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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.

We’ve brought you all the important details about Cadillac’s newest flagship SUV: the totally new 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV. Now we bring you live images and our first impressions of the beastly, all-American luxury SUV.

Over the weekend at the Miami International Auto Show , we had the chance to climb inside the completely redesigned Escalade to see the improvements first hand. The Escalade is based on its GM cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban , along with the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Across the board, the interiors are much improved in regards to roominess and use of space. Finally for the first time, the full-size General Motors SUVs have folding rear seats that allow for a flat load floor.

The second row has grown two inches in the footwell for added ease of entry and exit for taller, larger-footed passengers. Their height won’t be a problem inside either, as headroom is quite generous throughout the cabin. The Escalade we sampled was equipped with the second-row captains chairs. The center aisle was wide enough for easy access to the third row and the nearly flat floor kept tripping hazards to the minimum.

Up front, the driver is treated to the same huge TFT display found in the Cadillac CTS and XTS. Real wood trim is abundant and contrasts nicely with the soft leather seating. Fit and finish is unmatched by any Cadillacs of past. Gaps and seams were tight even and intricate details abound throughout the cabin. The details continue outside with etched Cadillac crests appearing within the clear plastic tail lamps.

Such details were a welcome addition to what will assuredly be a home run for General Motors.

Click past the jump for detailed photos of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

We’ve caught the new-generation Mercedes GLK testing quite a few times already, but this time is a little more special because they managed to catch the GLK ’s luxurious interior for the first time.

It’s no surprise that the interior of the GLK looks nearly identical to the C-Class , since the SUV is based on the sedan. It features a large, freestanding screen controlled by the new COMAND infotainment controller on the center console. This new controller incorporates a touch pad that accepts finger-written characters and smartphone-like commands. All the new driver-assist technology revealed in the S-Class will also be offered in the GLK.

The prototype still has on a good amount camouflage, making it clear that the new-generation GLK has plenty of updates in the works. Rumors suggest that the new GLK will drop the current boxy shape, and will adopt a more rounded appearance.

Under its hood, the 2015 GLK will borrow the C-Class’ engine lineup, with a hybrid version also a possibility. Mercedes will also prepare an AMG version to compete with models like the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming BMW X3 M.

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Land Rover has done it again! This time with the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover has broken the land speed record for crossing one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It’s no secret that despite their relative softening over the years, Land Rovers are still synonymous with land exploration. That’s what its cars are meant to do and what better place to explore the limits of the 2014 Range Rover Sport than to attack the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Range Rover Sport completed the journey in record time, setting the fastest average speed of 50.87 mph in the process. The starting point for the record run was Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, and the challenge was to cross the "Empty Quarters" over to the border with the United Arab Emirates. The Land Rover team crossed the vast expanse of the desert in 10 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of 527 miles.

Moi Torrallardona, Dakar Rally veteran from Spain, was at the helm of the Range Rover Sport. With years of off-road experience under his belt, Torrallardona was the perfect man for the job.

“Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement,” said Torrallardona.

“This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset - it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert,” he added.

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

Here at TopSpeed, we love the veteran’s of our armed forces; be it from wars from decades ago or ones currently stationed in war zones across the globe, we salute you all.

Along with the brave men and women, there are also animals and automobiles that play integral roles in our armed forces. One of the original wartime automotive veterans was the 1941 Willys-Overland MB, which was informally dubbed the "Jeep."

There are a few rumors about how exactly the name "Jeep" came to be, but the most commonly accepted story is that the MB was a "General Purpose" vehicle that officials often abbreviated as "G.P.", and slurring of the abbreviation was how the name came to be — there are also reports that the "jeep" name was used as far back as 1914.

The Willys-Overland Jeep first became available for civilian purchase, known as the CJ-2A, in 1945, and the automaker filed to trademark the "Jeep" name in 1943, but it was not granted until 1950. The CJ endured several buyouts, transfers and sales, but it only lasted a short time longer after Chrysler bought the company in 1987.

The above video is a 1943 film name "The Autobiography of a Jeep," which highlights the how this automotive veteran helped the real veterans in WWII.

Of course, Veteran’s Day is all about celebrating the brave men and women of the U.S., so we end with recognizing the men and women of the armed services for protecting us and our freedoms. Whether you are simply a reservist that has never seen a battlefield or a multi-tour veteran, the entire TopSpeed team thanks you for you service!

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This year’s SEMA Show brought a lineup of Toyota vehicles specially designed for athletes. One of these athlete-centric designs is the RAV4 Life Time Fitness, and it also happens to be a part of Toyota’s "Dream Build Challenge."

The RAV4 Life Time Fitness was designed by LifeTime Fitness company in cooperation with Team Toyota triathletes Sarah Haskins, Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper, and Toyota had it on display in Vegas from 5th to 8th of November. With the SEMA Show now in the books, this special RAV4 hits the road to support Toyota-sponsored athletes at select events.

According to one of the designers of this project, Sarah Haskins, the RAV4 Life Time Fitness has incorporated cutting-edge tools that will helps athletes to "build their racing skills, while enabling them to relax a little too."

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota RAV4 Life Time Fitness.

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Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Art Deco Edition

We are soon to see a sudden surge in the number of new premium luxury SUVs . The fact that Aston Martin , Bentley and even Lamborghini are considering to add an all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle to their lineup is evidence to the current market situation where the wealthy are demanding uber-premium SUVs.

