Here’s the new batch of 2021 + 2022 SUVs you should hold out for

20+ models here to start you off

Editor’s Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many automakers have pushed back their 2021 model official release dates. This includes 2021 availability opposed to 2020; and some 2021 models are now 2022 model year. We’ve reflected those changes here.

Additional new SUVs are being added, written by other authors.

There’s no doubt that the 2020 model year will be a rough one for the automotive industry, but once this entire mess clears up, we’re bound to see a nice selection of brand new utility vehicles hit the market. We break down the most exciting SUVs that are worth waiting for in 2021 and 2022. Here’s a list of just the large, luxury 2021 SUVs.

Shopping for a 2020 model instead? Check out these SUV contenders, and these small 2020 models.


2021 Kia Seltos

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Expected release date: on sale now

It seems consumers are so in love with SUVs that current vehicle categories are no longer enough. Carmakers now create new, niche sub-segments to implement new models. It’s the case with the 2021 Kia Seltos, a new genre of sub-compact crossover that slots between a Kia Soul and a Kia Sportage. While sharing a platform and engines with its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Kona, the Seltos is longer and higher, allowing for more leg and head room for its passengers. 

It also comes with all-wheel-drive the largest cargo capacity in its class and a full range of cool connectivity technology. The Seltos promises to give you a lot for your money.

Considering a Seltos? Check out our first drive review here first.

Key features & latest price:

Sync up to two phones at once

Largest cargo hold in its class

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“Find you Seltos” mobile app


2022 VW Taos

Expected release date: Summer 2021

Slotted below the Tiguan and new ID.4 electric crossover, Volkswagen enters the compact SUV race with the new Taos. Sitting 11-inches shorter than the Tiguan, the small Taos finds a 1.5L gas-powered engine under the hood, good for 158-hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, paired to a choice of both front- and all-wheel-drive forms.

Some of the key features inside include standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and available MIB3 with wireless App-Connect and IQ.DRIVE driver assistance suite.

The newcomer, which is in the middle of the compact SUV segment in terms of size, will offer 40.1 inches of legroom in the front and 37.9 in the rear. End to end, it will sit 175.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches

Key features:

Efficient gas-powered 1.5L turbo engine

AWD drivetrain available

Upscale interior with loads of tech


2021 Genesis GV80

Expected release date: Summer 2020 (unchanged)

If the Kia Seltos is an indication that the Korean brands have understood smart packaging, the Genesis GV80 is proof that they can now build genuinely luxurious vehicles. The GV80 marks the first premium SUV from a Korean carmaker and the first utility vehicle under the Genesis nameplate. Riding on a heavily revised Kia Telluride / Hyundai Palisade architecture, the 2021 Genesis GV80 is powered by a choice of two all-new force-fed engines. 

Entry level models will host a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while top-shelf trim levels will be powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6; and engine which has so far never been used in a Hyundai, Kia or Genesis product.

The GV80 is highly luxurious inside, presenting a plush, stylish and upscale cabin at a much more attainable price point than competing luxury brands.  There’s even a rumour of a hybrid variant currently in the works.  Expect the 2021 Genesis GV80 to arrive mid to late 2020. Read our full GV80 review here.

Key features & latest price:

All-new twin-turbocharged V6

First ever 3D gauge cluster

Smart cruise control with machine learning – adapts to driving habits.


2021 Cadillac Escalade

Expected release date: Fall 2020

The 2021 model year won’t only bring us all-new models, but heavily revised versions of old nameplates like the Cadillac Escalade, which should hit showrooms at the fall of 2020. It’s long been the Hollywood Boulevard king due to its imposing presence and “baller” demeanor.

The Escalade sees a full model refresh for 2021. While its design and interior are entirely new, featuring the first-ever OLED interface which stretches 36-inches across the dashboard, the Escalade is rather conservative underneath. 

It’s still body on frame, which means it can tow up to 7,716 pounds, and its default engine is still a tried and proven 6.2-liter V8. Except now, the Escalade comes with a diesel option; a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that cranks out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an all-new ten-speed automatic gearbox, and all Escalades, whether you opt for the short (5,382 mm) or long wheelbase (5,766 mm) models can be had with a Magnetic Ride suspension. 

