric vehicle enthusiasts to choose each product.

First, just about the price. Ioniq 5 cannot be said to be cheap for most of the automotive market in Indonesia. The official price starts at IDR 718 million. For the model we are comparing, this is the top variant, namely the Signature Long Range at a price of Rp. 829 million. Worth the price to get the current premium status. Then the Lexux UX 300 e comes with a price range of IDR 1.2 billion, a difference of around IDR 400 million from the Ioniq 5, the highest variant. However, Lexus carries the premium image that has been attached to the Japanese brand.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

This leads us to the next discussion, namely design. Lexus still carries the design lines commonly found in modern products, such as the distinctive spindle grille, sturdy body shape and distinctive front and rear lamp designs as premium products. Meanwhile, the Ioniq 5 is said to be a revolutionary design because it is different from previous products.

Indeed, this EV still carries a parametric jewel design in some parts, but the retro impression with a square shape is Hyundai's approach to this modern vehicle. It can be said out of the box, but this is evidenced by the various design awards that Hyundai has received for its EV model. Both have their own approach and definitely have their own fans, again about this design, it's more about their individual preferences.

Still discussing the exterior, another comparison is in the size of the tires. The Ioniq 5 uses 19-inch rims with 235/55 R19 tires. The design is quite unique, namely it comes with a parametric design. For Lexus, use 17-inch rims with 215/60 R17 tires. The Lexus rim design approach is more sporty, in accordance with the sports SUV design that he chose.

In terms of color choices, the Ioniq 5 offers optical white, titan gray metallic, magnetic silver metallic, midnight black pearl and gravity gold matte as an option with one interior color choice, namely black. Lexus UX 300e comes with more choices, namely soniq quartz, platinum silver me, sonic titanium, mercury gray mc, black, graphite black, madder red, amber cs, terrane khaki, blazing carnelian and celestial blue. For the interior there is a choice of colors cobalt, black, orcher, rich cream and white ash

Continue to another comparison that is a matter of dimensions. The Ioniq 5 comes with a length of 4,635 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a height of 1,647 mm with a ground clearance of 160 mm and a wheelbase of 3,000 mm. The Lexus UX 300e offers a length of 4,495 mm, a width of 1,840 mm and a height of 1,545 mm with a wheelbase of 2,640 mm and a ground clearance of 140 mm. Dimensionally, the Lexus is smaller than the Ioniq 5, but has the same carrying capacity of 5 passengers.

The interior design chosen by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is futuristic, which represents a lounge in the cabin space for a comfortable impression. Some of the main interior features are the presence of a panoramic glass roof, seats wrapped in leather, a seat with footrests in the first row, a 12.3-inch screen that serves as a meter cluster and head unit, as well as a Bose premium eight-speaker sound system for a maximum entertainment experience. drive. The Lexus UX 300e model is still faithful to the same interior design form as other Lexus models. The premium touch comes from the stitching with the sahiko technique, the 10.3-inch head unit, 13 speakers throughout the cabin made by Mark Levinson, as well as a digital meter cluster.

The features of these two electric cars are also quite sophisticated. Ioniq 5 is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense which consists of several active safety features such as high beam assist, forward collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control with stop & go function. There are still lane keeping assist and lane following assist, blind spot view monitor, blind spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist, tire pressure monitoring system, parking distance warning and view monitor. The UX 300e features the Lexus Safety System+ which consists of lane tracing assist, pre-collision system, blind spot monitor, dynamic radar cruise control, parking support brake, rear cross traffic alert, head up display and view around monitor.

Go to the performance section. The Ioniq 5 uses a permanent magnet sychronous motor with a power production of 217 ps and a lithium ion battery with a capacity of 72.6 kWh. In Indonesia, the Ioniq 5 uses a rear drive with a torque of 350 Nm. The AC socket uses type 2 and the DC socket uses the CCS Combo2 type. Its charging capability is for AC charging for six hours and six minutes and DC fast charging for around 56 minutes 30 seconds, while the use of 350 kW fast charging will last for 17 minutes 16 seconds. The Long Range type is claimed to be able to cover a distance of 451 kilometers.

Regarding the advantages of the Ioniq 5 battery, Hyundai includes V2L or vehicle to load capabilities. This capability makes the Ioniq 5 an additional power generator for outdoor activities such as charging gadgets during travel. Its largest total power source is about 3.6 kW which is equivalent to the average household electricity.

