Things are getting more and more intense on the marker of SUVs and crossovers. Each year, almost every carmaker comes with something completely new, in order to get a piece of cake of the world’s fastest-growing car segments. This year will be quite interesting, as we are about to see a fine number of novelties. We are about to see some completely new versions of models that already established their position on the market years ago, such as Nissan Qashqai. However, all-new models will be far more interesting to see and the near future will bring to us a plethora of them. One of the most interesting is a new three-row Kia Telluride, as well as the luxurious Alfa Romeo Castello.
Also, we are about to see comebacks of some legendary nameplates from the past, such as revived Ford Bronco, Jeep Grand Wagoneer and the iconic Land Rover Defender, which is coming with significant changes after a couple of years of break. Finally, there are some brand-new versions of popular models, such as a new Porsche Cayenne Coupe, or hi-performance Audi RS Q8.
2020 Nissan Juke
Despite being discontinued in North America a couple of years ago, this small SUV still rides in many parts of the world. It is one of the most popular models in the class, pretty much a quintessential subcompact crossover. Big novelties are coming for the next year, as the 2020 Nissan Juke will be completely redesigned.
The new Juke will sport the company’s latest version of a familiar CMF platform and we don’t expect to see bigger changes in terms of size. On the other side, count on a completely new styling, which should be a big departure from the company’s design language, just like it was the case with the original model. This time, expect a lot of influence from the Nissan Gripz concept from a few years ago. In terms of the powertrain, count on a range of gasoline and diesel units, as well as on a hybrid version.
2020 Volvo XC40
The 2020 Volvo XC40 will represent the third production year of the first generation of this small crossover. Therefore, we don’t expect to see any major change. The current model is already considered as one of the best models in the class. It offers very appealing styling, luxurious cabin, tons of standard equipment and a wide range of powertrain options. Therefore, it would be hard to expect some more important novelties. Most likely, the 2020 XC40 will come with updates in terms of standard equipment only. Each version should get a couple of novelties, primarily in terms of tech goodies. Additionally, we could see a couple of new exterior color options and interior color schemes.
2020 Kia Telluride
The Korean carmaker is finally entering the segment of thee-row SUVs. Despite that the company offers Sorento for years, we haven’t seen such large mid-size SUV as the new Telluride. Compared to Sorento, it features a full five inches more in wheelbase, so you can imagine how spacious the new model will be on the inside. Also, the new model is coming with a pretty distinctive styling, which doesn’t have many things in common with the rest of the company’s SUV lineup. This suggests that the company wants to emphasize its flagship character.
Besides more space, the cabin will also come with more standard features. All version will be equipped with the latest tech goodies, as well as with numerous advanced safety systems and driver aids. Under the hood, all models will feature the company’s familiar 3.8-liter V6, which delivers around 290 horsepower and comes paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Base versions will go around 31.700 dollars.
2020 Honda CR-V
The CR-V is one of the most popular compact SUVs in the world and that is for several good reasons. This is one of the most comfortable models in the class, which offers plenty of leg and headroom, as well as a large cargo area. Also, it offers a quite good ride quality and great mpg ratings. The current generation has been around since 2016, which indicate we could see a mid-cycle update soon. Most likely, it won’t happen in the next year. The 2020 Honda CR-V will continue with the same styling, though we should see some nice additions in terms of standard features. For example, a touchscreen should become standard in base models, and we also hope that the company will be more generous in terms of standard safety systems. Two familiar gasoline engines will carry on, while some reports also suggest a new hybrid version.
2020 Audi RS Q8
Premium carmakers will also have to offer plenty of interesting novelties for the next year. This should be among the most interesting ones. The new 2020 Audi RS Q8 will be a hi-performance version of the recently-introduced coupe flagship crossover. Allegedly, it will be the most powerful model in the class. It will feature a familiar 4.0-liter V8 engine, which will be tuned to around 600 horsepower for this occasion. Besides a more powerful engine, this model will also come with numerous mechanical upgrades, including a completely new suspension setup. With all these upgrades, the RS Q8 should be able to go from zero to sixty in about 3.5 seconds. Of course, expect also to see various aesthetical upgrades, in terms of new bodywork, wheels and much more. Upgrades on the inside are expected as well, as we should see tons of details that will emphasize its hi-performance character.
