Today, the car buying market is primarily looking at one type of vehicle, the sports utility vehicle or SUV. In fact, according to a report from Good Car Bad Car, sales for SUV in the U.S. went up by 20.5 percent year-on-year in March 2018. At the same time, Reuters reports that sales of mainstream SUVs, luxury SUVs and crossovers have also more than doubled since 2010. And it seems the demand for SUVs only continues to remain stronger.
If you think about it, an SUV definitely makes for a good investment. For starters, it offers you a significant height advantage over a sedan or a sports car. At the same time, it is capable of carrying a lot more passengers, depending on the model and variant that you choose. Aside for this, SUVs also offer a good amount of cargo space in the back. And in case you need even more room, you can just fold up the seats or even tow in your cargo. Thinking of going out of town with your boat? Well, a large SUV can easily pull it all the way for you.
With all these reasons, it is clear why anyone would consider buying an SUV instead of any other type of vehicle. Car makers are aware of this surge in demand. And in fact, a lot of these companies have become aggressive in developing more SUV models that can confidently gain a bigger piece of the market share in the near future.
Curious to see exactly what some of these models are? Here is a sneak peak of the 20 upcoming SUVs that are worth waiting for.
20 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe SUV by Hyundai has been a fixture in the SUV segment for several years now. Its success is mainly due to its reliability and Hyundai promises that with its 2019 model, you’ll certainly get more bang for your buck.
According to Hyundai, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has been “engineered with loads of safety and technology enhancements to make it the ultimate family activity vehicle.”
Some of the safety features revealed include the driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist and safe exit assist.
According to the carmaker, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will be available this summer.
19 2020 Nissan Juke
For the moment, the Juke is out of Nissan’s lineup. However, fans may be glad to know that the Juke is making a big return with a new 2020 model.
According to Nissan Trend, the 2020 Nissan Juke will come with a standard 1.6-liter engine. This will be capable of producing as much as 177 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, it also offers impressive fuel economy with an estimated rating of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.
At the moment, there is no information yet on the actual release date of the 2020 Nissan Juke. However, there are reports that this SUV will have a starting price of $21,000.
18 2019 Acura RDX
The 2019 Acura RDX is one SUV that has already garnered a lot of interests from prospective car buyers. After all, this mid-size SUV is sleek and incredibly high tech.
Under the hood of the 2019 RDX is a 2-liter VTEC Turbo engine that readily delivers as much as 272 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.
This SUV also offers pretty reasonable fuel economy with an estimated efficiency rating of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway for one of its front-wheel-drive variants.
Meanwhile, the 2019 RDX also comes with four driving modes to help you make the most of your driving experience across any kind of track. Depending on the situation, choose from Comfort, Snow, Sport, and Sport+ modes.
17 2019 Subaru Ascent
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a large SUV that is perfect for anyone who typically drives around with a large family or group of buddies. This SUV has as many as three rows and can accommodate anywhere from seven to eight passengers, depending on how you configure the seats.
The 2019 Ascent is powered by a the direct-injection turbocharged Subaru BOXER engine that can churn out as much as 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Equally impressive is its maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, when you are driving around with the 2019 Ascent, you also don’t have to worry about fuel economy. It has an estimated rating of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2019 Ascent comes with a starting price of $31,995.
16 2020 Ford Bronco
If you are in the market for an SUV that is incredibly large and spacious, then the 2020 Ford Bronco will certainly make you happy.
According to several reports, it is believed that the 2020 Ford Bronco will be utilizing a similar frame as the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup. On the other hand, there is also some discussion on Reddit about the Bronco being “very similar to the current Ford Everest.”
Under the hood, it is likely that the 2020 Bronco will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost engine.
According to Motor 1, the expected maximum output is a powerful 325 horsepower.
15 2019 Opel Adam X
Opel may not be producing as many vehicle models as other carmakers. Nonetheless, the German carmaker remains determined to make its presence known in the SUV market.
Earlier in the year, reports have surfaced that Opel has been working on a couple of new SUV models. One of which is known as the 2019 Opel Adam X. This model is meant to compete with current crossover SUV models in the market. According to a report from Drive Mag, not much is still known about it except that it has a good height and five doors.
