Crossovers now command a large part of the SUV market. These vehicles are are ideal for up and coming families that want the utility of an SUV or minivan in a more attractive and sporty package.
These upcoming crossovers identify with that concept and combine luxury and performance in one unique package.
The new compact SUV from the British firm. The Evoque is designed to appeal to urban buyers and meet increased CO2 emissions and fuel economy requirements. It gets its visual cues from the Range Rover line but distills them into their most concentrated form. Elements such as the mesh grille, headlight layout, side-engine vents and the “floating roof” are all pushed to their extremes.
If you’re looking for a sporty luxury crossover, the 2012 BMW X3 is a good choice. The new model is far more mainstream, replacing edgy lines with the sculpted finish seen on the smaller X1 and latest X5.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class sees plenty of key improvements, notably in performance, fuel efficiency and cabin ambiance that should keep it fully competitive in the luxury SUV game. On sale this September and still built in Alabama, the new 2012 M-class seeks to blend off-road versatility with the kind of on-road manners expected of a Mercedes sedan.
For a big Jeep fan the redesigned Grand Cherokee that arrived last year gave hope that this storied brand would continue for a long, long time. The SRT8 package delivers the ultimate in performance and handling.
When it was introduced nearly a decade ago, the Cayenne luxury SUV was seen as sacrilege by longtime fans of Porsche sports cars; but the model fulfilled its purpose, bringing high-end luxury shoppers—even families—into the Porsche fold. The all-wheel drive, five-passenger Cayenne is available in three trims: V6, S, and Turbo.
With a new 3.6-liter V6 engine, reviewers now love everything about the 2012 Cadillac SRX: its powerful engine, upscale interior and bold exterior.
If you can afford to pay for the 2012 Audi Q5, test drivers say it’s worth every penny. Packed inside this upscale compact SUV are leather seats, wood inlays and upscale tech features, which will appeal to drivers who crave luxury. It’s available with two smooth engines. Standard AWD aids acceleration when the road gets slippery.
Nissan is clearing a new path for the automotive industry by introducing the Murano CrossCabriolet - officially the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible. Loosely described as a two-door ragtop version of Nissan’s mid-size crossover, the CrossCab is easily the most unusual vehicle to come from a mass-market automaker in recent memory.
By Doron Levy