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After Toyota North America filled trademarks for two new models — the NX 200t and NX 300h — it was not hard to figure out that these were upcoming Lexus models. The fact that they were SUVs was made simply by the "X" in their names. It was also not very difficult to understand that one trademark — the NX 200t — will be the turbocharged gasoline version, while the other one — the NX 300h — will be a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will likely get the same hybrid powertrain as in the Lexus ES 300h : a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine.

The new Lexus NX will be placed under the company’s current RX and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.

Updated 4/11/2014: Lexus has officially confirmed that the NX line will debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The lineup will include the base NX 200, the turbocharged NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h. Details are still limited, but we detailed as much as we could, plugs a look at the concepts that previewed the NX, after the jump.

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The all-popular Jeep Wrangler is once again taking the trails of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah in the shape of three, off-road-prepped, concept vehicles . The Wrangler Maximum Performance is the most extreme of the pack, boasting hardcore climbing capabilities and a 70:1 crawl ratio.

Enabling the Wrangler Maximum Performance to tackle even the roughest of terrains are a prototype Jeep Performance Parts four-inch lift kit and push-button, electric-locking Dana 60 axles at the front and rear. Also, a 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case and 4.88 gearing are ready to help this unique Wrangler take on Moab’s most difficult trails.

Of course, the aforementioned upgrades would be completely useless without a proper set of rollers, so it was only natural for Jeep to go with newly design beadlock wheels wrapped in 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires. A similar spare tire is wrapped in a Jeep Performance Parts cover and fitted around the back.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance.


Audi is coming to the Beijing Motor Show later this month with what looks to be an all-new crossover concept that could serve as a preview of the future Q4 crossover. Rumors of this Audi crossover have been circulating for years, and if you take a good look at these sketches, it does bear a striking similarity to the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept that we first saw in Detroit last January.

Audi hasn’t released any details about the new concept, opting only to name the sketch as an "Audi showcar Beijing 2014".

Don’t be surprised then if we see a great deal of this concept in Audi’s future crossover lineup. The details are certainly there, specifically how the clamshell hood and the low, curved roof looks the part of a smaller crossover that should fit in nicely with the rest of Audi’s Q line. Likewise, the large chromed front grille that’s flanked by the sharp and sleek LED headlights are aggressive touches to the overall design.

Of particular note, though, are the wheel arches that appear to have been made from one component and wraps itself the entire concept. That’s something to look out for in future Audi models. Moving to the back, the unique exhaust detail shows a chromed bar with "quattro" lettering that connects the two exhaust pipes.

More details about this Beijing-bound Q4 concept are expected to be revealed in the coming days.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q4.


Things are already shaping up for the new 2016 Audi Q5 SUV set to debut in the U.S. in 2017, including a plug-in hybrid version. AutoExpress is reporting the new SUV will feature a much more angular style, departing from the rounded, almost curvy style of the current ‘utes. This plays into the styling Audi has already brought to market with the new TT.

The styling of the new SUV is said to include new horizontally-arranged grille spokes with the Audi rings predominantly displayed at top-dead center. The all-LED MatrixBeam headlights will be much smaller and have a more angular look as well. Down low, large air intakes help cool the powertrain and brakes while providing visual mass down low.

Also speculated by AutoExpress is Audi’s continuation of its virtual cockpit design first seen in the TT. The design allows for a minimal use of physical buttons, all replaced by a large TFT display.

It’s said the new Q5 will be based on the MLB platform also underpinning the upcoming next-generation A4 sedan along with the Q5’s big brother, the Q7. High-strength steels and aluminum materials help reduce weight while providing a more ridged structure than the current SUVs roll on. Both handling and fuel economy will obviously benefit from the added lightness.

The report further speculates about the Q5’s powerplants. Both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will be offered, along with a diesel powerplant. More importantly, Audi’s e-tron hybrid system is slated for inclusion, however it will be modified for use with all-wheel-drive and will be called e-quattro.

*Note: Current Audi Q5 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q5.

Source: AutoExpress
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Late last year, Citroen unveiled the DS 5LS, a compact sedan specifically developed for the Chinese market. The four-door sports an attractive design, a high-quality interior and turbocharged 1.6-liter engines that deliver up to 200 horsepower. In short, the DS 5LS is among the coolest ten cars we can’t drive in the U.S.

And if that grinds your gears, then it’s time to find out that the French are planning to unveil an even hotter version of the sedan at the upcoming Beijing International Auto Show . It’s been christened DS 5LS R and packed with more power, a more luxurious interior, and wrapped in a sporty body that pays tribute to Citroen’s racing heritage.

