2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
For the first time, more than a million SUVs were newly registered this year. There is no end in sight to the boom. Accordingly, new models are always coming onto the market.
The innovations include models such as the Ford Puma and the new Mercedes GLA. The trend towards SUVs is also making it increasingly difficult for manufacturers to achieve the strict CO2 limit values of 95 g / km by 2021. Accordingly, the car manufacturers have to increasingly electrify their SUVs. We have put together an overview of small, cheap and large models.
Ford has committed itself to the SUV more consistently than almost any other manufacturer. And not just in the USA: With the Puma, the Group's European headquarters are launching a mini crossover on the streets at prices starting at 23,350 euros at the beginning of the year, which positions itself as a sporty and elegant alternative to the ecosport that has been offered with moderate success for several years becomes. In addition to a dynamic exterior, the Fiesta-based five-door model also scores with interior values in the form of a clever trunk concept with a huge, washable loading tray, which should make the Ford one of the most practical models on the small crossover market.
The Puma receives competition from one of the established forces in the segment: With the first Captur, Renault made it into the European and German car bestseller lists straight away in 2013. The second generation now looks strikingly similar to the first, but is more than ten centimeters longer, which is particularly beneficial for the trunk. A lot has happened with the assistance systems - thanks to a new electronic architecture, their number is growing, and there is even a self-driving motorway assistant available. As a novelty in the drive range, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 100 hp is used, which will also be available in an LPG version.
A version with a plug-in hybrid drive will also follow later in the year. At the beginning of the year, a close relative of the Frenchman, the Juke, was also launched. The first generation still shocked with polarizing optics, the design of the second is a lot brighter. In addition, the mini-SUV is more mature, increasing in length and space. Under the hood there is only one offer at the start: the one-liter three-cylinder with turbo develops 117 hp and costs from 19,000 euros.
Nissan also has ambitions up a class. After all, the first Qashqai founded the compact crossover class in 2006. While the design is being modernized rather cautiously, hybrid drives are likely to be installed under the hood, including possibly a plug-in variant from alliance partner Mitsubishi. The assistance systems are also being upgraded - among other things, the motorway driver receives an update.
A few price classes higher, the Mercedes GLA is also being modernized. The new generation remains true to the dynamic basic style of its predecessor, but now places more emphasis on economy of space. The power for everyday life and adventure is initially provided by the well-known engines: As a gasoline engine, there will initially be the GLA 200 with 1.3 liters of displacement and 163 hp for around 33,000 euros at the market launch at the beginning of the year. The 200d and 220d with a 2.0-liter with 150 hp or 190 hp are intended as diesel. An electric version will follow later, but it will be launched on the market as an independent model under the name EQA.
While Nissan and Mercedes are targeting first-time vehicle buyers with their models, Mazda is luring people who are looking for a short-haul city car with the MX-30. The Japanese are consistently positioning their first e-model as a second car, according to their assessment of around 140 hp engine power as well as a range of 200 kilometers. As a nice design gimmick there are rear-hinged rear doors, door panels made of recycled plastic bottles and a center console lined with cork. The prices for the well-equipped introductory model start at 34,000 euros in the first half of the year.
The medium-sized SUV segment is traditionally rather narrow in Germany. One of the traditional models is the Nissan X-Trail, which in the current generation has finally changed from an off-roader to a spacious family vehicle. The new edition is also heavily based on the technology brother Qahsqai, but adds a third row of seats and a larger load space. The Nissan is not threatened with much competition for new products in the coming year, but Kia may send the new edition of the Sorento into the race. Maybe even with fuel cell technology on board.
While the small Puma marks the lower end of the future Ford SUV range, the second 2020 novelty crowns the product range. With a length of 5.05 meters, the Explorer is in the same class as the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE, but it should be much cheaper (from 74,000 euros). At least if you put equipment and drive in relation. The latter is always a 450 hp plug-in hybrid, coupled with all-wheel drive and automatic. In addition to large 20-inch wheels, extensive safety equipment is standard on all Explorer models. Among other things, there is always a parking assistant, the emergency braking function (also when reversing), the proximity cruise control with stop-and-go function, speed limit detection and lane keeper and an evasive assistant,which is supposed to make spontaneous lane changes safer with targeted steering assistance, on board.
While the Ford has to sell despite its price, another luxury SUV needs less financial consideration. As one of the last sports car manufacturers, Aston Martin has so far rejected the SUV trend. This means that it will be over in the second quarter of 2020 when the DBX takes off and competes against the Porsche Cayenne Turbo or Lamborghini Urus. With the 4.0-liter V8 and 405 kW / 550 PS supplied by Mercedes-AMG, along with nine-speed automatic and of course all-wheel drive, it drives in a similar performance class, the price list for the all-wheel drive starts at just under 200,000 euros and is therefore also in a similar range.
While the SUV segment continues to grow, the class of real off-road vehicles is heading in the opposite direction. One of the last representatives is the off-road veteran Defender, which, thanks to a new edition 70 years after its debut, looks young and modern again. Purists will hate the new, car-like style, SUV drivers with a sense of the tangible will love it.
The changes are not just of a visual nature: instead of a robust ladder frame, the new generation uses a self-supporting aluminum body that has been specially developed for use in tough terrain; thanks to electronic control, air suspension should adjust to any surface and not least to paved Roads ensure comfort. The range of engines includes two petrol and two diesel engines between 200 hp and 400 hp, prices start in spring at 49,700 euros (three-door Defender 90) and 55,600 euros (five-door Defender 110). (SP-X)
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