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2020 Lincoln Aviator: Design, Specs, Equipment, Release

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

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

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Design

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

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

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

Interior, equipment:

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

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

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

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

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Performance

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

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

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

2020 Lincoln Aviator: Release, Price

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

2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Design, Performance, Price

Ford’s premium sub-brand has been in the offensive with the new and updated models since the introduction of the Continental sedan. But the brand has also the focus on its SUV range and has been in the process of the improving, introducing and renaming the high-riding models. The Lincoln Nautilus, mid-size, two-row crossover is the new nameplate, styling, improved efficiency and safety of the Edge-based and previously named MKX model. The restyled and renamed model was the part of the mid-update of the Lincoln MKX.

For the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus, the things will remain the same as now. Lincoln won’t come with the major modifications after the recent update and the model will offer the same options as well. The Nautilus crossover will return with the fresh styling and two turbocharged power units. It will also offer nicely-styled and well-equipped cabins.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Design

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will continue to live on the recent styling updates and on the same structure. The Continental and Navigator-inspired styling was adopted on the same Edge-based structure and greenhouse of the MKX model. In the transition, the model ditched the wing-style grille as well and added the new headlights again with the similar design as the units on the Continental sedan.

The profile remained the same after the mid-update and renaming while the rear also adopted the refreshed design.

Interior, equipment:

The 2020 Nautilus will also continue with the same interior as on the current version. The recent update brought some material and texture upgrades but the cabin isn’t the large departure from the MKX model. The cargo capacity is same as under the previous nameplate. The max cargo room is 68.3 cubic feet and with the second row in the function it is 37.2 cubes at the disposal.

The next Nautilus will also return the familiar trim levels. The Sync3 infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto will keep you connected and manage controls. The model will also come with the digitalized 12.3-inch instrument cluster among the options as well with the 19-Speaker Revel sound system, 22-way adjustable seats, and plenty of the safety equipment.  Available will be the systems like the adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keep assist, blind spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, etc.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Powertrains, MPG

To the new decade, the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will continue with turbocharged units from the current version.

The crossover will have a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine as the base power unit. The engine is the pair with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The power it delivers will be 245 hp and torque 280 pound-feet.

The fuel efficiency for this power combo will be 23 mpg combined with two-wheel drive and 22 mpg combined with the power on all wheels.

The next level of performance will provide a 2.7-liter bi-turbo V-6. The number of the gears is the same as on the base version while the all-wheel drive is mandatory. But the power and torque ratings will be at 335 hp and 380 pound-feet while the fuel economy around 21 mpg combined.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Release, Price

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will cost from around $40, 500. The on-sale date will be in late 2019.

2020 Audi Q3: News, RS Q3, Specs, Release

Audi’s subcompact Q3 crossover SUV gets attention with the
upmarket styling, extreme practicality and comfort, advanced technology and
punchy performance. A recently redesigned model goes against the big brands and
popular models including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo
XC40.

The second-generation Q3 arrived on the new platform and
larger with the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The engine range in
the US makes a 2.0L turbo available in two states of tune while in other markets
buyers can also have the TDI options and more TFSI versions.

The 2020 Audi Q3 won’t come with many new details but the big news is the new high-performance RS Q3 version. The new model will boost the style and performance of the model to the new levels and will be an alternative for the high-spec rivals.

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Design

Audi redesigned the subcompact Q3 around the ubiquitous MQB
platform and made it larger as well. The new platform provides higher
powertrain flexibility, technology upgrades and performance while longer
wheelbase, length and wider track mean more space and comfort for the
passengers and cargo.

The styling of the model is modern and balanced with the new
signature elements. The octagonal grille borrows the inspiration from the
range-topping Q8 model and modern-design headlights get also the attention. A
defined charter line and subtly sculpted fenders also contribute to the look of
the model. The rear has also defined lines and shapers with the nicely fitted
bumper and attractive headlights.

The 2020 Audi Q3 will keep the things same regarding the
styling but the brand will add sportier and more aggressively styled RS Q3
version. The high-performance Q3 will boost the aerodynamics with the new
diffuser and much larger air intakes will also impact the styling and
performance. The wider track and lower ride height will also serve to better
performance and stability and form more aggressive appearance. The model will
also use unique wheels with the upgraded brakes peeking behind the spokes. The
rear spoiler and oval exhaust tips will also define the RS Q3.

Interior, equipment:

With the 3.0 inch longer wheelbase and 4.0 inches more in
overall lengths the new-generation Q3 provides more comfort and cargo room. The
cargo volume grew to 54 cubes with the rear seats stowed and to 16.7 cubes with
the functional rear row. The model provides also high-comfort and top-notch
tech features.

The subcompact crossover will offer leather and non-lather
upholstery, dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel, a sunroof and
many other luxury extras. The latest infotainment system with the smartphone
support and large 10.1-inch center screen will also be in the offer as well and
digitalized 10.3-inch instrument cluster.

The safety aspect will also employ the latest technologies including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian and cyclist detection, surround vision and parking assist.

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Performance

Audi limited the range of the engine options in the US to
the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but it comes in two states of
tune. The base 2020 Audi Q3 will make 184 hp and torque of 236 lb-ft. An
upgrade of the engine will provide 228 hp and torque of 258 lb-ft.

The models will use an 8-speed automatic transmission and
Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has no plans to offer a front-wheel drive
version as sad earlier.

The high-performance RS Q3 version will upgrade the
suspension and braking system while the engine should come from the RS 3. In
that application, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 unit makes 400 hp and
torque of 354 pound-feet. With that, the RS Q3 should put the 60-mph run under
5 seconds.

2020 Audi Q3: Release, Price

The 2020 Audi Q3 will hit the market late in the year with
the RS Q3 launch in 2020. The price should again start around $36, 000. 

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 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 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.