Thursday, October 17, 2019

2021 Cadillac Escalade interior: closest thing to Escala concept yet.

Looks like the next generation Escalade interior will (finally) draw some inspiration from the Escala concept. Which was fantastic.
Sure, being an "Escalade", it won't be as classy and subtle as the concept.
Still, that double screen arrangement looks great. And the whole thing brings a strong unique personality lacking from current Cadillac interiors.

Now if they only could design something like this for a beautiful sedan..
Or even an interior redo for the XT6.
This would have been perfect for the CT6, but unfortunately, I'm afraid it's too late for that...

2020 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur

 Hyundai is getting ready for a pretty extensive mid-cycle refresh on the Azera sedan. (not an all new car)
AKA the Grandeur in Korea.

We never had the current generation in the US. Which came ou in late 2016.
A good looking car. If a bit generic and soft. With a quite boring front end (bottom pic)

But that front end looks like it will be completely redesigned for the new year.
The top pic shows a much more daring design.

 Same thing for the rear of the car. The revised version is much more modern.

 Drastic changes inside as well.
While the door trims seem to be the same, the console, dashboard and steering wheels seem to be all new.
And almost futuristic. And even more upscale.

This looks like it will be a very nice upscale sedan.
This is what I posted a while ago(HERE) about the revised Azera?Grandeur.
Which, I guess, was pretty close to the real thing...

2020 Buick Regal GS

The GS version of the 2020 Buick Regal is also getting a slight refresh.
With smaller side intakes. New headlights etc...
Nothing drastic.

A wonderful car to drive is at least not getting ruined...

2020 Buick Envision

The Buick Envision gets a new face for 2020.
(This is the second time the Buick SUV gets revised in its short life.)

The grille is larger but the whole thing doesn't really look better. Or more premium than before.
In the back, the lights don't have that sad droopy look anymore.
The whole rear end of the car seems actually new.

The Envision is in a tough place in the US. Since it is assembled in China, it was slapped with a high tariff .
 They sold 30 153 of them last year. And 24 850 so far in 2019.
Which doesn't seem that bad at first. Until you compare it to the Ford Edge which sold over 134 000 units last year alone.
Or the Nissan Murano, at 83 547 last year.

So the Envision has never become a real player in the US.
The all new Encore GS will be almost the same size. And probably priced much lower.
And there is an all new Enspire model coming out soon. Which will probably be the death of the Envision.

Just like we never saw the revised Buick Lacrosse in the US, I think the 2020 Envision might not make it over here either...

2020 Buick Regal

As expected, the Buick Regal is getting a few changes for 2020.
Nothing major, as you can see (the new one is the bronze colored car)

Headlights appear slightly thinner and the whole front seems a bit simpler.

It is harder to see any changes on the rear design. Only the lights appear slightly changed.

The Regal is a really good car. I had the pleasure of driving the regular model as well as the sportier GS.
And they are both great. I am glad to see they didn't ruin it.

I am actually anxious to see what they did with the Tour-X version now...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New wheels for the Tesla Model 3?

It looks like the Tesla Model 3 could be available a new wheel design very soon.
As the cars above are already on trucks! Being delivered.

The wheels look a lot like the design that has been already available on the larger Model S since last year.

These are the 21 inch on the Model S.

Not 100% sure if the new ones on the Model 3 are the same. But they could end up being quite an expensive option anyway.
I also wonder what else is new on the Model 3. Colors? trims?

2020 Honda Jazz (NOT Fit)

This is the first official teaser for the all new Honda Jazz (Fit in the US)

But, in the press release, Honda does not mention the Fit, just the Jazz.
Also mentioning the Hybrid-only model for Europe.

Which could means this is not coming to the US. Very sad news for Honda fans in the US.
And curent Fit owners who were looking forward to the all new generation.

Unless this only means the US Fit version will be introduced later? For 2021?

Not sure. But abandoning the Fit and its loyal and happy owners in the US would be a big mistake for Honda.

2020 Kia Sorento Interior

We know there is an all new Kia Sorento around the corner. Today we have a picture of its interior. (exterior HERE) A picture that doesn't show very much.
As the dash and console are covered up, and the door has missing parts.

So far it looks OK. but not better than the current Sorento. (bottom pic) 
 Some of the door trim seems to be inspired by the new Soul, which doesn't look very upscale so far.

I have to say, I am always quite impressed by the current Sorento when I see one. 
It still looks really nice inside and out. Better than most other 3 rows crossovers IMO.

