Friday, July 21, 2017

2018 Peugeot 508

The new version of the 508 sedan has been testing for a while now.
So I guess it's pretty much around the corner.
While most of the prototypes we have seen seem to be a hatchback, like the Opel Insignia, this new one, caught in China, looks more like a sedan. (Hatch pix HERE)
So maybe, just like the insignia/Buick Regal, Peugeot will offer a regular sedan for the Chinese market?

Who knows....

Volvo XC-40 teasers

In an odd move, Volvo has chosen to release extreme close up pictures of the various textures available in the XC40 as teasers for the new compact SUV.

So now we now without a doubt, that the new model will feature wood and metal...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Audi Q6 E-tron

Seems like at every auto show in the world, there is a new E-tron concept from Audi.

It looks like VW is very eager to compete with Tesla, and Audi is its best bet to go after that Luxury EV market.
(While VW itself will take care of competing with the Model 3)

Both concepts above look the same to me. H-tron and E-tron.
Above them is the actual production version.
Which does stay pretty close to both concepts.
Except they did raise the roof quite bit. So now it looks more like a regular A4 wagon. Which is too bad....
This will probably become another invisible design from Audi.
While the upcoming Model Y from Tesla will surely stand out...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How about more pictures of the Tesla Model3?

 Still not officially out.
But they've been around for a while. And people are still taking pictures.

Again, that interior (Better pix HERE) isn't for everyone....
The "floating iPad on top of a flat empty dash" look might turn quite a few people off.

2018 Buick Regal GS

The already good looking new Regal looks really good with the GS option.
Larger 19 inch wheels, a slightly more aggressive front end.
No spoilers, no black wheels or huge side skirts.

It comes with a 3.6 Liter V6 and a 9 speed auto.
It does start at $40 000 though... Which is a strongly huge premium over the standard model.

Speaking of that standard model.
It will start at $26 000. Which seems a great deal for a European sedan.
It is $2000 less than the outgoing model And only $2000 more than a Camry LE.

You get a 250HO engine, a hatch and an 8 speed auto.
A true German sedan (Still made in Germany) for the price of everything else...
Or a US/Chinese Passat.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More pictures of the Mercedes X-Class

 So this is NOT coming to the US, and we a re probably not missing much.

The production version looks pretty lame when compared to the concept we saw last year.
Sure, it's a pick-up truck. But it is also a Mercedes, and will likely be priced above anything else in its segment.
I actually think the Nissan Navara looks better (Above). And by the way, Nissan needs to get their act together and bring this over as the new Frontier.
Before everyone forgets about the Frontier....

 From the rear, the production model makes the concept looks futuristic. Which is kind of sad.

The interior actually looks pretty much the same, except for a few trims and color bits.
And it is still kind of a mess.

Again, I don't think we are missing much. I think the VW Amarok and Nissan Navaro (and its Renault Cousin) all look much nicer than this.

All new Mercedes X-Class

The production model is ht eyelid wine on top.
I just wonder why they just couldn't keep the design from last year's concept (White truck)

I mean really. It wasn't that futuristic to begin with. Why???

This is basically a Nissan truck with a Mercedes front end and Interior, so nothing pure Mercedes at all.
And, surprisingly, NOT for the US. (Because, you know, we don't like pick up trucks...)

More pictures very soon. 

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom

 Test after about 15 years, a new Phantom is around the corner.
Too bad the leaked pictures above show a weird blue/white combo.
As I am sure the whole thing looks much better in a nicer color.
(The bottom pic is the current car)

As you can see, BMW took a very "BMW approach" when redesigning the big Rolls.
So it basically looks the same. A bit slicker, and a bit more like the smaller Ghost too.
The headlights seem to be pretty futuristic actually. For a Rolls...

Inside, things are still kind of sad.
Again it's all new, but doesn't look like it. The dials, especially, do not look very expensive. They seem lost in that giant  flat area.
The whole thing is way beyond old fashioned. It just doesn't look like "15 years later"...

Pictures of the real thing soon.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2018 Nissan Leaf: Still not all new.

Just another picture of the next Nisan Leaf.
As you can see, (on these earlier pictures as well) the Leaf will not be an all new car.
It will have new body panels on top of the current car's structure. And all the glass is the same (Except the rear hatch)
(Which is what Ford has been doing on many of their models for years)

Having the same proportions as the current model, it won't turn into a sleek sporty car all of a sudden, like some predicted.

