NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2020 models aplenty set for debuts

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Some 2019 car models haven’t arrived in dealerships, yet many 2020 new cars and trucks are on the near horizon. More sport utility vehicles, an electric version of a luxury sedan and an enduring compact sedan have been announced.

Here’s a look at three 2020 vehicles set for release soon and a list of others with new editions or with multiple upgrades.

2020 Mercedes-Benz all-electric SUV
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is a new all-electric SUV.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 — The manufacturer’s first full-electric vehicle, the EQC is a crossover and another addition to the ever-increasing popularity of SUVs.

The EQC, positioned between the GLC-Class and GLC-Class SUVs, features two electric motors, one for each axle, combining for 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. Energy is stored in an 80-kWh battery pack with an estimated range of 279 miles. The EQC is expected to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. The new Mercedes-Benz is expected to debut in early 2019. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

Jeep Gladiator — The long-awaited Jeep pickup will wear the Gladiator name. The 2020 Gladiator stretches the Wrangler Unlimited wheelbase another 20 inches to accommodate a 5-foot bed.

Like the Wrangler, it will feature a removable top, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. With the standard 3.6-liter V6, it can tow up to 7,650 pounds, and the payload is at 1,650 pounds. The gas V6 will be joined by a diesel next year, and, yes, all versions are Trail Rated. The Jeep Gladiator combines the best attributes of the Wrangler with a pickup truck bed.

Toyota Corolla — The 12th-generation Corolla goes for an aggressive design, backed by more focused driving characteristics. It features an updated 1.8-liter engine for L, LE, and XLE trims (no horsepower stated), and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the SE and XSE — borrowed from the Corolla hatchback — making 169 horsepower.

The new interior of the Corolla is a leap forward, with clean lines and a simple, elegant layout. The standard comes very well equipped, including a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as forward-collision avoidance, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

A Corolla Hybrid joins the lineup, using the drivetrain from the Toyota Prius. It is expected to return 50 miles per gallon combined. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

2020 Cars and Trucks scheduled to debut soon:

Honda Passport, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Soul, Kia Telluride, Lincoln Aviator, Porsche 911, Porsche Macan.

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