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The new Porsche Macan 2015

The automobile sector is anxiously waiting for the new SUVs that are going to hit the market in 2015. One of those most awaited cars is 2015 Porsche Macan. This new model by Porsche is not just splendid but also breath-taking. The 2015 Porsche Macan comes with six cylinder gas engines which are exclusive to this brand. The 3.0 and 3.6 litre V-6 engines are used exclusively by Porsche and cannot be seen in any other model.

Macan is available in two versions: S and Turbo. The S version is powered by a 340-horsepower engine and accelerates to about 100 kilometres an hour in around 5.4 seconds. The Turbo version is larger and is fitted with the 3.6L V6 engine which is powered by a 400-horsepower engine. This model has the potential to accelerate 100 kilometres per hour in just merely 4.8 seconds! The Macan S is sure to give the driver a smooth ride be it even on a potted road. It is very quick, with an active all-wheel drive. The Porsche Traction Management controls the amount of power that is sent to the wheels and this SUV delights with its swiftness and immediacy. The Turbo model of 2015 Macan Porsche is more or less similar to Macan S but is just a little faster.

The new Porsche comes with a huge aluminium clamshell hood. This clamshell hood is made to function as an air duct too. The inner panel forms a pocket which channels air from the grille to the air box. The intake air passes through the main grille, is forced to bend upwards, then enters the hood pocket spreading on both sides of the engine and gets sucked in by air filter. The new Porsche uses fixed ratio, electrically assisted power steering making it more responsive to all kinds of inputs. The rear axle is fitted with sliding clippers, a feature borrowed from Q5.
The 2015 Porsche Macan is the first ever SUV to be fitted with multi function sports steering wheel with 918 Spyder design. This design makes the doors appear narrower and the flanks appear much sleeker, enhancing the sporty look of the SUV. The rear of this Porsche model is fitted with automatic power-lift function and the LED tail lights give the car a sense of depth and intimidation.
There are multiple buttons and panels for telephone, on board computer, radio and many other options that gives this SUV a high level of comfort and luxury for its users. The Macan also includes the standard features like two zone automatic climate control and central locking system with remote closing. All controls have been ergonomically arranged so that the desired functions can be controlled smoothly. This SUV also offers a large luggage compartment of 5000 litres.
2015 Porsche Macan also comes fitted with Porsche Communication Management which is the central system for communication and information. This system is not only multi functional but also very easy to operate making it a very desirable feature in a high class SUV.

2016 Mercedes-Benz MLC

Mercedes-Benz, the name itself oozes out class and luxury. This German car manufacturer has been ruling the luxury car market charts of the entire world since almost a decade now. Mercedes has been the choice of the elite for ages now. Sedan, SUVs and Crossovers models have been the best selling cars of the brand all over the world.

Mercedes is now gearing up to launch its new SUV model MLC in the year 2016. SUVs are gaining popularity even in the luxury segments with Audi leading the charts. This new model of Mercedes is structured on the grounds of its prevalent M-class. This SUV is believed to be an answer to the BMW X6, which is an amalgamation of SUV features and a firm sporting look. Mercedes-Benz is now experimenting in producing a luxurious SUV with more and more sporty features and looks. The design as well as specs are modified to be given the shape of a SUV.

The pictures and elaborate information of the MLC SUV are not yet officially revealed but the talks about it are already high in the market. This elegantly designed sports utility vehicle lives up to the standard of a Mercedes and its exterior as well as interior is modishly designed. As per the car gurus who were able to grab a glimpse of the new Mercedes-Benz, here are some exterior and interior features.

Exterior specifications of the Mercedes-Benz that have been unveiled:

  • Ultra stylish LED headlights
  • Angled hood
  • Short front overhang
  • Visible broad lower air intake
  • The arched roof line, large wheels, and wheel arches are quite clear
  • The sliver of glass that forms the side windows is also very much visible
  • The tail lights are a bit taller than the regular razor-thin examples present in the concept coupe SUV

Interiors are said to be as lavish as the other Mercedes products but the final details are yet to arrive. Mercedes lovers from all across the globe await this newly designed MLC SUV. Going into the details about the powertrains.

