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2019 Nissan Xterra: News, Design, Release

With the recently redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco in the prospect, body-on-frame, off-road-focused SUVs gained the interest of buyers again. That is why Nissan might reconsider the return of the discontinued, off-road ready Nissan Xterra. The model based on the aged mid-size Frontier truck might return after the introduction of the new-generation Frontier and with the design inspired by the global Navara truck.

The rumors are circulating that after the introduction of the body-on-frame, seven-seat Terra SUV based on the Navara pickup truck in China and other Asian markets, Nissan might also offer the successor of the Xterra model alongside the redesigned Frontier truck. The new Terra SUV replaced the Paladin model which was the Xterra version for the Chinese market.  Now, since this model is based on global Navara truck which should be the base for the new-generation Frontier, there are chances that Nissan might introduce the replacement for the capable Xterra as well. According to some reports, the model could even arrive as the 2019 Nissan Xterra or without the X.

2019 Nissan Xterra

2019 Nissan Xterra: Design

As the last version of the Xterra model was based on the same architecture as the Frontier pickup, the new 2019 Nissan Xterra should also use the same recipe. Nissan hasn’t revealed details but the new Frontier truck should borrow heavily from the global Navara truck and the Terra SUV available in Asia also uses the Navara’s proven underpinning which also underpins the Mercedes X-Class pickup. And like the new Ranger truck shares the bones with the global model and will borrow the chassis to the new Bronco the global Navara should be the base of the 2019 Xterra or Terra or however it would be called.

With the similar underpinning, the new Xterra model should also share similar styling cues with the global Navara truck and Terra seven-seater. That means the new version of the V-motion grille combined with the new LED-accentuated headlights and sleeker front bumper. The side body sculpting should have pronounced fender flares and dynamic waistline.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the design should also follow the pattern of the global, mid-size truck. That should mean nicer materials and better comfort compared the dated Frontier truck and discontinued Xterra SUV.

The V-shaped center stack should come with the newest infotainment system and connectivity options. The model should also offer the luxury options and modern safety gear as well.

2019 Nissan Xterra

2019 Nissan Xterra: Powertrain

As for the engine options, the 2019 Nissan Xterra should share the same units as the new generation Frontier. Nissan promised the new V-6 engine for the redesigned Frontier and Titian trucks. The Xterra model would also use the same engine as well as the four-cylinder variant.

The global Navara-based Terra SUV goes with the petrol or diesel engines depending on the market. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder making around 183 hp is under the hood of the Chinese version. In other markets, this model can be had with the 2.3-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine from the Navara truck with 163 or 190 horsepower. The V-6 petrol is also available in some regions.

The US Xterra could also gain the diesel engine as this trend also was introduced with the new mid-size trucks. The new transmission should also improve the efficiency and off-road gear would be up to the task as well.

2019 Nissan Xterra: Arrival, Price

Nissan said that the new Terra model will go on sale in Asian and African markets but hasn’t promised the US replacement for the Xterra model. The rumors claim the model will arrive as the 2019 Nissan Xterra or latter after the introduction of the new Frontier.

2020 Ford Explorer: Redesign, Engines, Arrival

Ford is in the process of readying the new-generation version of the popular, mid-size Explorer crossover. The heavily camouflaged prototype models have already been spotted on the roads and Ford also teased the audience with the police interceptor version with the hybrid bits.

We still missing precise details and full picture about the new version Explorer but many details have already found the way to the public. The new 2020 Ford Explorer will change the platform and offer several powertrain options including the hybrid version and the sporty ST variant. The model will continue to offer seven or eight seating positions and add the latest tech and safety equipment.

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer: Platform, Design

It’s not the secret that the next 2020 Ford Explorer will switch to the new platform as the part of the full redesign. The Explorer moved from the body-on-frame structure to the unibody design with the traverse engine setup in 2011. The next version will, however, make the new transition to the rear-wheel-drive-based, longitudinal-engine-layout, unibody platform which is shared with the Lincoln Aviator.

The new platform will come with the sleek body style but the shape will stay familiar as well as the profile silhouette. The model will have a strong character line on the side panels and adopt the new front-end design. The civilian version will have the same LED headlights as the Police Interceptor and the front fascia will introduce the new trapezoidal grille version. The front bumper area will have defined edges and style similar to the Land Rover family SUVs.

