As 2019 comes knocking at the door, there is excitement over what the new year will hold for the automobile industry. 2018 introduced new and advanced cars – supercars and SUVs alike – the next year promises to be even more exciting for the industry. As the auto industry continues to grow, manufacturers’ desire for innovation and transformation also continue to gather pace. Some of the models of the 2019 cars have been announced and confirmed, however, there are others still far down the line which can create a significant margin for error when predicting the futuristic cars for the upcoming year. Designers are keen to introduce new and advanced technologies in the future cars to push the boundaries of comfort, security, and performance to new levels.
Some of these vehicles offer a new design, others focus on the introduction of new and innovative technologies which would enable us to perform some of the car functions by an app. Electric cars are expected to become a realistic option for car buyers in 2019 with most of the auto manufacturers introducing their own brands of electric cars. Various electric vehicles, ranging from small city cars to large sports vehicles, will be made available for sale by 2019. The year also holds much for the self-driving technology with brands like Waymo even offering a glimpse into the future of the autonomous vehicles. This article provides a brief look at some of the futuristic cars that might hit the roads in 2019.
Audi e-tron will be the first purely electric car by Audi which is expected to hit the roads in 2019. It will come with a 95-kWh battery pack which will ensure long-range capability on a single charge. It features a high definition digital instrument display – the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus – that shows various instruments that can help the driver maximize efficiency and range. The Audi e-tron also provides smartphone integration which will allow you to access your phone through the touchscreen display to connect to your favorite apps, music, maps, messages and much more. Another feature that it includes is the integrated toll module which is built directly into the vehicle and designed to work with toll calculation and payment. The trim levels for Audi e-tron are the Premium Plus, starting at USD 74,800 and the Prestige which is priced at USD 81,800. The Prestige comes with a Driver Assistance Package – a comprehensive suite of technologies that help supplement the driver’s instincts like sensing danger and navigation.
2019 Porsche Mission E:
The 2019 Porsche Mission E is an all-electric car from the German manufacturer. The Mission E is a sports sedan capable of outputting over 600 horsepower and offers incredible acceleration. It clocks at an impressive 3.5 seconds on the 0-60 mph test. The car is estimated to provide a range of over 300 miles on a single charge. The company will also develop an 800-volt charger that will charge the car’s battery to 80 percent in 15 minutes, and will come with a wireless charging system. The car features eye-tracking technology that keeps track of where the driver is looking, on its combination gauge cluster and infotainment screen. The screen features a technology that allows the digital instrument panels to move as the driver move. The car will be available for sale at the end of 2019 and is expected to price at around USD 85,000.
2019 Volvo V60:
The 2019 Volvo V60 is a luxury small wagon which looks very similar to the recently redesigned XC90 SUV. It will be released early in 2019 and will be priced at around USD 37,000. It will come in several different trim levels with the base T5 trim providing 250 hp from a turbocharge four-cylinder engine; the T6 trim providing 302 hp supercharge four-cylinder engine and finally the Polestar trim which provides a 362 hp four-cylinder engine. Inside, a massive infotainment screen is fitted at the center dash compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which come as standard. It also comes with a number of safety features including the City Safe with autobrake, rare cross traffic alert, and lane assist.
2019 Toyota Mirai:
The 2019 Toyota Mirai is a four-door sedan and one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The word “Mirai” means ‘Future’ in Japanese which is what the company believes this technology will take us. The fuel cell technology allows the car to run on hydrogen and emits water vapors in the process. It has an EPA-e range of 312 miles and comes at around USD 57,500. The lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is a big hurdle for the hydrogen-powered cars, however, as more refueling stations are planned, it will give a significant boost for this technology to take off.
Tesla Model X:
The Tesla Model X has shaken up the market with its impressive features and performance. It is an all-electric SUV with a P100D trim for the Model S and Model X. The new 100 kWh battery pack includes an upgraded Ludicrous mode that will enable the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 in only 2.9 seconds and get an EPA-estimated range of around 289 miles.
The Tesla Model X has an impressive design where the doors open upward and are equipped with sensors which allow them to change its opening angle if it senses an object in its way. Inside, it offers a 17-inch touchscreen display and installation of software updates over the internet. The car is priced at USD 80,000, however, the company’s semi-autonomous driving feature ‘AutoPilot’ can be added for another USD 25,000.
The Bottom Line:
With all the major automobile manufacturers now working on their brands of electric vehicles, it can be said with certainty that 2019 will be the year of electrification for the auto industry. However, the pace at which technology is revolutionizing the automobile industry, it can be safely said that new and advanced features including the self-driving, attention assist, and other safety features will soon be part of the future vehicles to make our rides more secure and comfortable.