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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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Last month, we heard the first rumors about the possibility of more powerful version of the Range Rover Sport and Evoque models. Rumored to be carry an "RS" suffix, these new versions will look more aggressive than standard version, plus they will deliver more luxury and power.

The first to arrive will likely be the Evoque RS. We anticipate it to carry a sportier look, thanks to new front and rear bumpers and larger air intakes. The exterior will likely boast of a base color with numerous black elements, like the front and rear lip spoiler, side skirts, side-view mirrors and roof. You can see all of these elements on the above rendering.

On the inside, we expect to see sporty updates, like sport seats, carbon-fiber insertions and stainless-steel trimming.

As for the engine, rumors point toward Land Rover tuning the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to around 300 horsepower, which represents a 60 horsepower increase over the current version. In order to handle the extra power, the Evoque RS will also be equipped with a modified suspension, larger wheels and an updated brake system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Evoque RS.

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Audi Q7

Audi is already developing the next-generation Q7 SUV , but it looks like the company is preparing one more surprise before that in the form of an e-tron version for the large SUV. Audi Australia managing director, Andrew Doyle, confirmed to Car Advice that the "e-tron will be rolled out across all the models now."

This news comes as a huge surprise, considering the company just recently dropped the R8 e-tron. Doyle said that the R8 e-tron wasn’t a major thing for the Australian market, but that the e-tron line will launch "down under" with the A3 and Q7 models. He also confirmed that the Q7 e-tron will be offered for this generation, not the upcoming one set to arrive in 2015.

One thing he refused to comment about was what hybrid powertrain will the Q7 e-tron use. We know the A3 e-tron will combine a 147-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a 75kW electric motor. We can almost guarantee that drivetrain will not make its way into the Q7, as it is way too underpowered to drive the large SUV.

There was also no confirmation on just how far the Q7 e-tron will make it around the world, particularly to the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi Q7.

Source: CarAdvice
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Last year, TopCar unveiled the ML63 AMG "Inferno" . Now the tuning kit was revisited and the tuner came up with a new version called ML63 AMG Inferno Black. As its name suggests, the new version is all about making the ML63 dark.

The Inferno package takes its inspiration from the Black Series model offered by Mercedes and makes the SUV look more aggressive than ever.

We are not too sure if the new Inferno Black kit will feature any engine upgrades, but we assume so, given the original Inferno package was offered with three stages of upgrades. In the Stage One kit the ML63 AMG’s V-8 engine was tricked to deliver a total of 640 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque, up from the standard 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There is also a Stage Two kit that takes the power up to 690 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, while the most powerful version — Stage Three — delivers 760 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes ML63 AMG Inferno Black by TopCar.

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The Japanese market has received lots of special attention from tuners in the past few months. After BMW launched a bunch of special-edition models, like the BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition , Mercedes decided it was its turn to develop some special models for Japan.

The first model it released was a rather boring B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition , but now the maker wanted to make up for this lackluster model and came up with something pretty cool: this GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition.

The special model got its name from the German word for black, so it is pretty easy to imagine what the the dominant color is. The Schwarz Edition is painted in Obsidian Black, and features stainless-steel running boards and 20-inch wheels. AMG also tossed in a pretty cool styling package a new new sports suspension.

For the interior, the new GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition adds seats wrapped in a combination of Artico and Dinamica leather, a sport steering wheel, black ash wood trim and alloy pedals.

The new Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition is limited to only 100 units and is priced at ¥6,840,000 or a little under $70k.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes GLK 350.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris performed a rather interesting head-to-head comparison, putting a Mercedes G63 AMG against a Ford Fiesta ST . That may sound insane, given the ST hits 60 mph in around 7 seconds and the G63 AMG does the same in 5.3 seconds, but there is a twist. The twist is that Harris wanted to see if the G63 AMG could beat the Fiesta ST to 60 mph while towing, well... the Fiesta ST...

