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

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

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

2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade: Design

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

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

Interior, Equipment:

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

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

2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade: Powertrains

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

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

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

2020 Jeep Renegade: Arrival, Price

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

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Redesign, Changes, Engines, Debut

While Chevy presented the redesigned Chevy Silverado early this year the brand is also simultaneously working on the new-generation Silverado HD models and the truck-based SUVs. So, it’s not strange that the half-ton Silverado made the first to the public as this model will borrow the design, running gear, tech, etc. to the upcoming vehicles. The larger Suburban was spotted earlier while testing but the fast-selling Tahoe will also enter the new generation as the 2020 model.

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe, based on the spy photos and some sources, will finally switch to the independent rear suspension while coming also with the redesigned chassis and lighter. The model will get the modernized styling and interior adding also the newest teach features. The powertrain range should provide better performance and efficiency, with the possibility of the diesel engine introduction.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Design

The new, three-row 2020 Chevy Tahoe will share the same platform with the redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 and come much lighter. With the extensive use of the high-tensile steel in the new underpinning and aluminum alloy for the swing-body elements, the new Tahoe should also reduce the weight significantly. The new-generation Tahoe could weigh as much 400 pounds less than the version it replaces. However, at the same time, the model could gain additional inches for the extended interior capacity.

Visually, the new version should come with the more modern styling but the heavily camouflaged prototype doesn’t reveal much. The model will sport the dual-port grille combined with the new headlights. The body lines and edges seem also to be softened but we will have a clear picture of model’s new look when the introduction takes place likely early next year.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the new Tahoe should increase the level of luxury, comfort and convenience. There should also be the increased interior capacity thanks to the additional inches and new cabin configuration.

The model will also get the newest tech features Chevy has on offer. The new infotainment system with the smartphone support and new center display will appear alongside the modern safety systems. The large SUV will rely on the systems like the adaptive cruise control, lane control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, etc.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Powertrains

As for the engine choices, we should expect the 2020 Chevy Tahoe with the duo of familiar V-8 engines.

A 5.3-liter V-8 engine should appear with the improved fuel saving system and the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque ratings should stay around 355 hp and 383 lb-ft.

A 6.3-liter V-8 should be a more potent V-8 option in the combination with the new 10-speed automatic transmission.  The power with this engine should move to around 420 hp and torque to 460 lb-ft.

However, the next-generation Tahoe could also gain the diesel engine option. Again, related with the light-duty Silverado a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 would produce around 282 hp and torque of 450 lb-ft.

The new Tahoe will also switch to the rear independent suspension and will also provide the off-road upgrades.

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Chevy Tahoe will likely debut at the Auto Show early next year. The price will likely move the starting point around $50, 000 but it will be known after the debut.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Updated, New tech and Price

The elegant and fun-to-drive Land Rover Discovery Sport must keep the pace with the new Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 and the refreshed version has been spotted testing ahead of the 2019 debut. The updated Disco will appear as the 2020 model with the debut in early 2019.

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport will come with the refreshed styling and notable upgrades should also boost the interior and equipment offer. The model will also go with the electrification and offer the plug-in hybrid version but probably from 2020 as Land Rover promised.

The Discovery Sport is a good seller for the brand and since the introduction in 2015 more than 300, 000 units were sold and about 120, 000 in 2017. The model exceeded the sales of the Evoque which is set for the full redesigned for the 2020 model year.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Design

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

The fully disguised prototype of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport hides several styling modification front and rear as we can conclude. The front section comes with the flat hood and restyled headlights and grille bellow hood’s line.

The grille seems drawing the inspiration from the larger Discovery and we also noticed the resculpted front bumper in the sections around the fog lights. The rear also sports new design taillights while the profile seems to have the same form as the current version.

The Discovery Sport will also get the upgraded underpinning to allow the electrification from 2020. The new Evoque will, on the other hand, switch to the new Premium Traverse Architecture.

Interior, Equipment:

The mid-updated Discovery Sport will also boost the interior design and features to stay neck to neck with the class newcomers. Some reports claim that model will come with the multiple screens infotainment system following the pattern of the Velar model but other reports claim the Touch Pro Duo setup won’t arrive in the refreshed model. Still, the model will get upgraded infotainment features and the center stack.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Powertrains

As for the for the engine options the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport should get the revised and cleaner diesel units outside the US. The improvements in ride and performance should also hit the US version but no exact details yet.

The current US version exploits a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine available in two versions. The base version delivers 237 hp and torque of 251 pound-feet. A more powerful version provides 286 hp and 295 pound-feet of twisting. The 9-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive are also part of the deal.

The plug-in hybrid version when arrives should integrate the 1.5-liter combustion engine. It should also be the case with the new Evoque. But the electrified Discovery Sport will likely hit the raids in 2020.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Release, Price

The updated 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport will go on sale later in 2019. The debut should take place early in the year. The base price will likely move closer to $40, 000.