Interior, equipment:

No many details about the interior but the new Explorer will boost the interior comfort and space and offer also the seven-seat capacity. The model will use the space more efficiently and upgraded materials and tech features.

The model will have a large tablet-style center display with the Sync3 infotainment platform. The standard will also be smartphone compatibility features and available wi-fi capability, wireless charging, premium sound system, etc.

The model will also boost its safety potential with the modern systems and improved structure. Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite will be able with the system like the line keep assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, collision prevention with pedestrian detection and more.

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer: Powertrain options

The new 2020 Ford Explorer will offer multiple powertrain options either in the police or civilian version.

For the police duties, the new Explorer will employ three powertrain options. The lineup will include a 3.3-liter V-6, hybridized 3.3-liter V-6 setup and 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6 as well. All options will be in the pair with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The options will also include the rear- and all-wheel drive.

In the civilian applications, the new Explorer will install the 2.3-liter turbo-4, 3.3-liter V-6 with the hybrid alternative and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood of the ST version. No details about the power and torque ratings expect the ST version should provide around 400 hp and about equivalent torque number.

2020 Ford Explorer: Release, Price

The 2020 Ford Explorer will make the debut later in the year and go on sale next summer. We expect the starting price to move around $36, 000 from the current $33, 000 starting point.

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

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

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

2020 Range Rover Evoque

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Platform, Design

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

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

Styling:

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

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

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

Interior, equipment:

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

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

2020 Range Rover Evoque

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Powertrains

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Range Rover Evoque: Release, Price

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

2020 Cadillac XT5: Refreshed, Changes, Release

Cadillac has been busy with launching the new and redesigned
models with the emphasis on the SUV type versions. The brand has the plan to
deliver the new or refreshed models through 2021. The small XT4 crossover SUV
arrived as the 2019 model and the all-new is also a three-row 2020 XT6 model.
The largest SUV in brand’s range, the Cadillac Escalade should also debut in
the redesigned form and the new CT4 and CT5 sedans are also the part of the
plan. The brand promises also the new electric crossover. However, the brand’s
successful, mid-size XT5 crossover will also get some attention and the
refreshed version will hit the market as the 2020 Cadillac XT5.

Cadillac hasn’t yet revealed the changes and specs of the refreshed XT5 but leaked details reveal modest styling changes. The model should also come with the upgraded tech and safety range and could also bring the turbocharged inline-4 option. 

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Cadillac XT5: Design

The luxury XT5 crossover SUV based on GM’s C1XX platform
debuted for the 2017 model year and replaced the old-nomenclature Cadillac SRX.
For the fourth model year after the current generation launch, the XT5 model
will get the mid-cycle update and available details suggest usual styling
updates of one mid-update.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will switch from the current grille
design to the new style inspired by the 2016 Escala Concept. The new grille
should provide a more elegant style while it seems that the model will keep the
same headlights design. The shape and size of the model will also keep the
current form and the profile will also look familiar.

The rear will also display a new signature of tealights
while the rest should keep the same style and contours.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the refreshed XT5 should also adopt some
styling cues of the newest SUVs in the range and upgrade tech and safety
equipment.

A well-equipped from the base version, the XT5 will provide
features like the dual zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, power
front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. The leather upholstery and
heated front seats will be available one step higher than the base trim.

The model will also include the latest infotainment system and should also provide more safety systems available across the range.  The mid-update could also bring the Super Cruise partial self-driving tech.

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Cadillac XT5: Powertrains

As for the powertrain options, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will
surely repeat the currently only available 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This unit is
also under the hood of the new XT6 and makes 310 hp and torque of 271
pound-feet.

The reports suggest, however, the introduction of the GM’s
new 9-speed automatic transmission. The big update could also be an addition of
the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine which is available in other markets.
The version of the engine in China makes 258 hp where the brand offers also the
mild-hybrid system but no information appeared suggesting this possibility for
the US market.

2020 Cadillac XT5: Release, Price

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 should make the premiere in the coming
months with the on-sale date later in the year. The new upgrades should also
lift the price slightly.     

