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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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With the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, scheduled for April 12th through 20th, Jeep and Mopar have announced plans to introduce a new batch of unique Wrangler -based concept SUVs .

Six off-road -capable vehicles will be shown in Utah next week, according to Jeep and Mopar — the two brands that have joined forces one more time — but the details are still in the vault, with only a couple of teasers up for grabs.

As you might have already seen earlier, the first one depicts the Cherokee-based Dakar concept , which comes equipped with all the necessary off-road gear and red window trim. The second one gives us a first glimpse at the Wrangler MOJO concept , which appears to be based on the two-door version of the popular crossover .

It features a custom bright orange exterior with black stripes and blacked-out front grille, and a winch bumper ready to get it out of any nasty scenario that may occur. As expected, the vehicle rides on bead-lock wheels wrapped in off-road tires, while a proper suspension system is hidden underneath the square fenders.

Considering the fact that Jeep brought five Wrangler concepts to the Easter Safari last year, the MOJO won’t be the only incarnation of the SUV to be paraded at this year’s event. We’ll be right back as soon as Jeep rolls them into the spotlight, so make sure you tune in next week.

Updated 04/10/2014: Jeep unveiled the official details on the new Wrangler MOJO concept, with just two days before its official debut at Easter Jeep Safari. Click past the jump to read more about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Wrangler MOJO.

Since the new Acura RDX made its market debut in the the 2013 model year, the SUV has become a popular one for customers, posting 22 straight monthly sales record as of February 2014. For the 2015 model year, the RDX packs most of what made it such a desirable model, including with the same V-6 engine that nets 270 horsepower and Acura’s innovative Technology Package.

While other models look better than the RDX, there is a certain amount of appeal to the SUV’s rather no-frills character. The all-business look lends to its strong and fuel efficient V-6, and when you add all the standard equipment put into the RDX, it usually translates to strong customer appeal and, in turn, high volume of sales.

Acura’s hitching its wagon to the belief that the popularity of the RDX will remain for the 2015 model. It’s a precarious position to be in, but for the most part, the company is adhering to the "if it ain’t broke, why fix it?" adage.

The RDX has been successful far so there’s little reason to believe that it can’t do it again, at least for another year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura RDX.

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As spring kicks in each year, Jeep and Mopar are gearing up for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, by creating some of the greatest off-roaders which, unfortunately, we can’t buy.

Last year, for instance, the Chrysler -owned brands have come up with the extreme Wrangler Sand Trooper II perched on 40-inch bead-lock wheels, the lightweight Wrangler Stitch , and the production-friendly Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept .

For 2014, Jeep and Mopar are storming Utah highly-anticipated event with another half-dozen of unique climbing-capable machines. Among them, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with a more extreme take on the redesigned 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Dubbed Cherokee Dakar, the crossover concept pays tribute to the grueling African (err, South American) safari rally with its off-road-spec suspension, massive sand-digging tires and flared wheel arches. From the teaser, it appears that the dark-grey body is complemented by a red window trim, while the two-tone rims benefit from the same contrasting hues. Additionally, the concept will get to keep the Cherokee’s standard red tow hooks.

There are no clues as to what might be hiding under the hood, but we’re not hoping for more than a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. Not that we wouldn’t love to see a Hemi V-8 in there, but the Cherokee’s bay is not roomy enough for a 6.4-liter mill

Updated 04/10/2014: Jeep unveiled the official details on the new Cherokee Dakar concept set to be unveiled on April 12 at the Jeep Easter Safari.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Dakar.


Part of Daimler AG’s new ownership stake in Aston Martin appears to be ajoint partnership between the two companies to develop a slate of sport-utility vehicles. Don’t look now, but the future of the long-awaited Lagonda SUV might just have gotten a lot clearer.

According to Bloomberg, the two brands are in the middle of talks on sharing the underpinnings of a new full-size SUV with Aston Martin, something the British marquee has planned for a long time but has yet to materialize.

But the recent alliance with Daimler opens up a whole slate of possibilities for Aston Martin , now that it has a technology partner that can provide it with the right blueprint to see to completion a project that has been in the works for a long time now.

Part of the discussion appears to be Daimler helping Aston Martin in shaping up the Lagonda SUV. The two have already announced another part of their deal that calls for Mercedes’ AMG division to help develop new V-8 engines that will be used on future Aston Martin models. So this latest news that the two companies are now working on the Lagonda can be construed as another significant step toward what’s shaping up to be a fruitful alliance between the two companies.

Daimler may not get anything out of it at the moment, but should Aston’s next wave of models, the Lagonda included, be sales hits, Daimler’s five percent stake in Aston Martin could very well prove to be very useful.

Click past the jump to read more about the long-rumored Lagonda SUV.

Source: Bloomberg

The hotly anticipated launch of the Jaguar XQ-Type isn’t expected until 2016, but as early as now, Jaguar is already started development of the "sports crossover" ahead of that timeframe. With its impending arrival, the folks over at Jaguar aren’t wasting any time in building the XQ, not when its expected rival, the Porsche Macan , is drawing closer and closer to its own launch date.

Fortunately for Jaguar, it won’t have to start from scratch in building the XQ as the SUV ’s basic aluminum architecture is set to be borrowed from the XE compact sedan. It’s no secret that Jaguar is targeting the younger buyers that have active lifestyles and it’s preparing the XQ to fit that bill. According to Jaguar’s global marketing director, Steven de Ploey, the XQ could also be prepared to cater to "women buyers and more customers with young families," a good indication that the market for the sports crossover will be different from the people the British company targets with its luxury sedans.

