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7 significant American automobiles hitting the street in 2020

What’s old is going to be very new in 2020, as America’s legacy automakers reboot classic models to keep up with the times and the new kids on the block. Here are a few of the top cars and trucks to look for throughout the year.

CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY

If you can’t beat them … Chevrolet turned the Corvette into a mid-engine sports car to take its performance and style to the next level in order to compete with the world’s top sports cars and it’s already a success. The entire first-year run of Stingrays, starting at $59,995, is essentially sold out, and it doesn’t even enter production until February. Despite the radical redesign, the Corvette is powered by a good old American 6.2-liter pushrod V8 and has enough room in the trunk behind it for two golf bags.

CHEVROLET TAHOE/SILVERADO

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…and GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. GM’s big SUVs are all-new and for the first time feature independent rear suspensions for improved ride comfort and handling. It’s not as big of a change as the Corvette’s engine swap, but it’s an important one as GM looks to defend its dominant position in the full-size utility vehicle segment against the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, both of which have had an independent suspension for years. And just in case it’s not enough, GM is adding adjustable air springs and a diesel engine to the options mix.

FORD MUSTANG MACH-E

Ford risked committing double blasphemy by putting the Mustang name on a utility vehicle powered by batteries in the hopes that the equine brand equity will help get its electric vehicle push off on the right hoof. The Mach-E is the first of dozens of electric models on the way in the coming years and was designed to blend practicality and performance in a package that can go up to 300 miles per charge.

FORD BRONCO

The 2021 Ford Bronco has already been partially unveiled as a racing truck that competed in but didn’t finish the Baja 1000, and the production truck is set to debut in the spring with styling inspired by the 1966 original. The Michigan-made SUV will be built on the same frame as the Ford Ranger pickup and is expected to feature a removable roof and an extreme 4×4 drivetrain that should make it a match for the Jeep Wrangler in the rough stuff.

MYSTERY THREE-ROW JEEP SUV

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The Grand Commander is a three-row Jeep sold in China that may offer an idea of what the upcoming U.S.model will look like. (Jeep)

Jeep is working on a full-size three-row Wagoneer for 2021, but has a smaller seven-passenger model on the way before then. Its name and technical details have not been revealed, but it is expected to be similar to the Grand Cherokee.and will be the brand’s first three-row vehicle for sale in the U.S. since the Commander was discontinued a decade ago.

TESLA MODEL Y

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Tesla’s Cybertruck may have gotten the headlines this year, but the Model Y trucklet will be the next new model it puts on sale. The compact utility vehicle is based on the Model 3 sedan and equipped with a battery pack that’s good for 300 miles per charge in the $48,000 Long Range rear-wheel-drive version that will be the most affordable Model Y when it enters production mid-year.

RIVIAN R1T

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Startup electric truck company Rivian raised nearly $3 billion from the likes of Amazon, Ford, Cox Automotive and T. Rowe Price in 2019 and is set to launch its first battery-powered pickup by the end of 2020. The luxurious midsize R1T has a starting price of $69,000 and comes with an adjustable air suspension system, four-motor all-wheel-drive and the ability to spin in place like a tank. Top models will offer 400 miles of range, 750 hp, 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.0 seconds and a max tow rating of 11,000 pounds.

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Test drive: The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is an off-roadish SUV

The GMC Acadia may have been updated for 2020 with bolder styling inspired by GMC’s big trucks, but it’s still very much a crossover. The $30,995 midsize SUV shares a front-wheel-drive platform with the similarly-sized Cadillac XT6 and Chevrolet Blazer that’s primarily aimed at on-road performance.

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Along with a bigger, boxier grille, the midsize Acadia now offers a selection of three engines across the model lineup that adds a 230 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the previous edition’s 193 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 310 hp 3.6-liter V6, the latter two available with all-wheel-drive.

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(Fox News Autos)

They’re all matched with a 9-speed automatic transmission that’s controlled by a pushbutton gear selector on a redesigned dashboard. It works well as long as you don’t try to use it to change gears with your outstretched arm and index finger while driving down a bumpy road, which one Acadia model is capable of doing pretty well.

