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  A crossover SUV or XUV is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient car-based platform.

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Kia Soul EV

Rumors have been swirling about a possible all-electric Kia Soul crossover for quite some time now, and today our spy photographers caught the Soul EV testing on public roads for the first time.

Reports suggest that the electric Kia Soul will feature a battery pack that will ensure a driving range of 200 km (124 miles) on one single charge. The same rumors suggest that the Soul EV’s electric motor will afford the electric crossover a top speed of 87 mph and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 12 seconds.

According to a report from Kia World, the Soul EV will have a global presence, as Kia will sell its upcoming EV in Europe, China and the U.S. The model will be put on sale in Europe in the first half of 2014 at a starting price of €27,500. We expect to see a price tag around $30K in the U.S. market.

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The 2014 Patriot includes plenty of updates over the 2013 model, including a new transmission and a new Freedom Edition for those looking for some extra features.

What better time to announce updates to the patriotically named Jeep than the Fourth of July weekend. This little model has plenty of Jeep image and even some of the capability of its bigger brothers via the available four-wheel-drive systems. Its boxy looks also house a roomy and versatile interior with fold-down seats and a wide tailgate.

The Patriot was the first to map out the mini crossover segment that is now exploding with new entries. The Hyundai Tucson , Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Subaru XV Crosstrek all compete for the same buyers.

Despite the low base prices, most of the volume for the Jeep Patriot comes from the better-equipped four-wheel-drive automatic models. How does little Jeep perform as both a lifestyle economy car and a light off-roader versus these rivals?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Jeep Patriot.

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The 2014 SRX may look the same as last year’s model from the outside, but its redesigned interior now packs all the latest active safety technology, like fully adaptive cruise control. Paired with the optional AWD, this five-seat V-6 crossover is a confident and safe family car with Audi -inspired interior quality and trim choices.

You would not know it from the lack of exterior style, but the SRX is Cadillac’s most important model. It took in over one-third of total Cadillac volume over the last 3 years, despite a troubled launch.

The SRX debuted in the wrong place at the wrong time during the restructuring of GM and the closure of Saab . Twinned with the better-looking (but now defunct) Saab 9-7X, the SRX was left to shoulder the load of its own factory and hopefully double sales of the previous SRX into the mid-50,000-unit range annually.

The first-gen SRX was a cult hit with a CTS -based platform, available V-8 engines and rear or AWD. Commercially, the SRX’s narrow platform and wagon-like proportions failed to win meaningful sales ground, despite the big power, gorgeous LED brake lights and low roof.

The wagon-like SRX was replaced by this conventional front or AWD crossover. It was much closer to the Lexus RX350 template and has proved to be much more popular with normal consumers.

The SRX competes in the midsize luxury crossover segment pretty effectively in spite of its ugly-duckling beginnings. It is a top-10 seller (in its category of 25-plus other models) behind mini SUVs, like the best-selling Lexus RX , Acura MDX and Audi Q5 .

Is the mainstream Cadillac SRX a good choice for cruising comfort and safe family transport?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac SRX with extra info on the new features, options and updates.

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Buick Encore

In the past few weeks, a strange-looking Buick crossover was caught out testing. At that point, no one had any idea on what model this could be, but it now looks like the strange crossover will, in fact, be a new addition to Buick’s lineup.

Recent reports suggest that the new crossover will be named "Anthem" and will most likely be reserved for North American and Chinese markets. Buick will place it between the current Encore and Enclave models, and it will be put into production in mid-2014 as a 2015 model.

The Anthem will be built on GM’s global compact architecture, also known as "Delta." As for the engine lineup, the Anthem will carry different engines for each market. For the American market, the most obvious choice of powerplants will be GM’s well-known 2.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

While it may sound strange to you, Buick’s decision to add a third crossover to its lineup shouldn’t be a surprise, especially when you consider that crossover sales improved by 14 percent this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Buick Anthem.

Note: Buick Encore pictured here.

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The Audi Q5 is the company’s best-selling model after narrowly dethroning the aging A4 in 2013 sales through May. It’s easy to see why this little truck is so popular. Good dynamics, speedy engines, a good cabin and conservative styling. The Q5 also packs some of the best-looking LED technology Audi makes… but that is not likely to move the needle on its own.

The Q5 packs a few changes for 2014 but largely carries over the successful package with new trim options on the exterior, more horsepower from the base engine and some additional safety technology available as options.
Set to underpin the next Porsche Macan , almost everything about this $40,000 small SUV is very impressive.

The Audi is massively more fun to drive than its nearest competitors while also packing handsome styling that evolves the Q7 look effectively. The Q5’s compact dimensions and decent fuel economy also contribute to its rise in the charts.

Both the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and the BMW X3 trail the Q5 in 2013 sales by more than 3000 units each and the Q5 is on track to move more than 30,000 units in the U.S. in 2013. So the car is a hit. There’s more to the story, however.

Even as the Q5 line is set to broaden with a U.S. performance model called the SQ5 , the base package will still consume most sales. There’s little actual need for a larger engine when the supercharged V-6 can reach 60 in just 5.8 seconds.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi Q5 with highlights on the new S-Line trim package that runs 20-inch titanium rotor wheels from the RS5 supercoupe.

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Audi’s rugged allroad wagon is back in America with some major changes, following a hiatus of the previous A6-based models. The new allroad is based on the latest A4 , but shares a family appearance with the A6 allroad that will not be coming across the pond in its latest generation.

