Ahhhh, January. A time to reflect. A time to plan.
A time to look at what new cars are set to hit the market in the coming year!
In 2019, we (arguably) saw the rise of the planet of the electric cars, 2020 seems as though it will be no different – with a plethora of new models set to (quietly) roll out of the factories and onto the tarmac.
However, we’re not going to just focus purely on the electric, as there are some tasty new fossil-fueled cars and SUVs coming to a showroom near you.
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo – January 2020
The model formerly known as Mission E, is finally set to hit our roads. You may have been forgiven for doubting that we would ever see it, having been unveiled as a concept five years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Built around the J1 platform, the sleek-looking Taycan has retained much of the Mission E’s concept design – minus the suicide doors and B pillars.
Initially set to be offered as a saloon, we will also see an SUV released – called the Taycan Cross Turismo – further down the road. Pun very much intended.
Land Rover Defender – March 2020
We’ve not seen a new Land Rover Defender gracing our roads for quite a few years now, but finally this iconic model is back and better than ever… depending on your view.
Retro is the word that comes to mind with the new Defender, with plenty of tip-of-the-cap design motifs seen in the latest version.
Don’t let that fool you though, this is not like the Defenders of the past. It has creature comforts for starters – such as a touchscreen entertainment system, cameras for parking and a whopping 14-speaker sound system.
Honda E – Summer(ish) 2020
Honda has a strong reputation for creating endearing commuter cars – such as the popular Honda Civic. Which coincidentally appears to have been the inspiration for this new model – well, the Mk1 Civic at least.
So, it is no surprise that when venturing into the electric car market for the first time, they are marketing the Honda E as a small commuter car. And with an estimated range of 136 miles this will very much be a city car.
Unlockable via the ‘My Honda+’ smartphone app, drivers will also be able to use their phone to check on the car’s charge status and even pre-set the cabin’s climate controls before entering the vehicle. A pointless luxury? Perhaps, but useful on the cold winter mornings.
Audi E-Tron GT – Late 2020
Audi are taking their initial steps into the electric sedan market with the E-Tron GT – following relative success with the E-Tron.
Similar in size to an Audi A7, the E-Tron GT uses the J1 platform, like the Porsche Taycan, and will offer motorists a 248-mile driving range – with charging capabilities of 350kW. This should mean the car can realch an 80% fast change in just 20 minutes.
With no set launch date set yet, it is expected to be available in the latter half of 2020.
BMW 4-Series – Late 2020
You can say one thing about BMW, they know their own mind. Despite recent criticism of their recent giant grilles, they decided to go even bigger on the concept model of the new BMW 4-Series.
The result? A somewhat cumbersome (depending on your taste– beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all) front end, attached to a smooth and rather elegant looking rest-of-car. I couldn’t bring myself to write elegant rear end…
An electric variant is said to be on the cards, but with no firm word on when.