Time for the big guns
This year's most talked about SUV is the Volkswagen CrossBlue, an all-American 7-seater due to hit the market in 2015. It sports a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and a 2.1 litre engine offering a respectable 134 mpg fuel consumption, 302 bhp and a 0-60 acceleration time of 7.2 seconds.
VW have gone all-out with gadgets in the CrossBlue, offering a cabin decked out with a 10.2 inch touchscreen interface that provides the user with a 3D satellite navigation tool and on-the-go engine status details. Second and third row passenger seats are equipped with iPad minis and an impressive Fender sound system, making the CrossBlue perfect for long family trips.
The LHD-only CrossBlue will be starting at $32,000.