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    2014 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Review:

    The Range Rover HSE comes standard with an all-new supercharged V6 engine that reviewers say has Plenty of power. A supercharged V8 is optional, and analysts concur that this engine  gives the Range Rover significantly more noteworthy increasing speed. An eight-speed transmission that analysts acclaim for its Swift shifting is standard with either engine. Efficiency is dependent upon an EPA-evaluated 17 mpg City and 23 mpg  highway, which is incredible for its  class. Test drivers acclaim for the Range Rover HSE for its staggering driving through rough terrain capacity, and also being a comfortable ride on the road. Reviewers report that the Range Rover’s brakes are Amazingly solid and that its guiding is decently weighted for low-speed driving and going dirt road romping too. Even with a well-equipped Land Rover Range Rover HSE, We are able to offer you low Range Rover lease payments as well as discount Land Rover Prices.

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    The five-seat Land Rover Range Rover HSE is commended by Reviewers for having one of the most spacious interiors in the class, with first-rate materials and a stunning design. They say its front seats are comfortable and have soft headrests,  and the seats provide a commanding view of the road.  They also say the back seats have plenty of head- and legroom for most passengers. There is less load space than numerous different vehicles in this class, however the Range Rover is smaller than the vast majority of its opponents. You will love the sound quality from the optional Meridian sound system. Standard features include tri-zone climate control, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker Meridian audio system and USB ports. Features available as stand-alone options and/or on higher trim levels include a surround camera system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 19 or 29-speaker Meridian audio system, a refrigerated front center console and four-zone climate control.

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    Summary:

    The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover HSE seats five passengers and comes as a standard with full-time four-wheel drive. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is standard and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is optional. Both of these Engines are combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Range Rover HSE comes in either short- or long-wheelbase designs. All color options are  available for Nationwide delivery.  The Range Rover HSE was fully redesigned for the 2013 model year, and receives minor updates for 2014 model year, and gets minor upgrades for 2014.

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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, GLK250 GLK350. Low Fleet Pricing on all New and Pre-owned Cars with Fast Worldwide Delivery, Huge Selections Available, and Special Offers. (800)851-9000

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    2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review
    If you’re an automotive enthusiast, then small luxury crossovers probably don’t light your candle. (Audi’s Red Bull–snorting, 310-hp Q3 with a turbocharged five is one noteworthy exception.) Still, the refreshed-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK deserves your attention.The Diesel We Want, the Efficiency Benz NeedsNever a champion in the EPA fuel-economy department, the Mercedes-Benz GLK gets two significant upgrades in its engine bay for the 2014 model year. First, the GLK250 BlueTec is new to the lineup. Its 2.1-liter diesel four provides 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Benz’s American boss Steven Cannon told us a few months ago that the engine should deliver an EPA highway rating “in the high 30s.” We expect a big jump in city mileage, too, so the GLK250 likely will shame last year’s gasoline-drinking GLK350, which was a bit of a guzzler at 16 mpg city/22 highway. The new diesel GLK will come only with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox; Benz says the drivetrain has been tweaked to minimize noise, vibration, and harshness.

