Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2016/17 Lexus SC


There is an all new LS sedan coming out. Really soon.
And it will be joined later any an all new SC coupe.

Just like previous versions, the coupe won't look like a 2 door version of the sedan.
This time it will pretty much be a production version of the gorgeous LF- LC concept we saw a while ago.

As you can see on these pictures, the production version seems to keep most of the concept's proportions intact. Or very close.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2016 Honda Accord


 The Accord gets a slight restyle for the new year. (Which means an all new one is about 2 years away)

Not sure what version is pictured here, but it sure does NOT look like an improvement.
I mean, look at the chrome on that grille.
Ugly side skirts,dark wheels etc...(This must be some "sport" version)
It follows that weird design theory of "more lines is better".

I think this is really bad... Just when you think the Accord is pretty boring, they make it ugly.
it now looks like a Chinese version of the current model.

Besides being more vulgar now, it gets Apple Car Play and Android Auto. (EX and EX-L models)
And a bunch of "autonomous safety features" that I really don't care for.
As these are mostly for people who don't like driving anyway.

Here is the current model.
A paragon of class compared to the 2016 design .

2016 Kia Sportage

Here is a new picture of a Sportage prototype (caught in Europe)

I am trying to compare it to one of the pictures I posted a couple of days ago.
(I was really hoping for these to be fake.)
And they do look really close. But still fake to me. Or not?

What do you think???

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2016 Infiniti Q30

Finally, the real thing.
Looking almost exactly like the concept.

It is basically a Mercedes A Class with an Infiniti design and interior.
Which is not bad. As it does look really good.
Much better than the A Class, I think.

There will be a crossover QX30 version which will, of course, compete with its GLA cousin.

The Q30 you see here is scheduled to arrive in the US next spring.
While the QX30 is a year away.

2016 Kia Sportage


I drove the current model for a week a few years ago and was actually pretty impressed.
Plus, it looked really good. And pretty original compared to most of its competition.
( I think it still looks great)

This "next" one is basically a new design on the same theme. Just like what they did with the new Optima sedan.
But, just like with the Optima, it lost a lot in the redesign.
It's not as simple, pure. It has way too many lines now. The grille is also separated. (Trying to make it look more aggressive???)
The really cool thick chrome line on the C-pillar is gone.

This kind of looks like a Chinese copy of the current design.
It's not as mature at all.

So far, not a big fan....

UPDATE:
After looking at recent spy photos. These above do look fake.
Especially that side window leading to there C-Pillar.
So, there is still hope ....

Friday, July 17, 2015

2017 Lexus LS???

This was sent to me from Europe.
Suposed to be some upcoming Lexus models.

But I can't really see which one. It almost looks like a hatchback. But also seems RWD.
Maybe the next CT?
I also think the car on the bottom could be the next LS.
But that other one on top is pretty weird...

What do you think??

Thursday, July 16, 2015

2017 Lexus LS?

Not sure actually.
This looks really close to the current model. (Silver car on the bottom)
But it also looks a bit different. So it could be the new one. Who knows....

An all new LS Sedan is due out in October.  That we know.

We also know it will be based on an all new platform.
A coupe version will join the line up soon after the sedan.
The base model (At least in Japan) could be powered by a new 2.5 Liter Turbo 4. With a 10 speed auto.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Nissan Qashqai coming to the US.


 Weird unexpected news... The "smaller than Rogue" will be sold in the US for 2016.
It is about 10 inches shorter, and of course, only seats 5 (The Rogue does have a 3rd row option)

But, after seeing a few in Europe, it does look sportier than the Rogue.
At first they almost look the same. But they are not.
 Here is the rear view of our good old US Rogue. Roomier, larger. But more of a "family car" feel than the shorter Qashqai.

Inside. Things are actually pretty much the same.
So if you don't really need more than 5 seats, the Qashai will do just fine.

Which could be a problem for the Rogue.
The same way the Rogue is a problem for the larger (but not that much better) Pathfinder.

The top engine in Europe is a new 1.6 Liter Turbo with 150HP. With CVT.
Probably what we'll get over here.
(A smaller 1.2 Liter with 115HP and 6 speed manual is also available there on the base model)


2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

This is pretty much the newest generation of what was sold here as the Montero Sport.
Up until 2004.

Mitsubishi seems to be abandoning the sedan market. At least in the US. To concentrate on SUVs and EVs.
(What a weird combo)

So this could very well make it over here.
Just like the old one. This is a truck, not a car.
It is based on the new L200 compact pick up truck.

This is the L200 pick up.
Which by they way, they could also be selling here. Why not???

If they really want to become a truck company.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

In that version, the new front end looks more subtle than ever. Well, maybe not ever. But at least the last 15 years, where grilles have been getting bigger and bigger with every redesign.

The main other news is the new 8 speed automatic. And Apple car play or Android Auto inside.

I am not a truck person. At all. But I drove the Silverado a while a ago for a week and was pretty impressed.
Although when driven back to back with the  new F150, the Ford seems to have the edge as a daily driver.
But, what do I know....

Friday, July 10, 2015

2016 Lexus ES



 No big news.

The Lexus ES is another car many people love to hate.

Although it sells very well. (Over 72 000 units last year. )
That's because it does its job very well. And this little update really makes the car look better.
The grille finally works.
They have finally figured out about how to make the lower line of the headlights match the middle of that grille. So it doesn't look "off" anymore.

It looks like the interior didn't get anything new. It already looked fine and luxurious.
And the engines are pretty much the same. (You can still get the 40MPG hybrid version. Which is pretty amazing for a luxury car)


Here is the "before the grille design was fixed" version....

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius?

Not sure.
Although it does match all the spy shots we have already seen of the car.

Lots (and lots) of people love to hate the Prius design. I don't.
I think the current model looks OK.
( with over 120 000 sold in the US last year, I am not the only one).
I wouldn't buy one because I don't like the way it drives. And getting the highest MPG isn't my number one priority.

This looks like a natural evolution for Toyota. There's even a bit of the Mirai design in it. (Which is really NOT a good thing.)

The only other rumor I hear is a 10% gain in MPG. Which could be enough for current owners to switch to the new one. I guess...

Monday, July 06, 2015

Burbank Close encounter...

Of the pink kind.


2016 Renault Talisman





The all new Talisman replaces the Laguna sedan.
A new name, for what looks to be a more upscale model.

It almost looks German.