As 2018 is coming to an end, we're getting excited about what automotive goodies 2019 has in store for us. Some manufacturers have chosen to bring back models from the dead, others are reinventing their already existing cars, and some will bring out brand new vehicles that were shown off as concepts not that long ago.
No matter what type of vehicle, 2019 will provide us with plenty to choose from, and with technology advancing at a record pace, these new machines will be lightyears beyond what we could even dream of a few years back.
Car manufacturers are now forced to bring their A-game if they want to capture a potential customer's attention. Fresh designs, hi-tech equipment, and advanced safety systems are just some of the things needed. But there is more to cars than just being a means of transport, we connect with them and see them as an extension of our personalities.
That's where some car manufacturers get it oh-so-right, and others fail miserably. A lack of car sales these days is seldom due to a car being really bad, as most new cars are actually pretty decent. The problem is that when a car lacks personality and doesn't speak directly to its core audience it doesn't matter that it's actually "quite good", we just won't care.
So let's take a closer look at the cars we can't wait to drive next year, and some we don't care about whatsoever.
20 We Want To Drive: Toyota Supra
Ever since production of the Supra ended back in 2002 there have been rumors of a new model, and the long-awaited new Supra is finally scheduled for release in 2019. Sharing its 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine and drivetrain with the latest BMW Z4, the rear-wheel-drive Supra should be able to do 0-60 in under five seconds and go on to a top speed of more than 155mph.
Clearly, performance has been taken care of, and with the Supra's advanced suspension and 50/50 weight distribution, it will be a real challenger to Porsche's 718 Cayman.
The chief engineer for the Supra project, Tetsuya Tada, has said there's a possibility the Supra may feature a hybrid system in the future.
19 We Don't Care: Chevrolet Blazer
The new Chevy Blazer might have a cool front end that seems like a nod to the current Camaro. It does give the car a somewhat sporty appearance, which it doesn't deserve - once you look past that front, there really isn't all that much interesting going on with the Blazer.
As far as the engine options are concerned, there will be a 305 hp V6 available, which is decent but far from impressive, then there's a four-cylinder engine with less than 200 horses, meaning the towing capacity will be zero.
The Blazer is probably a car best marketed for suburban housewives who need to go grocery shopping, because at the moment, it has no other practical uses.
18 We Want To Drive: Porsche Taycan
The Taycan will be Porsche's first fully electric car when it hits the showrooms sometime in the fall. The car is filled with tech similar to what helped the Porsche 919 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 600 horsepower Taycan has electric motors on both front and rear axles. The 4x4 traction helps the Taycan accelerate from standstill to 60mph in roughly 3.5 seconds and 0-125 in less than 12 seconds. Top speed will be limited to 155mph.
It features eye-tracking technology to keep track of when and where the driver is looking at the combination gauge cluster and infotainment screen. This screen is positioned behind the steering wheel and has technology that makes the digital instrument panels move with the driver.
17 We Don't Care: Nissan Altima
The Altima has never quite reached the level of popularity of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, mainly because it just wasn't good enough in some areas. Hoping to change that, Nissan will release the redesigned Altima in 2019, going up against two cars that were redesigned last year.
Fair enough, the Altima will have some new tech, such as optional all-wheel drive, an 8-inch screen will be standard along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push-button start, and keyless entry. It will also receive Nissan's latest version of the Zero Gravity seats.
The standard engine will be a 2.5-liter inline-four unit that produces 188 horsepower, and there's also an optional 248 horsepower VC turbo engine. The problem is that most people will still go for the Accord or Camry.
16 We Want To Drive: Hyundai i30 Fastback N
The new Hyundai i30 Fastback N will appear in showrooms as early as February 2019.
It will build on the success of the i30 N, with Hyundai claiming the i30 Fastback N is a “more elegant” version of the hatchback car.
The Fastback is supposedly the first five-door performance coupé in the C-segment and could prove to be a huge seller since there currently aren't any direct competitors, a clever move there by Hyundai.
As far as performance goes, the customers will have a choice of two versions of the same engine, a 2.o-liter producing either 248 hp or 272 hp in the Performance edition.
