Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2020 Mercedes EQV

This is the production version of the "concept" we saw last March in Geneva.
It is basically an electric version of the van sold here as the Metris. Which came out back in 2014. (Or V Class in Europe)
It has a range of about 250 miles. 

So far the EQV is not scheduled for the US. Where it could really be quite a success.
Not sure how much it will be, but the US Metris starts at around $27 000 for the most basic version. 

Porsche Taycan Interior teaser

it looks like the production model interior (top photo) will stay very close to the Mission E Concept interior.
And it should be. By the time the Taycan actually goes on sale, the Mission E will be 5 years old!
Since it was introduced back in 2015.

So it is not that futuristic anymore. (And that "Sport Chrono Stopwatch" on top of the dash sticks out like a sore thumb.)
I guess Porsche owners like it since it is in every Porsche these days...

We only have to wait a few days to see the whole thing. So more on the new 2020 Taycan very soon.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mercedes A-Class Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes will soon be offering a plug-in hybrid version of its entry-level A-Class (As well as B-Class) in Europe.
The EV range is said to be at least 40 miles. Which is not bad.
Not as good as the Honda Clarity or especially the Chevrolet Volt (Which was ahead of everyone else) but not bad.
As 40 miles is actually a useable range.

The battery can be recharged from 10% to 100% is just under 2 hours which is also pretty good.
A sedan version will also be available. Which means there is a bit of hope to see this technology in the US.

2020 Nissan Juke

These new pictures of a wrapped 2020 Juke show us a lot more of the all-new model.
Which is mostly a bit more angular than before. And does feel more grown-up.
The huge round arches seem to be gone. As well as the lights that were sticking out on top of the fenders.

This could be a very nice update.
But the new Juke will be mostly for the European market (where it has always been very popular) and is not scheduled for the US. So far...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cruising Instagram...

A few pictures of what could have been. In another world, just slightly different than ours...

- A design proposal for the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. The front end does look like the real thing. The rest of the car seems like an updated take on the previous generation. 

- The 1980 Mercury Anster concept.

- An early design for the Mustang 2. Which actually looks a lot like the Mistibishi Saporro from that angle.

- The 1969 Aston Martin Lagonda prototype. Only 7 of these were made between 1974 and 1976.

- A slightly different design for the 1971 Ford Mustang. ( I do like these futuristic design of the front turn signals)

What could have been: next generation Saab 9-3 Convertible

This is quite interesting to see. And also, sad...

This was going to be the convertible version of the next Saab 9-3.
Which I guess was due out around 2013 or 2014? With the convertible following about a year later. 
Which means it would probably still be around today.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Kia trademarks new logo.

Kia just trademarked a new logo in Korea. And it looks very similar to the one used in the recent Imagine EV concept.

I think it looks great. Kia really needs to step away from the current logo. Dating back to a time where their cars were, let's say,  "less than great"...

Although there is a rumor about the new logo only being used on their electric models, I hope it does spread quickly to the whole line up.

What do you think of this new Kia logo?
And who else do you think should redesign their logo to something more current and modern?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Infiniti QX55

Infiniti is apparently preparing a "coupe" version of the QX50.
Why not I guess.

The "regular" QX50 has been a big disappointment for them. As they were expected it to become their bestseller.
It sold only around 10 000 of them this year so far. While the old QX60 sold about two and a half times better.
The QX50's main competition sold over 35 000 units this year so far.

So it is fair to day the QX50 has been quite a flop.

"Coupe" versions of SUVs usually sell even less than the regular models. So I am not sure why Infiniti would choose to make a coupe version of a slow seller.
I guess it is a pretty cheap way to get a new model in the line-up.

But it will now be a brand savior...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

2020 Kia Optima

The next Optima is still covered in plenty of camouflage.

But the top picture already shows a very stylish sedan.
Which even could be a hatchback. Or at least really should be. It would be a great way to distinguish it from its Hyundai cousin.

But I am not holding my breath since all of these sleek fastback sedans end up with regular trunk openings.

2020 Genesis G80 interior

Of course, it is hard to see much on these grainy close-up pictures.
Still, some details already look really nice and very high end.

Although that round navigation pad might still not be as intuitive as a regular touch screen.
I really don't get the trackpad thing in cars. At least to me, it is always easier to use a touch screen while driving...

More on the new 2020 G80 very soon. 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing

I have to say, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette design has really grown on me.

We new GM had announced a "sub-$60 000 base price".
And it was true. As the base model starts at $59 995 including destination.

The good part is the base model is not a stripped car.
It comes standard with a removable top.
A 10 speaker Bose stereo. Leather seats. Power seats and a drive mode selector.

Which is pretty much what anyone would need. For a price that is just a few thousand more than the previous version.

Which is basically cheaper than any of its competition.

I think GM did a great job with this one.

