The compact crossover market has been growing and now Jeep wants a piece of it. It’ll attempt to ‘cross over’ (get it? of course you did) with the Renegade. It’s Jeep’s first subcompact vehicle and an attempt to win over those looking for a set of sporty, zippy wheels. Too bad Jeep’s one of the few holdouts on the new Apple CarPlay for some unknown reason.
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The new compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the GLA, is already being given the limited edition treatment. In March 2014 the GLA Edition 1 will come sauntering into showrooms with a bevy of upgrades. Bi-xenon headlamps, 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels finished in high-gloss black, a black radiator grille louvre with chrome inserts, black-painted exterior mirrors, black waistline trim strips and dark-tinted glass starting from the B-pillars are among the exclusive appointments. It’ll come in four funky colors, including something quite deliciously called ‘designo magno mountain grey.’
Rides By on Oct 29, 2013
Those postgame trips for ice cream are among the best memories we have from our Little League careers. But cramming into the coach’s dirty pickup truck… eh. If the kids deserve ice cream, don’t they also deserve to ride in a first-class SUV? The long-wheelbase Range Rover ($227,00) features an amazing amount of legroom and recline-ability for the rear seats. There’s also automatic window blinds, a panoramic sunroof and a sliding front passenger seat. And if that’s not enough for the little snot-nosed runts, the new Autobiography Black trim level ups the luxury ante even more. Kids these days.
Rides By on Oct 15, 2013
Tesla is putting its considerable electric muscle into the SUV market now, though they don’t really want you to call the forthcoming Tesla Model X (reservations start at $5,000) an SUV–and certainly not a minivan. And that’s understandable, especially with the AWD model’s ability to go 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. Also no SUV can boast of the majestic ‘Falcon Wings’ the X has for doors, lifting up vertically Lamborghini style. Of course unlike most gas-chugging SUVS, this one uses no gasoline, and Tesla says the X has a center of gravity lower than any other SUV, so handling should be superior.
Rides By on May 2, 2013
Instead of applying for AARP, Land Rover is marking its 65th anniversary with the LXV Special Edition of its legendary Defender ($44,671). Featuring a 2.2 liter diesel engine capable of 120 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, only 65 of these hard-topped, off-road warriors will be made. LXV branding is all over the interior, with orange stitching weaving its way throughout the seats, steering wheel, and center console. Factor in 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels, a Santorini Black paint job, and a tailgate sporting a black Union Jack badge and you can see why it’s a very special “65 Love Affair”.
Rides By on Apr 23, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz “Night Edition” of its G550 SUV ($145,000) is headed exclusively to Japan, and that’s great news for the residents of that fine country but not so much for us poor slobs. Between its funky square styling, twin 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, sumptuous Porcelain or Classic Red leather interior, and the black obsidian paint job, there’s a lot to covet here. First Japan had the sushi, then it was the anime, and then the crazy game shows. This is just insult to injury, Mercedes.
Rides By on Apr 8, 2013
Before scientists invent a robot that exists only to tie our sneakers and slice ham, they’re probably gonna invent a lot of, ya know, actually useful robots. The Grizzly Robot Utility Vehicle is indeed one of those, with its focus on military, mining, and agricultural tasks. An 80-horsepower electric motor is at the core of the machine, and with its drivetrain able to create the force to pull 1,400 pounds, your days of lugging Aunt Cathy out of the pool may be numbered. You can even use a Samsung Galaxy S3 to control it (the Grizzly, not Cathy).
Rides By on Apr 2, 2013
As if its off-road abilities, thirst for fuel, and macho shape weren’t enough to draw scores of manly men to the 2014 Range Rover Sport, 007 himself, Daniel Craig, popped out of the thing in New York to add a dash of flair to the vehicle’s already cemented ruggedness. The new Sport promises to be lighter, stiffer, and stronger, with a new drivetrain and optional 3rd row seating. Maybe Octopussy can stretch out back there.