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Most Anticipated 2020 Models Worth Waiting For

Our List of Best Cars 2020

Updated May 28, 2018

After going through most anticipated vehicles of 2018 and 2019 respectively, it’s time to look further into the future and do the same for 2020. We can’t say they’re worth waiting for, but best cars 2020 will bring are certainly worth the mention. More than that, actually. There are already a few potential market shakers scheduled for that model year. Whether they’re worth waiting for, that’s for you to decide. No one can really advise you to wait that long for a new model anyway. But that still shouldn’t stop us from thinking a few steps ahead. Following models are just that. Likely the most anticipated models for year 2020 and a window into automotive industry’s nearer future. Bear in mind that some of them might get rescheduled, while others – even though announced – might get discarded completely. That’s the price of predicting the future. You never know it for sure.

Aston Martin DBX

Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, and upcoming Lamborghini Urus and Rolls Royce Cullinan are proof enough that no automaker however illustrious can resist the urge to join lucrative motoring segment that SUV and crossover segment certainly is. Aston Martin will be joining the race too. It’s only a matter of model year. By the looks of it, their DBX concept from 2015 Geneva Motor Show (production model likely to keep the name) is bound to become one of the most striking offerings for model year 2020.

It’s not only Aston Martin’s reputation that mandates a crossover in their lineup. It’s sheer survival these days as well. DBX will likely be underpinned by a modified version of adhesive-bonded aluminum DB11 platform. That said, the car will likely cost around $200,000. Furthermore, it’ll likely be powered by one of Mercedes-Benz’s V8 powerplants, but stronger engines and electric options should become available further into DBX’s cycle. Finally, expect four doors and more SUV-like roofline when production model hits the streets. DBX concept didn’t have to care about such practicality trivialities.

Tesla Roadster

The name might be old, but the car will be all-new. That’s for certain. Especially since Tesla’s first production car wasn’t exactly “to die for”. Even with the extended range upgrade that came a few years later. Although Elon Musk admitted Tesla Roadster is still more than a few years away, cool renderings like this one have already started gracing the web. Musk also admitted it’ll dethrone Model S as the fastest Tesla car out there. Now it’s becoming interesting.

So, what do we know at this point? Very little, sadly. Even the 2020 arrival date is in question, but I doubt Tesla will have the luxury to wait much longer than that. After all, they aren’t the only company that produces electric cars. New Roadster’s platform will be built in-house. A welcome move since first generation models featured platform borrowed from Lotus. It might even sport adopted Model 3 platform. Come to think of it, new Tesla Roadster might actually borrow a few cues from the upcoming Model 3. But they certainly won’t be much alike in terms of driving dynamics. Roadster’s lower center of gravity, more aerodynamic body, and likely much more potent powertrain should take care of that.

Porsche EV

Like I said; Tesla isn’t the only company with means and know how to produce and market quality electric vehicles. Germans are quickly becoming global leaders even in this segment, and Porsche seems to be preparing a real treat for us. Speculations about Porsche EV are anything but new. Stuttgart-based company is investing heavily in technology, production facilities and electric vehicle-building knowledgeable workforce alike, so Porsche EV sedan is something you can practically put in the bank.

First physical preview of future Porsche EV was Mission E concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. 600 horsepower, 310 all-electric miles and 0 to 60 acceleration in low 3 second range were its specs. One can only expect 2020 Porsche EV to build upon these figures and advance further – especially in range department. That’s the least one can expect from a car for which Porsche has built all-new facility in Weissach. This also means EV won’t share too many details with any other current Porsche vehicle. Apart from their timeless design, of course.

Audi E-tron SUVs

Audi is planning on introducing no less than three completely new all-electric vehicles by 2020. Not only that, but they’ve announced more electric models to follow after that. Like their colleagues from Porsche, they too have been found guilty of investing heavily in high-voltage technology and quick charging infrastructure. Announcement of future Audi E-tron models coincides with the announcement of their Crossover/SUV lineup expansion. Put two and two together, and it’s highly likely that most of their future EV’s will have the name starting with Q in front of the number.

In fact, Audi has already unveiled the E-tron Sportback concept car which should serve as a preview into their EV future. It’ll likely slot between Q5 and Q7, giving it the name Q6. Rather creative, don’t you think? Anyway, their lack of creative nomenclature more than pays of in actual technology and performance. 250 miles of range thanks to 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and all the tech-savviness of conventional Audi models. That’s what the show car offers, at least. In three years time, expect one of the best cars 2020 has to offer to come with much more.

Maserati Alfieri

Yes, I know Maserati Alfieri debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Yes, I know that was a while ago. But I also know, as you’ve probably already heard, that Alfieri’s production has been delayed. Just enough for it to arrive by 2020, it would seem. For once, it was rescheduled in order to make way for Maserati Levante. Secondly, Italians also decided to update GranTurismo whom Alfieri was supposed to replace. Anyway, all should fall in place come 2020.

But, what kind of a car will Alfieri be? For starters, it’s safe to assume it’ll be much like the GranTurismo. 2-door, 4-seat coupe grand tourer with majestically sublime lines. However, while GranTurismo is powered by Ferari/Maserati V8’s, Alfieri should be motivated by Maserati’s in-house V6. At least initially. V8 and electric versions of future Alfieri powertrain are possible after the initial year. If Maserati is to be believed, Alfieri will be launched in three different tunes from the get-go. 410-horsepower, 450-horsepower, and 520-horsepower versions. However, there’s still a long way before 2020 finally knocks at our door, and I wouldn’t be surprise to see these figures grow by the time final product reveals its face.

Toyota Supra

Ah, the iconic Supra. How we miss you! They promised us a new model based on Toyota FT-HS concept, but that’s been 10 years ago. Then there was the FT-1 from 2014, but still no biscuit. One thing is for certain, though. Toyota Supra will return. And that might well happen in 2020 or thereabouts. In fact, Toyota is already working on it in collaboration with BMW. If that doesn’t promise a great performer, then I don’t know what does.

Actually, new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 replacement (likely called Z5) will practically be the same cars. Badge engineering has never sounded sweeter. What these two won’t share, however, are the engines. That doesn’t have to be a bad deal for Toyota. Although BMW’s engines are widely acclaimed as some of the best performance mills, you’ll also remember that  turbo Supra was once powered by 2JZ-GTE inline-six. Engine of impeccable sound, and even better performance and reliability. New Supras, however, will likely feature turbo fours and V6’s in place of past models’ iconic straight-six.

Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco isn’t only one of the best cars 2020 will bring, nor one of the most anticipated models of the same year. It’s one of the most anticipated vehicles of the decade. And it’s finally arriving. Slowly but steadily, though. New Bronco will be developed by Ford Asia-Pacific Product Development Center. In other words, it’ll be developed in Australia, but production is scheduled to take place in Michigan Plant.

Now, most of us have our own view of the direction which new Bronco should take. This also means many of us will end up being disappointed. Why? Because new Bronco almost certainly won’t look nothing like the old one. Instead, it’ll likely resemble one of Oz land’s crossovers. I don’t mean to disrespect them. They’re fine vehicles, but not at all like the sturdy, boxy off-roader Bronco used to be prior to getting the axe. In any case, it’ll share new Ford Ranger’s platform, albeit slightly shorter one at that, and should come with a host of EcoBoost options under its hood.

 

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Nikola Potrebić
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Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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