There’s no need to say that SUVs have taken over the automotive market long ago. However, it looks like the same thing happened with the premium segment, where the good-old luxury sedans have been replaced with less elegant but more practical body styles. For that reason, the competition seems tougher than ever. Of course, customers benefit a lot from this trend, considering that the offer of new models is increasing every year.
The next year won’t be an exception and we will see a lot of novelties. Some already existing models get refreshed, and others will get a full redesign, such as the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Finally, we are about to see a couple of brand-new models, such as the Lexus TX, which will be the first genuine three-row crossover from the Japanese luxury brand. Finally, let’s not forget the inevitable process of electrification, which is happening in this segment as well. Among many novelties, we should point out the all-electric version of the Porsche Macan, while Acura will soon come up with its first-ever all-electric SUV, called ZDX.
Without further ado, let’s get on the most interesting SUVs for the year 2024.
2024 Cadillac XT4
Cadillac’s smallest crossover has been around for about five years and it was about time to see some updates. The 2024 Cadillac XT4 brings a lot of them, as a part of a mid-cycle refresh. Of course, the first thing that you’ll notice is the new styling, which brings a lot o interesting novelties, particularly at the front end. There are new LED lights, a new grille, bumpers and other parts, all designed in a pretty futuristic manner, with a lot of inspiration taken from the all-electric Lyriq.
Besides exterior changes, the company also did big modifications on the insider. The dashboard has been greatly revised and without any doubt, the biggest highlight is the new system of screens with a total size of 33 inches. The formula is pretty much the same as in the case of Escalade and the new cabin definitely looks way more upscale. Besides new screens and more tech features, you can notice improvements in terms of materials and finish.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see any changes under the hood, so the 2024 Cadillac XT4 continues with a single powertrain option, a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four that puts out around 235 horsepower. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission and while it’s not particularly peppy, it should satisfy most drivers.
The starting price goes around 39.000 dollars.
2024 Buick Encore GX
Although it can’t be considered a genuine premium brand, Buick has always been known as a company that walks on a fine line between the mainstream and luxury segment the updated 2024 Buick Encore GX seems like a perfect example. This model has just received a mid-cycle refresh and the new, much sleeker front-end design makes it look way more elegant than before.
The same could be said for the interior design, which now comes with a pretty generous amount of tech features, starting from two massive screens that together measure 18 inches. We are talking about an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11-inch infotainment screen. Furthermore, there are new tech goodies, including standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
On the other hand, the powertrain lineup remains unchanged, with a couple of familiar three-cylinder units, both turbocharged. The base engine features 137 horsepower, while the optional 1.3-liter unit puts out 155 ponies and it is also available with all-wheel drive.
This small crossover starts slightly under 27.000 dollars.
2024 Range Rover Velar
The 2024 Range Rover Velar is another luxury SUV that receives a major update for this year. The refresh seems quite comprehensive, as there are both exterior and interior updates. On the outside, the new version gets a new face, which brings a lot of subtle but very notable changes, making this SUV look a lot like bigger siblings, such as the recently redesigned Range Rover Sport. New headlights and a new grille are the highlights, while the rear end gets a nice treatment in areas like the rear bumper.
On the inside, you can notice the new 11.4-inch curved infotainment screen, pretty much the same unit that can be found in other models from this brand. Also, you can notice new materials on the inside, while there is also an active noise cancelation, which makes this cabin feel quieter and more pleasant on longer rides.
Under the hood, the Range Rover Velar comes with two powertrain options on offer, starting from the base 2.0-liter turbo-four with 247 horsepower, which should satisfy most customers. For those who look for something peppier, there is a 3.0-liter inline-six, with a max output of 395 horsepower.
The 2024 Range Rover Velar already arrived in showrooms and has a starting price of nearly 63.000 dollars.
2024 Acura ZDX
Honda’s luxury brand has also started the process of electrification and the first model is expected to debut as the 2024 Acura ZDX. The new luxury crossover will feature an all-electric setup and it will be compact in size, based on Honda’s upcoming electric crossover, called Prologue.
What’s interesting is that both of these models will rely on GM’s technology. Namely, Honda entered this game a little bit late, so its own EV technology won’t be ready before 2026. Meanwhile, its EVs will use the so-called lithium battery technology, which already debuted in several Cadillac and GMC models.
In this particular case, the closes relative will be Cadillac Lyriq. We expect to see the same setup, with the base models featuring a 340-hp electric motor, in a combination with a 102-kWh battery pack, which should ensure over 300 miles of the all-electric range. The high-performance Type S version is also expected, with a max output of 500 horsepower.
The brand-new 2024 Acura ZDX should arrive by the end of this year, with a starting price of around 60.000 dollars.
2024 Porsche Macan EV
The next generation of Porsche’s compact SUV will be all-electric and we can clearly see on the spy shots that it is in the advanced stage of development. The first thing you can notice is that the exterior design doesn’t bring any radical changes, despite the radically different powertrain. Instead, the design changes feel rather evolutionary, with just a few details that suggest this is an all-electric powertrain.
The interior design shows the same thing, where the overall cabin layout feels pretty conventional, which is something that feels really refreshing if we consider that most EVs tend to look very futuristic. This model, on the other hand, looks classic and takes a lot of inspiration from the Taycan.
