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4 of the Most Anticipated Vehicle Redesigns of 2019

With each passing model year, vehicle manufacturers continue to rack their brains in an effort to devise new and exciting innovations that will drive sales. While this sometimes leads to brand new models coming into existence, or innovative technology being introduced, other times it takes the form of complete redesigns of existing fan-favorites. In this article, we’ll take a look at 4 of the most anticipated vehicle redesigns for the 2019 model year.

Toyota RAV4

The top selling SUV of 2017 is getting a complete overhaul for the 2019 model year. According to Consumer Reports, “the new RAV4 is lower and wider than the outgoing model. It has a longer wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs to help with off-road adventures. Standard in-car electronics features include WiFi hands-free access to Amazon Alexa voice assistant, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a 7-inch touch screen.”

“Also new is the Adventure model, which includes special roof rails, fog lights, and other outdoorsy-looking exterior bits to make the RAV4 appear more rugged. It also gets what Toyota calls a Multi-Terrain Select system, allowing drivers to dial in certain settings to get through snow, mud, sand, or rocks.”

For more information: https://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/RAV4/

Nissan Altima

Billed by Motor Trend as a serious competitor to the Honda Accord, Nissan is giving the 2019 Altima a sporty makeover, both internally and externally.

According to Car and Driver, “The new Altima is longer, lower, and wider than before; its wheelbase has been stretched and the front overhang trimmed slightly. The styling trades the car’s previous flowing shapes for a more linear design. Nissan’s V-shaped grille is taller and broader, but the brand’s boomerang-shaped taillights are more subdued; the Altima also adopts a floating-roof design as seen on the Maxima and other Nissans.”

Additionally, this year’s model will include an all-wheel drive option on all trim levels, a feature unavailable on both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. All trim levels will also come equipped with an 8.0” touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, push button start, and hands-free keyless entry.

For more information: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/future-concept/19-altima.html

Subaru Forester

One of US News’ top-rated compact SUVs, the Subaru Forester is getting a new look for 2019. Unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show, the 2019 Subaru Forester boasts an updated, yet familiar exterior. Motor Trend highlights that “Subaru didn’t go wild restyling the Forester like Toyota did with its new RAV4. But you will notice the model features a taller grille, new body cladding around the wheels, new taillights, a new bumper, and other updates. New Sport models receive a black gloss finished grille frame, black-finished 18-inch wheels, and orange accents around the body.”

For 2019, Subaru will also offer occupants increased cargo room, reduced engine noise, a 6.5” standard (8” optional) infotainment screen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and a 182 horsepower, 2.5-Liter four-cylinder engine. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that all Subaru vehicles, including the 2019 Forester, come equipped with all-wheel drive standard.

For more information: https://www.subaru.com/2019-forester.html

Ford Edge

Ford’s midsized SUV is getting a face-lift for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Ford Edge will sport a wider grille, reshaped hood, restyled front bumper, and new standard LED headlights. Ford has also modernized the Edge’s interior, most notably by replacing the gear shifter with a rotary dial.

The vehicle’s standard 2.0-liter turbo-four engine will add power for 2019, bringing it up to 250 horsepower. Additionally, all 2019 Edge models will be equipped with a plethora of safety features such as automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, automatic high beams, and lane-keeping assist.

For more information: https://www.ford.com/suvs-crossovers/edge/2019/


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