Friday, December 15, 2017

2019 Honda HR-V

I guess after the Fit, it is the HR-V's turn to get a revised face .
it's really hard to tell what's new on this early prototype picture. But it is covered up, so I guess it's now. Somehow.
Here is the current model, for comparison.

The HR-V is a nice looking small SUV. At least it looks like they didn't ruin it.
I guess they will add chrome though.... To be more in line with the Civic and new Accord. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2019 Nissan Terra/Paladin

I talked about this earlier. (HERE)
As the Nissan Paladin. Mostly for the Asian market.

Now it looks like it could be actually called the Terra. (Which would of course remind people of the X-terra.)
The previous version called Paladin, was indeed, the same truck as out Nissan X-terra.
But this looks too much like a slightly smaller Pathfinder to be an X-terra in the US.
Or does it???

Who knows. It seems like everyone is just dumping every single SUV modes they have in the US market.

What do you think? Would this be a good "new" X-terra???

2019 Ram 1500 truck

As I mentioned before, this looks way more generic than what they have now.
That current Ram grille (From the previous Dodge ) looked very distinctive.
I guess Sergio (and his infinite wisdom) decided to retire it and make the whole think look like a Chevy

Head over HERE for many more pictures of that new Ram 1500 prototype. We should be using the whole thing in just a few days.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2019 Mercedes G-Class

So far we only have interior pictures.
And what a mess it is....

The G-class came out decades ago and it is finally getting a total make over. Why not.
While Jeep has always been staying close to the original mission the car, the G-Class's personality has changed quite a bit.
It started as a pure, rough and tough amazing off road truck. But years later, with the addition of more and more power, wood, leather and other expensive stuff, it became the car of choice for "Russian mafia douchebags" around the world.
Competing with other vulgar vehicles like the Hummer and Escalade.

And it looks like the next model is NOT going back to its roots.
Instead, catering even more to their wealthy gangster clients.
Hence, the super vulgar new interior.
Where there are more shapes, patterns and materials than in any other interior designs I have seen in years.

I guess greed wins...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More teasers of the all new 2019 VW Jetta

More official teasers of the new Jetta for 2019.
This time they look pretty ridiculously exaggerated. Which is too bad.
I am sure it is a decent looking sedan. But it will be quite disappointing next to these illustrations.

I do like theinteriror . The dashboard seems really modern with the screen well integrated. No weird cheap looking tablet here.

And here is the real thing.
Sure, still covered in camouflage. But you can at least see the proportions, which are nothing like the illustrations above.
Let's hope the interior stays interesting at least....

2019 Jeep Grand Commander

These are pictures of the all new 7 seater Jeep Grand Commander.
(Which could be based on the Cherokee. It seems...)

This is the production version of the Jeep Yuntu concept they showed in China a while ago.

Not sure yet if the new Grand Commander will be sold outside of China or not. But I get it will...

Head over HERE for earlier patent designs of the all new Grand Commander. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

2019 VW Jetta

So far this is our best look at the all new VW Jetta for 2019.
It is finally moving to the MQB platform the Golf has had for a whole generation.

And apparently, the only engine available might be an updated, and slightly more powerful version of the 1.4 Liter Turbo. (Unless some versions get the new 2.0 Liter from the Tiguan)
A new 8 speed auto will also be available.

A GLI model will come a full year after the regular models. Also an "R Line" option will be available.

This is coming out for the Detroit auto show, so we will see the real thing in just a few days.

I think it looks just fine. Sure, like many have said, there is quite a bit of the Ford Fusion in the design.
Although that could be different in the flesh.

We'll see....

2018 Nissan Leaf quick drive

I got to spend a little time driving the 2018 Nissan Leaf while attending the Los Angeles auto show press days a while ago.
Here are some thoughts...

 As mentioned before, the "new' Leaf isn't all new. but a new design on top of the exact same structure.
(Glass is all the same as before except the rear hatch)

Which is actually fine, since it looks so different. Edgier and a bit more aggressive visually.

 Same thing inside. Where things are exactly where they used to be. Just looking a bit different.
The car is solid and well finished.
 I don't remember exactly how was the back seat of the previous version, but this one is really roomy.
And I really like the 2 tone cream/black combo. (Also refreshing to see nice cloth instead of "almost mandatory" leather everywhere!)
but I do miss a sunroof. Of any kind...
 The added power is immediately obvious. The new leaf is punchier than the old one.
And you can tell right away.

The steering feels about the same, and
 the ride is very smooth.
New for 2018 is the e-Pedal mode. Where the car slows down (and eventually stops) when you lift your food off the accelerator. So you could basically drive using only one pedal most of the time.

It actually works and is quite pleasant. (Other EVs have that feature as well.)

The new Leaf looks like a really nice upgrade.
The 150 miles EV range is much better than before.

The eGolf is still sportier. And even though it is rated at only 115 miles I got much more in my recent test drive.

I am really looking forward to spend a week with the new Leaf...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Bullitt Mustang coming up for 2019?

 That would be nice.
This picture does show a 2018 Mustang with a Bullitt color and black wheels. With their chrome ring.
So this really could be it.

I really liked the 2008 model. Based off the great (and still really good looking) 2006 design.