15 We Don't Care: Ford Focus Active
Good news everyone: Ford announced they won't be selling the Focus Active in the States. Sadly, it will still be sold elsewhere. Basically, the Focus Active has raised suspension and looks like a real off-roader with its bulky bumpers and black plastic cladding. Except you can forget taking it off the road as it doesn't have four-wheel-drive and the skid-plates are fake.
So the Focus Active is really all show and no go, it will actually perform even worse on the road than the standard car, due to its higher center of gravity. What a waste. Ford could at least have given it a 4x4 system, and the aftermarket would eventually supply proper off-road parts for it to replace the plastic pieces.
14 We Want To Drive: Ford Ranger
The Ranger was discontinued in the States after the 2011 model year, and now it is finally returning in the early parts of 2019.
The new Ranger features a high-strength steel frame, a host of new engines, and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Certain trims will have upgraded safety features, and there will also be an off-road package available that adds off-road suspension, a Terrain Management System, better tires, protective skid plates, and other exclusive features.
The U.S. Ford Ranger is widely anticipated as one of the best cars 2019 will bring. As far as being a mid-size truck the Ranger isn't all that small, the Crew Cab version is actually longer than the base F-150.
13 We Don't Care: Honda Insight
20 years ago, the world saw the first Honda Insight. Some say it was too far ahead of its time, in reality, it had a bunch of flaws and was eventually removed from Honda's lineup.
Then, there was a second Insight back in 2010, but after just four years it was history. And now the Insight is back again, making its name rather ironic. Insight to what? Clearly, Honda has no insight into what people want.
While the first Insight offered something new, this latest version doesn't. It's just more of the same of something we've already seen other car manufacturers do over and over these last few years. Please spare us, Honda.
12 We Want To Drive: Land Rover Defender
After ending production of the original Land Rover Defender in 2016, the new Defender is arriving in showrooms in 2019. Its styling may be softer than that of the original, with plenty of retro design going on, but Land Rover promises that it won't impact the Defender's off-road capabilities - in fact, it should be better than ever.
The Defender has been on a diet since we last saw it. By following the trend of extensive use of aluminum both for the body panels and the chassis, it makes for lighter off-road utility vehicles.
There will be several different models available right from the get-go, even the performance-oriented SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) could be in the mix, perhaps making the Landy a worthy competitor for the Merc G63 AMG?
11 We Don't Care: Hyundai Veloster
It seems that carmakers have a hard time learning. The Veloster is another car on this list that had a one-year hiatus due to a lack of sales. And what did Hyundai do? They made another version of it and brought it back to life.
One of the problems with the old model was the lack of power. You can't compete in the hot hatch segment with a 1.6L making only 132 hp, so this new model has a 2.0-liter producing... only 15 more horses! There will also be a Veloster Turbo that puts out 201 hp, and the Veloster N with 275 hp, making it the first truly hot Veloster. I really do hope the Veloster does well, but I'm not betting on it.
10 We Want To Drive: Porsche 911
We can expect the 911 to appear in the early parts of 2019. And it looks... well, pretty much the same as it always has - The timeless design is just how lovers of the brand want it.
The biggest change is that the new 911 will be based on the same platform as the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan. It will remain rear-engined, but the new underpinnings will allow other powertrains to be used - there is the possibility of two hybrid versions emerging in the future, where one version will be a greener Carrera, and the other a high-powered version of the Turbo.
As always, the range will expand to include GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS models later down the line.
9 We Don't Care: Kia K900
After taking a hiatus for 2018, due to abysmal sales in 2017, the Kia K900 is now back! And no one cares! Kia is going up against luxury cars made by established high-end brands - it doesn't matter what tech and features come with the K900, it'll still be a Kia in a parking lot full of Audis, Beemers, and Mercs.
The exterior probably won't help sell any more cars - it's not bad, but it's certainly not a head-turner. Once inside you'll be surrounded by luxury, and the cabin even features ambient lighting that uses proximity sensors to brighten specific areas when the driver reaches toward them. The engines will be a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower and a 420-horsepower V8. Nice try Kia, but we don't care.
8 We Want To Drive: BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe
The BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe will hit the market towards the end of 2019. The Gran Coupe will be the flagship of BMW's 8-Series line-up and the largest model in the range. It has a longer wheelbase as well as two more doors than the Coupé, and BMW has set their sights on the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS market.
