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The Cars that shall rule in 2017

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As the year rolls-by, the auto industry is preparing to stun the world with its eccentric and electrifying designs and concepts for the coming year. The year 2017 shall be witnessing the display of more magnificent and luxurious SUV’s on our roads as super brands such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley consider to provide their customers with a tailor-made SUV that defines their personality.

2017 has already shaped up to be a noteworthy year for new cars and as such the quest for a super model SUV becomes limitless. Also in consideration are some sedans that will also take aficionados by surprise.

ROLLS-ROYCE SUV

Rolls-Royce has joined the league of luxury SUV manufacturers in the likes of Range Rover and Bentley in providing a car that makes perfect sense for the growing luxury demand in the auto market. In maintaining the culture and tradition of the automaker, Rolls-Royce has promised a car that’s “as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce’s dedication to engineering and innovation.

Beyond such sentimentalism, the company promises the poshest SUV around with a “magic carpet” ride and exclusivity by the bucket load. The cost of this plush car is expected not to be below the region of £250, 000.00 for one.

BENTLEY BENTAYGA

The year 2017 shall see Bentley debuting its first-ever SUV that appears set to make good on its promise to redefine the segment (SUV) by becoming the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious SUV to date. Calling it “the next step in our brand’s bold future,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors says its unique combination of style, technology and capability will allow the Bentayga to provide “a genuine Bentley experience in any driving environment”.

Visually, the new Bentayga makes an aggressively refined statement that puts a unique spin on a number of signature Bentley design cues from its prominent matrix grille to muscular rear fenders. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will start at $229,100 plus its destination fees.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE

The first-ever convertible SUV in the Range Rover lineup, this new drop top retains all of the basic functional charm of the Evoque Coupe on which it’s based but tosses in some new touches highlighted by the debut of the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with available Connected Navigation.

The design also incorporates a Roll-over Protection Device that consists of two aluminum bars that can pop-up a lock into place in just 90 milliseconds. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible SUV will start at $51,470.

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC COUPE: PUTTING THESPORT IN SUV

Boasting a rakish roofline, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adds a sporty 4-door coupe look to its compact SUV range and will appeal to both mainstream motorists and enthusiasts alike with two trim levels, a standard GLC300 4Matic and the AMG GLC43. The 2017 GLC Coupe sports a distinctive single-louvered diamond textured grille and a restyled roofline that drops dramatically at the rear in a flowing muscular tail.

While it has a car-like sporty profile, optional running boards pay homage to the vehicle’s SUV roots. Also enhancing the muscular look are wheels that range up to 21-inches in diameter.

MASERATI LEVANTE

The 2017 Maserati Levante made its American debut in New York with specifics on powertrains, packaging and pricing for this market. Built in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker unveils its long-awaited and first-ever SUV in grand style.

Maserati Levante will be assembled at the newly refurbished FCA Mirafiori plant in Turin using all Maserati-developed components. Similar in scale and concept to the Porsche Cayenne, the Levante fills an obvious hole in the automaker’s roster and its success will play a critical role in helping Maserati grow its volume globally as well as in the U.S.

Despite its unique position in the Maserati lineup, the Levante’s smartly sculpted exterior styling maintains a clear family resemblance with the Quattroporte, Ghibli and GranTurismo.

TESLA MODEL X CROSSOVER SUV

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 289 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quickly as 2.9 seconds. Model X is the SUV uncompromised. Model X is designed with safety as the first priority.

The floor-mounted battery lowers the center of gravity so that the risk of rollover is about half that of any vehicle in its class. The battery structure strengthens Model X against side impact intrusions.

And without a gasoline engine, the large front trunk acts as a giant impact-absorbing crumple zone. Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats from even a tight parking space, while traditional SUV doors or Minivan sliding doors would not grant any access.

FORD GT

When I first heard the new 2017 Ford GT is expected to cost up to $350,000 – four times as much as a Chevrolet Corvette Z/06 – I was quite taken aback. Never before in its history has Ford charged anywhere close to that for a new model.

The new GT supercar will come powered by an ultra-high-boost twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine with upwards of 600 horsepower. Its sexy styling sits impossibly low to the ground, and it features a design that is much more modern than the retro-inspired GT of a few years ago.

2017 AUDI R8 The 2017 R8

has been classified as the “less exciting Lamborghini” according to some automotive journalist. With a price tag of over $170,000 this may be one of the more difficult cars to get in to on this list.

The new V10 engine provided plenty of power and the new electric clutch make shifting almost un-noticeable. The R8 is highly anticipated but without much updating of the cars style from previous years wouldn’t you rather get a Lamborghini Huracan, which aside from the body, is almost the exact same car as the R8.

2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

Lincoln Continental is a quietly elegant large sedan that will be Lincoln’s flag carrier in 2017. Quietly is a key word in the revival of the brand name Edsel Ford chose for the legendary original back in 1939.

According to Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra, the traits that will set the new car apart from its competitors are “quiet luxury, effortless power, and serenity.” The Continental’s underpinnings trace their origins to the Ford Fusion, stretched, widened, and reinforced to accommodate the Lincoln’s bigger dimensions and, presumably, increased mass.

