The ever-expanding crossover and SUV segment is set for further expansion in the next couple of years that’ll seemingly allow it to eclipse all other segments with ease. The sheer number of crossovers and SUVs bound to arrive by MY 2020 is staggering. Considering the direction into which the auto industry has been going these past few years, this doesn’t really come as a surprise. Which of the numerous upcoming models will be the best of the upcoming 2020 crossovers?
Before we move on, however, let us first run through a quick methodology explanation. Although all upcoming crossovers and SUVs have been taken into account, regardless of their class and price range, all-electric and hybrid-exclusive models have been covered separately in our list of the best hybrid SUVs 2020 will bring to market. This doesn’t mean we’ll automatically disqualify every hint of a non-internal-combustion-exclusive crossover, but only those that haven’t got a good old petrol or diesel engine as an option. In other words, models with both conventional and modern electrified powertrains will still find their way onto this list of the best crossovers 2020 is bringing our way.
2020 Kia Soul
The funky subcompact box on wheels has become one of the most surprising tenants of the best crossovers lists over the years, so it should come as no surprise that we’re ranking it among the best 2020 crossovers headed to market. The Korean wonder might be small on the outside, but it’s rather comfortable and spacious inside thanks to its shape and innovative folding seats. The Koreans are selling around 200,000 units a year on a global level at the moment, of which three quarters were marketed in the U.S. during 2016. That figure fell to 115,712 units in 2017 which is a result of the Soul’s dated platform and other market conditions like competition, for instance. That’s why the Koreans are already working on the third-generation Soul which is set to debut in late 2019 as a 2020 year model. The next-gen Kia Soul has already been caught testing and it doesn’t look all that different than the outgoing car. At least not at first glance. While the boxy shape remains the third-generation Soul’s trademark, everything else has been redesigned. The new model, for instance, sports a new uni-light up front and liftgate-mounted tail-lights at the back.
The sluggish base engine was one of the Soul’s weakest points in previous years. The next-gen model will likely switch to a new lineup of engines taken from the recently introduced Hyundai Kona. Base models will thus likely sport a larger 2.0L 4-cylinder mill good enough for 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful models should benefit from a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder from the Kona Limited and Ultimate trims. This engine makes 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque in Hyundai’s crossover, but expect it to produce around 200 ponies or more in the next-gen Soul in order to achieve or exceed the current Soul turbo engine’s specifications. Transmission options will vary depending on the chosen powertrain, but expect the company’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic in the turbo variant with base models likely sporting the choice between an automatic and manual transmission.
2020 Genesis GV80
The upcoming GV80 will be the first of two new Genesis crossovers. Hyundai’s luxury division is undergoing an extensive lineup expansion these days and the introduction of their very first crossover was the obvious choice. The Genesis GV80 will be the larger of the two crossovers, based on the Hyundai Santa Fe. However, the GV80 should be both longer and wider than the Santa Fe, thus eliminating any resemblance between the two. Moreover, the production GV80 will have very little in common with the GV80 concept unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show, as well. Slotting in the mid-size SUV spot, the Genesis GV80 should target the likes of the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, and a number of Japanese luxury crossovers. It’s not yet clear whether the GV80 will ride on the Santa Fe platform or be underpinned by a stretched Genesis sedan platform, but we do know it’ll be available in both rear and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 will likely share its engines with the company’s duo of larger sedans. In other words, expect a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 and a 5.0L V8 the way things stand at the moment. The former generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque while the latter cranks up as much as 420 ponies and 383 lb-ft of torque. Like it is the case with the Genesis sedans, the GV80 crossover will also adopt an 8-speed automatic transmission as its sole offering. Again, like the Genesis sedans, the GV80 crossover will be more affordable than its competitors without eschewing on the quality part. In turn, this should make it one of the best value-for-money options in its class and we can’t wait to finally see it in person, as it will likely be one of the most sublime 2020 crosssovers headed our way.
