Perhaps, the most unusual and interesting phenomenon in the auto industry for the past ten years has become the emergence and rapid development of an entirely new class – crossovers. For such a short time, this car class has turned from virtually unremarkable version into a real competitor for station wagons, classic sedans as well as minivans.
This is quite logical, since the crossover combines all of the most essential features for the larger audience of customers – the accommodation capacity, high ground clearance, an incredible comfort and the desired level of ride-ability.
And now, almost all manufacturers have decided to revise its model line-up of crossovers and to present decent and interesting models in the new 2017 year.
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 Crossover will go to the World Market
The Infiniti automotive company has recently unveiled the new QX30 crossover. The presentation was held at the Auto Shows in Geneva and in Los Angeles.
Despite of the fact that Japanese manufacturers have launched only the commercial version of the car, even on the basis of this, it can be stated with confidence that the novelty will take a high place in the global automotive market.
The Exterior Design
It should be noted that the new crossover from Infiniti has got a quite presentable appearance. The exterior is maintained in a daring and sophisticated style with a combination of sports elements and smooth lines, which are designed to improve the aerodynamics of the car.
The car can perfectly experience any roadway, since it is distinguished by the excellent stability, but at the same time ability to perform complex maneuvers while riding.
The Interior Features
The QX30 crossover interior fully corresponds to its exterior. According to the manufacturer, it became known that in the world markets, the model will appear in the four-seat version, but it is also possible, that some of the model variations will be equipped with the fifth seat. In general, the crossover interior is very stylish, maintained in a slightly daring design.
It is noteworthy, that there are almost no straight lines inside of the car, and plastic and leather metal elements match perfectly, reminding us that the QX30 is a modern vehicle, which is primarily oriented on the drivers of the younger generation.
Also, the main distinctive feature of the novelty is the panoramic roof, made of glass, but will be available only in some versions of the model.
2017 Infiniti QX30: images
The Crossover Dimensions
The Japanese manufacturers consider this car to be a compact crossover, well, let’s make it clear while observing its overall dimensions:
- The QX30 length is 4450 mm;
- The height corresponds to 1,520 mm;
- The width – 1810 mm;
- The ground clearance is 180-190 mm, depending on the size of the wheel.
The Crossover Specifications
The manufacturer has not announced any official information concerning to the powertrains, but the analysts claim that the company plans to use the tested Mercedes-Benz GLA engines:
- The 1.6-liter engine with 122 hp;
- The 1.6-liter unit, producing 155 hp;
- The two-liter engine with an output of 211 hp.
- The 1.5-liter engine with a capacity of 109 hp;
- The 2.1-liter power unit producing 136 hp;
- The 2.1-liter unit with an output of 170 hp.
Apparently, these engines will be coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Price of The Crossover
The manufacturer is in no hurry to disclose the price tag on this car, but there is an opinion that it will not be much different from the predecessor’s one, and it is about 50 000 USD.
The Updated 2017 Hyundai Tucson
A couple of months ago, the public premiere of the new Hyundai Tucson took place at the Geneva Motor Show. It should be noted, that the last modification of the crossover was in great demand on the world market, therefore the Korean automotive company has decided to improve it for the further mass production.
The Exterior Design
The novelty exterior can be characterized in two words – elegance and style. It is rather noticeable that the novelty has many differences from the previous models, but still its recognizable style allows us to identify the Asian origin of the car. Most critics argue that the appearance of Hyundai Tucson has much in common with the design of the Santa Fe models.
The Overall Dimensions of the Car
The size of the new Tucson has not been changed much:
- The length of the car has increased to 4,500 mm (+ 65mm);
- The width has become equal to 1850 mm (+30 mm);
- The height corresponds to 1650 mm (-20 mm).
The Interior Design of the New Car
As for the interior, it can be said that it is maintained with the highest standards in terms of the comfort, the amount of free space as well as the ergonomics. The maximum of attention can be given to the front seats, equipped with numerous adjustments and a heating function.
The rear passengers will also get cozy and enjoyable seats. In general, it is so comfortable inside of the new car that even four people can sometimes be easily accommodated on the rear sofa.
The digital instrument panel features a large screen, which is a great addition to a number of other inventions of the new Tucson’s interior.
The capacity of the luggage compartment can be greatly expanded from 515 liters to an impressive 1,500 liters.
2017 Hyundai Tucson: images
According to preliminary information, a list of engines for the 2016-2017 Tucson will consist of several versions. Petrol engines feature the capacity of 116-185 hp (depending on the vehicle equipment).
Regarding to the diesel versions, it can be said that they are characterized by specifications similar to the petrol power units.
Of course, we need to talk about the car transmission; moreover, the manufacturer will offer several versions of it. For example, the new model can be equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic seven-speed one.
As a result, we can safely state that the novelty fully meets the number of generally accepted European standards of environmental friendliness and safety.
The Price of the Novelty
Start of mass sales of the new car is scheduled for the beginning of the 2016, and for the customers from Russia, the novelty will be available only at the end of the current year.
