The 48th edition of the WRC World Rally Championship will be held from January 23 to November 22, 2020. For the first time since 2002, the rally safari in Kenya will again be part of the World Cup calendar. In addition, the New Zealand Rally , which was last part of the World Championship in 2012, and the Japan Rally , which was held between 2004 and 2008 and 2010, will again take place as part of the World Championship. The rallies in Australia, Catalonia and Corsica are not on the line for this.
The reigning world champion Ott Tänak switched from Toyota to Hyundai. For its part, the Japanese manufacturer signed the multiple world champion Sébastien Ogier (2019: Citroën), the Welshman Elfyn Evans (2019: Ford) and the young Finnish driver Kalle Rovanperä (2019: Skoda). Jari-Matti Latvala will no longer be used as a works driver and will contest five rallies in a private Yaris with his new co-driver Juho Hänninen . Takamoto Katsuta will take part in seven rallies in Europe as well as his home rally in Japan. Citroën withdrew its team from the World Championship after Ogier left, but remained in the WRC2 classification as a manufacturer for private teams. Last season's second Citroën works driver, the Finn Esapekka Lappi , switched to Ford.
Craig Breen , Kris Meeke , Andreas Mikkelsen and Pontus Tidemand have not found a permanent cockpit for the new season.