LA Auto Show 2019

Hyundai Ioniq gets refresh for 2020, including more EV range

The Hyundai Ioniq has undergone a significant upgrade for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai's fuel-efficient Ioniq sedan is getting a long list of improvements for the 2020 model year, including a range boost for its EV model.

There are new front and rear fascias in all models. The cars' headlamps, taillights, and daytime running lamps have been upgraded. Ioniq has a new mesh-type grille in its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HV) variants. The Ioniq Electric gets a new pattern on its closed grille. New sill and wheel designs round out the exterior enhancements.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq front face grille EV Electric LED headlights wheels The Ioniq Electric has a unique grille.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai will sell the car in two additional paint jobs - Stellar Silver and Electric Shadow.

Sold in Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants, the model is the world's first car designed from the start to offer three electrified powertrains. Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 58 mpg combined. The Ioniq Electric model has a new 38.3-kWh battery that has 36 percent more capacity giving drivers 170 miles of all-electric range. This is up from 124 miles in the 2019 model.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq exterior back rearview camera hidden Hyundai hides the Ioniq's rearview camera below the company's badge on the trunk.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

New for the 2020 model year, Ioniq models are all available with a 10.25-inch touch screen navigation system. There's a new center LCD information screen, upper and lower instrument panel, console upper cover, dark chrome instrument panel trim, touch screen climate controls, ambient lighting, and piano key controls.

The Ioniq Hybrid now comes with a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq interior screen shifter wheel Buyers can now get the 2020 Ioniq with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

All Ioniq's come standard with the Hyundai SmartSense technology package, which includes forward collision avoidance assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Hyundai equips each model with a 10-year powertrain warranty. The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid/Electric Battery Warranty ensures that if IONIQ's Hybrid/Electric lithium-ion-polymer battery ever needs replacement, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery pack free-of-charge to the original owner.

Lucasfilm and Porsche are celebrating the premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" with the design of a new starship.

Photo courtesy of Porsche

Sure, they are hard at work already designing the next-generation 911, but Porsche designers took a little time out of their schedule to work on a different type of passion project, a Star Wars starship.

Design studies in Weissach and San Francisco worked together to create initial ideas and drafts for two months before settling on the creative concept. Its name is Sri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter.

The concept will be presented in its entirety at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles on December 16. The model is five feet in length.

Sri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche and Star Wars designers got together to create this unique starship.

"The design of the spaceship is harmoniously integrated into the Star Wars film world while at the same time demonstrating clear analogies with the characteristic Porsche styling and proportions," said Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche, Porsche AG. "The basic shape of the cabin, which tapers towards the rear, and a highly distinctive topography from the cockpit flyline to the turbines establish visual parallels with the iconic design of the 911 and the Taycan. The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned."

Though starships are usually only seen on-screen in 2D. However, that design has to give the impression that the vehicle is dynamic while being instantly recognizable. Porsche designed the Sri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter in 3D.

This Starfighter is infused with design DNA that is apparent in modern Porsche models. According to Porsche,

The front is reminiscent of the so-called "air curtains" (air inlets) that go together with the headlights to create a single formal entity in the Taycan. In addition to the four-point daytime running light typical of Porsche, the so-called "blasters" – long gun barrels at the front – are located at the tip. The rear grid with the louvres and integrated third brake light was inspired by the current 911 generation, and the rear section of the starship bears the brand's hallmark light bar. Porsche design criteria have been applied to the interior, too: the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver's axis, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Porsche's first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan, will appear alongside the spacecraft on the red carpet at the premiere.

A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the starship is available online at www.thedesigneralliance.com.

Atlas is one of Volkswagen's top-selling models in the U.S. and though it seems like just yesterday that it debuted on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal, the automaker is already preparing to give it a facelift.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will sport a revised grille, head- and taillights, and front and rear bumpers when it arrives on dealer lots later in 2020. It will also have interior upgrades, and new driver-assistance and technology features.

Many of the refreshed elements come straight from the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport's design.

The three sketches that were shown as part of the tease show a more rounded, upright, and smirking grille at the front of the Atlas. Its headlights have a straighter LED light signature. The SUV's lower fascia has changed to show a more aggressive bottom half complete with the hint of a faux skid plate alongside repositioned and smaller fog light housings. Changes at the back aren't nearly as obvious.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen has released these sketches of the forthcoming 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

VW has said that the changes add three inches to the length of the vehicle.

There aren't a lot of specifics about what potential buyers can expect from the interior upgrades but previous statements from Volkswagen indicate that there will be a new D-shaped steering wheel, an eight-inch infotainment touch screen, and wireless device charging.

Volkswagen will add new driver assistance technology to the model including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and low-speed lane centering.

It's likely that the public's first look at the refreshed Atlas will come in February at the Chicago Auto Show.