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Aston Martin's Lagonda marque unveils All-Terrain Concept

Aston Martin’s Lagonda luxury marque is confirming its plans to launch an all-new crossover in the near future by unveiling a new concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed as the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, this show car essentially serves as a preview to the brand’s upcoming crossover.

According to Lagonda, the All-Terrain Concept is an ultra-stylish, luxurious, all-electric emission-free vehicle. This marks a new step into the brand’s goal of becoming the first luxury electric automotive brand in the world. The All-Terrain Concept basically builds on the designs and materials in the Lagonda Vision Concept that was unveiled last year. While the Vision Concept was design to be driven purely on the road, the All-Terrain Concept pushes the boundary by showing that a luxurious drive could also done off the road.

While the exterior of the Lagonda Vision Concept was inspired by the Concorde, the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, on the other hand, was initially influenced world of the super yacht. This allowed the design team at Lagonda to give the All-Terrain Concept a futuristic surfacing as well as forms and shapes seemingly created by “planetary forces of gravity fields.”

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Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group reveal K350 electric SUV at Auto China 2018

Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group are not stopping their product concept onslaught as the partners took advantage of the current auto show in Beijing, China to unveil to the global public their latest creations, including the K350 electric 4-seater SUV.

The new K350 electric 4-seater SUV is one of the three concepts being displayed by Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group. The other two concepts are the H500 electric saloon and the GT Gran Turismo. The GT Gran Turismo actually made its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while the H500 is making its first public appearance alongside the K350 at the Auto China 2018 (2018 Beijing Motor Show).

These three new models – K350 4-seater SUV, H500 saloon and the HK GT -- share a number of elements, including their electric powertrain that features a range extender. All featuring Pininfarina styling, these three new HK electric vehicles are influenced by the same clear, straightforward design language. They are laden with advanced technology, and boast of better ergonomics as well as sophisticated materials.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is opulence visualized in a crossover

The Maybach sub-brand has already come to characterize utmost exclusivity among luxury vehicles. Thus, if Maybach unveils an all-new concept with “ultimate luxury” as part of its moniker, it would only be dutiful to take a peek at this new study. As not to disappoint, a new concept vehicle dubbed as “Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury” has just been unveiled by the sub-brand at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing.

As its name indicates, the new Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury represents how the sub-brand views the future of ultimate luxury, as packed in a shape of a premium crossover. Measuring 5,260 mm in length, 2,110 mm in width and 1,764 mm in height, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is practically a luxurious electric car powered by four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors for a fully variable all-wheel drive configuration.

Total output is pegged at 750 hp (550 kW), with energy derived from a flat underfloor battery with a capacity of around 80 kWh. This battery allows the concept to travel more than 500 km as per NEDC, or over 200 miles as per EPA. The study has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

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Leaked Images: Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury electric SUV concept

As we all know, the newest Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury will be officially revealed on April 25. However, even before its actual premiere, images of the said model had already been leaked on the internet. As you can see here, the same images were posted on CarNewsChina. Take note that these are actually the official shots of the new Vision Mercedes Maybach Ultimate Luxury. Some describe this SUV as a sedan with a tall roof and a lot of ground clearance provided by the jacked up suspension.

In fact, Mercedes refers to this as an SUV saloon that will meet the requirements of affluent Chinese buyers who are vital in the success of super luxury car sales worldwide. It obviously has similarities to rival models like the Bentley Bentayga and the upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan.

As expected, it still gets the aforementioned “bold new grille”, which doesn’t differ from the vertical slats of the facelifted Mercedes Maybach S Class and the much longer Pullman version. In the back is a retro-like split window layout. Nevertheless, we still think that the design on the previous Vision concept looks better. We’re referring to the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 from two years ago.

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SsangYong is practically announcing its intentions to offer an electric vehicle –an SUV competing in the C-segment – by unveiling the new SsangYong e-SIV electric concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Penned under the design concept of ‘New horizon, smart dynamism,’ the new e-SIV embodies the brand’s future approach to electric vehicles, autonomous driving as well as connectivity.

