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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 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 Nissan Qashqai: News, Design, Specs, Price

Nissan’s compact Qashqai crossover SUV is one the most popular and one of the best picks in the class. The model entered the current generation in 2013 and received the mid-cycle update for the 2017 version with the extensive styling, interior and suspension upgrades. Recently, the 2019 Qashqai debuted with the upgraded engine range including the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine and revamped other units. With the new engine, Nissan boosted also the infotainment system that is available in all expect the base version.

As for the next 2020 Nissan Qashqai, there won’t be major upgrades as Nissan announced the redesigned Qashqai in 2020 likely as the 2021 model. The next Qashqai will continue to live on the recent updates while the next generation model will be the new from the ground up.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Design

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will repeat the current styling form which the model wears since the last, 2017 mid refresh. The attractive crossover has the V-motion grille style combined with the sharp, pointing headlights. The creases on the hood and profile side give it a more aggressive presence as well as the arched roofline and sculpted tailgate. The shapely rear fenders and boomerang-style taillights make the model also attractive from the rear-side perspective.

As for the next generation Qashqai, the model will arrive with the sleeker styling and switch to the new platform. The model should stay in similar dimensions while the new Common Module Family platform will provide better performance and allow adoption of the hybrid tech.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the 2020 Qashqai will stay familiar story. Nissan upgraded the infotainment system for the 2019 version with the more responsive interface and the system is available in all grades except the entry-level version.

The Qashqai will also provide comfort for adults and decent cargo space. The buyers will also choose between several material levels and textures. Nissan equips all models with the advanced safety tech and the next Qashqai will also rely on an array of the modern systems. The new generation version will bring the updates to ProPilot autonomous tech and increased connectivity.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Powertrains

The nimble and comfortable Qashqai got the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine for the 2019 version. The new turbocharged gasoline replaced the 1.2- and 1.6-liter gas-powered units and comes in two states of tune. The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will offer this engine with 140 hp at the disposal and a more powerful version will provide 160 hp.

The 2020 Qashqai will also return the familiar diesel units updated also for the 2019 version. Buyers will choose between the 1.5-liter cDi and more powerful 1.7-liter unit. The larger diesel engine makes 148 hp and uses also an AdBlue system to control emissions.

The new generation Qashqai will, however, introduce two hybrid powertrains while there won’t be the fully electric version. An ePower system will integrate the petrol engine regenerating the battery which powers an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid system will be sourced from Mitsubishi.

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Release, Price

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will hit the market in late 2019. The new generation version will debut in 2020. Expect the similar price range for the 2019 version.

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.

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 Hyundai Palisade: Design, Specs, Release

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the new name in the brand’s portfolio that debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show. However, the all-new model is essentially the replacement of the three-row Santa Fe XL. The smaller two-row Santa Fe Sport entered the fourth generation as the 2019 Santa Fe while the bigger, three-row Santa Fe was marketed as the 2019 Santa Fe XL. Now, the Hyundai Palisade is the new name and design for the successor of the Santa FE XL and the rival for the models like Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse.

The mid-size Palisade comes with the new, bold exterior design and spacious and well-equipped interior. The family-friendly crossover SUV offers the latest technologies and convenience features one would expect in this kind of vehicle nowadays. Powering the model is the Genesis-sourced V-6 and there is an available HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Design

The all-new, mid-size 2020 Hyundai Palisade comes with the new bolder exterior design inspired by the latest crossovers in the brand’s range. The model has an eye-catchy grille with the more dynamic shape and mesh pattern. The sharp, split-style headlights also define the face of the new model while more sculpted lines and fenders also boost the visual impression. The Palisade has also the sculpted tailgate with the tall taillights. The model will ride on the 18-inch wheels as standard and the size will grow up to 20 inches in the top trims.

The replacement of the Santa Fe XL is also longer than the old-nameplate model for 3 inches while Hyundai stretched the wheelbase for 4 inches. The result is more space inside for the passengers and their cargo.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, Hyundai maximizes the passenger space but provides also the latest tech and convenience features.

The model offers seats for up to eight and among the best-in-class rear seat legroom. Thanks to the longer body and 4 inches longer wheelbase, the Palisade provides more than 40 inches of the rear seat leg room and 31.4 inches of the leg room for the third-row passengers. The cargo space is also increased to 18 cubes with the all seats up and 45.8 cubes with the third-row fold flat.

The Palisade comes also with the driver-oriented dash design and provides two cup holders per passenger. The model includes also eight USBs, 10.3-inches infotainment screen, 12.3-inches digital instrument cluster, smartphone compatibility features, wireless charging, etc.

