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When it comes to being the top crossover, there are only two models that can confidently say they have been in the market for at least 20 years. This is the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. It really does not come as a surprise to know why these two are also the most popular.
Many are likely familiar with the fact that utility vehicles had a start during the 1970s with the 4x4s. However as more customers demanded vehicles that offer better ride, displays improved fuel economy, and comes with the latest in infotainment and electronic systems, this has led to crossovers entering the market.
For the 2017 CR-V in particular, Consumer Reports reveals that while the prior generation had a rather bland interior, the new version has a cabin that is not only plush, but classy as well. According to Honda, when they developed the new CR-V, they wanted a crossover utility vehicle that would be fitting for the upmarket. It is no wonder then that the 2017 CR-V not only has a cabin that is quieter but it is also a model that delivers a better ride. This was a result of two things with the first being an excellent usage of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) engineering and the second the inclusion of an active noise cancelling system. Honda however was apparently not done with this as the brand managed to give the CR-V a more enjoyable drive by using qualities previously seen on the Civic.Read the entire article Consumer Reports predicts the new 2017 Honda CR-V will be a bestseller
In the latest Consumer Reports reviews, the Subaru Forester compact sport utility vehicle topped the Honda CR-V and other rivals. The 2014 Subaru Forester, which now ranks as Consumer Reports’ top pick in the compact sport utility vehicle segment, won praise from the non-profit magazine for “space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors.”
According to Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher a.k.a. the director of the well-known magazine, the 2014 Forester is perfect if you are looking for a small SUV that is very functional and fuel-efficient. Furthermore, the 2014 Forester can accelerate faster than its rivals and still leads the competitors in fuel economy.
For those who don’t know, earlier this month Fuji Heavy said that it will invest $400 million to boost U.S. capacity by the end of 2016 due to the rising demand for vehicles such as the Forester SUV. Subaru sales increased 17 percent in April 2013, the biggest increase among carmakers based in Asia.Read the entire article 2014 Subaru Forester beats the Honda CR-V in Consumer Reports SUV review
Consumer Reports magazine announced today that it will not recommend the the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers due to the low scores in the magazine's tests.
The most interesting thing is that Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend Ford’s MyFord and MyLincoln Touch technology. Moreover, Consumer Reports doesn’t want to recommend the Infiniti QX56, a V-8 version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Porsche Cayenne.
“All three of these vehicles have a number of strengths, but each had some notable weaknesses that forced their testing scores to fall below our standard for a recommended SUV,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn.Read the entire article Consumer Reports will not recommend Chevrolet SUVs, Ford SUVs and MyFord Touch
For the June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, the freshened Acura MDX topped tests of four luxury SUVs. The 2010 Acura MDX got an "Excellent" overall score and overall road-test scores of 85, easily beating the Land Rover LR4, which earned a "Very Good" 73; the new Lincoln MKT, which earned a "Very Good" 72; and the Audi Q7, which earned a "Very Good" 68.
The MDX has an enhanced powertrain that leads to improved acceleration and fuel economy. The MDX is now the influential magazine's top-rated three-row luxury SUV.
David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut, described the MDX as a well-rounded vehicle that crushes its much more expensive rivals. Among the four SUVs in this test group, only the MDX is Recommended.Read the entire article 2010 Acura MDX tops Consumer Reports’ tests
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.”Read the entire article Aston Martin's Lagonda marque unveils All-Terrain Concept
SsangYong Motor Company, the auto company from South Korea, is making its presence felt in Europe by unveiling the fourth generation of the SsangYong Korando at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This all new model embarks on a new journey in the world of SUVs by offering not just contemporary design, but also state-of-the-art technology and the latest safety features. SsangYong Motor hopes to commence sales of the Korando in South Korea shortly, and in Europe mid-2019.
In terms of design, the new SsangYong Korando is influenced by the SsangYong SIV-2 concept unveiled at the 2016 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. This is apparent with the SUV’s front end, with a distinctive new grille and new headlight treatment. Moreover, the new Korando boasts of strongly sculptured side lines.
The contemporary exterior of the of the new SsangYong Korando is restricted in dimensions that measures 4,452 mm in length, 1,870 mm in width and 1,620 mm in height. This makes the fourth generation of the Korando longer, wider and lower than the previous model.Read the entire article 2019 Geneva Motor Show: 4th generation SsangYong Korando gets unveiled
Bentley Motors has finally unveiled in metal a more hardcore version of its Bentayga sports utility vehicle at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Welcome the new Bentley Bentayga Speed, which is not only the fastest production SUV in the United Kingdom, but also in the world, as the British auto maker claims.
