A Glimpse Into The Future Of Alternative-Fuel SUVS

  • With a background in journalism and marketing, I’m passionate about writing stories that connect people to the world of automotive. I currently work as a marketing researcher for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. When I’m not crafting content about the automotive industry, you can find me making music, reading, and writing creatively.

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  • With a background in journalism and marketing, I’m passionate about writing stories that connect people to the world of automotive. I currently work as a marketing researcher for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. When I’m not crafting content about the automotive industry, you can find me making music, reading, and writing creatively.

can be reached at elizabeth.saulsbury@coxautoinc.com
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Throughout the past few years, we’ve witnessed a lot of amazing development in alternative-fuel vehicles.

These innovations make alternative-fuel vehicles a more alluring transportation option than ever.

“With the advancement of mileage range and the slew of alternative SUVs rolling into the market, this can potentially help grow the SUV segment and catapult electric vehicle adoption,” said Vanessa Ton, Senior Sales Analytics Manager at Cox Automotive.

There are four times as many SUVs in the market today than there were 30 years ago. Drivers have more SUV options than ever, especially when it comes to the ever-popular, smaller-sized SUV: the subcompact.

More Options And More Growth

Gas prices played a role in the slowdown of the SUV’s market dominance on the left side of this graph, but it’s been nothing but growth since.

 

Along with safety and affordability, a car’s fuel economy is one of the 10 most important factors to drivers when purchasing an SUV.  Vehicle fuel economy is an increasingly hot topic for drivers, and SUVs have had the biggest changes in average MPG over the past 11 years.

In continuing to improve MPG numbers in SUVs, vehicle manufacturers will be launching more alternative-fuel SUVs over the next five years. New vehicle brands will enter the market to compete in this space as well.

Here are notable alternative-fuel SUV launches that will be happening from 2020-2023 and beyond:

 

Electric vehicles

  • 2020: Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • 2020: Volvo XC40
  • 2020: Audi CUV
  • 2020: Byton M Byte
  • 2020: Chevrolet Bolt SUV
  • 2020: Nissan IMX
  • 2020: VW ID Crozz
  • 2020: Mitsubishi CUV
  • 2021: Honda CUV
  • 2021: BMW iNext
  • 2021: BMW X3
  • 2021: Mercedes-Benz CUV
  • 2021: Tesla Model Y
  • 2021: Subaru CUV
  • 2021: Rivian SUV
  • 2022: Acura CUV
  • 2022: Honda HR-V
  • 2022: Infiniti CUV
  • 2022: Jeep Cherokee
  • 2022: Lincoln CUV
  • 2022: Nissan CUV
  • 2022: Subaru Forester
  • 2022: Polestar 3
  • 2023 or later: BMW X4
  • 2023 or later: Chevrolet CUV
  • 2023 or later: Genesis Mid-Lux CUV
  • 2023 or later: Genesis Near-Lux CUV
  • 2023 or later: KIA CUV
  • 2023 or later: Lexus NX
  • 2023 or later: Porsche Macan
  • 2023 or later: Toyota CUV

 

Plug-in hybrids

  • 2020: Mitsubishi CUV
  • 2020: Mercedes-Benz GLB
  • 2020: Buick CLV
  • 2020: Buick Regal Tour X
  • 2020: Ford Escape Energi
  • 2020: Honda Pilot
  • 2020: Jeep Wrangler
  • 2020: Lincoln Aviator
  • 2020: Subaru Forrester
  • 2020: Toyota RAV4
  • 2021: Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2021: GMC Terrain
  • 2021: Jeep Cherokee
  • 2022: Ford Expedition
  • 2022: Lexus 300X
  • 2023 or later: Genesis GV70
  • 2023 or later: Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2023 or later: Lexus RX
  • 2023 or later: Nissan Rogue
  • 2023 or later: Genesis GV80

 

Fuel-cell vehicles

  • 2021: Audi Q4
  • 2021: Dodge CUV
  • 2022: Kia Sorento
  • 2023 or later: Nissan Murano
  • 2023 or later: Toyota 4-Runner
  • 2023 or later: Toyota C-HR

 

 Sources:

The SUV Segment Outlook Study. Cox Automotive Research & Market Intelligence. February 2019.


About the Author

  • With a background in journalism and marketing, I’m passionate about writing stories that connect people to the world of automotive. I currently work as a marketing researcher for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. When I’m not crafting content about the automotive industry, you can find me making music, reading, and writing creatively.

can be reached at elizabeth.saulsbury@coxautoinc.com
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