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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 Offers the Truck Experience in the Form of an SUV

Mercedes-Benz successfully transfers the driving experience of a truck into the new 2017 GLS450 SUV, combining the best of both worlds. Santa Barbara Auto Group is pleasantly surprised with the release of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450. This behemoth cross-over SUV, offers three rows of seating with exceptional cabin space. The fairly straight-edged, old-school body style relies more on rulers and levels than the majority of its modern rivals, exuding an air of confidence and strength. It’s difficult to create a three-row crossover that doesn’t appear to be a block on wheels. However, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz managed to blend new and old design concepts to create a cohesive compromise that makes the 2017 GLS450 the best-looking vehicle in its class. Santa Barbara Auto Group, an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer, is excited to offer customers the 2017 GLS450 because it’s the kind of vehicle that fills the gap between trucks and mid-size crossovers for undecided drivers. Comfort on the Road and in the Vehicle One of the most impressive attributes of the 2017 GLS450 is that it packs a shockingly smooth ride. Andrew Krok from the automotive web platform Road Show took the GLS450 for a test drive through the reputably calloused [...]

By | 2017-03-06T16:37:46+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 Offers the Truck Experience in the Form of an SUV

J.D. Power 2016 Recognizes Porsche Macan for Extraordinary Quality

According to J.D. Power the 2016 Porsche Macan overcomes all competitors for Initial Quality Rating in a compact premium SUV. The Porsche Macan has been a customer favorite since its introduction to the brand. The sleek and sporty exterior fits right in with Porsche’s sporting heritage, and the quality that Porsche’s engineers put into the design of this machine is nothing short of amazing. J.D. Power annually awards vehicles in several different categories—one being Initial Quality Rating. The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first ninety days after purchasing, mainly focusing on mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories. The 2016 Porsche Macan was the winner this year for compact premium SUVs. Visit Porsche Santa Barbara where we’re proud to offer award-winning vehicles like the 2016 Porsche Macan. Enjoy Industry-Leading Quality with the Porsche Macan Porsche has outdone themselves with the 2016 Macan. The body is comprised of steel and aluminum offering the feel and efficiency of a lightweight vehicle. A Porsche representative claimed, it “embodies sportiness, dynamism, and precision, together with an elegance and lightweight constructions.” Out of the fourteen categories J.D. Power examined for the Initial [...]

By | 2017-02-06T16:45:12+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on J.D. Power 2016 Recognizes Porsche Macan for Extraordinary Quality

Jaguar Unveils Plans for the Brand’s First-Ever Electric Luxury Vehicle

The I-PACE Concept SUV represents a defining moment in Jaguar history as the brand enters into the accelerating world of electric vehicles. As the auto industry continues to shift toward more sustainable practices, most automotive brands have been experimenting with hybrid and/or fully electric vehicles. Brands such as Ford, Chevy, Kia, and BMW have all succeeded in creating fully electric vehicles (EV’s). In fact, EVObsession, a blog for EV enthusiasts, has named each of them in the top ten best electric cars. However, after hearing Jaguar’s plans for their new I-PACE concept car it’s fair to say that the competition will have to step their game up by 2018, when the I-PACE is set to be released. Turning a New Leaf for Electric Vehicles With the latest advances in EV’s, engineers at Jaguar have taken advantage of the packaging opportunities offered by electrification and have completely rethought the overall proportions of their average luxury vehicle. The I-PACE takes its advanced cab-forward design from Jaguar’s C-X75 supercar and combines it with the smooth silhouette of a coupe in a five-seat SUV. Jaguar’s Director of Design explained in a recent interview how proportional opportunities have not yet been addressed by current EV’s. [...]