And why not. Most buyers just want a better range, instead of something 100% new.
Let's hope they can at least match the Bolt's 238 miles range...

New Mitsubishi MPV on the way?

These pictures could show an all new small van model from Mitsubishi called the XM.
Or not....

Either way, it looks pretty real. It could also just be a concept.
Whatever it is, it isn't huge since there are talking about a 1.5 Liter engine.

Mitsubishi has a long history of making interesting small vans.
Thai looks like anything else these days, nothing special at all.

Too bad...

Here are a few of the interesting small vans they produced over the years.
The first 3 (from top) were sold in the US, not only by Mitsubishi, but also through various Chrysler brands.

The other two never made it over here.

2018/19 Buick Regal GS

We all know GM has been testing a V6 version of the all new Buick Regal, called the GS.

These are pictures of the Chinese version.
Like before, the sporty version of the Regal looks pretty subtle. Except for the "mandatory" ugly black wheels.
Inside, it looks like more supportive seats and red stitching here and there.
Nothing crazy at all.

Our US version is supposed to get a 3.6 Liter V6 with over 300HP.

Alpine SUV coming up?

It looks like Renault is now planing an SUV for its Alpine brand.
An brand rich in sport car history.
Of course they will. It's hard not to see how much money Porsche is making with the Macan.

These are just illustrations, but I bet they are pretty close to what we'll see in a couple of years...

Just as a reminder, here is the current, all new Alpine model.
Not for the US....

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2018 Buick Excelle

 The Excelle is a Chinese Buick model.
We did have the previous generation here called the Verano, until last year.

The Excelle/Verano were both based on the German Opel Astra.

So of course, when the Astra was redesigned a couple of years ago, China got a new Excelle.
Except this time, the Chinese version got its own design. And it wasn't sold in the US anymore.

For 2018, the Excelle is getting a new front end, similar to the new Regal.

 As well as this new wagon version. Again base on the Astra.
 Here is the current Excelle. With that older Buick grille.
As you can see here, Buick is also selling a hatchback version .
Which is basically a German Astra with a Buick grille on it.

Kind of weird...

Since Peugeot now owns Opel, I wonder what will happen with all these Chinese Buick models based on Opels.
This is a huge market for GM.
Will they just become rebadged Chevrolets for China?
I can't imagine GM selling Peugeot cars with a Buick grille.

2018 Rolls Royce Cullinan Vs. Columbo's Peugeot 403

When I saw this (new) picture of a Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV prototype, it reminded me of Columbo's car.
I guess it's just the color, really.
And they both looked abandoned. Although the Rolls is obviously not, the poor old Peugeot I saw parked in a Universal parking lot a few years ago was.

The Cullinan will be one of these atrocities that decades from now people will refer as "WTF was that".
Of course, it will probably make tons of money for Rolls/BMW.
But the price to pay for greed is the destruction of the legendary brand's image.

The Bentley SUV is really one of the ugliest thing on the road right now, but that monster Rolls might be a new contender...

Meanwhile, a perfectly restored 403 Cabriolet will always be a beautiful thing...

Friday, July 14, 2017

2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback trunk

Just a couple I haven't seen before.
Especially the one showing the hatch open.

That's all....

Ultimate 2018 Honda Accord "BurlappVison" video

The title says it all.
There is just no better way to experience the all new Accord.

It does have more personality than before, and the "bog Civic" design seems to work.
Still, I think the Mazda 6 is a much more mature and simple design, inside and out.

The new Accord interior seems impressive, but without a real styling direction.
And, this design is really begging to be a hatch....

I mean it's almost ridiculous to basically design a hatchback car and force a small trunk opening into it.

You can watch the video directly on Youtube over HERE

2018 Honda Accord

Like we all predicted, the all new Accord for 2018 looks like a big Civic.

Which is fine. I like the Civic shape (although details are too overdone)
And the Civic is very popular.
I think this is a good idea for Honda.

(Although this is yet another fastback car that really should have been a hatchback.)

Interior seems also fine and upscale. if a bit busy.
(Although I really don't like the button shifter from Acura. But that's just me )
There is a choice of a 1.5 Liter Turbo with 185HP  which comes with a 6 speed manual (Good luck trying to find that one on a dealer's lot) or a CVT.
Or  2.0 Liter Turbo with 252HP and a 10 speed auto .

A 10 speed auto doesn't sound like a good thing to me, but who knows...
There is also a new Hybrid model, but no specs available now (It will use a 2.0 Liter engine)