Friday, February 24, 2017

Citroen Aircross C4

 Or whatever the name might be. C3 Aircross? C4 Aircross?

It does look pretty small.

The concept was a pretty fantastic design. I really hope the production model stays as close as it can.

From the spy shot above, it looks like it will.
The rear door handle looks fake. (I am sure they found a way to use the cool design from the concept)

Otherwise it seems like another really cool design from Citroen coming up.
Here is the great looking concept.

Hollywood car sighting.

And why not share this...

Updated Citroen C5 coming soon.

These are official teasers of the revised Citroen C5. There will be a new front end, rear design. And an all new interior.
Which is just fine, although the whole car is overdue for a total redesign.

But. So far, this is only for China.
So Europe might get an all new one sometime next year. 

And here is the real thing. In China.

The C5 is still a good looking car.
So updating the front and rear designs, as well as the interior is not a bad thing.
I guess they can still squeeze a couple of years out of it over there.

I remember back when VW was selling the old Passat/Santana in China for something like 60 years!

Another teaser of the new Volvo XC60

Already shaping up top be quite a good looking SUV.
I smell another great looking Volvo coming up.
Its really nice to see a brand coming up with one nice design after another. Like Mazda. And even, mostly, Kia.

And with a scaled down S90 interior design, it really could be one of the best of its class.

We only have a few days to wait. 

2018 Range Rover Velar interior

I guess this does match the teaser we saw of the car a couple of days ago. So this could be it.

The Velar will be priced right above the Evoque. While using the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace SUV.
The Evoque still look great.
This should be quite something...

From the other guys: All new Jeep Compass test drive

Autoblog just reviewed the all new Compass.

And they seem to like it.
It looks like the issues with Fiat/Chrysler 9 speed auto have been finally addressed.
And they don't trash the 2.4 Liter engine like others have done. So that might have improved too?

Unless this is all due to that "press drive excitement".
I have been there, a few times.
You get to drive all these new cars in a super cool location.
Everything is free and paid for.
Basically, everyone is having a great time.

The real test is usually when you get to keep the car for a few days, on your own, away from any press people.

Still, good to see a good review for this....

Head over HERE to read all about it.

Jalopnik does have a slightly different take.
While they really praise the interior and the design, they bash the engine for being too weak, and the 9 speed auto for being much too slow to react.
Read all about it HERE.

It looks like the new Compass is begging for a world famous "BurlappDrive".
Which might not happen right away, since I don't have access to their fleet. Yet...

2018 Volvo XC60 Teaser

Not showing much, et.
Except a were shape of the headlights. they now go all the way to the grille.
Why not...

Here is the spy interior shot I posted a few days ago.
Again, for your viewing pleasure.

We should see the whole thing in just a few days. A very important car for Volvo, since the XC60 is their most popular model right now.

HERE is where you can check out more pix of the new XC60.

2017/18 Ford Fiesta ST

The all new Fiesta ST comes with a new 200HP 3 cylinder turbo.
Yes, that's 200HP for a tiny 3 cylinder engine. Quite a mazing...

I drove the "regular" 3 cylinder turbo in a Focus last year, and it is already a great engine.
The current Fiesta ST is one of the most fun I've had driving in many years.

So this should be quite a fun car.
I can't wait....

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How about a few pictures of that little BMW 1 series sedan...

I think it actually looks a bit nicer than the 3 series.
Even though I am not crazy of either cars.

So far, this is for China only. I guess BMW is afraid this would steal sales from the "cash cow" 3 series.
Audi and Mercedes didn't think the same way when they decided to sends over the A3 and CLA.

I mean, most people don't even know or care about FWD Vs RWD.
So that wouldn't matter much. 
It does have the BMW badge on the hood. Which is what people do care about.

The A3 is just an expensive Gold sedan, and they sell plenty of these.

So I say: why not.

All new VW Arteon teasers

The all new Arteon will replace the current VW CC.
After all these years...

The CC was a fancy, less roomy but slicker version of the previous Passat.
This is based on the current European Passat.
But now it is a hatchback.

We are also supposed to get it in the US. Where it will of course be priced above the Passat.
Which means, it will end up competing with the new Kia GT. (At least the 2.0 Liter version) Also a hatchback.

So basically, this will be a better looking Audi A4.
For a lot less money.

That should be quite interesting...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2018 Hyundai iTourer

There it is. The wagon version of the 130 compact. For Europe only.

I guess if sold here, it would be the Elantra wagon.
Still, we are getting the hatchback, so that's not so bad...

2018 Volvo XC60

The all new mid size Volvo SUV is right around the corner.
As we should see the real thing in just a few weeks.
Meanwhile, we get to see the interior a little bit early. It is still a prototype where some of the trim is missing.
So the real thing will look even better. But this is promising.

Looks like a lot of the great 90 series interior has made the transition to the smaller models.
Which is great.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2019 Tesla Model S

The curent model S still looks great.
Thanks to a great design from Franz Von Holzhausen (who also did the great Pontiac Solstice).
But... It is already about 5 years old.
Since it came out, most luxury cars of that price range have been redesigned.

Sure, being an EV, it is kind of unique. But competition from Audi, Porsche and Mercedes is just around the corner.
Even if the new Model 3 and upcoming Model Y are getting all the press these days, Tesla will need a new or updated Model S pretty soon.

