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  A Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is a type of passenger vehicle which combines the load-hauling and passenger-carrying capacity of a large station wagon or minivan with features designed for off-road driving. They have been the hot car to own for the past 10 years, but lately they are regarded as gas guzzler and substantially dangerous because of high potential to roll over.

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Audi Q4

Usually, future product offensive and market strategy is a close a guarded secret in any organization. However, there are ways to dig out information that could give us some idea as what goes on behind closed doors. Autocar recently got access to trademark applications filed by Audi which clearly reveal some of the models that could enter production in the near future.

The documents show a few SUVs that Audi plans to introduce into the market. Starting with the much talked about Q2 , Audi wants to launch a high performance version based on the Q2, dubbed "SQ2". The company has already committed to a Range Rover Evoque rivaling Q4 and SQ4 on the aforementioned lines.

In recent times, the market has seen increased demand for luxury SUVs. Audi sees this as an opportunity to spread its wings. The company has trademarked the name "Q9" for a future large SUV. They also have plans to offer fuel-cell technology in their road cars. Hence the name "f-tron" pops up onto the trademarks list.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi’s SUVs and hybrid-electric models

Source: Autocar
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Do you remember the X5 eDrive Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show ? Back then, BMW said that it was just a design exercise, with no production plans for at least a few years. Today, however, our spy photographers caught a rather strange BMW X5 prototype testing.

What makes the X5 so weird is that it dons a "Hybrid Test Vehicle" logo on the front door and the same charging slot placed up front as the concept version. Other than that, we have no idea about what hybrid system the production version will use, but we expect to be something similar to the concept.

The concept was powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a 95-horsepower electric motor that took its powered from an advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area. This system netted the X5 a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of less than seven seconds. On electric drive the concept offered an autonomy of 19 miles, while the combined hybrid system delivered a fuel economy of about 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers (61.9 mpg).

Expect the BMW X5 Hybrid eDrive to arrive sometime in late 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 Plugin Hybrid eDrive.

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Kahn Design prepares to end the year in style, with a new design based on an Audi . It looks like the company decided to drop its usual preference to Land Rover models, and decided to do something special for its final release for 2013.

The kit prepared by Kahn Design is based on the Q5 with the 2.0-liter TDI engine that delivers a total of 170 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. As usual, the design firm left all the bits under the hood in their stock form, but the 170 horses from the factory four-pot engine enough for such a tiny SUV .

Instead, Kahn focused on upgrading the exterior and the interior look of this petite SUV, plus it installed a new set of wheels combined with a new suspension system for enhanced handling. There is also a new quad exhaust system made in stainless-steel, which will make the diesel engine sound a little bit better.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 S-Tronic Wide Track by Kahn Design.

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TOPCAR is no stranger to modding high-end cars, with some of its favorites hailing from Porsche. Well, it didn’t take the tuner too long — it’s only been about a month since its official unveiling — to get to work on the Macan , as it has released a sweet aesthetic kit for the upcoming SUV. Sure, these images are all simply renders, but they are enough to keep our attention turned to our friends from Russia to see just how the final product turns out.

TOPCAR left the under-hood bits alone, but we’re pretty sure these performance mods will come at a later date. As for the exterior, TOPCAR left no stone unturned, as it completely transformed the look of the Macan .

The aerodynamic updates includes new bumpers, spoilers, side skirts and diffusers. All the new elements are made from a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar — typical TOPCAR quality, of course — and, according to the tuner, these mods will significantly improve the driving dynamics of the Cayenne ’s little bro, likely from the added downforce and reduced weight.

TOPCAR also announced that a series of updates for the interior, plus some updates for the engine lineup are also under development and should be ready for the spring of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Macan by TopCar.

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If you look into the history of the Toyota brand, the Land Cruiser has been around for more than half a century. It has long proven how capable it is on whatever terrain you throw at it. Where a Range Rover would fall apart, crying out for for maintenance, the Land Cruiser would continue to do its job. When it comes to reliability, the Japanese sure do have some secret formula.

For the 2013 model year, Toyota gave the Land Cruiser a mild makeover. New styling elements were added upon an already awesome-looking machine. The interior too was overhauled, with more standard features than before, while a rather potent V-8 engine provided the muscle required to take on the worst of rugged terrains. Added safety features and driver aides all made it easy to drive.

For 2014, Toyota has made subtle changes to the Land Cruiser . It still boasts the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine and a handsome-looking exterior, but the automaker has now standardized all optional features into one attractive package. So, the 2014 Land Cruiser will be available in just one trim level.

