Saturday, March 31, 2018

2019 Kia K900






It is really too bad Kia chose to show the car in just white for the official pictures. 
I am sure it's not the best way, at all, to show off their new flagship...

Otherwise, the new car does look pretty imposing. And super luxurious inside.
It is powered by a 3.3 Liter V6 Turbo with 365HP and an 8 speed auto.
The current model starts at about $50 000.

As I mentioned before, this is way bellow its competition (And about $18 000 less than its cousin the Genesis G90)

It goes on sale in the US an the fall. 



Things we almost forgot: the Lexus LX




This has to be the ugliest luxury SUV around.
It makes any of its competition look like a movie star.

Still, over 6000 people bought one last year. Actually up from the previous year and the one before!(which is kind of mind boggling)
Nothing next to the 23 000 units of the Cadillac Escalade.
And  much less than any of its competition. 
But still, over 6000 people walked into a Lexus showroom and said "I want that!"

It gets 13/18 MPG. Starts at at $86 000. And came out in 2007 (Although it got a 3rd "facelift" and revised interior in 2015).

Is it a good deal? No:

The new Navigator starts at $73 000
The Escalade starts at $75 000
The Infiniti QX80 starts at $65 000
The Range Rover starts at $87 500

I am sure since it is based on the Land Cruiser, that it beats most of its competition off road.
Which almost none of its owners will ever use.

Makes you wonder....









Friday, March 30, 2018

2019 Acura RDX video





The new Acura RDX is looking really good on the road.

To me this is something that competes more with a Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 or Cadillac XT5.

As is is larger than the new XT4 or Volvo XC40.



It will all depend on pricing. The current model starts at $36 000. Which is just about $1000 more than the smaller competition from Volvo and Cadillac. Which makes it a good deal.

The Acura is really a full size above.



This should be quite a hit for them...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lincoln Aviator concept Video





It has been getting very positive comments on this site. (And others)

So here it is in motion. Inside and out.



Personally, I still don't thing that grille goes with anything. And the interior seems nice, but actually rather uninspired.

A very flat dash with a screen on top. which almost looks after market. Nothing that amazing...

At least it seems a little bit better than the Continental. And also has a few less shinny plastic chrome bits.



Overall, this is a nice shape. I also wonder how much to this shape will be shared with the new Explorer.


A few more pictures of the all new 2019 Subaru Forester




The boring design is one thing.
But that chromy vulgar face is really something else.

On the other hand, the interior is quite decent. With a really big sunroof.
And the rear seat does fold flat.

Otherwise. Why???

Yes, even more pictures of the new Jeep Grand Commander.




Just a few more pictures of "the one everybody loves to hate": The new Jeep Grand Commander for China.



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2019 Ford Focus interior




I thought there might have been a chance to see the new Focus at the New York auto show.
But no.

Ford is keeping it for later. (Not sure when)

Meanwhile, here are a couple of shots of the interior. Still a bit camouflaged.
Looking OK. Nothing really stands out (Except the stupid tablet screen)

By the time this comes out, there will be plenty of great competition. Not only from the current Civic. But also from the all new Corolla. Jetta. Forte etc...
(This already doesn't look better than the Civic. Or the Cruze hatchback I was driving a couple of weeks ago. )

This will be the first huge test for a car "made in China". 

2019 Hyundai Tucson





Hyundai did not ruin the Tucson design with the mid-cycle refresh.
But it really does not look better either.
(The 2019 model is the white one)

The new front end looks less aggressive and even a little bit older.


They did a good job inside. making the interior look newer than it is. By mostly just changing the top part of the dash. And also using that stupid tablet design that seems to be all the rage these days.

2 engines are offered. A 2.0 Liter with 164HP or a larger 2.4 Liter with 181HP.
While the automatic still has just 6 speed.

2019 Subaru Forester





I am still not a fan of this, at all.
Sure, it does have a bit more style than the previous one.
But that face looks pretty terrible to me....

It comes standard will AWD, CVT and a 2.5 Liter with 182HP.

2019 Acura RDX














 The RDX has been a good seller for Acura. And I am sure this much better looking 2019 model will do even better.
It will also be available in the sportier A-Spec version pictured above.
Which has larger wheels and blacked out trim.

All versions are powered by a 2.0 Liter Turbo with 10 speed auto with 272 HP (Which sounds a lot like the Honda Accord with 20HP more)
It also comes with AWD, of course.

2019 Nissan Altima





Another really nice looking mid sized sedan.
This is a very nice update on the current design. Except now it looks even more like the Maxima.
(The Maxima should really become a larger hatchback/4 door coupe thing. With an EV powertrain)

The interior is also quite nice, but it doesn't seem as upscale as the Honda Accord.
At least it is simple and very clean looking. 

The big news are also under the hood.
The great 3.5 Liter V6 is dead. Replaced by a new 2.0 Liter turbo 4 cylinder .
Then base engine remains a 2.5 Liter one. 
The 2.5 Liter is also an all new engine. Claimed to be smoother and quieter. 
And for the first time, AWD is now available on the new Altima. 

It will be interesting to see ho this compares to the Accord, Camry and Mazda 6....

2019 Toyota Rav-4











This is a huge deal for Toyota, since the new Rav-4 has the potential to be the best selling car in the country. (Which they predicted years ago)
The current one already sold more than the Camry last year with over 407 000!

As I mentioned before, this new design is quite a gamble. But I thing thy really succeeded.
It is much mo re interesting visually. And the small 4-runner look works great.
Plus that blue/white combo reminds us of the FJ Cruiser in a great way.
They really thought of something for everyone.

This will be everywhere very soon. 


And what a lesson for Subaru. THIS is what a boxy compact SUV should look like.
It is possible to make something attractive yet very popular.

Power on the new Rav-4 comes from a 2.5 Liter engine with an 8 speed automatic.
Or a more powerful Hybrid version.


Lincoln Aviator Concept






This looks quite nice. (Although I still refuse to like that rille...)

The Aviator will be Lincoln's version of the new Ford Explorer. But just like the Navigator, the Lincoln has its own front end and interior.
That interior is also a step up from the Continental. It seems there are less shiny bits and it doesn't look as much like a cheesy Las Vegas hotel room. 

The concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, using a twin turbo engine. (No other details yet)

I am sure Lincoln will sell many of these. It will go against the upcoming Cadillac XT7. But also the 3 row Lexus RX. And many others coming up...