With the massive range of compact four-wheel drives out there, you could be forgiven for thinking that every possible niche had already been filled. But you'd be wrong, because little known Russian brand UAZ is out there filling a gaping hole in the market: Soviet-style stripped back design with the Hunter.
Two years ago, Porsche first revealed its Macan line of compacts SUVs to the world. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker has unveiled the latest member of that family – the 2017 Macan GTS. Among other things, it offers more power than its predecessors, along with a reengineered suspension, unique exterior/interior appointments, and new connectivity options.
Despite crossover names plucked from the dusty, prickly expanses of the American Southwest, Hyundai isn't the brand to shop if you're looking for a tough, off-road-ready SUV. With a little help from Rockstar Performance Garage, though, it's transformed the cuddly Tucson – a car we last saw in very pavement-centric fuel cell spec – into a convincing all-terrain machine. The ruggedized Tucson will roll into the SEMA Show next month, and we'd be willing to bet it will travel by way of rough, angry Nevada desert.
Subaru has already trotted three Viziv (Vision for Innovation) designs out over the past two years – the original 2013 Viziv concept, the Viziv 2 and the Viziv GT video game race car. Now it's reusing that semi-portmanteau once again for the Viziv Future concept. All the Viziv concepts have been forward-looking, but none more so than the Future. The new concept car is infused with next-generation technologies and design solutions inside and out.
For a long time now, BMW has hung its hat on the fact its cars are the Ultimate Driving Machines. All of its vehicles – including the big SUVs and front-drive minivans – are billed sharp handling sports cars. That same mentality is writ large in the new X4 M40i, a "sporty" SUV with big wheels, uprated brakes and stiff suspension ... oh, and it will also hit 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.
The concept cars weren't the only stars of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Trucks, vans and utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes also helped make the show the major industry event it was. Plush, first-ever SUVs from the cunning British luxury minds at Bentley and Jaguar were contrasted by far more rugged products like the the Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared and dirtied Land Rovers. Similarly, world-class business luxury vans were offset by fun-loving camper and sport vans.
Volkswagen has used the Frankfurt Motor Show to take the wraps off an all-new Tiguan. Having sold over 2.6 million examples of the original VW hasn't messed with the formula too much, instead taking an evolutionary approach to its styling, as well as offering up a concept Hybrid.
We've seen teasers and spy shots, now full details of the Bentley Bentayga SUV have been revealed. Described by Bentley as the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world, the 12-cylinder, 600 hp Bentayga makes 0-60 mph in four seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph ... and there's plenty of technology to boot.
Mercedes has taken the wraps off its new midsize soft roader. Joining the GLA and GLE in Mercedes’ rapidly expanding model range, the GLC adapts the design language debuted on the company's high-riding GLC Coupe in a bid to tackle the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
BMW was the first premium brand to offer a jacked-up all-wheel drive hatch to buyers – and boy did they love it, with over 730,000 sold since its debut in 2009. The new X1 features a bigger body and more efficient engine options than its predecessor, but also follows in the footsteps of its stablemate, the 2 Series Active Tourer, by making the switch to front wheel drive.