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Jaguar Set to Reveal 2nd SUV

New Jaguar E-Pace to make world premiere on July 13 in London.

by on Jun.21, 2017

The new Jaguar E-Pace will compete with compact SUVs like the Audi Q3.

Jaguar is adding a second utility vehicle to its line-up, the compact E-Pace set to make its debut in London next month, with sales set to start in early 2018.

The compact performance utility vehicle will complement the bigger F-Pace which has already become the British marque’s best-seller since going on sale last year. Meanwhile, Jaguar is working up a third ute, the battery-powered I-Pace that is still more than a year from coming to market.

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While Jaguar is saving a number of details for the London debut on July 13 it has already confirmed that the E-Pace will carry a base price of $38,600 – plus delivery fees – or about $3,000 less than the starting price for the 2017 F-Pace.

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Honda Pulls Wrap Off 5th-Generation CR-V

New CUV could replace Accord, Civic as brand’s best-seller.

by on Oct.13, 2016

The 2017 Honda CR-V is just slightly longer outside but a lot roomier inside.

It’s bigger, roomier, more powerful, though we’ll have to wait to see just how much more fuel-efficient the 2017 Honda CR-V will be than the outgoing crossover-utility vehicle.

Honda offered a sneak peek at the new crossover during a media briefing at Detroit’s Eastern Market and while there were plenty of things to focus on, one of the most significant was the return of the volume knob to the instrument panel, a concession that not all buyers are enamored of the new touchscreen technologies sweeping through the auto industry.

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That small detail is likely to enhance the appeal of what has already become one of Honda’s most popular products, the new 2017 CR-V set to roll out of three separate plants in the U.S. and Canada. It is, in fact, very likely set to become the best-selling model in the entire Honda U.S. line-up.

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Jeep Finds its Bearings with New Compass SUV

American unveiling set for L.A. Auto Show.

by on Sep.27, 2016

A "baby" Grand Cherokee? Jeep pulls the wraps off the all-new Compass SUV.

Jeep is heading off in a new direction with the launch of the all-new 2017 Compass model.

Though the name is a carryover, the compact SUV that made its debut in Pernambuco, Brazil on Monday night gets a new platform and an entirely new look that more closely echoes the styling of the Jeep brand flagship, the Grand Cherokee. As part of the transition, Fiat Chrysler’s SUV brand will abandon the near-twin Jeep Patriot when the new model starts rolling into showrooms early next year.

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The debut comes months later than originally expected. FCA had first planned to roll out the new Jeep Compass at the New York Auto Show last March, but decided to use it to help highlight the new plant it has opened in Brazil.

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First Look: 2017 Buick Encore

Utes expected to make up ¾ of Buick sales.

by on Mar.22, 2016

The 2017 Buick Encore makes its NY debut.

Buick is set to give a new face and more to the best-selling model in it line-up. And if the 2017 Buick Encore only does as well as the current model, General Motors’ “premium” brand is betting that crossovers will soon account for as much as three-quarters of its U.S. sales.

First launched in 2013, the Encore is not only the number one model in the Buick line-up but the leader in its market segment, a key reason why the brand has so much riding on the debut of the 2017 update at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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“The Buick Encore created the premium small SUV segment and remains the top choice for customers seeking premium features and dependability coupled with timeless design,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.

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After Slight Detour, Toyota C-HR Finally Makes its Debut

Planned for Scion brand, compact crossover finds a new home.

by on Mar.01, 2016

Toyota? Scion? With the upcoming demise of the Scion brand, the subcompact will carry the mother brand's badge.

Not many vehicles have seen so many detours even before being put into production, but at least the new C-HR concept has finally found a home.

The compact crossover has bounced and forth across the Atlantic several times since making its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. And it was finally expected to make its appearance in production trim at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The one hitch: it was going to wear a Scion badge, but parent Toyota decided to pull the plug on its struggling youth brand.

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So, the crossover is back in Europe yet again. But this time, it’s badged the Toyota C-HR, and that’s what buyers on both sides of the big ditch will finally be seeing when it makes its way into showrooms later this year.

