What’s new in 2019: A brand-by-brand rundown

Expect the usual crush of new crossovers in 2019, but also high-end electric vehicles and a mini resurgence of sports cars. It all starts in Detroit next week.

Acura debuted the all-new 2019 RDX at the 2018 Detroit show, and you can expect the RDX’s styling cues to show up on two Acura sedans due up next for redesigns, the RLX and TLX, though it’s not clear which one will come first. The brand isn’t holding any press conferences at this year’s show.

Acura’s MDX three-row crossover got a refresh and some transmission tweaks for 2019, as well as a sporty-looking A-spec model. It’s scheduled for a redesign this year as well.

While sister brand Honda added a larger two-row crossover, Acura General Manager Jon Ikeda said Acura isn’t looking to expand its crossover lineup, opting to focus on getting its core models right.

— Vince Bond Jr.

Alfa Romeo will be part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ display on the show floor, though it won’t have a press conference.

Alfa Romeo will introduce a three-row stretched version of the Stelvio crossover, its top-seller in the U.S., in the second half of 2019. Details of the crossover, the Kamal, are sketchy but it’s expected to share many components and styling with the Stelvio while giving Alfa Romeo an entry against larger German competitors such as the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Aston Martin will have a variety of product launches this year.

On one end, there’s the expected arrival of the Valkyrie hypercar, which was developed with Red Bull Racing. On the other is the anticipated debut of the production DBX, Aston Martin’s foray into crossovers.

Aston Martin won’t be at the Detroit show this year. The DBX is set to be revealed around November at its own event. Production is set to begin in early 2020 in Wales. The model ended up keeping the name from the 2015 concept but added two doors to give it a more traditional layout. It will use an adaptation of Aston’s new bonded-aluminum sports car platform.

Late last year, Aston released photos of a DBX prototype during testing. While it was decked out in camouflage, the face was instantly recognizable as an Aston.

Elsewhere in the lineup, convertible versions of the Vantage and DBS Superleggera are expected to arrive this year, as well as the Rapide E, a limited-run fully electric vehicle in late 2019.

— Jack Walsworth

Audi has a busy year in store for 2019, including the introduction of its first full-electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron crossover.

The German premium brand won’t hold a press conference at this year’s Detroit auto show or have a display, but it does have redesigns on tap for the A6 and S6 sedans and the Q3 crossover.

Audi also plans refreshes this year of its two high-performance, low-volume vehicles, the R8 and the TT lineup.

— Larry P. Vellequette

For Bentley, 2019 will see some fresh product going on sale.

Bentley won’t have any reveals or a display in Detroit, but the redesigned third-generation Continental GT coupe will continue its rollout this year, along with a redesigned convertible variant, which debuted late last year.

Bentley’s first electrified vehicle, the Bentayga Hybrid, is set to go on sale in March. It features Porsche’s V-6 plug-in hybrid technology, combining a 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor.

— Jack Walsworth

BMW will be a no-show in Detroit. But the automaker has a robust product pipeline for the year as the perennial No. 2 makes another run at the luxury sales crown.

BMW will introduce a series of crossovers in 2019, including the X7 and updates to the X1 and X6. Also coming are redesigned 3-series models: the 330i and 330i xDrive sedans arrive in March and feature turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engines; the M340i and M340i xDrive sedans arrive in summer and are equipped with an updated 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine.

The 8-series model line gets an addition, the soft-top, four-seat 2019 M850i xDrive Convertible launching in March.

BMW also is wading back into the roadster market with the revival of the Z4. The 2019 Z4 30i, powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the spring. The Z4 M40i will be available in the second quarter.

— Urvaksh Karkaria

It’s a quiet year for Buick, following refreshes or redesigns for many of its cars and, more importantly, crossovers in recent years.

Other than an anticipated redesign of its popular Encore small crossover later in the year, Buick isn’t expected to unveil any new or redesigned vehicles in 2019.

Buick could continue to expand its upscale Avenir subbrand to other models this year; however, those would be minor aesthetic and convenience changes to current vehicles.

— Michael Wayland

Cadillac will unveil its XT6 crossover around the Detroit auto show. The three-row vehicle will fill the large gap between the XT5 midsize crossover and Escalade full-size SUV. It will be built at General Motors’ assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., alongside the XT5 and GMC Acadia.

