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The new and improved Opel Grandland X is out, and this large SUV is something the European market did not know they would need. Now measuring at 14.7 feet (4.48 meters) in length, the three-row Grandland X fits five passengers comfortably and has a total cargo capacity of 18 cubic-feet (514 liters). The question now is if there will be a performance variant.
X-Tomi Design artists have come up with an OPC (Opel Performance Center) variant for the Grandland X SUV - something a lot of us wouldn’t expect. And it looks pretty good. You might remember OPC from the Astra to the Insignia. It has a bolder face with its distinctive grille and new vents. It comes with a signature OPC-designed wheels wrapped with metal sheet. Overall, the body has been lowered significantly. Equipped with the new Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps, the SUV ensures a more comfortable drive in the dark with brighter driving light and cornering light.
The Grandland X stands for adventure, independence, and abundance - with technology that makes it safe and fun. Karl Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO says that they will ensure that the SUV gets an “I want it” factor.Read the entire article New Opel Grandland X SUV gets the OPC treatment
Honda will be displaying the electrically assisted CUV in their showrooms later this year. This has been confirmed in China at least. Fresh from its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the latest hybrid CR-V will soon go on sale in Asia’s fastest growing market for hybrid vehicles.
While the engineering for the China-bound CR-V Hybrid has already been finalized, it only makes sense that Honda would be considering the US as its next important step. In the US, the Honda Accord is in fact using the same powertrain found on the newly electrified crossover.
Honda however hasn't disclosed the exact details for the CR-V hybrid’s powertrain while on its premiere. If the CRV’s hybrid specs are indeed the same as those on the Accord, we can therefore expect the electrified crossover to be running on a 143hp (107kW), 129 lb-ft (175Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This will come equipped with a 1.3kWh lithium ion battery pack with a total power of 212hp (158kW) to match.Read the entire article Honda unveils the CR-V Hybrid in China, may also come to the United States
Toyota hopes to target a new market with a new crossover concept dubbed as the Toyota FT-4X. The company says that this car is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, but not necessarily hardcore off-roaders.
The FT-4X, at first glance would remind you of the FJ cruiser, with their similar body type and paint job, except this one has more utilitarian touches. This was designed by the people behind Toyota’s Calty Design Research center, with inspirations from Land Cruiser’s FJ40 and pickups - with the aim to appeal to people with a growing urge to escape.
Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is what FT-4X really stands for. The designers think of this concept as a hybrid, considering the fact that it is small enough to fit an urban environment. At the same time, it has the ability to go off-road for an off the pavement drive. During the development phase, the FT-4X was guided by a philosophy of “rugged charm”. Five attributes were in mind: design simplicity, inherent capability, durability, lineage, and charm, which the FT-4X does embody.Read the entire article Toyota FT-4X Concept is one functional crossover
German carmaker Opel – now a part of the PSA Group – is introducing its newest X model that will compete in the compact class (C-segment). The new 2018 Opel Grandland X marks another installment of the carmaker’s “7 in 17” product offensive this year.
The introduction of the new Opel Grandland X follows the official reveal of the Opel Crossland X at the Geneva Motor Motor Show in March. It is the third member of the carmaker’s Opel X family, next to Crossland X and Mokka X. However, since it competes in the C-segment, it is around 20 centimeters longer than the Crossland X and Mokka X. Opel is bound to officially reveal the Grandland X at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. Despite revealing the looks and features of the Grandland X, Opel has yet to unfurl complete details of the compact utility vehicle, and it intends to do that in Frankfurt, Germany.
The positioning of the new Opel Grandland X actually makes it a real rival to the Peugeot 3008. Interestingly, the Opel Grandland X shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, thanks mainly to a collaboration agreement signed between Opel and the PSA Group in 2012. Nonetheless, the Opel Grandland X looks nothing like the Peugeot 3008. It is also laden with a wide array of new features and equipment that you would expect from a new Opel offering.Read the entire article Newest member of Opel X family is introduced – the Grandland X compact SUV
Two years after Citroën revealed the Aircross Concept at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in China, the production model will then be introduced at the same event this week. Love it or hate it, the C5 Aircross will be having the same eccentric exterior just like the C4 Cactus, except the Aircross will be having a much larger body measuring at 4.5 meters long, 1.84 meters wide, and 1.67 meters tall.
