The popular crossover segment is still growing, and automakers are rushing to get in on the action. This year, there has been more and more subcompact crossover offerings, and automakers continue to bolster their crossover lineups with new offerings of all sizes and everything in between.
What’s New in Crossovers for 2017?
As one of the most popular crossovers in North America, the Honda CR-V is all new for 2017. On top of an attractive new style, the crossover is now offered with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and more safety and driver assistance features.
ALSO SEE: 2017 Honda CR-V Review
As a popular competitor to the CR-V, Ford also refreshed its Escape for 2017 to help keep it competitive. It gets a tweaked style and all the safety and driver assistance features that are quickly becoming the norm.
Volkswagen debuted an all-new Tiguan, which is now bigger than it used to be, allowing it to have three rows of seats. VW also introduced an entirely new model: The Atlas is the biggest crossover VW has ever sold in North America, but don’t count on seeing a diesel model anytime soon.
ALSO SEE: 2017 Ford Escape Review
Taking advantage of VW’s new lack of diesel engines, Mazda is bringing a diesel-powered CX-5 to the North American market this year. Following suit, the GMC Terrain also gains a diesel engine for 2017, along with a new look, more tech, and two new turbocharged engines. The Chevrolet Traverse grows in size this year and is now available with a turbo engine and the Trax has been refreshed, while the Acura MDX has also been updated for 2017 with a new look. The Buick Envision is new for 2017, and is actually built in China.
As a new entry into the segment, the Nissan Rogue Sport has been introduced to sit in between the Juke and the Rogue. The Mercedes GLA has been refreshed, Audi’s whole Q5 lineup is all new for this year, and even the Q7 has been completely overhauled. Cadillac also added the XT5 to its lineup, Kia refreshed its Sportage and is coming out with an all-new model, the Niro, which will be a dedicated hybrid crossover.
Jeep has finally introduced a totally new Compass that brings it in line with its competition and Toyota has a new compact crossover entry with the funky C-HR. The Ford EcoSport and the Chevrolet Spark Activ will arrive as sub-compact crossovers, and the Tesla Model 3 is finally available. The Hyundai Santa Fe has also been refreshed with more tech and features.
On the higher end, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the brand’s first-ever crossover, and Maserati also came out with its own Levante this year, and Bentley followed suit with its Bentayga.
What’s Coming in Crossovers?
A new Infiniti QX50 should debut sometime this year with a gorgeous style, a high-tech new engine and a lot of safety features. A BMW X2 “coupe crossover,” a new X5 and an X7 should be on their way soon, Audi will introduce a new Q8 into its lineup, a smaller Jaguar E-Pace has been rumored, and the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport will both likely add “coupe” variants to their lineups as well as refresh their core models. Hyundai is said to come out with a Honda HR-V competitor next year and the Fiat 500L will be updated, and Subaru will come out with a new three-row, full-size crossover this year to replace the Tribeca.
It’s also expected that Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin will come out with crossovers/SUVs in the coming year.