2020 Aston Martin DBX (Varekai)
Topping the list of the most surprising 2020 crossovers we can expect to see, the 2020 Aston Martin DBX will be the latest in the line of ultra luxury crossovers after the likes of Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls Royce Cullinan. Scheduled to begin production in 2019, the DBX will likely arrive in time for MY 2020. The crossover will be assembled at the company’s new facility in St Athan, Wales, UK, but pricing details and the actual date of arrival still haven’t been disclosed. The concept DBX was first unveiled in 2015, but the production model probably won’t have much in common with it. Moreover, the British have only recently patented the name “Varekai” for one of their future projects, and the upcoming crossover looks like a prime candidate for donning it in the future.
As stingy as they are with other details, the British are also keeping the future DBX’s powertrain lineup in secrecy. However, Marek Reichmann, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, recently stated the company’s first ever SUV might sport an outsourced engine under its hood. Mercedes-Benz would be the ones to provide it which doesn’t come as a surprise given the business ties between the companies. What does come as a surprise is the fact it might actually be a turbocharged 6-cylinder which would be the British company’s first such engine in quite some time. Regardless of how the final product turns up, the Aston Martin DBX (or Varekai) will almost certainly become one of the company’s most important models from day one.
2020 Ford Bronco
One of the most anticipated new arrivals for 2020 is getting closer with each passing day. The iconic Ford Bronco is – as themselves at the Blue Oval state – back by popular demand. The beloved 4×4 SUV will benefit from all the latest technology its predecessors couldn’t have, and should retain the most important bit of the older generations – their soul. How that will turn out in practice remains to be seen. For now, we do know it’ll sport the mid-sized Ranger’s underpinnings and that it’ll compete with the Jeep Wrangler, meaning it’ll be as capable an off-roader as any of its predecessors. It’ll even get front and rear Dana axles with AdvanTEK gear technology, but we don’t know whether the front ones will be solid or independent. The 2020 Ford Bronco will also sport a removable roof but, sadly, probably won’t come in a 2-door configuration, as that setup is much too risky for the Blue Oval before they gauge the interest in the actual production model.
People from the Blue Oval are still keeping the Bronco’s powertrain lineup a secret, but considering the off-road SUV will share a platform with the Ranger, it wouldn’t be surprising if it actually borrowed the 2019 Ranger’s engines as well. More particularly, this could mean it’ll get a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder with around 300 horsepower on tap and a 10-speed automatic transmission tied to it. We can also see the Bronco getting a larger optional 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with additional power, but we’ll know more closer to the arrival date. When it finally does arrive, the new Ford Bronco should start from around $30,000 or thereabouts. It will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant together with the Ranger pickup. This is definitely one of the most exciting 2020 crossovers to keep your eye on.
2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
The FCA was in the middle of the expansion of their Jeep division’s lineupbefore, sadly, the CEO Sergio Marchionne unexpectedly died on July 25, 2018, at age 66. He was one of the sternest advocates for the new dedicated three-row Jeep crossover/SUV that would slot above the Grand Cherokee. The company’s indecision cost them dearly as such a vehicle would have propelled them to new heights. The full-size three-row Jeep SUV is still in the cards, however, and scheduled to arrive during MY 2020. What’s more, it’ll wear on of the company’s most celebrated nameplates – the Wagoneer. The 2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be a body-on-frame SUV which will compete with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, despite being imagined as a unibody crossover/SUV at first. They’ll only differ in wheelbase length and prices, much like their competitors do. Speaking of prices, FCA’s take on the bulky family-hauling SUV is expected to cost as much as their opponents, which means it’ll likely cost more than $70,000.
