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Genesis has filed GT Coupe and GV nameplates for upcoming models

Earlier this month, we were getting hints that Hyundai, along with its sister company Genesis, isn’t doing so well in the United States as well as in Europe. So this news may be a surprise for some. It looks like Genesis has plans on expanding its portfolio, and we mean adding many new models including the G70, at least one coupe, and an SUV.

Currently, the Korean luxury car maker carries the G90 and the G80 sedans in its lineup. And according to Motor Authority, Genesis has filed trademarks with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. Some of which are coupes under the names GT60, GT70, GT80 and GT90 - and all these have already been reserved for the company. It seems like they will be using “GT” for their coupes instead.

Back in 2016, the company had a leaked product roadmap that indicates their plan to release six distinct models by year 2020. And as of 2017, it already has three which are the aforementioned G90, G80, and the G70 sedans. This means that there will be three more that we should expect, and these are likely to be two SUVs (a small and a midsize), and a small sports coupe. The other coupes will have to wait until after 2020.

Read the entire article Genesis has filed GT Coupe and GV nameplates for upcoming models

Jaguar reveals the new E-Pace small SUV

"It has every reason to succeed" -- this is what Finbar McFall, global product marketing director, has to say about the new Jaguar E-Pace small SUV. He said this during an interview when asked if the small SUV could outsell the current favourite, which is the mid-sized F-Pace SUV.

Jaguar developed the E-Pace to go up against the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It is not just a smaller version of the F-Pace as it is completely unique in its own way. In terms of size, it is very similar to that of the Audi Q3.

The E-Pace, also known as "the cub", was built with some inspiration from the Range Rover Evoque. After 3 years of development, combined with Jaguar XF's suspension hardware, the company came out with a sporty SUV. Chief engineer Graham Wilkins made sure that the E-Pace drives just like a Jaguar.

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Zarood Sandracer goes on sale with a staggering price of $450,000 in the UAE

The Zarooq Sandracer 500 GT was first showcased as a concept car back in December 2015 at the Abu Dhabi Gran Prix. Now, the model has begun production in United Arab Emirates, and it is packed with 525 horses.

Ninety percent of the time, concept cars promise more than what the production cars turn out to be. But in the case of the Sandracer, Auto Guide says that the production model of the Zarooq off-roader has more upgrades to offer than the concept vehicle.

Starting off with the engine, the concept promised it would have a V6. But the production model comes equipped with a 6.2 liter V8 engine paired with a five-speed sequential gearbox that pushes the Sandracer to deliver 525 horsepower and 487 pound feet of torque. This luxury buggy has a top speed of 137 miles per hour, and power is delivered to the rear wheels.

Read the entire article Zarood Sandracer goes on sale with a staggering price of $450,000 in the UAE

Land Rover will produce new flagship model to rival Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The uber-luxurious sports utility vehicle market is definitely growing quickly, Bentley has its own Bentayga and Rolls-Royce is now prepping the Cullinan. And now, it seems that Land Rover wants a piece of the action by possibly expanding their lineup with a SUV that will sit on top of the current range topper, the Range Rover SV Autobiography.

The juicy details are not really that crystal clear at this point in time due to the fact that it is still a question mark if the Land Rover "SUV" will be a completely different model or just another luxurious trim for the Range Rover. By far, the most expensive and premium Land Rover model was the Range Rover Holland and Holland, which costs around £180,000 in United Kingdom and $244,500 in United States.

Unfortunately, the SUV is no longer available as it was only released for a limited time only. The Tata Motors-owned company does not have a vehicle to rival the Bentley Bentayga as of the moment, but this could possibly change in the following years as this uber-premium range topper is being planned. Furthermore, a Mercedes-Maybach marked SUV will supposedly be produced in the next years to come.

Read the entire article Land Rover will produce new flagship model to rival Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan

If you’ve been looking for a striking three-row SUV that also has enough power to give you the pleasure that you want, look no further as the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is here. It does not have the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that the Hellcat offers, but it does come with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque. Now, that’s probably the most powerful 3-row SUV we have heard of.

With this engine, the Durango SRT is capable of hitting 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and has a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. That is very impressive for an SUV that weighs a lot.

