In 2018, look for more cars with hybrid engines, EVs with 200-plus miles in range, more compact and subcompact crossovers, and more cars with better fuel economy. Every automaker knows it’s got to get better mileage and reduce pollution. If not in the US during the current administration, then everywhere else in the world.
At the same time, we’ll see more honking big SUVs and pickups. That’s what buyers want, and need, given that the average American male is 25 pounds heavier than a half-century ago. Here’s our take on the most important cars due out in 2018. Look for the first of them to debut during press days of the Frankfurt Auto Show this week.
BMW X7: Big SUV to Challenge Mercedes GLS
It took them long enough: BMW now will have its own Shamu-class SUV, the BMW for Americans (especially) who just can’t get an SUV big enough to carry a lot of people and a lot of suitcases, tennis racquets, and iPads. Expect it to be around 205 inches long (the X5 is 193 inches) with three rows of seating. This, not the 7 Series sedan, should be BMW’s technology flagship. The Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GLS will each sell 25,000-30,000 units this year in the US; the best-selling luxury sedan, the Mercedes S-Class, might do 16,000 units in 2018.