The XT6 is the second vehicle in Cadillac’s plan to launch a new or redesigned vehicle every six months on average through the 2021 model year. It follows the just-launched XT4 compact crossover, which Cadillac officials called a showcase for design and technology elements that would appear on future models.

The next vehicles are expected to be the CT5 sedan later this year, followed by the CT4 sedan in 2020. The two cars will replace the ATS and CTS sedans. Cadillac also may refresh the XT5 later this year.

— Michael Wayland

It is expected to be a busy year for the bowtie brand, just not at auto shows.

Chevrolet said it doesn’t plan to unveil any new vehicles at the Detroit auto show — dashing hopes that the brand would finally confirm and unveil the long-rumored midengine Corvette C8.

Besides that car’s expected debut later this year, Chevrolet will continue the launch of the redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 and medium-duty pickups, resurrected 2019 Blazer crossover and redesigned 2020 Silverado HD.

The brand also is expected to refresh the Colorado midsize pickup later in the year to better compete against new entries such as the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.

— Michael Wayland

Chrysler has no press conference scheduled in Detroit. The brand is down to just two nameplates and neither is due for an update. The aging 300 full-size sedan is expected to fade away next year, and the Pacifica minivan is relatively early in its life cycle.

A full-electric minivan based on the Portal concept that Chrysler showed in 2017 at CES is to begin production late next year.

There is discussion that a replacement for the aging Dodge Journey — a three-row compact crossover that had been expected to be a Jeep and share a platform with the Jeep Cherokee — will emerge instead as a Chrysler to bolster the brand’s lineup. That vehicle, which would be similar to the Jeep Grand Commander marketed and built in China, could arrive late in 2019.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Dodge won’t have a press conference at the Detroit auto show. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ domestic performance brand plans minor freshenings for its aging Charger and Challenger lineups in mid-2019, with some exterior styling changes to maintain consumer interest plus the many added packages and special editions. But the timing of the two vehicles’ long-delayed redesign onto another platform has yet to be revealed.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Ferrari doesn’t participate in North American auto shows, but 2019 will still be a headline-grabbing year for the fabled Italian brand.

Ferrari gave investors and fans a clear product outlook in September, when it forecast plans till 2022 at its investor meeting.

The big takeaway for 2019: the arrival of the 810-hp Monza, available in a one- or two-seat layout. It is Ferrari’s answer to the growing collection of over-the-top, limited-edition exotics. As is typical with today’s upper-tier exotics, the Monza is sold out.

Ferrari could also add a midengine sports car this year, but the automaker has been vague on details.

Those waiting for a Ferrari SUV will have to sit tight. The company said its take on an SUV will launch in 2022 under the name Purosangue, Italian for thoroughbred.

— Jack Walsworth

The Detroit auto show will serve as the springboard for a series of product launches at Ford.

The brand has confirmed it will show the next-generation Explorer SUV and the Mustang Shelby GT500.

The Police Interceptor version of the Explorer, largely based on the consumer model, already has been revealed, and the 2020 Explorer has been circulating in spy photos with little camouflage. It’s expected to go on sale in the first half of the year and include a hybrid variant.

Ford has teased the reveal of the GT500 since last year’s Detroit show, and photos of the performance car leaked out of an October dealer meeting in Las Vegas. The automaker has said the vehicle will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever produced, with more than 700 hp.

The two vehicles are certainly not Ford’s only options for the show.

The automaker in 2019 also will debut the next-generation Escape crossover and freshen the Transit van and Super Duty pickup. It’s unclear if it will reveal those vehicles now or closer to when they’re expected to go on sale.

And then there are Ford’s off-road wild cards. While Ford says it’s too early to show the Bronco, photos of the smaller off-roader leaked out of the same Las Vegas dealer meeting. The automaker could use the show to whet the public’s appetite with an official look at the baby Bronco as they wait patiently for a sighting of its big brother.

— Michael Martinez

The Fiat brand won’t hold a press conference at the Detroit auto show, but the long-struggling brand will refresh its only all-wheel-drive offering in the U.S., the Fiat 500X.

Expected in dealerships in the spring, and without much fanfare, the 2019 version of the 500X won’t see a lot of exterior styling refreshes, but it will get Fiat’s new turbocharged 1.3-liter, inline-4 engine, making 177 hp and 210 pound-feet of torque, both upgrades from the previous 1.4-liter turbo I-4, which produced 160 hp.

