New Car Mecca is Just Around the Corner
The 2020 edition of the Canadian International Auto Show kicks off this Friday in Toronto at the Metro Convention Centre. Billed as the largest consumer show in Canada, it will feature 38 Canadian vehicle premieres for your consideration. It’s an opportunity to more than just kick tires without the pressure of a dealership visit. You can count on a number of features every year. For example, manufacturers will showcase concept vehicles to indicate their future design direction. Special Edition vehicles are always popular. European manufacturers thrive on showing off high-performance versions of their more mainstream products.
There’s something for everyone at the Toronto Auto Show. Let’s take a look at some of the vehicles that will be featured at the show. You might want to put them on your shopping list.
For General Motors, Cadillac will feature the 2021 Escalade, with a curved 38” OLED screen dominating the dashboard. Sister products at GM, the all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have already been shown in Chicago (but will still be at the show) so was inevitable that a new Escalade wouldn’t be far behind as they share a similar platform. The always popular Corvette Stingray will lose its top as the Convertible debuts.
Hyundai’s premium Genesis brand will debut its first SUV, the GV80. This mid-size luxury SUV will take on the likes of BMW’s X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Will the GV80 have the right stuff to take on these entrenched European competitors? See for yourself at the show.
For those looking to up their fuel economy quotient, Kia is rolling out new hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of their popular Niro compact SUV. Polishing up the exterior and interior will give the Niro a refreshed look for 2020.
Land Rover is bringing back the Defender. Hard-core off-road enthusiasts have been waiting for this legendary vehicle to make it back to market. It should be updated with all the modern connectivity we’ve come to expect on today’s vehicles along with a host of safety features.
Volkswagen will preview the new Atlas. Hard on the heels of its 2019 Automobl Value Award win, Atlas will be freshened with new front and rear exterior features and borrow interior styling notes from its brand new baby brother, the Cross Sport.
What a Concept
Look for the Concept cars. Toyota has the TS050 Hybrid, developed by its racing team. The Italian design studio Pininfarina will feature the Battista, an all-electric supercar featuring 1900 hp. For something a little less extreme but futuristic, Lexus will debut the LF-30 BEV. It’s Lexus’ crystal ball vehicle to predict what a vehicle could be like in 2030. Not to be outdone by Lexus, BMW brings the Vision M NEXT. This vehicle points to to where BMW would like to take their cars from a design standpoint into the future.
There’s more, and always a few surprises too. Talk to the people on a booth if there’s something you like. Manufacturers take your comments very seriously. Your feedback could determine whether or not a concept might be built.