Considering the fact the 2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will share their underpinnings with the next-gen Ram pickup truck, they’ll most likely also borrow the company’s best-selling vehicle’s engines. In other words, expect a 3.6L V6 on entry-level Jeep Wagoneers and 5.7L and 6.4L Hemi V8s on the remainder of Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer lineups. Also, expect a 48-volt mild-hybrid system at the very least since the Jeep’s future lineup is set to be heavily electrified by 2021. Finally, leaked internal ZF documents suggest the Jeep might be working on a Hellcat-powered Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk which certainly coincides with their deep Trackhawk-branded line of future models as well. The ZF document indicates the almost-standard Hellcat 719-horsepower 6.2L supercharged V8 bits and their own ZF-8HP95X high torque 8-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Cadillac XT6
The larger XT6 is set to follow in the footsteps of the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4. Being a three-row vehicle, the XT6 will slot between the existing XT5 crossover and the large body-on-frame Escalade SUV, and compete with the likes of Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Mercedes-Benz GLS Class. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 asserts the candidacy for one of the best 2020 crossovers around thanks to its widely acclaimed C1XX platform which already underpins the likes of Buick’s Enclave and Chevy’s Traverse, and its recognizable high-quality finish reserved for GM’s most luxurious division. Standard with the long-awaited three-row Caddy crossover should be the company’s latest 10-inch touchscreen display with CUE system, while the optional electronic safety features should be topped by the super cruise hands-free system.
The upcoming Cadillac XT6 will likely arrive with a choice of two engines. Standard one will almost certainly be a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 unit with 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque that’s already working well with the smaller XT5. On the other hand, range-topping models will likely be powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 with close to 400 ponies and a corresponding amount of torque. Regardless of the engine of choice, every XT6 should be offered with a new GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The likely arrival date is Summer of 2019 with prices starting from around $50,000 or thereabouts.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63
It might not be the best crossover 2020 will bring to market, but the next-gen Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 is certainly among them. A performance successor to the current M/GLE Class second-generation models is currently in advanced levels of development considering the latest test mules have shed much of the initial camo and received more than simple provisional externals. The AMG models have a lower and wider stance than the conventional units and sport bright red Brembos behind the wheel covers. They also sport square-shaped quad exhausts, a larger lid spoiler and a diffuser at the back. Overall, however, the mule doesn’t reveal that many groundbreaking exterior details as emphasis will most likely be on interior this time around.
From a performance standpoint, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 is, more or less, an open book. The AMG’s supercharged 4.0L V8 should yet again find itself under the most powerful of the GLE Class models’ hood and should deliver around 600 horsepower without too much fuss. The CUV will be offered with a 9-speed automatic gearbox and a rear-biased 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Later on, it’ll be followed by a slightly less powerful AMG GLE 53 model which replaces the current-generation AMG GLE 43. Prices should remain in check which means the new model should cost something north of $110,000. Pricetag aside, this is likely to be one of the most refined 2020 crossovers we’ll see.
2020 Hyundai Palisade
The South Koreans are working on updating and expanding their lineup of available models, particularly their crossovers. One of the few vacant spots in their portfolio was the large three-row crossover SUV position which will soon be filled by the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Palisade. The newest addition to the Hyundai family will offer enough seating for up to eight passengers and compete with a number of family crossovers including the in-house Santa Fe which can also be fitted with three rows of seats. Assembled alongside the new Kia Telluride large crossover, the Palisade will slot above everything the Koreans have to offer at the moment, size-wise. This, in turn, will have a major impact on its price range which should start north of $30,000 and end up in the high forties region with all the option boxes selected.
The largest Hyundai crossover since the unlucky Veracruz was axed in 2013 will likely be offered with some sort of a V6 powertrain as a standard option. Whether it’ll be a 3.3L or a 3.5L version remains to be seen. What’s definitely confirmed by now is the fact the Palisade will be built upon a front-wheel-drive platform with all-wheel-drive available at extra cost. Down the line, the Koreans might decide to add a diesel option as well, but they’ll certainly offer the Palisade with some sort of a hybrid setup. How far down the line, however, remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen how good the Palisade will fare among the numerous upcoming 2020 crossovers.