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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe N

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe N

A competitor for the Ford Edge ST

Hyundai announced its high-performance N division back in 2013, and four years later it launched the first vehicle with this badge: the i30 N. With the Veloster N following in early 2018, everyone is now wondering which nameplate will get the next performance update. Some of the company’s crossovers will also get the N treatment, and word has it that the Kona and Tucson might be first in line. But, what if Hyundai also made an N version of the Santa Fe? The SUV looks quite sporty in standard trim, and those aggressive N features would turn it into a menacing hauler and a unique vehicle in the affordable market.

Although Hyundai did say that there are plans to create N-badged crossovers, these aren’t a priority for the Korean brand. The Santa Fe is probably even farther down the line, but it would be the best-looking SUV with the N badge. And, it would also be a reasonable proposition for the recently launched Ford Edge ST. Although the idea seems a bit far-fetched right now, the Santa Fe N could happen sometime in late 2019, after Hyundai unleashes similar versions of the Kona and Tucson. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what it might bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2019 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Going topless in Stuttgart’s performance star

Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.

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2020 Audi SQ3 / RS Q3

2020 Audi SQ3 / RS Q3

Small, tall, and quick as hell

Audi first kicked off production of the Q3 luxury subcompact crossover in 2011 for the 2012 model year, following it up with a series of refreshes in 2014 and 2015. Also offered as a pair of tuned versions from Audi Sport GmbH under the SQ3 and RS Q3 nomenclature, it looks as though the Four Rings is gearing up to release a second generation for the go-faster Q3’s, as evidenced by this series of spy shots showing a black-and-white test mule out and about for some apex huntin’ at the Nurburgring.

Update 5-17-2018: The Audi SQ3 \ RS Q3 was just spotted playing around on the Nurburgring and little has changed but our photographers have reported some new information. Check out our update section below for all the details.

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2020 BMW M3

2020 BMW M3

Extra power, less weight, and more Bimmerness than ever before

The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.

Update 05/17/2018: The M3 is about ready to make its debut, but engineers decided to take it out for another spin on the Nurburgring. Check out the latest photos in our special section below.

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2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

Refreshed with extra power, better interior tech, and a sharper style

BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.

Update 5-16-2018: The BMW 7 Series is set to review its new face for the 2020 model year with mild changes inside and out. We’re getting another look at it, this time on the Nurburgring and on public streets where it was benchmarked against the current 7 Series. Check out the new photos in the special section below.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI

2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI

The next-generation GTI arrives in 2019

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI may still be the most popular hot-hatchback out there, but it’s getting a bit long in the tooth after more than four years on the market. With Ford already working on a new-generation Focus ST, which will be significantly more powerful than the current Golf GTI, Volkswagen needs to roll out a new hatchback really soon. Fortunately, the Germans are already testing the next-generation Golf GTI, which is rumored to break cover sometime in 2019.

Not much is known about the upcoming performance hatchback, but it should borrow many design features seen on recently introduced Volkswagen models, including the sporty Arteon sedan. The company also promises a revolution inside the cabin, including a "total digital environment," according to design chief Klaus Bischoff. Set to use a revised version of the company’s MQB platform, it will also a new engine with power ratings of up to 250 horsepower. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.

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2020 Honda Sports EV

2020 Honda Sports EV

The brands first EV sports car could put a big damper on its ICE-powered competition

Honda has big EV plans, and the first big step is bringing the Urban EV Concept to the market, in production form, by 2019. That much we know. And, if that’s any indication, that means the Sports EV Concept will be the next in line. And, that’s exactly why we’ve taken the liberty render up what the production model will look like. Naturally, it will maintain that sleek hatchback look but will, of course, get more production-friendly features. Range should be somewhere about the 250-mile mark and performance will likely come in somewhere around 300 to 350 horsepower. But, let’s talk more about that, and what it will take to morph the concept into a production model, in my speculative review below.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The second-gen model is well on its way to being production ready

