The UK was one of the most competitive markets for the auto industry in 2019, making it ideal for companies to launch new vehicles. Popularity of SUVs in the UK is expected to further accelerate next year with brands like Alfa Romeo looking to capitalize on the high demand by launching its new compact SUV.

On the other hand, brands like Audi take on niche segment with Q4 etron and EQA models expected to hit showrooms by 2020.

Here is a list of top-of-the-line cars expected to be launched in the UK next year:

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Price: From £31,000 (est)

On Sale: Late 2020

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Following the successful debut of its Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo now aims to continue its streak with the launching of its Tonale model, a smaller SUV that will surely give Audi Q3 and new Range Rover Evoque a run for their money. The downside, however, is that the Tonale is expected to hit dealerships at the end of 2020.

Alfa Romeo bosses said that the production model of the new Tonale will have similar striking headlamp design as seen in the concept vehicle. It will also retain the mean squat stance since the vehicle is based on the modified version of the Jeep Renegade platform.

Expect a more engaging driving experience with the new Alfa Romeo baby SUV, which was tuned to give drivers a better feel of the road. Did we mention that it will also be available in plug-in hybrid?

Audi e-tron GT

Price: Around £100,000 (est)

On Sale: 2020

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Dubbed as the Tesla killer, the new Audi e-tron GT is expected to compete head-on against the Model S with its spectacular looks. First revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, the e-tron GT serves as a stepping stone for the launch of Audi’s 25-model e-vehicle family over the next five years.

The concept vehicle’s running gear was comparable to the all-electric Porsche Taycan saloon, with its twin electric motors translating some 582bhp to all four wheels. Audi said that e-tron GT’s torque is estimated somewhere around 800-850Nm, enough to propel the electric car 0-60mph in a face-distorting just 3.5 seconds. On paper, Audi’s all-electric saloon’s performance is almost identical to its V10-powered R8 supercar.

Audi e-tron Sportback

Price: From £75,000 (est)

On Sale: 2020

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Initially unveiled two years ago at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, the e-tron Sportback coupe SUV is basically the curvier version the e-tron electric SUV. Both e-tron electric and the Sportback models share the same underpinnings -- including the 168bhp and 188bhp electric motors driving the front and rear wheels, respectively. Both models also have similar range of 248 miles on WLTP cycle.

However, the Sportback model will have a “boost” function, which can push up power output to about 402bhp for up to 10 seconds. A smaller boot space of 600-litre is also expected due to the Sportback’s sloping rear.

Audi RS 7

Price: From £100,000 (est)

On Sale: 2020

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With an estimated price of £100,000, the new Audi RS 7 is expected to take the fight against the bigger rival Porsche Panamera. With two models (standard and performance-badge variant) to be made available in the UK market, Audi is looking to take a significant market share from other carmakers.

The standard model will have a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerhouse from the VW Group -- the same engine that’s currently planted in the latest Panamera Turbo and Bentley Bentayga.

On the other hand, the performance variant will have a V8 engine coupled with a 140bhp electric motor. The plug-in hybrid powertrain is similar to that of the Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid vehicle. That said, expected power output is around 671bhp and 850Nm of torque that can propel the performance model from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Audi has yet to unveiled the official photos of the new performance vehicle, but leaked image previews of the new RS 7 is now available online.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Price: £40,000 (est)

On Sale: Late 2020

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The new Q4 e-tron model is the first of the 12-vehicle series to be released by the manufacturer in the next six years. The all-electric SUV, which will have the VW Group’s MED platform, is expected to hit the showrooms in 18 months.

An 82kWh battery will power two electric motors in the front and rear end of the SUV with a total combine power output of  302bhp and 460Nm of torque. The manufacturer said that major of the horsepower will be sent to the rear axle, while electric motors in the front will only be used during hard acceleration and to prevent understeer.

The battery can last up to 280 miles on a single charge on WLTP cycle. Fast charging is also available at 80 percent charge in just half an hour using a 125kW rapid charger.

Aston Martin Rapide E

Price: Upon Application

On Sale: 2020

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Aston Martin will allow a select group of people to experience its first all electric, full production vehicle by 2020. Announced in Auto Shanghai in April, the firm introduced Aston Martin Rapide E that will take the form of the standard Rapide sedan.

The Aston Martin Rapide E is fitted with a 65 kilowatt per hour battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear that make 602 horsepower and 701 lbf-ft of torque. The vehicle assembler designed the model with the Williams Advanced Engineering.

