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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.

Remember when Porsche released the Cayenne ? Remember all the people in their Porsche owners club shirts sitting around and telling you about how this new SUV was a disgrace to the Porsche logo and that all the company should design and produce are 911 variants? Well, the Cayenne turned out to be a real success, so the company decided to further expand its SUV lineup with the addition of a new model placed under the Cayenne.

After being tested for a very long time, the new Macan finally made its world debut today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially the model was rumored to be called "Cajun," but Porsche opted for "Macan" - a name coming from the Indonesian word for tiger. This means that the new model will be "powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain."

On the U.S. market Porsche will only offer the Macan S and the Macan Turbo versions, with prices starting from $49,900, but Europeans will also enjoy a diesel version.

Updated 12/13/2013: Today, Porsche released a new video showing how the new Macan is developed at the company’s plant in Leipzig, Germany. You will see how the small crossover evolves from the first components to the finished product. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche Macan.

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Mercedes unveiled a revision for the GLK at the 2012 New Your Auto Show , but it looks like some tuners though they could do a little better.

Today, Carlsson did just that with the announcement of a sleek kit for the GLK that includes upgrades for the exterior and interior, plus some engine upgrades. Unfortunately, the engine upgrades are limited to just the GLK 220 CDI.

This version receives a C-Tronic module that increases the power output of the 2.1-liter diesel engine from the stock 168 horsepower to a slightly wilder 204 ponies and the peak torque from 295 pound-feet to an impressive 368 pound-feet.

As for the GLK300 and GLK350 models, Carlsson has yet to develop a performance upgrade for them. For now, the tuner offers uprated springs and dampers that will lower the SUV ’s ride by about 1.18 inches and will significantly improve the SUV’s handling on winding roads.

On top of these performance and handling upgrades, Carlsson also offers a selection of aesthetic modifications.

Click past the jump to see what exterior and interior mods Carlsson has in store for the GLK.

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Do you remember the Tracks’ter Concept Kia unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show? Apparently it create such a buzz among customers that Kia decided to offer a special-edition Soul with elements inspired by the concept .

The new limited edition, which Kia dubbed the "Red Zone" Soul , is based on the 2014 Soul + and features a series of upgrades to the exterior and interior. The Red Zone is painted white combined with a number of red accents, just like the concept, and features an aggressively styled body kit.

The interior also offers a nice combination of black with red stitching and accents.

Under its hood, the Soul Red Zone comes with a 2.0-liter, gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 164 horsepower and mates to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Kia Soul Red Zone Edition goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014 and is limited to only 2,000 units.

Click past the jump to read more about Kia Soul Red Zone Edition.

Big, bad and ready to rumble, this Land Rover Range Rover means all sorts of business. And then some.

In some respects, that’s what you expect from an aftermarket company like Arden, which has specialized in these types of programs for Range Rovers. It’s latest take is no different, and yet when you take into account the kind of performance upgrade it gave the SUV , you stand and wonder if it could’ve been more.

That’s the respect we have for Arden.

But hey, this tuning program is still a whale of an upgrade, something Arden achieved by giving the Range Rover a supercharger kit, a new sport catalytic converter, an optimized ECU unit and a high-performance exhaust system. Considering that the standard Range Rover’s 5.0-liter, V-8 engine can produce a tight 510 horses and 461 pound-feet of torque, it’s an impressive feat that Arden was able to spike the numbers to a staggering 650 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to improve the SUV’s 0-to-60 mph time from 5.3 seconds to somewhere around 3.8 and before hitting a top speed of 161 mph.

No word yet on how much this program is going to cost, but with the promise of 650 horsepower to play around with, we’ve no doubt that it’s going to set customers back a few bucks.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and to see this Arden tuning kit in detail.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!

The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus ’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers /SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.

No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.

The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept

Source: Auto Express

Russian tuner Larte Design may not be a household name on the tuning scene, but that hasn’t hampered the company from dishing out a new program in attempt to gain more recognition front the public and the industry.

It’s latest work is based on the Range Rover Evoque and despite not being a jaw-dropper at first glance, the kit does still include a variety of aesthetic and performance modifications

A new wide body kit was install, featuring a new honeycomb grille and large air intakes in the front apron. The kit also has a redesigned rear apron, a centrally-mounted triple exhaust system, and a set of gloss-black, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Additionally, the Evoque’s suspension was tuned to drop the SUV by 30 mm (1.18 inches).

Meanwhile, power comes in the form of a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to Larte Design, the Evoque saw its output increase to 220 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

The modifications are simple, but ultimately, effective to give the SUV a serious upgrade in style, attitude, and flair.

Click past the jump to read about the Range Rover Evoque

There is something about Black Friday that brings out the crazy in people. Trampled store employees and fistfights over the latest Elmo doll in the toy aisle have become an unfortunate yearly tradition only hours after observing Thanksgiving. It’s ironic to say the least.

