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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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As it’s done each year before, Mopar will continue to accessorize the Jeep Grand Cherokee with a series of new items that will transform the SUV into an even more attractive vehicle.

The list of accessories range from $15 chrome valve-stem caps to $1,775 leather seats. There is also a choice of five different sets wheels, including: 20-inch chrome wheels; 18-inch steel winter wheels; 18-inch rugged-look wheels; and 10-spoke wheels in two colors (Silver and Dark Silver).

Mopar dresses up the exterior even further with available chrome side-view mirrors, exhaust tips and grille, a blacked-out hood decal, and new side steps in chrome or black. For those customers interested in racks and carriers, Mopar also offers a full line of roof racksto carry your bikes, canoes and luggage. If you can see yourself tossing a bike on top of the Grand Cherokee, you can also opt for a hitch-mounted bike carrier.

For customers interested in upgrading the technology in their Grand Cherokee, Mopar offers remote start, electric trailer braking, an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS), a rear-view camera. Additionally, if you live in a cold area, you also know the added benefit of the optional battery and engine heaters that Mopar offers.

For off-roaders, Mopar offers to a set of tow hooks that allow a tow truck to hook up and drag the Grand Cherokee out of deep muck. Additionally, a set of Mopar heavy-duty rocker guards help protect the truck from flying debris and other dangerous objects you may run over.

Finally, for folks that use their Grand Cherokee for towing, Mopar offers up trailer wiring and towing balls designed just for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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

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BMW is going to say "Good Bye!" to the current generation X6 in style, as it presents a special X6 M Design Edition that is limited to just 100 units. BMW will offer this special X6 M only three exterior colors: Alpine White, Sapphire Black and Red Melbourne.

When compared to a base X6 M, the new Design Edition is distinguished by a special aerodynamic kit from BMW M Performance. This kit includes a new front splitter and a new rear spoiler made from carbon fiber, a black kidney grille. black exterior mirror caps and a black-colored diffuser of the series. The sits on a set of 21-inch alloy wheels in double spoke design.

For the interior, BMW adds in full Merino leather trim combined with an instrument panel in Black/Mugello Red with Mugello Red contrast stitching and a Piano Black trim .There will also be a special plaque Edition "X6 M Design Edition - 1/100" to round out the package.

Under its hood, the X6 M Design Edition has no updates over the base mode, so it packs the same 4.4-liter V-8 powerhouse with 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

Updated 11/26/2013: BMW finally released the official details and images on the special edition BMW X6 M Design Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW X6 M.

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Chevrolet launched the Tahoe back in 1992 as the badge-engineered replacement for the full-size Blazer. Since its release, it has carried the Blazer’s tradition of being one of the most successful models in the full-sized SUV segment.

It’s easy to understand why the Tahoe draws so much interest: it accommodates up to nine people, offers a powerful engine and it has tons of options to choose from. Over the years, more and more competitors have hit the market, giving the Tahoe plenty of competition to fend off, like the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia . The question is: can it handle it?

Buyer can order the 2014 Tahoe in a trio of trim levels — LS, LT and LTZ — and in two system configurations: rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With this many options, there is a one Tahoe for every taste.

One big issue with the Tahoe is that its design is very, very, VERY long in the tooth and looks dated inside and out when compared to the competition. That comes as no surprise, given its last redesign was in 2007. There were plenty of rumors of a redesigned 2014 model, but that was put on hold and now all signs are pointing toward that redesign coming in the 2015 model year. Fortunately for Chevy, the entire full-size, body-on-frame SUV realm is behind the styling eight ball.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe.

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The Cadillac Escalade is a legend in multiple segments: as a celebrity limousine, a wealthy outdoorsman’s shuttle and do-it-all hauler for large families. These core attributes continue for the new model year with detail revisions to the LED lights front and back and two new grille designs in the higher-dollar models.

The Cadillac’s exterior style and enhanced image is the main justification for its prices at the very top of the GM SUV line that also includes the Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon. The Escalade also has unique interior trims, much better noise/vibration/harshness ratings and top-level performance to match its flashy chrome exterior.

The Cadillac brings serious levels of style, luxury and power with a better drivetrain than its cheaper siblings, standard air suspension with electronically adjustable dampers and even magnetic ride control on the top Platinum model.

So the Escalade is a shortcut to get the most loaded truck possible. Making most options standard at the Cadillac’s $65,000 base price also ratchets up the competition to the seven-passenger Range Rover Sport , the Infiniti QX56 and the aging Lincoln Navigator .

Does the flagship Cadillac SUV still capture buyer wants and needs in the final years before its replacement in 2015?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Escalade and 2014 Escalade ESV with photo comparisons of the three available grille finishes.

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The new-generation Jeep Cherokee was just unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show to rather mixed reviews, thanks to relatively over-the-top styling. Even with its odd styling, it is starting to grow on us a little. An now, rumors of an SRT version have us thinking even more fondly of this new model.