Building SUVs is nothing new to SsangYong, as the South Korean carmaker prides itself as a specialist maker of utilities and other vehicles that are designed for on-the-road and off-the-road use. The brand sees the new vehicle concept as instrumental in shaping the next generation of its utilities and EVs. The new e-SIV – which stands for stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle -- is SsangYong’s fifth electric car concept shown at Geneva Motor Show. It follows the KEV1 in 2010, KEV2 in 2011, e-XIV in 2012, and Tivoli EV-R in 2015.

Essentially, SsangYong developed and built the new e-SIV concept to demonstrate not just its commitment to electric vehicles, but also its approach to creating a connected mobility solution and autonomous driving. As intended, the new e-SIV is both a styling study and a technology concept.

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At the end of this month, Toyota plans to reveal their new off-road SUV concept they call the FT-AC, which stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept. So far, the company has not given much information on this model, but then they promised that the concept will have all the ingredients needed for your next adventure. If you would like to learn more about this SUV, better check it out at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The FT-AC’s teaser, as you can see, highlights the car’s headlights and LED lights up front. This gives us a slightly better look at the FT-AC. The concept looks more rugged with wider fenders and chiseled styling. The side mirrors also don’t look conventional, giving the car an interesting appearance overall.

The concept SUV now has groups of six LEDs on both sides of the front bumper, apart from the existing headlights, so lighting it up should not be a problem. The roof has also been illuminated.

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We all know the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to be a crossover that can comfortably fit seven to eight people. So it is a good choice for those who like to go on trips away from the city - whether it be the beach or the mountains. Having said that, here is the new Traverse SUP Concept that would be the perfect ride for adventurers. It is a three-row crossover with a beach-inspired livery and amenities that would meet all your paddle boarding and hauling needs.

The Traverse continues to look like its old self, as it did not get a lot of crazy tweaks or a major facelift. Instead, it had been given a new Chevrolet Accessories Stand Up Paddleboard Carrier by Thule, and this includes a paddle board by Riviera Paddlesurf - pretty cool, huh? So this concept is really focused more on the paddle board carrier that can be bought as an attachment. Yes, the good news is that customers will be able to purchase this separately.

What makes this SUP concept unique is the fact that the car’s design matches that of the paddle board. It includes “Blue Wave” bodyside graphics like that of the blue River stand up paddle board. Yellow stripes that run across the belt line act as a contrast, as well as the gloss black bodyside moldings and fog lamp bezels and tinted windows.

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Have you been stuck on the decision whether to get an SUV or a van, but can’t fit both in your garage? Well, worry no more because Toyota has come up with a solution to your problem. The concept is called the Tj Cruiser, and it is a hybrid of a van and an SUV. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, while “J” stands for Joy. And of course, there is no need to explain where “Cruiser” comes from as it has been used for years. Toyota plans to unveil this concept at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

First of all, Toyota gave the Tj Cruiser a special finish on the hood, roof, and the fenders to keep it scratch and dirt resistant - especially when objects unexpectedly come in contact with them. Like all other upcoming Toyota cars, the boxy half-van half-SUV will be engineered on the TNGA platform, while it gets a hybridized 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The concept will be able to accommodate both a front- and all-wheel drive setup. It will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone tires, and has a beefy suspension setup. Physically, it still looks like a minivan, especially with the flat roof and the seamless window line.

With the huge sliding doors, passengers will not have to worry about getting in and out of the vehicle. But it is not just the passengers who will benefit from this but also will be convenient to those who will have to load or unload large bags and sports equipment. Having said that, the Tj Cruiser concept can actually fit items up to three meters (118 inches) long, when both the front and rear seats are folded. What makes this SUV even more practical is that it comes with a number of tie-down points behind the seats as well as deck boards for anchoring things. As mentioned earlier, it has so much space that it can fit equipment like bikes, surfboards, and other bulky objects through the back door.

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Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle branch of the South Korean automaker Hyundai, is hoping to venture into a new market- the electric run vehicle territory. For years, Genesis only offered sedans but now the game is about to change. Here to pave the way is the futuristic Genesis GV80 SUV.

