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2020 Toyota Highlander: Redesign, Changes, Arrival

Toyota’s reliable, mid-size, three-row Highlander crossover
SUV is faced now with many updated, redesigned or newly-introduced models. Ford
revealed recently the heavily-improved Explorer and the Highlander has also the
updated Honda Pilot and Buick Encore in the sight but also the newcomers such
as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent and Hyundai Palisade. The all-new
Highlander arrived for 2014 and received the mid-update for the 2017 version.
Toyota has, however, been caught testing the new-generation 2020 Toyota
Highlander recently.

Details about the fifth-generation Highlander are still scarce but the three-row family hauler should grow in size and move on the new platform. The styling should also see the revisions in accordance to brand’s latest design language while model should also come with the heavily reworked interior and newest tech, comfort and safety features. The powertrain range should again include the gasoline and electrified versions.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Design, Platform

Toyota is prepping the new 2020 Toyota Highlander and like
many of its recent models, the version will be based on the stretched version
of the TNGA modular platform which forms also the base of the models like the
CH-R, Avalon, Camry, RAV4, etc. With the Toyota Global New architecture, the
Highlander should provide better performance and flexibility plus weigh less
while the prototype versions suggest also the enlarged dimensions.

Form the visual point of view, it seems that the test
version hides the styling similar to what we can see on recently all-new RAV4.
The styling cues we saw initially on the FT-AC concept model should be applied
to the new Highlander as well. That should mean hexagonal grille design
combined with swept-back headlights and dynamic front bumper style. 

The profile seems also to be coming with the trapezoidal
shaped fender flares and cleaner lines. The rear will also receive the new
taillights and resculpted tailgate and rear bumper.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, we should expect more passenger and cargo
space as the prototype version seem to have stretched wheelbase and length. The
current Highlander provides max cargo capacity of 84 cubes and just 14 cubic
feet with the all seats functional.

The new Highlander will also arrive with the new interior
design and upgraded materials and textures. The model should use similar dash
elements placement as the RAV4 with the center screen sitting atop the middle
of the dash and new air vents.

The new generation version will also adopt the latest Entune infotainment platform with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The safety will also be updated to the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite with the sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, etc.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Powertrain

No details have leaked yet about the powertrain Toyota will
use in the new generation 2020 Toyota Highlander.   

The range should include the four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline
units like in the current version and the electrified option as well. The
possible candidates should be the units from the mid-size Camry sedan. A
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with power around 200 hp and the V-6 unit with
the potential around 300 hp. Both engines should come in the combination with
the 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The hybrid could combine updated 3.5-liter V-6 engine with
the battery-powered electric motor for a slightly improved total output.

2020 Toyota Highlander: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Toyota Highlander should debut in the second
half of 2019. The price will likely see a modest increase across the range.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Updated, New tech and Price

The elegant and fun-to-drive Land Rover Discovery Sport must keep the pace with the new Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 and the refreshed version has been spotted testing ahead of the 2019 debut. The updated Disco will appear as the 2020 model with the debut in early 2019.

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport will come with the refreshed styling and notable upgrades should also boost the interior and equipment offer. The model will also go with the electrification and offer the plug-in hybrid version but probably from 2020 as Land Rover promised.

The Discovery Sport is a good seller for the brand and since the introduction in 2015 more than 300, 000 units were sold and about 120, 000 in 2017. The model exceeded the sales of the Evoque which is set for the full redesigned for the 2020 model year.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Design

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

The fully disguised prototype of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport hides several styling modification front and rear as we can conclude. The front section comes with the flat hood and restyled headlights and grille bellow hood’s line.

The grille seems drawing the inspiration from the larger Discovery and we also noticed the resculpted front bumper in the sections around the fog lights. The rear also sports new design taillights while the profile seems to have the same form as the current version.

The Discovery Sport will also get the upgraded underpinning to allow the electrification from 2020. The new Evoque will, on the other hand, switch to the new Premium Traverse Architecture.

Interior, Equipment:

The mid-updated Discovery Sport will also boost the interior design and features to stay neck to neck with the class newcomers. Some reports claim that model will come with the multiple screens infotainment system following the pattern of the Velar model but other reports claim the Touch Pro Duo setup won’t arrive in the refreshed model. Still, the model will get upgraded infotainment features and the center stack.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Powertrains

As for the for the engine options the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport should get the revised and cleaner diesel units outside the US. The improvements in ride and performance should also hit the US version but no exact details yet.

The current US version exploits a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine available in two versions. The base version delivers 237 hp and torque of 251 pound-feet. A more powerful version provides 286 hp and 295 pound-feet of twisting. The 9-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive are also part of the deal.

The plug-in hybrid version when arrives should integrate the 1.5-liter combustion engine. It should also be the case with the new Evoque. But the electrified Discovery Sport will likely hit the raids in 2020.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Release, Price

The updated 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport will go on sale later in 2019. The debut should take place early in the year. The base price will likely move closer to $40, 000.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Specs, Design

The off-road capable and well-equipped Toyota Prado from the Land Cruiser family returns to the stage as the 2019 model after the last year update. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will continue to live on the updates of the recent refresh and there won’t be major improvements expect we should get new color options, revised price and possibly new package options.