The powertrains are similar as the M-class which includes:

  • 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine
  • 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8
  • 3.0-liter turbodiesel
  • 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8

Also, a new and advanced hybrid model of the M-Class Coupe is in the making, which is predicted to be a combination of 3.5-liter V-6 and the hybrid electric setup of the E400 Hybrid sedan.

The price of this M-Class coupe is yet to be announced but it is obviously going to be a bit expensive as it is 2016 Mercedes-Benz. Spy pictures of the MLC are out on the web but are not detailed. Also, it is unsure whether, Mercedes will go ahead with the same name MLC or pick up a new name for their sports utility vehicle.  Whatever the name is, it is a Mercedes product and with that stamp the car is ought to be super stylish and extravagant in looks and design. MLC will face a tough competition as Audi is also coming up with Q8 nearly around the same time. Time will only decide the success or failure of the MLC SUV.

Bentley all set to launch SUV in 2016

Bentley is counted among the luxury brands of cars. Bentley is known worldwide for its classy and elegant car designs. It is the car of the elite and posh class of the society. Bentley is a British automaker, which was established in the year 1919. The brand is ready to touch its century mark in 2019. Bentley cars have been able to entice customers all across the globe with its modish designs and versatile models.

Bentley is usually known for its super luxurious sedan class cars, which is owned by the highest of state holders like the Queen of England. Bentley is now set to launch an all new SUV class car in 2016. The car model will however be displayed to the world at Frankfurt’s auto show to be held in 2015. The company is all set for the debut launch of the SUV at Frankfurt. Although Bentley has not made a good market for its previously launched SUV but this new model is already making waves among the car lovers and gurus.

The insiders to the company predict that this model is going to increase the sales of the company by 50-70%. This makes the new SUV as one of the most awaited Bentley models. The SUV is not given any name yet but its sales pitch and campaigns has already started in different parts of the world. The strongest and biggest market of Bentley is China followed by the U.S.A., where the company has already started its mass pitching. This SUV is already making its place and leaving the Bentley lovers to wait for it. The car gurus state that the Bentley’s SUV 2016 is designed on the same platform as the cars like Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. The interiors of the car are ought to be extravagant and living up to the style mark of the Bentley. The body of these SUV cars are said to be manufactured in Germany but will be assembled at its headquarters in England.

Some of the Bentley SUV 2016 specifications:       

  • The SUV 2016 will be available in V-8 and W-12 engines models. The W-12 engine model Bentley SUV is believed to deliver the high speed of 200-mph.
  • The companies higher officials have also announced that the new SUV will also be made available in diesel models but at a later stage after its launch. A plug-in hybrid mode of the SUV is also being considered by the carmakers.

The first detailed look of the car and its lavish interiors will only be available in 2015 but its estimated price is out. The price of the SUV is said to be around $190,000.

With strong competitors like Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover V-8 Supercharger, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce future SUV in the market at the same time, it will be exciting to see Bentley SUV’s making its presence felt. More information about the brand new Bentley SUV 2016 will continue to pour out in the market and online till it’s unveiling in 2015.

2016 Nissan Murano

Amidst all the speculations, Nissan has managed to redesign its Murano for the 2016 SUV market, which they have already started road testing as well that has set the gossips mills further. The size of the car makes it look more like a toy car constructed into a full fledged SUV as the company has made no comprises in the inclusion of outstanding features. Undoubtedly, the 2016 Nissan Murano is designed with the thought of grabbing attention of the drivers, which becomes more obvious with its leaked pictures that show a C-pillar design indicating that the car is based on resonance concept, which already become clear when Nissan shared its future plans in the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The boomerang shaped headlights are rather very attractive making the front look sleek and stylish. Additionally, you can expect some extravagant grille and light clusters that will surely grab your attention. Nissan has still not revealed anything about the interiors of Murano, but going by the previous SUV models from Nissan, we can expect the Murano to have roomy cabin along with soft touch high quality material upholstery. It is also being said that 2016 Nissan Murano will have ample of cargo space with comfortable seats for passengers.

