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From an 808-hp muscle car to the return of a familiar compact truck nameplate, there’s activity everywhere you look in the automotive industry. We’ve got it all covered, whether you’re curious about two Korean rear-wheel-drive four-doors out to challenge the best German sport sedans and hatchbacks, or you’ve heard Subaru and Lexus are preparing new crossovers and want to get more info.

Keep reading as the experts at Motor Trend delve into future cars—what’s coming up shortly as well as what cool cars are on the way over the next few years.

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What’s Now: Cars
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon front three quarter in motion 04

What’s New: Are you seated? Check out these eye-popping numbers: 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque. On premium. On race gas with the optional race computer those numbers spike to 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. Should you find your juiced-up Demon on a VHT-prepped drag racing surface, the wrinkly Nitto tires will help it hit 60 mph in 2.1 seconds before destroying the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Oh, and 0 to 100 mph happens in 5.1 seconds. Aside from power, drag race special bits such as a transmission-brake and using the car’s A/C compressor to super-chill the intake air help the Demon achieve such big numbers. We won’t know how the Demon will perform on a normal surface filled with 91 octane until we get our hands on one for testing. However, our favorite Demon number remains one. As in the standard Demon only has one seat! And you thought the three-seat McLaren F1 was cool.

What’s Not: It’s still an old Mercedes-Benz E-Class underneath all the blistered metal.

When: Summer 2018

How Much: $95,000 (est)

What’s Now: Cars

What’s New: More doors! The Audi A5 has long had the rival BMW 4 Series in its crosshairs and with the Bimmer now available in a four-door fastback-sedan body style, Audi’s following suit with its new A5 Sportback. Think of it as a mini Audi A7. Previously available in Europe on the first-generation A5, the new second-generation A5 Sportback comes to the U.S. on Audi A4 sedan underpinnings, featuring the A5’s signature fastback roofline, two rear doors, and a hatchback replacing the trunk.

What’s Not: The A5 Sportback’s engines are all carried over from the rest of the A4 and A5 lines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 good for 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Opt for an S5 Sportback, and you’ll get a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that makes a healthy 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard with either engine.

When: 2017

How Much: $46,575-$59,775

What’s Now: Cars
2018 Buick Regal Sportback front three quarter

What’s New: For its sixth generation, the Buick Regal sedan will be replaced by two new body styles: the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, a coupelike hatchback, and the 2018 Buick Regal TourX wagon. The redesigned Regal is based on the recently revealed Opel Insignia Grand Sport four-door hatchback and Opel Insignia Sports Tourer wagon. Despite GM’s recent selloff of Opel (and Vauxhall) to French automaker PSA Group, the next-generation Buick Regal will be built by Opel in Germany. Power will come from GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 mated to either a nine-speed automatic with front-drive or an eight-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system features an active twin-clutch rear differential and is standard on Regal TourX.

What’s Not: Although the longer wheelbase and lightweight Epsilon II E2XX chassis is new to the Regal, the chassis already underpins the current Chevrolet Malibu sedan. The turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 makes 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the front-drive Regal Sportback and 295 lb-ft with all-wheel drive.

When: Fall

How Much: $32,000 (est)

What’s Now: Cars
2018 Kia Stinger GT front three quarter in motion 04 1

What’s New: Kia’s slick four-seat, four-door, rear-wheel-drive sports “coupe” targets BMW’s 4 Series Grand Coupe with European-influenced style and performance. Kia’s Frankfurt studio led the design from concept to production, and Albert Biermann was hired away from running BMW M division to hone the Stinger’s handling, eight-speed transmission, and brake-based torque-vectoring system.

What’s Not: Base Stingers ship with a 255-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo-four, and premium Stinger GTs get a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 (which made its debut in the Genesis G90). All-wheel drive is optional on both models and is a performance-tuned variant of the Hyundai H-track system.

When: Fall

How Much: $40,000

What’s Now: Cars
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo front three quarter

What’s New: There’s a more wagonlike five-door body style that affords a new “middle” seat in the rear for a fifth passenger plus slightly more headroom and cargo capacity. Frankly, this is a win, win, win.

What’s Not: There’s no rear-drive base model or long-wheelbase version, but all-wheel-drive powertrains denoted by “4” remain the same: the Panamera 4 gets a 330-hp turbo V-6; the 4S gets a 440-hp twin-turbo V-6; the 4 E-Hybrid features a 462-hp turbo V-6 PHEV setup; and the Turbo rocks a 550-hp twin-turbo V-8.

When: Fall

How Much: $97,250–$155,050

What’s Now: Cars
2018 Volkswagen Arteon Elegance front three quarter in motion 1

What’s New: This flagship hatchback replacement for the CC “four-door coupe” moves up in size to slot about halfway between the Audi A5 and A7 four-door hatches while picking up Audi-esque trappings such as real wood trim, full LED lighting, and virtual cockpit instrumentation. It also introduces a wide horizontal-bar grille, a clamshell hood, and broad-shouldered styling that is likely to propagate throughout the VW portfolio.

What’s Not: The Aisin six-speed torque-converter transaxle and front- or 4Motion AWD powertrain parts are familiar, as is the 2.0 TSI gas engine. It’s slightly detuned from Golf R specification to make an estimated 276 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Our fingers are crossed for a future VR6 variant making 350-ish hp.

When: 2018

How Much: $39,000–$42,000 (est)

What’s Now: Cars
2017 Honda Civic Type R front three quarter in motion 10

What’s New: After years of being forbidden fruit to American enthusiasts, the front-drive Honda Civic Type R will finally land on U.S. soil and promises to be the hottest Civic to date. Powered by a 306-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired exclusively to a six-speed manual, the Civic Type R packs a punch and backs it up with adaptive suspension and steering, Brembo brakes, and a helical limited-slip differential. The car will also come as a single loaded package with a 540-watt premium audio system, LED headlights, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

What’s Not: The U.S.-built 2.0-liter turbo-four is essentially a carryover engine from the previous generation: the Europe-only, ninth-generation Civic Type R.

When: Currently

How Much: $35,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 Buick Enclave front three quarter

What’s New: The 2018 Enclave is the second generation of Buick’s successful three-row, seven-seat family crossover. Gone is the jelly bean styling in favor of sleek new sheetmetal. The Enclave also marks the debut of Buick’s Avenir luxurious subbrand. Essentially Buick’s version of GMC’s Denali line, the Enclave Avenir is differentiated from lower-end models by Evonik Acrylite LED accent lighting, a unique grille, and higher-quality leather inside.

What’s Not: The new Enclave shares its underpinnings and powertrain with the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Although the lesser Chevy has a variety of engines, the Buick Avenir’s sole powerplant is a 3.6-liter V-6 good for 302 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and is available in both front- and all-wheel drive.

When: Fall

How Much: $40,000–$50,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 Chevrolet Traverse front three quarter

What’s New: After the first-gen model’s nine-year run, almost everything has been replaced. The new three-row crossover still seats up to eight, but an updated 3.6-liter V-6 is mated to a nine-speed auto. (The front-drive only RS model uses the same transmission with a turbo-four.) A modernized interior and full suite of active safety tech allow Chevrolet to offer a more premium High Country trim.

What’s Not: The Traverse also retains the ability to tow around 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, and unlike the new GMC Acadia, it hasn’t been downsized in its second iteration.

When: Summer

How Much: $30,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 front three quarter 03

What’s New: This isn’t just Alfa Romeo’s first crossover. It’s also based on the magnificent Giulia sedan, which recently blew away all of its luxury-car rivals in both four-cylinder and V-6 variants. It remains to be seen whether the five-passenger Stelvio can repeat that performance, however our initial impressions are that the handsome hatchback could, like its lower-to-the-ground brother, be the jack of all trades and master of them all, too.

What’s Not: The Stelvio arrives with the same two engines (the 2.0-liter four makes 280 hp, the 2.9-liter V-6 cranks out 505 hp) and eight-speed automatic transmission as the Giulia, but with standard all-wheel drive.

When: Late summer

How Much: $42,000–$77,000 (est.)

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 Ford EcoSport front three quarter in motion 02

What’s New: The EcoSport (pronounced echo sport) is a new subcompact crossover that will be offered in S, SE, SES, and top-spec Titanium trim. Based on the architecture of the subcompact Fiesta, this burgeoning (and already crowded) segment includes the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and Subaru XV Crosstrek. Ford hopes a tablet-style touchscreen and even a high-end audio system by Bang & Olufsen will allow it to leapfrog the connected-tech entries.

