At the beginning of 2016, Mazda plans to start selling a redesigned version of its CX-9 midsize crossover, powered by a new, turbocharged, 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine that will be used down the road for a new performance variant.
Soon afterward, Mitsubishi is slated to launch a plug-in hybrid version of its three-row Outlander crossover. A redesigned two-row Outlander Sport also will make a global debut in 2016, though it is unclear when it will go on sale in the U.S.
Subaru, which has surged in popularity thanks to rugged, all-wheel-drive crossovers such as the Forester and Outback, will grow its family in 2017 with a three-row replacement for the Tribeca, which was discontinued at the beginning of 2014 because of disappointing sales. Subaru will give the popular Forester a face-lift the same year.
The better the three companies ride the crossover wave, the less of a challenge their sizes will pose. c