As soon as the year turned (actually, before then), we started thinking about the cars that might come our way in 2019. Yep, we're that easy to discard our loyalties to last year's crop. Automakers improve their wares with every successive generation, and the results are often significantly better than the previous model. That's what we're hoping for. And then there are the totally new models that are worth looking at. Here's a list of what we'd like to drive in the coming months.
2019 Audi A8
Audi's big sedan gets the full monty of technology to the point of outpacing BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Styling remains conservative with the exception of the huge grille. Under the hood is 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 as the base engine, and a 460-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is optional. The A8 also has
2019 Jaguar I-PACE
The I-PACE is going after the likes of the Tesla Model X with its 234-mile electric-only range and the potent 394 horsepower output. The fact that it looks way better than most crossovers is icing on the cake. It's not just Tesla that's being future-minded. The British are coming.
2019 Nissan Altima
The last Altima was the also-ran in the Japanese sedan fight, after the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The 2019 model
2019 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger should complete the automaker's pickup truck lineup when it arrives later this year. It leads the pack with 7,500 lbs of towing power (in the right trim) and also gets a powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It's badass without even really trying.
2019 Cadillac XT4
Caddy clearly needs more crossovers to add to its only other offering, the XT5. Good thing the XT4 looks fantastic with creased styling all over and an interior that makes last-gen Caddys look antiquated. powering the XT4 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 237-hp four-cylinder with Active Fuel Management mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It also has the most rear legroom in its segment. We're excited to give this thing a whirl since it just might save the brand.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8
The current C7 Corvette is easily the most astounding homegrown sports car. Especially in ZR1 and Grand Sport trims, it's a bargain Ferrari and can roast just about anything. But soon to come will be the Corvette C8, possibly named 'Zora' after the 'Vette founder. It will be mid-engined like the Italian exotics, and it may even get a manual transmission. Sure, it might look like Ferrari, but it will be 100% American, and we can't wait.
2020 Land Rover Defender
The legendary Defender hasn't been sold here in the states for 20 years, but we're about to get its second coming. The off-road dominator will surely be more luxurious than its much older, rather Spartan predecessor. Good thing that it will likely be even better off-road than ever before thanks to Land Rover's Terrain Response system that will probably show up. It will also get more power, more interior appointments, but the boxy shape looks like it will stay, thank goodness.
2019 Hyundai Veloster N
We drove the new Veloster Turbo and loved it. The Veloster N will be that much better thanks to more power, great steering, and a chassis that just won't quit. The standard Veloster N is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that's good for 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Add the performance package, and you get 25 more horses. Couple it with Hyundai's superb interiors and technology, and you have yourself a truly affordable ($27,787 base price including destination) winner on your hands.
2020 Porsche Taycan
The Taycan (pronounced, tie-
2020 Toyota Supra
Compared to the Taycan, we'll likely actually get to drive one of the most exciting cars that will come out in 2019. The Supra shares bones with the more luxurious and expensive BMW Z4 convertible, but it will be no less thrilling. In fact, it will likely have better sports car chops than the German droptop. The styling is also very true to the FT-1 concept that birthed it.