That’s right, Chris strapped 4 tons of trailer and car to the G63 AMG and put the pedal to the metal to see if monstrous Benz SUV can get to 60 mph in under 7 seconds. Quite an interesting and original comparison.

As a reminder, the G63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine produces 197 horsepower and 214 pound of torque.

So, is the Fiesta ST faster under its own power or while strapped to the back of the Mercedes ?

Dodge’s attempt to re-inject some life to the Journey looks to have paid off with the 2013 model. Although that’s not much of a stretch, given the mediocrity that plagued its past iterations, you have to give credit to Dodge for giving the Journey all the necessary tools - and then some - to be able to properly compete against a competitive market segment.

So, yeah, the 2013 Journey is a lot better than its past namesakes and while it still can’t be considered a "class-leader," it’s made huge enough strides to be treated with respect and attention.

The 2013 Journey’s reasonably sporty feel, combined with impressive looks and refined interior makes it an SUV worth your time and money. And, oh by the way, it now comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces arguably one of the highest outputs of any SUV in its class.

For those looking to have a family-friendly SUV with a hidden thirst for power lurking underneath, the 2013 Journey is as good a choice as any.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Journey

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The current-generation XC60 was unveiled in 2008 and the revision announced at 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the most impressive one. In fact, Volvo opted to update the entire lineup, before unveiling the new generation.

Just like with all the other models, Volvo only updated the XC60’s exterior and interior with design elements in a way similar to the one initially revealed in the new V40 , which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This means it receives a redesigned hood, new front bumper and new headlamps on the outside. On the inside, it receives new materials and packages.

Volvo also includes a series of new safety features and convenience features that took the XC60 to the next level of elegance and sophistication.

Updated 08/02/2014: Volvo announced all of the juicy details on the 2014 XC60. Click past the jump to read all about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo XC60.

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The new Land Rover Range Rover was unveiled back in 2012 and since then, it has gained lots of attention from tuners. In fact, if you remember correctly, there has been about one new tuning kit offered each week.

This week, the tuning kit comes from the German tuner Arden and is simply called Spirit. Though Arden left the bits under the hood alone, it did work hard on updating the look of the SUV .

The new AR9 body kit includes a new front apron with two air entrances for improved ventilation. The tuner also installed an exclusive, handmade Arden front grille, a completely redesigned front appearance and new side skirts. For the rear, Arden installed a new apron and new sports silencers.

The car sits on a set of 22-inch wheels painted the same color as the SUV’s exterior. As an option, buyers can also opt for 22-inch monobloc Dakar II rims painted in black/silver matte or silver/grey matte.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover AR 9 Spirit by Arden.

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While we await the Audi Q5 RS to arrive, Audi launched the SQ5, which comes in both diesel and gasoline versions. These engines help the SQ5 deliver impressive performance to go with its more aggressive exterior look.The base Audi SQ5 TDI uses a V-6 turbo-diesel engine that delivers a total of 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, a little bit more than a base Q5, but considerable less than we expect from a RS model.

Lucky for us, since Audi decided to keep the SQ5 relatively tame, ABT Sportsline decided to push the SQ5 a little harder. This slight nudge pushes the V-6 engine to a total of 360 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Along with the extra power, ABT also offers a wide-body kit and a wide range of wheels to choose from.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi SQ5 by ABT Sportsline.

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Porsche Macan

Its been more than half a year since our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Macan out testing, but it looks like all Macan chasing has been worth, as today Porsche decided to take the Turbo version out for a test drive.

Also, as you can see from these spy shots, the test models have dropped the common black paint and are now painted a glossy gray, which is a clear sign that we are looking at the pre-production models — no more mules and prototypes. Porsche also removed almost all of the camouflage, leaving stickers only on the headlights and taillights.

In these spy shots you can see the standard Macan and the Turbo version. We can easily distinguish the Turbo model from the standard on, thanks to its more aggressive front end and a different exhaust system with quad tailpipes.

When it comes to the line of powerplants, rumors suggest that the base version will get a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

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


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