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    New Audi Q7 revealed

    2015 Audi Q7

    Second-gen Audi Q7 luxury SUV to debut in Detroit. 

    Audi has revealed its all-new second-generation Q7 flagship SUV ahead of the model’s public debut at next month’s Detroit motor show.

    The new model is smaller, less flabby, and significantly more fuel efficient than the outgoing Q7 which has been doing the school run for around eight years.

    The exterior design of the new Q7 is altogether more aggressive than the outgoing model which features much softer and rounder lines. With sharp, square lines and a new three dimensional grille similar to that adopted by the new Q3 range the new model certainly looks more sporting than before.

    Weighing up to 325kg less than the car it replaces, the new Q7 features an aluminum intensive body structure with lightweight components used throughout, so should also be more dynamically capable than before.

    2015 Audi Q7

    2015 Audi Q7

    The second-gen Q7 is also 37mm shorter in length and 15mm narrower with a 10mm shorter wheelbase compared to the current model, though Audi claim interior space has actually increased with more head and leg room for first and second row occupants. The new model will still be offered in 7-seater form.

    Inside, the new flagship SUV has been fitted with a fresh and futuristic dashboard design fitted with Audi’s new digital instrument display, as well as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto systems.

    Initial engine options will include a 3.0-litre diesel V6 with 268hp which is said to be around 23 per cent more efficient than before and capable of hitting 62mph in 6.3 seconds.

    2015 Audi Q7

    2015 Audi Q7

    A 328hp supercharged petrol V6 will also be available and can hit 62mph in 6.1 seconds.

    All models feature and eights-speed automatic gearbox connected to a Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40:60 front-rear torque split.

    Shortly after launch a plug-in hybrid model will arrive featuring a diesel engine and electric motor to give 369hp and around 166MPG with an all-electric driving range of around 35 miles.

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    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe revealed

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

    BMW X6 rivalling Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe revealed.

    Mercedes has unleashed its assault on the SUV coupe niche currently occupied only by the BMW X6.

    Like the X6, the new GLE is claimed to be a coupe, but unless your eyes are painted on it clearly features four doors and sits too high off the ground to be a traditional coupe.

    Instead, the GLE is more of an SUV with a slightly lower roofline and an abnormal growth on its backside. The GLE Coupe ‘aint pretty.

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

    Because the new model is based on the existing Mercedes ML SUV, the new car is fitted with the same plush interior with the gear selector in the wrong place – the steering column where you’d normally find the indicator stalk…

    Engine options include the usual suspects – a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 with 258hp in the base GLE 350 d, and a 333hp petrol V6 in the GLE 400, while the range-topping (for now) GLE 450 AMG gets a 367hp version of the 400’s motor.

    All models are equipped with a trick new 9-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which features a 50:50 torque split on all models bar the sportier GLE 450 AMG which sends 60 per cent of the engines torque rear-wards.

    The standard suspension setup is conventional steel springs with adaptive dampers which are connected to Comfort, Sport and Sport+ drive modes. However, you will be able to option Mercedes’ new-generation air-suspension which is now available with continuously variable adaptive dampers to ensure the GLE always offers maximum comfort while also delivering the best possible handling characteristics.

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

    Electronically controlled front and rear anti-roll bars also activate in Sport and Sport+ drive modes to minimize the impact of potholes on the car’s cornering attitude.

    For now just three models will be available, though a V8-powered GLE63 AMG is expected to arrive shortly after the GLE Coupe range goes on sale next year.

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    A Kahn Design Makes a Land Rover Defender for the Boulevard

    A vehicle that can truly go anywhere.

    For decades, the Land Rover Defender has been the go-to vehicle for those looking to conquer any kind of terrain and obstacle. Its unique off-road capabilities make it a vehicle that can go anywhere, but for quite some time it has looked a bit out of place in nicer city areas due to its rugged nature. The team at A Kahn Design has changed that with the new Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Hard Top – Chelsea Wide Track.

    The new Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Hard Top – Chelsea Wide Track is designed to be at home on the ritzy streets while being more than capable of traversing through a rain forest. The A Kahn Design team had to rework numerous aspects of the exterior and interior of the SUV to add a classy, unique style that paid homage to the SUV’s off-road effectiveness.

    A Kahn Design Makes a Land Rover Defender for the Boulevard

    The exterior of the Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Hard Top – Chelsea Wide Track features a new X-Lander grille and headlight surround that is easily installed on the factory mounting points and can be painted a variety of colors for a custom-tailored fascia. Beneath the X-Lander grille sits a new front bumper with replacement lights and an integrated aluminum sump guard. Extended wheel arches lend to a more muscular appearance and surround the new 9.0 x 20 Mondai wheels with a piano black color and precision diamond cut finish. A set of meaty 275/55/20 tires are mounted at the front and rear and are more than able to conquer the asphalt, dirt, or mud.

    The rear of the Land Rover Defender sports a new stainless steel twin cross hair exhaust system with shields for a more powerful look. Satin black covers the extended wheel arches and roof to contrast the Alpine White body, while Kahn badging and a Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover provide the finishing touches.