But perhaps equally as ironic is the idea of a station wagon hitting 60 mph in under four seconds while hauling a trunk-full of Christmas presents for the whole family. We’re not afraid to explore the ironic here at TopSpeed, so we compiled a list of vehicles we would use to snag all those infamous Black Friday deals.

These Black Friday cargo haulers had to be fast enough to outrun other shoppers, have enough cargo room to haul a flat-screen TV with other boxes stacked around, and flashy enough to let others know you mean business.

Scroll on down for TopSpeed’s top-10 list of Black Friday deal-getters and why we chose them. Leave a comment on which one you would be driving.

Click past the jump for the Top 10 list of best wagons, hatchbacks , SUVs and — uhm — "Other" gift getters

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Ever since its official launch, the Kia Soul has been one of the most active models at SEMA . Last year, Kia rolled into Las Vegas with a Soul lineup inspired by comic-book heroes , but this year, Kia prepared quite an impressive lineup of Souls with four of them drawing inspiration from the music world.

These four music-inspired Souls touched on different parts of the music world, as they featured a cutting-edge DJ station ; a pro-sound-quality, plug-in-ready amplifier on wheels ; and a load of memorabilia from all things music . This final model is the Soul ’’The Voice" and it was prepared by NBC as a tribute to the famous TV show.

According to its creator, this Soul "represents the sheer talent needed to perform in front of a live audience and millions at home." This model features a cool bright red exterior paint combined with a "The Voice logo" on the side, vinyl on the window portion and a cool "I Want You" logo illuminated in the lower grille.

Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Soul The Voice.

More than just being one of the biggest automakers in the world these days, Hyundai is also pretty adept at preparing for the apocalypse. Whereas other companies aren’t as involved when it comes to gearing up for the day zombies roam this planet, the Korean automaker has been doing the opposite for the past few years.

Hyundai has already released a handful of zombie-prepared vehicles in the past and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , it introduced its latest survival vehicle. It’s called the Hyundai Tucson Walking Dead Edition, and as the name clearly says, this special edition SUV is based on the hit AMC show.

For its color, Hyundai opted to use an Ash Black shade for the exterior with matching red accents and some dedicated graphics, including four unique decals featuring factions - Hilltop, Kingdom, Saviors and Survivors - from the graphic novel-inspired show.

Inside, the special edition Tucson receives black leather seats, custom floor mats, and a seven-inch touchscreen display with a special The Walking Dead splash screen. A "Zombie Survival Kit" is also part of the package, which has a host of cool items, like a survivalist backpack and a Walking Dead Tucson Quick Reference Guide.

Updated 06/20/2014: Hyundai announced that the new Tucson Walking Dead Edition is now on sale at its dealers around the country. Also, a new set of images was added so you can now see this special Tucson on both exterior and interior.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Hyundai Tucson

Lexus again stretches the design envelope with its latest and second version of the LF-NX crossover , the LF-NX Turbo concept. Based on the hybrid version that debuted at the Frankfort Motor Show , Lexus’ new Luxury Utility Vehicle breaks ground for Lexus in the turbo world and continues the company’s development into some very futuristic-looking user interfaces.

The turbo is mounted to a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that “paves the way for the introduction of turbocharged powerplants in future Lexus models.” The engine features Lexus’ advanced high tumble port, fan spray fuel injection, D-4S and VVT-iw combustion technologies; along with a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold. The twin-scroll turbocharger features an active wastegate valve for better computer controllability.

Outside, this Lexus looks sharp – literally. If Sweeney Todd used an electric razor to decapitate his victims, it would look like the LF-NX front grille. The angular lines and deep crevasses lend an intimidating look, while the tall stance gives it a purely aggressive attitude. Perhaps the only thing not aggressive about the LF-NX Turbo is the segment name Lexus tagged it with: Luxury Utility Vehicle, or LUV for short. Images of the small Chevrolet pickup from the 1970s are conjured up – something Lexus probably doesn’t want associated with its new luxury crossover.

While the exterior looks like an instrument of malicious intent, the interior looks like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise in the last two J.J. Abrams movies. The inputs and controls are branded the “Human Machine Interface” and feature the latest iteration of Lexus’ upper display zone and lover operation zone dashboard design. The operation-portion of the dash houses what Lexus calls “a new generation of touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches” and new Remote Touch Interface, or RTI. The RTI is a touch tracer display with an updated design over Lexus’ current touch pad and is designed for easier use.

Overall the Lexus LF-NX Turbo is a compelling design with an incredible amount of innovative features. And since Lexus is spending money on a two LF-NX concept vehicles, we’d be surprised if they didn’t make production.

Click past the jump to watch an animation of the LF-NX Turbo in action


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