The 7 most impressive SUVs unveiled at the Paris Motor Show

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The Kodiaq SUV on display at the Paris Motor Show.
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Reuters/Jacky Naegelen

It was a big year for SUVs at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Automakers used this year’s show to give consumers an early glimpse of next-generation SUV models, as well as visions for future SUV designs.

Scroll down for a closer look at the most impressive SUVs and SUV concepts on display:


1. BMW showed off its stunning X2 concept. The concept comes with interesting features like massive exhaust pipes and blue X’s in the headlights. We’ll have to wait to see how many of those elements make it to the production vehicle.

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BMW is aiming to launch the X2 by spring 2018. We expect the price will fall somewhere between the $33,000 X1 and $39,000 X3.

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You can get a closer look at the X2 here.


2. Audi unveiled the next generation of its luxury mid-size crossover, the Q5, and it’s 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. It also has a slightly larger wheelbase that increases legroom for those in the back. It’s slated to first roll out in Europe in 2017. The US will see it by summer 2017, but pricing hasn’t yet been released.

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The new Q5 will get a host of tech updates, such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an optional heads-up display on the windshield. The Q5 also has up to 30 different semi-autonomous features, including adaptive cruise control that uses Audi’s traffic jam assist technology.

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You can get a closer look at the Audi Q5 here.


3. Skoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, unveiled its Kodiaq seven-seater SUV. The car will hit the roads in the UK in 2017 and is expected to start at roughly £22,500 ($28,000) with the seven-passenger option costing about £35,000 ($43,550).

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Pricing source: Autocar


The Kodiaq comes with a number of driver-assist features, such as towing assistance that will steer the car automatically when you’re parking with a trailer attached.

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4. Mercedes unveiled its SUV electric concept, the EQ. It will have a range of up to 310 miles.

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A production version of the EQ is slated to hit the roads in 2019. Mercedes said it will fall in the same price range as the GLC crossover, which currently starts at $39,150.

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You can get a closer look at the Mercedes EQ here.


5. Land Rover showed off its seven-passenger Discovery SUV. Its three rows of seats can be configured by using the car’s touchscreen or a smartphone app.

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The Discovery comes with some sweet tech perks, like nine USB ports and 3G WiFi for up to eight devices. It also comes with advanced tow assist and “All-Terrain Progress Control,” a type of cruise control for offroading. It will go on sale in spring 2017, starting at $54,000.

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6. Infiniti showed off its QX Sport Inspiration concept SUV that will establish a template for future designs.

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The vehicle’s most impressive feature, though, is under the hood: the VC Turbo engine. Infiniti considers it a breakthrough for new engine technology because it combines the torque of a diesel motor with the performance of a gas engine. The VC Turbo will be available in 2018.

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You can read more about the VC Turbo engine here.


7. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning Lexus’ UX concept SUV, intended to showcase the automaker’s vision for SUVs of the future. Check out those massive wheels!

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The UX is also very tech savvy. In addition to replacing the side-view mirrors with cameras, the concept substitutes a hologram globe for the instrument panel. It also includes a removable sound bar.

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You can take a closer look at the Lexus UX concept here.