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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.

So you have a Kia Soul that’s been turned into a museum; a Soul that has a DJ mixer on its roof; and a Soul that pays homage to The Voice. Wonder what else the company can think of, right?

Well, this collaboration between Kia and Popular Mechanics has the answer. Like its name suggests, the Amped Soul is all about bringing even more boom to the small crossover, specifically those ear-gasmic JBL speakers that somehow are strong enough to allow the actual Soul to sit on top of them.

We don’t know how the crossover is going to move with those speakers underneath it, but hey, those 22-inch Forgiato custom three-piece wheels are a sight in their own. Add that to the custom Pearl White paint finish and the blacked-out windows, and you have a Soul that would actually look like a decent option when you’re in the market for one.

Unfortunately, the Amped Soul is just a show car, albeit one that can make your ears bleed faster than the time it takes for you to throw on ear protection. A full-on JBL Pro Live surround equipment has been integrated into the rear-hinged doors, while LED ambient lighting on the interior and four 12-inch Infinity1 power subwoofers are responsible for only drawing a right mood to the cabin, but also putting on a speaker show on four wheels the likes of which you probably will never see again.

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Over the past couple of years, Jaguar’s design overhaul has yielded some pretty impressive models and it’s worth noting that the company’s promise to reinvent itself as a sharper and edgier brand has turned into a resounding success.

With new models like the F-Type Roadster , and concepts like the C-X16 and Project 7 , the British brand has been on some kind of roll lately.

Continuing on the "C-X" nomenclature, Jag is gearing up for its latest concept offering, which will be shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s been dubbed the C-X17 Concept, and it previews the company’s first-ever five-door crossover. The concept will also preview a highly-advanced modular aluminum architecture set to be put into production in 2015 with the company’s new sedan.

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images, specs and video.

Updated 11/14/13: Jaguar has just unveiled a series of new images showing the C-X17 concept’s stunning exterior in a sexy white hue. You can see the images in the gallery and after the jump.

Updated 01/16/2914: Jaguar unveiled a new version of its C-X17 sports crossover concept at the 2014 Brussels Motor Show. This time the concept features a very cool Italian Racing Red exterior paint that makes it look even cooler. Check out the new images in the picture gallery.
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After unveiling the concept version at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled today the first official details on the 2015 MKC , which is set to roll into showrooms in the summer of 2014.

As you can see, the production model retains nearly all of the design elements from the concept version, except for the conventional door handles, the less aggressive exhaust system and some changes on the taillight graphics. Overall, however, the production model remains pretty true to the concept the preceded it.

As the concept revealed, the 2015 MKC will adopt a new design language inspired by the 2013 MKZ , like the signature split-wing grille and the wraparound liftgate. What’s really cool about the new MKC is that it is the first premium crossover to offer a 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, alongside the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

Updated 05/15/2015: Lincoln unveiled a very cool commercial for the 2015 MKC featuring Samuel Page. Called "Dream Ride", the new commercial presents an immersive and interactive journey with the new Lincoln MKC. Enjoy!

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The lineup of Kia Souls that rolled into the 2013 SEMA Auto Show are all musically inclined, including the DJ Booth Soul, which was transformed into what Kia describes as the "ultimate DJ booth on wheels"

With all five Soul models offering something totally unique, the DJ Booth Soul is the only that doesn’t have a roof. In place of the actual roof, Kia and RIDES magazine decided that it would be a good idea to install a pro-grade Pioneer CDJs and mixer. Don’t worry about trying to get comfortable in the back seat, because the rear seats were also taken out in favor of putting an actual custom diamond-plated stage.

Before we get too drawn into all the DJ paraphernalia added to this Soul , we should give due props to the purple and turquoise accents of the crossover, a two-color combination that was used to pay homage to its EDM and hip-hop influences. LED lighting, front and rear strobes, and speaker enclosures built into the lower grille are also part of the overall package, while 19-inch Rotiform BRU wheels wrapped in Continental tires round out the exterior upgrades.

In addition to the aforementioned stage inside the cabin of the Soul, the interior was also given a three-prong design touch that includes black leather, graphite suede and turquoise stitching, giving it a lounge-like feel that plays well into the whole motif of the program. A Maschine Mikro production studio was molded into the passenger-side dash, while Kia also added a Pioneer audio system that includes five amplifiers, three component speakers, two 10-inch and two 12-inch Champion Series subwoofers, and a sound bar housing four coaxial speakers, putting a resounding stamp on the DJ theme of this extraordinary Soul.

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Renault-Dacia unveiled the first facelift of its popular compact crossover , Duster during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . The Duster has been around since 2010 and was due for a makeover. Renault-Dacia has made subtle changes to the exterior keeping the original proportions of the compact off-roader intact.

With this update, not just about the aesthetics changed though. Dacia has added new features to the compact crossover that push it further up the ladder in its affordable segment of the crossover market.

Renault-Dacia has also added a new engine to the Duster range. The new turbocharged gasoline engine promises to deliver better mileage and decent performance at the same time. The Duster has tasted success in developing markets around the world, and the new model definitely has what it takes to tackle the challenges faced in highly competitive markets like India, Brazil, etc.

