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4 Things You Should Know About The New Ford Bronco

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Everyone’s excited about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco. It took Ford nearly a quarter of a century to come up with a new-generation Bronco and we are eagerly awaiting what’s in store for us. So far, we’ve heard rumors and saw a teaser picture.

The Bronco has always been a cool vehicle though it took OJ Simpson to bring it to a whole new level of iconic. Now that the all-new Bronco is about to arrive, we are sure of two things only: this will be a staple of American off-roading culture and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will finally have a competition.

1. It will use the same architecture of the Ranger.

Ford will use a short wheelbase version of the T6 platform. This will allow them to create and develop a vehicle that will be perfect in any market. The T6 architecture can be found in the Ranger, the Everest, and the Troller. It is a body-on-frame type of architecture that can support a number of different body styles with the same wheelbase underneath. The chassis of the T6 is also the perfect size for the new Bronco, which in size, will fall somewhere between the Explorer and the Expedition.

2. It might have a three-door off-roader version.

There were many rumors in the past that the new Bronco is going to be like other conventional SUVs—a five-door vehicle with a spare tire that clings on the back door. But one of the recently released teaser photos hinted that it will be a three-door off-roader. The nod to the classic is not lost on us and we’re a sucker for the traditional.

3. It will be available in 2020.

That’s two more years of waiting before we can get our hands on the new Bronco. The 2019 Detroit Auto Show should be where the Bronco will be unveiled so watch out for that next year. The 2020 Bronco will have an estimated starting price of $35,000 while the top-of-the-line variants will be in the near $50,000.

4. It will be made in the USA.

Ford is very proud of the fact that the Bronco will be 100-percent USA. It will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant next to the new Ford Ranger. Ford has already readied the facility, pouring in a staggering $850 million to retool the plant for the production of the new vehicle.

Aston Martin Reveals DBX As SUV Name

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The Aston Martin DBX SUV is on its way and the company wants everyone to know that it can drive on dirt. It’s official and we’re bound to see the new SUV in the last quarter of 2019.

Aston Martin revealed photos of the prototype and they all featured the one thing we think the automaker wants us to know—that it’s going to be good off-road and off the pavement. It’s good to see that Aston Martin eventually decided to put rear doors on the SUV, something different from what we saw on the concept revealed in 2015. The rear doors made the DBX look like a conventional SUV but the front end will take care of making the DBX look as unique and interesting as it could.

The most obvious feature of the DBX is the V8 Vantage-style grille, which is considered to be the most outlandish feature of the Vantage. It certainly is memorable on the Vantage, though we’re not sure yet how it will look on the DBX. The grille has a gaping feature that’s lined with red paint, making the DBX look like a catfish. Fortunately, this isn’t the production version yet so we’re bound to see more changes in the future.

On the sides, it looks like a conventional SUV, too, though it gets funky on the rear thanks to two spoilers out there—one extending from the roof and another ducktail-looking thing coming out of the hatch.

For testing purposes, the prototype is being put through a Welsh rally stage, one of the many environments on which Aston said it wants the DBX to excel. Of course, this is going to be tested on the Nurburgring, too, but the DBX should encounter no problem with that.

The DBX will be built at Aston’s new St. Athan facility in the UK. Although dubbed as the Home of Electrification, we doubt that there’ll be an electrified version of the DBX. We can expect a hybrid but that’s about it.

3 Things To Know About The Upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

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There have been talks of a Maybach GLS as far back as 2014 and now, thankfully, after nearly five years, the first prototypes have been spotted recently exiting Mercedes’ main test center in Germany. This comes after Mercedes announced that it is working on a redesign for its GLS (formerly GL-Class) but this time, the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach model will be part of the lineup.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will challenge the Bentley Bentayga, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and potentially something else from Aston Martin’s revived Lagonda brand.

1. Exterior

The Maybach GLS will have the same body and lights like that of the regular GLS. The grille, however, will be unique with its vertical slats. We can see some of the planned exterior styling based on the Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept unveiled during the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

The Maybach badges should be placed on the side pillars at the rear. Buyers might also get a chance to choose a two-tone paint scheme, an option that’s already being offered for Maybach S-Class buyers.

2. Interior

The Maybach GLS will have an extra spacious four-seater layout. A stretched version of Mercedes’ MHA platform should underpin the redesigned Mercedes GLS and this Maybach variant. The MHA platform has been extended for SUVs sized from the GLC up (but excluding the G-Class). It is closely related to the MRA platform found in most of the German carmaker’s sedans and coupes. That architecture is being used in the GLC. 

3. Powertrains

Expect the Maybach GLS to come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. That should be its core unit. A plug-in hybrid version should also be an option. It’s still too early to talk about drivetrains, though, so there’ll be lots of updates to come in the next months.

The redesigned GLS is expected to debut this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show as a 2020 model while the Maybach variant will follow next year as a 2021 model.

2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series Goes All-Black

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A new Inspiration model from Lexus is about to be unveiled at next month’s 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, which will start on November 26.

