Monthly Archives: December 2015

2016 Nissan Qashqai North American Debut

2016 Nissan Qashqai price

According to recent reports, Nissan is due to introduce its immensely popular Qashqai crossover to the North American market. Namely, this British-built compact crossover is expected to slot below the larger Rogue in the U.S. lineup. As a smaller and more fuel-efficient model, the 2016 Nissan Qashqai will replace the Rogue Select that is currently sold as a junior Rogue. Although it shares many of its components with the Rogue, the European Qashqai is actually 10 inches shorter than its American cousin. Moreover, several spy shots of a lightly camouflaged prototype, recently taken in Spain, confirm that this model is due to undergo some visual changes before it hits the U.S. dealerships.

2017 Nissan Murano Release Date

2017 Nissan Murano Platinum

Arriving as a completely redesigned model for the 2015 MY, the Nissan Murano is currently one of the freshest SUVs in this hotly contested segment. In addition to its radically improved exterior styling and technological features, a hybrid-powered version of the redesigned model is due to join the lineup for the 2016 MY. Now, the 2017 Nissan Murano is expected to bring a number of subtle upgrades when it comes to the design, as well as some mechanical tweaks.

2017 Lincoln MKX

2017 Lincoln MKX price

The 2017 Lincoln MKX will come only a year after the second generation of this crossover made its global debut. As part of the company’s efforts to enter the Chinese market, the MKX was the brand’s first model ever to be launched outside the US. However, it seems that Lincoln’s redesigned crossover has what it takes to become successful on other markets as well. As for the 2017 model, it is expected to arrive without any substantial changes.

2017 Lexus TX Brand New Crossover

A three-row version of the Lexus RX has been speculated about for quite some time. However, we’ve recently been given several spy images that corroborate this story. A couple of camouflaged test mules in three-row configurations have been spotted on the streets of Los Angeles. While some believe that the extended version will actually be sold as the 2017 Lexus RX, others suggest that this model will make its debut wearing the new TX moniker. Anyway, the upcoming model will naturally share most of its components with the brand’s best-selling RX crossover SUV. The 2017 Lexus TX is expected to hit the showrooms in late 2016.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC New Diesel Engine

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

What has been known as the GLK-Class until recently, adopted a new moniker as part of Mercedes-Benz’s new naming strategy. Namely, the completely redesigned 2016 model has recently hit the dealerships bearing the GLC nameplate that reflects its connection with the C-Class. While the new GLC is currently produced at the Bremen facility in Germany, the latest reports suggest that the German automaker plans to expand production globally. As of 2017, some of the GLC vehicles will be built in Finland by Valmet Automotive contract manufacturer. Arriving only a year after the brand-new generation made its debut, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC will feature the same exterior and interior styling offered by the previous model. However, expect the 2017 model to introduce a new diesel engine to the North American market.

2018 Land Rover Defender Price

Although the next generation of the iconic Defender was previously expected to arrive sooner, the latest reports suggest that its debut is most likely to happen in 2017. Interestingly, Land Rover’s famous SUV hasn’t been redesigned in more than three decades. The direct successor to the 1948 Series I was last sold in the US almost twenty years ago, whereas the redesigned Defender is due to make its North American comeback. According to unnamed sources, the 2018 Land Rover Defender will be offered in five versions, including two two-door models, a long-wheelbase four-door model and two- and four-door pickups. Many car enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the Defender’s arrival sometime in 2017, while the current version is going to be discontinued by the end of 2015. Land Rover has recently announced that the upcoming model is set to be built in an all-new facility in Slovakia.

2017 Infiniti QX60 Release Date

2017 Infiniti QX60 release date

According to the recent spy shots, it seems that Infiniti plans to give the QX60 model a facelift for the 2017 MY. This mid-size luxury crossover, previously known as the JX, was first revealed in 2012 as a 2013 model. Now, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 is due to receive a number exterior and interior upgrades. Based on the photos of a prototype caught while testing in the United States, the upcoming facelift should bring revamped front and rear ends, whereas the cabin is slated to receive several updates. According to reliable sources, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 is due to go on sale in early 2016.     

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Release

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Release

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is due to receive a number of exterior and interior updates. This compact crossover first arrived for the 2013 MY as a different variant of the Santa Fe SUV. While the regular Santa Fe continued to compete in the mid-size SUV segment, the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport was offered to those who opt for a smaller and more athletic crossover. As for the changes expected from the 2017 Santa Fe Sport, they will include several mostly mild exterior upgrades as well as reshuffled equipment packages.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Pricing and Release

2017 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s smallest crossover was first revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show, while its European debut took place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This sleek crossover came as part of the company’s efforts to establish itself in the hotly contested compact SUV segment. As for the 2017 Mazda CX-3, it will carry over almost completely unchanged. While retaining its familiar exterior styling and engine department, it is expected to introduce several upgrades when it comes to the list of standard equipment. We certainly expect the CX-3 to remain a formidable rival to the likes of the new Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and Chevrolet Trax.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Redesign

2017 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti’s full-size SUV is due to receive several updates for the 2017 model year. Namely, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 will be a slightly enhanced version of its predecessor. Previously known as the QX56, the second generation of this luxury SUV hasn’t changed much since it was launched in 2010. While some find its looks controversial, others praise it as a well built and remarkably comfortable vehicle. In that regard, expect the 2017 to offer a similar level of comfort and certain technological improvements.