Kia K5 Fastback (aka Next Optima) is a new car on the horizon

Here’s an early peek at some new or revamped models coming out later this year. Consider keeping them on your “possible” list until we get them out to our test track for a deeper evaluation. 

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Don’t be misled into thinking the 2 Series Gran Coupe is simply a four-door version of the 2 Series that BMW has been selling for years. The Gran Coupe rides on a completely different, less performance-oriented platform, but one that gives rear passengers about 1.5 inches more legroom than the two-door 2 Series. Although it looks like a hatchback from some angles, the Gran Coupe has a traditional trunk. The 228i xDrive (with 228 hp) and the 301-hp, M235i xDrive use a turbo four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, as is forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning (BSW).
Cost: $37,500-$45,500
On sale: March 2020


Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban

Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban

These near-identical Tahoe and Suburban full-sized SUVs are even larger with this latest redesign, with emphasis placed on cabin space and overall refinement. A new, fully independent rear suspension system is likely to give improved ride comfort and handling, while its packaging enables the third-row seat to fold flat into the load floor. Tahoe passengers gain 3 inches in second-row legroom and 10 inches in the third row vs. the previous model. Engine choices include 355- and 420-horsepower V8s, plus an all-new six-cylinder turbodiesel with 460 lb.-ft. of torque. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection will come standard, but BSW and rear cross traffic warning (RCTW) will cost extra.
Cost: $55,000-$80,000* 
On sale: Summer 2020


Genesis GV80

Genesis GV80

Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand is set to expand its portfolio with its first-ever SUV. The GV80 will be the fourth model in the Genesis lineup when it enters the midsized SUV fray. Details are thin at this time, but Genesis says the GV80 will be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform like its sedan siblings, with all-wheel drive available. It will come in both two- and three-row configurations. Powertrain choices will include two turbocharged engines, a 2.5-liter and a 3.5-liter, each matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard driver assistance features will include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, RCTW, and adaptive cruise control (ACC).
Cost: $45,000-$60,000*
On sale: Summer 2020*


Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda CR-V Hybrid

This will be Honda’s first-ever hybrid SUV sold in the U.S. It will use the same powertrain as the Accord Hybrid, consisting of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with dual electric motors. With 212 horsepower, the CR-V Hybrid will deliver more power than the regular model, yet Honda says it should achieve “50 percent higher city fuel economy than the nonhybrid CR-V.” In our testing, the CR-V EX with a 1.5-liter turbo got 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg overall. The Hybrid’s all-wheel-drive system will send power from an electric motor to the rear wheels when front tire traction is low.
Cost: $30,000-$35,000*
On sale: March 2020


Kia Optima

2021 Kia Optima, introduced as the K5

This midsized sedan is completely redesigned. Official details of the U.S.-spec models aren't available at this time, but the Korean-market version looks significantly flashier than the outgoing generation, with aggressive lines and striking headlight and taillight designs. We expect the new Optima will use a drivetrain nearly identical to its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Sonata. If that’s the case, buyers will probably have the choice of two four-cylinder engines: a 1.6-liter turbo with about 180 horsepower and a 2.5-liter nonturbo with about 190 hp, routed to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic. An all-wheel-drive version is a possibility.
Cost: $24,000-$34,000*
On sale: Fall 2020*


Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz GLA

It looks like Mercedes has improved upon some of the shortcomings we found during our testing of the original GLA. The new model will be wider and taller, with more of a traditional SUV silhouette than the outgoing version. It will also have a longer wheelbase and 4.5 inches more rear legroom. Power will come from the same 221-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder found in the CLA sedan, but it will use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with either front- or all-wheel drive. A hotter AMG GLA35 boasts a 302-hp engine, along with suspension and brake upgrades. FCW and AEB will come standard, but other advanced driver assistance features will be optional.
Cost: $35,000-$39,000*
On sale: Summer 2020

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the April 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

*Estimated cost.