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    The rollout of more four-cylinder diesels in the U.S. is long overdue, and we’re pretty psyched. And let’s be clear: Benz isn’t bringing its four-cylinder diesel here for just one car. Investing in emissions and crash compliance means you’ll see the diesel four in the next-gen C-class—a mechanical cousin to the GLK—among other vehicles.For folks who prefer gasoline power, the GLK350 is upgraded with the latest generation of Benz’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Now featuring direct injection, the GLK350’s engine is good for 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The older V-6 made just 268 hp and 258 lb-ft. The GLK350 also picks up an engine stop/start system, a feature heretofore exclusive to Mercedes’ hybrid models and a few AMG cars. (The technology is standard in the new SL550 launching later this year, too.) As was the case in the past, the GLK350 comes only with a seven-speed automatic gearbox but can be ordered with either rear- or all-wheel drive.Not a Total Renovation, But Close EnoughThe chunky styling that distinguished the last GLK has now been softened, with a curvy new fascia setting a more graceful tone. This restyled schnoz also brings the GLK’s look in line with the appearance of other new Mercedes models, such as the M-class crossover.Not shockingly, the GLK gets this decade’s must-have automotive fashion accessory: LED daytime running lights. An optional package will upgrade the headlamps to the lighting equivalent of a NASA computer system, bringing an active cornering function, headlight washers, and automatic high beams that dim when cars or pedestrians are detected ahead.Benz’s boffins also restyled the GLK’s back end. The new taillights are now solid red, rather than the red-and-white sandwich of last year’s car. The lower fascia also is remodeled, with a chrome skidplate-type substance and integrated exhaust outlets. For more style, an exterior AMG Styling package remains on the options sheet; it adds 20-inch AMG wheels, different LED running lights, aluminum roof rails, and tweaked fascias.In contrast with the gently massaged exterior, the interior of the GLK was hit harder by the metaphorical wrecking ball. A stylish new dashboard has been installed, with two circular vents in the center and a sweep of metal or wood spanning its width. A 5.8-inch display sits atop the center stack, while upgrading to the Multimedia package nets a seven-inch screen to display the latest iteration of Benz’s COMAND infotainment system. The screen in the IP has been upgraded to color, too. The dash looks nicer than the boxy, plasticky piece in the pre-refresh GLK, and should represent the same leap forward in material quality we saw in last year’s update to the cabin of the C-class.GLK fanatics may also notice that the console-mounted shifter is gone, replaced by a column-mounted gear selector. This, in turn, clears up some space on the center tunnel. A set of steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are now standard.As was the case when Mercedes updated the C- and E-classes last year, the GLK can now be fitted with an entire warehouse of gadgets and safety features. Standard kit includes nine airbags—including driver and passenger pelvic airbags—active front head restraints, and Benz’s Attention Assist system, which purports to tell drivers that they’re tired and should stop driving. Buyers can pay extra for a power tilt/telescoping steering column, navigation, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, an automated parking system, leather upholstery, and keyless start. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and radar cruise control are available, as well.

    Summary
    All of the toys and safety tech not only help Mercedes-Benz distinguish its entry-level ute from feature-packed competitors sold by non-luxury brands, but they also will bring the GLK’s price into the could-have-had-a-condo range. Official pricing isn’t out yet, but even if the sticker doesn’t jump much from last year’s $36,755, a fully equipped GLK350 will no doubt crest $50K. We just hope that Benz positions the diesel GLK250 as it did the diesel GL-class—as the entry-level model. We expect the updated GLK350 to arrive this fall, while the diesel model will have later availability, arriving in the first quarter of 2014.



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    2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review
    Now in its third generation, the M-class has gone from the risky startup enterprise of 1997—new vehicle, new workforce, new U.S. assembly plant—to a solidly established luxury SUV with an increasingly firm grip on a market segment it helped to create.It doesn’t take a lot of seat time to understand the appeal. Whether all four tires are scratching terra firma or just the rears, the latest ML ups the ante in the areas that count: ritzier interior, quiet operation, smooth ride, more power, more mpg, more room.

