Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Lexus LS price

Looks like it will be cheaper than the outgoing model.
By about $4000.

But it is now just about $5000 less than the Genesis G90.  Which I think is one of its main competitors.
For the $5000 extra, you do get an established brand with an extremely good reputation for quality/reliability. Which is important to many people.

I am sure the G90 dealers are more than willing to offer discounts. Which still makes it a better deal.
In the short term that is. I can't imagine the resale of a Genesis matching the Lexus LS...

Monday, January 15, 2018

That huge 2019 Toyota Avalon mouth in real life...

Wow... This looks even worse than in these 'live" pictures.
Who designed this and who approved it? So many people are responsible for this.

 And here it some of the main competition in the US. Like it or not, these are so much more tasteful.
The new Avalon grille design shows us the sad effects of hard drugs at work.
(just don't do it, its not worth it)

As a reminder, here is the current one. It's fine. And does look nicer in real life.
And by the way, there is an official $3500 off the 2018 model. If anyone here is interested in an Avalon.
Before the horrible one comes out...

Nissan Xmotion Concept

I am not going to waste a lot of time on this.
This is terrible. I just hope this is NOT a preview of anything. Next Juke or Murano.
(Although it might work a bit better and an Xterra.)

It looks more like a weird Lexus than a Nissan. It just doesn't look like a Nissan at all.
It seems like it was designed by a 14 year on on crack.

The interior is just plain stupid. 
Let's hope this becomes nothing.

Now, on to real Nissan good news, like the 2019 Altima?

All new Jeep Grand Commander

After so many spy shots, we are finally seeing the new Jeep uncovered.

The Grand Commander will obviously slot above the Cherokee. As it seats 7.
But this base version pictured above doesn't look very upscale, at all. Also that white color doesn't help.

So far, the Grand Commander is for the Chinese market only. But I am sure it is only a matter of time until we see it here and maybe in Europe.
I would also guess Jeep will be very tempted to import it from China. Since that is what Ford will be doing with the 2019 Focus.

So far, this isn't very exciting. But I realize a white base model shot in such cold setting isn't the best way to display the car.

More on the new 2019 Kia Forte

Sorry, but I think this is all pretty bad.
This makes the new Jetta look like a futuristic design to me.
Interior as well. The Jetta has a much nicer, modern looking dashboard. Slightly angled toward the driver (Like old BMWs)
This interior is just very generic. And with that stupid tablet sticking out...

Outside things are just too sad to be interesting.
What happened? Kia was on a roll.

Power comes from a 2.0 Liter with 147HP. So that is similar to the Jetta. Although with much less torque. (132 lb-ft Vs. 187 for the VW)
But while the Jetta gets a new 8 speed auto, this now gets a CVT.

Remember this?
This is the current Kia Forte. I think this is a vastly superior design to the 2019 model.
A very good looking formal sedan. With simple, great lines. And a bit of personality. Great proportions.
Everything the new one is not...

If I was in the market for the Kia Forte, I would run to a Kia dealer right now and get a great deal on a 2018.

2019 Acura RDX (concept)

I think it looks much nicer on these pictures.
I still hate the grille. ( I guess I have to come to terms with the fact that I might just hate grilles in general..)

But the rest of the car is so much nicer than recent Acura designs.
At least it is not invisible. And they didn't go crazy on the design like Lexus does with its SUVs.

The interior is also much nicer and upscale.
The console is still bit weird, but it works for me. Again, much better than what they have now.
Although that wood does look way too fake for my taste. At least the shape of that piece  on the door panel. (Super fake looking wood also plagues the Accord and CR-V)

Power will come from a 2.0 Liter Turbo with a 10 speed automatic.
Which is basically the same as the Accord. (the 2.0 liter produces 252HP in the Accord)

If I was in the market for an upscale, "not too big" SUV, I would definitely consider this.
I think it would be way nicer than a BMW X3 .
And not as overdone as the Lexus NX.

2019 Hyundai Veloster

The cute little Veloster is getting a second generation.
And it does look pretty nice. A little bit more aggressive than the previous one. But again, the second time around, things are not as original.

It is powered by a 2.0 Liter engine with 147HP. So not a super sporty car here. But it should be plenty for most tasks.
If you need more, there is a 1.6 Liter Turbo available with 201HP.
6 speed manual and 7 speed auto are available.

For these requiring even more. The new Veloster is now available as an "N" model.
It gets 275HP from a turbo version of the larger 2.0 Liter engine.

The new Veloster will be available in the spring. 

2019 Toyota Avalon

I don't know...

At first I thought these were pictures of the Camry.
It does look a lot like the new Camry. A bit too much.

And that giant mouth. Now the whole front end is the grille. Except for the lights.
At a time where we don't even need them. This looks quite horrible.
Otherwise, still a lot of unnecessary lines everywhere. Not a good idea for an upscale sedan.
I actually think the current one is much more pleasant to the eyes.
This might age pretty quickly.

It suffers from that "Weird Japanese design disease". (WJDD) Toyota and Honda are mainly affected by it.
It happens when they are criticized over and over for being "boring". Their answer is then, always (For those affected by the disease) an overly aggressive design, tons of lines, scoops and spoilers. Weird side creases etc...
Basically, they then design what we technically call "a mess".
This is what has happened to Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura for years now....
And I see no cure in sight...

Things look much better inside the new Avalon. I think that console design is great.
But I also thing whoever thought of that orange color combo should be fired.

2019 Kia Forte

Well, this turns out to be quite a disappointment.

After all these really great designs, Kia has come out with one of the most generic sedan design ever.
There is close to zero style here.

It's not ugly. It just looks like one of these super generic car drawings you used to see in old architecture renderings.
If this is the begging of a trend for Kia, things are pretty bad.
This makes the new 2019 Jetta look like a super model.

Of course, things might be better in real life....

I'll have more pictures soon.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2019 Ram 1500 Pick Up

 Well, that actually doesn't look as bad as I thought it would.

Most of the personality of the previous versions is still gone. At least in that luxury super chromy version. (The off road Rebel one with the black grille looks a bit more like the current model)

Otherwise, things are pretty conservative here. Making the new Silverado look almost futuristic.

Besides the obvious color combo differences, it looks like at least 2 different screen sizes are available.
The rotary shifter also looks great. And seems like the best of both worlds. It frees the whole center console without having that super old fashion column shifter.
The new interior seems very modern. Much more so than the exterior.

A 3.6 Liter V6 and 5.7Liter V8 are available. And mild hybrid versions of both are options. (Adding more torque to both engines)
As well as a new V6 diesel.
All come with an 8 speed automatic.

Nissan Concept SUV teaser

This could really preview anything. From a Juke replacement to a Murano.
It even has a bit of Lexus to it from this picture (NOT a good thing)

This is a pure concept, unlike the Acura RDX "concept".
This has not cuts for the bumper, no mirrors etc... So not a production preview.
And it looks like a crazy styling that would have to be toned way down for possible production.

So it could be anything...

2019 Hyundai Veloster

Just this for now.
As I mentioned before, I think it looks fine. Although not as original as the first generation.
Except I still never like the "big grille on a small car" look. Especially something that wants to be 'sporty". Otherwise, they seem to have done a good job.

As you can see, a sportier "N: version will be available as well.
Much more on this very, very soon...