For all of Johan de Nysschen’s hype about Cadillac (he’s the boss, see) reclaiming its stake as the world’s best luxury car with a new flagship to take on the Germans, there has been little from Detroit to make Mercedes and BMW twitch. Instead, and despite huge gains in the Chinese market, Cadillac has to reclaim some market share in the US, with a new compact crossover to rival stuff like the Jaguar E-Pace and that new Lexus UX. Hence the new Cadillac XT4, the brand’s smallest SUV yet, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that will be priced from just Dh130,000 in the US when it goes on sale later this year.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
It’s not just Coventry that can hot rod a crossover. Over in Italy, just like Jaguar, Maserati had the same idea, stuffing a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 into its SUV to create the new Levante Trofeo. It’s worth 590 horsepower and 730Nm of torque, and it can sprint from zero to 100kph in just 3.9 seconds, topping out at 300kph. That means it’ll have to fend off the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo which is rated at 550bhp and able to do 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 296kph. The Porsche starts from Dh582,000, so we can expect the Levante Trofeo to cost similar dosh.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Jaguar’s finally gone and done the sensible thing, with the company’s Special Vehicle Operations engineering department shoehorning a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 into the mid-size F-Pace SUV. That’ll be 550 horsepower and 660Nm of torque, thank you very much, for a top speed of 283kph and zero to 100kph achieved in 4.3 seconds. When it goes on sale later this year it should retail at around Dh400,000, and duel with the 400bhp Porsche Macan Turbo that starts from Dh375,000
Lincoln is far off from its glory days of V12s and rear-hinged doors, instead dabbling with badge-engineered Fords these days. But the new Continental and Navigator (which they manufacture build fast enough) point to a resurgent Lincoln, and then there is this, the NY show star and the revival of the rather excellent Lincoln Aviator nameplate. Looking suitably glitzy to compete with Range Rovers and Gs, the Aviator used to be just a rebadged Explorer back in the 2000s but if Lincoln builds this new one it’ll be on a new rear-wheel drive platform and with plug-in hybrid options. The Aviator concept in NY showed up with a three-row arrangement and a luxurious interior, plus features like semi-autonomous driving assists.
The Koreans have really spruced up the Hyundai Tucson with a new design for the 2019 model, that adds the brand’s signature ‘cascading’ grille, and new front and rear ends with available 19in wheels. The interior too has been lifted up and Hyundai’s thrown in additional kit such as extra driver assist technologies and smart cruise control. In the US market at least, Hyundai’s also upped the power lightly with a new 2.4-litre engine producing 181bhp.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak pick-up
If you’ve got it, flaunt it, and Volkswagen certainly has it in the US, including a plant in Tennessee where the German company churns out its biggest SUV yet, the seven-seater Atlas. And despite that new Touareg, with enough cars to go around on Wolfsburg’s MQB modular platform Volkswagen is now mulling the idea of a five-seater Atlas, which would be 7.5in shorter than the current one while retaining the same wheelbase length. Besides that all eyes in New York though were on a concept pick-up truck also based on the Atlas, packing a 276 horsepower V6 engine and all-wheel drive. It seems like a great idea - a pick-up truck that drives like a Golf, because again, on that MQB architecture it kind of is a Golf.
This consumers’ favorite has taken on a whole new look that might split conservative RAV4 buyers, but Toyota did at least put a lot of effort into the all-new RAV4. Although it’s a bit shorter than the outgoing model, the new RAV4 is wider with a longer wheelbase, so it’s roomier than before as well as more powerful with a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine. Toyota says the crossover will actually be able to tackle some off-roading with an optional multi-terrain system, plus an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring.