10 Best SUVs Worth Waiting For
With so many buyers clamoring for new SUVs and the market getting increasingly competitive, it’s no wonder automakers are working especially hard to attract buyers with all-new models. To that end, there are several compelling SUVs heading to your local dealership in the not-too-distant future. Here are some of the most highly anticipated models on the horizon.
Rivian is not yet a household name, but the company's 3-row all-electric SUV, the R1S, offers a lot of promise. It's anticipated to have a maximum range of 410 miles. The company says it will begin deliveries in late 2020, and there will be two battery packs available at launch: the 135 kWh will have a range of 310 miles and a total system output of 753 horsepower and 826 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-to-60 time of 3.0 seconds. The 180 kWh increases driving range to 410, but delivers slightly less horsepower (522). A year later, there will be an entry-level model with a 105-kWh battery with a 240-mile range, with a combined output of 402 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Top speed of all models is 125 mph.
2020 Land Rover Defender
The last time Land Rover sold Defenders in America, Arsenio was still on the air and the Macarena was all the rage. Fast-forward to 2020, and Land Rover’s Defender returns with new styling inside and out, a bevy of modern safety and convenience technology (not the original Defender’s strong suit), but is said to stay true to the original’s dominant off-road capability. We hope the new Defender is offered here in 2- and 4-door body styles, as the beloved previous model was.
2020 Cadillac XT6
If Cadillac’s XT5 is too small for you and the Escalade is too big, then the upcoming XT6 should be just right. The 3-row midsize SUV crossover benefits from Cadillac elegance and style, with no shortage of luxury amenities in the spacious cabin. Trim levels have a performance or modern luxury bias, and there is a long list of available advanced safety technology and driver assists. You will be able to start ordering the new Cadillac XT6 starting in spring 2019.
2020 Ford Bronco
There isn’t a lot of information about the new Ford Bronco yet, but here’s what Ford released via social media: “’We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,’ said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. ’Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.’…The rugged new Bronco will be a midsize SUV, and will be part of the global Ford vehicle portfolio in 2020. The Ford Bronco will be manufactured at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, which is the same plant where the 1966 through 1996 models were built.” We expect the new Bronco to be built off the Ranger platform, and that it will go on sale sometime in 2020.
2019 Audi Q3
Larger, roomier and more refined, the second-generation Audi Q3 won’t arrive here until summer or fall of 2019, but is expected to make big waves in the burgeoning luxury subcompact SUV segment. It’s filled with a full roster of Audi’s trademark cool tech including Audi's virtual cockpit, a turbocharged 4-cylinder with two power levels to choose from, and a wide array of advanced safety systems.
2019 BMW X7
The X7 is the first full-size 3-row SUV from BMW. This is a true full-size SUV, with dimensions similar to those of a Cadillac Escalade, as well as 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The X7 comes with air suspension as standard equipment, and rides on 21-inch wheels. There are two engines to choose from, including a 456-horsepower twin-turbo V8. The new BMW X7 is expected to go on sale in March 2019.
2020 Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln’s newest SUV slots between the Nautilus (previously known as the MKX) and the Navigator. This 3-row midsize SUV comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive, with a choice of a 400- or 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine. There’s even going to be a plug-in hybrid version. One particularly noteworthy feature of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is the Phone as a Key: when you download the Lincoln Way App, you can use your smartphone to lock and unlock the car, open the power liftgate, and start the vehicle. When the Aviator goes on sale in summer of 2019, there will be five trim levels to choose from, ranging from Standard to Black Label.
2020 Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai has been revitalizing and right-sizing their SUV portfolio, and a major part of that is the newest vehicle in the lineup, the 2020 Palisade. The Palisade, which replaces the smaller Hyundai Santa Fe XL, is a roomy midsize SUV that can seat up to eight people. It matches muscular styling with a comfortable, quiet ride, and offers Sport and Eco mode, which the driver can switch to as the situation calls for it. There’s also a terrain-select system you can use when your adventures take you off paved surfaces. Expect to see it in summer of 2019.
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2020 Kia Telluride
For those who want more interior space and a larger third row than the Sorento offers, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is just the ticket. When it comes to market in early 2019, the Telluride will come standard with a 291-horsepower V6, and will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Kia comes with innovative safety features such as a blind-spot monitor that can apply brakes to prevent a collision. There’s also Quiet Mode, which cuts separate audio output in the second and third rows, allowing front passengers to enjoy their own music in peace.
2020 Ford Explorer
The hugely popular people-hauler, which is all-new for 2020, returns to a rear-wheel-drive platform for the first time in a decade. The 2020 Ford Explorer, set to go on sale in summer of 2019, will initially come with two potent turbocharged gas engines, each backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid Explorer, as well as a performance-oriented ST, are said to follow. The Explorer will come with a wide range of standard and optional safety features, upgraded connectivity and technology, plus nearly double the towing capacity of the current model.