2020 Chevrolet Menlo EV

The new Chevrolet Menlo (what a horrible name BTW...) is a brand new electric small SUV for the Chinese market.
It is based on the Buick Velite 6 platform. Which is related to our Chevrolet Volt.
So this will not be coming here.

Again, I think this is so weird for GM to spend that much money on totally different models for the US and China.

What we will be getting in the US is this one. A small new SUV based on the Chevrolet Bolt.
Which means it will not be based on GM's all-new BEV3 platform.

Not sure about the US model, but the Chinese Menlo is available with a panoramic glass roof option.
Which is something GM never offered on the Volt or the Bolt...

2020 Acura TLX: good news!

It looks like the production model will look a lot like the concep[t we just saw.
Which is great news. Let's hope the rest of the cars, details, etc... look as good as the concept.

So far, at least the proportions look almost exactly the same.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

More 2021 VW Tiguan Illustrations

These illustrations show a more conservative design for the new 2021 VW Tiguan.than the ones I posted earlier (HERE
Still looking like a "coupe" design. But with a front end, we have seen on various VW designs for years now.
Actually, the whole thing looks like it could have come out about 5 years ago.
(Like most new VW SUV designs actually...) 

This would make the next Tiguan far less roomy than the current one. Unless they are just thinking of adding a coupe version to the regular line up.

Why not...

2021 Buick Enclave

Something I wasn't expecting at all: A new Buick Enclave.
Since it only came out in 2017. 

Unless this new one is only for the Chinese market? 
Not sure why GM would go through the expense of having 2 distinct Enclave models...

No matter what it is, I don't think this new design is better than what we have now.
Especially with that weird looking black plastic ( is it a window?) on the D-pillar.
Which is reminiscent of the Jaguar KJ. At least on this picture.

The current Enclave is one great SUV. I think it looks and drives great.
I would hate t see GM mess it up.

But wait, there is more...

These new spy shots came out today and they are supposed to be of an all-new large 7 seater Opel SUV for Europe.
It is said to share a Peugeot platform. (of course)

But it looks exactly like the new Enclave photos I just posted above. Exactly! So what is this really?

- A new Opel (But Peugelot designed) that GM will be selling as a smaller Enclave in China?
- A leftover older Opel design from the "old" GM days?
- Just the next Enclave testing in Europe for some weird reason? (And not an Opel at all)

What do you think this is???

2021 Genesis G70

This is just an illustration. but you know the new G70 is already scheduled for a "facelift" to align its design to the revised G90 and new G80.
Which is a weird way to launch an all-new brand in my opinion.
Especially for those who were gutsy enough to spend over $60 000 in the new Genesis G90. Just to see it extensively revised less than 2 years later...

So I guess a revision like the one pictured above isn't going to help sales of the current G70.

I guess they "must all have the same face" at any cost.

New Honda Breeze.

The Breeze is a CR-V based SUV targeted at various Asian markets.
Not sure it is is more expensive than the regular HR-V or not.
Or if it just replaces it in some markets.

The CR-V is due for a facelift very soon. And this design looks like it could work as a CR-V mid-cycle refresh.
I guess this is the car pictured HERE.

But other spy pictures of prototypes show very small changes for the refreshed CR-V in the US.
So, although this looks a lot like our Honda Accord up front, this might not be the one for us...

Or is it? Should it be?

2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration series

The 2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series is a very limited production of 100 units for the 2020 model year.
It seems to be only a cosmetic package. Since mechanical specs are the same as the regular SC 500.
But the combination of that "Nori Green Pearl" exterior color with a brown/black interior looks pretty stunning to me.

Not sure how much this will be. But I am sure there will be a premium over the regular $112 000 LC 500.

Which means, I need to start saving money today!

2020 Genesis G80 interior

not that much to see, really. I posted earlier pictures of the interior (HERE) and illustrations of the exterior (HERE)

This looks very nice. But it could also be from any of its competition.

More of the new G80 very soon...

2020 Kia Optima

I know, these two pictures do not give away much. One is a heavily camouflaged prototype. the other a close up of the headlight assembly.

Still, there isn't that much out there on the next generation Optima. So this is something.
(You can check out more pictures HERE

After seeing what Hyundai has done with the rather stunning new 2020 Sonata, expectations for the new Optima are pretty high.

VW T-Roc Cabriolet

I guess VW still thinks there is a future for a convertible SUV...
It didn't work for range Rover with their Evoque Convertible. And the Nissan Murano convertible was a huge flop as well.
But, VW is arrogant enough to think a VW SUV convertible will be a hit.

So here is a soft top 2 door version of the compact T-Roc.
Which means it basically replaces the Beetle Convertible in their line up.
Which is sad. Since the T-Roc cabriolet looks as exciting as a brick. And a poor replacement for the cool Beetle.

The interior is similar to the regular version. Which means plenty of bits from many previous VW models. (even the Beetle)

This, of course, will not be sold in the US. Since we are not getting the T-Roc in the first place.

Which means, no more VW convertible for us anymore...