Mercedes has taken the wraps off its new midsize soft roader. Joining the GLA and GLE in Mercedes’ rapidly expanding model range, the GLC adapts the design language debuted on the company's high-riding GLC Coupe in a bid to tackle the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
BMW was the first premium brand to offer a jacked-up all-wheel drive hatch to buyers – and boy did they love it, with over 730,000 sold since its debut in 2009. The new X1 features a bigger body and more efficient engine options than its predecessor, but also follows in the footsteps of its stablemate, the 2 Series Active Tourer, by making the switch to front wheel drive.
High-end luxury carmaker Bentley has been hyping its upcoming sport utility vehicle
for many months now. Although the company has been keeping the key
details and design under wraps for the most part, Gizmag has come across
some spy shots of the car being tested in the field.
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.
There’s been no secret that Maserati is working on an SUV derived from the Kubang concept of 2011, although original plans to have it on sale in 2014 have fallen by the wayside. The latest rumors suggest the Levante SUV will take its bow at the Detroit show in January 2016, but in the meantime patent drawings that provide the first glimpse of the production car’s styling have surfaced.
Following in the footsteps of the GLE Coupé
, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its Concept GLC Coupé at the Shanghai International Auto Show. Described as a "near-production-standard study," the Concept GLC Coupé is a four-door, four-seater concept that attempts to fuse the SUV with the coupé.
The world’s luxury SUV manufacturers have finally jumped aboard the hybrid bandwagon, with BMW, Volvo, Mercedes and now Audi preparing hybrid versions of their four-wheel drive family haulers. The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro offers claimed best-in-class electric-only range thanks to a 17.3 kw/h fluid-cooled battery pack.
Just when you thought Volvo was done with the long-term launch of its new XC90
, it adds another model to the range. The top-end XC90 Excellence will debut at the Shanghai International Auto Show, and in addition to a list of impressive safety
claims, it will be the "most luxurious vehicle" the Swedish brand says it has ever built.
With their spindle grilles and edgy styling, Lexus' recent efforts have done a good job of making cars from Toyota's luxury division a stand-out alternative to the Germans. The latest Lexus to be given a working over is the RX SUV, which will take the fight to the BMW X5
, recently-released Mercedes GLE
and Volvo XC90
Whether it's the compressed air of Peugeot Citroën's Hybrid Air powertrain
, or the raft of air channeling aerodynamic upgrades on concepts like the C4 Cactus Airflow
, air mixes freely with concept car design at Citroën. The all-new Aircross Concept keeps the trend alive and packages air friendly-design into a larger utility vehicle. The concept also highlights some interesting new interior entertainment and communication technologies.