The South Korean automaker has long hinted the pubic that it is keenly interested in entering the electric vehicle market, with big companies like Ford and Tesla in the same race for producing e-vehicles. Up until now, rumours have been flowing off the shelf that Genesis is gearing up to recreate a pure e-vehicle or a hybrid one. At the recently held 2017 New York Auto Show, all eyes were on the GV80 Fuel cell concept with a metallic finish that offers a subtle glimpse in what the future holds for the car consumers.

This fuel cell powered exclusive SUV is based on the Genesis' Athletic Elegance design and the GV80 will serve as a predecessor to a whole new future lineage of e-vehicles that Genesis is yearning for. The Genesis Athletic design was previously introduced in the G90 forerunner in the year 2015. Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis Chief, remarked that the GV80 Concept is considered by the company as the most significant breakthrough that paves the way for further expansion of their vehicle line-up.

Read the entire article Genesis Motors unveils latest concept -- the GV80 SUV

Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.

Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.

Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.

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If you’re a pet lover with strong preference for our canine friends, then this newest concept vehicle from Japanese carmaker Nissan would be to your liking. In fact, a dog-lover would want Nissan to turn this concept into a production vehicle in the nearest time as possible.

Nissan is introducing the all-new Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs Concept, which has been designed according to the preferences of most dog owners in the United Kingdom. The X-Trail 4Dogs concept was basically an offshoot of a recent survey conducted by The Kennel Club -- the largest organization for promoting dog welfare in the UK – and covering more than 1,300 dog owners.

According to the survey, around 98.7 percent of the survey respondents use their vehicles to transport their dog with 88.7 percent of dog owners doing that at least once a week. Moreover, around 90.5 percent of dog owners transport their pets in the car when travelling for at least 10 minutes. These indicate how important a vehicle is when transporting dogs from one place to another.

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Electric vehicles are not generally known for speed but Mercedes‑Benz hopes that with its Generation EQ which was introduced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, electric cars will eventually have a place in the fast lane. Inside it are two electric motors. Since the elements of the batteries are scalable, it ensures a system output being raised to as much as 300 kW.

Meanwhile the permanent all-wheel drive assures that dynamic performance is at its highest level. Indeed, having a look similar to a sporty SUV coupé, this concept car does give customers a glimpse of what new battery-electric drives can offer.

There are various lighting elements placed inside the middle and side air vents, below the windscreen, interior door panels, door handles, and seats. There are even lighting elements on the center console and even surrounding the Mercedes star on its steering wheel. What is interesting about this lighting is that once the driver is near the vehicle, the system immediately activates in order to welcome the driver through a specific color mood inside.

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While the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration is expected to set the tone for future models of its Infiniti QX line, the brand reveals that it is also set to explore its vision of what the next-generation and premium-sized SUV should be.

Design-wise, the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration exhibits a powerful and elegant expression. With a profile similar to a coupe, the long bonnet, high visual center of gravity, muscular haunches, and tight lines ensure that the QX Sport Inspiration is able to stand out in its class.

Bearing the design hallmarks of the brand and inspired by the "Powerful Elegance" form language, the QX Sport Inspiration is unmistakably an Infiniti. This is clear especially with the fluid and masculine body sculpting, the focused headlamps shaped like human eyes, signature double-arch grille, and the C-pillar with the crescent-cut. Its interior is amazingly appointed and offers a lot of space characterized by advanced craftsmanship and flowing lines.

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Volkswagen has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the T-Cross Breeze concept, the first compact SUV with an open top. The T-Cross Breeze features dimensions of 4,133 mm (162.7 inches) in length, 1,798 mm (70.8 inches) in width excluding door mirrors, and 1,563 mm (61.5 inches) in height when the soft top is closed.

It also has a long wheelbase of 2,565 mm (101.0 inches) with short body overhangs. Comparatively, the T-Cross Breeze is slightly longer than a CrossPolo and is wider than existing cars in the Polo class. Moreover, passengers in the T-Cross Breeze also sit higher up.

Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, remarked that the T-Cross Breeze serves a preview for the most compact SUV that the carmaker is planning to build. He added that the T-Cross Breeze will serve as the “nucleus” of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.

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Nissan is intending to exhibit two special versions of its popular crossovers, the Qashqai and the X-Trail, at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The show car duo – the Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept – are essentially different models but feature similar themes, colors and materials.

