Thursday, May 25, 2017

2019 Chrysler Portal?

This was sent to me as the new upcoming Chrysler Portal.

I have heard rumors that Chrysler would actually produce a version of the really cool looking Portal concept.
But since the brand is practically dead, any new product rumor is suspicious.

This would obviously be a new crossover smaller than the Pacifica. 
The mule/prototype pictured above is pretty covered up, so it's hard to actually see or even guess how close it would be to the concept design.
Or if it is even a Chrysler. Since Crazy Sergio is doing his best to kill both Chrysler and Dodge, this might turn out to be a yet another Jeep after all.

I am trying go get more on this soon....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2018 Honda Passport?

 This picture (and more) was posted today on the Motor1 site. (HERE)
They think this is some new Chevrolet SUV.
I am not sure where a new SUV/Crossover line would fit in Chevrolet's line up.
They already seem to cover every size with the Trax/Equinox/Traverse.

To me, this looks much more like the Honda Avancier sold in China.
I mentioned the Avancier a few times before. As I really think Honda is about to bring it over here as the new 2018 Passport.

 Here is the Avancier. The A pillar and the roof line look very much like that prototype above. (And HERE)

Just a couple more pix of it.
Get used to it.I think it's coming...

What do you think?
Is THIS our 2018 Passport?

BMW 8 series Concept

So far, this is looking pretty fantastic.
I just wonder how much of that concept will make it into the production model next year.

The new 8 series basically replaces the "old" 6 series.
Why? Besides being able to charge more for an 8 than a 6, who knows...

This is a prototype of the real thing.
It already looks much less agressive. The grille seems less slanted, headlights larger etc...

We'll see...

2018 Tesla Model 3 interior

Just a couple of pictures showing the production interior. Or at least, a little bit of it.
Showing the wood trim that was missing from the prototype.

I guess Tesla realizes their interiors look and feel quite cheap compared to cars of the same price.
(The Model3 will be about the price of a Mercedes C-Class. Which has a really nice interior.)

The Model 3 prototype was already criticized for its lack of luxury feel. 
It looks like it was too late for a redesign. So all we're getting is mostly wood.
And some trim. 

Which might be fine.

2018 Porsche Macan

No now can see what is hiding behind the rear end camouflage of these Porsche Macan prototypes driving around.
The sketch above shows the new lights. Similar to the new Panamera.
And just like in the larger sedan, looking great...

We should be seeing the real thing very soon.

2018 GMC Yukon Denali

In other earth shattering news, the Denali version of the GMC Yukon is getting a new grille design for 2018.
And a new 10 speed automatic. (It comes with 8 speed now)
So there...

You can check my review of the GMC Yukon Denali HERE.

VW's new 2.0 Liter engine for 2018

The upcoming 2018 Tiguan will use an new 2.0 Liter engine.
It is not replacing the current, more powerful 2.0 Liter found in the GLI and GTI.

This new one seems to be an upgrade from the current 1.8 Liter Turbo.
A 184HP 2.0 Liter.

This new 2.0 would also find its way into the new Jetta coming out in a few months.
As well as pretty much all other VW models currently using the 1.8 Liter.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2018 Fiat 500L

Looks like it's not dead yet.
A car that most of us in the US forgot it even existed.
I don't ever see any advertising for this anywhere...

They gave it a new front, details, revised dashboard etc...

Which means it will be at least another couple of years before an all new one.
The small regular 500 is now 10 years old, so I gets Sergio figured he can get a few more years out of this one too.

Not sure if these changes will aver make it here. Since we still don't have the small changes they gave the 500 a while ago...

Monday, May 22, 2017

2018 Volvo XC-40

Here it it, the interior of the all new XC40 compact SUV.
This will be competing next year with the Audi A3 and Mercedes GLA. As well as the X1 from BMW I guess.

Sure this is still covered in camouflage, but it already looks pretty good I would say.
A lot like it's big brother the XC60. Which is great news....

2018 Mazda CX-8

 Just like the CX-4, we will not be getting the new CX-8.
(Seems like Mazda won't send us Even numbers models over here ...)

The CX-8 is a new 7 seater model for japan only. So far...
There were rumors about it being a longer CX-5. Or a weird version of the CX-9.
From the picture, it's still had to say.
Here is the CX-9.
The rear lights look pretty much the same to me.

Who knows...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2018 VW Polo

There is still a bit of camouflage around the lights. Front and rear.
Otherwise, this gives us a really good idea of what the next Polo will be like.

Previous generations have been huge sellers in Europe, but it has never been offered in the US.
A few years ago, VW mentioned they would sell the next generation over here.
So we might be getting this one after all.

