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Subaru Forester receives upgrades at same price for model year 2016

The 2016 Subaru Forester has received well-meaning upgrades that would surely be appreciated by drivers and passengers alike. These upgrades cover safety, refinement, comfort and convenience – while prices remain the same for all trim levels. Prices range from £25,495 (on-the-road) for the 2.0i XE model to £26,995 for 2.0D XC models.

At first glance, the 2016 Subaru Forester conveys a refreshed exterior appearance. Its front end features the characteristic hexagonal grille updated with a new 'wing' motif grille mesh. The front end also features a reshaped front bumper with the new L-shaped chrome trim, thereby providing extra visual volume to the lower front end of the Forester and highlighting the vehicle’s relatively low center of gravity, stability and wide stance.

Moreover, the front end of the 2016 Subaru Forester is gifted with wraparound headlamps that still features Subaru's signature 'hawk-eye' shape. These headlamps now come with a sharper appearance, thanks to a new black base paint finish for a sharper appearance. LED combination lamps, meanwhile, are featured at the rear of the 2016 Subaru Forester. Subaru moved to have the 2016 Forester feature a functional interior with new materials and technologies, thereby giving the cabin a higher-quality appearance and feel while endowing it with modernity.

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2011 Subaru Forester STI Ts introduced in Japan

Subaru unveiled the 2011 Forester STI Ts, a special edition of its popular crossover which will be manufactured in a limited edition of just 300 units. Built only for the Japanese market, the new car is based on the Forester S-Edition and features new STI high-performance parts such as a new modified suspensions which lowers the vehicle by 15 mm.

Furthermore, the car features new front and rear bumpers, a modified front grille, revamped side sills, a new rear roof spoiler, a rear air diffuser with integrated exhaust system. The design is completed by the new set of 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Inside, we find a new sports steering wheel wrapped in leather, sports buckets finished in Alcantara, but also new carbon fiber trim elements. Under the hood, we find a 2.5-liter boxer engine delivering 263 hp and 347 Nm of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

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2011 Subaru Forester revealed, gets new engine and several goodies

Finally, Subaru unveiled today the 2011 Forester and as expected, the car comes with plenty of features ready to boost the sales of the Japanese manufacturer.

So, what’s new for the 2011 model year Forester? First of all we have an all-new engine for the Forester 2.5X models (turbocharged 2.5XT retains current engine) with a larger displacement (2,498 cc vs. 2,457 cc).

The new engine delivers 170 horsepower, which is the same as before, but at slightly lower rpm, while the torque is up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm. The result is an improved fuel economy 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway vs. 2010 20/27 for manual and 20/26 for automatic.

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2010 Australian Motor Show: Subaru Forester S-Edition Concept

The 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney also saw the debut of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester Concept, a new car that previews some strong clues pointing to a new variant next year.

Dubbed Subaru Forester S-Edition Concept, the new car is more powerful than any other version of the current Forester, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter delivering 262 hp and 347 Nm of torque.

Some of the significant additions include paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox, revised sports suspension, Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive, exclusive styling accents, a new set of STI 17-inch high lustre alloy wheels, Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos, new aluminum sport pedals, luminescent instruments with centre design unique to the model and Forester S-Edition badging.

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Subaru announced today the 2011 Forester pricing will start at $20,495 equipped with manual transmission, which means a $200 increase comparing it with the 2010 model year. For the automatic transmission version you will have to pay $21,695. The 2011 Forester will come with the all new 2.5-liter DOHC boxer engine, but also with a new grill design as well as an updated instrument panel with a softer, textured material.

Some of the standard features include AM/FM stereo with single disc CD player and 4 speakers with input auxiliary jack, 12 volt power outlets, Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats, multi-functional center console box and sliding arm rest, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, rear window wiper and washer and remote keyless entry. The Forester 2.5X offers an optional Alloy Wheel Value Package for $400 which ads 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails.

The 2011 Forester 2.5X Premium, equipped with manual transmission starts at $23,195, showing a $400 increase over the 2001MY, while the model fitted with automatic transmission starts at $24,195. Some of the standard features offered by this version include all the 2.5X features plus a standard 10-way power driver's seat, privacy glass, panoramic power moonroof, roof rails, steering wheel mounted audio switches, reclining rear seatback function and rear seat retractable rear tray.

