Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jeep Grand Commander

I guess you would call these a "teaser". Or "Official illustrations".
So they are of course a bit exaggerated. But not that much.
As we have seen the real thing just a few days ago HERE

I thing the new Grand Commander will end up being quite decent looking. Unlike the base white model pix I posted earlier. 
Power will come from the revised 9 speed auto also introduced in the 2019 Cherokee. And the new 2.0 Liter Turbo. It will seat up to 7 people. 

As mentioned before, this is only for the Chinese market.
I really don't think it will last. But so far, this is still the official word from Jeep. 

Revisions for the Peugeot 308

 The 308 is Peugeot's answer to the VW Golf.
it came out a few years ago, and got a few revisions for 2017. So it's a little strange to see more changes so quickly. (At least not he Chinese market model pictured in red)

Inside, it looks completely different.
Except for the doors (Current model in the bottom pic)
What a drastic redesign for a car that came out in 2013.

Unless that means that China will keep this one even longer than Europe. Where an all new one could be coming out sooner.
Who knows...

2019 Fiat 500X

The beige car is the current model, so you can see there won't be many changes for the new year.
Mostly the lights. At least on this rear view.
Expect new bumpers and lights up front. And a larger screen inside.
Just like it's Jeep Renegade cousin.

Fiat updated the lights of the "regular" small 500 hatchback a couple of years ago. And the change never made it to the US. Not sure why, since we cot the new dash that was introduced in Europe at the same time.

So I am not sure the new lights pictured here will make it for the US model.
But really, who knows.....

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 VW Up GTI

The VW Up is a tiny car.
Until you compare it with the first generation Golf that is.

In these pictures, VW shows us the new GTI version of the Up, next to the original Golf GTI.
The new one has 115HP. Compared to 110 from the original (It was less in the US)
And the Up is only about 4 inches shorter than the original Golf GTI. Although it is taller and a little bit wider. 

At about $20 000, the GTI is the top of the line for the Up lineup.
And I really whish they'd sell it here.

Doesn't this look like a lot of fun?!

2019 BMW Z4: major disappointment coming up..

Just like Subaru, BMW has become one of these car companies that show us really nice concepts that end up being quite disappointing when turned into production models.

We first saw pictures of the new 8 series (HERE) in production form. Which lost all the cool aspects of the concept.
Now this. The new Z4 will of course "kind of" look like the concept. (bottom picture)
But will be different enough to be quite lame when compared to it.

Why not just show us the production car a bit early, instead of putting all that work (and money) in a concept that just ends up being a set up for a major disappointment?

I am sure the new Z4 will be nice. Like all its predecessors. But now, it will be compared to the much nicer concept. And that will make it look pretty terrible...

Friday, January 19, 2018

2019 Jeep Renegade interior

While I did post exterior and interior pictures of the revised 2019 Renegade HERE, today we have more.
And, as you can see, there isn't that much new inside for the Renegade. (Spy pic is on top)
Mostly a larger screen. Thanks to a new plastic piece around it, it fits exactly where the old one did on the dash.
Bellow the dash, the console seems to have been redesigned.
Otherwise that's about it...

Head over HERE for more pictures of the 2019 Jeep Renegade testing in the snow. 

2019 Toyota Auris/Corolla iM

This actually looks promising. Maybe.
I do like these super wide LED lights up front.
It also looks a bit sportier than the current model, sold here as the iM.

Inside, we have another sad case of the "tablet sticking out" . Which is too bad.

Let's hope that maybe, just maybe, this is the one that ends that horrible "huge mouth" trend on recent Toyota designs.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All new Datsun Cross

 Nissan revived the Datsun brand to sell super low cost modes in emerging countries.
So none of these are good looking. But they are super cheap.
(Their little "Go" hatchback is around $7000)

But this new "SUV" is particularly ugly. Even for a cheap brand.
It will start at around $12 000 when it goes on sale in India.
Which actually isn't that cheap fur such an ugly thing...
Looks like the interior can seat up to seven people.
But wait...

Look at that rear seat! I know it's India. But still. The heads of whoever will be back there (probably kids) will be right against the glass.
It also looks like there is also about zero cargo space behind that seat..

I know safety regulations are vastly different around the world. But this is the worst I have seen. 

While it is called "Cross" there is no AWD or 4WD available. Power comes from a 1.2 Liter engine with 78HP and a CVT.

2019 Hyundai Nexo in beautiful "BurlappVision"

I do like the Nexo quite a bit.
I know the design doesn't seem to be the most popular on this site. But I like it, and the interior too.
This would be a great every day Crossover. Especially in the Los Angeles area, where most of the refueling stations seem to be.
(As I mentioned earlier, there are a couple just a few blocks from where I live)

Just wonder how competitive the lease will be against The Mirai and Clarity.

Digital License plate coming???

Really? Why???

I think this is just an excuse to cram more advertising down out throats.

I am just curious, would anyone here be interested in something like this?

And why?

Would you be OK to drive a car with a commercial on the license plate?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2019 Toyota Avalon in full "BurlappVision" video.

Here is the all new 2019 Toyota Avalon in full "BurlappVision".

You get to see that huge grille in action. Which is mainly scaring people.

(Since, as you can see,  most of it is blocked out, it doesn't even help for the actual cooling. )

The front end of the new Avalon is probably one of the worst design I have seen in a long time.

As well as being so wrong for this type of car.

You can also watch it HERE.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Just a few more pix of the 2019 Kia Forte

Yes, just a few more pictures of the new Forte from the auto show floor.
The white one, with normal (non black) wheels.

I still think it looks pretty terrible. And much more worse than the current model, which did have a bit of a personality to it.
This just looks like it was "drawn" and not "designed".
The details are also horrible. That front bumper... The rear one. The tiny black spoiler. Why???

I just can't see anyone who was not interested in the previous version considering this one instead.
They sold about 104 000 of these last year (including sedan and hatchback)
Which is less than the Jetta.
I can't see this new one doing anything at all to boost that number in any way.

This is quite a let down. Let's hope they don't ruin the next Optima...

More on the revised 2019 Jeep Cherokee

 The Cherokee lost its original front end. Which was expected.
But it also gained a classier interior. Even though that has not been redesigned.
Instead, trims have been revised. The metal plastic isn't as shinny anymore. And the plastic trims aren't as thick.
Small changes that actually make quite a difference.

Look at the side vents on the 2018 model above.
And the plastic metallic trims round the screen. the console also looks much nicer (Although I am surprised it isn't getting the rotary shifter)

Everything seems a bit more upscale in the 2019.

The new 2.0 Liter Turbo is a new option. With 270HP.
Otherwise the old 2.4 Liter (180HP) and a new 3.2 Liter V6 (271HP) are still on the menu.
What it doesn't get is the new 8 speed automatic.
The Cherokee sticks with the 9 speed, which has been criticized since it came out.
Although now they claim it has been "upgraded". Whatever that means...

On sale in the first quarter of 2018 (which means "very soon")

Some Jeep Grand Commander trim details.

Here are some weird little trim detailing the new Jeep Grand Commander.
Chrome trim, or no chrome. Cheap or expensive.

Always the same story...

(More PIX of the Jeep Grand Commander HERE

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.