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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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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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We have known for quite some time now that Suzuki plans to expand its lineup with a new crossover model that will take on the Nissan Juke and other compact crossovers . Few details are known on this new model, but the company unveiled a new iV-4 concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that will preview Suzuki’s new SUV lineup.

The new iV-4 concept will be developed around a new theme called "Grab your field" and it will will retain the clam-shell bonnet and five-bar front grille that have become a hallmark of its SUVs.

As for the concept’s name, "i" stands for "individuality", "V" for "vehicle", and "4" for "4 wheel-drive" as it features Suzuki’s next ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system.

Updated 09/10/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki iV-4.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki iV-4 competitors.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

If the current Range Rover Sport is just not enough for you, you will be happy to know that Land Rover is preparing a more powerful version. Set to wear the new "RS" badge, this new performance tag will be applied to both the Evoque and Range Rover models and are expected to arrive starting the end of this year.

Rumors suggest that the first to arrive will be the Evoque RS version, even though spy photographers caught the Range Rover RS testing at the Nϋrburgring race track.

The Range Rover RS will be offered with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that will deliver around 542 horsepower - 39 horsepower more than in the current Range Rover Sport. On the other hand, the Evoque RS will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 300 horsepower. Both versions will be offered with modified suspensions and larger wheels.

As for the exterior look, the new RS models will be offered with a unique front bumper design and larger large air intakes, while the rear will get a new bumper and lower skid plate.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Range Rover Sport and Evoque.

Source: Autocar

BMW is preparing to recreate its entire X family and the new-generation X5 is only part of the job. The BMW X5 was first launched in 1999, and 13 years later, it’s getting ready to enter its third generation to help keep up with the changing times. As no surprise the third generation X5 features an evolutionary design language, closely related to the model it replaces, but with some elements borrowed from the recently announced X3 and X1 models.

These updates will include a more prominent grille, an aerodynamic front bumper and optional LED adaptive headlights. The new X5 was also slightly increased in dimensions so it offers more interior room and a more accommodating boot. For the interior BMW also focused on improving the comfort level and added higher quality materials.

The new X5 will be put on sale on the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of this year. At launch it will be offered with three gasoline engines with a diesel one to follow in early 2014.

Updated 5/30/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Update 6/24/2013: BMW has revealed the pricing and other details on the 2014 X5.

Update 7/29/2013: The 2014 BMW X5 configurator has hit the Internet. The only models available online for configuration are the sDrive35i, xDrive35i and the xDrive50i. To date, the xDrive35d and the X5 M are still M.I.A. You can design and build your own X5 here.

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If you believed this week would pass by with no upgrades from Kahn Design, you were very mistaken. The British design firm just sent us the official details on its latest offering: a 2013 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue Signature edition.

The model is painted in a very cool Avus Bianco Pearl White hue combined with the roof coated in a contrasting piano black, a lower boot lid spoiler, brake calipers finished in liquid gold, mirror caps in piano black and door accents in pearl grey.

For those customers interested, you will have the chance to admire all these cool Kahn cars at the Westchester Cup, on the Sunday the 28th of July or at the Land Rover Billing Fest, on the 26th, 27th and 28th of July, in Northampton.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Vogue Signature Edition by Kahn Design.

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The 2014 BMW X5 will not hit showrooms until late in November, but Lumma Design has already found a way to improve it. The new Lumma kit applies to both diesel and gasoline models, and will be available for order starting in March 2014.

As with any other kit developed by Lumma, the new CLR X5 RS starts by upgrading the exterior look of the car. The new aerodynamic kit starts with a new front spoiler bumper with enlarged air inlets and integrated daytime running lights. There are also new, custom-made side skirts and a new hood with large built-in vents.

Lumma also took the X5’s backside to a new level, as it installed a new integrated diffuser and a new rear spoiler with specially placed panels. Lastly, a set of powerful-looking wheel-arch flares help to give the X5 a more aggressive stance.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW X5 by Lumma Design.

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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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