BMW’s X5 has been the go-to SUV for posh family hauling since it was first introduced in 1999. Fast forward to today, and the X5 is getting ready to launch into its fourth generation. Having seen numerous latest stage prototypes in all forms of specifications out and about on European and North American roads, let’s take an illustrated sneak-peek and look at what to expect from the mid-size luxury model from BMW. Dynamic styling on the outside Toned, muscular and aggressive are probably the best words to describe the new X5’s exterior design. Whilst not as big as that on the upcoming BMW X7, the kidney grille is large enough to inhale peasants with ease. In some scoop shots, we also detected detected a hint of blue inside the optical units, a giveaway for Laserlight technology. Perhaps one of the most intriguing new styling elements is a belt-line that climbs sharply towards the rear door handles and lines up with the taillights. Front fender vents are similar to the … [Read more...] about 2019 BMW X5: What It’ll Look Like, Specs, Release Date And More
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Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV gives back to users in a way that other plug-in hybrids do not: with two 115-volt household plugs to tap the lithium-ion battery to power up to 1,500 watts’ worth of appliances or tools.The 2018 Outlander PHEV is the only family-class choice for an all-wheel drive, five-passenger plug-in electric SUV with a tow rating of 1,500 pounds. General Motors had offered full-size hybrid pickups with household outlets as an incentive for contractors to keep power tools charged. But the truck was pricey and it may have been technology ahead of its time.Now, however, it is time to be proactive. With this ongoing biblical assault of earthquakes, fire and hurricanes, such a home power source could provide life-saving electricity for medical devices, computers, tools or a microwave. And then there are the more fun tailgating potentials of powering a TV and blender.The 2018 Outlander PHEV is sold in SEL and GT trim levels both with all-wheel drive and a … [Read more...] about 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: A proactive power source
What is it: The S60 T5 Inscription is a luxury compact sedan with a bit more rear legroom than the competition thanks to a longer wheelbase. It’s still waiting for the new Volvo interior updates like its bigger S90 brother and crossover cousins. This upper middle trim gets 18-inch wheels, an extended back seat and rear park assist.Key Competitors: Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, Mercedes C-ClassBase Price: $39,945 As-Tested Price: $47,715Full Review: Volvo S60 T5 Inscription first driveHighlights: The Chinese-built S60 T5 Inscription hit U.S. dealers in July 2015, and it goes into 2018 basically unchanged. The T5 denotes the engine -- a 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder; the T6 makes 302 hp and the top-of-the-line Polestar makes 362 hp with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four.Our Opinion: In Volvo’s S60 lineup the Inscription, first shown at the Detroit show in January 2015, denotes a well-equipped sedan with an extra 3 inches more legroom in back. The Chinese market loves … [Read more...] about 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription essentials: An aging sedan benefits from extra rear legroom