Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Opel GT-X Concept

I believe this will be Opel's first concept since it was bought by Peugeot.
It's first non-GM concept in decades.

I hear it will show a new design direction for upcoming production models. Opel is supposed to become the PSA brand with the most electrified models soon.
Which is why this already looks like an EV.

I like the new streamline front. No huge fake grille here.

This could be quite interesting...

2019 Buick Regal Avenir





These are the first official pictures of the Avenir version of the Buick Regal.

The new Regal is a good looking and great driving car. 
I am just not sure it really needs an even more expensive trim.
Apparently, Buick says the Avenir version of the Lacrosse is selling "70% faster than other trim levels".
So I guess it is somehow working for them.

Special interior trim, wheels, are the main new features.
Otherwise, it it just what you can already get in the Essence model with options.
A light interior called "whisper beige" is also available.

They only sold a bit over 11 500 of these last year. (8214 so far this year)
It is a really good car that GM needs to push. If a higher trim is what it takes, why not...

(You can check what I though of the Buick Regal after a week of driving it around over HERE.) 



Monday, July 30, 2018

New interior for the Tesla Model S and X?




These illustrations are supposed to show a new interior design for both the Model S and Model X.
They don't really show the same interior, so I guess one is the S and the other is the X?
(And who knows what the 3rd one is...)

If these are real, I am not sure it is an improvement.
I never though the Model S has in interior worthy of the asking price, by far.
But, to me, the worst part of the Model 3 interior is the lack of any kind of physical switch. 
I still think the "huge center screen for everything" is a huge distraction. This is after all, still a car...
So incorporating the "worst" part of the Model 3 into the much more expensive S and X doesn't seem like a great idea to me.
The S and X really need to have a much more upscale interior. 

Apparently, this is scheduled for late next year. Which would be two years before an all new Model S arrives.

Head over HERE for more on this...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Ford's SUV future



I guess Ford will be developing 2 lines of SUV types. Explorer and Escape will be what they are now: more family oriented. More like modern station wagons.
While the new Bronco and "yet-to-be-named" small rugged guy will offer a more "macho" look.
(I guess for tough guys and whoever want to portray that image.)

As we know, the Explorer will be Ford's cousin to the more expensive Lincoln Aviator.
And I guess the new Escape is based on the new Focus. The one we don't get.
(I really hope it does not share its interior design with the new Focus...)

I think the new small rugged model might be the new EV that was mentioned earlier.

While the Bronco will finally give some competition to the Jeep Wrangler. 



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bob's Friday night








You just never know what you'll see there. 
 Where realities of the past gather on Friday nights. All in Burbank California. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

More pictures of the new 2019 Chevrolet Orlando






I think this is quite nice. Still more a wagon than a true SUV. But now with a little more of that SUV DNA. Which is what people seem to like these days. 

So far they claim this is only for the Chinese market. But I am sure the temptation to sell it in the US will be strong.
It would be quite nice right bellow the Equinox.
Maybe replacing the Trax? 

What do you think? Should GM sell this in the US?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2019 Mercedes A class sedan







I almost forgot this car was coming out.
Since it is nothing all new. We have seen the concept (exactly the same car) over a year ago.
Then we saw the Chinese version of the production car a few months ago (It has a longer wheelbase)
We  have also seen the new A class hatchback for a while now...

But this one is the version we will be getting in the US.
It should be the most affordable car Mercedes sells over here when it comes out. Production of the car will start in 2019. (Not sure when it will be on sale in the US. )

Engines available in Europe are a 116HP diesel and a 163HP gas. While the US is getting a 2.0 Liter with 188HP. 

As I mentioned, this will be cheaper than the $32 700 CLA in the US. And about 3 inches shorter than the CLA. (a redesigned CLA is coming up right after this A-Class sedan)

The interior is way too busy for my taste. With way too many shapes and textures. But who knows, it might look better in real life...

As for the sedan part, they have not shown pictures of the rear seat yet.
So I am guessing the is NOT a roomy car....



2019 Porsche Macan


 Outside, the news are mostly lights and bumpers.
Which is fine. The Macan was always a really nice looking SUV and the changes don't ruin it.


Things seem more different inside.

While the top part of the dash seems to be the same. (Even the old fashion/cheap looking/1990s passenger side airbag cut is still there) the whole lower part is new.
Which gives the interior a whole new feel. (Doors also seem unchanged)
It now looks more like the new Panamera and Cayenne dashboard.

I think, at least visually, Porsche did quite a nice job with the 2019 Macan.
I will try to find picture of a better color combo. That flat blue with black wheels isn't my favorite...

Next, that new Cayenne "coupe" I was talking about earlier...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

More pictures of the all new 2019 Audi Q3






Even with the big grille and rather busy interior, this actually looks very nice to me.
Much better than the current "old" one. 

Again, this reminds me a lot of the Q8. 
The interior does look quite upscale. And while not a model of simplicity, much nicer, classier and subtle than the new A-Class/GLA from Mercedes. 

It is about 3 inches longer and 1 inch wider than its predecessor.

Europe is getting 3 gas engines and 1 diesel unit (Yes, still a diesel)
Power ranges from 150HP to 230HP. (We will probably only get the 230HP in the US)
Europe is also getting a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed S-Tronic automatic
(don't count on the manual for the US)

Sales in Europe start in the fall...

2019 Porsche Macan

We have all seen the 100's of spy shots of the 2019 Macan.
Not a new car, but it will be getting new front and rear ends. As well as a revised dashboard.

As you can see on the official teaser above, the lights will pretty much look like all recent Porsche designs.

More on this very soon as it is supposed to be shown to the press tomorrow.

2019 Audi Q3






The all new Q3 seems to look more like a tiny Q8 than a small Q5.
Which is a good thing.

It looks much more upscale than the previous, 7 year old, model.
Inside as well.

Although that interior seems to follow the latest trend of way too much chrome/metal trim lines everywhere. 

I guess that's what people like these days???  (The next GLA from Mercedes will be similarly busy since it will get the new A-Class interior)

Otherwise, the new Q3 should also be roomier since it is about 4 inches longer than before. 

More on the new Q3 very soon...

Monday, July 23, 2018

How about some more pix of the new Jeep Commander

 Of all these new official pictures, this is my favorite.
In front of the "E.T Coffee"!!  As it has a weird unintentional "Stranger Things" vibe to it...




As mentioned before, the 5 seater Commander doesn't look like a shorter version of the 7 seater Grand Commander.
It seems like the same car minus the 3rd row. So now with what looks like a rather huge trunk area.

This is based on Fiat's CUSW platform. Also used in the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

2019 Jeep Commander







As expected, the all new Grand Commander is now available as a regular 5 seater called "Commander". 
(of course)

Looks like the back seat is really roomy now. And the trunk is pretty huge without the 3rd row. So this might actually be the same car with less seats. Not a shorter wheelbase version...

I still think FCA will be very tempted to import this to the US. Since Jeep (with Ram) is the only FCA brand that makes money and got new models in the past few years.

And apparently, a new Grand Cherokee is still quite a few years away. So for a while they actually have nothing new above the Cherokee.