Of course, the most interesting part of the new generation will be its powertrain. For now, we only know that the range-topping model will feature a dual-motor setup with 602 horsepower and a 100-kWH battery that should ensure around 300 miles of the all-electric range. More basic variants should be offered as well.
A good thing to know is that the company will keep the current, gasoline-powered generation in production for several more years.
2024 Ferarri Purosangue
Ferarri has been hesitating to enter the SUV segment for a long time but here we are. The brand-new 2024 Ferarri Purosangue has just debuted with some pretty amazing specs. Of course, the first thing you’ll notice is a super sleek styling, full of curvy lines, which clearly indicates that there is no word about any kind of off-road aspirations. Instead, this crossover is trimmed in such a way that it offers impressive handling, which is much closer to a sports car than an SUV.
Car enthusiasts will be amazed to hear that this SUV comes with a naturally-aspirated engine. We are talking about the company’s well-known 6.5-liter V12, which offers some of the best-sounding symphonies you can hear in today’s era of turbocharged units. This high-revving engine also offers plenty of power. In numbers, that would be around 715 horsepower, which is enough to move this exciting vehicle from zero to sixty in just 3.2 seconds.
This is the only Ferrari you can buy today with four seats and although the second row isn’t particularly generous with space, rear-hinged doors provide much easier access. The dashboard looks quite untypical by today’s standards, as there is no classic infotainment system on the center stack, which only proves that, despite the more practical body style, this is yet another Ferarri designed for pure driving pleasure.
Unfortunately, you will have to pay a lot for this pleasure, as the price starts at around 400.000 dollars.
2024 Lexus TX
The most prestigious Japanese premium brand is bringing a new three-row SUV. It will succeed the not-so-successful RX L, which was discontinued last year. The new model will offer way more interior space, along with a more generous cargo area, which is one of the weakest points of the recently redesigned two-row RX.
In terms of the exterior design, the front face shouldn’t bring any surprises. We are about to see an RX-like front-end design, while the key difference will be in the longer wheelbase and rear overhang, which will provide additional space. Other than more space, we don’t believe that the cabin could look different. The dashboard should bring a familiar design, along with the same or similar tech and convenience features.
As for the powertrain, we currently know for sure that the brand-new 2024 Lexus TX will come in the so-called 500h variant, with a system that combines a 2.4-liter turbo-four with electric motors and a 6-speed automatic transmission, for a combined output of 366 horsepower. Other powertrain options are possible too, including the plug-in hybrid version with the 450h+ moniker.
Details about the price and release date are yet to be announced.
2024 Infiniti QX65
Nissan’s luxury division is also bringing big novelty for the next year. Nameplate, the lineup is about to be expanded, with a brand-new model called the QX65. If you are familiar with the correlation between QX50 and QX55 models, you probably know what to expect from the 2024 Infiniti QX65.
This will be a coupe version of the QX60. The three-row SUV has been redesigned recently and it will now get a sportier, coupe-like iteration, with two rows of seats, a shorter rear overhang and a few more details that should make it look sportier. On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle should be pretty close to the three-row sibling.
The same thing goes for the powertrain, where we expect to see a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which now puts out around 295 horsepower and comes with a new, 9-speed automatic transmission, which has a highly positive effect not just on the driving experience, but on the fuel economy as well.
The brand-new 2024 Infiniti QX65 will arrive sometime in 2024 and we presume that the starting price could go around 55-60.000 dollars.
2024 BMW XM
The Bavarian carmaker has always been known for the driving experience of its models but it looks like it finally has something to compete with high-performance rivals like Lamborghini and Porsche. Namely, there is the brand-new 2024 BMW XM, which may have fewer rows of seats than the X7 but definitely is the company’s flagship model.
Of course, it looks super aggressive, with a massive and bold kidney grille and sharp headlights but things are even more impressive under the skin, where this model gets treatment from the M division and comes with high-end components when it comes to suspension, brakes and overall chassis setup. The interior design rather sticks with the company’s proven design solutions but definitely looks super elegant and super luxurious.
Naturally, there is the matter of the powertrain, which is pretty familiar, as we are talking about the company’s well-known 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. Still, this already excellent engine gets notable upgrades and comes in two even more impressive variants, either with 644 or 735 horsepower, with the latter capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in just a little bit over 3 seconds.
However, all these upgrades cost and the minimum sum you have to pay to get this SUV is 160.000 dollars.
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Last but not least, there is the new generation of the popular compact crossover, which became available in a coupe iteration years ago. The new generation debuted last year as an SUV, and now it’s coming as a coupe SUV. The recipe is the same as in the previous model, though the new generation looks even more elegant and seems to accentuate elegant coupe lines even better.
On the inside, it’s obvious that rear passengers will have to pay for such an elegant design, while the cargo area should also suffer from the sloping roof design. Still, that can’t change our overall impression of this SUV, which offers a luxurious cabin that combines elegance with nice materials and a generous offer of tech and safety features.
We are sure about at least one powertrain option, for the base GLC 300, which will feature a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four in a combination with a mild-hybrid setup, for a total output of 255 horsepower. We presume that other powertrain options will be offered soon after, including those that would power high-performance, AMG-badged models.
Base models should come with a sticker price of around 60.000 dollars.