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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 Q4: News, Design, Engines, Release

The weaves of new SUVs continue to splash each Auto Show but the new prototypes of the high-riding models are constantly being seen on the roads as well.  Audi has recently been spotted testing the refreshed Q7 model but the all-new model with the “four rings” is also in the works. After the recent introduction of the flagship Q8 model, Audi will bring the new, smaller example of the Q-range in the showrooms for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Audi Q4 is set to take place between the Q3 and Q5 models in brand’s range of SUVs and will be the rival for models like the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC coupe.

The new Q4 model will be the couple-like derivative of the Q3 and two models will share the platform, engines and equipment. The model will offer a number of powertrain options depending on the market and eventually get the PHEV variant during the life cycle. The new coupe style crossover will also get the latest tech and safety gear.

2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4: Design

Audi hinted the arrival of the Q4 model with the TT Off-Road Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and a recently caught prototype of the model seems to have the production-ready form. The new Q-range Audi should hit the market as the 2020 model and it should borrow heavily from the Q3 version.

Although we heard from Audi that the Q4 won’t just be the coupe version of the Q3 yet more distinctive model, two models will share ubiquitous MQB platform much of the gear. The Q4 could, however, ride on the slightly longer wheelbase than the Q3.

As for the styling, the prototype version reveals more angular shape than on the Q3 with the coupe-style profile. The front section includes familiar, single-frame grille and pair of the Led headlights with the shape similar to what we can see on the Q3 model.

Thanks to the fast-sloping roofline the model looks more aggressive from the profile than the conventional shaped Q3 and a more sculpted tailgate add also to the sportier appearance.

Interior, Equipment:

Behind the steering wheel, the new Q4 should also borrow heavily from the Q3 and recent brand’s models. The horizontally oriented lines and shapes combined with the electronic devices will dominate on the dash. Audi will also employ high-end materials, aluminum and wood trim to improve the look and feel of the interior.

The model will also arrive with the latest tech and safety achievements and convenience upgrades. The new Q-range Audi will adopt the brand’s latest 9.2-inch infotainment display as well as the 10.25-inch instrument cluster. Audi will also equip the new coupe-like crossover with the advanced safety technologies and systems like adaptive cruise control, active lane assists and blind spot monitors.

2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4: Powertrains

Power for the new 2020 Audi Q4 should come from the various engine options depending on the market. The MQB platform allows also the PHEV powertrain application but it remains the possibility in the latter phase of the life cycle.

The model will utilize the new generation 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engines with two outputs around 128 and 148 hp respectively. The upgraded 2.0-liter TDI diesels will also appear on the Old Continent and should produce 148 and 187 hp.

The version for the US will likely adopt single 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The high-performance RS Q4 version should also feature and use a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine with the power around 400 hp.

2020 Audi Q4: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Audi Q4 should debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. The first price estimation puts the coupe-like Audi at around $37, 000.

2020 BMW X1: Mid-update, Changes, Release

BMW is testing the refreshed X1 crossover which should be ready for the next year launch. The updated X1 was expected as the 2019 model according to the previous reports but the mid-cycle refresh will coincide with the 2020 BMW X1 version.

The new model will bring the small changes on the front and rear side as it is the case with the most mid-updates while changes inside the cabin should be even subtler. The front-wheel-drive-based small crossovers should also return the same-number-of-cylinders engine options with the possible plug-in hybrid introduction. More details will emerge closer to the launch date.

2020 BMW X1

2020 BMW X1: Refreshed look

The new 2020 BMW X1 will bring some visual refreshments and there won’t be radical changes. The prototype version has the swirly camo on the sections of the front and rear sides while the profile remains undisguised.

Obviously, the usual mid-update changes will appear with the new version. The model will gain the new headlights and taillights but both seem to have the similar shape while changes the internal pattern.

The kidney grille version also changes in line with the most recent high-riding models in the range and the front bumper is also the part of the refresh. The rear bumper will also get a slightly restyled form but overall BMW’s first crossover in the range won’t change the styling radically.

Interior, equipment:

As for the interior design and available equipment, the revised X1 will also come in the line with recently revised models from the brand.

The model should get the new steering wheel, gear shifter and iDrive system. A bit larger center display should appear and BMW might also add the new digital instrument cluster. Expect also the rearview camera and automatic emergency braking to become the standard equipment.

2020 BMW X1

2020 BMW X1: Powertrains

The engine range of the new 2020 BMW X1 will again consist of the 3- and 4-cylinder options depending on the market. No details about the performance yet but the power range should vary between 116 and 230 hp.

The version in the US will again get the turbo-4 unit with the 8-speed automatic transmission and standard two-wheel drive. The power on all four wheels will also be available but some sources suggest a new sub-200 hp engine option.

BMW might also offer the plug-in hybrid version. The X1 version in China has the setup with the 1.5-liter inline-3 turbo engine and the electric motor at the rear axle. The 10.7-kWh battery pack provides the range around 37 miles in this version. Some sort of this setup should also find the way to the new markets with the arrival of the next version or later.

2020 BMW X1: Release, Price

The new 2020 BMW X1 will debut in the first part of 2019 with the on-sale date next fall. A slight bump in the price range is expected. However, the base version will again stay close to $34, 000.

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.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Specs, Design

The off-road capable and well-equipped Toyota Prado from the Land Cruiser family returns to the stage as the 2019 model after the last year update. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will continue to live on the updates of the recent refresh and there won’t be major improvements expect we should get new color options, revised price and possibly new package options.

The recent refresh brought reduced prices and more standard safety tech. Toyota also refreshed the styling of the popular model and the interior also benefits from the improved quality and tech. The engine range was also revised depending on the market but the refreshed Prado can tow more.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Design

The capable 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will repeat the styling of the current version which received the refresh.

The last refresh brought new bumpers with the design improved to provide better off-road maneuverability. The hood also has refreshed look with the bulges designed to improve driver’s visibility. The Prado also has narrow, swept-back headlights with nice accents and Toyota’s grille with large vertical slats.

The boxy SUV also has sculpted fenders while the rear includes the spare wheel, massive rear bumper, and nice taillights.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Prado also rates better since the recent refresh. The high-quality interior provides great comfort and modern tech and convenience features. The model has clean dash design with easy-to-use switchgear and protruding center screen interface.

The Pardo also offers plenty of upscale equipment and buyers get the ventilated and power seats while also can opt the heated rear row.  The leather-accented padding also looks nice and provides great comfort.

Toyota also thinks about the safety and the Prado comes with the modern active safety tech. The off-road SUV has standard safety equipment including lane departure warning, active cruise control, and automatic high beams. The blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also available.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Performance

Toyota canceled the 4.0-liter V-6 engine in some markets since the recent refresh. Most of the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will go with the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. With the six-speed automatic gearbox and capable four-wheel drive system, the Prado will have 174 hp (130 kW) and toque od 450 Nm at disposal. The manual transmission will also be available but will reduce the torque to 420 Nm.

A full-time, low range 4WD system will provide impressive off-road capability and the Pardo will also be able to tow significant loads. With the recent towing upgrade, the model will allow up to 3, 000 kg.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: Arrival, Price

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will likely go on sale in the first half of 2019. The price will stick close to the current range depending on the market.

2019 Nissan Xterra: News, Design, Release

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

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

2019 Nissan Xterra

2019 Nissan Xterra: Design

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

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

Interior, Equipment:

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

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

2019 Nissan Xterra

2019 Nissan Xterra: Powertrain

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

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

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

2019 Nissan Xterra: Arrival, Price

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