With the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas behind us, we turn eastward towards Detroit and the next fresh crop of new debuts coming to the highly-anticipated show.
Automakers such as Ford, Kia, Hyundai and Honda have teased models in advance, ranging from slight touch-ups to full-blown redesigns and even brand new models making their first appearance on the showroom floor.
In this week’s edition of the Friday Five, we’ll take a look at the Ford Edge, Kia Niro EV and Forte, Honda Insight and Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell EV.
First Look: 2019 Ford Edge
Remember the Ford Edge? It’s OK if you don’t. The midsize crossover has been something of a sleeper for the better part of the decade, despite getting redesigned only three years ago. Welcoming the 2019 model year with a refresh, the new Edge ups the ante with a sportier aesthetic and power to match.
That’s right; the 2019 Ford Edge will come with an available ST trim, giving it a little more oomph than the Ford Edge Sport.
The 2019 Edge also receives a new 8-speed automatic transmission, infotainment upgrades and more updates to keep it competitive amidst an increasingly cutthroat segment.
First Look: 2019 Kia Niro EV
Debuting for the 2017 model year, the Niro hybrid took the Kia into bold new territory. Offering up a hybrid crossover, however, was only the tip of the iceberg as the Korean automaker announced that it’s stepping up its EV game.
The 2019 Niro EV will take all the crossover practicality of the OG SUV, and make a battery-powered version boasting 238 miles of range. Gee, that figure sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? It does, as the Chevrolet Bolt EV also claims 238 miles of all-electric range, but for those who want a sleeker, more utilitarian package may consider the Niro EV instead.
First Look: 2019 Honda Insight
The Honda Insight nameplate returns in 2019 with an upscale, 5-passenger sedan ready to accommodate those who want stellar fuel efficiency without the rather, umm, jarring looks of the Prius or Bolt EV.
The hybrid sedan’s coupe-like styling creates a sleek aesthetic on the outside and on the inside, Honda’s Insight gets loaded with technology like Honda LaneWatch and other advanced safety features. It will be powered by the same hybrid powertrain setup found in the heavier Clarity plug-in, meaning performance should be brisk to match the looks.
First Look: 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell EV
Replacing the outgoing Tucson Fuel Cell SUV, Hyundai next hydrogen-powered offering is the 2019 Nexo. Making its debut this week at CES, the fuel cell crossover claims a 370-mile all-electric driving range. Taking only five minutes to charge up, the Nexo goes farther than its two competitors: the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.
Thanks to its dedicated platform and smaller battery pack tucked away in the trunk, the Nexo is whisper quiet and composed as it powers the 161-horsepower 95-kW fuel cell and 40-kW battery.
The Nexo even offers up the most advanced safety technology to boot, as is expected from a car personifying the march towards futuristic mobility.
First Look: 2019 Kia Forte
Looking like a petite version of the sleek and sexy Stinger sedan, the new 2019 Forte might make you actually look forward to buying an econobox. While few details exist surrounding the new Forte, we presume it will take on the styling cues of the Stinger, such as the “tiger-nose” grille slowly making its way onto more of the Korean automaker’s offerings.
Considering the Forte is the automaker’s top-selling car in the U.S., Kia is wise to keep its most popular model fresh.
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