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2020 GMC Acadia: Mid-update, News, Release

The mid-size GMC Acadia provides the great ride quality and interior refinement and the model also offers a punchy V-6 engine option. The model arrived as the scaled down version and significantly lighter for the new generation in 2017 and the model is now nearing to the mid-cycle update. The prototype version of the refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia has already been on the roads testing and the new version will hit the market in 2019.

The updated Acadia will bring the styling in the line with the brand’s recent models and small adjustments should also appear inside the cabin. The revised tech and safety equipment will also be the part of the mid-update. GMC will also update the mechanics with the possible introduction the new transmission system while there are no signs suggesting the new turbocharged or diesel engine option.

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 GMC Acadia: Design

For the new model year and the mid-cycle update, the 2020 GMC Acadia will bring its styling in line with the recently refreshed or redesigned models in the brand’s lineup.

The prototype version has the disguised front and rear end sections and most of the changes will take place there. The model will get the refreshed front fascia with the new versions of brand’s signature grille accompanied with the new headlights. Expect both to adopt the similar design theme as on the recently redesigned Terrain and Sierra models.

The rear will also get the new treatment of the taillights and slightly reshaped rear bumper. The C-shaped motif will appear on the taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the refreshed Acadia will also receive several modifications but there won’t be any radical moves. The model will keep the current dashboard design and update some tech and safety features.

The SUV will also stay in the same dimensions of offer the seats for up to seven passengers. The available cargo space will be up to 79 cubic feet with only the front row in function. With all seats up, the cargo volume will be just 12.8 cubes.

The model will also offer different material options and high comfort features with the high-luxury Denali version at the top of the range. GMC should also expand the availability of some advanced safety systems to the lower grades.

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 GMC Acadia: Powertrains

As for the changes in the powertrain range, the 2020 GMC Acadia will likely continue with the familiar engine options. Some sources suggested the introduction of the new turbocharged engine and even diesel option but no signs from the company about that possibility. However, a more probable upgrade is the new 9-speed automatic transmission which should provide some performance and efficiency upgrades.

The base engine will more than likely remain a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with the current power delivery of 193 hp and torque of 188 pound-feet. The better performance will provide a 3.6-liter V-6 with the power around 310 hp and torque of 271 lb-ft.

2020 GMC Acadia: Release, Price

The refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia will hit the market sometime in 2019. The current version starts from $29, 000 and the mid-update should bring non-radical price changes.

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: News, Expectations, Release

The handsome and responsive-to-drive, mid-size, BMW X3 entered the third generation in late 2017 but BMW also defined the next step for this model. The electrification is among the priorities for the brands and BMW is working on the electric-powered X3 version. The new version of the popular X3 was previewed by the iX3 concept at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show and the launch date is expected sometime in 2020. The electric X3 will likely arrive as the part 2021 model year and unlike some expected to be marketed as the 2021 BMW X3 eDrive the model will go to the production under the i sub-brand and use the iX3 nomenclature.

The prototype of the future electric iX3 is already performing the out-door testing and it looks almost identical to the newest version of the conventionally-powered X3. The models will also share the most of the in-car technologies and interior design. The model will be sold globally and the production will take the place in China.

2021 BMW X3 eDrive

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Design

The 2021 BMW iX3 will use the new-generation eDrive platform that actually debuted on its Concept version but won’t go on sale as the 2021 BMW X3 eDrive as some expected. This platform will also be the base of many future vehicles from the brand and BMW is also working on the new-generation solid batteries for the electric models. However, these batteries won’t be here in time for this model but we should expect very good driving range despite that.

On the other hand, the styling of the model won’t be the large departure from the conventional version form. The prototype version spotted recently is almost identical to the current X3 and just a few details make the difference. The model has a conventional kidney grille but for the production version, we should expect enclosed variant like on the Concept vehicle.

BMW will also use slightly different bumpers and what will also define this model are the side charging port and the model will also lack the exhaust tips.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside, the iX3 will also use the same layout as the recently all-new, conventionally-powered X3 but BMW will add a few unique details.

