The 2017 model year for SUVs brought exciting new additions such as the Jaguar F-Pace, Maserati Levante, Cadillac XT5, and redesigned Audi Q7. What does 2018 have in store in terms of all-new or redesigned models and which are most anticipated? Let’s take an early look.
The 11th-generation descendant of vehicle that helped America win WWII continues with the rugged body-on-frame construction. Modern materials such as aluminum and plastic join a hydroformed-steel ladder frame in two- and four-door models, including a four-door pickup.
To start, the current 3.6-liter DOHC-V-6 will be available with manual and automatic transmissions. This Jeep arrives late 2017 with a starting price around $25,000.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
With taut lines and stunning appearance, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes to look a big statement in the luxury SUV class joining competitors such as the Maserati Levante and Jaguar F-Type S. The Stevlio offers two engine choices are a 2.0-liter 280 horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that generates a massive 505 horsepower.
Where else can you get a crossover with over 500 horsepower for under 75K? The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S delivers 570 horsepower but has a price of over $160,000. Opt for the Quadrifoglio version (AWD) and the model offers a Race mode.
The new Bentley Bentgaya has more competition. The 4×4 Cullinan will be based on Rolls-Royce’s new aluminum-spaceframe architecture being developed to separate the next generation of Rolls-Royce’s from the pedestrian BMWs.
The legacy of 12 cylinders will live on in the Cullinan with its V-12, most likely an improvement on the Ghost’s twin-turbo 6.6-liter. A plug-in-hybrid version will also be offered. The Cullinan, which may take the ultra-luxury SUV class to new heights, is expected to arrive in early to mid 2018 with a cost of around $420,000.
Audi SQ7 TDI
The Q7 was redesigned for 2017 and for 2108 a high-performance trim line arrives, the SQ7 serves as the platform for this four-wheel drive and four wheel-steering performance machine.
Power comes from a 4.0-liter diesel V-8 with two turbochargers as well as an electric-powered charger, a first in a production car. The engine produces 435 hp and is bolted to an eight-speed automatic. The SQ7 will arrive in late 2017 and will be priced above $70,000.
A Ford F-series with three rows of seats, the Expedition will follow the same steel-frame, aluminum-body approach as the F-150. Expect the hundreds of pounds of weight savings to improve the fuel economy on their independent rear suspensions.
This body-on-frame model will continue the strategy of offering only twin-charged EcoBoost V-6s. Anticipate the 2.7-liter to appear alongside the 3.5-liter. Arriving in late 2017 as a 2018 model; from $47,000 for the base Expedition.l
Built on the same platform as the Expedition, the Expedition will feature many more bells and whistles. Expect pricing to go over $80,000 for a fully loaded 2018 Navigator L.
The redesign of this compact crossover is larger and less expensive, highly appealing on both fronts. The wheelbase stretches 4.3 inches allowing for an optional third row of seats. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain is updated, but power output is reduced to meet fuel-economy regulations.
An eight-speed automatic transmission will pair with front- or four-wheel drive. The Tiguan will arrive in the fall and should start at about $25,000.
The X7 has been in the works for nearly a decade and is finally coming to fruition. This family-hauling three-row luxury crossover with room for seven will be built on BMW’s largest rear-wheel platform, with available four-wheel drive. The X7 will have cutting-edge connectivity, infortainment systems, and driver-assistance, but do not expect the off-road capabilities of a Jeep.
The powertrain will come from the proven lineup of inline-six and V-8 diesel and gasoline engines. The X7 is slated to arrive in early 2018 with a starting price above $75,000.
If you want a small crossover, this growing class adds multiple new models for 2018 including the Ford EcoSport, Toyota C-HR (not to be confused with the Honda HR-V), and a new Jeep Compass, which shares its platform with the Jeep Renegade. Stay tuned as we compare what these new subcompact SUV models have to offer…