Subaru have announced the pricing and specifications for the new Outback in the UK, with the model receiving styling updates and an influx of safety tech.

Updated for 2018, the outback has received both interior and exterior design adjustments, including a new grille and redesigned bumpers, wing mirrors and headlights. Inside, the touchscreen has grown an inch (now 8″) on the SE Premium model, and the system is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and has DAB radio. The SE trim now gets heated front seats and the 6.5″ touchscreen has been updated.

A camera placed below the Subaru badge provides an 180º view from the front, and with side cameras underneath the door mirrors no obstacle is out of view. Lane assist is also included as standard, alongside adaptive cruise, lead vehicle start alert and pre-collision braking and throttle management as part of the EyeSight safety features. Steer responsive headlights are also a new feature.

The Outback is also set up in such a way that in a collision, the engine is forced below the cabin, offering even more assured safety.

The 2018 model is available at exactly the same prices as before the update, with SE trim starting at £29,995 and SE Premium at £33,010.

The offer of £500 deposit contribution on a 5.2% APR Personal Contract Plan is now available on Design and R-Line spec T-Rocs, and now covers the whole T-Roc lineup.

Basic equipment across the T-Roc range includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, CD player and DAB radio, plus mobile connectivity. Dual zone climate control is also standard.

The compact SUV boasts a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with six airbags and advanced driver assists.

VW launched the Design trim specifically for the T-Roc, championing personalisation with the SUV. The two-tone paintwork differentiates the roof, A-pillar and door mirrors from the lower bodywork, accentuating the sporty styling. It also gets tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloy wheels. There’s a host of vibrant interior options, with upholstery available in orange, blue and yellow swatches. Prices for T-Roc Design models start at £26,450.

The R-Line is the sportiest and range-topping trim, and was recently added to the T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace families. It sees the T-Roc get 19-inch alloy wheels, low rolling resistance tyres, a roof spoiler, R-Line badging and a sports suspension. R-Line pricing kicks off at £26,450.

Volkswagen’s sporty and top of the range R-Line trim has been added to it’s two newest SUVs.

The compact T-Roc and the family orientated seven seat Tiguan Allspace receive the R-Line treatment, that adds sporty styling cues and equipment upgrades to their rosters.

On the T-Roc R-Line, 19″ alloys along with a sports suspension setup. The exterior visuals are enhanced with R-Line front and rear bumpers, a roof spoiler, black wheel arch extensions and body coloured side skirts.

Inside, the interior is bolstered by a new black roof lining, decorative inserts in the dash and door panels, aluminium pedals along with LED reading lights plus R-Line floor mats and flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The four-wheel drive T-Rocs available in R-line will be the 2.0-litre auto petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel with a six-speed manual, with R-line prices starting at £26,450.

In the Tiguan Allspace, the R-Line additions also include bigger alloys – this time 20″ – and a sports suspension. With the optional Dynamic Chassis Control this can be tailored via sport, comfort or normal settings.

Aluminium dash inserts liven up the R-Line Allspace interior, where a leather three-spoke steering wheel sits before Race cloth seats in a cabin littered with R-Line logos in the upholstery and trimmings.

The 4Motion powerplants available with R-Line trim are all 2.0-litre diesel units, with the 150bhp version available in both six-speed manual and seven-speed auto – a gearbox also on offer with the 190bhp variant. R-Line Tiguan Allspace pricing begins at £35,755.

The addition of the T-Roc and the Tiguan Allspace to VW’s SUV range is part of their ongoing expansion in the sector, with a new Touareg on the way this summer and the smallest of the family, the T-Cross, due for reveal later in the year.

You wouldn’t have been alone if you scoffed when Rolls Royce announced their first SUV a few years ago. Nor when they attached the slogan ‘Effortless, Everywhere’ to it. However, if the Cullinan pulls off its ‘Final Challenge‘ before its launch, then may people may be forced to eat humble pie.

Along with celebrated explorer Cory Richards, the Cullinan will embark on a journey that sees it start in the highlands of Scotland and encounter the snow of Austria, Middle Eastern deserts and finally ‘the toughest terrain in the United States’. There will also be miles over tricky surfaces and numerous off-road challenges along the way.

The trip will be covered online by both Rolls Royce and National Geographic, when it kicks off tomorrow, 4th April. How rigorous the challenge is remains to be seen – but it may well change perceptions of the impending SUV.

 

It was inevitable and long rumoured, but now the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is finally here. Well, in New York at least.

It takes the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 favoured by Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO department, and uses the 542bhp it produces to clock 0-60 of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 176mph.

It shares a lot with the new Range Rover Sport SVR, as you’d expect, but the F-Pace is down on power when you put the two side by side. By 15 units in both horsepower and pounds-foot torque. Not that you’d notice though, as the top speed and acceleration are identical.

The chassis has been tuned by SVR, an electrical rear diff, uprated two-part brake discs, a lighter SVR exhaust and all of the usual SVR trimmings and badges. It retains the all-terrain 4WD system from the standard F-Pace,

Inside, quilted leather sport seats in the front match the rear bench, and the SVR steering wheel sits afore aluminium paddle shifters. The boot offers 650-litres of load space, and onboard 4G Wi-Fi accompanies the 10″ touchscreen in infotainment, whilst the driver information is displayed on a 12.3″ instrument cluster.

There isn’t a full release date yet for the F-Pace SVR, but customers can register their interest online. With prices for the Range Rover Sport SVR starting just under £100,000, you can expect the F-Pace to cost a similar amount to it’s brother in SV aRms.

