Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins

 

 

2019 Volvo S60 Sedan and V60 Wagon: Pure Swedish Performance

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The current stage of Volvo’s product assault has come to fruition with the introduction of the all-new 2019 S60 sedan and V60 wagon which are designed and engineered with a focus on powertrain electrification. I know it sounds cliché but the mid-sized premium Volvos truly drive like dreams as I discovered on the energetic roads of Southern California. Offered in four trims – Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and Polestar Engineered – the “60” series is another shining example from the ubiquitous Swedish lineup that includes award winning SUVs, stately sedans, multi-talented wagons and inimitable performance variants.

Yes, the Volvo product range is young and refreshing, yet innovative and captivating. The automaker is far more than just a safety pioneer. Volvo has become an industry tech leader by spearheading “sustainable resource” movements, simplifying the vehicle purchase process and diversifying manufacturing by way of cultural explosion at its newly built U.S. factory outside of Charleston, South Carolina where the S60 is built. [Read more…]

2019 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle: Balanced Sovereignty

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Pay close attention when BMW decides to upgrade a product line to contend with the needs and demands of today’s innovative society. Whether it’s a letter M car or X vehicle there seems to be no limit of capabilities to ascertain the grandest technologies and stately driving pleasures are instilled in the vehicle at hand. This continues to be the case with the evolution of the reimagined 2019 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) now in its fourth generation. From the enhanced iDrive 7 to the Off-Road Package — a BMW first – the latest X5 will amaze newcomers to the X-line and invigorate brand loyalists when it arrives to dealers in November.

Originally launched in Atlanta, GA 20 years ago BMW invited us back to the South for a weekend of off-roading and performance in the all-new X5. In the U.S. the SAV will be marketed as the X5 xDrive40i and the X5 xDrive 50i with a PHEV model following in a few years. However, do not expect a diesel engine anytime soon as BMW is not close to a decision. Currently signs point to a no.

My drive partner and I chose a Phytonic Blue Metallic xDrive40i with the amazingly efficient and powerful TwinPower Turbo 3-liter 6-cylinder engine with 335-horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm which allows 0 to 60 mph sprints in 5.3 seconds. On the quiet, Georgian backroads we were moving with ease of grace. Power seemed to be available at all speeds for ultimate acceleration when required. If you’re looking for more firepower try the vigorously enhanced 4.4-liter V8 kicking out 456-horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Both units are paired with BMW’s venerable 8-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Updated tuning of the gearbox’s hydraulic control creates sportier shifts. If you really want to feel grand then go with the optional Austrian crystal gear lever which is absolutely stunning! Various drive modes allow your X5 to transform into habit such as Sport which incorporates three levels depending on your aggression that day. Drivers can also select Eco Pro, Comfort and Adaptive modes (screen color changes when you switch modes). [Read more…]

2019 Nissan Altima: Athletically Intelligent

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s the volume maker and brand diplomat of the Japanese automaker. It’s the most recognized moniker in the company lineup with 5.7 million aggregate units sold thus far. Its dramatic transformation is the most significant to date since inception in 1992. Slotted between the Sentra and Maxima, the 6th generation 2019 Nissan Altima is blessed with the highest amount of resources ever from Nissan and hits the scene with two new powertrains, ProPilot Assist, Nissan Intelligent Mobility and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for the first time on a U.S. based Nissan sedan.

The mid-size sedan is slated for mass market production and will be available for purchase in dealerships this month. The goal was to create a modish, spacious and tech savvy vehicle which appeals to various types of consumers with a package that is now an inch lower, wider and longer and a wheelbase that has been stretched by two inches. Styling is offered from nine divergent hues with highlights on the Sunset Drift Orange and Scarlet Ember Red. The Altima’s design characteristics are strong, sharp, robust and sporty as if it advanced from high school athletics to a D1 collegiate program. [Read more…]

2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover: Detroit’s New Edition

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s been a while since we’ve witnessed a new vehicle launch from the historic 116-year old Cadillac brand. But rest assured that the next gen product to represent the American luxury automotive sector is designed for ultimate satisfaction. To experience the global media event Automotive Rhythms headed out West for the Seattle inauguration of the all-new 2019 XT4 luxury crossover. Offered in Sport, Premium Luxury and Luxury renditions, designers referred to the newfangled Caddy as the puppy stage of the full-size Escalade SUV.

