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Top 10 Cars to Look Forward to in 2020

If you're in the market for a new electric car, a new crossover or a new truck, you may like what the automotive industry has in store for 2020. A number of automakers are set to debut new EVs in the coming year, while crossover, truck and SUV offerings will also expand with a variety of new models set to arrive in different segments.

For this list, we've grouped together some of the most highly anticipated cars of 2020. Some have already made their official debuts in 2019 and will go on sale in 2020, while others are set to be unveiled next year. All of them have generated a ton of hype prior to their release dates, however, and are representative of the way the industry is headed in the New Year and beyond.

Scroll down to see what we think are the most exciting cars that will go on sale or debut in 2020.

10. BMW 4 Series

BMW is expected to debut the next-generation 4 Series sometime in early 2020 - potentially at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It should hit BMW dealerships sometime later in the year, joining the new 3 Series introduced in 2019. Like the 3 Series, it will likely be offered with both a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six. The new high-performance BMW M3 and M4 are also expected to debut in mid-2020 and go on sale for the 2021 model year, though they may not reach North American shores until 2021. This is an exciting debut because the design is expected to be radically different and is previewed in the concept car above.

9. Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Alfa Romeo Tonale will be the Italian automaker's first foray into the luxury subcompact crossover space. It will have a lot in common with the larger Alfa Romeo Stelvio and should feature a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines from launch. A plug-in hybrid model is also expected to arrive at some point in the vehicle's lifecycle. Alfa Romeo has given us an idea of the styling direction it's going in with the Tonale, as well, debuting a concept version of the crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show back in March.

8. Genesis GV80

Genesis will finally launch its first crossover model in 2020 in the way of the mid-size GV80. Expected to take on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the GV80 will feature a luxurious, tech-laden cabin similar to the current G80 sedan. It is also expected to share its available engines with the G80 - including the twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 and perhaps the 5.0-litre V8, too. A plug-in hybrid model is also in the cards. The GV80 is expected to make its official debut in early 2020 before going on sale later in the year. So far, Genesis has three sedans and no crossovers in its lineup, an odd choice considering the immense appetite for SUVs. This new SUV could be the push the brand needs to really make a big difference in the luxury vehicle market.

7. Tesla Model Y

The upcoming Tesla Model Y crossover will share many of its components with the Model 3 sedan, though it will offer buyers more ride height, a taller driving position, and optional third-row seating. The Dual Motor model, which has AWD and an estimated 451 km of range, will start at $72,390 when the electric compact crossover goes on sale next year. This is exciting because, frankly, people get hyped about anything with a Tesla badge on it, but it will also be interesting to see if the automaker can get its new SUV out in its promised timeline.

6. Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender made its debut in 2019 but it won't officially go on sale at Canadian Land Rover dealerships until March of 2020. The boxy, rugged and luxurious SUV will start at $65,300 for the base model. Sales will kick off with a well-equipped Launch Edition model, which will feature a 395 horsepower 3.0-litre mild-hybrid inline-six engine. Lesser models will feature a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 296 horsepower.

5. Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 looks set to be a solid alternative to the Tesla Model 3. This battery-electric four-door, which comes from Volvo's newly established electric car brand Polestar, will launch in Canada with a 78 kWh battery pack providing 500 km of range. It will also produce 407 horsepower from its dual-motor all-wheel-drive electric powertrain, enabling a 0-100 km/h sprint of under five seconds. Prices will start at roughly $69,000, though less expensive models are expected to arrive eventually as well. Sales officially begin in June of of 2020, Polestar says.

4. Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

The production version of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo concept is expected to debut sometime next year before going on sale for the 2021 model year. It will share many of its components with the standard Taycan sedan, but will feature a wagon body and high-riding suspension suited for off-road terrain. The Taycan 4S, which is currently the least expensive Taycan model available, has a 79.2 kWh battery, along with a dual-motor powertrain good for 522 horsepower. We expect the Cross Turismo to have similar statistics, but let's wait and see what Porsche has in store.

3. VW ID Crozz

The VW ID Cross will be the first VW vehicle sold in Canada under its new ID electric sub-brand. The ID Crozz will be a battery-electric crossover, though not much information is available on its powertrain offerings. The crossover is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in late 2020, while Canadian VW stores won't begin to sell the vehicle until early 2021.

2. Rivian R1T And R1S

You may or may not have heard of electric vehicle startup Rivian. This Michigan-based company stormed onto the automotive scene at this year's Detroit Auto Show with its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV. Both of these vehicles use the same 'skateboard' platform, which can accommodate up to four electric motors. In the range-topping models, the R1T and R1S will have up to 753 horsepower on tap and will be able to travel over 480 km on a single charge. A less powerful version with a massive 180 kWh battery will be able to travel up to 652 km between charges, as well. Deliveries of the R1T and R1S are expected to kick off in late 2020.

1. Ford Bronco

One of the most highly anticipated upcoming vehicle debuts is, without a doubt, the new Ford Bronco. The next-generation of the iconic SUV will debut in the spring of 2020 before going on sale later in the year. It will be positioned to take on off-road focused vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and is expected to feature a removable roof and doors. Under the hood will likely be Ford's 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which we expect will be mated to the automaker's 10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid Bronco will also arrive at some point, the automaker has confirmed, and a "Baby Bronco" is also in the plans.