Hopefully, Opel would reveal more soon about the 2019 Adam X. Without a doubt, car buyers would be keen to see another possible crossover SUV option.
14 2019 Volvo XC40
Another crossover SUV that is worth checking out is the 2019 Volvo XC40. According to the Swedish carmaker, this model was “designed with everything in mind.”
Under the hood of the 2019 XC40 is a direct-injected 2-liter turbocharged engine that can deliver as much as 187 horsepower at 4,700 rpm and 221 pound-feet of torque at 1,400 to 4,000 rpm.
This SUV also offers pretty impressive fuel economy with an estimated efficiency rating of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined efficiency rating of 29 miles per gallon.
According to Volvo, the starting price of the 2019 XC40 is $35,200.
13 2019 Lexus UX
Without a doubt, the 2019 Lexus UX is quite special. For starters, it the first ever UX model from the carmaker. And it is being described as a crossover SUV that “juxtaposes bold urban design with unmistakable strength.” Moreover, Lexus also promises that this vehicle would have a performance that is just as “dynamic as its design.”
According to the company’s press release, the 2019 UX 200 is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine which can readily deliver as much as 168 horsepower to the SUV’s front wheels. As powerful as this SUV is, the 2018 UX 200 also promises to be quite fuel efficient. In fact, its combined rating is being estimated at 33 miles per gallon.
12 2020 Ford Mach 1
Have you ever found yourself trying to imagine the iconic Mustang as an SUV? Well, with the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach1, you don’t have to be limited to your imaginations for much longer.
The moment it comes out, the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach 1 would steal the show without a doubt. After all, it’s like seeing a race car in the form of the SUV and nothing can be more thrilling.
According to Ford Product Communications Manager Mike Levine, the Mach 1 will be a “high-performance battery-electric SUV inspired by a sports car and utility.”
This SUV is touted to be legendary and he is urging everyone to “buckle up.”
11 2019 Tesla Model Y
With the success of the Model X, it’s no wonder that Tesla is poised to deliver yet another SUV to the market. This time, it will be known as the Model Y.
Little is still confirmed regarding the specifics of the Model Y. However, reports have surfaced that it is supposed to be a crossover all-electric SUV that may be slightly smaller than the Model X.
According to a report from Auto Express, the production of the Model Y in Tesla’s facility has been rescheduled for 2020. However, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had tweeted early on that its latest SUV model would be revealed by March 2019.
10 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR
If you already love the Range Rover Velar, you would absolutely love its 2019 Velar SVR even more.
For starters, it looks like the 2019 Velar SVR is quite powerful.
In fact, according to a report from Motor Authority, it is likely that this SUV would be utilizing a version of the 5-liter V8 engine from the Jaguar Land Rover. That means you can expect a maximum output of around 510 to 592 horsepower.
Hopefully, this SUV will be launched in the market soon enough so that car buyers would be free to give it a test drive. The estimated arrival date is currently somewhere between late 2018 to early 2019.
9 2019 Land Rover Defender
Another SUV model that is coming soon from Land Rover is the 2019 Land Rover Defender. This particular SUV is said to be longtime coming and what better way to welcome it than around the time of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary.
Not much-confirmed information is currently known about the 2019 Defender. From the looks of the spy photos going around online, however, we can attest that this SUV is going to be just as reliable as its predecessor. At the moment though, you would have to wait and see to find out exactly how powerful the upcoming Defender would be.
8 2019 Range Rover Evoque
Just like 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR and the 2019 Land Rover Defender, much is being kept under wraps regarding the 2019 Range Rover Evoque as well.
According to a report from Motor 1, the second generation Evoque is currently undergoing some final testing at the Nürburgring circuit while staying in camouflage.
Despite its disguise though, one can make out its stylish form, something crossover SUV buyers would definitely appreciate.
Certain rumors have pointed out that the 2019 Range Rover Evoque will be utilizing a 1.5-liter hybrid engine. If this is indeed the case, one can expect a significantly fuel-efficient SUV. The release date for this SUV also remains unclear at the moment.
7 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross
Among the different SUV models available in the market today, the crossover models seem to be most popular. After all, it’s a practical choice for many car buyers who have a small family or tend to drive solo most of the time. That is probably the reason why Volkswagen has decided to come out with a crossover SUV model known as the T-Cross.
