Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hyundai Lafesta interior

This is the first time we get to see a bit of the interior of that all new Hyundai Lafesta.
We saw the exterior of the car a while ago, but the windows were blacked out.

As you can see, it is pretty much standard Hyundai interior stuff. Including the tablet sticking out.
The exterior is quite original. While the interior seems a bit more conservative. So far...

More pix of the Lafesta HERE

GMC Terrain Denali test drive

 The GMC Terrain looks much nicer and upscale than the previous version.
It is just a much more refined design. Gone is the rather cheap looking blocky shape.

It does look larger than it is. While it is the same size as a Honda CR-V, it somehow seems more imposing.
Which might just be what GMC wants. Since, unlike Honda, they are known as a truck company.

 I was just wondering what had happened to bumper regulations.
But forgot this is actually an SUV. Therefore not required to have bumpers.
It just seems weird at first to see the front hood go all the way to the end of the car, without any protection of any kind.

 The Denali grille is pretty much a huge chrome dish.
Like it or not, this is the way GMC chooses to remind you this is the expensive version.

 The interior is a very pleasant place to be. Everything feels solid.
The design has small reminders of the larger GMC trucks, which is fine.
The back seat is about as roomy as most mid sized sedans.
There is plenty of room in the trunk even wth the rear seats up.

 The wood trim GMC chose for the Denali (Not sure if it is also included in other versions) isn't very convincing. But maybe it works better with another color interior...

 The giant glass roof is fantastic. And one of the best features of the Terrain.
(unfortunately, a $1495 option, even on the Denali)
 The Denali seats look great and are very comfortable.

 Unfortunately, the passenger seats are not 100% power. As you can see, the seat back adjustment is still manual.
Which would be OK in lesser versions. But the Denali starts at over $37 000. And the version tested here is over $44 000.
 I know their new electronic gear system is pretty controversial. But I actually love it. I never had a problem with it. And it's actually quite fun.
What is ridiculous is the inclusion of a fake manual mode. No one driving this car will ever use it in the first place.
And the design of it is just ridiculous....
 The first thing I noticed about the Terrain was the size. It drives like a larger car. Again, I think it does fit with the GMC "truck image" and it is fine.
The steering is excellent, with a very nice refined feel. The suspension is slightly firm, but always smooth.

The 2.0 Liter engine is just excellent. It starts very quietly even when cold in the morning. And it is just always smooth and quiet at any speed.
The 9 speed automatic is quite amazing. Very quick and smooth. And always pretty much invisible .

The 2.0 Denali AWD is rated at 21/26MPG.
Which is pretty much what I got in my weekly drive.

 The "super chromy" look is a matter of taste (It isn't mine)

Otherwise, I do like the design of the Terrain. And how it drives.
But it has one big problem: price.

The regular model starts at around the same price as a Honda CR-V. Which is great.
But at $37 000, the Denali should not have any options. My test car had over $4000 of options. It doesn't make any sense to me. If Denali is top of the line, it should just be offered at one loaded price.

As it its, you can get most of the good stuff like the Bose stereo, Glass roof, 2.0 Liter, leather etc.... on a regular Terrain for about $36 000.
Not cheap. But more in line with the competition.

As usual, you can click on the picture above to see the detailed pricing of the Terrain Denali I was driving. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

All new VW Tharu

This could very well be a top contender for the "least original SUV design" award. 

A mix of everything else out there. A smaller Tiguan with an Atlas front end.
How lazy...

This new "smaller than Tiguan" VW SUV is the Chinese version. But we are supposed to also be getting something that size from VW in the US.
And it will probably be the same model, with another name.
(The Chinese model pictured here is offered with a choice of a 1.2 Liter Turbo or a larger 1.4 Liter. With a 7 speed auto. )

It just looks like a Tiguan. So I am not sure why they don't just send us over the shorter 5 seater version of the Tiguan.
And again, why this when they sell the cool/much nicer looking T-Rock in Europe (???)

As you can see, it looks really close to the Seat Ateca.
But the rear quarters are different. And so are the hood and front fenders. So they are not the same cars.

It just boggles the mind why they have so many models looking so similar. But yet different.
How efficient can that really be???

Chinese made Cadillac XT4 coming up

This looks like our US version. Except the Chinese badges of course. 

Production of the Chinese made XT4 will start in the fall. So far, for the Chinese market only.
Just like the XT5, also made in China for the local market. 

But who knows. We are already getting the Plug-in Hybrid version of the CT6 from China. 
I am sure GM is looking very seriously (like everyone else) at importing more models from China to the US. It must be so tempting.... Imagine all that money saved.

Since pretty much all US models sold in China are made over there, it  makes the recent Chinese government announcement of a "tariff reduction on foreign cars" pointless.

 It might just be a matter of time for most cars sold around the world to be imported from China. 

2019 Kia Sportage

 The Sportage is getting a few revisions for the new year.
As I mentioned before, I kind of like it. I think it is pretty minor and does not ruin the good design.

(the red car is the new one)

 Even harder to tell the difference from the rear...

And basically the same thing as before inside... (new one on top) At least no tablet.

Not sure why they even bothered....

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Geely Kandi K23 EV: Redefining "Ugly"

This is actually  quite amazing. 
Geely has been coming up with very nice designs lately. So this is pretty shocking. 
(The patent design at the bottom was an early sign of how wrong things we going to be...)

To be fair, this isn't a "true Geely car". Since it is a partnership with the Kandi company.
(Who is probably responsible for the design)

There have been other Kandi models, like the K12 and K17. (Also based on smaller Geely cars)
This new K23 has a range of about 190 miles and a top speed of about 60MPH. Which I guess is fine for most uses. 

What do you think? Is this too ugly to be cool?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

More pictures of the new Buick Excelle

As I mentioned earlier, the Excelle has usually been a Chinese version of the Opel Astra. And Excelle GT was the Astra hatchback equivalent.
But it looks like this new sedan version is cheaper and smaller. And not based on the Astra at all.
More like the Corsa. Or what was supposed to be the new Corsa before Peugeot took over Opel.

It really look quite uninspired. With an interior that manages to be boring and weird at the same time ( I guess that's something original..)

Bob's Big Boy in "BurlappVision".

Just a short video to show these beauties in action...

(Better in HD...)

Friday, May 18, 2018

More Vintage Magic at Bob's Big Boy

More beautiful cars this Friday night.
More magic under a clear sky. 

2019 Jeep Wrangler Pick-up

I know, this isn't really new. We have seen it before.
And we all know a pick-up version of the new Wrangler is coming up pretty soon.

But this is a new picture of it. So why not....

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Buick Excelle

Just a few more pictures of the new version of the Buick Excelle sedan for China.

Previous models of the Excelle were mostly rebadged Chinese versions of the Opel Astra.
This one seems to be quite different. And  smaller. (It is about 8 inches shorter than the previous Astra Sedan)

So this could actually be based on the next generation Opel Corsa GM was planning.
(The one that never saw the light of day since Peugeot decided at the last minute to use a PSA platform for the next Corsa.)
That "old" GM small platform might be the one used here. In this "Corsa sedan that never was"...