The rise in demand for such a product hasn’t gone unnoticed when it comes to quintessential luxury that is, Rolls Royce . The BMW-owned British luxury marque is aware of the developments taking place in this segment. Aston Martin is pursuing the reintroduction of Lagonda in the form of a luxury SUV; Lamborghini has already unveiled the Urus concept; and Bentley is contemplating an SUV that would satisfy the needs of the average Bentley buyer.

For Rolls Royce, who has been the crown jewel of the segment for years, it might not be as easy as it seems. Its cars have always had a special place in the hearts and minds of not only those who own them, but also those who admire them for their timeless charm. Despite the potential negatives, a Rolls Royce SUV is in the cards, thanks to the aforementioned spike in interest.

According to Rolls Royce boss, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, they are currently investigating whether the brand can carry such a vehicle in its portfolio and that both crossover and shooting brake styling options are on the table.

If Rolls Royce does go ahead with either of the two, the basis for the upcoming model has almost been finalized. The current Rolls Royce Ghost platform, which shares its components with the BMW 7 Series, seems a worthy option as the SUV’s base. The Phantom’s platform would work, but it would be too expensive to make, given as Rolls Royce is targeting a price tag of around $400,000. Additionally, Rolls Royce could easily adapt the Ghost platform to accept an X5 drivetrain and suspension components.

Click past the jump to read more about the RR Ghost.

Source: Autocar UK

Just by its name alone, you can immediately determine that this 2015 Chevrolet Suburban was created with the young and adventurous in mind. Likely no middle-aged person will understand the ’half-pipe’ tag, but for those that lived along the same time as the X-Games explosion, half-pipe is synonymous with action sports.

That’s why when Chevrolet decided to develop this Suburban, it had the young ones in mind and true to form, the Half-Pipe Concept comes with plenty of features that will tug at the heartstrings of action junkies. Chevrolet Accessories’ roof rack and crossbars were mounted on the roof of the SUV, serving the dual purpose of mounting skis or snowboards into them. And for a more distinctive appearance, the automaker also added a set of 22-inch wheels and center caps.

Inside, the modifications continue with leather-trimmed seats and a Blu-ray-based entertainment system in case the young ones need to take a break from all skiing and snowboarding, and prefer to unwind in the confines of their own mobile entertainment unit.

The Chevrolet Suburban Half-Pipe Concept is tailor-made for a specific market. Even so, it doesn’t mean that it’s limited to that exclusive group. Everybody can enjoy what the SUV is offering, even if you’re not so much into the action stuff.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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The all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade has arrived! Official images followed a posh event in New York last night, debuting the production version of the new Cadillac flagship.

After becoming quite familiar with the updates to the similar 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon Denali , it is clear that all three of these machines are vastly improved in almost every way. As the Cadillac of the line, the Escalade naturally brings the best 420-horsepower, V-8 engine and third-gen magnetic shocks as standard.

The Caddy’s exterior is defined by some striking LED lighting front and back. Luxury details abound inside the cabin, including special leathers and better seats than its cheaper siblings. Offered as a gurgling rear-drive or refined all-wheel-drive setup in regular or ESV sizes, the new Escalade is faster, smoother and more efficient than ever before.

The Escalade is still the king of the road in many places, and the new grille is certainly enough to grab some flash bulbs. This big truck looks great versus the previous three generations of Cadillac full-size SUVs. With pricing and dimensions that put most other SUVs in "time out," the Escalade is tipped for pricing between $65,000 and $95,000 when it arrives in early Spring 2014.

Update 11/8/2013: The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is making tis auto show debut at the 2013 Miami International Auto Show today. We will bring you any new information that comes from this debut as soon as we hear it. Stay tuned!

Updated 01/20/2014: A leaked image of the 2015 Escalade reveals that the new SUV will arrive at dealerships this spring at a price of $71,695 - which represents a price increase of $3,725 over the previous year. (GM Inside News)

Updated 02/11/2014: Cadillac revealed a new video in which it highlights the SUV’s new headlamps that combine the precision and execution of advanced technology with elegance and beauty of fine artistry.

Updated 06/02/2014: Cadillac unveiled a series of new images - about 80 - revealing new details of the exterior and the interior. Check them out in the "Images" tab.

Click past the jump for all the official launch details from Cadillac on the exciting new 2015 Escalade.

Chevrolet has already introduced a handful of SEMA -bound vehicles for a handful of its models. Now it’s the big boys’ turn to get their share of the spotlight.

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was only revealed a few months ago and expectations for the SUV are high, especially for a model that has received a surge in popularity in recent years.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the all-new Tahoe showed off its law-enforcement abilities with the Tahoe Police Concept, and just days later, GM released the production model. Unsurprisingly, the production version is literally identical to the concept.

As the name suggests, this SUV was treated to a full-on law-enforcement makeover, complete with a massive bull horn, emergency lights, police badging, and a new set of 17-inch steel wheels. Take a look inside and you’ll see a full gadgetry of police paraphernalia, including those mobile laptop computers, a police transmitter, and somewhere that we can’t see, we assume there are some firearms, or at least, firearm holsters in there, too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

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A few weeks ago, Mitsubishi announced it will come to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with three concept cars that preview the company’s future SUV lineup. The first of these three concepts is the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or simply the XR-PHEV. It previews a new crossover with coupe-like styling cues that will be placed under the current Outlander and will be put into production in the coming years.

According to the first details on we have this concept, it looks like it will use a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.1-liter, turbocharged MIVEC engine, which is a lightweight, compact and highly efficient engine with a high-capacity battery.

The concept will be equipped with the latest "e-Assist" active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilizes next-generation information systems that includes a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept.


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