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2020 Ford Escape: Redesign, Styling, Options, Release

The Blue Oval Brand is working on the brand-new Ford Escape
and the model should hit the roads as the 2020 version. The current generation
Escape has been around since 2013 and the all-new model will bring modern
upgrades to keep model competitive in the fastest-growing, compact crossover
SUV segment.

The new 2020 Ford Escape will come on the new platform and with the new Focus-inspired styling. The fourth-generation Escape should return the hybrid powertrain but this time the plug-in hybrid version while will offer turbocharged engines in the conventionally powered variants. The model will also get more modern interior and the production should continue in Louisville, Kentucky.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Design

The prototype version of the new generation 2020 Ford Escape
was seen while testing and it seems that the new compact crossover SUV hides
significant styling changes under the camo.

As the latest reports suggest and judging by the spy photos,
the newest Escape should apply the similar styling language as the recent Focus
which isn’t available in the US. The upcoming Escape seems to have a more
pronounced nose with the new grille and headlights. The grille uses the mesh
pattern instead of the current crossbar style and the headlights appear also to
have sharper shape. The model has also the new vertically oriented driving
lights. 

The overall shape of the Escape looks familiar but with
smoother body lines. The camouflage can’t also hide the beltline which seems
rising faster toward the C pillar.

The rear should also borrow styling cues from the new Focus.
The new taillights and sculpted tailgate will be in the combination with the
new rear bumper.

On the top of that, Ford will use the new platform for the
2020 Escape. The model will be based on the small car architecture which
underpins the latest Fiesta. The new Escape seems also to have a slightly
larger body.

Interior, equipment:

No details or spy photos of model’s interior yet. The larger body will provide an increase in the passenger and cargo space but we shouldn’t expect plenty of new room. Ford will offer the revised materials and trims combined with the latest infotainment system and advanced safety gear.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape: Powertrains

With the new platform and styling, the 2020 Ford Escape will
also introduce the upgraded powertrains but most details are still unknown.

As the latest reports suggest, the new Escape will come with
the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines as standard. This displacement used in the
new Focus comes in either 140 and 180 hp configurations. The high-performance
version will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

Ford will mix the engines with the 8-speed automatic
transmission. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be available.

The new Escape should also appear with the plug-in hybrid
powertrain sometime in the life cycle. Ford promised 24 hybrid and plug-in
hybrid models in next few years.

2020 Ford Escape: Release, Price

The 2020 Ford Escape will likely debut in the first half of
the year and go on sale later in the year. Closer to the market launch we will
also know the price of the redesigned model.  

2020 Mazda CX-5: News, Changes, Release

Mazda’s successful CX-5 compact, crossover SUV gained a
comprehensive set of upgrades for the 2019 model year and after the 2017
redesign year, the model has finally got the turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
However, Mazda upgraded also the response and stability with the new
G-vectoring system while the model introduced also the new range-topping Grand
Touring Reserve and Signature trims. The model made also some interior and tech
enhancements.

As for the next 2020 Mazda CX-5 version, reports reveal several possible upgrades while Mazda remains silent about its plan. The sleek and elegant CX-5 could come with some styling tweaks and the introduction of the diesel engine would further make the model more competitive.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Design

While Mazda brought significant mechanical and equipment
upgrades for the 2019 model year, the styling of the model remains in the form
shaped by the latest redesign. The CX-5 came with the simpler and more elegant
lines after the recent redesign and keeps the similar dimensions.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 could get updated front and rear end
styling as the reports indicate. The face of the model will again be defined
with the shield-shaped grille and slim LED headlights. However, with the
several new details in the front bumper section and refreshed grille and
headlights, the next CX-5 should stay fresh until the next redesign.

The rear side should also get the revised taillights and
bumper while the profile will keep the same shape and form.

Interior, equipment:

Two new trims Mazda introduced for the 2019 version brought
unique interior treatments and model gained also more tech features including
the 360-degree parking view. The models also come with heated and ventilated
front steals plus unique wood and dark trim accents.

The next version won’t introduce radical interior upgrades
regarding the style and comfort features while there could be some tech
improvements. Every CX-5 will provide Apple Car Play and Android Auto support.
The base version will offer 17-inch alloy wheels, LEDs, cloth upholstery, a
7-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitors, emergency braking, rear cross-traffic
alerts, etc.