Key features & latest price:

First ever OLED 36-inch dashboard

Max towing rating of 7.716 pounds

Can seat up to eight passengers


2022 Chevrolet Equinox

Expected release date: updated to Summer 2021 (from 2020 release)

With the compact crossover segment now filled with excellent offerings, Chevrolet updates its popular model to better compete. The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is more of a heavily updated vehicle versus an entirely overhauled one. But that’s fine, because Chevy’s people hauler is already a fine SUV.

Changes for the 2021 year are mostly applied to its appearance, where an all-new front fascia with distinctive headlights, a new grille design and updated front and rear bumpers allow it to look more modern and slightly upscale. A new RS model will be added to the model as well, including sporty styling cues like darkened 19-inch wheels and blacked-out exterior trim. The Equinox RX will also get minor interior tweaks like a unique shift knob, red stitching and black upholstery. 

While the two available gasoline engines remain untouched, the diesel option is gone. The Equinox’s cabin also carries over relatively unchanged but will get updated materials as well as a revised infotainment interface. It is expected to hit US and Canadian showrooms this summer.

If you’re shopping the last generation Equinox, here’s our review of the 2018 2.0L Turbo.

Also read, First Drive Review: Exploring Nashville in the All-New 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0L Turbo

Key features & latest price:

Activate on demand all-wheel-drive system

Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G connection

Night vision rear view camera


2022 Chevrolet Suburban

Expected release date: 2021 sometime (updated from fall 2020; now a 2022 model

If there’s a new Escalade on the block, there’s bound to be a new Suburban. Given the mechanical similarities between these two vehicles, it would be easy to simply copy and paste what changes for both. 

Yes, the Suburban is a more affordable and slightly less luxurious version of the Escalade. It also rides on a revamped pick-up truck platform and comes with a choice of a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine or a turbodiesel straight six. Except, unlike the Caddy, the Suburban doesn’t get the full OLED instrument cluster and offers one extra engine to choose from.

Less powerful than the 6.2-liter, this 5.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 isn’t new, but it’s been tried and proven more than once. Power is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission, and while max towing ratings still haven’t bee published, expect this new “Burban” to tow well over 8,000 pounds when it arrives this summer.

If you like old-school Suburbans (who doesn’t), check out this great story about a globe-trotting 1984 beast.

Key features & latest pricing:

All-new turbodiesel engine

Can tow up to 8,000 pounds

Two available wheelbase options


2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Expected release date: Fall 2020

It would be impossible to mention the Chevy Suburban without talking about its little brother, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, which also sees an entire overhaul and is scheduled to hit the market at the same time as its larger sibling. Engine choices are the same, and so is the ten-speed transmission, but the overall wheelbase is shortened for people who still need the benefits of body on frame, but in a smaller, tighter package.

While technically identical to a Suburban, the Tahoe does nevertheless pack its own share of surprises. The Z71 variant goes a step further by incorporating a lifted suspension, off-road dedicated tires and skid plates, classic ingredients for anyone looking to take on rough terrain in their SUV. The Tahoe Z71 also boasts a unique front fascia, a higher approach angle to aid off-road capability and comes standard with a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control, along with 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks. 

Key features & latest pricing:

Off-road ready Z71 package

Active cylinder deactivation allowing to run on only two cylinders

All-new ten-speed automatic transmission


2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Expected release date: Spring-Summer 2020

Just like the Kia Seltos, the Chevrolet Trailblazer is a new type of subcompact crossover that fills an entirely new niche. Squeezed between the very tiny Chevrolet Trax and the compact Chevrolet Equinox, the Trailblazer aims at taking on new rivals like the Kia Seltos and the Mazda CX-30. Two all-new and efficient turbocharged engines will be offered, ranging from 1.2 to 1.3 liters in displacement, with power rated between 155 and 174 lb-ft. Base models will only comes with front-wheel-drive, allowing them to compete against urban crossovers like the Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Venue, while higher trim levels will feature standard all-wheel-drive. 

While the Trailblazer has a familiar, rugged name, the new vehicle, which was originally scheduled to hit the market in the spring, focuses on urban commuting, a light carbon footprint and optimal fuel efficiency.

We reviewed the Trailblazer’s interior, here’s what we thought.

