Coming soon: large and luxury SUVs

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2019 and beyond...

16 September 2019
2019 Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

On sale Early 2020

Aston Martin has gone bankrupt no fewer than seven times; the DBX is intended to be the car that ensures it never will again. While it’s a sizeable, off-road-capable 4x4, it also promises the performance and luxury you’d expect from the brand. Based on all-new mechanical, the DBX will be powered by twin-turbo V12 and V8 petrol engines, later to be joined by a hybrid option.


BMW X8 rendering

On sale 2020

Based on the X7, but with a sleeker roofline and five rather than seven seats, this gargantuan car will be BMW's highest price SUV. Not only will it rival the Audi Q8 but, in fully loaded guise, low-end versions of the Bentley Bentaga, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion rendering

On sale Early 2021

In response to dying demand for MPVs and family saloons, Ford is replacing its S-Max, Galaxy and Mondeo with a single estate-style SUV, rumoured to be named the Fusion. It uses the Focus mechanicals and is expected to be priced from around £27,000.

Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender 90 front

On sale Early 2020

Few cars are genuine icons, but the Land Rover Defender is fully deserving of the tag, as the descendant of the original Land Rover Series I, and as a car that was as popular with farmers as it was the Queen and with the military as it was fashion-conscious celebs. Sales finally ended in January 2016, but next year there will be an all-new Defender that's far more upmarket, but still capable of going pretty much anywhere.

Mercedes GLB

2019 Mercedes GLB front

On sale Late 2019

While the GLB is roughly the same size as the GLC, it's very different in nature, with seven seats and rufty-tufty off-roader styling influenced by the G-Class. Its engine line-up will mirror the A-Class hatchback's at first, while two hot AMG models and a plug-in hybrid are planned.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Porsche Cayenne Coupé side

On sale Autumn

A lucrative niche of sloped-roof luxury SUVs has opened – think BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupé – and Porsche is jumping in with this coupé-like version of the regular Cayenne. Engine options are a 440bhp twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and a 550bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.

Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

On sale Autumn

Despite appearances, this is no facelift; it’s actually a new-generation car, based on fresh mechanicals, that promises to improve the seven-seater’s ride, handling, steering and boot space while providing class-leading safety. Permanent four-wheel drive remains, as does a CVT automatic gearbox, while the sole engine is expected to be a 2.0-litre petrol.

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