2019 BMW X6: Redesign, Changes, Price

BMW replaced the very popular but aging X5 with the new-generation model recently and now moving the focus to the coupe-like styled X6. The Sports Activity Coupe X6 was recently spotted testing in the disguised form but the model looks to be in the final production body and the version spotted seems to be the hot M50i.

Well, BMW hasn’t revealed details but the new third-generation X6 will unsurprisingly follow the suite of the recently redesigned X5. So, with the slightly restyled exterior, the new-gen X6 will benefit from the new architecture, updated engines, new interior, and tech. The model should appear sometime in mid-2019 and could even debut as the 2019 BMW X6 or more likely the 2020 model.

2019 BMW X6

2019 BMW X6: Design

As it is the case with the current generation, the new 2019 BMW X6 will build on the X5 model and add more excitement to the look with the coupe-like roofline. The spotted prototype of the new-generation X6 has a more athletic body and borrow from both the X5 and X4 models.

Up front, we can detect a larger kidney grille version like on the new X5 and both headlights and taillights are thinner and more modern. The more dynamic front end comes in the combination with the X4-inspired tailgate and attractive coupe roof style. The waistline and the rest of the bodywork looks similar to the new X5.

With the slightly revised exterior style, the X6 like the all-new X5 will switch to the new architecture and should also grow in size. The new-gen X5 gained inches in all directions and the wheelbase is also 1.6 inches longer. The similar treatment is expected for the sportier X6.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the new X6 wasn’t yet in front of the spy camera but the cabin of the redesigned X5 surely gives us a clear picture about its look. The new-gen model will get the redesigned dash and center console alongside the higher quality materials.

The model will also follow the X5 regarding the available equipment. By default, there will be the digital instrument cluster and large center display. The newest iDrive operating system will also be integrated as well as the best of the active safety technologies.

2019 BMW X6

2019 BMW X6: Performance

When it comes to the engine options, the 2019 BMW X6 won’t also be the different story from the new X5. With the new architecture, the model will also introduce the updated engines.

The entry level will be the 40i model with the inline-6 engine. The 3.0-liter turbo unit will deliver around 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque like in the redesigned X5. The new X6 will again offer the buyers with the six-cylinder option and the 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbocharged V-8 will make around 456 hp and torque up to 479 lb-ft.

The 8-speed automatic will transfer power to the all-wheel-drive system. Expect also the 60-mph run in about 5.3 seconds with the six-cylinder engine and around 4.6 seconds with the V-8.

2019 BMW X6: Arrival, Price

The 2019 BMW X6 should appear next spring and with the slightly increased price like the new X5.

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.

2019 Audi Q7: Changes, Specs, Price

Audi’s family-friendly Q7 has recently got a more aggressive, coupe-like style counterpart which carries the Q8 badge. The three-row Q7 was the all-new for the 2017 model year and arrived almost unchanged for the 2018 version. There won’t be major changes for the 2019 Audi Q7 as well.

The model delivers premium interior quality and comfort and also offers cutting-edge tech and safety features. For the new model year, it should get a few standard equipment extras and more accessible crash avoidance techs. The engine options, exterior, and interior design will return familiar.

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7: Styling

Despite the new Q8 model is based on the Q7 it applies the new styling theme with more aggressive cues while sits lower to the ground and has a wider track. The models share the same wheelbase.

The new styling on the Q8 gives us an idea about the direction Audi will follow with the future models and the Q7 will also apply some its aesthetics when it reaches the next update in about a year from now.

The 2019 Audi Q7 will in the meantime continue with the familiar styling and body shape. Buyers should expect new color options, wheel design and new accents in some packages. The model will, on the other hand, keep now the old-style grille version, and taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the 2019 Q7 won’t also go with major changes. It will keep the current dash design and familiar layout. Audi will again offer diverse leather and texture combinations and well-equipped trims. More standard equipment should be available and wider availability of the active safety systems.

The base Q7 will include leather upholstery, a moonroof, keyless ignition, power front seats, automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera and more. It will also offer the heated rear seats and steering wheel. Upper grades will add features such as the four-zone climate control, digital cockpit, ventilated and massaging front seats, upgraded upholstery and more.

The model will also get the latest crash avoidance technology and it should become more accessible.

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7: Engines, Performance

The aluminum-intensive Q7 is responsive and agile on the road and it will return with the same mechanics for the 2019 model year.

The barely-enough 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will remain the base option. This engine produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. All Q7s are with the 8-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

More adequate and capable is a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and it now makes 333 hp and torque of 325 lb-ft. This engine will allow more of towing and passing power while will accelerate to 60 mph in around 5.7 seconds.

The model will also offer the air suspension while both powertrains should deliver around 21 mpg combined fuel economy.

2019 Audi Q7: Arrival, Price

The 2019 Audi Q7 will hit the market this fall. It should keep the price close to the current range with the starting point of around $50k.

