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2020 Buick Encore: Redesign, Changes, Release

Buick is working on the new generation Encore model and the
latest spy photos are the proof. The brand’s smallest, subcompact crossover has
proven on the market and Buick will try to support its increasing sales with
the new design and features. The model was all-new in 2013 and after the
refresh for 2017, the 2020 Buick Encore will enter the second generation.

Buick hasn’t yet disclosed what changes the new Encore hides under the camo but we should expect extensive upgrades in all aspects. The model will arrive on the upgraded platform and with the new exterior and cabin design. The new tech and convenience features will also appear in the redesigned version. The next Encore should, however, return with the same engine displacement while pairing it with the new automatic transmission. The twined version of the Encore, the Opel Mokka X goes on sale in the overseas market.

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore: Platform and Design

Details about the redesigned 2020 Buick Encore are still
scarce and it isn’t yet clear what platform the model will use. The current GM
Gamma II Platform is shared with the current Mokka X and Chevy Trax and while
the new Mokka X will be based on PSA Group’s CMP small car platform, the new
Encore could borrow it under license or GM will use its underpinning for both
small Buick and Chevy models.

On the other hand, based on the spy photos, the new Encore
seems to have a slightly larger body which could also mean longer wheelbase and
more interior space. However, the new version will stay in the subcompact class
and therefore there won’t be big dimension changes.

The changes in model’s styling are also hard to identify. The rising beltline and slightly resculpted fender flares can be detected. Buick’s latest design language will define the styles of the grille and lighting units and they should be similar to what we can see on brand’s latest models. The tailgate seems also reshaped slightly and the roof line also looks slightly longer.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin of the smallest Buick crossover, we should
expect the new center cluster and instrument panel. Buick will also employ new
materials and textures and improve seat comfort.

The new generation version will also come with the new
connectivity and upgraded driver aids. All versions will use the latest
infotainment system with smartphone support and the model will also equip
keyless entry and ignition, power driver seat, and more in the base version.
The upper grades will add more sophisticated materials and comfort features.
The active driver aids should appear in more trims and with upgraded features.

It is also possible the inclusion of the high-class Avenir trim with the unique exterior and interior details and top-notch materials and electronic aids.

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore: Powertrain

In the engine department, the new 2020 Buick Encore should
repeat a 1.4-liter engine displacement. A turbocharged unit is available in two
outputs in the current version with the base model producing 138 hp and more
powerful generating 153 hp. However, Buick should replace the current 6-speed
automatic transmission with the new 9-gear setup with possible upgrades to the
performance and efficiency.

The model will arrive again with the front- and all-wheel
drive. The fuel economy should remain around 30 mpg combined.

2020 Buick Encore: Arrival, Price

The redesigned 2020 Buick Encore will go on sale in late
2019 and price should stay close to the current range.

2019 BMW X1: Refreshed, Changes, Price

BMW’s first in the lineup and fun to drive crossover, the X1 has been around since the 2016 model year in its second generation. With the fierce competition from Audi and Mercedes, BMW must keep the model fresh and the firm was spotted while testing the updated X1. The model will go on sale at some point in 2019 while should show what it has to offer later this year.

The 2019 BMW X1 will bring some visual upgrades, not radical judging by what we can conclude from the prototype version. Some updates will also be inside the cabin including the materials and tech while we don’t have details about what BMW has in mind regarding the powertrains.

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Styling Changes

The small package crossover won’t bring radical styling changes with the next refresh. The prototype version of the 2019 BMW X1 has disguised front end section and rear bumper and like every mid-cycle update, this will also focus on the soft parts while the size and shape will remain at the same points.

The front side of the model seems to have sleeker kidney grille version bracketed by the new design headlights. The headlight graphics look like on brand’s latest models and the front bumper has slightly different sculpting as well.

The profile will display the same form with the sharp rising crease while the rear will also go with the tweaked bumper and the new graphics taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

In the cockpit, the small crossover BMW should offer fresh materials and new textures.  Expect the new steering wheel as well.

