Best new cars for 2020 and beyond

Here are the best cars set to arrive on the automotive scene in 2020 and beyond…

Electric cars are already commonplace now but in future years, manufacturers will up the ante in terms of EV production and also the range of EVs available to buy. With increasingly tighter emissions tests and cities such as London planning on banning all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, car manufacturers will be ditching the internal combustion engine in favour of electrification.

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Brands like Mercedes and BMW will be in the swing of their electric revolution with cars like the EQA and i4 expected to hit showrooms in 2020. At the other end of the scale will be SUVs with their popularity continuing to soar. Alfa Romeo is among those planning on launching new SUVs in 2020 to compete in the already highly competitive market. Read below our list of the best new cars we are expecting to arrive in 2020 and beyond…

Alfa Romeo baby SUV

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Price: From £28,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Alfa Romeo will bolster its line-up with a baby SUV to compete with the Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. It’s yet to be named, but is likely to use a shortened version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV. Previewed by our exclusive image, the SUV is expected to be rear-wheel drive, with an option for four-wheel drive. Level 3 autonomous tech and electrified powertrains are also expected, with petrol-electric hybrid set-ups replacing Alfa Romeo’s discontinued diesel engines.

Alfa Romeo Grand SUV

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Price: From £50,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

In a push for market expansion, Alfa Romeo is launching a large SUV. Our exclusive image previews the Audi Q7 rival, which is likely to feature a performance-focused 400bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain, with engineers promising an all-electric range of 32 miles and a 0-62mph time of under five seconds. Based on the Stelvio’s underpinnings, the large SUV will be around 200kg heavier than its little sister due to the longer wheelbase and bigger body. It’s also likely to be offered with the option of seven seats.

BMW i4

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Price: From £55,000 (est)
On sale: 2021

Built to rival Tesla’s Model S, BMW’s i4 saloon will be capable of 435 miles on a charge. This model is based on the iVision Dynamics concept, as revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The four-door coupé will sit between the i3 and i8 in the brand’s i family. The manufacturer assures us that the iVision Dynamics concept is a reliable representation of the i4’s design, which means the full-length panoramic glass roof, enormous front kidney grille and razor-thin LED lights should be retained for production.

BMW iX3

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Price: From £55,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

BMW’s next foray into the world of fully electric cars will be the new iX3. Unveiled as a concept at this year’s Beijing Motor Show (above), it’s an all-electric X3 SUV tasked with taking on the Jaguar I-Pace. Under the skin, the iX3 features the latest eDrive electric tech offering denser, more powerful batteries, which BMW says provide significant weight saving and packaging advantages. The single electric motor is rated at 266bhp, although a claimed range of 249 miles between full charges lags behind the I-Pace’s.

Citroen C4

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Price: From £19,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2020

An all-new version of the Citroen C4 hatchback is on the horizon. Bosses at the French manufacturer have said there will be a fully electric model, which will serve as a direct rival for the upcoming VW I.D. hatchback. Set to be based on the PSA Group’s CMP platform, which is usually reserved for superminis, the EV is expected to make use of a 60kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 200 miles. Conventional petrol and diesel C4s will also be offered.

Ford Kuga

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Price: From £25,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

An all-new Kuga will arrive in 2020, and our spies have caught a first glimpse of the Volkswagen Tiguan rival. Although heavily disguised, the new Ford is understood to share the same C2 platform as the current Focus. The interior is likely to feature the current trademark floating tablet-style infotainment system. The C2 platform also allows electrification, and our spy shot shows a plug-in Kuga undergoing testing in North America. Ford says it will introduce 40 electrified vehicles between now and 2022.

Ford Mustang Hybrid

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Price: From £45k (est)
On sale: 2020

Ford’s most iconic model is set to ditch the V8 in favour of hybrid power. Arriving first in North America in 2020 and then rolled out elsewhere, the Mustang Hybrid will herald a first for Ford. The US brand has promised the hybrid version of the Mustang will be more efficient than a V8, but also have more power and stronger low-end torque. The hybrid is likely to make use of the existing 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost found in Ford’s Focus RS and the current Mustang.

Honda Urban EV

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Price: From £30,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020

One of the highlights of last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was Honda’s Urban EV concept. This will be Honda’s first all-electric car, and the brand will start taking customer deposits early next year before the production model takes to the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 2019. We should expect a range of over 200 miles, and for the car to have the ability to supply energy back to the grid through a smart charger.

Land Rover Defender

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Price: From £40,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

It’s been nearly three years since the last Defender rolled off Solihull’s production line, but new spy shots show how the next-generation Defender is shaping up. The car will retain its boxy design, and is likely to borrow some features from the current Discovery. We expect the new model to feature at least a 48-volt mild-hybrid version, following JLR’s announcement that all new models will be electrified from 2020. Land Rover says it is also planning to build a family of Defenders.

Mercedes EQA

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Price: From £30,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Last year, Mercedes announced it will launch 10 all-electric models under its new ‘EQ’ sub-brand. The smallest of the fresh electric vehicles will be the EQA, which is roughly the same size as the current A-Class. A concept version of the EQA was displayed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but the marque said much of that car’s futuristic styling is set to carry across to the five-door hatchback. Mercedes has claimed a battery range of around 250 miles, and the most powerful version of the car will pack 268bhp.

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