No need to blow a fuse yet, the DS 5LS R is only a concept car , at least until the manufacturer says otherwise. However, we do feel the need to stress the fact that Citroen absence from the U.S. market is getting increasingly frustrating as their most impressive offerings are taking the road to China.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen DS 5LS R Concept.

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With the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, scheduled for April 12th through 20th, Jeep and Mopar have announced plans to introduce a new batch of unique Wrangler -based concept SUVs .

Six off-road -capable vehicles will be shown in Utah next week, according to Jeep and Mopar — the two brands that have joined forces one more time — but the details are still in the vault, with only a couple of teasers up for grabs.

As you might have already seen earlier, the first one depicts the Cherokee-based Dakar concept , which comes equipped with all the necessary off-road gear and red window trim. The second one gives us a first glimpse at the Wrangler MOJO concept , which appears to be based on the two-door version of the popular crossover .

It features a custom bright orange exterior with black stripes and blacked-out front grille, and a winch bumper ready to get it out of any nasty scenario that may occur. As expected, the vehicle rides on bead-lock wheels wrapped in off-road tires, while a proper suspension system is hidden underneath the square fenders.

Considering the fact that Jeep brought five Wrangler concepts to the Easter Safari last year, the MOJO won’t be the only incarnation of the SUV to be paraded at this year’s event. We’ll be right back as soon as Jeep rolls them into the spotlight, so make sure you tune in next week.

Updated 04/10/2014: Jeep unveiled the official details on the new Wrangler MOJO concept, with just two days before its official debut at Easter Jeep Safari. Click past the jump to read more about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Wrangler MOJO.

Since the new Acura RDX made its market debut in the the 2013 model year, the SUV has become a popular one for customers, posting 22 straight monthly sales record as of February 2014. For the 2015 model year, the RDX packs most of what made it such a desirable model, including with the same V-6 engine that nets 270 horsepower and Acura’s innovative Technology Package.

While other models look better than the RDX, there is a certain amount of appeal to the SUV’s rather no-frills character. The all-business look lends to its strong and fuel efficient V-6, and when you add all the standard equipment put into the RDX, it usually translates to strong customer appeal and, in turn, high volume of sales.

Acura’s hitching its wagon to the belief that the popularity of the RDX will remain for the 2015 model. It’s a precarious position to be in, but for the most part, the company is adhering to the "if it ain’t broke, why fix it?" adage.

The RDX has been successful far so there’s little reason to believe that it can’t do it again, at least for another year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura RDX.

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Hyundai shocked the market when it first unveiled its German-fighting Genesis sedan. With a rear-wheel-drive platform, powerful engine and luxury amenities for a bargain price, the Genesis took the competition completely by surprise. Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai took the wraps of the new-generation of this brand-defining car.

Meet the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan; one of the few Korean cars that has Mercedes , Audi and BMW looking over their shoulders.

Built on a new, more rigid platform with a new exterior design and advanced drivetrain options, the newest Genesis looks to carry on the tradition of besting BMW, Mercedes and Audi at the luxury sedan game.

Updated 04/01/2014: Hyundai announced today prices for the all-new Genesis that will go on sale later this month. Prices will range from $38,000 for the well-equipped 3.8 liter V-6 and $51,500 for the 5.0 liter V-8 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Genesis

Lexus ’ goal of becoming a player in the luxury market has received a shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2014 ES . Not only is it more dynamic looking, thanks to its adaption of Lexus’ new design ideology, but it also has all the luxury amenities and requisite technology to lock horns with the big boys of the market.

Say what you want about the 2014 ES 350, but you can’t deny that it has arrived and made its intentions known that it’s not going away anytime soon. The limited engine choices could be a drawback, given how versatile and generous other models are in in their drivetrain variety.

All that being said, though, the ES definitely qualifies as a true luxury contender. It’s revised looks and incredibly detailed interior is already enough to justify that billing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus ES 350.

We’re sure that Nissan still wants its full-sized Armada to do well, but there’s just a number of things about it that makes the though of it burning up the sales floor a pipe-dream. In a market that includes the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Jeep Grand Cherokee , Nissan isn’t doing the Armada justice by keeping its outdated looks going.

That’s the biggest concern we have of the Armada, but its not the only one. The SUV does have a lot of optional equipment available, which is a good thing if the Armada’s basic template was already good enough to stand on its own. But it’s not, and Nissan should’ve just done its customers a solid by at least adding some of this equipment as standard features.

It’s performance numbers is up-to-par with its competitors, which is a sigh of relief. But for the most part, the Armada really deserved better than what Nissan’s giving it in it in 2014.

So we’re hoping that a next-gen model is in the works. Otherwise, the Armada will likely continue to loiter in obscurity, as its rivals take most of its sales away.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Armada.


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