What’s Not: Powertrains are shared with other Ford products and will include an EcoBoost (“eek-oh-boost”) 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three and a 2.0-liter inline-four. Output from the engines in this offering has not yet been announced but should be no less than the 123- and 160-horsepower versions found in the Fiesta and Focus. Front-drive and a six-speed automatic are standard with the 1.0-liter engine, and the 2.0-liter comes with standard all-wheel drive.

When: 2018

How Much: $19,000–$28,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 GMC Terrain SLT front three quarter

What’s New: Three new engines include two gasoline turbocharged inline-fours paired with the recently unveiled nine-speed automatic transmission co-developed with Ford. A turbodiesel I-4 also joins the mix and gets a six-speed automatic. Gone is the traditional gear shifter in favor of a push-button selector in the center console.

What’s Not: As before, the Terrain shares its platform and engines with the Chevrolet Equinox, though the latter’s base engine doesn’t benefit from the new nine-speed auto. The Terrain also shares very few body panels with the Chevy, which is evident from its bolder styling.

When: Summer

How Much: $25,970–$38,495

What’s Now: SUVs
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front three quarter

What’s New: Essentially the first all-new product from Mitsubishi in years, the Eclipse Cross aims to revive the struggling brand’s vehicle lineup. Powered by a new 1.5-liter direct-injected turbo-four paired to a CVT, the Eclipse Cross will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport and compete against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. A new infotainment system with touchscreen or touchpad controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a head-up display will also make their debuts in the Eclipse Cross.

What’s Not: The Eclipse name is borrowed from the popular front-drive sporty coupe and convertible that was in production from the 1990 to 2012 model years.

When: 2018

How Much: $24,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport front three quarter

What’s New: The Rogue Sport is new to the U.S., but the crossover has been on sale for years in other markets under the Qashqai nameplate. Unlike the larger Rogue, which can be had with an optional three-row, seven-seat configuration, the smaller Rogue will only be sold as a two-row five-seater. The sole powertrain choice is a 2.0-liter I-4 making 141 hp.

What’s Not: The platform is shared with the normal Rogue, which means both utilize similar hardware and technology, including lane departure warning and other driver assistance features. Like the Rogue, the Rogue Sport will be offered with front- or all-wheel-drive drivetrains.

When: Currently

How Much: $22,380

What’s Now: SUVs

What’s New: The second-gen Subaru Crosstrek arrives on the new Subaru Global Platform. The 2018 Crosstrek gets many of the same updates as the related Impreza, including an updated 152-hp 2.0-liter flat-four engine, a revised CVT, and improved safety tech. All-wheel drive still comes standard, as does the X Mode all-terrain drivetrain program.

What’s Not: The styling, not that Subie owners will mind. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek doesn’t look all that different from the outgoing model despite sharper headlight and taillight designs and a new grille. The model should also continue to offer the same qualities that made the last generation so popular, including good fuel economy, capability, and practicality.

When: Summer

How Much: $22,000 (est)

What’s Now: SUVs
European spec Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace front three quarter in motion

What’s New: Volkswagen’s new compact crossover with a sliding second row and an optional third row has been sized right for the American market. We’re getting the longer-wheelbase version of the new Tiguan, which is 4.6 inches longer than the Honda CR-V. Like the CR-V, the Tiguan offers a turbo-four. In the VW’s case, the standard 2.0-liter engine makes 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to an eight-speed auto.

What’s Not: VW’s focus remains on providing a premium-ish experience among mainstream brands. The Tiguan will offer a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, and a pedestrian monitoring system along with a full suite of active safety tech. Also, don’t expect a diesel-powered Tiguan in the U.S. Ever.

When: Late Summer

How Much: $26,000 (est)

What’s Now: Trucks/Vans

What’s New: Chevy blends the nimble dimensions and rock-hopper suspension articulation of a Jeep Wrangler with the high-speed desert racing capability of a Ford Raptor by redesigning the Colorado’s underpinnings and fitting high-tech Multimatic shocks to ride smoother than base trucks while tolerating extreme abuse. Locking front and rear differentials, nine driveline modes, and skidplate protection of the radiator, oil pan, and transfer case are also part of the deal.

