Rendering Shows Off the Rebooted Mitsubishi Lancer as a Rally-Bred Crossover Coupe
Back in 2015, Mitsubishi brought the axe down on one its most beloved high-performance models - the Lancer Evolution, a turbo superstar from the rough-and-tumble world of rally racing. While certainly enough to cause more than a few tears among enthusiasts, the Lancer name will continue on, and word has it Mitsu is turning it into a crossover - much like it did with the Eclipse. Salt in the wound? Maybe. But fear not, because there’s still a possible silver lining to all of this, and it’s once again inspired by the world of rally racing.
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The Best 2019 Luxury SUVs Under $40,000
Can you buy luxury for less than $40k? Consider these seven SUVs produced by companies who are focused on bringing better than average quality, more engaging driving characteristics, and better reliability than others. All of the SUVs here are residing in the compact SUV segment, but that shouldn’t deter you from choosing one of them as each one gives a unique take on what is basically the most popular segment today.
All of the crossovers listed here are of unibody construction, basically taking technology and the driving feel from smaller cars and adapting it for SUV/Crossover lovers. They are the pinnacle of compact SUV design.
Audi’s New Patent Could Point Us in The Direction of The SQ3
We’re barely a week into seeing the all-new Audi Q3 in all its glory, and yet here we are, confused and intrigued about what looks to be a sportier derivative of the crossover that has found its way in patent form at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The patent filing was made by Audi last month, but the design of the crossover doesn’t look like the all-new Q3. Could this be a sportier version of the Q3? Is that you, Audi SQ3?
Audi SQ5 by Lumma Design
As far as compact SUVs go, the Audi SQ5 feels like a textbook example of how to make cars. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and somehow looks like an Apple phone - clean and just right. Making something wacky out of it requires some thinking and creativity. In this case, Lumma, a German tuning company, took it upon itself to craft a customization package trying to awaken the buried raw character hidden behind its SQ5 badge.
Honda Revamps the Pilot, Adds Standard Safety Tech, and Revises the Nine-Speed Transmission
The 2019 Honda Pilot features a revamped exterior and fresh technology, including the inclusion of the Honda Sensing driver assists package as standard equipment, plus a more refined drivetrain that includes heavy improvement to the nine-speed automatic transmission that should improve reliability and smoothness of shifts.
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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI
Launched in 2017, the T-Roc is Volkswagen’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the MQB platform that underpins several Volkswagen Group vehicles, it’s related to the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona and competes against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and Renault Captur. Ever since it arrived in showrooms, there have been rumors that Volkswagen may develop a GTI version of the mini SUV. Come 2018, and the beefed-up crossover was spotted testing on public roads.
Performance-oriented models are quite rare in this niche. Although the segment is populated by at least ten models from various companies in Europe, none of them are available with power upgrades. Nissan used to offer a Nismo version of the Juke, or even the extreme, GT-R-powered Juke-R, but these variants are no longer available. This means that the T-Roc GTI will be a unique model and will have the entire market to itself. At least for a while. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
First Glimpse Of The New Volkswagen T-Cross
It’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here; well, kind of. Volkswagen has released an official design sketch of its smallest crossover, revealing its rear; and also a video that gives us a few more details. The car was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and is expected to make its debut in 2019. Is this T-Roc baby as impressive as the big brother?
2019 Renault Captur Coupe
Renault’s got big plans for its Captur lineup, and it seems that one of those plans involve rolling out a new coupe-crossover that will make its debut in concept form at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show. The French automaker has rolled out at the first teaser of the concept, but more importantly, a heavily camouflaged test prototype has been seen rolling on the streets recently. By all accounts, this test mule is an early production version of the Moscow-bound concept that we will see this August. It’s already pegged to get the Captur Coupe name, and it will likely be shared with Dacia using the same nameplate.
In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.
Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.
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Will There Be a Performance Chevy Blazer or an Off-Road Capable Chevy Blazer ZR2?
