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4 Things We Learned About the New Volkswagen Touareg

Spy shot of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg. (Photo Source: Motor1)

Spy shot of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg. (Photo Source: Motor1)

New spy photos of the new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg while it was undergoing testing surfaced online. The subject in the photos shows a design similar to the Touareg in the market today, but there are several cosmetic updates noticeable in the auto.

Check out the four things we learned about the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg from Motor1.com:

1. Platform

The Touareg uses the MLB Evo platform of Volkswagen. The architecture is also being used by the Audi Q7 luxury SUV.

2. Design

The third-generation Touareg appears to carry many styling elements found in the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE SUV that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Several enhancements are expected in the taped areas of the SUV’s headlamps and front grille though. Some portions of the sides show some thin strips too, which indicate upgrades. The rear reveal some stickers hiding the taillights as well. In addition, the upcoming vehicle sports twin exhaust tips.

Not much can be said about the interior of the Touareg for now as there are no clearer spy shots in its cabin yet. But like its exterior, its is possible that Volkswagen will just carry over the features of the SUV’s outgoing model.

Overall, the new Touareg retained the looks of its predecessor. However, Volkswagen seems to have ramped up its features a bit to address some of the blandness exhibited by its outgoing model.

3. Launching

The 2018 Touareg will probably debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is likely that an online reveal of the auto will come before the said event.

4. Assembly

The next Touareg will be made in the Bratislava, Slovakia assembly plant of Volkswagen. The production of the vehicle will commence in November this year.

Photos

Check out the new spy shots of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg in the gallery below:

3 Key Selling Points of the Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best medium-sized SUVs in the world today. The pricing for the auto starts at £22,995, which is around $29,835.55. So what are the things that make it worth your money?

Here are the top 3 selling points of the SUV based on a Top Gear review:

1. Engine

The Tiguan is available in various engine trims. The most affordable comes in the form of the 1.4 TSi BMT 125 S 5dr. The petrol-fed unit packs a good 125 bhp enabling it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 10.5 seconds.

For the environmentally-conscious buyers who are also looking for the most fuel-efficient model, the 2.0 TDi BMT 115 S 5dr is highly recommended for them. The diesel engine of the auto has a CO2 emission of 123 g/km and its fuel efficiency is rated at 60.1 mpg. Its output is pretty decent at 115 bhp with zero to 62 mph acceleration of 10.9 seconds.

For the ones who prefer the quickest powertrain, they should opt for the 2.0 BiTDi BMT 240 4Motion R-Line 5dr DSG. Priced at £38,955, the vehicle produces 240 bhp that allows it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in only 6.5 seconds. The only trade off is its 167 g/km CO2 emission and 44.1 mpg consumption.

2. Exterior

The Tiguan possesses a muscular frame accentuated by its artistically-placed body lines. The SUV measures 4,486 mm in length, 2,099 mm in width, 1,657 mm in height and 2,681 mm in wheelbase.  The standard model is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels while the sportier, range-topping variant has 20-inch alloys wheels.

3. Interior

Not much can be said in the interior design of the Tiguan. The styling follows a practical approach, which puts over functionality and space before design. Owners can pimp up the interior of the auto with the optional Virtual Cockput TFT dials found in the Audi TT.

Photos

Check out the photos of the Volkswagen Tiguan in the gallery below

Toyota Land Cruiser Claims the World’s Fastest SUV Title

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is hailed as the most powerful American-made sport utility vehicle. However, the Toyota Land Cruiser just snatched the distinction of being the world’s fastest SUV.

The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser carries a 5.7-liter V8 engine. The unit produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed to all four wheels of the vehicle via an 8-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting mode. The configuration of the auto allows it to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and gain a top speed of 130 mph.

