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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.

The Tesla Model X is reportedly about to enter production in late 2014. Finally, right? It’s been a long time coming for the company’s second large-scale production vehicle. The lengthy delays the Model X has suffered from has made us even more interested to see what the production version is going to look like. But Tesla is now accepting reservations for the Model X and has said that deliveries are expected to begin in the fall of next year. Do a little calculating and it does look like those initial reports of production beginning early next year are all true.

This is huge news, especially for those clamoring for Tesla to finally build the Model X after years of testing and development. We’re a part of that group, too, and like everybody else, we’re very interested to see whether the production Model X will mirror the concept, or go in a more conservative direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Tesla Model X.

TheGMC Yukon traces its roots back to 1992 when GMC took the Jimmy nameplate from its full-size SUVs and gave it to its midsize, Chevy Blazer counterpart. Since then, the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe twins have been topping sales charts year after year. In 1999, GMC launched the Denali trim line as an answer to the Lincoln Navigator. Over the years, the Yukon Denali has continued with good success as a stepping-stone between the regular Yukon and the all-out luxury Cadillac Escalade.

I got to spend a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, and boy is it a sweet ride. Chrome accents, 22-inch chrome wheels, metallic white paint, and HID and LED lighting make this Yukon a standout. With the Denali trim comes a bevy of standard upgrades, including the powerful 6.2-liter, EcoTec3 V-8, Magnetic Ride Control, and power-everything inside the leather-lined cabin.

Though it’s on the pricy side, the Yukon proved to be a capable rig with room for seven and plenty of posh to go around. Head past the jump for the video review, photo gallery, and full review.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali.

The Kia Sorento debuted in 2003 as a midway point between smaller crossovers and midsize SUVs, giving buyers yet another SUV option to choose from. The model underwent its first redesign in 2011, when it received a healthy set of changes that gave it a more refined and sporty look to better match the changing crossover realm. In 2014, the Sorento underwent very minor aesthetic changes, but it gained an all-new chassis, and these changes brought about the third generation for the crossover. Only minor changes make their way into the 2015 Sorento, including an updated UVO system and the new SXL trim.

I spent a week behind the wheel of the range-topping 2015 Kia Sorento SXL, and got a really nice feel for what it offers buyers. Overall, the Sorento SXL is an oddity in the crossover SUV realm, as its size and seven-passenger capacity make it hard for small crossovers to match its usefulness and its premium features are typically reserved for luxury SUV s. On the flip side, it does not have the badge notoriety or the driving dynamics to rival the luxury SUVs.

So, does the Sorento have a place in the market?

Click past the jump to read my full review and find out.

The Porsche Macan has proven to be quite a popular model in the U.S. At least its popular enough that the crossover is already sold out for the year and a wait of more than six months faces every interested buyer of Porsche ’s surprisingly popular SUV. So what to do if you want a Macan and you’re faced with that excruciatingly long wait? Well, how about short-term leases on the Boxster or the Cayman ?

According to Automotive News, that’s the strategy Porsche Cars North America is employing. While customers wait for the arrival of their Macans, they can take advantage of short-term leases on the two Porsche sports cars . At the very least, the open-ended lease eases the wait until the Macan arrives.

The dilemma is serious enough for the company to take this kind of step. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen indicated that a majority of the Macan’s customer base are first-time buyers of the German brand and making them wait so long isn’t a good introduction to the Porsche brand.

With this lease program, customers can still enjoy other Porsche models until their Macan orders are filled. It’s a bold and risky move, but Porsche is banking on customers liking the idea.

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

The relaunch of Maybach apparently isn’t going to be limited to just super-luxury sedans. From the looks of it, Mercedes is planning to set Maybach up as a luxury division similar to how AMG has evolved into the company’s performance division. So prepare yourselves for a more versatile Maybach offering that will even expand into SUVs like the GL-Class.

The news comes by way of Motoring, which reported that Mercedes is already tinkering the idea of using Maybach differently when compared to its previous incarnation. So instead of models being badged as an independent Maybach brand, we could see something akin to Mercedes models being treated to uber-luxurious specifications.

Motoring is reporting that the GL-Class will be the first of Mercedes’ existing models to be given the Maybach treatment. The move is seen by some as the company’s response to the increasing number of luxury SUVs that are either in development or are in discussions to be developed soon.

You hear that Bentley , and Rolls-Royce ? That’s Mercedes putting you on notice.

Note: Standard Mercedes GL-Class pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about a possible Maybach return.

Source: Motoring

The Land Rover Discovery might not be as impressive as the Defender as far as off-roading capabilities go, but, to Kahn Design , the former is equally suited to receive an aftermarket makeover. Kahn and the Land Rover brand go a long way back, with the British design firm having released a batch of upgrades for the SUV.

