These 2020 new car models will arrive at dealerships soon

From a Jeep pickup to a hybrid Corolla, the new car market is becoming more specialized.

The Jeep Gladiator pickup is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming vehicles.
The Jeep Gladiator pickup is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming vehicles. –Jeep

If you follow the automotive industry — or if you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle anytime soon — this is one of the best times of year to follow the latest news on 2020 new car models.

To keep tabs on them all, we’ve compiled what we know about the 2020 model year vehicles … so far. (And here’s a helpful list of 2019 new car models, too.)

We’ll update this list as the year goes on, so check back as new announcements will be made throughout 2019.

Honda claims the Passport will have some off-road capabilities. —Honda

2020 Honda Passport

The all-new Honda Passport is slotted between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot. It will compete with a growing number of in-between-sized SUVs, including the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

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Under the hood is the same 280 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 from the larger Pilot. It is routed to Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system that’s also used in the Ridgeline and Pilot. It rides a full inch higher than the Pilot, and Honda claims some off-roading capability.

Pricing has not yet been released. The Passport is expected to arrive in dealerships in early 2019.

The Hyundai Palisade will offer more space for third-row passengers. —Hyundai

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade goes for big proportions, looking more like a Chevy Tahoe than purported contemporaries like the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot.

The Palisade still rides on the same platform as the Santa Fe, though it’s scaled up. It will be powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower. Inside, there’s a 10.25-inch touchscreen, seven USB ports, and passengers can connect two Bluetooth devices at once.

No word yet on pricing. The Palisade is expected to arrive at dealerships by the summer of 2019.

The Jeep Gladiator combines the best attributes of the Wrangler with a pickup truck bed. —Jeep

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The long-awaited Jeep pickup will wear the Gladiator name. The 2020 Gladiator stretches the Wrangler Unlimited wheelbase another 20 inches to accommodate a 5-foot bed.

Like the Wrangler, it will feature a removable top, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. With the standard 3.6-liter V6, it can tow up to 7,650 pounds, and the payload is at 1,650 pounds. The gas V6 will be joined by a diesel next year, and, yes, all versions are Trail Rated.

The 2020 Kia Soul evolves the overall boxy shape, with more futuristic headlights. —Kia

2020 Kia Soul

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It’s still boxy, but the new Kia Soul has a more futuristic front-end design and an interior that blends style with functionality. Buyers can get the 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine found in other Kia vehicles, or an available turbocharged engine that makes 201 horsepower.

The Kia Soul EV is also returning. In the new 2020 Soul, the EV’s electric motor makes 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. That’s almost 100 more pound-feet than the turbo, making the EV the most powerful offering in the Soul lineup. Range has not yet been announced but could be over 200 miles, considering the Hyundai Kona Electric, which shared its electric system with the Soul EV, has a range of 258 miles.

Pricing has not yet been announced. The Soul line-up is expected to be on sale during the first half of 2019.

The Kia Telluride will be closely based on the concept, shown here. —Kia

2020 Kia Telluride

If you need a ride with just a bit more interior space than the Soul, the forthcoming Telluride has you covered. With seating for up to eight, the V6-powered Telluride is larger than the seven-passenger Sorento, Kia’s current largest vehicle.

The large grille and futuristic headlights are hallmarks of Kia’s design language. Inside, a beamy interior has plenty of space for passengers and gear. The center dash is dominated by a massive touchscreen infotainment system.

No word yet on pricing. The Telluride is expected to go on sale early in 2019.

The Lincoln Aviator benefits from its Navigator-inspired styling. —Lincoln

2020 Lincoln Aviator

The Aviator is a three-row luxury SUV, slotting under the imposing Navigator, and borrowing its grandiose styling. It will come standard with a twin-turbocharged V6 making 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

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There will also be a plug-in hybrid version that combines the same V6 with electric power for a total system output of 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The Aviator borrows the Navigator’s fantastic interior styling, and the Air Glide suspension should ensure a supple ride and the ability to lower the vehicle for easier entry and exit.

Pricing has not been announced. The Aviator will go on sale this summer.

The EQC 400 will be the first in the Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup. —Mercedes-Benz

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

The EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever full-electric vehicle. Like Audi with the E-Tron, it’s a crossover, tapping into the most popular vehicle segment. It’s slotted between the GLC-Class and GLC-Class SUVs. It features a pair of electric motors, one for each axle, combining for 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque.

Energy is stored in an 80-kWh battery pack with an estimated range of 279 miles. This all-electric SUV is expected to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.

Pricing is not yet available. The EQC is expected to go on sale early 2019.

The new Porsche 911 has a new interior with large touchscreen. —Porsche

2020 Porsche 911

The tech may move forward, and the performance may improve, but the general shape of the Porsche 911 remains a constant through the decades.

This Porsche gets slight exterior changes and a fully updated interior, with a large touchscreen and touch-capacitive center-console toggles.

Out back, the standard turbocharged flat-six engine has been updated; it now makes 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque (up 23 and 22, respectively). At first, the only engine option is the seven-speed PDK (automatic), and the manual will be offered later on. It will later be joined by Turbo and GT3 variants next year.

When the new 911 goes on sale in the summer of 2019, the Carrera S will start at $114,250. The all-wheel=drive Carrera 4S, which will have a zero to 60 miles-per-hour time of just 3.2 seconds, will start at $121,660.

The Porsche Macan has more power and styling cues borrowed from the new 911. —Porsche

2020 Porsche Macan

Handling is the name of the game for the popular Porsche Macan compact SUV, so the suspension has been revised for improved ride and handling characteristics. Visually, the 2020 Macan gets some styling cues borrowed from the new Porsche 911.

Two engines are available: a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 horsepower and a turbo V6 putting out 340 horsepower. Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch (automatic) transmission manages power to standard all-wheel drive.

The entry-level 2.0T Macan will start at $49,900, and the Macan S will start at $58,600. The 2020 Macan is expected to hit dealerships in spring 2019.

The 2020 Corolla has a new design. —Toyota

2020 Toyota Corolla

The 12th-generation Corolla goes for an aggressive design, backed by more focused driving characteristics. It features an updated 1.8-liter engine for L, LE, and XLE trims (no horsepower stated), and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the SE and XSE — borrowed from the Corolla hatchback — making 169 horsepower.

The new interior of the Corolla is a leap forward, with clean lines and a simple, elegant layout. The standard comes very well equipped, including a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as forward-collision avoidance, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

A Corolla Hybrid joins the lineup, using the drivetrain from the Toyota Prius. It is expected to return 50 miles per gallon combined.

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.