What’s Not: There’s no Raptor-esque fire-breathing engine under the hood. ZR2s can be had with either the 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic or the 2.8-liter turbodiesel four and a six-speed, with your choice of extended cab/6-foot-2-inch box or crew cab/5-foot-2-inch box.

When: Currently

How Much: $40,995–$42,620

What’s Now: Trucks/Vans
2018 Ford F 150 front three quarter 03

What’s New: The biggest news occurs under the hood, where the F-150 gets four new engines including the first diesel offered in an F-150. That 3.0-liter PowerStroke should produce north of 250 hp and 400 lb-ft. A 3.3-liter 282-hp and 253-lb-ft naturally aspirated V-6 will be the new base engine. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 gets efficiency upgrades,the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost was revised for the 2017 model year, and a 5.0-liter V-8 is expected to get more torque and horsepower. The base V-6 gets a six-speed automatic, all others get 10-speeds.

What’s Not: The body is still the same, continuing with a wide use of aluminum. We will see the same six variants ranging from the work-oriented XL to the top-of-the-line Limited.

When: Fall

How Much: $29,000–$64,000 (est)

What’s Now: Trucks/Vans
2018 Honda Odyssey front three quarter 13

What’s New: With minivans still an essential part of many young families, the Odyssey makes a strong case for itself with a more powerful V-6 backed by a choice of nine-speed or all new 10-speed automatics. The second-row seats slide sideways for easy access to the third row, but the backrests cannot fold flat to accommodate long objects. New tech includes an available Wi-Fi hot spot.

What’s Not: Honda’s effort to bring style to the minivan.

When: Spring

How Much: $31,000–$45,500 (est)

What’s Now: Trucks/Vans
2018 Toyota Sienna SE front three quarter

What’s New: Because the Sienna shares underpinnings and component sets with the Highlander and Camry, we expect the next-generation minivan to share the revolutionary TNGA platform. But because developing the Prius and Camry first on this architecture accounted for so much of Toyota R & D’s engineering reserves, the Sienna has been pushed to a nine-year cycle.

What’s Not: For the time being, Toyota has given the 2018 model year Sienna (pictured) a face-lift, an upgraded infotainment system, improved safety features, and quieter front and side glass. The Sienna got the 296-hp 3.5-liter engine and eight-speed transmission for the 2017 mid-cycle change, so you can expect those to carry over into the TNGA redesign.

When: Spring 2019

How Much: $31,000–$45,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs

Audi Q8 concept front three quarter 01
The Audi Q8 concept is pictured here

What’s New: Macho, sharp-edged sheetmetal leaves you in no doubt the Q8 is meant to be Audi’s big, sporty SUV, positioned above the family-friendly, three-row Q7. The Q8 shares its sleek, high-tech interior with the forthcoming A8 sedan, along with a new mild hybrid powertrain composed of a 3.0-liter V-6 with electric-assisted turbochargers and an electric motor mounted between it and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is 469 hp and 516 lb-ft. Audi says that’s enough to get the Q8 Sport to 60 mph in less than 4.7 seconds and to a top speed of 171 mph.

What’s Not: Under the skin, the Q8 will share a lot of mechanical hardware with the existing Q7, including the regular 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 in entry-level models, the eight-speed automatic transmission, and the available adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering.

When: 2018

How Much: $60,000–$80,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs

Subaru Ascent SUV concept front three quarter
The Subaru Ascent SUV concept is pictured here

What’s New: Measuring 198.8 inches long, 78.3 inches wide, and 72.4 inches tall, this is the largest vehicle Subaru has ever produced. The three-row Ascent will ride on a modified version of Subaru’s new Subaru Global Platform, which underpins the all-new Impreza and Crosstrek. Shifting away from six-cylinder engines, the seven-passenger Ascent will be powered by an all-new 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged flat-four engine. Expect to see the production version on sale in 2018.

What’s Not: This is not Subaru’s first three-row SUV; it follows the Tribeca, which ended in 2014. Like most Subaru models, the automaker’s ubiquitous flat-four engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system will come equipped in this upcoming model. Expect to see Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology available on the Ascent.