However, the Land Cruiser that we are referring here is not the standard type. According to a report from CNN Money, Toyota modified the vehicle by adding two turbochargers in its power unit, among other upgrades. The result was a massive 2,000 hp under the auto’s hood. The max speed was also increased to more than 200 mph. To complement the engine boost, the automaker lowered the SUV’s suspension and installed wider tires tires for it. The Land Cruiser was rechristened as the Land Speed Cruiser.

Carl Edwards, a former driver for NASCAR, took the modded Land Cruiser for a drive to see how fast it can go. He cruised through the 2.5-mile runway of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California with the vehicle during testing.

On the first run of Edward, he was able to take the Land Speed Cruiser up to 211 mph. After that, the engineers tinkered with the turbocharger of the auto to boost its power. With that, it achieved 230 mph on its next run, making it the fastest SUV in the world.

It should be noted though that the Bentley Bentayga remains as the fastest unmodified production SUV in the world. In 2015 the maker of the auto announced that they were able to take achieve 187 mph with the vehicle.

5 Most Powerful American Cars and SUVs Today

Earlier, we have discussed how automotive experts wanted the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon banned from the roads. They are worried that its ridiculously high output might trigger reckless drivers. That is subject for debate though.

For now, let us take a look at where the Dodge Demon falls under the 5 most powerful American cars and sport utility vehicles today based on an article from Fox News Auto.

1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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Unsurprisingly, the Demon falls into first place, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 808 hp. As if that’s not yet high enough, the source said that pumping the vehicle with 100 octane race gas can raise its output to 840 hp.

2. Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Hellcats each carry a 6.2-liter V8 unit. The engine packs 707 hp. The Challenger model is capable of getting a top speed of 199 mph while the more aerodynamically-built Charger can take up to 204 mph.

3. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered as the most powerful in the SUV segment. The auto shares the same engine as the Hellcat, which is good for 707 hp. The vehicle only falls a bit short in the torque department compared to the Hellcat. The Trackhawk has 645 lb-ft of torque while the Hellcat has 650 lb-ft. The SUV also boasts an all-wheel drive system.

4. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine. The output of the unit is 662 hp and it can reach up to 202 mph.

5. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z06/Camaron ZL1

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Tying in the fifth place of this list are the Chevrolet Camaro Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Each car is equipped with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp. The ZL1 has faster shift times than the Z06 though as it has a 10-speed automatic gearbox compared to its sibling’s eight-speed unit.

3 Main Expectations About the Audi Q8 Sport Concept

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Audi already unveiled the Q8 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2017. For the time time, the luxury vehicle brand showcased the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show.

Check out the 3 things we can expect from the Audi Q8 Sport concept based on a source:

1. Engine

The Audi Q8 Sport concept is highlighted by its high-performance feature. The vehicle may not carry with it the S or RS trim of its brand but its power unit is something to behold.

Beneath the hood of the auto lies a 3.0-liter V6 engine matched with an electronic supercharger. The hybrid unit produces 476 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The configuration of the vehicle allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

2. Design

The Q8 is Audi’s new entry to the full-size luxury sport utility vehicle segment of the market. It is defined by prestige through the use of emotional styling found in the SUV coupes’ of the brand and its main competitors. However, the automaker made sure that its legroom is not compromised. The Q8 is 5.02 meters long and 3 meters in wheelbase.

To distinguish the Q8 Sport concept from its earlier standard version, Audi made some cosmetic changes into it. The one shown in Geneva features larger exhaust tips, blacked out accents in the body to replace the chrome trim, and black honeycomb grille similar to the RS line as an upgrade to the chrome crisscross styling found in the original Q8.

3. Arrival

Audi said that the Q8 concept reflects approximately 95 percent of the things that will be found in its production version. Slight finishing touches will only be incorporated in the final version of the product. Therefore, the Q8 is estimated to reach production stage by 2018. The Q8 Sport is expected to come shortly after its standard model hits the market.

Audi Q8 Sport Concept Images

Check out the official photos of the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

5 Things About the SsangYong XAVL Concept SUV

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Korean automaker Ssangyong just unveiled its concept sport utility vehicle at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The company calls it the SsangYong XAVL concept.