Mercedes previewed the CLA-Class with the Concept Style Coupe, then a year later showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the very first CLA-Class – a new entry-level model and the true baby of the Mercedes lineup. It’s essentially as CLS sized down a bit but features that trending four-door coupe body style that we’ve had to get used to. With that said, the CLA has been around for a while now, and 2020 will be the mark for the second-gen model to hit the market. That means it will debut in 2019, but that doesn’t matter because we’re already getting a good look at it now, and it looks very much like its bigger brother, the CLS. It will ride on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-Class and will even get the same engine lineup – including a pair of over-powered and brawny-for-their-size AMG models.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan

Giving the Audi RS3 Sedan a run for its money

It took Mercedes-Benz exactly one year to turn the Concept A Sedan into a production model, but now that it’s here as the A-Class L Sedan, the compact four-door is ready to spawn at least three new models. With the long wheelbase version launched in China, a regular sedan is set to break cover for global markets later in 2018, while a sportier AMG A35 variant was already spied testing on public roads. Naturally, a range-topping AMG A45 Sedan model will follow in 2019 to give the Audi RS3 Sedan some competition in the United States.

While the AMG A45 Sedan has yet to hit public roads as a test car, it’s arrival is imminent. And thanks to a rendering provided by X-Tomi Design, we already know how it’s going to look on the outside. If the previous AMG A45 hatchback is any indication, the beefed-up sedan should have close to 400 horsepower and sports car-like acceleration. Let’s find out more about its performance and features in the speculative review.

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2020 Ford Mach1

2020 Ford Mach1

The Mach1 name will return but will it be a success?

The Mach 1 name has always been associated with performance, but up until now, it was associated with a higher-performance version of the Mustang Coupe. The name first came to be back in 1969 when the Mach 1 Mustang was born. It was used again in the early 2000s as a send-off for the fourth-gen Mustang. All of this happened before the SUV and crossover craze, however, and now – thanks to the overwhelming demand for SUVs and crossovers – Ford is resurrecting the Mach1 name yet again, but this time it will be a high-riding standalone performance model. It will at least be based on the Mustang, though, but will be all-electric. We’ve seen a short teaser of the Mach 1 performance crossover, but details are excessively scant for now. So, we took a little bit of creative freedom, threw it in a blender, and are now showcasing a rendering that depicts what we think the Mach1 crossover will look like. Keep reading to learn more about it.

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2020 BMW i4

2020 BMW i4

The Bavarians’ upcoming all-electric superstar

Back in 2014, BMW took a very confident step into the world of the EV, officially launching its “Project i” sub-brand with the i3. Following hot on its heels was the remarkable i8 hybrid coupe, which garnered the German brand oodles of green cred for its futuristic aesthetic and advanced powertrain. These days, BMW says it has big plans for its electrified lineup, with a total of 12 battery-electrics planned by 2025, plus 13 hybrids as well. One of the most exciting prospects is dubbed to i4, which promises four-door practicality, high-end luxury, extraterrestrial styling, and next-generation technology.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Lucky number seven for the Sonderklasse

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker’s tip of the spear when it comes to luxury and opulence, offering the very latest in technology, styling, and interior features. With a history that dates back to the early ‘70s, the latest sixth generation for the flagship sedan model (also known as the W222) was introduced back in 2013, which means it’s time for a ground-up redesign. With that in mind, we pulled out the TopSpeed crystal ball, drew up the above-pictured rendering, and wrote up a speculative review on what exactly the next S-Class could be bringing to the table.

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2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Flying high with fresh tech and a clean look

First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Lincoln Aviator was initially offered as a luxury sport utility vehicle for the mid-size segment. After failing to meet sales expectations, Lincoln axed the nameplate in 2005 after just a few years in production. Now, however, as nationwide SUV sales continue onwards into the stratosphere, the Aviator makes its triumphant second-generation return for the 2019 model year. The upcoming model will slot in between the Nautilus and the standard wheelbase Navigator in Lincoln’s lineup, possibly as a replacement for the Lincoln MKT. Unfortunately, we don’t know all the nitty gritty technical specs yet, as Lincoln just debuted a “preview model” at the 2018 New York International Auto Show intended to stoke the flames of interest for an on-sale date sometime next year. Read on for the details released thus far, including the exterior styling, interior tech, and a new hybrid powertrain.

