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Jeep is hard at work on the next-generation Wrangler, though the truck is still a few years from hitting the trails. The new model will still be aimed at off-roaders, but rumors suggest it will be a little more comfortable than previous versions to appeal to more people.
According to Road and Track, Jeep is developing a power-retractable top as an expensive option for the Wrangler. There is no word if the top in question is a sliding canvas rollback like the ones found on many European vehicles or a full convertible hardtop or softtop, nor do we know whether it would be made available on two- or four-door models. It might be a nice feature for some buyers but would certainly add complexity to a truck already known for its ruggedness. We asked Jeep for confirmation, but Jeep spokesperson Todd Goyer could only remind us that the company "can't comment about future products."
In news that is likely to irk the faithful, R&T reports the next model may also ditch its folding windshield for improved safety and possibly even get rid of its rear-mounted, full-size spare tire. The new Wrangler won't go completely soft, though, and will reportedly still feature removable doors and solid axles.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover is acting like it has something very big up its sleeve. Its Discovery, known as the LR4 on our shores, is celebrating its 25th birthday, and at the Geneva Motor Show, LR announced that "Discovery will become a family of vehicles from 2015."
What exactly this means remains something of a mystery, but it likely is linked to the off-road brand's plan to separate its vehicles into three categories - Luxury for the Range Rover models, Dual Purpose for the Defender and Leisure for the LR4/Discovery and LR2/Freelander. It is priming the pump for the new models with a teaser video, a line drawing of its silhouette and a video celebrating the model's 25-year history. Scroll down to check them out.
Land Rover teases new Discovery 'family' as model celebrates 25 years originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Korean automaker SsangYong used to have a reputation of building some of the least attractive cars in the world, but if its new XLV concept at the Geneva Motor Show is any indication, it may be putting that reputation behind it. That isn't saying that the crossover is a beauty, but it certainly shows progress.
SsangYong says that XLV stands for "eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle," and the styling is covered in vast expanses of relatively flat, monolithic panels. The front features a tall grille with LED headlights. The blacked-out roof appears almost invisible because it sits on a super-skinny black A-pillar and no B-pillar. All the visual support comes from the thick rear pillar. The suicide doors open wide and make it easy to peer inside, but it probably wouldn't work on a production model. The roof is mostly made from a piece of glass that can be switched from transparent to opaque electronically. Inside, the XLV seats seven in three rows, but the rear center seat can slide forward and back between the second and third rows depending on what is needed.
The concept is propelled by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with a 13-horsepower (10-kW) electric motor and 500-Watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The company did not say how much power the full system produces but claims the hybrid system reduces emissions by 10 percent.
The XLV is just a concept for now, but SsangYong says a vehicle like it will "underpin its future growth." The Korean company has an eye towards eventually launching in the US, and it could do worse than a model like this to kick off.
The SsangYong XLV Concept shows a new look for the Korean brand originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
You might think that bombing around in a V12, 800-horsepower, 1,047-pound-feet of torque, triple-black German mega-SUV - both on paved roads and over broken ground - would be more than enough entertainment for your average gazillionare. As it turns out, or at least as the Brabus G800 iBusiness would suggest, even all of that gets a little dry if you can't also check your email or play a spot of Minecraft.
Well known for tuning Mercedes-Benz vehicles within an inch of their proverbial lives, Brabus has set about waving its bonkers wand on the M-B G65; this time with a notion to add full connectivity to the mix. While other Brabus versions have offered similar power and torque outputs, none that we recall have also come with a baked-in Apple Mini computer, a 15.6-inch LCD monitor, charging ports for your iPad and your iPod and a keyboard and mouse.
Connected up to the vehicle's onboard electronics system, an iPad Mini can be used to control vehicle functions while also surfing the web via an integrated high-speed modem and WLAN. Brabus has even spliced an Apple TV in with the more common DVD player, meaning occupants can watch Internet television while moving from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. We're not certain how well car-based WiFi works at 155 mph, but we're more than willing to accept a test drive to find out.