The realignment of the allroad brand also includes dropping the A4/A6 badges from the official lower-case names. It is a tedious distinction but one also shared by the deliberately-lower-case quattro GMBH tuning division of the luxury automaker. The latest allroad replaces the standard A4 Avant in U.S. price lists.

Naming tweaks aside, the new model is quite handsome and packs a torque-rich turbo four-pot engine in place of the previous model’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 option. The latest allroad also loses a few features from the original model, namely the adjustable-height suspension that really increased the older model’s versatility but easily adds $5,000 to the build cost.

When lowered, the old allroad had a more aggressive appearance than even the RS6 Avant due to its huge fender flares and flashy aluminum graphics front and rear. The only fly in the ointment was the two-tone bodywork that used unpainted grey plastic for the fenders and sills.

The new Audi allroad goes a long way toward refining the style of the allroad. It offers a large, luxurious interior and some of the most sought-after tech solutions of any car on the market.

The allroad was always a wagon for people who didn’t like following the normal SUV route. This continues with the latest model as it competes for consumer attention with Audi Q5 small SUV. Other thorns in its side include the GLK350 Mercedes-Benz and the BMW X3 .

What the allroad delivers is a far more car-like experience paired with light off-road capability. Is this butch wagon enough to lure drivers away from boxy small SUVs?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Audi allroad including details on ordering a fully painted model with no grey plastic cladding.

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Fiat is further expanding the 500 lineup on the U.S. market with a new 500L version - more than one year after the car’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show .

With the new 500L, customers will enjoy the same performance figures offered by a 2013 500 , but thanks to a total length increased by 27.7 inches, the 500L offers 42-percent more interior room.

The model adds two more doors and, thanks to its increased height and width, it will offer the best-in-class interior volume of 120.1 cubic-feet. Everything else remains pretty much identical to any other 500 model, but an extra segment-exclusive glass A- to D-pillars will provide nearly 360-degree panoramic views.

Fiat adds in the all-new Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5 touchscreen systems.

The 500L will be offered in four trim levels: Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge and will be priced from $19,100.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500L.


BMW has been twiddling around with the BMW X4 since 2008 when the idea of a sportier version of the X3 was looking like a profitable venture. Back then, the German automaker was calling it a Sport Activity Sedan (SAS) and had thought they might be able to crank it out in 2010. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but plans for the X6’s smaller brother are still in the works, with a possible debut in 2013.

As you can see from the leaked prototype image provided above, the BMW X4 will get many of its exterior components from the X3 , including the use of the X3’s platform. Rumors suggest that the future vehicle will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, which would be fitting considering the passion we, as Americans, have for SUVs.

Do we need another sporty off-roader to cram into our parking spaces and guzzle up more gas? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the future BMW X4 won’t zoom right out of dealerships when it finally goes on sale.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has officially lifted the veil from the X4 Concept to confirm that the leaked concept images are, in fact, a reality. Also released were three videos of the new X4 concept (above). BMW went rather deep into the design of the X4 Concept, but left any details regarding the drivetrain out. See the details after the jump and you can find the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 04/17/2013: BMW has dropped a set of new images for the X4 Concept car. Find them in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 06/14/2013: The folks over at BMW Blog were at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and caught the real-life X4 concept sitting on the floor. So they did what any auto-loving bloggers would do: snap tons of images and put them online. The new images are after the jump and more in the Gallery.

Hit the jump to get details for the BMW X4.

Back in December of last year, Nissan unveiled a unique one-off Juke crossover, adorned in everything and anything Batman. Or in this particular case, the Dark Knight Rises.

At that time, nobody had any idea what Nissan had planned for the one-off Juke, only saying that it would be a prize in some competition "down the road.”

Well, that "down the road" has come and passed, and the one-off Batman-inspired Juke Nismo has found a lucky new owner. His name is Adam Williams, a self-confessed action film fan and local baker from Wales.

After winning Nissan’s Thrill Test, Williams’ prize was unlike any other: this one-off Juke that features a host of Batman-inspired details making it the envy of every movie fan and car buff.

Williams took delivery of the one-off Batman Juke in front of Carmarthen Castle and to no one’s surprise, the man was thrilled to be the proud owner of a truly unique showpiece vehicle.

"I can’t believe I’ve won this fantastic car - it was the biggest surprise of my life and I was so excited to take delivery of it," Williams said. "I’ll certainly turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen - it’s great to think I’m the only person in the world with my very own version of the Batmobile!"

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises

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If you believed the 2011 Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was just a design exercise, you are about to be proven wrong. It looks like the concept was just a preview for a new crossover set to be launched in the next two years.

Talking about the future model, Infiniti boss Andy Palmer said it will be placed between "the Audi A3 and Audi Q3" and that this will be made possible by a new three-way adjustable ride height system.

The new crossover will follow Infiniti’s new naming strategy and it is believed to be called Q30. The model will follow in the footsteps of the Qashqai and Juke crossovers in terms of entering into established segments with new models. Palmer made it quite clear that despite the similarities, the Q30 won’t be "a copy of the Nissan Qashqai, but a car that can span established brackets within the market."

The model will differentiate itself with a unique styling and, of course, a more luxurious styling.

Updated 05/16/2013: Today we have created a rendering for the upcoming Infinti Q30. Click past the jump to see how it differs from the Etherea concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Etherea concept.

Source: AutoCar

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