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2020 Porsche 911 GT3

2020 Porsche 911 GT3

Will it break from tradition?

The Porsche 911 GT3 has been around since 1999, continuing Stuttgart’s habit of unleashing high-performance spec iterations of its iconic sports car originally started in the ‘70s with the incredible Carrera RS. Now, with the imminent arrival of an all-new 911 (also known as the 992 generation) by the end of 2018, we’ve been waiting for details on the next GT3. Luckily, it looks like we got just that, as our spy photographers snapped a few shots of a possible undercover 992-spec GT3 out and about undergoing some cold weather testing. As such, we drew up a quick speculative review on what to expect.

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2020 RAM Ramcharger

2020 RAM Ramcharger

What if Ram built a three-row SUV?

Many in the industry basically begged Dodge to build a three-row SUV based on the then-new 1994 Ram 1500 pickup. Those requests went ignored for three generations of pickups, even as the Ram Trucks brand spun off onto its own from Dodge. But it seems the stars have aligned yet again; Ram has an all-new 1500-series pickup for 2019, SUVs are enjoying a healthy uptick in popularity, fuel are holding steady at a reasonable price, and Fiat Chrysler is basically abandoning domestic sedan productions to make room for more crossovers and SUVs.

So, that begs the question – will Ram build a competitor to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition?

Sadly, we haven’t heard any official rumors or seen any appropriately shaped and camouflaged test mules running around Detroit, so it’s almost impossible to speculate with any certainty. However, the timing has never seemed more right. As such, we decided to compile what we imagined a new Ram SUV might look like. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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2020 BMW X2 Convertible

2020 BMW X2 Convertible

The X2 is going topless to compete against the Range Rover Evoque

Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster Cabrio

2020 Hyundai Veloster Cabrio

It’s fun to imagine a world where this version of the Veloster exists

The second-generation Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. As expected, the Korean automaker put in a lot of work to differentiate the punchy hatchback from its predecessor. The new Veloster’s design still jumps out of the page, but it’s not as funky as the first-gen model that had all sorts of curves and weird edges on it. The tamer-looking second-gen Veloster is more appealing to look at. That car has already been well-received by the public, and the same thing should happen once the new Veloster hits dealerships.

But as good as the new Veloster looks like, can you imagine what a drop-top version could look like if Hyundai decided to build one? It’s unlikely that the company will go that route, but if it did, who’d be excited to see a Veloster Cabrio? Is it something you’d want to be seen driving in? If you can’t picture what that kind of car will look like, let this new rendering from master artist X Tomi Design guide your senses and perception. Convinced yet? I know I am.

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2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru WRX

When will Subaru finally unveil its next-gen rally star?

Ever since its introduction in 1992, the Subaru WRX has promised enthusiasts a thick slice of the high-flying, sideways-sliding, gravel-spraying antics that made the six-star brand famous in the World Rally Championship. Thanks to its turbocharged flat-four engine, stout suspension set-up, speed-oriented interior, and wing-heavy exterior styling, the WRX has cemented its reputation as a machine capable of competition-style performance, but at a price that keeps all your internal organs inside you, rather than going to the highest bidder. Over the years, we’ve seen four generations of the ’Rex, with U.S.-based consumers getting their first taste in the early 2000’s with the second-gen “bug eye” iteration. These days, though, the WRX is considered a bit long in the tooth. While still a solid performance buy, the alternatives are plentiful, while the WRX’s updates mostly just spin the tires. In truth, enthusiasts are clamoring for an updated next-generation WRX capable of besting much fresher offerings from the likes of Ford and Honda.

Luckily, it appears as though Subaru is working on exactly that, as previewed by concepts like the Viziv Performance sedan that dropped at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2017. But we’re impatient, so we decided to create a rendering, put on our thinking caps, and write up a speculative review on what we think the next-gen WRX could bring to the table. Read on for the details.

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