SUVs are the ultimate in family transportation. You can haul kids, sports gear and a boat at the same time without breaking a sweat.
What’s new in SUVs for 2016?
For 2016, Volvo rolled out a brand new XC90, which foreshadows the direction the brand will take with all of its vehicles. With sleek design and a technology-filled cabin, the XC90 has been impressing critics everywhere since its release. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is supercharged and turbocharged to make 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Audi has put the finishing touches on the all-new Q7 for 2016, an SUV that is more than 700 pounds lighter, thanks to the use of lightweight materials like aluminum. Three powertrains will be available, a 3.0-liter TDI with 272 hp, a 3.0-liter TFSI engine that makes 333 hp, and finally an all-new diesel plug-in hybrid variant that offers 373 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. A full charge will get the SUV 34 miles of all-electric driving range. Audi says that the diesel engine is expected to be 23 percent more efficient than the previous generation while the gas engine will be about 26 percent more efficient.
In the more mainstream arena, the Honda Pilot has been made over for 2016. The new Honda people hauler is about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while it is also slightly larger, offering more passenger and cargo space. Adding some glitz are optional LED projector headlamps with automatic high beams as well as available 20-inch wheels. Other premium items on the menu include a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats and, in upper-level models, second-row captain’s chairs. Inside, materials are noticeably more premium and there’s a host of new features. Honda has installed a ton of different ports to serve the needs of today’s connected families. There are five USB outlets, an auxiliary jack, an HDMI port and more. Also, the vehicle sports a new Android-based infotainment system.
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Lincoln has a new MKX for 2016, a luxury model based on the Ford Edge. Sporting adaptive dampers and an all-new look, the MKX can be had with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that is carried over from the previous generation, or buyers can also opt for a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that provides 330 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque while mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Along with a number of chassis, suspension and steering upgrades, the 2016 Lincoln MKX also sees its interior revamped to be more luxurious as well as allowing for easier entry and exit.
Mercedes-Benz also redesigned its large SUV for 2016. The GLE-Class features new style and can be had with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 Hybrid that makes a total of 436 hp and 479 lb ft of torque or a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that makes 201 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. New technology in the GLE includes adaptive cruise control, collision prevention assist, cross-wind assist, pre-safe, hill-start assist, attention assist, a 360-degree camera, an adaptive suspension, active parking assist, and active headlights.
What’s Coming in SUVs?
Subaru is promising a redesigned Tribeca that will have seating for seven. We expect to see the new Subaru sometime in late 2017.
A super SUV from Lamborghini known as the Urus is set to be revealed in the next two years packing a large twin-turbo V8 engine and some serious on- and off-road credentials.