Friday, March 27, 2015

2017 Mercedes GLA Plug-in Hybrid?

This was sent to me from Germany.
Mercedes has just announced they will have a bunch of new Plug-in hybrid models within the next 3 years.

And this does look like the GLA, not the upcoming GLC.
So I guess. Hybrid GLA?

What do you think?

Scion iA

As you can see, the "all new' iA sedan for Scion is just a Mazda2 sedan with a redesigned front end.
Basically just the bumper and headlights.

So weird to see a giant auto maker like Toyota rebadging a Mazda.
Like if they didn't have anything of their own to offer.

So despite what they say about Scion, they still aren't spending much money on it.
The other "new" Scion will be the iM. Which is a Toyota Auris from Europe.
Nothing new either, but at least, it is a Toyota.

Creating a whole brand without actually spending much.

Lazy/cheap? Or smart?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More pictures of the all new Honda S660

Again, looking really cute. And really close to the concept.

And still really, really small. So not for us...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

 Looking real good from this angle.
But the front end (Especially the front bumper) looks quite different from this official sketch released last week.
Maybe the new picture is the "sporty" (Turbo) version....

Much more, very soon.

2016 Mercedes GLE

As you can see, this is not a new model.
Rather a new name for the ML Class that came out back in 2011.
(ML pix are the white car)

With small changes. As you can see. But the biggest news is the new name I guess.
Even inside. Where they just crafted their "floating tablet" onto the old dash. (Where in now looks worse than ever.) 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2016 Jaguar XF: Not that much better in black.

The Jagbaru.

2016 Jaguar XF

Again, a disappointment. (At least to me)
After the XE, now this. Both look more to me like Japanese cars than real Jaguars.
Especially inside.

That profile now reminds me of a 2003 Subaru Legacy. Which is sad.

A "Jag" should be different, special.
The previous XF was the 1st step in the wrong direction. This redesigned one is even worse.

I am sure it drives great, weighs less blah blah blah.
But Jaguars should have much more personality than this.
Other manufacturers like Porsche or Aston Martin are able to keep their design personality while making modern cars.
It seems that jaguar has not figured it out.
Instead they now look like a Lexus with a Jaguar grille and logos. (At best)

And that interior design is almost in insult to Jaguar fans.

2016 Infiniti QX50

 Infiniti is bringing a revised (NOT all new) QX50 to the New York Auto Show.
Which is probably the same one they introduced in China recently. (pictured above)

It has a more aggressive front and rear design.
But most importantly, it adds over 3 inches to the wheelbase. Which should help rear legroom.
A major problem with the current version.
 The QX50 is the same car that started life as the EX. Back in 2007!
Yes, that is 8 years ago!

I test drove one for a week a few years back. And found it to be a great driving car/SUV/crossover/hatchback.
But that tiny back seat was quite a problem. But worse ( I thought) was the horrendous gas mileage. As I was unable to get over 23MPG on the freeway.

Not sure if it's getting if for 2016, but the QX50 needs a more efficient power train if it wants to compete.
(Or maybe Infiniti doesn't really car since the all new QX30 is coming out soon...)

As you can see, the longer wheelbase (red car above) doesn't ruin the design at all.
So this will make is as roomy as the QX70.
(What will happen to that one now???)

Honda S660

So far, looking great.
And look how close it is to the concept. (Bottom pic). This is pretty amazing.

But let's not get too excited, as this will probably never make it over here.
Although there are already rumors of a S1000 version, with a larger engine, for export markets.
(Which would most certainly mean Europe.)

As it is now, the new S660 is about 20 inches (!!!) shorter than the all new Miata.
Which could make for quite a scary drive on our freeways...

Still, it is great to see Honda getting back into fun cars. Like this tiny RWD mid-engine thing.

How about something a bit larger for us?
And how about a new MR2 from Toyota?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2016 Lexus RX???

This does look like an illustration to me.
Unless it's real?
Although it doesn't nearly as slick as the official teaser from my previous post, it does seem pretty close.
But the lights are different...

What do you think?

Friday, March 20, 2015

2016 Lexus RX

Looking pretty slick already.
Add this to the already long list of all new models being introduced in a few weeks at the New York auto show.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

 These are the 1st official teaser sketches. Of course, very optimistic, and overly aggressive.
The usual.

Still, even toned way down, this could be another great design from Kia.
The current Optima, in its last year, still looks much better than almost any sedan on the market.

But, from what I've seen in spy pix, the interior does seem much more conservative than the current model.

You can see the Sportspace concept  was an obvious preview of the new Optima. As a wagon instead of a sedan.

Scion iM hatchback and iA sedan

 We already know the iM will be a version of the European Auris model.
Which, itself, is basically a hatch version of the Corolla. (Same deal as the Elantra and Elantra GT.)

It looks like, at least, the front end is slightly different for the US market.

The iA is a small sedan. That Scion claims will me "more practical than a hatchback".
Which sounds like an impossibility .

Toyota has already announced a while ago a partnership with Mazda. Where Toyota would be getting its own version of the new Mazda2 sedan (Which we don't get in the US)

To me, that teaser pic for the new iA looks exactly like a Mazda2 sedan with a Scion/Toyota front end.

But that's just me...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mini Super Leggera approved for production.

 If these patent drawings are real, it looks like they are keeping most of the original design.
Which is good.
This might be the closest competition to the new Mazda Miata.

It does have a lot of personality. And many cool retro touches, while looking strangely futuristic.
I must admit, I am really not a fan of the latest Miata. (I think I liked the previous one better.)

Plus, more choices is always better.

This is the original concept.

Engines for the production car should be the same ones used in all other Mini models.
But I hope they give the Leggera a different interior than the rest of the line up. Something closer to the concept.
And. Please. A new name!

Monday, March 16, 2015

2017 Chrysler Minivan

Again, not sure what version this is.
Although the tail lights seem more like a Dodge than a Chrysler.

But I have also heard before there would be only a Chrysler version this time around. Dodge is supposed to get something else.

Who knows...