Available in upper grades will be larger wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bose Audio, Nappa leather, heated and ventilates seats, etc.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Powertrains

Mazda brought finally, the CX-9 sourced 2.5-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2019 version. The new G-vectoring
Control system came also with the turbo four engine providing better control
and traction thanks to the vertical load control, varying torque and braking
friction.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 version could gain the turbodiesel
engine available in some markets. A 2.2-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel should
provide around 175 hp.

Two engines available with the 2019 version will return. A
naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with the fuel-saving technologies
will produce 184 hp and torque of 186 lb-ft. More muscle will provide the
versions with the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the
hood.  The turbo-boosted engine will pump
up to 250 horsepower and torque of 310 pound-feet.

The front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic will be standard
combo while the all-wheel drive will also be available.

2020 Mazda CX-5: Release, Price

The arrival of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 will be in fall, 2019.
The price range should stay close to the current with the starting position
around $24, 500.    

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 Kia Soul: Design, Specs, Options, Release

Kia used the 2018 Los Angeles Show to pull the wraps off the all-new Soul model. The redesigned compact hatchback starts the third generation as the 2020 Kia Soul. Kia still hides some specs like the mileage but revealed also some of the most important facts about the new Soul.

The new version ditches some trim options but will still offer the six levels of customization. The model again comes in EV version but remains with the front-wheel drive only. The better performance and handling will also arrive with the new-gen Soul but Kia improved also the passenger and cargo space. The model won’t also lack the modern tech and safety features and will also get attention with the distinctive and boxy style.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Design

The new 2020 Kia Soul made the transition to the third generation on the new strengthened platform and with the redefined dimensions. The new Soul has 165.2 inches from bumper to bumper which is 2.5 inches more than on the previous generation. With the longer body goes also the 1.2-inch longer wheelbase which opens more interior comfort and cargo space.

From the visual perspective, the new Soul remains similarly shaped and instantly recognizable. However, the new styling elements and several tricks make it more appealing to the eye. The model sports the new, slim headlights and upper grille while also comes with the redesigned front bumper area. The front bumper has a bit of the sports flair while the EV version has fewer openings in that area and also comes on the unique five-spoke wheels.

The roof also adds to the appearance with the floating style and the rear has also the new, tall taillights design.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new Soul boosts the cargo space for addition 5 cubes which now measures 23.8 cubic feet with the all seats up. The model keeps other interior dimensions largely unchanged.

The redesigned hatch also has the nice dash design with the center screen sized up to 10.25 inches and with Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. Kia will also offer the features like the wireless charging, automatic climate, 640 Wats sound system with 10 speakers, etc. The model will also provide the full set of the active safety systems. Watching and preventing collisions will be automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane keep control, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

The all-new Soul will arrive in six trim levels. Kia promised LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and EX Designer Collection options including also the EV variant. Full specs of the trims will appear closer to the market launch.

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul: Performance

On the performance front, the new 2020 Kia Soul promises better driving characteristics thanks to the new, more rigid platform and improved suspension system. The model now relies on the fully independent rear suspension.

The propulsion for the non-electric version will provide inline-4 and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base power unit is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with the power and torque ratings at 147 hp and 132 pound-feet. This engine Kia will offer either 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. The turbo version also returns with the new-gen Soul. A 1.6-liter turbo-4 unit boosts the performance to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The GT-Line version will combine this engine with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. No all-wheel drive for the redesigned Soul as some reports claimed earlier.

The electric Soul version comes with the 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides also the power for the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV. The battery feeds the electric motor mounted on the front axle. The system makes 201 hp and torque of 291 pound-feet.

Kia says that battery needs 75 minutes for the 80 percent recharge with the fast-charging unit. The range of 100 miles should take 30 minutes of recharging. Kia hasn’t, however, revealed the mileage of the new EV version. The same battery provides 239 miles in the Niro EV.

2020 Kia Soul: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Kia Soul will have the market launch in the middle of the next year. Kia will likely keep the full specs and equipment list in the dark until the market debut. The price will also appear closer to the on-sale date. The current version starts from $14, 490.

2020 GMC Acadia: Mid-update, News, Release

The mid-size GMC Acadia provides the great ride quality and interior refinement and the model also offers a punchy V-6 engine option. The model arrived as the scaled down version and significantly lighter for the new generation in 2017 and the model is now nearing to the mid-cycle update. The prototype version of the refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia has already been on the roads testing and the new version will hit the market in 2019.