Beyond all the Apple gear - and, oh yeah, there's a refrigerator back there too - the iBusiness offers your run-of-the-mill Brabus insanity: 23-inch wheels, a massively pumped-up body kit, a Bilstein ride-controlled suspension and carbon fiber as far as the eye can see. The combination of tech and grunt is powerful enough that Brabus tells us in the press release below that the car "literally knows no limits," which we suppose is technically true, unless the computers have made the truck self aware... you've all seen Lawnmower Man.
Brabus G800 iBusiness 'literally knows no limits' and has WiFi originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Denali trim that GMC uses to denote its top-of-the-line vehicles was introduced back in 1999, partly as a way to challenge the recently introduced Lincoln Navigator. Fifteen years later, and with GMC the tenth-largest US automotive brand by itself Denali has become a sub-brand that keeps the cash registers ringing at the Renaissance Center HQ. While GMC increased sales by 9 percent in 2013, TheDetroitBureau.com reports that that Denali sales rose by 20 percent.
There are currently five Denali models in the GMC line, with the Denali trim available on all but its commercial vans. In 2010, when the now-discontinued Yukon XL Hybrid was also on sale, GMC sold 32,886 units of its top trim. Last year, that number had increased to 75,558, with almost no help from traditional marketing spends. Go to YouTube and search for "GMC Denali commercials" - the few actual commercial results are from years ago. GMC marketing director Roger McCormack tells TheDetroitBureau.com, "It's largely all been organic."
As sales have grown, so has the tide of money GMC rakes in from the additional luxury features on Denali models. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $44,600, yet its 2014 Yukon Denali doppelganger starts at $58,320, pricing that includes additional features like the larger 6.2-liter V8, nicer interior, head-up display and magnetic ride control suspension. The Yukon XL Denali starts at $60,965, but the article says the "average customer" likely to spend "up and above $70,000" to take one home. How does that happen? On a top-trim Tahoe LTZ, the top-tier wheel option is a set of 20-inch chrome wheels for $400; on the 'base' Yukon Denali you can swap for a set of 22-inch chrome alloys for $2,995. Add it up, and an analyst at AutoTrends Consulting said that kind of margin "epitomizes the concept of obscene profitability." We say when it comes to Denali, GMC appears to stand for "Grabbing More Cash."Permalink | Email this | Comments
Russian medalists at the recently concluded Sochi Winter Olympics are being rewarded quite handsomely for their service to the Motherland. In addition to the $120,000 being handed out for each gold medal, the $76,000 being awarded for slivers and $52,000 given to bronze winners, now word has come out that each of Russia's medalists will be gifted a new Mercedes-Benz.
As with the prize amounts, the type of Mercedes offered was based on what sort of medal was won. Gold medalists got a new GL-Class, silver medalists were given an ML and bronze medalists were treated to a GLK. As prices for Mercedes are higher in Russia, the cheapest model, the GLK, was the equivalent of $59,500, according to The Moscow Times. The cars were handed out by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, pictured above with figure skating medalist Julia Lipnitskaia.
"I was a bit shocked at the car I was given," Anton Shipulin, a member of the gold-medal biathlon relay team, told RIA-Novosti. "Of course I knew what kind of model it would be, but I didn't totally believe it." For athletes not old enough to drive, like 15-year-old Lipnitskaia, their Mercedes will come complete with a driver.
In total, the Russian Olympians Foundation handed out 45 cars for the 13 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronze medals won by Team Russia.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Of all the tuners this side of AMG, none are as close to Mercedes-Benz as Brabus. After all, when Daimler needed a tuner to spruce up the Smart car, it was Brabus that it turned to. But Brabus tunes vehicles other than Mercedes - it just uses, let's call it, a pen name. It brands them Startech, like the widebody kit it's developed for the new Range Rover Sport and will present at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
The modifications center around the carbon fiber body panels Brabus (excuse us, Startech) has developed for the British sport-ute that give it over two inches of added width. The wider fender flares encompass 23-inch wheels that are forged, ceramic-coated, skinned with low-profile rubber and fitted to a lowered suspension. The front and rear bumpers have been redone in plastic and can be fitted with or without the wider fenders, and there's a three-piece roof spoiler at the back.
Startech is also offering an upgrade for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo-diesel V6 that squeezes out an extra 31 horsepower and 59 pound-feet of torque for a total of 323 hp and 501 lb-ft, dropping the 0-62 time from 7.2 seconds to 6.9. The German tuner also has a wide array of interior modifications on offer, details of which you can read about in the press release below and scope out in the high-resolution image gallery above.
