2013 Ford S-MAX Concept

The 2013 Ford S-MAX Concept offers maximum benefits any SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) lover would be looking for.

The design brings something very unique to the world of sports activity vehicles. The contours are intended to benefit this SAV, which is an improvement over earlier attempts by Ford. This time, premium technology has been integrated into the S-Max Concept.2013-Ford-S-Max-Concept-downtown A

Engine & Performance

The highly innovative 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engine offers an amazing amount of power thanks to the added turbo-charging capabilities.

Integrated advanced technology further contributes to not only increased power, but also towards excellent fuel efficiency, a trait not common to vehicles of this nature.

The safe operation of the vehicle is enhanced by the Pre-Collision Assist which automatically applies the brakes on the vehicle when there is a "perceived" threat of a collission.2013-Ford-S-Max-Concept-front-office-B

Exterior

The high mounted grille and headlamps have been swept back to provide an eye-catching profile. The lamps are Organic LEDs and this means they are easier to position, which contribute to the overall design of the S-MAX Concept.

A line runs along the side of the vehicle, which lengthens the profile of the vehicle.2013-Ford-S-Max-Concept-interesting C

Interior

A stunning amount of work went into making the interior of this SAV something special. The front cabin has been crafted in such a way the driver remains in total comfort while easily being able to maneuver the vehicle.

The sculpted seats and instrument panel are wrapped in leather that further enhances its sophisticated appearance.

High end technology, such as car to car communications and wireless internet connectivity bring the vehicle in tune with the many great achievements in integrated automobile technology.

The 2013 Ford S-MAX Concept does bring something new to the SAV world. It could be one of Ford's most anticipated new releases.

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October 3, 2013 at 3:34 am | No comment

2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta comes with a complete redesign to improve on the series with multiple performance changes and a new design concepts.

With comfort in mind, the interior has also received some changes that provide new sport elements.

These have found their way from the design board into the final product.2014-Alfa-Romeo-Giulietta-cant-miss A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: £17,765
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.8 gals (60 L) MPG: 28 city / 44 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 171.3 in. (435.1 cm) Wheel Base: 103.7 in. (263.4 cm)
Height: 58.5 in. (148.5 cm) Width: 59 in. (149.8 cm)
DIN Weight: 2822 lbs (1280 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 12.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 1368 cc
Horsepower: 105 HP Max RPM: 5000 RPM
Torque: 152 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed TCT*
0-60 mph: 10.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)

* Twin Clutch Transmission

Engine

The debut model uses a 150 horsepower 2.0 liter engine with a small-sized turbocharger. A Common Rail injection system was used to gain better control over the fuel output that carries it to the combustion chamber.

The TCT transmission works as either in full automatic or in sequential mode.2014-Alfa-Romeo-Giulietta-city-drive B

Performance

The aerodynamics of the car provides enough downforce to ensure stability. While the weight has been reduced, road grip has not been affected.

In addition, a new Dual Pinion system was put in place to improve steering, combined with a new suspension configuration.

Exterior

The front of the car features a triangular grille that splits the air vent integrated in the bumper in two.

Chrome frames were likewise used for the grille and around the fog lights. The entire front of the car features fluid lines, while the side features a more edgy look.

Interior

As a standard feature, the Giulietta comes with a brown leather theme used on the dashboard, door panels, and seats. The traditional gauges and instrument panels have been replaced with sporty looking panel.

A similar design, such as the LCD screen and chrome elements around the gearshift handle, are clearly defined.

Even if the 2014 edition of the Giulietta introduces multiple elements that are common in sports cars, it still remains a viable city car.

These additions serve the brand right, adding stability, improved control and comfort while driving in the city or even on the highway at high speeds.

The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta also features optimized fuel consumption despite the engine upgrade it received.

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October 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm | 1 comment

2014 BMW X5 M50d

The 2014 BMW X5 M50d seeks to improve upon the 1 million+ sales of the previous Sports Activity Vehicle it manufactured.

BMW has definitely topped itself with this new model, which is not easy to do considering how many excellent cars BMW produced.

A third generation release, this X5 may be one of the best new models to come out in 2014.2014-BMW-X5-M50d-up-north-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: £63,715
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gals (85 L) MPG: 37 combined
Dimensions
Length: 192.4 in. (488.6 cm) Wheel Base: 115.5 in. (293.3 cm)
Height: 69.4 in. (176.2 cm) Width: 76.3 in. (193.8 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 23.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 6 Cylinder TwinTurbo Diesel Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 381 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 546 lb-ft Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)

Engine

The engine that powers this vehicle is definitely impressive. The new engine gains a 10% improvement on previous models and is evidenced by the 381 horsepower it boasts of. The M50d is fitted with a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine.

It is capable of going from zero to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. A super charged engine is likewise available, and provides the same fuel efficiency.2014-BMW-X5-M50d-going-west B

Performance

The performance capabilities of the 2014 X5 M50d are certainly impressive. Dynamic Performance Control combined with all-wheel drive aids the car in how it drives on the road.

An adaptive suspension package further allows for a high level of smoothness on handling of the vehicle, a great attribute for a sportive car.