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VW Teases New “Trendy, Affordable” New SUV Concept

“Hardly any switches,” in high-tech interior.

by on Feb.22, 2016

VW teases its new compact SUV

Volkswagen’s product line-up has a big hole in it, though nothing too big a couple of new SUVs couldn’t fill.

The German maker has already laid out plans to launch a production version of its popular CrossBlue Concept SUV. Now, it’s offering a hint of what else it has in mind for a more “trendy, affordable” SUV for its line-up.

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The so-far unnamed SUV Concept will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, alongside a new version of VW’s little “Up!” city car. That includes gas and diesel-powered versions of the little hatchback, as well as alternatives using natural gas and battery power, VW hints.

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Kia Promises Best of Both Worlds with New Niro Hybrid Crossover

Ground-up design; one of three battery models debuting in Chicago.

by on Feb.11, 2016

The 2017 Kia Niro boasts a slick 0.29 coefficient of drag, helping deliver an estimated 50 mpg,

What would Toyota do if it were starting from scratch, designing the Prius today? Would the world’s best-selling hybrid still have a relatively conventional five-door layout? Or might it follow current fashion?

That was the question Kia’s product development team apparently had to answer when they began working up their own dedicated hybrid-electric model. And in their case, they opted for a slick subcompact crossover-utility vehicle dubbed the Kia Niro.

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First shown in concept form more than two years ago, the production Niro loses such fanciful touches as the scissor-style doors. But Kia didn’t take the easy out, simply stuffing a gas-electric driveline in an existing CUV model like the Sportage. Instead, the Korean carmaker opted for a ground-up development program designed, it claims, to strikes a balance between styling, utility, fuel-economy and that elusive fun-to-drive factor.

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Chevy Makes Trax With Updated CUV

New look, new safety and tech features.

by on Feb.10, 2016

Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Brian Sweeney introduces the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, which gets a number of tech and appearance updates, inside and out.

Barely a year after first introducing its little Trax SUV, Chevy is making some major upgrades, revising the compact crossover’s appearance, updating its infotainment system and adding an assortment of new safety features.

First shown in concept form at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Trax originally wasn’t supposed to come to the U.S. market, but buoyed by the success of the similar Buick Encore, Chevy decided to give it a go with the 2015 model-year.

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The Trax quickly became one of the bowtie brand’s unexpected hits. The compact crossover quickly grabbed a 20% share of the fast-growing segment, and Chevy officials say they’re hoping to do even better with the updated version of the Trax coming for 2017.

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Infiniti QX30 Targets Booming Compact Crossover Crowd

More rugged take on maker’s Q30; both share platforms with Mercedes models.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The Infiniti QX30 is getting a double debut in both LA and in Guangzhou, China.

Infiniti has been doing the fan dance in recent months, dropping one tantalizing hint after another about its new compact crossover. Now, it’s finally gone full Monte and revealed the production version of the new QX30.

The new crossover, a more rugged version of the Q30 line launched earlier this year, positions Infiniti in the heart of one of the world’s fastest-growing market segments – something underscored by the decision to simultaneously reveal the new Infiniti QX30 at the L.A. Auto Show and the Guangzhou motor show in China.

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“With our recent sales successes and record growth, the current product offensive will further strengthen Infiniti’s global market position,” said Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti. “The active crossover, QX30, will broaden our offer to new customers around the world.”

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Ford Betting on New Safety, Connectivity Tech to Boost Escape’s Appeal

Ford betting SUV update will deliver new sales records.

by on Nov.17, 2015

The 2016 Ford Escape gets a new grille and revised tail, though the focus is on technology.

It may be the maker’s smallest SUV, but it’s also the biggest seller, so Ford has a lot riding on the updated 2016 Escape it is launching at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

The mid-cycle “refresh” brings with it some modest visual updates but some major improvements in the compact crossover’s bag of digital tricks, with an assortment of new connectivity and safety features that include the latest version of Ford Sync, as well as forward collision warning and lane-keep assist.

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“Stuffing in a lot of technology the customer doesn’t want isn’t the answer,” said Chris Mazur, the Escape’s global program manager. The challenge, he adds, was to “deploy the technology that has the most resonance with our customers.

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