HEAVY HITTERS STILL TO COME
Some of the Brand-New Cars We’re Still Excited to Meet This Year
We’ve already seen some heavy-hitters of the new car world launch in 2019, like the Toyota Supra, the C8 Corvette and the new Subaru Outback. But there are still a few big launches yet to come as we approach 2020. Here, then, are some major new car and truck debuts we’re looking ahead to in the next few months.
The Taycan (pronounced “tie-can”) is Porsche’s long-awaited full-electric Tesla fighter. While the Taycan is already kind of a big deal on YouTube, the official launch (occurring simultaneously on three continents) will take place on September 4.
Land Rover Defender
We’ve been looking at the new Defender in camouflage gift wrap for nearly a year. But the reboot of Land Rover’s classic off-roader is due to launch officially in or around the Frankfurt auto show in September.
Volkswagen ID 3 Hatchback
Volkswagen is going electric. The ID 3 hatchback — which, sadly will not be sold in the U.S.— will be the first EV from the company’s new ID line of electric cars. It should be VW’s natural successor to the Beetle and the Golf. Clearly, many on the Continent are already excited about it; more than 20,000 Europeans have pre-ordered an ID.3 without seeing it. It will emerge at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
The Golf may be the best all-around car ever made. Volkswagen pushed back the eighth-generation launch to October to avoid a conflict with the ID 3 hatchback. With sales going poorly for the model here in America, it’s still uncertain how much of the Golf family the U.S. will get — and whether the base Golf will be available here at all.
Aston Martin DBX
The DBX will be Aston Martin’s first SUV. Judging from the success of the Urus and other sport-luxury SUVs, it should be a much-needed sales success for the brand. Pre-production camouflaged versions have been spotted out and about doing testing for nearly a year; the 2020 DBX should finally be unveiled in December.
Unnamed Ferrari V6 hybrid model
Ferrari will unveil three new models before 2019 ends. One of them should have a new hybrid V6 powerplant that has been under development for some time. Expect something along the lines of the Ferrari V6 in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, perhaps, with some added hybrid tech — perhaps in a more accessible GT car.