Sport Utility Vehicles aren’t reserved only for families anymore. These vehicles are a matter of prestige on today’s market, so it’s no wonder that every premium carmaker offers a nice range of these models, in pretty much all size classes.
The next year will be particularly interesting, as there are several important novelties to come. We are about to see redesigns of class leaders like Lexus RX, as well as models like Lexus LX and Volvo XC90. Some of the models could get high-performance iterations, like Cadillac Escalade, while the current process of electrification will affect even the best performers, such as Lamborghini Urus.
The number of big novelties to come is big. So, we’ve decided to present you our list of top 10 luxury SUVs in 2023:
The LX is finally getting a full redesign. After 14 years of production, the new version is finally here. It will debut in early 2022, with tons of novelties. The new model will be based on the new Land Cruiser 300 and it will bring improved off-road performance, improved on-road ride and significantly improved efficiency.
Among interesting novelties, we should mention a height-adjustable suspension, which should have a highly positive impact on the overall ride quality. The new interior looks way more modern than the old one and also brings three digital screens to the table. Wireless smartphone integration will be standard.
When it comes to powertrain, the old and thirsty V8 will be replaced with the new 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. We also expect to see a hybrid version, the same one we can find in the new Tundra, with a max output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Both versions will come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The starting price should go around 90.000 dollars.
The Escalade has just been redesigned. So, we expect no changes in the next few years. The new model has brought improvements in various aspects, especially in terms of luxury and convenience. We particularly like the cavernous high-tech cabin, which offers plenty of opulence.
For the 2023 model year, we can find reports about the new, high-performance version of the SUV. At this point, we don’t know the details but most likely, this version will get a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8 engine, which can be found in models like Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. We expect that the max output will go around 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. Besides a more powerful engine, this version should bring suspension and brakes upgrades, new styling details etc.
The rest of the lineup should continue in the same way. Base models cost around 77.000, while the new Escalade-V will certainly cost way more.
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Based on the mainstream Ford Explorer, the Aviator came two years ago, as the company’s response to the growing popularity of the three-row luxury SUV segment. We like the interior design and space, as well as the overall opulence that comes with this three-row crossover. Also, there are two pretty capable powertrain options.
Base models will continue with the new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, which puts out around 400 horsepower. Also, there is a plug-in hybrid version, which features a pretty respectable output of 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Besides solid performance, this version also offers 25 mpg in a combined ride, as well as around 20 miles of the all-electric range.
For the 2023 model year, the biggest novelty will be an all-electric version. At this point, we don’t know the details about the powertrain but the Lincoln Aviator EV has been confirmed by the Blue Oval Company.
The base Aviator costs around 52.000 dollars.
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The GLS gained the reputation of one of the class leaders years ago and the current generation, which has been around for a couple of years, continues in the same way. The GLS has so many great things to offer, starting from the high-end cabin, loads of tech features, capable engines and an impressive level of overall refinement.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS might get a mid-cycle update. At this point, those are just rumors, but we wouldn’t be surprised if few see additional features, tweaked styling and similar things. Some form of electrification is also possible.
Besides the possible electrified versions, the Mercedes GLS will continue with familiar engine options. The base model will continue with a capable 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out 362 horsepower. The GLS 580 comes equipped with a V8 engine and max power of 483 horsepower. Finally, there is the AMG version, with a full 600 horsepower.
The current model starts at around 77.000 dollars and we don’t expect a bigger increase in the future.
The X5 is one of the segment pioneers and even today, it is one of the most popular models in the class. The current generation has been around for a while and according to the latest reports, the 2023 BMW X5 is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh.
The test model has been around for a while and we can see a bit of camouflage. We presume that the new model will bring updates in BMW’s typical fashion. This would mean subtle styling changes, mostly at the front. We expect revisions on the grille, bumper and headlights, but also a few tweaks on the rear end. On the inside, things should remain mostly the same, though there is a chance to see updates of the infotainment system.
Under the hood, there is a chance to see a new hybrid version. The rest of the lineup will remain the same, offering a choice between inline-six and V8 engines, in a power range from 335 to 617 horsepower.
The updated version should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 60.000 dollars.
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The legendary RX is still the most popular mid-size luxury SUV by a large margin. Despite the age, it marks impressive sales results and we can only expect to see improvements in the next year when the all-new model is about to come.
The new generation should bring improvements in various aspects. It will switch to the TNGA platform, which should improve ride quality. Still, we don’t expect that the overall character will change. The RX will remain a comfortable, well-rounded SUV, which is strong in all fields.
Of course, novelties should come under the hood. While the base version will probably carry on with the same V6 engine, the hybrid version will probably gain a new system, which would be more powerful and more efficient. Also, we count on a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as well as on all kinds of new tech features, including a new, more intuitive infotainment system.
The new generation should arrive sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 48.000 dollars.
Acura MDX Type S
Acura’s flagship SUV has just been redesigned and among numerous novelties, we particularly like the revival of the famous “Type S” badge. This is a high-performance version of the SUV and considering the recent redesign, we presume that no bigger changes will occur in the next few years.
The key difference compared to the standard version is under the hood. The Acura MDX Type S features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, which puts out around 355 horsepower, which makes this SUV go from zero to sixty in just 5.7 seconds. The company’s well-known Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is standard, while there are also upgrades in terms of suspension and brakes, as well as a couple of exclusive styling details.
Other than that, the MDX Type S isn’t much different than the standard version. You may count on the same level of practicality and functionality, as well as on a long list of standard equipment.
The 2023 Acura MDX Type S should cost around 65.000 dollars.
The current generation of Volvo’s flagship model has been around since 2014 and we are eagerly waiting to see its successor. According to the latest reports, that could happen already in a year or two and from what we know so far, Volvo is about to introduce a number of groundbreaking technologies.
One of them should be a new battery design. The Swedish manufacturer prepares a new generation of battery cells and from what we know so far, the new XC90 will come all-electric and it should be able to make 1.000 kilometers (620 miles) on a single charge. Details about power and performance are still unknown.
Another big novelty will be autonomous highway driving technology, which should debut with the new generation of this crossover. Naturally, we count on all other kinds of novelties, including new styling, interior design, features etc.
The all-new 2023 Volvo XC90 should arrive sometime in 2022.
The first SUV from Hyundai’s luxury division debuted this year and brings a lot of amazing features. We like its impressive ride quality, as well as the huge number of standard and available tech features. Furthermore, the cabin quality is pretty impressive, pretty much on par with highly renowned German premium competition.
As we are talking about the very fresh model, the next few years shouldn’t bring any notable changes. Of course, new features will come here and there, while one of the more interesting novelties will be the addition of second-row captain’s chairs for the next year. Base models come with two rows of seats, while the third row is optional.
Even though there are always rumors about electrification, we expect that the 2023 GV80 will continue with two familiar gasoline options. Base models use a 2.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 300 horsepower, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 is good for 375 horses. Both engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
The starting price goes around 49.000 dollars.
There are some pretty fast SUVs on today’s market, but no other vehicle of this type can match the Urus’s level of athleticism. Things could go even further in 2023, as a mid-cycle refresh is planned for this model year. Of course, it will bring novelties regarding styling and interior features, but we also expect the Italian carmaker to continue to push the boundaries regarding performance.
One of the most anticipated novelties is a hybrid version. We expect the same or similar setup to the one that can be found in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which offers a total output of 670 horsepower.
The current version with a 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 641 horsepower, which is enough power to move this SUV from zero to sixty in just 3.5 seconds. Of course, a further power increase is always possible.
The current model features a starting price of $222.004.