Here are the top 5 things about the SsangYong XAVL concept that should capture your interest:

1. About the Name

According to Caradvice, XAVL stands for “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long”. The concept vehicle is the brand’s entry to the mid-size SUV segment in the market.

2. Design

The concept SUV measures 4,630 mm long, 1,866 mm wide and 1,640 mm tall. The vehicle’s wheelbase is at 2,775 mm. The auto carries over the designs of the 2016 SIV-2 and LIV-2 concepts that preceded it.

The cabin of the XAVL can accommodate up to seven passengers. Earlier pictures of the auto released by its maker showed a minimalist approach to its interior design, which is typical to all mid-size SUVs in the market today.

The XAVL bears a sense of ruggedness in its stance, thanks to its sharp body lines, curves, aggressive bumpers and nose, slim lighting system, plus flared wheel arches.

3. Engine

SsangYong revealed that the production version of the concept SUV will carry two engine trims. One is a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel and the other is a 1.5-liter petrol unit. The power of the vehicle will be channeled to an all-wheel drive system and distributed via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

4. Tech

The SsangYong XAVL will house updated navigation, climate control and infotainment systems. The source claimed that its infotainment system will even allow its user to access with their smart home appliances remotely such as the CCTV, security and air conditioning units.

5. Arrival

The production version of the SsangYong XAVL is expected to hit the market before the decade ends.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new SsangYong XAVL concept SUV during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

Top 3 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

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Mercedes-Benz wasted no time in making a statement at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The three-pointed star marque immediately showcased its new cars and sport utility vehicles in the press conference of the event.

The luxury vehicle brand presented a lot of its products in Geneva, including new drivetrains of its existing GLA range and special edition versions of its cars, but let us take a look at the three new models that really stood out in the event:

1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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The company focused on the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet during the show. The car gets the design of its coupe sibling, but it ditches the roof found in the coupe to give way to a retractable soft top. The featured model in Geneva was the Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet.

2. Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

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The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet combines the off-road qualities of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the ultra-luxurious elements offered by the revived Maybach label.

The landaulet is based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 and the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×42. The SUV has a four-seating capacity and a convertible rear to allow open air ride to its passengers at the back. Massage and neck-leaving heating function were also added for extra level of comfort for its occupants. Moreover, the auto is powered by a V12 engine with an output of 630 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque.

3. Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

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The company previewed the early phase of the development of the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept. The sports car is the response of the brand to the Porsche Panamera.

Details about the high-performance saloon is still scarce. It is expected to get the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT and its engine trims. However, look forward to a smoother exterior with reduced body lines in the four-door sports car compared to the two-door AMG GT. The enhanced styling is in line with the new “Aesthetics A” design language of the luxury car brand. Of course, there might be adjustments in the measurements of the four-door AMG GT due to its new interior layout.

Photos

Check out the official photos of Mercedes-Benz at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

7 Important Stuff About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was just unveiled. Let us take a look at the features, photos and other important stuff about the new sport utility vehicle of the giant Japanese automaker here.

1. Model Year

The new SUV will be carrying a 2018 model year.

2. Design

The Eclipse Cross features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the other SUVs of Mitsubishi. The auto borrows many elements found in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013.

The front grille and headlamp layout of the Eclipse Cross also remind us of the ones found on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. It should be noted that car was featured in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo 6 video game released in 2013 for the Playstation 3. It was said to be an extension of the XR-PHEV concept.

The interior of the SUV showcases black leather surfaces matched with silver accents highlighting its important elements plus red stitching on the seats. A central display can be found in the middle of the dashboard with tablet-like design. The automaker claimed too that the rear seats of the vehicle offer a 60:40 split.

3. Engine

Two options are available for the powertrains of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and the other is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit. The engine is paired with a four-wheel drive system.

