suv

suv

  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.

Just like the RX crossover, the LX full-size SUV has helped define the Lexus brand in terms of luxury and capability. And the recipe was pretty much simple, blending the off-road potential and reliability of the Toyota Land Cruiser ’s platform with a sumptuous and comfortable interior and rounding things off with a commanding exterior design.

Sure, the third-generation LX is getting a little old compared to its rivals, but no serious manufacturer really wants to dismiss it just yet. Its more recent facelift came for the 2013 model year , which means we’re stuck with the current layout for another couple of years, but the company’s Kuwaiti dealer decided the LX 570 needs yet another update.

You might be tempted to think we’re talking about a more luxurious version of the SUV , with gold-plated cabin inlays and maybe some Swarovski crystals here there, but that’s not the case. The appearance changes were actually done in good taste, but the most important improvement took place under the hood, where a supercharger was fitted to increase output beyond the 400-horsepower mark.

It sounds exciting yes, but don’t start dreaming just yet. This special edition LX isn’t likely to come to North America. However, that didn’t stop us from having a closer look at the vehicle and highlight all of its brand-new features.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LX 570 Supercharger.

Source: Qabaq
Posted on by Simona  

The BMW X6 is no doubt one of the most successful models BMW has recently launched on the market. So, it should not surprise you the fact that more and more makers announced plans to develop their own version of the X6. After Audi has announced the Q6 , Mercedes has also revealed plans for an MLC Coupe-Crossover. Of course everyone saw that coming as there has always been a war between the three companies.

The future MLC will be built on the same platform as the M-Class, but it will be completely different. The exterior design will feature grille, headlights and tail lamps from the CLS limousine, while the general look will be a something similar to the X6. The model will feature the M-Class all-wheel-drive, but without the special off-road capabilities. Engine line-up will start from a standard 265 horsepower diesel version and will go up to a 544 horsepower one for the AMG model.

Updated 5//2014: We’ve created a new rendering of the MLC-Class based on the SUV Coupe Concept and spy shots that we’ve seen. See the comparison shots after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more on the upcoming Mercedes Coupe Crossover

Source: Autobild

With monstrous power, an extra pair of wheels, and loads of off-road tech and features at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is one hell of an SUV /truck ; seemingly unstoppable when driven in the roughest terrains.

Well, "seemingly" seems like the proper word after seeing the video above, in which one of these behemoths gets stuck on a beach and needs to be towed out of the sand by what appears to be a Caterpillar front-end loader.

That’s really embarrassing for a potent vehicle such as the G63 AMG 6x6, even though there are no specific details as to what might have caused the vehicle to get stuck. At first glance, everything seems to be in order, but a closer inspection of the footage reveals a deflated left, front tire.

It’s true that the G63 AMG 6x6 is fitted with a self-deflating/inflating tire system that helps it move in various terrains, but this time we’re looking at a flat tire. Of course, the embarrassing moment could be linked to another issue that’s not visible on the outside. Maybe an electrical failure of some sort?

Either way, you don’t get to see a monster of an SUV that costs more than half a million bucks being dragged away by a tractor too often. It must be pretty frustrating for the driver to not be able to use those 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

Everybody within Lamborghini and parent company Volkswagen seems to be on the same page as it relates to the future of the Lamborghini Urus. They’re all saying that it’s coming in 2017 and we already know that. But recently, plans for the Urus took another step forward when it was reported that The SUV will built at Volkswagen Group’s factory in Slovakia. It will be built alongside the
Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and Audi Q7.

Sources told Automotive News that Lambo’s first stab at an ultra-luxury SUV will be built in the same plant where a number of other SUV models are currently created. That includes the Porsche Cayenne , the Volkswagen Touareg , and the Audi Q7 . Furthermore, the Urus will be built on a modified version of VW Group’s MLB platform, the same platform that will underpin the next-generation Cayenne.

