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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As for competition, the X7 is looking to battle it out with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Cadillac Escalade.
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.
When Skoda introduced its all-new seven-seater SUV, netizens can’t help but baptize it with a new name—Skodiaq. So, it’s not really a surprise that its more competent off-road version is now being called the Skoda Kodiaq Scout (yes to the Scout badge).
There are few differences between the Skodiaq and this Kodiaq Scout, but the latter beats the former in ground clearance and exterior styling.
Here are the traits possessed by the new Kodiaq Scout based on a source:
Better Off-Road Credentials
Thanks to an increase in ground clearance, drivers of the Kodiaq Scout will undoubtedly have a better experience with this new SUV. It will come standard with an all-wheel drive traction just like the Octavia Scout. The exterior styling differentiations included a rear underbody protection that’s great for off-the-road performance.
Varied Driving Selections
The Kodiaq Scout uses the mid-range Ambition trim, and packs the standard security features like the Off-Road Assist. It also has a total of six different Driving Mode Select system: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, and Snow.
You can enjoy all of these driving amenities while in the luxurious interiors with standard equipment such as 10-color LED ambient lighting, Alcantara upholstery, steel pedals, textile floor, mats, and an infotainment system with eight speakers.
Three Powertrains Options
Three powertrains are available: the 1.4 TSI as the base model, the higher-end 2.0 TSI, and the most popular 2.0 TDI. The base model can produce 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) that is good to go 62 mph in 9.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 122 mph.
The 2.0 TSI, on the other hand, gives off 180 horsepower (132 kilowatts) to go 62 mph in eight seconds. It has a maximum speed of 128 mph.
Undoubtedly, the most popular choice for drivers would be the 2.0 TDI, which can produce 150 or 190 horsepower. The first one can go at 9.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 122 mph while the 190 will have credentials of 8.9 seconds and 130 mph.
All of them will come standard with AWD with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in front of the rear differential. The ground clearance is 194 mm. The SUV comes with an extra protection for the underbody, brake and fuel lines, cables, and engine.
The emergence of crossovers and SUVs is a matter of practicality for most Americans. Since they can haul more people and have better space than sedans, crossovers and SUVs have obviously become a favorite for many Americans.
It’s no surprise that manufacturers are adding sportiness and sexiness to these compact vehicles to widen the genre and market reach.
Mild Facelift For 2014 SRT
The model first came to consciousness as a 420-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, which ran from 2006 to 2011. The second generation came about in 2012. It was a 470-horsepower machine with an abbreviated SRT suffix. By 2014, it received a mild facelift, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control.
Since that year, it received an update of five more horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque for a grand total of 475 and 470, respectively. This 2017, the Grand Cherokee SRT will undergo slight touchups cosmetically.
Handsome And Luxurious Interior
In the past, the Grand Cherokee SRT couldn’t win comparison tests because its interiors are basic and unassuming. Compared with other vehicles with this much power in the market, the Grand Cherokee SRT would feel like one of your everyday cars.
This year, the Grand Cherokee SRT has been fitted with saddle-colored hides, microsuede leather headliner, carbon-fiber trim, and a batch of other options, most of which come with a hefty price tag. You can opt for these: a panoramic sunroof ($2095), a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system ($1995), and a premium audio system (also $1995).
You may also get it with a trailer-tow package for $995, as well as an $895 set of Pirelli P Zero Run Flat summer tires in $1295 set of 20-inch wheels, and $1295 Brembo brake calipers,
Speed And Power Like No Other
The Jeep’s engine can go 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. If you want to go 30-to-50 mph, that would be 2.9 seconds while 50 to 70 took 3.2 seconds. These aren’t astounding numbers, but the best thing about the Grand Cherokee SRT is that you won’t feel just how fast you’re going. It has such a good suspension system that handling it is such a breeze.
It has multiple driving modes: Snow, Tow, Auto, Sport, and Track. The front/rear torque distribution varies depending on the driving mode.
Cheaper Than Other High-Performance SUVs
At $78,455, the Grand Cherokee SRT is way more affordable than its other rivals from Porsche, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz.
Check out the official photos of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in the gallery below:
The compact SUV market is getting bigger, and French company Peugeot certainly wants a chunk of that market. Thanks to its updated Peugeot 2008, the automaker can finally compete in the SUV crossover segment with the likes of Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R.
Based on a source, the new look for the 2008 gets a refreshed front, which means a new front bumper, dual grilles, and oddly shaped headlights. It has a hatchback-like roof line, though the floating roof at the rear highlights the reworked taillight design of the 2017 Peugeot 2008.
