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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.

For 2014, Mitsubishi gave the Outlander a full overhaul, and you couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive overhaul. The Outlander has lost all that made it unique in the crossover SUV realm and inherited a rather boring look. In fact, it looks totally out of place in Mitsubishi’s lineup, to be perfectly honest. The Outlander wasn’t all bad though, as the tester that I received had a lot of options added, which made for a nice week driving it around.

Under the hood of my tester was the base 2.4-liter four-pot that only produced 166 ponies and 162 pounds of twist. Why Mitsubishi didn’t send it with the optional V-6 is beyond me. The 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet would have likely made for more fun and a quieter ride. Not that the V-6 isn’t underpowered in its own right.

The Outlander is really a love it or hate is type of vehicle. Traditionalists likely enjoy its normal styling, but generation X and Y likely think it is too boring to compete. Can its features overcome the sharp looks of the Toyota RAV4 and the larger third row in the Kia Sorento ?

Click past the jump to read the full Driven review to find out.

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Ultra-luxury brands beware, another one of your comrades is falling down the shame spiral and building a - gasp - SUV! Sure that’s a little dramatic, but so are all of the people that are scoffing at the fact that Bentley has now confirmed a new SUV scheduled to hit their lineup sometime in 2015. If everyone remembers correctly, these are the same people that were horrified that Porsche decided to build the Cayenne and look how well that turned out for them.

Now, with a 37-percent increase in sales in 2011 (to 7,003 vehicles sold), Bentley is looking to double this number by the time this new SUV, rumored to have the name "Falcon" — comes out by making it "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China. The "luxurious" title will also match the price; rumors point to the starting price for this future SUV coming in at $271,000, making the $48,200 starting price of the Porsche Cayenne look like it belongs on a Kia Sportage .

So, what constitutes the jumbo price tag? Other than the supposedly tremendous amount of luxury built into the future SUV, rumors are swirling that a V-8 twin-turbocharged engine would be the standard powerplant and a W-12 engine is a possible option.

Bentley is taking a big step with its improving sales by giving an SUV a chance to flourish. Does the world need a strong competitor for the Porsche Cayenne? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that high-end customers with deep pockets won’t be writing out checks for a chance to wallow in the luxurious nature promised by Bentley.

Updated 3/19/2014: Bentley just released the first teaser image of its new SUV, which is rumored to be called the Falcon. You can see the image after the jump.


Ever since Jeep unveiled the new 2015 Renegade at the Geneva Motor Show , the world has gobbled up every bit of information about the new crossover . Small, practical, useful, fun, and sporty — Chrysler’s newest Jeep has all the same Jeep ingredients we’re used to, but has packaged it in a very unique way.

Besides being a unique vehicle in the Jeep lineup, the Renegade is also set to be one of Jeep’s most popular. Built in Italy in cohorts with Fiat , the Renegade will be sold globally. Its small size, fuel-efficient lineup of engines, and four-wheel-drive systems will help it conquer the competition.

We’ve already told you about the all-new Renegade here , but now we’re bringing you a condensed version – a top 10 list of notable features Chrysler hopes will put the Renegade on top.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Jeep Renegade


Just the other day, we caught the 2015 Cayenne having a Marilynn Monroe moment, as a gust of wind blew the cover off of its front end. That was the first really good look that we got at the front end of the Cayenne , but now we get a nice sneak peek at the Turbo model’s front end, as our spy shooters caught it out and about.

With the exception of the whistle from the engine, the only other ways to tell this is a Turbo model and not the standard Cayenne are the rims, the extensions on the bumpers and the fog lights up front.

just like the standard Cayenne that we caught recently, the Turbo model’s front end is in full view, but the back end still has its lights hidden by covers. These covers, which are the shape of the taillights on the current Cayenne, hide slimmer taillights that are similar to those we’ve seen on the Macan , Panamera and 911 .

Under its hood, we expect the Cayenne Turbo to feature the same 520 horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 as the Panamera Turbo.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.


The wintery winds of change are blowing the covers off the newly restyled 2015 Porsche Cayenne as our spy photographers captured this unmasked example of Porsche’s latest redesign. From the looks of things, the changes are minor with the majority of updates relegated to the front turn signals, fog lights, and center grille.

For starters, the center grille is more rectangular than last year’s gaping mouth, and the side air inlets decrease in size to match the grille. The turn signals within those air inlets have been pushed upward into the bodywork, removing their free-floating appearance from 2013. The cruise control radar is also repositioned to the grille’s center, down from the 12 o’clock position in last year’s grille. Perched just above the radar looks to be a front view camera. The fog lights now stick out further with less bodywork around them.

Interestingly, the headlights almost look like stickers off a NASCAR Sprint Cup car. Perhaps the HIDs weren’t ready for real-world testing yet. Speaking of lights, turn signal repeaters now reside on the side mirrors, doubling the ones on the front fender. Besides the reshaped mirror, the side profile of the SUV — the doors and rear quarter panels — appears unchanged. Though not in these photos, we expect the taillights to get a similar 3D-like appearance resembling the Macan .

At this point, not much is know about potential powertrains for the 2015 Cayenne. Rumors swirl about Porsche offering a plug-in hybrid version, but nothing solid has been nailed down. Expect the diesel and gas variants to return with some possible tweaks to increase fuel efficiency and power outputs.

