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So we got a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali

So we got a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali

The GMC Sierra 1500 has been around since 2014 in its current form, undergoing a minor facelift in 2016 after criticism that it looked too much like the old one. This here is the Denali version of the current Sierra, and it is aiming to be the most luxurious pickup truck you can buy.

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So we got a 2017 Ford Escape Ecoboost

So we got a 2017 Ford Escape Ecoboost

The Ford Escape doesn’t register on any shopping lists of crossover buyers around here. And truth be told, the mildly facelifted model that you see here probably won’t change that at first glance. But this updated model has a few tricks up its sleeve that surprised us. And in a world where even exotic cars are completely predictable, we definitely like surprises.

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So we got a 2017 Land Rover Discovery

So we got a 2017 Land Rover Discovery

The new Land Rover Discovery is not a good-looking vehicle. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, remember that the current Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol and even Range Rover were received with equal hate from the general public, only for them to become “dream” cars for those same people in less than a year, and they both currently dominate the sales charts. In all likelihood, the Discovery will pull off the same feat, once everyone gets used to it. We were just about starting to warm up to it when we had one for a few days.

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So we bought a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT

So we bought a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT

Yep, we’ve bought yet another car, adding to our ever-expanding self-owned long-term fleet. We hyped it long enough on our Facebook page where we asked our fans to guess the car, and it was great fun watching the comments pour in. This here is a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT in a rare red colour, and in full-option trim — so fully-optioned, that you won’t find this specification at all dealers as it was originally custom-ordered.

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So we got a 2017 Honda CR-V

So we got a 2017 Honda CR-V

We drove this new Honda CR-V just before heading out to Japan to drive, among other things, a Civic Type-R. While the two cars are miles apart, it is easy to forget that Honda has always been a clever engineering company, given that we don’t see the company’s most popular creations at showrooms here. However, the new CR-V actually has a lot of engineering poured into it, for the benefit of regular folks rather than just enthusiasts.

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So we got a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

So we got a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford is off-the-wall crazy at the moment, and credit goes to their just-replaced CEO for allowing it. We’re talking about their enthusiast line-up. For a mainstream carmaker, they’ve come with exciting cars as exotic as the Ford GT all the way to as humble as the Ford Fiesta ST (neither of which are on sale in the GCC at the moment). In between, there are the Taurus SHO, Fusion Sport, Explorer Sport, Ranger Wildtrak, all the Mustang variants, Focus ST and the Focus RS. And while there is some hype surrounding the upcoming Bronco, Ford already has a much madder offroader in its arsenal —

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So we got a 2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35

So we got a 2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35

Arctic Trucks, the offroad-tuning company best known for building street-legal monster-truckish 4x4s in Iceland and made popular by Top Gear, has had a base in the UAE for the better part of a decade now, and most visible as Toyota’s locally-modified Xtreme range of 4x4s. Now there is a proper Arctic Trucks-branded Isuzu D-Max available, and we got to take one for a spin.

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So we got a 2017 Lincoln MKZ 3.0T

So we got a 2017 Lincoln MKZ 3.0T

Lincoln is redoing their corporate face yet again, starting with the new Continental flagship sedan. The second model to get the brand’s new grille treatment is the MKZ midsizer. Tacked on as a facelift to the existing model, there are more changes than meets the eye.

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