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2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: News, Design

Honda’s popular CR-V SUV has a versatile and roomy cabin and also delivers a comfortable ride with plenty of safety gear in all models. The model was all-new for the 2017 model year and Honda promised recently the hybridization of the entire light-duty truck range. The 2019 CR-V will appear with minimal changes without of the styling and powertrain upgrades when speaking about the currently available engine options but according to some reports the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid could appear in late 2019 model year or wait for the 2020 version.

What’s is known so far, the hybrid powertrain should use the same formula as Accord Hybrid sedan with firm’s two-motor configuration. The styling and interior should be very similar to the petrol-powered models.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Design

There are no details from Honda about the hybrid version of the desirable CR-V but if the model arrives as the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid, it won’t differ much visually from the current non-hybrid version. On the hand, if Honda waits for the 2020 model year launch the model could come with the refreshed styling.

In any case, there won’t be obvious differences between the hybridized model and conventionally powered CR-Vs. The model will continue in the same shape and size while the distinction will make unique grille version, wheel design and appropriate badging.

Interior, features:

Interior of the CR-V hybrid will also be the familiar form from the current CR-V. The model will have a high dose of interior style but will win with the practicality and functionality. A number of clever compartments will be available inside the cabin and the CR-V has well-placed controls as well. The model will also be available with the upscale upgrades including high-quality upholstery, heating features, and will also include Honda’s latest tech features.

The model will come with the responsive infotainment system but will also be equipped with the array of the safety equipment. The equipment list will include systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Powertrain

There is no doubt, that 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid (or another model year version) will use Honda’s two-motor system. Like the Accord Hybrid sedan, the CR-V SUV should get the Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the combination with the electric motors and battery pack. The power and performance of the system haven’t appeared yet but the same setup makes 212 hp and manages 47 combined fuel economy in the Acord sedan.

The CR-V Hybrid will likely be the most powerful CR-V and the most efficient as well. It will beat easily 30 mpg combined of the turbo-4 powertrain and will also challenge the rivals of RAV4 Hybrid, Rogue Hybrid, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Arrival, Price

No confirmation of the arrival of the CR-V Hybrid yet from Honda. The reports claim the model could arrive late in the 2019 model year or more likely wait for the refresh and the 2020 version.

The price of the possible 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid is also unknown. The base model of the current CR-V starts from around $25, 000 and the hybrid would close to the 30k range likely.

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 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 Kia Soul: Design, Specs, Options, Release

Kia used the 2018 Los Angeles Show to pull the wraps off the all-new Soul model. The redesigned compact hatchback starts the third generation as the 2020 Kia Soul. Kia still hides some specs like the mileage but revealed also some of the most important facts about the new Soul.

The new version ditches some trim options but will still offer the six levels of customization. The model again comes in EV version but remains with the front-wheel drive only. The better performance and handling will also arrive with the new-gen Soul but Kia improved also the passenger and cargo space. The model won’t also lack the modern tech and safety features and will also get attention with the distinctive and boxy style.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Design

The new 2020 Kia Soul made the transition to the third generation on the new strengthened platform and with the redefined dimensions. The new Soul has 165.2 inches from bumper to bumper which is 2.5 inches more than on the previous generation. With the longer body goes also the 1.2-inch longer wheelbase which opens more interior comfort and cargo space.

From the visual perspective, the new Soul remains similarly shaped and instantly recognizable. However, the new styling elements and several tricks make it more appealing to the eye. The model sports the new, slim headlights and upper grille while also comes with the redesigned front bumper area. The front bumper has a bit of the sports flair while the EV version has fewer openings in that area and also comes on the unique five-spoke wheels.

The roof also adds to the appearance with the floating style and the rear has also the new, tall taillights design.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new Soul boosts the cargo space for addition 5 cubes which now measures 23.8 cubic feet with the all seats up. The model keeps other interior dimensions largely unchanged.

