After a slew of significantly refreshed models in 2011, the crop of new 2012 SUV models do not offer as many changes. The biggest news on the SUV front the 2012 model year is the all-new Honda CR-V, which debuts late in 2011. The model has faced delays due to the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear leaks of March 2011.
New 2012 Models
There are two all-new 2012 SUV models, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Saab 9-4X. There will be more coming for the 2013 model year as the Mazda CX-5 debuts and the all-new Infiniti JX, a 7-seat luxury crossover debut. There will also be a new generation Ford Escape in 2013.
Changes in 2012 Models
Many of the 2012 models soldier on with few a changes such as larger wheels, customization options, cosmetic upgrades, and different trim lines. Some of the more notable changes among 2012 SUVs include:
– the refreshed Honda Pilot offer a new front fascia and a more fuel-efficient engine giving it the highest highway mileage (25mpg) for any eight-passenger crossover
– new EcoBoost turbo-charged four-cylinder engines in the Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, and Evoque
– the Jeep Wrangler replaces its antiquated 3.8-liter engine with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 already powering many other Chrysler SUVs
– the Nissan Rogue adds a new Sport Mode switch and the SL Packages adds the Around View Monitor feature
– the Infiniti FX has a new front grille, a new instrument cluster and redesigned 20” wheels
– the Kia Sorento now offers the optional direct-injection four-cylinder engine that gets 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive
– the 2012 Dodge Durango now offers an 8-speed automatic transmission on the V8 model
Besides the CR-V, other 2012 SUV models receiving new generations are the Mercedes-Benz M Class and the Volkswagen Tiguan is substantially upgraded. The M-Class has increased power, better fuel efficient, and is slightly larger.
You Can Shop Now For New 2012 SUV Models
Most 2012 models are now on sale. Buyers have more than 80 SUV models to choose from with 20 models having a starting MSRP under $25,000, including the new CR-V, which is expected to arrive by December 2011.