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Design, Specs, Price

The iconic, off-road capable Mercedes G-Class has finally
got the first full redesign in the decades-long run. The new version arrived as
the 2019 model and while Mercedes retained the familiar presence of the model
the comprehensive upgrades in all aspects brought the model to the modern era.

The newest G-Wagen is larger and got serious interior
updates. The model switched also to the new underpinning for more ride comfort
on the paved roads while Mercers claims also enhanced off-road capability.  The new-gen G-Class has also the new
transmission unit and two versions of the twin-turbo V-8 engine provide
enormous power and torque in the base and AMG-branded versions. The unique SUV
employs also plenty of other hardcore hardware and systems for the off-road
challenges but equips also modern tech features.

For the new model year and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class version, the brand won’t come up many changes. The new version could appear with the unique exterior and interior pieces and Mercedes will likely offer the new body color and package options.

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Design

Mercedes redesigned the G-Wagen model from the ground up but hasn’t gambled with the look of the model. The new generation version remains the tall, slab-sided SUV but the model has more elegant lines and bears the new grille version in the combination with the new headlights.

More importantly, the body-on-frame SUV gained some
structural upgrades and while 154 pounds lighter the model has a 34 percent
stiffer frame.  With the new
double-wishbone, independent suspension replaced the solid front axle the model
provides also better on-road comfort while won’t lack the off-road capacity.

For the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class version, Mercedes will
likely offer new body shades and new special edition version. There won’t be significant
changes after the recent redesign.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the boxy SUV is a huge step forward in
both comforts and modern tech availability. The new generation G-Glass is both
longer and wider and gained 5.9 inches of additional rear seat legroom.

Mercedes equipped also the military-DNA SUV with the premium
comfort and tech features and the next version won’t bring many new details in
that regard.

The off-road adventures and the everyday ride will be easier thanks to the available leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, multi-contour seats with massage capability, a Burmester premium sound system etc. The model will also get a standard infotainment system with a 12.4-inch touchscreen and optional digital gauge cluster. There will also be the modern safety systems like the lane keeping control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, park assist, etc.

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Performance

For the power delivery, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will
employ two bi-turbo V-8 engines. The base 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine will
provide 416 horsepower and torque of 450 lb-ft. Teamed with the 9-speed
automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, this version will hit 60 mph in
5.8 seconds.

The AMG G63 version will boost the performance of the V-8
engine to 577 hp and peak torque of 627 lb-ft. With that potential under the
hood, this version will reduce the 60mph-run to 4.4 seconds.

With the independent front suspension, electric power
steering and available adaptive damping, the G-Class SUV will also ride well on
the paved roads. For the off-road adventure, the model will have the help of
the 4Matic all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and three locking
differentials. Different driving modes and impressive ride height combined with
high approach and departure angles will also provide skills for the hardcore
off-roading.

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will hit the market in late
2019. The price will start again at around $125, 000.

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Redesign, Changes, Engines, Debut

While Chevy presented the redesigned Chevy Silverado early this year the brand is also simultaneously working on the new-generation Silverado HD models and the truck-based SUVs. So, it’s not strange that the half-ton Silverado made the first to the public as this model will borrow the design, running gear, tech, etc. to the upcoming vehicles. The larger Suburban was spotted earlier while testing but the fast-selling Tahoe will also enter the new generation as the 2020 model.

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe, based on the spy photos and some sources, will finally switch to the independent rear suspension while coming also with the redesigned chassis and lighter. The model will get the modernized styling and interior adding also the newest teach features. The powertrain range should provide better performance and efficiency, with the possibility of the diesel engine introduction.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Design

The new, three-row 2020 Chevy Tahoe will share the same platform with the redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 and come much lighter. With the extensive use of the high-tensile steel in the new underpinning and aluminum alloy for the swing-body elements, the new Tahoe should also reduce the weight significantly. The new-generation Tahoe could weigh as much 400 pounds less than the version it replaces. However, at the same time, the model could gain additional inches for the extended interior capacity.

