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2021 BMW X3 eDrive: News, Expectations, Release

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

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

2021 BMW X3 eDrive

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Design

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

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

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

Interior, Equipment:

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

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

2021 BMW X3 eDrive

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Powertrain

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

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

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

2021 BMW X3 eDrive: Arrival, Price

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

2020 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 Jeep Renegade: Changes, Plug-in hybrid, Release

The smallest Jeep on the road, the compact Renegade crossover SUV entered the 2019 model year with updates on all fronts. The model received more modern styling and updated interior followed by the latest infotainment tech and newly introduced active safety systems. The model is available with the different powertrains and capable off-road gear.

However, Jeep announced earlier the electrification of its entire range. The brand promised 12 electric powertrains including the mild-hybrid and hybrid versions, plug-in hybrid and battery electric propulsion options by 2020. The Renegade model will also benefit from this strategy and the biggest news for the 2020 Jeep Renegade will be the introduction of the plug-in hybrid version. Other versions after the recent update will return with minimal modifications.

2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade: Design

The compact Jeep Renegade is more modern looking crossover thanks to the recent refresh. The recent update brought the sleeker version of the seven-slot grille accompanied by the new LED headlights and fog lights. The lower front fascia has a more modern design while the rear comes with the refreshed taillights with the modified X pattern. The model will be available with different wheel options ranging from 16- to 19 inches.

As for the 2020 Jeep Renegade, there won’t be anything new to see. Even the new plug-in hybrid version won’t differ much from the combustion engine-powered versions. The badging and a few other details will help to recognize the electrified model.

Interior, Equipment:

Jeep updated also the interior of the 2019 version and there won’t be major changes for the new model year. The recent refresh introduced the redesigned center stack and Jeep also improved the storage compartments. The new USB port is also available but the smallest Jeep is also equipped with the latest tech and safety systems.

The Renegade will come with the new Uconnect infotainment system with the screens measuring 5, 7 and 8.4 inches. The active safety equipment will include lane departure warning with speed assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and sign recognition.

2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade: Powertrains

The 2020 Jeep Renegade will be available with the variety of the engine options depending on the market. The list of engines will include a 1.0-liter gasoline unit with the output of 120 hp. A larger 1.3-liter engine will make 150 or 180 horsepower depending on the version. The diesel range will include a 1.6-liter unit with the power output of 120 hp while another 2.0-liter diesel unit will produce 140 or 170 hp.

The transmission options will include a six-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch and 9-speed automatic. There will be two- and four-wheel drive options with the available Selec-Terrain control system and off-road upgrades.

As for the plug-in hybrid version, Jeep hasn’t revealed the details yet. What is sure, FCA will use the similar technology applied to the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid powertrain.

2020 Jeep Renegade: Arrival, Price

The new version of the Jeep Renegade will join in early 2020. The 2020 Jeep Renegade will again cost from around $23, 500. It remains to see the price of the plug-in hybrid version and other details.

2020 Buick Envision: Changes, Design, Specs

The Chinese-built, mid-sized, five-seater Buick Envision is closing to the new model year after the 2019 refresh. While the model dropped the price for the recent mid-update it gained the updated styling and interior followed by the more powerful engine and the new 9-speed automatic transmission.

The next 2020 Buick Envision will continue to benefit from the mentioned upgrades and there won’t be major modifications before the next redesign probably for the 2022 version. The buyers should, however, expect new body color options and Buick might also make some of the advanced safety systems more accessible. The engine options and design will continue to the new model year in the same forms and the trim range should also stay in the same order.

2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision: Design

The 2020 Buick Envision will reprise the design theme of the current, refreshed version. The elegant, mid-size crossover gained the revised head and taillights for the recent refresh and the new grille version also adorns the front-end design. The waterfall design was discontinued in the favor of the sleeker chrome wing style.

The Envision has the sculpted rear-end design and profile lines and the sheet metal won’t change the structure and style before the next redesign. The new model year will, however, bring new color options and wheel design.