Citroën released a couple of videos online to put emphasis on the “Progressive Hydraulic Cushions” as this is one of the highlights of the SUV - in fact, the all-new suspension benefits from this.
Both damping quality and ride comfort have both been improved with this technology. The two hydraulic stops are for rebound and compression, creating a two-step suspension. Reports say that no less than 20 patents were registered during the development of the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.Read the entire article 2017 Citroen C5 Aircross is revealed with an eccentric new look
Volkswagen gives us a preview of what may be our future cars in the next decade or two. Their latest concept, the I.D. Crozz, is an electric crossover that the automaker unveiled after introducing the hatchback and minivan versions of the I.D.
From the looks of it, the car has a minimalistic design. The curves and creases of the body paired with sleek headlights and illuminated VW badges add to its futuristic design. A pair of all-LED taillights that extend to the rear fenders then give it a unique touch.
The engineers are really focusing on autonomous driving. When “I.D. Pilot” mode is activated, the computers will analyze everything in the car. The adaptive LED headlights will be activated, along with the interior and exterior ambient lighting. The fully autonomous mode will even retract the steering wheel into the dashboard for more cabin space.Read the entire article VW reveals an I.D. Crozz Concept which looks pretty cool
Earlier this year, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander Sport at the Chicago Auto Show with what they called a “special edition”; but wasn’t that successful in the “special” part. Now, for 2017 New York Auto Show, the Japanese automaker re-introduces the 2018 model year by polishing it yet again. Let’s see what changed over the weeks after the Chicago Auto Show.
If you do not look closely (or for some, refer to a “before and after” photo), these changes may be too minimal to be caught right away. For the sake of those who want to know more about the changes, we will be enumerating them one by one.Read the entire article 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features minute enhancements
Devoted Hyundai followers, say hello to the new Hyundai subcompact crossover from the South Korean automaker that will soon grace the roads. The first official teaser is now out in public and if you think that it closely resembles a new Jeep Cherokee, you’re not alone. This new sub-compact will come by the name of "Kona" -- sounds catchy, right?
In keeping with Hyundai's true blue tradition, the 2018 Kona is named after a known American location. We bet that "Kona" is somewhat familiar to many folks. The Kona 2018 will be considered as Hyundai's smallest crossover in the Old Continent to date. Well, Hyundai decided to give the new B-SUV the label "Kona" after the Hawaii's symbolic Big Island go-to destination, largely reflective of the island's active image and one-of-a-kind lifestyle.
Kona is also known as the Ironman World Championship homestead, an event held every October where the world's greatest course triathletes attempt to outdo each other in what is considered as the world's hardest one-day event- including a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and a mind boggling 42.2 km run. The all new B-SUV will be the 4th member of the brand's SUV line-up in Europe comprising of the Tucson, Santa Fe and Grand Santa Fe. This subcompact crossover acquires its blueprint from the Intrado concept which was previewed back in the year 2014.Read the entire article Hyundai drops first teaser for 2018 Kona subcompact crossover
BMW Blog recently announced on its site that the new X3 will hopefully be unveiled this year in June, and the next-gen automobiles will be rolling out to the public shortly afterwards. The high-performing 2018 BMW X3 (G01) M40i variant will also be available at U.S. dealerships around October this year.
Cruising on the ever dynamic CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform, the third-gen of the highly popular X3 Sports Activity Vehicle, X3 codenamed "G01" is made bigger, lighter and more solid compared to the recent model. The interior and trunk space are also upgraded with increased capacity and area and 220 lbs (100 kilograms) lesser curb density compared to the current X3. A redesigned seating system is also offered to assure higher variability paired with increased comfort. Although the interior and exterior design will involve a metamorphic approach, under the hood is where the magic happens.
A wide array of diesel and gasoline choices will be made accessible but it depends on the market, not to mention the M40i and M40d options. The gas-fueled automobile will be sold in the United States around the latter part of the year, particularly around October. But so far, BMW hasn’t released pricing details. The BMW X3 M40i will be powered with a tweaked version of BMW's 3.0 liter turbocharged variant.Read the entire article 2018 BMW X3 (G01) M40i will arrive on US shores in October
Reddit user Jdubbswrx spotted a rather deceptive move coming from the German automotive manufacturer Audi. He posted an image of the supposed exhaust of the new 2018 Audi SQ5 sporting fake, plastic looking exhaust tips, and it's just plain ridiculous.
