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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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At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Land Rover will unveil a new, special-edition Range Rover Autobiography Black. Only for the U.S. market, this new limited edition comes in a long-wheelbase format only, and is limited to just 100 units, with the first 25 examples coming exclusively in Valloire White pearlescent paint.

The new Range Rover Autobiography Black Edition is all about creating a posh cabin, but the exterior also gets a few changes. These exterior changes include a unique grille and side vents, exclusive taillights, and a chrome accent finish to the tailgate and the front auxiliary vents. The luxury SUV sits on exclusive, seven-spoke, 21-inch wheels with a high-gloss, polished finish.

Land Rover spent most of its time redoing the interior. Inside, Land Rover installed special seats for the front and rear passengers with special cover design. All the seats feature memory and climate control, plus a massage function. The rear passengers also enjoy a 10.2-inch entertainment screens with navigation journey displays.

The new Autobiography Black Edition also features a special, rear center console with electrically deployable tables wrapped in black leather, a chiller compartment and headphone-storage. This super-lux Range Rover also offers lots of leather elements, the choice of ten different colors for the LED lights and a choice of Ebony/Lunar, Espresso/Tan or Dark Cherry/Ivory interior trim.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Land Rover Ranger Rover and to see more of this special edition up close.

Last month, we told you about the latest special edition to grace the iconic Jeep Wrangler : The 2014 Polar Edition . It made its debut at the Frankfort Auto Show and was outfitted for duty in Europe only. Its Euro-spec bumpers and spare tire cover took hopes away that the United States would see their own version. But alas, the Polar Edition Wrangler is headed our way this November.

The U.S.-spec Wrangler Polar Edition is based on the Sahara trim package and still retains all the extra luxury amenities, like power door locks and windows, heated leather seats up front, automatic climate control, and available navigation. What sets the Polar Edition apart is its unique badging, color schemes, grille inserts and 18-inch, gloss-black, alloy wheels. The package is offered in both two- and four-door configurations.

Those with a trained eye will notice the differences in other details as well. Polar white trim adorns the steering wheel, A/C vents and grab handles, while silhouetted glacial ranges appear on the powerdome hood and in the seatback stitching. The large “Polar” badge affixed just aft of the front tires tells of a special location at 78° S and 106° E in Antarctica where the lowest temperature was ever recorded on Earth – a chilly -128.56 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 Celsius).

Jeep has given the Polar Edition Wrangler a few mechanical changes too. A limited-slip rear differential comes standard and can be combined with an available electronic locker inside the Dana 44 axle. Up front, a Dana 30 is turned by the part-time Command-Trac NV241, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72-to-1 low range.

The Wrangler is still motivated by the Pentastar 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while getting an EPA-estimated 21 mpg highway. Both a six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmission are available. Sadly, we won’t be getting the 2.8-liter Turbo Diesel found in European Wranglers.

Click past the jump for more photos and info on the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

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BMW X6

We’ve known for quite some time now that BMW has been preparing a new-generation X6 , but this is the first time a prototype was caught testing, as BMW decided to take the next X6 to the Nurbrugring racetrack to see how well the sporty SUV handles.

Few details are known about the next X6 up to this point, but we do know it will drop about 330 pounds, and BMW will focus on making the SUV more fuel efficient. The engine lineup will undergo a few changes, and it will include a new four-cylinder engine for the entry-level model, and a 400-horsepower, straight-six engine for the top version. Rumors suggest we could also see a hybrid powertrain.

The new BMW X6 will be unveiled sometime in 2014 and will be put on sale in early 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the next BMW X6.

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The G63 AMG is the coolest of the of the entire G-Class bunch, but even a great car can be improved now and again. The folks over at German Special Customs did just that when they came up with an amazing upgrade kit for the G63 AMG that transforms the off-road machine into something truly bad-ass.

The base G63 AMG pulls power from a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. That’s well and good, but GSC decided to bump this up by way of reworked software and a modified exhaust system. As a result, the GSC-tuned G63 AMG now delivers a total of 620 horsepower, 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque.

In addition to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering lots of exterior new parts made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and an updated interior with a 320 km/h speedometer.

The G63 AMG also received some upgrades on the outside, but we could definitely live without those. That body kit a bit odd looking, and those low-profile tires on fancy rims all but negate its off-road capabilities.It’s not our cup of tea, but it may strike your fancy...

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC.

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BMW X3

The BMW X3 is getting a tech refresh in the next year or so, with nearly production-ready versions testing the new LED lights on the roads. Blinkers and low beams and DRLs... oh my!

We expect no major changes under the hood, so the revised X3 will offer the same engine lineup as the current model: a four-cylinder engine and an inline-six for the top version. Most likely BMW will work a bit on improving fuel economy and the output level.

Snappers managed to catch the upcoming revised version of the BMW X3 testing on the roads of Munich, Germany.

The car started to loose more of its camo, and reveals something very interesting:as revealed by the indicator stripe on top of the headlight, it appears that the revised X3 will focus its looks on the new 3 series LED and grille style.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised BMW X3, which is expected to bring these refreshed features as an early 2015 model.