 Of course, the original. the genesis of the whole Bullitt mustang. The one that was featured in the 1968 film of the same name.
 A very nice try for 2001.
But this 2008 is really the best.

A very clean and simple design. No scoops or spoilers.
Just great proportions and simple lines.( I wonder how much these are used...)

Saturday, December 09, 2017

2019 Toyota Corolla illustration

This is of course, not the real thing.

It's actually not that easy to guess what the next Corolla will look like.
So this illustrations looks like a blend of all current Toyota design cues.
From the Camry, Yaris, Prius etc... They are all represented here. And the final result looks like quite a mess.

Let's hope Toyota finds it in its heart to give us something nice and simple...

2018/19 European VW Passat

Apparently the Euro Passat is due for a facelift pretty soon.
The white car in the illustration shows what it could look like (The other one is the current model)

Obviously, VW is on a path to put the same front end on all their cars. So the illustration shows an Artheon grille on the Passat.
(The 2019 Jetta will be similar)

I think it doesn't work. At all. There is no reason to make the grille larger.
The current model is quite tasteful.

That illustration looks like a mess. 

Friday, December 08, 2017

2019 Porsche 911 Interior

Compared to the current interior (bottom) the new one almost looks retro.
Just like current Porsche interiors, the dashboard is very flat. I guess like old Porsches.

The current one is still very nice. I guess they feel they have to change these once in a while.

More pictures HERE
Why not...

2019 Toyota Avalon teaser

This already looks overdone...

The Avalon is a large, smooth "luxury" sedan. I am not sure this kind of design fits the car. Unless they are going for something totally different (Which I doubt)

Companies who have trouble designing good looking cars usually resort to just adding lines, spoilers, fake vents, scoops. Their idea of looking"younger".
I don't think they need to make the Avalon "look younger". Let's face it, no hipsters are buying them.
People won't move up to an Avalon from a C-HR...

This teaser does look quite busy already, and it is only showing a small part of the front end.

Let's hope I am 100% wrong. And the new Avalon looks stunning.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

At least from these pictures, the next Santa Fe doesn't look like that much of an improvement when compared to the current one (bottom pic)

I mean really. the current one is pretty nice looking. Actually a bit nicer than a Pilot or Highlander.
It also looks like the new Subaru Ascent a bit. 

The next one looks like it has that weird looking huge grille. The one they probably will put on everything from now on. 
The whole front end looks like a huge Kona. 

The sold over 131 000 units of the Santa Fe last year. But that also includes the 5 seater "Sport"model.
(The prototype above looks like the longer "regular" Santa Fe (Or XL in Canada)
So who knows how many they sold of the larger one...

While Toyota sold over 191 000 Highlanders . 
I guess Hyundai figures an even more conservative design is the key to success. Which didn't really work with the Sonata...

Good luck. 

More pictures of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee prototype

We are basically seeing almost all the changes now.
Looking much more conservative, and far less imaginative.
But still modern. And, I guess, more in tune with what people like.

A few changes inside are also planned. But as previously mentioned HERE, the new 2.0 Liter Turbo should also be available.

More pictures HERE

2019 Ford Focus Sedan

Sure, it looks all new. But I am not sure it is that much more modern looking than the current one (blue car) This doesn't look like that much of an effort. 
It reminds me a bit of the Volvo S60.

This looks ready to go, with almost no camouflage. We should be able to see the whole thing at the Detroit auto show...

Head over HERE for all pictures of the prototype. 

New engine choice for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

On top of getting an all new face, the "revised for 2019" Cherokee will be getting the all new 2.0 Liter Turbo engine from the new Wrangler as an option.
And it looks like it will be making the exact same HP in the Cherokee at 270.

In the Wrangler, this engine is paired with an 8 speed automatic.
I wonder if this will be the case for the Cherokee. I know the 9 speed auto has been criticized by almost everyone.
I guess it would be about time for Chrysler to either fix it or ditch it....

2019 Jeep Grand Commander coming up?

This shows a list of names recently patented in China by FCA.
We see the Portal concept. The Pacifica ( I guess they were not selling it over there until now??)
So grand Commander could also be a Concept name.
Or, most likely, the name for the production version of the Yuntu concept.

Here are patent drawings for the production version of the Yuntu.

I guess the name "Grand Commander" is fine. Although it makes you wonder whatever happened to the regular "Commander"...Will there be a shorter version of this car? But wouldn't that be a Cherokee?

We'll see...

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

More pictures of the Buick GL6

I keep thinking this is a pretty interesting car Buick is offering only in China right now.

The top pictures also show a really cool windshield wiper design.
Which  seems to be covering/cleaning the whole thing from each edge of the windshield. 

I remember seeing odd looking ones from Citroen and Mercedes. Mostly using only one wiper.
But this seems to be a good idea for large windshields...

The interior does look pretty nice. Actually better than most other Opel interiors.
And roomy too!

Is this the production version of the Chevrolet FNR-X SUV???

Hard to say, really.
But it could be.
It does look like a toned "way" down version of the concept GM showed in China a while ago.

We all though the production version of this concept was going to be the upcoming small Bolt based new EV. (Pictured HERE)
I guess there is room for another slightly larger model.
The concept was also a plug-in hybrid. So it would be a Volt based thing.

Why not...