Rally-ready, road-legal. The Bowler EXR S (£155,000; roughly $240,000) is one of the beefiest SUVs available, and is likely the closest thing you can get to a street-legal rally car. Built atop a Land Rover platform and powered by the automaker's 5.0L supercharged V8 pumping out 550hp, it reaches 0-62 in 4.2 seconds, boasts a top speed of 155mph, and offers a slew of race-ready features like a MSA approved advanced tubular roll cage, a custom composite body, Brembo brakes, Bi-Xenon headlamps, 22-inch wheels, Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, two racing seats, and 3-point seat belts.
When it comes to truly beastly SUVs, few models can match the Land Rover Defender — and that masculine quality is amped up further in the Land Rover Defender XTech Edition (£28,000; roughly $43,500). Available in 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon models in either Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze, this limited edition truck features contrasting black roof and wheel arches, 16-inch gloss black wheels with off-road tires, rear LED lights, black surrounds for the headlamps, a black interior with contrast stitching, and a 2.2L diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, no state-side launch is planned — so if you're going to the Olympics, treat yourself to one of these instead of the obligatory commemorative t-shirt.
Looking for a luxury station wagon for hauling your progeny around? The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake ($TBA) should fit the bill. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive with one of four engine choices, a low-slung body that's as sexy as you're going to find in the wagon segment, a wooden luggage compartment floor, between 590 and 1550 liters of luggage room, an automatically-lifting tailgate, a rear air suspension to maximize handling under heavy loads, the 7g-tronic Plus automatic transmission, dynamic full LED headlamps, and safety features like active blind spot and active lane keeping assist. The bad news? No word on when — or if — it might make an appearance stateside.
We're not sure whether it's trying to be a CRX beater or a faster small utility, but whatever it is, we know one thing the Nissan Juke Nismo ($TBA) isn't: slow. Powered by a tuned version of the standard Juke's 1.6L turbocharged engine, we're guessing it'll be putting out quite a bit more than the respectable 188 hp of the standard model — and the outside will show it, thanks to a new aero package, wider 18-inch alloy wheels, a tailgate spoiler, and a new grille. Inside, the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims have been redesigned and paired with suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching. The good news? A US launch has already been confirmed. The bad? Who knows when that will actually happen.
Not content to let its coupe-y siblings have all the M-Powered fun, the new BMW M135i ($TBA) packs some serious power into a compact hatchback package. Available in three- and five-door versions, the M135i is powered by a 320 hp straight-six TwinPower Turbo engine, a host of high-tech safety features like adaptive headlights, a rear view camera, and a lane-departure warning system, BMW Assist, a model-specific exterior and interior design, a longer, wider, and more spacious body, M-grade suspension components, your choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions, and optional xDrive all-wheel drive. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a US launch.
Yes, that's a mighty long name for such a small SUV — but if you've got a thing for ex-Spice Girl style, you might want to check out the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckham Edition ($TBA) anyway. As you might expect, this limited edition ride focuses more on aesthetics than function, with a hand-finished matte gray paint job, contrasting glossy black finishes on the roof side, vents, wheel arches, and 20-inch wheels — which also happen to sport rose-gold accents — semi-aniline vintage tan leather seats with "baseball" stitch details, rose-gold on the center console switches, soft feel black on the gear shift, a piano black center console, and an included, matching four-piece luggage set. Limited to 200 worldwide and arriving in October.
A new Lambo SUV? That's right. The Lamborghini Urus Concept ($TBA) promises to be both the most powerful — roughly 600 hp — and the least polluting production SUV on the market when it finally hits the streets in 2015. As you might be able to tell from the launch date, details of the beast are pretty scarce right now, but rest assured that it'll pack plenty of room for four passengers, and will likely cost somewhere around $200K — although if you're seriously considering buying one, you probably already knew that.
As SUVs go, few have retained their basic look for as long as the G-Class. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ($TBA) continues the tradition with LED daytime running lights and new exterior mirrors serving as the only standard exterior changes, but adds other improvements like the latest COMAND infotainment system with mbrace2, new safety features like Blind Spot Assist, PARKTRONIC, and adaptive cruise control, and a new G63 AMG variant with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine and the ECO stop/start system. Expect 388hp from the G550 and 544hp from the G63, both of which should be arriving at a dealer near you this August.
Second-gen car models are almost always better than the first — the company gets valuable real-world feedback from drivers, and goes about fixing the issues. We're not sure how many issues there were to fix on the original, but we can tell you that the Porsche Cayenne GTS ($82,000 and up) likely addresses them all. Based on the Cayenne S, the GTS sports a 420 hp V8 paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic # transmission and all-wheel-drive, resulting in a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph. Other features include high-gloss black trim, 20-inch RS Spyder wheels, upgraded brakes from the Cayenne Turbo, eight-way adjustable front sport seats, and a Sport Chrono package to more closely monitor the improved performance. Arriving this August.
What's this? A new Jaguar... station wagon? Yup. Feast your eyes on the new family friendly Jaguar XF Sportbrake ($TBA). Fittingly, we know more about the Sportbrake's rear — which features cubby compartments, remote fold levers for the rear seats, LED lighting, a soft-close tailgate, and three sections in the floor to keep small loads in place — than we do about things like engine offerings — 2.2L and 3.0L diesels will be on offer, paired to an eight-speed automatic — or that most mysterious aspect of unreleased cars: pricing.
We have no idea whether it will ever make it to the U.S., but that won't stop us from lusting after the Volvo V40 ($TBA) just the same. As you'd expect from the Scandinavian automaker, the V40 is loaded with safety features, including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, a world-first pedestrian airbag, an aid to keep you in your lane — complete with haptic auto steering — a low-speed collision avoidance system, and Park Assist. It's also quite drivable, with a range of powerplants delivering up to 254 hp, braking energy regeneration, and your choice of manual or automatic gearbox.
With a name like that, you might expect this SUV to be all black. And though that's not really the name — in fact, it doesn't even have a name yet — you'd certainly be right. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Stealth ($TBA) drags the company's Laredo X package into the shadows with a black paint job, black grille surround, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate light-bar, 20-inch glossy black aluminum wheels, and a black interior boasting heated seats, a 9-speaker sound system, rear-view camera and park assist system, keyless entry and start, and over 50 safety and security features. Visit jeep.com/namemyride to give it a proper moniker — and for a shot at a free GC of your own.