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3 Great Reasons To Buy The Skoda Kodiaq Scout

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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.

4 Key Features Of The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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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.

Photos

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3 Things That Differentiate The 2017 Peugeot 2008 Model Lineup

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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.

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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.

1. Active

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.

2. Allure

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.

3. GT-Line

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.

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What To Get Excited About In The Redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain

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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.

Top 3 Features of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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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.

3 Must-Knows About the Volkswagen Atlas SUV In R-Line Attire

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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.

Exterior

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.

Interior

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.

Powertrain

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.

3 Features Of The 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum

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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.

3 Major Facts About The 2019 Audi Q8 SUV

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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.

Spacious Interior

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.

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7 Major Characteristics of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner

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In a nutshell, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the auto equivalent of a multipurpose Swiss knife. It has everything you need from an SUV and more. Whatever you need it to be, the 4Runner will have your back. Thanks to its size, power, and that macho appeal, you can trust it to tow your boat, climb a mountain, carry seven passengers, and haul a variety of items such as picnic tables, barbeques, tents, and other supplies.

And yet, it still has the capacity to fit solo drivers. That is, if you love massive SUVs that can do anything you ask of it.

Strong and Dependable

No matter what you need, the 4Runner will offer comfort, versatility, and reliability because of its body-on-frame construction that features a 4-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension. You can choose between a 2WD, part-time 4WD with a two-speed transfer case or a full-time, multi-mode 4WD with a two-speed transfer case and locking center differential. All variants with four-wheel drive will have 9.6 inches of ground clearance.

There are three TRD models: the TRD Off-Road, the TRD Off-Road Premium, and the TRD Pro. Aside from these, the 4Runner is also available as the SR5, SR5 Premium, and the Limited.

Macho, Spunky, and Full of Character

Whether it’s freshly bathed or looked like they were born out of mud, the 4Runner will always look stunning. Physically, it has that catchy, bad-ass look that will make heads turn on the streets. All 2017 4Runners have projector beam headlights and LED rear combination lamps. The SR5 and TRD models have 17-inch alloy wheels that are available in three different designs: the 6-spoke design will be standard for SR5 and SR5 Premium, the 7-spoke design for the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium, and the TRD Alloy painted matte black for the TRD Pro.

Powerful and Durable

Under the hood of all 4Runners, you’ll find the 4.0-liter V-6 that can produce 270 horsepower and 278 lb. ft. of torque, thanks for being paired to a 5-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. The torque will allow the 4Runner to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds with a maximum of 500-pound tongue weight.

3 Things To Look Out For In The 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV

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Finally, Rolls-Royce is joining the SUV party. It’s better late than never, and we expect nothing but great things from Rolls’ Project Cullinan.

The production model of the Rolls-Royce SUV will be tested at the Arctic Circle by the end of this month. After proving itself in the coldest place in the planet, it will head to the Middle East where its ability to combat extreme heat will be challenged.

1. Exterior

Based on the spy shots released by Rolls itself, we can deem that the company will not be trying to revolutionize the way SUVs are made. This is, after all, their first foray in the segment and they want to be as safe as possible. Through the camouflage, we can see that the SUV will sport the same massive chrome grille and a pair of slim headlamps similar to the Ghost and Phantom sedans. What differs this are the larger bumper and skid plate placed below the grille.

The rear end will differentiate Rolls from all the other SUVs in the market. It used a wagon-like roof and tailgate, the latter supporting larger, horizontal taillights. So it can ride higher, the Rolls will feature 22-inch (if not larger) wheels.

2. Interior

What we can expect from the interior is that it will be draped in leathers and Alcantara with wood veneers and aluminum slapped on the dashboard and door panels. No Rolls Royce owner ever drives their own car (right?), so we can expect the backseat to mirror a first-class plane seating. All the features in the cabin will be customizable and Rolls’ Bespoke division will allow buyers to configure the SUV to their liking.

3. Drivetrain

A lot can still change here since it will be a while before Rolls releases the SUV, but we can expect a V-12 engine, as well as Ghost’s twin-turbo, 6.6-liter mill mated with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. This pairing can produce 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, making it the second most powerful Rolls Royce after the Wraith.

Unfortunately, you have to be really, really, incredibly rich to afford the Rolls Royce SUV, which will most likely have a price tag of around $350,000.

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