BMW will also do some improvements to the infotainment system and connectivity features while could also boost the safety technology.

The X1 will be well-equipped from the start and offer fog lights, automatic wipers, 18-inch wheels, driver memory setting, power tailgate, adjustable front seats and more as the base gear. The buyers will also be able to update with the M Sport design, sports suspension, premiums surround sound system, and more.

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Powertrain

No details yet about BMW’s intents regarding the powertrain and potential upgrades. In the US the X1 packs the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The two- and four-drive are both available while the model returns around 25 mpg combined fuel economy.

With the capability of delivering 228 hp and 258 lb-ft combined with the precise steering and suspension, the model provides great driving dynamics but BMW will surely try to draw more from the refreshed 2019 BMW X1. So, we should expect some efficiency and performance improvements.

The plug-in hybrid version of this model is also expected sometime in the near future but not for the upcoming model year.

2019 BMW X1: Arrival, Price

The 2019 BMW X1 should uncover its secrets later in the year and go on sale in 2019. The current X1 starts from $33, 900 but BMW will make some price corrections and we should expect the price to go slightly up.

2020 Subaru Forester: Specs, Design, Price

The compact Subaru Forester crossover SUV is one in the lineup of brand’s recently redesigned high-riding models. The 2019 Forester adopted the Subaru Global platform and also improved the interior comfort and utility. A more powerful engine and above average off-road capability should also be the selling point of the model but the newest Forester is also loaded with the latest tech and safety features.

The 2020 Subaru Forester will continue to benefit on the recent redesign and there won’t be major upgrades for several years. Subaru will revisit the equipment offer and add several new options like the new body colors and wheel design. The trim range will likely stay the same.

2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester: Design

To the second model year of its fifth-generation version, the 2020 Subaru Forester will enter with the minimal changes in all aspects. The thorough redesign last year brought structural and visual upgrades although the latter is not the large departure from the previous version.

The newest generation Forester is based on the Subaru Global platform which is also the foundation of other models like the Impreza, Crosstrek and Ascent.  The model is also set on the slightly longer wheelbase which measures 105.1 inches in contrast to 103.9 inches in the previous generation version. The benefit is the increased interior and cargo capacity.

The styling of the model is angular and with brand’s latest styling elements. The model has a brand’s signature grille style and lighting units with the C-shaped pattern. The 8.7 inches of the ground clearance and rugged sheet metal give it strong presence but the Forester isn’t surely among the prettiest crossovers in the market.

Interior, equipment:

The 2020 Forester will appear with the same design and largely unchanged equipment offer. The model will provide a very comfortable rear row and up to 76.1 cubes for the cargo space.

The model will also come with the latest tech features and upgrades. Every model will offer a modern infotainment system with the Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The Eye Sigh driver assists package will also be the part of all versions. The package covers systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and emergency braking. The higher trim safety upgrades will include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic, lane change assist and rear automatic braking.

2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester: Performance

The fifth generation Forester changed to the Global Subaru platform which provides more composed ride while significant ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive system ensure above the average off-road talent.

The model also discontinued the turbo-4 engine from the previous version in favor to the new, slightly more powerful 2.5-liter boxer engine. This engine employs higher compression, active valve control and direct injection. The 2020 Subaru Forester will also get this engine and power and torque from it of 182 hp and 176 lb-ft. In the combination with the engine and all-wheel traction will be the continuously variable transmission.

The Forester will also provide among the best fuel economy among the all-wheel-drive versions with the gasoline engine. The model should return 26 mpg city and 33 highways.

2020 Subaru Forester: Release, Price

The 2020 Subaru Forester will be available in late 2019. The base Forester will start at around $24, 000 and move to the mid-30, 000 in the best-equipped version.

2020 Ford Escape: Redesign, Styling, Options, Release

The Blue Oval Brand is working on the brand-new Ford Escape
and the model should hit the roads as the 2020 version. The current generation
Escape has been around since 2013 and the all-new model will bring modern
upgrades to keep model competitive in the fastest-growing, compact crossover
SUV segment.

