Conveyor of military brass and even limited firepower.Four different driving modes allow setting the AWD for automatic, mud, sand, or snow road conditions.With no options, at $20,990 including destination the Sport offers four-wheel drive, black body trim, and love-'em-or-hate-'em steel wheels painted flat black.This turbocharged engine and transmission combination unfortunately shines a light on throttle lag, however, which is one particular bit of engine dynamic behavior that many other manufacturers have long since been able to minimize.To minimize spikes in emissions due to transients when the throttle is sharply opened or closed, manufacturers often soften those throttle opening and closing rates.On a closing throttle, this sort of strategy certainly cleans up some emissions spikes, but it can also cause the engine to decelerate—or idle down—frustratingly slowly.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71Broadly speaking, new 4x4s are less capable off the beaten path than they were ten years ago.That s because rugged, body-on-frame SUVs are quickly going extinct, and car-based crossovers reign supreme.While crossovers are more comfortable and usually markedly more efficient than traditional SUVs, the most challenging terrain they re designed to conquer is a dirt road.All is not lost if you re planning on hitting the backcountry.There are still several great off-roaders on the market, including a handful that were designed specifically to excel when the going gets tough.Check out the ten best off-roaders on the market today, hand-picked by Digital Trends car experts.
The RX 350 comes from a long and distinguished line of premium people movers that have served as the Lexus linchpin in its gradual colonization of U.S. suburban driveways since it first appeared on the scene in the late 1990s.The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX 350 highlights everything that's made the SUV such a perennial contender while introducing a few new tricks to keep the faithful interested and help fend off the growing tide of competitors that have crowded into the luxury people mover market.Inside, the RX features an exquisitely-detailed, leather-wrapped cabin that feels every bit the equal of its price tag which ranges from just under $42,000 all the way up to $49,000 for the F Sport edition , along with a respectable amount of passenger room front and rear and a helpful, although not class-leading 56.3 cubic feet of total cargo space.Fuel mileage for the heavier MDX is listed at one mile per gallon less for each respective measure.Standard with the Audi is a 2.0-liter, 220 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but you can also order supercharged 272 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 if you crave additional performance.It's also a looker, with fashion-forward design that finally separates it from its Ford Edge platform-mate, and it's packed with high-tech features.
GM had to halt deliveries on approximately 60,000 vehicles earlier this month when the error was discovered.The vehicles affected are 2016 model year Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GM Arcadia SUVs.In all, about 146,000 vehicles were sold in North America — 135,000 in the U.S. and 11,000 in Canada.The actual amounts will be based on a formula using a gasoline price of $3 per gallon and 15,000 miles per year for five years.Owners will also have the choice of a 48-month, 60,000-mile extended warranty for the vehicles, which could be a better choice than a debit card for those who intend to keep their SUVs for a long time.It wasn t until GM engineers aware of the difference were working on paperwork for the window stickers for 2017 models that they noticed the error in the 2016 ratings.
IBTimes UK explored the Cotswolds in both the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel and the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, which cost from £37,860 and £51,450 respectively.Buttons are all clearly labelled and there's a welcome lack of clutter which some rivals could learn from.Despite its size, the F-Pace cabin manages to feel compact thanks to the 'Riva Hoop', a line which arcs around from the doors to the windscreen.The F-Pace has a body made almost entirely of aluminium which is lighter than steel and as a result the car feels more dynamic than a tall SUV has any right to.The InControl Touch Pro upgrade gives the F-Pace a 10.2in touch screen and digital instrument clusterThe second is an upgrade to the F-Pace's infotainment system, called InControl Touch Pro.Prices start at £34,170 and run up to £51,450 for the flagship V6 petrol model, which has the same engine as the F-Type sports car.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 turned more than a few heads when it hit the scene late last year, but while its opening act was a whirlwind of sleek Scandinavian styling and unexpectedly plush luxury, it's the encore that's really going to cement its run in the hearts and minds of SUV-seeking American buyers.It's hard to see what could be more of a gamble than betting well-heeled families are willing to walk away from the forced-induction eight-cylinder engines that populate the upper echelons of the people mover segment in favor of a four-cylinder that's not only turbocharged AND supercharged, but also backed by a pair of electric motors.Certainly, the T6 was in no position to challenge its European rivals in a straight line, despite the considerable refinement offered by its still standard eight-speed automatic transmission.The Volvo XC90 T8 presents a radical re-think of the T6 setup, disconnecting the front and rear drive axles by replacing the driveshaft with the SUV's energy storage unit, but it maintains all-wheel drive capability through the careful integration of its pair of electric motors.The SUV's advertised 5.3 second jaunt to 60-mph is nothing to sneeze at, either, and represents over a full second of improvement compared to the T6.The latter feature works remarkably well, and in fact I was able to achieve 26-mpg from the XC90 T8 over the course of a week the vehicle's official EPA rating stands at 53 MPGe, or 25-mpg combined .