Brabus takes on Range Rover Sport with Startech widebody kit originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
We met the redesigned 2015 versions of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL at the 2013 LA Auto Show. Improved gas mileage numbers have been announced to go along with the improved exteriors and interiors, with city mileage improving by seven percent and highway mileage going up by nearly ten percent; you'll now get 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway.
The only applies to models with the 5.3-liter engine, though, not the premium Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali SUVs with the 6.2-liter motor. Still, the 5.3 gets you more power than previously, with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque underfoot, on top of the improved fuel economy numbers. The 6.2-liter sticks with official mpg ratings of 15 highway, 21 city. There's a brief press release below with words straight from the horse's mouth.
GM's fullsize SUVs boost highway mileage by nearly 10 percent originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Many Americans view their 30th birthdays as significant milestones, even though the average life expectancy here is more than 2.5 times that age. So you might think Toyota would be keen to party over the 30th anniversary of its 4Runner, since most models don't even live to half that age. You can put that idea away unless you consider discounts of $500 to $1,000 something worthy of cake and kazoos, since it appears that's all the birthday SUV will get. That's right, not even a trim-and-tape special edition or so much as a sticker. We asked Toyota for comment and were told they had "No other 30th anniversary 4Runner items to announce at the time."
So, about those incentives: they climb from $500 on the SR5 and Trail editions to $750 on Premium models and $1,000 on the Limited trims. Toyota says they're available at dealerships now and will last for the entire year. There's a press release below with a little more background, and there's a sad violin playing somewhere in the distance.
Disappointed, party of one, your table is now ready...
Toyota celebrates 30 years of 4Runner with... incentives? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Mitsubishi is getting more and more forthcoming about its plans for the US market. Among the tidbits revealed during a chat with Edmunds at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen said that "We are committed to huge investments in capital as well as huge investments in R&D." The marquee product of that investment could be a new Montero for the 2017 or 2018 model year, suggestions of which were raised with the Concept GC-PHEV at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and again at the end of last year. Swearingen said the proposed SUV is a little smaller than a Ford Explorer and that dealers have seen a picture of it. A decision on whether to bring it to the US will be made later this year.
Below that, incremental improvements will come to every model over the next couple of years. The Outlander will get a facelift next year before a major restyle in 2016, when the Outlander PHEV is also expected to finally make it here. In 2015 the Outlander Sport will be fitted with larger engine and a new, quieter CVT returning better acceleration and fuel economy. In 2016 it will also be redesigned, and it will be equipped with the company's new telematics system that goes into the Outlander the following year.
At the other end of the line-up, the Mirage will get a big dose of love in two years. Detail changes like better fabric inside and outside-mirror indicators are slated for 2015, and in 2016 the bargain hatchback gets "a sleek, aerodynamic" reskin. The Mirage G4 sedan could join the US range if the Canadians turn out to be fans of it. The Lancer gets only meager attentions, while the i-MiEV gets the cold shoulder and won't change at all. We get the cold shoulder as far as a next-generation Evo - Swearingen didn't say a word about that, apparently.
Mitsubishi turning Montero into crossover, Outlander Sport may get PHEV variant originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Way back in August, we showed you a Ford concept for the Australian market called the Everest. Now, we can show you that work on the new Ranger-based SUV is well under way.
At this stage, it's still quite clearly a mule (note the misalignment of the front and rear doors), wearing the Ranger's front end and the rump of Ford's overseas Territory crossover. The wheelbase is shorter than a Ranger, according to our spy photographers, which strikes us as somewhat odd for a more passenger-oriented vehicle. Disc brakes should be fitted at all four corners, while the new SUV, which will almost certainly wear the Everest name, should sport a new rear suspension.
In terms of looks, we're expecting the Everest Concept to inform the appearance of the production model. Naturally, there will also be some interior tweaks, particularly around the dashboard, which is covered in these photos.
