There’s no getting around it. Hybrid and electric vehicles are slowly but steadily becoming a necessity for every automaker that wants to be taken seriously. The next couple of years before 2020 will likely be the definitive years in that regard. Our selection will encompass both hybrids and all-electric vehicles. It also won’t make any discrimination in terms of vehicle size. Finally, we’ll include both the efficient family cars and high-end sports cars – whether they’re already in production or scheduled to make an appearance at one of the upcoming car shows.
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Tesla Model S
We’ll begin with the obvious choice for upcoming hybrids. The Tesla Model S is both one of the most revolutionary cars ever produced and one of the vehicles that define the U.S. It’s been present since 2012 and has been gaining importance ever since. Because the California-based company is working on other projects which include the Model 3, all-new Roadster and even a semi truck, the Model S is in for another carryover. The most recent styling changes were executed mid-term 2016, but newer Model S’ have been receiving battery upgrades, more or less every single year.
One such range-extending battery upgrade shouldn’t come as a surprise for MY 2019, but considering the Tesla crew have their hands full at the moment, I wouldn’t count on it. The current Tesla Model S lineup consists of trim levels designated with according battery capacity nomenclature. They’re the 75D, 100D and P100D which allow up to 259, 335 and 315 miles of range, respectively. The latter of the three is Tesla’s ultimate performance unit capable of hitting 60 mph from a standstill in around 2.5 seconds. At $123,200, it’s also the most expensive of the three. For comparison, the 100D starts from $87,200, while the 75D costs at least $67,700. All prices are calculated without the federal tax credit of $7,500. Don’t expect any major changes to these parameters for 2019, but then again, the Model S is already great as is, so you won’t exactly be left wanting, either.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Sure, you can get yourself the Chrysler Pacifica with a conventional powertrain, but then you’d miss on one of the best hybrid cars 2019 is bringing our way: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. At $40,000, the entry-level hybrid is exactly $13,000 more expensive than the entry-level Pacifica with an internal-combustion engine. It’s quite a steep price hike but you get so much more out of it in terms of fuel efficiency and don’t forget the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 that goes along with it. For some reason though, the Chrysler doesn’t extend this credit to people trying to lease the Pacifica.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid finds motivation behind a 3.6L V6 engine operating on the Atkinson Cycle. It’s good for about 260 horsepower and up to 84 MPGe. The hybrid people carrier also offers up to 33 miles of all-electric range which should be more than enough for an average soccer mom. The only drawback of hybrid models is the fact they can’t seat more than 7 people, whereas the conventional Pacificas easily seat up to 8 passengers. Regardless of seating capacity, all Pacificas are comfy and offer a cushioned ride. When all is said and done, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid easily passes as the epitome of the modern minivan.
The conventional BMW 7 Series offers a plethora of available engine options that range from straight-sixes to V12s. The hybrid 7 Series BMW, on the other hand, draws power from a 2.0L twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine, a 111-hp electric motor, and a 9.2 kWh battery pack. The four-banger alone is good enough for 255 horsepower, while the rest of the setup raises the total as high as 322 horsepower combined. The EPA rates the sedan at 27 mpg combined, and the BMW 740e adds to that by allowing up to 23 miles of all-electric range if being driven at speeds less than 75 mph.
After being fully redesigned for MY 2016, 2019 is as good a year as any for a mid-cycle refresh. The 2019 BMW 7 Series hybrid will be included and should receive new front and rear fascias, as well as a revised infotainment system and some new tech. More importantly, the upcoming 2019 BMW 740e should see an increase in both power and range. The former figure has already been disclosed and comes to 390 horsepower, which is quite a bump compared to the previous rating. A larger battery pack is also in the works, but we’ll have to wait and see how it’ll affect the 740e’s electric range.
As upcoming hybrids go, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt shouldn’t experience any major changes given it was only presented a year or so ago. An updated powertrain with longer driving range is a possibility, but potential Bolt buyers shouldn’t expect more than a revised interior and exterior color palette with the possible addition of some new tech. The Chevrolet Bolt is already a great electric car as is, especially for the starting price of $37,495. Keep in mind, that’s without the $7,500 worth of federal tax credit. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a vehicle with similar all-electric range for less than $30,000.
If no major changes occur – which is to be expected – the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt will continue offering a 238-mile range thanks to a 200-horsepower powertrain setup that consists of a 60 kWh battery pack and an electric motor. It’s small, yet powerful enough to accelerate to 60 mph from a standing start in just 6.5 seconds – another feat you’ll be hard-pressed to find in a modern subcompact hatchback. The Chevy Bolt’s main issue, as things stand right now, is the less than satisfying state of a fast-charging network which effectively makes it a city car. You won’t be making long interstate trips in one unless you’re willing to charge it via conventional 110-volt outlets, which takes up to 30 hours. Even 240-volt outlets won’t help as they require around 10 hours to fully charge the Bolt. But 238 miles is more than plenty for some carefree commuting.
Despite being touted as a supercar throughout most of its life, the new Acura NSX sports a hybrid powertrain these days. That doesn’t make it any less sporty, though. To the contrary. The second generation NSX packs more heat ever thanks to no fewer than three electric motors and a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine. The entire setup makes as much as 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque net. Together with a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, that’s good enough for 3.1 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of 191 mph.