According to Bentley, the new Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga so far, building on the carmaker’s tradition of creating Speed models since 2007 (Continental GT).
It could be remembered that the Bentayga managed to set a new record for production SUVs at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Now, Bentley is evolving the Bentayga to a more performance-oriented SUV by installing a much improved version of the carmaker’s renowned 6.0-liter W12 engine. In its application in the Bentayga Speed, this W12 engine is tuned to deliver up to 635 PS (626 bhp) of output and up to 900 Nm (664 lb.-ft.) of torque.Read the entire article Bentley Bentayga Speed hits 2019 Geneva Motor Show as fastest production SUV so far
The last time the Lincoln Aviator premium SUV made it to the streets was more than a decade ago. It was only produced for three years, and the 2005 model year was the last version of the Aviator produced. Now, the Aviator is set to take off once again, as recently unveiled at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Lincoln is once again ready to demonstrate that its premium SUV offering isn't just for luxurious utility, but also for power and capability. It is for these reasons the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator is laden not just with a powerful engine but also with advanced technologies. This new three-row, midsize premium utility takes Lincoln’s design vision on a new level while pursuing the brand’s Quiet Flight concept.
The design of the all-new Lincoln Aviator is inspired by aviation, as seen on its lines as well as on its wraparound windshield. Moreover, the stature of the front grille and tapering off of the body and tail provide a distinct aerofoil analogy. The Aviator on display at the LA Auto Show is wrapped in Flight Blue exterior color. Its Lincoln’s signature grille dons a high-gloss black appearance as well as chrome accents.Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Aviator gets rebooted with Grand Aviator hybrid option
More than a month ago since introducing the BMW X7 to the global public, the German premium carmaker has unveiled its flagship SUV to the North American audience at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is quite ironic since the BMW X7 is built at the carmaker’s Spartanburg manufacturing site in South Carolina.
There is quite no need to tell all the details about the new BMW X7. Nonetheless, the X7 that will soon arrive in the United States will be available in two guises, powered only by petrol engines. As what BMW has revealed, the X7 SUV will be offered either as the X7 xDrive40i or the X7 xDrive50i. The BMW X7 xDrive40i has a core in the persona of a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine. This mill is tuned to deliver 335 hp (250 kW) of max output as well as 330 lb.-ft. (447 Nm). This power is enough for the xDrive40i to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds.
On the other hand, BMW is offering a more powerful version of the X7 SUV, which would be an ideal fit for customers who wanted to squeeze more performance from the flagship. The BMW X7 xDrive50i will be powered by a newly developed twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that can deliver 456 hp (340 kW) of max motive power as well as 479 lb.-ft. (649 Nm) of peak torque. This engine can send the X7 xDrive50i sprinting from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, or around 0.6 seconds quicker than the X7 xDrive40i.Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: BMW X7 flagship SUV makes its debut in North America
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is playing host to a number of debuts, especially SUVs. Hyundai won't let itself be left out as the South Korean carmaker unveiled its own SUV flagship at the LA event – the all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade mid-size SUV. Set to be built at the carmaker’s manufacturing plant in Ulsan, South Korea, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is scheduled to arrive dealerships across the United States in the summer of 2019.
Hyundai’s new Palisade could be the brand’s answer to the growing demand for larger SUVs. It does offer a seven-seat SUV in the guise of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL is basically just a slightly larger version of the Santa Fe five-seat SUV. Some customers might find other similarly sized SUVs from other carmakers as more spacious.
To answer the call, Hyundai create the new Palisade, which it says offers enough room to accommodate eight occupants and their cargo. Furthermore, the Palisade promises to deliver a host of technologies and offer great levels of safety.Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Hyundai Palisade flagship SUV unveiled
Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points and different target markets. Moreover, in terms of power and performance, the Duster couldn’t be compared to a Mustang.
Nonetheless, there is one person who believes that Dacia’s budget SUV is similar to the Ford’s legendary pony car. This person is the chief of design for Group Renault -- Laurens van den Acker. Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Group Renault, has been building the Duster since 2009, while Ford has been producing the Mustang since 1965. Despite the Duster being just a decade old, van den Acker told Autocar that the SUV is similar to the Mustang in a sense that it is already an iconic model with an identity stronger than the brand.