In the past few years, electric motors have become smaller and more powerful, and batteries have become more capacitous and long-lasting — two trends that have coalesced and kicked off a renaissance in personal mobility devices.Initially conceived under the Caterham umbrella, the team broke away from the British carmaker in 2014 and founded Moto Parilla last year.Of course, that s without toting anything along — this is not a cargo bike with an awkward pannier welded to the rear, so don t expect to bring any two by fours back from Home Depot on this like you might in your Nissan Armada.Still, the Carbon could be pretty handy for those who normally toss their bikes in the back of a truck and take them out to a park or range to ride.And since it s electric, no noise complaints from the neighbors well, not for the Carbon anyway .The campaign ends Tuesday June 7, and still needs about $100,000 to meet its goal.
In the past few years, electric motors have become smaller and more powerful, and batteries have become more capacitous and long-lasting — two trends that have coalesced and kicked off a renaissance in personal mobility devices.Initially conceived under the Caterham umbrella, the team broke away from the British carmaker in 2014 and founded Moto Parilla last year.Of course, that s without toting anything along — this is not a cargo bike with an awkward pannier welded to the rear, so don t expect to bring any two by fours back from Home Depot on this like you might in your Nissan Armada.Still, the Carbon could be pretty handy for those who normally toss their bikes in the back of a truck and take them out to a park or range to ride.And since it s electric, no noise complaints from the neighbors well, not for the Carbon anyway .The campaign ends Tuesday June 7, and still needs about $100,000 to meet its goal.
Yes, you re going to get the best-driving SUV in its class and price range, but it s the underlying design and engineering work that really sets the CX-9 apart from its competition.They ve been working for more than 10 years to refine their implementation of Japanese nature concepts into their vehicles, and it shows.In the new CX-9, Mazda s engineering chops are most obvious in the new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that replaces the old V6.The second demerit is simply the lack of support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Dollar for dollar, the CX-9 will compete – and Mazda knows competition very well.HighsPowerful new turbocharged engineLuxury SUV interiorStriking bodyworkBest-in-class ride and handlingLowsLimited Cargo SpaceNo Android Auto or Apple CarPlay Support
Once a hailed as an indicator that GM had finally cracked the small car code, the Buick Verano sedan has been tapped for an early exit.After all, the Buick Verano offered luxury-seekers on a budget the chance to drive a quiet, comfortable, and relatively quick in turbo trim four-door compact car that compared well against its early rivals such as the Acura ILX .This lead to the eventual exploration of the segment by Mercedes-Benz the CLA-Class , BMW the 2 Series , and Audi the A3 sedan .While the Europeans playing in the small car space had brand capital to burn and a business model build around low volume, Buick compared its shrinking Verano business against the enormous surge in the SUV and crossover market and made the decision to go with the flow.Plans have been drawn up to make more than two-thirds of Buick's future line-up SUV-based, which means new models will join the existing Enclave and Encore people movers, as well as the upcoming Buick Envision.According to The Detroit Bureau, it also means that well-received concept vehicles like the Buick Avenir sedan are unlikely to ever see the light of day in production form.