The model will come with the high-end materials and in-car technologies. It will use the new-design instrument panel and the latest connectivity tech. BMW is also working on the self-driving technologies and in the time of coming this model will also integrate the achievements in that area.

2021 BMW X3 eDrive

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Powertrain

As for the powertrain of the 2021 BMW X3 eDrive, it is too early to have precise details but the model won’t depart far from what BMW presented on the concept model.

The model will integrate the fifth-generation eDrive system but remains to see what performance it will be capable of. The newest eDrive version has separate components as will use the high-capacity batteries. BMW promise, its new-gen solid-state batteries would do more than 400 miles per charge but the iX3 should hit the roads before the arrival of these batteries.  The mileage would likely be in 200-range.

The Concept version had a 270-horsepower electric motor in the combination with the 70-kWh battery. BMW claimed the range of this setup to 250 miles and fast charging to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. The production version should be close to these numbers as well.

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Arrival, Price

The 2021 BMW X3 eDrive should make the premiere in late 2020. The price estimation is between $50 and $60k.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Update, Changes, More Power, Release

Mercedes’ well-selling GLC compact, luxury SUV competes with
many high-value rivals including the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan
and Jaguar F-Pace. The GLC was all -new for the 2016 model year and Mercedes is
now prepping some updates to keep the model fresh and competitive. Available in
many powertrain options including the plug-in hybrid and high-performance AMG
versions, the GLC covers a wide range of demands and Mercedes provides, of
course, the best of the comfort and teach features.

However, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will receive the mid-cycle update with the changes on model’s appearance and interior. The brand will also upgrade the tech features and add several new elements as the latest reports claim. There should, however, be some performance upgrades in the lineup as well.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Design

The compact-sized 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will get some
visual upgrades for the new model year and as it is usually with the
mid-update, the brand will intervene on the easy-removable parts while will
keep the model in the current shape and size.

The front section of the model will come with the tweaked
grille version and the headlights are also under revision. The new front
lighting units seem slightly smaller and with the new daytime running lights.
The lower front fascia will also get slightly different style and the rear will
also introduce similar treatment. The refreshed taillights will also be the
part of the mid-update and the recently introduced AMG 63 versions should also come
with the similar changes.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cockpit, the refreshed Mercedes GLC will bring
the new three-spoke steering wheel with more controls. Mercedes will also
upgrade the infotainment system but won’t introduce the MBUX platform that
debuted in the A-Class. Instead, the GLC model will get the system available in
the updated C-Class. The system will include a larger center screen and updated
system’s interface plus the new touchpad in the center console.

The model will also put the larger screen in front of the driver and Mercedes will also upgrade the array of the advanced safety systems.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Powertrains

With the updated styling and interior, the 2020
Mercedes-Benz GLC will also come with some improvements in the powertrain
range. Mercedes hasn’t yet revealed exact details but the changes should
reflect those done on the updated C-Class.

The base powertrain with the 2.0-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder engine should move the number of horsepower from the current 241
to around 255.

A potent 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 from the AMG GLC 43
should boast improved horsepower number as well. The current 362 hp should see
the boost to 385 hp which should improve the 60-mph run from the current 4.8
seconds to lower 4-second range.

The recently added AMG GLC 63 and the plug-in hybrid
versions should keep the current performance.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Release, Price

The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will go on sale by the
end of the year. Mercedes will likely correct the price slightly but the model
should start just above $40, 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.

2019 Audi Q7: Changes, Specs, Price

Audi’s family-friendly Q7 has recently got a more aggressive, coupe-like style counterpart which carries the Q8 badge. The three-row Q7 was the all-new for the 2017 model year and arrived almost unchanged for the 2018 version. There won’t be major changes for the 2019 Audi Q7 as well.

The model delivers premium interior quality and comfort and also offers cutting-edge tech and safety features. For the new model year, it should get a few standard equipment extras and more accessible crash avoidance techs. The engine options, exterior, and interior design will return familiar.

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7: Styling

Despite the new Q8 model is based on the Q7 it applies the new styling theme with more aggressive cues while sits lower to the ground and has a wider track. The models share the same wheelbase.

The new styling on the Q8 gives us an idea about the direction Audi will follow with the future models and the Q7 will also apply some its aesthetics when it reaches the next update in about a year from now.