Key features & latest pricing:

All-new fuel-efficient turbocharged three-cylinder engines

HD Rear Vision camera 

Three drive modes: Normal, Snow and Sport


2021 GMC Yukon

Expected release date: Fall 2020

When General Motors releases a new range of full-size SUVs, it does it with a bang. Not only will we see an all-new Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade in 2021, we’ll also be treated to an entirely redesigned GMC Yukon.

Unsurprisingly, this new Yukon will also share the same T1 platform and available V8 engines as its corporate cousins, as well as the all-new turbodiesel straight six.  And just like the other GM big-boy SUVs, it’ll come in both standard and XL wheelbase variations, as well as a fully independent rear suspension, which should increase overall room for rear passengers and cargo. The traditional high-luxury Denali model remains, while an all-new rugged AT4 package allows the Yukon to set itself apart while inheriting some off-road goodies of its own. 

Key features & latest pricing:

All-new AT4 off-road dedicated package

First-ever turbodiesel straight six

Two wheelbase options


2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Expected release date: Sometime 2021

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is back and unlike anything from 1984. Built out of FCA’s Detroit plant, the 7-passenger SUV is all about luxury and will hit dealers sometime in 2021.

Few key takeaways include an advanced electric-vehicle powertrain paired to a 4×4 off-road system, plus a first-ever passenger screen in an SUV. Jeep is touting the big hauler to offer ultra-premium, leading-edge features and technology – from the looks of the interior, it’s hard to argue with iconic brand. Fun fact: back in the day, the Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV.

Key features & latest pricing:

Electrified powertrain

4×4 off-road system

10.25-inch front passenger touchscreen


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Expected release date: Spring 2021

Jeep quickly followed up the Grand Wagoneer with another 7-passenger SUV: the 2021 Grand Cherokee L – placing the popular sport utility in the full-size segment for the first time in its 30-year history. Here’s full 2021 pricing.

The entire Grand Cherokee lineup, including the good old 2-row version, are redesigned for 2021, built on a new architecture, independent front and rear suspensions and Quadra-Lift air suspension with electronic adaptive damping. Power comes from an all-aluminum 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine producing 290 horsepower and 257 lb.-ft. of torque.

Inside, the new SUV is spacious, as you’d expect. Second row captain’s chairs, a 19-speaker sound system, 12 USB ports, electronic remote release in the rear cargo area – the list of interior features goes on and on. Here’s a full look at the L’s interior.

Key features & latest pricing:

New 3-row model for the first time

All-aluminum 3.6L V6 engine

Spacious interior with loads of new features


2021 Kia Sorento

Expected release date: Early 2021

Kia has been on a roll lately with the introduction of the overachieving full-size Telluride and the charming little Seltos. It aims at maintaining this momentum by introducing an all-new version of its stalwart Sorento next year, the brand’s original midsize SUV.

Except this time, the Sorento will compete against a new crop of two-seater contenders, vehicles like the all-new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Honda Passport and Chevrolet Blazer. 

The Sorento gets a modern and upscale look, housing Kia’s now recognizable signature front grille and a rear taillight treatment that’s both bold and innovative. Power will come from the same turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the Genesis GV80 good for 277 horsepower. The 2021 Sorento will also boast a hybrid powertrain – a first in this segment – comprised of turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a tiny electric motor for a combined total output of 227 horsepower.  No official release date has yet been published for the new Sorento.

Key features & latest pricing:

All-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine

First ever hybrid powerplant for the nameplate

Class-competitive towing rating


2021 Toyota Venza (Hybrid only)

Expected release date: Fall 2020

After five years away, the Venza 5-seater returns for the 2021 model year as an AWD and hybrid-only, premium-focused five-seater that slots in as a niche product between the big-selling RAV4 and three-row Highlander. It’s on sale now.

The new Venza ushers in a styling direction that’s different to Toyota’s core SUVs. It has a coupe-like roofline and smooth, curved front end with distinctive, narrow LED headlamps. In fact, there are two forms of LED available at the front: parabola (reflector) for the LE and projector on the higher grades. All models get a full-width, LED combination light strip at the rear.

Like the upcoming 2021 Sienna minivan, all Venzas will be hybrid-only, adopting the RAV4 Hybrid’s setup of 2.5-litre engine and three electric motors for a combined 219 HP. The lithium-ion battery pack is under the rear seat and a rear-mounted electric motor provides AWD across the board.