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    There’s also more ML. Compared with its predecessor’s measurements, the 114.8-inch wheelbase is about the same, but overall length increases almost an inch, to 189.1, and width expands 1.5 inches, to 75.8. At 70.7 inches, the roof is closer to mother earth by almost an inch, but then so is the undercarriage—ground clearance for the latest ML350 decreased by almost three inches, to 5.4, which tells you something about the priority of off-road use in the gen-three design. This here is an urban cowboy.One other increase is at the scales. In our May 2007 comparison test, an ML350 4MATIC weighed 4886 pounds. Not exactly svelte, but the 2014 4MATIC test vehicle tipped the scales at 5023, 340 more pounds than the 2014 rear-drive ML350 in this twin test.Manageable MassSo, more mass. But the updated powertrain makes light of it. The displacement of the ML350’s DOHC 24-valve aluminum V-6 is still 3498 cc, but its feeding regimen has changed; direct fuel injection replaces the previous port-injection system. The new diet produces noticeable results. Horsepower is up 34, to 302, and torque increases by 15 lb-ft, to 273.Better yet, in an era of unprecedented mpg consciousness, EPA fuel-economy ratings are up, too—18 mpg city and 23 highway for both the rear-drive and 4MATIC versions of the 2014 model versus 17/22 for the previous generation (it was available only in 4MATIC form). We logged roughly 1000 miles with our ML350 test vehicles, averaging 19 mpg with the rear-driver and 18 mpg with the 4MATIC.Put that 1-mpg distinction down to the difference in curb weight, which also shows up on the acceleration charts. The rear-drive ML sprinted to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 14.9 at 94 mph. The 4MATIC needed 6.7 seconds to hit 60 and covered 440 yards in 15.1 seconds at 93 mph. We should add that the rolling-acceleration numbers—5–to-60 mph, 30-to-50 mph, etc.—were about the same for both MLs. And we should add further that the 4MATIC’s sprints were significantly quicker than those of the gen-two version—almost a half-second to 60—that contended in our 2007 comparo.

    Summary
    No-Drama DynamicsThe gen-two MLs were all about quiet comfort, and the gen threes are more so. Suspension travel is abundant, and the pneumatic components tuned to make driving down a stairway feel like a cruise through the park.



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    2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
    There are very few AMG concoctions we haven’t enjoyed, and the C63 is perhaps our current favorite. Its carrying forward of the M156 naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 when the rest of the Affalterbach clan—bar the SLS AMG GT—is being downsized and turbo’d reminds us just how special the hot C really is. The only way we envision the C63 getting any better is by giving it more power. And that’s just what Benz’s skunk works team has done with the advent of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507.

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    The C63 Edition 507 raises output to—surprise!—precisely 507 horsepower, delivered at 6800 rpm. Maximum torque is capped at 450 lb-ft and arrives at 5200 rpm. Thus emboldened, the Edition 507 surpasses not only the standard C63’s 451 horsepower (481 with the optional development package), but also that of every other vehicle in this class—keeping in mind the 510-hp C63 AMG Black Series was available just for 2012. Mercedes claims a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds—three-tenths quicker than the standard C63, and two-tenths up on C63s fitted with the development package—but our most recent test in a C63 with the development package saw us run the sprint to 60 in 3.7 seconds, so expect the 507’s time to be somewhere closer to 3.6. Top speed is electronically limited to 174 mph, up from 155. Fuel consumption likely will remain identical to the standard C63’s EPA estimates of 13 mpg in the city and 19 highway.The power increase was achieved through forged pistons taken directly from the M159 engine used in the SLS. New connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft, new forged pistons—the same components upgraded in the C63 Black Series—and an engine remapping complete the light-but-effective surgery to the powerplant. (Benz says the SLS-sourced internals shave 6.6 pounds in weight.) The mill is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The chassis is improved as well, with a composite braking system that employs red-finished calipers—six-piston up front and four-piston in the rear—–clamping down onto 14.2-inch discs at all four corners. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels are available in a glossy Titanium Gray or matte black and are shod with 235/35 front and 255/30 rear Yokohama rubber.Making sure the performance changes don’t go unnoticed, AMG has upgraded the exterior to achieve a more sinister look. The headlights, grille surround, mirror caps, and decklid spoiler all are finished in black, and 1970s-style striping just above the rocker panels. But the most notable visual cue of the 507 Edition is perhaps its hood, swiped from the C63 Black Series and featuring dual heat extractors.Interior appointments are limited to black or white leather, trimmed with black faux suede—which also wraps the steering wheel—and contrast stitching. A piano black finish is applied to the dash, where an Edition 507 badge resides, and the door panels. The gauge cluster features red accents to differentiate the special-edition C from the more plebeian of C63 offerings. (Gone are the gaudy red seat belts and accent stitching that crept in to last year’s Black Series, thankfully.)