The Lexus LX Inspiration Series is based on the 2019 LX and this latest in special-edition Lexuses will feature an exterior of deep black paint finish with 21-inch wheels wrapped in gloss black tires. To finish off that glossy and sinister look. The LX Inspiration Series also comes with a black front grille and dark chrome surround.

The all-black surround is capped with black trim for the headlamps, foglights, and windows along with smoked headlamp lenses. This full-sized three-row SUV will have a black theme for the rear, too, thanks to black chrome accents for the taillights and license plate holder.

Inside, the SUV is wrapped in luxury materials. While there is a black headliner, the leather trim and the seats are colored in a luxurious pearly white. Standard to the SUV are color head-up display, the rear-seat entertainment package, the 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, and Lexus’ Climate Concierge feature. The latter can monitor the temperature of the four separate climate zones. It can adjust the fans and the temperature of the seats and steering wheel.

The LX Inspiration Series will feature with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic and four-wheel-drive system that can tow up to a total of 7,000 pounds.

There will be just 500 examples of the LX Inspiration Series and it will be built as a 2019 model. Pricing will surely start at over $100,000, so ready your wallets. But if coupes are more your thing, Lexus is planning an LC Inspiration Series that is expected to debut later this year after a preview of the concept back in August.

Volkswagen Planning A New Subcompact Crossover SUV For The US

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

It’s not the T-Cross. It’s not the T-Roc. Volkswagen is planning another subcompact crossover SUV for the American market and it will sit below the Tiguan. From the looks of it, this new crossover will be specifically designed and engineered for the American market, which failed to get its hands on the T-Roc or the T-Cross.

The new crossover SUV should slot below the Atlas and the Tiguan, two of Volkswagen’s latest small crossovers. In this increasingly popular class, the new SUV will compete with the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and many others. It should use the MQB platform that was utilized for VW’s entire lineup at this point. Power should come from a turbocharged four-cylinder partnered with either a front- or an all-wheel drive.

The T-Cross and the T-Roc could give some indication of what this new crossover will look like—or at least, how it will be sized. Volkswagen doesn’t think so, though. Most subcompact SUVs in the US measure between 165 and 170 inches long.

Both the T-Cross and the T-Roc are not proper references because of their size. The T-Cross, which is based on the Polo, a hatchback that is smaller than the Golf, is only 161.8 inches long. It is nearly two feet shorter than the Tiguan and shorter than other cars in the same segment.

The T-Roc is sized similarly to the Golf but Volkswagen still does not think this is a good basis for the American-bound VW crossover since it is only 166.7 inches long.

From this, we can surmise that the new VW subcompact SUV for the American market will be larger than the two existing models. You may have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this new model because VW said it won’t be launching next year. It should be ready sometime in 2020.

 

3 Important Things You Should Know About The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT will be exclusive to the Chinese market but it’s worth taking note what the Czech company changed to make this a perfect fit for the auto industry’s largest market.

The Kodiaq GT is destined to be the brand’s flagship product in China but even with the GT badge, it produces a measly 217 horsepower, which is really enough for Beijing’s uber congested highways. So far, all of Skoda’s releases in China have been SUVs—the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kodiaq GT.

1. Exterior

The Kodiaq GT is, of course, based on the standard Kodiaq. There are a few noticeable changes on the body, though—a wider bonnet and a split, 12-slat, blackframed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs. The LED headlights and LED daytime running lights use the same unit while the fog lamps are placed higher than the conventional setting.

The roofline has a steep slope at the back, which might be a problem for the headroom inside the cabin. There’s also a prominent crease that runs from the headlight to the taillight while the side skirts are dressed in black plastic. The Kodiaq GT has a dynamic side profile, thanks to the merging of the roofline and the flat tailgate.

2. Interior

Inside, the cabin is dominated by the waterfall center console fitted with knobs and buttons that the driver can reach easily. The “Virtual Cockpit” is fully customizable, Skoda said, and the car will always be connected, thanks to a slew of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi access, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, Baidu’s Carlife, among others.

3. Drivetrain

The SUV gets a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 184 horsepower. That engine is paired with front-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The same engine is available in a different configuration that makes 217 horses and pairs with an all-wheel-drive setup through a seven-speed transmission.

As for safety features, the Kodiaq GT will come with Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-go functionality, Front Assist, and many more.

The Kodiaq GT should be priced between $4,000 and $5,000 higher than the standard Kodiaq. Skoda plans to introduce it at the Guangzhou Motor Show this month.

Skoda’s Baby SUV Is Due By 2020

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Skoda’s next compact SUV, which will slot in between the Skoda Karoq and the Skoda Kodiaq, will be on sale by 2020. It will be the most practical and spacious model in its class, hoping to best rival Nissan Juke. The new compact SUV, whose name has not been released yet, will be the third in the brand’s expanding range and will be the “spiritual successor” to the Yeti crossover that will be revealed next year.

For this new crossover, Skoda is focusing on practicality using the VW Group’s new MQB AO platform in the longest possible set-up. Its wheelbase will measure 2,645mm, giving the car more space inside than the VW T-Roc.

Bernhard Maier, the Czech company’s big boss, said that they hope to position the new Skoda “at the upper end of the segment, so we have a longer wheelbase, have a bigger boot and more space in the interior.”

