Thursday, October 20, 2016

All new car from Fisker

Henrik Fisker just created an all new company (Another one) called Fisker Inc.
And we now have a teaser for the all new model.
(Which is NOT that new Karma a Chinese company is doing right now. )

So far it looks pretty impressive. Although I am not really a fan of these butterfly doors.
It's just a bit to showy (Douchy) for me.

Still, the car is rumored to get about 400 miles on a charge.
So this time it is a real EV. Unlike the Karma.

We should see the car and know more next week.

Lynk & Co: An all new brand with the stupidest name ever.

Geely is the Chinese owner of Volvo.
They now want to sell us (US and Europe) cheaper cars than Volvo.
But not quite the cheapo stuff they already sell in China.
So they just created an all new brand.

These cars will all be based on Volvo models and use Volvo platform and engines.
(Pretty much what they claimed they would never do back when they bought Volvo.)

But really, why not. These will be just "sub-Volvos"
Like Audi/VW, in reverse.
Where Audis are mostly loaded/overpriced VWs. These "Lynk & Co" models will just be cheaper Volvos.
And just like VW/Audi, they will have their own designs and interiors.
Again, why not.

This "01" Concept above is based on the upcoming Volvo XC40.
The XC 40 will be cheaper and smaller than the current XC60 which starts at around $41 000.
So maybe around $32 000? Competing with the Mercedes GLA and Audi X3.

Which means this really nice looking SUV above could be in the high 20's.
It looks really good. Is about 2 inches shorter than a RAV4. So not that small.

I think they do have a chance.

But... That name. Really. Who ever thought of that.
And, on top of that, to almost sounds like "lincoln" when you say it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2017 VW Touareg

This is the all new VW Touareg.
As usual, it shares its platform with the new Audi Q7 and the (next) Porsche Cayenne.
But now, also with the Bentley Bentayga.

There is nothing unexpected here. Except maybe for these shoulder lines on the side of the car. Which look very similar to the new Audi A5 and Q5. So the whole thing, except the grille, now looks more like an Audi (Why would you do that???)

Otherwise, it is said to be a bit cheaper than the current model.
In the US, the current V6 Touareg starts at about $49 500.
Same price as the all new "cheaper" 2.0 Liter version of the Audi Q7.

So the new Touareg has to undercut this by at least $5000 to even be considered.
And, in the US, it will be squeezed at the bottom by the all new Atlas SUV.
Which could very well top at over $40 000 for a loaded model.

I don't really see a future for the Touareg over here.
If they insist on selling it again in the US, I predict a "very discreet career". Similar to the previous 2 generations...

What do you think?

(Thanks to a reader for the tip!)

2018 Jeep Wrangler

I posted a couple of pictures of the new Wrangler just a couple of days ago.
I guess the car I saw was actually the real thing. I thought it was too close to the current model to be the 2018. But I guess not.
As this looks almost exactly the same as the current car.
And it's just fine. The Wrangler is one of these rare cars you don't really want to change. Ever.

A bit lighter, stronger, new engines, better mileage etc.. that's all fine.
As long as it looks the same...

Go HERE to the Wrangler Forum to see more, and discuss the new Wrangler. 

All new Jeep Wagoneer

This is the very first picture we see of the all new Grand Wagoneer.
Which should deb introduced sometime next year. as a 2018 model. Or a bit later as a 2019.

The front just looks like a larger Grand Cherokee. Which, I guess is fine.
Since the Grand Cherokee is still quite popular.

There was a crazy rumor a few weeks ago about the price. Which could go up to well over $100 000 for a loaded model.
All I have to say is : good luck with that.
Competing with Range Rover would require some serious image boost to the Jeep brand.

Cadillac XTS NOT dead.

Good news.
I actually really like the design of the XTS. I still think it is much nicer than the new CT6.
Sure, the CT6 RWD and lower stance give it very nice proportions.

But the XTS design is still, to me, a much nicer one. And I am glad to see they are not killing it. Yet.

It will get a new front and rear design (Let's hope they don't copy the horrible trunk/light design from the CT6)
And maybe some new interior bits. Although it is just fine the way to is now.

HERE is a link to more pictures.

