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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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The Lexus GX 460 is fresh for 2014 with a far deeper facelift than the LED and spindle grille applied to the Lexus LX 570 last year.

The smaller GX 460 SUV is just as tough and trail ready as its big brother, and now has a striking front grille design and huge rear fender flares like a baja race truck.

Clear LED taillights bring up the rear of the GX, which looks much more familiar in profile than it does from up front with this extreme L-finesse grille treatment. The GX is still not the sleekest SUV out there, and prides itself on its global heritage as the hugely popular Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

As one of the few remaining off-roaders with real survival skills in harsh and barren climates, the body-on-frame GX V-8 has never been quite as popular among U.S. crossover shoppers as the firms lighter-duty haulers, like the RX. A truck-like demeanor is still evident the moment the GX starts to move, despite layers of Lexus leather and sound-proofing to make this SUV as quiet inside as an ISO tank.

A final treat on this revamped seven-passenger SUV? A price cut of about $5,000 for 2014, despite additional technology and safety equipment included as standard.

Versus the new seven-seat Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz GL , the Lexus certainly still has dozens of advantages when the going gets life-threatening. But in a dwindling market for real off-roaders with $3,000 metallic paint jobs: is all the GX 460’s unstoppable off-road equipment still enough of a selling point?

Click past the just for the full review of the 2014 Lexus GX 460, with high-res images of the new exterior styling and interior features.

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BMW revealed the concept X5 eDrive today ahead of its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show . This BMW -developed plug-in hybrid powertrain looks quite promising: it maintains the xDrive AWD system’s torque split ability to all four wheels even when running in hybrid or full electric mode.

Cabin space is said to be only marginally trimmed from the advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area - but the real headline is a sprint time that is still under 7 seconds and an all-electric cruising range of 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph.

This BMW eDrive concept is the second time a plug-in hybrid has emerged from Munich — the first being 2012’s Active Tourer — a front-drive MPV heading for launch in a few years.

Of course, BMW’s i brand also has some striking electrified models waiting in the wings with the i8 and i3 - both of which are scheduled for big launch news during the company’s Frankfurt press conferences.

The concept X5 eDrive tests the mood for a future plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, but brings numerous technological advancements so far unseen from the smash-hit Lexus RX450h and supercharged seven-seat 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid . As currently planned, the X5 eDrive will lag behind the main models to market by about a year - for a projected late fall 2014 arrival in American showrooms.

Click past the jump to read the full preview of the 2013 BMW Concept X5 eDrive and check out the image gallery of the full i8 -style makeover of this popular luxury crossover.

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The latest Mercedes-Benz ML Widebody design from German Special Customs dramatically increases the road presence of this midsize SUV. From looking well below the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in the styling stakes — to flexing its guns and eating Cayenne Turbo s for breakfast.

The Mercedes-Benz ML is a relatively unloved member of the range, albeit representing one of the biggest growth segments in the premium car industry. Even the butch square skid plates of the ML63 AMG are a still bit too Jurassic Park 3 for some people.

The German Special Customs upgrade includes a full fender extension kit, revised racing bumpers with deep air vanes and ducts for cooling, and air suspension to lower or raise the ride height on the standard 22-inch wheels.

A new hood brings a massive air duct ahead of the engine block, both venting excess air pressure from the engine compartment and looking very cool up close. The deep scoop looks exotic, almost like the Ford GT in how deep the hood cut-out is.

The exterior modifications are matched inside with Alcantara and embossed leather everywhere you look, but the engine itself is left alone.

Is this cosmetic kit the dream package for ML owners seeking more style from their luxury soft-roader?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 German Special Customs Widebody kit for the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV.

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Kahn Design has revealed the styling of their latest Land Rover Defender 90 up-fit, which includes a comprehensive exterior and interior makeover and the Chelsea Wide Track name. The Kahn personalization options list is immense, with near limitless combinations of paints, tweeds and leathers to camouflage this classic off-road machine in urban war paint.

Ever the victim of aggressive personalization, the Defender is still trendy because of how impractical and hilariously uncomfortable it is to drive. The mechanicals for Kahn ’s extreme makeover stay the same as the stock model, aside from some light engine enhancements to the 2.2-liter turbo diesel and of course the giant wheel/tire/spring package.

These vehicles are part of a new co-branding effort between Kahn Design and the Chelsea Truck Company. Forming what must be the most absurdly wordy name in history, the truck is best referred to as the Chelsea Defender. Offered in the 90 or 110-inch body styles, the Chelsea Defender offers some tasteful and some not-so-tasteful ways for customers to part with their cash.

Cynicism about modified Defenders is possible only from afar. Driving a Defender is still a strange treat off road, but its rude manners on pavement mean that owners have little choice: they must try to engineer improvements themselves via the aftermarket.

Kahn’s custom Land Rover will not be joining the official U.S. price lists any time soon. A fun competitor might be the Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet ] - but sadly, the convertible Defender is not one of the five body styles offered for this legendary truck’s designer up-fit.

Click past the jump to read the full review of the new 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design, with a mega gallery of images of the various personalization options.

With Lincoln’s MKZ Black Label trim getting a lot of the publicity leading up to their public debuts at Pebble Beach, it’s important to remember that another one of the company’s models is getting the Black Label treatment.

In addition to the three MKZs that were given Black Label executions, the MKC also received some luxury interior lovin’, highlighting the lengths Lincoln will go to provide its resident SUV an expressive form of luxury that can set it apart from the rest of the competition.

It’s not surprising that Lincoln would go this route. After all, it’s been widely established that the brand has a certain taste for luxury that is only emboldened and emphasized by the unveiling of the Black Label trim for the MKC.

But the best part of this announcement is the equally important news that the Black Label interior trim won’t be limited to just being showpiece exhibits at Pebble Beach. Lincoln has every intention to release them out to the market, possibly as early as late next year.

That news, on its own, is enough for us to give these interior upgrades, including the one on the MKC Black Label some serious air time.

Click past the jump to read about what makes up the Lincoln MKC Black Label Concept

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Audi Q7

We have known for a quite some time now that Audi has been hard at work on the second-generation Q7 SUV . To date, all we have seen testing were just mules of the next model. However, now an actual Q7 prototype was caught testing somewhere on the roads of Germany.

The next Q7 will move to a new platform that it will share with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg , Porsche Cayenne and of course the upcoming Bentley SUV . Thanks to this new platform and to the intense use of lightweight materials like aluminum, the next Q7 will be about 880 pounds lighter than the current model. Despite this huge weight loss, rumors point to the next Q7 being larger than both the Touareg and Cayenne.

Under the hood, Audi will work on offering smaller engines, with its focus being on improving fuel economy and on reducing CO2 emissions. A hybrid version was also rumored.

Expect the next Audi Q7 to be unveiled in September 2014 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and to hit the market in late 2014.

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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.

Source: 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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