The 2019 Acura NSX shouldn’t come with any major changes since all-new models only made their debut last year. Thanks to its superb acceleration and great handling, the NSX is currently one of the most fun sports cars to drive. It does come at a price, though. Base models cost close to $160,000, and fully stacked units easily surpass the $200,000 mark. This brings us to one of the NSX’s main issues. It’s not a luxury car, which people would expect given such an exorbitant price tag. This is the area the Japanese should be able to improve on. A new, more refined interior could improve the NSX and MY 2019 is as good a time as any to make some welcome adjustments.
Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD
The Volvo XC60 has been fully redesigned for MY 2018 with the North American market in mind. As soon as it appeared in North America, it immediately received the 2018 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. That certainly helps when ranking it among one of the best hybrid cars 2019 is bringing our way. The fact that the hybrid XC60 is actually a range-topping model helps as well. The T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid not only tops the XC60 lineup in terms of price and efficiency (as is the case with most of its competitors), it also tops the range in terms of performance, too.
The 2019 Volvo XC60 should continue without any major changes which means its 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine with an 87-horsepower electric motor will remain the heart of this superlative hybrid crossover. The entire setup generates 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque while returning 26 mpg combined. Unlike its more illustrious and more expensive cousin, the XC90, the smaller Volvo crossover starts from just under $53,000. As it is the case with luxury brands though, you’ll have to pay extra for a full set of options. These options include some highly advanced electric assistance features such as active bending lights, blind spot monitors, steering assist, cross-traffic alerts, pilot assist semi-autonomous drive system, and many more.
The XC60’s insane twin-charged setup in conjunction with the electric motor should turn out to be one of the most exciting hybrid cars 2019 has in store.
Audi e-tron Quattro
First shown at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, the Audi e-tron Quattro is nearing its production phase. The German automaker has already opened reservations for it in some European markets. This direct Tesla Model X competitor will sport an all-electric drivetrain and should slot between the Q5 and Q7 crossovers in terms of size. Whether the Audi is going to call it the Q6 still remains to be seen. For now, it would seem they’ll stick with concept’s name. We do know that it won’t deviate too far from the concept vehicle in terms of styling, though.
We also know it’ll arrive just in time for MY 2019 and that it’ll likely start from around $80,000. This might seem like a steep price for what’s essentially a mid-size crossover, but bear in mind the fact it’ll be powered by a trio of electric motors and a 95 kWh battery pack, and that costs a pretty penny these days. The complete setup in a concept car delivered up to 429 horsepower. The 2019 Audi e-tron Quattro should offer close to 300 miles of all-electric range and interior design similar to that of the upcoming Audi A8 flagship sedan. In other words, it’ll be highly advanced and refined which partially justifies its high price tag. One thing is for certain; this is going to be one of the best-looking hybrid cars 2019 will bring our way.
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
The 2019 Toyota Avalon will be a completely redesigned model that’s already been presented at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota’s flagship sedan enters its fifth generation on a new TNGA platform that it’ll share with its smaller sibling, the Camry. New models won’t necessarily be significantly larger, but they will offer a wheelbase extended by a couple of inches. This, in turn, should expand the already respectable cabin space for even more comfort.
Powertrain lineup will likely be in-tune with that of the Camry as well. This means that the Avalon hybrid’s 2.5L 4-cylinder with a dual-motor CVT automatic will likely generate up to 208 horsepower from now on. The new Camry returns north of 50 mpg combined according to the EPA, but don’t expect the same figure from the larger and heavier Avalon. The Japanese are yet to disclose the official figures, but the 2019 Toyota Avalon won’t stray too far in that regard. Regardless of marginal power and efficiency upgrades, the new Avalon should be much more advanced than the outgoing model thanks to numerous revisions in the list of available features.
The British automaker’s crossover lineup is growing by the day. It wasn’t even that long ago that they introduced their very first crossover. The F-Pace debuted for MY 2016, and now they’re offering a smaller E-Pace as well. MY 2019 will serve to further expand the Jaguar‘s crossover portfolio but this time, it will do so with an all-electric crossover. The upcoming I-Pace should fit right into what’s slowly but steadily becoming a segment dominated by luxury electric vehicles.
The Brits are promising up to 310 miles on a single charge thanks to dual 197-horsepower electric motors and a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The complete setup should be good enough for almost 400 horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque. Most of the car will be made out of aluminum to help keep the weight down which, together with great performance figures, should result in a lightning-quick acceleration of 4 seconds to 60 mph. It will also result in a rather steep price, considering the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace most likely won’t be available for under $100,000.
Price tag aside, if the I-Pace can deliver anywhere near as much fun as the F-Pace and E-Pace are capable of in their beefier setups, it could very well end up being one of the best hybrid cars 2019 will have to offer.
Porsche Mission E
The German luxury automaker, too, has plans for a whole new lineup of electric vehicles. The Porsche Mission E will be at the vanguard of that future lineup which shouldn’t be terribly far away from making an official appearance, in fact. The Germans won’t settle for another Tesla competitor without any major perks of its own, however. They are promising revolutionary rapid charging as one of the Mission E’s biggest advantages over its rivals. It’ll apparently offer up to 250 miles of range after only a 20-minute charge. Such an improvement will require doubling the capacity of their high-voltage system from 400 to 800 volts.
As is the case with pretty much every Porsche out there, the Mission E will also offer the performance to match. It’ll be available in three different sets of tunes; 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. Range-topping models should be able to hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds. Further info on the exact arrival date, costs, and other specs still hasn’t been disclosed. It’s certain that the Porsche Mission E stands to become one of the best hybrid cars 2019 is bringing our way….or maybe 2020…we’ll have to wait and see on this one!