The new 2020 Ford Escape will come on the new platform and with the new Focus-inspired styling. The fourth-generation Escape should return the hybrid powertrain but this time the plug-in hybrid version while will offer turbocharged engines in the conventionally powered variants. The model will also get more modern interior and the production should continue in Louisville, Kentucky.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Design

The prototype version of the new generation 2020 Ford Escape
was seen while testing and it seems that the new compact crossover SUV hides
significant styling changes under the camo.

As the latest reports suggest and judging by the spy photos,
the newest Escape should apply the similar styling language as the recent Focus
which isn’t available in the US. The upcoming Escape seems to have a more
pronounced nose with the new grille and headlights. The grille uses the mesh
pattern instead of the current crossbar style and the headlights appear also to
have sharper shape. The model has also the new vertically oriented driving
lights. 

The overall shape of the Escape looks familiar but with
smoother body lines. The camouflage can’t also hide the beltline which seems
rising faster toward the C pillar.

The rear should also borrow styling cues from the new Focus.
The new taillights and sculpted tailgate will be in the combination with the
new rear bumper.

On the top of that, Ford will use the new platform for the
2020 Escape. The model will be based on the small car architecture which
underpins the latest Fiesta. The new Escape seems also to have a slightly
larger body.

Interior, equipment:

No details or spy photos of model’s interior yet. The larger body will provide an increase in the passenger and cargo space but we shouldn’t expect plenty of new room. Ford will offer the revised materials and trims combined with the latest infotainment system and advanced safety gear.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Powertrains

With the new platform and styling, the 2020 Ford Escape will
also introduce the upgraded powertrains but most details are still unknown.

As the latest reports suggest, the new Escape will come with
the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines as standard. This displacement used in the
new Focus comes in either 140 and 180 hp configurations. The high-performance
version will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

Ford will mix the engines with the 8-speed automatic
transmission. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be available.

The new Escape should also appear with the plug-in hybrid
powertrain sometime in the life cycle. Ford promised 24 hybrid and plug-in
hybrid models in next few years.

2020 Ford Escape: Release, Price

The 2020 Ford Escape will likely debut in the first half of
the year and go on sale later in the year. Closer to the market launch we will
also know the price of the redesigned model.  

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design, Specs

Mercedes’ strong SUV lineup is now better for the all-new, mid-size GLE model. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will provide the top-tier comfort and impressive tech features. The new model is also significantly larger and brings also the third-row option. The premium materials and brand’s latest infotainment system will be mixed with the advanced safety tech and there will be a good amount of the cargo space as well.

The newest successor of the M-Class will also offer the potent four- and six-cylinder turbo engines and different suspension options. There will also be the sophisticated 4Matic system and 48-Volt mild-hybrid setup plus the AMG bits.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE enters the new generations with the sharp styling and significantly larger. The new version measures 5.2 more in length and rides on the 3.1-inch longer wheelbase while is also wider. Thanks to that the model can accommodate the optional third row of seats.

Visually, the model features the brand’s latest design cues. The pointing headlights and signature grille define the front-end style while the nicely creased hood also contributes to the look. The profile comes with the subtle body lines and rakish rear pillar and another prominent feature is the wraparound rear glass.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new GLE is more comfortable and packed with the premium materials and tech features. The larger body and stretched wheelbase provide the room for the optional third row of seats. The model has 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and up to 22.2 cubes with the first two rows up.

The dashboard comes with the duo of 12.3-inch screens covered with the glass panel. One display provides configurable information for the driver and the center screen manages infotainment, navigation, seat features, etc. The newest version of the MBUX system added about 40 new features, as Mercedes says.

The model also offers high-comfort features and functions and different leather options. The modern, active safety systems are also the part of the all-new GLE. The SUV will come with the automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring in every version.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance

On the performance front, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will come with two potent, turbocharged engines and various drivetrain options.