By | 2017-01-30T15:38:07+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Jaguar Unveils Plans for the Brand’s First-Ever Electric Luxury Vehicle

Jaguar Translates the Brand’s Essence from Car to Crossover with the 2017 F-Pace

Though Jaguar is one of the last brands to release an SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace proves, once again, the brand’s creativity and originality. It isn’t easy to translate the essence of a car to crossover SUV, but Jaguar rose to the challenge and exceeded expectations. In fact, Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum claims that it’s the toughest job his team has ever had to tackle, but the outcome was well worth the sweat and frustration. After a few setbacks and redesigns, the F-Pace was introduced combining the lively face of Jaguar’s sedans with the athletic rear fenders of the F-Type, and a sleek roofline that should negate the need for any alternative coupe-style option to be offered. The Jaguar F-Pace is priced like a compact luxury SUV, but is built more like a mid-size with ample cargo room. Visit Porsche Santa Barbara to learn more about the new F-Pace and other Jaguar models from brand-trained experts. Experience the Luxury of Jaguar’s Intelligent Design Team The new Jaguar F-Pace offers as much in style as it does in performance. The exterior of the F-Pace turns heads. It was visually inspired by the F-Type giving it the body of a sports car, [...]

By | 2017-01-05T19:48:24+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Jaguar Translates the Brand’s Essence from Car to Crossover with the 2017 F-Pace

Why Your Family Will Love the New Jaguar SUV

Jaguar is proud to present the all-new Jaguar F-PACE for families and drivers looking for the ultimate luxury performance SUV. In recent years, Jaguar has rededicated itself to providing innovative new designs and models that stand out from the crowd in a powerful way. With the introduction of these exciting new high-performance vehicles, the brand has sparked renewed attention and reached out to a new generation. Today’s drivers value more than just a flashy design and powerful engine – they want a vehicle that is also efficient, functional, and dynamic. Jaguar engineers understand this changing trend and have worked tirelessly to develop an innovative new vehicle that complements the existing Jaguar family by offering new performance and function capabilities. Progressive Design Meets Advanced Engineering To answer this call, Jaguar has revealed its latest innovative model: The All-New Jaguar F-PACE Performance SUV. Based on the C-X17 Concept car revealed two years ago in Frankfurt, this remarkable SUV offers premium performance and handling and efficient engineering while also delivering functional storage and towing capabilities. For the past two years, the engineering team at Jaguar has been meticulously developing this model from concept to reality and is very proud to present the finished [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:30+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Why Your Family Will Love the New Jaguar SUV

Why Drivers Will Love the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Featuring added technology, functionality, and efficiency, the 2016 GLE delivers an uncompromising new driving experience. Mercedes-Benz has intentionally ramped up its production of new and updated models in the past year. As a result, the luxury brand is offering more unique vehicles than ever before that appeal to a wider variety of drivers. While each model features unique design and functionality, every one continues to provide the sophistication, luxury performance, and innovative safety performance the brand is known for. At Santa Barbara Auto Group, we are especially excited about one of the newest members of the Mercedes-Benz family: the new 2016 GLE. This SUV continues the proud tradition of leading engineering, technology, and comfort and delivers exceptional agility and versatility for drivers in search of adventure. Because Drivers Deserve the Best in Innovative Engineering The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the successor of the ML and delivers the functionality and performance the ML has been applauded for time and again.   A new breed of SUV, the 2016 GLE is expected to be a strong performer and will bring a myriad of new, more efficient alternative fuel options. Similar to the BLUE-TEC technology found in past ML models, the 2016 GLE300d will [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:37+00:00 October 6th, 2015|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Why Drivers Will Love the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Head Out for Adventure with the 2016 BMW X1

BMW offers more power, efficiency, and space than before with the updated model of the BMW X1, hitting our Santa Barbara showroom this fall. Santa Barbara boasts many exciting opportunities for adventure-seekers.   With an average of 300 sunny days a year, people can enjoy their favorite outdoor activities all year long. Whether you are planning a mountain hike, a day at the beach, or a fishing trip on the water, there is always something new to experience. But what fun is an adventure without someone to share it with? That’s exactly the question BMW asked when designing the 2016 BMW X1. Built for adventure, this cutting edge Sports Activity Vehicle is now in its second generation and offers exceptional versatility, power, and functionality. This year, the model boasts more space for passengers and luggage so you can head out on the road with friends and family and all your gear! Better than Ever The 2016 BMW X1 is the continuation of its predecessor and offers many functional updates. The newer model features a roomier cabin, improved efficiency, and innovative new driving and entertainment technology. This means you and your passengers can enjoy a more comfortable drive with all the entertainment [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:41+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Head Out for Adventure with the 2016 BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz Breaks the Mold with Concept Coupe SUV

