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Best sedans arriving in 2020

From 2020, Hyundai's Elantra will be known by another name: i30 sedan.

While sedans may be as unpopular as ever, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few launching in Australia in 2020.

In fact, for that crowd that doesn’t subscribe to the SUV phenomenon, there’s a bevy of traditional sedans on the way, of which we’ll take a look at a few here.

Performance enthusiasts, in particular, are in for a treat, as hot sedans are very much still in fashion.

Audi RS7 Sportback – Third quarter

Looks pretty mean, right? Yep, Audi isn’t pulling any punches with the new-generation RS7 Sportback due in third quarter.

And don’t worry, there’s plenty of bite to match the RS7 Sportback’s bite. A ferocious 441kW/800Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine will do that.

While it’s very well and good that the RS7 Sportback can sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in a scant 3.6 seconds, it can’t arrive in showrooms soon enough.

BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe – Second quarter

Speaking of new models that look mean, we refer you to the first BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe – a mouthful of a name for a model that is a sedan, not a coupe.

A direct rival to the RS7 Sportback, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe also combines a slinky sedan body with a hard-charging twin-turbo V8, albeit a 4.4-litre unit with 460kW/750Nm.

Needless to say, we could get used to seeing hot sedans like this more often, even if they’re not traditionally rear-wheel drive.

Hyundai Sonata – Late 2020

The Sonata has been a key part of Hyundai Australia’s line-up for some time, and while the mid-sizer is declining in popularity, it still has a role to play.

In a sign of the times, the new-generation Sonata is available in 143kW hybrid form internationally, but whether or not it makes it Down Under in late 2020 remains to be seen.

What is a surety then, though, is a 142kW/245Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, while a 134kW/264Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol unit could also feature.

Hyundai i30 sedan – Second half

Your eyes do not decieve you. There are two four-doors being launched by Hyundai in 2020, and the second is the new i30 sedan.

Sounds strange, doesn't it? Well, that's because the small model was formerly known as Elantra in Australia, but not anymore.

Either way, the i30 sedan will be huge leap forward, partially thanks to the design language and technology it shares with the aforementioned Sonata.

Mercedes-AMG CLA35 sedan – First quarter

The Mercedes-AMG CLA35 sedan is perfect for those that can stretch the budget for a 'stylish' coupe-style sedan.

With the badge and the performance to keep most happy, the CLA35 is an absolute crowd-pleaser that could become one of Mercedes-AMG best-selling models in Australia following its launch in the first quarter.

The three-pointed star, a 225kW/400NM 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will do that.

Volkswagen Passat – January

Feeling a bit more civilised? Enter the facelifted Volkswagen Passat mid-sizer, which is due Down Under in January.

Debuting in 140TSI Business form, the Passat will usher in a new 140kW/320Nm turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine and a new multimedia system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay.

The Passat’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems will also expand to include technologies that will more or less enable self-driving on highways.

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