Group Renault’s design chief believes that the identity of the Duster as a model is already larger than Dacia as a brand. This is similar to the iconic pony car – the Mustang as a model has a stronger identity than Ford as a brand. The Duster is iconic to Dacia just as the Mustang is iconic for Ford.Read the entire article Group Renault design chief compares the Dacia Duster with Ford Mustang
Plug-in hybrid vehicles are increasingly the mobility of choice for many people. For short drives around the city or urban areas, plug-in hybrid can be switched to all-electric mode for a zero-emission driving experience. However, current plug-in hybrids can only offer up to 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range.
Mercedes-Benz is hoping to break the status quo by not just surpassing the 50-km barrier, but also offering up to 100 km (62 miles) in pure electric range. Quite a number of plug-in hybrids still offer 30 km of electric range, while there is an increasing number of models that are engineered to reach 50 km.
As divulged by Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV will be the first plug-in hybrid to offer a 100-km range, as per WLTP cycle.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz claims upcoming GLE PHEV will have a 100-km all-electric range
In case you missed it, Ferrari is joining the world of crossovers. As SUV and crossovers continue to rule the demand in the automotive world, the Italian sports car maker saw that it is in its best interest to join the game with the new Ferrari Purosangue.
While this new crossover might officially arrive in a matter of years, this new Ferrari SUV might already be past the planning stage – if SupercarsNews is to be believed. SupercarsNews uploaded a video on its YouTube account with the description “Ferrari Purosangue spy spotted! The new SUV Ferrari mule on the road.” The video shows a camouflaged crossover entering the field of view of the camera. Then, the camouflaged vehicle comes to a full stop, but only for a second. Perhaps, its driver had no inkling that a spy photographer was waiting for an ambush. Then the camouflaged vehicle reverses to hide from the camera.
No thanks to the description, by SupercarsNews persons who would have seen the video would quickly believe that this test mule was an early prototype of the Ferrari Purosangue. However, the Ferrari vehicle on the video might not be a test mule for the Ferrari Purosangue crossover. Instead, it could be an elevated test mule for the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. Since this test mule has a high ground clearance, it might have been mistaken for the Purosangue. As to why the test mule for the GTC4Lusso has a higher ground elevation, there is no clear reason yet.Read the entire article Ferrari SUV will be named Purosangue
BMW will launch the fourth generation of its X5 SUV to the global market in March 2019. Its high-performance version, the X5 M, would follow but that would take some time. As there would be customers who want their new X5 looks sportier than usual, BMW is allowing them to dress up their SUVs in M style through M Performance Parts.
Just in time for the global launch of the new X5 (05), BMW will be offering an extensive range of M Performance Parts, as available through the Original BMW Accessories program. Just like any other M Performance Parts, the ones that will be available for the new X5 were developed through racing expertise of BMW M. All of these M Performance Parts have a functional purpose, such as enhancing the X5’s aerodynamics or contributing to its already intelligent lightweight concept.
A number of M Performance Parts for the new X5 are made from carbon fiber, giving the SUV a more striking appearance inspired by motor racing. Most of these CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) components feature a final high-gloss polish for further depth effect.Read the entire article Extensive M Performance Parts will be available at launch of the BMW X5 (G05)
Just recently, BMW introduced its much-anticipated flagship SUV -- the all-new BMW X7 – after more than four years of wait. Now that it is finally arriving, high-performance customers are wondering how many years they would have to wait before the German premium carmaker creates a BMW X7 M.
The reality is that there is yet no clear sign that BMW would create an M version of the newly unveiled X7 SUV. While the X7 M is a possibility that can’t be discount, it might be hard to imagine how the high-performance version of BMW’s flagship SUV would look like. Good thing though, an automotive graphic artist is here to help with his own rendering of the BMW X7 M.
X-Tomi Design has been known for his renderings of still non-existent versions of vehicles that are in the market or have just been unveiled. His graphic works are usually realistic, to the point that it seems that his renderings were actual official images released by carmakers. X-Tomi latest comes in form of the BMW X7 M, which would be the high-performance version of the newly unveiled X7.Read the entire article This BMW X7 M looks like the real thing from the future
The distance a vehicle can travel with a full tank of gas or a single full charge is important to any driver. This is why most carmakers reveal the range of their vehicle offerings. With the first example of the I-Pace already delivered to its retail customer, Jaguar has released its MPGe estimates for its electric SUV. Sad to say, but the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t measure to its EV competitors in terms of electric range.
When Jaguar said that the new I-Pace electric SUV would be getting a large battery as its core, expectations were high for its electric range – until it release its estimated MPGe figures. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), as how the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converts the power consumed by an EV into a term that is familiar to most Americans. MGPe is essentially how far an electric car can travel on the amount of energy that is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.
