SUVs and crossovers aren’t just surging in popularity — the vehicles are becoming flagship models and often garner more excitement than sedans. Some SUV concepts even preview the future design direction for automakers, a task once reserved for cars. The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit showcased the latest SUV and crossover debuts from automakers, including a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive rocket and an unstoppable off-roader.
Keep reading to see what SUVs and crossovers made their debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show.
The LF-1 Limitless concept is a preview of the Lexus’ next flagship vehicle, a sporty-looking crossover with a stretched hood and long dash-to-axle ratio. Revealed in Detroit, the LF-1 shares the same GA-L platform that the LS and LC ride on but is taller, wider, and offers 8.5 inches of ground clearance. The platform is versatile enough for gasoline, hybrid, electric, and fuel cell powertrains. However, don’t expect three rows in the production version—Lexus plans to keep the LF-1’s production version a two-row machine.
To save space, drive, park, and reverse buttons are located on the bottom of the steering wheel, and activating Sport mode and various AWD modes are done by gesture control. We expect to see the production version of the LF-1 Limitless concept in production by 2021 with a starting price around $75,000.
Making its North American debut, Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV is bold and fast, just as we’d expect from the exotic supercar maker. Under the hood is a 650-hp, 627-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 backed by an eight-speed automatic that delivers power to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Lamborghini claims that the five-seater (which can also be a four-seater) can hit 62 mph in a very quick 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Stopping the Urus is a braking system consisting of 10-piston front calipers clamping down on 17.3-inch carbon-ceramic rotors and four-piston rear calipers clamping on 14.6-inch rotors.
For improved performance, the Urus will come equipped with rear-wheel steering, an adaptive air suspension, and active anti-roll stabilization. Like most Lamborghinis, the Urus is very customizable, offering 14 exterior colors, 15 interior leather colors, six interior Alcantara colors, hexagon or ribbed seat quilting, various interior trim choices, embossed headrests, exhaust tips in four finishes, multiple caliper colors, and a selection of wheel designs in 21-, 22-, and 23-inch sizes.
Mercedes-Benz’s unstoppable off-roader enters a new generation featuring a redesigned interior, a new independent front suspension, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, a new G-Mode driving mode, increased interior room, an improved on-road ride, and a revised powertrain layout for greater off-road capability. The SUV still retains its standard 416-hp, 450-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, three fully locking differentials, and the four-wheel-drive system with low-range gear reduction.
The 2019 G-Glass will come well equipped with 19-inch wheels, a Burmester Surround Sound system, a 12.3-inch center display, a moonroof, leather upholstery with heated seats, three-zone climate control, a 64-color ambient lighting system, and LED headlights. The Mercedes can be optioned with a widescreen cockpit (an additional 12.3-inch instrument panel display), an adjustable suspension, a rear-seat entertainment package, 20-inch wheels, and an AMG Line Exterior package. Expect to see the entry-level G550 model hit showrooms in late 2018.
Ford unveiled the refreshed Edge lineup in Detroit, but the big news is the all-new performance-driven Edge ST model that packs a potent 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 335 hp and 380-lb-ft of torque. That tops the Edge Sport’s output by 20 hp and 30 lb-ft. A new eight-speed automatic transmission routes power to the standard all-wheel-drive system with selectable traction control. Like other ST models, the sport-tuned suspension should provide fun handling dynamics and the optional performance brake package will likely offer good stopping power. A new Sport mode, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, larger seat bolstering, and available 21-inch wheels (20-inch wheels are standard) complements the Edge ST’s sportiness.
The refreshed non-ST Edge is powered by a standard 250-hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and receives more technology,