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New Porsche Macan Compact SUV Pictures and Details

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2015 Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan has been teased and leaked enough times; fortunately, all of that has come to an end. Here are the official details and pictures of the compact German SUV.

Looking very much like a shrunken Cayenne, the Macan has its own unique look that helps it stand out from the growing luxury compact SUV crowd, which includes the likes of the Range Rover Evoque.

Porsche’s trademark design cues are all present. For instance, the side view window graphics, the sloping roof line — known at Porsche as the flyline — and the rear wings are said to be clear nods to the 911.

Though different in many, many ways, the small SUV rides on the same MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q5. It measures 4,699 mm long, 1,923 mm wide and 1,624mm tall, making it around 146 mm shorter, 16 mm narrower and 82 mm lower than its bigger brother. But while the Q5 is offered with both front- and all-wheel drive setups, Porsche’s small SUV will come exclusively with an all-wheel drive system with an off-road mode.

Other standard features include a multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, a high-performance audio system, an electrically operated tailgate, and large wheels. The options list includes the German automaker’s air suspension system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, and Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

Three engines will be available at launch, with more to be added later on. Under the hood of the Macan S is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 340 horsepower. Working together with a double-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, it enables a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 5.4 seconds (5.2 seconds when the optional Sport Chrono package is equipped), top speed of 158 mph (254 km/h), and fuel consumption between 8.7 to 9.0 liters / 100 km.

The Macan S Diesel is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 making 258 hp, good enough for a 0 to 62 mph run of 6.3 seconds (6.1 seconds with Sport Chrono) and a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). It delivers fuel consumption of between 6.1 to 6.3 liters, with CO2 emissions between 159 and 164 g/km.

Finally, there is the rang-topping Macan Turbo. Thanks to its 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 400 hp, it launches to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with Sport Chrono) on route to a top speed of 165 mph (266 km/h). Porsche claims fuel consumption between 8.9 to 9.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of between 208 and 216 g/km.

The 2015 Porsche Macan will first go on sales in its home market of Germany. Both the Macan S and Macan S Diesel will have a starting price of €57,930, while the Macan Turbo begins at €79,826 (VAT included). In the UK, the prices are £43,300, £43,300 and £59,300, respectively.

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Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?

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Blue Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV

Stelvio might be getting a little brother.

Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.

Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.

Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.

A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.

If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.

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2020 GMC Acadia Refresh Brings Rugged AT4 Model, New Turbo Engine

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Updated, 2020 GMC Acadia Denali SUV, new look

The updates include a more aggressive look, a new turbo four, and a rugged new AT4 model.

GMC has given the Acadia a mid-cycle refresh that brings a revised exterior design, interior and tech enhancements, a new engine option, and an off-road-focused AT4 model.

On the outside, the 2020 GMC Acadia features a bolder grill flanked by rectangular headlights with C-shaped LED inserts, new-look rear lights and nicer 18- and 20-inch wheel designs that brings the overall design in line with GMC’s recent design language.

The interior has been enhanced by an electronic shifter that frees up real estate on the center console for more storage space and an updated infotainment system that the company says is “more intelligent and more intuitive” thanks to a higher-resolution eight-inch touchscreen, an easier to use interface, and improved voice recognition. Wireless charging for your phone is available, as are a head-up display system, a new HD rear camera, and a Rear Camera Mirror that replaces the rear-view mirror with a screen.

A new turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins the lineup for the 2020 model year and comes standard on the Acadia SLT and Denali models. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, it produces 230 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm and uses Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to maximize fuel-efficiency.

The 2.5L four-cylinder and 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engines carry over from the 2019 model, with the latter now shifting through the same nine-speed automatic as the new turbo four instead of a six-speed automatic.

In response to the growing demand for rugged vehicles, GMC has expanded the Acadia lineup with a new AT4 model aimed at adventurous buyers. Like the Sierra AT4, the Acadia AT4 looks the part with a trim-specific grille with black chrome accents, plastic body cladding, 17-inch alloy wheels (20-inch alloys are optional), and a sporty dark interior with contrasting accents.

Lastly, the Acadia has received some suspension improvements that help with ride and handling. Front-wheel drive is still standard, while all-wheel drive is optional, though the Acadia AT4 is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive and the V6.

Made in Tennessee, the updated, 2020 GMC Acadia goes on sale in fall 2019. Do you like the changes General Motors made to it?

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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