According to Jaguar, the new I-Pace returns 80 MPGe city, 72 MPGe highway and 76 MPGe combined. This means that the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 234 miles in all-electric range in a single charge from its 90-kWh battery. That may sound impressive, but wait until its electric range is compared against other EVs, in particular the Tesla Model X that is considered as its main rival as both are electric SUVs.Read the entire article Jaguar says I-Pace electric SUV has an electric range of 234 miles
That was fast! It was only a few days ago when Skoda teased its newest creation – the new all-new Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV -- through three sketched images. Now, the Czech carmaker is formally introducing online the coupe version of its Kodiaq SUV, revealing a number of details that should excite potential buyers in China.
According to Skoda, the exterior of the new Kodiaq GT coupe SUVis wrapped in sporty proportions. With a length of around 4.63 meters, it is slightly shorter than the Kodiaq SUV. On the front, the new Kodiaq GT is marked by a black-framed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs, as bordered on top by a wide bonnet, on the sides by LED headlights, and on the bottom by a three-dimensional bumper. The new Kodiaq SUV also features a front spoiler with wide air inlets.
When viewed from the sides, the new Skoda Kodiaq GT reveals coupe-like flanks, clear precise lines and a gently sloping roofline, which slope starts from behind the front doors. The coupe SUV also features dynamic wheel arches as well as body-colored chiseled side skirts.Read the entire article China-exclusive Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV officially introduced
It has been more than four years since BMW announced the imminent arrival of its largest sports utility vehicle ever. Now, the German premium carmaker is finally introducing its much-anticipated flagship SUV – the all-new BMW X7.
Set to be produced at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, the new BMW X7 will be launched to global market in March 2019.
The burly yet elegant exterior of the new BMW X7 essentially preaches the fact that it is large premium flagship SUV with huge intentions in the segment. Its exterior is wrapped in massive dimensions: 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width and 1,805 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,105 mm.Read the entire article BMW finally introduces its all-new X7 flagship SUV
Finally, Skoda is entering the coupe-SUV segment. However, motorists in Europe or United States won't be able to get a piece of it. This is because Skoda is marketing the all-new coupe version of Kodiaq – the Skoda Kodiaq GT -- exclusive in China. It may arrive in other markets around the world, but for now, plans only involves exclusive sale in the Chinese market.
Skoda has yet to disclose important details about the all-new Kodiaq GT. Nonetheless, the fact that the Czech carmaker has released three design sketches, Skoda is all-bent to deliver a new coupe-SUV – as based on the Kodiaq SUV – for the Chinese market. This means that China will the only market in the world in which Skoda will be selling four SUV models: Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Kodiaq GT.
The new Kodiaq GT will be Skoda’s fourth SUV in China, and will be second exclusive model made just for the Chinese market, after the Kamiq. It will also be replacing the Kamiq as the brand’s most expensive SUV and its new flagship in China. According to the Czech carmaker, the Kodiaq GT coupe SUV is a demonstration of its commitment to the Chinese market, expecting the new model to be a key driver of the brand’s image.Read the entire article Skoda releases first sketches of its China-exclusive Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV
More and more vehicles are using automatic transmissions to send power from the engine to the wheels. Even supposed sporty cars have been ditching manual transmissions in favor of automatic gearboxes. But the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco could come fitted with a manual transmission, according to a report by Jalopnik.
Citing a number of sources privy with the plans, Jalopnik reported that Ford is tapping Getrag to develop a new manual gearbox for the 2020 Ford Bronco. The partnership between Ford and Getrag to develop a new manual transmission for the Bronco isn't surprising as the German company is also the one producing the manual gearbox – the MT-82 six-speed unit -- for the Ford Mustang. The new manual transmission for the new Bronco will be named as the MT-88. As per Jalopnik’s sources, this Bronco-bound transmission will be a seven-speed unit that would send power to wheels from Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
According to Jalopnik, there is a possibility that the new MT-88 manual transmission share components with the MT-82 manual gearbox. Likewise, Ford may also decide to use the new MT-88 manual transmission for the next generation of the Mustang. Nonetheless, while the current plan has the new MT-88 manual transmission being fitted in the Bronco, the fact that the vehicle is still being developed means things may change as Ford gets closer to the official unveiling of the Bronco.Read the entire article 2020 Ford Bronco may come with a six- or seven-speed manual transmission from Getrag
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