Although it’s far from the most popular segment of the automotive industry, the class of full-size luxury SUVs is highly competitive. Simply, we are talking about the segment where premium carmakers offer their best pieces of engineering, with exclusive design solutions and technologies.
The next year won’t be any different. It will bring a lot of interesting novelties, which will make this competition even fiercer. For example, models like the Lexus LX and Ranger Rover are coming completely redesigned soon, while the Lincoln Navigator has just received a mid-cycle refresh. Other models will come with interesting novelties as well, whether it’s about new powertrain options, new features or something third.
The famous SUV has just received a mid-cycle update, so we presume that the current generation has a few more years before we see a complete redesign. So, the 2023 Lincoln Navigator should carry on in the same way, with all the updates that were introduced with the 2022 model year.
Speaking of the updates, the styling receive a couple of interesting novelties, such as a new grille and revised headlights. On the inside, the Navigator offers tremendous amounts of passenger space, while there is also a new, pretty massive 13.2-inch touchscreen, with the new SYNC 4 infotainment system.
The Navigator is spacious, comfortable and luxurious. It also comes with a pretty capable 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which puts out around 450 horsepower and comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Another thing we like about this SUV is the max towing capacity, which goes all away up to 8.700 pounds.
We estimate that the 2023 Lincoln Navigator will feature a starting price of around 80.000 dollars.
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The Escalade has just been completely redesigned and it is a way better vehicle than before. It is extremely spacious and very comfortable, while we also like its high-tech dashboard design, as well as a long list of standard equipment.
Under the hood, we count on two familiar engine options. Base models will carry on with a 6.2-liter V8, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. There is also a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which is good for about 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which offers pretty impressive fuel economy for the segment, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade will represent the third production year of the generation, so we don’t expect to see significant changes. Still, some sources suggest that we could see a high-performance, V-badged version, even though the officials are still quiet on this matter. This model would come with all kinds of upgrades, including the well-known LT4 supercharged V8, with a max output of 668 horsepower.
The starting price of the current model goes around 78.000 dollars.
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Jeep Grand Wagoneer
With a starting price of nearly 90.000 dollars, the recently-revived Grand Wagoneer is one of the most expensive full-size SUVs on the market and therefore, our expectations are really big. Although based on the Ram 1500, this SUV comes in a much more refined package, with independent rear suspension and one of the nicest cabins in the class.
The cabin is luxurious and it’s mostly about screens. You get a digital instrument cluster, a couple of screens on the center stack, as well as one touchscreen for the passenger. Of course, this SUV is much more than that and what we really like is that it offers genuine premium comfort, thanks to the adaptive air suspension, which can raise up to 3.6 inches.
Under the hood, the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will continue with the well-known and proven 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, which puts out 471 horsepower in this case. Four-wheel drive is standard, while the max towing capacity is nearly 10.000 pounds, which makes this SUV not just luxurious but also very capable.
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The big news is coming from the Japanese premium carmaker, as the flagship LX is getting a full redesign for the 2022 model, after nearly 15 years. The new model is based on the all-new Land Cruiser 300 and it brings significant improvements in all aspects. It is even more off-road capable, while the cabin looks modern and extremely refined.
Of course, there is a full load of tech goodies, including three screens, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the optional 25-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, which is one of the best sound systems you can find in any car.
The new model comes as the Lexus LX600 and it gets a completely new powertrain. Instead of the thirsty V8, there is a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all wheels, via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2023 Lexus LX will represent the second production year of the generation and we presume that the Japanese manufacturer will introduce a hybrid version for this occasion. Of course, it would use the same system as the new Tundra, based on a V6 engine but probably with a little bit more power than the pickup sibling. To remind you, the Tundra Hybrid puts out 439 horsepower and 573 pound-feet of torque.
We estimate that the all-new Lexus LX will feature starting price of around $90.000.
The Bavarian full-size SUV has been around for a while and it looks like it’s time for a mid-cycle refresh. The test mule has already been spotted and we presume that the new version will come as the 2023 BMW X7.
At this point, the new model still wears a lot of camouflage, which means we may expect a lot of new things. This particularly refers to the front end, which will come completely new. It looks likes the new 2023 BMW X7 is about to get new, split headlights, as well as a new grille design. Of course, changes in other areas are expected as well, while the interior could come with a couple of novelties too.
Under the hood, the current model comes with a 335-hp inline-six, as well as a couple of V8 options, including the high-performance Alpina XB7 with 612 horsepower. This facelift will probably bring a new, plug-in hybrid option, while some sources also speculate about an all-electric version of the flagship SUV.
We don’t expect to see significant price changes compared to the current model, which starts at around 76.000 dollars.
The current generation of Mercedes-Benz’s largest SUV has been redesigned recently, so we don’t expect bigger changes in the next few years. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS should continue with familiar design and features, including those changes in the powertrain offer we saw with the 2022 model.
The 2022 GLS came with one big change under the hood. The GLS 580 model with 483 horsepower is no longer available, so the offer of “standard” versions includes the inline-six only. On the other hand, the AMG version continues in the same way, with the max output of 603 horsepower. Also, there is the Maybach version of the SUV, with 550 horsepower.
All in all, you may count on familiar characteristics, which make this model one of the best luxury SUVs around. It offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, which features exceptional materials and build quality, along with a plethora of advanced tech features. The super-plush ride comes in a combination with capable engine options, while the large cargo area makes it quite practical as well.
We expect that the starting price will go around 79.000 dollars.
After the redesign of the Lexus LX, the QX80 has become the oldest model in the segment, which has been around for more than a decade. Thanks to the constant updates, it has remained competitive, while the lack of refinement and modern features is compensated by a pretty affordable starting price when compared with direct rivals.
Speaking of the updates, the 2022 model comes with big novelties on the inside. The dashboard has been revised and now comes with a new 12.3-inch touchscreen, as well as a brand-new infotainment system. The list of standard equipment also includes navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, Bose audio system and many more.
Under the hood, the 2023 QX80 will continue with the good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a 7-speed automatic transmission and the overall performance of the SUV is pretty good. However, this engine is quite thirsty and you may expect no more than 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 starts at $71.995.
Land Rover Range Rover
The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is about to receive a complete overhaul and from what we know so far, it will be built from the ground up, based on a new platform. At this point, we don’t know too many details, but we have no doubt that the British manufacturer will once again offer an unparalleled combination of luxury and off-road performance.
The initial versions will come with two powertrain options on the offer. Base versions will come equipped with a 395-hp turbo inline-six, while we also count on the new 4.4-liter V8, with the max output of 523 horsepower. The base inline-six will come in pair with a 48-volt hybrid system.
A plug-in hybrid version will arrive in 2023 and from what we know so far, it will feature a max output of 434 horsepower, while the max all-electric range will go around 60 miles. The all-electric version should arrive in 2024.
We expect that the starting price will go around 105.000 dollars.