New seven-seat Lexus RX L on the way

More practical, seven-seat Lexus RX L will debut at the LA Motor Show later this month. Lexus has confirmed that a seven-seat version of its flagship RX SUV, to be called the RX L, will be launched at this month’s LA Motor Show. And it will be coming to UK showrooms in the second half of next year. Previewed by a single teaser shot, the RX L will give Lexus a rival for the likes of the Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90. The two additional seats will…

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Electric BMW X3 to get iX3 branding with more EV SUVs to come

New BMW trademark applications for the iX1 to iX9 model names suggest more electric SUVs are on the way. BMW’s aggressive roll-out of new electric vehicles shows no sign of letting up. The German brand has trademarked every badge from iX1 to iX9, indicating that a raft of new electric SUVs could be on the horizon. So far, the only electric 4×4 BMW has confirmed for production is a fully electric version of the new X3. The recent trademark applications give us our best indication yet as to how this…

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2018 Mini Cooper S snapped during testing

The facelifted Mini Cooper S five-door has been caught testing in Germany, revealing minor tweaks ahead of its formal launch. As you can probably see, the life cycle impulse (LCI, or BMW speak for mid-life refresh) five-door hatch won’t run with any major sheetmetal changes over its predecessor. Instead, external updates are limited to new graphics for the head- and tail-lights, inspired by the Union Jack motif used in the JCW GP Concept, among other Mini concepts from the past few years. Sebastian Mackensen, senior vice president of Mini, has…

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New 2018 Ford Focus spied again with minimal camouflage

Next-generation Focus to take on Fiesta styling cues inside and out, according to the latest spy shots, which are the most revealing yet. The next-generation Ford Focus has been spied testing again ahead of its anticipated 2018 release, with the latest test mule sporting a different type of camouflage. The test mule also bares the hashtag #TimeToFocus, which will likely be the campaign slogan for its official release. It’s the first time we’ve caught a glimpse of the new front grille, which appears taller than the previous generation’s. The latest…

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SEAT Leon Cupra R priced at £34,995

The flagship 306bhp Leon Cupra R is the hottest SEAT ever, and becomes the most expensive model in the range. SEAT has announced its new Leon Cupra R will cost from £34,995 in the UK. That’s a £4,540 premium over a standard Leon Cupra, while only 24 of the 799 examples of the R will be heading to UK shores; first customer deliveries are due in January. The Leon Cupra R gets a retuned version of the regular Cupra’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which develops 306bhp. That’s enough to make…

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