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Subaru's sales are up 35% from last year's figures, it will still release new products. The 2011 Forester models will receive a series of upgrades that include a revamped 2.5-liter engine. To keep the 2011 Subaru Forester current, it will get a slightly updated four-cylinder 2.5-liter boxer engine halfway through its third generation.

Output is maintained at 170hp but because of some minor tweaks, torque has been raised from 170 to 174 pound-feet. The model also gets a slightly improved fuel economy to 21/27 (city/highway) for either a manual or automatic transmission.

The XT-badged turbo models are able to keep their current powerplant but all 2.5X trim levels will be powered by the slightly revised engine.

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Volkswagen is introducing its smallest sports utility vehicle so far, this further expanding its SUV lineup. With the new and tiny Volkswagen T-Cross, the German carmaker is taking advantage of the continued growing demand for SUVs, whether large or small.

With a styling that makes it appear like a smaller brother of the Volkswagen T-Roc, the new VW T-Cross is underpinned by the A0 version of the VW Group’s MQB platform. This is the same platform that underpins other models in the VW Group such as the VW Polo and Audi A1 as well as the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Arona crossover.

The compact nature of the new VW T-Cross is wrapped in its small dimensions. It boasts of a length of just 161.8 inches (4.11 meters), making nearly as long as the Nissan Juke small crossover. Inside, the new VW T-Cross can accommodate between 13.6 cubic feet (385 liters) to 16.07 cubic feet (455 liters) of cargo, depending on the position of the rear seats. These rear seats can slide 5.5 inches (14 cm), thereby increasing or reducing the available cargo space. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space offered by the VW T-Cross increases to 45.24 cubic feet (1,281 liters). An optional folding front passenger seat can be availed by customers who need more cargo room.

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BMW M GmbH is getting things all hyped up leading to the impending launch of its BMW X3 M sports activity vehicle and the BMW X4 M sports activity coupe. In an effort to make things more excited and make prospective customers think more about the new X3 M and X4 M, BMW has decided to let the public view their respective prototypes as they tackled the Nurburgring.

BMW’s high performance unit calls the event as the first official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M. However, the event can’t be called an official unveiling, the as both M versions of the X3 and X4 were both heavily camouflaged, and BMW M didn’t really provide more details – especially their actual specs – about these new high performance models. Indeed, a presentation is really the most appropriate word to describe the event.

The official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M, which series development has already been kicked off, took place during the DTM racing weekend at the Nrburgring (September 7 to 9, 2018). During the official presentation, BMW M had prototypes of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M test driven on the circuit. The prototypes have been camouflaged to indicate their nature as pre-series vehicles, which means that nothing is final yet with regards to the development of the X3 M and the X4 M. Their performances are still being tuned, and their first public appearance is just a showcase of what to expect from these two new M vehicles.

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Italian carmaker Fiat is introducing the facelifted iteration of its compact crossover – the 2019 Fiat 500X. The latest iteration of the 500X comes with some changes on the exterior, including the fitment of new LED light clusters. It also boasts of a restyled interior, new engines and a number of new technologies onboard.

For the 2019 model, the new 500X Urban comes with all-new front and rear bumper design that helps reassert its urban personality. The Cross and City Cross versions, on the other hand, feature new-look protective skid plates, conveying their capability to tackle out-of-town trips.

Also bringing new drama to the design of the new 500X are its new LED light cluster. The new daylight running lights as well as LED rear light clusters are now fitted as standard, delivering a more modern look in line with the most recent styling cues of the 500 family.

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At the International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea, Kia revealed the highly anticipated Kia Niro EV together with the the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Soul EV. Aside from the reveal of the production version of the pure electric crossover, the automaker also gave us information on this soon to be available electric CUV.

Similar to the Hyundai Kona EV’s offerings, the electric Niro will be offered with two different battery options: a 39.2 kilowatt hour version and a 64 kilowatt hour version. Take note though that only the beefier version will be offered in the United States. According to Kia, the smaller battery will have a range of 149 miles per charge, while the bigger one is claimed to have 236 miles. The similar Hyundai Kona may be a little smaller, but it can go a little further per charge.

As for the dimensions, the Niro EV is 4,375mm long, 1,805mm wide, and 1,560mm tall, and 2,700mm in shaft.

