The crossover segment is still growing, and automakers are rushing to get in on the action. In particular this year, compact crossovers are getting a major boost.
See what the latest additions to the segment are in our crossover buyers guide.
From Jeep we have the new Renegade, a compact crossover that is going to sell in markets all around the world. The larger Cherokee is also now on the market. With it’s unique style, the compact Cherokee is sure to turn heads.
Fiat’s new 500X is also hitting the marketplace this year, the sister vehicle to the Jeep Renegade.
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Honda gave its CR-V a refresh last year, bringing new style and a new interior layout, but the real story from the Japanese brand is the new HR-V small crossover. Based on the Fit subcompact, the HR-V offers a practical ride with increased ride height.
Mazda is also getting into the small crossover game this year with the new CX-3. Using the brand’s KODO design language and SkyActiv engines, the CX-3 is sure to be a great entrant in the segment.
Lexus rolled out the new NX last year, sitting in the lineup below the larger RX. The new small Lexus crossover offers a small turbocharged engine or a hybrid setup. Rumor has it that Lexus may also bring an even smaller crossover to market.
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Lincoln is now in the luxury crossover segment with its new MKC. Based on the Ford Escape, the MKC offers variable dampers and an EcoBoost turbocharged engine to deliver a spirited drive.
Not be left behind, a few German luxury brands have new crossovers coming to market. From Mercedes-Benz we have the GLE Coupe, offering ‘coupe’ styling on a large practical crossover. On the small end of things, Mercedes has also introduced the GLA-Class, an entry-level luxury crossover.
BMW has fully redesigned the X4 and X5, bringing both of these crossovers new looks and updated driving dynamics. For 2015, the brand has added M performance versions, making its large crossovers even crazier.
Nissan has been busy updating both the Murano and the Rogue. The smaller Rogue adopted the new corporate styling along with a CVT for increased fuel economy. On the larger side, the Murano has taken a leap with its new swoopy style, while it also now comes with a CVT.
General Motors is making some moves in the crossover segment as well. The small Chevy Trax will be sold in the U.S. for the first time this year, playing in the compact crossover segment. A facelift for the aging Equinox was also revealed for 2015, though mechanically the crossover remains the same.
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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 segment.
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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.