Sunday, February 18, 2018

More Volvo V60 teasers

Pretty much all we officially get so far.
Again, showing what looks like a smaller V90. Which is just fine. It will be a lot cheaper too.

Volvo already has an info page for the car. (HERE) That's where these pictures come from.

I guess you can sign up and be among the first ones to get official info on the car.
The page is from the US Volvo site. So we already know the car will be sold over here.
Which is always good news...

You can already see what the whole car looks like HERE

2019 Peugeot 508

The top photo is so far the clearest picture of the all new Peugeot 508 sedan for 2019.
The one on the bottom is the 2014 Exalt Concept.
Which is supposed to be the inspiration for the new 508.

It's hard to tell. So far, the production model doesn't really look nearly as aggressive as the concept.
It just looks really conservative sedan. Even old already.

But that's a tough angle and we can't see much. The new 508 is supposed to be unveiled very soon.

Friday, February 16, 2018

2019 Nissan Altima

For the first time ever, we get to see the interior of the all new Altima for 2019.
And it's fine. Again, I am not a fan of that tablet look. I think even Mazda incorporates it a bit better. 
And the new Honda Accord and Toyota Camry do a much better job at incorporating the screen than both. (One of the best is the Honda Civic)
But I guess most people obviously don't mind it.

Otherwise it looks simpler and higher quality.

 I test drove the current Altima a few times, and it is a nice car. 
There is really nothing wrong with it. Nothing great, but nothing wrong.

It is good to see car makers still pushing mid size sedans. The current Accord and Camry are better than they have ever been. It is a great time for sedan buyers.

For more pictures of the Altima prototype driving around Los Angeles, head over HERE

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Just a couple of pretty bad pictures.

I will be getting "the good stuff" very soon.
But I think the new Santa Fe already looks quite nice. This should be a hit for Hyundai. As this is a very popular segment right now.
And from we have seen so far, this will look really nice, inside and out. 

2019 Citroen Berlingo

PSA has just released pictures of the all new Berlingo. Which is the Citroen version of this small cargo van also sold under the Peugeot and Opel brands.
I guess the Citroen one is a little bit "funkier" and less conservative than the other two.
(They are basically all the same except the front end, some trim and maybe the dashboard.)

This looks really nice. It is in the same segment as the popular Ford transit connect. And the Ram Promaster City (Which is actually a Fiat truck in  Europe)
So it would work here as well. (If they sold Citroen in the US that is...)

It is now available in 2 versions. One about 10 inches longer than the other. Just like the Ford transit connect.
And that super cool "Modutop" glass roof is a new option.

On another note, I wonder why Nissan has never offered a passenger version like these for its small NV200.
I test drove one a few years ago, and though it was  fine. A cool camping/passenger version would be really nice. (I guess now, after 8 years, it would be time for an all new one anyway...)

They don't even offer side windows on it....

2019 Volvo V60 teaser

Volvo has release another official teaser for the all new V60.
Which proves the recent pictures were the real thing.

I thought it would be interesting to compare it to the larger V90 (grey one)
Which shows the larger model to be actually a bit sleeker than the new V60.
The rear hatch of the new car being more upright. More wagon/like.

2019 Kia Cee'd

 I am not really sure the all new Cee'd looks better than the previous model.
As I mentioned before, the CEO's is now a hatchback version of our Forte (Also new for 2019)

And it looks like it lost a lot of personality and originality in the transition. Which is really too bad...

 As you can se on these pictures, the Forte and European Cee'd are closer than ever.
And they are both more conservative than the cars they replace.

I mean the 2 year old Civic sedan looks much more modern than the new Forte.

The weirdest part is that the interior is actually completely different from the Forte. (Why??)
And still not as nice as the previous Cee'd...

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Just a few more pictures of the all new Santa Fe before the imminent official reveal. 

Still looking good. And still hard to say if this is a 2 or 3 row SUV. We are getting 2 different versions in the US of the current model. 
The new one is expected to replace both.

2019 Volvo V60

These look to me like the real thing.
And it is all very nice so far.

More on the all new Volvo Wagon very soon...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Another prototype of the 2019 Ford Focus

Sorry, this one is all wrapped up.

But you can tell it is a higher end version of the one I posted earlier HERE.
Larger wheels, a chrome line at the bottom.

So the news is: there will be more than one version of the new Focus!

More very soon...

All new 2019 Volvo V60 Teaser

I can't wait to see this. It already looks like another great Volvo.

Closer to a smaller V90 than a larger XC40, which is fine. The V90 is one of the best looking wagon around, and a smaller version would be great.

