Monday, January 16, 2017

That Volvo S60 spy shot...

People of some forums are discussing the Volvo S60 picture I posted a few days ago.
Mentioning it could actually be an older S90 spy shot. Which, I guess, it could be.

So I found a Volvo S90 picture to compare. (It's hard to find that perfect angle...)
And it does look very similar. Except the 3rd side window seems quite different.
It's harder to tell since the spy photo was shot with a long zoom, distorting the whole thing...

What do you think?

2017 Hyundai i30/2018 Elantra GT





Not an ugly car by any mean.
But what a step backward from the current generation.

I mean this looks much less modern than the one we have right now (Available in the US as the Elantra GT)
Really, this looks like a copy of the previous generation Golf.
Why???

I am sure it drves and is a better car. But why make it look like it came out 10 years ago?

This is a really bad trend for Hyundai, where all their new designs look older than the previous generations.
Did they scare themselves by coming out with too many really modern designs?
This timid approach to the market also shows in lower sales.
So I guess it's not really a good idea.

This will look super boring un Europe. Where almost everything else (Except the poor Peugeot 308) looks much more modern.
But even here. When compared to the current model. 

2018 Ford Mustang



I was wondering where was the 2018 Mustang at the Detroit auto show.
It didn't show up. Why?
Why show it now then???

No matter what, this turns out to be quite a let down.
The changes are so small only Mustang fanatics will notice.
The headlights are now busier looking. And the turn signals still don't really fit in the whole design.

I can't really see anything new in the back (Except one ugly spoiler)
Maybe they simplified a bit the interior? ( I doubt it...)

Supposedly, the V6 is gone. Leaving the Ecoboost 2.o Liter as the base model.

Much more on this very soon....

Opel Crossland X

This will be replacing the small Meriva. And will share its platform with other Peugeot and Citroen models of the same size.

It already looks more conservative than the Meriva ever was. And will have more of a regular SUV shape. So basically, the Mokka's big brother.

Not being 100% Opel, I really can't see this coming over as a Buick.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017/16 DS7 Crossback


This is pretty sad.
DS is supposed to be some high end version of Citroen. And this is just so generic looking.
Like some weird version of the Audi Q5.

Citroen shows us an amazing concept for a sedan a few months ago.
And their new C3 is really modern looking. So I guess the DS sub brand is getting more conservative?
And where does Peugeot fit an all this?

These are still just illustrations, not the real thing.
But I have seen pictures of camouflaged prototypes that pretty much match these illustrations.
So there isn't much hope for anything original...

Friday, January 13, 2017

2018 Kia Stinger GT video



There you go!

Enjoy the new Kia sedan in action. Plus interior views.
This is a personal gift from me. To the world!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More pictures of the all new Opel Insignia




Driving in the snow, showing off its new optional AWD system.
I guess it looks like its working.
The car looks like it's moving. Wheels look like they're turning... Everything seems OK.

This is still the hatchback version. The one we are getting as the new Buick Regal will be the regular sedan.
AWD should be available at least in our "raised up" wagon version.



2018 Volvo S60


Not sure which one will come out first, S60 or XC60, but they both looks ready.

Unsurprisingly, the S60 looks, on these pictures, a lot like a small S90.
Which is great news. But it's now a clone, since the windows look quite different.
It will just have a familiar family look. (Unlike Audi which just keeps redesigning the exact same car in different sizes.)

Since the S90 looks great, I cannot wait to see this. 
Hoping the interior to be as amazing as its larger cousin.



2018 Kia Stinger GT

It's actually pretty hard to find pictures of the all new Stinger GT's hatchback, open.
So there it is.
One pic.

I like hatchbacks and really love the fact that Kia had the guts to make their fastback design a real hatch.
This is great.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Looking more like the recent I-Pace concept than the existing F-Pace.
The all new E-Pace will compete with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 when it comes out later this year.

I guess why not. Everyone wants to have as many SUVs as they can these days.



And, by the way, these "-Pace" names are some of the worst ever in the car business.
In my opinion.
I mean really... Who came up with that?
And who said "great, let's do it!" ???

To see more pictures of the all new E-Pace prototype, head over HERE.

2018 Volvo XC60

Looking a bit weird here. I guess due to some long zoom lens.

Still, after seeing the S90 and V90, I am sure this will be pretty stylish.
I am always surprised by how good the current model still looks.

This looks to be a smaller, more stylish version of the "rather boring" XC90.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2018 Toyota Camry







Like it or not, the new Camry is a huge deal. Always is.
As it has been for many years, and still is, the best selling car in the country.

