My view of Sri Lanka was spoiled by the peachy backsides of tourists obsessed with their social media feedsA recent trip to Sri Lanka reminded me of that well known Buddhist proverb: “If you visit a temple but do not take a selfie, did it actually happen?” At these sacred sites, tourists are free to take photographs – as indeed I saw a delegation of enthusiastic monks doing at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy – but you are asked to please not pose with statues of the Buddha, or be photographed with your back to him. Naturally, I observed several western tourists, most of them young, ignoring this request. Related: Young women on Instagram and self-esteem: 'I absolutely feel insecure' Continue reading... [...]
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Bajaj’s popular Avenger bike was showcased just a few days ago with a host of new features and it has been priced at Rs 93,466 (ex-showroom, Delhi; both variants).
For 2018, Bajaj has updated only the 220, given that it is the higher-selling model in the Avenger range. Continuing with the Street and Cruise platforms, the 220 now gets a host of value additions. Prominent amongst its updated features are the new headlights (with each variant getting a distinct unit) with LED DRLs. Both variants also get a digital backlit instrument pod – backlit blue on the Cruise; orange on the Street – with a tall shroud to shield the display from direct sunlight. The new instrument pod looks well-finished and funky, and features a speedometer, two trip meters, a fuel gauge and a service reminder.
The new Avengers get a new Moon White paint scheme – and it looks great, particularly on the classic-styled Cruise variant. Completing the cruiser imagery is the revised, tall windscreen mounted on a chromed bracket and the ape-hanger handlebar. The Cruise gets wire-spoke wheels (17-inch at the front, 15-inch at the rear) and a backrest with the Avenger insignia. The Street, meanwhile, sticks to the blacked-out theme and features alloy wheels, a smaller cowl that sits neatly atop its new headlight, a matte black exhaust with an aluminium-finish heat shield and tip, as well as a new grab rail. Both Avengers also feature revised seat textures, aimed at improving long-distance riding comfort.
Mechanically, the Avenger 220 remains unchanged for 2018 update. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, the 220cc, single-cylinder engine produces 18.8hp and 17.5Nm of torque. Even though we'd expected to see it on this update, ABS has still not been introduced. Meanwhile, we do expect the Avenger 150 to get most of these updates as well, in due course of time.
Interestingly, despite the slight price hike, the 2018 Avengers still impressively undercut the similarly feature-packed Suzuki Intruder which, however, is powered by a Gixxer-sourced 150cc motor.
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Before its official debut, the brochure for the Datsun Go Cross has leaked online. The Japanese brand intends to unveil its new Go Cross cross-hatch in Indonesia on January 18.
The leaked brochure confirms that the Go Cross is a seven-seater based on the Go+ MPV, and that it comes with significant changes inside and outside.
The exterior features typical SUV-esque body cladding, projector headlamps, front fog lamps, LED position lamps, faux skid plates on the front bumper, sides and rear, a roof spoiler, a rear wiper and roof rails that can carry up to 30kg loads. The new 15-inch alloy wheels, shod with 175/65 R15 tyres, complete its rugged look.
On the inside, the Go Cross’ interiors are shared with the Go+, but see the infotainment system replaced by a 6.75-inch touchscreen unit, with AM/FM, MP3, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity; the two-speaker set-up continues.
In terms of equipment, Datsun has endowed the Go Cross with automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function, front and rear power windows, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors and a power outlet. On the safety front, dual front airbags, ABS, stability control, rear parking sensors and seatbelts for all three rows are standard.
Power comes from the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that makes 68hp and 104Nm of torque and is found on the Go and Go+. The mechanical highlight is that the cross-hatch also gets a CVT automatic option, along with the five-speed manual gearbox. Braking duties are carried out by discs in the front and drums at the rear.
Datsun has not revealed exactly when the Go Cross will come to India. However, if it arrives, it will lock horns with cross-hatches like the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti CelerioX as well as compact SUVs such as the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata’s Nexon and the refreshed Ford EcoSport.
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