The Durango SRT will have a set of 20 inch wheels, Brembo brakes, quad-exhaust tips, Bilstein dampers, and an all-wheel drive system. There will be a driving mode selector which includes seven settings like sport mode. In this mode, shift times of the 8-speed auto can be reduced by up to 50 percent, and can also split torque 35:65 front to rear.

Read the entire article 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a tempting proposition with its starting price of $64,090

Those who know of Jeremy Clarkson would say that it’s difficult to persuade him once he has formed his opinions. In fact, that may be an understatement for many. Another thing that we know about him is that he is not a big fan of SUVs, or that genre in general, as he thinks that it is a waste of money. However, the general public doesn't seem to agree with him, and still go for SUVs. To add to that, more and more people are shifting to SUVs more than anything else.

Clarkson expressed this as he wrote on his latest article on Sunday Times: "I loathe all the current crop of so-called SUVs, except those I dislike intensely". He finds it "idiotic" driving around a car that is slower, pricier, and consumes more fuel than a saloon or an estate. This guy has so much angst.

But recently, Alfa Romeo invited the guy to head over to Tuscany to test drive the new Stelvio. Naturally, Clarkson already had a negative outlook on this, as it was an SUV made by Alfa Romeo, and even compared it to Armani deciding to make carrier bags. A weird metaphor but we get it.

Read the entire article SUV-hating Jeremy Clarkson ends up liking the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Swedish moose test is known to have victimized many in the past, including the Toyota Hilux that massively failed. So knowing that many cars from trusted and leading automakers have failed, how do you think Tesla's all-electric Model X will do? Surprisingly, it did very well.

But before getting into detail, it was confirmed last week that the Tesla Model X officially became the highest safety rated SUV, earning a 5-star rating in every single category from NHTSA.

Though the moose test is not part of the NHTSA, the Tesla Model X did particularly well in the rollover test, all thanks to its battery pack located at the bottom of the chassis - developing a low center of gravity.

Read the entire article Tesla Model X proves maneuvering skill after passing Swedish moose test with ease

Some people like their food with extra spice, while some don’t. It’s similar to how some people are happy with a factory model car, but some just can’t get enough of what’s already there. Naples Speed recently fitted a set of VFS2 wheels on Volkswagen’s largest SUV ever built, the Atlas. And even with a set of 21-inch Vossen wheels, they look totally fine, and far from oversized.

If you look at it from afar, you would think that they are just regular wheels that the company itself has installed. The wheels have a classic multi-spoke design that just fits the design of the Atlas. Having said that, there will always be people who will disagree. For instance, the unnamed VW designer who said that it looked like a 2012 Ford seen at the LA Auto Show.

In America, Volkswagen is known to produce compact cars that are practical and economical. Their cars were either fun to drive or nice to look at. But the company felt that their strategy was not working, so they came out with the Atlas, their large, dull, and not so pretty SUV.

Read the entire article VW Atlas looks better with a set of 21-inch Vossen wheels

A lot of people would consider the 2018 Lincoln Navigator an SUV large enough to fit seven passengers comfortably, and still having a lot of cargo space. But not everybody has the same standards, and some may still find it small for some odd reason. Well, if you are one of those people, then worry no more. Ford's luxury marque just announced that they have prepared what they call an "extended" version of the luxury SUV.

To be more specific, the Extended-lenght Lincoln Navigator will be almost one foot longer than the regular version. That’s 30 centimeters longer, meaning that there will be even more space for the passengers.

The extended Navigator offers a segment-leading cargo volume behind the second row seats, which the company is indeed proud of. An additional 15 cubic feet of cargo has been added behind the third row seats. And as I have mentioned earlier, the longer the vehicle, the more legroom there will be for the passengers. That’s because of its wheelbase that has been extended by almost 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) more than the standard version. But the good news doesn't end there, this version also has elongated rear doors which makes getting in and out of the car easier.

Read the entire article Lincoln reveals the extended-lenght version of the Navigator

Tesla Motors could now confidently say that its Tesla Model X is the safest sports utility vehicle and perhaps the safest electric vehicle so far.