First details from the Jeep experts over at AllPar suggest that this hopped-up Cherokee will come equipped with an all-wheel-drive system in place of the standard front-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission and an engine that oozes power.

Anyone that knows anything about Chrysler ’s SRT group knows that the Cherokee SRT will feature an engine with tons more power. However, the origins of the engine and the exact output is still up for speculation. One suggestion is a 3.0-liter V-6 sourced from fellow Fiat subsidiary, Maserati . This may be a little too much for the petit Cherokee, as that would put it over the 400-horsepower mark. There is also the idea of it using a 2.4-liter boosted engine with an output of about 300 horsepower, but that’s likely not enough power to drum up interest in this model.

The most likely of scenarios is to use one of the existing Pentastar V-6 engines — 3.2- or 3.6-liter — which can be tuned to well over 400 horsepower, using a pair of turbochargers. If Chrysler chooses to only use one turbo, it would still put it in the 350- to 375-horsepower range. Either way, the Pentastar would have to undergo some big changes, including strengthening the internals and dropping the compression to around 9-to-1.

No matter what engine the Cherokee SRT uses, we can’t wait to see what it can do.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee SRT.

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1,750 horsepower vs. 510 horsepower doesn’t sound like a good competition, right? But Land Rover did it, as the SUV manufacturer put a new Range Rover Sport head-to-head against a 1945 Spitfire TR9 V12 Merlin. Car vs. plane all over again!

The Range Rover Sport was driven by Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, while the Spitfire was piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy. So, which one won the race?

To help you see just how one-sided this competition is on paper, we remind you that the Range Rover Sport is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine with 510 horsepower on tap, while the Spitfire TR9 V12 Merlin gets a 1,750-horsepower V-12 Merlin engine and it has a maximum airspeed of 400 mph.

Both the car and the plane are considered British legends of land and sky, so picking a winner can be pretty difficult. All we can say is watch the video to see which one won the race.

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Mansory has a long tradition of upgrading the Land Rover SUVs, and after a very successful kit offered for the third-generation Range Rover , the tuner decided to do the same with the recently launched fourth-generation . With this kit, Mansory focused on making the SUV more powerful, luxurious and sophisticated.

In order to obtain these results, Mansory started with some upgrades under the hood. The V-8 engine was upgraded with a new sports air filter and an optimized engine electronic system. As a result, the V-8 engine’s output jumps by 68 horsepower and 51 pound feet to 578 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Mansory is also testing a kit that pushes output to 650 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in initial testing — a boost of 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque.

The kit continues with a very cool aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels and an updated interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Vogue by Mansory.

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The new generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and for the 2014 model year it got even better thanks to the addition of a new diesel engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also a new Grand Cherokee Summit version added to the lineup, plus a new array of advanced user-friendly technology features.

Thanks to the new diesel engine, the Grand Cherokee will deliver the best-in-class fuel economy and driving range. Next to the new diesel engine the 2014 Grand Cherokee will continue to be offered with the usual V-6 and V-8 engines, that transformed the SUV into a leader on the market.

Jeep also decided to make some improvements on the exterior look and added new bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps, while for the interior the model was updated with premium amenities including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and new color offerings.

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

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Land Rover Range Rover LWB

The new-generation Land Rover Range Rover has been out for quite some time now, but we haven’t seen the entire lineup just yet. The company still has one more body version to uncover: the long wheelbase (LWB) model. Our spy photographers managed to pick one of the LWB versions out for a test drive today.

As expected, the long-wheelbase version will look nearly identical to the standard version, but the rear doors will be much longer than on the normal version and the wheelbase is extended about 150 mm (5.90 inches).

When compared to the base version, the long-wheelbase version will offer more space in the for the rear passengers, making it the perfect car for families that make good use of the rear seats.

Expect to see the new Land Rover Range Rover LWB unveiled later this year. Land Rover expects Russia and China to be the biggest markets for the upcoming Range Rover LWB, but the U.S. will also play an important role, as we are already the biggest market for Land Rover.

Audi’s resident luxury SUV, the Q7 , is returning with a 2014 model that features plenty of enhancements, giving the SUV a powerful and progressive design combined with functional spaciousness that’s much needed in the market these days.

It’s a little hard to believe that the Q7 is a relatively young model, having made its debut only 8 years ago at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, though, it has come to define the German automaker’s SUV offerings, spawning the Q5 and the Q3 along the way.

Make no mistake; the Q7 still has its hands full against some stellar competition in the form of the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GL-Class . The former, in particular, is a new-generation model that wants nothing more than to stake claim in the supremely competitive luxury SUV market. The latter’s got some take in it, too, so you can’t just brush both these SUVs aside when you’re thinking about the Q7.

That being said, Audi appears to be confident in its treatment of the 2014 Q7, including the plethora of exterior and interior upgrades that owners can truly appreciate.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi Q7


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