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The Acadia AT4 starts at $43,395 and is the latest edition to GMC’s growing AT4 sub-brand, which signifies All Terrain and Four-Wheel-Drive. Along with a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires it gets the V6 engine, blacked-out trim, AT4 logos and underfloor storage in the very large cargo area that can be replaced with a third row of seats. (Even if it’s not, you still get cupholders back there.)

The changes give the Acadia AT4 a very tough look, but with just 7.2 inches of ground clearance it comes up short as a rock-crawling off-roader like some Jeep Grand Cherokees are. Nevertheless, the fat tires are unflustered by deep ruts and the Acadia AT4 feels stiff as a steel girder when you hit them.

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Potholed city streets don’t stand a chance, yet the ride remains well-mannered and just about perfect on smooth pavement where there is surprisingly little noise from the chunky treads. Unique among Acadias, the AT4 also features a torque-vectoring rear differential that uses clutches to direct power to the outside wheel in a curve and helps rotate the vehicle nicely on slippery stuff. Its maximum tow rating checks in at 4,000 pounds.

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While the AT4 can be equipped with automatic emergency brakes, a blind-spot warning system, parking sensors and a seat that vibrates so you can mute all of the beeps that the safety systems would otherwise generate, radar adaptive cruise control is reserved for the top of the line, luxurious Denali trim.

That’s unfortunate because the AT4 is an otherwise great all-around, if not truly all-terrain vehicle.

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2020 GMC Acadia AT4

Base price: $43,995

Type: 5 to 7-passenger, 4-door, all-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Power: 310 hp, 271 lb-ft torque

MPG: 18 city/25 hwy

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2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4 is an upscale off-roader

Ford has a new off-road SUV for fancy folks.

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The 2020 Expedition Limited will be offered with the FX4 off-road package that was introduced on the entry-level Expedition XLT two years ago. Available on the Expedition and longer Expedition Max, pricing starts at $71,865.

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Aimed at tackling dirt and gravel roads rather than the Rubicon trail, the option adds all-terrain tires, off-road shocks, skid plates and a shield to protect the 3.5-liter V6’s turbocharger intercoolers from sand. There’s also a limited-slip rear differential for the all-wheel-drive system, a 360-degree camera system that can be used on tight trails, protective running boards and a shorter chin spoiler to improve the approach angle when driving over obstacles. Ford says over 20 percent of Expedition owners actually use them to go off the beaten path, so this isn’t all just for show.

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The upgrades put the Expedition in a better position to compete with the upcoming all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Silverado, which will be offered in an off-road Z71 trim with an optional air suspension system that can be used to adjust the ride height for increased ground clearance.

The Expedition Limited FX4 is on sale now.

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‘Badass’ baby Jeep in the works for 2022

Jeep is looking to boost sales with a baby SUV.

Jeep’s European marketing boss Marco Pigozzi told Auto Express that the brand will introduce an SUV below the subcompact Renegade in 2022.

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The Renegade is Jeep’s smallest model. (Jeep)

“The car will be able to be used as a badass Jeep, but it has also been designed to be used every day,” Pigozzi said, adding that it could feature an electric powertrain if the proposed Fiat Chrysler merger with Peugeot parent PSA Group goes through.

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The unnamed vehicle will likely compete with the popular Suzuki Jimny, a Samurai successor sold outside of the United States.

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According to the report, the vehicle will be approximately 13 feet long, which will make it about a foot shorter than a Renegade or two-door Wrangler, but still two feet longer than a World War 2 Willys MB. In 2016 Jeep unveiled a concept called the Shortcut, which was a smaller version of the Wrangler.

Pigozzi did not say where the new model will be made or if it will be sold in the United States.

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Electric Lincoln SUV to use Rivian technology, report says

Lincoln may be going ‘lectric.

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The Corsair Grand Touring is one of Lincoln’s plug-in hybrid models. (Lincoln)

The Ford-owned luxury brand will start selling an SUV in 2021 based on a battery-powered platform being developed by electric vehicle startup Rivian, sources tell Reuters.

Ford invested $500 million in Rivian earlier this year and announced plans to license the company’s “skateboard” for its own vehicle, but did not say which nameplate it will be sold under. The chassis incorporates a complete drivetrain and battery pack and can be easily outfitted with different bodies, known in the industry as “top hats.”

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Both automakers declined to comment on the report.

