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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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Audi ’s recent focus on compelling design and high-quality interiors has proven to be a smart move, allowing it to carve out its own niche in the luxury market and become a true competitor to BMW and Mercedes-Benz . Journalists love the company’s extreme, go-fast models and they help improve Audi’s image, but the real money comes from its mainstream sedans and crossover SUVs. While Audi has plenty of the former, ranging from the A3 all the way up to the A8, the latter is limited to just the Q5 , Q3 and Q7 .In 2016, however, Audi is set to release the Q1, a crossover SUV that will slot underneath the Q3, making it the smallest crossover SUV on sale.

While tiny crossover SUVs aren’t particularly exciting to anyone other than accountants and car salesmen, Audi appears to be planning something more exciting that just the plain, vanilla Q1. If reports are true, the Q1 will receive the full RS treatment in the form of the Q1 RS a year after the base model hits showrooms.

Image Note: Rendering of Audi Q1 shown here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q1 RS.

Source: Autobild

The second-generation Range Rover Sport made its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show . It went on sale in a choice of four equipment levels, with the Autobiography sitting right at the top and an extensive choice of colors, finishes, and options waiting to be checked. Needless to say, the Range Rover Sport is one of the most customizable SUVs on the market.

However, the British seem to think customers could be persuaded to check even more boxes on the options list and are responding accordingly with a brand-new package. Surprisingly enough, the new pack doesn’t improve the vehicle’s interior in terms of luxury or technology. The new bundle is all about styling and advertises a subtle approach that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye.

Conspicuous or not, the Stealth Pack will benefit from a fancy debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , where a properly equipped Range Rover Sport will showcase its new body features while climbing up the Goodwood hill.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Stealth Pack.

BMW is once again showing off its Individual program; this time with the revised X6 for the 2015 model year. Besides all the improvements and updates made to the X6, the Individual program allows owners to order their X6 — or any other BMW product — with a high level of customized features not normally available.

In this case, BMW is showcasing a Pyrite Brown Metallic X6. The special paint is compete with an extra level of metallic flake, adding luster to its looks. Rolling on unique 20-inch V-Spoke 551 wheels, the crossover SUV looks just different enough to be noticed, yet not scream for attention. Of course, a plethora of other colors are available as well.

BMW demonstrates four new colors for the interior, however. The choices include Criollo Brown, Nutmeg, Amaro Brown, and Smoke White. Other parts of the interior are customizable as well. BMW shows off a close-up of a dashboard finished in Merino Leather Taupe, Merino Leather Scotch, and an Alcantara headliner dyed in a Scotch Dark tone. Light Brown wood trim finishes the look off.

Another interesting and arguably more functional option is the BMW Individual Cooling Box located behind the rear bench. It attaches just aft of the center arm rest and is accessible though the center pass-through. Spaces for several bottles and other items gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy "in-flight refreshments." Of course, if you need the extra luggage space, you can remove the cooling box from the rear cargo area.

All of these limited-edition features and options are available though BMW Individual on the X6 and other vehicles across the BMW lineup.

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

Source: BMW Facebook

British design house Kahn Design may be known for its Land Rover -based projects, but its offerings aren’t limited to beefed-up Range Rover Sport and Evoque SUVs . In recent years, the Brits set their sight on a number of Audi and Porsche models as well, including the Q3 , the Q5 and the mighty Cayenne .

You probably remember 2015 Q5 Wide Track , a crossover that gained a more appealing body kit and a wider track for enhanced stability. What it didn’t get, however, was a more capable powertrain, being stuck with the same 2.0-liter TDI engine it came with from the factory. That’s actually a tradition for Kahn Design, who focuses on visual upgrades rather than power bumps.

Same goes for the recently unveiled Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S-Tronic Wide Track. Wait, what? Is this a re-release? No, it is not! It’s a totally different approach that replaces the elegance seen on the previous model with a menacing new look by means of a triple-black coating and a number of new styling elements.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 2.0 TDi Quattro S-Tronic Wide Track By Kahn Design.

The first-generation Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to America for the 2003 model year. The S and the Turbo were the first versions to hit U.S. dealerships, while the base V-6 model and the range-topping Turbo S followed up over the next years. By 2006, the entire Cayenne lineup became available to U.S. customers. The second-generation SUV replaced the older model in 2010 and the lineup expanded to receive a hybrid model in 2011 and a diesel version in 2013. Rumors for the 2016 model year are pointing toward an X6-fighting coupe version of the Cayenne hitting the market.