When: 2018

How Much: $35,000

What’s Next: SUVs

The Lexus UX concept is pictured here

What’s New: Just about everything on this concept model is new. The UX will be positioned below the larger NX and RX crossovers, and it combines the rugged look of an off-roader with a coupelike cabin. The interior features the first application of the Kinetic Seat Concept, weblike seat cushions and back rests that move kinetically with the occupant’s weight. The concept’s traditional side mirrors are replaced by cameras, and there is a removable sound bar built in to the passenger-side dashboard—no telling if those details will reach production. Drivetrain details have not been revealed, but the UX will be underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture and possibly replace the aged CT 200h hatchback.

What’s Not: Toyota’s recent use of the large spindle grille and sharp angles for its exterior styling can be seen on the UX concept. The UX will likely be available with a hybrid engine mated to a CVT, a similar set up in other Toyota hybrid models. The UX also sports the double rear spoiler that can be seen on the all-new C-HR subcompact crossover.

When: 2018 (earliest)

How Much: $29,000

What’s Next: SUVs

BMW X2 Concept front three quarter
The BMW X2 concept is pictured here

What’s New: With the X3 moving up in size to be as large as the original X5, the X2 will keep the compact X1 company in the more affordable end of the BMW lineup. But expect something sleeker and more activity-coupe in appearance compared to the more upright X1 look. Some might even call it a tall hatchback. Perhaps the most noticeable styling hook is the dramatic inversion of the iconic kidney grille. The placement of a roundel on the hatchback pillar is also intriguing.

What’s Not: Given that X2 comes from the X1 platform (also shared with Mini Countryman), it will be front-drive based and share the same component set as the X1. Hence, a 228-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four will be the predominant engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic.

When: Late 2017

How Much: $35,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs

The Jaguar I-Pace concept is pictured here

What’s New: Leave it to Jaguar to initial its small SUV with an E but its electric crossover with an I. Jaguar’s first pure electric car, a five-passenger performance vehicle on a dedicated EV platform, is coming with next-gen technology, a futuristic design with an aerodynamic hood vent, flush door handles, and a glass roof. The battery pack and electric motors were developed in-house. The I-Pace has a 90-kW-hr battery and two motors to generate 400 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, which Jaguar claims will go 0–60 mph in about 4.0 seconds. It also has all-wheel drive. Range will exceed 220 miles, and the battery can be fast-charged to 80 percent of capacity in 90 minutes.

What’s Not: It shares the same D7a flexible aluminum architecture as the F-Pace, which includes an A-arm front and multilink rear suspension. It will also get Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control system and Adaptive Surface Response for better traction and control in slippery conditions. Also look for the I-Pace to have Jag’s familiar face.

When: Second half of 2018

How Much: $90,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs
Jaguar E Pace front three quarters 4

What’s New: This will be the smallest SUV in the Jaguar lineup, slotting below the F-Pace, to go up against the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It is not quite a mirror image of the F-Pace—as spy shots show a more coupelike silhouette and lower roofline, making it more of a tall hatch than an SUV. It is expected to include a hybrid or all-electric version.

What’s Not: With the familiar Jaguar face and grille, this Jaguar will share a platform with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque—which would make it front-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive. Expect it to tap the Ingenium family of gasoline and diesel 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines and come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Inside, it will share the Jaguar Land Rover Pro Infotainment system.

When: 2018

How Much: $34,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs
Infiniti QX50 prototype 010

What’s New: The Infiniti QX50 is growing up to better position itself against the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Cadillac XT5, and others. The next QX50 will switch to a new front-drive-based platform from the Renault-Nissan alliance, and it will get Infiniti’s first production variable-compression engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Expect styling to stay close to the QX50 concept.

What’s Not: Nothing. The QX50 will be all-new, trading its rear-drive, Infiniti G37–derived mechanicals for a high-tech engine, a more modern chassis, and more crossoverlike proportions.

When: 2018

How Much: $39,000 (est)

What’s Next: SUVs

2004 Ford Bronco concept front three quarter

What’s New: After decades off the market, the Ford Bronco is finally returning. Very little is known at this point, but Ford promises it will be true to its heritage and be off-road ready. We take that to mean it’ll be recognizable as a Bronco and not a warmed-over crossover. Rumors have suggested it might feature solid axles both front and rear like the Jeep Wrangler—but the platform it shares currently uses an independent front suspension. We predict Ford’s compact 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 will be on offer, and hopefully Ford’s inline-five turbodiesel will be, too.