Key features & latest pricing:

2.5L engine & three electric motors for a combined 219 HP

Venza Limited is the first Toyota to offer the Star Gaze roof

Combined fuel consumption figure is an impressive 39mpg or 6.0L/100km


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Expected release date: Fall-Winter 2020

If subcompact luxury crossovers are so popular now, it’s largely thanks to Mercedes-Benz, who released one of the first examples of the thing with the very first GLA back in 2015. 

Now facing more competition, Mercedes updates the GLA. Smaller than any other utility vehicle sold under the diamond star, the new GLA, scheduled to arrive in early 2021, will carry on where the game-changing A-Class subcompact sedan/hatchback left off. It’ll get the latest MBUX infotainment system with full the full LCD dashboard treatment and will be powered by an entirely revised turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder.

The vehicle itself is said to be 10 cm higher than its predecessor, allowing for improved overall headroom. Two models will be offered: the GLA 250 will pump out 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful GLA 35 will churn out a healthy 302 ponies and 296 lb-ft of torque.

Key features & latest pricing:

All-new MBUX infotainment interface

Completely revised platform – more rigid, solid and larger overall

Available 302-horspower AMG version


2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

Expected release date: Fall 2020

SUVs come in all shapes and sizes, how about one that produces 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque? Insane? Yes, but also very impressive. 

Two decades ago, the fastest production automobile in the world, the McLaren F1, could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.5 seconds, a number nobody could fathom at the time. Today, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, a 5,380-lb all-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle, accelerates just as fast.  Yes, you read that right.

All that power is possible thanks to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, 4MATIC all-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission with launch control. The GLE 63 isn’t just fast, it’s immensely comfortable, luxurious and spacious enough to carry the kids, the dog and all the gear that comes with them.  

Key features & latest pricing:

Over 600 horsepower

Supercar-rivaling acceleration

Full adjustable suspension with ride height control


2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600

Expected release date: Late Summer – Fall 2020

There was a time when rich executives rode around in expensive plush limousines. Now, the ultimate coach isn’t a car, it’s an SUV.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is the rolling definition of wealth and opulence. Based on the largest three-row SUV sold by the brand – the GLS -, the Maybach version only has two rows of seats with either a three-seat rear or the option of a pair of separate reclinable chairs. Furthermore, the rear seats are positioned 4.7 inches farther back than in the normal GLS, with legroom up to 43.2 inches, or 52.8 inches with the front passenger seat motored forward in chauffeur position. 

The rear seats can also be reclined by up to 43.5 degrees and feature lower leg supports. Other visible technology includes multiple touchscreens and a 64 color LED lighting. Do you get it now? This thing is expensive, large, brash in immensely spacious inside.

Key features & latest pricing:

Near endless customization options

The most luxurious SUV on the road

Available on-board refrigerator


2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Expected release date: Fall 2020

If you were to go back in time and ask Mustang enthusiasts to dream up the Mustang of the future, none of them would have pictured an SUV. Yet, that’s exactly what will happen to Ford’s legendary pony car in 2021.

Scheduled to hit dealerships this Fall, the Mach-E won’t replace Ford’s coveted sports car, but will instead add another flavour to the lineup. Yes, it’s a utility vehicle, one that also gets rid of its traditional gasoline engine in favour of a fully electrified powerplant. Two batteries will power it, ranging from 75.7 kWh to 98.8 kWh, which will allow consumers to choose between rear or all-wheel-drive, as well as two different range possibilities; from 375 to up to 475 km. 

But the Mach-E isn’t just some other electric crossover. Ford claims the super quick GT Performance Edition will sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.5 seconds and will feature torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive.

Key features & latest pricing:

Available rear and all-wheel-drive propulsion

Two different battery packs and range to choose from

Over-the-air vehicle updates


2021 Ford Bronco

Expected release date: Spring 2021

Well, the wait if finally over – Ford officially reveals the new Bronco SUV available in 2-door, 4-door, and the smaller Sport trims.

Few new vehicle debuts are as eagerly anticipated as that of Ford’s new Bronco, which is making its comeback after 25 years away. The 2-door and 4-door Broncos will go into production in early 2021 with the first models arriving in Ford dealerships next spring.

