Category Archives: CROSSOVER

2014 Infiniti QX70

2014 Infiniti QX70

2014 Infiniti QX70

The Infiniti FX37 and FX50 become the 2014 Infiniti QX70, consolidated to a single model name with two trim designations: 3.7 and 5.0. Although confusing for many customers, the name change marks the only difference between the 2013 FX and 2014 QX70.

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

The 2014 Lexus GX 460 is a midsize luxury SUV that is based heavily on the smaller of Toyota’s two world market Land Cruisers. With a leather-lined interior as well as robust body-on-frame construction, the GX 460 is Lexus’ answer to those seeking a cushy SUV that can still perform off-road when necessary.

2014 Carlsson Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Carlsson has introduced a tuning program for the elegant Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class compact sports utility vehicle at the 2013 Essen Motor Show. The tuned GLK features OE quality PU-RIM aerodynamic components as well as a chrome Carlsson radiator grille that surrounds a strong horizontal dividing bar and has the distinctive Carlsson logo at its center. The new front bumper is complemented by a RS lip spoiler, Carlsson’s trademark three-piece stainless steel mesh grille inserts that make the vehicle look sportier and more elegant.

2014 Carlsson Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

2014 Carlsson Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The chrome-plated inserts for the LED daytime running lights, located at the top of each side air intake, seem like the ‘jewelry’ of this new frontal design. The tuned GLK’s rear valance features a chrome-plated diffuser, complemented by chromed outlets of the quad pipe sports exhaust system. The stainless steel exhaust lowers backpressure, allowing the SUV to churn out a few more horsepower.

2014 Nissan X-Trial

The Frankfurt Motor Show welcomed the international premiere of the 2014 Nissan X-Trail, which as we rightly suspected, is a global model and will also act as a replacement to the Nissan Rogue in North America, with differences between the two possibly concerning the powertrain options.

2014 Nissan X-Trial

2014 Nissan X-Trial

Built on the new jointly-developed Nissan and Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, and projected to be available in 190 countries around the globe, the new X-Trail adopts a more crossover look and feel in its styling, which was previewed by last year’s Nissan HiCross Concept.

2014 Nissan X-Trial

2014 Nissan X-Trial

Strangely enough, Nissan is keeping a great number of details under cover in its initial press release, including the SUV’s dimensions and powertrain lineup. What Nissan did say about the X-Trail’s engine lineup is that it will downsize.

2014 Nissan X-Trial front view

2014 Nissan X-Trial

“By reducing power sapping friction in its drivetrains, 2014 X-Trail provides excellent performance from the latest generation of downsized engines, providing the pace of a bigger powerplant with the economy and emissions of a smaller one,” said the Japanese carmaker in a statement.

2014 Nissan X-Trial rear view

2014 Nissan X-Trial rear view

European customers will have the option of either a more fuel efficient but less capable off-the-road two-wheel drive version, and an all-wheel drive model fitted with Nissan’s ALL MODE 4x4i system that encompasses a rotary switch on the center console offering a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive.

2014 Nissan X-Trial interior - dash

2014 Nissan X-Trial interior – dash

Other notable highlights mentioned in the release include the option of a third row of seats to make room for seven inside, plus an array of comfort and safety features such as Uphill Start Support, Advance Hill Descent Control, Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake, a new NissanConnect system with suite of applications and LED headlights – for both high and low beams.

2014 Nissan X-Trial interior

2014 Nissan X-Trial interior

Nissan said the 2014 X-Trail will be built at nine different manufacturing sites around the world with sales to begin in select markets in the first quarter of 2014 and continue in July of the same year…