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2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith

By: Krishan Narsinghani × Vivek Lalchandani × Emily Bunn × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine had the opportunity to drive the highly anticipated 2021 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge across Los Angeles. Bespoke from the Rolls Royce family, the Wraith distinguishably has a sportier handling as compared to other models. The souped-up luxury coupe delivers a smooth yet powerful drive. Turn up the radio and listen to members of the world of hip-hop praise driving the vehicle themselves. Who would want a chauffeur when you can climb behind the wheel of the Wraith yourself?

Design

With special detailing to the trim, plus black badge symbols, the Wraith is no joke when it comes to design. The phantom grill and the dark chrome spirit of ecstasy figure at the front of the car is a signature distinction of Rolls Royce vehicles. The rippling 21” carbon alloy composite wheels are detailed with the requisite black exterior detailing. The iced Selby Grey exterior of the Wraith, mixed with the interior’s red accents and metal appointments throughout, elevate the majesty of the car. As we drove along the coast of California, the Wraith glistened with a golden coat from the sun. In addition to the interior, the cabin is ultra-luxurious, and includes leather floor mats for those who embark on a slightly grittier driving experience.

Technology

The technology inside the Wraith crafted to create an out-of-this-world driving experience. While seated in the vehicle, drivers need not a sunroof to watch the stars because with the Wraith’s galaxy lights, the night sky is shining within finger’s tips reach. These lights create a stunning, serene atmosphere that makes inhabiting the Wraith feel astronomical glitzy. However, if you’re looking for more luxury, utilize the Wraith’s heat and cool controlled, massage chair seats. Recline and relax as you tune into the 1,300-watt Bespoke Audio System, which uses an 18-channel amplifier with 18 speakers throughout the vehicle for the optimal listening experience. Easily surf between radio channels using the touch dial to navigate through the touchscreen dashboard, which provides navigation systems and access to all of the car’s multimedia features. When you decide to start your journey in the Wraith, comfortably situate yourself into the car and allow the electronic-closing doors to do the heavy lifting for you. The backup and side cameras provide 360 views of the car, so you can feel safe and in control as you start your next adventure.

Performance

Rolls Royce stuck to their roots when it came to driving the Wraith. The black badge is powered by a silky smooth 6.6 liter turbocharged V12 engine that outputs 623 horsepower and 642 lb/ft torque, up from the 605 lb/ft the regular Wraith puts out. While those numbers sound incredible, the car also weighs in just over 5375 lbs, or in other words, almost as much as a Cadillac Escalade. Needless to say, drivers won’t be winning many races against most other cars, which have 600+ horsepower. The advantage of driving a Rolls Royce is the smoothness though, which is exactly where the Wraith delivers with transmission performance and power. Shifts are almost imperceptible, causing the Wraith to sometimes feel like an electric vehicle. Power from the V12 builds with absolutely no vibrations in the cabin.

Ergonomics

When it comes to suspension, the Wraith rides like a dream. Literally, sometimes you may need to pinch yourself to make sure you’re still awake. Noise, vibration and harshness are almost completely eliminated. The near 123 in. wheelbase ensures the ride is incredibly smooth and planted. All power is pushed to the rear wheels with air suspension standard on all four corners. This gives the Wraith the most ideal suspension setup for a long distance cruise. Drivers will wield an immense amount of power, a beautiful hand-crafted interior, and a suspension that allows you to have fun maneuvering corners, while maintaining stability on any type of pavement.

The 2021 Wraith is not for the car enthusiast, but is perfect for the everyday, casual driver who prefers comfort over aggressive driving dynamics. This ultimate grand touring machine starts in at $338,000 base price, however buyers can pay to customize more of the car’s features. Our Black Badge tester retails at $485,325. If you’re looking for a suave ride and prestigious interior, the Wraith is worth the wait.

To learn more about the 2021 Rolls Royce Wraith, visit Rolls-Royce’s website.

Photography by: Jeff Langlois

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Chevy Trailblazer illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer

By Krishan Narsinghani, Vivek Lalchandani × Vaughn Lowery

Driving dynamics, heritage, sexiness, imposing, Chevy. What are you thinking of? ’63 Corvette with a split window? Mid engine C8 Corvette? Chevelle? Camaro? Wrong – everyone is talking about the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.

