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2020 Hyundai Palisade: Design, Specs, Release

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the new name in the brand’s portfolio that debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show. However, the all-new model is essentially the replacement of the three-row Santa Fe XL. The smaller two-row Santa Fe Sport entered the fourth generation as the 2019 Santa Fe while the bigger, three-row Santa Fe was marketed as the 2019 Santa Fe XL. Now, the Hyundai Palisade is the new name and design for the successor of the Santa FE XL and the rival for the models like Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse.

The mid-size Palisade comes with the new, bold exterior design and spacious and well-equipped interior. The family-friendly crossover SUV offers the latest technologies and convenience features one would expect in this kind of vehicle nowadays. Powering the model is the Genesis-sourced V-6 and there is an available HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Design

The all-new, mid-size 2020 Hyundai Palisade comes with the new bolder exterior design inspired by the latest crossovers in the brand’s range. The model has an eye-catchy grille with the more dynamic shape and mesh pattern. The sharp, split-style headlights also define the face of the new model while more sculpted lines and fenders also boost the visual impression. The Palisade has also the sculpted tailgate with the tall taillights. The model will ride on the 18-inch wheels as standard and the size will grow up to 20 inches in the top trims.

The replacement of the Santa Fe XL is also longer than the old-nameplate model for 3 inches while Hyundai stretched the wheelbase for 4 inches. The result is more space inside for the passengers and their cargo.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, Hyundai maximizes the passenger space but provides also the latest tech and convenience features.

The model offers seats for up to eight and among the best-in-class rear seat legroom. Thanks to the longer body and 4 inches longer wheelbase, the Palisade provides more than 40 inches of the rear seat leg room and 31.4 inches of the leg room for the third-row passengers. The cargo space is also increased to 18 cubes with the all seats up and 45.8 cubes with the third-row fold flat.

The Palisade comes also with the driver-oriented dash design and provides two cup holders per passenger. The model includes also eight USBs, 10.3-inches infotainment screen, 12.3-inches digital instrument cluster, smartphone compatibility features, wireless charging, etc.

The safety is also following the trends in the industry. The three-row Palisade comes equipped with the adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, child lock, etc.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Powertrain

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade debuts with the single engine option. Like in the Santa Fe XL, the model gets the V-6 engine under the hood but the 3.8-liter Genesis-sourced displacement changes the 3.3-liter V-6 unit. While the V-6 makes 290 hp in the Santa FE XL, the new 3.8-liter V-6 provides 291 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet in the new Palisade.

The power goes through the 8-speed automatic transmission to the front wheel by default. The HTRAC all-wheel drive will provide better traction and performance optionally. The model offers also the new Snow traction mode and locking differential.

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Release, Price

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will hit the market in summer 2019. The price range will appear closer to that date. Expect the entry price slightly higher than $32, 000 where the Santa Fe Xl starts.

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 Cadillac XT5: Refreshed, Changes, Release

Cadillac has been busy with launching the new and redesigned
models with the emphasis on the SUV type versions. The brand has the plan to
deliver the new or refreshed models through 2021. The small XT4 crossover SUV
arrived as the 2019 model and the all-new is also a three-row 2020 XT6 model.
The largest SUV in brand’s range, the Cadillac Escalade should also debut in
the redesigned form and the new CT4 and CT5 sedans are also the part of the
plan. The brand promises also the new electric crossover. However, the brand’s
successful, mid-size XT5 crossover will also get some attention and the
refreshed version will hit the market as the 2020 Cadillac XT5.

Cadillac hasn’t yet revealed the changes and specs of the refreshed XT5 but leaked details reveal modest styling changes. The model should also come with the upgraded tech and safety range and could also bring the turbocharged inline-4 option. 

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Cadillac XT5: Design

The luxury XT5 crossover SUV based on GM’s C1XX platform
debuted for the 2017 model year and replaced the old-nomenclature Cadillac SRX.
For the fourth model year after the current generation launch, the XT5 model
will get the mid-cycle update and available details suggest usual styling
updates of one mid-update.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will switch from the current grille
design to the new style inspired by the 2016 Escala Concept. The new grille
should provide a more elegant style while it seems that the model will keep the
same headlights design. The shape and size of the model will also keep the
current form and the profile will also look familiar.

The rear will also display a new signature of tealights
while the rest should keep the same style and contours.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the refreshed XT5 should also adopt some
styling cues of the newest SUVs in the range and upgrade tech and safety
equipment.

A well-equipped from the base version, the XT5 will provide
features like the dual zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, power
front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. The leather upholstery and
heated front seats will be available one step higher than the base trim.