We are not sure if this is standard across the lineup, but the Peugeot 2008 will get a turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine as opposed to the petrol and diesel options in the previous model. This new engine can produce 81kW and 205Nm. This is then paired with a six-speed robotized manual for all range after the French automaker left out the traditional manual and auto transmissions.
Aside from the aforementioned features, the base model Active will have these following: 16-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, cruise control, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay accessible through a seven-inch screen.
The next model in line is the Allure. With this, you’ll get the additional self-parking function, navigation, auto wipers, auto headlights, cornering fog lights, dual-zone air-conditioning, rear privacy glass, autonomous emergency braking, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
As the range-topping model, the GT-Line will get styling upgrades such as red highlights on the door handles, seatbelts and handbrakes, alloy door sills and sports pedals, red contrast stitching on the premium leather steering wheel, and red LED instrument panel surround.
You’ll know it’s a GT-Line when you see it because of the chrome exhaust on the rear bumper, the black highlights on the roof rails, the front grille that surround the red-colored Peugeot lettering, and the rear door trim and spoiler and mirror shells.
After circling each other for some time, the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are finally going head-to-head because they are both being redesigned for 2018. GMC said its Terrain is now smaller and lighter than its predecessor, making it an ideal fit in the compact crossover and SUVs segment.
Since there are no test drives yet of the Terrain, it will be hard to determine how this less size and weight affected the handling and aerodynamics. If GMC is right, this may finally be the year that they beat the Equinox in its own game.
Smaller And Lighter
The lightest version of the 2018 Terrain is said to have this little fact: it is 465 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the current Terrain. To do this, GMC had to remove the physical heft, so the smoother roof on the redesigned model has the “lightness” and “grace” than the chunkier current generation.
The dimensions of this redesigned Terrain are these: 3.2 inches shorter in length, 0.4 inch narrower, and 0.9 inch lower than the Terrain that it’s going to replace. Curiously, the wheelbase is smaller by 5.2 inches, but the interior is more spacious than before. The rear legroom has 0.2 inch more and the front-seat legroom has 0.3 inch more.
Speed Is The Name
The base Terrain will come packing a turbocharged 1.5-liter four that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The step-up engines are the turbocharged 2.0-liter four that cranks out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel that comes up with 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
A Denali Trim Is Available
The 2018 Terrain comes in four trims—SL, SLE, SLT, and the range-topping Delani trims. All variants come with the standard LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights, HID headlights, active interior noise cancellation, aluminum cabin pieces, and soft-touch materials on the dashboard and door panels.
The Denali trim will add these: chrome accents, Bose audio system, a satin-chrome grille, a power liftgate, 19-inch aluminum wheels, navigation, LED headlights, heated steering wheel, and piping on the front seats.
If there is any automaker that understands Americans’ need for big cars, it’s General Motors. From their full-size Chevrolet to GMC to Cadillac SUVs, GM made a name for themselves in the truck and crossover segment.
1. Bigger Than Its Predecessor
We’re in the second generation of the Chevrolet Traverse, and it’s safe to say this new one won’t disappoint basing from sources. In fact, it mightily impresses. It has a wheelbase that is two inches longer than its predecessor, and is a full eight inches longer than the Acadia. This means that passengers will get to enjoy a roomier cabin—more headroom and legroom for the second- and third-row seats. That’s pretty impressive because the outgoing Traverse is already roomier than any of its contemporaries.
2. Cargo Area Is Smaller Than The Current Generation Chevrolet Traverse
Unfortunately, the cargo area couldn’t be bigger enough. It is smaller in dimensions. As to why, GM has yet to give out details on that. Don’t fret, though, because the next-generation Traverse’ 23 cubic feet space behind its third-row seating still beats that of its competitions: the Honda Pilot (16 cubic feet) and the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet).
If you want more cargo space, you can opt not to have passengers and simply fold the second- and third-row seats. That will give you a total space of 99 cubic feet, down from 116 cubic feet on the current generation Traverse. Still, that’s a pretty impressive space compared to Volkswagen Atlas’ 97 cubic feet.
3. Seven- And Eight-Passenger Configurations Offered
You have options with the 2018 Traverse: either a seven-passenger seat or an eight-passenger seat configuration. The lower trim levels have three-seat benches for the second and third rows while the higher end versions sport two captain’s chairs in the middle row. You’ll be excited over the quick-release second-row seat that makes accessing the third row easier.