The UX 300e uses a permanent magnet motor that produces 201 hp of power with a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 54.35 kWh with a current of 153 Ah. The motor located at the front produces 300 Nm of torque. The charger socket uses type 2 for AC and Chademo for DC. The charging time for the AC wall charger is about 6.5 hours, for a home charging socket it is about 24 hours and for DC fast charging it can be charged in only 50 minutes. Lexus claims this model can cover a distance of 300 km with the WLTP method.

The various advantages above are also added to the after sales program for each model. Hyundai comes with a 24-hour Hyundai Call Center offer, a basic warranty of 3 years or 100,000 kilometers, free maintenance services for up to 5 years or 75,000 kilometers, free 24-hour roadside assistance, Hyundai Comes Anywhere service program, Free 24-hour Emergency mobile charging, and free spare parts for up to 3 years or 45,000 kilometers. In addition, Hyundai includes an electric vehicle battery warranty for 8 years or 160,000 kilometers. Electric car consumers will also get a free AC Home Charger and installation fees as well as a free portable charger. Lexus also offers a warranty that is almost the same as an eight-year warranty, as well as five years of free service and parts.

Conclusion

Looking at the comparison above, the Ioniq 5 and UX 300e can be benchmarks for electric vehicles in the country. Each provides advantages that potential customers can consider. Ioniq 5 offers a fairly complete product, although with a price tag of Rp800 million. For prospective Lexus consumers, it is certain that they will get a premium image that has been built for years but now with a touch of the future through the electric motors offered.

The dominance of consumers of both products is likely to be second or third car buyers. For Ioniq 5 consumers, it could be due to novelty or already having a conventional vehicle in their garage. For Lexus, it is likely loyalists who want a different touch on their SUV. Each one returns to the tastes and needs that are tailored to the existing funding needs

Meet Kymco Ionex

 Kymco Italia has introduced its newest electric scooter, the Kymco Ionex. The advantages offered by this pollution-free motorbike is a long distance of up to 200 kilometers when the battery is fully charged. Then a practical charging system with an exchange system (battery swap) also makes this motorbike interesting to own.

Meet Kymco Ionex

Quoting Rideapart, the scooter with the full name Ionex Many 110 EV was actually exhibited at the EICMA Milan 2021 automotive exhibition but at that time it was still in prototype form. Well, the model that has been officially introduced looks more perfect with some of the technology it has.

In terms of electricity, the Kymco Ionex Many 110 is equipped with an electric dynamo with a capacity of 3,200 watts or the equivalent of 4.3 horsepower. While the battery system uses a LiFePo4 (LFP) model which the manufacturer claims on a single charge, the vehicle can go up to 124 miles or 200 kilometers.

As explained earlier, one of the advantages offered by this stun motor is the battery exchange system in several spots that has been prepared by Kymco. However, if you want to charge independently, you can also do it at home, it only takes 1 hour to fully charge the battery.

Interestingly, this electric scooter provides space for 5 batteries, each of which weighs 4.9 kilograms. The battery has a kind of handle that is easy to remove or carry around.

In terms of weight, the Kymco Ionex Many 110 weighs up to 93.9 kilograms and can be claimed to reach a top speed of up to 50 kilometers per hour. This electric scooter is said to be suitable for use on congested and congested streets because of its relatively compact dimensions.

Kymco Ionex Features

To accompany the owner's activities, this motorbike is also equipped with various interesting features. For example, there is a connectivity device between a motorbike and a smartphone, so you can monitor all important information including battery power from the screen of your device. 

Next is the embedding of the meter panel with smart navigation access. The direction app is also integrated with battery charging points so that its use will be more enjoyable.

The Ionex Many 110 EV is claimed to be suitable for the needs of typical urban commuters, but Kymco has not released an official price list for this electric scooter. The plan is that KMI (from the Padana Sviluppo group) will distribute Ionex scooters throughout Italy.

However, from various leaks, it is said that the price set by the manufacturer touched 1,420 United States (US) dollars or which, when converted to Rupiah, was equivalent to Rp. 20.6 million. It will be interesting if this motorbike is also imported to Indonesia, especially since the Taiwanese motorcycle brand also trades in the Indonesian two-wheeled market. We are waiting for the surprise