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2019 Acura RDX arrives in June with starting price of $37,300 before destination fee

At last, the new 2019 Acura RDX is arriving this June, and customers interested in purchasing this reengineered and redesigned SUV would need at least around $38,295 (including destination) in their pockets to own the entry-level version of this luxury vehicle.

The base two-wheel drive model of the 2019 Acura RDX has a window sticker price of $37,300, before $995 in destination fees. The base 2019 RDX with the Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, on the other hand, is priced at $39,300 before $995 destination fees. At this starting price, the Acura RDX is essentially less expensive than the BMW X3 (at $41,000), the Audi Q5 (at $41,500), and the Volvo XC60 (at $41,500). However, the new RDX is bit pricier than the Infiniti QX50 (at $36,550), the Lexus NX (at $35,985) and the Lincoln MKC (at $33,995).

Interestingly, some standard equipment and features on the RDX are offered as optional on more expensive luxury SUVs like the X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. These include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist as well as road departure mitigation. Furthermore, the base RDX with SH-AWD comes standard with LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, as well as a set of 19-inch wheels.

Read the entire article 2019 Acura RDX arrives in June with starting price of $37,300 before destination fee

Refreshed 2019 Buick Envision gets aesthetic and power tweaks with optional nine-speed automatic

Finally, the refreshed 2019 Buick Envision has been revealed to us by the automaker. Buick then says that most of these changes on both its looks and its mechanism were made in response to their customers’ feedback for the crossover when the 2016 model year was launched.

The 2019 Buick Envision now has a new front fascia, with the new headlights and the grille that make the facelifted model look more like the other new Buick models. It now sits on a set of 19 inch wheels and the rear has got new taillights as well. HID headlights now come as a standard, and customers could go for the optional LEDs on the top two trim levels.

They can also opt for the optional 2.0 liter inline four engine that carries out 295 pound feet of torque, which is a good improvement from the previous 260. Power output, however, remains at 252 horsepower. This engine is paired to a nine speed automatic transmission instead of the six speed transmission on its predecessor.

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Baby Jeep to start production in Italy, will be offered in non-US markets

As of today, Jeep’s smallest SUV would be the Renegade, measuring just over 13 feet (396 centimeters) long, and 5 feet (152 cm) tall. To compare that with its largest range topping model, the Grand Cherokee has impressive dimensions of 16 feet (487 cm) long and almost 6 feet (182 cm) tall - that depends on the trim level still. Now, the American automaker believes that they could go another size down from the Renegade, as they plan to introduce a new SUV to be built in Europe.

In an interview between Automotive News and Mike Manley, the automaker’s CEO, he mentioned that the company is looking into an SUV that will be sized smaller than the Renegade, which he refers to as the “baby” Jeep. If this model pushes through as planned, it will be built in Europe, and will be sold in markets outside of the United States. Too bad, the Americans won’t get a mini Jeep.

If everything goes as planned, the baby Jeep will be built where the Fiat Panda minicar is being built, at FCA’s factory in Pomigliano, near Naples in Italy. According to some sources, the American automaker has been tossing around the idea of a baby SUV at FCA’s Pomigliano plant since early last year, telling them that this model could be built on the same platform as the Panda, 500 minicars, and the Lancia Ypsilon. However, this project has suffered many stops and starts.

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Fully equipped 2018 Infiniti QX80 large SUV is priced $86,495 in the US

Infiniti has commenced sales of the new 2018 Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury sports utility vehicle. Aside from the standard specs and optional features, potential customers would want to know how much they would have to shell out to acquire a new 2018 Infiniti QX80.

Thankfully, Infiniti’s online configurator for the new QX80 is now accessible in the United States. This means that anyone could pick and personalize their own 2015 QX80 without even having to go an Infiniti dealership. They could choose the specs, exterior colors, interior elements as well as details and features, while also knowing the price they have to pay.

Of course, as a large luxury SUV, the new 2018 Infiniti QX80 isn't really affordable. Built to cater to more affluent buyers looking for a spacious and luxurious three-row SUV, the base version of the Infiniti QX80 is available at a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of $64,750. When the destination charge of $995 is taken into account, the price is at $65,745. This applies to a base 2018 Infiniti QX80 with a rear-wheel drive configuration, a 5.6-liter V8 engine delivering 400 hp of output and 413 lb.-ft. of torque and seven-speed automatic transmission.

Read the entire article Fully equipped 2018 Infiniti QX80 large SUV is priced $86,495 in the US

Jeep did not warn us that they will be releasing the 2018 Wrangler soon, but surprisingly, it made an unexpected online debut on November 1st at the SEMA show in Vegas. This off-roader has been highly anticipated, and finally, here it is. It features a light evolution, as well as some added modern equipment. Also, thanks to details that have been leaked on the Jeep website, we already know how much it will cost.

If you go and check out the images, you can get the four door 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sport JLU in the United States for $30,445, plus and extra $995 for delivery. This model will still be Jeep’s entry-level four-door, and you guys may notice a little price increase ($2,550) over the 2017 model. On the other hand, the 2018 Sport JKU will still have an asking price of $27,895 just like the older model.