The very idea of a Rolls-Royce SUV is controversial, to say the least.To reassure brand purists, the company has shed insight into what we can expect from its upcoming off-roader.The designer pointed out that the idea of an all-terrain Rolls isn t entirely new.While power will initially be provided by a V12 engine, the Cullinan — a name that might not be retained for production — could usher in Rolls first-ever gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain a little later in its production run.All-wheel drive will come standard, of course.Rolls-Royce s first-ever SUV is expected to break cover at a major auto show in 2018, meaning it will go on sale in time for the 2019 model year.
SAIC Motor Corp. is putting finishing touches to a sport utility vehicle that features software developed with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., marking the first foray into the connected-car business by two of China s biggest companies.The model will be available from September and be the first of a new category of vehicles for the automaker that s fully integrated to the internet, according to Gu Feng, SAIC s financial controller.Among its functions, the Roewe RX5 SUV will be able to suggest alternative routes with road closures or traffic congestion, provide directions to the nearest gas station when fuel is running low, and deliver music to one s tastes, the company said.We worked with Alibaba instead of Google or Apple because the latter looks at the car as a piece of hardware to install their software.Customer spending on such technologies will reach an estimated 40.3 billion euros $45 billion this year, with safety and autonomous driving functions the biggest categories, according to a study by Strategy & , a consulting group of PwC.In choosing Alibaba s Yun OS, SAIC is promoting a Chinese alternative to connectivity systems offered by Google s Android Auto and Apple s CarPlay.SAIC and Alibaba hope to grow the pie with services and even if they share it, it s a bigger pie for both, said Bill Russo, Shanghai-based managing director at Gao Feng Advisory Co.Alibaba said it didn t have additional comments on the collaboration with SAIC Motor.Among its other plans, SAIC Motor is considering:SAIC, which has manufacturing joint ventures with GM and Volkswagen AG, is seeking to boost deliveries of its own Roewe and MG brands and expand overseas even as it navigates the trend toward autonomous driving.
SEE ALSO: Ferrari just built a one-off supercar for a very lucky and rich British buyerThe boxy Mercedes-Benz G-Class — known around the world as the G-Wagen — is the chariot of choice for well-heeled SUV buyers.There's good reason for that: the four-wheel drive luxury truck starts just shy of $120,000 — at least here in the U.S. As such, it's rare to see one being knocked around in the dirt.Seeing a space for a tougher more back-to-the-basics version of its former military truck, Mercedes has created the G 350 d Professional, a less luxurious but more butch version of the G-Wagen.And, as you can see in the provided photos, it looks like it enjoys a good off-road excursion now and again.Underneath its squared-off hood is a diesel-burning V6 engine that produces 245 horsepower.In making the interior more utilitarian, Mercedes designers took the standard G-Class cabin and simply removed stuff — such as the tablet-like infotainment screen — and then added some rough-and-tumble trim, including rubber floor mats and a hardwood deck in the rear.
There s certainly the breadth of range."The Acadia design looks more of muscular car than the outgoing model – it looks more aerodynamic because it is, it looks lighter, it is, it looks more agile, it is Matt Noone, director of GMC Exterior Deign.Switching to the SLT trim without the adaptive suspension, meanwhile, and the regular setup proved more than sufficient for a comparatively short drive along the highway, city, and backcountry roads.It s no racecar engine, of course, but there s certainly enough torque to get going at a rapid pace.It s an important decision to make, too, since only the All-Terrain model gets GMC s advanced twin-clutch torque vectoring.For anyone planning on doing any towing, meanwhile, the Tow Vision Trailer system should help make hitching easier by using the rear-vision camera.
Not everyone wants a big SUV though and for those buyers seeking a wagon with luxury, three-row seating, and power underfoot Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2017 E400 4Matic Wagon will land in US dealerships in early 2017.The power will go to all four wheels via the Mercedes 4matic all-wheel drive system and a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission.Mercedes packs a lot of standard safety equipment into the car with Pre-Safe Sound that gives a short interference signal if the car detects an imminent collision that claims to save your hearing in the event of an accident.Active lane-change assist has radar and camera systems to help change lanes safely and can actually help steer into the lane if it is clear.Pre-Safe impulse side technology can inflate the seat side bolster to move the occupant up to 2.75-inches away from the side impact zone when a collision is detected.Buyers can opt for a warmth and comfort package with heated door armrests, center console, steering wheel, and rapidly heating front seats.
