If you are in doubts whether a sports 7seater is an overkill – it is. But when engineers say “yes we can”, and buyers scream “we will buy it”, then there is no stopping there. So here we are in 2022 and the lineup of high performance 3 row SUVs is adding 10 new models. In this episode of #AutomotiveTerritoryDailyNews, we will admire their bulky yet menacing exteriors, explore engines and technical specs
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#1 2022 Cadillac Escalade V
Caddy’s V-Series family gains its first performance SUV member. The Escalade V comes powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that is also found in the CT5 V Blackwing.
#2 2022 Hennessey Dodge Durango Hellcat 1000
Based on the limited production Durango SRT Hellcat, 1000HPE update from Hennessey is even more exclusive, with only 50 units allocated for the upgrade.
#3 2022 Bentley Bentayga S
2022 Bentley Bentayga S offers a middle ground between the standard V8 and the W-12-powered Speed. It offers unique exterior tweaks, a 15-percent stiffened suspension, and more aggressive settings for the torque vectoring and exhaust systems.
#4 2022 Tesla Model X Long Range and Plaid
Tesla’s flagship SUV continues to hold the title of the world’s quickest 7-seater in the Long Range variant and in case of the new Plaid – 6-seater. The former is still powered by the dual motor powertrain, but the latter gets three high performance motors.
#5 2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo
Targeting the Middle Eastern market, the 2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo builds on the facelifted version of the 3-row and boast a more powerful V8 engine. The latter has 5.6liter displacement, returns 428 horses, and comes paired with a 7-speed automatic and 4WD.
#6 2022 ACURA MDX Type S
2022 ACURA MDX Type S is the first Acura SUV to wear the Type S badge of its performance family. The 7-seater rides on the brand’s first air suspension equipped with adaptive dampers system that can increase its ground clearance by 2 inches.
#7 2022 Rivian R1S
As expected, Rivian is experiencing troubles with transitioning from a drawing board to mass production, but at this point we can have some level of certainty that the first units will begin deliveries from the second quarter of 2022.
#8 2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS
In case of the Kodiaq, the aggressively sounding RS moniker does not mean the arrival of the 300-horsepower engine that is installed on the Tiguan R. However, this 7-seater swaps the last year’s turbo-diesel for a 132 pounds lighter 2 Liter TSI.
#9 2022 Sony Vision S-02 SUV
Despite Sony’s ardent assurances that it has no plans of becoming an automaker, this year marks the arrival of the brand’s second EV protype, labeled Sony Vision S-02 SUV.