When Ford put together its plan for the Bronco’s comeback, it identified the need for a smaller model below the main 2- and 4-door off-roader – something that was more of an everyday vehicle for a customer base evenly split between male and female buyers. Welcome the Bronco Sport – the smaller, more rugged Escape SUV-based offering build for adventurers.

Key features & latest pricing:

Three different trims to cover all bases

Bronco Sport gets 4×4 as standard

Segment-exclusive 7-speed manual transmission


2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Expected release date: Early 2021

The first of Volkswagen’s new generation of ID electric vehicles for North America will be the ID.4, a compact SUV that will arrive in the US in early 2021. The first Canadian deliveries will follow in the summer.

There will be a choice of RWD or AWD ID.4s. The RWD model will have 201 HP and a zero-60mph (100km/h) time of 7.8 seconds; the 302-HP AWD model shaves two seconds off that figure for GTI-like performance and has a towing capacity of 2,700 lb. US ID.4s will be RWD-only to begin with, with the AWD arriving later in 2021. Canada will get both from day one.

ID.4s will initially come in limited quantity from VW’s production facility in Zwickau, Germany for the 50-state US launch. Volkswagen Canada will begin its rollout in the three provinces with the highest EV sales volumes – Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario – before selling nationwide. 

Key features:

Estimated range of more than 250miles / 400km from the standard 82kWh

Choice of RWD or AWD

Optional Statement package includes leatherette power seats, a panoramic glass roof, a bi-colour ‘Gradient’ package with a black roof and a 12in central screen


2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Expected release date: Fall 2020

It’s not just Ford that’s converting to full electric SUVs. Volvo will introduce a new electrified member to its lineup called the XC40 Recharge towards the end of 2020. 

Promising the same Scandinavian styling and practical square body as its gasoline counterpart, the all-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge will be powered by two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery good for up to 400 km of range according to the European cycle, which should translate to roughly 360 km once it arrives here. Furthermore, this cute urban crossover will feature a 4.6-second 0-100 km/h acceleration time, making it quicker than anything else in its class.

To entice consumers to turn towards electricity as their main source of propulsion, Volvo will reimburse electricity costs for the first year, which will all be manageable through a free mobile app.  

Key features & latest pricing:

Dual-motor all-wheel-drive

Free charging for the first year of ownership

First-ever Android Automotive infotainment system


2021 Tesla Model Y

Expected release date: On sale now

While most carmakers are still scrambling to release a fully electric model, Tesla is already deploying its fourth vehicle.

It’s called the Model Y, and it’s a compact luxury crossover that’s hitting the market as we write this. It’s here to take on vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Jaguar i-Pace and Audi e-Tron Quattro, except it promises more range than all those vehicles.

Heavily based on the Tesla Model 3 sedan, the Model Y’s most powerful variant will offer up to 500 km of range and allow this cute-looking family shuttle to bolt from a standstill to 100 km/h in about three seconds flat, numbers that would put some supercars to shame. Expect the Model Y to offer a slew of modern technology, like full self-driving features and over the air updates that improve the car’s available equipment, performance and range. 

Key features & latest pricing:

Available dual-motor all-wheel-drive

Highest range in its price range

Supercar-rivaling acceleration


2022 Nissan Ariya

Expected release date: Mid to late 2021

Nissan has revealed details of the Ariya, a compact all-electric crossover SUV that will go on sale sometime in 2021 as the brand’s second-ever battery electric vehicle in North America.

The Ariya is part of Nissan’s plan to launch 10 new models in a 20-month period and to work toward 1 million annual global sales of electrified vehicles between its all-electric and e-Power hybrids (the latter of which are not yet available in North America).

Ariya sales will begin in Japan in mid-2021, with its North American debut to follow later in the year. Expect a $40,000 starting MSRP; Canadian pricing to be announced closer to release date.

Key features & latest pricing:

Impressive range from a single charge

Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite standard

$40,000 starting MSRP


2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Expected release date: Summer 2020

What if you took one of the best-selling and most reliable compact crossovers and gave it a plug-in hybrid drivetrain? Would you end up with an instant sales hit? We believe so.

Scheduled to hit showrooms later this year, the RAV4 Prime was first received with open arms when Toyota pulled the drape off at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Toyota, even if the darn thing is still months from being in showrooms, and it’s already all sold out.