Interestingly, our spy shooter maintains that the Everest is being developed by Ford of Australia, despite the fact that Ford is ending its local manufacturing there. Still, Ford intends to continue vehicle sales there as an importer, and we have reason to believe that design offices will remain in Oz, so it's not a huge stretch to think that some vehicle development operations will remain there, too.
We should to see the production Everest near the end of this year, with sales to commence in 2015.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Maserati has been teasing its crossover project since 2011, which is when it first showed off the Kubang concept (pictured above). Still, the production version, rumored to be called the Levante, remains a complete mystery. The CUV was first rumored to borrow the platform from the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but new rumors indicate that the Italian, luxury crossover might actually take the underpinnings from the Quattroporte and Ghibli.
In a brief interview, Maserati CEO Harald Wester told CNN Money that the Levante wouldn't use Jeep's platform. Motor Trend spoke with an unnamed Maserati engineer who confirmed the rumor. Officially, the company says that no decision has been made.
We can add this to another long list of rumors about the Italian CUV. It was originally supposed to be built at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. Then, plans were changed to build it in Italy.
The Levante may still work well on the brand's own platform. Maserati developed an all-wheel-drive system for the latest-generation Quattroporte, which will likely also appear on the CUV. The shared platform will also make it easier to use its new twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 engines. Regardless of platform, Maserati hopes to sell 50,000 vehicles a year by 2015, and a luxury CUV would probably provide a nice boost.
Maserati Levante crossover not Jeep based after all? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Say what you will about its smallest SUVs, but you have to hand it to Suzuki: the likes of the Samurai, Sidekick and Vitara were doing the little-sport-ute-that-could thing long before most of the rest of the industry caught on. And the formula remains relevant enough that Suzuki is still selling the same basic Samurai overseas as the Jimny.
That could be why the Samurai still has something of a cult following. Well, that and the name - which, as it turns out, may not have been such a stretch after all. A Samurai warrior, after all, was just one man - but like any other knight, he was worth more than his headcount on the battlefield. Or in this case, a Japanese snowstorm. Just watch the half-minute video below to see what we mean.
Suzuki Jimny displays Samurai spirit in Japanese snowstorm originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Studded snow tires are a rarity in the US today. Many drivers opt for all-season tires for the entire winter, and those that don't generally buy studless snow tires. In many states, studded tires are only permitted during a specific period of the year or even only when the road is snow-covered because they cause added wear to bare roads. But Finnish tiremaker Nokian thinks it has created the perfect solution.
Nokian has created a concept tire with electrically extendable studs that are controlled inside the vehicle. It's based on the tread pattern and structure of Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tire. At the press of a button, the studs on all four tires raise or lower. This gives drivers the extra traction of studded snow tires when needed but, retracts back into the tire to save the added wear on the road.
The company thinks that it may be able to have these tires on the road one day, and it would give more drivers the option to have the extra snow-plowing traction of studs when necessary. Scroll down to see them in action on a Porsche Cayenne and read the press release.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The era of the body-on-frame, fullsize SUV is rapidly vanishing in favor of smaller, unibody crossovers. However, Ford still sees life in the segment with the reveal of the updated 2015 Expedition, now available (solely) with the company's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The new truck will make its public debut at the 2014 DFW Auto Show in Dallas on February 19.
The loss of the previous 5.4-liter V8 in favor of Ford's 3.5-liter, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine might rankle some of the Expedition's fans, but Ford claims that the change gives the SUV better fuel economy, more power and increased low-end torque than before. Unfortunately, official engine specifications won't be released until later this year, but Ford says engine output will be similar to the 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque that this powerplant produces in other applications. The EcoBoost is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV now uses electrically assisted power steering, for an even greater fuel economy advantage. Ford claims this also allows for better maneuverability at low speeds and better feel at high speeds.
Exterior styling is basically unchanged for 2015. The front end has a new, three-bar grille (the old one had four bars) and headlight design, but the lower air dam gets added chrome and LED lamps. The rear gets more brightwork on the hatch, and there's a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe. As before, Ford is offering the Expedition in two wheelbase lengths - 119 inches and 131 inches. A new, optional, continuously controlled damping system alters suspension settings constantly based on 46 parameters and offers comfort, normal and sport modes (just like the Expedition's sister, the recently refreshed and decidedly less-attractive Lincoln Navigator).
