Another year, another round of new or redesigned SUVs to look forward to.
But if you dive into the detail a bit further, you’ll realize that there isn’t a whole host of redesigned crossovers or four-wheel-drives hitting the market this year.
Most of the models are either slightly updated (we’re talking infotainment upgrades, more equipment or revised pricing) rather than a whole new look.
In some cases, the upgrades are worth it (and actually devalue the resale of previous models because they include more gear) but in others, you’re better off sticking to the 2018 model because you’re not getting much better value for money.
So which ones should we look at? And which SUVs are actually new or redesigned?
Well, let’s have a walk through future models coming out this year, and we’ll outline whether it’s simply an upgrade, a new model, or a redesign.
2019 Acura RDX
Starting off alphabetically, the 2019 version of the Acura RDX is indeed a complete redesign, with a new exterior, new interior and ground-breaking infotainment system.
The RDX features an even more sporty drive experience, and it gets its own platform, rather than simply using one from parent company Honda. That means it’s built from the ground up as its own model.
2019 Audi Q8
You could call this a redesign of the Audi Q7 if you’re being technical, but according to Audi, the Q8 is a totally new model.
Yes, it uses the same platform as the Q7 and some of the same engines as well. Depending on your country, there’s a choice of turbocharged gasoline or diesel engines, but the main difference is the more aggressive design and the fact that the Q8 is strictly a five-seat vehicle.
It can do a bit of off-roading thanks to height adjustable suspension, too.
2019 BMW X4
We’ve seen the recipe before, with the X4 being a sleeker version of the BMW X3 – itself an excellent crossover.
With a sloping rear end and some stonking engines, the X4 in this redesigned form promises to be better than ever.
M suspension is now standard on the X4, so we’ve got our own drive lined up – watch out for our review.
2019 BMW X5
Like the X4 above, the new X5 is a redesigned model, with a clean-sheet approach, creating a more luxurious midsize (approaching large) crossover.
More efficient six-cylinder engines, more detail inside (there’s even a glass gear lever) and higher quality materials means this X5 is set to take on Range Rover and Audi.
It also gets an off-road package which enables even more ability. And with more space, it’s more practical, too. Definitely worth a closer look.
2019 BMW X7
Seen at the top, the very first X7 runs on the same platform as the 7 Series (the clue is in the name) and gets a similar suspension setup to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, so it should ride beautifully.
It’s also larger than any SUV we’ve ever seen from BMW, and with seven full-size seats, it’s also capable of moving more people than any BMW previously built.
Like the X5, there is also an off-road package, but we’re not sure how many people will tick that box.
2019 Cadillac XT4
The smallest Cadillac SUV for years was the XT5, but now we have the new XT4.
It sits near the top end of the subcompact category (almost a compact crossover) but being a Caddy you get that sense of luxury that isn’t present in this category.
It also drives very nicely, and looks fantastic. Well worth checking out.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The new Blazer is one of the most successful redesigns in our opinion. It looks as sharp as a new pin, doesn’t have too much of a truck-like look to it and has the quality and space you’ll need.
Unlike the previous model which was a bit too stiff and off-road biased, the new model has softened slightly, and with its punchy V6 under the bonnet, it has some get-up-and-go, too.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
The Silverado’s styling is the biggest change coming into 2019. The truck is still the same big-hauling machine we’ve come to know and love, but is now aligned more closely with the rest of the Chevy range.
Of course, there are some under the skin improvements such as being bigger, lighter and getting a larger towing capacity. But there are also two new engines, a diesel and a gasoline turbocharged four-cylinder – the standard V6 is unchanged.
2019 Ford Edge
The revised Edge now sports an ST version, the first Edge to be fettled by the Ford Performance division.
But the addition of SYNC 3 infotainment is the real drawcard with even more connectivity, functionality and voice control than ever before.
Really, the design changes are limited to the front end, but there’s a slight bump in power under the hood, and there’s better safety technology, too.
2019 Ford Ranger
This is the first time we’ve got a Ranger with our friends in Asia-Pacific having had it for a while now.
But boy has it been worth the wait. Excellent suspension, a superb drivetrain, plenty of safety and interior tech, plus a decent load capacity and tow rating means it’s a light truck that will keep a lot of people happy.
It’s also easier to park, and drive, than its F-truck siblings, which is a good enough reason by itself.
2019 GMC Sierra
So, you want a 12,000lb tow rating? Here’s the truck for you.
The new Sierra is a bigger, wider and longer machine, but uses less fuel and is even safer.
From the guards to the tailgate it has been reshaped and restyled, and when you put the 2018 and 2019 models together, you can see how much further GMC has come.
2019 Hyundai Kona EV
Sure, we’ve seen the Hyundai Kona before and we very much like it, especially in 1.6-liter turbocharged guise. But have you seen an electric version before?
So, technically, it’s new, but it’s not exactly breaking new ground. However, because it’s a subcompact crossover from the South Korean manufacturer, it will be priced well.
And it should entice some to move away from fossil fuels – that can only be a good thing, right?
2019 Hyundai Nexo
Here’s a different concept. Rather than a hybrid or an electric vehicle, why not run a vehicle on hydrogen and create water vapour as the by-product?