2015 is set to bring a revised Cayenne to keep things fresh until 2018, when the next-gen model is scheduled to arrive, but a report coming from Auto Express says a new family member will hit the streets as soon as the facelifted model kicks in. We’re talking about the Cayenne Coupe , Porsche’s answer to the BMW X6 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC .

Stuttgart’s plan to come up with a coupe-like SUV isn’t new to us. A previous report introduced the Cayenne Coupe to the rumormill and forwarded a 2017 launch. On the flip side, the new report talks about a 2015 introduction, which would make more sense considering BMW just rolled out the second-gen X6 and that the Mercedes-Benz MLC will make its debut later this year. That being said, it appears Porsche wants to launch the coupe alongside the facelifted Cayenne.

It may sound like a rushed decision, but turning the Cayenne Coupe from a mere sketch to a production car shouldn’t be a major issue with Porsche, as the sporty SUV will look identical to its full-size kin, except for its sloping roof. Once the new roof is ready to take its place atop the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche will only have to focus the vehicle’s retuned suspension and steering.

Naturally, the coupe will borrow all the powertrains available in the regular Cayenne, including both naturally aspirated and turbo V-8s, as well as gasoline and diesel V-6s.

Note: Current Porsche Cayenne pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

Source: AutoExpress

Ever since the Land Rover’s Range Rover trudged over its first rough ground in 1970, the SUV has been leading the pack in terms of off-road ability and useful amenities wrapped in a utilitarian package. Originally only sold outside the United States, the Range Rover didn’t make its first official (and non gray-market) U.S. sale until 1987. Since then, the Range Rover has undergone three generational changes, with each becoming more luxurious than the last. The fourth-generation Range Rover debuted for the 2013 model year with a heavily revised and highly stylized design, and a more rounded, aerodynamic look.

I recently spent a week getting to know the Brit inside and out. My tester came nearly fully stocked with every conceivable option available from Land Rover, including the ultra luxury Autobiography Package. The list of amenities reads like a dream car wish-list. Full Semi-Aniline leather seats; rear seat entertainment package; 18-way power front seats with memory, massage, heating, and cooling; 1700-watt, 29-speaker Meridian 3D surround sound system; exterior Surround Camera System; Adaptive cruise control; Parallel Park Assist; four-zone climate control; and Adaptive front headlights. And that’s just the most notable of the optional extras.

The list of standard features is twice as long and includes things like the 12.3-inch TFT gauge cluster screen, the full panoramic glass roof, 21-inch alloy wheels, permanent four-wheel-drive with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, and of course, power everything.

Speaking of power, the Range Rover had no shortage of it under its aluminum hood. Perched inside is a supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 cranking out 510 horsepower and a rock-crawling 461 pound-feet of torque. Guzzling back the required premium gasoline, the massive 5,100-pound SUV sprints to 60 mph in a scant 5.2 seconds. To say the Range Rover Autobiography is an exercise in excess is an understatement, but for a select number of buyers, it combines the right amount of high-end luxury with the go-anywhere capabilities Land Rovers are known for.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Range Rover Autobiography

The Porsche Cayenne arrived in America for the 2003 model year in the S and Turbo trims, and the base V-6 model and the Turbo S followed them up in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In 2010, the second-gen Cayenne made its way to the market with a lower nose and a more raked D-pillar, giving is a smaller appearance. Despite the smaller look, it was actually slightly larger than the first generation — it also weighed 400 pounds less. As the years went on a hybrid model joined the team in 2011 and a diesel model in 2013. Rumors in June 2014 point toward the third-generation Cayenne hitting the streets in 2017, which will make it a 2018 model year in the U. S. of A.

According to the reports, which we translated from German, the third-generation Cayenne will not undergo a huge makeover, but it will receive some minor visual changes, some new colors on the inside and out, new wheel options, a new steering wheel, a more 918-like cabin, and an extra 20 horsepower for the GTS trim, taking it to 440 ponies.