While interior volumes are unchanged for 2015, the the instrument panel is revamped with two new 4.2-inch LCD screens between the central speedometer. MyFord Touch-equipped models also get a new, eight-inch touchscreen. The Expedition also gets new tech goodies like blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, push-button start, a rearview camera and apps for the infotainment system to help with towing and off-road driving. A new, luxury-oriented Platinum trim level makes many of these features standard, and offers a choice of dark red leather seats or black leather with gray accents.
The 2015 Expedition will enter production at the company's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville later this year, and Ford will add XLT, Limited and King Ranch trim levels later. While the technological improvements will certainly be welcome, will the traditional buyers of the Expedition be willing to accept turbocharged V6 power? We will be able to answer that better when Ford releases official specs and fuel economy figures. If they're anything like current F-150 buyers, we certainly think so. Scroll down for the full details in Ford's press release.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story said the 2015 Expedition will use the same three-bar grille as before. The old model used a four-bar grille, so the three-bar setup is brand new. Additionally, regarding horsepower, we originally reported that the new Expedition's EcoBoost V6 will be tuned to produce something like 365 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. While official specs still have not been released, the torque number should actually be something along the lines of 420, which is what's produced in the current Ford F-150 EcoBoost.
2015 Ford Expedition stays the course, adds EcoBoost power [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
As lovers of fast driving, we at Autoblog normally try to stay as far away from police pursuit vehicles as possible. But in reality, the way automakers design purpose-built police vehicles is indeed worth a closer look. If we're going to task the boys and gals in blue with keeping us safe on the streets, they need to be given the best tools possible for the job. And while a lot of that comes down to their own equipment, the police cruisers themselves play a hugely important role in all of this.
Chevrolet has long offered police vehicles, from Caprice old and new, to various Impala and Tahoe models. That last one is a particularly newsy topic right now, as Chevy recently unveiled its all-new 2015 Tahoe SUV (complete with its Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade siblings). At last week's Chicago Auto Show, Chevy went a step further, giving us a closer look at Tahoe's brand-new police-spec version.
In the video below, Autoblog West Coast Editor Michael Harley talks with Chevy product specialist Scott Vandekerckhove, who gives a full tour of what's new with the Bowtie's biggest cruiser. We check out what's up front, under the hood, and out back. Scroll down for the full video, and just hope it's the closest you'll actually ever have to get to sitting inside one of these bad boys.Permalink | Email this | Comments
With a rich history of creating off-road worthy trucks and SUVs and a somewhat bland impression of its brand overall, Toyota has wisely created a line of TRD Pro Series vehicles to spice up its showrooms and newly engage customers. Debuting at this year's Chicago Auto Show before rolling into dealers this fall, the TRD-tuned vehicles include the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra, all with added rough-road gear and amped-up looks.
The TRD Pro Series trucks might end up, in many cases, as lifestyle accessories for outdoorsy types, but that doesn't mean they're all show. TRD springs and Bilstein dampers are set up for off-road performance, while skid plates will protect the softish underbellies of these would-be rock-crawlers. The trio all get lifted over stock height, as well, with two-inch gains for the Tundra and Tacoma (lovingly referred to as "Taco Supreme" in the Toyota press release), and an inch-and-a-half rise for the 4Runner.
We detailed all of the changes to the Pro Series vehicles in our original announcement post, and you'll also find more granularity of information in the Toyota press release below. Before you dive in, however, be sure to take in our set of live, action-packed images from the Chicago Show floor.Permalink | Email this | Comments
If there's one brand that could really use some fresh, all-new product, it's Lincoln. The MKC crossover is on the way and looks promising, but the just-revealed 2015 model year update of its fullsize Navigator would appear to stop somewhere short of being "all-new." This, despite replacing a product that's been on the market since 2007. Oh sure, there's a brash new face, complete with the company's love or hate split-wing grille, and the revised rear-end treatment does look better to our eyes (if overly familiar). But in the era of the bold new all-aluminum Ford F-150, the Navigator is still based on the outgoing model's all-steel bones, so it's more of an extensive mid-cycle refresh than a completely new piece.