The subcompact utility vehicle gets a new trim lineup as well, with the base Pop trim and midlevel Trekking trims staying, but with the top-end Lounge trim replaced by Trekking Plus.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Genesis is prepping a batch of crossovers, but they won’t be seen in Detroit.

Global brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald told Automotive News in March that the three-row GV80 crossover could come at the end of 2019 or early 2020. The smaller GV70 could follow soon after.

By 2022, Genesis could have three crossovers to balance a product menu that has been carried by sedans in a truck-dominated market.

The G70 sedan, on the other hand, could score a major win for the brand in Detroit if it grabs North American Car of the Year honors. On the first press day, the brand will celebrate the G70’s various accolades by having the Genesis stand filled entirely with G70s. The G80 and G90 will join it the next day.

The G70, the first model to originate under the Genesis marque, began trickling into dealerships last fall as the brand and its dealers worked through licensing issues related to the creation of a new make.

— Vince Bond Jr.

The truck and crossover brand isn’t expected to debut anything at the Detroit auto show, but it will unveil the heavy-duty version of its GMC Sierra pickup during a private event later in January.

GMC also is expected to refresh the Acadia crossover and Canyon midsize pickup later in the year to better compete against new or redesigned entries from competitors in both segments.

— Michael Wayland

Honda, which revealed the revived Passport crossover in Los Angeles, isn’t debuting anything in Detroit.

The automaker packed the Passport with a 280-hp engine and off-road capabilities the company says will make it just as comfortable on sandy trails as city streets. It’s expected to go on sale early this year and will expand Honda’s utility lineup to four nameplates after the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot, giving Honda another entry to capitalize on a strong crossover market.

The 2019 Accord is now on sale with fewer trim levels, and the Civic has been refreshed. The Insight hybrid returned in June with a more stylish look from previous generations. The LX and EX trims are capable of 55 mpg in city driving and combined fuel economy of 52 mpg. The Touring model, the top trim, gets 48 mpg combined.

— Vince Bond Jr.

Hyundai could show a new A-segment crossover in Detroit that resides below the Kona as the brand continues to stock its portfolio with new utility offerings.

They include an all-electric version of the Kona that should be in stores this month with an EPA range rating of 258 miles on a charge, and the hydrogen-powered Nexo crossover aimed at California.

Then there’s the Palisade, a three-row fortress that will be Hyundai’s biggest utility vehicle to date. The Palisade is longer, wider and taller than the outgoing Santa Fe XL. It’ll contend with the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse when it arrives this summer.

The Palisade, which rides on a new chassis, will be produced in Ulsan, South Korea. It’s powered by a 3.8-liter, V-6 direct-injection engine that produces an estimated 291 hp at 6,000 rpm.

— Vince Bond Jr.

Jaguar will not display in Detroit, having dialed back its auto show presence globally to focus mostly on shows in its biggest markets.

For 2019, Jaguar’s attention will be on a smooth launch of the battery-electric I-Pace, which completed its first full month of sales in November. Through 2019, Jaguar will expand availability of the sleek midsize crossover to smaller markets.

Several other Jaguar vehicles — such as the XJ large sedan, XE compact sedan and F-Pace midsize crossover — are due for updates this year, but it is unclear when the revised versions will be shown.

— Richard Truett

Infiniti will unveil its first electric crossover concept at the Detroit auto show. The concept will be the blueprint for a production EV crossover expected in the next couple of years and will showcase a new EV platform.

Infiniti plans to electrify its portfolio from 2021 onward, using e-Power series hybrid or full-electric powertrains.

“Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy,” Karim Habib, Infiniti’s executive design director, said in a statement. “The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand.”

In 2018, Infiniti used the Detroit show to introduce the Q Inspiration Concept sedan. In August, the automaker showed off the Prototype 10, an electrified single-seat speedster concept.

While 2019 will be a quiet year for the brand in terms of new products and updates, expect a flurry of activity in 2020 and beyond.

A redesign of the QX60 midsize crossover is expected in 2020.

Meanwhile, a flagship sedan based on the Q Inspiration Concept and available with an e-Power or full-electric powertrain is scheduled for 2021.

–Urvaksh Karkaria

Jeep won’t have a press conference at the Detroit auto show, but plenty of excitement about the new Gladiator pickup should be left from November’s unveiling in Los Angeles.

