There were some major changes and new additions to the 2017 lineup of the extremely popular SUV, but car manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing down. Cashing in on the SUV boom, the activity in this market is at an all-time high. If you’re planning on buying an SUV next year, there will be plenty of new models and redesigns to consider. Check out the following slides for our pick of the biggest changes and most-anticipated new launches.
Base price: $19,500 – $22,500
Kia expands its lineup with the new subcompact Stonic. It’s sibling, the Hyundai Kona, will be revealed first in early 2018. The Kona’s exterior features Kia’s tiger nose grille and body cladding. Bright contrasting trims, a floating touchscreen , Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are all standard.
Base price: $205,000
Lamborghini’s new SUV is built on the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. However, the Urus will be powered by a 650-hp twin turbo V-8, stepping away from the manufacturers use of large, naturally aspirated engines. Expect a plug-in hybrid in a subsequent model year.
Land Rover Range Rover
Base price: $87,000 -$201,000
The Land Rover Range Rover will have some minor updates in 2018. It comes equipped with 19-inch wheels, a 10.2inch touchscreen, a Meridian sound system, and the Terrain Response off-road system. The addition of these features as standard keep the flagship model fresh as ever.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Base price: $44,500
The all-new Velar is the Land Rover’s latest Range Rover, positioned between the entry-level Evoque and the Sport. It’s available with three engines; a 2.0 litre turbo four, super-charged V-6, and an efficient turbodiesel. The available InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has two ten-inch touchscreens, providing an impressive interior when coupled with the optional 12.3inch digital cluster display.
Base price: $36,500 – $40,000
The refreshed NX gets a slightly revised exterior and an updated infotainment system with a larger 10.25inch screen when equipped with navigation. LED headlights and Lexus Safety System+ are standard across the lineup. The NX300 carries over with the same 194hp hybrid system that pairs a 2.5 litre I-4 to an electric motor and a CVT.
Base price: $28,500 – $35,000
Based on a concept from the 2016 Paris show, the all-new UX will likely retain a bold exterior but with a more traditional interior. The UX could feature the NXs same 2.0L turbo engine, and a hybrid model could use the same powertrain as the Prius. Lexus Safety System+.
Base price: $73,250 – $98,100
The fourth generation Navigator / Navigator L represents the most substantial redesign in its nearly 20-year history. A 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 is backed by a 10-speed auto. The bold exterior carries over to the quiteter interior with 30-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling. All seats get French-stitched leather. Other updates include a 20-speaker Revel Ultima stereo and several media inputs.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Base price: $21,000 – $24,000
Not to be confused with Mitsubishi’s former compact sports coupe, the Eclipse Cross is the latest entrant into a fast-growing segment. The compact crossover is powered by an all-new 1.5L turbo-four paired to a CVT. AWD with active yaw control is standard. A 7inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available, as is adaptive cruise control.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Base price: $21,000 – $27,000
A few minor changes for the new year including a redesigned grille, rear fascia, centre console and shifter. The SE and SEL trims receive LED daytime running lights and fog lights as standard, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available. Additionally, the 2.4L I-4 in the SE and SEL receives a new generation of Mitsubishi’s CVT. A Touring package for the SEL trim includes forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and automatic high-beams.
Nissan Rogue Sport
Base price: $21,500
Sold for years as the Qashqai in Europe, the Nissan Rogue Sport arrived in the US during the 2017 model year. The five passenger Rogue Sport has a foot less length than the seven-passenger, but it only gives up 2.3in in wheelbase. Automatic emergency braking comes as standard.
Base price: $31,000
The three-row Ascent, a large crossover riding on new architecture, will replace the long-discontinued Tribeca. As with most Subaru’s, the Ascent will come standard with AWD. It will mark the debut of Subaru’s new 2.4L turbo flat-four, which will likely by paired to a CVT.
Base price: $22,710
The redesigned Crosstrek rides on the manufacturers new global architecture. Using the same updated 152hp 2L flat four from the Impreza gives the Crosstrek a boost in efficiency. A six-speed unit has replaced the five-speed manual, though most will opt for a CVT with seven virtual gears. The latest version of the Starlink comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Subaru’s Eyesight safety suite is also available.
Toyota C – HR
Base price: $23,460
A late-entry into the subcompact crossover segment, the 2018 Toyota C-HR was originally envisioned as a Scion before that brand was shuttered. Available in two grades, the C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P active safety suite, and it also features a 7in touchscreen and a rearview camera. However, it does not offer all-wheel drive, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, or LED headlights.
Base price: $31,425 – $43,615
Volkwagen enters the three-row crossover segment, at last. The Atlas seats six or seven depending on trim and is offered with 235-hp turbo-four or 276-hp V-6 and in FWD or AWD. The 60/40 split second row seats can slide 7.7in back and forth and can be reclined 14 degrees beyond the most upright position. The Atlas has slightly more passenger volume than the Pilot.
Volkswagen might finally have a competitive compact crossover with the new Tiguan. Actually, the US spec model isn’t very compact, with its 185.2in length nearly two and five inches longer than the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, respectively. Like the Nissan Rogue, the Tiguan will offer a third row. The Tiguan’s power comes from a 184-hp, 221lb-ft turbo four.
Base price: $33,000 – $40,000
Volvo’s small crossover will be underpinned by the manufacturer’s new small-car platform shared with the upcoming S40 and V40. Expect to see a plug-in hyvrid powered by a 1.5L turbo-three and electric motor producing 250hp combined and capable of perhaps 25 miles of all-electric driving. The XC40 will come standard with City Safe collision avoidance tech.
Base price: $47,895 – $57,695
The redesigned XC60 shares the XC90s platform and offers that model’s optional 400hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The XC60 comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, Thors Hammer LED headlights, and a 9in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Among the standard safety features are lane keep assist and City Safety automatic braking.