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Coming soon: new large and luxury SUVs for 2018

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2017 and beyond

Words ByKris Culmer

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Large and luxury SUVs

Audi Q8 (May 2018)

Audi is set to introduce a luxurious, coupΓ©-styled rival to the Range Rover with its new Q8. Not much is known about the five-seat Q8 yet, but it will have much in common with the Q7, which should worry the Range Rover, seeing as that car is the best large SUV around. A performance SQ8 version is also on the cards. Price (est) From Β£55,000


BMW X5 (summer 2018)

Based on the platform of the 7 Series luxury saloon, the next X5 should be significantly lighter than today's car. The new X5's engine line-up will feature four, six and eight-cylinder engines. It will launch at roughly the same time as its archrival, the next Mercedes-Benz GLE. A plug-in hybrid X5 will come shortly after the regular car, as will a performance-oriented, 600bhp-plus X5 M. Price (est) From Β£48,000


BMW X7 (late 2018)

Later in 2018, BMW will expand its SUV range to seven cars with a new seven-seater. A rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Range Rover, the X7 has a typical SUV body shape with a boxy passenger cabin and flat-faced front and rear ends. Its engines are expected to include a 3.0-litre diesel and a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8. A hybrid model will almost certainly be offered, too. Price (est) From Β£70,000


DS 7 Crossback (January 2018)

DS, Peugeot and CitroΓ«n's luxury sister brand, will launch a new SUV to rival the Audi Q5. It has sharper exterior styling than DS's current cars and an upmarket interior, including a new large infotainment touchscreen, and will get a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 7 Crossback is also likely to be the first DS to be offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. It's expected to undercut all of its main rivals, such as the Range Rover Evoque. Price (est) From Β£30,000


Jaguar F-Pace SVR (summer 2018)

A hot version of Jaguar’s first SUV is currently undergoing testing and is expected to be revealed later this year. The F-Pace SVR will have the same engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox as the F-Type SVR sports car. Power therefore comes from a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with up to 567bhp and 516lb ft of torque. A 0-60mph time of 4.0sec could be possible; the Porsche Macan Turbo does the same in 4.4sec. The F-Pace SVR is also expected to have all-wheel drive. Price (est) From Β£70,000


Lamborghini Urus (summer 2018)

No, we're not having you on. Famed Italian supercar maker Lamborghini really is building its first SUV, and it will be a mad one. The Urus shares the same mechanical underpinnings as the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne – themselves impressive perfomance SUVs – but will be even more focused on performance than its siblings. The Urus will be powered by a turbocharged petrol V8 engine and available with rear-wheel drive only. Price (est) From Β£190,000


Maserati Levante S (winter 2017)

While Maserati's first SUV is certainly a luxury item, it's very disappointing to drive – so much so that we gave it just two stars. It has still been a success for the Italian brand, though, so later this year it will launch a petrol-engined model, despite having previously said it wouldn't do so. The Levante S is powered by a 424bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Price From Β£70,555


Mercedes-Benz G-Class (summer 2018)

The 35-year-old central London favourite will retain its recognisable looks but will be so extensively updated underneath that it is in fact a new car. The main news is that the G-Class will be lighter and up to 100mm wider; this gives greater stability, allows for new front suspension and increases interior space for new broader seats in the front and rear. It will be more comfortable, too, with interior fittings from the C-Class executive saloon being carried across. New engines will be the 3.0-litre petrol and diesels as used in the E-Class. Price From Β£95,000


Mitsubishi Shogun Sport (early 2018)

This new seven-seater slots into Mitsubishi's large SUV range between the Outlander and the rugged Shogun. The Shogun Sport is expected to be fairly rugged itself, being based on Mitsubishi's L200 pickup truck. It will come exclusively with a 179bhp 2.4-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Price (est) From Β£25,000


Porsche Cayenne (April 2018)

The third-generation model of this plush but sporty SUV will arrive in the second half of next year. Sharing a platform with the excellent latest Audi Q7, it will also get an updated range of engines, kicking off with two new V6 petrols: a 335bhp 3.0-litre turbo and a 434bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo in the Cayenne S. Helping performance is a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that shifts more quickly than the old one, has sportier ratios in the lower gears and a tall top gear to keep revs down on the motorway and boost fuel efficiency. The Cayenne’s suspension has been redesigned to improve cornering stability, while optional four-wheel steering increases agility. Inside, the Cayenne is more luxurious than ever, with a larger infotainment screen and a large touchscreen in place of traditional dashboard switches. Price From Β£55,965


Range Rover (January 2018)

The Range Rover has been updated for 2018, with minor styling changes to the bumpers, grille and air vents. Inside, the new dual-screen infotainment system from the Range Rover Velar appears, as do new 24-way-adjustable seats. But the biggest news is the addition of a plug-in hybrid model. Called the P400e PHEV, this combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 398bhp and providing an electric-only driving range of 31 miles. The 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 of the SVAutobiography Dynamic model has also had a slight power boost to 557bhp. Price From Β£79,595


Range Rover Sport (early 2018)

The same updates as above apply to the Range Rover's slightly smaller sister. Price From Β£61,315


Rolls-Royce Cullinan (late 2018)

Some see it as sensible for the ultimate luxury brand, others see it as utter sacrilege: a Rolls-Royce SUV. Its nearest rival would be the Β£135,800-and-upwards Bentley Bentayga. It's expected to be powered by an updated version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon’s 6.8-litre V12 petrol engine, with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model is also a possibility; a diesel is not, due to its sub-standard refinement. Price (est) From Β£500,000


Seat seven-seater (late 2018)

That this seven-seater is based on our current favourite large SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq, is a good omen. If this Seat follows the lead of the smaller Ateca, it could well set new standards of agility and handling for a seven-seat car. Petrol engines are expected to include a 148bhp 1.4-litre and a 178bhp 2.0-litre, with the same sizes and power outputs expected for two diesel units. Four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox are set to be options. Price (est) From Β£30,000


Skoda Kodiaq GT (late 2018)

Our 2017 Large SUV of the Year, the Skoda Kodiaq, is scheduled to get a coupΓ© variant, joining a trend among pricier SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupΓ© and BMW X6 of roofs sloping heavily at the rear of the car to give a sportier appearance. No details are known yet, but the Kodiaq GT would be slightly pricier than the regular Kodiaq. Price (est) From Β£23,000


Vauxhall Grandland X (January 2018)

Alongside the smaller Crossland X, Vauxhall will launch a new seven-seat SUV to take on the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe, offering good all-round visibility, a raised seating position and plenty of interior space. It's based on the latest Peugeot 3008, a five-star car, but doesn't feel as special inside, which is why we gave it a three-star rating. Still, it's a reasonably economical purchase. Price From Β£22,310


Volkswagen Touareg (April 2018)

The third-generation Touareg will get a more luxurious interior and evolved styling. A hybrid powertrain is expected to join the engine line-up, which will consist mainly of four-cylinder diesel and turbocharged petrol. It will also have a more luxurious interior. Price (est) From Β£45,000


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