The Gladiator is Jeep’s big play in 2019, and is expected to begin arriving in U.S. showrooms in April. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ SUV brand has also freshened its starter Jeep, the Italy-built Renegade, for 2019 with a new 1.3-liter, inline-four engine with direct injection and stop-start technology to improve fuel economy. The improved Renegade, due in U.S. dealerships in early 2019, will get a new front fascia and grille surround, upgraded lighting, improved safety offerings and technology and new instrument cluster graphics.

Jeep also will add a plug-in hybrid option to the Wrangler late this spring, with the new variant to appear in the third quarter in U.S. showrooms.

— Larry P. Vellequette

The Telluride three-row crossover makes its auto show debut in Detroit after a leather-infused version made a surprise runway appearance in September at New York Fashion Week.

The Telluride, first seen as a concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show, will become the fourth crossover in Kia’s U.S. lineup after the Niro, Sportage and Sorento — and the biggest since the Borrego was dropped in 2011.

The production model, to be assembled at Kia’s plant in West Point, Ga., will come standard with a V-6 engine. The Telluride is expected to arrive in showrooms in early 2019.

A redesigned 2020 Soul subcompact coming in the first half of 2019 will ride on a new platform and get more sculpted lines, but designers made sure to preserve the boxy silhouette.

Kia is expanding the Niro lineup with a battery-electric version of the subcompact crossover that can drive 239 miles on a charge. The Niro EV is to arrive in the first quarter as a 2019 model. Initially it will be offered in the 12 states that follow California’s emissions standards.

— Vince Bond Jr.

Lamborghini won’t be at the Detroit show, and 2019 likely will be a quiet product year as the Italian exotic brand continues to focus on its newest nameplate, the Urus.

The Urus, which went on sale late last year, initially was thought to be in line to become the brand’s first plug-in hybrid in 2021. But Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali told Automotive News Europe that the Aventador’s replacement arriving around 2021 would get that distinction.

For now, Lamborghini is looking at ways to increase Urus production to 4,000 to 4,500 units this year, up from initial annual capacity of 3,500. The brand’s first modern-era SUV’s global sales have been better than expected.

A Huracan freshening could appear this year.

Lamborghini’s Pebble Beach debut, the Aventador SVJ, also goes on sale early this year.

A fourth nameplate, a 2+2 GT, is in the works but isn’t expected until 2025 or 2027.

— Jack Walsworth

Maserati won’t be at the Detroit auto show and won’t have a press conference.

In the second half of 2019, though, FCA’s only remaining premium brand will bring a new rear-wheel-drive starter-level crossover to market in Europe, built on FCA’s Giorgio platform.

Details of the rwd-based crossover are scarce, other than promises that it will have a hybridized powertrain and will slot below the Levante.

Maserati also is expected to roll out one last freshening of its Quattroporte later this year before a redesign in 2022, though no details are yet available on its upgrades.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Mazda is joining the abstainers, including Audi and BMW, and won’t have a Detroit auto show display.

The brand set the stage for 2019 launches in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show with the debut of the redesigned Mazda3 sedan and hatchback. The update reflects an evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy that takes into account how light and reflections move over a vehicle’s surface.

Mazda starts the year with a re-engineered Mazda6 that hit stores last spring with a revised chassis and new Signature trim level that positions it against premium competitors.

The MX-5 Miata was packed with improvements in a comprehensive freshening that included a jolt of horsepower.

— Vince Bond Jr.

With 18 new models or derivatives planned by 2025, this will be another busy product year for McLaren. But the British exotic automaker won’t be at the Detroit show.

Deliveries of the 720S Spider, a convertible variant of its 720S supercar, start in March. Engineering goodies include a retractable hard top with a one-piece carbon-fiber panel that can be raised or lowered in 11 seconds. Even with the top down, the two-seater can hit 202 mph, McLaren says.

Production of the 600LT, a track-focused but road-legal model with carbon-fiber elements inside and out wraps up this year. A convertible variant of the 600LT is likely to break cover this year as well.

Production of a track-only Senna GTR also begins this year.

At year end, McLaren will start production of its most extreme vehicle ever, the Speedtail, a 1,035-hp gasoline-electric hybrid.

— Jack Walsworth

Having captured the luxury sales crown for the third straight year, Mercedes-Benz hopes to repeat it in 2019 with an aggressive product pipeline.