After the evening reveal Steve Carlisle, President of Cadillac, explained to a full house of journalists the company’s 10-year market plan which is now in year 4. The premise is to continue communicating with interested consumers, embolden leadership and expand beneficial offerings which will lead to new Cadillac edition every 6 months for the next few years. This timeline also incorporates the replacement of current sedan models. Since the demand for innovative SUVs and crossovers is heightened I would expect more of the same in the area of the XT series. [Read more…]

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fit Family Focused

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

As I traversed the steep, rocky trail — which seemed to continue perpetually — while gazing upward into the sky I realized that this Korean SUV was manhandling the obligatory task of reaching the top of the hill like it were a Wrangler or Rover. Has Hyundai’s best-selling SUV, now its 4th generation, truly inherited that much bravado from the prior generation? Is the automaker’s HTRAC AWD system with an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch and torque vectoring for front to rear and left to right traction really that substantive in various driving scenarios such as high-speed cornering? Well, it surely felt so as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe anticipated wheel slippage and reacted immediately for an engaging experience which is a necessity for fit families heading toward the heart of the wilderness.

With that in mind Hyundai chose an ideal city to host the national media event for the newfangled utility. So welcome to Park City, Utah, home of the renowned Sundance Film Festival, impeccable ski resorts, active lifestyles and lovers of everything serene and beautiful. The fresh air, mountain views and scores of adventure sports such as mountain biking created the perfect env [Read more…]

Lead by Example so your Child Becomes the Example!

Lead by example so your child becomes the example! Fit Father Kimatni D Rawlins ran 3 miles with his teen earlier in the day then took his youngest on a 2-mile trail run when she returned from sports camp. Running has created a tighter bond and level of competition for them as a unit. Feels good! #FitFathers #RunFree

Styves Exantus on Fit Fatherhood

A Fit Father means being both the teacher and the student. One day my daughter stated, “you don’t know what it’s like as a kid!” We were in disagreement about a topic and that statement made a major imprint in my mind. I was born in 1983, my daughter was born in 2006 and my son was born in 2017. We will all experience different social trends, advancements in technology, job markets, education, etc. Now, my mindset is learning what it is like to be a kid in 2018 and help her be successful and create characteristics that will be impactful in today’s society. My son will go through a different world when he is 5, 10 and 15 than we all did. Specific moral codes will remain law but the way they move will change and vary differently in comparison to the generation before them.

As Fit Fathers we know that we are teachers, providers and protectors, but continuously learning about the world our kids are living in will be an ongoing journey. My children will look to me for guidance and I will look to them for understanding of the daily triumphs and tribulations they face. Together we will keep each other growing.

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2019 BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe: Elevated Athleticism

Where does an auto brand go once the zenith stage has seemingly been reached? Well, for BMW that means the continuation of creating additional numbered vehicles and enhancing current numbered variants such as the X-factors which represent its family of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs) and Sports Activity Coupes (SACs). Whether it is X5, X6, the upcoming X7 or the reinvigorated 2019 X4, each provides individual talents for owners looking for just as much performance as utility, storage and off-road capabilities.
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2018 Nissan Kicks: Smart is Cool

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Nissan has a way of blessing their vehicles with an array of powerful and heroic names to define each’s individual character traits. From the Titan pickup and Armada full-size SUV to the Altima or Maxima sports sedans the labeling is perfect for consumers who are both proud of the auto brand they’ve chosen and the specific models that fit their lifestyles. Knowing that “smart” is now “cool” I’m sure Nissan’s latest compact crossover will venture into collaborations with A Tribe Called Quest and their cult hip hop classic, “Can I Kick It?”

Within this small car utility segment owners are searching for style, technology and moral value in a vehicle that impresses from aesthetics to comfort and tech features. Nissan will battle with the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport and Kia Soul as it enters into steep competition within this popular and rapidly growing market segment. Ranging from $17,990 to $22,990 the Kicks comes as either the S, SV or SR and includes a variety of safety, intelligent and infotainment features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or NissanConnect which operate from a 7” touchscreen color display. A small touch, but there are also three USB ports to share. [Read more…]