Without a doubt, the market forecast for SUVs or sports utility vehicles is bright. And for automakers, the potential for growth is practically endless, at least for the foreseeable future.
During an interview with Reuters, Sam Fiorani, AutoForecast Solutions Vice President of Global Vehicle Forecasting, has said that there’s a lot of room for growth and automakers have time to develop spectaculars vehicles to supply growing demand. “The market is not yet saturated and there are all kinds of niches that have yet to be filled. We’re five or 10 years from even thinking about market saturation.”
In fact, the US market reach of the SUV segment is expected to reach 45 percent by year 2021, according to a presentation by LMC Automotive Senior Vice President of Global Forecasting Jeff Schuster during the Annual Management Briefing Seminar of the Center for Automotive Research in 2017. Moreover, according to a report from Foley & Lardner LLP, SUVs are also expected to lead the way in North America auto production.
Today, you can say that various automakers are more than enthusiastic to supply global demand. It’s also safe to say that they are feeling quite competitive too. In fact, during an interview with Reuters, Lincoln division head Joy Falotico remarked, “There are clearly a lot of entrants, but we are going to differentiate ourselves with a completely different look to our brand.”
The challenge for the future is clear, to create SUV models that stand out from the pack and build up excitement as early as now. Today, we have already found several 2020 SUVs that are doing exactly that. Find out what those models are and find out which 2020 SUV models are already falling flat:
20 Exciting: 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Autonomous driving is certainly a feature that a lot of car buyers are talking about. It seems Jeep has been listening because according to reports, that is something that may just be available in the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
According to a report from The Car Connection, the plan is for the 2020 Grand Cherokee to be “partially self-driving.”
Moreover, it is likely that it would be capable of “Level 2+” autonomous driving. This means that it would be able to accelerate, change lanes, steer, accelerate and even engage the brakes without the need for any driver input. Nonetheless, complete driver attention would still be required.
19 Exciting: 2020 Land Rover Defender
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a much awaited replaced of the original Land Rover. According to a report from Car and Driver, this SUV will be utilizing the same D7 aluminum unibody architecture that is currently being used by the Discovery and Range Rover.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the powertrain, it is expected that the 2020 Defender will be using both 2-liter turbocharged diesel and gasoline engine. This should be able to deliver some reasonable towing capability.
As far as arrival to the market is concerned, the 2020 Defender is expected to be offered as early as 2019. The starting price should be around the range of $50,000.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the current model and not the upcoming one.
18 Exciting: 2020 Maserati Compact SUV
For 2020, Maserati is eyeing to come out with a smaller SUV, something that can compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Jaguar E-Pace. Adding another SUV to its lineup may be a good move, considering that the Maserati Levante currently accounts for 20 percent of Maserati’s sales in the U.S., according to a report from Forbes.
The upcoming smaller SUV will reportedly be sharing a platform with the crossover model Alfa Romeo Stelvia. In fact, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne remarked, “I can tell you right now that the underpinnings of the Maserati to come is shared with Alfa. It doesn't say anything about a powertrain, but the underpinnings are fair.”
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the current model and not the upcoming one.
17 Exciting: 2020 Alfa Romeo Castello
Another exciting Italian SUV making its way to the market in the near future is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Castello, which will debut alongside another SUV model, the Alfa Romeo Kamal.
Of the two, the Castello is said to be larger. In fact, Motor 1 reports that the Castello might be even bigger in size than existing Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Hence, it is also expected to be slightly heavier.
On the other hand, it is reportedly going to be hybrid SUV, utilizing a 2-liter gasoline engine and an electrical component at the same time. Together, the expected output is around 400 horsepower.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and not the upcoming model.
16 Exciting: 2020 Lexus LF-1 Limitless
If you are on the market for a crossover luxury SUV that is simply sleeker than anything else you have ever seen, pay closer attention to the upcoming 2020 Lexus LF-1 Limitless. It’s the embodiment of sophistication and it looks incredibly sexy on the outside.
According to a press release from Lexus, the LF-1 Limitless “high performance with unrestrained luxury.” Meanwhile, the limitless nickname seems to refer to the various powertrain options available for this SUV. In fact, it can be powered by gasoline, all-electric, plug-in hybrid or even a fuel cell.
At the same time, the LF-1 Limitless will also come with a Chauffeur driving mode. This allows for hands-free driving when it comes to brakes, acceleration, lights, signals, and steering.