Mercedes-Benz continues to redefine new driving experiences with an innovative new concept vehicle that melds the functionality of an SUV with the luxury performance of a coupe. Imagine, redefine, push limits, remove barriers: these are the goals of the Mercedes-Benz design team when it is time to create something new. While other automakers are simply updating existing models, Mercedes-Benz is committed to developing vehicles that are simply the best. To do this, they have to break out of existing molds and expectations to bring together the latest automotive advancements in an entirely new way. The Concept Coupe SUV from Mercedes-Benz Each model in the Mercedes-Benz Future Vehicles line-up is an expression of this commitment to innovation. One of the freshest examples is the Concept Coupe SUV. This vehicle melds the popular and sophisticated coupe design with the functionality and athleticism of an SUV. The design features a streamlined side line and an assertive front grille that speaks to its powerful capabilities.   Furthermore, the wheels and lift of the vehicle give it greater functionality on different terrains. Pair this with the “Dynamic Select Control” and drivers have the means and capability to adjust the transmission to the environment and driving style [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:47+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz Breaks the Mold with Concept Coupe SUV

Acura MDX Continues to Top Charts as Best-Selling Luxury SUV

Acura continues to lead the way by brining innovative technology and design to loyal customers with the Acura MDX. Over the past few years, the Acura MDX has climbed in sales to become one of the best-selling luxury SUVs in its segment. A popular choice for California drivers and others across the nation, the vehicle has sold so well that Acura has announced it will begin manufacturing the model in multiple locations as early as 2017. Acura Takes Steps to Meet Rising Demand Customer demand for the Acura MDX has grown so high that Honda has announced plans to add a second production location in North America for the vehicle. Until now, the Acura MDX was produced exclusively at the Lincoln, Alabaman factory. Going forward, the model will also be produced at a second location in Liberty, Ohio within two years. This will enable Acura to better meet the demand for the popular three-row luxury SUV. Drivers seemingly cannot get enough of this unique luxury SUV offering thanks to controlled handling, sophisticated and assertive design, and a cabin that offers room for friends and an atmosphere of luxury comfort. In addition to increasing customer demand, the Acura MDX has also [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:03+00:00 May 31st, 2015|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Acura MDX Continues to Top Charts as Best-Selling Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara Presents Award-Winning 2013 GL-Class

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL is heralded as the best SUV in the market for leading edge performance, safety, and luxury comfort. Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara invites drivers to explore the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class to discover what makes it such a one-of-a-kind luxury SUV.  The 2013 GL-Class was recently named the 2013 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.  The SUV received raving reviews for its innovative combination of luxury design, pioneering safety, and rewarding performance. “This SUV is certainly in a class of its own,” states Mercedes-Benz Sales Manager Bill Fogg.  “Of all the luxury full-size SUVs on the market, nothing comes close to delivering the same kind of incredible driving experience and performance engineering.” Motor Trend panelists specifically praised the bold, muscular shape of the GL-Class.  In addition, the 2013 GL-Class offers California Mercedes-Benz drivers the space, luxury, and efficiency they desire.  Extensive wind-tunnel refinement has hushed wind noise, enhanced handling stability, and reduced drag, while the advanced high-strength body structure provides elevated safety. The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 2013 GL-Class was designed with the comfort and convenience of the driver in mind.  Hand-polished wood and sleek brushed metal trim are precision crafted.  Featuring heated power front seats and a power-folding third row, the GL-Class combines full-size [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:32:09+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara Presents Award-Winning 2013 GL-Class