Why so popular? The classic RAV4 formula of practicality, user-friendliness and low maintenance costs associated with the possibility of being able to drive on fuel at all is very appealing. While all electric range isn’t exactly Tesla-rivaling at 38 miles, it’s more than enough for the daily grind, further reducing the RAV4’s operating costs, all while also considerably dropping its carbon emissions. 

Oh, did we mention this thing pumps out 302 combined horsepower?

Key features & latest pricing:

Up to 38 miles of pure electric range

Still comes with all-wheel-drive

Sub five second 0-60 mph acceleration times. 


2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Expected release date: Summer 2020

The 2021 Crosstrek isn’t a complete redesign, still in its second-generation since 2018. However, the new model gets a significant mid-cycle refresh so worthy of making this list.

The 2.5L 182-hp engine first debuting in the larger 2019 Forester is now standard with the 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims; the Base and Premium trims keep the 2.0L 152-hp powerplant.

The Sport trim is completely new as well for 2021, receiving a dual-function X-MODE (the only Crosstrek trim to offer this), distinct exterior and interior accents, exclusive StarTex upholstery, different wheel arch moldings, and Sport-type 17-inch alloy wheels with dark gray finish.

On the safety front, all CVT-equipped Crosstreks with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now also get Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering.

Across the board, Subaru ramped up the styling to an already good-looking, adventure-ready little hauler, adding a redesigned front bumper with new-design fog light insert covers (Base trim) or fog light covers (all other trims), plus new-design front grille, with details specific to each trim.

Key features & latest pricing:

New 2.5L 182-hp engine

New Crosstrek Sport trim

Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering standard with CVT-equipped EyeSight models


2022 Acura MDX

Expected release date: Early 2021; MDX Type S Summer 2021

Gaining a wider stance and sportier looks, the redesigned MDX enters its fourth-generation riding on a new SUV platform with the MDX’s first-ever double wishbone front suspension.

America’s reigning champ as the all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, the 2022 model has come a long way since first hitting the market 20 years ago; a long way even compared to its MDX predecessor.

The new interior ramps it up with better materials for a more upscale feel, coupled with an all-digital instrumentation setup the luxury brand calls the Acura Precision Cockpit.

Front-wheel drive is standard and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional (AWD is standard in Canada), with standard power courtesy of Acura’s 3.5L V6 with i-VTEC. Need more power? The Type S variant finds 3.0L turbocharged V6 good for 355-hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque – the most power in an Acura SUV ever.

Here’s 2022 MDX pricing and trims.

Key features:

Type-S engine is most powerful of any Acura SUV ever (355-hp, turbo V6)

All-new SUV platform with MDX’s first-ever double wishbone front suspension

Redesigned cabin with a cleaner, more upright instrument panel


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in red next to white

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Expected release date: Early 2021

Mitsubishi’s compact SUV gets a new design for 2022, both inside and out. The 1.5L turbo engine and 8-speed transmission remain the same but the Japanese automaker says this version will handle better due to some suspension tweaks.

The most notable difference with this 2022 model is the rearend – the one that protruded out, awkwardly on the outgoing Eclipse Cross model. Well, that’s gone, replaced with a flatter, more conventional look. Front gets a new bumper and other updates.

Inside, Mitsubishi worked on ramping up the all-wheel drive SUV’s premium feel going with a new all-black cabin against silver accents and leather seats in a dark grey.

The centre stack layout has also changed, where the new 8-inch standard touchscreen moves closer to the driver and front-seat passenger for easier access, coupled with volume and tuning knobs for fast reference.

Key features:

Redesigned, both inside and out

8-inch touchscreen is new and standard

Suspension updates for improved handling


2022 Hyundai Tucson

Expected release date: Mid 2021

The Korean’s top-selling model globally just got a whole lot bigger with more passenger space and cargo volume — a good thing for the compact SUV up against fierce competition. Aside from the all-new progressive styling, the 2022 Tucson will focus on more eco-friendly powertrains coupled with more tech the company states will be ‘segment-leading.’

Hyundai says, “Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai’s full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV. With all-wheel-drive capability now added to new hybrid SUV platforms, customers no longer need to choose between all-road, all-weather capability and outstanding efficiency.”

The big news inside is the addition of three new features including a 10.25-inch touchscreen void of any buttons, a hoodless digital gauge cluster, and a new multi-air ventilation system. A Tucson N Line is also in the works arriving sometime late 2021, offering more aggressive exterior appearance and interior details.