    Summary
    The Edition 507 will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March and hit U.S. showrooms in the summer. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect the 507 to split current C63’s base price of $62,405 and last year’s limited-edition Black Series, whose base sticker was $108,575. Not available stateside, sadly, is the C63 AMG Edition 507 wagon, which will be sold in Germany and elsewhere. AMG wagon lovers carrying U.S. passports will have to opt for the E63 AMG wagon. And while we adore that car for what it is, it doesn’t quite tickle our fancy the way this M156-powered supercar in disguise does.



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    2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review
    The last word in luxury limos hasn’t been spoken until Mercedes-Benz has had the floor. Herr Dr. Benz’s firm was making the preferred shipping containers for the mostly unelected elite when Audi was merely a business plan, when BMW was in the bubble-car business, and when the word “lexus” was just badly butchered Latin. No company in this market has more experience catering to finicky buyers.Thus does Mercedes now deliver its latest take on the executive-level sedan after just about everybody else, from Hyundai to Hongqi, has taken a shot. Over the years, Benz and its closest competitors have reduced power, handling, and comfort to commodities. Supplying them in overabundance is the table ante now, so the strategy with the new S, code-named W222 and initially available in the U.S. as the S550 and S550 4MATIC, has been to think of what else the rich desire even before the rich think of it themselves.

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    For example, absolutely nobody knows he needs two reverse gear ratios or stereo-speaker mood lights in seven driver-selectable colors. At least, not yet. Or seat coolers that suck (air) for four minutes before they blow, which does indeed chill your sweaty backside more quickly. The “hot-stone massage” feature, also optional, feels as if somebody were poking you with warm snooker balls. And the softer pillows on the headrests of the two optional, electrically reclining “executive” rear chairs are like dunking your head into clotted cream. Americans even get special maxi air conditioning that can channel a nor’easter at your chest, something Europeans hate, apparently.Bottom left: What, no hot towels? The S’s business-class rear seats are among the many amenities when you fly Air Mercedes-Benz. Bottom right: The gauges and the central screen share a huge rectangular bezel.There’s more, with Mad Men–marketing names such as Magic Vision Control for wiper blades that incorporate tiny washer nozzles so your vision isn’t momentarily obstructed by the usual splurge of water. The Air-Balance system perfumes the cabin with your choice of atomized scents, “a world first,” trumpets the 154-page press kit. A fully outfitted W222 has more than 100 electric motors onboard.However, the S class’s most byzantine feature must be Magic Body Control, supplied with the optional hydraulic active body control (ABC) suspension. It employs the car’s stereoscopic, or twin, cameras to “see” bumps in the road ahead and then relaxes the suspension to the consistency of overcooked macaroni in time to float the body over the obstacle. It is a truly bizarre feeling to expect to be tossed into the roof at 30 mph over a speed bump, only to feel…nothing. How Europe’s crowned heads would have treasured this feature a few centuries ago as ruts and diseased peasants lay in the path of their chaise-and-fours!Magic Body Control is a bit of a one-trick pony, though, as it works best at low speed and on the kind of long, flat-topped speed bumps that are common in Europe. The cameras, which basically scan for shadows or scene contrast, can’t see pavement fissures and everyday wheel bouncers such as manhole depressions, which arrive too suddenly for the system to react. And bad weather blinds its eyes.

    Summary
    Although it’s tempting to dismiss the new S as a collection of supernumeraries on what is still just a car for going from hither to yon, such exhaustive gadgeting is what automakers at this level need to distinguish themselves in a crowded market.



