Category Archives: SUVs & CROSSOVERS

Take a look at the vehicles wearing an Editors’ Choice badge and you’ll see what we consider to be one of the best SUVs or crossovers for 2016 and 2017. If you’re looking for the best small, mid-size or luxury SUVs and crossovers, you’ll find them here.

Kona: Sets New Standards for the B-SUV Segment

Hyundai has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Kona compact SUV. With a strong, impactful design and uncompromising individuality, the Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles.

The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai SUVs that feature progressive design with high interior refinement and spaciousness.

The 2018 Kona

“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,” said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading safety features.”

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Nissan KICKS MY17‎: A Fresh Offering to the UAE’s Crossover Segment ‎

Nissan has recently revealed in the UAE the highly anticipated, all-new Nissan KICKS MY17 to fleet customers – the vehicle that is set to take on the compact crossover segment in the UAE with its fresh design and avant-garde technology.

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KICKS MY17 is being launched with a fresh philosophy and state-of-the-art features that reflect a radical attitude and a daring spirit. In addition to projecting dynamism and agility, it is designed to enhance and simplify day-to-day life – functional and practical from every perspective, it is a vehicle created to take the stress out of city driving. The car has both the looks and the driving capabilities to confidently take on the city, and is also ideal for people that thrive on expressing their individuality.

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The New Ford Escape SUV: Offers Cutting-Edge Ford Technologies

One of Ford’s best-selling SUVs for a reason, the Escape’s popularity is born of its reputation for great fuel economy, versatility, and technology aimed at helping customers, and it stands proudly as an integral part of Ford’s SUV lineup. The new  Ford Escape delivers an even more technologically advanced, refined and affordable sports utility vehicle (SUV), making driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable – even irresistible – for the ever-growing number of SUV customers in one of the most competitive segments in the Middle East.

The new Escape offers Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior, and powerful and efficient engines including Ford’s twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-litre four cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which produces 242 PS and 366 Nm of torque.

The New Ford Escape
A 2.5-litre iVCT Duratec automatic petrol engine with 171 PS and 230 Nm of torque is also available, with each engine variant mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The new Escape also features Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for optimized visibility in low light. Further advanced technologies include Hands-Free Lift-gate and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD).

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Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner – An exquisite accessory for an ancient sport

Bentley has created the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, with the new Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner.

Hand-crafted by Mulliner – Bentley’s personal commissioning division – the Bentayga Falconry features a bespoke installation in the rear which houses all the equipment required for an enjoyable falconry expedition.

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At the heart of the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner are two individual natural-cork-fabric-trimmed units: a master flight station and a refreshment case. These sit on a movable tray that allows for easy access. Inside the master flight unit is a special Piano Black veneered drawer – with a Saker falcon crest – containing GPS tracking antennas, tools, tethers for the birds and a 3.5” wooden handled Buck Knife.

Beneath this is a laser-embossed Hotspur hide stowage tray with individual compartments for the GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and hand-crafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets. The refreshment case houses three metal flasks and durable cups, a blanket and refreshing face cloths.

Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner

Two individual perches are stored in a special natural-cork-fabric-trimmed case which slots into a hard pocket built into the side of the boot. A boot-floor and rear-sill protection cover – also in cork – is discreetly integrated into the rear of the Bentayga. Using this reversible feature in conjunction with the in-car perch, falconers can prepare their bird in comfort and shade.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Ups Adventure-Ready Credentials with Refined Specs

Nissan has recently launched  the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder in the Middle East during an event set against the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains in Fujairah. The Nissan Pathfinder is reborn for the 2018 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to a higher level of performance and style.

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The latest iteration of this popular, family-oriented four-wheel drive vehicle draws on Nissan’s vast experience of building vehicles designed to operate in testing off-road conditions while remaining perfectly at home on the highway. As an SUV vehicle, the Pathfinder retains plenty of capability in off-road environments.

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“Pathfinder has a logical and hugely practical place within the Nissan model line-up in this region,” explained Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer of Nissan Middle East. “For 2018, Pathfinder receives much more than a typical facelift. It now offers more power, improved driving dynamics and new available driver assistance features –more of what customers need for safe, comfortable every day and weekend family adventures.”  “Most people with a family need to commute to work, drop the kids off at school and generally use their vehicles on paved surfaces. But at weekends it’s great to have the Pathfinder’s capacity to explore further afield, getting to special places that an ordinary family car cannot reach, be that in a desert, beach, wadi or mountain environment.”

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Revised Engine

The refreshed Pathfinder benefits from changes both externally and internally.  The revised 3.5-liter V6 engine has almost 7% more horse power and almost 4% more torque thanks to its new engine. These include new combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold, electromagnetic Valve Timing Control and a new Direct Injection Gasoline system.