Key features:

New hybrid & plug-in hybrid models

Larger with more passenger & cargo volume

Compact SUV segment exclusive features including Remote Smart Park Assist


2022 Infiniti QX55

Expected release date: Spring 2021

A new model from Infiniti, the 2022 QX55 is an FX-inspired, coupe SUV with sporty looks backed by nearly 270 horses. Powered by the industry’s first VC-turbo engine we first saw in the QX50 a couple years back, all QX55 models in North America come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.0L, 4-cylinder turbo engine produces 268-hp at 5,600 rpm and 280 lb.-ft of torque at 4,400-4,800 rpm, matted to a CVT transmission with manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching. 

Notable standard features include Apple CarPlay (but no word of Android Auto, just yet), sliding 2nd-row seats, a cargo area the Japanese automaker states is larger “than other similarly styled, premium coupe SUVs,” and a pair of touch screen displays. 

Three trim levels will be available including LUXE, ESSENTIAL ProASSIST, and the range-topping SENSORY. 

Key features:

VC-Turbo engine making 268-hp

Sliding 2nd-row seats & dual touchscreens as standard

Spacious cargo area compared to competitors


2021 Nissan Armada

Expected release date: January 2021

Nissan has significantly updated its big Armada SUV’s interior for 2021, coupled with worthy exterior styling changes, mainly up front. From a more rugged yet upscale exterior design to a simplified interior gaining additional tech and features. 

Powering this beast is the same 5.6L DOHC Endurance V8 engine carried over from 2020, paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. This setup solidifies the Armada as the most powerful in the full-size SUV segment, putting down 400-hp at 5,800 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Gone is the 8-inch touch screen, replaced by a more robust 12.3-inch touch screen nicely incorporated up top. With the new screen comes better resolution, jumping up from 800×480 to 1920×720. Nissan says the new screen is the largest in the full-size SUV class, at the moment. 

 

Key features:

Most towing capacity in full-size class with 8,500 lbs.

New 12.3-inch touch screen comes standard

Front end gains several design tweaks for sleeker look


2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Expected release date: Summer 2021

Nissan’s mid-size SUV has been going strong for 35 years — for 2022, the Pathfinder hits the market hard with a rugged look and redesign, a more responsive 9-speed transmission paired to 4WD, better towing capabilities, seating for 8, and a massive 12.3-inch digital dashboard, to get things started. Need more space?

Compared to the outgoing version, the 2022 SUV gains blister fenders, a shorter front overhang, C-shaped headlights, floating roofline, and more streamlined rear LED taillights. A Pathfinder first, the back C-pillars are designed to accommodate the use of two-tone paint. 

Under the hood is the same 3.5L Direct Injection V6 making 248-hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. But it’s now matte to an improved 9-speed transmission Nissan promises now “provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response.” 

Here’s our full 2022 Pathfinder overview.

 

Key features:

Redesign with more rugged look

More responsive 9-speed transmission paired to 4WD (same engine as before) and improved towing capabilities

Seating for 8 and a new 12.3-inch digital dashboard


2021 Buick Envision

Expected release date: Early 2021

Buick’s compact SUV gains a major overhaul for 2021, including a much sportier design compared to the outgoing Envision, a new range-topping Avenir trim, new Sport Touring Package adding a darker look, and the luxury brand’s first 10.2-inch colour touchscreen. Read our full 2021 Envision preview here.

In the cockpit, the new instrument panel is more driver-centric and leans towards the driver for a better, clearer view. The centre console gains a completely new look as well, including a dual-wing centre armrest, a coverage storage compartment, and a space-saving electronic shifter setup integrated next to the massive cup holders. 

Whereas the outgoing Envision came with two engine choices, including an EcoTec 2.5L inline-4, it appears Buick is sticking with one powerplant for 2021: a 2.0L turbo engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control. 

Key features:

Redesigned sculpted, bolder exterior look

New 10.2-inch colour touchscreen and redesigned interior layout

Upscale Avenir trim new for 2021


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Expected release date: Spring 2021

Going strong for two decades now, Mitsubishi’s largest SUV gets a well-deserved redesign for 2022. The new fourth-generation Outlander gains an improved 2.5L engine with more power, bigger overall dimensions sitting on a new platform, and a long-overdue interior revamp with a more premium feel and added tech compared to its predecessor.