Aston Martin first teased about the electric vehicle in 2017, and disclosed further details over the past two years before unveiling its production version in April. The Aston Martin Rapide E can run up to 155 miles per hour, 35 miles per hour slower than the Rapide S’s max, but can reach 60 mph in a matter of four seconds, faster than the Rapide AMR.

The firm is accepting orders now, and price will only be divulged to buyers upon application. Only a few will get to drive the Aston Martin Rapide E though, as production of the model will be limited and only 155 units are set to be built.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Price: From £26,000 (est)

On Sale: 2020

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The Germans are known for always reinventing themselves. This time with the launching of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, which will be available to dealerships starting 2020.

The new model will feature a more dashing look than the standard 2 Series and an engine lineup that includes units used in the current 1 Series -- these includes the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol, two 2.0 four-cylinder petrol units and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. A plug-in variant is also expected, and a four-wheel-drive M Performance model could be on the cards, too.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will have the same front-wheel-drive UKL platform, which as a tried and tested platform and currently being used by other BWM models (X1, X2 and  2 Series Active and Gran Tourers), as well as the MINI range.

Cupra Formentor

Price: From £40,000 (est)

On Sale: 2020

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The launch of the Cupra Formentor signals the first in a series of models Cupra intends to bring into the UK market. It is the first standalone model of Cupra, the brand newly established by Spanish auto firm SEAT.

A coupé version of the SEAT Ateca SUV, the Cupra Formentor, while it performs as an SUV, derives some of its styling cues from the newer SEAT Tarraco flagship. From the exterior, one would find that it shares very close similarities with the Tarraco in terms of the headlights and grills. Inside are a floating dashboard layout; bucket seats partly made of carbon fibre; a 10-inch panoramic infotainment system with satellite navigation; and a digital instrument cluster.

The Cupra Formentor will be available with both a hybrid version and a conventional petrol-engined version. As to its functionality, the Cupra Formentor features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 242 brakehorsepower. This enables Cupra says ito run 30 miles on electric power and within world harmonized light-duty vehicles test procedure regulations.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Price: Starts at £203,476 (according to Car Magazine)

On Sale: Now (first batch of deliveries by Q1 2020)

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The F8 Tributo is designed to be the most powerful mid-engine Ferrari ever, replacing the outgoing 488 GTB.  It has a 710bhp 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and a 211mph top speed, this supercar outperforms the McLaren 720S and Audi R8. Its side slip angle control and dynamic enhancer also allows drivers the lateral freedom sought when driving a quick lap in the ‘CT off’ setting.

All body panels are new with exception to the roof and doors. The louvers on the rear screen is inspired by F40, while the sculpted front end and S-duct on the nose are designed with aero tricks, making adding to the impressiveness of the F8 Tributo.

Fiat 500e

Price: Around £20,000

On Sale: Q2 2020

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in July disclosed it will manufacture 80,000 units of new electric Fiat 500 in its plant in Mirafiori, Italy, by 2020. In an interview with Reuters, Pietro Gorlier, CEO, said the new Fiat 500 will be a dedicated electric vehicle.

The firm unveiled a new Centoventi concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. It merged the idea of Mini Cooper-like customization options with a dedicated electric model and the original Fiat Cinquecento concept of an affordable, efficient and still stylish car.

The new Fiat 500 will most likely be produced only as an electric vehicle. Fiat Chrysler officials believe it could sell alongside existing gas models, which will run for a few more years.

Should Fiat Chrysler begin the manufacturing by first quarter of 2020, the electric Fiat 500 will be sold around Europe by second quarter. This could also mean the model will be introduced to the United States market in the fourth quarter of 2020 or sometime in 2021.

Ford Puma 2020

Price: From £20,000 (est)

On Sale: Mid-2020 (First deliveries slated for Q2 2020)

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The name Puma is a revival of the nameplate last seen on Ford’s small coupe sold from 1997 to 2002 SUV crossover positioned between its Ecosport and Kuga models. Called Puma, this new rival to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur brings positions Ford at an advantageous footing at the fastest-growing SUV segment.

Its interior may be similar to the new Fiesta but its Sync 3 infotainment system features a cleaner, less cluttered look than previous-generation, and with more spacious storage compartment.

The Ford Puma 2020 boasts of a 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, enabling it to have a performance of a 1.5-litre engine with the efficiency of a 1.0-litre. Its Predicted fuel economy is 52mpg, with C02 emissions of 124g/km.

An entry-level petrol without hybrid technology is confirmed to be available for the Puma, but it will be both less powerful and less fuel efficient.