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    BMW is expected to release the third iteration of the popular X5. Six months later, the new X6 is scheduled to see the light. Both models are based on a new components set known in-house as “X for all,” a result of BMW’s growing interest and expertise in all-wheel drive. 

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    For the X5 and X6, “X for all” means new axles derived from the 5-series sedan. They will, according to BMW, help reduce the weight by up to 330-pounds. As a result, the lightest X5 replacement is said to undercut the two-ton mark by a small yet significant margin. An unfortunate victim of this new design is the X6’s torque-vectoring rear differential, which works magically but adds weight and cost. Instead, BMW intends to offer the optional active steering, a self-leveling air suspension and Adaptive Drive, which employs adjustable anti-roll bars to suppress unwanted body movements. The three-way damper calibration system (normal, sport, comfort) and the related engine/transmission control are expected to be no-cost parts of the X5/X6 parcel. The two crossovers also introduce an array of driver assistance devices that likely preview what’s to come on the next 3-series. Among them are lane departure warning and compensation devices, night vision, park assist with surround view cameras, traffic sign recognition and active cruise control that allows the vehicle to come to a complete stop and accelerate up to speed. All-new styling for the X5 likely refrains from the swoopy swooshiness of Adrian van Hooydonk’s most recent creations like the 6-series coupe. The cabin layout is said to be remarkably close to the 5-series Gran Turismo, which is doing extremely well in China. Expect extras like a full-length glass sunroof, power-operated rear seats, and a much more practical split tailgate with a lower section that folds up rather than down. 

    SUMMARY
    A sports package includes larger wheels and a more ground-hugging stance, as well as an aero kit that reduces drag and increases down force at speed. Although the X6 styling still won’t be an object lesson in functional design, the coupe crossover does get a dose of practicality. A redesigned (and better looking) stern improves visibility and creates quantifiably more rear headroom. Wider rear doors ease entry and exit. That said, the pseudo SUV also gets an even more dynamic looking greenhouse. New front and rear fascias round out the update.



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    2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review
    A Range Rover for a more enthusiastic set of drivers, the Range Rover Sport may not be the brand’s hallmark vehicle, but it is its most exciting vehicle, even with the arrival of the pint-sized Evoque. 

    Walkaround
    Reimagined on a smaller scale than the big Rangie, but with much of its off-road ability, the Sport is the stepping stone between the formal, regal Range Rover and the higher-performance, street-ready utes that more of us are shopping and buying now. Looking at an M-Class, a Cayenne, or an X5? Then you’re likely looking at a Range Rover Sport, too. And for good reason. The Sport’s on-road performance is almost astonishing for its weight and its size. At the same time, there’s still enough off-road capability baked into its body and frame to enable those fantasy-camp treks across banana republics worldwide–the kind that aren’t at the other end of the mall from where you parked, drat. With some running gear in common with the seven-seat Land Rover LR4, the Range Rover Sport couldn’t look, feel, or drive more distinctively. The scaled-down Range Rover look just works, from the bluff front end to the spare use of detail, to the sloped rear end that clearly predicted the Evoque while it was still an LRX concept floating around Land Rover HQ. The cockpit’s lavish without looking spoiled, a lovely balance of top-drawer materials and functional knobs and rockers, now bathed in a warm LCD touchscreen glow. Power for the Sport comes from the Jaguar-Land Rover 5.0-liter V-8, with or without supercharging. The naturally-aspirated version pushes out 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet; with supercharging, it howls out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Brisk acceleration in base form (0-60 mph in about 7.2 seconds) becomes stunning in Supercharged models, dropping to a scant 5.9 seconds. With either drivetrain, the Sport gets a brainy all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed automatic transmission. Outfitted as such, the Sport makes its talents known in the mud as well as it does in corners. It’s truly surprising how tenaciously it clings to the road, and how deep a stream it can ford, but sometimes the ride quality gets a little rough and bouncy, reminding you that the gulf between its extremes is a vast one. The available adaptive suspension goes a long way to soothing ruffled ride motions. Inside, the Range Rover Sport wavers between snug and tight. It’s not a roomy cabin by any means, and four adults will find comfortable spaces for relatively long road trips–but not much additional space for their belongings or the occasional yawn and stretch. The cargo hold’s especially small, with a high floor. 

