For carmakers, the best way to constantly attract interest is to stay innovative. That means developing and introducing vehicles that can intrigue the market and hopefully, generate a lot of sales soon after.
However, staying ahead of the curve is never easy. For starters, you need to learn to respond to what the market wants today while also responding to what the market may want a few years from now.
At the moment, most of the demand is on SUVs and pickup trucks. Moreover, this demand continues to pick up despite lagging sales elsewhere. According to a report from J.D. Powers, the first quarter only saw a sales rate of 16.7 million vehicles across the U.S., making it the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2014. However, there is still reason to be optimistic.
“I think we’re starting to see a slowdown. That said, the consumer remains strong,” explained Dave Habiger, J.D. Power’s CEO. Perhaps, he is referring to continuous demand for SUVs, crossover utility vehicles and pickup trucks. In fact, the demand for such vehicles has reportedly increased by two percent from just a year earlier. Moreover, the average revenue per utility vehicle that carmakers are collecting in the first quarter has gone up from $800 to $33,100. Meanwhile, the average revenue per sold pickup during the first quarter also went up from $1,200 to $41,500.
Indeed, the data indicates that there is demand for the right type of vehicle. Now, it’s up to carmakers to respond to what the market wants and/or surprise them with something unexpected. That said, here are a number of 2020 car rumors that might be true along with 10 that are totally false:
20 Might Be True: Honda Urban EV Concept release
For Honda, the future is definitively moving towards electronic vehicles. Hence, the carmaker decided to create an Urban EV Concept that looks more futuristic than any other car that they’ve released in the market. Moreover, they wanted something that appeals to city driving.
According to Honda, the car’s exterior reflects the “joy of lively driving” and “friendliness that inspires attachment.” In fact, there are displays in both the front and rear that can show messages and greet onlookers. Meanwhile, the interior is described as “modern and comfortable,” even “living room-like.” According to a report from Express, this car will be open for reservation by the summer of 2019.
19 Might Be True: Toyota Supra fake vents
Recently, more photos of the highly anticipated 2020 Toyota Supra have shown up. And while the car looks sleek and exciting, you may have also noticed that it has got a lot of fake vents. As noted by Jalopnik, there are as many as 10 fake vents on the upcoming model.
During an interview with Road and Track, Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada that these can eventually serve a purpose. Tada explained, “They’re just capped on the production car. Those are for the racing model. When the customer goes and converts it to a racing car, or adds those necessary components, those caps come off very easily. So, it's already pre-made, ready to accommodate.”
18 Might Be True: Genesis GV80 sale
If you think about it, Genesis has been building up hype around its upcoming SUV, the GV80 for quite some time now. After all, the car was initially teased during the 2017 New York Auto Show.
According to a report from Car Buzz, the GV80 is expected to make its way to the market in 2020. Well, we have reason to believe that everything seems to be going according to schedule for this car. In fact, according to a report from Motor 1 earlier this year, the prototype of the production version of this car was spied testing. And from the looks of it, it seems the car would have the same platform as the G80 sedan.
17 Might Be True: Ford Bronco removable doors and roof
Another car that is highly anticipated in the market is the Ford Bronco. After all, this model has not been back in the market for quite a long time. The announcement of the Bronco’s return was first made during the 2017 Detroit auto show. Since then, everyone has been trying to get a bit more information about the car.
Well, according to a report from Car and Driver, it seems the Bronco will take on a form that is quite similar to the Wrangler. Hence, it will have a two-door and four-door option. At the same time, its doors would also be removable. Meanwhile, the upcoming Bronco will also reportedly feature a removable hardtop roof.
16 Might Be True: Ford Mustang Mach 1 range
Now, aside from the Bronco, another highly anticipated vehicle from Ford is the Ford Mustang Mach 1. In the simplest terms, this car is supposed to be an SUV or crossover version of the muscle car. Moreover, it is understood that Ford plans to make this car an electric vehicle.
That said, there are some recent news updates regarding the range of the Mach 1. According to a report from The Verge, it is believed that the SUV will be able to go more than 300 miles on just a single charge. However, it seems we would only know of its actual range when the car is finally introduced to the market.