The base GLE350 will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. The engine makes 255 horsepower and torque of 273 pound-feet. The pair with the engines is the 9-speed automatic transmission and the rear-wheel drive is standard. The 4Matic four-wheel drive will also be available with both engine options.

The more potent option is a 3.0-liter turbo straight-6 engine combined with the 48-Volt mild-hybrid system. The GLE450 with the inline-6 engine provides 355 hp and torque of 369 pound-feet. The mild-hybrid system assists with additional 22 pound-feet. The GLE450’s all-wheel-drive system can distribute 100 percent of power between the axles.

Suspension, MPG

The car will also come with three suspension options. The normal setup will provide smooth and predictable drive while the AirMatic will improve with the adaptive damping. The next-level suspension will be possible thanks to the combination of the E-Active body Control and AirMatic damping. The system uses the radar and camera which scan the road ahead and prepares the suspension based on the road configuration. The system assists also while steering and adjusts the suspension height and leans the body into corners for easier control.

As for the performance of the versions, the turbo-four-powered model can hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The turbo inline-6 engine boasts better score with the 5.5 seconds on the counter.

The new GLE can tow up to 3, 500 pounds. The fuel economy should land around 30 mpg highway in the GLE350 version. The more powerful GLE450 should return about 27 mpg highway.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be available for the buyers in the next spring while the destiny of the coupe version is still unclear.

The new GLE will go against the strong rivals such as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Porsche Cayenne, Land Rovers, etc.

The price is yet to be revealed. According to some estimations, the more sophisticated Mercedes GLE should go for about $56, 000 in its base variant.

2020 Subaru Ascent: Changes, Design, Performance, Price

With the all-new Subaru Ascent for the 2019 model year, Subaru has again a three-row, mid-size SUV for its loyal baryes after the Tribeca retirement. The new model can seat up to eight and comes equipped with modern safety and infotainment tech from the base model. With the mid-size Ascent, the big families can also tow up to 5, 000 pounds and power provides the new turbo-4 engine.

The new version of the largest Subaru comes as the 2020 Subaru Ascent and except no major modifications. The model will offer new color and wheel options and new packages. It will return in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels.

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Subaru Ascent: Design

There won’t be big news for the 2020 Subaru Ascent regarding its design and structure. The all-new Ascent based on the brand’s new global architecture is here for the 2019 model year and it will continue the journey in the same form and style.

The Ascent applies brands latest design language defined with the large signature grille and familiar headlights. It has a tall hood and defined line on the profile that stretching over fenders and door handles. The arched side window line and roof-mounted spoiler reduce the boxy shape and the rear also has nice taillights and trim chrome slat connecting them.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent will repeat the same style and offer several new colors and wheel options.

Interior, equipment:

The Ascent has the mission of transporting big families and their cargo and its interior is designed with that in mind. The model offers seven and eight seat configurations. The max cargo space is up to 82.5 cubes. With all seats in function, it offers 19.9 cubes while without the rearmost row 47.6 cubes are available.

The dash design is functional and with easy-to-use controls. The base version will have a 6.5-inch infotainment interface and also come with the cloth upholstery, tri-zone auto climate control, smartphone support features but also EyeSight package of advanced safety systems.

The next level trim will improve with an 8-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Wi-Fi hotspot, heated front seats and available will also be blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, etc.

The Limited version will add the leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive LED headlights, 20-inch wheels and more. The top Touting model upgrades with the woodgrain pieces, a moonroof, heated front two row and cooled front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a smart rearview mirror, front camera and more.

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Subaru Ascent: Performance

No signs that Subaru will add the new engine option for the 2020 Subaru Ascent. The three-row SUV will have a 2.4-liter turbo-4 engine under the hood coupled with the continuously variable transmission. The power output will stay at 260 horsepower and torque at 277 pound-feet.

The Ascent is the all-wheel drive by default. The model can tow up to 5, 000 pounds and Subaru claims 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The model will return about 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

The ride height of 8.7 inches and electronically controlled and capable all-wheel-drive system will provide strong performance behind the beaten paths but the model isn’t designed for the serious off-roading.

