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14 Vehicle Spotlight T here are plenty of reasons to get excited for 2019. The final season of Game of Thrones will air. A trippy, new foldable cellphone is coming from Samsung. And an all-new flavor of Girl Scout cookies is set to debut (Caramel Chocolate Chip, if you’re wondering). And the auto industry has some exciting introductions planned for the coming year as well. Here are five new vehicles that will have you pouring some cheap bubbly and toasting the new year early. 2019 Hyundai Nexo Hybrid, electric, and autonomous tech is here to stay, so embrace the shift. Slated to go on sale late this year is the 2019Nexo, Hyundai’s second-gen attempt at popularizing hybrid fuel cell cars. The Nexo not only replaces the lease-only, hydrogen-variant Hyundai Tucson, it greatly improves upon the model. With a 95-kW fuel cell stack and 40-kW battery, the Nexo provides 161-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, taking it from 0-60 in 9.2. seconds. While that’s not exactly impressive, it is more than three seconds faster than its predecessor. And with a range of 370 miles between refueling and a top speed of 111- mph, the 2019 Nexo isn’t anything to sneeze at for a technology that hasn’t quite reached its stride. More than making hybrid performance interesting, the Nexo also makes it more attractive. With a sleek design, Hyundai’s new model looks more like a modern crossover than most alternative-fuel options. The automaker’s new cascading grille design, LED running lights, and 19” aero- style wheels help give the Nexo a healthy (and much-needed) dose of updated styling. If you tuned in to the Winter Olympics this year, you may remember seeing the autonomous demo self-driving over 100 miles from Seoul to the games. While those won’t be available for sale (at least not yet), the new Nexo is definitely an attempt by the automaker to introduce some fancy new driver-assist technology and get a leg up on the autonomous race. Equipped with all the usual hi-tech safety bells and whistles, the Nexo also offers an automatic parking feature. And select markets will get a remote- feature version where the car parks itself and returns when summoned. Color us intrigued. Sadly, when the Hyundai Nexo lands on U.S. soil, it’ll only be for sale in California. Seeing as they’re the only state actively investing in hydrogen fueling stations, it’s only fair they get to play with the new toys first. Lucky for the rest of us, none of the other 2019 models on this list have such limited availability. With Classy, High Tech 2019 Vehicles 2019 Hyundai Veloster Along the theme of bold styling is the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, an oddly aggressive- looking three-door hatchback. The redesigned, second-generation model is already on sale, andwith the base trimstarting at a competitive $18,500 and a turbo option at $25,400, fans of the sport compact scene can enjoy what the automaker calls a “unique expression of Hyundai’s audacious side. The new Veloster offers a 2.0 L inline-4 with 147-hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, as well as a slightly more capable turbocharged 1.6 L inline-4 providing 201-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. And if that’snot quiteenough,Hyundai has slated their “high-performance” 275-hp version, the Veloster N, to arrive this fall. The base model boasts some new tech, including a 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED running lamps, and a six-speaker stereo. The goodies get better as you step up the trim levels, including a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, cushier interior, and snazzier gadgets. Equal parts fun and practical, all at an affordable price. Just the thing to keep you on track with your 2019 resolutions. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus But maybe you don’t want practicality. Maybe, next year is devoted to exploring a little self-indulgence. Perhaps you want something that says “I use a $50 decanter on a $13 bottle of wine.” Then you’re in luck because Lincoln has just given their MKX a complete refresh with a new name, powertrain, and price. The new Lincoln Nautilus, whose base model starts in the low-$40,000 range, sports a turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder EcoBoost putting out 245-hp. An eight- speed transmission, 18” premium painted alloy wheels, and 12” instrument cluster screen come standard. If you move up the totem pole, however, a 2.7 L twin-turbo V6 becomes an option, making 335-hp. The higher trims also boast LED foglamps, a better sound system, and panoramic sunroof. And if you really want to commit to your new philosophy, with something that says “I just put my two-year-old on a waiting list for private pre-K,” check out the Nautilus Black Label trim. With styling themes sporting names such as Gala, Chalet, and Thoroughbred, this model is perfect for people who take themselves—and their free time—very seriously. 2019 Hyundai Veloster

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