The model will also include the latest infotainment system and should also provide more safety systems available across the range.  The mid-update could also bring the Super Cruise partial self-driving tech.

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Cadillac XT5: Powertrains

As for the powertrain options, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will
surely repeat the currently only available 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This unit is
also under the hood of the new XT6 and makes 310 hp and torque of 271
pound-feet.

The reports suggest, however, the introduction of the GM’s
new 9-speed automatic transmission. The big update could also be an addition of
the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine which is available in other markets.
The version of the engine in China makes 258 hp where the brand offers also the
mild-hybrid system but no information appeared suggesting this possibility for
the US market.

2020 Cadillac XT5: Release, Price

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 should make the premiere in the coming
months with the on-sale date later in the year. The new upgrades should also
lift the price slightly.     

2020 Genesis GV80: News, Design, Release

Hyundai’s upmarket division Genesis has had the focus on the
sedan models so far but with the SUV sells booming the brand is now changing
the course in that direction. The Genesis GV80 Concept presented at the 2017
New York Auto Show hinted the arrival of the first SUV model from the brand and
the upcoming mid-size GV80 was spotted in the form which seems production
ready. The model should hit the market as the 2020 Genesis GV80 and go against
the established names in the industry like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE,
etc. The reports indicate also that Genesis has another smaller GV70 SUV in the
plan to compete in the segment with the BMW X3.

The brand’s new model should borrow sharp styling cues from the mentioned concept model while inside the cockpit we should expect a similar design as in the brand’s sedans.  The engine range should also mimic the powertrain options in the sedan lineup with the possible introduction of the new V-6 unit.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Design

The 2020 Genesis GV80 is still the unsolved mystery as
Geneses hides details about the model while we can draw some cues from the
prototype version.

First of all, it’s not known yet what platform the new
Genesis SUV will use. Judging by the spy photos the model is likely based on
the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the G80 sedan. Some sources suggest also
the stretched Santa Fe’s platform or the unit from the new Palisade model. Still,
the first scenario seems like the most probable.

On the other hand, the styling of the model seems to have
inhered the sharp design cues from the Concept version. The mesh grille seems
to have the similar design as on the GV80 Concept but slightly redefined
proportions. The horizontal oriented headlights follow also the pattern form
the concept car but with the enlarged dimensions and more conventional design.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the mid-size Genesis SUV should use
similar design cues as the brand’s newest sedans. Still, the model will get a
unique steering wheel and reports claim also the new controllers for the
model. 

The GV80 will, of course, employ the high-quality materials combined with contrasting surfaces and trim details. The latest tech will be used and advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, etc.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Powertrains

As for the engine options, the new 3.6-liter V-6 could be in
the progress and arrive with the 2020 Genesis GV80. The model will offer both
rear-drive and four-wheel drive option and automatic transmission.

A 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine used in the G80 should
also be the option. This engine makes 365 hp and torque of 376 lb-ft in the
sedan model. Other options from the sedan a 3.8-liter V6 and potent 420 hp
5.0-liter V-8 could also be the part of the deal. The plug-in hybrid version
should appear at some point.

2020 Genesis GV80: Release, Price

The 2020 Genesis GV80 should reach the showroom late in the
year. Closer to the launch date more details will surface as well as the price.
The model should start in the upper $60,000-range.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design, Specs

Mercedes’ strong SUV lineup is now better for the all-new, mid-size GLE model. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will provide the top-tier comfort and impressive tech features. The new model is also significantly larger and brings also the third-row option. The premium materials and brand’s latest infotainment system will be mixed with the advanced safety tech and there will be a good amount of the cargo space as well.

The newest successor of the M-Class will also offer the potent four- and six-cylinder turbo engines and different suspension options. There will also be the sophisticated 4Matic system and 48-Volt mild-hybrid setup plus the AMG bits.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE enters the new generations with the sharp styling and significantly larger. The new version measures 5.2 more in length and rides on the 3.1-inch longer wheelbase while is also wider. Thanks to that the model can accommodate the optional third row of seats.

Visually, the model features the brand’s latest design cues. The pointing headlights and signature grille define the front-end style while the nicely creased hood also contributes to the look. The profile comes with the subtle body lines and rakish rear pillar and another prominent feature is the wraparound rear glass.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new GLE is more comfortable and packed with the premium materials and tech features. The larger body and stretched wheelbase provide the room for the optional third row of seats. The model has 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and up to 22.2 cubes with the first two rows up.

