Toyota’s Go Any Where Van

Toyota has started shipping of the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial; a two-situate van variant of its ultra-extreme SUV.

Eliminating the back seats authorizes additional space, which aggregates 1574 liters in the littler, short-wheelbase form, with a heap limit of up to 593kg.

The long-wheelbase auto, which in traveler shape would be a seven-seater, can convey up to 756kg behind the front seats, with a heap territory of 2216 liters. The two autos get a non-slip stack straight floor and a metal bulkhead isolating the traveler and payload regions.

As opposed to supplanting the windows with sheet metal, they’re rather secured with a body-shaded film. The long-wheelbase rendition keeps up the five-entryway body style of the traveler form, as opposed to erasing them by and large, however the blocked windows are not openable.

Not at all like the traveler conveying Land Cruiser, the Utility Commercial just gets a side-pivoted rear end, as opposed to the side-pivoted back end and glass back end of the traveler auto. Programmed lights and a tire weight screen come as standard, and also Trailer Sway Control for the long-wheelbase auto. The two variants are fit for towing three tons.

Toyota hasn’t entered this market before in the UK, in spite of the fact that it has beforehand offered the auto in Ireland. No business figures have been anticipated, yet independent ventures, agriculturists and protect administrations are probably going to think about the vehicle. 80 orders have just been taken for this present year, nonetheless, implying that it’s on course to satisfy the UK’s 150-unit portion for 2018. 2019 deals are required to top this.

New Porsche Cayenne to Best Competitors?

Porsche’s new Cayenne model, due in ’19, looks like it’ll give the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe a run for their money. Rumor has it sales in the UK will begin as early as the 4th quarter in 2019. The Cayenne coupe is going to much resemble its sibling and be built at the Leipzig, Germany Porsche factory.

The new model Cayenne will get the front-end style of its sister model, the 3rd gen Cayenne, but the front bumper will be an all new design. It will, however, feature a lift-back style tailgate, much like its rivals. New rear and side windows and the redesigned tailgate will give it an updated, more sporty style much like the 2nd gen Panamera.

Coming to the road with a 440bhp version of the twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 or the 550bhp twin-turbo 4 liter V8 it’s clear that Porsche intends the new Cayenne as a performance model. As of yet no diesel version of the model are in the works.

BMW Releases Info on New Performance SUV Generation

The newest generation of X5 and X5 M BMW models are on their way—they are currently being tested in Scandinavia on public roadways. At the BMW Annual General Meeting the brand boss, Harald Kruger, revealed they are looking at an October release.

The new X5 M is a sup’d up version of the M SUV twin turbocharged 4.4 liter V, which will probably give it 592bhp. This would place the X5 M at the top end of performance-focused SUVs—out doing the current X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by 25 and 30 bhp respectively.

The new X5 M will also feature a featherweight structure. It is based on the CLAR platform that the 7 series uses. This is a combination of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber. This weight loss might result in the 0-62mph time of the line being reduce to below 4 seconds.

BMW has also decided to keep producing the plug-in hybrid variant. This will more than likely be a blend of a two liter gas engine with electric power. Similar to what is currently inside the xDrive40e. The all-electric range of the vehicle will be around 25 miles.

Aston Martin’s New Uber-Luxury SUV Gasoline Only

Aston Martin’s first SUV will only be available as a gasoline model, which is a change from the car makers initial plans when they previewed the model as an electric. The SUV will be launched next year into the ultraluxury SUV playing field, where it will contest  with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus, a Ferrari SUV and high-end Range Rovers.

The new model was previewed in 2015 at the Geneva auto show. It premiered as the two-door DBX electric-powered concept. Aston Martin’s plans have changed in the interim and there are no plans for a full-electric production model. The auto maker also ruled out diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.

Aston Martin favored development of an EV platform for its Lagonda brand. Lagonda was launched at the Geneva auto show in March along with the Vision sedan concept.

Bentley was the first ultraluxury brand to launch an SUV in 2016 with the Bentayga which initially offered only a 12-cylinder gasoline engine–which is unlikely to excite a fuel-efficiency minded market, but has since added the brand’s first ever diesel and a gasoline plug-in hybrid.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/aston-martin-suv-gas-engine-only-report/

Baby Boomers too old for Sports Cars?!

