Tuesday, July 07, 2020

New Mercedes S-Class: another teaser image

Mercedes is a little late.
Since we have already seen most of the new S-Class, inside and out, over HERE last May.

Still, this is official stuff. And you can see they are getting ready to focus on that huge new screen.
Something almost every single high-end car has, or will very soon.
Something the Tesla Model S has had since 2012.

I still don't think the 2021 S-Class will not be an all-new car. As it really seems all the glass parts are carried over from the current generation.

Apparently, they will introduce the infotainment (and that screen) tomorrow.
But somehow the rest of the car will be unveiled on July 29th and August 12th.
And the "world premiere" is scheduled for September.


Monday, July 06, 2020

Audi Q4 Sportsback E-Tron

The Audi lineup is getting quite complicated these days.
Every SUV model seems to have a more slanted "Sportsback" version.
And the upcoming EV "E-Tron" models seem to be all over the place.

We already know there is an all-new Q4 E-Tron coming up. Looking like any other Audi SUV. Which means like a cross between the Q3 and Q5.
And of course, this model will have its Sportsback version.
Which we will see as a concept version first.
As you can see from the pic above, the concept is basically the production version without door handles.
Why even bother??

The interesting part is the price. As the regular Q4 E-Tron is supposed to start at around $45 000/$50 000.
Much cheaper than the current "regular size" $78 000 E-Tron.
And it will qualify for incentives, which will make it a lot cheaper than the tesla Molde Y.

More on this very, very soon.

2021 Ford Bronco: another teaser image

I really think this will be a money-printing machine for Ford.
As it seems to look exactly like Bronco what fans expect. This will steal so many customers from the Jeep Wrangler.

If it actually is a decent everyday on-road vehicle as well, it could really be a huge hit.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

All new KIA EV: production version of the "Imagine' Concept?

I am afraid not.

As you can see, the prototype already has a much more angular design than the great looking "Imagine" concept from last year.
With its squared off A-pillar and flat roof, it matches recent Kia designs like the Soul or all new 2021 Sedona. Not the much sleeker new K5 sedan.
I guess this is probably based on the same platform as the upcoming all new Hyundai EV, which is based on the 45 Concept.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

2021 Nissan Z: some illustrations

These are kind of interesting. Obviously inspired by the teasers Nissan showed us a few weeks ago. (HERE
But they also look quite weird.
Especially that 90's inspired rear end from the 300ZX. Which doesn't match the rest of the car at all.

What do you think?

Should the new Z look like this?

Friday, July 03, 2020

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross: coming next week!

We won't have too long to wait.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross compact SUV will be unveiled next week.

At least from this teaser, we can see a floating roof design. Something many people love to hate.
The new SUV will compete with the Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V in the US.
From previous spy shots we have seen, it could look more like a raised wagon shape. Which would be nice.
And again, this could be another Hybrid-only model in the US. Which would be great and really make the new model stand out among its competition.

2021 Ford Bronco: more teasers

In just 10 days, the all-new Ford Bronco range will finally be unveiled.

As expected, the new Bronco will be available in both 2 and 4 doors.
Competing directly with the Jeep Wrangler.
While tons of fans are eagerly waiting for this. Even though, just like the Wrangler, this might be more of a pure Off road model that just isn't great for everyday use.
And quite expensive too. 
No matter what, I am sure that lost of people will be showing off with their new Bronco. And you can expect major dealer markups. 

It looks like they will present the new Bronco Sport model at the same time. Strange since this one is not related to the Bronco at all. It is actually a Ford Escape with a "Bronco-looking design".

I had high hopes for this one. Since the Bronco-inspired design does look great. But spy shots revealed earlier a super cheap and plasticky looking interior. Not retro looking at all. Just a redesigned dash top.

Maybe it'll look a bit better in the flesh... If it does, it would actually be an Escape killer.

Genesis GV70 SUV: Just a few more spy shots before it finally comes out.

It seems we have seen spy shots of the Genesis GV70 forever now...