In preparation for the time when the plant gets another SUV to build in the factory, Volkswagen installed its largest metal press in the facility, one that will be capable of creating steel and aluminum body panels. The objective of adding this press is to help slash weight from all of Volkswagen Group’s SUVs by using more aluminum in the coming years.

It’s no secret that a lot of people are earnestly waiting for the arrival of the Lamborghini Urus. In addition to the curiosity on how Lambo can translate its exotic character on an SUV, people, including us, are looking to see if the Urus lives up to the significant hype its been getting since its concept debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show .

Knowing where the it’s going to be built may not seem like big news to others, but in our case, it’s the latest indication that Lamborghini is serious about this SUV. In these times, news like this has its weight in gold.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Lamborghini Urus.

The arrival of the Concept Coupe SUV created a nice little conundrum for Mercedes . The strong reception the Concept Coupe SUV received when it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show put Mercedes in a position to expand its SUV lineup. Now, the German automaker is considering doing just that by separating its SUV offerings to include a separate line for "on-road" SUVs.

The Concept Coupe SUV made that possible and it does look like Mercedes is seriously considering creating a line of coupe -styled SUVs that will differ from the ones that have off-road capabilities.

Speaking to Automotive News, Mercedes’ research & development chief Thomas Weber expressed the company’s thoughts of creating a four-door, coupe-styled model that will "appeal to customers who want a sporty-designed vehicle with a high seating position."

By taking this path, Mercedes would have a vehicle that would directly rival the BMW X6 , which seems to have been the whole point of developing the Coupe Concept SUV. The production version of the concept, dubbed the ’MLC-Class ’, is being touted as the company’s first foray into the "on-road" SUV segment, which could also include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV further down the road.

No timetable has been set on when the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will be launched, but development is expected to commence next year the company’s plant in Alabama.

It’ll be interesting how much of the design of the Concept Coupe SUV will translate to the production version, but one thing we can be sure of is that it will retain its coupe-like design. That is, after all, the whole purpose of creating a separate "on-road" SUV lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes Coupe Concept.

Rumors about McLaren’s plans on building an SUV have been floating around ever since Lamborghini confirmed the Urus, but the Brits aren’t likely to give in and follow the trend started by manufacturers such as Porsche or BMW .

In a recent interview, company chief executive officer Mike Flewitt ruled out any chances of seeing an SUV roll out of Woking, quoting the McLaren heritage and the brand’s desire to remain focused on building sports cars .

"We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world. We need to remain focused. McLaren is a sports car brand and that’s exactly what we’re going to remain," Flewitt said in an interview in Shanghai, China, according to Automotive News.

With SUVs out of the company’s foreseeable future, McLaren will be looking to increase global growth by launching an entry-level model called the P13 . Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the "baby" McLaren will go into production next next year.

Additionally, Flewitt stressed that the sports car manufacturer seeks to introduce one new model each year and boost annual sales to 4,000 vehicles by 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Urus - one of the competitors for this denied McLaren SUV.

Source: Bloomberg

Although it hasn’t received many updates for the 2015 model year, the Lexus RX 350 remains a strong competitor in the crossover market mainly due to its luxurious cabin and smooth ride. However, the vehicle lacks the power of its main rivals and, more importantly, it doesn’t come with the third-row seat featured in the Acura MDX for instance.

Lexus is obviously aware of the latter, especially with many customer complaints reaching its headquarters via dealers, and, according to brand chief Jeff Bracken, the company is planning on resolving this issue by rolling out a seven-seat crossover under the TX nameplate.

"Third-row seating is the No. 1 issue we hear from dealers. We feel like we’re missing a 35,000-units-a-year opportunity. We’re working hard to rectify that," Bracken told Automotive News, without going into specifics.

Despite the lack of details, it appears that the vehicle is likely to be a car-based crossover underpinned by either the platform used for the Toyota Highlander /Camry (FWD) or the architecture found under the Lexus IS and GS sedans (RWD). Specifically, the seven-seat crossover will be similar in size to the RX, with a slightly longer body to provide additional third-row space inside the cabin. "We won’t be bothered if it steps on RX. We want it," Bracken was quoted saying.

