The Biggest New Car Trends for 2019

With Scion joining the many automotive predecessors that have come and gone, and Ford’s sedan branch of the family tree pruned out of the picture, predicting what’s next in the industry seems like anyone’s guess.

Where supercar company founders have tried and failed before, Tesla has achieved a distinct social status not unlike the dividing nature of the Toyota Prius. Technology IQ levels increase even as drivers become more and more careless. Safety features that cost consumers large amounts in the past have now become standard offerings on even some of the most basic models.

If you’re curious about what lies ahead for the automotive industry, you’ve made the right turn. The four-wheeled future isn’t contained in a fortune teller’s crystal ball. It’s written in press releases, captured in photos, and featured at the many auto shows presented throughout the year.

Here’s what we know about what’s to come in 2019.

New Ground or Same Space?

The automotive world has come a long way. Self-driving cars divide the masses, while technological aids babysit even the most unskilled drivers. Nearly every automaker has an eco-friendly model. So, what’s next for one of the most lucrative international businesses?

Concepts and vehicular visions have always driven brands further, sometimes into profitable territory and other times left behind in the sketchbooks of automotive designers. In the year 2019, industry experts predict we’ll continue to see revivals of old nameplates, renewed and redesigned with a modern touch, new forms of creations that have successfully crossed into reality, and improvements upon current models that have historically performed well.

Cars stepping onto the scene in 2019 and into the 2020s will surely follow the trend of crossover SUVs and hybrid/electric vehicles. Striking an odd balance between dynamic platforms that pride themselves on being versatile and those that wish to reduce their carbon footprint in a petrol-prohibition mindset, the landscape of the future favors those who prioritize both in their lineup.

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Safety in Numbers: Standard is the New Norm

Among the lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control features that are slowly making their way onto base models and even those in second- and third-tier trims, two manufacturers are bringing a slew of new safety technology to the playing field.

Focused on passenger safety, Hyundai’s Santa Fe features a new system that will ease the minds of frazzled parents the world over. This system alerts the driver’s cellphone if it senses movement of the front seat after the driver has vacated the vehicle — honking the horn and flashing the headlights for an additional visual effect. Theoretically this could be used to alert drivers if a pet has been left in the back seat as well, a factor that may wreak havoc for some owners. Feisty Fido might just drain the battery until you calm him down.

The Nissan Altima is another vehicle that has stepped up its safety game. Officially known as “ProPilot Assist,” the “fancy, cruise control system” nears becoming a fully autonomous car, but don’t let go of the steering wheel yet. Even as it can center your vehicle in a lane, navigate traffic, and keep a safe distance at speed, it still needs two hands on the wheel at all times. Now, this isn’t a brand-new safety feature, as the ProPilot Assist is available on the Leaf and Rogue models as well, but the flagship Altima model will most likely be the one to spread the word.

While safety features are becoming even more sophisticated and smart, consumers still appreciate being able to take their vehicles across the nation’s terrains without having to make a huge contribution to the oil industry.

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