This is, of course, the most modern Camry ever. but yet again, it seems inspired by the current (also new for 2018) Lexus LS sedan.
Which I guess was never a bad thing for Toyota.

Engines are surprisingly "old fashion". With the return of a base 2.5 Liter engine. And even a 3.5 Liter V6.
With of course a 2.5 Hybrid.
No plug-in version announced.

And of course, as soon as it comes out, it will be everywhere.

2018 Honda Odyssey




A few things come to mind here. Like:

- WTF?
-What were they thinking?
-Has Honda completely lost it?
-Who designed this crap?
-Why make it worse than before?
-Was this designed in China?
-Who authorized this?
-Why am I looking at this?

This is pretty terrible. I mean these weird wavy lines on the side never really work. Just ask Mazda with their second generation Mazda5.
This is just one of the worst visual mess I have ever seen.

And that  interior looks like it was designed by a robot.

I cannot believe this is an all new van. But Honda claims a new chassis.
Still powered by the 3.5 Liter V6. Now with 280HP.
With a 9 or 10 speed auto. Depending on versions.

And look at that tiny sunroof option! So 1995.

I mean this really look like  a step backward for Honda. It makes the Chrysler Pacifica look like something out of a Science Fiction movie.

First we got the weird (horrible) looking Fit. Then the messy Civic Hatchback. 
And now this.
It really does feel like Honda has moved al of its design studio to China.

And, I wonder how they will ruin the 2018 Accord...
(It is already half way there with the terrible facelift from last year)


2018 Lexus LS






I have to say, this is a good surprise.
The big Lexus sedan is finally getting a healthy dose of style. Its own style.

Not trying to look like a big German sedan anymore. Which is great news.
The interior is also very original. I mean compare this to the total lack of style from Audi or BMW...

At least Lexus is trying something different here. And it ends up having a personality.
(It also makes the new Genesis G90 look like a 20 year old design)

For now at least, no more V8. It is replaced by an all new 3.5 Liter V6 Turbo with 415HP.
And it has a 10 speed auto.


Monday, January 09, 2017

2018 Chrysler 300???

Not really sure.
But I haven't seen this interior before.
And I do see that Chrysler logo on the steering wheel. As well as the analog clock.
But it isn't the "dead" Chrysler 200.
And not the Pacifica either.

Chrysler has nothing coming up. Except a small refresh to the 300.
(An all new one is still years away. If ever. If Chrysler is still alive by then)

What top you think?
Have you seen this before (The picture is from Harman at CES)

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport





I was right about the name (They did end up calling it the Rogue Sport in the US).
But not about it being a facelift version of the European version.
They left it pretty much the same.
The main change I can see is not a good one. The really cool glass roof option has been replaced by a lame super tiny (almost useless) old fashioned sunroof.
That's too bad.

Otherwise, we are getting the 2.0 Liter with 140HP, with a CVT.
Not the punchier 1.6 Liter Turbo from the Juke.

Otherwise, it's the same good looking small SUV they've been getting in Europe for years.
Which is good news.


How about some more pictures of the new Kia Stinger GT?





Just because it looks great.

This is the top of the line 3.3 Liter version.
But the US will also be getting a cheaper 2.0 Liter Turbo with 255HP. Which will be fine for 90% of us.
This is a great looking car. So good news it will be available with a less powerful engine. The more the better.
And....

I see a hatchback here!

So this will compete with the upcoming Audi A5 Sport back. Which is also coming to the US.
The Stinger already looks 100 times better. Especially inside, where Kia is at least trying.
Unlike Audi...

2018 VW Tiguan



 Tiguan grows for the US. 
Our version is over 10 inches longer than the current model. ( A shorter one is still available in Europe)
The only engine available is the 2.0 Liter Turbo. But not the more powerful version available in other VW models.
( I Mean they usually now squeeze about, or over, 220 out of that engine)
No, in the new Tiguan, you only get 184HP. Which is almost weird. Since even the Beetle 2.0 has over 200HP...
But hey, it does have a new 8 speed auto.

I don't know. I think this might be a case of too little too late for VW.
Who knows...


2018 GMC Terrain





Looking much nicer than the current (and so old) version.
At least it looks less like a brick on wheels.
GMC is going for a much more sophisticated look. Which is good news.

Although that Denali grille is pretty horrible.
And look! It folds all flat back there. So this makes a great car to travel, since you can sleep inside.


Since they are related, engines are pretty much the same as the ones offered in the new Chevrolet Equinox.
So, 1.5 Turbo, 2.0 Turbo. as well as the all new 1.6 Liter Diesel.

I wonder if all that Diesel offensive from GM is actually a stroke of genius. Or just plain stupid and way too late.

We'll see... At least, they are trying something new.