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Below is a list of upcoming body style changes as published by Automotive News. This can be very important for both deciding when to buy a particular model, or deciding when to trade one in.

A few important things to note:

This is NOT all inclusive or guaranteed to be accurate. We just included models we sell regularly.

Lingo – “Refresh” or “freshening” is minor changes (ie a new front end) or additional equipment available. “Redesign” is a whole new vehicle.

If you need more info, let us know and we’ll try to research.


A4/S4 – Addition A freshening of the A4 is planned for 2020 based on typical planning cycles.
A5/S5 – Redesign in 2017 The redesigned A5 and sporty S5 coupes both arrive in the second quarter of 2017.
A7/S7 – Redesign in 2018 The next generation of Audi’s fastback sedan will arrive in mid-2018 for the 2019 model year.
Q3 – Redesign in 2018 The next-generation Q3 will move to the MQB platform.
Q5 – Redesign in 2017 The next generation of Audi’s top-selling nameplate and its sporty SQ5 sibling will go on sale in the first half of 2017.


3 Series – Redesign in 2018 The 3-series sedan will switch to the CLAR cluster scalable architecture when it is redesigned in 2018.
4 Series – Redesign in 2020 The coupe and convertible will be redesigned the coupe in 2020 and the open-air car a year later.
5 Series – Redesign in 2017 New features in the 5 series include active cruise control that uses radar to adapt to stop-and-go traffic as standard equipment, active lane-keeping and traffic-jam assist that work semi-autonomously and operate at speeds up to 130 mph, and side collision avoidance that works at speeds between 40 and 130 mph.
6 Series – Redesign in 2019 The 6-series coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe with coupe-like styling may be redesigned in 2019.
X3 – Redesign in 2017 The X3 will be redesigned in 2017, and there’s talk of plug-in hybrid and M high-performance models.
X4 – Freshen in 2017 The BMW X4 sport crossover family is growing with a high-performance variant.
X5 – Redesign in 2017 There are reports that the X5 will be redesigned and switched to the CLAR platform sooner than expected, perhaps as early as late 2017.
X6 – Redesign in 2018 Another crossover with coupe like styling, the X6 will be redesigned in 2018 at the earliest.


Silverado/Sierra 1500 – Redesign in 2018 GM is targeting production of its next-gen light-duty pickups to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, for the 2019 model year.
Suburban/Yukon/Tahoe – Freshen in 2017 A freshening of the big SUVs is likely for the 2018 model year and could include an upgrade to eight- or 10-speed transmissions.


Expedition – Redesign in 2017 Ford redesigned its largest but aged SUV in hopes of boosting sales in one of the industry’s hottest segments.
Explorer – Redesign in 2019 The Explorer is due for a redesign in 2019. It will move to Ford’s flexible CD6 platform at that time.
F150 – Addition A midcycle freshening for 2018 includes a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel option available in Summer 2018, along with other engine improvements, seven new front grilles, six new wheel styles, updated lights and interior tweaks. The 2018 F-150 goes on sale in Fall 2017.


Navigator – Redesign in 2017 The production Navigator, clad in an aluminum body but minus the gull wings, arrives at dealerships next year.

Mercedes Benz

CLS – Redesign in 2018 The redesigned CLS, a four-door styled like a coupe, is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2018.
G Class – Addition in 2017 A heavy refresh is likely by the end of 2018. The vehicle will get wider but keep its boxy styling.
GLE – Redesign in 2018 The midsize crossover, which was freshened and renamed last year, will be redesigned in 2018 with an autumn on-sale date in the U.S.
GLS – Redesign in 2019 It is expected to be redesigned in 2019 and move to the Modular High Architecture for crossovers.
S Class – Freshen in 2017 The flagship sedan will be freshened in the fall of 2017, picking up more safety and semiautonomous driving technology and new interior features from the redesigned E-class sedan.


911 – Redesign in 2018 The redesigned 911 will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2018 or early 2019.
Cayenne – Redesign in 2017 The midsize crossover will be redesigned in 2017 with U.S. sales starting late that year or early in 2018.

Ram Trucks

Ram 1500 – Redesign in 2018 Ram engineers are working now on redesigning the half-ton pickup to reduce weight, improve fuel economy and boost safety.
Ram 2500/3500 – Redesign in 2018 Ram will redesign its heavy-duty pickup lineup in 2018 for the 2019 model year to improve towing and hauling and to make interior refinements.


Sequoia – Redesign in 2020 A redesigned model is likely in 2020, a year after the next Tundra full-size pickup.
Tundra – Redesign in 2019 The full-size truck pickup was last refreshed for the 2015 model year and is likely to stick it out with few changes until a full redesign in 2019.


XC60 – Redesign in 2017 Volvo unveiled the redesigned XC60, the brand’s top-selling model in Europe and the U.S., at the 2017 Geneva auto show, putting it in line with the looks of its big sibling, the XC90.
XC90 – Freshen in 2018 It may be freshened in 2018.

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