Aston Martin DBX Coupe / Seven-Seater
An extended-length Aston Martin DBX might be in the cards in order to give the company a competitor to the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and the BMW X7. Such a vehicle would offer three rows of seats, riding on the same wheelbase as the existing DBX but with a longer rear end and squarer roof to accommodate two extra passengers. Also possible is a DBX “coupe,” which would feature a lower roofline, faster hatch profile, and more aggressive styling elements. Aston will likely give the DBX at least one full model year before it introduces new variants.
It’s been long rumored that Bugatti would diversify its lineup to include a second vehicle, something more tractable than the Chiron hypercar. One such possibility is a sport ute riding on an all-electric chassis package supplied by Rimac Automobili. If it’s anything like the Rimac C_Two, that chassis could give a Bugatti SUV four-figure horsepower ratings and performance befitting the French luxury brand.
Cadillac Escalade EV
One of the world’s poster children for conspicuous consumption will get an EV variant for 2023. The Escalade-sized EV will be based on that other gross polluter–turned–green machine, the forthcoming Hummer EV by GMC. The full-size electric SUV might also get the same superlative 1,000 horsepower as the Hummer, and it will be built using GM’s Ultium battery technology and modular electric vehicle platform.
The Cadillac Lyriq will be the brand’s first electric vehicle, a swoopy and low-slung crossover that gives the American automaker a competitor to the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron. Like other EVs from General Motors, the Lyriq will use the company’s adaptable electric vehicle platform and stackable, reconfigurable Ultium battery packs. GM says we can expect a range of 400 miles from the most efficient Ultium-powered EV, and it stands to reason that the Lyriq could be on that level. After all, it will be marketed toward those who demand more than mere basic transportation from their vehicles.
The Ferrari Purosangue will be the first crossover-type vehicle to wear a cavallino rampante badge, although the company is adamant it isn’t an SUV. However, it will feature all-wheel drive, five doors, and habitable rear seats, so avoiding the sport-ute moniker seems like brand-protecting semantics and nothing more. The Purosangue will offer a choice of V12 or hybridized V8 engines, and the platform allows for a “variable wheelbase.” A sportier, shorter, two-seat Purosangue is a distinct possibility for hedonists who must occasionally venture off-road. The controversial Ferrari was due for the 2022 model year, but given recent global crises, the Purosangue might be delayed until 2023.
Infiniti QX Inspiration
The production version of the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept will help usher in the brand’s unusual future of both gasoline-generated electric and full-EV powertrain technologies. The production version should look similar to the concept, owing to its EV platform’s packaging flexibility. Infiniti says to expect greater interior room compared to similarly sized SUVs and a confident charging range from the QX Inspiration.
Lamborghini Urus Superleggera
Single-make auto racing often leads to higher-performance road vehicles, and that might be the case with the Lamborghini Urus ST-X rally series. Expected to join Lambo’s SUV lineup will be an even more aggressive variant, possibly called the Superleggera, Performante, or SV. Turning up the wick from the base Urus, a Performante would feature more extensive use of carbon fiber and other advanced materials to trim weight. Expect suspension alterations and possibly added power as well, along with more aggressive styling to set it apart from the standard model.
Land Rover Defender Sport
The Land Rover Defender may spawn a subcompact sibling, the Sport, to go along with the 90 and 110 body styles we’ve already seen. The small, rugged crossover would give the Mercedes-Benz GLB a competitor, and we’d expect the Landie to still offer exceptional off-roading capability. Likely based on the Premium Transverse Architecture platform, the Defender Sport would emphasize ruggedness, allowing the similarly sized Discovery Sport to focus on luxury and comfort.
Lincoln / Rivian EV
Ford’s partnership with EV startup Rivian will bear fruit thanks to a forthcoming all-electric Lincoln SUV. Joining the Aviator Grand Touring in the luxury brand’s fledgling electrified lineup, the as-yet-unnamed EV will be based on the same platform as the Rivian R1S. We’d expect the Lincoln to emphasize on-road comfort and space over off-road capability, perhaps limiting passenger capacity to four or five (as opposed to seven for the Rivian). EV technology is a natural fit for Lincoln, since the brand already prioritizes quiet interiors and effortless speed, rather than aggressive driving dynamics.