    Summary
    Neither the NHTSA or the IIHS has crash-tested the Sport, but it offers blind-spot monitors and a rearview camera, along with the stock and trade stability control and all-wheel drive. What it can’t do is much for your carbon footprint–gas mileage is abysmal on an absolute scale, and low even for its luxury class.



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    2014 Mercedes-Benz GL Review
    Of all the available GLs, this diesel model is clearly for the steadfast and serious GL buyer. There’s plenty of poke in the low end for pulling into traffic, or for towing, ample upper end to run steady and smooth on the freeway, and virtually no evidence of diesel-ness other than the badges and the fuel filler (which is fitted with a handy AdBlue filler neck for the treatment tank refill). As much as both gas-powered models were equally strong or stronger, this one does the same work with less fuss and while producing my observed nearly 22 mpg of combined city/highway driving.
    What’s to like about this GL, or any GL, for that matter? First off, there’s the buttery smoothness in Comfort ride mode, but that tends to make the steering seem a little on the light and nonresponsive side. Dialing up Sport doesn’t hurt the ride too much while providing ample support for the big body and chassis. I could drive or ride in this vehicle for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

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    Electronic nannies aren’t always our favorites, and Mercedes spreads them on in thick layers on this big Benz. But for the most part, as electronics go, these are good ones. The active cruise control remains class-leading (though a little abrupt on some stops in this diesel version versus gas models — wonder why?), the lane-departure warning and nudge is definitive and functional, and the driver awareness warning is truly like having an angel on the dashboard, keeping track of your driving actions and letting you know when you ought to just take a little break. I actually got some real-world experience with the system driving home late at night over the weekend, when the system picked up on my drowsiness, alerted with visual and audio warnings, prompting me to seek out a rest stop for a short nap. While I might have reached that decision on my own, it was helpful to have a little extra encouragement to not “press on” regardless as I think we all too often are inclined to do.

    Summary
    Mercedes hit a home run with this GL — especially this Bluetec model. It ought to be on the consideration list for anyone buying in the luxury SUV market.



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    2014 BMW X-Seires Review
    BMW is expected to release the third iteration of the popular X5. Six months later, the new X6 is scheduled to see the light. Both models are based on a new components set known in-house as “X for all,” a result of BMW’s growing interest and expertise in all-wheel drive.

    Walkaround
    For the X5 and X6, “X for all” means new axles derived from the 5-series sedan. They will, according to BMW, help reduce the weight by up to 330-pounds. As a result, the lightest X5 replacement is said to undercut the two-ton mark by a small yet significant margin. An unfortunate victim of this new design is the X6’s torque-vectoring rear differential, which works magically but adds weight and cost. Instead, BMW intends to offer the optional active steering, a self-leveling air suspension and Adaptive Drive, which employs adjustable anti-roll bars to suppress unwanted body movements. The three-way damper calibration system (normal, sport, comfort) and the related engine/transmission control are expected to be no-cost parts of the X5/X6 parcel. The two crossovers also introduce an array of driver assistance devices that likely preview what’s to come on the next 3-series. Among them are lane departure warning and compensation devices, night vision, park assist with surround view cameras, traffic sign recognition and active cruise control that allows the vehicle to come to a complete stop and accelerate up to speed. All-new styling for the X5 likely refrains from the swoopy swooshiness of Adrian van Hooydonk’s most recent creations like the 6-series coupe. The cabin layout is said to be remarkably close to the 5-series Gran Turismo, which is doing extremely well in China. Expect extras like a full-length glass sunroof, power-operated rear seats, and a much more practical split tailgate with a lower section that folds up rather than down.

