There’s no shortage of new crossovers at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. It seems like most manufacturers have some new crossover for this model year, and that seems to be where everyone's focus is in terms of sales. The other big stars of the show were mostly pickup trucks, though, we’ll talk more about that in a later article. Right now we want to focus on the hottest segment in the industry. These are the new crossovers that caught our eye at the show.
2018 Ford EcoSport
Dinky crossovers sell pretty well despite their diminutive size and sometimes funny looks. Ford’s baby crossover is called the EcoSport for obvious reasons. It's a somewhat sporty and fuel thrifty model with an inviting interior and a stubby exterior. It sports Ford’s corporate grille and several styling elements feature on other cars. In short, it fits right in with the lineup. Under the hood is either a 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four with the option of all-wheel drive.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the meanest and sexiest model in the performance-luxury crossover segment. It’s also one of the most powerful, too. It features a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 505 hp, the same power as the spectacular Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. That combination is good for a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. It’s a vehicle that has style and speed rolled into one decidedly Italian package.
2019 Subaru Ascent
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is pivotal for the brand that has offered family-friendly vehicles but only for up to five passengers since the mediocre B9 left. The Ascent may look a little boring, but it’s all new and more practical than any other Subaru out there, which is saying a lot. Subaru hopes its new large three-row will muscle its way to the top of the family SUV category. The model comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and all-all-wheel drive. We think it’s a little boring to look at, but Subaru will undoubtedly sell a lot of them.
2018 GMC Terrain
The 2017 GMC Terrain was good, but the new one easily upstages it. The 2018 GMC Terrain blends interesting styling elements with practicality and GMC’s well-known professional-grade engineering to make one of the best crossovers around this year. There are three turbocharged engines to choose from: a 1.5-liter, 2.0-liter, and a diesel 1.6 liter. All are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Hyundai Kona
Hyundai really needs this subcompact crossover in its lineup, and it looks like a winner. The
2019 Acura RDX Prototype
Following in the MDX’s footsteps, the RDX Prototype is a crossover offering an attractive and sophisticated but buff-looking body that mimics its larger sibling in many ways but ups the edginess. This is very close to the production version if not exactly the one we'll see in showrooms. It comes with torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The days of a boring RDX crossover are over if the prototype shown off here at the auto show is a true indication of what is to come.
2019 Volvo XC40
Volvo’s XC40 is the smallest of the company’s crossover lineup, and it comes at a good time for the now successful Swedish run/Chinese owned carmaker. It takes many of the styling elements from the XC60 and XC90 and modifies them, adding a blockier overall shape. The interior is still stylish and comfy. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and all-wheel drive in T5 configuration. T4 will come later this year.
2018 BMW X2
The BMW X2 is the company’s smallest and sportiest crossover and offers interesting styling that’s easily identifiable as a BMW, but with slight alterations. The body exhibits a much fuller look than the rest of the BMW SAV lineup, looking pumped up and thick. The twin kidney grilles are flipped on their heads in an interesting design element change, there’s a BMW roundel on the C-pillar and overall it’s a somewhat chunky design. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.