The new Hyundai Tucson has been debuted at the New York International Auto Show.

The facelift sees the headlights refined, whilst the bumper has been uplifted, skidplate too. The rear lights and bumper have been tweaked too, and there also also new wheel designs.

But the mid-life refresh is more than just a facelift, with updated powertrains and the addition of driver tech. The engines – two diesel and two petrol – have been fettled to reduce size and emissions, and the 186bhp, 2.0-litre diesel is the only option that comes with 4WD as standard. There’s a choice of six-speed manual transmission, or an eight-speed auto with the bigger diesel engine, whereas with the other diesel 4WD offering – the 133bhp 1.6-litre – comes with a seven speed dual clutch transmission. The 177bhp 1.6-litre petrol is available with 4WD too, with either a six-speed stick or the seven-speed dual clutch.

Driver tech has been improved with the latest Hyundai SmartSense systems. This integrates autonomous emergency braking, lane assist, speed limit indication, driver awareness warning and 360º reversing camera.

A European debut for the Tucson is impending, and will bring further information on the model specifications.

Toyota have revealed the all-new RAV4 ahead of its debut at the New York International Auto Show, sporting a more angular body with a contrasting roof.

The newly designed fifth-generation SUV is on Toyota’s latest TNGA platform, giving it a wider stance and more ground clearance than the predecessor.  Overall length is slightly up on the current model, meaning a longer wheelbase, too. Front and rear overhang has been reduced, giving the new RAV4 better approach and departure angles.

Two new powertrains will be available in the new RAV4, with a 2.5-litre hybrid system and a 2.0-litre petrol unit with both manual and automatic transmissions. A new electric all-wheel drive system has been developed for the electrified power unit, using one of two electric motors on the rear axle to offer extra torque and also aid fuel efficiency. The mechanical system for the petrol unit has been improved, featuring twin couplings and rear disconnect with the automatic transmission.

There’s no news yet on pricing or specifications, but these are expected after the reveal in New York with the new RAV4 expected in the UK early in 2019.

It wasn’t long after Merc revealed the new G-Class that their pals at AMG had their way with it.

The G-63 has a 4-litre V8 under the bonnet, kicking out 585bhp and 626lbf.ft. This means that the Goliath wagon has a new top speed of 137mph – or 149mph with the optional AMG Driver’s package. It also means an incredibly impressive 4.5 seconds to sixty for a truck that weighs around 2.5 tonnes.

The iconic design of the G-Class was tweaked for the new model, and a host of new tech has been utilised to retain its off-road prowess in this latest form. It comes with a nine-speed automatic box, three locking diffs, a nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG have added ride control suspension, a sports exhaust and performance brakes.

As expected, the prices for an AMG fettled G are higher than the £90k for a boggo one. The G-63 starts at £143,305, with a special Edition 1 available for £164,495.

The Edition 1 comes with matte black alloys with red rims, exclusive upholstery and Edition 1 badging.

This morning saw the launch of the third-generation Volkswagen Touareg, at a global reveal held in China.

It’s the first model from the German marque  to feature the new Innovision cockpit – the latest generation of infotainment that consists of 12″and 15″ digital screens. The footer is a digital cockpit behind the steering wheel, combining sat-nav and driving data, whilst the bigger screen sits centrally on the dash and on the whole removes the necessity of buttons. The touchscreen controls everything from on-board entertainment to the comfort settings and makes personalisation easy.

With a wide breadth of driver assistance and safety features, the new Touareg pushes the boat out. One of the new additions is a night vision system that detects people, animals and obstacles in the dark using thermal imaging. More conventional inclusions are lane assist, front cross traffic assist and four-wheel steering. Electronically manned anti-roll bars add stability to the ride, whilst it has VW’s signature windscreen head-up display and also gets automatic LED headlights. All of these features can be controlled via the central touchscreen.

The new Touareg is bigger than its predecessor – in both width and length – affording for more interior space – rear storage capacity is increased by 113-litres when the rear seats are upright. But despite it’s bigger size the new SUV is lighter thanks to construction consisting of 48% aluminium.

V6 engines accompany the new Touareg from launch – diesels with 231bhp or 286bhp. In certain markets these will be followed by a petrol version (340bhp) and a powerful diesel V8 good for 421bhp. A plug-in hybrid will be released in China, with a European launch date for the green option still undecided.

The Touareg was launched alongside a trio of SUVs exclusive to China – VW’s biggest global market – and as yet there are no specifics on pricing or general release.

 

Mitsubishi have added a new special edition to the L200 line-up – the SVP Barbarian II.

The L200 gets the Special Vehicle Projects makeover for the second time, with a duo of two-tone colourways. The SVP Barbarian II will come in pearlescent Diamond Black or Atlantic Grey, with details on both picked out in a metallic orange. Only 250 will enter production, with half of them in each base colour. Custom black and orange 17″ alloys and extended wheel arches and SVP grille further differentiate the Barbarian from other L200s.

The dark interior also features striking orange detailing, with each of the SVPs getting their production number etched into the headrests. Standard equipment includes the SDA infotainment system, rain-sensing wipers, bluetooth connectivity, xenon headlights with LED running lights, cruise control and reversing camera.

Barbarians will get the 2.4-litre, all-aluminium turbodiesel unit with 4WD and the choice of a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox.

The L200 SVP Barbarian II is available to order now, in both colours, with prices starting at £29,830.