Bentley has been testing the next generation Continental Gt coupe for a while now.
The convertible version too.
And they have been pretty smart and effective with their camouflage.
As the next model looks to have very different proportions than the first 2 generations.,
it seems much lower and wider.
Like a longer version of the EXP10 from 2015.
The same design was used a few weeks ago for the EXP12 convertible.
Let's hope these two gorgeous designs were a preview of the next Continental GT coupe and convertible.
Here are these two concepts.
If you can look closely at the prototype pictures HERE you can see a lot of these concepts.
I love the first generation Continental GT.
But not the current one. Which is just a poor copy of the previous design.
I especially don't like the horribly cheap looking rectangular tail lights gently seems to be using on everything these days.
These concepts replace them with a really cool oval LED design.
It just looks great...
Head over HERE for all the pix of the prototype testing in the snow.
Look at this. The "sporty' SE version now has 90's looking clear tail lights!
I guess they are trying to conjure memories of the old 1st generation Lexus IS?
I had no idea this was still a thing for some people...
This looks like cheapo after market stuff.
(The whole thing does actually)
On another note. I just learned from a reader with "inside knowledge" that Toyota is indeed preparing an all new Sienna for 2019 or 2020.
So I guess they didn't really abandoned that segment. Just fort the next 2 or 3 years...
All that talk about the revised "made ugly" 2018 Toyota Sienna made me revisit the all new 2018 Odyssey from Honda.
Which I thought looked weird when it was unveiled .
But next to the now "old and weird" Sienna, the Honda looks really good.
Much more upscale outside. The lines don't appear too weird on this video.
The interior is shown with the usual "sad Honda dark grey" interior.
But that's a matter a color, trim. And personal taste.
Take a look and tell me if I'm wrong ( an impossibility)
Not as modern and slick as the Pacifica. But still a really good job.
from people who obviously want to stay in the Minivan business and know it takes some effort.
Looks like congratulations are in order for Subaru.
They have done what many thought was impossible: make the Viziv concept even more boring.
Look at the headlights!
Gone is the 1% of originality the concept had.
I was at the L.A show for the unveiling of the concept. No one stayed after the PR BS speech.
No one was interested in it, or cared in any way.
It just looks like a giant/bloated Forester.
I guess this is strictly for the extreme Subaru fans. The ones who won't even look at anything else.
Head over HERE for more pictures and info. If you dare.
Just though we could compare what we have seen so far of the all new 2018 VW Polo (white car), and the current one.
It looks like VWs are getting flatter. In general.
I mean, that's what happened to the current Jetta when you compare it to the previous one. It seems lower and wider.
There is nothing really modern about the next Polo. As far as we can see.
Just another super conservative looking hatchback.
At least it does seem a bit more upscale. Although I am not sure that is what people want in that segment. maybe in Europe, where it could attract people who can't afford a Golf?
But in general, it seems that a small Hatchback should be a little more fun.
The new Fiesta is. Even the current one is more modern than this.
In this short video. You see why 90% of people who are getting an SUV could be getting a wagon instead.
Unless riding high makes them "feel safe" for some reason...
(a friend of mine looking for a car just tole me that last week)
This is as much room as a family of 4 will ever need.
You could even sleep in it! This could be the perfect camping car.
Again, our Buick regal Tour-X will be a raised up version of this, similar to the Subaru Outback.
I guess US regulations will consider it an SUV, or "light truck" once it is raised up.
Just like Mercedes did with the US GLA. (The European version is obviously lower)
And Audi with the Q3.
Being categorized as a light truck allows for easier/cheaper regulations in the US. Which equals to more profits.
That is probably why we will not be getting the regular wagon version.
And also probably why the gorgeous Volvo V90 wagon is only available in the US as the raised up Cross Country version (regular V90 is special order only in the US. But still around $6000 less)
And also, why they are pushing SUVs so much in general.
Last year, VW came up with the T-Cross concept. (IN yellow above)A small SUV set to compete with others like the Nissan Juke or Honda HR-V etc...
The concept was even a convertible version.
But this above picture (blue car) is supposed to show us the production version, called the T-Roc.
And it doesn't look at all like the concept.
I mean not at all.
So either this is something else. Or there is really no hope for VW.
The concept was actually pretty attractive. Just imagine a roof and rerouted doors and it still looks nice.
But that blue thing above looks like a super cheapo car for "emerging markets".
Not sure what's going on here. But I will. I will!
Yes, this is a similar picture than the one I posted earlier HERE. Thinking it was the next Polo.
But from this wider shot, which includes the name "Jetta", it obviously isn't the Polo.
We really can't see much anyway. There is a third side window, large headlights...
That's about all I can make out. But it doesn't look like VW is changing the "boring lasts" Jetta recipe anytime soon.
The current model is old now. And still looks OK. Since it never looked great.
Well, as you can see, the next Touareg (in while) will look exactly like the T-Prime concept from last year.
The T-Prime looked just fine. Even great when compared to the sad Atlas.
But that crease on the side is getting really close to an Audi design.
It seems that, in general, VW is competing more and more with Audi these days. More than ever.
I mean the Golf's really nice interior is at least as nice as the Audi A3.
The all new Arteon looks better than the Audi A5 hatchback.
And now this.
Competing with the super boring "Mr.Zero Personality" Q7.
Doesn't really make any sense to me.
But at the same time. It's not bad news. Better looking cars for less money...
This is supposed to be the all new Wagon version of the 2018 Regal sedan.
From what I have heard, it will be only offered as this Tour X AWD version in the US.
Even though it is raised a bit (maybe a couple of inches?) I think it looks great.
The only engine for the US will be the smooth and powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo.
And, it's better than no wagon.
I hope this will be successful for GM. As it would be a great alternative to the super boring Subaru Outback.
And much less expensive than the great Volvo V90.
And so much nicer looking than the Audi A4 Wagon...
We will see the real thing next month.
Meanwhile, I am at work getting more pictures.
The Japanese press is reporting the next generation Lexus GS might never see the light of day.
It seems that Lexus things they have plenty of sedans with the IS, ES and the all new LS.
And why not, really.
Last year, they sold 14 878 units of the GS. Not a horrible number. Right?
But it is, compared to BMW who sold 32 408 of the 5 series. And Mercedes who did even better with 50 896 of the E-Class.
Both the BMW and Mercedes models have been redesigned. So 2017 should be even better.
But the main competition for the GS might just be the ES. Which sold 58 288 units last year.
And that will also be redesigned for next year, selling even better.
The ES is pretty much everything you need if you want a Lexus. It is super quiet, refined and reliable.
It has always looked pretty nice. Never offensive like the current GS.
And it is probably a bit roomier inside.
The current GS best number were back in 2015 with 23 117.
Still behind the competition.
So I would guess, yes. The GS might be dead after the current generation.
Designwise, it seems they were getting worse with each redesign. The best (IMO) being the first one,
designed by Giugiaro.