15 Exciting: 2020 Genesis GV80
The 2020 Genesis GV80 is one of the sleekest SUVs rolling out in the near future. Even better, it’s expected to be packed with power. After all, this SUV model represents Hyundai’s big plans to take a bigger market share of the luxury SUV segment. That means it is expected to compete with the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
According to a report from Motor Authority, the 2020 GV80 is expected to use a 3.5-liter V6 engine. At the same time, Hyundai is also expected to roll out a plug-in hybrid variant of this SUV.
Today, it remains unclear when exactly the 2020 GV80 will be launched in the market.
14 Exciting: 2020 Ford Bronco
The Bronco has not been around for a while and many have always wanted to see it back. Luckily, 2020 is the year that this will finally happen.
The 2020 Ford Bronco will reportedly share the same platform with the Ford Ranger. And since the new Ranger will be utilizing a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it is likely that the Bronco would also end up with the same powertrain.
According to a report from Road and Track, the 2020 Bronco is expected to make its debut as early as January 2019. Meanwhile, the expected base price for this SUV is around $30,000.
13 Exciting: 2020 Cadillac Escalade
According to reports, changes are underway in the Cadillac Escalade, which leads us to believe that the 2020 model would be quite impressive.
For starters, the 2020 Escalade marks a departure from the standard solid rear axles. Instead, it will be utilizing independent rear axles which should make for a smoother, plusher ride. Meanwhile, this full-size SUV model is also expected to utilize a new 4-liter V8 engine that should be powerful enough to outperform some of its rivals in the segment.
On the other hand, a report from Autowise has also revealed that the 2020 Escalade will feature a “semi-autonomous hands-free driving system.”
12 Exciting: 2020 Ferrari SUV
At the moment, the closest we have got to a Ferrari SUV is the Maserati Levante. However, when 2020 comes, an actual Ferrari SUV would finally roll out.
Instead of calling an SUV, however, it seems that the much-awaited vehicle is being labeled as a Ferrari Utility Vehicle of FUV. Moreover, according to a report from The Sun, the late Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne has said that this a crossover that would very much “drive like a Ferrari.”
This can only mean one thing, an exhilarating speed. And based on Marchionne has remarked, it’s safe to say that the upcoming Ferrari SUV will be able to go from 0 to 60 in less than 3.8 seconds. That would certainly beat the performance of the current quick SUV Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is a concept.
11 Exciting: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Without a doubt, the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is for car buyers who want their SUV with a little bit more muscle.
According to a report from Top Speed, the Mach 1 will be an all-electric vehicle that will be using a completely different platform from the S650 and S550 Mustang.
Not much information is currently known about its expected range and acceleration. However, we expect the 2020 Mustang Mach 1 to be able to outperform a lot of the all-electric SUV models that are also expected to come out around the same time.
As you can probably guess, many are excitedly waiting for this particular SUV model to come out. After all, it seems like the Mustang Mach 1 can easily become one of the fastest models around.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is a piece of concept art created by Jennings Motor Group.
10 We Don’t Need: 2020 Honda CR-V
If the current reports are correct, there won’t be that much new and special to the 2020 Honda CR-V. In fact, many are saying that the 2020 model does not look much different from the current model you can drive around today.
Nonetheless, perhaps the 2020 CR-V will get some new taillights, headlights, and grille. On the other hand, it is also expected to use the same 2.4-liter inline-four base engine.
According to a report from Highest Rated SUV, the 2020 CR-V is expected to be available in several colors. These include Basque Red Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Molten Lava Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Gunmetal Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic as well as Modern Steel Metallic
9 We Don’t Need: 2020 Kia Soul
Another SUV that is not expected to make many upgrades for its 2020 model is the Kia Soul. In fact, according to a report from Auto Blog, it is expected to maintain its boxy form. However, it will have an updated split headlight design.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the powertrain, there is also not much change expected here. In fact, according to a report for Motor Authority, it is likely that the 2020 Soul would utilize a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that that can readily produce as much as 201 horsepower. This is the current power unit that the 2018 Soul is already using.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the current model and not the upcoming one.
8 We Don’t Want: 2020 Nissan Juke
As you might know, Nissan has decided to pull the Juke from its lineup temporarily. But now, it seems the Juke is intending to make a comeback in 2020.
According to a report from Nissan Trend, it seems the 2020 Juke will be offered with two engine options. These include the 1.5-liter diesel and 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that can deliver as much as 190 horsepower.
At the moment, it is unclear if transmission choices will be available in the United States market.
The 2020 Juke is expected to have a starting price of around $21,200. Moreover, it is expected to be introduced to the market as early as this fall or during mid-2018.