We are also expecting some exterior changes in this year’s Murano like changes in the roof, steep windshield and ripped sidelines. The only confirm information about the interiors of the Murano is that it will sport roomy interior with classy design that can be different for its trim levels depending on the cabin space.

Experts are speculating that 2016 Nissan Murano will come with a unique sense of style and sophistication which will provide maximum satisfaction to its buyers. It is also expected that Nissan will give Murano an expensive styling makeover that will make it look more aggressive and bold. Inclusion of additional power displacement with delivery will not only improve its performance but also enhance its fuel economy. Chances are high that the Nissan will also launch the hybrid version of 2016 Nissan Murano.

Under the hood, 2016 Nissan Murano is expected to come with two engine choices, wherein the first one will be 3.5 liter V6 engine, which is borrowed from Maxima Sedan from Nissan. The second engine option will most probably be a hybrid version with 2.4 liter engine. Incase Nissan opts to come with a diesel engine option it is most likely to be a four cylinder dCi with 2.0 liter clean diesel capacity. This kind of engine is expected to have slightly less amount of power but will surely boasts off plenty of torque along with excellent fuel economy.

It is also expected that Nissan will mate its engine options with CVT automated transmission, wherein the hybrid version of Murano will come with electric motor tool accompanied by the powertrain which is already available with the Pathfinder from Nissan. Nissan has kept the basic dimensions for Murano unchanged, with the only difference of removal of third row seats which has been ditched by almost SUV maker this year.  Price for 2016 Nissan Murano is expected to remain around $35,000 and will be available by late 2015 or early 2016.

2015 Infiniti QX70: Redesigned to Perfection

Ever since Infiniti made its voyage in the SUV segment, their QX70 model has been the best selling one because of its unique design and styling. The new 2015 Infiniti QX70 to be launched by the company later this year is also the combination of sleek design and unique styling which will surely attract more eyeballs. But, dynamic looks is not the only thing that QX70 has to offer to its customers, because there is more to this car that can draw your attention. The front of the Infiniti QX70 has been refined completely to make it look excellent rather attractive. Bumpers have been designed in such a way that they can easily handle bumps while driving on tough terrain and also make the passengers remain seated comfortably even on bumpy ride. Infiniti’s eye for details especially on such small parameters has been drawing positive feedback from reviewers.

Fog lights used in 2015 Infiniti QX70 are capable of handling all kinds of weather conditions thus allowing other vehicles to see your lights even on a dull foggy day. Tail lights and headlamps have been rated number one by the reviewers which makes them a number one consideration for this class. The car maker has tried its best to keep the price of 2015 Infiniti QX70 highly reasonable keeping in mind its exciting features along with amazing add on features which are difficult to find in any other luxury crossover. This year the styling of QX70 is bold when compared to its predecessors and also has a lot of interior space, a lot has been done to reduce the flaws of the previous models in this one, which makes it a considerable option. The changes made in 2015 version have actually made this SUV stand out among its rivals in which its amazing look is one of the most prominent and impressive reason. Top quality leather has been used to build the interiors of 2015 Infiniti QX70 that have completely redesigned its look from inside.

Under the hood, it boasts off 3-.7 liter V6 engine which is capable enough to provide 320 horsepower along with 7000rpm. The best pace you can expect from the 2015 Infiniti QX70 will be 233 km/hr. If you are looking for something luxurious, comfortable and performance oriented then this is surely your perfect bet. Manufacturers of 2015 Infiniti QX70 have the most expectations from it then anyone else. Seats are very comfortable and designed specifically to offer maximum comfort to the driver. Engine is powerful enough to accelerate from 0 to 62 meter in an hour in just 6.8 seconds.

Front of Infiniti QX70 has been designed in such a way that will provide protection from all kinds of weather thus averting damage. Tinted rear windows give Infiniti QX70 a beautiful and appealing look. This car is meant for the ones who only prefer comfort from their SUV as it is all about comfort. The base price of 2015 Infiniti QX70 is expected to remain the around $45.000.