The redesigned hatch also has the nice dash design with the center screen sized up to 10.25 inches and with Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. Kia will also offer the features like the wireless charging, automatic climate, 640 Wats sound system with 10 speakers, etc. The model will also provide the full set of the active safety systems. Watching and preventing collisions will be automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane keep control, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

The all-new Soul will arrive in six trim levels. Kia promised LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and EX Designer Collection options including also the EV variant. Full specs of the trims will appear closer to the market launch.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Performance

On the performance front, the new 2020 Kia Soul promises better driving characteristics thanks to the new, more rigid platform and improved suspension system. The model now relies on the fully independent rear suspension.

The propulsion for the non-electric version will provide inline-4 and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base power unit is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with the power and torque ratings at 147 hp and 132 pound-feet. This engine Kia will offer either 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. The turbo version also returns with the new-gen Soul. A 1.6-liter turbo-4 unit boosts the performance to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The GT-Line version will combine this engine with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. No all-wheel drive for the redesigned Soul as some reports claimed earlier.

The electric Soul version comes with the 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides also the power for the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV. The battery feeds the electric motor mounted on the front axle. The system makes 201 hp and torque of 291 pound-feet.

Kia says that battery needs 75 minutes for the 80 percent recharge with the fast-charging unit. The range of 100 miles should take 30 minutes of recharging. Kia hasn’t, however, revealed the mileage of the new EV version. The same battery provides 239 miles in the Niro EV.

2020 Kia Soul: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Kia Soul will have the market launch in the middle of the next year. Kia will likely keep the full specs and equipment list in the dark until the market debut. The price will also appear closer to the on-sale date. The current version starts from $14, 490.

2020 Ford Escape: Redesign, Styling, Options, Release

The Blue Oval Brand is working on the brand-new Ford Escape
and the model should hit the roads as the 2020 version. The current generation
Escape has been around since 2013 and the all-new model will bring modern
upgrades to keep model competitive in the fastest-growing, compact crossover
SUV segment.

The new 2020 Ford Escape will come on the new platform and with the new Focus-inspired styling. The fourth-generation Escape should return the hybrid powertrain but this time the plug-in hybrid version while will offer turbocharged engines in the conventionally powered variants. The model will also get more modern interior and the production should continue in Louisville, Kentucky.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Design

The prototype version of the new generation 2020 Ford Escape
was seen while testing and it seems that the new compact crossover SUV hides
significant styling changes under the camo.

As the latest reports suggest and judging by the spy photos,
the newest Escape should apply the similar styling language as the recent Focus
which isn’t available in the US. The upcoming Escape seems to have a more
pronounced nose with the new grille and headlights. The grille uses the mesh
pattern instead of the current crossbar style and the headlights appear also to
have sharper shape. The model has also the new vertically oriented driving
lights. 

The overall shape of the Escape looks familiar but with
smoother body lines. The camouflage can’t also hide the beltline which seems
rising faster toward the C pillar.

The rear should also borrow styling cues from the new Focus.
The new taillights and sculpted tailgate will be in the combination with the
new rear bumper.

On the top of that, Ford will use the new platform for the
2020 Escape. The model will be based on the small car architecture which
underpins the latest Fiesta. The new Escape seems also to have a slightly
larger body.

Interior, equipment:

No details or spy photos of model’s interior yet. The larger body will provide an increase in the passenger and cargo space but we shouldn’t expect plenty of new room. Ford will offer the revised materials and trims combined with the latest infotainment system and advanced safety gear.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Powertrains

With the new platform and styling, the 2020 Ford Escape will
also introduce the upgraded powertrains but most details are still unknown.

As the latest reports suggest, the new Escape will come with
the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines as standard. This displacement used in the
new Focus comes in either 140 and 180 hp configurations. The high-performance
version will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

Ford will mix the engines with the 8-speed automatic
transmission. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be available.

The new Escape should also appear with the plug-in hybrid
powertrain sometime in the life cycle. Ford promised 24 hybrid and plug-in
hybrid models in next few years.

2020 Ford Escape: Release, Price

The 2020 Ford Escape will likely debut in the first half of
the year and go on sale later in the year. Closer to the market launch we will
also know the price of the redesigned model.  