2020 Subaru Ascent: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is expected to go on sale next summer. The price won’t change radically from the current. The Ascent starts from $33, 995 and the top Touring version needs $44, 695.

2020 Honda Passport: Design, Specs, Equipment, Price

Honda has recently revived the Passport nameplate and the model takes the form of the two-row crossover SUV with the “soft off-road” capability and plenty of interior space. The Passport model fills the gap between the compact CR-V and mid-size Pilot in the brand’s formidable crossover SUV range. The model shares plenty of style, interior features and mechanics with the Pilot SUV and the production takes place at the factory in Lincoln, Alabama where the three-row Pilot is being assembled as well.

Honda will offer the 2020 Honda Passport with the single engine option like the mid-size Pilot and the range of trims will also be familiar. The two-row Passport will go on sale in four trims including Sport, EX-L, Touring ould and Elite. The model will provide the same towing capability as the larger Pilot while will be more capable for the off-road adventures. There will also be the latest tech and safety systems and several premium features.

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Honda Passport: Design

The 2020 Honda Passport shares the platform with the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup and the model uses also the similar mechanic elements.

The Passport is, however, sized for the transportation of up to five people and provides plenty of cargo thanks to the clever interior design. The model measures 190,5 inches from bumper to bumper while rides on the 111-inch wheelbase. The wheelbase is identical to that of the larger Pilot but the Passport is 6 inches shorter while has a 10-inch longer footprint than the compact CR-V.

Form the visual perspective, the model looks like the shrunken Pilot with the similar shape and styling elements. The shape of the grille and the headlights are similar to the latest vehicles from Honda. The Passport has also nice creases on the hood and dynamic character line on the side panels.

The model improves also the off-road capability with the lifted ride height and taller wheel arches than the larger Pilot. The Passport has the ride height of 8.4 inches and boasts also the better approach and departure angles than the larger cousin. The approach angle is 21,4 degrees and departure 27, 6 inches.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Passport uses the design familiar from the larger Pilot and offer a similar equipment range. The same wheelbase as the three-row Pilot provides, however, competitive passenger and cargo space.  With the all five seats in function, the model provides 41,2 cubes of the cargo room while with no passengers in the rear row the capacity shrinks to 100 cubes. The model has also a number of storage compartments and plenty of the legroom in both rows.

As for the available equipment, the base model starts with the cloth upholstery, LED headlights, keyless ignition, etc. The standard equipment includes also the 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display, a 5-inch center screen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, etc. The EX-L adds an 8-inch touchscreen with the smartphone support, leather upholstery, power tailgate, heated front seats, etc. The Touring improves with the heated rear seats, wi-fi hotspot, parking sensors, etc. The range-topping version has the cooled seats, heated steering wheel, unique trim accents and more.

Honda makes also the Passport safer with the standard systems like the adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane control and lane departure warning. The blind-spot monitoring becomes the standard equipment in the EX-L and upper grades.

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Honda Passport: Performance

The 2020 Honda Passport adopts the Pilot-based underpinning and the same engine as well. A 3.5-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. The 9-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheel by default. The available four-wheel drive and improved ride height compared to the three-row Pilot and combined with the shorter overhangs boost the off-road capability over the Pilot’s but the Passport remains the soft off-roader.

The Passport will also provide the good towing capability. The same platform and mechanics mean the same towing ratings as the Pilot SUV. The front-wheel-drive Passport allows up to 3, 500 pounds of towing. With the power on all wheels, the model can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.

2020 Honda Passport: Arrival, Price

Honda hasn’t revealed the price of the 2020 Honda Passport but we should expect the starting point just under $30, 000. The on-sale date will be early next year.

2020 Audi Q4: News, Design, Engines, Release

The weaves of new SUVs continue to splash each Auto Show but the new prototypes of the high-riding models are constantly being seen on the roads as well.  Audi has recently been spotted testing the refreshed Q7 model but the all-new model with the “four rings” is also in the works. After the recent introduction of the flagship Q8 model, Audi will bring the new, smaller example of the Q-range in the showrooms for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Audi Q4 is set to take place between the Q3 and Q5 models in brand’s range of SUVs and will be the rival for models like the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC coupe.

