SUVs are suppressing sedans more and more these days, especially when it comes to luxury cars. Because of that, carmakers are offering updates constantly. Next year will bring plenty of novelties. We are about to see numerous redesign. From VW Group, there are completely new Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, while Macan is getting a facelift. Mercedes-Benz will offer a completely new version of its most popular crossover GLE. On the other side, Jaguar and Land Rover will introduce hi-performance versions of many models. Maserati also prepares a hi-performance version of Levante. Finally, the world’s most famous mid-size luxury SUV, BMW X5, is getting a redesign as well, a little bit earlier than expected. When it comes to Japanese manufacturers, Lexus will update its most popular crossover RX, which get a new look, as well as a new engine for the North American market.
2019 Range Rover Sport
Although base design characteristics won’t be changed a lot, there is one big novelty for the 2019 Range Rover Sport. The luxurious mid-size SUV is about to get a new, hybrid version. It will be called P400 and it will be the first model from Jaguar Land Rover to get electrified powertrain. To remind you, the current version already comes with a generous offer of engines. There are two V6 units, both diesel- and gasoline-powered. Also, there is a powerful Supercharged V8 gasoline engine. The new electrified powertrain will combine a familiar 298-hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine with the hi-output electric motor that is good for about 115 horses. Combined, these two sources of power should provide around 400 horses, which will be just between V6 and V8 units. The rest of the lineup should come without bigger changes, although some tweaks in terms of standard equipment are certain.
2019 Land Rover Discovery
The new generation of this famous SUV came about a year ago. Considering its very fresh status, it would be hard to expect bigger changes. Still, the company is about to offer one completely new version. It will come as 2019 Land Rover Discovery SVX and it will be an off-road performance-oriented model. Presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this model comes with some unique styling details. Moreover, it will get a Supercharged V8 engine with around 510 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. Besides significant power boost, we are about to see numerous chassis modifications, especially when it comes to suspension, which will be adjusted for the off-road drive especially. Rest of the lineup is pretty fresh, so we don’t expect bigger changes. Still, few new standard features are quite possible.
2019 Audi Q7
It is hard to expect bigger changes after only two years of production, especially if we consider that previous generation lasted for a full decade. We doubt that this version will have such long production cycle, but bigger changes definitely won’t come in next year or two. The 2019 Audi Q7 will continue in the same way, offering stylish design with plenty of luxury. In North America, there are two gasoline units in the offer. A familiar 2.0-liter turbo inline-four with around 252 horses is the base engine. On the other side, optional 3.0-liter V6 delivers around 333 horsepower. Of course, European models come with a wide palette of famous TDI units. Expect the same trim-level organization (Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige). Of course, each trim should get few novelties in terms of equipment.
2019 Volvo XC90
This mid-size crossover is an epitome for elegance. Although introduced almost four years ago, it looks like the company doesn’t have plans for the update in the near future. Many experts expected to see a mid-cycle update for the next year, but there is no official information, which indicates that 2019 Volvo XC90 is about to continue without bigger changes. Besides stylish look and plenty of equipment in the offer, there is also a wide engine choice. Base models benefit the power from gasoline engines. There are also two diesel variants, while the plug-in hybrid is at the top of the offer. There are four trims in total – Momentum, R-Design, Inscription and Excellence. Each one should get few new standard features.
2019 Range Rover Velar
This will be another hi-performance crossover to come out from Land Rover’s production line. This mid-size crossover came just recently, as a 2018-year model. It shares many of its characteristics with Jaguar F-Pace, including almost complete mechanics. The second production year will bring some big novelties as well. We are about to see a new hi-performance version called 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR. Off course, the most important feature will be a mighty 5.0-liter V8 engine with around 510 horsepower. Additionally, we expect to see some tweaks on transmission, as well as on suspension and rest of the chassis. When it comes to the visual appearance, expect few details that will emphasize its hi-performance character. Count on the new bumper with larger air intakes, new rims and much more.
2019 Tesla Model X
The expansion of the Californian carmaker started several years ago and this crossover played the main role. Introduced in 2015, this all-electric SUV was a real boom on the market. Moreover, it still is. Praised for its amazing range and performances, it was getting positive critics in most of the cases. However, there was one big disadvantage compared to conventional crossovers – cargo space. From the next year, the company will offer a new feature that will make this crossover far more practical. Fold-flat seats will become a part of standard equipment for 2019 Tesla Model X. Rest of the vehicle should remain the same, including powertrain offer. Of course, there will be a 90-kWh-battery version in the offer, with the amazing 250 miles of total range.
2019 BMW X5
The new generation of the famous Bavarian mid-size crossover is coming, earlier than you expected. So far, usual production cycle was around seven years. However, the current version is present since 2014 and the new one is coming only four years later. The reason is simple. BMW has a new highly-modular platform, characterized by excellent dynamics, so it seems natural for the company’s bestseller to get it as soon as possible. The new generation has been spotted on the road. It is camouflaged entirely, which indicated a brand new look. Additionally, 2019 BMW X5 will be quite bigger, which will affect more interior space. The engine lineup should remain pretty similar. A hi-performance M version is also on its way and should come soon after the launch of base models.