After all, no other SUV or vehicle could surpass the recent ratings scored by the Tesla Model X (2017 model year) in the latest round of independent tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of course, there is nothing that exceeds the maximum five stars awarded by NHTSA to vehicles following testing. This means other SUVs or vehicles could – at best – match the ratings earned by the 2017 Tesla Model X.

Overall, five variants of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV were tested: Model X 60D AWD, Model X 75D AWD, Model X 90D AWD, Model X P90D AWD and Model X P100D AWD. All these variants were made to undergo three test categories: front crash, overall side crash (both side barrier and pole crashes) and rollover resistance.

Read the entire article 2017 Tesla Model X scores five stars in all of NHTSA safety tests

German tuning shop AC Schnitzer is all well-known for tweaking aftermarket vehicles made by BMW and Mini as well as, to some extent, Land Rover. However, that doesn’t mean that this famed German tuner is limited to tuning such vehicle makes. As proof, it recently churned a vehicle from Land Rover’s sister brand, Jaguar.

However, AC Schnitzer’s latest creation is somewhat subdued when compared to its previous works. We are referring to a tweaked version of the Jaguar F-Pace, courtesy, of course, of AC Schnitzer. Nonetheless, the tweaks made on the Jaguar F-Pace are visually enticing as well as performance enhancing. After all the works were done, this F-Pace became the very first Jaguar that AC Schnitzer has tuned.

Up front, the most apparent changes include the installation of a new front fascia with a carbon fiber diffuser – a new aerodynamic component that could be availed on the "R-Sport," "S," "Pure," "Prestige," or "Portfolio" trims of the Jaguar F-Pace. This aerodynamic element on the front is matched on the rear with the addition of a new rear roof wing, thereby allowing the tweaked F-Pace to generate more downforce than its regular counterpart.

Read the entire article AC Schnitzer offers upgrade package for Jaguar F-Pace

After its 2017 model year received a major facelift, we thought there isn’t much to expect for 2018MY. Luckily, the new Hyundai Santa Fe has been generously packed with all the essentials, thanks to the new value-focused trim plus enhanced new features.

At $27,800, the front wheel drive Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Value features new roof side rails, new front fog lights and daytime running lights (in LED). For superior comfort, the crossover has been equipped with heated front seats and power driver seat with lumbar support.

The latest and most convenient technologies have been added to the new model too. Among them are Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car System, dual automatic temperature control with Clear Air technology, a 7-inch infotainment audio display with Sirius XM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Read the entire article 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will have popular features under new Value Package

Presented in 2013, the 3rd gen X-Trail is now the beneficiary of a long awaited mid-cycle upgrade this year. The European equivalent of the Nissan Rogue, the mid-size crossover will now flaunt sharper aesthetics, better packaging, more comfortable features and a few tech novelties.

Juventus and Real Madrid will battle it out head to head to determine the champion in this year's UEFA Champions League in Europe, in what is considered the largest soccer event for club teams on the continent. The final match will also host the unveiling of the facelifted version of the X-Trail from Nissan, the official automotive partner of UEFA Champions League.

In what is considered as a state-of-the-art tech is the ProPILOT autonomous driving system which will be offered for the aforementioned SUV next year. The new tech will manage the acceleration, steering and braking in a single lane highway in heavy traffic jam and high-speed travel. The system is part of the Japanese automaker's Intelligent Mobility array of tech that also involves Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan X-Trail Facelift debuts with ProPILOT autonomous driving tech

Ford's prized SUV, the Ford Expedition, is considered as a popular pick in the full-sized SUV category. Now, the American automaker has implemented a timely redesign to its most valued Expedition. The 2018 Ford Expedition will now use an aluminium body composition akin to the one that was utilized in America's favourite pick-up, the F-150. Not only that, the up-and-coming SUV will also boast a maximum tow rating of around 9,300 lbs- a certified SAE spec figure that the American automaker claims will give it a big edge in getting best in class capability.

The full-size Ford Expedition, re-engineered from the base up for the 2018 model year, is now offering a decisive edge over its rivals in the "hitch up the trailer and go on your next family vacation" premise. Not only is the upcoming SUV offering the best in class towing rating of over 9,300 lbs, but it will also highlight a new feature that is called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the purpose to aid rookie tow jockeys in looking like experienced pros.

To enable the feature, the driver can simply turn a knob to specify how much the trailer should turn. The 2018 Expedition then turns its front wheels to accurately maneuver the said trailer in its correct position. And to make sure that all will go according to plan, the SUV's speed is also restricted when the system is on the go. Ford indicated that its new feature system can cut down the time it requires to back up the trailer. At the same time, it also aids "driver confidence". The latter part is somewhat identical to what pro racers would encounter when they utilize track mode in a high powered supercar.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs, also offers pro trailer backup assist feature

Automobili Lamborghini’s preparations for the production of its first ever sports utility vehicle, the new Lamborghini Urus, has reached new grounds as the Italian carmaker is disclosing plans to construct a paint plant. It also confirmed the addition of new jobs that come with the new facility.

According to the carmaker, the new facility will be used to paint the body of the new Urus SUV. It will be completed by the end of next year. Of course, new hires are needed to man the new paint facility. As per new Lamborghini, the paint plant for the new Urus SUV will employ around 200 new workers once it reaches full production capacity. The Italian carmaker said that the new paint plant will be installed with the most advanced technological systems that boast of low environmental impact. The company plans to commence selling the new Lamborghini Urus on the auto market in 2018.

Lamborghini had envisaged its production facility for the new Urus to cover an area of 150,000 square meters by the end of this year. However, the new paint plant will cover an area of more than 10,000 sqm, which means that Lamborghini’s production facility for the new Urus would cover a total area of more than 160,000 sqm.

Read the entire article Lamborghini is expanding Urus’ production site with new paint plant

Nowadays, there has been a surge of modified Mercedes-Benz G-Wagons, and we are happy with all that. Only recently, the German automaker powerhouse revealed its 2 deluxe, limited editions for the G63 and G65 SUVs. However, if they are not your cup of tea then tuner RevoZport got you covered, as they are now offering their latest upgrade package that makes the squared shape SUV even more daring. The G63 and G65 are not exactly innocent looking from the start but now RevoZport has raised their intimidating features to exciting heights.

This menace vehicle has an astounding 1,995 mm width, making it as wide as the humongous G500 4x4 Squared. Among the modified features are the brawny wheel arches that stretch the sides by about 70 mm. Due to its broadness, wider wheels can be put in by G-Wagon. Customers may also opt for a portal system that can snugly fit the G63 or G65 with wheels of the G500 4x4. If you are a big fan of the carbon fiber finish, then you would like this part. A set of striking carbon fiber vents take up most of the hood.

It also serves another purpose- the designs fuse a smart "water trap" system that makes sure water doesn't enter the engine area. Other exterior upgrades include a noticeable front splitter with unified LED daytime running lights, carbon mirror caps, roof spoiler and a carbon spare wheel cover. The carbon fibre feature doesn’t stop there, as the interior of the G63 and G65 RevoZport has been enclosed with extensive carbon fibre.

Read the entire article Tuner RevoZport rolls out RZG-700 performance package for G63 and G65 AMG

Now owned by Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor, British auto company MG is introducing its latest sports utility vehicle in the United Kingdom – the new MG XS. A little brother of the MG GS, the new MG GS compact SUV will go on sale in the UK in winter 2017, months after it was unveiled at recently concluded London Motor Show.

In case you missed it, MG is launching a new baby SUV in China, the new MG ZS. The MG XS is basically a rebadged version of the ZS, although it is expected that some changes would be made – mostly in the area of mechanicals and in the cabin – to allow this baby SUV to comply with regulations and be marketed in the UK. It will compete against the likes of Nissan Juke, SsangYong Tivoli, Dacia Duster and Suzuki Vitara.

MG – through its parent SAIC – is already selling the ZS in China. The new MG ZS is powered by 1.0 liter three-cylinder turbo engine that provides 123 bhp of max output and 125 lb.-ft. (175 Nm) of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, allowing the MG ZS to sprint from standstill to 62 mph is just 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 mph. Weighing 1,290 kilograms, the new MG ZS measures 4,313 mm in length, 1,809 mm in height and 1,648 mm in width.