Monday, October 17, 2016

2018 Volvo XC60

Looks like the next "all new" XC60 will get an interior similar to the S/V90.
Which is great news.
A fantastic interior design trickles down to a less expensive model. This is always good to see.

We should see the whole thing in just a few months.

The XC60 is the next Volvo to be redesigned.

After that, we will see an all new S40 hatch and XC40 SUV.
Based on the cool 40.1 and 40.2 concepts we saw a while ago.

More great looking Volvos...

Another Honda SUV/Crossover coming up

From the newly released teaser (Above), it looks like a Fit (Bottom pic) on stilts.
With SUV bits added. So basically, a Honda version of a Cross Country/Cross Road  thing.

Something already very popular with most European manufacturers.

Looks like most of the changes will be up front. Where not only there is an all new grille and bumpers. But also more aggressive fenders and hood.
Why not...

But so far, this is mostly for the South American market.
Not US or Europe.

But who knows...
The "regular" Fit starts at $ 16 000. While the "Fit based" HR-V starts at $19 500.
So there might be room there for something in between.
I bet Honda US dealers would love this. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

2017 Ford C-Max

It looks like the C-Max is getting a few revisions for the new year. 
Not sure why, really.

the only difference on this picture looks like the grille and headlights.
(The current one is the red one bellow)
Ford is keeping all its improved technology for later. (That all new "Model E")

Read the whole story and see all the pictures (Showing almost nothing new) HERE.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Just got these today.
(I flopped 2 pictures of the current model so we can compare.)
And they look pretty much the same. Except, of course, the much more rounded fenders.
Also the side steps and bumpers.
So this could be just testing the plastic parts of the new car.
Or maybe the next one just looks that close to the current model?

Seems like late in the game for a total mule. By now we should see the real thing.
Even if only the plastic parts are new, they do fit perfectly on that "old" body.

What do you think?

All new 2017 Honda CR-V

This is a huge deal for Honda.. As "compact" SUVs are basically taking over the  mid size sedan segment in the US.
So this has the potential to end up selling more than the Civic or even the Accord.

And it looks like they did not mess up.
As it looks way more upscale than before. The interior especially is a huge step up from the current model.
It is still based on the Civic. ( so of course, tons of profits here, since it costs thousands more...)

I think this will be quite a nightmare for the competition.
There should be a new RAV-4 next year. But the new Escape is not around the corner.

Engines now include the Civic's new 1.5 Liter Turbo.
As well as the older 2.4 Liter.

So far, I'd say this is a great job. That will wow the current owners, and attract others.
This will be everywhere within a few months.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More pictures of the new Buick GL8

No one needs to screen. Or cry.

This is for the Chinese market only.
But. That's what they first said about the Envision.

So, who knows...

2017 BMW 5 series. Now it's official

Actually pretty dynamic, for a BMW sedan.
Boring in a modern way. (Why can't Acura do that???)

These new side lines do make the profile a bit more interesting.

The US will get the 530. With a 2.0 Liter Turbo. (So that should be called the 520)
And the 540. With a 3.0 Liter turbo (Which, of course, should really be called the 530)

A GT hatchback version and a wagon are expected at a later date...

More leaked pictures of the all new 2017 BMW 5 series

 Still looking a lot like the current one.
Which looked like the one before that.

So no surprises here. This is only for BMW fans I guess.

The one thing I noticed on most pictures we've seen so far are the weird lines on the side of the car.
On many pictures, they seem to meet. Or not. It just looks weird.

This angle above shows us more. And it actually looks pretty once. The crease around the side rear window actually goes all the way to the front.
Almost meeting the main side line which runs from the rear lights.

That's pretty much it for the "interesting" part of the new 5 series design...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel to get 50MPG ?

Automotive News claims the upcoming diesel version of the Cruze Hartchback could be one of the only non-hybrid cars in the US to reach 50MPG.
And I do believe it.

It will have an all new 1.6 Liter engine. With a 6 speed manual.
But the other big news is the availability of a new 9 speed auto!
I mean, Diesel and 9 speed. Of course it'll get 50MPG.

Over the years, I test drove a few VWs with the "now banned" 2.0 Liter Diesel.
All rated at 42MPG Hwy. No matter which car. Golf, Jetta even the larger Passat.
All officially rated at 42MPG.
And, with all, I got over 50. (Even almost 55 with the Golf TDI)

Of course, now we now these amazing figures were achieved at the cost of pollution.
(So, if fixed to pass emission standards, they would probably indeed "only" get 42MPG.)

