The world is currently at a standstill, clearly because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Considering the contagious nature of the virus, governments have ordered people to stay indoors. With the social distancing campaign in top gear, businesses have had to cease operations, markets have been closed, schools locked, and events of all kinds suspended indefinitely such as the British Motor show postponed due to COVID-19.
This policy has also impacted the automobile industry, just like every other sector. The majority of automakers have had to either cease operations or limit their activities to only skeletal services. Automotive plants particularly have been shut down. This means a number of things, one of which is that car releases have been suspended till after the pandemic. That's just sad, right?
Car releases after COVID-19
Well, cheer up, we have decided to bring you some teasers, at least to brighten your mood. We have prepared a list of the Top 7 expected car releases after COVID-19. With this list, you can make a more informed choice if you are planning on buying a car or perhaps. If you are just an automobile enthusiast hoping to know what automakers have up their sleeves, well, hop in too! Remember, you need to follow these top tips to buy a car safely during the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
1. Hyundai i20
In terms of aesthetics, the 2020 Hyundai i20 is just breathtaking! The hatchback sports a new grille up front complemented by sweptback LED units headlamps, giving the car an alluring appeal. The car's roof is lowered but with a wider body and a noticeable length increase. Hyundai makes the i20 a total package with the 17-inch alloy wheels. It looks total badass!
Peeping into the car, the interior of the 2020 i20 is significantly different from its predecessors, with two 10.25-inch screens combined smoothly in the dashboard while the cabin generally has a very homely feel. In terms of technology and safety, Hyundai installed the SmartSense safety package with features such as the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which primarily alerts you if you are likely to collide with objects, cars, and pedestrians.
The Hyundai i20 would be an awesome revelation of features when it is released
Another thing to look forward to in the Hyundai i20 is its hero mild hybrid engine that comes with a 1.0-liter petrol unit making 88kW, accompanied by a 48V electrical system. This important feature reduces fuel use and emissions to about four percent.
The release of the third generation Hyundai was scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show in March 2020 but has however been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. 2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 edition of the Ford Explorer is what you could call the ideal family car!
Ford has designed the automobile to come in Trim levels, namely Base (Explorer), XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, Platinum, and ST models. Regardless of whatever trim level you buy, you can be assured of amazing performances with the car's base 2.3-liter turbo-4 that makes 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Though a mid-sized SUV, the Explorer is still not lacking in space. The SUV not only has enough room for passengers but enough cargo space measuring about 18.2 cubic feet.
Ford beefed-up safety features in the 2020 Ford explorer
Being a family SUV, Ford is big on safety in the Explorer although they could have done better. When released, you should expect to find Ford's safety feature called Co-Pilot360. Among other things, this feature includes blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts, hill start assist, and automatic emergency braking coupled with pedestrian detection. This is very similar to Hyundai's SmartSense safety package. Much more, on the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package, you are offered speed-sign recognition, Adaptive cruise control, active lane control, as well as expanded voice controls.
In terms of technology, the Explorer comes with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, and here's the exciting part you weren't expecting; this includes a wi-fi hub that can serve up to 10 devices. There's also a vertically oriented 10-inch touchscreen available in the car.
You can check out the 2020 Ford Explorer in all its glory below:
2020 Ford Explorer Review & First Drive - An Exciting New Chapter | Edmunds
3. 2020 BMW iX3
The BMW iX3 is another reason you want the Coronavirus to be defeated soon. We all want this beauty released and cruising on the roads.
BMW is joining Tesla to release a fully electric car. The iX3 is BMW's first electric SUV and the automaker is ticking all the right boxes. Using the company's fifth-generation eDrive Technology, the SUV is all-electric with a 74-kWh battery pack which guarantees zero-emission and can also travel an average of 273 miles on just a single charge which could last for just about 30 minutes. Now, that's not all, BMW's ix3 is expected to deliver about 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) which is generated through a single electric motor.
The BMW ix3 is a car that is pleasing to the eyes
Also worthy of note is ix3's very low power consumption of less than 20 kWh per 62 miles (20 kWh per 100 kilometers).
The release of the BMW ix3 was also scheduled for the Geneva Motor show which has now been postponed.
4. 2020 Audi e-Tron GT
The Audi e-Tron GT is an all-electric four-door sports saloon car which has been compared in many quarters to the Porsche Taycan. This is a nice compliment!