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Honda Launches the Completely Redesigned and Reengineered ‎All-New 2017 CR-V

Honda Motor Co. Africa and Middle East Office announced the launch of the All-New 5th Generation CR-V at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E, earlier this month. The completely redesigned and re-engineered 2017 CR-V boasts of bold new styling, a more premium interior and a host of new features and technologies aimed at enhancing CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment.

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The New CR-V targets the highest levels of quality and driving refinement in its class with top class steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness. The New CR-V comes in four grades namely, DX and LX in 2 Wheel Drive (2WD) and EX and Touring in All Wheel Drive (AWD).

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New Powertrain and Chassis Technology

At the heart of the 2017 CR-V is a 2.4-litre DOHC, direct injected i-VTEC engine that is mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. The 2.4-liter engine generates 184-horsepower @ 6400rpm and a torque of 244NM @ 3900rpm. The fuel consumption statistics of the CR-V are 15.5km/L for the DX and LX grades and 14.7km/L for the EX and Touring grades.

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The All-New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV Makes Middle East Debut

The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV was lately unveiled during a regional launch event at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The high-profile event was attended by Jean-Philippe Imparato, Chief Executive Officer of Peugeot brand, Jean-Christophe Quemard, Executive Vice-President Africa-Middle East of PSA Group, Cedric Zayoun, Managing Director of the GCC region at PSA Group and UAE’s celebrated rally driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, in addition to over 100 key figures from the industry and prominent media outlets from the UAE and the region.  

The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV

Under the theme “Stop imagining the future; Drive it”, the event featured futuristic multi-sensorial stations, where the attendees got the chance to discover the vehicle with a unique and immersive virtual reality experience. Making its debut through a remarkable show, the European Car of The Year 2017 features a spectacular, advanced dashboard. This coherent and highly technological ensemble is the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, a novel concept that has rewritten the book on the car cockpit. The large 8” touch-screen resembles a tablet installed in the center of the dashboard and is equipped with capacitive technology for greater reactivity and practicality. It is accompanied by six elegant piano-key “toggle switches” – giving direct and permanent access to the main control functions: radio, climate control, navigation, vehicle parameters, telephone and mobile applications.

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Geely’s All New Emgrand X7 Sport SUV Launches in the UAE

Global auto major, Geely Auto, the sister brand of Volvo, launched its all new Emgrand X7 Sport SUV in the UAE with a test drive being undertaken by key UAE media. The launch and the positive response from the UAE media, underscores the immense potential that the UAE market holds for Geely.

Available across the UAE, exclusively with Union Motors, The Emgrand X7 Sport embodies a design language inspired by Peter Horbury and his global Geely design team based in California, Barcelona and Shanghai.  Living up to its ‘Sports’ tag, the Emgrand X7 Sport has the perfect silhouette to compliment one of the finest interiors.  The cabin is of extremely high quality and seats are spacious and comfortable, letting passengers enjoy a great view through the large panoramic sunroof.

Possibly among the best SUVs in its segment, the Emgrand X7 has a flat-bottom steering wheel, is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder, giving strong torque throughout the range.

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The C5 Aircross: We Never Have an SUV Gone So Far

Citroën has revealed a daring compact SUV with a colorful and strong identity in a world premiere. Citroën’s interpretation of a compact SUV, C-Aircross marks a new stage for Citroën in the deployment of its product strategy. The C5 Aircross, a compact-sized crossover that looks unlike other sport utility vehicle, is on the road today.

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The “people-minded SUV” is actually a Peugeot 3008 in disguise, albeit with a number of mechanical mods. The suspension system is arguably the biggest difference, with the C5 Aircross benefiting from Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. As a direct replacement for the Hydractive 3+ hydropneumatics offered in the second-gen C5, these babies are described as “unlike anything else on the market.”

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Patrol NISMO takes Wheels ‘Best SUV’ crown

The Nissan Patrol NISMO has been awarded ‘SUV of the Year’ at the Wheels Car of the Year ceremony.

 

During the publication’s annual Car of the Year (COTY) awards, the Patrol NISMO challenged its major competitors before an esteemed judging panel. The Nissan was labelled the strongest vehicle in three major categories: desert capability, on-road performance, and comfort.

“Patrol leaves them in the dust,” explained the judges in the award citation. “The 5.6-liter V8, mated to a slick seven-speed automatic, has been poked and prodded to deliver more performance, and with all four wheels digging in for added traction, along with its off-road ability still intact, this is actually three cars rolled into one. It’s still a brilliant family car with loads of room for seven adults to sit in total comfort. It’s a superb off-roader with all sorts of driver aids to tame difficult terrains and it’s a sporty SUV, too. It can do it all and sure is deserving of this accolade.”

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