The idea of a Lotus SUV must be disconcerting to some, but nevertheless, the brand is moving forward with a sporty crossover to rival the Porsche Cayenne. Being a Lotus, the forthcoming SUV will certainly prioritize low weight compared to other performance crossovers, and it will be the brand’s first front-engined vehicle since the 1996 Elan. It will also be the first four-wheel-drive Lotus. Styling is clearly inspired by the Evora, including kicked-up rear quarter glass and similar headlights.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class EV / EQG
The Mercedes-Benz EV lineup is expanding, and one of the next vehicles on that list could be the EQG. That’s right, an all-electric G-Class is on its way. Since the G is one of Mercedes’ flagship products, we’d expect the company to throw all sorts of tech at the G-Class EV, including individual wheel motors that would open up lots of ground clearance and allow for infinitely variable traction control. Possibly inspired by the Ener-G-Force concept from the previous decade, such a machine could be an unstoppable off-roader, as well as offer zero tailpipe emissions.
For now, the Nissan Juke is a Europe-only affair. But that could change if American crossover appetites remain as ravenous as they are now. The company could even market the Juke as a crossover “coupe,” serving as a more stylish and sporting alternative to the entry-level Kicks. A sportier Juke Nismo would also give the Hyundai Kona N a run for its money.
Nissan Patrol / Armada
The current Nissan Armada has been on sale in the U.S. since the 2017 model year, but it’s existed in other countries as the Patrol since 2011. Although the global model was updated for 2020 (pictured here), it’s long overdue for replacement. The company’s design boss said that the next generation of the legendary nameplate is already in development, and it should arrive in time for the 2024 model year. Whether a new Armada will launch alongside the Patrol remains to be seen, although we assume Nissan will develop the global- and U.S.-market vehicles in tandem.
French automaker Peugeot will return to the U.S. after a three-decade absence, and it might arrive as soon as the 2023 model year. Leading the charge will be versions of the company’s current lineup, rather than all-new vehicles. Among those will be the 3008 crossover SUV, arriving to do battle with small SUVs like the Nissan Rogue Sport and Kia Seltos, but offering a bit more panache, style, and quality.
Peugeot will also likely bring the 5008 SUV to America in 2023 as a sort of extended-length version of the 3008. Slightly larger than the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Escape, the 5008 offers a third row in global markets. Like the smaller Peugeot, expect this one to provide a very comfortable and stylish interior, along with polished driving dynamics akin to the Mazda CX-5.
Porsche Macan EV
Using lessons gleaned from the highly anticipated Porsche Taycan EV, the Macan will soon get the full-electric treatment. Arriving for the 2023 model year, the Macan EV will form the bread and butter of its model lineup, with the small SUV abandoning any internal combustion as soon as 2024. Like the Taycan, the fastest Macan EV will wear a Turbo S badge, and early reports suggest it could boast as much as 700 horsepower.
The Toyota Sequoia is slated to finally be replaced for 2023. A recent leak from a company meeting showed model timelines for the next few years, including news that the next generation of the company’s body-on-frame SUVs would launch in 2022 for the following model year. Details are sparse, but an independent rear suspension is a given, as is impressive off-road capability compared to other fullsize, three-row family haulers. It may wear the sharp lines we recently predicted for the Tundra pickup, seen here.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner has big shoes to fill. The current 4Runner continues to sell incredibly well in spite of its thirsty 4.0-liter V6 and somewhat dated design. As such, we don’t expect Toyota to take too many risks on the new 4Runner, although a hybrid powertrain is a certainty, at least as an option. It could be based on a new modular architecture, shared with the next-generation Tundra (spied testing above), Tacoma, and Sequoia.
Volkswagen Rugged Electric SUV
VW will expand its new EV lineup with a rough-and-tumble electric SUV, rumored to be called the Ruggdzz and possibly inspired by the Tiguan GTE Active concept. A boxy profile and angular styling will set it apart from the curvaceous ID.4 crossover, and the rugged Volkswagen will offer a third row as well. Rumors abound that VW will also offer a version of the Ruggdzz with more ground clearance, body protection, and off-road driving lights. Could it herald the brand’s return to the Dakar Rally?
The next-generation Volvo XC90 will arrive in time for the 2023 model year, and for the first time, every vehicle in the model lineup will be electrified in some way. That includes mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions, with all-wheel drive standard. The XC90 could also spawn a dedicated Polestar model following the debut of the Polestar 3 SUV.
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