The dashboard comes with the duo of 12.3-inch screens covered with the glass panel. One display provides configurable information for the driver and the center screen manages infotainment, navigation, seat features, etc. The newest version of the MBUX system added about 40 new features, as Mercedes says.

The model also offers high-comfort features and functions and different leather options. The modern, active safety systems are also the part of the all-new GLE. The SUV will come with the automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring in every version.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance

On the performance front, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will come with two potent, turbocharged engines and various drivetrain options.

The base GLE350 will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. The engine makes 255 horsepower and torque of 273 pound-feet. The pair with the engines is the 9-speed automatic transmission and the rear-wheel drive is standard. The 4Matic four-wheel drive will also be available with both engine options.

The more potent option is a 3.0-liter turbo straight-6 engine combined with the 48-Volt mild-hybrid system. The GLE450 with the inline-6 engine provides 355 hp and torque of 369 pound-feet. The mild-hybrid system assists with additional 22 pound-feet. The GLE450’s all-wheel-drive system can distribute 100 percent of power between the axles.

Suspension, MPG

The car will also come with three suspension options. The normal setup will provide smooth and predictable drive while the AirMatic will improve with the adaptive damping. The next-level suspension will be possible thanks to the combination of the E-Active body Control and AirMatic damping. The system uses the radar and camera which scan the road ahead and prepares the suspension based on the road configuration. The system assists also while steering and adjusts the suspension height and leans the body into corners for easier control.

As for the performance of the versions, the turbo-four-powered model can hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The turbo inline-6 engine boasts better score with the 5.5 seconds on the counter.

The new GLE can tow up to 3, 500 pounds. The fuel economy should land around 30 mpg highway in the GLE350 version. The more powerful GLE450 should return about 27 mpg highway.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be available for the buyers in the next spring while the destiny of the coupe version is still unclear.

The new GLE will go against the strong rivals such as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Porsche Cayenne, Land Rovers, etc.

The price is yet to be revealed. According to some estimations, the more sophisticated Mercedes GLE should go for about $56, 000 in its base variant.

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 Acura RDX: Changes, Specs, Price

Acura’s best-selling model RDX entered the third generation as the 2019 version and the model arrived with more style, turbocharged power, torque vectoring all-wheel drive, high-class interior and much more. The new generation RDX sports the new exterior design and better performance and in the fast-growing segment, it was on the sales chart in front of the names such as the BMW X3, Audi Q3. Mercedes GLC, etc., at some periods.

So, after the comprehensive redesign, we shouldn’t expect much to change with the arrival of the next 2020 Acura RDX version. The model will bring new color options and probably more standard features.

2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX: Design

The recent redesign brought the new RDX on the new platform and larger in all directions. The model rides on the 2.6-inch longer wheelbase while has 2.4 inches more in lengths than the version its replaced.

The new generation model also adopted the design language defined with the pentagonal grille and attractive Jewel Eye headlights. But the more angular body, sweeping lines on the side panels and sharply styled rear also boost the visual impression.

As for the 2020 Acura RDX, things will stay the same from the visual point of view. What we sound expect are new shades and wheel options.

Interior, Equipment:

The high-end interior is also the strong side of the RDX. The model combines the dynamic dash design and specific controls and dials with the premium, contrasting materials and nice wood, aluminum and other accents. The RDX also offers a max cargo capacity of 58,9 cubes and with the rear seats functional up to 29, 5 cubes.

The model also comes with the advanced tech and safety features. Even the base version will have a 10.2-inch screen-based infotainment system, nice speakers, USBs, etc. The entry-level model will also provide keyless ignition, LED headlights, heated front seats, etc. The standard safety equipment will also be numerous. The RDX will rely on adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision wringing with automatic emergency braking and other usual gear.

The available upgrades will add the leather upholstery, navigation, more speakers, blind-spot monitoring, ventilated front seats, surround view cameras and more.

2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX: Performance

The RDX ditched the V-6 engine in favor of the Civic Type R-based turbo unit for the recent redesign. The 2020 Acura RDX will return with the willing 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 272 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque at disposal. The engine will work in the conjunction with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

The model will offer the all-wheel drive which can transfer up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels. Improving the handling will also be the torque vectoring which can route power left to right up to 100 percent. Another level of the drive control will provide the Integrated Dynamics System with the different modes for the particular road conditions.

As for the fuel efficiency, the RDX will be around 24 mpg combined regardless of the two- or all-wheel drive.

2020 Acura RDX: Release, Price

The 2020 Acura RDX will hit the market in the second half of 2019. The price will likely go slightly up from the current base $37, 300 and climb over $48, 000 with the most of options loaded.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.