SUVs are the ultimate in family transportation. Although true body-on-frame SUVs are very rare these days, there are still many full-sized offerings on the table. A popular choice for families that don’t want minivans, SUVs have room for more people, all their stuff, and can tow a boat to boot.
What’s new in SUVs for 2017?
Volkswagen has come out with a new full-sized SUV offering with its three-row Atlas. This new SUV is the largest vehicle VW has ever offered in North America. A turbo four-cylinder and a V6 engine will be offered, but don’t hold your breath for a diesel.
The Land Rover Discovery is all new for this year, bringing three rows of seats and a lot of practical features for families on the go.
The Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander were refreshed, and the Audi Q7 is all-new. The Nissan Armada is new in North America, although it’s based on the overseas Patrol. The Hyundai Santa Fe has also been refreshed with more tech and features.
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The GMC Terrain 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, while the Acura MDX has also been updated for 2017 with a new look.
What’s Coming in SUVs?
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 new BMW X5 and an X7 should be on their way soon, Audi will introduce a new Q8 into its lineup, and the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport will both likely add “coupe” variants to their lineups as well as refresh their core models. Subaru will come out with a new three-row, full-size SUV this year to replace the Tribeca.
Ford has confirmed a new Bronco and it is expected that Chevrolet will follow suit with a new Blazer. Jeep will debut a new Wrangler and a Wrangler pickup this year, which SUV enthusiasts have been really excited about. Jeep has also confirmed a Wagoneer will be making a comeback. Mercedes will also update its hardcore G-Wagen, and Lincoln should reveal a new Navigator, too. A Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has also been rumored.
It’s also expected that Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin will come out with crossovers/SUVs in the coming year.