A little more than a clean sheet of paper at the time of this writing, the vehicle won’t arrive until "2016 or 2017" and there’s no word as to what engines might be offered. The TX name remains unconfirmed for the time being, but the aforementioned source reports that Toyota has already applied for a trademark.

Note: The recently unveiled Lexus RX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lexus TX.

Thundering around town in a three-row SUV isn’t typically an exciting event. Slow and cumbersome with loads of body roll and understeer can make for a rather uninspiring trip. Then again, the refreshed 2014 Dodge Durango isn’t a typical SUV.

Coated in Granite Crystal Metallic paint with matching 20-inch rims, blacked-out windows, color-keyed bumpers and grille, and that ‘racetrack’ LED taillight fixture out back give this bad boy a snarling bad attitude. Equipped with the Rallye Appearance Package, this Durango seems to hold up an inappropriate gesture to any sneering onlookers.

Get on this bad boy’s good side, however, and you’re coddled like a king – even in the third row. The revised interior for 2014 is much improved over last year and includes numerous refinements. There’s an all-new steering wheel with standard paddle shifters controlling the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic, a reworked center stack with the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system, and a large seven-inch TFT display within the gauge cluster.

Though this Dodge is refreshed for 2014, all the good stuff from its 2011 total makeover is still present. The killer exterior looks, the loads of room in the second and third rows, its two optional engines, and all-wheel-drive set-up are among the most notable features in the Durango’s returning repertoire.

I recently spent a week with this beastly SUV, doing everything from commuting around and hauling kids, to blasting around cloverleaf interstate on-ramps. Head past the jump for my full run-down.

Click past the jump for the full review

The Chinese market got an early look at the new-generation Jeep Cherokee earlier this year. If our Chinese friends are paying attention to the Beijing Auto Show , they might find the Cherokee even more appealing with the debut of the Cherokee Sageland Concept. Featuring a bevy of cosmetic changes on the exterior and the interior, the Cherokee Sageland Concept really does bring out the best in the SUV .

For this specific concept, Jeep drew inspiration from a region in China that’s considered more of a legend than an actual location: Shangri-La.

It’s an ambitious task considering that the historical landmarks and natural sceneries in Shangri-La is more a myth than anything else. But give props to Jeep for embracing the challenge of turning the Cherokee with an aesthetic upgrade that will draw the curious side of the Chinese people.

Considering that we’re not really big fans of the Cherokee’s new look, we have to admit that the Sageland Concept does a good job of drawing attention away from its overwhelming appearance, making the SUV look, admittedly, quite attractive.

The upgrades shown on the concept actually makes us wonder if the Cherokee really is an acquired taste for some people. At the very least, the Sageland Concept has made us believe that it’s actually possible.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Sageland Concept

Don’t let the Range Rover Evoque body hidden under wraps fool you folks, what you’re looking at is a prototype of the production model based on the C-X17 concept unveiled last year.

Scheduled to make its official debut in the second half of 2015, the C-X17 will become the first ever crossover SUV to sport a Jaguar badge and ride on the company’s upcoming modular platform that will also underpin the XE sedan and probably the Land Rover Discovery .

Being disguised as an Evoque, the mule doesn’t offer too many details for us to ogle at, especially at the front and around the back, but we can clearly see the vehicle is longer than the aforementioned Range Rover model. The rear bumper is another detail that suggest we’re looking at more than just a longer Evoque, as are the wider fenders and the rear windshield.

There’s no official info as to what kind of engines will be motivating the SUV, but we do know that Jaguar’s new range of four-cylinder units will make their way under the hood. Both gasoline and diesel options are on the table, with the range-topping gas model likely to get a couple of turbochargers attached to it for Porsche Macan -like performance.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the manufacturer launch the new SUV in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17.


Back to top