This means that it’s basically a front-wheel drive design, but with the option of all-wheel drive, which is standard in the top model. Handsome and elegantly turned out, the Continental will be competing in a market segment monopolized by a familiar Teutonic troika—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—as well as a new domestic rival, the Cadillac CT6.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA: NEW LOOK SIGNALS EVEN MORE CHANGE

Ever since its introduction seven years ago, the Panamera’s styling– its “bulbous,” “heavy,” “hunchback” rear end specifically– has been its most talked about trait. The Panamera has been wholly redesigned for 2017, and now it’s gorgeous from tip to tail.

In typical Porsche fashion the overall aesthetic is instantly familiar, but the changes to the rear end are indeed transformative. By lowering the rear roofline, lifting the rear end and adding a rear side window with a familiar curve, Porsche’s designers crafted a Panamera that’s significantly more stylish and – as clearly evidenced by the taillight design — unapologetically more 911-like.

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4 stunning electric suv concepts for auto fanatics

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It’s been a long time coming but electric cars are finally set to make a breakthrough, with 2019 expected to be the year when they become a realistic option for most new car buyers.

By the end of this year, at least 25 different electric cars will be on sale, from small city models to tall and rugged Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

In this edition of Vaultz wheels, we shall be focusing on 4 stunning electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) concepts that will strike the auto market in the near future.

 

BYTON M-BYTE

The world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle. Designed with expressive proportions and iconic digital elements, the BYTON M-BYTE reminds you that future mobility is fueled by intelligence. You might say this car looks like an SUV, but smarter. And that’s exactly what it is: the first Smart Intuitive Vehicle!

With its masculine proportions and a length of 191 inches (4.85 meters), the BYTON M-BYTE shows its new design aesthetics in every aspect, including the closed front-end fascia, disappearing door handles, hidden antennas and a sleek, sloping roofline.

Conventional automotive styling features are giving way to innovative design icons. Side-view cameras replace side mirrors, iconic face recognition cameras provide user identification and BYTON Smart Surfaces show a situation-based interacting light design. These are just some of the intelligent signature elements that reinforce the visible digital power of the vehicle.

Your BYTON understands you like a trusted friend. It recognizes you through face recognition, talks to you and adapts to your needs. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can intuitively operate the touch displays. And as communication is never a one-way street, BYTON Air Touch also responds to your hand gestures. All in all, it gives you five dimensions of control.

 

 

GAC ENVERGE

The ENVERGE is very catchy with outstanding features and its inexplicable design is its selling point. It is electric and very futuristic especially with its gull-wing doors, digital dash screen and unconventional head and tail lights. Reportedly, it will have a range of 370 miles on a single (full) charge.

A very ridiculous feature of the car is the fact that the headlights would slide out and detach to serve a flood lights, a feature GAC nicknamed “G-Light”. It’s an SUV coupe (only two doors) with wireless battery recharging and stipulated time for a 240-mile range in just 10 minutes.

 

 

GFG STYLE’S KANGAROO HYPER-SUV

Automotive Hall-of-Fame Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, are behind the Italian company GFG Style “hyper-SUV” concept.

It’s called the Kangaroo and it resembles some of the other supercar concept designs seen. But, this one is different from the rest. A special adjustable hydraulic suspension system helps convert the concept from a sports car to an off-roader. Ride heights are able to vary from 5.5 inches in “Racing” mode to some 10.2 inches in “Off-Road” mode. The car’s front splitter can also retract while in “Off-Road” mode to improve approach angles on challenging terrain. Talk about a transition!

GFG Style says the Kangaroo can be used on any surface, from pavement, to sand, to mud. It comes with two electric motors, each rated at 241 horsepower. The combined output is listed at 482hp and 501 lb.-ft. of torque. A 90 kWh battery pack is said to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Inside the vehicle, there’s three screens that dominate the space. One is an ultra-wide screen atop the dash that serves as the rear view mirror by displaying the output from a rear-facing camera. Another noticeable aspect of the interior is the color of the leather. The bright orange of the exterior is reflected inside.

While it’s certainly not holding its breath for this vehicle to make its way to production, GFG Style says it does plan on showing off a version of the Kangaroo concept wearing snow tracks. The design company wants people to see how the Kangaroo could be used for fun, while conquering some snow-covered terrains.

 

 

LAGONDA ALL-TERRAIN SUV

Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concept from Aston Martin is mesmerizingly long and perhaps the most striking. With softly rounded edges and an elongated shooting-brake body that stretches way out over the rear wheels, this cocoon-shaped car is not quite what the teaser images had us imagining.

The British manufacturers are hoping to breathe new life into the Lagonda badge with this fully electric four-seater SUV. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is regarded as the stylistic forerunner of the Lagonda brand, which is set to resume production in 2021.

The car’s lengthy appearance is supported by a spoiler on the wide front, as well as the headlight slits that are pulled far into the side. A thin strip of light illuminated with LEDs emphasizes an already lengthy rear end.

Despite the futuristic design, the Lagonda All-Terrain concept still gives the driver a steering wheel to hold onto. But when autonomous mode is turned on, you can turn the front seats backwards to create a sort of self-driving sitting room.

The Lagonda SUV will use potentially game-changing solid state batteries which offer many advantages over the regular lithium-ion ones used in most electric cars. Solid-state batteries do not use liquid electrolytes to move energy around. The cells are made of solid, dry conductive material which mean they are less prone to fire and can supply energy and accept a charge more readily.

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