Coming soon: new cars worth waiting for
Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2020 and beyond...
Planning to buy a new car? Think you know what you want? Well, before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read our round-up of the models coming soon; there are lots that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, something spacious or something stylish.
In this guide we look at every class of car. And we not only reveal what's coming when, but what's special about each of the newcomers. Or if you can't wait to buy a new car, you can browse the latest deals through What Car? New Car Buying.
Small and family SUVs
On sale December
The fact the Qashqai was one of the first such cars plays a part, as does its continued popularity: around 50,000 were sold last year alone, despite the model being six years old. But that means the weight of expectation hanging over the all-new, third-generation car is nothing short of gargantuan.
Fortunately, styling inspired by the recent IMq concept (below) should help it stand out next to rivals, which range from the Vauxhall Grandland X to the Volvo XC40. And although you'll be able to choose from conventional turbocharged petrol and diesel engines (including the 1.3-litre petrol we currently recommend), there will also be a range-extender hybrid.
This ‘E-Power’ setup was previewed in the IMq, with two electric motors working together to produce 335bhp and a small 1.5-litre petrol engine used to charge the battery, rather than power the wheels directly. It will be just one of several hybrid options, while a fully electric Qashqai is also under discussion.
Inside, there will be a big step up in the quality of the materials, and more room for people and luggage than ever. However, the Qashqai has always been slightly cheaper than its rivals, and that's unlikely to change; don’t expect the starting price to exceed £23,000.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
On sale Early 2021
Despite a converted effort to launch a range of exciting new models and boost sales, Alfa Romeo is still a long way short of the ambitious worldwide sales target it had set for 2020. However, the market for family SUVs is booming, so the introduction of the Volvo XC40-sized Tonale could provide the lifeline the brand needs.
Based on the same underpinnings as the Jeep Renegade, the Tonale will be the first Alfa Romeo to be sold with plug-in hybrid power, taking advantage of a reduction in benefit-in-kind tax rates for such cars from 6 April. A turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine and an electric will yield CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km, along with an electric-only range of more than 30 miles.
The Tonale has a ‘DNA’ driving mode system: Dual Power for optimum performance, Normal (which uses a mixture of both the petrol engine and electric motor for maximum efficiency) and Advanced (which propels the car under electric power alone).
What's more, much of the interior styling cues from the recent Tonale concept car will be carried over to the production version, at least in a slightly watered-down form. The focus is on improved connectivity and ease of use for the new infotainment system (which has a 10.3in touchscreen) compared with other Alfa models such as the Giulia and Stelvio, aided by a new 12.3in digital instrument panel.