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

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

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

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

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Design

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

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

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

Interior, equipment:

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

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

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

2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3: Performance

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

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

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

2020 Audi Q3: Release, Price

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

2020 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 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 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 Toyota Highlander: Redesign, Changes, Arrival

Toyota’s reliable, mid-size, three-row Highlander crossover
SUV is faced now with many updated, redesigned or newly-introduced models. Ford
revealed recently the heavily-improved Explorer and the Highlander has also the
updated Honda Pilot and Buick Encore in the sight but also the newcomers such
as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent and Hyundai Palisade. The all-new
Highlander arrived for 2014 and received the mid-update for the 2017 version.
Toyota has, however, been caught testing the new-generation 2020 Toyota
Highlander recently.

Details about the fifth-generation Highlander are still scarce but the three-row family hauler should grow in size and move on the new platform. The styling should also see the revisions in accordance to brand’s latest design language while model should also come with the heavily reworked interior and newest tech, comfort and safety features. The powertrain range should again include the gasoline and electrified versions.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Design, Platform

Toyota is prepping the new 2020 Toyota Highlander and like
many of its recent models, the version will be based on the stretched version
of the TNGA modular platform which forms also the base of the models like the
CH-R, Avalon, Camry, RAV4, etc. With the Toyota Global New architecture, the
Highlander should provide better performance and flexibility plus weigh less
while the prototype versions suggest also the enlarged dimensions.

Form the visual point of view, it seems that the test
version hides the styling similar to what we can see on recently all-new RAV4.
The styling cues we saw initially on the FT-AC concept model should be applied
to the new Highlander as well. That should mean hexagonal grille design
combined with swept-back headlights and dynamic front bumper style. 

The profile seems also to be coming with the trapezoidal
shaped fender flares and cleaner lines. The rear will also receive the new
taillights and resculpted tailgate and rear bumper.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, we should expect more passenger and cargo
space as the prototype version seem to have stretched wheelbase and length. The
current Highlander provides max cargo capacity of 84 cubes and just 14 cubic
feet with the all seats functional.

The new Highlander will also arrive with the new interior
design and upgraded materials and textures. The model should use similar dash
elements placement as the RAV4 with the center screen sitting atop the middle
of the dash and new air vents.

The new generation version will also adopt the latest Entune infotainment platform with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The safety will also be updated to the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite with the sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, etc.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Powertrain

No details have leaked yet about the powertrain Toyota will
use in the new generation 2020 Toyota Highlander.   

The range should include the four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline
units like in the current version and the electrified option as well. The
possible candidates should be the units from the mid-size Camry sedan. A
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with power around 200 hp and the V-6 unit with
the potential around 300 hp. Both engines should come in the combination with
the 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The hybrid could combine updated 3.5-liter V-6 engine with
the battery-powered electric motor for a slightly improved total output.

2020 Toyota Highlander: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Toyota Highlander should debut in the second
half of 2019. The price will likely see a modest increase across the range.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Update, Changes, More Power, Release

Mercedes’ well-selling GLC compact, luxury SUV competes with
many high-value rivals including the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan
and Jaguar F-Pace. The GLC was all -new for the 2016 model year and Mercedes is
now prepping some updates to keep the model fresh and competitive. Available in
many powertrain options including the plug-in hybrid and high-performance AMG
versions, the GLC covers a wide range of demands and Mercedes provides, of
course, the best of the comfort and teach features.

However, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will receive the mid-cycle update with the changes on model’s appearance and interior. The brand will also upgrade the tech features and add several new elements as the latest reports claim. There should, however, be some performance upgrades in the lineup as well.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Design

The compact-sized 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will get some
visual upgrades for the new model year and as it is usually with the
mid-update, the brand will intervene on the easy-removable parts while will
keep the model in the current shape and size.

The front section of the model will come with the tweaked
grille version and the headlights are also under revision. The new front
lighting units seem slightly smaller and with the new daytime running lights.
The lower front fascia will also get slightly different style and the rear will
also introduce similar treatment. The refreshed taillights will also be the
part of the mid-update and the recently introduced AMG 63 versions should also come
with the similar changes.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cockpit, the refreshed Mercedes GLC will bring
the new three-spoke steering wheel with more controls. Mercedes will also
upgrade the infotainment system but won’t introduce the MBUX platform that
debuted in the A-Class. Instead, the GLC model will get the system available in
the updated C-Class. The system will include a larger center screen and updated
system’s interface plus the new touchpad in the center console.

The model will also put the larger screen in front of the driver and Mercedes will also upgrade the array of the advanced safety systems.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Powertrains

With the updated styling and interior, the 2020
Mercedes-Benz GLC will also come with some improvements in the powertrain
range. Mercedes hasn’t yet revealed exact details but the changes should
reflect those done on the updated C-Class.

The base powertrain with the 2.0-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder engine should move the number of horsepower from the current 241
to around 255.

A potent 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 from the AMG GLC 43
should boast improved horsepower number as well. The current 362 hp should see
the boost to 385 hp which should improve the 60-mph run from the current 4.8
seconds to lower 4-second range.

The recently added AMG GLC 63 and the plug-in hybrid
versions should keep the current performance.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Release, Price

The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will go on sale by the
end of the year. Mercedes will likely correct the price slightly but the model
should start just above $40, 000.