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2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2

2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2

The aftermarket company has beefed up its looks, added premium material inside the cabin, and plonked in a V-8 mill under the hood

Land Rover Defender is one of the most popular choices for tuners and aftermarket companies to show off their skills and creativity. This time, it’s Ares Designs’ turn to show off what it could make of this butch SUV. Called the Defender Spec 1.2, it comes with changes inside out. The exterior includes stuff like carbon fiber bodywork and a panoramic roof and the interior benefits from some luxurious touches. Even the four-cylinder engine is swapped in favor of a V-8 engine for that extra grunt and roar.

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2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Driven

2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Driven

Does A Rolls-Royce SUV have a real place in this world?

From the outside, and to the 99-percenters, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan looks like an over-priced BMW or a reworked Phantom with a taller roof that was designed to keep the brand from falling into the abyss of irrelevant brands. In fact, you might actually be right to some extent. The Cullinan does look a lot like the Phantom in the front thanks to the big rectangular grille, boxy headlights, and square front end. And, the brand is owned by BMW, so yeah, there’s some Bimmer DNA there too. That said, the Cullinan is the very first Rolls-Royce SUV and, outside of that, it also introduced a lot of new tech for the brand, including an off-road driving mode and all-wheel drive. Introduced in 2017, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has been on the market for a few years now, and it’s been staring down the barrel of the Bentley Bentayga ever since. So, how does is hold up three years in? Well, we spent a week with the Cullinan to find out for ourselves, and this is what you need to know.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep’s latest three-row SUV is feature-rich, power-heavy, and rides on the Grand Cherokee’s credibility

Instead of introducing a brand new model in the rather popular three-row SUV market, Jeep played it smart and decided to offer the Grand Cherokee SUV itself with an extra set of seats. Called the Grand Cherokee L, Jeep decided to capitalize on this 27-year old popular moniker instead of building a new vehicle from the ground up that may or may not have been successful.

Jeep has sold over 200,000 examples of the Grand Cherokee annually in the last four years, so there’s no reason why the three-row Grand Cherokee L won’t be a hit. But, is it just about extra seats, or does the Grand Cherokee L bring something new to the table?

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2021 Volvo XC90 T8 - Driven

2021 Volvo XC90 T8 - Driven

Volvo’s range-topping SUV sees some updates for 2021

One of the oldest models in Volvo’s current lineup is still one of its most important. Despite being a six-year-old design now, Volvo is still selling its XC90 like hotcakes. And to keep things fresh, it has tweaked it for the 2021 model year and is offering it with a host of different engine choices.

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2020 Jeep Compass - Driven

2020 Jeep Compass - Driven

It’s not the best vehicle in the segment, but it checks almost all the boxes quite comfortably

Jeep Compass has been in the market for over a decade now and has become a staple moniker in the segment now. This two-row SUV is one of the rare models in this segment that can actually be taken off the roads without doubting its abilities. Of course, it’s no Cherokee, but it does a lot better than its rivals in this aspect. Although it features a heavy 2.4-liter engine, the power outputs aren’t that great and the nine-speed automatic gearbox makes the whole drive even more lethargic. However, it comes with a nice interior setup, decent tech features, and aesthetics that will please all and offend none. So, should you pick the Jeep Compass over the Honda CR-V or the Ford Escape?

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2021 Hyundai Kona N Line

2021 Hyundai Kona N Line

The Kona N Line is not a proper N car, but it’s a sportier option that will stand out

The 2021 Hyundai Kona N Line is a sportier looking version of the company’s subcompact SUV. Introduced alongside the facelifted Kona, the N Line is just a styling package that adds sportier features on the outside and unique upholstery on the inside. The 2021 Kona N Line is available with the same engines as the regular crossover, with no option for a more powerful unit. What sets it apart from the standard Kona? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

The refreshed Bentayga Hybrid follows Bentley’s new design philosophy and comes with many tech upgrades

Ever since the uber-luxurious automakers ventured into high-riding vehicles, they’ve become less niche and more mainstream. Just like the Urus and the Cullinan have raked up big numbers for Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce respectively, the Bentayga has done that for Bentley. While you can maintain exclusivity and uniqueness at that price point, you still have to keep your finger on the pulse; the case in point here being the hybrid technology.

Bentley introduced the Bentayga Hybrid in 2020 and it soon became one of the most popular variants in the SUV’s lineup. Within a year, the British automaker has introduced the facelifted version that comes with refreshed styling inside out and updates on the tech front. The 2020 Bentayga Hybrid was the company’s first hybrid ever; so, does the 2021 model overcome any shortcomings?

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2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart

2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart

Rugged looks, raised stance, and a power increase of 120 horses over the stock X7 makes this Manhart build a desirable monster

Manhart is known to come up with extraordinary builds. This time around, they’ve laid their hands on the BMW X7 and gave it an armored, military vehicle look. Called the Dirt Edition 2, this X7 boasts of a rugged-looking matte wrap on the outside coupled with smoking-hot black wheels, a raised stance, and a power boost for the V-8 engine under the hood. The Wuppertal-based tuner calls it the Dirt Edition, thus implying that this is a follow-up to the first dirt edition SUV that was based on the BMW X6 almost a decade back.

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2020 Land Rover Defender - Driven

2020 Land Rover Defender - Driven

An SUV with a premium interior, powerful engine, and numerous gizmos that make off-roading a walk in the park

The Land Rover Defender needs no introduction. After a long run, the company sent it on a hiatus in 2016, only for it to return in a freshed, modern avatar to keep up with the competition. It came out looking a little less old-school, but still as rugged as ever.