What’s Not: The Bronco will share the same body-on-frame platform as the new Ranger pickup.

When: 2020

How Much: $28,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars

Mid Engine Chevrolet Corvette testing with ZR1 front three quarter 04

What’s New: Zora Arkus-Duntov always wanted to turn his Corvette sports car into a mid-engine exotic, and Chevrolet is finally granting his wish more than 60 years later. All we know for certain is the engine placement because there’s no hiding the car’s proportions. The hot rumors suggest a 6.2-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC V-8, though Chevy could always stick with its supercharged pushrod V-8. Rumor also has it the car will be named Zora in honor of the Corvette’s creator.

What’s Not: It will most likely still carry the Corvette flags and sit atop the model lineup, but otherwise, expect the car’s architecture to be original.

When: 2019

How Much: $100,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars
Genesis G70 prototype front three quarter 2

What’s New: Unlike the Genesis G80 and G90, the G70 will be an all-new model with no direct Hyundai predecessor. The G70 is aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and it will ride on a new platform that’s likely related to the one underpinning the Kia Stinger.

What’s Not: Drivetrain options should look pretty familiar, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 derived from the unit in the Stinger serving as the base engine and Hyundai-Kia’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 powering the range-topping G70. Expect Hyundai’s second-generation eight-speed automatic to be the only transmission choice.

When: Q1 2018

How Much: $39,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars

Mercedes AMG GT concept front three quarter

What’s New: Taking aim at the Porsche Panamera, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 is a radically styled four-door fastback. Although we’ve only seen it in concept form (pictured here), the model is 90 percent ready for production. It will offer a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making anywhere from nearly 500 to more than 600 hp. On top-tier models, a V-8 engine comes paired to a rear-mounted electric motor for a total output of 800 hp.

What’s Not: It is expected to ride on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz E63. Incidentally, the concept shares its naming convention with the Mercedes AMG GT coupe range, but the vehicles are very different.

When: Likely in the first half of 2019

How Much: $150,000–$200,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars
McLaren Hyper GT Teaser 1

What’s New: Like the legendary McLaren F1, the BP23 has three seats, with the driver in the center of the car. But McLaren says it’s an homage, not a successor, to the coupe that started the hypercar trend. The BP23 won’t be chasing record 0–60 acceleration times, and although it will be the fastest McLaren road car ever, faster than the 240-mph F1, it won’t outrun a Bugatti Chiron. McLaren calls the BP23 a “hyper-GT”—a car that will be staggeringly quick, thanks to advanced aerodynamics and light weight, but refined and luxurious at the same time, with a comfortable ride.

What’s Not: BP23 will be built using some of the hardware developed for the new McLaren 720S, including the revised 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. It will also feature performance-boosting electric motors. Total powertrain system output is likely to be more than 1,000 hp.

When: 2019

How Much: $2.5 million (est)

What’s Next: Cars
Infiniti Project Black S front three quarter in motion 02

What’s New: The Q60 Project Black S has a really-it’s-true KERS system like F1 cars have. There’s one electric motor to assist the rear wheels and another to instantly spin up the turbo to high boost levels and send some energy to the battery at high rpms. And a nifty kind of push-to-pass button, which would allow short bursts of otherwise redline power, is also possible.

What’s Not: The underlying engine would supposedly be the 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 from the Q50 Red Sport 400. But with the new bits added, power to the wheels would probably be north of 500 hp.

When: 2019 or later

How Much: $65,000–$70,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars
Porsche Mission E Concept front three quarter

What’s New: The Porsche Mission E will be the German automaker’s first electric vehicle, and it will come with an estimated 600 hp and more than 300 miles of range on a single charge. Porsche will also develop an 800-volt charger for the Mission E that can charge the car’s floor-mounted lithium-ion battery to 80 percent in 15 minutes, and it will come with a wireless charging system. All-wheel drive will likely come standard along with a torque-vectoring system that can send torque to individual wheels.