Click past the jump for more photos and info on the 2015 Cayenne

The teaser that Land Rover showed at the Geneva Motor Show was billed as "a sign of things to come" for the new Discovery . And while no announcements have been made on what kind of look the new Discovery will sport, this new batch of spy shots of the Baby Discovery could be what all that teasing was alluding to.

The recent demise of the Freelander name opened the door for the Discovery to have a more prominent role in the Land Rover lineup, and it appears that these new spy photos indicate what could be that long-rumored Baby Discovery, albeit one that’s sportier-looking than those Baby Discovery spy shots we showed back in January.

Before we jump to any conclusions, it’s important to note that the heavy camo makes it rather difficult to make out some elements of the SUV. But there is some noticeable styling, particularly the massive air intakes on the front, the Evoque-like headlights and that massive front grille, which could also point to a more performance-oriented version of the Baby Discovery that carries the R-S badge.

Something tells us there’s still more than what meets the eye with this Baby Discovery, and judging by how much Land Rover is slow-playing this, it wouldn’t shock us to see more spy photos of this vehicle ahead of its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show later this year.

Update 3/12/2014 @ 5:25 p.m.: Our spy photographer just informed us that this may also be a mule for the upcoming Jaguar SUV . According to his source, the license plate matched up to a Jaguar plate, but he could not officially confirm it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery R-S.

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

This year’s Geneva Motor Show sure provided a lot of new metal to be covered with automakers from around the world choosing to debut their latest vehicles on the world’s stage. The level of excitement about the show had been building for quite some time and to be honest, many of the vehicles were rather polarizing.

Even designs that were generally liked garnered a few nay-sayers regarding their lack of originality, while other designs only attracted drool and positive feedback. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in this article, the TopSpeed editorial staff cover their top five best cars of the show along with the bottom five bombs.

Don’t forget to check out more of TopSpeed’s Geneva coverage on our Podcast pilot episode. And be sure to pipe up in the comments section telling us your thoughts on our choices.

Click past the jump for our list

Bentley Falcon

After getting so much flak when the first design of its SUV came out, who knew that Bentley would eventually have more than 2,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

But somehow, probably through sheer will and determination, interest in the soon-to-arrive Falcon SUV has picked up significantly as we head toward its launch at the start of 2016. This development should be music to the ears of Bentley execs who had to deal with the backlash the EXP 9 F Concept received when it first came out in 2012.

The negative publicity forced Bentley to quickly return to the drawing board to come up with a new design, or at least something that didn’t remind people of a design that the folks at Lego could’ve built.

With a new exterior and interior look that, according to Autocar, is more "Bentley-like," the Volkswagen Group board is hoping that this new design is going to catch on well with the public that the EXP 9 F just couldn’t do.

Interest appears to be strong with so many pre-orders of the Falcon, and if those numbers hold true, it could aid significantly in the company’s target of selling 15,000 units per year by 2018. It’s still has a ways to go, seeing as 2013 sales amounted to "just" 10,120 units, so you can imagine how much is riding on the Falcon SUV being a sales hit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Bentley Falcon.

Source: AutoCar

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2013 Toyota 4Runner , and while it missed Toyota’s 2014 mild refresh , it still had the guts of a true off-roader and honest-to-goodness sports utility vehicle. My 4Runner was decked out with the Trail package that included part-time four-wheel-drive, a locking differential and Toyota ’s KDSS suspension system with Multi-Terrain Select. With all the right option boxes checked, this 4Runner was set to live up to its name.

It was 1984 when the 4Runner began making its name known to Americans as the SUV adaptation of Toyota’s popular pickup. In fact, the 4Runner was basically a Toyota pickup, or Hilux as its known outside the U.S., with a removable fiberglass camper shell over the bed and a removable rear seat installed inside. It competed directly against the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer and won a loyal following with its nimble size and bulletproof powertrain.

Over the years, the 4Runner has undergone many changes and became its own vehicle apart from the pickup. But that body-on-frame construction, four-wheel-drive, and nimbler size still lives on. Even in a time when the traditional SUV is becoming an endangered species, the 4Runner hasn’t lost its rugged appeal. The crossover crowd has the Highlander , and that’s just fine, as it leaves the 4Runner to cater to a more adventurous crowd who still use low range and the trailer hitch.

Click past the jump to continue reading our review of the 2013 Toyota 4Runner

Maserati Alfieri

Anybody who got hyped for the Maserati Alfieri Concept — the car we named the sexiest at Geneva during out first-ever podcast — at Geneva this week has more reason to be excited now, as the sports car could hit production sooner than later. Although it seemed more like a formality than anything else, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s comments to Reuters pretty much cemented what everyone who salivated over the Alfieri Concept has been hoping to hear. In the event that Maserati green lights production of the Alfieri, as we expect it to do, Marchionne already has a production timeline in mind.

"The platforms and motors are there," Marchionne said. "Technically, production could start in 24-28 months."

That’s two years from now, giving a lot of us enough time to fill up those piggy banks in anticipation for that time. But for those who can’t wait the two years, Maserati has an alternative and equally attractive model with a shorter timeline: the Levante SUV.

According to Marchionne, production of the Levante is set to commence next year at the company’s Mirafiori plant in northern Italy, meaning that it’s likely that the Levante will arrive in dealerships sooner than the production version of the Alfieri Concept.

It does stand to reason that Maserati’s aggressive lineup expansion is more than just lip service. The company is shoving all its chips on the table and for all of us, that’s a beautiful thing.

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Alfieri Concept.

Source: Reuters

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