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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 relaunch of Maybach apparently isn’t going to be limited to just super-luxury sedans. From the looks of it, Mercedes is planning to set Maybach up as a luxury division similar to how AMG has evolved into the company’s performance division. So prepare yourselves for a more versatile Maybach offering that will even expand into SUVs like the GL-Class.

The news comes by way of Motoring, which reported that Mercedes is already tinkering the idea of using Maybach differently when compared to its previous incarnation. So instead of models being badged as an independent Maybach brand, we could see something akin to Mercedes models being treated to uber-luxurious specifications.

Motoring is reporting that the GL-Class will be the first of Mercedes’ existing models to be given the Maybach treatment. The move is seen by some as the company’s response to the increasing number of luxury SUVs that are either in development or are in discussions to be developed soon.

You hear that Bentley , and Rolls-Royce ? That’s Mercedes putting you on notice.

Note: Standard Mercedes GL-Class pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about a possible Maybach return.

Source: Motoring

The Land Rover Discovery might not be as impressive as the Defender as far as off-roading capabilities go, but, to Kahn Design , the former is equally suited to receive an aftermarket makeover. Kahn and the Land Rover brand go a long way back, with the British design firm having released a batch of upgrades for the SUV.

In an earlier package, Kahn selected a twin-turbo, SDV6-powered Discovery and enhanced its visuals by means of an aggressive aerodynamic package, 22-inch wheels, and a revamped interior. Now, the design house launched a new program for the Discovery, this time picking yet another SDV6 to showcase its skills. Dubbed RS300, the SUV gains some of Kahn’s usual updates inside and out, with the final result presenting itself as a unique, luxurious rig.

New fenders, large wheels, and a bespoke interior add a touch of sportiness and class to an otherwise go-anywhere, purpose-built vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 By Kahn Design.

The Audi Q5 and Q7 understandably get all the love among Audi’s roster of crossovers and SUVs. But let’s not forget about the Q3 . This little brother got some spunk and it definitely deserves a path on the back, or in the case of German tuner MTM , a dedicated aftermarket program.

We’re all familiar with Audi ’s packaging of the Q3. It’s an economic crossover that has plenty of sweet features combined with Audi’s fabulous technical engineering. Then there’s the RS Q3 - the subject of this program - that breathes a little more fire as a more performance-oriented model of the Q3. But still, even something "good" has a chance to be "better", and that’s what MTM set out to accomplish with its new tuning kit for the RS Q3 2.5 TFSI quattro.

As a performance-heavy update, MTM is charging quite a lot for this program. The cost of the engine tune is €3,357, which is about $4,500 based on current exchange rates. Meanwhile, the new exhaust system and the carbon fiber rear diffuser will set you back €4,699, right around $6,400.

Then again, you can just opt for getting everything, car and tuning kit together. For that, you’re gonna have to pay €76,650, or about $104,150 in American money.

That might be a steep a price to pay, but what you can get out of it is pretty awesome in its own right.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q3 RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro By MTM.

From when the iconic Willys MB went off to fight WWII until 2014’s Wrangler JK , good gas mileage hasn’t exactly been the Jeep’s strong suit. Even with modern advancements of electronic fuel injection, five and six speed gearboxes, and emission controls, the current Wrangler only manages 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway. Then again, that’s not bad when considering it’s got two solid axles turning short ring gears, knobby tires, and a flat windshield. When the 2018 Wranglers roll out, we may be in for a lot more mpgs, given a recent report from Edmunds is true.

But more is always better, right? Well things appear to be headed that way. Jeep boss Mike Manley said in a recent press conference that the next generation of Jeep Wrangler would focus heavily on weight reduction and fuel savings without compromising its legendary off-road performance.

"We must be innovative in terms of what we do for the next Wrangler because clearly we have to make sure that vehicle survives into the future," Manley said. "It is vital for the brand." Of course, the dark cloud of CAFÉ standards and growing customer expectations are the two confronting factors. Also looming on the horizon is a future Wrangler competitor from Land Rover , Manley mentioned.

But take heart, Jeep fans. Manley continues saying, “There will be no compromises.” So we can apparently expect a Wrangler just as capable off the beaten path as the 2014 JK, but with better gas mileage. Okay, so how is Jeep to increase the Wrangler’s fuel efficiency while not killing its off-road prowess?

Though Manley didn’t go into specifics, we’ve been hearing rumors of a fully independent suspension system and perhaps intensive uses of lightweight materials like aluminum and possibly a diesel powerplant. One thing’s for sure; we can look forward to a future Wrangler that doesn’t strangle our wallets at the pump.

Note: Current Jeep Wrangler pictured here.

Click past the jump for some more speculation

Source: Edmunds

The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover market when it debuted in 1998. By using a unibody chassis rather than a body-on-frame setup like most SUVs, the Lexus was quieter, more comfortable and nicer to drive than any of its competitors. Lexus had an immediate hit. Now more than 15 years later I have been given the keys to a third-generation model. Meet the RX 450h.

The “h” signifies that this particular family machine is powered by a hybrid system. Toyota makes some of the best hybrids in the business, but I worry that the weight and heft of an SUV may be too much to ask of the Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. With lots of crossover competition from America and the German’s alike the RX 450h has some stiff rivals. Can this latest version of Lexus’ segment defining crossover keep up with the now rampant competition?