7 We Don’t Want: 2020 Infiniti QX80
Don’t get us wrong. The Infiniti QX80 definitely makes for a great SUV model. However, don’t expect many exciting changes when it comes to its 2020 model.
According to a report from 2019/2020 Car Models, it seems there would only be some minor upgrades on the exterior of the 2020 QX80. These include updated fog lamps, headlights and turn signals. There will also be some new available color options. But beyond that, not much will change.
Meanwhile, in the interior, several features might just make you happy. These include the tri zone climatic controlling system, heated anterior seat, navigation system and a Bose audio system.
6 We Don’t Want: 2020 Toyota FT-4X
True, the 2020 Toyota FT-4X looks every bit fun and interesting. However, this boxy form has become somewhat too common in recent years.
On the other hand, this upcoming SUV is a four-wheel drive, making it a perfect if you like to have a bit of rugged fun on a regular basis. Toyota’s Calty Design Research Inc President Kevin Hunter puts it, “The Toyota FT-4X is not simply a concept where style meets function; it is a thoughtful, charming and engaging experience that adds real pleasure and convenience to the journey. We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city, thinking about how someone would use it, and what they would love to do with it."
According to a report from the Car and Driver, the 2020 FT-4X is expected to be launched as early as 2019. Moreover, its price is expected to start in the low to mid $20,000 range.
5 We Don’t Want: 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
You can say that the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a long time coming. In fact, it has reportedly been in the plans for a while that perhaps the model already feels rather stale as early as now.
According to a report from Motor 1, the 2020 Grand Wagoneer may be offered as a three-row SUV. Moreover, it may borrow several familiar design elements from the Grand Cherokee. Meanwhile, it is also expected to take on a number of upscale features.
According to Jeep CEO Mike Manley, when the Grand Wagoneer does roll out, a price range between $130,000 and $140,000 “could be possible.”
4 We Don’t Want: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
Over the years, Chevrolet has churned out a lot of successful vehicle models. However, it seems like the 2020 version of the Blazer will fall flat.
According to a report from Car Scoops, the upcoming Blazer would reportedly be a smaller crossover than its predecessor and only have a five-seat configuration. Meanwhile, it is expected to be offered with two engine options. These include the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which would be the base engine. For a more powerful option, car buyers can most likely opt for a 3.6-liter V6 engine which can deliver as much as 310 horsepower. The 2020 Blazer would also most likely be offered in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive variants.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.
3 We Don’t Want: 2020 Ford Explorer
When it comes to the 2020 Ford Explorer, it seems there are not many changes expected. In fact, this SUV will most likely just get a little aesthetic update. However, there may be some improvements on the performance front.
According to a report from Motor 1, Ford has just teased its upcoming Explorer during the Beijing Motor Show in China earlier this year.
Rumors are pointing out that this SUV will be utilizing a rear-wheel drive platform. Moreover, it will reportedly be powered by a 3-liter biturbo V6 engine that can deliver as much as 400 horsepower.
On the other hand, one can’t help but wonder if the 2020 Explorer is safer SUV compared to its current model. After all, the 2018 Explorer gloriously failed a crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the 2018 Ford Explorer.
2 We Don’t Want: 2020 BMW X6
Unfortunately, the 2020 BMW X6 is another luxury SUV that is looking a little less exciting. This is considering that the model has already been in the market for a considerable number of years.
When it comes to the platform, Car and Driver reports that the 2020 X6 will be using the new X5 as inspiration. Meanwhile, its powertrain option should also be similar to the X5. That means, it would most likely be a 3-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine for its base model. This one can deliver as much as 335 horsepower.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a bit more power, there is also an option to go for a possible 4.4-liter V8 engine that can churn out as much as 456 horsepower.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is a current model.
1 We Don’t Want: 2020 Audi SQ3
When it comes to SUV models that are coming out today, there are some that are coming out undeniably compact. This is the case for the 2020 SQ3, which is slightly based off the outgoing Q3. In fact, it is likely that Audi will simply jump from producing the Q3 to the SQ3 almost seamlessly.
According to a report from Motor Authority, the 2020 SQ3’s powertrain is expected to the same one that the RS 3 is using.
That is a 2.5-liter inline-5 turbocharged engine that can readily deliver as much as 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds.
Disclaimer: The photo shown above is the 2018 Audi Q3.
Sources: autoindustrylawblog.com, reuters.com, motorauthority.com, 2019carmodels.com