8 cars to look forward to in 2020
In no particular order
If you think 2019 was full of electric cars, just wait to see what happens in 2020. There is going to be an invasion of all-electric and electrified cars next year, between new models and revisited ones.
Some of these cars will be fast and some will be slow, some will be utility vehicles while others will be more fun to look at and drive, but most of them are going to feature some form of electricity.
The good news (or bad news depending on your point of view) is that, like every other year, we are also going to get a few interesting performance cars, many of which are still powered by good old petrol /gas. A few cars here have already been introduced but they're only hitting the road (and showrooms) at some point next year. So let’s see.
Aston Martin DBX (January 2020)
I'm personally looking forward to driving the DBX because it is, in my view, the best-looking SUV ever designed. Aston Martin decided to join the SUV-bandwagon but they've done it, as you'd expect, in style. It features the same design language as any other Aston Martin, beautifully translated into a car that's much bulkier and theoretically more vulgar than what Aston Martin normally does.
Furthermore, the DBX is a decisive step forward in terms of interior upholstery and refinement because even the widely expensive DBS uses what's basically the same interior as yesterday's Mercedes cars, whereas this car finally looks and feels right when you're sitting in the cabin. Furthermore, it comes with a big and generous AMG-sourced twin-turbo V8 making 542 hp and 516 torques.
Tesla Roadster (TBA, expected late 2020)
The Tesla Roadster had been originally planned for 2017 but it was later postponed and then postponed again until 2020. And it's likely to be postponed again. Anyway, hope for the best and all that, the Roadster should be available for purchase in late 2020. It is an all-new car but also pays some sort of tribute to the first ever Tesla, also called the Roadster, first unveiled over a decade ago.
According to Tesla, the Roadster can do 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds with a range of 620 miles. It is essentially a supercar that looks like a coupe with seating for four people. Prices are set to start at around $200,000.
Porsche 911 992 GT3 (TBA, expected late 2020)
The Porsche 911 992 was unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show and was well received enjoying both commercial and critical success. This is probably because it is an evolution, not a revolution, of the previous model and retains all the elements that people know and love about the 911.
The "standard" 992 is powered by a 3-litre twin-turbocharged flat-6, coupled with an 8-speed PDK, with a 7-speed manual coming up for next year. In 2020, Porsche is also expected to introduce to highly anticipated GT3 version of the 992, though a debut date is yet to be announced. The GT3 is going to feature relevant aesthetic upgrades and, crucially, a lot more power provided by a 4-litre naturally aspirated flat-6 producing 550 hp.
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo (January 2020)
The Taycan is a big deal for Porsche. They’ve been going on about it for years and now that it’s finally here, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer is ready to unveil a Sport Turismo variant, with a shooting brake body type, that’s guaranteed to divide opinions in terms of design.
I personally like the Panamera shooting brake version, also called Sport Turismo, a lot more than I like the standard Panamera even though, in truth, the Panamera is not as good-looking as the Taycan to begin with.
Anyway, engine-wise, the Sport Turismo will inherit the same electric units and technical features as the “standard” Taycan so at the end of the day, it really is down to personal taste.
Maserati MMXX (May 2020)
The Maserati MMXX (Roman numerals for ‘2020’), also known as Project M240, is an upcoming hybrid supercar by Maserati. It is set to debut in May 2020, built with a carbon fibre chassis and powered by a bi-turbo V6, coupled with an electric unit, for a combined power of 600-625hp.
The mid-engine MMXX is a turning point for Maserati because unlike any other model in the current line-up, which are all Ferrari-powered, it is going to be powered by an in-house built powertrain.
BMW 4-Series (late 2020)
With the new 4er Coupe, BMW ignored the criticism over the giant grille and actually decided to double down and make it even bigger. The result is an otherwise rather gorgeous vehicle with an ungainly front end because of said enormous kidney-grille.
The good news is there’s also going to be an M4 version, powered by a 500 hp 3-litre I-6 with all-wheel drive. An all-electric variant is also being planned but there's no ETA yet.
Ferrari Roma (June 2020)
If you can gloss over the remarkable resemblance between this car and one of its British rivals, the Roma is a tremendous 2+2 grand tourer with great looks and an almighty 3.9-litre biturbo V8 putting out 620 hp, good enough for a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds.
The Roma is also an unexpected love letter to the city of Rome and I find that interesting. Many different Ferraris have been named after Italian locations over the years but these places were almost always in Emilia-Romagna (the region where Ferrari was created) and/or somehow important to the history of the brand, like Fiorano, Modena or Maranello. So naming the car after Rome, down south and unrelated, makes a nice change.
Land Rover Defender (March 2020)
The all-new Defender was unveiled a couple of months ago, and it has already been showcased on several different occasions, but even though you can already go out there and buy one, deliveries won’t begin until March 2020.
It is going to be available in 90 and 110 spec, both of which can be powered by JLR’s flagship “Ingenium” powertrains, both diesel and petrol, with power outputs ranging from 200 to 400 hp.
It features several design elements from the original Defender and is also available with something called the "Adventure Pack", which makes it extra cool by giving it a 6.5-litre reservoir and a snorkel.
If you've always fancied one yourself but don't happen to own a farm on which to drive it, why not treat yourself to this brilliant Lego kit version of the new Defender...
Jaguar F-Type (June 2020)
Six years after the introduction of the F-Type, Jaguar is ready to launch a face-lifted version with a new V8, more tech and a slightly different design. Nothing too dramatic because, as they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
From the outside, keen-eyed Jaaaaaaaag fans will notice the new angular taillights and the new front LED lights. And the new air scoops on the bonnet/trunk. Inside, things change a bit more with a new 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also supports on-air updates.
The V6 is still there but there's also a new 575-hp V8 for the SVR model, good enough for a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, and also another type of V8, for European buyers only, putting out 444 hp and featuring something called 'Quiet Star', which allows you to start the car and get going with the exhaust valves closed so as not to wake up your neighbours.