When the Defender’s 67-year production run ended in 2016, it had already been nearly 2 decades since one could be found in a U.S. Land Rover dealership. The 1997 Defender 90 with its 4.0-liter V8, 4-speed auto and 13mpg was a British-born Jeep rival. But since, Land Rover’s SUV lineup has trended more towards afternoon tea and less to morning fox hunts. The Defender’s much anticipated return is about ready to recapture some of the original’s raw ruggedness with modern day accoutrements. Going on sale next Spring, the 2020 Defender 110 will sticker from near $50,000 slotting it pricewise above the entry-level Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
Foreshadowing the future of MINI, the brand’s first fully-electric car is almost ready to hit dealerships. The 2020 Cooper SE is a MINI 2-door hardtop at its core with its drive technology from parent company BMW. Under the hood is an electric motor fed by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery positioned in the vehicle floor.
When the redesigned 2020 Ford Super Duty launches later this year it’ll be ready to quake with a new off-road package. Ford says they’ve designed this truck for the Super Duty customer who uses their truck for more than just work. More ground clearance, bigger shocks, and bigger tires add more off-road capability for the outdoorsman. Pricing and specs will be announced closer to launch.
Widebody fever is spreading at Dodge and will soon infect 2 new Charger models; Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat. Closely following the formula already established by its 2-door counterpart, the Challenger, the new 2020 Charger Widebody models fatten up their tires, broaden their fender flares, clamp down on bigger brakes and ride atop a specially tuned adaptive damping suspension to deliver a car that’s faster and handles better than ever before.
Cadillac’s car lineup is undergoing a major restructuring.
The small ATS sedan and Coupe have already exited the. The midsized CTS ostensibly becomes the all-new CT5 compact sedan when it arrives early next year joined by an even smaller 4-door called the CT4. And at the larger end of the spectrum the XTS is slowly being phased out while the CT6 has been given a reprieve from GM’s big car chopping block.
In summary, Caddy’s sedan lineup is being reduced to 3 core models, each available in new V-Series livery that also is taking a new path. Adopting the same formula as their German rivals, the new 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V will be faster and performance oriented but not to the level we’ve become accustomed to.
The new strategy will be to offer 2 V-Series versions per car – one with more go and the other with all-out, track-readiness.
These are the mid-performance cars: the CT4-V offers 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from its 2.7-liter turbo-4 while the CT5-V runs with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 going to 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Both share Magnetic Ride Control shocks and V-Series drive modes, available in rear- or all-wheel drive with a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes, mild electrification and limited slip differentials.
And moving down from the flagship CT6 is Cadillac’s awesome, hands-free driving Super Cruise technology.
Previously announced and already sold out, the CT6-V is the first to arrive this summer with the heralded Blackwing twin-turbo V8 with true V-Series performance of 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.