Unlike the F-150, there's no aluminum suit on this black-tie bruiserThat's a shame, really, because the class the Navigator is playing in features a host of really modern, stylish, luxurious crossovers and sport utilities like the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and more. Unlike the F-150, there's no aluminum suit on this black-tie bruiser, but that's not to say it isn't bringing some new tech to the table in 2015. Under the hood, for example, is Ford's well-received 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, putting out "at least" 370 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. That's a solid engine, and should be a whole lot more spunky and efficient than the archaic 5.4-liter Triton V8 currently being employed in the outgoing model.
Driving-wise, Lincoln has fitted its Drive Control system to the Navigator, with continuously controlled dampers that monitor road conditions and adjust the ride accordingly. There are Comfort, Normal and Sport modes for the adaptive dampers.
Inside, the interior looks much the same, with the dash, doors and seats not really having been reshaped. But a number of updates are found within, including a new center stack with MyLincoln Touch, and a revised instrument panel that looks like what you'll find in the MKX. Three rows of seats are available, as are two wheelbases - there's the standard Navigator, and the longer L.
Have a gander at our fresh set of Navigator shots live from the Chicago Auto Show, above, and then check out a short b-roll video and the official press release below. Be sure to tell us what you think in Comments, as well.
2015 Lincoln Navigator gets lots of updates, still not all-new [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Hey, Mercedes-Benz. I love you guys. Seriously. I recently had a blast driving your hot little CLA45 AMG for a week, but now I'm looking for something... bigger. Something a little more, shall we say, robust. Something I can use to really explore the urban Detroit landscape.
And lo, according to your Facebook page, it appears you've brought a G63 AMG 6x6 over to American soil for unsaid reasons. How convenient. I'm more than confident that its six headlock wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires, three axles, six-wheel drive and twin-turbocharged V8 would do a bang-up job of handling everything I could throw at it. And considering its top-notch interior that uses only the finest materials, I'd be able to tackle everything in the lap of indestructible luxury.
It looks as though your G63 6x6 is hanging out in the northeast right now, but listen, I'll make you a deal. Let me drive it from New York to Detroit. In fact, I'll draw a straight line between the two cities and make the 6x6 take that route. After all, this thing is more than capable. Mountains? Pfft. Neighborhoods? Ha! Lake Erie? I'll caulk the G and ford it.
You have my phone number, Mercedes. I'll be waiting...
Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is somewhere on American soil right now originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Despite its advanced age, the Volvo XC90 remains a highly competent luxury SUV. The design has aged nicely, and it's clear from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety naming the big Volvo a Top Safety Pick + that the safety-minded Swedes behind it knew what they were doing. Still, even the finest cars need replacing, especially after nearly 12 years on sale.
Here we have the first spy shots of the next-generation XC90, under development somewhere cold (at this rate, it could be anywhere from Arvidsjaur to Atlanta). Now, as our spy photogs point out, this is the real deal, judging by all that camo over the vehicle. There's a production body under there, rather than this being a mule with the old vehicle's skin on top of it.
It's difficult to make out much because of all the camo, although there are some similarities to both the Concept XC Coupe from the Detroit Auto Show and a batch of teaser images we showed you earlier this year. We can see the greenhouse retains a shape similar to the current XC90, although the beltline climbs rather aggressively once past the C pillar, much like it does on the Concept XC Coupe. In back, Volvo has eschewed tall, vertical lights in favor of more conventional units, which we expect to be similar to what we saw in the teaser images. We'd bargain that there will be a traditional rectangular grille, like what you can see on the concept. The headlights, meanwhile, should wear T-shaped LED elements, like the teaser images.
Unlike the current car, which draws its power from a 3.2-liter six-cylinder, our spies claim the XC90 will switch to four-cylinder power in its second-generation. Turbocharging will, obviously, be featured, while both diesel and gas-powered engines will be available (don't count on the diesel in the US, though). An eight-speed automatic should be standard, while a plug-in-hybrid variant could arrive later in the SUV's life.
We're expecting to see the next XC90 early in 2015, or perhaps even later in 2014, if we're lucky. It's plausible, although unlikely, that a concept variant could show up at the Paris or Los Angeles shows, ahead of a production debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, although it's too early to be certain of anything.
Volvo XC90 prototype spied for the first time ever originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments