Full-size luxury SUVs may not be the most competitive segment in the automotive industry, but for many carmakers, it is a matter of prestige. Therefore, most major luxury carmakers have their players in this highly-demanding class of luxury vehicles. This segment is challenging for many major names in the industry because it demands not just fine craftsmanship on the inside and powerful engines, but excellent design solutions in terms of off-road capabilities. Some models combine these features well, while others are amazing.
For the next year, we are about to see some pretty interesting novelties. Models from General Motors are coming completely redesigned, as well as the amazing Mercedes-Benz GLS. Other carmakers are preparing novelties as well. So, Audi is about to update its Q7 model, while the recently-introduced BMW X7 is about to receive the M treatment. Rest of the models is about to continue pretty much in the same way, but that doesn’t mean they will be less competitive.
10. Infiniti QX80
Despite it features a decade-old design, the QX80 still has a lot of things to offer. Potent engine, great handling, and driving dynamics, as well as above-average cargo area, are some of its strongest points. The current generation has been around since 2010, but it was significantly upgraded a year ago. We saw a fine number of changes, mostly visual ones. Some of the highlights were new grille, bumpers, headlights, etc. On the other side, the interior didn’t receive too many changes, although we have to say that the current cabin still looks good, despite the age. All materials are great, while the dashboard looks pretty nice.
Another thing we should mention is that the company has recently added several new standard safety systems, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.
Under the hood, you will find a familiar 5.6-liter V8 engine, which delivers around 400 horsepower, which ensures great driving dynamics and overall performances. Still, a big complaint goes to fuel economy, which is below-average and goes around 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
Finally, we should mention that this SUV features a lower starting price than other models in the class.
9. Cadillac Escalade
This is definitely one of the most anticipated models in the class for the next year. The next generation of this legendary luxury SUV is about to bring a lot of novelties. We are about to see a model that will ride on GM’s new T1 platform, which promises significant weight savings and improved efficiency. Also, the new Escalade is about to come with some interesting design solutions, including an independent rear suspension, which should significantly improve overall comfort.
In terms of the styling, we count on a completely different approach compared to the outgoing model. Basically, it will take inspiration from the recent Escala concept, despite this is actually a passenger car. Of course, we can expect a lot of improvements on the inside as well, starting from new materials, new technologies etc. Speaking of new technologies, Cadillacs Super Cruise should be a part of standard equipment. It is one of the most advanced semi-autonomous drivings in the automotive industry these days.
Finally, count on a new engine in the offer. The current 6.2-liter unit will probably carry on and be reserved for the standard model. However, a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 should be in the offer as well, with a max output of 550 horsepower.
8. Toyota Land Cruiser
One of the most iconic SUVs of all time definitely doesn’t need any introduction. The legendary model is a household name when it comes to off-road performances, durability, and luxury. You won’t find any other SUV that combines these three things so well. Simply, the Land Cruiser is the ultimate go-anywhere machine and still has a lot to offer, despite the fact that the current generation is present for a full decade.
According to the latest reports, the next-generation Land Cruiser is expected to come in about two years. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser won’t feature any important change. It should continue in the same way, with familiar aesthetics and excellent off-road capabilities. Also, count on a full load of standard equipment, which includes tons of convenience, luxury, and safety features.
Unfortunately, this also means the same 5.7-liter V8 engine. Despite the fact that we are talking about the unit that offers amazing performances and unparalleled reliability, it is also very thirsty and features the lowest mpg ratings in the class.
7. Lexus LX
The LX is the corporal sibling of the Land Cruiser, so it does not wonder it also delivers spectacular off-road capabilities. Still, they are slightly lower compared to Toyota’s model, due to different bumper designs, which have a bad effect on approach and departure angles. However, it is still better than most competitors in the class.
On the other side, the luxury is at an even higher level than in the Land Cruiser. The cabin looks even more upscale, while the list of standard equipment is even longer, and there are also some pretty nice standalone options.
Also, the LX comes with its own aesthetics, based on the Lexus’ familiar design philosophy, which includes the well-known spindle-grille design as well. Its styling is definitely a dividing point for most drivers. You can either like it or hate it, there is nothing between.
Just like the Land Cruiser, the LX is present on the market for a very long time. It is getting close to the end of its production cycle. Therefore, we don’t expect to see any bigger change for the next year. We could possibly see a couple of new color options in the offer and a couple of new standard features, but the overall design and the engine will definitely remain untouched.
6. Range Rover
Here is another super capable machine when it comes to off-road performances. This SUV comes with some spectacular off-road features and it is capable to overcome any terrain. Combined with its spectacular luxury, it makes this model one of the most appealing SUVs on the market. However, its poor reliability prevents it from being positioned much higher on this list.
Luxurious interior, amazing performances and a wide range of engines in the offer are some of the strong points. Despite being around since 2012, the current generation is still more than competitive in the segment. Moreover, obvious proof that the company doesn’t plan a redesign in the near future is a new plug-in hybrid version. The new system is based on a small 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and delivers a total output of 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. Rest of the powertrain lineup has remained untouched, so you can choose between various gasoline and diesel versions. The next year shouldn’t bring more important changes.
5. GMC Yukon
Although not under a premium badge, the Yukon is a quite luxurious SUV. Upscale cabin, a long list of standard features and powerful engines are some of the things that make it pretty much a premium vehicle. The 2020 GMC Yukon is coming completely new.
Like the rest of GM’s SUV lineup, the Yukon will also receive a complete overhaul this year. We count on a lot of novelties. Naturally, it will ride on the company’s new T1 platform, which brings a lot of improvements in terms of efficiency, handling, and overall ride quality. The new model is expected to be for about 300 pounds lighter. Also, count on an independent rear suspension. Of course, count on a completely new styling, based on the new Sierra 1500 and its rugged appearance.
On the inside, the 2020 GMC Yukon will once again be pretty upscale. The new cabin will feature even better materials and more style. Also, count on plenty of new technologies. This particularly refers to safety features and advanced driver aids. Among them, we should see GM’s new Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.
Under the hood, the engines will probably remain the same but count on a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
4. BMW X7
The Bavarian carmaker finally entered the segment of full-size SUVs last year with the all-new BMW X7. It is the biggest and most luxurious vehicle BMW has ever made. Interestingly, it rides on the company’s familiar CLAR unibody platform, so you can’t expect from it to compete with traditional body-on-frame SUVs. It is rather oriented to on-road comfort and convenience, while the next year is about to bring a lot of sportiness as well.
By far, the biggest novelty for the 2020 BMW X7 will be its hi-performance version, under the famous M badge. Of course, we will see a lot of upgrades over the standard model, starting from the upgraded styling and various mechanical modifications, typical for the Bavarian performance division. The same treatment is expected on the inside as well.
Still, the most interesting thing about the BMW X7 M will be a new engine. According to the latest reports, the company prepares a new version of the famous 4.4-liter V8 engine. It should feature a full 600 horsepower, which will ensure a 0-60 time in less than five seconds.
Other than a new hi-performance version, we shouldn’t see more notable changes for the second production year.
3. Mercedes-Benz GLS
The new generation of this luxury SUV debuted a couple of weeks ago at the New York International Auto Show and it brings a lot of novelties. Compared to the previous generation, it is lighter, more athletic and even more luxurious. Of course, there is a completely new styling, which adopts the brand’s newest design language, but also includes a couple of distinctive details. All in all, the new models look much more attractive, particularly the rear end.
On the inside, the first thing you’ll notice is a new dashboard, which has been digitalized completely. The dashboard is also characterized by numerous air vents, while the center console is pretty high and massive, clearly separating the driver from the passenger. Also, the new model is slightly bigger, so you can count on slight improvements in legroom, cargo volume etc.
Under the hood, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come with some familiar units, but also with some brand-new powertrain options. There is a new inline-six in the offer, as well as a familiar 4.0-liter V8. We also count on a couple of hybrid models, including a hi-performance AMG version which will combine V8 engine with hi-output electric motors, for a total amount of 800 horsepower.
2. Lincoln Navigator
The current generation of the famous SUV came relatively recently and set some new standards in the segment. It is still the best model in the class, along with the Mercedes GLS. There are so many new design solutions that this model has brought. It rides on the F-150 platform, featuring super-light body and chassis. Also, a rear independent suspension is standard, which significantly improves comfort.
On the inside, you can count on plenty of luxury and convenience. The overall quality is amazing, while the list of standard and available features include pretty much everything you can imagine.
Another great thing about this SUV is the engine. The Navigator borrows a potent V6 engine from the Raptor, which is good for pretty impressive 450 horsepower.
For the next year, we probably won’t see any more important change. The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is expected to continue in the same way, but various reports suggest a major update already for the 2021-year model. The biggest rival, Cadillac Escalade is coming in the next year, so we have no doubt that Lincoln will prepare some instant response.
1. Audi Q7
Although it is actually a mid-size SUV, many like to compare this model with full-size models, mainly because of its long wagon-like body, which ensures a lot of space on the inside. Three rows of seats are standard, though the third row can’t compare with full-size SUVs. Still, the cargo area is pretty decent.
In all other aspects, this SUV is amazing. The first thing we should mention is its spectacular interior quality, as well as pretty impressive optional V6 engine and superb handling. All in all, so many reasons to pick this one.
The current generation has been around since 2015 and the 2020 Audi Q7 is about to receive a major update. We will see a lot of nice changes for this occasion. Of course, most of them will be aesthetical and we count on novelties on both ends of the vehicle. We expect a lot of inspiration taken from the new Q8. Same goes for the interior design, as we expect that the refreshed model will also feature the new dual-screen setup borrowed from the Q8.
On the other side, we don’t expect changes under the hood. So, count on two gasoline units in the offer.