It would be competing mostly with the Ford Fiesta in the US.

If they sell it, it might be a while before we actually see one. Since it seems to take VW years to bring their new models over here.
(The new Tiguan is still not available here...)

What we are getting first, is an all new Jetta. Before the end of the year.
So we might see it at the L.A Auto Show.

2018 Nissan Leaf teaser

This is the first official info from Nissan about the new Leaf.
A headlight shot.

Which actually looks quite interesting and futuristic.
But the pictures we have already seen of the prototypes indicate something very similar to the current model. At least in the general shape.
It seems like an extremely toned down version of the IDS concept from 2 years ago.

At least the headlights will look good. And actually quite different from the prototype pictured HERE.

There are supposed to be at least 2 versions available of the next Leaf. One that could actually have a range of over 300 miles (We'll see if that really happens...)
And some new Freeway self driving tech will be available as an option.

Look for the new Leaf to be introduced before the end of the year as a 2018 model.

More pictures of the Tesla Model 3. It's everywhere!

Seems like the new Tesla Model 3 has been testing in the streets with zero camouflage for a while now.
Everyone and their brothers have pictures of it.

So here are some of them.

 As far as the production interior, the picture above is the only one I have seen so far.
It looks like they added some wood and satin/chrome bits here and there (around the lower console)
Here is what last year's concept interior looked like.
Which is really simple. Maybe too simple. (This almost looks sad. Like the interior of a hospital...)
Looks like they have tried to warm it up a bit for the production version. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2018 Tesla Model 3

The top picture shows the body of the final car.
The bottom one is the prototype we all saw a few months ago.
The one Tesla said was not the final design.

They both look exactly the same to me. The trunk opening was not enlarged or redesigned, like they said it would.
I am not saying it doesn't look good. It does. It is exactly like a smaller Model S.
Which is good. And bad... (what is so wrong with a new design after 6 years?)

They still claim the first deliveries will be done in July. But only to employees that are on the long waiting list.
It will take over 2 years to fill out all other current orders.
Which is, forever.

The competition is not standing still. And they have the capacity to meet demand. Quickly.

Good luck...

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar had announced a while ago there would be no wagon version of the redesigned XF sedan.
So there it is...

And it looks ready to go.

I also hear they are going to offer it in the US. (Maybe putting a nail in the coffin of that stupid idea about Americans not liking wagons...)

The current XF sedan is a pretty sad/generic looking car. Especially when compared to the competition like the new Volvo S90.
A slick wagon could help.
What also does need help (and badly) is that terrible/cheap looking interior.
Again, compare that to the S90 or the new E-Class. Even the new 5 series.

Let's hope the wagon comes with a new interior for the entire range.

That would be nice...

Here are a couple of pictures of the wagon version of the previous XF. The one we never got.
Still looking really, really nice!

2018 Volvo XC60 pricing (US)

The all new model for 2018 will start at $41 500.
Not cheap. But not really a "base" model either.
Since it already comes with Leather, panoramic glass roof, LED headlights etc...
That is for the 250HP model.
Step up to $45 000, and you get the T6 with 316HP.

The top of the line T8 Plug-in hybrid model with 400HP will start at $52 900.
But, again, after EV incentives, it will be around $43 000. At least in California and many other states.
So really, the T8 is the one to get. Since it ends up being by far the best deal.
(And by the way, this is only about $500 more than the previous model.)

I think the new XC60 looks great. But it has a fantastic interior design that, in my opinion, none of its competition can match.

You can find out more about the all new 2018 Volvo XC60 HERE

Cadillac Super Cruise testing

Yes, we know everyone is testing some kind of self driving technology these days.

I am actually not interested in a self driving car, at all.
I think this will be like "3D TVs". Or "Curved LED screens".
Something not many people will actually want...

Who will want it is Uber and Lyft, of course. Since this will cut the drivers out of the equation.
And their clients too. No fear of the weird stranger behind the wheel.
It'll be like "Total recall".

Cadillac calls their system the "Super Cruise". Kind of charming and old timey.
For those interested, you can read about it HERE.
They even have an official site about it.

Funny they are testing it the XTS when it is supposed to be available own the CT6...

Thanks to a cool reader for the picture!

All new Fiat Argo

This is obviously not for us, since it will be replacing the Punto.
And the Punto is not part of Fiat's US line up.

Not sure what Fiat is doing in the US. There doesn't seem to be a lot of new models.
I really like the design of the 500X, but reviews have been mixed.
The new 124 looks fantastic, but I've seen only one on the road!
Are they even advertising it?
Is Crazy Sergio also trying to kill Fiat? Leaving only cheap models for "emerging markets"?