So here are a few more. The interior actually seems quite nice. Even from just that door photo. "Oval" seems to be the main theme. It looks like, at least, they are trying something a bit different.

2021/22 Honda HR-V illustration: Let's hope not!

Since an all-new Fit came out a few months ago, we know the Fit-based HR-V is next to be redesigned.

But let's hope it doesn't look like the illustrations above. Which resembles more a cheap Chinese SUV than a Honda.
There has not been any HR-V prototype caught testing yet, so what it will look like is anyone's guess at this point.

While Honda is still not sure if the new Fit will make it to the US or not. The next HR-V will. 
I think it would be a great idea if the next one was only sold as a Hybrid. Just like the new Fit is in Europe. 

Thursday, July 02, 2020

2021 Dodge Durango: a great update!

When was the last time we talked about the Dodge Durango?

I am glad to see the Dodge SUV getting a refresh. Since Sergio Marchionne did his best for years to kill Dodge (and other brands) by starving it of new models or even any kind of investment, it is good news to see FCA spending some time and money on the Durango.
Unlike its cousin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango is not an all-new design for 2021.
But, I have to say, it still looks really good. And it is still getting good reviews. For a model that came out 10 years ago, this is quite amazing.
The exterior updates are mostly upfront. A very clean and understated design. Dodge did a great job by not including some huge chrome grille like so many other manufacturers do these days.

Inside, the dashboard and console seem all new. (The doors look to be the same as before, with different trim)
And it looks really good too. The new larger, 10.1-inch screen is very well integrated to the design. (No stupid after-market looking tablet here)
Of course, there is a ridiculous HellCat version with a 710HP available for 2021 only. 

Otherwise, available engines are the 3.6 Liter V6 with 295HP.
A 5.7 Liter V8 with 360HP or another HEMI V8 with 475HP.

The current Durango is still quite popular, for a 10-year-old model.
They sold over 67 000 of them last year. (Beating the Nissan Pathfinder) I am sure that, with these updates, and maybe some advertising (at least letting people know that Dodge is still around) it will become even more popular.

Sure, there is a total lack of any kind of electrification, since FCA is really late on that front. (Thanks again to Sergio who didn't believe in it)
But the Durango isn't for those who want to transport their families using the least amount of gas.
It's all about offering that old fashion feeling of a smooth V6 or even a V8. All at a decent price.
And I think there is still quite a market for this these days.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

2021 Nissan Ariya Teaser

Unlike Cadillac, the all-new Nissan EV we will be seeing in 2 weeks is not a concept.
As Nissan is ready to show the world the production version of their gorgeous Ariya Concept.
(While Cadillac, in August, will still only show us a concept version of the Lyric...)
From what we have seen so far, it seems the production version will stay amazingly close to the concept. Which is fantastic.

If they can keep a base price below $40 000 and a range of at least 300 miles, they will have a winner.
Not only this would be very tractive to people looking for a roomy yet quite compact electric car.
But for those who just want to drive something that looks great!

So far, it seems its main competition would be from something like the Hyundai Kona EV. Which is a great EV. But looks quite busy outside, and 100% outdated when compared to the Ariya.
The Kona's interior is also quite old and a bit sad looking...

From what we have seen of recent patent pictures of the Ariya, the Nissan will be as gorgeous and futuristic inside as it is outside.

I think Nissan should really price this just a bit above the Leaf. Merge the next-generation Leaf with the smaller Renault Zoe. And make it cheaper.

I actually can't wait to see this.

Just as a reminder, here is Nissan's official video of the Ariya concept.

What do you think?

- Trouble for the expensive Model Y.
- Trouble the Kona EV.
- Trouble for the upcoming Bolt SUV
- Death of the Leaf.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2021 VW Tiguan

This is, of course, the European version of the Tiguan. Which is shorter than the one sold in the US.
But our model is supposed to be getting similar revisons, except the new R Version pictured here.