The recent refresh brought reduced prices and more standard safety tech. Toyota also refreshed the styling of the popular model and the interior also benefits from the improved quality and tech. The engine range was also revised depending on the market but the refreshed Prado can tow more.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Design

The capable 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will repeat the styling of the current version which received the refresh.

The last refresh brought new bumpers with the design improved to provide better off-road maneuverability. The hood also has refreshed look with the bulges designed to improve driver’s visibility. The Prado also has narrow, swept-back headlights with nice accents and Toyota’s grille with large vertical slats.

The boxy SUV also has sculpted fenders while the rear includes the spare wheel, massive rear bumper, and nice taillights.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Prado also rates better since the recent refresh. The high-quality interior provides great comfort and modern tech and convenience features. The model has clean dash design with easy-to-use switchgear and protruding center screen interface.

The Pardo also offers plenty of upscale equipment and buyers get the ventilated and power seats while also can opt the heated rear row.  The leather-accented padding also looks nice and provides great comfort.

Toyota also thinks about the safety and the Prado comes with the modern active safety tech. The off-road SUV has standard safety equipment including lane departure warning, active cruise control, and automatic high beams. The blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also available.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Performance

Toyota canceled the 4.0-liter V-6 engine in some markets since the recent refresh. Most of the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will go with the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. With the six-speed automatic gearbox and capable four-wheel drive system, the Prado will have 174 hp (130 kW) and toque od 450 Nm at disposal. The manual transmission will also be available but will reduce the torque to 420 Nm.

A full-time, low range 4WD system will provide impressive off-road capability and the Pardo will also be able to tow significant loads. With the recent towing upgrade, the model will allow up to 3, 000 kg.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Arrival, Price

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will likely go on sale in the first half of 2019. The price will stick close to the current range depending on the market.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: News, Design, Specs, Price

A luxury compact crossover SUV from the Land Rover family, the Discovery Sport gets the attention with the handsome styling while comes well-equipped in all versions and is also capable to go beyond the paved roads. The current version of the model replaced the LR2 for the 2016 model year and the 2018 Discovery Sport gained the updated turbo four engine. The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is closing to the launch date but won’t bring substantial upgrades besides some updated electronics.

However, the brand is already prepping the new version of the Disco Sport for the 2020 model year and it’s not clear would it be the new-gen model already or the thorough mid-cycle upgrade. In any case, the 2020 Disco should make some adjustments to its styling but will also go with the deeper upgrades and the PHEV version and all to be the better rival to the newest Volvo SUVs.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Design

The current Discovery Sport is both elegant and sporty and the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the repeat of the current form. The firm will likely offer a few new cosmetic features and possibly new wheel options to refresh the offer but there won’t be substantial upgrades for the upcoming version.

However, if we wait a bit more the firm is working on the major overfull for the 2020 model year and while there should be typical mid-cycle updates on the outside the model should also go with deeper under skin upgrades as well. The current D8 platform should free the room for the Jaguar Land Lover Premium Traverse Architecture which will also be the base of the new Evoque.  It should provide better driving and comfort and open new drivetrain solutions.

On the outside, we should see the slightly revised front and rear fascia and the model should also grow in size.

Interior, equipment:

The cabin of the 2019 Discovery Sport will also remain the same. The model scores high with the material quality and visibility and will also offer plenty of options and upgrades. There will be a modern infotainment system and safety equipment plus premium features and materials.

The 2020 version will, however, bring more radical upgrades and better comfort. It should gain more passenger and cargo space and be fitted with the upgraded materials and equipment to challenge the redesigned and all-new Volvos.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Powertrains

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport will return to the market with the same engine options. The firm updated the four-cylinder turbocharged engine for the 2018 model year and should continue to the new model year with the same specs.

A 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine provides 237 hp and torque of 251 pound-feet in the lower-spec variant. A more potent version improves to 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All Discos come with the all-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmission system.

The 2020 version should, however, gain an electrified powertrain as Land Rover promised each model to offer the greener powertrain by 2020. Details about the electrified Discovery Sport powertrain are still scarce but with the new platform, the model will surely improve the performance and efficiency.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Arrival, Price

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport will hit the market by the end of the year. The price will stay close to the current range which starts from $37, 795.

2020 Audi Q3: News, RS Q3, Specs, Release

Audi’s subcompact Q3 crossover SUV gets attention with the
upmarket styling, extreme practicality and comfort, advanced technology and
punchy performance. A recently redesigned model goes against the big brands and
popular models including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo
XC40.

The second-generation Q3 arrived on the new platform and
larger with the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The engine range in
the US makes a 2.0L turbo available in two states of tune while in other markets
buyers can also have the TDI options and more TFSI versions.

The 2020 Audi Q3 won’t come with many new details but the big news is the new high-performance RS Q3 version. The new model will boost the style and performance of the model to the new levels and will be an alternative for the high-spec rivals.