The safety is also following the trends in the industry. The three-row Palisade comes equipped with the adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, child lock, etc.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Powertrain

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade debuts with the single engine option. Like in the Santa Fe XL, the model gets the V-6 engine under the hood but the 3.8-liter Genesis-sourced displacement changes the 3.3-liter V-6 unit. While the V-6 makes 290 hp in the Santa FE XL, the new 3.8-liter V-6 provides 291 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet in the new Palisade.

The power goes through the 8-speed automatic transmission to the front wheel by default. The HTRAC all-wheel drive will provide better traction and performance optionally. The model offers also the new Snow traction mode and locking differential.

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Release, Price

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will hit the market in summer 2019. The price range will appear closer to that date. Expect the entry price slightly higher than $32, 000 where the Santa Fe Xl starts.

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 Q5: Plug-in hybrid, Changes, Release

Audi’s luxury, mid-size Q5 crossover SUV has become one of the brand’s bestsellers and Audi has a great interest to keep this model fresh and in the line with the future trends. The model was all-new for the 2018 model year and it arrived on the new chassis, larger, more technologically advanced and with the evolved styling.

The Audi Q5 is high-comfort SUV and delivers great ride quality as well backed by the turbocharged power. The 2020 Audi Q5 should, however, up the ante with the next generation plug-in hybrid powertrain and the RS Q5 version could also appear according to some sources. Audi will also revisit the equipment offer while there won’t be major styling and interior upgrades.

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Audi Q5: Hybrid, Engine options

The big news for the 2020 Audi Q5 is the introduction of the new generation plug-in hybrid powertrain which Audi will use in other models but the debut of the system will be with the arrival of the next Q5.

The new plug-in system will employ the brand’s 2.0-liter inline-4 engine in the combination with the electric motor mounted at the rear. The system will provide the all-wheel drive with the combustion engine powering the front wheels while the electric motor provides the spin for the rear wheels.

The total output of the system should be around 296 horsepower with the max torque around 457 pound-feet. The new setup should boost the range over 40 miles.

The 2020 version will also return with the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine in the base version. Paired to the 8-speed automatic gearbox and standard all-wheel-drive system, the engine will provide 252 hp and torque of 273 pound-feet. This combo will return 25 mpg combined fuel economy.

The SQ5 version will have a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo under the hood. The 8-speed transmission and all-wheel drive will be in the conjunction with the sport-tuned suspension and styling cues. The model will provide 354 hp and torque of 369 pound-feet.

The RS Q5 version is also possible but could wait for the later model years. The engine solution for this version would be a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 with the power around 450 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Audi Q5: Styling

The 2020 Audi Q5 won’t change the way it looks and the new generation isn’t the large departure from the previous version.

The new plug-in hybrid version won’t also be radically different from the conventionally powered versions. Audi will make the distinction with the unique banging while other aspects will stay the same as on the recently redesigned version. New color options and wheel design will also appear.

Interior, features:

The Q5 will also stay the same regarding the interior design. The model is highly comfortable with the supportive seats and Audi’s latest design theme. The model will also offer premium materials and features combined with the modern tech systems.

It will be possible to get the model with the latest infotainment system and the 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster. The tri-zone auto climate, premium upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, adaptive suspension and more will be in the equipment list. The advanced safety systems will also be there to prevent and mitigate the collision.

2020 Audi Q5: Release, Price

No details about the price yet but the model should stay close to the current range starting slightly above $41, 000. The arrival of the 2020 Audi Q5 will be late in 2019.

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Design, Specs, Equipment, Release

The wave of the new SUVs splashed the 2018 Los Angeles Show. Lincoln used the show to present the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The new model is the brand’s replacement for the MKT model and takes the position between the larger Navigator and smaller Nautilus in the brand’s lineup. With this launch, Lincoln has the three-row, mid-size SUV to go against the market giants like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Volvo XC-90 and Mercedes GLE.

Lincoln’s new Explorer-based SUV offers the six and seven-seat configurations and plenty of the high-end luxury features. The model also gets an attention with the sleek exterior style and the brand’s latest tech and safety equipment. The Aviator gets the propulsion from the twin-turbo V-6 engine and the new plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available making the model the most powerful Lincoln ever.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Design

The all-new, three-row 2020 Lincoln Aviator shares the same architecture with the upcoming, sixth-generation Explorer. This is actually the second generation of the nameplate while the model effectively replaces the MKT SUV. The rear-wheel architecture allows multiple configuration setups including the four-wheel drive.

From the visual perspective, the Aviator uses the styling cues from the larger Navigator SUV and Continental sedan. The look of the model isn’t also the surprise because we saw the Lincoln Prototype model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

The large Continental-sedan-like grille and angular headlights define the front-end style in combination with the nice front bomber. The chiseled lines on the hood and sharp charter line mixed with the smooth surfaces form the elegant and attractive look. The sloping roofline and full-width LEDs on tailgate add also to the visual impression.