2020 Buick Encore: Redesign, Changes, Release

Buick is working on the new generation Encore model and the
latest spy photos are the proof. The brand’s smallest, subcompact crossover has
proven on the market and Buick will try to support its increasing sales with
the new design and features. The model was all-new in 2013 and after the
refresh for 2017, the 2020 Buick Encore will enter the second generation.

Buick hasn’t yet disclosed what changes the new Encore hides under the camo but we should expect extensive upgrades in all aspects. The model will arrive on the upgraded platform and with the new exterior and cabin design. The new tech and convenience features will also appear in the redesigned version. The next Encore should, however, return with the same engine displacement while pairing it with the new automatic transmission. The twined version of the Encore, the Opel Mokka X goes on sale in the overseas market.

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore: Platform and Design

Details about the redesigned 2020 Buick Encore are still
scarce and it isn’t yet clear what platform the model will use. The current GM
Gamma II Platform is shared with the current Mokka X and Chevy Trax and while
the new Mokka X will be based on PSA Group’s CMP small car platform, the new
Encore could borrow it under license or GM will use its underpinning for both
small Buick and Chevy models.

On the other hand, based on the spy photos, the new Encore
seems to have a slightly larger body which could also mean longer wheelbase and
more interior space. However, the new version will stay in the subcompact class
and therefore there won’t be big dimension changes.

The changes in model’s styling are also hard to identify. The rising beltline and slightly resculpted fender flares can be detected. Buick’s latest design language will define the styles of the grille and lighting units and they should be similar to what we can see on brand’s latest models. The tailgate seems also reshaped slightly and the roof line also looks slightly longer.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin of the smallest Buick crossover, we should
expect the new center cluster and instrument panel. Buick will also employ new
materials and textures and improve seat comfort.

The new generation version will also come with the new
connectivity and upgraded driver aids. All versions will use the latest
infotainment system with smartphone support and the model will also equip
keyless entry and ignition, power driver seat, and more in the base version.
The upper grades will add more sophisticated materials and comfort features.
The active driver aids should appear in more trims and with upgraded features.

It is also possible the inclusion of the high-class Avenir trim with the unique exterior and interior details and top-notch materials and electronic aids.

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore: Powertrain

In the engine department, the new 2020 Buick Encore should
repeat a 1.4-liter engine displacement. A turbocharged unit is available in two
outputs in the current version with the base model producing 138 hp and more
powerful generating 153 hp. However, Buick should replace the current 6-speed
automatic transmission with the new 9-gear setup with possible upgrades to the
performance and efficiency.

The model will arrive again with the front- and all-wheel
drive. The fuel economy should remain around 30 mpg combined.

2020 Buick Encore: Arrival, Price

The redesigned 2020 Buick Encore will go on sale in late
2019 and price should stay close to the current range.

2020 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 BMW X5: New versions, Changes, Price

BMW’s first and highly successful X5 SUV entered the new generation for the 2019 model year. With the more than 2.2 million sold units during the nearly 20-year life cycle, the model has become very important for the brand and soon after the recent redesign we should expect new upgrades of the model.

BMW will bring the new M version but will also go with the new plug-in hybrid system. The brand already announced that the plug-in hybrid version of the X5 model. The new system should provide improved range and high-performance ratings. The 2020 BMW X5 should also bring the M version but BMW is still short on details. The plug-in version could also wait for the 2021 model year introduction.

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5: Powertrains

The 2020 BMW X5 will return with currently available single-turbo V-6 and twin-turbo V-8 engines. The 8-speed automatic transmission will also be shared across the powertrain range as well as the all-wheel drive.

A 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine will sit under the hood of the xDrive40i version. The engine will pump 340 hp and torque of 330 lb-ft. With that, this version will be able to hit 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds.

A 4.4-twin-turbo V-8 in the XDrive50i version will down the 60-mph run to 4.6 seconds. It will be possible thanks to the output of 456 hp and torque of 479 pound-feet.

As for the new plug-in hybrid version, if it arrives as the 2020 model, the system will combine the 3.0-liter inline-6 combustion engine and the electric motor. The part of the system will also be the 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive. The high-voltage lithium-ion battery will also have its place in the setup in the underbody area. The new hybrid version should double the electric range of the previous version and provide the total mileage close to 50 miles.