Ford has several in-house electric models in the works, including the recently revealed Mustang Mach-E utility vehicle and an F-150 that has been shown in prototype form. Ford’s new contract with the UAW did not mention anything specific about any upcoming all-electric Lincolns.

Rivian is scheduled to begin selling its own electric midsize pickup by the end of 2020, which will be followed by an SUV. The pickup has a starting price of $69,000 and will be offered in a version that can go over 400 miles between charges. Both will be built at a factory in Normal, Ill. Rivian is also developing a delivery van for Amazon, which owns a stake in the company.

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Reuters could not determine where the Rivian-based Lincoln will be produced, but said the target base price is $72,500, putting it just above the $70,540 plug-in hybrid version of the Lincoln Aviator.

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The Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid is positioned as a performance model rated at 494 hp 630 lb-ft of torque. (Lincoln)

Crosstown rival Cadillac is also developing an all-electric SUV that could go on sale as early as 2022, but its price and specifications have not been confirmed.

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Test drive: The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is late, but is it too late?

There’s no use crying over spilled Cadillacs, but I’ll pour one out for them anyway.

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(Cadillac)

GM’s flagship marque has likely lost hundreds of thousands of sales over the past decade by not being in a class it should’ve owned: three-row crossover utility vehicles. Chevy, Buick, and GMC have been offering the Traverse, Enclave and Acadia since before the GM bailout, which means Cadillac has had plenty of platforms available to borrow. Even Saturn had one in its lineup at the time of its demise.

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Instead, while the SRX/XT5 and Escalade SUVs have been killing it, Cadillac spent that time trying to compete with sports sedans from import brands … just as they were shifting toward SUVs. But now that has been remedied with the introduction of the XT6, which is mechanically related to all the crossovers mentioned above, just as the platform-sharing gods intended.

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(Cadillac)

The XT6 is slightly smaller than its less luxurious siblings and has the same front cabin as the XT5, but the exterior is set apart with Cadillac’s new slim horizontal headlight design. The look gets more generic as you shift your gaze down the side, and it could probably pass for a Volvo XC90 in profile.

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The XT6 relies on basically the same 310 hp V6 and 9-speed transmission as its corporate cousins, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The interior is pure Cadillac, however. It has a sharp, clean design dressed to impress with smooth-as-silk leather and an Alcantara-like microfiber suede headliner in high-end models. The control layout is a mixed bag, as it features some unresponsive touchpads and a small touchscreen display that doesn’t work with gloves, at least not mine. But the infotainment system it runs is Cadillac’s latest and equipped with the all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

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(Cadillac)

The XT6 is available in six-passenger and seven-passenger configurations with plenty of room to go around, but not quite as much as the most spacious models in its class, including the new Lincoln Aviator. Prices start at $53,690, with all-wheel-drive adding $2,000, which puts it right in the mix with competitors like the XC90, Aviator, and Audi A7, while undercutting the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS three-row SUVs by around $20,000. That is unless you start tacking on the options, which brought the price of my Sport test car to $73,040.

Most of the extras were trim and creature comforts that a budget-minded luxury SUV buyer could live without, but you’ll have to check a couple of boxes to get driver aids like adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and an infrared night vision system. Cadillac’s hands-free Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving highway feature is not available on the XT6.

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(Cadillac)

The Sport only comes with all-wheel-drive, and gets a standard adaptive suspension system that keeps the body motions in check over any surface. It helps provide about as good of a ride and handling mix as you can expect, even riding on 21-inch wheels and the low-profile tires that come with them. It’s far from a performance vehicle, but it can get out of its way just fine and the engine is much smoother than you might expect, given its plebian roots. Fuel economy is a so-so 20 mpg combined and the tow rating a healthy 4,000 pounds.

All told, although it’s new, the XT6 gives the impression that it’s been around for a while and is not at all a next-generation vehicle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and it should do well to keep growing families in the Cadillac fold. In fact, it’s already seeing strong sales.

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(Cadillac)

Unfortunately for Cadillac, it can’t travel back in time to make up for the ones it missed out on before the XT6 arrived.