Both SUVs are wrapped in a vibrant yet elegant black and white palette as contrasted by a premium golden copper. The Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept are creations of Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London and Nissan’s Global Design Centre (GDC) in Japan, respectively.

Since both the Qashqai and the X-Trail play a big role in Nissan's success in Europe, the Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept demonstrate the carmaker's intention to cater to more customers in more markets.

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Jeep Trailhawk Concept is a perfect blend of off-road functionality of the new body-on-frame four-dour Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the redefined sophistication of an all-new on-road open-air concept vehicle, giving a new and unique expression to the brand.

Inspired by the fresh Wrangler platform, the Jeep Trailhawk is an enhanced highway cruiser that showcases the brand's off-road features. The vehicle has a broad stance. The wheels, which are pushed to the Trailhawk's corners, are enclosed in robust flares offset from the body.

The partly trapezoidal, non-asymmetrical, angular, crisply-contoured flares reinterpret one of Jeep's classic fundamental architecture cues. The body tapers toward the front in plain view, exposing the flares and accenting the stance.

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SKODA, the Czech car manufacturer known for modern car designs, unveiled its new show car – the SKODA VisionS – at the 2016 Geneva International Motors Show. A perfect mix of aesthetic, function and power, SKODA said that the new SUV will showcase its new, modern design language which the company adopted back in 2014 with the introduction of its VisionC design.

The new SKODA VisionS (‘S’ stands for SUV) is the culmination of SKODA’s improvements in all its range of models, now currently focused on the SUV segment. According to the company, the new VisionS’ road presence will be instantly felt with its impressive dimensions of 4,700mm length, 1,910mm width, and 1,680mm height.

Already, it is touted as being larger than the Yeti Model. The large interior of the SUV highlights traditional values the SKODA brand is known for -- style and comfort. Featuring three rows of seats, it can comfortably seat six occupants in its luxurious and generous space.

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Nissan has just released a video about the Rogue Warrior that shows why this prototype is a good choice for those harsh winter conditions. The release is considered fitting as Canada is just starting with its major snowfall which marks the start of a possible severe winter.

In the video, the Rogue Warrior is equipped with snow tracks and shows just what it can do by going through what looks like 40 centimeters of new snow and then climbing up a 30-degree slope to reach a ski resort in the northern part of Quebec. Going back to the video, it starts with a group of snowboarders and skiers waiting impatiently for what appears to be a chairlift moving slowly.

An observant snowboarder, also in line, notices that the people are getting frustrated and makes an early departure. However the same snowboarder later returns in the Rogue Warrior and carries everyone up the hill, with all the snow, effortlessly.

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled its Kia Telluride Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), providing a glimpse of what might be the future of its full-size SUVs. The three-row, seven-passenger Kia Telluride is essentially a preview of how the brand would want its premium SUV to be like if it decides to ever offer one. Underpinned by an existing platform, the Telluride features a muscular stance while being laden with the latest vehicle technologies.

Both the interior and exterior of the concept were designed by the brand’s studio in California. The Kia Telluride measures 70.9 inches in height, 79.1 inches in width and 196.9 inches in length, making it 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento. It sits on a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase of 121.3 inches (11.9 inches).

Wrapped in Dark Pyrite green paint, the appearance of the Telluride is accentuated by 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45R22 tires. Up front, the concept SUV features a larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, as complemented by recessed quad-LED headlamps and pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights.

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Have you seen a life-sized toy SUV? Technically, the Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle – a collaboration between Toyota and Funrise Toy Corp. -- is both a toy and a vehicle.

This Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle – produced with the theme “the ultimate off-road adventure” -- is being showcased at Toyota’s booth (#24700) at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

It is powered by the same 4.0-liter V6 engine that powers the production 4Runner on which it was derived. The Tonka 4Runner boasts of an ample ground clearance thanks to its ten-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit, which includes King 8×2.5-inch and 10×2.5-inch coilovers and an array of Bulletproof Suspension components. Tonka 4Runner’s welded bumpers, roof rack, side steps and ladders are also designed by Bulletproof.

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