As with every New Year, 2019 brings promise of all sorts of changes and improvements in our lives. This year, however, is particularly exciting within the automotive industry, as automakers look to continue the momentum we saw throughout 2018 and plan to release an array of groundbreaking vehicles in 2019. With sales expected to top $17.2 million this year and vehicles boasting the latest and greatest technology, performance and electrification expected to hit pavement this year, there’s something for everyone to be excited about. In this article, we’ll cover the vehicles we’re most excited to see in 2019 and share what details we know about them.
These days you can’t talk about the future of the auto industry without mention of at least one electric vehicle, so it seems fitting that the first car we cover is the Porsche Taycan. As Porsche’s first real step into the realm of electrified luxury vehicles, the Taycan is sure to make an impression and shake up the industry a bit. As a direct competitor to Tesla’s Model S, Porsche’s four-door sedan is expected to pack a mean punch with over 600 horsepower and a 0-60 speed under 3.5 seconds. The Taycan is expected to have a top speed over 160mph, and its battery is rumored to be able to carry you over 310 miles in a single charge. As an added bonus, Porsche is looking into developing and implementing fast-charging technology which would allow for drivers to charge the Taycan enough to travel 250 miles in under 20 minutes. Unfortunately, we don’t have much more information beyond that besides the promise that the Taycan will deliver the performance and design Porsche enthusiasts have come to love in a clean, electric package.
Steering away from electric vehicles but remaining in the performance market space, we expect 2019 to finally bring us the next iteration of the Toyota Supra. Toyota announced that the Supra will start general production in the latter half of this year, with the very first Supra being auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auctions in Arizona to benefit the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation on January 19th. The first Supra will have an exclusive design, with matte gray exterior paint, matte black wheels, red mirror caps, and a red leather interior featuring a carbon-fiber plaque denoting it as the first 2020 Supra. Once in general production, you can expect the coupe to hit the road with a BMW-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers with somewhere around 350 horsepower. Details are sketchy beyond that, but we certainly expect the Supra to amaze once production officially starts.
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
Another performance machine that will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson auctions in Arizona is the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. Ford has done an excellent job of keeping details a secret, however we’re nothing but excited based on how much the GT350 blew us away when it was first released. Ford hasn’t given us an exact power output yet, but they have assured us that the GT500 will pack well-over 700 horsepower under the hood from its supercharged V-8 engine. Positioned to be the fastest American car on the road, we expect this beast to carry a price tag somewhere in the $70,000 range for base models. Fun fact: two components in the GT500 braking system are actually 3D printed at Ford’s new advanced manufacturing center!
Land Rover Defender
The last car on our list is for all the off-roaders out there. And no, we aren’t talking about the Jeep Gladiator again (at least not here). We can expect 2019 to bring back a re-imaged icon- the Land Rover Defender. People have been crying out for the Defender to be brought back after it was discontinued in 2016, and we now have news that the boxy off-road machine is finally making its way back on the roads. We haven’t had many details confirmed, however based on images we’ve seen the body, although updated to be what appears to be slightly longer and boxier, the new Defender definitely takes influence from past models. We think there will be some sort of hybrid or electric system, as Land Rover has already promised all vehicles model year 2020 and newer will have some sort of electrification, however nothing has been confirmed yet. Some of the test vehicles have been powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, according to the registration information held by the DVLA, while other prototypes have been running a petrol engine, so we really aren’t sure what to expect in terms of power besides being an upgrade over the last models a few years ago.
2019 promises to bring all sorts of new vehicles into the market, from clean electric passenger cars to off-road monsters and performance machines we never thought were possible. At this point it’s difficult to tell which vehicles will make the biggest impact on the industry and influence where the future of automobiles takes us. In the meantime, however, we’re happy to wait a bit to see what the Auto Show in Detroit has in store this year.
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