Sure, it’s been done before with some saloons, but this is the first SUV to get onto the hydrogen bandwagon.
So far its self-driving capabilities have been making headlines, but we’re sure that the environmental benefits should outweigh any convenience advantages.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The new generation Santa Fe is a massive leap forward in both styling and quality.
While the drivetrains and generally familiar, they’re packaged into a far more agreeable body which is larger and more luxurious than ever before.
That said, the third row is still a bit too tight for adults. The rest of the car, though, shows us just how far the company has come.
2019 Infiniti QX50
The new QX50 aims to succeed where the QX30 failed. To be more able when in the rough, but still exhibit car-like handling.
It also comes with a brand new engine with technology never seen before – variable compression.
While other manufacturers have used variable timing with valve openings, Infiniti has created a motor which can compress with more or less force depending on load, giving more power and better fuel economy. Impressive stuff.
2019 Jaguar I-PACE
The I-Pace is a first for Jaguar, being the brand’s first electric vehicle (EV).
The trick is to make it drive like a Jaguar, despite being an electric crossover. And boy does it succeed.
With fabulous handling, a tricky all-wheel-drive system, it definitely grips and goes like a Jag should, but the interior and its customisable infotainment, plus abundant leather surfaces also means it feels properly luxurious as well.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Gladiator pickup
Well, this is technically a 2020 model, but we’ll see it later this year, which is why we’ve included it.
The Wrangler Gladiator, or Wrangler Pick-Up, as it’s more commonly known, will be the only open-top pickup truck on the market.
Jeep says it will have best-in-class towing, which is a non-statement, given it’s the only vehicle in the open-top pickup class. But hey, 7650 lbs is pretty decent for a midsizer.
And, because it’s a Jeep, it will be excellent off-road.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV
Technically this is a new model, but like the Kona, it’s basically just a Range Rover with a hybrid system added, much like we’ve seen from the Range Rover Sport from a few years ago.
It’s said to deliver fuel economy to beat diesels and will be able to travel around town on electric power alone.
It will be more than capable when heading off the blacktop as well. But will it have the reliability to match its pricetag? Time will tell.
2019 Lexus UX
This is the Japanese carmaker’s first foray into the luxury subcompact crossover segment, and although some markets already get the UX, we’ll have to wait a little longer.
But it should be worth the wait. The Lexus UX has the same styling as the rest of the range, the biggest screen in its class and typical build quality you’ll find from Lexus.
2019 Lincoln Aviator
The biggest drawcard for the new Aviator is not the styling or the comfort and luxury, it’s the fact that Lincoln now offers a hybrid.
It’s the more high-end version of the Ford Explorer, which itself is a pretty decent bit of kit. The Aviator, however, offers two engines, a 400hp version and a 450hp version.
With three rows of seating, a smartphone-as-key function and huge 12-inch screen, it will be setting the standard for midsize SUVs.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
The Nautilus is the same vehicle as the MKX, but it gets more powerful engines, eight-speed auto instead of a six-speed auto and plenty of active safety gear.
Thankfully the Nautilus should get better fuel economy than the MKX did, thanks to its better transmission, but apart from a nip and tuck here and there, don’t expect a major leap in ability from the old car.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The latest G-Class is a ground-up redesign and build, even though it doesn’t look a lot different to the previous car.
It is more luxurious, more capable off-road (no, the two aren’t mutually exclusive) and gets better and more powerful engines.
And yes, the mind-blowing AMG version is there to excite the senses.
2019 Porsche Cayenne
The SUV which turned Porsche’s fortunes around is still going strong, and for 2019 it gets an updated platform (the same as the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q8 and Lamborghini Urus) that has even more ability.
It’s still at the pointy end for handling and with a range of engine choices, you can get a V6 or V8 with plenty of grunt in either version, plus a hybrid for the more environmentally conscious.
The interior is less cluttered, with the deletion of physical buttons and haptic touch press pads taking their place. It still looks like a Porsche SUV should, too.
2019 RAM 1500
The new RAM 1500 is not only lighter, but stronger and more powerful as well.
It can tow more, uses less fuel and now has something quite interesting at the back end.
It’s called the “Multifunction Tailgate” and it operates as a normal drop-down tailgate. But using another handle, you can swing it open like a regular door, creating an easier loading area for things like a forklift.
With a 60/40 split, you don’t have to open both sides, either.
2019 Subaru Ascent
The Ascent is the replacement for the Subaru Tribeca which bit the dust a few years ago.
It’s the first three-row Subaru SUV for quite a few years and every thought has gone in to making it more practical and more spacious than ever.
For those crying out for a seven-seat Outback, the Ascent is the machine you’ll need.
2019 Subaru Forester
The new Forester runs on a new platform and is bigger, more comfortable and quieter.
We tested this new model a little while ago and found that of the many versions, the middle-spec is all you need.
It’s capable, practical and good-looking.
2019 Toyota RAV4
The new RAV4 was hiding in plain sight with the Toyota FT-AC concept giving us a full view of the new model’s styling.
With a hybrid version coming on board, the new RAV4 has a few different options and you can even buy an adventure pack which helps increase the towing capacity and off-road ability.
If there are any we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list.