Interior, equipment:

The premium exterior look comes in hand with the high-class interior design and top-notch tech features. The new Aviator lifted the luxury to the new heights.

The luxury SUV promises the high comfort for the passengers in all three rows and the room for their cargo. The rich textures and details leave also the strong impression while the high-tech features make the ride easier and funnier.

Lincoln offers its new, stunning SUV in the base, Reserve and Black Label trims. There the model will include the leather upholstery, aluminum and wood textures. The model will also offer the 30-way power adjustable front seats and highly configurable middle row. The equipment list will also include the large head-up display, Revel audio systems, 28-speaker Ultima 3D surround system, wireless charging, etc. The handy Lincoln Way app will also provide stop and start functions via the cellphone.

The Aviator will also rely on the Co-Pilot 360 Plus package of the advanced safety systems. The model will come with the sophisticated adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, Stop and Go function bundled in the Traffic Jam Assist system. The safety aspect will also include Active Park Assist, Reverse Brake Assist and Evasive Braking Assist.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Performance

The premium style and feel will also be backed up with the high-performance powertrains. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will employ the 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6 in two configurations, 10-speed automatic transmission, sophisticated suspension and systems to provide the high-class and high-performance ride.

A 3.0-liter V-6 with the twin turbocharges will provide the “base” performance of 400 hp and 450 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Touring version will use the same engine in the combination with the battery-powered electric motor. The motor provides instant torque and the combined output with the V-6 engine of 450 hp and 600 lb-ft. The system includes also the 10-speed automatic transmission with the electric motor placed in transmissions housing while the battery takes the place under the floor below the passengers’ area.

The ride comfort will also be the strong side of this premium model and Lincoln uses the adaptive air suspension with the camera system monitoring the road ahead and adjusting the settings in the real time. The multiple driving modes will also tailor the ride to the conditions. The base model will switch between the Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and off-road Deep Conditions mode. The plug-in hybrid version will add the Pure EV and Preserve EV modes with one prioritizing the performance while another efficiency.

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Release, Price

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will have the release date next summer. The price and other details, like the fuel economy will be revealed closer to the launch. The starting point should be near $50, 000.

2020 Toyota RAV4: News, Options, Design, Release

Toyota’s mega-successful, RAV4 model received the full makeover for the 2019 model year. The fifth generation RAV4 is based on the new platform, more aggressively styled and more comfortable inside. The new tech features are also available and Toyota claims better off-road capability.

Toyota’s top-selling nameplate will also introduce the hybrid model early next year and after that, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 will come with minimal changes in the equipment organization and few new options.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4: Design

The popular RAV4 model switched to the new TNGA platform and with the improved structural rigidity this unit also provides better weight distribution. The new generation RAV4 is slightly shorter than the version it replaced but with the shorter overhangs and longer wheelbase, it improved the rear-seat comfort. The model is also a hair wider than before.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will come essentially unchanged after the recent redesign and new color options will appear with the possibility of the new special edition version.

The styling of the model will also stay intact until the next mid-update. The fifth generation RAV4 has more aggressive appearance thanks to the more sculpted lines. The redesigned front fascia with the new grille insert also contributes to the style. The chiseled profile also improves the impression and the sharp lines also adds to the aerodynamics. The model also has an angular rear end and modern taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

The RAV4 also introduced the redesigned interior with the last year makeover and the 2020 version won’t have to bring anything new. The model has nice dash design and the interior also follows the exterior with the sharp lines.

The newest infotainment system will also be the part of the model’s portfolio with the 7-inch touchscreen in the base version sitting high on the dash. The upper-grade versions will get a larger 8-inch center display as well as the digital instrument cluster. Both options will support Apple Car Play, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi antenna etc.

The model will also offer high-quality materials, power liftgate, moonroof, JBL sound system, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and much more.

The RAV4 will also be generously equipped with advanced safety systems. The standard systems will include auto high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection and active lane control. The safety upgrades will add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking and surround-vision cameras.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4: Powertrains

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will offer both the non-electrified and hybrid powertrain. There will be a standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system will boost the power distribution between the axles and between the wheels with the torque vectoring system. Adding to the models’ capability will also be the various traction control modes.

The base engine will be the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the combination with the 8-gear automatic transmission. The hybrid will combine the continuously variable transmission and the battery pack positioned behind the rear seats.

The hybrid version should bring better performance and fuel economy but remains to wait for Toyota to reveal precise details.

2020 Toyota RAV4: Arrival, Price

Honda hasn’t yet revealed the price of the RAV4 but expect a slight increase compared to the current version. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will go in sale in late 2019.