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Best new cars for 2020 - M to O

From electric SUVs to exotic supercars, we look at the best cars due to arrive in 2020

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Mercedes EQA

Price: £35,000 (est)On sale: Autumn 2020

Mercedes will continue to expand its EQ sub-brand, and the smallest model in the line-up, the EQA, will be launched next year. Previewed by the Concept EQA first seen in 2017, the top-spec production car will offer a 60kWh battery, 286bhp, four-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time of five seconds.

Equipped for the latest recharging facilities, the EQA is expected to offer at least 110kW fast charging; with a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge, it will compete with Volkswagen’s ID.3 line-up. The EQA will also feature selectable drive modes, enabling the driver to change the characteristics of the electric powertrain.

Mercedes EQS

Price: From £120,000 (est)On sale: Late 2020 

Mercedes is hinting at the future of large luxury cars with the all-electric Vision EQS concept, which offers a range of 435 miles on a single charge. The concept has a shape made up of a few simple curves picked out with a complex LED lighting arrangement. Inside, it has a next-generation version of the MBUX interface with controls for driver and passenger, while recycled materials boost its green credentials.

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The EQS produces 469bhp and 760Nm of torque, which gives it a 0-62mph time of less than 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Hooked up to a 350kW DC charger, the 100kWh battery can be charged to 80 per cent in less than 20 minutes.

Mercedes EQV

Price: £60,000 (est)On sale: Early 2020

Following closely behind the recently launched EQC comes the Mercedes EQV, another all-electric offering based on an existing combustion-engined model. The familiar V-Class silhouette gets some additional tweaks such as unique alloy wheels, but the big change is under the skin, with a 100kWh battery mounted beneath the floor, which Mercedes claims has no impact on interior space.  

UK vehicles will be extra-long-wheelbase only, and have a standard arrangement of eight seats. With 201bhp and 362Nm of torque available, the EQV offers a provisional range of 252 miles on a single charge, with a 70 per cent charge possible within one hour. The MBUX infotainment system has also been tweaked to display charge-related details.

Mercedes GLA

Price: From £26,000 (est)On sale: Spring 2020

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The second-generation Mercedes GLA has been captured wearing a full disguise during testing, indicating that it is edging ever closer to its production debut early next year. Based on the current A-Class, the forthcoming new GLA will benefit from the more sophisticated MFA platform on which the compact hatchback sits, and be a closer rival to cars such as the Audi Q2. The new architecture also means the GLA will offer extra passenger space over the original model.

Inside, the newcomer will adopt Mercedes’ MBUX interface, which features a large digital instrument display paired with a touchscreen infotainment system. Engines will include 1.3-litre and 2.0-litre petrol motors as well as a 1.5-litre diesel unit, with higher-powered AMG versions to follow later. 

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Price: £60,000 (est)On sale: Early 2020

Mercedes is refreshing its range of SUVs, with the latest addition being the new GLE Coupé, arriving in Mk2 form early in 2020. As before, it is based on the regular GLE, and it is 39mm longer and 7mm wider than the previous-generation model. Passengers will benefit from a little extra legroom thanks to an additional 20mm in the wheelbase. 

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The engine range comprises two six-cylinder diesels and a six-cylinder, mild-hybrid AMG model, with the latter offering 429bhp, four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox to give 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. As standard, the diesel GLE Coupé models are fitted with steel suspension, but Airmatic air suspension is available as an option. The air set-up comes as standard on the AMG 53, which also gets a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Mercedes S-Class

Price: From £80,000 (est)On sale: Late 2020 

What’s seen by many people as the world’s greatest luxury car is due for replacement in 2020, and has already been spied testing. The latest Mercedes S-Class will follow the ethos of its predecessors: delivering exceptional comfort and refinement, while trailblazing the latest automotive tech.

A headline feature will be level 3 semi-autonomous tech. In theory, this allows the car to drive itself on the motorway but requires the driver to take over the controls at any moment. Where laws allow autonomy, it’ll give the driver time to admire the new interior design.

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The previous digital panels across the top of the dash make way for a huge portrait infotainment display, which flows upwards from the centre console. We have yet to see the rear seats, but expect occupants to be more pampered than ever before, too.

Power will come from a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Meanwhile, an all-electric version, likely to be known as the EQS, will follow later.

Mercedes-AMG One

Price: £2.4mOn sale: Mid-2020

Many car makers talk about motorsport tech filtering down to their road cars,but Mercedes has taken this one step further with its upcoming hypercar. That’s because the hybrid power unit within the Mercedes-AMG One is near-identical to the one that powered Lewis Hamilton to the 2015 F1 World Championship. The combination of a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine and two motor/generator units delivers 986bhp, while advanced aerodynamics should provide incredible on-track performance. The hybrid system offers some eco-credentials, too; the battery pack – which is much larger than the F1 car’s – allows for a range of around 15.5 miles on electric power alone.

MG HS

Price: £21,000 (est) On sale: Spring 2020

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MG’s move towards a range based on SUVs takes another step in the right direction with the arrival of the HS model, based on the X-Motion concept unveiled in Beijing and caught testing in the UK. The compact SUV is designed to be a rival for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, and is expected to replace the ageing MG GS.

Although engine options are yet to be confirmed, the 1.5-litre unit in this test vehicle is expected to launch in the UK first, with a hybrid option following later in 2020 or 2021. A pure-electric version would also be welcome, considering the four-star verdict we bestowed on the ZS EV. Inside, the MG HS will be fitted with a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, digital instrument display and MG Pilot driver-assistance systems. 

Nissan Qashqai

Price: From £22,000 (est)On sale: Late 2020 

The Qashqai remains Nissan’s most important model, and this exclusive Auto Express image shows how the new mid-sized SUV could look. Taking inspiration from the IMQ Concept, the Qashqai is likely to adopt the new family face from the new Juke, with a strong V-shaped design to the nose.

Underneath, the Qashqai is set to gain some progressive new tech, and will be the first Nissan in Europe to get the e-Power system, which uses a petrol motor as a generator for electric drive. The Qashqai will also gain the latest generation of semi-autonomous driver aids called ProPILOT, where the car can control steering, acceleration and braking within a single lane on motorways and dual carriageways.

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