The All New 2016 Audi Q8

Audi is a German luxury car brand operational since 1965. The company has a strong standing in the car world with millions of customers under its roof. With its elegantly designed masterpieces, Audi has been rated high among the top car manufacturers. Driving and owning an Audi car is considered a style symbol in the society. It is a market leader when it comes to SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicle) and Crossovers. Audi Q series has been a hit among its lovers all across the globe. Now, Audi is all geared up to launch a newly decked up Q series model Q8 in the year 2016. 2016 Audi Q8 is one the much talked about super extravagant Audi’s SUV model that is going to serve as an advance model of Q7. Audi Q8 will be a sportier version of Q7 with the looks and style similar to that of Q6 crossover.

Audi is planning to launch four new Q series models all lined up on the basis of the previous ones. Here is the basis of these newly designed cars:

  • Q2 – Based on A1
  • Q4- Based on Q3
  • Q6- Based on Q5
  • Q8- Based on Q7

The structure and concept of these new Q series models will be based on the existing models but with a tinge of an additional luxury, style and comfort.

This novel model 2016 Audi Q8 matters a lot to the Audi manufacturers as they believe that it has great potential in terms of its engine and elegance. This model is being launched as an answer to Land Rover Range Rover Sport and the BMW X6, which are currently highly successful SUV’s in the market.

2016 Audi Q8 platform is based on the MLB of Volkswagen group just like the other next-gen Q series models. The specs of this new model are an amalgamation of Q7 and other passenger cars of Audi. Unlike the MLB platform, this model has a Quattro all-wheel drive.

Powertrains of Q8 include:

Talking about the powertrain, 2016 Audi Q8 will be launched in V-6 and V-8 engines models. Also, the company might also launch the plug-in hybrid model, which will be fitted with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The other elaborate details about the design, powertrains and interiors ae yet to be revealed by the company. The company will launch the model first in the U.S. in 2016. The expected price range of the 2016 Audi Q8 is $50K (or more) for the base model. The higher models are believed to be priced at six figures. This ultra- luxurious piece of steel is going to cost a chunk of your money but it is purely worth the price.

The SUV Q8 stands a lot of harsh competition like Mercedes-Benz MLC, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and the BMW X6, which are equally deserving. With the Audi mark on and years of trust, the Q8 stands a fair chance. The miss or fail will be decided once the specifications and the first look of 2016 Audi Q8 is out for everyone.

Family Utility Vehicle: 2015 BMW X3

When the concept of luxury compact crossover came in forefront decade ago, BMW was among the top names that played a prominent role in launching the same and they made their BMW X3 the launch vehicle for small crossovers, which has grown stronger over the years with its performance and utility. There is no denying that BMW is one of the most loved standout among this competitive class and has always been an ideal vehicle for the SUV lovers looking for both family friendly utility and excellent driving dynamics. Keeping everything true to the BMW fashion, the new 2015 BMW X3 sports superior handling and appealing performance which form the heart of the will find that typical luxury crossovers remains uninspiring while driving on the canyon roads, but 2015 BMW X3 breaks the mold with its amazingly sharp reflexes, which also make it a top pick from its class for efficient driver management.

For 2015 BMW X3, the car maker has made available a range of engine capable enough to make it performance driven SUV. The entry level X3 will come with turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel engine, which is new for the 2015 version. The engine is capable enough to deliver 180 horsepower with the torque of 280 pound feet and most importantly boasts the mileage 30mpg combined which is also the strongest among its engine lineup. But it is evident that most of the buyers will definitely opt for the more energetic and frugal 240 hp 2.0 liter four cylinder engine version, which will be available for 28i models. To round things out in its exceptional X3 xDrive35i trim level, the BMW has introduced turbocharged 300 hp, 3.0 liter inline-6 that makes the X3one of the perkiest and quickest in this section, also no compromise has been made in its fuel economy.