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is where Volkswagen’s much-anticipated seven-seater SUV is going to be seen once more. Together with the regular Atlas is the R-Line package, which we can expect to be launched later in the year.
The regular Volkswagen Atlas will be available in five trim levels, and will arrive as a 2018 model in spring, according to reports. The R-Line package, expected to arrive by the year’s end, will only be available in the upper SE and SEL trim levels.
The R-Line aims to add a touch of sportiness to the already well-equipped and functional Atlas. For the exterior, the package will boost the Atlas with 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels, new front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, and air intakes and rear with a diffuser design. Of course, never to forget is the R-Line badging that would essentially separate this from the regular Atlas.
The changes inside the cabin are not that much. In a nutshell, it has a small R clip on the steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and an R-line logo on the infotainment screen when the vehicle starts up. This pack is available for all powertrains, whether the four- or six-cylinder engines with either front- or all-wheel drive.
That being said, there’s nothing new with Atlas R-line’s powertrain. Under the hood, you’ll find the same engine as non-R-line models: there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder engine gives off 235 horsepower while the V-6 produces 276 horsepower. Standard to both engines is the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is what’s packing in the four-cylinder engine while the 4MOTION all-wheel drive is available for the V-6 engine.
Pricing for the R-line Atlas has not been revealed for now, but let’s wait if we’ll get more details at the Detroit Auto Show.
This top-of-the-line Ford Explorer Platinum gets a hefty price tag of $54,180. The exterior details are almost similar to the lesser Explorers, but the interiors certainly separated itself, thanks to the 10-inch digital gauge cluster, quilted leather seats, leather-wrapped dashboard, and real wood and aluminum accents found on the dashboard, doors, and steering wheel.
Here are the top 3 features of the SUV according to a source:
1. Stronger And Faster
Standing at 4,980 pounds, the Platinum sets itself to be the heftiest out of all the current Explorers. But, this didn’t stop Ford from engineering the vehicle to be its quickest, too. That’s largely because of the Platinum’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that it shares with the Explorer Sport.
This engine can deliver 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a pair of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Standard is all-wheel drive. It also comes with 20-inch wheels in all-season Hankook tires.
2. Premium Cabin
Once inside, you’ll feel the premiere and luxurious materials being offered by the Platinum. The central touchscreen is more responsive—there’s no need for a second or third tap to confirm a request. It has standard features such as an adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, an automatic parking system, dual-panel sunroof, a blind-sport warning system, and a front-mounted camera.
The three rows have more legroom, although they feel slightly more cramped than the Dodge Durango. It, however, boasts of the four cubic feet of cargo space behind the rearmost row.
3. Cheaper Than The Competition
The price tag may be hefty for a midsize crossover SUV, but it’s certainly more affordable than the Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60, both of which come with the same equipment levels. The only thing that the Acura and the Infiniti hold above the Platinum is its more luxurious branding. In terms of power, both vehicles don’t offer the V-6 in the Explorer Platinum.
Audi is now ready to replace the Q7 with a new flagship called the Q8, which will be the SUV equivalent of an A8. According to Audi, the Q8 is so sporty that “many of its design elements are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-Quattro of the 1980s.”
That’s a huge claim, considering that the Audi Quattro was such a legend in the auto industry until today.
According to a report, Audi will introduce the Q8 in the coming Detroit Auto Show to showcase its spacious interior that has four “equally comfortable seats.” That happens despite sporting a flat roof line. Speaking of exterior design, the Audi Q8 will come packed with its brand’s octagonal grille, which is now wider than ever and positioned forward compared to the current models. The C-pillar is flat but very wide, and is accompanied by flared shoulders above the wheels.
If you want to imagine how the Audi Q8 will look like, think about the BMW X6M but with more space inside.
MLB Evo Platform
Down the line, you will probably see an RS variant of the Audi Q8. If that happens, it will be formed based on the Audi-developed MLB Evo Platform. It packs a twin-turbo V-8 engine that was designed by Porsche though linked to a ZF transmission. We may also find the SQ7’s 4.0-liter TDI and electric turbocharger combination in the Q8.
If a plug-in hybrid version ever arrives, you will see a V6 TDI that can churn out 30 miles of electric driving.
No Fully Electric Q8 Yet
There was a rumor last year that Audi will introduce a fully electric Q8. That wasn’t sure yet, though, after the R8 e-tron was discontinued because of a lack of sales. If you want an all-electric car, you can check out the A9 in 2020. The fully electric Q8 is still possible, no worries. After all, Audi’s sales need to represent 15% EVs.