The new Q4 model will be the couple-like derivative of the Q3 and two models will share the platform, engines and equipment. The model will offer a number of powertrain options depending on the market and eventually get the PHEV variant during the life cycle. The new coupe style crossover will also get the latest tech and safety gear.

2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4: Design

Audi hinted the arrival of the Q4 model with the TT Off-Road Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and a recently caught prototype of the model seems to have the production-ready form. The new Q-range Audi should hit the market as the 2020 model and it should borrow heavily from the Q3 version.

Although we heard from Audi that the Q4 won’t just be the coupe version of the Q3 yet more distinctive model, two models will share ubiquitous MQB platform much of the gear. The Q4 could, however, ride on the slightly longer wheelbase than the Q3.

As for the styling, the prototype version reveals more angular shape than on the Q3 with the coupe-style profile. The front section includes familiar, single-frame grille and pair of the Led headlights with the shape similar to what we can see on the Q3 model.

Thanks to the fast-sloping roofline the model looks more aggressive from the profile than the conventional shaped Q3 and a more sculpted tailgate add also to the sportier appearance.

Interior, Equipment:

Behind the steering wheel, the new Q4 should also borrow heavily from the Q3 and recent brand’s models. The horizontally oriented lines and shapes combined with the electronic devices will dominate on the dash. Audi will also employ high-end materials, aluminum and wood trim to improve the look and feel of the interior.

The model will also arrive with the latest tech and safety achievements and convenience upgrades. The new Q-range Audi will adopt the brand’s latest 9.2-inch infotainment display as well as the 10.25-inch instrument cluster. Audi will also equip the new coupe-like crossover with the advanced safety technologies and systems like adaptive cruise control, active lane assists and blind spot monitors.

2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4: Powertrains

Power for the new 2020 Audi Q4 should come from the various engine options depending on the market. The MQB platform allows also the PHEV powertrain application but it remains the possibility in the latter phase of the life cycle.

The model will utilize the new generation 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engines with two outputs around 128 and 148 hp respectively. The upgraded 2.0-liter TDI diesels will also appear on the Old Continent and should produce 148 and 187 hp.

The version for the US will likely adopt single 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The high-performance RS Q4 version should also feature and use a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine with the power around 400 hp.

2020 Audi Q4: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Audi Q4 should debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. The first price estimation puts the coupe-like Audi at around $37, 000.

2020 Audi Q7: Refresh, Changes, Arrival

The seven-passenger, full-size Audi Q7 SUV approached the mid-update after the redesigned model arrived for the 2017 model year. The family hauler was spotted several times and we can detect the changes on model’s front and rear fascias.

Audi will also boost the connectivity and safety tech of the sleek and comfortable SUV while major design upgrades are not expected inside the cabin. The 2020 Audi Q7 will also improve the power and efficiency as the reports claim while will likely keep the same range of the advanced powertrains and no diesel in the States of course.

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Audi Q7: Design

The second-generation, MLB-platform-based, multi-material Audi Q7 is the sleek and attractive SUV but with the modifications on the front and rear-end sections, the 2020 Audi Q7 will adopt some styling cues of the newer Audi models.

Based on the spy photos, Audi hasn’t changed the design of the model’s profile and the sleek body panels combined with the defined character line which stretches around the tailgate will continue in the same form.

The front-end section is, however, where the transformation begins. The new headlights design uses the styling cues from the Audi A6 while the grille version on the prototype seems a bit smaller than on the current model.

Audi seems also that made some changes in the lower bumper area but they don’t look so obvious. The same is with the rear side which has almost identical taillights as the current version.

Interior, equipment:

Indie the cabin, Audi will surely upgrade connectivity and tech features plus add fresh material and texture options. However, there is no proof that the model will adopt the dash design as on the new Q8 despite it could be the case.