15 Might Be True: Volkswagen I.D. Crozz release
Today, there is some growing interest in the development of electric vehicles. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Volkswagen has also been developing its own electric SUV, the I.D. CROZZ.
According to the German carmaker, the I.D. CROZZ is a “zero-emission SUV with an electric 4MOTION four-wheel-drive powertrain that is just as convincing in the urban jungle as on unpaved tracks or under poor weather conditions.” It has a power output of 225 kW and a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour. Moreover, it will reportedly boast of a fast charging feature. According to several reports, the car is expected to go on sale by 2020.
14 Might Be True: Lexus LF-1 Limitless release
Toyota’s luxury division is also set to debut the Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover in 2020. And as the name of the car suggests, the possibilities for this car are quite limitless. As Lexus has explained in a press statement, this vehicle model can be offered as gasoline, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, fuel cell and all-electric.
The LF-1 was created at the CALTY Design Research in California. And according to its president, Kevin Hunter, “This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans. The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology
while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”
13 Might Be True: Flying Tesla Roadster
It’s safe to say that Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has always been an ambitious man. We’re talking about someone who introduced the world to the idea of driving all-electric cars. In addition, Musk is also the man who boldly decide to launch a car into space.
Clearly, in Musk’s mind, the possibilities involving the future of electric travel are endless. And recently, he also claimed that eventually, the Tesla Roadster will be able to fly or at least, hover. As Musk has explained in one Twitter post, “Will use SpaceX cold gas thruster system with ultra high-pressure air in a composite over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats.”
12 Might Be True: Aston Martin DBX release
Based on Aston Martin’s plans, it seems the highly anticipated DBX will be an SUV that’s truly remarkable. According to the carmaker, “The unique nature of DBX in the Aston Martin range means it requires a dedicated test program; one that features new processes, procedures, and standards that reflect its all-purpose role. So, while it will perform with the verve and poise of a true Aston Martin, its dynamic envelope has to extend into areas previously off-limits to the marque’s sporting roots. Naturally, this includes impressive multi-terrain and towing capabilities as befits a state-of-the-art SUV.”
According to Aston Martin, it plans to unveil the DBX during the last quarter of 2019. That means, it should be hitting the market by 2020.
11 Might Be True: Ferrari F8 Tributo
If you are a true Ferrari fan, you would be incredibly pleased with the upcoming F8 Tributo. The car is also known as the 488 GTB’s successor. As Ferrari has explained, “The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater Berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.”
The F8 Tributo boasts of a V8 turbo engine that cranks out a maximum power of 720 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. Moreover, according to Top Speed, this supercar will be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds.
10 Totally False: Kia’s immediate plans of a pickup truck
With continuous demand for pickup trucks in the market, it’s easy to see why several carmakers would want to develop truck models of their own.
However, it seems that Kia would prefer to focus on other market segments at the moment. As chief operating officer and executive vice president of Kia Motors America Michael Cole told Motor Trend, “Down the line, if we can tick all those boxes and say we've got this sorted and thinking about the electrification, and all of these other issues, could some sort of pickup be part of the future Kia lineup? It could be, but it's not in our thinking right now. We're focusing on what we believe to be the core territory for us: SUVs and cars.”
9 Totally False: Toyota FJ Cruiser Concept releasing soon
Today, fans of the Toyota FJ Cruiser are hoping that a new version of the bulky SUV would be released quite soon. After all, the idea of a retro-style FJ Cruiser has been teased in the past.
However, it seems that the plans for the FJ Cruiser had been shoved in favor of others. As Group Vice President, and General Manager of Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America told Car Buzz, “Do I see it in our future? Yes. Do I see it in our near future? No. FT-4X, FT-AC, and TJ Cruiser, those are three different takes on an SUV. It would be silly of us to create these concepts, listen to consumers, and then not deliver something. So the answer is, not in the short term.”
8 Totally False: Chevrolet Camaro SUV
With the impending release of the Ford Mustang Mach 1 SUV, it seems only reasonable to assume that Chevrolet would also come out with a Camaro-based SUV. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all.
In fact, there has been no word about the Camaro SUV ever becoming a reality. Instead, Chevy has decided to reintroduced the Blazer, a compact SUV that comes with a starting price of $28,800. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Blazer comes with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that can deliver as much as 308 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.