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As part of One Ford , the company will launch a new crossover for sale in late 2014 that is tailored to the universal global preferences of value and style.

The new global SUV will be revealed to the world media at the 2013 LA Auto Show before going on sale almost globally by 2015. So why all the mystery about what the new world-wise five-seat crossover will be?

It is the 2015 Edge, scheduled for display in LA as lightly dressed as a concept car before going on sale in Summer 2014 all over the world.

The current Ford SUV range in Europe consists of the EcoSport and the Kuga that can be categorized as crossovers unlike the new Ford Edge that is planned for launch next year.

The EcoSport and Kuga began life as a "global models" made specifically for certain target markets.

The rest of the Ford model range comprises of hatchbacks, sedans and MPVs that have been popular with folks in continental Europe.

Click past the jump for all the details known so far about the new Ford Edge, including the competition it will face in Europe for the first time.

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"Iconic" is a word that is thrown around far too often in the automotive world, but after 100 years and dozens of colors and text styles, the lasting importance and brand symbol of the Chevy bowtie emblem is a sure thing.

As the bowtie evolved over the ten decades, its transformations were barely noticeable versus the complete revolution in transport they adorned - from the first Chevy ’Classic Six’ model to today’s industrial heavy-hitter with more than 50 global model lines.

General Motors’ Chevrolet brand was launched with a script logo with the words Chevrolet written in stylized cursive.

Legibility and pronunciation of this French name were a real problem versus monosyllabic "Fords " across the street.

Soon, a baby blue bowtie logo appeared along with Chevrolet written in all caps in 1913, but the exact origins of this bowtie are unknown.

What we do know is that the Chevy bowtie instantly means cars.

Along with Ford , Coca Cola and General Electric, the emblem of the Chevrolet lineup is a globally-recognized symbol of freedom, prestige and mobility.

Logo changes are often fraught with peril for the companies who fail to understand the symbol’s importance to their most loyal consumers. Just a brief look back shows disastrous results followed when Gap Inc. tried to remodel their emblem, or the huge drop in real-life sales following Tropicana’s disastrous package redesign.

With the new 2014 Cadillac logo (without the wreath!) in place on the Elmiraj Concept , here’s a look back at the evolution of the Chevrolet bowtie over the Chevrolet bowtie over the last hundred years.

Click past the jump for the full Chevy’s BowTie Emblem Turns 100, Reflects On Badge’s Evolution article - to find out the most likely source of the bowtie emblem.

Updated 10/14/2013: This article has been updated with Chevy’s latest skinny emblem, which the original article did not highlight as the new bowtie in use since 2010.

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Seeing a line of pristine Carrera White Audi ’s from across the paddock at Autobahn Country Club was almost enough to make a guy start jogging to get the first seat time. The brand-new S Q5 was on the pre-event list of attendees, and the new grille finish of the Q5 in brilliant white was very promising.

Within closer range, the “TDI clean diesel” script was visible on the side of almost all ten Audi ’s on offer for the car writers to sample. The A7 and A8 were common sights leaving the club gates, but at least one car writer was mildly disappointed.

Not only was the S Q5 not present, but diesel engines all around? Eek. One bright spot was visible: a gigantic white Q7 with some snazzy fender flares on anthracite grey alloys.

Also... a diesel, but this was more TopSpeed style.

A quick blast up to my gravel road photo spot was enough time to fall head-over-heels for the big Q7, even as its replacement is firmly on the horizon for 2014 or 2015.

This Audi is a creamy beast with torque for days even in the 3.0-liter TDI specification. The real clue to its fresher-than-average looks is the S-line trim worn by the tester, which brings along a host of sporty programming options and décor inside as well.

When a Cayenne is too bouncy, and an Escalade is too soft, look no farther than the Q7 TDI S-line for a seven seats and a ride that is ’juuusst riight’.

Click past the jump for all the beautiful sunny photos of the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line, plus some first-hand observations on how the small-capacity diesel engine performs.

Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.

Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.

But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.

Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.

So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.

That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009

Out of the shadows of all the major auto shows happening all over the world at this time of the year, the Johannesburg Motor Show is scheduled to open its doors on October 16th, and at least one automaker will be in attendance to introduce a new concept vehicle.

That automaker is Renault and recently, the French company released teaser photos of the concept in question, aptly called the Duster Detour Concept. The vehicle is based on the Renault Duster , the company’s resident budget off-roader that was penned and developed by Renault Design Central Europe in partnership with a Johannesburg-based design studio.

Four teaser images were spliced together to give us hints of what to expect of the Duster Detour Concept. The two-tone Pearl Yellow and Matte Grey paint is inline with past Renault concepts, and the edges and curves appear to suggest some inspiration on the Dakar rally, as well as what Renault calls a mix of a little "Mad Max with a touch of the Terminator."

Nothing like cinematic references to get our interests going.

Fog lights were also included just under what looks like a newly designed front grille. A set of five-spoke alloy wheels with orange accents is also part of the concept, as is what the company says is a spacious and revised interior cabin.

The Renault Duster Detail Concept will make its debut on October 16th, at which time we’ll get to see how much Mad Max and how much Terminator was inspired in the design of the concept off-roader.

Click past the jump to read about the Dacia Duster


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