The car industry is in upheaval. Driven by concerns about the climate and stricter CO2 requirements from Brussels, it is now relying more than ever on electric vehicles and expanding its range in 2020. But because the power-driven cars do not yet cover all the requirements of everyday life and not every buyer is prepared to go along with the path to e-mobility, the manufacturers also keep their old program up to date.
For manufacturers, this means double the effort, for car buyers more choice than ever before. It’s unusual that the first calendar was so full like in the year 2020. Most of what is happening with electric cars. After years of announcements, the manufacturers follow their words with action and bring a lot of new Stormers to the market.
ID.3 as ” golf of Generation E”
This is especially true for the VW Group, which will launch the first e-Mobile based on the MEB architecture on the market in 2020. MEB stands for a Modular E-drive modular system. The first step is at the parent company of ID.3, which VW already describes as” Generation e Golf”. It is followed by similar models at Seat and Skoda, mostly with SUV Silhouette, as well as a Q4 e-Tron at Audi.
In the same class, two first-generation electric cars from Japan are competing: Honda is entering the new era with the retro-styled Honda e steep-tail, and Mazda’s MX-30 electric SUV is set to signal the start of the new era.
Even in the League below the compact class, the E-motors: The PSA group electrified Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and DS3, BMW is screwed to a battery pack in the Mini. With the Facelift, the Smart will only be offered as an E-car in the future and the technically close relative Renault Twingo will probably also become a Stromer.
Powerful E-cars from Polestar and Mustang
With the Polestar 2, the eponymous Volvo subsidiary is launching a powerful E-sedan. Ford gives with the Mustang Mach E the first answer to the rise of Tesla. The sporty SUV is aimed at Tesla’s Model Y, which will probably come to Germany in 2021.
The Lexus UX 300e is in the same league, with which the Toyota subsidiary is making the step from Hybrid to pure electric power for the first time. VW is also expanding the ID family with an SUV-and will bring the ID at the end of 2020.4 X. from Nissan comes a mid-size off-road vehicle with electric drive, which should be strongly oriented to the Ariya study.
Opel also introduces the Mokka as a pure electric car. Mercedes is Compact the EQ A as an electric SUV, as well as the EQ V, which is an offshoot of the V-class to space under the electric cars and the charging station on its main opponents, the VW T6: Because the wolf Burger electrifies the Multivan in the new year.
In the luxury segment, the Pininfarina Battista, which costs more than two million euros, is celebrating its Premiere. Two classes below the Italian E-super sports car, whose engines produce a total of 1900 hp, is the Audi e-tron GT, which shares its technology with the Porsche Taycan, which is also new and will soon be available as a Cross Turismo.
A lot of new things with the conventional compact
Despite the manufacturers’ concentrated e-commitment, vehicles with conventional drives do not fall by the wayside, but also take a leap: Mild hybrids with 48-volt technology are increasingly depressing the consumption of internal combustion engines. Or the vehicles come as plug-in hybrids and are supposed to bridge the gap to the electric car with electrical ranges of sometimes more than 100 kilometers. The bodies are also completely renewed in numerous series.
The most busy is in the compact class. Because VW brings the eighth generation of the old master Golf – and the group siblings Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia also start in its slipstream. For those who like it a bit fancier and like to step up, BMW is bringing the two for the first time as a Gran Coupé. And if you need more space, you can speculate at Renault on the next generation of the Kangoo.
There is also movement in the class below, this time mainly from Asian car manufacturers. Because while the Europeans no longer bet much on small cars, Toyota brings a new Yaris, Hyundai an i10 and Honda a jazz. According to current news, the only small car novelty from Europe will be the Dacia Sandero, which once again wants to be the cheapest car on the market.
Compact and luxurious new SUVs
In addition, following the current trend in the number of registrations, there is once again a flood of new SUVs in all classes: Ford is expanding its range with the Explorer, which will return to Germany as a plug-in hybrid after a long time. The US manufacturer also launched the Puma, a new small SUV that competes against models such as the VW T-Cross or the Renault Captur.
Mercedes rounds off the compact-class family with the second generation of the GLA. The Swabians place the Maybach GLS at the upper end of the SUV class. Aston Martin has announced its first off-road vehicle – the DBX will cost around 200,000 euros and will come in spring. Like the Maybach, it is said to exist against competitors such as the Rolls-Royce Cullinan or the Bentley Bentayga.
Japan’s SUV innovations include the second generation of the Nissan Juke, the next edition of the plug-in pioneer Mitsubishi Outlander, the Toyota RAV4 with plug-in technology, the next Mazda CX-5, and the Nissan Qashqai. As a greeting from the Stone Age of the off-road vehicles, Jeep brings the Wrangler as an original pick-up gladiator. The T-Roc from VW, which then also drives up as a convertible, will be open-hearted from spring.
S-Class from Mercedes and Ghost from Rolls-Royce
Apart from the SUV, comparatively little is happening at the upper end of the market. Here the premiere calendar for 2020 is dominated by a new Mercedes S-Class. With the Rolls-Royce Ghost, there is further growth in the luxury sedans: the second generation of the noble British is expected at the end of 2020.
This includes innovations such as the BMW 4 Series, the DS8 from France, the Shooting Brake of the VW Arteon and the next Jaguar XF from England.
Those who prefer sporty cars save, depending on their budget, on the successors of the BMW M3 and M4, the new Chevrolet Corvette, the Ferrari Roma or the McLaren Speedtail, which is priced at around 2.1 million euros and a top speed of 403 km / h stands out clearly from most other innovations.