This time, it wasn’t just the sturdy build that made it a compelling off-roader, but also the modern gadgets and gizmos that could put the other off-roaders out there to shame. The top trim is dangerously close to the six-digit price territory, but will that stop people from buying it? Or will customers look at other cheaper alternatives, like the Toyota 4Runner and to an extent, the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

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2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Ti

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Ti

Where Ti comes from Turismo Internazionale and Veloce means speed

A Giulia Veloce Ti has been around for some time and now there’s a Stelvio Ti coming to dealers. Dubbed Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Ti, this model sits on 21-inch wheels and borrows visual bits and bobs from the Quadrifoglio, while offering E6d-compliant engines. Here’s what you should know about the 2021 Stelvio Veloce Ti.

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2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Nissan Armada

Nissan has updated its flagship SUV, the Armada for the 2021 model year. Since this is a mid-cycle facelift, tweaks are minimal, but there are some noteworthy changes to mention. The biggest highlights include a bump in horsepower up to 400 (vs. 390 in the current model) and the introduction of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi connectivity. Towing capacity for Nissan’s flagship SUV carries over at 8,500 pounds.

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2020 Infiniti QX60 Monograph

2020 Infiniti QX60 Monograph

The Infiniti QX60 Monograph makes the Range Rover look dull, but it’s just a concept

The 2020 Infiniti QX60 Monograph is a concept vehicle that previews the next-generation QX60 SUV, scheduled to debut in 2021. Even though a concept that won’t go into production as is, the 2020 QX60 Monograph is a near-production-ready vehicle that will hit the assembly line without massive changes. It gives us a glimpse at the SUV’s next-generation design and signals Infiniti’s intent to move the QX60 up the premium ladder. Is the 2020 QX60 Monograph a big improvement over the outgoing SUV? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The performance SUV comes with increased torque, better tech features, and a whole lot of tweaks to aid its drive dynamics

Not too long ago, Jaguar updated the F-Pace for the 2021 model year. The SUV came with a lot of changes inside out. Now, the company has updated the performance version of the SUV – the F-Pace SVR. It comes with a few external tweaks, mostly that enhance the ride quality, some changes inside the cabin, and the biggest of them all, increased torque output and better performance figures. Does the SVR now qualify to be the best performance SUV that Jaguar has to offer?

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2021 Lincoln Nautilus

2021 Lincoln Nautilus

The Nautilus comes with three new exterior shades, same engine options, and a revamped cabin that includes a 13.2-inch touchscreen system

The Nautilus was seemingly lost between the compact Corsair and the larger Aviator. For the 2021 model, Lincoln decided to give it a refresh and make it relevant again. It continues to be powered by the same engine and more or less looks the same from the outside – save for the three new exterior shades.

However, the biggest change comes inside the cabin, where Lincoln has put a lot of effort. It looks vastly different and is heavy on technology. The highlight is the new 13.2-inch touchscreen that runs on the SYNC 4 infotainment system. Will this help get some extra volume for Lincoln?

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2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept

This piece of work has a little Clark Kent-Superman duality to it

The Blue Oval is preparing to unveil a variety of custom builds, including the Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept. Created to showcase the Bronco’s modularity, the concept highlights what amounts to the Bronco Badlands’ ability to act as an urban ride on weekdays and off-road marauder on weekends through the glory of swappable components.

The Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept will be revealed alongside Ford’s other SEMA offerings during the Ford Auto Nights webcast that starts at 8.PM. tonight.

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2020 MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland Concept

2020 MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland Concept

Here’s a blueprint on how to turn your Ford Bronco into a true off-road fiend

Ford’s recipe for its 2020 SEMA Auto Show lineup was simple. Use popular models in the lineup, give them concept makeovers, and let everyone know about all the custom tuning possibilities that can be done to these models. It doesn’t come as a surprise that, in addition to the Ranger and the F-150 trucks, Ford chose the Bronco to its SEMA lineup and created two concepts out of the returning nameplate. One of these concepts is called the MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland. Ford teamed with MAD Industries to create this concept, which shows the capacity of Ford’s newest SUV to be as adept in the outdoors as it is on concrete roads. It’s a dream-come-true concept for Bronco fans who have been clamoring for ways to customize the Bronco and turn it into a legitimate 4x4 off-roader.

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2020 Buick Encore GX - Driven

2020 Buick Encore GX - Driven

The Encore GX is a no non-sense SUV with a small footprint, but that’s about it

The Buick Encore GX is marketed as a small luxury SUV and it lives up to its name. It comes with a lot of features in the base trim and offers two engine options and drive layouts for you to choose from. The SUV looks decent on the outside, is as spacious as its rivals on the inside, and generates enough grunt to keep you happy pottering around in the city. For tasks like carrying your grocery and taking your kid to school, this urban commuter does its job well. But, expecting anything beyond it is a cardinal sin. With a fairly low starting price and heavy discounts on offer, will you choose this over the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1?

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2020 Audi RSQ8 by Mansory

2020 Audi RSQ8 by Mansory

This is arguably one of the smartest builds to have rolled out of Mansory’s factory

Audi wagons and SUVs are a hit among tuners. We’ve seen ABT, Lumma, and many other aftermarket tuners come up with special signature twists on these vehicles. Now, Mansory has laid its hands on the Audi RS Q8. What’s surprising is that the RS Q8 doesn’t go through a radical, bizarre aesthetic-twist, as we saw in the case of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline, the Lamborghini Urus Venatus, and the Mercedes-AMG G63 Star Trooper. I mean, the changes are more than evident, but it isn’t dressed in colors that would win it a prize at a fancy-dress competition.

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