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The Fiat 500L is probably not the first - or tenth - vehicle you’d associate with accompanying you on your off-road travails.

But that’s the beauty of a show like SEMA ; you see cars turned into something you wouldn’t have accepted and they’re all the better for it!

That’s the case with this Mopar-tuned Fiat 500L, called the Adventurer.

One look at its name and you immediately recognize that this 500L wasn’t built to be a city-dweller, like the standard model is supposed to be. Yet you see that the crossover is pretty versatile in it of itself because the 500L Adventurer looks one heck of a rugged hell raiser.

The 500L Adventurer also has a performance upgrade, thanks to a new Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust. No word yet on how much of an output increase it’ll have, but we’re preparing ourselves for a significant increase in performance.

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Ah, the boundless joys of childhood. Freedom and possibilities that stretched as far as the neighborhood streets, as fast as your bicycle would ride them, and as a wide as your orange-peel smile in the school cafeteria. Jeep’s new Built Free ad campaign aims to unearth those youthful feelings from under the mundane grind of adulthood with the slogan, "You’re still here. And you’re still you. The horizons haven’t gone anywhere."

The commercial for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee ditches the numbers-filled, technical approach to selling in favor of a strictly lifestyle angle, with Chrysler saying the technical stuff will come later.

"The return of Jeep Cherokee and the Built Free campaign serves as a reminder that we can fulfill our daily responsibilities and still follow our innate desire to explore new and different experiences," says Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s Chief Marketing Officer. "The Jeep brand has a rich history steeped in the unrelenting pursuit of freedom."

The ad started airing Oct. 28th on all the major television networks and is the first in a long line of advertisements for the new crossover. Print, online, and even movie theater spots will follow, including Ben Stiller’s latest, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Jeep began marketing the Cherokee this summer with a unique digital campaign “Tales from the Trailhawk,” an online video series showcasing the crossover’s 4x4 capabilities. The video series follows the Cherokee through the many off-road obstacles it faced while earning its “Trail Rated” badge, including traction, articulation, maneuverability, ground clearance, and water fording.

The Cherokee may be trail-rated, but now can finally be considered dealer-rated, as it officially makes it way into dealer showrooms. The Cherokee’s launch was delayed by two months due to last-minute updates to the engine management software. The Cherokee has a base starting price of $22,995, excluding tax, title, and destination.

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The 2013 SEMA Show bursting at the seams with wildly styled cars for the American market, and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show seems to be doing the same for the Asian market. Suzuki seems to be the automaker leading the charge in wild concepts heading to Tokyo show.

The second concept car developed by Suzuki for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is the Crosshiker. This concept carries on where the G70 — a concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show — left off. Just like the G70, the new Crosshiker is a concept vehicle that focuses on weight reduction and highly-efficient powertrains.

The new Crosshiker, just like a large number of other Suzuki concepts hitting the show floor in Tokyo, is part of the company’s new "Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and is based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.

The Crosshiker is the perfect proof that Suzuki is serious about developing the small car of the future, as it is a compact crossover that weights only 810 kg (1,785 pounds). It also features a sleek body to allow air to flow easily over it, keeping drag to a minimum.

Under the hood of the Crosshiker sits an all-new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that would likely make a smart fortwo puff out its chest. This petite powerplant, according to Suzuki, "strikes a good balance between power and environmental performance."

Sure, it’ll never see a showroom floor, but it shows that Suzuki, which recently pulled its automobiles from the U.S. market, still has a little fight left in it.

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Here in the U.S., we are getting ready for the 2013 SEMA show and the Los Angeles Auto Show , on the opposite side of the world in Japan, folks are getting ready for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show , which takes place from November 23rd to December 1st, 2013.

It looks like Suzuki one automaker that is taking this show very seriously, as it will unveil four brand-new concept cars and several motorcycles. All of the concepts are part of the company’s new "“Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and are based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.

The first concept — called the X-Lander — is based on the small Suzuki Jimny, and it looks more like a toy rather than a real car. The concept was designed as a four-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle, so it is ideal for crowded cities or hard off-road driving.

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BMW X4

The striptease is on folks, and the X4 is on center stage showing off its sides, as it starts losing some camouflage. That’s right, our spy photographers caught the new BMW X4, X5 and X6 parked at the Nϋrburgring raceway, and it is wearing less camo than the last time we saw it.

Though this doesn’t reveal much about what’s going on out back — the part that really matters on this sweet-looking crossover coupe — it does give us an idea of the styling we can expect from the profile view. The side features a rising shoulder-line that seems to connect the front and rear door handles. We can also see that the lower parts of the doors have a nice scallop to them, helping add some sportiness to the upcoming addition to Bimmers lineup.

The front and rear ends are still under cover, but thanks to the earlier unveiled X4 concept, we know that this model will feature the new BMW face — to-the-grille headlights and the slightly forward-leaning kidney grille — unlike the recently shown 2 Series .

The only detail that we have on the back that the X4 will feature a large cargo hatch , like the X6.

The drivetrain lineup is still a mystery, but we assume that it will start out with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and the top trim levels will likely carry a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder that starts around 300 horsepower and moves up from there.

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