Mercedes won’t have a press conference at the Detroit auto show but will have several products to talk about this year.

A redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA coupe is set to launch in the U.S. in late 2019. The second-generation four-door CLA is based on the next-generation Modular Front Architecture, or MFA2, platform.

The CLA was nudged out as Mercedes’ gateway model in the U.S. this year following the launch of the A-class subcompact sedan. The new CLA will have sportier, fastback styling to set it apart from the A class, which will arrive in the U.S. in the first quarter.

With the car market shrinking in favor of crossovers, targeted niches such as the entry-luxury 4-door coupe helps find new buyers for Mercedes-Benz, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.

“Since sales of traditional two-door coupes have almost vanished, the four-door coupe design combines the practicality of a sedan with the faster backlight of a two-door,” Fiorani said.

In 2019, Mercedes will roll out redesigns of the GLE and GLS crossovers, and a refresh of the GLC, underscoring what some are calling the “Year of the SUV” for the luxury brand.

The GLS is slated for spring, while the GLS and GLC will arrive in the fall.

The GLB compact crossover, which will be slightly larger than the GLA, could arrive in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, a new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is expected to launch in the spring.

— Urvaksh Karkaria

Like much of the auto industry, Mini is embracing electrification.

A full-electric Mini will arrive in the U.S. in late 2019, when the brand celebrates its 60th anniversary. The EV likely will be based on the current hardtop body style and will be built in Oxford, England, and in China through a joint venture between Mini’s parent, BMW Group, and Great Wall Motor Co.

The Clubman is due for a freshening in the first half of 2019, with a redesign possible in the second half of 2023.

High-performance variants in the John Cooper Works subbrand are expected this year. Mini offers a John Cooper Works variant of its two-door hardtop, convertible, Clubman and Countryman.

Also, expect a number of special editions to be among the 2019 offerings.

— Urvaksh Karkaria

Mitsubishi won’t have a presence at the Detroit auto show. The brand’s e-Evolution Concept electric crossover made its North American debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mitsubishi will look to continue its strong U.S. sales run in 2019 amid uncertainty surrounding the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz said he still hopes to take advantage of shared alliance platforms to bolster Mitsubishi’s lineup.

Diaz said he hasn’t been told anything that would indicate that those products won’t be coming as planned. Mitsubishi vehicles on shared alliance platforms could begin to emerge around 2021.

In 2019, the brand will continue to be carried by its bread-and-butter crossovers.

— Vince Bond Jr.

Nissan will display an electric sedan concept at the Detroit auto show, kicking off a busy year as it moves to replace about 70 percent of its lineup over the next two years.

Coming this year are a freshened Titan full-size pickup and Murano midsize crossover, as well as redesigned Sentra and Versa small cars.

Also on tap is the longer-range full-electric Leaf. The new Leaf will offer about 225 miles of range on a full charge, compared with 150 miles on the current Leaf.

— Urvaksh Karkaria

Porsche will sit out the Detroit auto show, but this will be a busy year of product launches and updates for the German sports car maker.

Porsche will launch its first full-electric sports car, the Taycan, with a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge. The Taycan’s synchronous motors will generate more than 600 hp. U.S. deliveries are expected to begin in late 2019.

The eighth-generation 911, unveiled in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the summer. The 2020 911 retains Porsche’s design DNA but receives performance improvements, a new interior layout and 21st-century driving conveniences. The turbocharged, flat-six engine in the next-generation 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S produces 443 hp.

A freshened Macan is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships by spring. The Macan, which gets improved headlights and taillights and a revamped interior, is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo that delivers 248 hp and a top track speed of 142 mph.

Panamera GTS and Panamera Sport Turismo GTS models are also planned for this year.

 — Urvaksh Karkaria

A year after wowing crowds with its redesigned Ram 1500, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ truck and commercial brand follows up at the 2019 Detroit auto show with a freshened heavy-duty portion of its pickup lineup, the Ram 2500 and 3500.

Many details of Ram’s new heavy-duty pickups remain under wraps until the show. But the brand — facing at the time an uncertain trade future from the renegotiation of NAFTA, among other issues — kept the new generation on the DS pickup platform instead of migrating onto the new DT platform underlying the redesigned Ram 1500.

