The segment of the SUV and SUV’s continues to grow. This year, exciting new products and extensive facelifts will come out. We give an outlook for the near future of the SUV class.
AUDI Q3 2011
Back in 2007, Audi presented the Cross Coupe Quattro – a study that combines the dynamism and design of a premium sports car with the space and versatility of a four seats SUV. For 2011 Audi will produce the Q3 – the sporty SUV that will keep the basic functionality of the Cross Coupe Quattro concept.
The new SUV will have 4.38 meters long, will use some of the engines that are now on the Vw Golf and will be built at the Spanish Seat factory in Martorell. Gadgets such as height-adjustable suspension, lockable differentials or low-range gearing will not be available for the Q3, due to cost reduction measures. Such technologies will remain only for the more expensive Audis Q5 and Q3.
Bmw already launched the face-lifted X3. Now that it’s assembled in South Carolina, the 2011 BMW X3 is a newly minted citizen, and clearly, it went overboard studying for its naturalization exams. The formula for success: Make it bigger, make it faster, make it richer—but don’t make it too off-roady. Despite the long list of improvements, the all-new X3 is actually slightly less expensive, despite being slightly larger and offering a choice of naturally-aspirated or turbocharged inline six-cylinder engines.
On the Tiguan segement, Ford will come with the new facelifted Kuda. Also, Ford will move the production of the new Kuga from the German Ford plant in Saarlouis to the United States. For the moment there are few information’s. Facelifted Kuga will have a new font end design, and more important a new diesel engine is announced. The new two-liter Duratorq engine will be capable to generate up to 163 hp ( 140 and 163 hp ).
The fifth generation Explorer is allready on the market. The newly 2011 Ford Explorer is more of a wagon and less of a truck than its predecessors. The 2011 Explorer rides on a unibody platform derived from the GM’s D3 platform rather than the separate frame of the outgoing model. Substantially updated since the platform first debuted, it now underpins the Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS and Volvo XC90 in addition to the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. For the moment, the only one engine is offered – Ford’s all-aluminum 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6, an engine that incorporates twin independent variable camshaft timing to realize a solid 290 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 255 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The off-road veteran gets a major overhaul for 2011. In general, the body will remain unchanged, but for the first time there will be a hard top finished in body color. Most of the changes will be made inside – a new instrument cluster and a new multi functional steering wheel in the style of the Cherokee will be installed. Moreover, a remote controller for the engine will be available. Besides the newly announced V6 engine, the 3.8 liter V6 engine will remain.
Land Rover Freelander
Even if 2011 is all about the new Evoque, a minor facelift will hit the 2011 Freelander. We are talking about newly designed front bumper and LED daytime running lights. A more powerful 190 horsepower diesel engine will be added to the range, but the most surprising change is that the Freelander 2 will be available from the end of this month with a two-wheel drive (2WD) system, rather than the usual 4×4 transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox and Stop-Start comes as standard, however an auto gearbox, without the Stop-Start technology, is a £1515 option.
Of course we all wait the new M Class from Mercedes. Back in 2005, Mercedes introduced the W164-series Mercedes ML. In 2008 it received a facelift. For 2011, Mercedes announced that M Class will get a major revision. A new, more rounded design and new technologies are expected. The engines will remain the same. The basic engine for the next generation M class will be the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel that will provide 204-hp. A new active suspension will be installed to increase the agility, and many current assistance systems such as Lane Assist, or the Blind Spot Assistant were be onboard the new M Class.
2011 Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque will be a third model for Range Rover, fitting below the stately, eponymous RR and the Range Rover Sport. The production model was announced on July 1, 2010, and it is Land Rover’s first serious attempt at offering a vehicle designed to address the issue of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gasemissions. The Range Rover Evoque will be powered by a new 2.0-liter Si4 turbocharged engine that combines direct fuel injection and twin variable valve timing. Customers will have to choose from three trim levels: Pure, Prestige, and Dynamic.
SAAB 9-4 X
During the presentation of its new SUV 9-4X, Saab announced two petrol engines under its hood, a 3.0 V6 with 265 hp and 300 hp 2.8 Turbo. No diesel had been mentioned. A curious fact, diesel is a symbol of success in Europe. The production will take place in Mexico, and the European sales will start in late autumn 2011. Update – For Europe a diesel unit will be available that will produce up to 300-hp. For the moment the prices for the next Saab 9-4X are not knowed..
VW Single Cab Amarok
VW Amarok goes single-cab for 2011. The single cab Amarok is essentially a basic version of the dual cab Amarok. According to the specs released by VW, without the rear seats, the Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab will offer 3.57 square meters loading surface. On the same time, bed of the Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab is 2205 mm in length which significantly more than the double cab versions which has a 1555 mm long bed. Amarok single cab will be sold with a choice between two 2.0 TDI engines, developing 122-hp and 163-hp. Both configurations will be available with 2 wheel drive or Vw’s 4motion all-wheel drive.