Exterior

The stylish look of the is combined with many functional components. The broad-set kidney grille goes all the way around to the headlight units, which stretch to the side panels, allowing the vehicle to maintain an impressive look.

The front apron is designed with side air intakes adding to its aerodynamic capabilities when in motion.

Interior

The interior of the BMW X5 M50d will impress you. The design is elegant and appropriately spacious. A 10.25-inch Control Display is weaved into the interior allowing the driver access to its many features and functions.2014-BMW-X5-M50d-roomy-rear 2 2014-BMW-X5-M50d-tarmac 3 2014-BMW-X5-M50d-cockpit 1

October 2, 2013 at 8:42 am | No comment

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser has always been renowned for its great performance and reliability.

The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser keeps up the reputation that Toyota has been known for when it comes to SUVs.

Although the 2014 model retains several attributes from its predecessors, it has various new features as well.2014-Toyota-Land-Cruiser-dusty-trail AA

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: £47,465
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.1 gals (87 L) MPG: 35 combined
Dimensions*
Length: 187.4 in. (476 cm) Wheel Base: 109.8 in. (278.9 cm)
Height: 74.4 in. (190 cm) Width: 74.2 in. (188.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 5324 lbs (2415 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.5 in. (21.6 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance*
Engine: Inline 4 TurboDiesel DOHC Displacement: 2982 cc
Horsepower: 188 HP Max RPM: 3400 RPM
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-62 mph: 11 seconds Max Towing Capacity: 6615 lbs (3000 kgs)

* UK Model

Engine & Performance

The Toyota Land Cruiser is Euro 5+ compliant and you can choose from a five-speed automatic transmission petrol engine, or else a five-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission for the diesel powered models.

The smooth automatic gearbox and the Adaptive Variable Suspension system have received good reviews. It also boasts of an enhanced off-road driving assistance, a multi-terrain monitor, and a 7inch central display screen.

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Exterior

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at the exterior design of this vehicle is its robustness. Power, durability and structure are evident in the Toyota Land Cruiser's design. These have been combined in an intelligent way with style.

In fact, from an aesthetic point of view, the 2014 Land Cruiser has various attributes worth noting, including the large metallic front grille, the fog lamps, the running boards, and three different grade-dependant finishes. You can choose between 17 inch 6-spoke wheels, or the 18inch 12-spoke wheels. There are ten body colors to choose from.

Interior

You will note a substantial upgrade from previous models when it comes to the Land Cruiser's interior design. There is quality coupled up with function and comfort.

There are two interior color schemes to choose from, black or ivory. The dashboard is simple yet functional. The driving position is optimal and there is sufficient headroom and legroom.

In addition, there is a reasonable boot space even without having to lower the rear seats. There are plenty of storage areas and various gadgets which help improve the interior comfort in this vehicle.

Seat heating, leather upholstery, air conditioning, a drop-down DVD screen and a comprehensive multi-information display are among some of this car's main features.

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October 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm | No comment

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid

Land Rover will be launching their first line of hybrid models.

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid has been announced with a target date for release sometime in 2014.

Up till now, no other automotive manufacturer managed to release premium diesel SUV hybrid. Land Rover paves the way with two models, the base and Sport models, that share the same architecture, all-aluminum body and the same powertrain.2015-Land-Rover-Range-Rover-Hybrid-silk-trail-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gals (85 L) MPG for Hybrid Mode: 44 avg
Dimensions*
Length: 196.8 in. (499.9 cm) Wheel Base: 115.0 in. (292.2 cm)
Height: 72.2 in. (183.5 cm) Width: 81.6 in. (207.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 5278 lbs (2394 kg) Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: V6 SD HEV Diesel Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Combined Horsepower: 337 HP Max RPM: 4000 RPM
Torque: 518 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed ZF Automatic
Electric Motor: 35 kW Torque: 126 lb ft
0-62 mph: 6.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 135 mph (218 km/h)

* Base 2014 Land Rover Range Rover

Engine

The two models will be available with the same 3.0 SD V6 engine with a total power of 337 horsepower at 4000 rpm. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds while the speed has been limited to 135 MPH.

Fuel efficiency has been optimized for a 44.1 MPG. At the same time, CO2 emissions have been reduced by 26% when compared with an all gas SUV. Both models are four-wheel drives and aided by an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.2015-Land-Rover-Range-Rover-Hybrid-roughing-it-C

Performance

As a four-wheel drive, the SUV is stable during difficult road conditions. Road grip is satisfactory. The Terrain Response 2 system has been added to improve car stability and ground clearance.

Exterior

From the outside the Land Rover shows the characteristics of a typical off-road vehicle. It features a large frontal grill that connects the two rectangular headlights right above the front bumper.

The distance to the ground is higher than with a city SUV. Looking at the rear of the hybrid, it features two thin vertical stop lights, a large rear window and a minimalist type of bumper.

The upcoming hybrid SUV from Land Rover will open the road for other manufacturers. The Hybrid Range Rover manages to provide fuel efficiency and confidence that people have come to expect from this SUV giant.

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October 1, 2013 at 10:09 am | No comment

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