What’s Not: Despite being an EV, the Porsche Mission E’s looks shouldn’t veer too far away from Porsche’s design language, meaning it’s going to look familiar despite the different powertrain and underpinnings.

When: 2020

How Much: Around $100,000

What’s Next: Cars

Mercedes Benz CLS prototype front three quarter

What’s New: As it enters its third generation, the CLS will receive design tweaks, including a reshaped grille. It’s possible the CLS will grow in length so that it’s better positioned in between the E-Class and S-Class.

What’s Not: Like the previous CLS, the new model has a raked roofline that gives it the profile of a coupe. As we’ve seen in photos of camouflaged prototypes, the large dual display that sits on top of the dashboard comes straight from the E-Class. The CLS is also expected to share the E-Class’ platform.

When: Likely before the end of 2018

How Much: $78,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars

2018 Honda Accord prototype front three quarter

What’s New: Although crossovers are gaining popularity, the Accord sedan remains one of Honda’s most important products. Expected to shrink slightly, the 10th-generation Accord adopts a sportier appearance and a new sloping roofline. If it follows the trend of the Civic and CR-V, the Accord will offer turbocharged power.

What’s Not: As Honda strives to reduce its platform count, the new Accord will likely be built on the same architecture as the new Civic. The Accord Hybrid should continue using the next-generation two-motor system from the current model. The existing 2.4-liter engine could also carry over as the base engine.

When: Late 2017

How Much: $23,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars
Toyota Supra prototype gas station front three quarters

What’s New: BMW and Toyota have collaborated on a Z4 successor for the Bavarians and a next-generation Supra to help satisfy CEO Akio Toyoda’s need for speed. Rumors abound, but we know trademarks for Supra have been filed in the U.S. and Europe and that Austrian supplier Magna Steyr will build roughly 60,000 of the rear-drive, two-door sports cars for both companies.

What’s Not: Since the start, Supras have been powered by six-cylinder engines, and the fifth generation (MkV if you’re hip) should be no different. But rumor says its cylinders will be in a vee formation, with a turbo for each bank.

When: 2018 (20 years after U.S. sales of the last Supra ceased)

How Much: $50,000 (est)

What’s Next: Cars
Nissan V Motion 20 Sedan Concept front three quarter 02

What’s New: The Nissan V-Motion 2.0 Concept doesn’t preview a specific model; rather it is a styling exercise that previews the automaker’s future design direction—much like the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept previewed the current Nissan Maxima sedan. This could be the preview of the next Altima. Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille insert floats in the middle of the larger and bolder front grille, and the floating roof design features a one-piece carbon-fiber floating pillar that replaces the A-pillar, roof rails, and C-pillar. It floats above the wrap-around rear window glass. Other design elements include a split panoramic glass roof and suicide rear doors.

What’s Not: Although many of the design elements might make it to production, don’t expect the floating center console, high-tech infotainment screen, and show car door hinges to make it into production.

When: 2018–2019

How Much: $25,000 (est)

What’s Next: Trucks/Vans

What’s New: After discontinuing the Ranger in the U.S. in 2011, Ford is bringing it back. Competition in the midsize segment has been fierce, with the Chevrolet Colorado eating part of the pie from the Toyota Tacoma. International markets saw a new Ranger last year, but the U.S. spec will be all-new and will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, where production will start at the end of 2018.

What’s Not: Nothing. We expect the Ranger engine lineup to include the 2.5-liter Duratec four cylinder and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. Given that the Colorado and Tacoma offer an off-road capable package (ZR2 and TRD Pro, respectively), we wouldn’t rule out the possibility to see an FX4 package on the new Ranger.

When: 2019

How much: $22,000 (est)

What’s Next: Trucks/Vans
Chrysler Portal concept front three quarter

What’s New: First shown at the 2017 CES, the Chrysler Portal concept is a pure electric vehicle with three rows of seating. Chrysler calls it the fifth generation of family transportation. The Portal concept features front and rear sliding doors with glass panels at the top and bottom. An under-floor-mounted 100-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack maximizes interior space. The battery is estimated to have a range of 250 miles, and a 350-kW DC Fast Charger can add 150 miles of range in less than 20 minutes.

What’s Not: It’s still a one-box design with three rows of seating.

When: After 2018

How Much: $45,000 (est)

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