The XQ is still a Jaguar at heart, but its characteristics will be markedly different from cars like the XF and the XJ . Like with Porsche’s plan for the Macan, Jaguar is trying to establish a new segment of customers to complement the well-off adults that are already in its books.

“It is a Jaguar, but in a completely different form," chief designer Ian Callum explained when the C-X17 Concept was first show at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year.

By all intents and purposes, the XQ could be the vehicle that gives Jaguar a more diverse client base. That’s what the company’s aiming for, and we’ll know whether the plan pays off or not when the crossover arrives in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar SUV.

Source: AutoCar

A new batch of spy shots of the 2015 Mercedes M-Class has found its way onto my desk, making these the fourth set of photos we’ve seen of the German SUV since the first batch arrived in early December.

Compared to what we’ve seen, these photos of the M-Class come with an even deeper camouflage with pretty much every body panel covered in the hypnotic camo. But from what we’ve seen in the past, our initial notion that both the front and rear sections of the M-Class are going to be updated looks to be spot on.

Since the current generation model was revealed in 2011 as a 2012 model, you can notice that the front end has a more elaborate grille setup with more accessible openings for the air to cool the engine. The main grille looks to have been split in half, possibly to create a unique space for the Silver Arrows logo. The headlights also appear to be more rectangular in design compared to the swept back almond look of its predecessor.

As for the rear, it’s hard to make out any distinctive changes, given that the rear lights don’t look like they’ve been changed. But a particularly interesting tweak are the twin-tailpipes that are now on the front passenger side of the SUV.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

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Just like most Japanese-built luxury SUVs for the U.S. market, the Infiniti QX series has a foggy past and needed more than 10 years to fully mature. Roquefort, anyone?. Initially named QX4, the first-generation QX was a midsize SUV developed to take on Acura ’s SLX model and Lexus ’ larger LX .

The QX had grown into a full-size SUV about nine years later, when the Nissan Armada-based, second-generation iteration was unveiled as the QX56. Overhauled in 2010, the vehicle finally ditched its not-so-attractive design by borrowing styling cues from the smaller, sportier FX , which is now retailed with a QX70 badge.

The third-generation QX also got a new platform underneath, moving away from the Nissan Armada to become an ultra luxurious Patrol . As with the entire Infiniti lineup, the full-size SUV was also renamed for the 2014 model year, changing its ID to QX80.

Already in its fifth production year, the QX80 is likely to hang around for another couple of years. And although Infiniti wasn’t too keen on meddling with the SUV too much for 2014, the QX80 remains a force to be reckoned with in the full-size segment.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti 2014 QX80

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When talking about Volvo , safety is the first thing that comes to mind. The Swedes have been one step ahead, as far as safety is concerned, for decades now. But Volvo is more than that. Although it lags behind the German premium automakers like Mercedes-Benz , BMW and Audi in terms of sales, the Chinese-owned brand’s lineup is as luxurious as it gets.

With the U.S. having remained Volvo’s largest market in 2013, the automaker is bound to look toward improving its position in North America. Its first steps were the 2015 V60 station wagon and the introduction of the new Drive-E engine family, but now the Swedes have announced that the S80 sedan and XC60 crossover will receive an even more luxurious package for the 2015 model year.

Dubbed Inscription, the new range-topping trim level take the aforementioned vehicles up a notch by wrapping the interior in Sovereign Hide soft leather upholstery and adding a few more premium features inside and out. The exterior options, for instance, will include three extra body colors (White Pearl, Electric Silver and Ember Black) and 19-inch wheels for the S80 and 20-inch rollers for the XC60, both with a ten-spoke design.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo XC60 & S80 Inscription Package.

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With a little more than two months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the folks over at Mini are gearing up for the big sporting event — or should we say April Fools’ Day? — with the Paceman GoalCooper special edition.

Based on the John Cooper Works Paceman, the GoalCooper pays tribute to Brazil’s national soccer team by wearing a body wrap that combines the green, blue and yellow colors adorning the aforementioned country’s flag.

Inside, the football (err, soccer)-related theme continues with Astro Turf floor mats in a color the company calls Brasileiro Green, a similar mat to cover the entire cargo space when the rear seats are folded and a miniature table football set mounted on the center rail.

Additionally, a "floodlight" LED interior lighting package, a net attached behind the front seats and universal holder for smartphones give the GoalCooper "a stadium like feel" that fervent soccer fans are likely to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Paceman GoalCooper.

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When it comes to the possibility of a BMW X7, we’ve heard all kinds of things. First, there were rumors saying it would be produced and then the rumors were pulled back saying that plans for the X7 had been canceled . Now, we finally have official confirmation of the range-topping X-Series model.

This announcement really came out of left field, and was buried deep in a press release regarding the company’s South Carolina plant. The reason it ended up in this release was because it will be the newest addition to the plant’s workflow in 2016. Despite being built here in the U.S., the X7 will be a part of Bimmer ’s global market, with a lot of the demand coming from the growing Chinese market.

For now, the details are scarce, but there are some assumptions to be made about what engines it will carry and the basic styling.

Updated 03/31/2014: BMW officially confirmed that the future X7 luxury SUV will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant stating 2016. "With the BMW X7, we are developing another, larger X model, which we will produce at our U.S. plant for our world markets – once again underscoring our commitment to the U.S."

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW X7.


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