2020 Nissan Qashqai: News, Design, Specs, Price

Nissan’s compact Qashqai crossover SUV is one the most popular and one of the best picks in the class. The model entered the current generation in 2013 and received the mid-cycle update for the 2017 version with the extensive styling, interior and suspension upgrades. Recently, the 2019 Qashqai debuted with the upgraded engine range including the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine and revamped other units. With the new engine, Nissan boosted also the infotainment system that is available in all expect the base version.

As for the next 2020 Nissan Qashqai, there won’t be major upgrades as Nissan announced the redesigned Qashqai in 2020 likely as the 2021 model. The next Qashqai will continue to live on the recent updates while the next generation model will be the new from the ground up.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Design

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will repeat the current styling form which the model wears since the last, 2017 mid refresh. The attractive crossover has the V-motion grille style combined with the sharp, pointing headlights. The creases on the hood and profile side give it a more aggressive presence as well as the arched roofline and sculpted tailgate. The shapely rear fenders and boomerang-style taillights make the model also attractive from the rear-side perspective.

As for the next generation Qashqai, the model will arrive with the sleeker styling and switch to the new platform. The model should stay in similar dimensions while the new Common Module Family platform will provide better performance and allow adoption of the hybrid tech.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the 2020 Qashqai will stay familiar story. Nissan upgraded the infotainment system for the 2019 version with the more responsive interface and the system is available in all grades except the entry-level version.

The Qashqai will also provide comfort for adults and decent cargo space. The buyers will also choose between several material levels and textures. Nissan equips all models with the advanced safety tech and the next Qashqai will also rely on an array of the modern systems. The new generation version will bring the updates to ProPilot autonomous tech and increased connectivity.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Powertrains

The nimble and comfortable Qashqai got the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine for the 2019 version. The new turbocharged gasoline replaced the 1.2- and 1.6-liter gas-powered units and comes in two states of tune. The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will offer this engine with 140 hp at the disposal and a more powerful version will provide 160 hp.

The 2020 Qashqai will also return the familiar diesel units updated also for the 2019 version. Buyers will choose between the 1.5-liter cDi and more powerful 1.7-liter unit. The larger diesel engine makes 148 hp and uses also an AdBlue system to control emissions.

The new generation Qashqai will, however, introduce two hybrid powertrains while there won’t be the fully electric version. An ePower system will integrate the petrol engine regenerating the battery which powers an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid system will be sourced from Mitsubishi.

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Release, Price

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will hit the market in late 2019. The new generation version will debut in 2020. Expect the similar price range for the 2019 version.

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.  

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: News, Design

Honda’s popular CR-V SUV has a versatile and roomy cabin and also delivers a comfortable ride with plenty of safety gear in all models. The model was all-new for the 2017 model year and Honda promised recently the hybridization of the entire light-duty truck range. The 2019 CR-V will appear with minimal changes without of the styling and powertrain upgrades when speaking about the currently available engine options but according to some reports the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid could appear in late 2019 model year or wait for the 2020 version.

What’s is known so far, the hybrid powertrain should use the same formula as Accord Hybrid sedan with firm’s two-motor configuration. The styling and interior should be very similar to the petrol-powered models.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Design

There are no details from Honda about the hybrid version of the desirable CR-V but if the model arrives as the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid, it won’t differ much visually from the current non-hybrid version. On the hand, if Honda waits for the 2020 model year launch the model could come with the refreshed styling.

In any case, there won’t be obvious differences between the hybridized model and conventionally powered CR-Vs. The model will continue in the same shape and size while the distinction will make unique grille version, wheel design and appropriate badging.

Interior, features:

Interior of the CR-V hybrid will also be the familiar form from the current CR-V. The model will have a high dose of interior style but will win with the practicality and functionality. A number of clever compartments will be available inside the cabin and the CR-V has well-placed controls as well. The model will also be available with the upscale upgrades including high-quality upholstery, heating features, and will also include Honda’s latest tech features.

The model will come with the responsive infotainment system but will also be equipped with the array of the safety equipment. The equipment list will include systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Powertrain

There is no doubt, that 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid (or another model year version) will use Honda’s two-motor system. Like the Accord Hybrid sedan, the CR-V SUV should get the Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the combination with the electric motors and battery pack. The power and performance of the system haven’t appeared yet but the same setup makes 212 hp and manages 47 combined fuel economy in the Acord sedan.

The CR-V Hybrid will likely be the most powerful CR-V and the most efficient as well. It will beat easily 30 mpg combined of the turbo-4 powertrain and will also challenge the rivals of RAV4 Hybrid, Rogue Hybrid, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Arrival, Price

No confirmation of the arrival of the CR-V Hybrid yet from Honda. The reports claim the model could arrive late in the 2019 model year or more likely wait for the refresh and the 2020 version.

The price of the possible 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid is also unknown. The base model of the current CR-V starts from around $25, 000 and the hybrid would close to the 30k range likely.

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.