In an earlier package, Kahn selected a twin-turbo, SDV6-powered Discovery and enhanced its visuals by means of an aggressive aerodynamic package, 22-inch wheels, and a revamped interior. Now, the design house launched a new program for the Discovery, this time picking yet another SDV6 to showcase its skills. Dubbed RS300, the SUV gains some of Kahn’s usual updates inside and out, with the final result presenting itself as a unique, luxurious rig.

New fenders, large wheels, and a bespoke interior add a touch of sportiness and class to an otherwise go-anywhere, purpose-built vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 By Kahn Design.

The Audi Q5 and Q7 understandably get all the love among Audi’s roster of crossovers and SUVs. But let’s not forget about the Q3 . This little brother got some spunk and it definitely deserves a path on the back, or in the case of German tuner MTM , a dedicated aftermarket program.

We’re all familiar with Audi ’s packaging of the Q3. It’s an economic crossover that has plenty of sweet features combined with Audi’s fabulous technical engineering. Then there’s the RS Q3 - the subject of this program - that breathes a little more fire as a more performance-oriented model of the Q3. But still, even something "good" has a chance to be "better", and that’s what MTM set out to accomplish with its new tuning kit for the RS Q3 2.5 TFSI quattro.

As a performance-heavy update, MTM is charging quite a lot for this program. The cost of the engine tune is €3,357, which is about $4,500 based on current exchange rates. Meanwhile, the new exhaust system and the carbon fiber rear diffuser will set you back €4,699, right around $6,400.

Then again, you can just opt for getting everything, car and tuning kit together. For that, you’re gonna have to pay €76,650, or about $104,150 in American money.

That might be a steep a price to pay, but what you can get out of it is pretty awesome in its own right.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q3 RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro By MTM.

The Kia Sorento was launched in 2002 and went on sale in the United States the following year. The first-generation Sorento was a traditional body-on-frame SUV with off-road capabilities and a four-wheel drive system. The first-gen Sorento was replaced in 2009, when Kia introduced a completely redesigned vehicle. Now built on a car-based platform and relegated to crossover status, the second-gen Sorento began rolling off the West Point, Georgia production line for the 2010 model year. Slightly longer than its predecessor, the updated Sorento gained new 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines on U.S. soil.

The crossover received yet another makeover for the 2013 model year. Although Kia introduced it as a third-generation model with an all-new chassis and redesigned front and rear fascias, the update is commonly considered a facelift rather than a brand-new generation. Going into 2015, Kia introducing a revamped Sorento with hefty updates inside and out, including a longer wheelbase.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Kia Sorento.

From when the iconic Willys MB went off to fight WWII until 2014’s Wrangler JK , good gas mileage hasn’t exactly been the Jeep’s strong suit. Even with modern advancements of electronic fuel injection, five and six speed gearboxes, and emission controls, the current Wrangler only manages 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway. Then again, that’s not bad when considering it’s got two solid axles turning short ring gears, knobby tires, and a flat windshield. When the 2018 Wranglers roll out, we may be in for a lot more mpgs, given a recent report from Edmunds is true.

But more is always better, right? Well things appear to be headed that way. Jeep boss Mike Manley said in a recent press conference that the next generation of Jeep Wrangler would focus heavily on weight reduction and fuel savings without compromising its legendary off-road performance.

"We must be innovative in terms of what we do for the next Wrangler because clearly we have to make sure that vehicle survives into the future," Manley said. "It is vital for the brand." Of course, the dark cloud of CAFÉ standards and growing customer expectations are the two confronting factors. Also looming on the horizon is a future Wrangler competitor from Land Rover , Manley mentioned.

But take heart, Jeep fans. Manley continues saying, “There will be no compromises.” So we can apparently expect a Wrangler just as capable off the beaten path as the 2014 JK, but with better gas mileage. Okay, so how is Jeep to increase the Wrangler’s fuel efficiency while not killing its off-road prowess?

Though Manley didn’t go into specifics, we’ve been hearing rumors of a fully independent suspension system and perhaps intensive uses of lightweight materials like aluminum and possibly a diesel powerplant. One thing’s for sure; we can look forward to a future Wrangler that doesn’t strangle our wallets at the pump.

Note: Current Jeep Wrangler pictured here.

Click past the jump for some more speculation

Source: Edmunds

The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover market when it debuted in 1998. By using a unibody chassis rather than a body-on-frame setup like most SUVs, the Lexus was quieter, more comfortable and nicer to drive than any of its competitors. Lexus had an immediate hit. Now more than 15 years later I have been given the keys to a third-generation model. Meet the RX 450h.

The “h” signifies that this particular family machine is powered by a hybrid system. Toyota makes some of the best hybrids in the business, but I worry that the weight and heft of an SUV may be too much to ask of the Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. With lots of crossover competition from America and the German’s alike the RX 450h has some stiff rivals. Can this latest version of Lexus’ segment defining crossover keep up with the now rampant competition?

Read more about the 2014 Lexus RX 450h after the break


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