Let's hope Kia doesn't mess it up with the next generation.
Also let's hope they keep the price pretty low. As the current one starts at around $27 000.
Which seems to be a great deal.

2021 Genesis GV70: The AMC Pacer lives on!

It now lookalike the all new Genesis GV70 crossover will actually get quite an original design. Which is great.
And quite funny how reminiscent it is to the good old AMC Pacer design. Even the similar rear end of the Porsche 928.

This is great news. As it will help the new Genesis brand to stand out in a crowd of similar looking SUVs everywhere.
I predict a hot seller for Genesis here. 
As the interior (HERE and HERE) is already looking quite modern. 

More pictures HERE

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo has chosen a very subtle look for its first EV model. Just like the Hyundai Kona, the main visual difference between the gas and electric model is the lack of a proper grille.
Otherwise, this new "Recharge" version looks the same as the regular XC40.
Just a bit cleaner up front, which is always good.
Same thing inside, where the interior is carried over from the gas models.

Volvo claims a range of "at least 249 Miles" (400km). With 408HP.
That all sounds pretty good. 

The new EV is just the first of many. Since "recharge" will actually be a whole lineup.
Volvo plans to launch a fully electric model every year for the next 5 years. 
Apparently, the "recharge" name will also be used for plug-in versions.
Which means there will be a "Recharge" version of every model they make.

No pricing yet. The regular XC40 starts at around $34 000.
I would imagine the Recharge model to be at least $10 000 more.
That would be in the same range as the BMW i3 in the US.

All new 2020 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris will be an all new car for 2020. In Europe.
As we mentioned before, the 2020 model for the US market is just a good old Mazda 2.

This new generation is based on Toyota's all new GA-B platform.
It will be offered with the choice of a new 1.5 Liter or  1.0 3 cylinder engines.

But the main attraction here is the 4th generation Hybrid power plant using the 1.5 Liter.
Toyota claims it was able to drive as an EV mode 80% of the time while testing in urban areas.
Which is be pretty amazing...

The design is kind of cute. the car looks like a little bulldog. But it is also quite busy.
I am not a big fan of huge grilles on tiny cars. Or fake plastic vents on bumpers either.
But the interior seems to be much nicer. 
Competition will be tough in Europe. With a new Renault Clio, with its amazing interior.
And with the all new Peugeot 208. Which is already offered was an EV. And its cousin the Opel Corsa.

Obviously, this is not coming to the US market. At least for now.

2020 Toyota Wildlander

It looks like China is getting a weird version of the Rav-4. Called the Wildlander.
The Wildlander seems to be trying hard to look a bit more like the previous generation Rav-4.
A bit more car like and les tricky looking.

Why not...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2020 VW Golf

Although these are not official pictures yet, this is the all new 2020 VW Golf.
As predicted, looking about 95% like the current car.

Except for that futuristic interior.
Which does look pretty great.
Although it almost seems out of place in such a conservative exterior design.

Not much os known about the all new generation Golf. Except tit is not coming to the US.
As we will only get the GTI version (better than nothing...)

Much more on this very soon...

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Of course, while BMW is calling this a "Coupe". This si actually a sedan.
It will compete with Mercedes's new A-Class sedan. And also, why not, Mercedes's own "fake coupe", the CLA.
As well as the redesigned Audi A3 sedan, due out very soon.

Inside, it looks like it is trying to compete with the Mercedes A-Class as the busiest interior you can find in a small car.
Seems like the goal was to cram as many lines, shapes and textures possible in there.

This new 2 series gan Coupe is based on BMW's FWD platform.
But, just like the good old Jaguar X-Type, it will try to fool US customers by offering only the AWD version over here. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

2020/21 Genesis GV70

As we know, the new Genesis brand is already late in the SUV market.
But things will change in 2020 when at least 2 new SUVs will be launched.
The GV80 we have mentioned many times before.
And this smaller, GV70 as well.
Which, I guess, in the US should be competing with the Lexus NX , Lincoln Corsair and others.

So this will probably be powered by a 2 liter Turbo. Unlike the GV80 which should have a larger Turbo V6 option.

The picture above shows a nice and modern interior, so far. But nothing futuristic or game changing.

I guess Genesis will play it safe...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2020 Lincoln Corsair gets larger screen in China

Again, Ford is offering a much larger screen in the Chinese market version of their cars.
As seen here on the Chinese version of the Lincoln Corsair (top pic)

Which is a bit strange. They should at least offer this as an option in the US.

They also offer a massive, giant screen on the revised 2020 Chinese Taurus model.
Also in the Focus Active and the Ford Edge