In the world of today where SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio act more like sports cars than utility vehicles, we Americans have to keep up. We have been doing so with the likes of the insane Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or some “spirited” versions of other large SUVs. Yet, it seems that manufacturers here lack the conviction of the Audi S division, or the Mercedes-AMG division to make high-performance versions of basically every car they sell, SUVs included. With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Blazer, I was curious about the possible prospects of a performance version, or a “soft, off-road” knockoff. Not that the Blazer name is entirely dissociated from that kind of thing. Looking back in past, we have the Blazer Xtreme Sport or the Blazer ZR2. One of these was a sporty version, while the other a rather interesting, off-road-focused machine. Can Chevrolet bring any of these back?
While dramatic in design and dominant in appearance, the new Chevrolet Blazer is, in fact, a rather sensible machine adapted for family use. No, it does not have seven seats inside, but that does not stop it from having all the imaginable functionality one could expect only from a new crossover.
Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand Chief, said at the reveal that GM is bringing “one all-new SUV to the Chevrolet showroom. One that will have exceptional functionality and truly dramatic design.”
Chevrolet really went out of its own way to craft a fascinatingly practical car. This list of five reasons why you will love the new Chevy Blazer will show you exactly what Mr. Batey meant by “exceptional functionality.”
Volvo’s First EV Will be Derived from the XC40; Bolder EVs Will Carry Polestar Badge
Volvo has confirmed that its first electric vehicle will be derived from the XC40 crossover and that it will arrive after Polestar introduces its second model in 2019. The battery-electric version of the XC40 will be followed by an EV version of the XC90, which is scheduled for a 2021 race. Volvo also has no plans of building electric-only models, opting instead to develop EV versions of its current models.
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Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer
Of course, we have known for quite some time now that the new Blazer won’t be a rugged, off-road eager machine with two doors. The first mention of GM resurrecting the name was in 2015 when it registered the Blazer name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Soon after, some heavily camouflaged SUV-looking thing with a Chevy crest started roaming the roads. It was the Blazer.
Before you start hating GM for “ruining” the Blazer name, stop and think for a second. People simply don’t buy all that body-on-frame stuff in huge numbers anymore. Chevy revealing the new, 2019 Blazer based on top of what is basically car architecture is a pure necessity sprouted from economic feasibility. While some of us may be a bit disappointed that one of the most famous names ended up on something less than unique, the paths of profit are more than obvious. This car will sell. Regardless, moving the Blazer to a new platform shared with the rest of GM city CUVs introduced us a to a few interesting traits.
The New Chevrolet Blazer is Here and it Looks Like an Oversized Camaro
After a 24-year absence, the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate has returned, and it’s back in the spotlight with a design that’s going to get the attention of a lot of people. The new Blazer is expected to slot between the Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s SUV lineup. It’s the only one of the three that carries a completely different design language, something that could bode well for the Blazer as it tries to re-establish itself as one of the best crossovers in its segment.
As the first Fiat car with an all-wheel-drive system, the Fiat 500X is definitely a unicorn when it comes to the Italian producer. It seems, though, that Fiat is only stuck with this unicorn, as their plan for the next five years does not include any major revitalization or rejuvenation. And, if the brand wants to survive, that is exactly what it needs. Actually, having Fiat completely disappear in a few years’ time isn’t that of a far-fetched idea.
Yet, despite all the media scrutiny that has been present ever since cheerful Marchionne laid out the new plan for the FCA group, Fiat revealed a new car called the 500X Adventurer Edition.
It is obviously yet another attempt at freshening up the car which appeared all the way back in 2014.
Comparison: Lexus UX vs Audi Q3
Japanese luxury brand Lexus dropped its brand-new UX compact crossover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, challenging established offerings like the Audi Q3 for dominance - but which is better? To find out, we took a hard look at both and lined them up side by side to compare the numbers. Read on for the results.
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2019 BMW X5 Unveiled
The fourth-generation BMW X5 has arrived, and it looks to bring new exterior styling, a refreshed interior, updated engines, and the latest technology features. The reveal comes mere hours after a slew of official pictures mysteriously “leaked” onto the Internet, and now, we’ve got the official specs to fill in the gaps.
Buyers can get theirs in two different trim levels, including the X5 xDr40i and the X5 xDr50i. Dimensionally, the new X5 is larger than before, with a longer wheelbase that adds an extra 1.6 inches over the outgoing model. It’s also longer overall by 1.1 inches, plus 2.6 inches wider and an inch taller, all of which should enhance the crossover’s road presence and interior room.
