Brand new or extensively modernized: in addition to debutants such as the Aston Martin DBX, the third generation of an SUV pioneer will be launched in 2020.
In 2019, the number of new SUVs in Germany will exceed the one million mark for the first time. The boom is likely to continue in the coming year. Also because numerous new models are coming onto the market. An overview from small and cheap to large and expensive.
Ford has committed itself to the SUV more consistently than almost any other manufacturer. And not just in the USA: With the Puma, the Group's European headquarters is launching a mini crossover at the beginning of the year at prices starting at € 23.350, which positions it as a sporty and elegant alternative to ecosport, which has been offered with moderate success for several years becomes. In addition to a dynamic exterior, the Fiesta-based five-door also scores with interior values in the form of a clever trunk concept with a huge, washable loading tub, which should make the Ford one of the most practical models on the small crossover market.
The Puma receives competition from one of the established forces in the segment: With the first Captur, Renault made it straight to the European and German car bestseller lists in 2013. The second generation now looks strikingly similar to the first, but turns out to be more than ten centimeters longer, which is particularly beneficial for the trunk. A lot has happened with the assistance systems - thanks to a new electronic architecture, their number is growing, and even a self-driving highway assistant is available. As a novelty in the drive range, a 1,0-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 74 kW / 100 PS is used, which will also be available in an LPG version. A version with a plug-in hybrid drive also followed later in the year.
With the Juke, a close relative of the Frenchman is also starting at the beginning of the year. The first generation still shocked with polarizing optics, with the second, the design turns out to be much nicer. In addition, the mini SUV is more adult, increases in length and space. At the start there is only one offer under the hood: the one-liter three-cylinder with turbo delivers 86 kW / 117 hp and costs from 19.000 euros.
Nissan is also reporting a class higher. Finally, the first Qashqai in 2006 founded the class of compact crossovers. While the design is being modernized with caution, hybrid drives are likely to move in under the hood, including possibly a plug-in variant from alliance partner Mitsubishi. The assistance systems are also being upgraded - among other things, the motorway pilot will receive an update.
The Mercedes GLA is also being modernized a few price classes higher. The new generation remains true to the dynamic basic style of its predecessor, but now places more emphasis on space economy. The power for everyday life and adventure is initially provided by the well-known engines: As a petrol engine, the GLA 200 with a displacement of 1,3 liters and 120 kW / 163 hp is available at the beginning of the year for around 33.000 euros. The 200d and 220d with a 2,0 liter with 110 kW / 150 PS or 140 kW / 190 PS are intended as diesel. An electric variant follows later, but is launched as an independent model under the name EQA.
While Nissan and Mercedes are targeting first-time car buyers with their models, Mazda with the MX-30 emphasizes people who are looking for a short-haul car for the city. The Japanese consistently position their first e-model as a second car, according to their assessment of around 103 kW / 140 hp engine output as well as a range of 200 kilometers. As a nice design gag there are rear-hinged rear doors, door panels made from recycled plastic bottles and a center console lined with cork. Prices for the well-equipped introductory model start at 34.000 euros in the first half of the year.
The medium-sized SUV segment in Germany is traditionally rather narrow. The traditional models include the Nissan X-Trail, which in the current generation has finally changed from an off-roader to a spacious family car. The new edition is also strongly based on the technology brother Qahsqai, but adds a third row of seats and a larger loading space. The Nissan will not face much novelty competition in the coming year, but Kia may be able to launch the new edition of the Sorento. Maybe even with fuel cell technology on board.
While the little Puma marks the lower end of the future Ford SUV range, the second 2020 novelty crowns off the product range. The Explorer drives with a length of 5,05 meters in the same class as the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE, but should be much cheaper (from 74.000 euros). At least if you compare equipment and drive. The latter is always a 331 kW / 450 hp plug-in hybrid, coupled with all-wheel drive and automatic. In addition to large 20-inch wheels, an extensive range of safety equipment is standard on all Explorer models. Among other things, there is always a parking assistant, the emergency braking function (also when reversing), the cruise control with stop-and-go function, speed limit detection and lane holder and an avoidance assistant, which is supposed to make spontaneous lane changes safer with targeted steering assistance.
While the Ford has to sell despite its price, another full-size SUV needs less financial consideration. As one of the last sports car manufacturers, Aston Martin has so far refused to follow the SUV trend. It will be over in the second quarter of 2020 when the DBX starts and competes against Porsche Cayenne Turbo or Lamborghini Urus. With the 4,0-liter V8 and 405 kW / 550 PS supplied by Mercedes-AMG along with nine-speed automatic and of course all-wheel drive, it drives in a similar performance class, the price list for the all-wheel drive starts at just under 200.000 euros and thus also in similar realms ,
While the SUV segment continues to grow, the class of real off-road vehicles tends to travel in the opposite direction. The last representatives include the veteran off-road Defender, which thanks to a new edition looks young and modern again 70 years after its debut. Purists will hate the new, car-like style, SUV drivers with a sense for something solid should love it. The changes are not just of a visual nature: instead of a robust ladder frame, the new generation uses a self-supporting aluminum body that has been specially developed for use in tough terrain; thanks to electronic control, air suspension should adjust to any surface and, last but not least, to fixed ones Roads provide comfort. The range of engines includes two petrol and diesel engines between 147 kW / 200 hp and 294 kW / 400 hp, prices in spring start at 49.700 euros (three-door Defender 90) and 55.600 euros (five-door Defender 110)