The model will also upgrade with the latest crash-avoidance systems. It will be well equipped from the base variant and provide great interior and ride comfort. The different high-quality material options will be mixed with the attractive trim pieces and premium comfort features. Audi will also add the new steering wheel.

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2020 Audi Q7: Powertrains

Audi will likely improve the power and efficiency ratings of the 2020 Audi Q7 but no exact details about the powertrain upgrades.

What is sure the diesel-powered version won’t appear in the US while on the Old Continent the 3.0-liter TDI will be in the offer in several output options as well as the potent V-8 diesel in the SQ7.

Expect the US version with the turbo-4 and V-6 turbo options but with the improved performance and efficiency. The current 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine provides 252 hp and torque of 273 pound-feet. The 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine boosts the performance with available 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Audi Q7: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Audi Q7 will hit the market in late 2019. The mid-update won’t affect the price radically and the model will again start around $50, 000.

2020 Kia Soul: Design, Specs, Options, Release

Kia used the 2018 Los Angeles Show to pull the wraps off the all-new Soul model. The redesigned compact hatchback starts the third generation as the 2020 Kia Soul. Kia still hides some specs like the mileage but revealed also some of the most important facts about the new Soul.

The new version ditches some trim options but will still offer the six levels of customization. The model again comes in EV version but remains with the front-wheel drive only. The better performance and handling will also arrive with the new-gen Soul but Kia improved also the passenger and cargo space. The model won’t also lack the modern tech and safety features and will also get attention with the distinctive and boxy style.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Design

The new 2020 Kia Soul made the transition to the third generation on the new strengthened platform and with the redefined dimensions. The new Soul has 165.2 inches from bumper to bumper which is 2.5 inches more than on the previous generation. With the longer body goes also the 1.2-inch longer wheelbase which opens more interior comfort and cargo space.

From the visual perspective, the new Soul remains similarly shaped and instantly recognizable. However, the new styling elements and several tricks make it more appealing to the eye. The model sports the new, slim headlights and upper grille while also comes with the redesigned front bumper area. The front bumper has a bit of the sports flair while the EV version has fewer openings in that area and also comes on the unique five-spoke wheels.

The roof also adds to the appearance with the floating style and the rear has also the new, tall taillights design.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new Soul boosts the cargo space for addition 5 cubes which now measures 23.8 cubic feet with the all seats up. The model keeps other interior dimensions largely unchanged.

The redesigned hatch also has the nice dash design with the center screen sized up to 10.25 inches and with Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. Kia will also offer the features like the wireless charging, automatic climate, 640 Wats sound system with 10 speakers, etc. The model will also provide the full set of the active safety systems. Watching and preventing collisions will be automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane keep control, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

The all-new Soul will arrive in six trim levels. Kia promised LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and EX Designer Collection options including also the EV variant. Full specs of the trims will appear closer to the market launch.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Performance

On the performance front, the new 2020 Kia Soul promises better driving characteristics thanks to the new, more rigid platform and improved suspension system. The model now relies on the fully independent rear suspension.

The propulsion for the non-electric version will provide inline-4 and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base power unit is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with the power and torque ratings at 147 hp and 132 pound-feet. This engine Kia will offer either 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. The turbo version also returns with the new-gen Soul. A 1.6-liter turbo-4 unit boosts the performance to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The GT-Line version will combine this engine with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. No all-wheel drive for the redesigned Soul as some reports claimed earlier.

The electric Soul version comes with the 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides also the power for the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV. The battery feeds the electric motor mounted on the front axle. The system makes 201 hp and torque of 291 pound-feet.

Kia says that battery needs 75 minutes for the 80 percent recharge with the fast-charging unit. The range of 100 miles should take 30 minutes of recharging. Kia hasn’t, however, revealed the mileage of the new EV version. The same battery provides 239 miles in the Niro EV.

2020 Kia Soul: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Kia Soul will have the market launch in the middle of the next year. Kia will likely keep the full specs and equipment list in the dark until the market debut. The price will also appear closer to the on-sale date. The current version starts from $14, 490.