The 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross is expected to be smaller than one of Volkswagen’s other SUV models, the Tiguan. Nonetheless, car buyers are also being promised a “surprising amount of room” inside. Moreover, rear passengers will also get a bit more knee room in the back due to a sliding bench that can be easily adjusted according to comfort and required cargo capacity.
According to a report from Motor 1, the 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross is scheduled to make its debut in the fall.
6 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
If you are in the market for an SUV that is simply full of class, then look no further than the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Just like a lot of upcoming SUVs, not much detail is being released by Mercedes-Benz regarding the 2019 GLE.
However, Auto Blog reports that a couple of units of this SUV was recently spotted while in the middle of testing. Based on this sighting, it seems there would be two versions coming out of this mid-size luxury compact SUV. One of them is sporting some AMG Line exterior upgrades.
With regard to the power unit, it is expected for the 2019 GLE to utilize the existing engines in the E-class range. These include the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and the twin-turbo V8 engine for the AMG variant.
5 2019 Audi SQ2
Of all the upcoming SUVs being tested today, one of the few ones that have been finally spotted without any camouflage is the 2019 Audi SQ2.
The 2019 SQ2 is being touted as the smallest crossover SUV that Audi has ever released to the market. Despite its relatively small size, however, Motor 1 reports that it may just be powered by a turbocharged 2-liter gasoline engine. If that is the case, you can expect this SUV to be capable of easily churning out more than 250 horsepower.
For now, Audi has not released any official images of the 2019 SQ2. However, there is a chance that the German automaker would soon unveil it at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
4 2019 Audi Q4
Another SUV slated to come out of the Audi future lineup is the 2019 Audi Q4. It’s a true testament to Audi’s determination to cater to a wider variety of SUV buyers in the near future.
According to reports, the 2019 Q4 is being touted as the rival of the Range Rover Evoque as well as the upcoming X2 from BMW.
Car Magazine is describing this model as a “coupe SUV.” Audi chairman Rupert Stadler has also explained to shareholders that the 2019 Q4 “will combine the elegance of a coupe with the functionality of an SUV.”
Furthermore, it would most likely utilize a 1.5-liter petrol engine as well as 2-liter petrol and diesel engines.
3 2020 Alfa Romeo Castello
Another luxury SUV that is definitely worth the wait is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Castello. This is being touted as perhaps the largest SUV that Alfa Romeo has ever designed. After all, Alfa Romeo has been talking about going bigger with their design. In fact, Roberto Fedeli, the company’s technical officer has remarked,
“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger?” Moreover, there had also been early reports suggesting that 2019 Castello would have a maximum passenger capacity of seven passengers.
Meanwhile, Motor 1 also reports that the 2020 Castello will be utilizing a “mild hybrid” powertrain that can deliver an estimated output of 400 horsepower.
2 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
If you are on the lookout for an upcoming SUV that is pure luxury, then nothing comes close to the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
This upcoming SUV promises impressive off-road capability. In fact, it even reportedly comes with a button labeled Off-Road which would proceed to lift the vehicle’s skirts and prepare it to face gravel, mud, snow, sand, wet grass and various rough tracks.
Even better, the 2019 Cullinan is also reportedly capable of driving through water that is 21 inches deep.
According to a report from Motor Trend, it is estimated that car buyers will end up spending at least $400,000 on a 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan with some added options. Now, that is one lavish SUV.
1 2020 Ferrari SUV
For years, many have imagined it. And finally, the moment is almost here. Ferrari is close to unveiling its very own SUV model.
According to a report from D’Marge, the upcoming 2020 Ferrari SUV would be unlike any other SUV that anyone has ever seen. For starters, Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne has promised that this crossover model would certainly look and feel like the Ferrari. “It will look like whatever a Ferrari utility vehicle needs to look like. But it has to drive like a Ferrari,” Marchionne remarked.
That means you can expect an SUV that is faster than anything on the market. At the moment, the Lamborghini SUV is among the fastest in the market as it boasts a top speed of 189 miles per hour. Hence, you can expect Ferrari’s to go even faster than that.
Sources: Reuters, Reddit, Drive Mag