    Summary
    A sports package includes larger wheels and a more ground-hugging stance, as well as an aero kit that reduces drag and increases down force at speed. Although the X6 styling still won’t be an object lesson in functional design, the coupe crossover does get a dose of practicality. A redesigned (and better looking) stern improves visibility and creates quantifiably more rear headroom. Wider rear doors ease entry and exit. That said, the pseudo SUV also gets an even more dynamic looking greenhouse. New front and rear fascias round out the update.



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    2014 BMW 3-Series Review
    When BMW swapped in the chubby 5-series GT for the 5-series wagon in its U.S. lineup, aficionados of the 3-series wagon (including us) began fretting that their beloved carryall would be yanked from our market, too. Fortunately, the 5-series GT has failed to move the needle at all with traditional wagon buyers, and BMW didn’t want to completely abandon its slice of annual station-wagon sales in the U.S. (about 10,000 to 15,000 units per year). So it lives. Hallelujah.

    Walkaround
    The 2014 Touring, as the Germans call it when they’re not using its F31 internal code, adopts all the changes from the new F30 3-series sedan. (It’s sold here as the 3-series Sports Wagon.) Despite what we’d previously been told, the only model making the transatlantic trip will be the 328i, motivated by BMW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four coupled exclusively to an excellent eight-speed ZF automatic. (That means no 300-hp 335i, no diesel, and no manual.) Buyers again will have the ability to choose between rear- and all-wheel drive.Wagon a More Roomy TailFollowing the example of the F30 sedan, the new wagon is longer than the last model; the stretch here is 3.4 inches, two of which have been added to the wheelbase. The extra length adds 0.7 inch of rear kneeroom and bumps luggage capacity with the rear seats folded by 4.0 cubic feet to 64.9.The lift-over height into the cargo area is lower than on the preceding car, and the liftgate opening is several inches wider for easier loading. The hatch is now power operated, and the rear window once again can be opened independently of the sheetmetal. BMW offers the hands-free ability to open the hatch by waving your foot under the bumper, provided the proximity key is with you. This is a feature we’ve seen on European Passat wagons and the latest Ford Escape.There are a couple of storage compartments under the trunk floor. The forward one has some deep wells, and the rearmost one can hold the roll-up luggage cover when you need it out of the way for taller cargo.Overall, the new model looks a bit sleeker, thanks to the increased length and a beltline that rises more sharply than before. Inside, the wagon looks just like the latest sedan. It has all of that model’s new features, such as the engine stop-start system; an “eco pro” driving mode; electrically boosted steering; and Sport, Modern, Luxury, and M Sport trim options. The list includes an available head-up display and an automatic parking system.Drive One, and You’ve Driven Them BothThe 2014 wagon drives much like the sedan, feeling poised and balanced overall. The steering is a little light and lacking in feel, but it is accurate. Torsional stiffness is said to be up by 10 percent, and the wagon certainly felt solid and was particularly quiet, which is not easy to achieve when the cabin is so large and extends over the rear axle.The turbocharged four pulls strongly, and we estimate a 0-to-60-mph time of about six seconds, or 0.3 to 0.4 second slower than a 328i sedan. Even in throttle-dulling eco-pro mode, the transmission is always willing to find the right gear quickly, according to the demands of your right foot. The stop-start system stays out of the driver’s way in operation, but you definitely know when the engine turns on and off. Engine noise and vibration at idle and during startup will have to be reduced by an order of magnitude before these systems become transparent.

    Summary
    The new Sports Wagon will go into production next spring and arrive here shortly afterward. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but if we apply the sedan-to-wagon increase from the prior generation to the new one, we’d expect a base price of about $40,000 for the rear-drive wagon and a two-grand premium for all-wheel drive. For fans of station wagons, the fact that a new five-door 3-series is here at all is good news. That it looks great and drives competently might be considered bonuses.