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BOTB’s Most Anticipated SUVs of 2017 {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

24 Feb 2017

Like it or not, the SUV is a huge sales success at the moment, so every possible manufacturer is clamouring to get their new ones out before the bubble bursts. We’ve chosen the best that we’ll be seeing in 2017…

1 – Range Rover Velar

We don’t know a great deal about the Velar at the moment, other than the fact that it should be revealed by Land Rover next week shortly before appearing at the Geneva Motor Show the following week. It’s a new Range Rover to sit between the Evoque and Sport and should have a profile not unlike the BMW X6. It promises to bring some new styling ideas to the Range Rover range along with the very latest technology. We’ll bring you the info as soon as we have it!

2 – Audi SQ5/RSQ5

The old Audi SQ5 was a very popular car thanks to the slightly unusual choice of making the performance SUV of the range a diesel (well, in Europe anyway). But it looks like the latest SQ5 has eschewed diesel power in favour of a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 petrol unit shared with the S4. But there may also be an RSQ5 this year as well, sharing a 450bhp powerplant and extreme looks. That one we’re really looking forward to…

3 – Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini showed us the Urus concept in 2012, but it then went quiet for a few years. Now there have been development cars seen out and about in a body looking remarkably like the concept so we think it may be shown in production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Engine is likely to be the V10 from the Huracan and it’ll seat four. It’ll also be insanely expensive and ruinous to run, but that’s not the point is it?

4 – Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo’s first SUV will have the die-hard Alfisti spitting out their espresso in disgust, but for the rest of the world the idea of a stylish, sporty SUV seems to sit quite well. There will be normal diesel and petrol four cylinder models, but the one we’re interested in is the fire breathing Quadrifoglio model which shares its engine with the hugely popular Giulia with the same name. So that’s a 2.9 litre twin turbo V6 with 503bhp, in a sleek, stylish SUV linked to an AWD system for all year round capability. Sign us up.

5 – Mercedes G650 Maybach Landaulet

This is by far the most ridiculous and absurd car here, but we love it for the simple fact that it exists in a world of hybrids and downsizing. Take one already mental Mercedes G-Class 4x4Squared and stretch the wheelbase. Then chop the roof off at the back and stick a 6.0 litre twin turbocharged V12 with 621bhp under bonnet. Then, as if that wasn’t crazy enough, stick the two rear seats from the Maybach in the very back, with all the luxury that has, so you can sit in your enormous 4x4, roof down, looking down on all the people who couldn’t afford £650,000 for the most pointless vehicle every made. Wonderful.

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