Audi unveiled the new 2018 SQ5 last January at the Detroit Auto Show displaying the "Q" design language evolution with the SQ5 added to its expanding crossover and SUV lineup. The 2018 SQ5 will be powered with a different 3.0 litre TFSI twin turbo V6 engine that produces 350 hp (354PS), and 369lb-ft of peak torque that is achieved through a broad 1370 and 4500 rpm paired with an 8 speed automatic gearbox that sends enough power to all 4 wheels. The interior offers more space with regards to shoulder and rear-seat legroom and reportedly offers more cargo capacity when rear seats are folded down.
It has all the usual Audi sports trimmings including special sports seats with diamond pattern stitching. After a quick glance, the SUV looks like it is equipped with exhaust tips. In Audi's Canadian website, the German company confirmed that the car is fitted with quad tips. The company's outline summary of the SUV reads- the Q5's handsome, rugged lines are further heightened by the tradition of Audi S model. Suspensions lowered, exclusive body styling and quad exhaust tips show that the 2018 Q5 means business. But after being presented with the photograph, and upon close inspection, it seems the tips are totally fake and where the exhausts are supposed to be found are matte black plastic surrounded by silver chrome tips.Read the entire article Fake quad exhaust tips were spotted on images of 2018 Audi SQ5
When it was announced in January, the Opel Crossland X was seen as an actual rival to the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008. Yet, the Opel Crossland X (Vauxhall Crossland X for its United Kingdom-bound version) shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot 2008, thanks to a collaboration agreement inked between Opel and the PSA Group in 2012.
In a twist of fate, the new Opel Crossland X will be a part of the PSA Group – a result of the impending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the French carmaker from General Motors. PSA’s acquisition of Opel from GM was very big news, and thanks to that, a lot of attention has been given to the new model that would mark a new beginning for the would-be larger French company. Following the footsteps of its Opel siblings, the new Opel Crossland X is now bound to enter the sub-compact crossover market, and it is slightly cheaper than the Peugeot 2008. In fact, the new Opel Crossland X could now be availed in Germany at a starting price of €16,850 (RRP including VAT in Germany).
Interested customers may choose to power their Crossland X with any of the three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engines or any of the two 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel mills. The three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engines include a unit delivering 60 kW (81 hp) of max output; a turbocharged mill providing 81 kW (110 hp) in output and 205 Nm of peak torque; and a turbocharged powerplant generating 96 kW (130 hp) of output and 230 Nm of torque.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Crossland X is now on sale in Germany with starting price of €16,850
There is no longer any need for stolen shots from spy photographers on the Internet. BMW has released the official teaser photos of the new 2018 BMW X3 (G01). The disguised prototype on the film is none other than BMW’s 3rd generation luxury SUV, which was recorded while being tested in Sweden. If you didn’t know, it’s freezing cold out there.
Temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) are not unusual in the town of Arjeplog, which is only 35 miles away from the Polar Circle. This will enable BMW to test the X3 under extreme conditions --- as it has the most suitable environment to push the X3’s DTC (dynamic traction control) and DSC (dynamic stability control) systems to the limits.
Also according to BMW, Arjeplog’s rural roads and frozen lakes are ideal testing grounds for the crossover’s xDrive All-Wheel Drive module. As a whole, the snow-clad surfaces serve as a perfect venue to thoroughly check how well the suspensions and steering work when driving the new SUV. In short, it is important that the vehicle performs normally given the cold temperatures.Read the entire article 2018 BMW X3 (G01) faces the hard winter
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors is indeed resurrecting a nameplate that has made its mark in four generations from 1989 to 2012. Yes, the Mitsubishi Eclipse moniker is back, but it won’t be a sports car anymore. Instead, Mitsubishi is now using the moniker to identify its latest crossover offering that makes its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
If you think you have already seen the face of Mitsubishi latest crossover, it is highly likely you have. This is because the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boasts of being closely similar – especially on the front end -- to the carmaker’s previous design studies like the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV (2013 Tokyo Motor Show), Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II (2015 Geneva Motor Show) and the Mitsubishi eX concept (2015 Tokyo Motor Show).
