Thursday, January 16, 2020

2021 Toyota 4Runner?

This could be an early look at the next generation 4Runner.
Which means it wouldn't be as blocky as the current model.

Or it could be all that camouflage, smoothing things out.
(I really would not expect the next 4Runner to have a smoother design than the new Rav-4)

No matter what, the current generation is long overdue for an update. Since it came out in 2009.

For the first time in decades, it will be getting some serious competition from Ford next year. With their all new Bronco. Years ago, the 4Runner was a really small compact truck while the Bronco was this old full size beast (at least later generations)
The next generations of both will be pretty much the same size. Which means they would really compete against each other for  the first time.

It should be interesting

(Thanks to a reader for the pic)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

More EVs from GM coming up...

 The car on the left is the new "Bolt+" (Or whatever they end up calling it...)
The middle one is the 2021 Bolt refresh, hiding its new front end.
But what is the third car on the right?

And by the way, when GM mentioned a small SUV based on the Bolt, I was expecting something a bit larger than the regular Bolt.
On this picture at least, they look to be the same size.

This one.
Not a Bolt, or that new "Larger Bolt".

What do you think?
A Buick version?
A Chinese model ? (These pix were taken in the US)

2021 VW Tiguan

It looks like the Tiguan will be receiving some changes for 2021. Pictured here is the European, shorter version. So the rear of the car is different anyway.. 

The front end on the 2021 version (top pic) looks all new and very inspired by the new 2020 Golf.
I hear the interior will also receive an upgrade.
Not sure if that just means a larger screen or a new design. 
The current version has a rather plain and boring interior. With plenty of hard plastics everywhere.
And just like the Atlas, it never really looked modern.

So anything will be an improvement...

Upcoming Genesis models.

 While they were showing off their all new GV80 SUV, Genesis also gave us a glimpse of its future.
Which, we already know, will include an all new G80 sedan. A revised G70 and the all new GV70 crossover.
But they also showed this shadowy picture of a coupe.(top)
Which is strange, since nobody comes up with 2 door cars anymore.

They did show us a coupe concept (bottom pic) a few years ago, but it turned out to be more a preview of the new G90 than an actual 2 door car.
Plus, the new shape they showed yesterday is more of a fastback.

A larger, luxury coupe sounds interesting though... A luxury EV coupe would be great.

They also showed what looks like a production version of their goofy Mint Concept we just saw a few months ago.
I guess the market for this would mostly be in Europe. 

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox is getting a few changes for the next model year.
As you can see, there is a new front end. 
There are also new rear lights. Which is just the usual "mid-cycle refresh" stuff.
The base 1.5 Liter Turbo engine has been replaced by a 165hp 1.3 Liter Turbo. (at least for the Chinese market)
A 2.0 Liter will still be an option.

I don't expect anything new inside, except, maybe, a larger screen.

Genesis GV80 video

This is a pretty long video. But it gives you a great look of the all new Genesis GV80.

Which seems even more impressive in this than in pictures.

It has really nice design touches and seem to be trying hard to come up with original features.

(I really like the second turn signals on the side of the front fender)

If priced right, (bellow its competition) this could be quite a hit for the new brand.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2021 Chevrolet Bolt based EV Crossover

It has been a while since GM talked about an all new EV model based on the Bolt.
The even had shown this image (HERE) at a dealer meeting.
Soon after we started seeing prototypes testing (HERE
Today, we see the real thing.
At least the version that will be sold in China, as a Buick. 

It looks pretty nice and clean. But it doesn't really look much more like an SUV than the regular Bolt to me. 
I guess it has some black trim around the door and might sit an inch higher or something...
Why not.

At least, it will get a large sunroof as an option (not pictured here), something the Bolt never offered.

2021 Genesis GV80 official pictures

We finally get to see official pictures of the all new Genesis GV80 SUV.
And it looks quite nice. The front end is actually pretty distinctive, with these double headlight shapes.
Not sure how the grille looks in real life...

Inside, it makes me thing of what a new Jaguar should be (Or maybe that's just because of the trim colors in the bottom pic)
It seems a very nice blend of modern and classy. Again, something jaguar should be doing.

