The Tokyo Motor Show became the location of Mitsubishi’s latest unveiling, a new vehicle called the eX Concept. It hits two targets with one reveal, giving the Japanese automaker a proposed entry into the fast-growing compact crossover market and a new showcase of Mitsubishi’s future powertrains and technology credibility as an electric vehicle concept.
Toyota has announced that the refreshed 2016 RAV4 crossover will include a hybrid gasoline-electric model, making it the eighth hybrid in Toyota’s lineup. The company says the hybrid is the most powerful and fuel efficient of the RAV4 options.
Despite crossover names plucked from the dusty, prickly expanses of the American Southwest, Hyundai isn't the brand to shop if you're looking for a tough, off-road-ready SUV. With a little help from Rockstar Performance Garage, though, it's transformed the cuddly Tucson – a car we last saw in very pavement-centric fuel cell spec – into a convincing all-terrain machine. The ruggedized Tucson will roll into the SEMA Show next month, and we'd be willing to bet it will travel by way of rough, angry Nevada desert.
Subaru has already trotted three Viziv (Vision for Innovation) designs out over the past two years – the original 2013 Viziv concept, the Viziv 2 and the Viziv GT video game race car. Now it's reusing that semi-portmanteau once again for the Viziv Future concept. All the Viziv concepts have been forward-looking, but none more so than the Future. The new concept car is infused with next-generation technologies and design solutions inside and out.
The concept cars weren't the only stars of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Trucks, vans and utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes also helped make the show the major industry event it was. Plush, first-ever SUVs from the cunning British luxury minds at Bentley and Jaguar were contrasted by far more rugged products like the the Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared and dirtied Land Rovers. Similarly, world-class business luxury vans were offset by fun-loving camper and sport vans.
Nissan has just reinvigorated the world's favorite limited production sleeper car. Just in time for this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's giving its suped up small crossover a big update in the form of the Juke-R 2.0. The more powerful super-CUV seamlessly blends the latest Juke styling with the ultimate GT-R engine.
Back at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Lamborghini gave the world a look
at what a modern Raging Bull-badged sport utility vehicle might look
like. Not a bad-ass, ultra-rugged Rambo Lambo redux, but a car-like crossover for the new, eco-conscious millennium. They called it Urus.
In the three years since, there's been plenty of "will they, won't
they" in the auto media, and each passing month has seemingly increased
the chances that they would not. Well, Lamborghini has now put any doubt
to bed, announcing this week that it is moving ahead with production of
a luxury SUV.