Another leaked list shows the whole lineup of Jeep models including the three trim levels and options that will be available. The document states that the base Sport model will not come with standard air conditioning. However, it will come standard with features like three separate tow hooks, electronic stability control, tinted glass, a fuel tank skid plate, hill start assist, and a five-inch Uconnect Infotainment system. Of course, expect the higher models like the Rubicon and the Sahara to gain more features such as power heated mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

Read the entire article 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gets a slight price hike

Mercedes-Benz has grand plans for the production of its EQ subbrand, and part of this would be to restructure its 20-year-old factory located in Vance, Alabama. To do this, the automaker will have to invest about $1 billion in the plant, so they could also electrify all models in their lineup by 2022. All in all, they plan to electrify over 50 different models.

Markus Schaefer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for production and supply chain, said in relation to the investment that their global network is ready for electric vehicles considering the fact that there are production locations for EVs and batteries in several continents including Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was also glad to say that production of the EQ in the U.S. will be a lot quicker for them, because of the plant modernization in Tuscaloosa.

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler unveiled an EQ concept SUV, and it was described as a near production model. The EQ sub-brand consists of sedans, crossovers and SUVs.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz invests $1 billion in their Alabama factory for the EQ SUV

Nissan's large SUV, the Armada, which was introduced last year, will be getting an upgrade for the 2018 model year. One of the most prominent new changes would cover the technology upgrade.

For instance, the Platinum trim of the Armada will be getting a new Intelligent Rear View Mirror. You're probably wondering what makes it so intelligent now. Well, it works with a rear mounted camera and acts as the monitor for it. So basically, what you'll see in the rear view mirror is not a reflection of the mirror, but what the camera can see instead. But if you find that weird or if you aren't used to it, this can easily be switched to the traditional mirror like that in regular cars, in just a switch of a button. The main function of this upgrade can help drivers see the rear more clearly even when the van is filled with passengers.

That isn't the only upgrade it gets. The Nissan Armada still has an eight-inch infotainment system, but it now offers more features like the multi-touch functionality, better voice recognition, hands free text messaging assist and SiriusXM Travel Link good for three years. This includes information on fuel prices, weather, among others. Another upgrade is that the SUV now gets more USB ports so passengers can charge their devices simultaneously.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Armada gets new tech upgrades, has starting price of $46,795

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Atlas kicks off first-month sales in US and the numbers are impressive

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

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

The company with the three-pointed star logo a.k.a. Mercedes-Benz currently has the GLA and the GLC out in the market. But if customers are still not satisfied with both models, or find the GLA too cramped or the GLC too pricey, then don’t you worry. Car and Driver has received information from Stuttgart saying that there will be another model that will join these two tentatively called the “GLB”. Rumours say that this mini G-Class is supposed to be a middle version of the GLA and the GLC.

More sources say that the GLB will combine styling cues inspired by military vehicle design with a more contemporary touch. Optional styling packages will be available for customers to choose from as well. The GLB measures 4600mm in length, that is 180mm longer that the new generation GLA. The SUV will probably go on sale in 2019 with a starting price of £32,000.

Since Mercedes is adding more models to the A- and B-Class families, we all know that the company aims to strengthen its compact model portfolio. Just recently at the Auto Shanghai, they unveiled a concept car that is an A-Class Sedan, which was said to be produced and sold in the United States according to sources. It is launched alongside the next generation CLA that is supposed to get its new look from the four-door AMG GT that has not been released yet. Another version of the A-Class Sedan, with a long wheelbase will also be available in China as rear legroom continues to be an issue for them.

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Volkswagen officially released the final base price of the 2018 Atlas. With a starting price of $30,500, is this SUV worth the green dollar bills? Let's find out, shall we?

Volkswagen declared at the Detroit Auto Show last January that the 2018 Atlas would bear a price tag in the range of $30,000 -- and now the starting price has indeed been made official. The Atlas will have 5 options: Atlas S, Atlas SE, Atlas SE with technology, Atlas SEL, and Atlas SEL Premium.

For the $30,500 price tag, you can acquire the entry level Atlas S-built with a 2.0 L TSI engine and a front wheel drive layout, but sadly you would have to wait as it won't be made available immediately. Even though the Atlas S is considered as the cheapest of the Atlas line-up, it is still jam-packed with a bundle of goodies of standard equipment that includes LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear view camera, stainless steel roof rails, and 18 inch alloy wheels.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Atlas comes in 5 variants, priced from $30,500

With Consumer Reports confidently saying that the significantly evolved new generation of the Honda CR-V would still be a bestseller for the 2017 model year, many have been waiting for the Japanese carmaker to release the pricing details of this all-new SUV. Honda’s online configurator already includes setups for the new generation of the CR-V.

For those who really want a piece of CR-V action, you may own this next-generation SUV from Honda available at a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $24,045. This MSRP, however, does not include taxes, license and registration as well as the $900 destination charge. Of course, the final price is set by Honda’s dealerships.