This is basically just a new front end for 2021. (Green one)
And a larger screen inside. (Except the new new steering wheel on the R version shown here)

As I mentioned before, after driving one for a week, I was not impressed with the Tiguan at all.
This is strictly for people who wnat the largest SUV for the price. At the expense of power and refinement. The negine gets really noisy when pushed (which you need to do quite a bit) and the transmission gets very confused. The blocky interior is also very 90's. A larger screen doesn't really help anything.
To me, almost anything like a CR-V, CX-5  is a much better choice for the money. And probably much more reliable in the long run...

The Optima is dead. Long live the KIA K5 !

It is now official! the all-new K5 sedan is replacing the Optima in the US as well.
Not sure why Ki thought it was a good idea to get rid of the Optima name. Let's hope they won't regret it. Like Acura and Cadillac should...

The car itself is the same impressive design we saw a while ago when it came out in Korea.

The US will get a K5. powered by a 1.6 Liter Turbo with 180HP.
And a K5 GT, with a larger 2.5 Liter Turbo with 290hp. (Option on the GT)

The new K5 is another headache for the Accord, Camry and Altima. And let's not forget, it also competes with its cousin, the new Hyundai Sonata. Which seems to have a much cleaner interior...

Which seems better so far?

1- New K5
2- Sonata

2021 Bentley Bentayga: About one percent less offensive...

 Somehow, you have to admire Bentley (VW) for trying hard to improve the design of the horrible looking Bentayga SUV. After 4 years.
In my opinion, the front end, while looking different, isn't necessarily better.

The rear view of the car is much improved. (which was not hard to do)
But the Continental GT real lights really do not fit the blocky design of the Bentayga. At all.
The hatch and the fenders have been totally redesigned for a more flowing look.
the bottom of the new hatch now looks like what Audi (or Opel) have been doing for years.

I think things are worse than before inside.
Where the circular vents have been replaced by a tacky, crome fille unit that now incorporate a ridiculous analog clock.
(Even though the side vents are still the old rounded ones)

Overall, an ugly SUV gets a little better looking. (or a little bit less offensive)

What do you think?

1- Do you like the new version?
2- Do you prefer the current one?

Monday, June 29, 2020

2021 Nissan Terra

Hard to see much, but the top photo is the all new generation Nissan Terra.
The other pic shows the new Terra's silhouette as part of the Nissan's recent Teaser showing all their upcoming models.

Since we have the Rogue and Pathfinder, we don't get the Terra in the US. If we did, it would be more of a replecement for the old X-Terra. Since it is based on the Navara pick-up truck.

They could still bring it over here. As it seems there is a market for more "trucky" SUVs these days.
Why not...

This is the current generation Terra SUV.

2021 Nissan Rogue short video clip

This isn't much. But we do get to see the all-new Rogue in action (a little bit)

And it does look quite nice. Nicer than the early pictures I posted a while ago.

Still, it's really too bad they don't offer some kind of electrification for this.

Even though the Leaf was ahead of many, Nissan is now very behind about hybrids. At least in the US.

Honda now offers Hybrid versions of the Accord and CR-V for not much more money.

And Toyota is starting to offer models with standard hybrid tech (Venza and Sienna)

Nissan really needs to offer more powertrains on the Rogue.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

I guess, just because of its name, the Corolla Cross will be an SUV version of the current Corolla.
As you can see, it is not a version of the Corolla Trek Wagon sold in Europe (bottom pic)
Although that one would have been nice to have also, since VW won't sell us the Golf Wagon anymore.

Still, these new spy shots of the Corolla Cross do show a shape that is quite wagon-like. I do like the tall windows and the sleek looking headlights. You can also see a RAV-4 style grille under the camouflage. Although a bit smaller.
Something smaller and cheaper than the RAV-4 would be great. Since the C-HR doesn't really fit the bill. It is too weird and not roomy enough for most people.

I think the Corolla Cross is a great move for Toyota. An even greater move would be to make it a standard Hybrid model. Just like the new Venza and Sienna..

More pictures HERE