There is not much information about the exterior style and the caught testing mule has been under the heavy camouflage, but expects an evolutionary design with lot of details taken from new Europe specs Passat. Except for more room, interior of new Tuareg 2017 will also be characterized by the latest tech features, like digital gauge cluster, long list of driver assist systems and maybe some semi-autonomous technology.
Engine and Performance
The engine range for new VW Touareg 2017 will, among other units, also include a diesel with 300 hp, V6 gasoline that makes 330 hp, as well as plug-in hybrid variant. The latter is probably going to be a combination already seen in the Audi Q7 e-tron, which includes a 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine, an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries with a total power output rated at 373 hp.
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BMW has developed two very different, but equally impressive wheeled vehicles recently. The first is the new M4 GTS Safety Car, specially prepared to serve Germany’s popular and highly competitive DTM touring car series. It packs 500 horsepower and trick water-injection tech, just like the other 700 road-going examples of the GTS. Unlike the street version, it features key upgrades like special LED lighting, radio communication equipment, and special livery, as well as the no-cost optional Clubsport pack that includes six-point racing harnesses, roll cage, and fire extinguisher.
BMW Team USA Racing Wheelchair Rio 2016 Paralympic GamesThe other new BMW doesn’t have an engine, but is highly impressive nonetheless. It’s a racing wheelchair created by BMW DesignWorks. Stemming from the automaker’s partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, it features carbon-fiber construction and has been streamlined for aerodynamic efficiency. Members of the US Paralympics Track and Field team will help further develop the wheelchair before using it at the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro. We wouldn’t be surprised if longtime BMW driver Alex Zanardi helped in its development as well, even if he’ll be competing for Italy at the Paralympic Games this year.
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What It Is: The fifth generation of Honda’s supremely popular CR-V crossover, likely based on the new platform that underpins the recently redesigned Honda Civic. The new CR-V is rumored to grow a bit compared with the current model, with the possible addition of an optional third-row seat to help bridge the gap between it and the significantly larger Pilot. The CR-V also looks to adopt a sportier and more upscale look based on these spy photos, which show a larger, more aggressive front grille along with a longer hood and a less minivan-like stance. The CR-V’s signature vertical taillights are clearly visible, and the headlights look like they’re taken directly from an Acura. We can’t see much of the crossover’s interior, but practicality and spaciousness will surely remain a priority.
Why It Matters: The CR-V has sat atop the growing compact-crossover sales heap for the past several years, but its lead is eroding as new competitors arrive with more-advanced technology features and improved driving dynamics. The Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4, for instance, are ahead of the CR-V in the sales race so far in 2016. With this redesigned CR-V, Honda surely will be looking to take back its crown, with class-leading fuel-economy figures, tech offerings, interior space, and—if the new Civic’s great chassis is any indication—driving dynamics. It’ll have to beat the Mazda CX-5, our current favorite among small crossovers, in that regard.
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