The Trax is Chevrolet's version of the new Buick Encore crossover.
Europe is getting the Encore as the Opel Moka.
But we are not getting the Trax. From these pictures it looks like Canada is getting it though.
Sure, they do look very similar. But they do sell us the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain. And these 2 are really similar. Especially inside.
Just as a reminder, here are a couple of pictures of the Encore.
It will start at at $25 000 when it goes on sale later this year.
It includes the 1.4 Liter Turbo with 138hp and a 6 speed auto.
It will top at around $31 000 completely loaded. AWD is still a $1500 choice.
This is NOT cheap for such a small car. It will be competing with larger crossovers like the all new Escape, CRV etc...
Maybe a cheaper Chevrolet version would have been a better choice after all....
Basically, the coupe version of the new Cee'd.
Which is a hatchback version of our all new Forte. With a better interior as well.
This would make a great addition to Kia's US line up.
It looks great compared to the competition. Which, over here, is mostly the Civic Coupe and the Elantra coupe.
Both much more boring looking cars than this.
A concept, so far.
Rumors of a wagon version of the 4 door Panamera have been around for a while.
And it does work. Looking better than the 4 door version.
The interior is obviously concept futuristic. Or is it?
Could the new front and interior end up in the revised version of the Panamera due out next year?
The interior does look great. If a bit shiny.
But it's not as bad as in the XJ.
And at least, the dials are real. They didn't use the XJ's horrible looking LCD screen.
Not much is known so far. Except engines will be a choice of 2 versions of the 3.0 V6 with 340hp or 380hp. As well as a V8.
As I mentioned, I have heard earlier that a Turbo 4 would become the base engine about a year after launch.
Which makes sense and follows what BMW and Mercedes have been doing with their Z4 and SLK
There is a lot of info here.
This is really an interesting read.
Is anyone here actually considering an EV or Plug-in Hybrid?
I know that after driving the Leaf and Volt, I would be very interested myself.
Although I do share the concern about such limited range. 100 miles is just not enough for a main car.
Once thing you notice right away, is the extra power when compared to last year's 2.4 Liter base model.
Not quite as quick as the V6, but it is now just fine.
The previous base model was just too slow for the price and size.
It is still super quiet at all time. The ride and steering combo is about perfect for this car.
Everything feels really solid.
My car had the Harman Kardon stereo option, for an extra $600.
And it is money well spent. The system sounds fantastic. Much better than most I have tested over the years.
One thing I noticed was the auto stop system is super smooth and about as invisible as can be. But it doesn't work if you are using the climate control.
I was able to replicate the 36MPG HWy claim.
But my city average varied a lot. Even though I was driving around the same streets most of the week.
It went from a low of about 20 to a high of almost 28MPG.
GM's official number is 25. Which I guess sounds about right. If a little high.
No matter what, the Buick Lacrosse, eAssist or not, is a joy to drive.
But the competition isn't resting. Especially with an all new, and quite good looking, Toyota Avalon just around the corner.
And the Hybrid version is rated and an amazing 40MPG.
But for next year, the Lacrosse gets a revised interior and redesigned front and rear.
The Sportback is the 4 door hatchback version of the A3 in Europe. Over here, as we never get the 2 door, it is just the A3...
And just like the 2 door introduced a few months ago, it is a rather boring update of the current model. A more angular version of the same design. Which I guess works for them. You just have to wonder for how long though...
Basically the same car as the great looking new V40 hatchback, on stilts. Which is what they've been doing for yeas with most of their wagons. And now it seems everyone does the same thing, including Audi and VW.
Volvo still says we are not getting the V40 in the US.
Looks like the last Kia model to get a modern redesign. Not sure if the Rondo will actually return to the US. The Mazda 5 isn't really setting record sales numbers over here. And the new Rondo would cover pretty much the same segment.
Just got the eAssist, "mild hybrid" version of the Buick Lacrosse today. And will be keeping it for about a week.
The main point of this is the better mileage and extra power over last year's base 2.4 Liter engine. When I drove the 2.4 Liter last year, I got 19/31 as my city/HWY gas mileage. Which wasn't much better than the 17/27 I got earlier with the much more powerful 3.6 Liter V6.
For 2013, the eAssist is standard. And rated at 25/36 MPG. So potentially quite an improvement. We'll see if these numbers translate in real world driving from Mr.Burlapp...
So far the basic Lacrosse qualities are still there. Solid, smooth, quiet. With now more power than last year's base engine. But a few things seem behind the newer competition. Like the lack of a keyless start system. And a few bits onside now seem cheap. Some of the plastic chrome seems a bit too shinny, out of place.
The Lacrosse will be getting a revised interior for next year, just like the Enclave did for 2013. So all these little things will probably be fixed then...