The popular crossover segment is still growing, and automakers are rushing to get in on the action. In particular this year, subcompact crossovers have received a major boost.
What’s New in Crossovers for 2016?
From Jeep we have the new Renegade, a compact crossover selling in markets all around the world. Available with a turbocharged or naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the Renegade promises to be just as capable as should be expected from a Jeep.
As a corporate twin to the Renegade, Fiat’s new 500X is also hitting the marketplace this year. Styled and tuned to be more of an on-road vehicle, the 500X is the softer of the FCA twins.
Get the Flash Player to see this player.
Honda has also jumped into the subcompact crossover market this year with the new HR-V. Based on the Fit subcompact, the HR-V offers a lot of space and versatility in a small package. And like the Fit, the HR-V includes Honda’s fantastic magic seats.
The final entry into the subcompact crossover market this year is the Mazda CX-3. Smaller inside than many of its competitors, the CX-3 focuses on style, driving performance and efficiency. Powered by a 146 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the CX-3 has surprising performance.
SEE ALSO: 2016 Subcompact Crossover Shootout
Lexus updated the RX crossover this year and added a bit more size and refinement to the luxury crossover. Of course, the RX has incorporated Lexus’ latest design language including the spindle grille.
Lincoln also updated the brand’s mid-size crossover this year, the MKX. With an attractive interior, customers can now opt for a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
From Mercedes-Benz we have the GLE Coupe, offering “coupe” styling on a large crossover. Basically, it’s a direct competitor of the BMW X6 and features similar sloped-roof styling. Joining the GLE Coupe is the regular GLE crossover that is replacing the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
What’s Coming in Crossovers?
Jaguar is getting set to enter the crossover arena with the upcoming F-Pace. A performance-oriented crossover, the F-Pace promises to offer some of the most fun you can get from this segment.
SEE ALSO: Top 10 Cheapest Crossovers
Acura might be gearing up to offer a new small crossover based on the HR-V. Although unconfirmed at this point, the brand recently filed to trademark the CDX nameplate, which would work well on a compact crossover.