The SUV market in Britain has been growing recently with the introduction of new models which not only improve their environmental credentials but also save their owners money and still manage to keep their comfort and performance amongst the best on the road. So what will 2015 bring for the SUV market?
In the early part of the year, we’re due to see a brand new Audi Q3, Fiat 500X, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Renegade, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Suzuki Vitara and Volvo XC90 before the first birds of spring have even sung. Although the Q3, Santa Fe and Discovery are only facelift on their previous models, brand new introductions to the market such as the 500X and the much-awaited Jeep Renegade are looking like very promising additions, with the Renegade in particular offering superb off-road capabilities as well as on-road style.
The summer sporting season should see the introduction of the Honda HR-V, Hyundai ix35, Mazda CX-3, Range Rover Evoque and the new Qashqai rival, the Ssangyong Tivoli, which could start from as little as £12,000, making the SUV market truly affordable for the vast majority of British motorists. The Evoque, naturally, will sit at the higher end of the market with the Honda and Mazda models offering mid-range quality and affordability for those in between.
The back end of the year promises not only a new BMW X1, but also an X4 Performance to sit right at the top of the SUV range, a new extra-roomy Ford Edge to act as Ford’s flagship SUV at the premium end and a Mercedes-Benz MLC. At the cheaper end of the market, Renault is due to launch its new Qashqai rival in order to tempt budget buyers into the SUV market.
Some of the biggest new models, though, have no set release date. The Bentley SUV, for example, is due to be released at some point next year after changing completely from its original concept model, and has been long awaited and highly touted as being one of the best new luxury SUVs for years. At the bottom end of the market, Peugeot are due to introduce new updates to their 2008 range, including new automatic models and upgraded engines. It’s also possible that we might see the announcement of some SUVs from Seat, who are expected to announce two new SUV models, due for release at some point in 2016.
For the current SUV driver or even the motorist looking to make their first forays into the SUV market, 2015 certainly looks like the year that the market will open up to all, with huge announcements and long-awaited releases of models right across the SUV range. With even more impressive models touted for release in 2016, it’s certainly an exciting time to be in the SUV market.