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With New ST Version Ford Edge Gets Edgier

First Ford performance SUV model won’t be its last.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Ford is looking to pump some excitement into its midsize crossover with an all-new ST performance package for the 2019 model year.

With SUVs now dominating the U.S. sales charts it’s no surprise manufacturers are filling in the white spaces with new models, options and features. And that includes sportier models like the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

In recent years, Ford has rolled out a variety of performance variants on the passenger car side, such as the tire squealing Focus ST. The Edge becomes the Detroit automaker’s first high-performance crossover model — though it’s not likely to be the last, Ford officials hinted at a background briefing ahead of the 2019 Edge ST unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next week.

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“We know we have an opportunity to attract a performance-oriented buyer who needs a little more utility” than they might get through current ST models like the Focus, explained Christine Aquino, the crossover’s marketing manager. (more…)

Lexus to Add UX Concept to Line-Up

A large flagship ute may follow, has learned.

by on Mar.14, 2017

The styling renaissance continues at Lexus with the debut of the UX Concept, although its likely it won't be a "concept" much longer.

Adapting to a rapidly shifting automotive environment, Lexus is reportedly set to transform the UX concept vehicle into its latest production SUV.

First revealed at the Paris Motor Show last September, the UX would join the best-selling RX, the full-size LX, and the relatively new NX in Lexus showrooms. But it could be just one of several new crossovers coming from the Japanese luxury brand, with Lexus also looking at a possible flagship model that would serve as a complement to the LS sedan.

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“We are doing (the UX), Lexus Executive Vice President Yoshihiro Sawa told Australia’s Motoring magazine. “It’s not so far away.” (more…)

Ford Unveiling New EcoSport Small Crossover in LA

Automaker plans debut at music festival just before LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.10, 2016

Ford plans to roll out its new subcompact crossover, the EcoSport, in Los Angeles next week.

Ford’s next big new product reveal is going to be really small: The EcoSport.

What will be the Dearborn, Michigan-based maker’s smallest utility vehicle will be unveiled in Los Angeles next week. The debut was revealed by the self-styled “King of Snapchat” DJ Khaled via his SnapChat account.

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“It’s going to be a world premier with this new EcoSport,” he said in the video, which followed others of him driving in a Rolls-Royce convertible. (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Four-wheel-drive crossover good start for German maker's comeback.

by on Oct.07, 2016

The all-new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack gives drivers the off-road capability they've been longing for in a small crossover.

The fallout from Volkswagen AG’s diesel test scandal has been blamed for the company’s woeful sales performance in the U.S. during the past year.

But while VW still can’t sell vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S., the VW brand also has been hurt by the huge shift that has moved more than 11 points of market share from the passenger car column of the sales ledger into the truck and utility vehicle column.

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It was as if Volkswagen’s product planners were preparing to play soccer when the game on tap was American-style football for which shoulder pads and helmets are required. (more…)

First Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-9

Next-gen crossover highlights Kodo design influence.

by on May.24, 2016

The CX-9 looks smart and offers ample horsepower and features technologies needed to compete with the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

Mazda always has had a reputation for building great quick, nimble, sporty cars.

But perceptions about the other vehicles in product have been less precise, which is a challenge in a world where small sporty cars are being left in the garage in favor of utility vehicles that seem more suited to today’s harried lifestyles.

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However, Mazda now has an answer and with the CX-9, it has developed a utility vehicle that looks smart and offers ample horsepower. It also delivers the kind of solid dynamics that enhances a motorist’s driving experience and features technology, such as a forward collision braking system to compete with the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. (more…)

GMC Amps up Crossover Competition with 2017 Acadia

Better mileage, more technology catapults CUV to top of class.

by on Jan.12, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new verion has a model that can go off-road.

The battle for superiority in the luxury crossover segment just got a little more fierce with the introduction of the new 2017 GMC Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GMC took some chances with the new Acadia with two new powertrains – one for the fuel economy conscious and one for those who want some oomph – as well as introducing a new “off-road” model.

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“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”  (more…)

Toyota Reportedly Targeting Nissan with New, Small CUV

Model could be an option for U.S. Scion brand.

by on Aug.11, 2015

The Toyota C-HR concept debuted at the Paris Motor Show last fall, and it appears to be slotted for the bottom of the maker's CUV line-up.

When Toyota pulled the wraps off the C-HR concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show, it seemed a natural fit in the line-up, especially considering the demand for downsized crossover-utility vehicles.

And now, it appears the C-HR – or something based on that concept – will indeed slot into the bottom end of Toyota’s CUV family, according to a report out of Europe.

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A primary market for the new model would be Europe, where it would go up against the likes of the Nissan Qashqai. But what’s unclear is whether there will be an American version, as well. (more…)

Crossover Market Gets Tough Competitor with 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Maker counting on success of new CUV.

by on Aug.10, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson plays an important role in the automaker's growing portfolio of vehicles.

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, has become a force on the global stage by building a series of clever and well-built equipped vehicles with up-to-date technology at eminently affordable prices.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson, a smart and capable compact utility vehicle aimed at the heart of a fast growing segment of the market, remains true to the company’s basic philosophy, while improving on a vehicle that is vital to its portfolio.

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The new Tucson is roomy and comfortable, looks smart sitting at the curb, nicely furnished on the inside and delivers ample, but not overwhelming power. Moreover, the ride and handling have been measurably improved by a revamped suspension layout and lighter chassis, while the brakes deliver plenty of stopping power. (more…)

Chevy Going Cuckoo for Crossovers!

Plans call for a new model slotted between Traverse, Equinox.

by on Jul.20, 2015

Chevrolet is looking to add another crossover into its line-up after 2017. The newbie will be a short-wheelbase version of the Traverse, reports says.

Chevrolet is looking to exploit the growing demand for crossovers by wedging a fourth one into its lineup between the Traverse and smaller Equinox.

Following the example of several other automakers, the brand will add a yet-to-be-named fourth model sometime after 2017, according to Automotive News.

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In order to do so, the Equinox will be downsized a bit and the Traverse will remain a full-size, seven-seat model, reports claim. The new model will, in essence, be a short-wheelbased version of the Traverse, the report said. General Motors officials have declined to comment on the possibility. (more…)

Hyundai Counting on Crossovers to Kick-Start Momentum

Redesigned Tucson could be followed by two all-new CUVs.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Hyundai has scored major gains in quality with products like the 2015 Tucson, but now it needs to increase production levels.

After watching sales grow more than seven-fold from 1998 to 2014, Hyundai Motor America unexpectedly leveled off last year, and company officials think there’s one primary reason why: a lack of crossover-utility vehicles.

The Korean carmaker simply hasn’t kept up with one of the biggest changes to reshape the U.S. auto industry in decades, with SUVs and CUVs now outselling sedans for the first time ever. But that soon could change, according to HMA CEO Dave Zuchowski. Hyundai not only has an all-new Tucson for 2016, but it’s getting a big increase in production capacity.

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Longer-term, Zuchowski said, Hyundai is looking to significantly expand its crossover line-up, with two possible new models in the works, offerings that would bookend the maker’s current utility vehicle line-up. (more…)

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