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- Published: Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:51
We are back with our first vehicle, and it's one that should have arrived far earlier, however it's here now... it was delivered yesterday and it's a Lifestyle pick up, the Isuzu D-Max XTR.
We had the D-Max Blade last year, a very capable pick up with a great price, the XTR capitalises on the D-Max and specs it up, quite literally.
XTR is one of the lifestyle variants of the pickup, lots of additions especially in the styling department e.g. the front guard which literally surrounds the grille and headlamps, extended wheel arches and even Kevlar ceramic brake pads, it's 25 mm higher and sports bespoke Pedder suspension.
Powered by 1.9 turbodiesel engine and a six speed automatic gearbox, it offers responsive throttle response, yet has short first few gears, makes sense they are made to be work horses primarily. You can also get a manual if you prefer it has on the fly four-wheel-drive and four high four low and descent control.
When offroading you want beastly tires, you get 17 inch wheels and 32 inch Pirelli Scorpion tyres, the sidesteps are designed to glance off rocks and there is lots of underside protection too.
When it comes its capabilities, on road feels well planeted and we'll find out when we go offroading in the next few days.
In a nutshell it can tow upto 3.5T and carry 1.24T on the bed, it comes with a fourcab allowing your passengers to travel in comfort, for this model including VAT it is around £43,000 and you can choose from four colours and they're all complimentary.
If this isn't quick enough you can even tune your vehicle for £800, which makes it as fast as a Raptor, it has 161 brake horsepower and 360 nm of torque, granted it's not the quietest engine in the world and its not that fast either hiting 0-60 in around 12 1/2 seconds but that's not what it builts for.
It's a very capable pick up with decent economy, superb looks and exceptionally good offroad, and if you want to something less sporty or something more sporty there's a range to choose from.
Watch out all this week on our YouTube channel
to see what we get up to with the XTR.
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- Published: Saturday, 29 February 2020 12:21
Welcome to planet auto Winter update it’s been a rather hectic time we have now uploaded a number of videos the road trip with the SsangYong Musso, Mitsubishi ASX, Vauhall Astra K, Skoda Kamiq, BMW 330e and more reviews and of course show coverage and some rather interesting vehicles from Goodwood FOS 2919 including some futuristic offerings from Citroen and VW.
We have a few cars coming up, starting with on Monday the Kia eNero yes a fully electric vehicle or EV.
We will be demonstrating the capabilities, range how to charge this vehicle and giving our general thoughts on the Kia eNero.
Expect some interesting challenges, we will also film our regular lives such as a preview and 5 things we love as well including something like a mini road trip, watch our youtube channel for the latest.
There is lots of news about the automotive industry at the moment in the news one of those today been the launch of the new Citroen AMI, a micro car that you only have to be 14 years old to drive fully electric and we saw the concept of this model whilst the Goodwood Festival of speed last year with Citroen 19_19.
We've also heard for the first time ever I think that the Geneva motor show has been cancelled it makes good sense though wait till the world gets in better shape and then put on all these bigger car events again.
As you've likely see from our recent videos we have a number of project cars including the Honda Civic, that being said the Santa pod challenge is back on in April, we will be doing some little things to the car, meeting up with the rest of the channels and hopefully this year doing a couple of runs down the Santa pod Raceway.
Last year we had Annabelle's challenges, however looking all good this year.
The Mercedes is now home, yes our 230 CE W124 that we picked up wiith the Ssang Yong Musso. The car has now gone on its second adventure gone and into a local Mercedes specialist for some rather heavy duty work including subframe mounts, new shock absorbers, new springs, new brake lines, new discs etc.
We expect the vehicle to be in the workshop for up to a month, the challenges that have been revealed are very common on the W124 platorm, for some reason the mounts on the rear of the car seem to separate from the chassis.
Mercedes Benz recognised this and made a custom plate that can be welded straight in and goes exactly where the existing one is, you then need to strengthen up the area around it.
We should hear back early next week to see what needs doing in more detail.
Our Mk2 Golf GTI is well underway as well, the 16 valve ABF engine is in and in a word it's running, the exhaust needs fully connecting up, the driveshafts need reconnecting and then the rest of the car needs building up the electrics but in backing and things like that but we've overcome the first hurdle of getting the engine actually running we've also noticed a touch of welding that needs doing on the driver's side sill and into that floorpan of the front seat's.
After the Mercedes returns home the Golf will be going on a trip to the same place to get the welding completed.
We visited Micks Garage last week when we drove the Mercedes through at around 20 miles an hour due to its delicate predicament, its also booked in for an MOT, it literally took an hour to do a trip that should take around 22 minutes however she got there all safe and sound and looks fantastic.
Micks Garage just outside Kirby Lonsdale was the perfect place, Ben has used Mick at a previous gargage when he owned his C180 and used to look after that, we did some research and found he was still local and worked on classic cars as was the ideal as he's a Mercedes specialist coveted over many a Mercedes Forum.
When we arrived we saw a W124 estate parked on the pavement, and that sealed it.
Mick has already carried out this subframe mount challenge, literally it's a case you could be looking at the car one day and jack the vehicle up the next day and the mount will have be separate and there is no warning.
Our project cars are all well on the way we also have a number of review vehicles coming up including the Ford Ranger Raptor the Mercedes eVito and a number of others.
Spring will be with us very soon, we've started to see Sun already, also it is a leap day today, a day that only comes once every four years and with that we send our best wishes and don't forget to check out the Planet Auto YouTube channel
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