The engines will be shared across the 8-Series range, so the Gran Coupé will be available with either a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 320 horses or a 625 hp 4.4-liter gasoline-powered V8. There will also be a high-performance version available at a later date - The BMW M8 Gran Coupe.
7 We Don't Care: VW Arteon
The VW Arteon is replacing the Volkswagen CC, which didn't have the prestige or power to be a match for its competitors. So will the Arteon do any better? Well, VW still doesn't have the prestige of other brands in the luxury market - and that's the problem. Who buys a VW when you can buy something perceived to be more luxurious for the same money?
The styling of the Arteon is very typical for German cars in this segment, a long and low hood along with a sloping roof.
At least the engine is a good one, a turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 hp. Alas, there's only one transmission available; an eight-speed automatic. It's probably a great car... just not special enough to compete at the luxury level.
6 We Want To Drive: Audi RS 7
The new RS 7 is scheduled for release late in 2019. Set to be the most powerful Audi ever you can bet there are plenty of people who are excited about getting behind the wheel of one.
In addition to being the most powerful Audi ever, it's also Audi Sport's first plug-in hybrid, with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 linked to an electric engine in some versions. The drivetrain, which is adapted from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, will produce around 670 horsepower and can push the RS 7 from 0-60 in less than 3.5 seconds, and shifting is taken care of by the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Since it's an Audi it will, of course, have the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
5 We Don't Care: Subaru Forester
Subaru is about to launch their new Forester, and just like the previous model, it will have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as standard - but with a small power increase compared to the old model. It will, of course, have four-wheel drive as standard - it's a Subaru, so that's expected.
The top Touring trim features a new technology called DriverFocus that uses facial recognition software to detect fatigue or distraction, while all models get Subaru's EyeSight technology as standard.
The bad stuff? There will be no optional turbo engine and the only transmission offered will be their Lineartronic CVT. No thanks, Subaru, that doesn't sound like much fun.
4 We Want To Drive: Mercedes A45 AMG
Sometime around mid-2019, the A45 AMG will come out from wherever it's hiding at the moment and lead hatchbacks into a whole new realm. Rumors have it that the new A45 will pack a massive punch, and by massive I mean 400+ horsepower... from a 2.0-liter turbo engine!
This could potentially be the ultimate hyper-hatch.
If the "baby" Benz can live up to its promises, it will be the most potent hatch on the market - leaving Audi's RS 3 in the dust. It's expected that it will keep the four-wheel drive configuration and the dual-clutch gearbox to effectively put the power to the ground. Yes Mercedes, we're excited!!
3 We Don't Care: GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is just one of those cars that don't really contribute anything to the car-world. There just isn't anything innovative about it, there's nothing fancy going on, the design has been seen a million times before, there's no groundbreaking technology...
Sure, the Acadia might be a solid SUV that gets the job done, but does the world really need one more vehicle like that? There are too many of those one-trick ponies on the roads already. GMC decided to play it safe and went down a road that's already been traveled countless times - with the end result being bored designers and engineers creating a boring car.
2 We Want To Drive: Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The 488 Pista Spider is an incredible looking machine! For those who have the money lying around, it will available for purchase sometime in the first half of 2019.
It is apparently capable of doing the 0-60 sprint in less than three seconds, and from there it will continue all the way to 211 mph - talk about feeling the wind in your hair.
The Pista Spider features a folding hard-top that can retract in 30 seconds. It does, however, add more than 200 lbs to its weight compared to the coupé. That shouldn't be a problem though, seeing as the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 produces an astonishing 710 hp, and the advanced active aerodynamics will make the car slice through the air like an arrow.
1 We Don't Care: BMW 1-Series
Towards the end of 2019, we get to experience the brand new BMW 1-Series... but is it something we really want to experience? Allow me to explain. The 1-Series has always been a fun little car, it had sharp handling and with its rear-wheel drive it offered something different in the hatchback world.
BMW has now scrapped the rear-wheel-drive platform in favor of the front-wheel-drive layout that's currently used in the MINI. So, technically, we'll have two MINIs then? Sure, it'll have more interior and luggage space since there's no driveshaft or rear diff, but there also won't be any tail-out action. Booo! Shame on you BMW! Some good news for driving enthusiasts; The M140i will have a four-cylinder turbo engine and xDrive four-wheel drive.
Sources: Autowise, US News, Autoexpress