Although there is a diesel engine available overseas, the US will probably get the new 2.5 Liter Turbo with 300hp as the base engine. And a 3.5 Liter Turbo V6 with 375hp as an option.
RWD and AWD will both be available.

This all sounds good so far.
And let's hope they come up with some kind of electrification soon. 

2021 GMC Yukon

 As usual, the new Yukon is basically the exact same car as the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban (bottom pic), for more money.
And of course, it has its own front end. I have to say, this time it looks like GMC has outdone themselves.
As the new grille/front end is more vulgar than ever. This looks like a bad Chinese copy of an American truck.

 Same thing inside, where you can see the interior is also the same as the Tahoe/Suburban (bottom pic)
Except for the steering wheel and minute trim changes...

 At least the Denali version gets an all new dashboard. Which is a bit weird.

It looks a bit odd, but at least it is different than the Chevrolet version.
I think GMC really needs to use this das design in all the Yukon models, not just the Denali.

All new VW Arteon wagon (Shooting Brake)

Just like the Arteon is not a real coupe, this is NOT a real "Shoothing Brake".(Since a "Shooting brake" is the wagon version of a coupe. Therefore, has only 2 doors.)

Still, no matter what VW calls it, this is one good looking wagon.
The prototype caught on these photos is a raised up "all road" type version.
And it still looks great. So far, it looks like this is for the Chinese market. But it probably will end up in Europe as well since wagons are quite popular over there.

It would be nice to have it over here too. As a cheaper alternative (and much better looking) to the Audi A4 AllRoad.
This will some kind of a plug-in hybrid powertrain would be great.

If they bring it over here, they would need to advertise it. Unlike what Buick did with the Tour-X...

Monday, January 13, 2020

All new Genesis GV80

I realize it has been at least 2 days since I posted anything about the Genesis GV80, so here it is.
So many of them in one picture!

I think this will be a hit for the new brand. This, and the smaller GV70 are exactly what they need to be on the radar.
Not sure if the giant grille is fine in person (it looks pretty ridiculous on the 2020 G90).
But it's not more shocking than what Lexus is doing.

Full official pictures and info are coming out soon. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

2020 Genesis G90 price

The revised (not all new) 2020 G90 sedan will start at a bit over $73 000.
Which, I think, is a crazy price.

Sure, reviewers are quick to mention it is much cheaper than the BMW 7 series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8. (between $12 000 and $21 000 cheaper)
But the truth is no one who is considering one of these will ever even think of the G90...
So it really doesn't matter how much cheaper the G90 is.

Its only competition, in the US, is pretty much the Lexus LS.
And the big Lexus sedan is only about $3000 more to start than the G90.

I am not sure anyone would pick a $73 000 luxury sedan from an unknown brand over an established one with a great reputation for quality just to save $3000.
On top of this, the 2019 version of the Lexus LS is available these days with huge discounts.
Between $6000 to almost $18 000 off! (If you get the $12 000 luxury package)
Which makes it cheaper than the Genesis.

Sure, the Lexus design is still not for everyone. But I don't think the Superman grille of the Genesis looks good at all. Plus, the new front and rear ends for 2020 now really clash with the super conservative profile.

Genesis sold only 2248 units on the G90 in the US last year.
Lexus sold 9300 units of the LS in 2018.

At over $73 000, the 2020 G90 is also about $4000 more than the 2019 model.
Which has the same interior and main design. Except front and rear.
It really makes no sense to make this super slow selling car even more expensive.

It should really be priced under $60 000 to have a chance.

2021 Hyundai Minivan

Hyundai is getting an all new minivan ready. But it will be mostly for the Chinese market, and a few other countries.
So this will probably not show up as at the new 2021 Hyundai Entourage in the US (The old Entourage was canceled in 2009).

Even though there are still interior trim parts missing in the prototype above, you can tell this will be a pretty high end offering. Competing, in China, with the popular Buick GL8 and the new VW Viloran.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Next generation Fiat 500X illustrations

Apparently, Fiat will not be giving up on the 500X Crossover.

