Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Land Rover Defender, Hummer, Ford Bronco, Chevy Trailblazer, Toyota Venza, Honda Passport… those are only a few discontinued SUVs that came back in the past several seasons. The trend is about to continue.
Here are some old SUVs we will definitely want to see again. We analyzed the speculations and rumors. Some of them are very likely for the 2024 season, some are in high demand, and some are still far-fetched. Let’s check what is going on in the discontinued SUVs market.
2024 Toyota Land Cruiser
The legendary SUV is still in production. But, the company discontinued the Land Cruiser for US dealerships. Fans still believe the LC will be back in no time. The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series is the next-gen SUV. We really don’t know why the Japanese carmaker pulled this move. There are some explanations, but those are not good enough. For example, Toyota might have made more room for the Lexus LX. But, the Land Cruiser is an iconic badge, not only in the US.
The comeback of the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser brings a lot of other discussions. First – what will the SUV look like? The US version was different from the edition for the rest of the world. This time, it will feature a new turbo-six engine and fresh styling. The price will also go up, starting above $90,000.
2024 Ford Excursion
Another popular nameplate has a nice chance to return in the foreseeable future. The 2024 Ford Excursion is the SUV based on the F-250 truck. A heavy-duty model will be larger than Expedition Max, and all other rivals, including Chevy Suburban. Still, the question is if there are enough interested buyers. According to interest, this could be one of the comebacks of the year.
Ford has a perfect engine for the 2024 Excursion. A 7.3-liter V8, also called Godzilla, is a powertrain that can deliver 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque for the F-250 truck. You can expect the same outputs for the heavy-duty SUV. The price will be higher than for the Expedition, which means the Excursion can’t cost under $60,000.
2024 Honda Element
Element is another small SUV that could draw a lot of interest. It seems one of the most popular discontinued SUVs old fans want back. Even after so many years, previous owners would change only minor details. Its boxy look is not only eye-catching but also very practical. Nevertheless, the question is where would the 2024 Honda Element fit.
There could be room between HR-V and CR-V since this class between subcompact and compact segments is growing. Also, the 2024 Honda Element might be out as an all-electric vehicle. We already wrote about the Prologue concept that could underpin many future EVs. Element could be one of them, but the company needs to pay attention to details old fans want to see again.
2024 Nissan Xterra
Nissan definitely misses a truck-based mid-size SUV in its lineup. That slot is vacant since the departure of the Xterra model. Good news – the company is considering the return. One of the clues is the new Terra SUV, released for the Chinese market. For the US dealerships, Nissan should bring back an old nameplate.
The 2024 Nissan Xterra will take the position between Pathfinder and Armada. It will be tougher than the first one, thanks to the body-on-frame architecture, and more efficient than the full-size SUV, thanks to a lighter body and smaller dimensions. A hybrid powertrain is one of the options for the 2024 Xterra.
2024 Jeep Commander
Jeep is again out in the truck market, and the company re-launched the Wagoneer. But, this one is a premium SUV, alongside its sibling, Grand Wagoneer. The 2024 Jeep Commander could be a regular full-size SUV, a rival to Chevy Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia. Since the Grand Wagoneer wears a hefty price tag, the Commander would be a more affordable SUV, without too many fancy options that boost the price.
FCA brought back the nameplate to the South American market. In China, fans can find Grand Commander. So, the US dealerships are the next to see the 2024 Jeep Commander. Experts are not sure if the SUV is coming back next year, or we will wait for another season. One of the rivals of the discontinued SUVs that might be back is Patriot. The chances to see it again are raising, especially with the growing uncertainty about the Compass’ future.
2024 Mitsubishi Montero
Mitsubishi is becoming a serious player in the US. The success of the Outlander and its PHEV version makes us wonder – what is the company’s next move? Among discontinued SUVs, there is a nameplate that brings back a lot of memories. The 2024 Mitsubishi Montero is not just a rumor. The expansion will probably mean we will see the SUV back at US dealerships.
The new Montero would be a truly SUV, not a crossover, like Outlander. Such vehicles are more rigid and durability is the main advantage. It will make Mitsubishi a competitor in the off-road segment. One of the biggest obstacles is the partnership with Nissan. That is why we don’t see L200 / Triton trucks in the United States.
2024 Mazda CX-7
We can say that the comeback of the 2024 Mazda CX-7 is confirmed, in some way. The company is launching an all-new SUV called CX-70. Well, since the vehicle is not going to be totally the same as the last time we saw it, the name can be modified as well. For a long time, we thought the CX-7 might be back as the North American version of the CX-8. That is the SUV the Japanese company is producing only for domestic customers.
The 2024 Mazda CX-7 or CX-70, will get a new platform. One of the key changes will be a six-cylinder engine under the hood. This is definitely a difference compared to the current lineup, where a 200-inches long CX-9 is still getting power from a turbo-four unit (which, btw, requires premium fuel for the best performance). A new inline-six unit and the old nameplate would be a hell of a combination.
2024 Toyota FJ Cruiser
The 2024 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a real mystery. A lot of fans want to see it back. But, we don’t know why Toyota would do that. And even if it happens, where the FJ Cruiser is going to fit? A smaller version of the 4Runner, off-road oriented mini SUV, a rival to the two-door Wrangler and Bronco Sport, is one of the ideas. However, it doesn’t sound like something the company will get into so easily. Spending too much time and funds into this can be used smarter.
On the other hand, the idea is cool. The 2024 Toyota FJ Cruiser can definitely make the off-road market more attractive. But, before it happens, the carmaker needs to fix all the issues which were the reasons why the SUV was discontinued. But, the comeback will mean that everything is ok and the FJ Cruiser is ready to roll across any kind of terrain.
2024 Acura ZDX
Acura brought back the Type S to its lineup. Not only that the TLX sedan is offering the performance package, but also the MDX SUV. Since the SUV class is the most popular at the moment, the expansion of the lineup is a logical choice. The -DX is still a nomenclature the company is using. The remaining letters don’t mean too much in the MDX and RDX titles. Between choosing a new one, or bringing back an old vehicle, we are choosing the second option.
The 2024 Acura ZDX might take place between two existing models, or even under the RDX as the subcompact luxury crossover. There are plenty of options available for the new SUV, no matter what size it would be. Plus, the plug-in hybrid system might be out soon, and the ZDX could be the model that introduces the new technology.
2024 Dodge Nitro
And the final model on the discontinued SUVs list we could see back in 2024 is Dodge Nitro. There is a lot of pros and cons. First, there is fewer Dodge models available at dealerships. The company is paying more attention to Jeep and Ram vehicles. Still, there are a few discontinued SUVs with similar styling to Nitro.
The vehicle is going to take the place of the Journey SUV, which will be discontinued. The company might be trying tricks, but changes are definitely needed. The 2024 Dodge Nitro is a good choice. Still, its boxy look is not aesthetic, so the nameplate could be the only thing we can see in common with the SUV that was on the streets 10 years ago.