Posts from ‘Crossovers’
To truly excite the passions of the American automotive media, you need news that strikes close to home. International news, no matter how significant, is generally met with indifference among many U.S. auto writers. General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and the GM board of directors opt out of the European, Indian, and South African new-vehicle markets—yawn. The Chinese government mandates that 12 percent of new vehicles retailed in China (the world’s largest new-car market) must be pure electric by 2020—whatever.
Class: Compact Crossover/SUV
Miles driven: 822
Fuel used: 24.5 gallons
Class: Midsize Crossover/SUVs
Miles driven: 722
Fuel used: 40.2 gallons
Volkswagen provided a preview of the forthcoming five-seater version of its Atlas midsize SUV when it unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport Concept at the 2018 New York Auto Show. VW calls the Atlas Cross Sport a “near-production” concept, and says the production version is scheduled to be launch in the U.S. market starting in 2019.
After unveiling a prototype version of its redesigned third-generation compact SUV a couple months ago at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura has debuted the production version at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Acura RDX is new from the ground up, gaining a new engine, a more spacious cabin, a new performance-themed trim level, and many new technology features.
Hyundai unveiled a freshened version of its compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson gets a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh that nets it an exterior facelift, an updated interior, several new features, and a 2.4-liter available engine in place of the previous turbocharged 1.6-liter.
Subaru unveiled the all-new fifth generation of its popular compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Subaru Forester offers a bit more passenger and cargo room than its predecessor and gains an updated engine, several new technology features, and a new trim level.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled a “preview” version of the three-row SUV that is set to join its lineup next year, presumably as a 2019 model. The Lincoln Aviator revives an SUV name from the brand’s recent past, and will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that is set to underpin the forthcoming redesigned Ford Explorer.
New powertrains, new names, new styling, and new tech features are all highlights of the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, which made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
This new fourth-generation version of Hyundai’s midsize SUV is a two-row, five- passenger model that is simply named Santa Fe. Gone is the Santa Fe Sport monicker, which previously denoted the five-passenger variant. The 2019 Santa Fe grows 2.6 inches longer in wheelbase and 2.8 inches longer in overall length than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.