GM pulled a bold move bringing back the Trailblazer name. An even bolder move is to make it a unibody construction compact SUV. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to spend some time with the little monster and definitely raised the game for competitors like the Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R, and even the new Kia Seltos and Hyundai Venue/Kona. The main question is whether or not this new Trailblazer can park at the same lunch table as the original.

Design

Looks of the older model weren’t extraordinary but this makeover had the team in awe.  The new one gets dramatic lines and aggressive styling to start. The design is truly striking, taking after the beautiful new Camaro and big brother Blazer. If Americans want SUVs, then this is how manufacturers should be designing them. Take notes (Ford and Jeep). Glancing ahead, the upcoming Bronco and Grand Wagoneer have a precedent already set. Imagine the designers took a picture of a Blazer to photoshop, compressed it and added a flat and taller top. The front gets the same narrow headlight design. The only thing differentiating the front of the vehicle from the Blazer is the width, with this being slightly narrower.

Wrapping around to the side, the Trailblazer gets a much more traditional SUV shape over the Blazer. The top is square rather than sloped to mirror a coupe SUV. This beauty gets a floating roof design with the blacked out roof wrapping from the bottom of the front windshield all the way to the upper rear. The mirror caps are color matched with the roof. All trims get wheels to suit the rest of the car. RS trims get sporty wheels whereas the Active trim gets off road worthy smaller wheels with a thicker sidewall. The rear is just as striking as the front. The tail lights wrap around to the side of the vehicle, similar to Lexus design language. Exhaust tips are molded to a square shape. Overall, the Trailblazer is definitely one of the best, if not the best, looking entry in this segment.

Interior

Moving to the inside of the vehicle, the interior is expected to live up to the hype of the exterior. This is perhaps where the new model lacks. Chevy knocked it out of the park with the Blazer so why not carry over the interior design? On the contrary, the Trailblazer gets an interior that looks fairly normal in the segment with bland design. The large round air vents are gone along with the beautiful simplistic climate controls. Let’s not get it twisted, this doesn’t mean the interior doesn’t feel nice. Materials are excellent along with the technology. Soft touch materials are placed everywhere to give a more premium feel. The RS trim gets a very nice flat bottom steering wheel while all others get an equally nice round steering wheel. Premium appointments are prevalent throughout the cabin. Seats are wrapped in a beautiful black design with contrast stitching on RS trims. All other trims get premium looking two tone seats and dashboard. Most interior color choices are dark, but the massive panoramic sunroof lets in enough light to brighten the cabin and make the interior feel bigger than it is. Included in upper trims is a quality Bose sound system that is calibrated perfectly for the small cabin space. It’s something you would expect from a German luxury vehicle in a Chevy. Other great features include wireless charging and ample space for passengers and cargo.

Tech/Safety

It’s a new era for tech advancements. The name suits the vehicle when it comes to safety. Chevy threw an incredible suite of safety features into this SUV. Standard features are Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist w/ Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Follow Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam Headlamps, Rearview Camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An advantage of buying a GM product also includes a few very useful convenience safety features like Teen Driver mode, Rear Seat Reminder and OnStar. The Rear Seat reminder is perhaps the best feature that is still not standard on other brands. Optional safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert w/ Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an available higher resolution rearview camera.

Driving Experience

To this point, the Trailblazer meets expectations of the name in every way other than size. Performance is where the car loses to its predecessor, the Trailblazer SS. The most powerful engine today gets a 1.3 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder. However, this engine produces plenty of power for the size of the vehicle. It cranks out 155 hp / 174 lb. ft. of torque and pushes it to either the front wheels or all wheels. This engine returns 29/33/31 mpg city/hwy/combined, respectively, when paired with either the CVT or available 9 speed automatic on the AWD models. Also available is a 1.2 liter turbocharged engine with 137 hp / 166 lb. ft. of torque. This engine can only be had with the corporate CVT and FWD. The 1.2L is good for 28/31/29 mpg.

Throwing it around The Bronx in New York City was truly a blast. The nimble handling makes this vehicle the best driving in the segment. Aiding the experience is the incredibly low curb weight. Test for yourself and you’ll want to trade in that sedan for a more practical small SUV. Adjust to the quick steering in sport mode to avoid large potholes and imperfections in the road while maintaining a very comfortable ride. Switch the drive mode to normal and experience the relaxing weight free steering. This is definitely a car to shortlist in an area with roads like The Bronx.