 There are new rumors about the car:

. It should be ready for the 2019 model year.
. It will use most of the same platform as the current car (and why not)
. Electric range will increase (of course)
. It will be slightly larger than the current model.
. Design will be an evolution of the current one.
. Interior design supervised by Anders Bell (previously from Volvo) should be miles ahead of what it is now. Finally on par with other cars in the price range.

No matter what, the next Model S will be once again a good looking luxury EV.
But will these changes be enough to fight the new competition from Germany?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2018 Genesis G70

 This one is a big deal for Hyundai's new Genesis brand.
As it is getting ready to take on the 3 series, C-Class and A4. As well as the all new Alfa Romeo.

But, as you can see, the production model will be a much different design than the rather interesting concept we saw a while ago.
This is the concept.
Next to it, the production prototype just looks like a Hyundai version of the Lexus IS. Which is really too bad.
The concept wasn't futuristic or even that original. But it did look a bit different.
The third side window looked really nice, I thought.

They look like 2 completely different cars.
This has been a problem for many years at Hyundai.
Showing us great concepts that really amount to nothing.

I mean why even bother? 

2018/19 Toyota Corolla

Still very early, so we can't see much.
It doesn't look that different from the current model (red car). But again, this is an early prototype.
It does look a bit more angular in general.

The Corolla is not intended to look futuristic or that stylish anyway. The current model is doing just fine.
It is super reliable, roomy and actually looks pretty nice.
There is really nothing wrong with it and it is a big step up from the previous one.

So of course, Toyota will stay pretty close to the winning formula next time around...

Link & Co sedan

 Looks like that new sub-Volvo brand Link & Co will offer a sedan as well as the new SUV they've already shown us.
Which makes sense, since the whole thing is based on the same platform as the next Volvo XC40. Since there will be an S40 as well, why not us that too?

Here is the concept version of their SUV.
So basically the sedan will be a lowered, "trunk-added" version of this.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Opel's all new SUV for 2018

These are just illustrations.
But they do look really realistic.

Opel is planning a larger SUV. I guess something that would compare with the redesigned VW Touareg.
Or the European version of the Ford Edge.

The Crossland X just came out. Next will be the larger Grandland X. (Both sharing platforms with Peugeot) Which is still pretty compact.

This larger one pictured above could maybe share a platform with the new GMC Acadia/Buick Enclave.
(Which means this could be a preview of the next Enclave?)

New front end for the Citroen C5

At least for the Chinese market. It could later spread to Europe, but who knows.
The new one is the picture on top.

It's hard to believe but the current C5 sedan has been around almost 10 years!
So it has aged pretty well, considering.
Since Citroen has a new large sedan supposedly based on the recent CXperience Concept, this could actually just be for China. Where the current car could be sold for many more years.

This is the (amazing) CXperience concept.

So let's all get on our knees right now and pray to the gods for the next C5 (Or whatever they want to call it) to be as close to this as possible.
This would be pretty amazing. And exactly what Citroen should be in the 21st century.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A few thoughts about that 2019 Ford Ranger...

 From what we've seen in the spy shots of the 2019 US Ranger, it looks like we are pretty much getting the same version that has been on sale over seas for a while.
With just a few changes. maybe new engines etc...

The current model is actually a revised version of the overseas Ranger that came out back in 2011.
So, nothing you could call "new".
Ford would be pulling an "Ecosport" on us. (Brining over a design that has been on sale overseas for awhile. That is now officially called "pulling an Ecosport")

Which is just fine. Since that "new" Ranger looks really good. It aged much better than the Ecosport.
It will be more than a match for the Chevy/GMC twins.
And there seems to be no competition from Nissan coming up anytime soon. (Although they've had a new compact pick up in Europe for a while now)
Toyota is the only Japanese manufacturer that never abandoned the "smaller pick up" segment.

Just like the Chevy Colorado, these aren't really compact anymore. The t6 Ranger is about one inch from the current Colorado.
But about 10 inches longer than the old US Ranger.

Unless this is all wrong and by next year they'll have an all new one...
In that case, forget everything I just said...

(A good think to do in general)

Ford also said they are bringing the Bronco back.
I really don't think they will spend the money and design something special for us,  or go really cool and retro.

I think they will just rebadge the Everest SUV already on sale overseas. Maybe with a more aggressive grille?
As you can see, the Everest is just an SUV version of the 4 door ranger.
So it's a truck. It would be more like a new version of the old "Bronco 2". Remember these?
the first Explorer was supposed to be the redesigned Bronco 2 ( I even remember seeing a prototype on the freeway with Bronco 2 badges on it !)

Although I am not sure where it would fit in the US lineup. Since we have the Explorer.
Unless they have decided to dump the Explorer?
The pick-up truck based Everest/Bronco would sure be cheaper to produce.
And I haven't heard of a new Explorer coming out.... Even though it's about time...
Between the Edge and new Expedition, a new mid sized truck based SUV would doffer something different.


What do you think?

All new Hyundai i30 wagon

Nothing earth shattering here.
Just what looks like a nice wagon version of the new Euro i30 hatchback. (Our new Elantra GT)

Seems that most compacts in Europe offer a wagon version. Like the Astra, Golf, Focus, Megane etc...
So Hyundai is just doing the same.

As mentioned earlier, there will be a third body style added in a few months.
A slicker 4 door hatchback. With a more coupe like shape.