But while the platform will adopt an all-wheel drive, the new Skoda will not come equipped with the tech to keep the price down. It will arrive with VW’s latest batch of engines, which for the most part will be a version of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol used in the Fabia and Octavia hatchbacks.

There will likely be two variants—one that makes 95 horsepower and another that chucks out 115 horsepower. Buyers who want more power may opt for the 148-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo. There will also be a 1.6-liter diesel option. As for a plug-in hybrid version? That’s unlikely, at least for now.

The arrival of Skoda’s newest crossover SUV in 2020 comes in the midst of “the largest campaign of launches in Skoda’s history” in a segment that has become the fastest growing in Europe’s auto industry. By 2020, SUVs are expected to account for 34 percent of new cars sold in the region.

Maier said they plan to offer 20 new models by 2020 and nine of those will be electrified.

 

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-In Will Have A 62-Mile Range

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The next Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid will have a huge improvement over the 2018 GLE 550e plug-in that only produces 10 miles of electric driving. The new plug-in hybrid is rated with 62 miles of electric range, according to a WLTP test cycle.

Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development and Daimler’s next CEO, told in an interview that the plug-in hybrid is scheduled to be launched in the second half of next year.

It remains unclear if the GLE PHEV will only be launched exclusively in Europe initially but we’re pretty sure that the United States will have to wait for a few more months before getting their hands on the vehicle.

There are also no indications yet of what engine will be paired with the existing electric motor. Most plug-in hybrids come with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, but Kallenius said it’s possible we might even see a diesel powertrain. Things will be very different for the US market, though, which will quite possibly see a wider range of engine options.

An issue that may crop up, however, is the validity of the WLTP test cycle. In most cases, the WLTP testing correlates closely with the EPA test results but there are some instances where these two have butt heads. The Chevrolet Bolt is rated at 240 miles by the WLTP but only 238 miles by the EPA. The Hyundai Kona got a 292-mile range rating from WLTP but the EPA only rated it for 250 miles.

This means we cannot be too sure about the GLE plug-in hybrid’s numbers. The US market, specifically, may want to wait for the EPA results, though the WLTP figures still represent a huge advancement for plug-in hybrid vehicles, a vast majority of which don’t go as far as 62 miles on electric power alone.

Planned Nissan Electric SUV Will Likely Cost $45,000

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Nissan is currently working on a new electric sport utility vehicle. The company is aiming to offer it to customers around the $45,000 range.

Clean Technica claimed that the information came from a “highly credible and well-informed source”. The report said that Nissan is targeting a 220-mile range for their upcoming electric SUV. If it comes into fruition, the cost of the auto will be at par with the offerings of premium brands such as the $43,570 Lexus RX, $41,500 Audi Q5, $43,645 BMW X3, $40,050 Mercedes-Benz GLC, and others.

Given those facts, the product might belong to the premium segment of the Nissan Group. It is possible that the electric SUV will fall under the Infiniti brand. On the other hand, it could also be that the group is looking to keep the vehicle on its Nissan brand in order for them to build up a reputation in the electric SUV segment of the market.

Right now, the only electric vehicle available on the Nissan brand is the Nissan Leaf with a starting price of $22,490. It is the best-selling electric vehicle in the European market during the first eight months of 2018. In some parts of Europe like Norway, it has become the top-selling passenger car too.

Given the momentum of Nissan with the Leaf, they are probably looking to follow it up so that they could keep a strong hold of the EV market. Since the Leaf is considered as the company’s top electric car as of the moment, their upcoming electric SUV might get the top spot in the hierarchy of their large passenger vehicles as well.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan: First All-Terrain SUV From Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce rolls into the sport utility vehicle segment of the market with flair as it introduces the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The first-ever SUV of the brand definitely puts all the current premium SUVs to shame because it is not just “luxurious”, but it is “ultra-luxurious”.

Exterior

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The Cullinan makes use of the Phantom VIII’s platform called the “Architecture of Luxury”, so there are definitely many traces of the saloon’s design in the bigger vehicle. These can be found in the character lines, front grille, and the lighting system of the SUV. However, the Cullinan distances itself from its sibling with its shorter wheelbase, higher ride height, and slightly rugged looks.

Interior

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The real highlight of Rolls-Royce cars is their ability to provide the utmost comfort to their occupants and effectively shielding them from the outside world. Of course, the ones who truly benefit from the comfort features of the vehicles are their passengers. The Cullinan follows the same treatment, but it is also equipped with a vast array of infotainment features on the dashboard in case the owner wants to take over the helm.

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Opulent leather covers adorn the interior of the Cullinan. Aside from the high-end entertainment and driver assistance systems, the SUV has a cooler and whiskey glass holders. These can be further personalized depending on the whims and funds of the owner.

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Performance

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The Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. That’s the same unit found in the Phantom, but with some tweaks. The engine produces 563 bhp with 627 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful version of the SUV is coming up that jacks up the mentioned numbers.

The other performance-focused highlights of the SUV include an off-road button, four-wheel steering system, 48-volt anti-roll system, and four-wheel drive with 50/50 split.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the gallery below:

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