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Design

Audi redesigned the subcompact Q3 around the ubiquitous MQB
platform and made it larger as well. The new platform provides higher
powertrain flexibility, technology upgrades and performance while longer
wheelbase, length and wider track mean more space and comfort for the
passengers and cargo.

The styling of the model is modern and balanced with the new
signature elements. The octagonal grille borrows the inspiration from the
range-topping Q8 model and modern-design headlights get also the attention. A
defined charter line and subtly sculpted fenders also contribute to the look of
the model. The rear has also defined lines and shapers with the nicely fitted
bumper and attractive headlights.

The 2020 Audi Q3 will keep the things same regarding the
styling but the brand will add sportier and more aggressively styled RS Q3
version. The high-performance Q3 will boost the aerodynamics with the new
diffuser and much larger air intakes will also impact the styling and
performance. The wider track and lower ride height will also serve to better
performance and stability and form more aggressive appearance. The model will
also use unique wheels with the upgraded brakes peeking behind the spokes. The
rear spoiler and oval exhaust tips will also define the RS Q3.

Interior, equipment:

With the 3.0 inch longer wheelbase and 4.0 inches more in
overall lengths the new-generation Q3 provides more comfort and cargo room. The
cargo volume grew to 54 cubes with the rear seats stowed and to 16.7 cubes with
the functional rear row. The model provides also high-comfort and top-notch
tech features.

The subcompact crossover will offer leather and non-lather
upholstery, dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel, a sunroof and
many other luxury extras. The latest infotainment system with the smartphone
support and large 10.1-inch center screen will also be in the offer as well and
digitalized 10.3-inch instrument cluster.

The safety aspect will also employ the latest technologies including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian and cyclist detection, surround vision and parking assist.

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Performance

Audi limited the range of the engine options in the US to
the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but it comes in two states of
tune. The base 2020 Audi Q3 will make 184 hp and torque of 236 lb-ft. An
upgrade of the engine will provide 228 hp and torque of 258 lb-ft.

The models will use an 8-speed automatic transmission and
Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has no plans to offer a front-wheel drive
version as sad earlier.

The high-performance RS Q3 version will upgrade the
suspension and braking system while the engine should come from the RS 3. In
that application, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 unit makes 400 hp and
torque of 354 pound-feet. With that, the RS Q3 should put the 60-mph run under
5 seconds.

2020 Audi Q3: Release, Price

The 2020 Audi Q3 will hit the market late in the year with
the RS Q3 launch in 2020. The price should again start around $36, 000. 

2020 Genesis GV80: News, Design, Release

Hyundai’s upmarket division Genesis has had the focus on the
sedan models so far but with the SUV sells booming the brand is now changing
the course in that direction. The Genesis GV80 Concept presented at the 2017
New York Auto Show hinted the arrival of the first SUV model from the brand and
the upcoming mid-size GV80 was spotted in the form which seems production
ready. The model should hit the market as the 2020 Genesis GV80 and go against
the established names in the industry like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE,
etc. The reports indicate also that Genesis has another smaller GV70 SUV in the
plan to compete in the segment with the BMW X3.

The brand’s new model should borrow sharp styling cues from the mentioned concept model while inside the cockpit we should expect a similar design as in the brand’s sedans.  The engine range should also mimic the powertrain options in the sedan lineup with the possible introduction of the new V-6 unit.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Design

The 2020 Genesis GV80 is still the unsolved mystery as
Geneses hides details about the model while we can draw some cues from the
prototype version.

First of all, it’s not known yet what platform the new
Genesis SUV will use. Judging by the spy photos the model is likely based on
the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the G80 sedan. Some sources suggest also
the stretched Santa Fe’s platform or the unit from the new Palisade model. Still,
the first scenario seems like the most probable.

On the other hand, the styling of the model seems to have
inhered the sharp design cues from the Concept version. The mesh grille seems
to have the similar design as on the GV80 Concept but slightly redefined
proportions. The horizontal oriented headlights follow also the pattern form
the concept car but with the enlarged dimensions and more conventional design.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the mid-size Genesis SUV should use
similar design cues as the brand’s newest sedans. Still, the model will get a
unique steering wheel and reports claim also the new controllers for the
model. 

The GV80 will, of course, employ the high-quality materials combined with contrasting surfaces and trim details. The latest tech will be used and advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, etc.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Powertrains

As for the engine options, the new 3.6-liter V-6 could be in
the progress and arrive with the 2020 Genesis GV80. The model will offer both
rear-drive and four-wheel drive option and automatic transmission.

A 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine used in the G80 should
also be the option. This engine makes 365 hp and torque of 376 lb-ft in the
sedan model. Other options from the sedan a 3.8-liter V6 and potent 420 hp
5.0-liter V-8 could also be the part of the deal. The plug-in hybrid version
should appear at some point.

2020 Genesis GV80: Release, Price

The 2020 Genesis GV80 should reach the showroom late in the
year. Closer to the launch date more details will surface as well as the price.
The model should start in the upper $60,000-range.