Read more about the 2014 Lexus RX 450h after the break

British design firm Kahn Design is one of the best Land Rover modifiers in the business. That’s not an opinion as it is a fact. Time and again, Kahn releases new programs for Land Rover SUVs , sometimes to the point of even saturating its portfolio with the amount of projects it builds. It’s latest work, though, is a real treat, especially for fans of the Defender .

The program is called the Chelsea Defender and as you can expect, Kahn Design put in serious work to refine it. The end result really speaks for itself. The Defender looks absolutely gorgeous, a far departure from its traditional utilitarian look that doesn’t really do much to excite our senses.

This work brings out the eyes of the Defender, so to speak. It’s a comprehensive project, too, which is a bit surprising considering that Kahn usually reserves its modifications for the interior. So imagine our surprise when we saw a modified exterior look on the Defender, highlighted by a Nara Bronze paint finish with LED diamond bright lights.

It’s another impressive project by Kahn Design. At this point, you really expect nothing less from Kahn.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender By Kahn Design.

The Audi Q3 , Ingolstadt’s answer to the BMW X1 , was unveiled in 2011 and launched for the 2012 model year in Europe. The smallest crossover of the Audi lineup — before the tiny Q1 arrives — won’t make it to the United States and Canada until next year . However, the Q3 won’t hang around too much in its current form, as Audi is already testing a facelifted version that’s set to arrive in 2016.

Unlike other Audi family members, the revised Q3 carries many exterior changes. The front end is completely reshaped and includes a redesigned grille and bumper, while the rear fascia received a set of new taillights. The crossover gets to keep its engines for 2016, but we expect minor power bumps across the entire lineup. Although the Q3 will carry two gasoline units and one diesel, only the range-topping, 2.0-liter TFSI will make it to the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi Q3.

Nearly 20 years after the SUV craze got started, automakers are still churning out the oversized station wagons like the U.S. Mint prints dollar bills. BMW fans thought the world was collapsing when the X5 rolled off the assembly line in 2000, but nowadays, the Bavarian company has more SUV models than it’s ever had, with yet another on the way.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show April 16, the 2015 BMW X4 is the company’s latest iteration of the ‘Sport Activity Coupe’ design, following the larger X6. On sale since 2008, the X6 has sold 250,000 units to date worldwide. That’s not a tremendous number, but still enough to justify the addition of a second and smaller Sport Activity Coupe, at least in BMW’s eyes.

The X4 is reminiscent of the Gran Turismo version of the 3 and 5-Series sedans, but with a larger front grille, taller ride height, and a capable all-wheel-drive system allowing it to traverse terrain otherwise impassable in a standard-height sedan. The combination of AWD and higher ground clearance plus the sporty handling of a 3-Series affords the X4 the ability to bridge the gap between vehicles, allowing customers to have a vehicle that both drives like a car while performing in adverse weather conditions like an SUV. Perhaps the X4 is the best of both worlds. But perhaps it gives up the best of those two worlds while being left with the scrappy leftovers – the unlikable trade-offs from each. Let take a closer look to find out.

Updated 06/26/2014: The new BMW X4 made its on-screen debut today when the first commercial aired. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X4.

Originally introduced in 1998 as a small family hatchback , the Seat Leon quickly grew into a family that included many iterations and a host of gasoline and diesel engines. The newest member of the lineup, the Leon ST , joined the ranks for the 2013 model year, shortly after Seat introduced the third-generation model. Only one year later, the Spanish manufacturer expanded the Leon family once again by adding the X-Perience model, an all-wheel-drive wagon sporting crossover -like visuals and an increased ride height.

Brought to life to bridge the gap between the Leon ST and Seat’s upcoming SUV — rumored to share the MQB platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan — the Leon X-Perience represents the company’s first venture into the niche. The raised wagon comes to tackle the likes of the Audi A4 Allroad quattro and Skoda Octavia Scout, all of which are crammed under the Volkswagen Group.

Naturally, the X-Perience won’t be much of a threat to the Audi A4 , which serves a different audience in terms of pricing and amenities. However, the Leon X-Perience is a wagon most families shouldn’t ignore.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Seat Leon X-Perience.

Electric-powered vehicles have been all the rage as of late, but consumers are still wary of them. The main issues preventing buyers from ditching refined dino blood and moving to electric are the uncertainty of the technology and the overall cost of these vehicles. The least-expensive, mass-produced electric vehicle that I can think of is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV at around $23,000, but it can only travel 62 miles on a charge and takes 14 to 22 hours to recharge. On the other hand, the cream-of-the-crop Tesla Model S can travel up to 300 miles on a charge, but it costs nearly $100k to get into that range. According to a new report from Reuters, Audi is looking into giving buyers a bigger EV selection, as it has blueprints to enter the all-electric realm with a full range of vehicles.

We already know about the Audi R8 e-tron, which has been on and off for the last few years, but this report points toward Audi developing SUVs and sedans to complete the range. For now, Audi is keeping most of the details behind this electric lineup to itself, but it did release a few small bits of information.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi’s plans to go electric.

Source: Reuters

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