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2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport AWD

Base price: $58,090

As tested: $73,040

Type: 6- to 7-passenger, four-door, all-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6

Power: 310 hp, 271 lb-ft

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

MPG: 17 city/24 hwy

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Here’s how many Mustang Mach-Es Ford can build

Ford’s hoping the Mustang Mach-E will be a sales hit when it goes on sale late next year, but it definitely won’t be as big as the original pony car

Ford sold over 400,000 Mustangs in the 12 months following its April 1964 debut and more than a million by the end of 1965, but it only has the capability to produce about 50,000 Mustang Mach-Es, regardless of the demand for the all-electric SUV.

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That’s according to Ford President Joe Hinrichs, who said battery availability is the limiting factor for the Mexican-made model, Detroit News reporter Ian Thibodeau reported.

Ford began taking orders on Sunday for the Mustang Mach-E, which has a starting price of $44,995, but hadn’t previously revealed how many would be available.

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Tesla will be ramping up production of the similarly priced Model Y crossover at about the same time the Mustang Mach-E goes on sale. The California factory where the Model Y will be built has a proven capability to manufacture nearly 400,000 cars per year, which could increase in 2020, but Tesla hasn’t said how much of that capacity might be allocated to the Model Y.

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L.A. Auto Show: The 2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime is a powerful plug-in hybrid

The Toyota Rav4 is plugging-in and powering up.

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The country’s best-selling vehicle that’s not a pickup is getting a plug-in hybrid model called the Prime that provides 302 hp and an all-electric range of 39 miles between charges.

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The Rav4 Prime uses an all-wheel-drive system similar to the one in the existing Rav4 Hybrid that features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor combination driving the front wheels and a separate electric motor at the rear. The Rav4 Prime swaps in more powerful motors and adds a larger battery pack with plug-in capability.

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Toyota estimates the combined fuel economy to be 90 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), which assumes the battery is recharged every day. It’s efficiency after the battery is depleted hasn’t been announced, but the conventional Rav4 Hybrid is rated at 40 mpg.

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Toyota says the Rav4 Prime isn’t just the most-powerful Rav4 ever, but that it will be the second-quickest model in the lineup behind the Toyota Supra sports car, and can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

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Pricing for the 2021 Rav4 Prime will be announced closer to its on sale date next summer, and it will initially be offered only in SE and XSE trims. The Rav4 Hybrid XSE currently starts at $35,170, so expect the Rav4 Prime to come in a couple of thousand dollars more than that and to qualify for some federal and state electric car tax credits.

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The 2020 Buick Encore GX is a big little SUV

Buick’s best-seller is about to get some competition … from itself.

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The Buick Encore GX is a slightly larger version of the Encore subcompact SUV that comes with new powertrain options and technology.

The tweener will slip under the Envision in Buick’s lineup when it goes on sale next spring powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine of yet-unspecified power, or an optional 1.3-liter turbo rated at 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.

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Both motors are available in front-wheel-drive models with a CVT automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive versions get the 1.3-liter with a 9-speed automatic.

The Encore GX will come standard with electronic driver aids like automatic emergency brakes and lane-keeping assist, while a list of advanced features that includes adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera system will also be offered.

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Most important to its positioning, the Encore GX provides more passenger room than its smaller sibling, plus 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Encore’s 18.8 cubic feet.

Buick sold nearly 74,000 Encores through the first nine months of 2019, which was nearly twice as many as its next most popular model, the Enclave. Pricing for the Encore GX has not been announced, but the Encore starts at $23,200.

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The Ford Flex, its oldest SUV, is being discontinued

Ford’s oldest utility vehicle is being discontinued after a decade.

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The Flex has been one of the automaker’s lowest selling family car offerings since it was introduced as a 2009 model. Despite many positive reviews, the utility vehicle’s offbeat boxy design never really caught on with consumers, and its head designer left the company just a few months after it debuted. It was the first Ford brand model to offer one of the company’s now-ubiquitous EcoBoost turbocharged engines.

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The Flex received a slight redesign for the 2013 model year. (Ford)

Sales of the Flex peaked at 38,000 in its first full year on the market, but it was soon overshadowed by the arrival of an all-new Ford Explorer in 2011 that featured a more conventional SUV look. Ford sold 250,000 Explorers in 2018 alone, while less than 300,000 Flexes have been sold during its entire run.

Ford hasn’t announced the exact date that the last Flex will come off of the line at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada, but the facility built the last Lincoln MKT that shared its platform earlier this month.

The Explorer has been fully redesigned again for 2020.

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