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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.

The next-generation Land Rover Freelander has been caught testing for the first time. At a first look, it seems to be an XL version of the Range Rover Evoque , but actually it is a mule for the all new Land Rover Freelander.

Why are we so sure that this is not just another Evoque? Because this mule is a little bit different: the area around the fuel cap is a little bit different, front and the wheel arches are slightly changed.

Up to this point we have no idea what engines will be used in the next Freelander, but we are pretty certain that the new 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will still be offered.

The new Freelander 3 will be unveiled sometime in 2015 and hopefully we will soon see prototypes wearing the correct body. It has been rumored that the new Freelander 3 will come in three different body styles this time.

Audi has reported for quite some time that once the RS7 Sportback was unveiled, the RS Q3 would also arrive. And it will really happen, as the new sporty SUV will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Just today, Audi released the official information and images of the new RS Q3.

The model will be distinguished by the same bold and aggressive exterior look seen in all the recently announced RS models. The RS Q3 gets a unique front bumper with large air intakes, honeycomb mesh grille inserts, matte-aluminum trim, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a prominent rear diffuser. The interior will have diamond-quilted leather seats featuring contrasting white stitching and lots of aluminum insertions.

In Germany the new RS Q3 will go on sale in fall 2013 at a price of €54,600 - about $75,500 at the current exchange rates.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Audi RS Q3.

UPDATE 02/20/13: The first promo video for the Audi RS Q3 has just been released by the German automaker. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

Lamborghini has been planning expand its lineup with a new model for quite some time now, but when it comes to a production version of the Urus concept, Lambo CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, reported that we will have to wait a few more years. However, a set of patent drawings from the leak-happy Chinese patent office revealing the production version Urus makes us believe that we could see the SUV on the market sooner than expected.

As you can see, the production version will remain basically identical to the concept version , with the only updates being the exterior mirrors, which seem to be a little bigger than on the concept.

If built, the production-version Urus will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-boosted V8 engine that will pump out just about 600 horsepower. Previous rumors suggested the model will be offered as a 2017 model year and will be priced from about $200k.

It looks like Ford is preparing to surprise us with a new generation Edge crossover and if the first leaked image turns out to be true, it will be quite a huge surprise. A super-blurry image outlining future Ford models has hit the Interwebz and, as you can see, the 2015 Edge will feature an impressive evolution over the current generation with design inspired by the new generation Fusion.

The front seems to have been heavily revised with a a more prominent grille, sweptback headlights, plus more pronounced and aggressive lines. All of which are welcome additions to the aging Edge.

Its just our crazy impression, or 2015 will really be a busy year for Ford: there will be a new Mustang, new Edge and possibly new Taurus and Expedition.

We’ll keep a close eye out more a better-resolution image and we are sure one will popup soon enough. Until then, break out your microscopes and check out the above image comparing the 2013 model to the leaked image of the 2015 model.

LandRover RangeRover

The 2013 Range Rover has just been unveiled and it is already enjoying a huge success: the waiting list is so long that Land Rover can’t handle it. However, a leaked full guide has unveiled that the 2014 model year will bring more updates than Land Rover let on to.

The biggest update will be the replacement of the base 5.0-liter V8 engine with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 - not a big surprise though, considering all the latest emissions and fuel consumption regulations. While the current V8 engine develops a total of 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the V6 will be limited to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

Despite the 35-horsepower drop, the V6 engine will deliver impressive fuel economy: 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. CO2 emissions also decrease by 22 percent. Still, begin environmentally friendly typically means you’ll have to be slower, leading to a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 7.1 – 0.6 seconds slower than the current V8 model. The V8 engine will continue to be offered with the Supercharged and Autobiography trim levels. The transmission will remain the same for both engines: a eight-Speed ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission.

It looks like for the 2014 model year Land Rover will also be reducing the prices a little bit: Adaptive Cruise Control goes down from $2,000 to $1,295 and Tow Pack will be $1,300.

The 2014 V6 version will be priced at $83,545 and the V8 version will be priced from $99,995.

Click here to see the full marketing guide.

Source: Oval News

The second-generation Hyundai ix35 (also known as Tucson for the American market) was unveiled in 2009 and this is the first time the company is working on a facelift for it. Our spy photographers have caught the SUV testing for the first time, before the car’s official unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Car Show in September.

Even though the SUV is heavily camouflaged, we expect it to feature design elements we have seen on both the Santa Fe and i40. This means we will see a three-bar hexagonal front grille, new headlamps, wraparound taillights and a new rear spoiler. Our spy photographers managed to also catch a shot of the interior, reveling that it will also receive small changes, most likely inspired by previously unveiled Hyundai models.

Under the hood, you should expect some all-new or modified engines to meet the demand for more fuel-efficient engines and less CO2.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover recently unveiled the new-generation Range Rover , but we haven’t heard anything about the more powerful Range Rover Sport . Well, the model is now back into the picture, as our spy photographers managed to catch it during its cold-weather testing in the Arctic Circle.

To help you differentiate it from the standard Range Rover, Land Rover made the Sport version slightly wider and lower, with a more sloped roofline.

Under the hood, Land Rover will borrow its engine lineup from Jaguar, meaning we will see a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines, with the 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine from the Jaguar XK-R at the top of the lineup. Land Rover also announced it will use lots of aluminum in the Range Rover Sport’s construction, making it a lot lighter than the current version.

Expect the new Land Rover Range Rover Sport to be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4 , both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.

The Super Bowl is set to air this Sunday, but we still have time to see a few more commercials. The latest one comes from Hyundai and it reveals how much fun, or trouble, a family can have in the new seven-passenger Santa Fe .

The new "Epic PlayDate" ad stars rock band The Flaming Lips who play the song "Sun Blows Up Today" specially for this ad. If you like it, you can buy it from iTunes starting today, or you can wait until band’s new album called “Terror” arrives in April.

To our knowledge, this is the final Super Bowl ad for the Korean automaker, unless they happen to have something else up their sleeve. If the Santa Fe impressed you, it will be available for order starting this spring. It can be yours for a price of $28,350.

We’ve already seen three of Hyundai’s five Super Bowl-bound commercials, and if we do say so ourselves, they’re getting a lot better with each release. Their latest ad for the Santa Fe, called "Team," is the best one yet.

Evoking a kind of Little Giants meets Bad News Bears feel to it, a little kid gets his football taken away from him by some unruly bullies who tell him that he could only get it back if he brings a team together. With the help of the kid’s rather intimidating mom, he proceeds to round up his posse, except that his posse is comprised of friends that each bring a unique skill set to the table.

All together, they go back to the field and stare down the bullies, each with the intent of inflicting as much pain as possible. Well, except for one little dude who looks like he’s about to decapitate someone.

Overall, it’s a pretty good commercial that ties up well to the actual game itself.


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