If you’ve kept up at all with current auto news, then chances are you already know what to expect from this post. Slowly but surely, manufacturers are teasing what they have planned next for some of their upcoming vehicles. With 2020 models just around the corner, we already know that plenty of them are expected to shake up family lineups across the industry. From the expectation of a brand-new line of hybrid Jeep SUVs to the reintroduction of the legendary Ford Bronco, there is plenty we can expect from 2020, and we’re excited to help you unpack it all. The automotive industry is changing, and so is what drivers have come to expect out of their vehicles. As consumers turn towards fuel efficiency and the SUV continues to reign supreme, we’re here to help you keep up with all of the changes hitting showroom floors in the upcoming year.
Bringing Fuel Efficiency to the Jeep Family Lineup
It seems that since its birth, Jeep has always catered to the rugged driver. These were the kinds of consumers who wouldn’t balk at a stretch of dirt road or aren’t afraid of getting their vehicles a little dirty. While this certainly has given the Jeep SUV plenty of widespread appeal, there is one area that nearly all older models seemed to be lacking, fuel efficiency. As trends push towards hybrid engines, higher mpg counts, and even full electric plug-in options, it’s clear that Jeep is beginning to feel some of the pressure.
So it only makes sense that the famously rugged manufacturer has moved to produced a plug-in hybrid version of their Jeep Wrangler. Jeep has already made great leaps in achieving a more fuel conscious lineup, and they heralded this shift with the initial 2014 release of the Jeep Renegade. While still a gas guzzler by today’s standards, the Jeep Renegade was a shakeup in the Jeep lineup, offering a compact SUV option for drivers who wanted the ruggedness of a Wrangler, with the fuel practicality of something like a Subaru. The promise of a hybrid Jeep Wrangler seems to be the climax of this incredible shift in direction.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the Jeep Wrangler, however, we do know that the vehicle is expected to still hold its own as a champion of the off-road. It won’t be the only Jeep vehicle to be going hybrid either as the Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass are both expected to receive electric options as well. The hybrid Jeep Renegade and Compass are expected to have approximately 31-miles of battery range and offer up to 240 horsepower.
Embark on a Ride of Pure Performance
While fuel economy seems to be a popular choice amongst car manufacturers, current auto news shows us that not all brands are putting a focus on the gas pump. Others like Toyota believe that true value comes from the amount of power felt the moment you press the accelerator. This focus on power and performance is showcased completely in the 2020 Toyota Supra. This sleek and low-profile sports car is equipped with a roaring turbocharged 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine beneath the hood, and as can be expected from a vehicle like this pumps out a thrilling 335 horsepower. For a vehicle of this size, that much engine power is definitely going to give the Toyota Supra quite the jump. All that power has plenty of pay off too because the Toyota Supra can go from 0-60 in as little as 4.1 seconds. To be fair, the 2020 Toyota Supra isn’t half bad when it comes to fuel economy either, offering up a pretty substantial 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Hopeful drivers can pick up the latest Toyota Supra in one of three configurations the 3.0, 3.0 Premium, and the 3.0 Premium Launch Edition. Purchasing the newest Toyota Supra is no easy feat however, as prices start at $49,990 MSRP, that said this degree of ultra-performance is certainly well worth the sticker price.
A Case for Fuel Efficiency
While plenty of other manufacturers are putting an increased focus on fuel efficiency, it is difficult to disregard how much Toyota has impacted this space. Toyota’s domination of the fuel economy space began with the Toyota Prius, and based on the release of the 2020 Toyota Corolla, the car brand has no expectation to step down from their position.
The Toyota Corolla has always been recognized as a stand-up reliable commuter car. While the models never offered anything too flashy, they got the job done in getting drivers from point A to point B. Now, Toyota has taken things a step further offering a more fuel efficient variant of their popular compact sedan in its 2020 iteration. For starters, the Toyota Corolla with the standard drivetrain earns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. While pretty great, even this degree of fuel efficiency pales in comparison to what the hybrid trim option offers drivers. This hybrid option bumps that fuel economy up to a whopping 52 mpg combined. As a result, the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid is certainly one of the most fuel efficient vehicles to hit the market.
The Return of a Legend
A long time ago, SUVs were hulking beasts, designed purely for utility and power. Sure, there are plenty of vehicles today that corner this market, but few were quite as impressive as the Ford Bronco. Large, off-road capable, and beloved long after its cancellation, the Ford Bronco is a regular of Top 10 Classic Cars blog posts and Favorite SUV listicles. It seems as though Ford has been listening, as come 2020, we can expect to see the Ford Bronco re-enters the Ford family lineup.
To be fair, today’s Ford Bronco is very different from the Ford Bronco of the past. While still a rugged off-road capable SUV, the newest Ford Bronco takes a modern spin on the concept, which some drivers might love, or love to hate. The newest Ford Bronco is still a little way’s out, but drivers can expect to see a smaller version of the Bronco hit showroom floors sometime in 2020. Both versions are expected to offer a 4×4 drivetrain and be equipped for the outdoors much like the original variant. While there is still very much we don’t know about this vehicle outside of speculation, we recommend you keep a close eye on current auto news, as it is only a matter of time before Ford begins to showcase the latest SUV to grace their family lineup.
Satisfying Your Anticipation
Some vehicles, like the 2020 Toyota Corolla are already in showroom floors, however, you may need to wait a bit longer for other vehicles like the hybrid Jeep Wrangler or the return of the Ford Bronco. While you wait for the latest auto news to hit the internet, we recommend edging off your satisfaction by test driving some of the models that are already out and in the public. Chances are you’ll find a fellow auto fanatic in a dealership, who will be ready and willing to talk all day about what exciting new autos are expected to hit the road come 2020.