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BMW X2 (early 2018)

The X2 is designed to be a sports-oriented, style-led SUV, which will share many of its parts with the smaller BMW X1. That’s no bad thing, because the X1 is one of the best small SUVs on sale today. The final car’s design won’t be revealed until closer to its on-sale date, but it was previewed at the Paris motor show by a thinly disguised concept car.

Citroën C3 Aircross (early 2018)

A small SUV replacement for the ageing but recommendable C3 Picasso MPV, the C3 Aircross’s styling will is informed by the quirky C4 Cactus. It has a flexible and family friendly interior, with plenty of customisation options for buyers, new technology and plenty of safety kit. The engine options will include a 68bhp 1.0-litre petrol, various versions of a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel with up to 120bhp. The C3 Aircross is expected to cost from around £16,000.

Hyundai Kona (October 2017)

The third SUV in Hyundai’s range is a rival to the likes of the Renault Captur (see below). Adorned with futuristic looks, it’s available with 1.0 and 1.6-litre petrol and two 1.6-litre diesel engines. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard. Standard kit includes a 5.0in infotainment touchscreen, six airbags, as well as lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention monitor, while optional kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert. The Kona is expected to cost from around £15,000. .

Jaguar E-Pace (July 2017)

After the success of its F-Pace large SUV, Jaguar is set to launch a Audi Q3-rivalling model, similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque, called the E-Pace. It’s expected to use 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. The E-Pace is expected to cost from slightly less than £30,000 – around £5000 cheaper than its bigger brother.

Jeep Compass (early 2018)

We got an early look at Jeep’s new Compass back in September, but this is the first time any details on the new car will be released. A rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, it will be offered with three petrol engines and two diesels.

Kia Stonic (October 2017)

Kia is set to launch a new small SUV that’s based on the Korean brand’s new Rio family hatchback. Expected to be called the Stonic, this new model will be powered by 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines and be available with two or four-wheel drive. The Renault Captur rival is expected to cost from around £15,000.

MG XS (early 2018)

MG’s second SUV will sit beneath the GS in the company’s range and be positioned as a budget alternative to the Nissan Juke. Fortunately, MG hasn’t gone down the increasingly common Russian doll school of design, with the new car looking more dramatic than the larger GS, blending a Jaguar-like front grille with headlights that extend into the grille frame.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (early 2018)

Previously, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a sports car, with four model generations sold from 1989-2012. Next year, the name will come back on a Nissan Qashqai-rivalling small SUV. The Eclipse Cross has futuristic, angular styling and a sloping, coupé-esque roofline. It will have the option of two engines: a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with a new CVT automatic gearbox with an eight-speed Sport Mode manual override, and a 2.2-litre diesel wtih a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan Qashqai (December 2017)

A decade on from the launch of the original Qashqai, the second-generation model will receive a facelift that includes semi-autonomous driving technology, along with some cosmetic refreshes. This system can accelerate, brake and steer by sensing the road and other cars with an ultra-sensitive camera that can see lane markings and other vehicles in 3D.

Renault Captur (July 2017)

Updates to the popular small SUV include new bumper and light designs, new technology inside, more safety kit and yet more paint colour combination options. Engines choices are unchanged. The 2017 Captur costs from £15,355.

Seat Arona (December 2017)

Seat’s second SUV will go after the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur. Based on the new Seat Ibiza small hatchback, it will be front-wheel drive only.

Skoda Karoq (winter 2017)

The replacement for the somewhat off-the-wall Skoda Yeti is a far more conventional model, called the Karoq, which has styling very much in the vein of the larger, seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq. The Karoq gets advanced driver assistance technology and four new turbocharged engines, and is expected to be priced from around £17,500. It’s shares its underpinnings with our current Small SUV of the Year, the Seat Ateca, but is softer-riding and more spacious.

Vauxhall Crossland X (December 2017)

Although nearly identical in size to the current Mokka X, Vauxhall says this new Crossland X is more focused on urban drivers, being offered only with two-wheel drive. It should also be more spacious inside and have a bigger boot than its older sibling. Features include a rear-view parking camera, cruise control, keyless entry and start, a driver fatigue warning system, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and automatic emergency braking (AEB). The Crossland X is based on the Peugeot 2008, so it will more than likely share engines with that car. It’s expected to cost from around £15,000.

Volkswagen T-Roc (December 2017)

Volkswagen will produce a high-riding, chunkily styled small SUV spin-off of its Golf family hatchback to rival the Nissan Juke. The T-Roc is expected to cost from around £20,000 and will have a choice of petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic gearboxes and two- or four-wheel drive. Inside, it gets a digital instrument display and a 9.2in infotainment touchscreen.

Volvo XC40 (winter 2017)

Volvo will launch a new upmarket small SUV that will form the basis of a new V40 in hatchback in years to come. A rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the XC40 will be available with petrol engines (including a 1.5-litre unit), diesel engines, and a hybrid drivetrain. Styling will be musular and angular, reflecting that of the recently launched S90 saloon and V90 estate.


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