One of the biggest changes will be the adoption of a new, high-floor Audi chassis that is called the MLBevo — it is essentially an enhanced version of the existing MLB chassis. This new underpinning will change the positioning of the engine, thus changing the weight distribution — hopefully not for the worse — axle-to-firewall distance, seat positioning and suspension kinematics. Unfortunately Autobild did not give us specifics as to what we can expect from these changes.

Porsche will also send the Cayenne to fat camp, where it will live on a steady diet of aluminum, dropping its curb weight by about 660 pounds.

Under the hood, the Cayenne will carry a 4.0-liter V-8 and 3.6-liter V-8, but Porsche will re-tune the latter to deliver more power and efficiency than the current version. You can also expect a fuel-sipping, 2.9-liter V-6 with a pair of turbos, and V-8 and V-6 diesel powerplants — I suspect the V-8 will be a Europe-only engine.

Speaking of fuel efficiency, the rumors also point toward a pair of plug-in hybrid drivetrains, one with a world-traveling 3.0-liter and one with a Europe -only diesel V-6. These will likely come a year after the debut of the third-generation Cayenne.

For now, these are all just rumors but they do come from a pretty reliable source. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Note: 2015 Porsche Cayenne pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

Source: Autobild

Last time our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley SUV roaming the streets of Britain, the mule was cleverly disguised as an Audi Q7 . Not exactly surprising considering the two will share the same platform, but obviously disappointing for those anxious to see the looks of the new luxury SUV , us included. Less than a month has passed since then, and we can finally see some of the details adorning the company’s first ever SUV, as the Audi -like mule just turned into a proper Bentley prototype wearing a heap of familiar details.

As expected, the overall styling goes back to the EXP 9 F concept that previewed the production model. However, the large family ride is set to receive a host of cues already present on other Bentley models.

Essentially a beefier Flying Spur with a wagon -like rear end, the SUV shares the sedan’s massive mesh grille and headlamps. What sets this SUV apart are the large intakes flanking the grille, a more pronounced hood, and a more angular front end. However, the latter might be just an effect that could disappear as soon as the camo is taken away. Either way, the front fascia is imposing enough for a luxury SUV of this stature.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

The BMW X6 has been blurring the lines of SUV and sports car since its introduction in 2008. Things got even more strange when BMW threw a diesel engine under its hood and slapped an M badge on the side. Yes, BMW makes a diesel-powered M product. Unfortunately for those in the United States, the X6 M50d has been unobtainable. That trend sadly continues as the X6 rolls into its second generation for 2015.

The X6 can thank its second-generation upgrade to the X5, the SUV on which it’s based and shares much of its platform. For 2014, the X5 received a healthy makeover, including slightly larger dimensions for increased interior volume, a revised exterior, and a fresh interior.

The standard 2015 X6 is destined to arrive on U.S. shores likely sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014. While the M50d will be missing from our BMW lineup, our friends overseas will get to enjoy its torque-rich oil-burner. The M50d sports a straight-six construction displacing 3.0-liters and spooled up by two turbochargers. With an output of 381 horsepower and a tire-shredding 546 pound-feet of torque, the X6 M50d sprints to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Even with all that power, the 3.0-liter, I-6 diesel still sips fuel like a Prius. On the European test cycle, the SUV returns a highly-respectable 42.8 mpg! Let that soak in while you click past the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X6 M50d.

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BMW released the X6 in 2008 and revealed a revised version in the middle of 2012. These changes were the last the first-gen SUV would receive because, starting 2015, BMW begins selling the second-generation X6. The BMW X6 has quickly become a successful model mostly due to the fact that it doesn’t have much competition. That won’t change too soon, but Mercedes-Benz is prepping coupe SUVs of its own.

With that in mind, BMW focused on improving the X6 in just about every area, including a 20-pound diet. Sure, that’s not much considering the X6 tips the scales at over 4,600 pounds, but it’s a worthy achievement for a vehicle that’s longer and wider than the one it replaces. Besides gaining a crisper appearance that blends many cues already seen on 2014 model year BMWs, the coupe SUV also boasts updated technology and a slightly roomier interior.

Engine-wise, only one engine available in the United States has been uprated. Unfortunately, BMW is still stubborn enough not to send a diesel mill over the Pond, so you’ll have to settle for the 3.0-liter gasoline version if you’re looking for something more efficient.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW released today the official details on the revised X6 SUV which will be put on sale on the North American market in late 2014.

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