Still, Ram is expected to make a number of improvements to its heavy-duty lineup as part of the freshening, including new exterior styling, an upgraded interior and a more powerful diesel engine.

— Larry P. Vellequette

The Gallery, an ultraluxury event held the Saturday before the auto show, is expected to be the extent of Rolls-Royce’s presence in Detroit.

The ultraluxury brand’s focus this year is the ramp-up of the Cullinan SUV, which began reaching dealerships late last year. The behemoth remains true to the Rolls-Royce tradition of opulent materials and bespoke design, but it also has serious off-road capability for owners wanting to explore.

It joins an increasingly competitive ultraluxury and exotic SUV/crossover segment.

If recent years are any indication, Rolls-Royce likely will unveil a handful of special editions this year.

The next vehicle redesigns are likely to be the Ghost sedan, Rolls-Royce’s entry-level model, for the 2021 model year; the Wraith, a coupe variant of the Ghost, one to two years later; and the Dawn convertible around 2025 or so.

— Jack Walsworth

Subaru won’t be letting its foot off the gas in 2019, as another product push starts at the Detroit show.

Subaru and its motorsports division, Subaru Tecnica International, will take the stage with the STI S209, a more extreme derivative of its enthusiast-minded STI.

It will be the latest limited-run, high-performance STI before a likely redesign in 2020. Subaru has rolled out S20 variations before, but those have been for Japan only.

After Detroit, Subaru will remain busy on the auto show circuit with two redesigns expected to debut: the Legacy midsize sedan followed by the Outback midsize crossover. Both nameplates will move to the brand’s global platform.

— Jack Walsworth

Tesla, which will have no presence at the Detroit auto show, is preparing to unveil its Model Y crossover in March. The Model Y, to be built on the same platform as the Model 3 sedan, is slated to begin production in 2020.

Next on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s priority list likely will be a full-electric pickup. In December, he suggested a prototype might be ready in 2019, tweeting, “I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad.”

Lately, Musk has spent considerable time exploring and touting another of his projects, a system of underground tunnels drilled by his Boring Co. that may offer an alternative to traffic-choked highways at ground level.

— Pete Bigelow

In what Toyota called “one of the worst-kept secrets in the auto industry,” the brand will unveil the revived Supra sport coupe at the Detroit auto show.
 
The 2020 Supra will be powered by an inline six-cylinder engine from BMW that makes more than 300 hp combined with an eight-speed transmission from ZF. The car’s 0-to-60 mph time will be less than 5 seconds. If that all sounds very European for a Japanese sport coupe, there’s a reason: The resurrected Supra is being built by Magna Steyr in Austria.

The Supra is just one part of a busy product year for Toyota, with redesigned versions of the Corolla compact sedan and Highlander large crossover due in showrooms in 2019, along with a freshened Tacoma midsize pickup and Prius, including the all-wheel-drive version the brand showed in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Volkswagen will show a freshened Passat midsize sedan at the Detroit show.

The 2020 Passat was to have been the last of VW’s sedans to be redesigned onto the automaker’s global MQB platform, after the Jetta in 2018, but the automaker changed course and kept the Passat on its PQ46 platform — an economic decision. It gets new exterior styling, more standard safety equipment and an updated instrument panel.

This year, VW will introduce the larger Arteon sedan to the U.S. Though the brand’s flagship sedan has been on sale in Europe for a year, its export to the U.S. has been delayed by implementation of new emissions protocols in Europe.

In late 2019, VW is expected to begin building a two-row version of the Atlas crossover, the Atlas Cross Sport, in Chattanooga. The vehicle is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2020.

— Larry P. Vellequette

Volvo’s second-generation V60 compact wagon will arrive in the U.S. in the first quarter. It will be available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The XC90 large crossover will receive a face-lift and arrive in the U.S. in the second half of the year.

A full battery-electric model is expected to debut in late 2019.

Polestar, Volvo’s performance brand, will introduce two vehicles in 2019.

The Polestar 1, a 600-hp plug-in hybrid coupe, will roll off the line in Chengdu, China, in mid-2019, with U.S. deliveries following shortly.

The Polestar 2, a battery-electric sedan, will be shown in March at the Geneva auto show and could arrive in the U.S. in late 2019. The first volume model for the brand, the sedan will have a range of about 350 miles and be based on the Volvo XC40 compact crossover’s platform.

— Urvaksh Karkaria

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