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Essentially a simplified version of the 2014 Nissan Rogue , the 2014 Rogue Select is the kind of what-you-see-is-what-you-get compact SUV that leaves everything it’s got at the front door. It doesn’t come with a lot of major surprises, offering itself as is and little in the way of added surprises.

It figures that for a compact SUV that doesn’t have a whole lot of optional equipment, the Rogue Select is being offered for budget-conscious owners. For its price (less than $20,000 for the base model) you can make a case that the Rogue Select is a good way to go just so you can say you have a compact SUV in your garage.

But the other prevailing thought is the extra money you can shell out for other models that have a lot more to offer than the Rogue Select. Nissan probably doesn’t mind that thinking since it still has the 2014 Rogue to satisfy those needs.

It’s just that in case you’re on a tight budget, Nissan has you covered with the Rogue Select.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Rogue Select.

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When it comes to the possibility of a BMW X7, we’ve heard all kinds of things. First, there were rumors saying it would be produced and then the rumors were pulled back saying that plans for the X7 had been canceled . Now, we finally have official confirmation of the range-topping X-Series model.

This announcement really came out of left field, and was buried deep in a press release regarding the company’s South Carolina plant. The reason it ended up in this release was because it will be the newest addition to the plant’s workflow in 2016. Despite being built here in the U.S., the X7 will be a part of Bimmer ’s global market, with a lot of the demand coming from the growing Chinese market.

For now, the details are scarce, but there are some assumptions to be made about what engines it will carry and the basic styling.

Updated 03/31/2014: BMW officially confirmed that the future X7 luxury SUV will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant stating 2016. "With the BMW X7, we are developing another, larger X model, which we will produce at our U.S. plant for our world markets – once again underscoring our commitment to the U.S."

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW X7.

The 2014 GMC Terrain is the perfect example of how a company can put a model in the best position to succeed by not deviating away from its true identity, even if it means not appeasing those who clamor for a new and futuristic design. The Terrain may be classified as a midsize SUV , but it still has the soul of a truck, which is why the muscular nature of its looks fits into its identity. The 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque also helps in that department.

It probably would’ve been a good idea to change the way the Terrain looks if it was struggling in sales, but the Terrain has been one of GMC’s more successful models, and there doesn’t appear to be much calling for any drastic changes to its appearance.

Why change a good thing, right? In the case of the Terrain, it definitely applies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 GMC Terrain

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.

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

We’ve known this for quite some time now through rumors and industry rumblings, but it was never confirmed until now; Land Rover will create a new sub-brand called the "Discovery" and launch the new lineup to fill this sub-brand starting in 2015. To put this into perspective, this is precisely what the maker has done with its Range Rover lineup: Range Rover Evoque , Range Rover Sport and Range Rover .

We didn’t receive any real details on what’s in store for the new Discovery lineup, as Land Rover only confirmed its plans. Figuring out part of the plans, however, is not too hard. The Discovery lineup is going to be the more laid-back of the Land Rover lines, and will include the baby Land Rover that we’ve caught testing before — the likely replacement for the LR2 — a replacement for the larger LR4 , and finally an Evoque-sized or smaller compact crossover .

The new Discovery lineup will ride on the Range Rover’s aluminum chassis that is resized to fit each model.

So, this means that we will soon have the Range Rover luxury line and the Discovery leisure lineup, but that leaves a big gap in the utility segment. Don’t fret though, because we hear that Land Rover is planning to use the Defender name for the utility-style models in its revised lineup.

This not only simplifies the Land Rover lineup for buyers, as they can now pick a Land Rover that precisely suits their needs, but it also puts all of the other luxury SUV makers on notice that Land Rover has the guns locked and loaded, and it’s coming for blood this time...

My only fear is that Land Rover may dilute its brand a little too much by releasing too many models, but by breaking things up into smaller sub-brands, it may be able to avoid the confusion caused when automakers release too many of one type of vehicle.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for updates on this Land Rover shuffling.

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

Concept vehicles aren’t necessarily one of Volkswagen’s strong suits but every so often, it builds one that people can’t help but appreciate.

That’s what the T-Roc Concept has done to us, at least for the most part. Built and designed as a crossover concept with the characteristics of a cabriolet — the roof is detachable, mind you — the T-Roc Concept offers us a glimpse of what a future crossover cabriolet could look like if it carried a VW badge.

The exterior design of the T-Roc Concept is definitely worth your attention, although how much of it would be found in a production model is a question only Volkswagen can answer in due time.

For now, though, we can all sit back and appreciate this concept for what it really is: a preview of a model that could arrive sooner rather than later, if Volkswagen realizes it has a real winner in the T-Roc.

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen T-Roc

The Skoda Octavia Scout will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show and it should mark Skoda’s intention of becoming a player in the crossover market.

To be fair to Skoda , the new Octavia Scout does possess some notable elements, even though the crossover does follow some of the same characteristics of its predecessor. The notable rough and sporty exterior is a big plus, given the rather bland public perception the company has in the industry.

More than that, the Octavia Scout also gets a choice of engine and a four-wheel-drive system that should improve the car’s performance and handling credentials.

Whether it’s enough to attract a new segment of buyers is another thing; Skoda still has some work left to do in that regard. But it’s pretty comforting knowing that the company is trying and at this stage in its ascent, you can be sure that it’ll have more surprises for the Octavia Scout when the vehicle makes its debut in Geneva.

Click past the jump to read more about Skoda Octavia Scout

Maruti Suzuki’s billing as the largest car maker in India comes with some responsibilities, one of which is releasing vehicles that will help the company keep its place in the said pecking order.

Well, the company took a big step in that direction with the unveiling of the new SX4 S-Cross crossover. Looking a lot like the Suzuki Grand Vitara , the SX4 S-Cross is being tipped as a worthy entrant into the burgeoning crossover market in India.

As far as credentials go, the Maruti-Suzuki carries a whole lot of it and its betting on the SX4 S-Cross to be able to carve a niche for itself once it goes on sale in the country in the not-so-distant future. The crossover is being tipped to carry a 1.6-liter gas engine that’s capable of producing 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly all-conquering numbers but given the choices you have in the Indian market, that’s more than enough to be right up there in class.

Likewise, the SX4 S-Cross is also expected to be have four-wheel drive capabilities with the engine mated to a six-speed transmission. And as far as safety goes, customers should feel good about the SX4 S-Cross after it received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. In case you don’t know, those are the highest of marks a vehicle can get.

Click past the jump to read more about Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

The small commercial van market in the U.S. doesn’t carry the same weight as most of its peers, but make no mistake, this is an important market for small businesses looking to get a decentlypriced, high-performing hauler that can also masquerade as a nice people ride.

The 2014 Ram Cargo Van gives customers all those options and a whole lot more, all for a decent price that won’t burn holes in your pockets. First launched in 2012 for small business haulers, the Cargo Van has since turned into one of the leading models in the segment, thanks to numerous class-leading capabilities, including performance and range.

Add that to the aforementioned low cost of ownership with ample amount of cargo space to boot and you’re looking at an ideally suited ride that can meet all the needs of business owners looking for a versatile commercial van with impressive power backing it up.

Click past the jump to read more about Ram Cargo Van


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