Interior should be very similar to the XC60. Which is also great.

The video above is a bit cheesy, showing the history (or part of it) of Volvo wagons.

But they do have a long history of popular wagons, and good for them for reminding people of it.

We will be seeing the whole thing officially on the 21st. And hopefully before...

2019 BMW X4

I guess this is a little bit better looking tenth current one... hard to say. Since all BMW does is redesigning the same thing over and over.
The grilles are getting larger and larger. And front ends busier. 

The usual 2.0 and 3.0 Liter turbos are our choices in the US.
It is even more expensive than before, since the 4 cylinder now starts at around $50 000. And $60 000 for the 6.
Which is about $4000 more than the Mercedes GLC "Coupe". (Which I think still looks much nicer than this.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2019 Ford Focus

Here is the very first picture of the all new 2019 Ford Focus, without any camouflage at all.
( sent to me from Europe)

It does look quite nice. After almost 8 years of the current version, it should.
But at the same time, it doesn't really look 8 years more modern... Or does it?

As mentioned earlier, Ford now claims they cannot make enough money selling the Focus in the US unless it is made in China. So this will be the first mass market import from China.

I know we are already getting the Buick Envision and a couple of Volvo sedans from there, but these are not imported in huge numbers.
The Focus is a different story. It is a big player in one of the largest markets in the US. (Honda sold over 277 000 Civics last year)
And I bet every other car makers is monitoring how it does. As it is just a matter of time until many other "US"cars come to us from China...

2019 Mercedes AMG GT 4 door: The CLS hatchback

Here is another clue about the "new" AMG GT 4 door being a CLS hatch: the interior.
As you can see, they are exactly the same. Although there might be small differences on the console.
To make it look a little bit more like the real AMG GT I guess. (That's why it is still covered up)

The name "AMC GT 4 door" is pretty misleading. Since the upcoming car doesn't have much to do with the AMG GT coupe at all.
It is a CLS hatchback or fastback.

See for yourself HERE. And check the real AMG GT HERE.

2019/20 BMW X7 to be as gross as concept

The top picture is the production model.
As you can see, it will be as gross/vulgar as the disgusting concept we saw last year.
And it might actually be worse. Since it looks like the metallic finish from the concept has been replace by just super shinny chrome everywhere.

Quite amazing.

But all this doesn't matter. Since BMW will probably sell enough of these to make tons of money.
At what cost, really. The cost of monstrosities like this is the brand image.

I guess nobody really cares...

2020 VinFast SUV & Sedan

Another brand new company wants to make cars.
This time not from China, but Vietnam. As far as I know, this would be the first Vietnamese car brand.

They are planning an SUV (Like everyone else) and a sedan.
No words on engines yet. Production is scheduled to start in 2019. And they plan to produced 500 000 cars by 2025.

At least, they look pretty nice, since Pininfarina is responsible for the designs. 
What a novel idea! Hiring great designers who have done amazing work before.
Maybe other, more established brands, could do the same?

2019 Jaguar i-Pace

The top picture s the production model.
With (for the first time) some of its camouflage off.
Which shows us more of the changes from the concept (bellow)

There is now a chrome line around the windows, which I think is fine on a Jaguar.
A small window has been added to the front window, by the rear view mirror.
The side panels look a bit flatter.
The whole thing seems a bit longer and less modern. Which can still be OK...
I still can't wait to see it.

(I can't help but noticing that now it looks even more like the picture I posted of the possible next XJ sedan...)

Let's just hope the interior stays close to the one from the concept. Which was great.
Unlike the current XF and XE sedans.

2019 Mercedes S-Class Maybach

 For 2019, Mercedes is trying very hard to make the "Maybach" version of the S-Class sedan a bit more special.
And it does look nicer and more expensive. Mostly thanks to the new two tone paint job (an option). And a new grille.
Besides that, it is still "just" a stretched version of the familiar big Mercedes sedan.
Especially inside. Up front, there seems to be zero difference with a loaded S-Class.
The huge rear seat is where the Maybach really shines.

Mercedes claims to have sold about 25 000 of these since it came out in 2015. And 1 out of 10 S-Class sedans sold in China is a Maybach. So I guess it is working for them.

It starts at around $169 000 in the US. Which is much more than a base S-Class.
But an AMG S63 does start at almost $150 000. (And over $230 000 for the S65)

So I see what the Maybach version isn't actually that crazy expensive for what it is...
It is also way cheaper than the British competition. ( with zero of the cachet/recognition you get with a Bentley or Rolls)

Although, the "real deal" would be a use one. Which you can find for around $115 000 on line for a 2016 model.

So, why not....