The fun to drive disposition of this crossover has been beautifully complimented by its opulent cabin space, which is comfortable and highly utilitarian. Low key luxury is the best word to describe the interior furnishings of this 2015 BMW X3 as they are meted with stylish design, outstanding quality material, endlessly supportive front seats and much more which makes it an ideal vehicle especially while driving on canyons or logging through highway miles for a long trip. BMW X3 is also ideal for family duty because of its spacious rear cabin and excellent cargo space.

The 2015 BMW X3 faces impressive rivals having their own list of strengths and weaknesses. The foremost competitor for X3 is Audi Q5 as they both share the same blend of driving dynamics, utility and variety they offer with engines. 2015 Porsche Macan, the 2015 Acura RDX, 2015 Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350 are also some of the competitors that one can look forward to. But you will find that some of them fall short when it comes to cargo space and legroom, which adds value to X3. Overall, 2015 BMW X3 outshines all whit its well rounded model and features even if it falls on a pricey side.

2015 Volvo XC60

Ever since the concept of family vehicles has been introduced in the automobile world. They have been enjoying the reputation of being boring and the same becomes quite evident when we talk about something bulky and downright sober like a Volvo. The family vehicles from Volvo have been carrying the burden of being traditional with features like cinder block styling, ultra sensible nature and sleepy driving dynamics. But for 2015, Volvo has come up with something absolutely different from what they have been catering to till date- 2015 Volvo XC60.

The 2015 Volvo XC60 has already been in the market for some time and has always been appreciated for its sleek exterior design, stylish cabin space and engaging driving dynamics. Above all these, the characteristic attributes if this Volvo SUV make it a sensible vehicle with exceptional family friendly features and space, beautifully complimented by excellent crash test scores. For 2015 Volvo has made its Xc60 even more appealing with the addition of all new four cylinder engine, which is capable of providing energetic acceleration and amazing fuel economy for its class. The latter has been aided by the new and equally efficient eight speed automatic transmission system and refined automatic engine stop start system. Unfortunately, 2015 Volvo XC60 will be providing these features only for the front wheel drive models, whereas the old machines with six cylinder engine and six speed automatic transmissions will continue to come with all wheel drive feature. The difference in the fuel economy of both the engine versions is quite evident and also the acceleration which becomes even more powerful with laggardly 3.2 AWD model.

The front wheel drive 2015 Volvo XC60 has new engines for its trim levels along with the inclusion of moniker Drive E. the T5 Drive E trim level is occupied with turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, whereas the T6 Drive E will come with novel turbocharged and supercharged 2.0liter four cylinder engine. Both these powerful engines of 2015 Volvo XC60 are accompanied by the equally powerful eight speed automatic transmission system and automatic start stop engine, which is standard. With all these enhanced features XC60 manages to achieve segment leading fuel economy numbers.

With the exception 2015 Volvo XC60 has made in the budding compact luxury SUV segment, we certainly don’t mind recommending it as one of our best choice among the top 2015 compact luxury crossovers. One of the primary appeal of this vehicle is its well rounded nature, which makes it a perfect competition for some of the other crossover belonging to the same class, moreover with all the distinctive styling and additional features, Volvo has still not lost its family hauler charm, which makes it an ideal family friendly car. Some of the key competitions for 2015 Volvo XC60 are 2015 Acura RDX which is also a family friendly SUV, fuel efficient and extremely stylish Audi Q5 and  appealing 2015 BMW X3. You may find Volvo a bit pricey, but with the features it comes packed with you won’t mind spending a bit extra for some great family time.

2015 Chevrolet Trax SUV Crossover

With SUV market taking a plunge in terms of technology and refinement, things have become quite competitive for the car makers to retain their position in the market. The heat of stiff competition becomes evident with the move Chevrolet has taken to balance the crossover segment with its all new 2015 Chevrolet Trax SUV, which is also being touted as the smallest SUV coming from Chevy till date. Some of the buyers might mistake it as a youthful and glorious twin of Buick Encore, but it is not the same in more than one ways. Although, Trax is built on the same platform that of Encore which is also closely related to the Sonic subcompact Sedan from Chevrolet.

