2019 has been a banner year for automobiles, capping off what has been widely hailed as a banner decade. Consumers have seen major upgrades in terms of aesthetics, fuel economy, safety and infotainment technology, as the automotive industry expands and individual carmakers push to outdo one another.
Aside from the advances consumers have got, there has also been speculation about the future: will driverless cars be a feature on dealership floors this decade; will the gas engine go the way of the dodo; and will street-legal cars finally break 300mph barrier? This is what makes following the automotive world such a joy – the future is wide open.
Well, most of the future is wide open. The immediate future, 2020, is more or less set in stone, with hotly anticipated releases announced from a number of brands. In this article, you’ll find four cars that car-lovers, journalists and pundits have been looking forward to.
They may not be the cheapest cars out there, but they are the most exciting – and besides, if it’s money you’re worried about, you can always find luxury on lease for a low monthly price.
Let’s take a look!
Tesla has built a name for itself making electric cars that don’t look and feel like electric cars. A far cry from the Smart cars of the last decade, these are sports cars through and through – the fact that they just so happen to have swapped their combustions for electrics is secondary to their power, looks and performance. The 2020 Roadster continues this trend, with its sleek concept-y exterior and a 0-60mph of 1.9 seconds (or so Elon Musk claims – such things should be taken with a heavy grain of salt.)
If it’s an SUV you want, and you are willing to wait another few months, seriously consider the XT6. Not only is this thing pure luxury (some might say it’s the Cadillac of SUVs, ahem) but it’s also practical. The roomy interior is perfect for a family, and the robust infotainment system is more than enough to satisfy parents and kids alike.
Originally just a division of Volvo, Polestar, as of a few years ago, is now its own fully-fledged thing. And wait until you see the car they have in store for 2020. The 2020 Polestar 1 is a fantastically sharp look hybrid, which employs a gas engine backed by two electric engines for a grand delivery of over 600 horsepower. The car looks like it’s part muscle car, part Tesla – a compelling combination made from light carbon fibre that has car enthusiasts very excited.
Ever since the car site Jalopnik posted their reasons why the 2020 C8 is a bigger deal than any other car right now, interest has been piqued. Offering a mid engine, the likes of which can generally only be found in top-end Lamborghini’s, and packaging it in a beautiful sports car body, all for the price of a mid-range vehicle is something to celebrate for sure. The only downside: they appear to be selling out already.
The point is, you won’t have to wait until the distant future, or even a few years, to experience amazing, futuristic cars. They are coming to you in a matter of months.