Visually, the new version should come with the more modern styling but the heavily camouflaged prototype doesn’t reveal much. The model will sport the dual-port grille combined with the new headlights. The body lines and edges seem also to be softened but we will have a clear picture of model’s new look when the introduction takes place likely early next year.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the new Tahoe should increase the level of luxury, comfort and convenience. There should also be the increased interior capacity thanks to the additional inches and new cabin configuration.

The model will also get the newest tech features Chevy has on offer. The new infotainment system with the smartphone support and new center display will appear alongside the modern safety systems. The large SUV will rely on the systems like the adaptive cruise control, lane control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, etc.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Powertrains

As for the engine choices, we should expect the 2020 Chevy Tahoe with the duo of familiar V-8 engines.

A 5.3-liter V-8 engine should appear with the improved fuel saving system and the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque ratings should stay around 355 hp and 383 lb-ft.

A 6.3-liter V-8 should be a more potent V-8 option in the combination with the new 10-speed automatic transmission.  The power with this engine should move to around 420 hp and torque to 460 lb-ft.

However, the next-generation Tahoe could also gain the diesel engine option. Again, related with the light-duty Silverado a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 would produce around 282 hp and torque of 450 lb-ft.

The new Tahoe will also switch to the rear independent suspension and will also provide the off-road upgrades.

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Chevy Tahoe will likely debut at the Auto Show early next year. The price will likely move the starting point around $50, 000 but it will be known after the debut.

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 Cadillac XT4: Changes, Equipment, Specs, Price

With the all-new, XT4 small luxury SUV, Cadillac has the model to rival the subcompacts like the BMW X1, Lexus UX, and Audi Q3. But being larger and more expensive than these models the elegant, turbocharged, efficient and well-equipped XT4 can also be an alternative to the BMW X, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, etc.

The XT4 is a smaller brand’s SUV than the XT5 and with the distinctive styling but Cadillac is also testing the new flagship, three-row model which should debut early next year and comes as the Cadillac XT6.

On the other hand, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 will come with the several new color options and more standard equipment. The model might also offer another trim option.

2020 Cadillac XT4

2020 Cadillac XT4: Design

With the new, sharp styling inspired by the Escala Concept, the XT4 is more effective than the larger XT5 and the new XT6 SUV should also have similar front and rear end design as the smallest Cadillac SUV.

The XT4 comes with the signature LED daytime running lights and also wears more defined lines and shapes than larger XT5. The mesh grille is also sleeker and sportier than on the brand’s next in hierarchy SUV. The sharp character and roof lines also contribute to the look while the rear has brand’s attractive, vertical taillights and a bit of the sports flair thanks to the rear spoiler and the sharply sculpted tailgate.

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 version will just bring new color options and possibly new trim level.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the XT4 is also rich with the shapes on the dash and also comes with the high-quality materials. The modern tech is also the part of the package in every version but the XT4 also comes equipped with supportive seats and roomy rear row. The cargo capacity is up to 48.9 cubes while with the all seats up it offers 22.5 cubes.

The model will also offer the latest, large-sized touchscreen infotainment system with the smartphone features in every version. There will also be plenty of modern safety systems as the base equipment.

The base XT4 will deliver an 8-inch display, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, etc. The blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera will also be there by default. Cadillac might add more now optional advanced safety systems to the standard package for the new model year.

The model will offer adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, surround view cameras, high-speed emergency braking and more. The upper grades will also up the ante with the higher quality materials, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, larger wheels and more.

2020 Cadillac XT4

2020 Cadillac XT4: Performance

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 will remain powered by responsive and efficient turbo-4 engine. The pair with the engine is a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission while the all-wheel drive will come at extra $2, 500.

The refined and smooth 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine will provide 237 horsepower and torque of 258 pound-feet. It will deliver smooth acceleration and competitive fuel efficiency.

The two-wheel-drive models will provide 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highways. With the four-wheel power, the XT4 will return 22/29 mpg city/highway.

2020 Cadillac XT4: Release, Price

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 will hit the market in the last quarter of 2019. The price range will likely come with small corrections. It will start around $35, 000 and close mid-40, 000 in the best-equipped from.

2019 BMW X1: Refreshed, Changes, Price

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

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

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Styling Changes

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

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

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

Interior, Equipment:

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

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

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

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Powertrain

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

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

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

2019 BMW X1: Arrival, Price

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

2020 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.