The new X5 looks different too, thanks to a restyled front end and those beefier proportions. Standard exterior features include Adaptive LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels, while laser headlights and 20-inch M-branded alloys are both optional.
Inside, the new layout seems to angle all the instrumentation towards the driver’s position, while electrically adjustable sports seats are standard. Additional M gear, such as a new sports steering wheel, new pedals, and trim bits are also offered.
As for the tech front, standard spec throws in basics like Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. There’s also a 12.3-inch instrument cluster as part of the latest iDrive system.
Two turbocharged gas engines are offered for motivation, including a six-cylinder and a V-8, with 335 horses made by the former and 456 horses made by the latter. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is completed in 5.3 seconds with the ‘six and 4.6 seconds with the ‘eight. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, while AWD puts the power to the ground.
Electronically controlled dampers keep the new X5 shiny side up, while Integral Active Steering is an available option. Expect a vast array of settings and systems to customize yours as you see fit. There’s even an Off-Road Package, if that’s your kind of thing.
No official pricing was announced, but expect the 2019 BMW X5 to slot in at around $60,000.
The X6 isn’t exactly the most attractive vehicle on the market. It’s more like a weird, jacked up SUV that wants to be a coupe at the same time. Be that as it may, it won itself over on the market due, in part, to its look. Of course, when BMW debuted the original back in 2012, it didn’t exactly have any real competition to go against, but we’ll leave that story for another time. Regardless of its odd look and strange stance, it’s still a pretty cool ride if you’re able to shell out at least $63,000 before options. All of this aside, we’ve decided the X6 doesn’t really get enough love these days, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. As usual, we’ve picked out our favorite and given you a gallery to choose from just in case.
The BMW iNext Will be a Crossover Because of Course it Will
At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, BMW previewed by upcoming all-electric X3, called the iX3, with a production-ready concept, but the bigger news was that the crossover is getting a brand-new drivetrain that will also underpin the much-discussed and highly-anticipated iNext. Set to become the brand’s flagship EV, the iNext will debut as a concept vehicle later this year, and BMW already released a teaser photo. While many expected it to be a sedan inspired by the Vision Next 100 concept, it turns out that the iNext will be a crossover. Big surprise, huh?
The Volkswagen Tiguan was left to go stagnant on the market for 10 years after its launch, with Volkswagen finally giving in to introduce the second-gen model for the 2017 model year. It was, in fact, significantly more attractive, more modern than ever, and even had all the right technology. Be that as it may, once successful Tiguan isn’t doing quite as well on the U.S. market as VW would really like. So, as part of the SOWO show in Georgia, Volkswagen has debuted four new concepts, one of which is the Tiguan R-Line Areo Concept. It’s the most aggressive, stylistic, and attractive Tiguan we’ve ever seen. And, it sits excessively low to the ground – something that intrigues the low-rider in us and makes the Tiguan look like an oddly overgrown Golf with a cool wrap.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
Like most luxury automakers out there, Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its lineup with electrified models. It already offers a few hybrids and small EVs like the B-Class and the Smart ForTwo, but its lineup still lacks the bigger electric models it needs to compete in the more popular segments. This is why Mercedes-Benz created the EQ division, which will soon include bigger sedans and crossovers. The Germans have already unveiled a few concept cars, and at least one is scheduled to become a production model in 2018. It’s called the EQC and is being developed alongside a hydrogen-powered version of the GLC.
Tested on public roads for a few months know — we know this because Mercedes-Benz released a few photos of the crossover — the EQC seems to be ready for the assembly line. Although still covered in swirly camo, it appears to be fitted with all production parts, including a new-generation electric drivetrain. It was initially rumored that the crossover was set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but the EQC didn’t show up. This leaves the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October as a likely event for the EV to break cover. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the EQC.
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BMW Teases New Vision Vehicle With Blue And White Silhouette Image
Like the other big-name German luxury makes, BMW has been quite busy lately offering a variety of electrified concept vehicles. Now we’re getting our first official look at the new iNEXT Vision, and it’s promising the very latest in electrified powertrain components and self-driving capability, carrying the torch as the brand’s forthcoming technology flagship.
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