The M version should boost the performance with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 to somewhere around 600 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque.

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5: Design

The styling of the 2020 BMW X5 and the new versions won’t change much from the form of the recently redesigned X5.

The X5 changed the platform and dimension for the new generation. The model also evolved the brand’s signature styling with the more sculpted and angular cues and also added the larger version grille. The LED headlights are available on all versions and also have a new design.

The 2020 version will bring new color options and the M model will add sportier elements combined with the 21-inch wheels. The performance version will also integrate the quad exhaust setup.

Interior, Equipment:

Interior will keep the current form. The model will come with the high-quality materials and the latest tech and safety features. It will also provide up to 72.3 cubes of the cargo space behind the front seats.

The next X5 will also offer the 12.3-inch center display and the digital gauge cluster. The equipment list will also include the 10.4-inch rear seat displays, ventilated seats, massage function, 20-speaker sound system, etc.

The safety gear will also be numerous including the systems like the blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, park assist, surround-vision cameras, emergency braking, etc.

2020 BMW X5: Arrival, Price

The 2020 BMW X5 will arrive late in 2019. The price range will again start around $60, 000. The new versions will be much more expensive but the more precise details we will appear closer to the debut of the model.

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 Cadillac Escalade: Redesign, More powertrain options, Arrival

After the arrival of the attractive and turbocharged small luxury SUV, the XT4, Cadillac was recently in the news when the spy photos of brand’s new three-row high-riding model appeared. The new model will likely get the XT6 badge and position in the mid-size class. But the brand is simultaneously working on the new generation of the large Escalade model as well.

No spy photos of the redesigned Escalade appeared yet but some reports reveal some details about what we should expect. The model will likely be ready for sale in late 2019 or early 2020. So, it will likely arrive as the 2020 Cadillac Escalade. Further details reveal possible three powertrain options including the plug-in hybrid version. The style will likely draw some inspiration from the Escala Concept while the latest model from the brand should give us insight about the technology we should expect.

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 Cadillac Escalade: Three powertrain options

If the latest reports prove to be true in the future, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade should switch from the current single V-8 engine to three powertrain options where the plug-in hybrid version is also possible.

No clear details about options available yet, but since the new Silverado and Sierra trucks will offer the 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the Escalade will likely keep this engine in the equipment list well. The current version of this engine makes 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. However, the engine will surely make some performance and efficiency upgrades.

What could, however, be the great news is the reports about the new twin-turbo V-8 engine which should also arrive with the new-gen version. We are speaking about the 4.2-liter bi-turbo V-8 from the CT6 model. The engine if comes as an option and will provide over 400 hp while the version in the CT6 V-Sport can deliver 550 hp and torque of 627 pound-feet. In any case, both engines will be in the pair with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The two- and all-wheel drive options will also be in the game.

However, the new Escalade could also come with the plug-in hybrid option but that could wait for the next model year after the redesign. The plug-in hybrid version would likely be some form of the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the CT6. This system integrates the pair of electric motors and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The new Escalade should also provide a more comfortable ride thanks to the new independent rear suspension setup.

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 Cadillac Escalade: Design, Interior

We don’t have many details about the design of the new 2020 Cadillac Escalade. The model is expected to stay on the truck-based platform while should adopt the design language from the Escala Concept.

The Concept model also influenced the look of the new XT4 and applied to the boxy Escalade it should lead to more elegant and sleeker looks as it would be possible for the model’s size and shape. The new grille version and headlights similar to the units on the new Cadillacs and sleeker profile should contribute to that. No details about the changes in size.

The interior should also come with the notable changes. Cadillac will use high-quality materials and attractive textures while will also offer the latest tech and safety features.

The new dash will ingrate the larger center screen interface and the latest features from this area. The advanced safety systems will also be the part of the deal and expect them from the base version of course.

2020 Cadillac Escalade: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade will likely wait for the release date in late 2019. The price will likely close to $80, 000 from the current base $75, 195.