Alexander Carabitses

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Normally at this time of year, I share my takes on the major stories from the Detroit Auto Show. However, its respective date change means I'll have to wait until June to do that, and will instead share my thoughts on the first round of new product reveals of the decade.

I'll begin with the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, which is essentially the Japanese equivalent of SEMA and a venue for every Japanese brand to reveal tricked out vehicles. This year, there were three noteworthy introductions, including the mildly refreshed 2020 Honda Civic Type R and the Subaru Levorg Prototype STI Sport. The biggest piece of news at the event was the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, which is a homologation special for the automaker's upcoming World Rally Car entry. The car is powered by a 1.6-liter 3-cylinder that's good for 270 horsepower and is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. The seats, suspension, and bodywork have also been upgraded to a high enough degree for this car to cost somewhere in the range of $36,000 and $40,000, but don't let that worry you because it won't be sold here anyway.
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(Image credited to Toyota)
(Image credited to Toyota)

Moving away from Tokyo we have the Volkswagen Group, a company that has been very busy launching additional variants of existing products. The first of these is the 2020 Porsche Macan GTS, which features a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that's good for 375 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque which is nothing to complain about by any means. There are also some other changes here and there, none of which are really that interesting or important, but they all make for a $71,300 starting price. Then there's the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxter and Cayman GTS, which now feature a 400 horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six engine that rockets these cars to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Exhaust upgrades accompany the engine change, as does an updated sport suspension and a lower ride height. Sales kick off this spring.
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(Image credited to Porsche)
(Image credited to Porsche)

That's not all from VW AG, as Lamborghini pulled the wraps off of the RWD variant of the 2020 Huracan EVO. Its V10 engine makes 30 fewer ponies than the AWD variant at 610, but its 0-60 mph sprint time of  3.3 seconds and its top speed of over 200 mph are nothing to snicker at. Sales kick off this spring for a price of $209,000. Finally, there's Audi, which has launched US-spec versions of the 2020 SQ7 and SQ8. Unlike their European equivalents, which are powered by a TDI diesel, these two crossovers feature a 500 horsepower, 4.0-liter V8, and both models will be on sale in the spring. The 2020 Audi A4 has also been revealed in US-spec and features the same engines as the existing US-spec A4.
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(Image credited to Audi)
(Image credited to Audi)
(Image credited to Audi)
(Image credited to Audi)

Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis, has just launched the most important product in the brand's history, one which will either make or break the company, although judging by the looks of it, things should go well. The 2020 Genesis GV80 targets the Mercedes GLE and BMW X5 with styling that looks to have been inspired by both the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. Meanwhile, its interior bears subtle inspiration from Lincoln, a brand that I believe is now the benchmark for luxury vehicle interiors. Its powertrains include a V6 Diesel that we won't get and two undisclosed turbocharged engines, all of which can be coupled to rear or all-wheel-drive. Sales in South Korea are just beginning, with US sales set to commence later this year.
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(Image credited to Genesis

(Image credited to Genesis)

Next up is GMC, a brand that will likely have a great year as every vehicle its lineup will have been recently updated by the fall. This includes the 2020 GMC Canyon AT4, which is the first variant of the updated truck to be revealed in full. The changes are limited to some minor suspension upgrades and visual updates, the majority of which will grace the rest of the lineup when sales kick off this summer. The brand has also revealed the 2020 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, both of which are just re-bodied versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, featuring the same engines, suspension, adjustable ride height, and interior. That is until you step up to the Denali trim line, which features a unique interior that turns this into a world-class luxury SUV. It looks sensational and if this is what's being offered on a Yukon, the next Cadillac Escalade's interior will surely make jaws drop. Sales will begin later in the summer with prices to be announced closer to launch.
(Image credited to GMC)
(Image credited to GMC)
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(Image credited to GMC)
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(Image credited to GMC)
(Image credited to GMC)

Last but not least, GM has its own autonomous mobility pod now that the Cruise Origin has been revealed. Of course, Cruise Automation has not disclosed when it will go into production, but even when it does, this will be a ride-hailing vehicle that the company will own and operate. It's also electric, has a one-million-mile lifespan, and will apparently save users about $5,000 per year if they give up vehicle ownership.
(Image credited to Cruise Automation)
(Image credited to Cruise Automation)

Before I wrap things up, I want to give shoutouts to Chevrolet, Kia, and Jeep for winning the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of The Year Awards with the Corvette, Telluride, and Gladiator. Thank you for reading and have a good week.
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