Electric Jaguar XJ

Price: Not yet disclosed

On Sale: 2020

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Jaguar’s flagship sedan, the XJ, is going pure electric by 2020. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Coventry-based Jaguar teased the new look of its classic XJ, and it will make use of the firm’s modular longitudinal architecture (MLA), which is its brainchild electric platform.

The MLA supports a four electric motor allowing an all wheel drive layout with the battery pack positioned underneath the floorboard. The electric Jaguar XJ is operated by a 90 kilowatt per hour battery pack delivering around 350 kilometers of range.

The battery pack has an output of about 400 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. As such, the electric Jaguar XJ can give the Standard Range Tesla Model S a run for its money, as it can outrun the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron based on specification.

Jaguar’s sedan turned electric vehicle is expected to be unveiled either this year or in the early months of next year. It should hit the European streets before 2021.

Hyundai i10

Price: From £10,000 (est)

On Sale: TBA when in 2020

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i10s have posted huge sales in the UK, reflecting wide popularity. With the newest model having more interior space and Impressive connectivity and safety, the Hyundai i10 may only gain favor in the British market.

The i10 comes with either four or five seats, and a longer wheelbase means more interior legroom. Although offering a fewer colour option than at present, it features a new infotainment touchscreen taken from the larger i30 hatch that can serve as a compromise. The boot capacity figure is given at 252 litres, a good number for a competitive class.

The i10 is expected to continue with the proven 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrols, with minor efficiency tweaks.

McLaren Speedtail

Price: £1.75 million

On Sale: 2020, but sold out

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The hybrid supercar McLaren Speedtail made its debut appearance to the public at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Right there and then, McLaren’s fastest ever vehicle did not disappoint with its slick design and godlike specifications.

The McLaren Speedtail’s 4.0 liter twin turbo V-8 can pump up to 746 horsepower and 590 lbf-ft of torque. When operating with the electric motor that generates 308 hp and about 256 lbf-ft of torque, this will result in an output of 1,035 hp and 848 lbf-ft of torque.

In an interview with reporters during the Geneva launch, Andy Palmer, vehicle line director, said the McLaren Speedtail can reach 186 miles per hour in a span of 12.8 seconds. However, initial reports indicated a 250 mph top speed for the hybrid supercar.

The McLaren Speedtail is priced a whopping £1.75 million, but this did not deter buyers from reserving a unit. McLaren is manufacturing just 106 units of Speedtails—the same number of Ferrari F1s sold in the 1990s—but every single one has been purchased.

Land Rover Defender

Price: £50,000 (est)

On Sale: early 2020

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Both long and short-wheelbase versions have been spotted, while a wider family of vehicles could also include high-performance SVR, extra-tough SVX and luxurious SVA models.

The new Defender maintains the squared-off appearance of the original 4x4. It will also pair an aluminum bodyshell and chassis with both petrol and diesel engine options, retaining the model’s legendary off-road ability while substantially increasing refinement and comfort on the road as well.

Its utilitarian interior features rubber floor mats and exposed aluminum beams that run along the width of the dashboard. It is built-in with two digital screens - a 12.3in digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel and a 10in infotainment display in the center of the dash along with a full suite of driver assistance systems. The 110 model is available with either five, six or seven seats, while the long-wheelbase 130 model could seat up to eight

Buyers can choose from 296bhp four-cylinder and 396bhp six-cylinder petrol engines, named P300 and P400 respectively, as well as 197bhp (D200) and 237bhp (D240) four-cylinder diesel motors.

2020 MG ZS EV

Price: starts at £24,995

On sale: 2020

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MG may be owned by the Chinese now, but it is going back to its roots on this one. The vehicle assembler in July of last year confirmed it is delivering an electric sports car—nearly the size of a Mazda MX-5—by 2020.

In a news briefing in Shanghai, China, Shao Jingfeng, head of design, announced MG is tracing back to its origins in its move to build a new sports car. The model will be parked in MG show rooms at the start of the new decade.

The sports car is reported to be about the size of a Mazda MX-5, which was inspired by MG in the first place, and was previewed by the MG E-Motion Concept last year. As an electric sports car, it will come with an electric powertrain.

The MG E-Motion Concept is packaged with butterfly doors and sub-4 second 0-62 miles per hour promise, as well as a range of 300 miles and four wheel drive. However, since the sports car will be sold starting £30,000, portions of the concept’s flair and performance are expected to be downgraded to hit the price target.

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