Not sure how well it has been selling in Europe, but here in the US, it has been a huge flop.
As they sold only 5223 in 2018. From a "high" of 12 599 in 2016.
Not only these are terrible numbers, but they are positively pathetic when compared to the Jeep Renegade sales figures of over 97 000 for 2018.
These are basically the same cars with different designs and interiors. Coming out of the same factory.
(Both come from Italy)

I understand that for some reason, the Jeep design is more attractive to more people. 
But Fiat has never pushed the 500X to begin with.
The same old story from FCA. Where they only want to sell Jeeps and nothing else.
Which is really too bad.

Let's hope the new bosses from PSA spend more time pushing all their brands...

Thursday, January 09, 2020

2021 all new Fiat 500 Electric

Although Fiat just released a 'mild-hybrid" version of the current (old) 500, there is still an all new one coming out very soon.
That new one will be an electric only model, longer than the current version.
And there has been a strong rumor of a small rear door, at least on one side.
The illustrations above show what it could look like. With the extra door on  one side only.

Although, we already know these illustrations are wrong, since I have posted pictures of a prototype of the real thing a few days ago (HERE). Where you can see the rear view mirror is in another position.
But the rest of that illustration could be pretty close.

Let's hope this new 500 EV will make a come back to the US.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Genesis GV70

Unlike my previous post about the GV70, most of these pictures (Except the top one) seem to show a base model. (these small wheels don't look upscale at all...)

What we can see of the interior seems pretty stylish. With what seems to be an "oval" theme.
On the door handles, vents etc. 

This is supposed to come out just a few months after the new GV80. And will compete with the Cadillac XT4, Lexus NX and Acura RDX mostly. At least in the US.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Fisker Ocean interior

These are clearer pictures of the all new (so new it is still 2 years away) Fisker Ocean crossover.
As you can see, it doesn't look luxurious.
Which is OK, since it starts at $37 500 before incentives. Which means it will be under $30 000 in most states.
Or about $18 000 less than the Tesla Model Y which will not qualify for federal incentives (and is more expensive anyway)
Also OK since the Tesla interior is not luxurious either.
And it is also cheaper than the Mustang Mach E.

This still seems simple and elegant. especially for the price.

Let's hope it actually reaches production. So much can happen in two years...

2021 Hyundai Elantra

The next generation Elantra looks like it will be a lot sleeker than the current model.
Which, in my opinion, never looked as good as the previous one.

Looks like there will be a pretty large piece of black plastic right behind the rear side window. Unless that ends up being chrome in some versions.
The rear window seems really slick. At least from the angle. Again, this looks like it should be a hatchback. But probably won't be...

Good to see that most manufacturers are still designing sedans. 
(looking better and more modern than ever)

And why not! Hyundai sold over 200 000 of these in 2018.

2021 VW Nivus

I have mentioned the new VW Nivus before. And how much it resembles the small Polo hatchback.

As you can see, the new Nivus "SUV" (top pic) is very close to the Polo (bottom)
It is basically a Polo on stilts, with a different, longer rear end.

Pretty much the same thing Mazda did to transform the new Mazda 3 hatchback into the CX-30.

And why not...

Sunday, January 05, 2020

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox will be getting a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 Model year.

The top picture shows the changes, still under heavy camouflage. So it's hard to say...
Since this is a very popular model for Chevrolet, don't expect anything drastic.

Same thing inside. Even though it is all covered up, it will probably be very similar.
(The door panels are exactly the same as the current one)

I would expect a larger screen, within basically the same dashboard design. 

Fisker Ocean news

Fisker released a few (very few) pictures of the upcoming Ocean SUV today. As well as some info.
From the pictures, it still looks like a concept car to me, not the final production version. ( no bumpers etc.)
Deliveries are scheduled for 2022. And a few things could happen to the design between now and then I guess.

It will get an EV range of 250 to 300 miles. Which is fine. Although we are talking of 2 years away. Which might not be that great by then.

The price is really interesting, since it will start at $37 500 before incentives. So it will be under $30 000 in most states.
A lot less than the Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.

And a "subscription" (very similar to a lease) will be available for $379 a month, with a big 30 000 miles a year limit.
This sounds like a great deal to me. Especially since you can subtract the cost of your monthly gas bill from that payment. (if you are currently driving a gas car)

But, all this is a full 2 years away. So this is still an " I'll believe it when I see it" type of scenario.