Engine Oils

Lube Engine oil is much more than just a lube to make ur car go longer and better. Its the only demand an engine has apart from fuel, and more importantly is as crucial as the engine itself.

Fuel makes the engine run but the Oil lets it live. So both are as important as the other.

Its been long regarded as just a bare necessity for an engine. But try taking care of this part and your engine will help u clock 1.5 lac kilometers without a hassle.

Over the years synthetic Oil has emerged as a new weapon for the roar inside ur hood, but is it worth the xtra bucks?

Let chek both in detail.

Before getting ur car a new lube, do ur homework and try to chek these parameters:-

1. Look for the recommended oil in the owners manual of ur ride.

2. Chek for the SAE and API standards which are usually printed on the back of the packet.

A conventional code would look something like dis>>


Here SAE is the standard the oil maintains

The first set of numbers (15 in this case), represents the viscosity of the oil.

The alphabet (W here) shows the oils suitability for colder temperatures

& finally the second set of numbers (30 in this case) represents the viscosity at maximum temperature

Now synthetic oil is not an evolutionary lube, its just an value addition to the oil.

Basically it offers u nothing significantly more than conventional oil, but experts do recommend u synthetic if ur  ride invloves lots of short driving (starts and stops). It does function almost 15-20000 kms but so costs those xtra currency as well.

These charateristics should help u to choose “the one” for ur set of wheels…

Fully Synthetic :- # For fuel efficiency

# Enchanced engine performance and protection

# Quick circulation

Semi Synthetic:-  # Good protection within 10 minutes of starting out.

# Better than mineral oils and good time cycle (u neednt change dis often)

Mineral Oil:-            #Basic protection

# Needs to be checked and changed (if necessary) often as compared to the other two.

Note:- Let ur car idle for 2-3 minutes after starting every moring. This helps for the initial circulation and helps reduce wear and tear.

Also change the oil filters almost every time u change ur oil.


Tata Xenon


To start with, this is the best looking pickup ever to roll out of India, but to be precise, remember the Oldie Tata Mobile….well it all started bak then..

The new Xenon is generations ahead of the Mobile..but its still a pickup, so space means more than looks

Looks : – Not the best in the world, but certainly will turn heads in India (given no serious competition in the segment).

Stands tall, ; the front end is shared with the Sumo Grande but gives a very distinctive look in a pick up configuration

Engine and Transmission : It shares its heart from the Safari, so the same 2.2 DICOR with all the 140 horses and 320 Nm of torque. The gearbox is the same as well : 5 speed manual. But as we know, this 2.2 is not so responsive at low revs, and considering the pickup has to carry more than just people, it is a concern

But reliability is top knotch with the Tata Dicor family of engines
Fuel consuption is decent…around 11-13kmpl and a 65 litre tank helps.

Space : The in cabin space is okey kinda, and the loading bay is sufficient but we desire more with the dimensions of this pickup. The Mahindra Scorpio Getaway, which is the only threat in this segment (read- lifestyle pickup) is more practical when it comes to space.

Overall Package : As a package, not bad, but considering the new technologies that Tata has today (Land Rover and stuff) as compared to the Tata Mobile days, the next updates should be much better and sooner to make the Xenon a lifestyle..literally.

The major hurdle for this newbie might be the price though, becoz we in India wud always prefer Pickups over Lifestyle Pickups (more so when the word lifestyle adds a lakh or two to the price tag)

Appeal :- Very distinct, commands presence and respect (more so in the wild). Not really supposed to carry cows, instead carry some camping equipment and move north towards the Himalayas

Bottomline : You have money to spare. You are old school when it comes to 4×4 machines. And every third off-road enthusiast in town has a Pajero…… Then you go for the Xenon

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The new buzz in town is this Kappa engine…

Developed by Hyundai Motors specifically for the smaller steel boxes running on the roads, or hatches to be less critical.

Now, what makes this engine “the special one” is the fact that this was designed by Hyundai for Indian and other similar markets (read South America, East Europe etc), and so as it turns out, it really is a hell of a fuel efficient heart.

Figures may vary depending on which platform is it used for. But dont be shocked, if u hear the numbers around 17+ kmpl (dis stands true not only in India but in other markets as well)

So where du u get thm? For us here, Hyundai is offering this sweetie with i10 as of now, but will later add to the entire B and B+ segment offerings depending on demand. In Europe however, i20 along with the i10 gets the offering as standard.

Now be4 we come to specifications, the Kappa will b manufactured in two capacities :- 1.25 and 1.2 litres.
We here will get only the 1.2, the other being mainly for West.

All n all a 1.2 which delivers around 80ps is not at all bad and is actually worth those xtra bugs.
9 out of 10 for me…

Specifications:- Displacement: 1200cc, 16V, Kappa, DOHC
Engine Type – Petrol
Maximum Power – 80bhp@5200rpm
Maximum Torque – 11.4Kgm@4000rpm

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