2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Reviving old nameplates became quite popular in the past few years and the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will follow this trend as well. The famous nameplate will be in use once again. It will be reserved for the company’s full-size SUV, which will compete with models like Ford Expedition, Chevy Tahoe etc. Therefore, we may presume it will ride on a traditional body-on-frame platform, on the FCA’s new architecture that debuted in the new-generation Ram 1500 last year.
Expect to see a typical full-size SUV layout, with large proportions and spacious interior. Of course, three rows of seats will be standard. In terms of the powertrain, we count on familiar units that already power the new Ram truck models. Therefore, base versions should feature a familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, while higher trims should be equipped with well-known 5.7- and 6.4-liter units. A hi-performance version under the SRT badge is expected as well.
2020 Porsche Cayenne
After the recent launch of the new, third generation of this performance SUV, we are expecting to see its new, coupe version. The new model has been spotted on testing and despite the camouflage, we can easily guess how the overall layout is going to look. The front end will be practically the same as on the standard model, while the back of the crossover is about to come with a sloping roof layout, which will resemble coupe body style. The rear end will feature a liftback-like tailgate, while taillights should feature similar shape to the new Panamera.
In terms of mechanics, things should remain pretty much the same, though we presume that the base 3.0-liter V6 won’t be offered. The range should start with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, which delivers 440 horsepower. Count also on a powerful 4.0-liter V8 with 540 hp, as well as on a hybrid version.
2020 Land Rover Defender
The iconic Defender is about to come in a completely new version, though it is still unclear whether the new model is about to hit the market this, or in the next year. in any case, we are about to see some significant changes. Despite several updates, the original model remained largely unchanged for full three decades. Therefore, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is about to come with numerous significant changes. The design will be completely new and latest reports suggest it will be a very capable off-road machine. Count on a rigid construction and all those famous off-road aids that Land Rover usually offers in its capable SUVs.
Interestingly, the styling is still the most intriguing point of the new generation. At this moment, we know it will come in a very boxy shape, in order to resemble the original model. On the other side, we count on a lot of new styling elements. All in all, this should be one very interesting combination. When it comes to the powertrain, count on all kinds of engines, including electrified versions as well.
2020 Ford Bronco
SUV enthusiasts have been waiting for this revival for decades and it looks like the famous model is finally coming back. Expectations from this SUV are very big, as the 2020 Ford Bronco is going to compete with a couple of very capable off-roaders. Therefore, the new Bronco is about to ride on a conventional body-on-frame platform. It will borrow most of the mechanics from the Ranger pickup truck, which also came back to the U.S. market after several years.
In terms of the styling, we count on a pretty distinctive look, which will be characterized by a boxy shape and front end that probably won’t have much in common with the rest of the company’s lineup. The interior should be full of unique details as well, while the powertrain lineup will consist of familiar four- and six-cylinder EcoBoost units. We could see a hybrid version in the future as well.
2020 Alfa Romeo Castello
After a great success of the recently-launched company’s first-ever crossover Stelvio, the Italian carmaker it coming with another SUV in the near future. The new model will be called 2020 Alfa Romeo Castello and it will compete in the segment of mid-size luxury crossovers, with models like BMW X5, Audi Q7 etc.
At this point, we don’t know many details, but there is no doubt it will ride on the same Giorgio platform. In terms of the styling, we expect to see the same approach as in the Stelvio, just in a bigger package. The new model will feature the same design language, with the same triangle grille, narrow headlights and bumper layout. On the other side, it will be longer, which leaves space for the third row of seats. Count on familiar powertrain lineup, including the mightful Quadrifoglio V6 from Ferrari.