At $24,045, a customer gets the Honda CR-V LX variant, a two-wheel drive (front wheel) model with power provided for by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. This 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine sends power – pegged at 184 hp of output at 6,400 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque available at 3,900 rpm –to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission that is known for its fuel efficiency and smooth performance. The base Honda CR-V LX version rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features a black cloth interior.

Read the entire article Fifth-gen 2017 Honda CR-V is priced from $24,045 in the US

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

Following its unveiling at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV has made its debut in United States with an interactive public pop-up display in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It is on display from Nov. 11 to 14 at 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, California, 90291 before heading off to the LA Convention Center for the 2016 LA Auto Show (Nov. 18 to 27).

Designed and developed to replace the Land Rover LR4 SUV, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is a fusion of premium exterior and exterior design with innovative technology and all-terrain capability. It is also designed to comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers and its seating could be configured remotely through a smartphone app thanks to the Intelligent Seat Fold technology.

Thanks to its advanced lightweight aluminum construction, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is around a thousand pounds (453 kilograms) lighter than the Land Rover LR4. It also consumes up to 14 percent less fuel than the LR4 (City fuel economy rating) when powered by the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine.

Read the entire article 2017 Land Rover Discovery arrives at LA Auto Show with $49,990 price tag

Starting early 2017, the new Audi Q7 will be available with the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that makes it not only faster but also lighter and more efficient than the 3.0T-powered Q7 of the previous generation. Aside from better fuel efficiency, this new powertrain would mean savings of a few thousand dollars from the price tag of the new 2017 Audi Q7. The 2017 Audi Q7 2.0 T Quattro starts at $49,000 for the Premium trim and at $53,000 for the Premium Plus level.

This new turbocharged 2.0T engine provides up to 252 hp of output available between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 273 lb-ft of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The four-cylinder engine is mated to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive.

Compared to the previous generation 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T V6 model, the 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T could reach the speed of 60 mph (from standstill) around half a second faster while delivering 22 percent better fuel efficiency. In fact, the new 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T is expected to boast an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city/highway and combined.

Read the entire article 2017 Audi Q7 gets 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine for US market

German premium carmaker Audi is reportedly planning to buy back around 25,000 Audi Q7 SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the United States. The buyback should compensate owners in the US who bought Audi Q7s that failed to comply with exhaust emission standards.

According to a report by Der Spiegel, representatives from the German carmaker are currently holding discussions with authorities in the US about fixing 85,000 Audi vehicles powered by the emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine. During preliminary discussions, it has been revealed that around 25,000 older generation cars from Audi cannot be fixed to make them fully compliant with pollution regulations. As such, Audi needs to buy them back.

Vehicles powered by the said 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the US include: VW Touareg (model years 2009-2016), Porsche Cayenne (MY 2013-2016), Audi A6 (MY 2014-2016), Audi A7 (MY 2014-2016), Audi A8, including the A8L (MY 2014-2016), Audi Q5 (MY 2014-2016), and Audi Q7 (MY 2009-2016). Initially, the US Environmental Protection Agency released a violation order for vehicles powered by this powerplant covering 2014-2016 model years.

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Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the compact SUV segment especially with its new exterior and interior design, new powertrain and chassis technology as well as new features.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, remarked that the new Honda CR-V ups the standards in the segment in terms of performance, roominess and premium content as well as fuel economy and value.

2017 version of the CR-V (EX and higher trims) now comes standard with Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. These variants of the 2017 CR-V are expected to generate 75 percent of the SUV’s sales. Honda Sensing includes: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).

Read the entire article Honda unveils 5th-gen 2017 CR-V with new turbocharged engine

Mazda North American Operations has priced the 2016 Mazda CX-9, its newest three-row midsize crossover SUV, at MSRP starting from $31,520. In addition to the pricing, the company has also released its packaging information. The 2016 CX-9 has fun-to-drive handling dynamics, offers a first-rate experience, and comes with bold KODO, its Soul of Motion design.

MNAO’s Senior Vice-President for U.S. Operations Robert Davis said that the company had high expectations when it came to the 2016 CX-9 which included having a more responsive powertrain and providing a smoother yet quieter ride, among others.

As its flagship vehicle, Davis continued, the 2016 CX-9 shows the future of innovative technologies and features that the company believes will advance their vehicles in their respective segments. Under a Sport trim, the 2016 CX-9 will have the standard LED headlights and taillights, much like the 2016 MX-5 Miata roadster.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda CX-9 has a starting price of $31,520 in the United States

GMC has revealed that the new 2017 Acadia will begin at $29,995 ($925 destination charge not included) as the model goes on sale in spring. The base price of the new Acadia is $1,905 less than the base price of the 2016 model. Moreover, it is equipped with the latest technologies such as an IntelliLink system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017 Acadia is also enhanced with an array of active safety features such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front and Rear Parking Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Surround Vision camera system, and Safety Alert Seat.

GMC Sales and Marketing Vice President (VP) Duncan Aldred said that the 2017 Acadia takes the remarkable SUV features of GMC to a midsize crossover segment and paired these with compelling technology, an elegant design, and the brand's reliability.

Read the entire article All-new 2017 GMC Acadia priced at $29,995 in the United States