Click past the jump to read our extensive review of the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The Rub’ al Khali, also known as The Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, with a length of 620 miles, a width of 310 miles and an area of 250,000 square miles. With average temperatures of 117 degrees F, you can imagine that the desert is not the most pleasant place on Earth.

But this particular place on Earth was seen as a challenge by the engineers at Land Rover and they sent a Range Rover Sport over to this barren land to see how fast it can cross it.

The result is a new record , with an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h), the Range Rover Sport managed to make the 527-mile journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates in just 10 hours and 22 minutes.

The video released today by Land Rover features spectacular footage from inside and outside the vehicle, as well as epic shots of the environment that the team faced as they tackled the largest sand desert in the world.

The car that challenged this massive sandbox was a stock Range Rover Sport equipped with standard tires and an underbody protection plate, which goes to show just how awesome the Range Rover Sport is.

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When the going gets tough, it’s time to summon the Toyota Land Cruiser . When it comes to go-anywhere ability, the only vehicle that has managed to stand its ground against the Land Rover is the Toyota Land Cruiser, which in itself has earned a legendary status. For the year 2013, Toyota updated the Land Cruiser with added standard features and a styling overhaul.

Now, for the year 2014, Toyota has brought an evolutionary design change to the Land Cruiser. It may look different, but underneath it still is more or less the same burly, all-wheel-drive SUV with loads of features and creature comforts.

Like most heavy-duty off-roaders, the 2014 Land Cruiser is based on a body-on-frame platform that gives it added strength to take on the roughest of terrains the world can throw at it.

Over the past 60 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a manual select, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle into a luxurious SUV packed with the latest electronic aides, cameras and safety features. Has the addition of computer programs and guidance systems made exploring the farthest reaches of this planet child’s play? Lets find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Porsche Macan

Porsche just unveiled the new Macan , which is essentially a smaller version of the Cayenne SUV, and reports already suggest a few updates are in the works for 2014. Currently the Macan is offered only with V-6 engines, but now it looks like the lineup will also carry a new, four-cylinder engine.

AutoExpress, which spoke to Dr Thomas Casper, manager of transmission and drivetrain development at Porsche, reports that we should expect a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine with a horsepower rating that will position it under the current 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, which delivers 340 horsepower.

More precisely, we are likely looking at something under the 300-horsepower mark. With two fewer cylinder sucking down fuel, on should expect a considerable jump in fuel economy.We also expect to see this engine find its way into the Boxster and Cayman — that likely won’t happen until a few months after the Macan.

We expect the four-cylinder Macan to check in at around the £40k area in Europe — about $65k at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Macan.

Source: AutoExpress
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Land Rover Defender

WhatCar? reports that Land Rover could launch a pickup version based on the next-generation Defender. The news broke after Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern explained that the pickup can only be launched when more conventional models of the Defender hit the market.

Now, Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender in the year 2016, this according to reports, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, and permanent all-wheel drive. The WhatCar? report goes on to say that the upcoming Defender pickup would be a premium offering with all-wheel drive as standard. It is touted to rival the Volkswagen Amarok

The pickup version will only come in a five-seat, crew-cab configuration with permanent all-wheel drive. Traditionally, the Land Rover Defender has been available in various body styles, including hard top, soft top, wagon, utility wagon, chassis cab, double cab, etc. The rugged Defender platform has proven to be versatile, which can be tailored for specific applications.

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Source: WhatCar?
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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

In 2013, Land Rover introduced a totally new generation of its flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs. The brand is known to produce some of the finest premium off-road luxury vehicles in the world and it did not come as a surprise to us when the world bestowed it with praise, as has been the case with Land Rovers historically.

Yes, the Range Rover has grown into a mature off-road vehicle and is in league of its own, when it comes to luxury motoring. While, the Range Rover sits at the top of the food chain, its smaller sibling, the Range Rover Sport , has had its fair share of successes. MotorTrend magazine honored the RR Sport with the coveted ’SUV of the Year’ and now Four Wheeler Magazine has awarded the Range Rover Sport with "Four Wheeler of the Year" for 2013.

This is the third time a Land Rover SUV has won this award after intense and grueling testing both on tarmac and on rugged terrain designed to test the off-road capabilities of the vehicle.

"It is a great achievement for the very luxurious and performance oriented Range Rover Sport to be named ’Four Wheeler of the Year,’ by the country’s oldest four-wheel drive enthusiast publication," said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Range Rover Sport


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