Interior, equipment:

The Envision changed just a few things inside the cabin for the recent refresh and the next version will stay in the same position as the current version regarding the cab style. The model will appear with the same control’s layout and material patterns. The trim range will likely stay as the current as well.

The Envision will deliver the new IntelliLink infotainment system with the 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility features in all grades. The standard equipment will also be the heated and power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a Wi-Fi hotspot and more. The new version could, however, broad the availability of some advanced safety systems for the new model year.

2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision: Powertrains

The 2020 Buick Envision will keep the current engine options and likely the same performance.

The base level powertrain will include a 2.5-liter non-turbo four-cylinder unit combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque it delivers will remain at 197 hp and 192 pound-feet.

The more potent versions will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. Buick updated the torque ratings of the engine for the recent mid-update and combines it also with the new 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine will provide 252 hp and torque of 295 pound-feet.

The front- and all-wheel drive options will again appear. The fuel economy will remain at around 25 combined with the base engine and FWD. The turbo-power version and AWD would return around 22 mpg combined.

2020 Buick Envision: Arrival, Price

While the refreshed 2019 version arrived with the lower prices the unchanged 2020 Buick Envision will likely cost slightly higher. The model will go on sale late in 2019.

2020 Chevy Suburban: Redesign, News, Options, Release

After the redesigned light-duty Silverado 1500 appeared for the 2019 model year, Chevy was caught working on the new-generation, heavy-duty trucks. But following the new generation Silverado 1500 will also be GM’s truck-based SUVs and the all-new, full-size 2020 Chevy Suburban will be one of them. The redesigned Tahoe and GMC Yukon will also join the game mirroring the upgrades of the Chevy and GMC light-duty trucks.

The new-generation 2020 Suburban will switch to the new platform and shed some pounds in the process. The styling will also follow the pattern of the all-new Silverado 1500 and the engine range will be similar as well. The news for the upcoming Suburban is also the change to the independent rear suspension.

2020 Chevy Suburban

2020 Chevy Suburban: Platform, Design

GM is working on its full-size fleet and like the all-new Silverado 1500, the redesigned 2020 Chevy Suburban will be based on the version of the T1XX chassis. The design of the platform is the evolution of the K2XX underpinning and with the use of lightweight materials, the new model should lose hundreds of pounds in the process.

The newest Silverado 1500 is up to 450 pounds lighter than before and the next Suburban should move around 300 pounds from the shoulders.

With the version of the chassis, the new Suburban will also borrow the styling cues from the successful, half-ton truck. The prototype of the model despite heavily disguised seems to have the similar treatment of the headlights as the Silverado 1500. The same case will be with the design of the taillights but the grille and body lines should also follow the pattern.

Interior, equipment:

The full-size, three-row SUV will also come with the redesigned interior and increased comfort and luxury. The new suspension setup will boost the ride comfort and model will get new materials and tech features.

The next Suburban will also mimic the dash design and equipment offer of the new-gen, half-ton Silverado. The model will get the newest infotainment system with the center screen probably sized at 7 and 8 inches. The premium quality materials and luxury trim will be available with the heated and ventilated seats. The autonomous driving technology will also be the part of the equipment list.

2020 Chevy Suburban

2020 Chevy Suburban: Powertrains

Chevy hasn’t revealed the changes in the powertrain range and hides other detail about mechanics as well.

However, the 2020 Chevy Suburban will surely bring the new rear suspension setup changing from the solid rear to the independent rear suspension at least as an option if not as the standard solution. This move should improve the ride comfort significantly.

As for the engine lineup, the new model should again follow the path of the new Silverado 1500. The 5.3-liter V-8 should appear with the new fuel management measures and power around 355 hp. The 6.2-liter V-8 and new 10-speed automatic transmission should make around 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

The new Suburban could also follow the redesigned Silverado 1500 with the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit and 3.0-liter Duramax I6 engine.

2020 Chevy Suburban: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Chevy Suburban will debut sometime in 2019 and go on sale late in the year. Expect a more premium price with the new generation version arrival.

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 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 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.  

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

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

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

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Design

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

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

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

Interior, equipment:

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

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

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Powertrains

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

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

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

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Arrival, Price

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

2020 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.