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2020 Honda HR-V: News, Design, Specs, Price

Honda’s subcompact HR-V crossover was one of the first
contenders in this rapidly growing class and this well-to-ride and
flexible-interior model still remains in the top of the recommendation list.
The brand has been overhauling the crossover SUV range and we saw recently the
all-new Honda Passport and refreshed Pilot SUV. The HR-V received also the
number of updates for the 2019 version including the front and rear styling
refresh, updated interior and tech features and the addition of new Sport and
Touring trims.

The next 2020 Honda HR-V won’t bring substantial design upgrades and the model also has the up-to-date tech and safety equipment. Still, Honda will likely offer the new body color options and possibly the new exterior theme.  Honda promised also the hybridization of the entire light truck range but there are no hints yet that the next version will get this option. The addition of the turbocharged gasoline mill is among the possibilities as some reports claim as well.

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Honda HR-V: Design

The recently refreshed, Honda Fit-related, subcompact
crossover will continue to benefit from the last year styling updates and there
won’t be substantial design or structural changes until the next full redesign.
Buyers should expect the next 2020 Honda HR-V with the new color options and
wheel styles. 

The smallest in Honda SUV range model has an attractive
appearance with the nicely defined body lines. 
The model combines actually the crossover and coupe styling cues which
seems like the good combination from the visual perspective. The HR-V has
up-to-date grille style and the new design of the headlights. Honda refreshed
also the look of the bumpers and taillights for the 2019 mid-update.

The model will use the 17-inch alloy wheels on the base
version and update the styling of the Sport version with 18-inch units and add
dark trim exterior accents.

Interior, Equipment:

Honda updated also the interior of the popular HR-V for the
2019 version. The model received the reshaped front seats and upgraded
upholstery quality plus improved sound insulation. The part of the mid-update
was also improved infotainment system and safety equipment.

The HR-V will provide the 5-inch center display, Bluetooth,
rearview camera and we could also see the extension of the actives safety
systems to the base trim. The Sport trim will add larger wheels, additional
sound insulation, a 7-inch center display. The upper grades will add the heated
seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, etc.

The Safety Sense Suite available currently in the EX trim and higher could be introduced in lower trims as well.

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Honda HR-V: Powertrains

The current Honda HR-V goes on sale in the US with the
single, naturally aspirated engine. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill
makes 141 horsepower and torque 121 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Honda HR-V
will also return this engine in the combination with the continuously variable
transmission and dilemma between the front- and all-wheel drive. With this
power unit, the model will provide a 28/34 mpg city-highway fuel economy with
the 2WD. The 4WD versions will return 27/31 mpg.

The big news for the 2020 version could be the inclusion of
the turbocharged four-cylinder engine as per the latest reports. A 1.5-liter
turbo-4 engine with the power around 174 hp like in the Civic hatch would be
the great upgrade for the subcompact crossover but Honda hasn’t yet confirmed
this possibility. The HR-V should also get the hybrid powertrain but it still
remains unclear when Honda will install it.

2020 Honda HR-V: Release, Price

The 2020 Honda HR-V will have the launch date in late 2019.
The price will again start slightly above $20, 000.

2020 Bentley Bentayga: New version, Design, Release

Bentley’s first attempt in the ever-growing SUV market has
proven successful and to keep the focus on the model brand is now working on
the new upgrades. After the recent introduction of the electrified version,
Bentley will add a new, high-performance version to the range and the
additional Bentayga will be the new range-topper.

The model was spotted while testing and we should expect more aggressively styled Bentayga with the upgraded suspension and W-12 engine. The new version will arrive as the 2020 Bentley Bentayga and with the Speed nomenclature. Bentley hasn’t revealed performance and details of the new Speed version and keeps also potential upgrades of the current range under the wraps. However, there shouldn’t be big news for the current versions.

2020 Bentley Bentayga

2020 Bentley Bentayga: Design

Styled with the British sense for aesthetics, the Bentley
Bentayga is instantly recognizable on the road. The aluminum-bodied SUV has
elegant shape and lines and styling elements are a familiar story from brand’s
earlier models.  The trapezoidal mesh
grille and rounded headlights define the face of the model while the profile
gets attention thanks to the sculpted fender flares and elegant roofline. The
rear has a nicely fitted bumper and squared taillights with attractive
graphics.

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga will keep the same styling of the
currently available versions while the new, Speed variant will add a more
sporty flair.  The spy shots reveal the
version with the lower ride height and more aggressive front-end style. The
larger intakes and front splitter define a more aggressive approach up front while
new rear diffuser and larger rear spoiler contribute to the rear section style.

Interior, Equipment:

The new Bentayga Speed will also add some unique details
inside the cabin but we don’t have insight into its cabin yet.  The already available versions should
continue in the familiar forms.

The ultra-luxury Bentayga will provide more than a dozen leather shades, multiple wood textures and interior configurations. The model will come with the tri-zone climate control with rear seat controls, an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, standard leather upholstery, a sunroof, eighteen speakers, and more. Every trim version will provide an extensive range of customization options. The model will also equip the latest tech for the crash prevention and avoidance. The systems monitoring the ride and assisting the driver will be active lane control, blind spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, night vision, parking assist, etc.

2020 Bentley Bentayga

2020 Bentley Bentayga: Powertrains

The new 2020 Bentley Bentayga will repeat the current W-12 and
plug-in hybrid powertrains while the new version should bring some performance
and suspension upgrades.

The new Speed version should also use a 6.0-liter
twin-turbocharged W-12 engine as the reports claim. However, the Bentayga Speed
should lift the horsepower count to somewhere around 650 hp. The W-12 engine
provides 600 hp and 663 pound-feet of torque in the base configuration which is
enough for the 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The new version, with the retuned
suspension, aerodynamic upgrades and more horsepower will go to the 3 seconds
range.

The plug-in hybrid version will return with the 3.0-liter
bi-turbo V-6 combined with the advanced electric motor and electric range
around 31 miles.

2020 Bentley Bentayga: Release, Price

The new Bentayga version will reveal its secrets in the
first half of 2019. The models will go on sale as the 2020 Bentley Bentayga in
the second part of the year. The new model will again start slightly below
$200, 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.

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.