2019 Porsche Cayenne
The third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne is already available on the market. It came last year completely redesigned. Besides numerous styling tweaks, there’s a new Audi-engineered MLB platform with much better driving dynamics compared to the previous generation. When it comes to engines, there are three of them currently in the offer. The base model features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with a max power of 340 horsepower. Still, an optional 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 seems to be a better choice. It delivers around 440 horses, which is enough for a 0-60 sprint in less than five seconds. Finally, there is a 4.0-liter V8 unit, with a max output of 550 horses. All engines use the same 8-speed automatic transmission. Soon enough, we will see a hybrid version in the offer. It should come based on the 2.9-liter gasoline engine, which will get a great help from one or more electric motors.
2019 VW Touareg
The entire VW Group mid-size SUV fleet is getting a completely new design, including this model. Just like Cayenne, 2019 VW Touareg will benefit the new MLB platform. This model has always been a cheaper alternative to premium models like Cayenne or Q7. We don’t expect changes in this aspect. Still, a new design language should make this one far more attractive. The new-generation has been spotted on the road, completely uncovered. It comes with the brand’s newest design language, borrowing front end from the legendary Passat sedan. Compared to the previous generation, it will be slightly bigger, which should provide more space inside. When it comes to powertrain, expect VW’s familiar four- and six-cylinder units in the offer. In Europe, the new model will also benefit the power from famous TDI engines.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
Formerly known as ML, this model has been the core of the brand’s SUV offer. For the next year, the famous manufacturer prepares a completely new, fourth-generation model which is about to come with some significant improvements. The new model might keep similar size, but there is a completely new platform from Daimler, which should provide a significant improvement in terms of driving dynamics and all many other aspects. Of course, there is a completely new look to come. The test model is still camouflaged, but we can notice a completely new grille shape, as well as new headlights design. Speaking of engines, the new platform will be highly modular, so expect a wide offer of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines, including both gasoline and oil burners. A hybrid version should come as well.
2019 Audi Q5
Although smaller than other models from the list, this crossover is highly competitive, especially is we consider that the brand-new, second generation came recently. We have seen plenty of improvements. Naturally, the most notable is brand-new look, which looks far more mature compared to the original model. Of course, there is a whole bunch of new technology features. Dimensions are pretty much the same, but there is more room inside thanks to the better use of space. In North America, all models are powered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Of course, European models are available with diesel units as well. All engines come in a pair with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Considering all these recent changes, it is hard to expect something new from the 2019 Audi Q5.
2019 Jaguar F-Pace
This crossover is present for about two years. Just like its cousins from Land Rover, it will also get a new, SVR-badged hi-performance version. Compared to the base model, it will come not only with a more powerful engine but with a new look as well. Expect to see plenty of new styling details that will emphasize model’s hi-performance character. Also, expect a rich offer of standard equipment. Speaking of the engine, 2019 Jaguar F-Pace will use a familiar 5.0-liter V8, which delivers around 510 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Rest of the lineup will remain unchanged, featuring a wide offer of gasoline and diesel options, with both four- and six-cylinder engines. Electrified versions are on their ways as well.
2019 Lexus RX
With new updates, 2019 Lexus RX should continue to be brand’s best-selling crossover. The current generation of this mid-size SUV has been around since 2015 and it Toyota is already preparing changes, in order to keep it fresh and competitive. Compared to the current model, it will get several visual novelties. Of course, most of them will come at the front, but other areas should suffer as well. Besides a new look, it is still unclear what this update will bring. Of course, new standard equipment is certain. Speaking of engines, there is a big chance to see new four-cylinder in the offer. It is a 2.0-liter unit which delivers around 235 horsepower. On many markets around the world, this version has been in the offer since the launch of the current generation.
2019 Maserati Levante GTS
This crossover has been around for about two years. However, we are still waiting for its hi-performance GTS version. The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS will finally come this year. The test model has been spotted on the road and it looks like the new version is in the final stage of development. Of course, the core of new version will be a 3.8-liter V8 engine, which should have a max output around 525 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive will be standard. Also, expect to see several mechanic tweaks that will provide sportier driving dynamics. Things like new suspensions and brakes are coming for sure. The new model will also come with several distinctive styling details. We are about to see a more aggressive look. However, more precise details are still unknown, since the test model is completely covered.
2019 Porsche Macan
Porsche’s most popular model will also get some significant updates. It will be a classic mid-cycle update, which will include numerous changes. Of course, the focus is one visual appeal. The 2019 Porsche Macan will come with the updated look. Most of the changes will come at the front. Expect to see a new bumper, as well as new daytime-running, LED lights. The rear end will also get few novelties. On the insider, we are about to see few tweaks on the dashboard. The biggest change in terms of features will be a new infotainment system, which had its debut in last-year Panamera. Changes in terms of powertrain are not expected. The new version should hit the market pretty soon, probably in a month or two.
2019 Acura MDX
The last but not the least! After the last-year update, it seems that 2019 Acura MDX won’t feature bigger changes. This crossover offers an amazing value for the money. Based on the famous Pilot, this model offers not only Honda’s unbeatable quality but plenty of luxury as well. For the next year, it will continue in the same way. The recent update has brought a new look, as well as numerous hi-tech features. When it comes to engines, base models use a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which delivers around 290 horses.
An optional hybrid combines 3.0-liter V6 with a hi-output electric motor. A total amount of power goes around 320 horses. There are three trim levels – Standard, Technology and Advance, as well as numerous options.