Puzant, who wasn't in the SUV at the time of the crash, said it was fortunate that the vehicle's front wheels were turned slightly left as his wife was pulling into the parking space because if they'd been straight, the Model X would have plowed into a nail salon and could have killed someone.The accident, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m., injured his wife's arm and caused major damage to the SUV's front end.Puzant said he contacted Tesla directly after the accident and was told to have the vehicle towed to a storage area until a repair facility was open today to receive the SUV.Released by Tesla last September after several delays, the Model X is a full-size, all-electric SUV with rear gull-wing doors.Since its release, Tesla has admitted to problems with the gull-wing doors opening properly and even filed a lawsuit against car parts manufacturer Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems for not producing satisfactory parts.Puzant Ozbag Puzant Ozbag's Model X on the tow truck after the accident.
Researchers at Pen Test Partners have wirelessly hacked the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid SUV, allowing them to take control of the vehicle s electric charging and even turn off the alarm system.See Also: Hack a car in Michigan, get a life sentence?I would then find your car, crack your Wi-Fi key, send the code required to disable the alarm from a laptop or a hacked mobile device, jimmy the door or smash your window, unlock your door, then access the IDB port inside, and I ve potentially got your car.That s quite a scary prospect, especially since when Munro s team originally contacted Mitsubishi, the company told the researchers that it wasn t a big deal and it wouldn t fix the security issues.All these hacks exploited poor design of the systems security design.Cars are increasingly having on-board connectivity to the internet beyond just entertainment and to the operation of the car itself.
Experts at Pen Test Partners discovered that the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle PHEV SUV has a serious vulnerability that could give hackers access to a number of car controls, like the lights, heating, and unlocking system.I assume that it s been designed like this to be much cheaper for Mitsubishi than a GSM/web service/ mobile app-based solution, the researchers write, describing the existing method as a massive disadvantage to the user .We cracked it on a 4x GPU cracking rig in less than four days.The researchers were able to acquire both the SSID and the PSK for the car, giving them access to various vehicle controls: After figuring out the binary protocol used for messaging, we could successfully turn the lights on and off.They were even able to turn the air conditioning and heating on to drain the battery, and even disable the car alarm.Apparently Mitsubishi is now taking the issue very seriously at the highest levels , and a medium-term fix is currently in development.
Mercedes to show off an electric SUV concept in late SeptemberMercedes-Benz will use the Paris motor show in late September to reveal a new electric SUV concept, from which the company will take its first steps towards producing mass-market electric vehicles.The car will reportedly give a clear insight into what direction Mercedes will take as it develops a range of electric cars.Although the SUV concept will be Mercedes' first car developed from birth to be electric, the company produced an electric version of the SLS sports car back in 2013.Mercedes has also sold an electric version of the B-Class since 2014, but this is also restricted by a low range, relatively high price, and the compromises inherent with converting an internal combustion car to run on electricity."We've created a whole new look that takes into consideration the unique properties of electric vehicles," a Mercedes official with knowledge of the SUV concept told Autocar.The news comes a week after BMW reportedly shifted the focus of its i division.
All versions of the Model X are four-wheel drive, with an electric motor powering each axle and the majority of the power going to the rear.This means an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph for all three, and 0-60mph times of 4.8, 3.8 and 3.2 seconds respectively.The windscreen is an particular example of how Tesla and its lack of history or decades-old house style mean it can start from a clean slate with every element of the car.They make getting into the middle where you can spec two or three seats easy, and even clambering into the third row is far more dignified than that time you thought booking a seven-seat Uber to get home from Soho at 4am was a good idea.When activated, the system pressurises the cabin like an aeroplane then relies on a filter 10 times larger than on a regular car to purify air entering the cabin, removing almost all evidence of pollution, pollen, viruses and, we're told, acts of chemical warfare.A release date and UK pricing for the Model X expected to be around £60,000 will be announced later in June, ahead of deliveries kicking off towards the end of the summer.
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