Up until recently, hatchbacks were the most popular type of new vehicle… then the SUV came along and moved things along.
In fact, there’s some key models due for release in the new decade. Let’s take a look at some of them here.
Ford Fiesta ST – First quarter
For performance enthusiasts, this is a good thing, but for those that enjoyed the regular Fiesta’s wares, it’s a disappointing move.
Honda Civic hatch – Early 2020
Polarising is certainly one way to describe the look of the current-generation Honda Civic small hatch, and it’s not going to change anytime soon.
While a facelift will arrive in early 2020, it won’t be dramatic, so expect more of the same from the venerable Japanese contender.
Advanced driver-assist systems are expected to become more widely available in a move in the right direction.
Mazda2 – Early 2020
The Mazda2 light car is moving upstream early next year, with the deletion of its base grade already announced.
As a result, the restyled Mazda2’s entry-level price is up by nearly $5500. That said, each variant is more comprehensively equipped than before.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S – First quarter
Ballistic. The second-generation is Mercedes-AMG A45 S is ballistic. Plain and simple. Yes, the first quarter of 2020 will be that good.
Just look at the headline numbers: 310kW of power and 500Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine. Not that long ago, they were considered to be more than acceptable V8 outputs. Oh, how times have changed.
And don’t worry this, the A45 S is no sleeper, upping the visual aggro over the regular A-Class with a purposeful body kit that can be taken to the next level with a trick aerodynamics package.
Toyota Yaris – Second quarter
On a much more sensible note, the new-generation Toyota Yaris due in the second quarter next year is perhaps all the car most will ever need.
This is now even truer thanks to the addition of an eagerly anticipated petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, which expertly combines power with fuel efficiency.
The Yaris has also moved to Toyota’s excellent TNGA platform, so drivers are likely in for a treat when they get behind the wheel if it’s other recent releases are anything to go by.