Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup
Predicted Cost: $18,000
It’s an understatement to say that Hyundai isn’t exactly known for their pickup trucks. The South Korean automaker mostly specializes in entry-level and executive vehicles, which makes sense because South Koreans aren’t nearly as obsessed about offroad action as Americans. In 2015, an executive at Hyundai thought it would be a good idea to try building a pickup truck that caters to North American audiences. It took three attempts at approving the project before the Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup went from an idea to an actual car for sale. Kia and Hyundai are partnering up to develop the car together, meaning that we’re likely to see a Kia pickup of a similar kind soon.
The compact truck will be built at Hyundai’s manufacturing plant in Alabama and is set for a 2021 release. The companies are planning to invest $410 million to expand their facilities for this process while creating an additional 200 jobs. It’s believed that the Santa Cruz Pickup will feature a 2.5-liter I-4 engine boasting 191 horsepower. Whether or not it ends up performing to satisfactory results remains to be seen. One thing we can say for sure is that the Santa Cruz Pickup is an absolute joy to behold.
Predicted Cost: $70,000
While the BMW 7-Series is one of the German automakers' best executive luxury cars, the M3 is a pure beast that’s made for speed enthusiasts who are looking for an extremely fast and stable racer. BMW recently described their 2020 release of the M3 as having their strongest ever engine. The 2020 M3 will be powered by the same twin-turbo six-cylinder S58 engine as its high-performance SUVs, the X3M and the X4M, so you can expect 510 horsepowers and a zero to sixty of less than three seconds.
It's speculated that the new M3 will cost around $70,000 as a starting price, but as you probably know by now, adding even some of BMW's optional add-ons will quickly turn the price up to a much higher amount. It’s going to be a hard choice for sports enthusiasts whether to go for the BMW M3 or the upcoming 2020 Audi RS4; What’s known for sure is that both cars are extremely impressive and will give any speed daredevil a run for their money.
Predicted Cost: $21,300
Mazda has really been pulling out all the stops this year when it comes to their sports lines. In addition to the Mazda RX-9 that’s slated to come out this year, the Japanese automaker is also working on this brand new sports car called the Mazdaspeed3. You can choose to get the Mazdaspeed3 in either sedan or hatchback and can go for either a single-engine or a 2.5-liter inline-four. Mazda also made sure to give racing drivers a wink by adding manual transmission as an optional choice, if that’s what you prefer, and some incredible driving and safety features to boot.
Every Mazdaspeed3 comes with an active drive-assist system, as-well-as a lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitors. This makes the Mazdaspeed3 a very safe car, which is especially important considering that it's projected to be one of the faster cars that the carmaker has produced in recent years. You can expect to get the Mazdaspeed3 for a very reasonable price of just over $20,000. Whether or not the low cost will be felt in the end result or come as a huge bonus remains to be seen.
Predicted Cost: $30,090
Nissan has been working hard over the last few years to create some truly amazing sports cars, with many fans claiming that the Nissan 370Z and the GT-R are some of the best sports cars in recent generations. In 2020, Nissan is going to add a new car to its lineup of sports vehicles and everyone is already getting excited. According to Nissan, the 2020 Nissan Z is a small supercar of its own, with 350 horsepower thanks to its brutal 3.7-liter V6 engine. In-terms of gas-mileage, the company claims you should expect 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway, which is quite high, even for a sports car.
The Nissan Z will arrive in multiple models and includes either manual or automatic transmission. You’ll have a choice between a base version, a touring version or a NISMO version, with the former costing around $30,000 and the later a much higher $47,000. We’re extremely excited to give the Nissan Z a go when it hopefully comes out in mid-2020, mostly because the 370Z and the GT-R have both been incredible sports cars and Nissan is likely going to raise the bar even further with this one.
Cadillac Escalade ESV
Predicted Cost: $78,195
You may have noticed that the 2020 Cadillac Escalade was already mentioned a few entries back, but the ESV letters at the end of its name are what make this car into a completely different beast. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a redesigned version of the Escalade with 300 fewer pounds of weight and a new platform similar to the one on the 2019 Silverado and the Sierra 1500. You can expect to find a new independent rear suspension option which makes rides more comfortable according to Cadillac, as-well-as new tech options, including new gauge displays and a redesigned infotainment system.
The biggest difference between the Escalade and Escalade ESV is the length of the cars. The standard Escalade measures at a length of 203.9 inches while the ESV adds an extra 21 inches to a total of 224, which gives it a much larger cargo, more room for passengers, and a fuel capacity of 31 gallons instead of 26. Both cars remain as some of the most popular cars in the luxury SUV market.