Read the entire article 2018 MG XS compact SUV is headed to the UK this winter

Jeep has shown just how powerful the Grand Cherokee SRT truly is. Considered to be one of the brand’s top-performing vehicles, this model managed to beat the Hot Rod Coupe, fitted with the HEMI engine, in a quarter of a mile drag race done at the Santa Pod Raceway in the U.K.

Driven by none other than UK’s very own drag racing champion Stuart Doignie, the Grand Cherokee SRT crossed the line in 13.5 seconds beating the Coupe, with Kelvin Dunn inside, by 0.9 seconds. Not that surprising really since it is powered by the HEMI 6.4-liter engine. With Doignie’s skill, the engine was able to deliver 468 hp with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. For the quarter-mile stretch, the Grand Cherokee SRT was able to cover it in under 14 seconds.

Doignie said that he was truly captivated by the Grand Cherokee SRT’s speed and raw power. He added that while he been behind the wheel in a number of dragster vehicles running at the Santa Pod, this is the first time he has been in a model that was made for the road. It is extremely quick off the line, he said further.

Read the entire article Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT dominates Hot Rod at Santa Pod Raceway in UK

Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian-American automaker's current bid to extract a five-figure amount out of the check books of consumers who like to cruise around in style with Giorgio-backed grace, and those who are highly interested to know how much it costs to acquire such vehicle then you are in luck. FCA North America recently revealed the price tag for both Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, and automaker competitors might just be worried now.

The Italian-American automaker is finally taking part in the crossover buzz in the United States by unveiling the Stelvio this summer. The top of the tier Quadrifoglio will sit beside the Stelvio at a later time, but the standard trim will sell for about $42,990 (plus $995 destination) when arriving at selected dealers. Its mid-range counterpart, the Stelvio Ti will bear a price tag of around $44,990. The standard Stelvio and Ti's powertrain is a 2.0 L turbocharged 4 cylinder that produces around 280hp (209 kW) and 306 lb-ft (415 Newton-meters) of torque.

The output will be delivered via an 8-speed automatic gearbox to the front and rear wheels. The automotive company claimed that the new crossover can go up to 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour) in just 5.4 seconds and can clinch a top speed of about 144 mph (232 kph). But don’t be fooled, as the low-range Stelvio have some nifty features including Alfa DNA drive mode selector, leather interior, backup camera, rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps with LE daytime running light, LED tail lamps, passive entry care of Keyless Go, power liftgate, power hatch, and a Formula One inspired flat bottom steering wheel with dedicated push button start to top it all.

Read the entire article 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is set to arrive this summer, price starts at $42,990

If you fancy owning any automaker's limited edition releases then the Land of the Rising Sun is the place to be. Following the anticipated release of the CLA 180 donned in a Star Wars theme, Mercedes-Benz is back at it again with another limited edition in a more appealing AMG guise. The German automaker will be releasing a one of a kind G63 AMG 50th Anniversary Edition to celebrate Mercedes-AMG's 50 years in the automotive biz. However, Mercedes G63 will only be limited to Japan.

The 50th Anniversary Edition G63 will have only 50 units, and will be painted in Mauritius metallic paint that will give an even more premium look to the G63. The roof, fenders, contrast, mirrors and even the side trim will have the classy gloss black finish. To match the shadow look, a set of 20 inch AMG five spoke wheels is also fitted. Red callipers are also attached behind the black wheels that show off the large brakes.

Not to be left behind when it comes to swanky designs, Mercedes created an interior that boasts of high class Designo leather with diamond stitching. The interior of the G56 is also offered in 4 2-tone shades. In particular, 24 units will be produced in Porcelain white, 15 will have a black interior, 6 boasting of a Mocha Brown interior, and the last 5 will have a Saddle Brown toned interior. 3 of them will be bearing black leather for a 2-tone design. For a sporty look, an AMG Carbon Fiber trim package will seal the deal.

Read the entire article Japan-exclusive Mercedes-AMG G63 to be released for 50th anniversary
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