The 2019 Audi Q7 will in the meantime continue with the familiar styling and body shape. Buyers should expect new color options, wheel design and new accents in some packages. The model will, on the other hand, keep now the old-style grille version, and taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the 2019 Q7 won’t also go with major changes. It will keep the current dash design and familiar layout. Audi will again offer diverse leather and texture combinations and well-equipped trims. More standard equipment should be available and wider availability of the active safety systems.

The base Q7 will include leather upholstery, a moonroof, keyless ignition, power front seats, automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera and more. It will also offer the heated rear seats and steering wheel. Upper grades will add features such as the four-zone climate control, digital cockpit, ventilated and massaging front seats, upgraded upholstery and more.

The model will also get the latest crash avoidance technology and it should become more accessible.

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7: Engines, Performance

The aluminum-intensive Q7 is responsive and agile on the road and it will return with the same mechanics for the 2019 model year.

The barely-enough 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will remain the base option. This engine produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. All Q7s are with the 8-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

More adequate and capable is a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and it now makes 333 hp and torque of 325 lb-ft. This engine will allow more of towing and passing power while will accelerate to 60 mph in around 5.7 seconds.

The model will also offer the air suspension while both powertrains should deliver around 21 mpg combined fuel economy.

2019 Audi Q7: Arrival, Price

The 2019 Audi Q7 will hit the market this fall. It should keep the price close to the current range with the starting point of around $50k.

2020 Mazda CX-5: News, Changes, Release

Mazda’s successful CX-5 compact, crossover SUV gained a
comprehensive set of upgrades for the 2019 model year and after the 2017
redesign year, the model has finally got the turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
However, Mazda upgraded also the response and stability with the new
G-vectoring system while the model introduced also the new range-topping Grand
Touring Reserve and Signature trims. The model made also some interior and tech
enhancements.

As for the next 2020 Mazda CX-5 version, reports reveal several possible upgrades while Mazda remains silent about its plan. The sleek and elegant CX-5 could come with some styling tweaks and the introduction of the diesel engine would further make the model more competitive.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Design

While Mazda brought significant mechanical and equipment
upgrades for the 2019 model year, the styling of the model remains in the form
shaped by the latest redesign. The CX-5 came with the simpler and more elegant
lines after the recent redesign and keeps the similar dimensions.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 could get updated front and rear end
styling as the reports indicate. The face of the model will again be defined
with the shield-shaped grille and slim LED headlights. However, with the
several new details in the front bumper section and refreshed grille and
headlights, the next CX-5 should stay fresh until the next redesign.

The rear side should also get the revised taillights and
bumper while the profile will keep the same shape and form.

Interior, equipment:

Two new trims Mazda introduced for the 2019 version brought
unique interior treatments and model gained also more tech features including
the 360-degree parking view. The models also come with heated and ventilated
front steals plus unique wood and dark trim accents.

The next version won’t introduce radical interior upgrades
regarding the style and comfort features while there could be some tech
improvements. Every CX-5 will provide Apple Car Play and Android Auto support.
The base version will offer 17-inch alloy wheels, LEDs, cloth upholstery, a
7-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitors, emergency braking, rear cross-traffic
alerts, etc.

Available in upper grades will be larger wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bose Audio, Nappa leather, heated and ventilates seats, etc.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Powertrains

Mazda brought finally, the CX-9 sourced 2.5-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2019 version. The new G-vectoring
Control system came also with the turbo four engine providing better control
and traction thanks to the vertical load control, varying torque and braking
friction.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 version could gain the turbodiesel
engine available in some markets. A 2.2-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel should
provide around 175 hp.

Two engines available with the 2019 version will return. A
naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with the fuel-saving technologies
will produce 184 hp and torque of 186 lb-ft. More muscle will provide the
versions with the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the
hood.  The turbo-boosted engine will pump
up to 250 horsepower and torque of 310 pound-feet.

The front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic will be standard
combo while the all-wheel drive will also be available.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Release, Price

The arrival of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 will be in fall, 2019.
The price range should stay close to the current with the starting position
around $24, 500.    

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 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 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 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.