Gone is the Outlander’s underwhelming 3.0L V6 poweplant option, while the outgoing 2.4L 4-cylinder engine swaps out for a new 2.5L gaining 15 extra horses and 19 lb.ft of torque for 2022, now producing 181-hp at 6,000 rpm and 181 lb.ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.

The front seats have a two-layer urethane structure and and space increases by widening the body and increasing the legroom of the first and second-row seats. Depending on the trim, rear passengers also gain seat heaters, 3-zone automatic climate control, and rear door sunshades.

 

Key features:

New 2.5L engine with more power & torque

New exterior redesign

More premium interior with larger touchscreens


2022 Kia Carnival

Expected release date: Spring 2021

Kia takes the wraps off its new full-size vehicle for families on the go. Dubbed a Life Utility Vehicle (LUV), the 2022 Carnival sits on a new and lighter platform, sports strong SUV looks with clean lines, minivan-esque functionality with an upscale interior, and a V6 engine under the hood. 

While taking on a more van-like look with its long design and squared-off rear, the Carnival really does pull off a modern, bold SUV design: the front face is sculpted yet clean; same goes for the rear end with a simple horizontal look sporting a very sleek end-to-end taillight with a cool futuristic light feature. Rear skid plate garnish and reflectors adds to strong look as well. 

Both 7- and 8-passenger seating options are customizable, where the second row of the 8-passenger version finds a long-sliding centre seat opening up space when needed, or when the kiddoes need to jump in the back a little easier. 

 

Key features:

Replaces the Sedona

Bold SUV-style exterior design

Premiium interior with flexible seating


2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV

Expected release date: Early 2024

Well, we’re jumping a few years ahead here but had to put GMC’s new Hummer SUV on the list. We kind of saw this one coming, didn’t we? After unveiling the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck to the entire world last Fall, General Motors stays true to its promise of expanding the lineup. Say hello then, to the inevitable Hummer EV SUV. But don’t get too excited, because you won’t see this bad boy on public roads until 2024.

GM promises range to be similar to its pickup truck twin; approximately 300 miles (483 km) in total (when selecting the largest battery). However, none of these claims have yet been EPA certified. Just like its brother, this SUV will dish out a maximum power output of 830 horsepower and whopping 11,500 lb-ft of initial torque thanks to dual motor all-wheel drive technology, yielding a 3.5-second 0-60 mph acceleration time.

The SUV is however a tad shorter than the truck on which it’s based. GM cut about 20 inches in total length, as well as 8.9 inches off the wheelbase. This not only gives it a stubbier, more muscular look, but also allows it to be a tad more agile in the trails, says GM.

Key features:

CrabWalk technology similar to the truck

Approx. 300 miles (483 km) range

3.5-second 0-60 mph acceleration time


2022 Audi Q4 e-tron & Q4 Sportback e-tron

Expected release date: Late 2022

Audi is proving that its shift towards electrification won’t stop at only one model. After releasing the e-tron and e-tron Sportback last year, followed by the e-tron GT supercar this year, the next vehicles on the list are these: the 2022 Q4 and Q4 Sportback.

Range for the two-wheel drive model is EPA-certified at 250 miles (402 km), while the all-wheel drive Q4 has not yet been evaluated. Audi says that it’ll do up to 310 miles (500 km) according to Europe’s WLTP evaluation cycle. Expect that number to drop closer to 270 miles (434 km) when the EPA takes a stab at it.

Inside, an entirely digital dashboard layout and 10.3 to 11.6-inch (the largest ever fitted to an Audi vehicle) infotainment screens dominate the cabin. Audi pushes the technological envelop by cramming the Q4 e-tron lineup with the addition of augmented reality in the vehicle’s head’s up display. The system displays additional driving information that can prove handy during navigation.

Key features:

Largest digital dashbaord in any Audi

2-wheel drive model is EPA-certified at 250 miles (402 km)

27 of the Q4’s components are made of recycled materials

William Claveyhttps://claveyscorner.com/
Automotive journalist from Montreal, William is passionate about anything on four wheels. See his work in various outlets including Jalopnik, DriveTribe, TTAC, TractionLife, and others.

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