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For the longest time, the Skoda Yeti was the only crossover model that the automaker offered to the market. However, that particular model did not really live up to its body style because it became known as an eccentric but adorable tall and rugged hatchback. After the Yeti, Skoda decided to offer a much larger seven-passenger Kodiaq that came in the second half of 2016.

This was then followed by the smaller five seat only Karoq in 2017, which was meant to replace the Yeti. In 2018, Skoda finally decided to add the Kamiq into their portfolio. However, the said model will only be exclusively sold in China, unlike its older siblings that were made available all over the world.

Without having to mention this, the city oriented crossover will be positioned just below the Karoq that we mentioned earlier. This also rounds off Skoda’s three model crossover lineup that is being offered in China. When it comes to the design elements, there isn’t much for us to say because it looks pretty similar to the other two “K” models. However, one thing that you would notice is that the headlights have a different layout, and the main ones are significantly larger too.

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It seems like the Hyundai Tucson will be expanding its range because the automaker is said to give the SUV a new Sport trim that will be equipped with a 2.4 liter four cylinder with 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 175 pound feet (237 Newton metres) of torque that starts at 4,000 rpm, together with a six speed automatic. This powertrain will be available in either a front wheel- or an all wheel-drive layout.

Naturally, the 2.4 liter powerplant will carry out a little more output than the current 1.6 turbocharged four cylinder engine with only 175 horsepower (131 kilowatts) and 195 pound feet (264 Newton metres). This particular engine came with a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.

If you know about the Tucson lineup, the Sport trim is allocated between the SEL trim and the SEL Plus. The Sport trim comes with all of the SEL’s features - from the power driver’s seat, heated front seats, fog lights, and blind spot monitoring. The Sport will be given a set of 19 inch wheels, and will feature things like lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, dual zone automatic climate control, LED approach lights, and a proximity key.

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Subaru ensures that the 2019 Forester doubles up on traits that crossover buyers look for. In other words, it offers more cargo capacity and improved fuel economy. This model debuts at the 2018 New York Auto Show and will go on sale later this year.

When looking at the 2019 model, you probably will not notice any changes when it comes to styling. In fact, the only difference would be the newer shapes and lines, new lighting designs and the new set of wheels - either 17 or 18 inch for each trim level. One think you cannot see is the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP). The Forester’s wheelbase has been upgraded, making it 1.2 inches longer. Therefore, legroom increases by 1.4 inches too. In fact, the headroom and shoulder room have been increased too. Now, cargo space is up by 76.1 cubic feet when the seats are down.

To make it easier to fit things in the back, Subaru engineers worked hard to widen the cargo door by 5.3 inches. At the same time, they made the cargo floor flatter than before. The rear doors now open wider and the C pillar has a steeper angle, making loading and unloading quick.

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The ever growing compact luxury crossover segment has something new for us again, as Lexus revealed the production ready UX at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Physically, it may not be as flamboyant as its namesake from 2016, but it will definitely still stand out in a crowd of compact crossovers.

Lexus UX has a huge corporate spindle grille that will truly catch one’s attention on the road. It also features full width taillights that make it look unique. In fact, this has been fitted by at least 120 individual LEDs. It sits on a set of either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels that were specially made for the crossover. This has also been tweaked in the wind tunnel to improve airflow.

The UX isn’t just about its good looks. Instead, it rides on the company’s newest GA-C platform, which makes handling much easier. As for the car’s dimensions, it is 177 inches (about 4.5 metres) long, with a 103.9 inch (2.63 metre) wheelbase. The company also boasts a segment-leading turning circle of 34 feet (10.3 meters).

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The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is ready to hit the market with its new look and its zero emissions package. For them to be able to cater to a wider market, the automaker decided that they would offer the Kona with two powertrains, with different outputs, ranges, and prices.

For instance, the base model features an electric motor that offers 133 horsepower (99 kilowatts) and 291 pound feet (395 Newton metres) of torque. This one comes equipped with a small 39.2 kWh battery pack that could offer a maximum range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles test procedure (WLTP). This procedure is supposedly more relevant than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Meanwhile, the top of the range Kona Electric was given as much as 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) but with the same torque as the base model. This comes from the 64 kWh battery, which allows it to drive with a range of up to 470 kilometers (292 miles) as per WLTP.