Mitsubishi’s new compact SUV is fitted with a sharp body and a slightly raked roofline, making it appear like a “coupe SUV.” The seemingly slanting body of this new compact SUV features a prominent character line, as accentuated by the vehicle’s pronounced wheel arches. It also features a sharply truncated rear gate as well as short overhang.Read the entire article Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact SUV is on display at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
In a move toward building more SUVs and perhaps more projects in the future, Audi is about to introduce a brand new RS model this coming March. And guess what? The latest Audi to be wearing the Renn Sport Racing badge is none other than the Audi Q5. With that being said, the Audi RS Q5 will be the first in the model range to have the performance brand’s profile aside from of course, the existing Audi RS Q3.
With only a few weeks left before the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann has finally confirmed they are indeed showcasing 450 horsepower Audi RS Q5 at the event. In a statement, the former Lamborghini CEO mentioned about the significance of the upcoming motor show in Geneva and how the RS will be setting a new era for their B-segment.
Although the Audi RS Q5 will be using the SQ5 platform, the RS portfolio will definitely enhance its performance. Chances are great that it will be using an improved version of the SQ5’s current 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine. If not, then it could also make use of the 2.9-liter V6 engine from Porsche. Speculations are quite strong that its engine will be a joint development between Porsche and Audi. Either way, the RS Q5 is expected to accelerate from 0-62mph under five seconds. The SQ5, as we know, normally runs from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.Read the entire article Audi to launch RS Q5 in 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Subaru is yet to unveil the next generation XV in Geneva, but we can almost tell how it will look like. Apparently, a teaser of Subaru’s upcoming 2018 Crosstrek model has already surfaced both online and on social media platforms. At first impression, the production version of the new crossover is virtually the same as the XV concept that the Japanese brand had put on display at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. And by the way, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will be on March 7. In the meantime, let’s analyze the teaser photo since it is all that we’ve got so far.
Although the image is somewhat hiding under its own shadow, the sporty and rugged appeal of the concept XV is apparent. Besides, you don’t have to be an expert here just to compare the previous concept with the final product. You can see its entire shape right on the spot including its wide and low body stance, two tone alloy wheels as well as the new integrated door handles and the mirrors on both sides.
But since the Japanese auto maker hasn’t said a word about the specs, we can only assume for now. As far as we know, the Crosstrek will be sharing the same platform as with the new Subaru Impreza. In this case, we’ll be expecting it to come with an updated version of the current model’s 2.0 litre engine along with AWD, improved fuel consumption and more spacious interior. If there is more, the compact crossover will also have the brand’s latest version of Starlink Infotainment system and EyeSight safety assistance technology on board. Also, it is supposed to be capable of running the latest Android Auto and Apple Car Play integration for your smart device.Read the entire article 2018 Subaru Crosstrek revealed through a teaser photo
You can’t accuse Toyota of being boring. This is particularly true when it unveiled its new Toyota C-HR at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Its design was both innovative and stunning, and was a definitive cross between a coupe and a SUV. Well, that is what its name really means, as C-HR stands for Coupe-High Rider.
Barely a month after commencing sales of the new Toyota C-HR in Japan, the carmaker is showcasing a pair of new C-HR compact crossovers at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, both dressed by Toyota’s in-house performance and racing tuner, Toyota Racing Development or simply known as TRD. To note, this was not the first time that an in-house tuner at Toyota gave the C-HR a new perspective. If you could remember, Modellista, Toyota’s design division also unveiled new body kits for the new Toyota C-HR crossover -- the “Elegant Ice Style” and “Boost Impulse Style” packages. These packages bring out the elegant and chic character of the new Toyota C-HR.
