RALEIGH — While 2019 saw the end of several small and midsized sedans, 2020’s lineup of new and redesigned vehicles is loaded with sport and power.
In the all-new model category, Toyota, Volvo, Tesla and Cadillac will offer new vehicle nameplates (or, in the case of Toyota, the return of a long-awaited model).
Possibly the most anticipated new vehicle for the 2020 model year is the Toyota Supra. Missing for 21 years, the beloved sports car is back on the road. Toyota ceased U.S. sales of the fourth generation Supra in 1998 and ended all production of the Supra in 2002. Since then enthusiasts have speculated on its return with many disappointments along the way.
The fifth generation Supra is built on a shared platform with the BMW Z4 and both cars will be powered by a BMW engine and be built at an Austrian plant near BMW’s headquarters.
Volvo recently spun off its Polestar performance line into its own brand. The first vehicle out of the factory is appropriately the Polestar 1 — a two-door plug-in hybrid. The car features a carbon fiber body and an all-electric range of about 93 miles.
Polestar’s second vehicle is unsurprisingly named Polestar 2 — a five-door fastback. The larger Polestar will offer over 400 horsepower with a range of 275 miles.
The Tesla Roadster will be a sporty, long-range offering from the brand leader in electric cars. The all-new Roadster will move from zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds and a top speed over 250 mph. To top that off, Tesla says the car will have a range of 620 miles.
2020 CADILLAC CT5
Cadillac has introduced several models in the past few years with the CT6 (introduced in 2016) already cancelled. For 2020 Cadillac is rolling out the all-new CT5. The turbo-charged fastback comes in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive options.
The quintessential sports car gets a redesign for the 2020 model year and the focus is on horsepower and technology. The new options inside the car are meant to impress and comfort drivers. But, one interior feature that you can’t get is stick shift since the new version does not have an option for a manual transmission.
BMW 7 Series
BMW’s luxury flagship gets a makeover for the 2020 model year. The sixth generation of BMW’s largest sedan has new technology and a new power plant. Engine options include a base 335-horsepower 740i, upgraded 523-horsepower V8 in the 750i and a muscular 600-horsepower V12 in the M760i.
Hyundai’s luxury brand upgrades its flagship G90 sedan with an all-new exterior save for the doors and roof. The interior gets luxe upgrades including more wood-grain accents and a design focused on comfort.
When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head. Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren. The eighth-generation ‘Vette, dubbed C8, is radically different from its predecessors, which for 66 years had the engine in the front. This time, engineers moved the General Motors’ trademark small-block V8 behind the passenger compartment. It’s so close to the driver that the belt running the water pump and other accessories is only a foot away. Also gone are the traditional long hood and large, sweeping front fenders, replaced by a downward-sloping snub nose and short fenders. In the back, there’s a big, tapered hatch that opens to a small trunk and the low-sitting all-new 6.2-liter, 495 horsepower engine.
2021 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN/GMC YUKON
The massive new three-row SUV is the gold standard for large people movers, and it is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history with an 85-year pedigree. The 2021 Suburban and its badge mates — the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL — will go on sale in spring 2020 as 2021 models. It will ride on the same architecture as the Silverado pickup which was launched as a redesigned 2020 model.
The new Suburban will sport even more cargo space and more gears. The new model has over 20 cubic feet more cargo space than the previous model. It will also feature GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission. To get in gear, the new Suburban will have dash buttons instead of the the gear-selector on the column.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.