    A Kahn Design Makes a Land Rover Defender for the Boulevard

    Inside, the rugged nature of the SUV becomes more luxurious and comfortable in the Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Hard Top – Chelsea Wide Track thanks to some custom-tailored, handmade amenities. The two front GTB seats offer plenty of support and wear quilted and perforated leather. The rear floor space was replaced with a classic teak decking while a display-only fire extinguisher provides a special touch. The driver benefits from new aluminum foot pedals, a leather steering wheel, red tachometer, and a Harris Tweed instrument binnacle. The high-end material also adorns the passenger-side dashboard top and grab handle.

    The new A Kahn Design Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Hard Top – Chelsea Wide Track is currently available as shown for £25,875. Customers also have the option of tailoring their Land Rover Defender models with all of the featured upgrades.

     

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    Mercedes-Benz To Launch Electric Car ‘B-Class Electric Drive crossover SUV’ In US

    Mercedes Electric Car

    Mercedes Electric CarMercedes-Benz is known as one of the world’s premier luxury carmakers, and also has been taking a strong position on green technology over the last several years. For instance, its S250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY was selected for the World Green Car award in 2012, despite being a diesel turbo rather than a hybrid. The company has also been testing limited production runs of fuel-cell powered cars in the United States since 2010.

    However, the new B-Class Electric Drive crossover SUV is going to be a first for the German auto manufacturer. Although Mercedes-Benz has produced hybrid SUVs in the past, and continues to produce other hybrid models, this is the first pure electric model that Mercedes-Benz has brought to the mass market. The car is based on the company’s successful B-Class compact crossover, which is a favorite in Europe and is also on sale in Canada – albeit with a traditional gas engine. However, the B-Class is new to the United States – with one very notable exception.

    Back in 2010, Mercedes-Benz carried out a limited-availability launch of its latest hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle – and this was also based on the B-Class platform. There were only several dozen of these vehicles available in the United States – and they could only be leased, not purchased. However, the feedback on the fuel-cell technology in these cars has been positive, which may be a good sign for the upcoming B-Class Electric Drive. Mercedes-Benz has probably also made a good decision by launching a battery-powered electric car to the mass market first, rather than going with a fuel-cell model – while recharging points for battery-powered cars are readily available, the infrastructure for distributing hydrogen to fuel-cell vehicles is limited at this time.

    Another good sign for the B-Class Electric Drive is that much of the electric engine technology in the vehicle is a product of the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, one of the current leaders in the electric car market. In fact, Tesla has been extremely successful commercially with its models, and has set the standard for reliability in electric drives. Given the combination of this proven electric technology and a commercially successful platform in the B-Class, the new model represents a relatively low risk for potential purchasers.

    The new B-Class Electric Drive will provide a very reasonable 174 hp and 250 pound feet of torque. Given the size of the vehicle, that is more than enough for both city and highway driving. It may seem strange to talk about highway driving with an electric car, but the range of the vehicle is also very good for a battery-powered car. Mercedes-Benz claims that the range will be more than 100 miles when the battery is fully charged – and the good news is that it only takes four hours to recharge the vehicle from a full discharge. In fact, the company also claims that the car will be able to drive 60 miles after just two hours of charging. Obviously, that’s not enough to go on a cross-country trip, but it’s perfectly acceptable for a long commute into work. The short charging time is also a bonus – recharging is significantly faster than for a Toyota RAV4 EV, which is the only other compact crossover electric vehicle on the market.

    Initial reports from people who have driven prototype versions of the car indicate that while Mercedes-Benz has put a lot of effort into creating a fuel-efficient battery-powered car, it hasn’t made any major sacrifices when it comes to the level of quality that people expect from the company. The consensus is that the ride is extremely smooth and that the levels of trim are everything that you would expect in a vehicle from one of the world’s leading luxury carmakers.

    “The B-Class Electric Drive is whisper-quiet on the highway. Mercedes says it employed extensive noise countermeasures to ensure the electric B-Class is silent at speed,” writes Popular Mechanics. “Paddle shifters on the steering column control the level of regenerative braking you get from the powertrain..”

    Mercedes Electric Car

    If the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive sounds like something you are interested in, then you will have to restrain your enthusiasm for at least a few months more. The company plans to start selling the vehicle this summer in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and anticipates rolling it out to the rest of the country in 2015. The price has not been announced to date.

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  • Tech/ Videos

    Turn Your Car Into A Monster Snow Conquering Tank In 15 Minutes (VIDEO)

    Turn Your Car Into A Snow-Conquering Tank (Video)

    For A Mere $25,000, You Can Turn Your Car Into A Snow-Conquering Tank (Video)

    We have seen cars struggling in this crazy winter weather so why not turn your car into a snowmobile in just 15 minutes and $25k later with Track N Go.

    Track N Go have created a wheel driven track system that turns your car into a war machine that isn’t fazed by a little bit of snow. In fact in revels in icy temperatures. Sure SUVs are great in the snow, as was this Audi, but this is an SUV on steroids. Check it out…

    Check out the photos…






    Photos courtesy of Track N Go

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