Presumably, in Russia, this car will be powered by both diesel and petrol engines. There is also information that the South Korean manufacturer has decided to assemble this model at the plant in St. Petersburg.
The Restyled 2017 Ford Kuga Crossover Features
Everybody knows that the Ford Kuga (the name is common in the CIS, and in all other countries it is known as the Ford Escape) is a popular and demanded on a global market car.
In order to correspond to such high demand, the American manufacturer has decided to update the car slightly.
The Exterior Design
Analyzing the novelty exterior, it should be noted that the grille has become more attractive and perfectly match with the original lights. Special attention should be paid to the front bumper, which has acquired the chrome plated finish. American engineers believe that chrome elements in the exterior of the vehicle reflect its exquisiteness.
The new Kuga is also distinguished by the presence of aluminum parts, which, of course, reduces the total weight of the car.
The side of the crossover body features huge wheel arches, as well as a nice roof rack, which has been inherited from the previous cars.
The Novelty Interior
The interior of the new car corresponds to the style of design, which has been maintained by the automobile company for quite a long time. In spite of this, the interior has been increased, becoming more ergonomic and spacious than that of the predecessors.
The functionality of the model is also increased. The updated Kuga is recognized by the modern dashboard and comfortable steering wheel with lots of features. The seat trim is rather amazing. All seats are equipped with a variety of regulations, providing the maximum degree of comfort.
The cabin of the car has been changed, but some of the disadvantages are also present. For example, the driver will need to bend forward in order to operate the climate control, and the multimedia system interface is almost invisible on the small screen.
In its basic version, the car will be equipped with a rear-view camera, a sound system with 6 speakers; an outlet and the parking assist system.
2017 Ford Kuga (Escape): images
The Model Dimensions
In fact, the novelty hasn’t been increased in size:
- The length of the car is 4600 mm;
- The height of the new Kuga is equal to 1710 mm;
- The width of the novelty corresponds to 1840 mm;
- The wheelbase doesn’t exceed 2700 mm;
- The capacity of the luggage compartment – 440 liters.
The 2016-2017 Ford Kuga Specifications
The manufacturer has decided to continue using the well-proven range of powertrains for the new car:
- The 1.5-liter engine with 185 hp;
- The 2.0-liter engine with a capacity of 245-hp.
Presumably, the new car will be powered by a petrol power unit with a capacity of 2.5 liters and about 168 hp. The turbo engine producing 240 hp will also be offered, designed for the top-end version of the model. The updated crossover will get a front-drive system. As an option, the Blind Zone Alert system will be available, as well as the tire pressure sensor and the pre-heater. The car will be equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.
The Price of the Updated Kuga
The novelty will not be soon launched on sale, but we can already say that the price tag on it will not be higher than 30 000 USD.
Toyota has Delighted the Public by the Update for the RAV4 Crossover
The Toyota RAV4, Japanese medium size crossover, has been unveiled in the 2016 modification at the Motor Show in New York. After six months, the model has appeared in Russia, setting pre-orders since mid-October.
The Novelty Exterior
The restyling has not significantly affected the exterior of the crossover, the car is still recognizable but fresher. The body profile has not received any updates, in fact, as well as the size of the wheels and the discs.
Optics has received changes. The rear and the front lights are more distinct than in the previous model. The headlights are equipped with Xenon lamps; the LEDs are used for the parking, stop, and daytime running lights.
Restyling has touched the radiator grille as well as the front and rear bumpers, updating them slightly.
Luggage compartment door is now opened up. For the status crossover it has been already typical, but this model has got the feature just now.
The Interior and Overall Dimensions
Similarly to the exterior, the interior has not received any great changes. However, it should be noted that the quality of finishing materials have become much better. Basing on the customer’s feedback, the manufacturers have used a nice material for the interior trim, changing the covering around the dashboard.
The elegant MID – display, which has been increased to 4.2 inches, will provide with all of the information about the current state of the car. The new multimedia system has been installed.
The cabin has become more spacious, due to the using of seats with thinner backs, as well as the increased overall dimensions of cars:
- Length – 4605 mm;
- Height – 1670 mm;
- Width – 1845 mm;
- Ground clearance – 197 mm;
- Wheelbase – 2260 mm.
2017 Toyota RAV4: images
Technical Specifications of the Crossover
The powertrains, which will be mounted in the modifications for domestic markets, are presented in three versions:
- The 2.0-liter petrol power unit, producing 146 hp, coupled with a manual six-speed gearbox. As an option, it is possible to order the all-wheel drive system and the continuously variable transmission.
- The 2.5-liter engine with a capacity of 180 hp, sending power to the front wheels pair through the six-speed automatic transaxle. In this performance the car has four-wheel drive.
- The 2.2-liter diesel version, generating 150 hp, equipped with a manual six-speed transmission.
The Price of the Car
The car in the classic configuration is offered for 15 000 USD. The top-end version is evaluated in 25 600 USD.