In terms of mileage per charge, the car will be able to travel about 248 miles with its 95kwh battery pack capable of charging at 350kW. The implication of this is that the car is charged enough to travel in just about 20 minutes!
Being a sports car, the legitimate question to ask is, how fast can this car run? You might want to hold on to your seat for the answer. The e-Tron GT can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.5 sec and can reach a top speed of 149 mph.
A car like the Audi e-Tron should be allowed to get on the road fast!
Moving inside the e-Tron GT, you will discover a 3D dashboard integrated with a touchscreen which blends well into the dashboard when not in use. It's hard to refer to the steering wheel as a wheel since it looks more like a hexagon. It is flat both at the top and at the bottom. The car shuns natural leather for synthetic leather on the seats.
Features that stand out in the e-Tron GT include the LED lights, adaptive air suspension, 360-degree cameras, and charging ports available on both sides of the car. And for the biggest unveil, the car will be making use of side cameras in place of mirrors. That's just jaw-dropping!
If you're the type with extra luggage around, this is just the right car for you! The e-Tron GT has a lot of cargo space!
5. 2020 KIA Soul
The 2020 version of the Kia Soul is a boxy hatchback available in trim levels of LX, X-Line, S, EX, and GT Line. For performance, the base Soul is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that makes 147 hp and 132 pound-feet of torque.
It is easy to be fooled by the size of the Kia Soul, but don't be! Five adults could comfortably sit in the car without feeling cramped. There is also enough legroom. Just behind the back seat is the trunk of the car that is a little more than 24 cubic feet, meaning it could carry cargo. And if you need a little more cargo space, you also have the option of folding the second-row seat to increase the cargo space to about 62.1 cubic feet.
The 2020 Kia soul is the definition of small but mighty
A major plus for the Kia Soul is the impressive technology offered within it. You will discover on the lower trim levels a 7.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto with one USB port available. On the higher end of the trim spectrum, you would find a much larger 10.3-inch touchscreen with more USB ports available. As a bonus, a wireless phone charger is available and there's also interior ambient lighting.
6. 2020 Landrover Defender
One car we're looking forward to seeing released is the Landrover Defender. This SUV has to be one of the most rugged utility vehicles, right from the car's build and design. This vehicle has a distinct look that sets it apart from other cars on the road. You can't confuse it for another car. The Landrover Defender has a box-like shape with very unique headlamp and tail light designs. The car looks a little muscular with lines and ridges running around it. It certainly looks like a defender alright.
As the name implies, this vehicle means no-nonsense.
The Defender's base powertrain will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which means it could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds and also reach a top speed of 119 mph. While this is not as fast as a sports car, it does well for an SUV.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender comes in six trim levels: base, S, SE, HSE, First Edition, and X while the car also has body styles available: the two-door Defender 90 and the four-door Defender 110. Fortunately, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has arrived in Nigeria with the latest car technologies.
7. 2020 Volvo Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 is an all-electric car with a 78kwh battery which can travel between 250 - 275 miles after a single charge.
The Polestar 2 is to be powered by two separate electric motors producing, when combined, 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. What this means in terms of speed and performance is that the Polestar 2 can catapult from zero to 60 mph in just about five seconds.
Peering into the car's interior, sitting conspicuously in the center of the dashboard is an 11.0-inch touchscreen. The Polestar 2 maintains Volvo's interior design and build but has replaced animal-based materials for a more vegan interior.
This impressive automobile also has an amazing feature! The Polestar 2 will come with a feature that makes it possible for owners to use their smartphone as a car key. The implication of this is that you can both lock and unlock your car remotely and of course, in style. Just like the James Bond movies!
In the world of electric cars, the Polestar aims to stand out
That is not all, the Polestar 2 gets another medal for being the very first car to be equipped with what is known as an Android-powered infotainment system, the primary function of which is to give driver and occupants access to numerous features by touch or voice. Google Maps, Google Assistant, and a host of auto-optimized apps available through the Google Play Store are now available on the 11.15″ frameless display.
In conclusion, it is clear that automakers have a lot in the offing in the year 2020. Do you notice though a lot are hybrids? You might want to look at 7 factors to consider before buying an electric car in Nigeria. We are truly in for a thrill. The only threat to us all is the Covid-19 pandemic. By taking necessary precautionary measures, we're all one step closer to defeating the virus and have our favorite cars released.
We hope this article on the 7 most expected car releases after Covid-19 entertains you. If it does, make sure to stay tuned with us for the latest auto updates about new releases.