But, not knowing about the "cheat", I was amazed.

It looks like GM has been making a few gutsy moves lately.
Mostly by offering a bunch of diesel options.  Colorado Pick Up, new 2018 Equinox. And now the Cruze hatchback.

Good for them.

Click HERE to read the whole thing.

2017/18 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 The upcoming Stelvio SUV is a big deal for Alfa.
Almost nobody fails with an SUV. So this will be the true test for the Italian Brand. Especially in the US.

The all new Giulia is a nice car. And it has been getting pretty good reviews so far.
But let's face it, the brand is pretty much unknown in the US these days. Only a few people remember it.
Plus, the Giulia segment is occupied by the "holly trinity" of compact luxury sedans. C-Class, 3 series and A4. So good luck with that.

But an SUV from an almost unknown brand? Sure.
Pretty much any SUV from anyone sells.

Make sure you click HERE to see all the pictures of the Stelvio prototype.
Here is another picture I published on the site a while ago.
Which does seem really close to the new spy shots.

All new 2017/18 BMW 5 series interior

Looks like... any other current BMW interiors.

I guess BMW fans won't mind.
It also looks like they are trying to cram as much of that "metal finish" as possible inside the car.
I never really liked it. Even if it's real metal.
But this is just too much.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE.

2017 Buick GL8 Minivan

Looks like another GL8 will be showing up soon.
And again, only in China.

Over the years and generations, the GL8 has been a very popular for Buick in China.
So of course, every few years, a new model appears.

This new one looks fine.
Not sure why GM isn't trying to get this thing over here. Since the Envision is already coming here from China, you would think it would be a low risk idea.

The new Pacifica seems to be doing well for "poor" Chrysler.
And all new designs are coming next year from Toyota and Honda.

You would think GM would want at least a tiny piece of that pie...

2017/18 BMW 5 series

Not 100% sure if these are the real thing or not.
But they do match everything else I have seen so far. So why not.

And of course, it looks like a blend of 3 and 7 series.
Another boring design from BMW.
Sure, they've been doing it for so long that people don't except anything more by now.
Still. A bid sad...

Monday, October 10, 2016

2017 Mercedes E-Class coupe Video

It's everything we thought it would be.
Really. A perfect cross between the S-Class  and the C-Class coupes.
Just like the sedans.

Still, the S-Class coupe is a stunning car.
While that shape doesn't work as well on the much smaller C-Class coupe, it looks better in the mid size E-Class. This should be quite good looking in real life.

And a convertible is coming out right after the coupe.

Opel Astra Sports Wagon

Another nice European wagon we are not getting over here...

Where it would compete nicely with the Golf Wagon.
I think this looks a bit more interesting than the VW. It does have a little more style.
But since car makers don't think US buyers are interested in wagons unless they are jacked up and covered in faux SUV bits, why not send us some Allroad version of this?

Buick is getting a wagon as soon as next year.
But it is probably the wagon version of the next Insignia (Regal here)
Which is due out pretty soon.
And, of course, I bet it will come here as an Allroad jacked up version...

Friday, October 07, 2016

Next Dodge Journey???

Not sure.
Some people are saying this is the redesigned Dodge Journey.

I am just not sure we will be seeing any new models from Dodge.
(Even though they supposedly showed a new coupe a convertible at some dealers meeting last year)
It sure looks to me like Sergio is doing his best to kill off the whole brand.

It can't really be a Jeep. Since there would really be no room between the new Compass and the Cherokee.

But. Fiat did say they will get another SUV, larger than the 500X. So this would very well be it.

What do you think?
A Fiat or a Dodge zombie?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

2018 BMW i5

Looking like a cross between the i3 and i8. Which was expected...

I am a big fan to the i3. So I really like this.
A larger, 4 door version will sure sell even better.
Let's also hope the range is much better. A 200plus miles EV only range with a range extender motor would be great.

Also, I have noticed that the 2 profiles of the car are different.
Not sure if it is these early patent illustrations, or if the real thing will have 2 different profiles .
Or they are not sure which one to pick yet?
It seems a bit strange...

What do you think?