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Volkswagen T-Roc Arrives To Rock Compact SUV Segment

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Yellow Volkswagen T-Roc SUV

Volkswagen crossover offensive as resulted in the Volkswagen T-Roc, an entry-level model positioned at the small end of VW’s SUV lineup, which includes the new Tiguan and Atlas.

Previewed by the T-Roc Concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the T-Roc spices up VW’s conservative styling tradition, featuring a more modern design with an emphasis on personalization. It’s actually the brand’s first SUV to be available with two-tone paintwork.

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Built upon the same MQB platform that underpins the larger Tiguan and Atlas, the T-Roc can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive packages with a choice of three gasoline engines and three diesels. The interior features an optional 11.7-inch digital instrument display that replaces the traditional analog gauges and an infotainment system with two available screen sizes — the standard 6.5-inch display or a larger eight-inch unit.

Buyers will have several basic configurations to choose from, each featuring different personalization options, interior equipment and other hardware.

The T-Roc can be equipped with many of the latest safety and assistance technologies from the VW Group, with standard equipment including automatic post-collision braking, active lane keeping and city emergency braking. The options list includes blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear view reversing camera, rear traffic alert, park assist, traffic jam assist and emergency assist.

European sales of the Volkswagen begin in November 2017 with a starting price of 20,000-euro (~$23,600 USD). It will also be sold in China, but not in North America anytime soon.

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New Lincoln Aviator Arrives As Stunning Pug-in Hybrid SUV

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With the new Lincoln Navigator now the benchmark in the full-size premium SUV segment, Lincoln hopes to do the same for medium luxury SUVs with a new Aviator. The previously discontinued SUV returns from the grave as a stunning plug-in hybrid.

The Lincoln Aviator Concept was a show-stopper at the 2028 New York Auto Show, impressing journalists and the public alike with its bold yet classy exterior styling and exquisite interior. To my eye, it is better executed than the latest Navigator.

Fortunately, Lincoln says the production version will look almost identical to the concept, with the biggest difference likely being toned-down mirrors and a few other small changes. Needless to say, it will have problem standing out from the crowd.

Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse, stated:

“In Aviator, the lines of the vehicle are streamlined. You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off – creating a distinct aerofoil analogy.”

The simple yet elegant interior is airy thanks to relatively thin pillars. It will be available with multiple power outlets and the firm’s latest and greatest technologies, including Perfect Position seats that have a message function and can be adjusted in a multitude of ways; Co-Pilot360; wireless phone charging; standard Wi-Fi; and a pillar-mounted keypad. Truly keyless operation via smartphone allows owners to lock and unlock, open the trunk, start and drive the vehicle using an app on their phone.

What lies under the sheetmetal is just as impressive as the stunning exterior and interior. Like the Dodge Durango, the Aviator is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform that should make it more capable than traditional front-wheel drive crossovers. It will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that pairs an electric drive system and a twin-turbo gasoline engine, possibly Ford’s 2.7- or 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

Possibly the car that will make Lincoln relevant again, the new Lincoln Aviator is expected to arrive sometime in 2019. Have Lincoln’s designers done a good job? Did they do enough?

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All-New, 2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets Aggressive In Every Way

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Toyota unveiled several new or updated models at the 2018 New York Auto Show, but none of them are as important as the all-New, 2019 Toyota RAV4. The compact crossover is close to becoming the best-selling Toyota in North America, so the firm went all out to get the fifth-generation right.

Completely revamped from the ground up, the new RAV4 comes to market with a new platform, slightly larger dimensions and the latest technology, including Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. It rides on Toyota’s new TNGA K platform, growing 0.4-inches wider and 1.2-inches longer in wheelbase. Designers drew inspiration from Toyota FT-AC concept, delivering a more expressive exterior that’s more chiseled, rugged and athletic look than the previous-gen RAV4.

The modern and cleanly laid-out interior is highlighted by Toyota’s latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, WiFi connectivity, Amazon Alexa access and Android Auto and Apple CaPlay connectivity.

All RAV4 models come standard with the Japanese automaker’s TSS 2.0 suite of safety tech that includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steer assist, radar cruise control, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist and road sign assist.

The new RAV4 will be offered with two powertrains at launch — a 2.5L four-cylinder unit mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a hybrid system consisting of the same 2.5L, an electric motor and CVT. There will also be three different all-wheel drive systems available — a standard system for gas-powered models, an AWD-i system for Hybrids and a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect system for Limited and Adventure trim levels.

All gas AWD models feature Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system, while the Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system can channel 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, as well as distribute power to the left or right rear wheel to improve cornering.

As with the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback, engineers placed a greater emphasis on driving experience. The new RAV4’s unibody chassis is 57 percent more rigid than before and its retuned multi-link rear suspension provides better handling, minimum interior cabin noise, and the better ride comfort.

The all-new, 2019 Toyota RAV4 goes on sale by the end of 2018. The hybrid is expected to arrive in early 2019.

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New, 2019 Subaru Forester Arrives Bigger, More Powerful And Advanced

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New, 2019 Subaru Forester

The fifth-generation 2019 Forester made its world debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show with Subaru’s DriverFocus safety and EyeSight driver assist technologies, a roomier interior, and an updated 2.5-liter boxer engine.

Outside, the popular crossover plays it safe, featuring an exterior design that doesn’t deviate too much from the previous model. Even so, it is said to be more rugged than before and showcases the brand’s new design language.

The wheelbase is longer by just over an inch, increasing rear legroom by 1.4 inches and improving headroom, hip and shoulder room.

All 2019 Forester models are powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder boxer engine that generates 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft. of torque, which is a slight improvement over the previous model’s 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft. Mated to a CVT that attempts to mimic a seven-speed manual gearbox, the four-cylinder provides quicker acceleration and better fuel efficiency.

Unfortunately, the turbo XT model has been dropped and will likely not be replaced by an equivalent package as a mid-cycle update. That’s right, there is no turbo engine for the Forester this time around.

As always, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system comes standard.

The new, 2019 Subaru Forester arrives later in 2018 and will be available in standard, Premium, Limited, Touring and Sport trim levels.

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