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We could sense that Volkswagen has some big plans for the new T-Roc compact SUV. In fact, on February 23, they announced that a cabriolet version is on its way to be produced in 2020. It will essentially be a convertible version of a new SUV that has not been established in the market.

A lot of us were actually surprised at the fact that Volkswagen announced this and the fact that they are coming out with a model that has a non-existent history of open roof crossovers.

Having said that, nothing is stopping the automaker from investing €80 million to bring the drop top T Roc to production. In the United States, that’s more or less $100 million. And this money will go the company’s Osnabrück plant where the convertible crossover will be produced. We have not actually heard of any details regarding the said model, but as you could see, the rendering depicts a two-door version of this folding hardtop.

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Since the Audi SQ5 first came out, Bavarian tuner did nothing but think up different scenarios for this hot crossover. ABT Sportsline has been offering various upgrade packages for the latest generation. The aftermarket tuners are also revising the temporary top dog in the Q5 family with a wide array of upgrades for customers who cannot wait any longer for the Audi Sport to come out with the RS Q5.

When looking at it from the exterior, ABT gave the Audi SQ5 a new and more aggressive body kit that is wider than the original. They say that the SQ5 looks even more dominant in the rearview mirror after this upgrade. In fact, we would say that it is quite a comprehensive package with those wide hips granted by the fender extensions, together with a new front skirt and muscular side skirts that will definitely catch your attention.

Moving on to the rear, the ABT then gave the SQ5 a newly developed exhaust system with real tips covered in carbon that’s now in place of the decorative chrome housings of the standard model. The quad tips then have a pseudo diffuser that helps the crossover send out a sportier vibe that is enhanced by the prominent spoiler that’s attached to the roof.

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It is only a little over a month away until the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where Lexus is reported to unveil the small crossover, UX. And yet, we still have not seen any spy shots of it until now. Back in 2016, it was previewed at the Paris Motor Show by a namesake concept, as a competitor of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

But whether or not we will see the model in Geneva in a few weeks or not, the UX will be the model to take the place of the CT 200h in the United States, and it will actually stand as the entry level model from Lexus.

The automaker has actually already taken measures to register the UX200, UX250, and UX 250h with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It doesn’t guarantee anything yet but it likely means that there is a good chance it will sooner or later land in U.S. shores. Sales of crossovers and SUVs in this country add up to about 60 percent of the company’s sales. Therefore, adding the small crossover to the lineup just makes more sense.

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Infiniti will commence sales of the new 2019 Infiniti QX50 in the spring, with a starting price of $36,550. But before the big launch, Infiniti has introduced a new reservation program that will allow customers to rack up luxurious rewards. But this pre-launch reservation rewards program isn't just about making customers happy, but also about increasing the hype and sales of the new 2019 Infiniti QX50.

Designed to rack up more reservations, the pre-launch reservation rewards program for the 2019 QX50 is divided into three tiers. Once a tier is unlocked by reaching a certain number of reservations, it opens up certain luxury rewards for customers. Unlocking the second tier and the third tier means upgraded luxury gifts for customers.

The first tier unlocks when the luxury carmaker receives more than 4,000 reservations. This was easily reached, and according to Infiniti USA’s Web site, the luxury carmaker has already taken 8,032 reservations (as of this writing). This meant that the second tier of luxury rewards has already been unlocked at 8,000 reservations. For the third tier to be unlocked, the total reservations received by Infiniti for the 2019 QX50 need to reach 12,000.

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Chinese brand Byton officially unveiled the production version of its Byton Concept during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. With this, the brand hopes to soon enter the U.S. market.

For those unfamiliar with the company, Byton was launched as a new brand of China-based Future Mobility Corp. last year. Its current CEO is Carsten Breitfeld, who was previously the i vehicle program lead of BMW.

The production version presented during the 2018 CES shows an exterior that has been styled with subtle design cues that give one the impression of being inspired by Land Rover and Nissan. The interior however is a different story. While most standard models have an infotainment and instrument cluster, Byton’s offering instead has a single-pane that goes through the whole length of its dashboard. Mounted on the center of the steering is an 8-inch tablet. Meanwhile, the seats have the ability to rotate as much as 12 degrees inward.

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