Chevrolet has introduced Trax with front wheel drive technology and will also be available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, wherein all of them will have 1.4 liter four cylinder engine capable of generating up to 138 horsepower along with its six speed automatic transmission. All wheel drive option will also remain available as an additional feature. The expectation set by 2015 Chevrolet Trax claims that front wheel drive model will be good enough for 26mpg city and 34mpg highway mileage.

Although, Chevy has reduced the size of Trax almost by 20 inches if compared to its current smallest crossover, the Equinox, the SUV still manages to offer the cargo space of 48 cubic feet, which is just 15 cubic feet short of its Equinox. The good thing about 2015 Chevrolet Trax is that you can easily fold its front seats to haul items up to 8 feet long. To keep pace with the competition, Chevy ahs left no stone unturned and used the best possible technology to build the crossover of this class. Some of the prominent high tech features introduced in the Trax include a standard 7 inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 4G LTE hotspot optional and also the latest suite of in car apps supported by the MyLink from Chevy. To make the things more interesting for 2015 Chevrolet Trax, the company has included a unique nifty feature that allows display of GPS navigation from your smartphone, which also allows users to forgo the traditionally integrated navigation systems of the vehicle.

2015 Chevrolet Trax is all set to reach the dealers near you by the end of next year and is also all set to compete with the small crossovers like Nissan Juke, Kia Soul that have already taken the small SUV segment by storm. There are other forthcoming competitors for Trax as well, which primarily include Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V. Going by the competition the Trax will be facing, it is being speculated that it will be priced somewhere around $20,000, to keep the selling preposition high. If you compare its price from other versions of small SUV’s available in the market you will find that Buick Encore costs around $25,000. Full review, specifications, reviews and more info about the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is still awaited and is expected to reach the dealers before it hit the roads.

2015 Lincoln MKC: An All New Entry Level Crossover

The name of the new Lincoln seems more like a stock market symbol, which is giving us the hard time to keep our Lincolns straight. But no matter how you feel about its name, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is a genuine as well as competitive compact luxury crossover in every possible manner.

The advantage that MKC has on its side is the availability of good genetics, because the mechanical base of 2015 Lincoln MKC is based on the tried and tested excellent Ford Escape. This time Lincoln has laid great focus on the word ‘based’ because going by their history the car maker has always remained akin to changes in the oval front shape of Ford and replacing it with the Lincoln Badge. Although the new MKC doesn’t look any close to the Escape and it looks more like an imitation of Audi Q5, but that’s a different story to talk about. There is no denying that the 2015 Lincoln MKC has drawn its inspiration from the distinctive liftgate as well as integrated taillights of Audi Q5, which gives the profile of both the vehicles a distinctively similar look. But the addition of winged grille on its front is purely Lincoln design, which has actually added an overall pleasing effect which also looks good to the eyes. The cabin of the all new 2015 Lincoln MKC is also very pleasant with wood ascents which are not only tasteful but sleek as well complimented well by the high tech dashboard.

Under the hood, the MKC comes with the powerful turbocharged engine of the Escape as a standard equipment. The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine with four cylinder has the ability to produce 240 horsepower along with the torque of 270 pound feet. If you are looking for a performance oriented MKC then you have the option to choose turbocharged 2.3 liter four cylinder engine option which is capable of producing 285 horsepower and 305 lb feet of torque for enhances performance. Athletic handling of MKC beautifully compliments its power and performance. While test driving MKC, we reached to the conclusion that it drives more like hatchback on its tip toes rather than a nearly 2 ton weighing crossover SUV.

No matter how desirable you find the new 2015 Lincoln MKC, there are other exceptional models in the market to look forward in this segment. Some of the best options to look forward include 2015 Acura RDX, more refined and stylish Audi Q5, the class personified Mercedes Benz GLK Class, sporty 2015 BMW X3 and the family hauler 2015 Volvo XC60. No matter you find the truth, but it is difficult to approve for MKC when such fantastic vehicles are already there in the market to compete with it.. But Lincoln MKC has its own position in the market and the company has kept its price lower than most of its competitors. You can go for the 2015 Lincoln MKC only if you are looking forward to buy an alternative of the usual SUV choices also its price won’t hurt much on your pocket.

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