This Argo doesn't look bad , except for that uninspired front end that looks like it belongs to an old car.
(They've used that design on some other model too)

So it took them about 12 years to get a replacement for the current Punto.
How about something for the 10 year old Fiat 500 next?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2019 Mercedes CLA

Mercedes is getting an all new A-Class ready.
It is coming out very soon.
That mens a lot ( I mean a lot) of all new redesigned small Mercedes models are coming up.
All the ones that a based on the current A-Class, plus more.

The larger B-Class (Sold here only as an EV)
The new A-Class sedan.
The CLA (pictured here), which will be a hatchback version of the A Class sedan
Probably a wagon version of the sedan (Replacing the European CLA Wagon)
A new coupe
A new convertible.

Like I said, a lot of new small Mercedes models coming out in the next few years....

2018 Hyundai Kona

I must say, this is looking really good.
I guess it will be mainly competing with the Juke and the new Toyota C-HR.

But the Hyundai seems a little bit more "green up" looking. while still fun.

I am sure this will be everywhere in Europe. Where the Juke has been super popular for years.
I am really curious to see the interior....

2018 Chinese Buick Regal sedan

Just a few more pictures of the "more boring" sedan version of the next Regal.
The one we are not getting.
Which looks very, very conservative...

A strange yet gutsy move from GM. Choosing to send us the hatchback and wagon version instead of the sedan.
Since people are getting used to hatchbacks anyway, by buying SUVs, this could be a great move for Buick.
Offering something different.

I really wish them luck with the new Regal.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2018 Toyota Supra

Not sure.
But it does look like that concept they showed us a couple of years ago.

I actually really liked the older Supra models. Back when they were just "a 6 cylinder Celica".
The later ones just became too sporty and expensive. But I guess I'm in the minority, since that car seems to have accumulated quite a following over the years.
So the next one will probably be super sporty. And quite expensive!

Since it will be sharing a platform with the next BMW Z4 (Or whatever they decide to call it, which, apparently, won't be "Z5")

Still, it's great to see Toyota put out fun cars out there.
Now if they could only come up with an affordable one....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

VW SportWagen test drive

 Yes, I finally got to drive a modern wagon.

We really don't have a lot of choices here in the US. The wagon version of the Golf is one of the rare affordable wagon we get over here.
(I guess the Outback is a wagon. In a raised up fake SUV way.)
The others from Mercedes, Volvo and BMW are obviously much more expensive.

The Golf looks fine as a wagon.
My test car was a base S model, and I do think the more expensive versions look nicer with their larger wheels.
(The  Alltrack version also looks great.)

 Inside, it is the same as the regular Golf. Which is a good thing.
It means great materials. Everything feels super solid and well put together.
This is really about as good as some Audi models.

 For once, the brushed metal finish looks great. Also much better in real life than on most official VW pictures I have seen, where is seems to be really light.

It is actually a bit darker. I still prefer the piano black finish, but that seems to be only available in the more expensive SEL version.
 Being a base  model, (But with the 4 Motion AWD system. And automatic.)
my test car had cloth seats. Which I actually like.
The seats are very comfortable and supportive.

All the controls feel great. And the "base" 8 speaker stereo sounds really good. Of course not as great as the amazing Fender system, but still one of the best standard system out there.

 The back seat has plenty of room. Although not as much as in the Jetta. (The current Golf and Jetta are not based on the same platform.)

But no one should complain. There is more room back there than in most luxury sport sedans.

 Of course, the main selling point of this is the huge trunk.
As you can see, I was able to put a bicycle in the back.

The 1.8 Liter engine is always good.
There is always plenty of power, and it feels smoother and quieter than the larger 2.0 Liter.
The 6 speed auto is also great. Downshifting very fast at the slightest demand.

Gas mileage is rated at 22/30.
And just like with any other VW, the actual numbers are much higher.
I had no problem getting 26/27 around town. And about 40 on the HWY.

The steering is excellent and very precise.
And the ride is always very smooth and solid.

This really has a great German car/upscale  feel. At a very reasonable price.
The base S wagon starts at $21 580. Which is pretty great.
My test car was $25 750 including Automatic, AWD and destination.

Where I live, I have no use for AWD.
So my choice would be the mid level SE model for about $27 000.
Which includes the great panoramic glass roof and the fantastic Fender stereo. As well as larger wheels, keyless start and more.
(As a matter of fact, the SE is about $1500 under sticker at Carsdirect.)
You can check out the other models right HERE.

I think the Golf is a great choice in general . But the wagon version adds a huge truck for just a bit more money.
You could actually sleep in it! Which makes it a fantastic road trip car.
One that easily gets 40MPG on the FWY!

Here is the whole story on the car I had for a week.