7 Totally False: Apple Car 2020 release date
If you think about it, there are plenty of healthy signs that Apple would be releasing its Apple car pretty soon, possibly in the year 2020. However, everything is not what it seems.
Sure, Apple has been actively poaching several key people from electric carmaker Tesla. In fact, among its most recent hires was Tesla’s head of electric powertrains Michael Schwekutsch. However, there are also signs that Apple won’t be releasing its much-awaited car anytime soon. For starters, CNBC reported earlier this year that 200 employees working on Apple’s autonomous systems were laid off. Moreover, there are also reports that other people from this team were already transferred to other projects.
6 Totally False: Jeep Gladiator Hercules Performance version
Today, the all-new Jeep Gladiator is perhaps, one of the most anticipated vehicles for 2020. According to Jeep, the 2020 Gladiator is “engineered from the ground up to be a true pickup truck.” Moreover, this truck is “ready to carry you and your gear around the corner or to the far corners of the earth” for a starting price of $33,545.
However, if you’re hoping for a Hercules Performance version of the car, don’t hold your breath. According to a report from Motor 1, Jeep executives are yet to sign off on this project. Hence, it is still unclear if the concept will ever become realized.
5 Totally False: Infiniti Q70 updates
The Infiniti Q70 has been around in the U.S. market since 2013. And so, some of you may believe that it desperately needs a major upgrade. After all, the luxury sedan is starting to feel more and more outdated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Nissan’s luxury division is planning anything new for this car at the moment.
In fact, according to a report from Auto Wise, there are no upgrade plans for the Q70 in 2020. Hence, in the near future, you can pretty much expect the base engine to remain a 3.7-liter V6 with an unremarkable 330-horsepower output. Perhaps, if you are looking for something more exciting, you’re better off looking elsewhere.
4 Totally False: Land Rover Road Rover
You can be forgiven for thinking that there’s a Land Rover Road Rover coming out sometime soon. After all, Jaguar Land Rover showed signs that it was rather serious about developing this model. For starters, reports show that the British automaker had applied for a trademark for the Road Rover name. However, the company had told Autocar that the name was merely being used as an internal codename for a new model line.
At the moment, there have been no concrete updates on the future of a Road Rover. In fact, it is unclear if such a model will ever come out. Don’t worry though, Land Rover has several models scheduled to come out until 2023.
3 Totally False: Cadillac CT5 Wagon
For some time now, there have been whispers of a possible wagon version of the Cadillac CT5. However, it seems that this is just a mere rumor and nothing more.
During an interview with Motor 1, CT5 chief engineer Mike Bride told the publication, “As far as additional body styles we can’t announce anything right now.” In other news, the 2020 CT5 promises to have pretty impressive storage space. In fact, it boasts of having as much as 11.9 cubic feet of trunk space when using the 60/40 split folding rear seats. In case you’re interested, you can reportedly start ordering the 2020 CT5 this fall.
2 Totally False: Volvo pickup truck
Today, the pickup truck is booming. In fact, that is probably the reason that Jeep is quite excited to introduce its all-new Gladiator. That said, there have also been rumors that Volvo is making plans to create a pickup truck of its own. However, it doesn’t seem like there’s any truth to this.
As explained by a report from Motor 1, “Unfortunately, there's no chance that the Volvo factory of entering the truck market anytime soon. Instead, the company has spent the last several years launching its [sic] 60- and 90-series models. The new range of 40-series products, like the new XC40, have [sic] just started to roll out. The latest V40 is next with an arrival sometime in 2019.”
1 Totally False: Lamborghini LM002-Based SUV coming soon
Now, a long time ago, Lamborghini had introduced an SUV known as the LM002. It was considered one of the most insane cars of the ’80s. Moreover, fans can’t forget that the LM002 boasts of a 5.2-liter V12 engine that can crank out 455 horses and 368 pound-feet of torque.
Today, there are rumors that Lamborghini is coming out with an SUV that is inspired by the LM002. However, during an interview with Autocar, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said that the company is “not strong or stable enough to invest in a fourth model.” Moreover, plans for the fourth model seem to be 2+2-seater grand tourer and not an SUV.
Sources - J.D. Power, Honda, Jalopnik, Road and Track & Motor Trend