2018 SUVs: Sneak Peak

If you're thinking about getting a new SUV, probably one of your-your biggest questions is whether you should buy one now or wait until new models are released. Many exciting new SUVs are coming with great features and here is all the information you need to help you get excited about what's coming with some of the most anticipated 2018 edition SUVs.


2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The compact five-passenger crossover SUV has been one of the most popular in its class. While Toyota hasn't disclosed all the details, it seems the 2018 Adventure version won't benefit from any significant changes. The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid will be all wheel drive with a 67 hp electric motor and 2.5-liter engine. Some of the biggest changes are the Cold Weather package which will include a heated steering wheel, windshield de-icer, and heated power seats. The exterior design will not change much, other than a slightly more rugged character with features like 18-inch black wheels. The base models will have a 6.1-inch touchscreen, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, sunroof. The quiet and comfortable interior remains spacious, with the hybrid version not losing cargo space because of the battery. All models will come with lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should arrive in September 2017 and will be priced just under $30k.


2018 Ford Edge

The new 9-speed transmission will bring fuel economy improvement to the updated vehicle which is also expected to have a facelift including changes to the front and rear fascias, grill, headlights, color options, and new wheel designs as well as a Sports option for 21-inch wheels. Again using the Sync3 infotainment system, with a possible 8-inch screen, there will be upgraded tech and safety features, including lane departure warning and prevention, blind-spot monitoring, and collision warning, in this well-equipped SUV. The 2018 Ford Edge should arrive in the second half of 2017, and the price is slated to increase some, with the base model being around $29K.


2018 Mazda CX-9

The 2018 model will have the KODO styling trend, fuel-efficient Skyactiv principles, with sharp steering and handling to make it a competitive, family-friendly sporty seven-seat crossover SUV on the market. Along with its sportiness, this SUV promises to bring a level of luxury and will be great to drive with firm handling and responsive power steering, though the rear seats may not be as comfortable and the cargo space is also not ranked as high in its class as well. One of the biggest changes may be the addition of a 2.2-liter diesel engine. The 7 or 8 inch Mazda Connect infotainment system will offer advanced tech, safety, and convenience features including low-speed emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alerts, and surround view. The release date for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is in the second half of 2017 and prices start around $34K.


2018 Acura RDX

The 2018 RDX is promising to be restyled, lighter, and more fuel-efficient. While the styling is still a mystery, it most likely will take on the Acura's newest design language of sharper body lines which include an inverted pentagonal grill with leaner Jewel Eye LED headlights. The interior will have a redesigned dashboard including the latest infotainment system with responsive features and smartphone compatibility. Automatic headlights, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, and power heated front seats will all be standard as well as an extensive list of driver safety features. The latest reports suggest that Acura will adopt a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and this powertrain, along with the lighter architecture will lead to better fuel economy jumping it from 22mpg to 25mpg. The redesigned 2018 Acura RDX could arrive in the next few months, and the price will most likely be going up to a base point around $37K.


2018 Jeep Wrangler

The 11th generation descendant of the vehicle that helped America to win WWII is back with its classic rugged body on frame construction. The new Wrangler will get redesigned, and a hybrid version will most likely become a reality. While the boxy body styling won't be revolutionary, the 2018 vehicle will change structurally, with most of its parts made of high tensile steel with some parts made of aluminum to lose some of its weight. The innovation to the roof will include getting a three-piece hard top, possibly with glass panels available. The interior is still a mystery, but it will likely improve in material quality and add modern tech and safety features. Additionally, the new 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with the codename Hurricane should be available as well with the option of a manual gearbox and the possibility of a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 engine. The new-gen 2018 Jeep Wrangler is set to debut later this year with a price for base versions around $30K.


2018 BMW X7

BMW's highly anticipated X7 family oriented three-row luxury crossover has been in the works for nearly a decade and is now finally set to debut. The growing demand for a full-size SUV persuaded BMW to bring this vehicle that will ride on BMW's modular CLAR platform which implements modern lightweight materials like the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum which provides light but still construction. The appearance will use the same recipe as the new generation X5 with a comfortable interior that can comfortably seat 7 and has a modern infotainment platform that will feature gesture control and advanced safety technologies. A 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine will be available as well as a plug-in hybrid variant being offered. The new 2018 BMW X7 should debut in the second half of 2017 and will go on sale in 2018. The price is expected to start around $70K with a range-topping version at $125K.

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