The updated Acadia will bring the styling in the line with the brand’s recent models and small adjustments should also appear inside the cabin. The revised tech and safety equipment will also be the part of the mid-update. GMC will also update the mechanics with the possible introduction the new transmission system while there are no signs suggesting the new turbocharged or diesel engine option.

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 GMC Acadia: Design

For the new model year and the mid-cycle update, the 2020 GMC Acadia will bring its styling in line with the recently refreshed or redesigned models in the brand’s lineup.

The prototype version has the disguised front and rear end sections and most of the changes will take place there. The model will get the refreshed front fascia with the new versions of brand’s signature grille accompanied with the new headlights. Expect both to adopt the similar design theme as on the recently redesigned Terrain and Sierra models.

The rear will also get the new treatment of the taillights and slightly reshaped rear bumper. The C-shaped motif will appear on the taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the refreshed Acadia will also receive several modifications but there won’t be any radical moves. The model will keep the current dashboard design and update some tech and safety features.

The SUV will also stay in the same dimensions of offer the seats for up to seven passengers. The available cargo space will be up to 79 cubic feet with only the front row in function. With all seats up, the cargo volume will be just 12.8 cubes.

The model will also offer different material options and high comfort features with the high-luxury Denali version at the top of the range. GMC should also expand the availability of some advanced safety systems to the lower grades.

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 GMC Acadia: Powertrains

As for the changes in the powertrain range, the 2020 GMC Acadia will likely continue with the familiar engine options. Some sources suggested the introduction of the new turbocharged engine and even diesel option but no signs from the company about that possibility. However, a more probable upgrade is the new 9-speed automatic transmission which should provide some performance and efficiency upgrades.

The base engine will more than likely remain a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with the current power delivery of 193 hp and torque of 188 pound-feet. The better performance will provide a 3.6-liter V-6 with the power around 310 hp and torque of 271 lb-ft.

2020 GMC Acadia: Release, Price

The refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia will hit the market sometime in 2019. The current version starts from $29, 000 and the mid-update should bring non-radical price changes.

2020 Chevy Blazer: News, Design, Specs

After the redesign of the Equinox and Traverse SUVs, Chevy has recently introduced the all-new, mid-size Blazer model to split the difference between the two mentioned. The new five-seater version arrived as the 2019 model and it is reborn of the nameplate discontinued in 2005. However, Chevy switched to the more civilized unibody design instead of the truck-based roots in the past. The model has an angry new look and well-equipped interiors. The power comes from the non-turbo engines and three trims are available in the first model year.

The 2020 Chevy Blazer version will broad the equipment list with the new options and possibly additional trim level. Many would like the model to come with the new turbocharged engine option but Chevy might wait for the later model years to go with that move.

2020 Chevy Blazer

2020 Chevy Blazer: Design

The Chevy Blazer is the new design and styling in the brand’s range and with its angry look, the model won’t lack the attention. Chevy adopted the old nameplate to the new unibody design with the more comfort in mind while the body-on-frame structure of the previous version left in the history. However, the truck-based Trailblazer version is still available in the global markets.

The stylish, new Balzer model will continue to the next model year with the new color options and the new special treatment exterior package is also the possibility. The model has an aggressive, sculpted body design and the new front fascia among the bowtie brand’s SUVs.

The narrow headlights and aggressive grille design define the front-end style while the profile also gets attention with the sculpted fenders, swoopy character line and floating roof. The rear has also plenty of sports cues and nice taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Blazer is a toned-down design compared to the aggressive exterior style. The model has nice dash design and offers modern tech and convenient features. The cargo capacity limit is at 64.2 cubes with the non-functional rear seats.

The model will provide the latest infotainment system with the 8-inch screen interface and smartphone features in all versions. The part of the equipment list will also be a WiFi, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear row, premium upholstery and sound system, etc. The model won’t also lack advanced safety systems.

2020 Chevy Blazer

2020 Chevy Blazer: Powertrains

The power options for the 2020 Chevy Blazer will include the two engines from the 2019 model. The base 2020 Blazer will get the power from the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine. The engine is good for 193 hp and torque of 188 pound-feet.

As the power upgrade, Chevy will offer a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The V-6 version will provide 305 hp and torque of 269 pound-feet. In any case, the 9-speed automatic transmission will be in the pair and the model will also provide the sophisticated all-wheel drive with the twin-clutch rear differential.

As the possibility for the next Balzer, the reports suggest the introduction of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine but Chevy has promised that yet.

2020 Chevy Blazer: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Chevy Blazer will have the launch date in late 2019. The price range will again start around $30, 000.