Top Redesigned Sedans To Notice in 2019
2019 is a great year to pick up a sedan. Over the last few years, car manufacturers across the board have increased interior space, bettered fuel economy and many models have been given a sportier edge.
These changes have made sedans into attractive vehicles catering for a wide range of people. We take a look at 5 of the best sedan revamps to hit the open market this year, starting with a staple in this car class, the Nissan Altima.
2019 Nissan Altima
This year’s version has definitely been given a sportier facelift. This model is also lighter than its predecessors which helps it to return an impressive highway economy of 40 mpg. The ride height has also been lowered to keep the car planted on the road better.
But the biggest change is under the hood. Nissan have done away with their traditional V6 and have replaced with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers an extra 29 lb-ft of torque compared to the previous V6. The variable-compression technology also allows the turbo to deliver more power when its needed (e.g. accelerating onto freeway) and scale it back when it’s not (e.g. cruising on freeway).
2019 Volvo S60
Volvo’s new S60 sees an increase to its length of over 5 inches which provides extra legroom for those riding in the back of the vehicle. They have also decided to upgrade the old S60 chassis to the industry-recognized one used as the base for the popular XC90 SUV which offers a smoother ride and lower dash for improved visibility out of the windscreen.
Perhaps one of the biggest advances is that the S60 now has a hybrid version (T8) which carries a lithium-ion battery. This gives the car an all-electric range of 21 miles and pushes the car’s fuel economy up to a staggering 71 mpg combined, although the all-gas mpg is much lower at 29 mpg.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
One of the mainstays of the compact sedan class, the Jetta enters its seventh generation this year. Not much has changed under the hood and it still uses a surprisingly peppy 1.4 turbo-charged 1.4-liter engine that produces a respectable 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The biggest changes are definitely on the inside. The Jetta’s interior has been transformed into a “digital cockpit” which centers around a huge 10.25-inch digital display. VW have also teamed up with Beats Audio to deliver a sound system that is unrivalled for a car of this size.
2019 Audi A6
The all new 8th generation A6 has been given a new engine and transmission for 2019, with a new 3.0 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine increasing torque by an extra 44 lb-ft which is delivered at a much lower 1,370 rpm compared to the 2,900 rpm required on the last model.
Audi has also opted for a brand new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which replaces last year’s traditional 8-speed auto. Audi’s Quattro Ultra system also deactivates power to the rear wheels when it’s not required, improving fuel economy to 25 mpg (23 on the old model).
2019 Lexus ES350
At the luxury end of this market, the ES range marks the best-selling sedan Lexus has to offer. 2019 sees the ES350 get a more aggressive facelift, with a new front grille and a sleeker roofline and rear-end that resembles a fastback.
For the first time ever, this car gets the F sport treatment, and both versions use the 3.5-liter V6 engine with an 8 speed automatic transmission. The ride has also improved thanks to the introduction of a Global Architecture-K chassis platform which improves drivability and handling.
With so many sedans relaunching this year, you really are spoilt for choice. Whether you choose to go for a cheaper and more economical drive, or go for a feature-rich luxury model, you will not regret your choice.
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