BMW X2 facelift to bring styling tweaks and tech upgrades
Cupra Leon and Leon eHybrid
Newly independent performance brand Cupra has revealed its version of the new Seat Leon – with the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The so-called eHybrid combines a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor and a 13.1kWh battery, giving it a 37-mile electric-only range. The regular petrol version, available as a hatchback or an estate, comes with 242bhp or 298bhp.
Cupra Leon eHybrid plug-in hot hatch launched with 242bhp
Jaguar E-Pace facelift
An early refresh for Jaguar’s smallest SUV, which only arrived in 2018. Expanded safety and driver assistance systems will be the main focus, while the BMW X2 rival will receive a streamlined selection of engines and sharper styling based on the new XE and F-Type. The E-Pace’s interior layout and technology, however, are both still fresh, so we don’t expect to see any radical changes inside.
Jaguar E-Pace to follow XF and F-Pace with 2020 overhaul
Mercedes-AMG GT 73 4-Door Coupé
Two years after the brilliant, conventional GT 63, will come the plug-in hybrid GT 73. This will use the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine but match it with an electric motor on the front axle, resulting in four-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time below 3.0sec. Oh, plus super-low official CO2 emissions, and thus BIK tax, thanks to a 31-mile electric-only range. Madness.
Mercedes-AMG GT 73 plug-in hybrid teased in new video
Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift
The 2020 E-Class is set to receive an exterior overhaul to bring it in line with the newer models in Mercedes’ range, including the A-Class and the recently introduced CLS. Saloon, coupé, estate and cabriolet models will all be offered, with interior upgrades likely to include the latest MBUX infotainment hardware. Voice control, touchpad-style steering wheel controls and an overhauled interface are expected. The engine line-up is unlikely to see a major shake-up, but more models will use Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild hybrid system to increase efficiency. The plug-in hybrid E350e will also make a return, alongside several hot AMG variants.
New 2020 Mercedes E-Class estate facelift spotted testing
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi secured a win with the Outlander as one of the first plug-in hybrid SUVs to market. But the product is dated now, which is why 2020 will bring a ground-up redesign, as spyshots have already shown. As well as a redesigned exterior and overhauled cabin, we can expect a major upgrade to its plug-in hybrid system focused on improving efficiency and all-electric range.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review
Porsche 718 GT4 RS
Spotted just a day after Porsche’s boss of sports cars hinted that it was in development, the 718 GT4 RS is a feistier take on the acclaimed GT4. Powertrain mods are unconfirmed, but bodywork additions hint at some serious track potential. Porsche has never produced a GT4 RS before, claiming in the past that one would be too close to its 911 GT models in terms of price and performance, but the new 4.0-litre flat six found in the GT4 will need to see use in more models to justify its development costs.