Compared to its competition, the youthful Trailblazer deserves to sit up top. Chevy set out to make the SUV version of a Camaro with the Blazer, and with that solid foundation, they manifested a small SUV that carries the DNA of a Camaro at a price of $19,995. Does it live up to the Trailblazer name? Yes, in a way it does. With modern emissions regulations, one can argue that the performance of the new model is better. The 2021 Trailblazer holds its own and competes pound for pound.

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JAGUAR XE R-DYNAMIC

By Vivek Lalchandani × Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

The BMW 3 series has always dominated the small luxury sedan market. Jaguar challenges that with the 2020 Jaguar XE. Jags have always been known for three things: driving feel, prestige and presence. In a market saturated with big players from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Genesis, JLR had no choice but to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the XE. 360 Magazine examined the changes to see if they produced.

Exterior

Known for its dashing looks, Jaguar has been making subtle but effective updates to the current generation XE. In 2020, notice the head and tail lights have been sharpened slightly to give the vehicle a wider and lower impression. These upgrades make the car look more aggressive and imposing. LED lighting is standard in the rear and optional up front. Wheel options are formidable throughout the lineup with sizes ranging from 18” to 20”. In addition, it possesses puddle lights which differentiate it from other compact European vehicles within its class.

Interior

The interior is perhaps the biggest improvement of the 2020 XE. Dominating the center console is the twin screen infotainment/HVAC controls pulled from all other Jaguar Land Rover products. Remarkably, the modernized system brings a new level of intuitiveness missing from prior model years. Quality is a mixed bag, some soft materials and some cheaper with uneven gaps, as usual with the group. An excellent attention to detail is the half-metal stalks coming off the steering wheel. Otherwise, the Jag is mostly unchanged on the inside compared to the outgoing model. Additional features include power adjustable leather seats, dual zone climate control, and a huge panoramic sunroof for an airy experience. Talk about sunshine on a cloudy day. Light shines through to amplify the size of the car.

Technology

First enter the sedan at night for an eyeful of bright and colorful ambient lighting that highlight the contours throughout. Drivers can expect a head up display, 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 360 team appreciated a new rear view mirror with a built-in camera similar to GM’s. 

Performance  

Jag delivered as promised on the most important aspect of a small luxury sedan – performance. As with what seems like every other vehicle nowadays, a 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine is standard. In the base XE S trim, the engine outputs 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft torque which is good for a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds. Step up to the R-Dynamic S trim and the 2.0L engine kicks out 296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft torque, and a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Both trims are built on a lightweight aluminum architecture with a curb weight of 3,385 and 3,560 pounds, respectively. The base trim pushes power to the rear wheels standard with AWD as an option. Engineers also considered aerodynamics heavily while developing this car and have fine tuned it for this model year. The XE has a drag coefficient as low as Cd0.27, which is slightly more than the BMW at 0.26 but still very impressive. This leads to the friendly MPG numbers.

R-Dynamic vehicles come standard with AWD. Standard performance and handling features include brake vectoring, double wishbone front suspension and integral link rear suspension. Optional features include Configurable Dynamics with adjustable steering weight and throttle response, Adaptive Dampers, and bigger brakes and aero treatments. Combine everything and you have a dream handling machine. Fuel economy numbers stand at 25/34 city/highway for the Base trim and 22/30 for the R-Dynamic.

Safety

The XE comes standard with emergency braking, standard cruise control, driver condition monitoring, rear view camera and lane keep assist. The LKA is the variety that nudges the vehicle back into the lane rather than keeping it centered in the lane. Gearheads may not feel comfortable taking hands off the wheel in this vehicle. This is the opposite of most BMW vehicles as their LKA is much more confidence inspiring. With that being said, we are excited for Jaguar’s next generation XE and its updated LKA as it should be top notch. Optional features for the XE include Adaptive Cruise Control with start/stop, High Speed Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Assist. The comprehensive suite of advanced safety technology makes this cruiser feel very sturdy and safe.

To top it off, the XE has powerful brakes and six airbags spread out throughout the cabin in the front, side and rear curtain. This Jag comes in at approximately $40,000 base with the R Dynamic Trim starting at $46,000. After an extensive drive, it’s apparent Jaguar built a real competitor in the true driver’s car market.

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