Of course, TRD won’t be silent regarding Toyota’s latest creation. Just like Modellista, TRD is also offering two styling kits for the C-HR, both aimed at making the crossover look more aggressive and dynamic on the road. These two distinct styling kits -- the “Extreme Style” and “Aggressive Style” design packages – don’t touch the power setup for the new Toyota C-HR. What all these body kits accomplished was to make the new C-HR look more menacing, although the compact crossover already sports an aggressive appearance.Read the entire article TRD creates menacing body kits for new Toyota C-HR compact crossover
After seeing spy shots only last year, what we thought was the new Meriva MPV turned out to be something else entirely. Opel welcomes the new Crossland X, its newest addition to the X lineup that also represents the company’s bestselling Mokka X SUV. Placed under the European B-segment, Opel’s latest crossover will be the new replacement to the Meriva model.
For safer and more pleasurable driving experience, the Crossland X is offered with the latest assistance and safety technologies such as Opel’s Side Blind Spot, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Drowsiness warning and Automatic Emergency Braking system. Drivers can also make use of its Forward Collision alert with pedestrian detection technology as well as the Advanced Park Assist for better convenience and safety.
Unfortunately, there are no exact details yet about its engine range. What we only know is that the Crossland X will come in different types of engine including gasoline, diesel and LPG as well as a choice between automatic and manual transmissions. But then, further details will surely come out before its official debut this coming March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Crossland X replaces Meriva in the B segment
Each time that Mini launches a new generation of the Countryman crossover, a John Cooper Works performance version is always expected to follow. When Mini unveiled the next-gen 2017 Mini Countryman at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, people were also expected the carmaker to release a JCW variant – especially that the current generation had one.
Now, it is official. Mini will be offering John Cooper Works version of the new-gen Countryman. Bound for launch for the 2018 model year, the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman takes the Mini Countryman to a whole new level, both in terms of looks and performance. Mini is planning to unveil the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman to the global public the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017, with sales in the United States set to commence in the same month.
Even at a glance, the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman exudes a fusion of athleticism and versatility. It is also laden with a number of features that distinguish it from a typical Countryman. Measuring 169.8 inches in length, 71.7 inches in width and 61.3 inches in height, this performance version of the Mini Countryman has been given a number of model-specific features like the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit. This kit includes the large air intakes in the front apron and a model-specific roof spoiler. The Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is also provided with LED units as headlights.Read the entire article 2018 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman gets official
It isn’t merely speculation anymore – Nissan is bringing the Qashqai mid-size crossover to the United States, but with a different name. In fact, Nissan has confirmed that this mid-size crossover will have its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, widely known as the Detroit Auto Show.
As we have reported, Nissan intends for the Qashqai to fill the size gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. The addition of the Qashqai – the best-selling mid-size SUV in Europe -- as a complement to the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to benefit from the seemingly insatiable hunger for SUVs in the US, where motorists have been switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles. While there is a real business case for the US launch of the Qashqai in the US, Nissan was expected to rename the SUV since American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai.”
Nissan did rename the Qashqai as the new Nissan Rogue Sport. Nissan eventually decided to use the Rogue moniker – with the Sport suffix – as it is already a known nameplate in the US. Mike Bunce, Nissan North America vice president of product planning, remarked that since Nissan managed to build a lot of equity on the Rogue, it only makes sense to piggyback on its popularity by renaming the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport.Read the entire article 2017 NAIAS: Nissan unveils the US-bound Qashqai as Rogue Sport
This rumor is not something new – it has been lingering since 2015 – that Japanese carmaker Nissan is bringing its Qashqai to the United States. The best-selling mid-sized crossover in Europe could be coming to American soil with a possible debut this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, The Truth About Cars reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter.
Nissan has been experiencing increasing demand for the larger Rogue SUV in the US. With this, the Qashqai could be marketed in the US as a more compact and more economical version of the Rogue. In fact, the Nissan Qashqai features a number of similarities with the Rogue. While both are underpinned by the same architecture, the Qashqai is shorter than the Rogue by around 10 inches. Moreover, the wheelbase of the Qashqai is shorter than that of the Rogue by two inches. These dimensions meant that the Qashqai offers a smaller cargo space on the rear than the Rogue.
Should speculations be true, then Nissan would be able to slot the Qashqai between the Juke and the Rogue. Until now, there has been a gap between the Juke and Rogue. By introducing the Qashqai to North American customers, Nissan could effectively bridge this gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue.Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Qashqai is speculated to debut at 2017 Detroit Auto Show
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