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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 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.

2020 Suzuki Jimny: News, Design, Release

Suzuki redesigned the iconic, small off-roader Jimny for the 2019 model year and the model represents the fourth-generation version. The new Jimmy arrived slightly shorter on the reinforced chassis and kept the retro look but with the influence of some styling cues from other off-roaders. The latest Jimny introduced also the new engine version but for the modern times the new version packs also some advanced tech and safety systems and can also boost the comfort with several high-level features.

For the next model year, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny will be mostly the carryover model with some changes in the equipment offer and addition of new options. The new trim versions could appear and Suzuki hasn’t mentioned the new engine options. More attention for the new model year, Suzuki could also get with the special edition version or new exterior package.

2020 Suzuki Jimny

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Design

After the thorough redesigned for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny hasn’t much room for the new changes and the next version won’t bring notable visual or structural upgrades. Buyers should expect additional body color options over the current eight shades and three dual-tone choices. Suzuki might also add a new trim option or introduce the special edition version.

The latest-generation Jimny sits on the strengthened ladder frame with the rigid axles and coil springs front and rear. The newest model is actually 1.2 inches shorter than the previous version at 143,5 inches in total and slightly wider at 64, 8 inches.

Visually, the model remains retro-styled off-roader with the flat body panels and several styling similarities with the Mercedes G-Class, Toyota Fj Cruiser, etc. The styling of the model defines tall, boxy-shaped silhouette combined with the chunky fenders, circular headlights and tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Jimny continues with the straightforward design and durable materials. The dashboard style shares some styling cues with the recent Jeep models.  The model has a good driving position and comfortable seats. The cargo space is just over 3 cubes with all seats in use. It expands to 13, 3 cubes with the rear seats folded.

As for the available equipment, the Jimny will offer a pretty long list of useful and modern features. Buyers will be able to get a 7-inch touchscreen display, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, power and heated seats, heated mirrors and more.

The off-road-ready Jimny gets also a number of the safety systems. The safety list will include automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, tire pressure monitoring, and lane departure warning.

2020 Suzuki Jimny

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Powertrain

The power for the 2020 Suzuki Jimny will come from the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. The engine replaced a 1.3-liter unit in the previous generation version and provides 100 hp and 95 pound-feet of torque.

The Jimny will fit the engine with either a standard 5-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. A standard fit will be the AllGrip Pro part-time all-wheel-drive system with the low range gear. The system can switch between the 2H mode with the power on the front wheels while 4H activates all wheels. For the rugged off-road terrains, the driver can switch to a 4L mode to activate the low range gear.

The Jimny can tow up to 2, 866 pounds. An approach angle of 37 degrees and 49-degrees departure angle improve also the rugged terrain capability.

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Release, Price

The 2020 Suzuki Jimny will go on sale in late 2019. Expect the price to stay in the vicinity of the current version range.

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 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.

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Redesign, Specs, News, Release

After the investment of about $1.3 billion and hours of testing and designing, JLR has brought the all-new Evoque in front of the public. The brand’s fast-selling and smallest SUV benefits from the improvements on all fronts but still remains recognizable form.

The second-generation 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes on the new platform and with the almost all-new body structure. The model improves also the interior comfort combining it with the top-notch tech and safety technologies. The look is also sleeker and more elegant while there are also more efficient and powerful powertrains.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Platform, Design

The redesigned, second generation 2020 Range Rover Evoque started the transformation with the new platform and body structure. The Premium Transverse Architecture is intended for brand’s smaller models with the goal of providing better electrification and performance. The new platform is the mixed-material construction with the high strength and regular steel, aluminum and magnesium in the mix. The new design opens the door for the mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies as well as for the Ingenium family of engines.

With the new underpinning, the redesigned Evoque also sports the sleeker Velar-inspired look and a 90 percent of the body structure is also new. The new body is placed on 0.8 inches longer wheelbase. This translates to more rear legroom but with the shorter overhangs, the model is actually slightly shorter.

Styling:

The look of the new Evoque is the evolution of the current design with the obvious similarities with the Velar SUV. The same basic look remains in the combination with the sloping roofline and high beltline. The models gained, however, the new grille and headlights and redesigned lower openings. The slim grille version has the honeycomb pattern and comes with the narrow, nicely accentuated headlights.

The model has also the smooth body lines and flush door handles. The sculpted fenders add a bit of the contrast to the flat panels. The rear side is also fresh with the new two-piece taillights.

The brand will offer the new Evoque with nice contrasting body painting options and wheel sizes ranging from 17- 21 inches.

Interior, equipment:

The interior of the new Evoque comes with the improved comfort and the latest technologies. The stretched wheelbase opens more space for the rear passengers and the new seats also boost the comfort. With the increased passenger comfort, the new Evoque improved also the cargo area to 50.5 cubic feet.

The handsome look of the model is matched with the high-quality materials and rich textures inside the cabin. The model also gained the Touch Pro Duo touchscreen system with the pair of 10.2-inch screens which debuted in the Velar model. The Evoque provides also Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. In front of the driver is a 12.-3 digital instrument cluster and there is also the head-up display projecting the information on the windshield.  The newly added ground view camera also provides the picture of what is underneath and ahead of the front wheels.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Powertrains

The power for the new 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes from the two powertrain options in the US while the diesel options will appear on the Old Continent.

The base Evoque will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium engine. The unit makes 246 hp and torque of 369 lb-ft compared to the previous version 237 hp and torque of 251 lb-ft. In the combination with the engine is a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

The option will be a P300 version with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The power it provides is 296 hp and the MHEV system. Using also the 14.7-hp belt-integrated generator it provides 6 percent improved efficiency and improved torque response.

JLR hasn’t confirmed yet the plug-in hybrid powertrain for the US which will appear in Europe next year. The system will integrate the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with the power output of 197 hp in the combination with the starter generator and electric motor. The 40.2-hp generator will power the front wheels while the 106-hp electric motor will spin the rear wheels and get the power from the 11.3- kWh battery.

The model also features the new-generation all-wheel-drive system which can transfer the power between the rear wheels simulating the torque vectoring and can also lock the rear wheels. The Terrain Select 2 system will also be available with the modes for Sand, Mud, Snow, Eco, etc. The SUV boasts also lifted ground clearance. The 8.3 inches of the ground clearance comes with the 20-degree approach and 30-degree departure angles while can go through the 23.6-inch deep water.

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Release, Price

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in the US next year after the debut at the next Chicago Auto Show. We will know the price after the debut but it should go slightly up from the current base $42, 000.