The Victor crew came across this bizarre article stating that Baby Boomers Are Getting Too Old for Sports Cars. So what are their proofs of this? They are saying Mustangs and Porsches are slipping because people are opting for SUVs and Camaros are being marketed to younger crowds.

As boomers are starting to reach the 70 mark, they aren’t buying as many sports cars. Comfort is part of the reason. Also the younger generations aren’t purchasing as many sports cars because of costs. Mustang plants were idled for a week this year. The Camaro and Corvette are slumping as well.

Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace is a 5 passenger SUV. It was inspired by the Jaguar F-Type, so it performs like a sports car. It has a 33.5 cubic-foot cargo space in back, connectivity through it’s InControl® system. The Jaguar F-Pace Models include the F-Pace, the F-Pace Premium, F-Pace Prestige, F-Pace R-Sport, F-Pace S, and F-Pace First Edition. They run in price from $40,990 to $69,700 base price.

Here is a review of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover SUV

http://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/f-pace/index.html

The Victor Crew

Maserati Levante

Ok, I must say that I am just a little surprised and although this isn’t new news I must make a comment about it. Jody pointed me to an article that more or less floored me, as you know I enjoy and follow exotic cars or than most people and I missed this little nugget. Did you know Maserati has entered the SUV business? Well neither did I but this new car looks like it is a contender in the North American luxe SUV market.

The Maserati Levante is a larger, maybe a beefy entry into this market, it is approaching 200 inches long (196.9 to be exact) and 4600 pounds but with the luxury interior in affords and the adequate horsepower it offers it can make some headway here. It offers quite a bit in the performance area with a 50/50 weight balance and standard 345HP which accomplishes a 5.8 sec 0-60 and an optional 424HP which turns the 0-60 in 5 flat and a top speed of 164 mph, not bad!

Maybe the next time someone in the Victor family need a new SUV I will grab Jody and Steve and go take one for a spin! You can read the whole article here and see some nicely done pictures.

Joe

Joe asks Jody Victor®: Best Quality Cars, 2012 Part III

So far, we’ve seen about what you would expect in the choices for best vehicles. I asked Jody Victor® to continue with the third installment from an article by Clifford Atiyeh of MSN Autos and msn.com.

Jody Victor®: Hey Joe, this next segment will be a refreshing change-up. Some of our favorites are included. So here we go.

Top Premium Sport Car: Porsche 911

Somehow, Porsche ends up having fewer problems than Honda or Mercedes (we’ll chalk it up to lower production volume and fewer miles traveled). Whatever the reason, the 911 is a fantastic way to spend upwards of $80,000. It’s practical, conservative-looking, yet altogether badass when the time comes to push it on a favorite back road. Among sports cars, the 911 is an indisputable legend that’s been going strong for five decades.

Top Compact Crossover/SUV: Honda CR-V

In 1997, the CR-V was one of the few compact crossovers, and Honda got it right from the start. With its slim proportions, all-wheel drive and generous cargo room, the CR-V is about as utilitarian as anyone really needs. The 4-cylinder engines are snappy and good on fuel, and while the interiors need some improvement and the doors feel flimsy, there’s a lot of well-engineered car here.

Top Compact MPV: Kia Soul

While hip-hop hamsters drive it on TV, in real life the Kia Soul is driven by all sorts of people, much like how Scion has attracted buyers beyond its original “youth” demographic. The boxy Soul, with its pulsing speaker lights and oddball cloth textures, is fun to drive and invites stares. Generous cargo space, simple controls and Kia’s impressive powertrain warranty seal the deal.

Top Entry Premium Crossover/SUV: Infiniti EX

The EX crossover is essentially a G sedan with more headroom and a hatch. Therefore, it nearly matches the G’s aggressive attitude, with crisp handling and powerful acceleration that’s livelier than an Audi Q5. The interior is feeling a little old next to Infiniti’s other models, and the ride can be rough at times. But it’s nice to have a crossover exhibiting some old-fashioned soul.

Top Midsize Crossover/SUV: Buick Enclave

Among three-row SUVs, this Buick outsells them all. It’s a stylish, ultraquiet family hauler with all the trimmings — and unlike previous Buick SUVs, it’s not a carbon copy of a cheaper Chevrolet. For 2013, the Enclave gets a mild refresh with more soft-touch interior materials and other moderate improvements. If you can stand minivans, you won’t do much better for the price than this Buick.

Thanks, Jody! More next time!

Joe Victor