4. Position in Hierarchy

The Eclipse Cross will bridge the gap between Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander unit.

5. Debut

The debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

6. Sale

The SUV is expected to hit Mitsubishi showrooms in the early part of 2018. Its market release in the US will probably come at a later date.

7. Photos

Check out the photos of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the gallery below:

5 Things To Know About The 2017 BMW X7

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We know that BMW wants to be at the top of everything, but we didn’t know they would eventually dominate the hauler segment of vehicles. The X7 is one such example. Although the production hasn’t started yet, it will surely come out ready once BMW is done with it.

While it’s likely that the X7 will debut for the 2019 model year, that doesn’t stop us from speculating what’s underneath that camouflage we saw in the spy photos. The BMW X7 was caught testing again recently under the cold weather conditions of Sweden.

1. Exterior

The X7 will be particularly similar to the X5, though it’s a bit bulkier, has a more imposing appearance, and has a proper third-row seating. It also has a more muscular looks, thanks to its larger wheels and massive kidney grille. The headlight design we saw on the X7 is the same one on the brand new 7 series. As for the bumper, it will be similar to the company’s design language.

2. Interior

Combine the X7 and the new 7 series, and you’ll get an idea of how the X7’s interior will look like. Alcantara leather will cover most of the interior that’s not made from wood or metal. It uses state-of-the-art technology, including BMW’s iDrive 5.0 touch display and gesture control. It also has the Touch Command Tablet, which will allow passengers to control HVAC temperatures, infotainment, and the audio system.

The third-row seat will be optional because buyers can choose to have more legroom and a larger trunk.

3. Drivetrain

Under the hood, nothing is so special with the X7. It will use BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-six and 4.4-liter V-8. The turbo can produce 320 horsies and 330 pound-feet of torque while hitting 60 mph in less than six seconds. It has a top speed of 130 mph.

The V-8 will be able to churn out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque to reach 60 mph in less than five seconds.

4. Prices

The X7 will probably be the most expensive of the X series. Although there is no official word yet, we’re assuming that this will retail with a starting price of $70,000. The range-topping model should exceed the $85,000 mark.

5. Competition

As for competition, the X7 is looking to battle it out with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Cadillac Escalade.

3 Things You Need To Know About The New Mitsubishi SUV

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Despite the fact that Mitsubishi’s all-new compact SUV is only slated to be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the Japanese automaker has decided to give us a glimpse of what’s to come. The five-seater bandwagon will address the gap in the Mitsubishi SUV lineup.

Here are what we found out about it based on a source:

1. It Will Slide Between The ASX And The Outlander

This new compact SUV from Mitsubishi will fill the gap between the current ASX and the Outlander in the Japanese car manufacturer’s lineup. This will prove Mitsubishi’s plan to eventually move from passenger cars to a SUV-centric range.

2. It Will Be Based On XR-PHEV And XR-PHEV II Concepts

Mitsubishi refused to divulge any details about what platform will be used on this new SUV, but the exterior detailing has us wondering if the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts will play a major role here.

The teaser for the SUV gave us a glimpse of sharply angled design, slanted C-pillar, and wedge-shaped glass house. All of these bear similarities with the two previous concepts.

Reminiscent of the ASX, this new SUV will have a slightly smaller size for the next generation. It will sport a traditional five-door and five-seater cabin.

3. It Will Have A Petrol Or Diesel Engine

Though Mitsubishi has not released any details about the powertrains in their new SUV, we bet the automaker will use a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol and a 2.2-liter turbo diesel found in the Outlander. The petrol will be paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic while the diesel will be mated with a six-speed automatic.

Both of these engines will come standard with a front- and all-wheel drive systems. Mitsubishi is also expected to come out with a plug-in hybrid variant, which is based on Outlander PHEV’s petrol-electric drivetrain.

There are no pricing details yet, but expect it to be similar with the ASX XLS, which has a price tag of $36,490.

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