Saturday, December 14, 2019

More official news about the new Mini Cooper Electric

As you can see, the estimated EV range is now only 110 miles for the US market.
Which is really not much... Even for the price.
(the estimate for the US market used to be 114 miles)

We also get more info about all 3 models available. Which are "Signature", "Signature Plus" and "Iconic".
Options are not cheap, since the Signature Plus is $4000 more than the base. 
For that money, you mostly get the cool Mini goat sunroof and an excellent upgrade on the sound system.
Either way, not many colors to pick from. And nothing yet about the interior.

Still, the Signature Plus seems pretty loaded for the price. And with incentives, it comes down to about the same price as a base model  Mini. Which could be great. With a longer EV range...

Click on the top picture to enlarge it and see the specs of all 3 models. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

New KIA logo.

I have to say, that it looks more like KLA to me than KIA.

I guess it is good for Kia to get a new logo since their products are so different. And so much better than just a few years ago.

I have to admit I never really noticed the current Kia logo, so here it is.
Sure, not as cool as the new one. But the "i" is more obvious.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Next generation Nissan Z illustration

This looks fine. I mean, it does look like a Z.
Although I am not sure the Z should wear the regular Nissan face and grille. Then Z is that special Nissan model that should be different.
Just like the Mazda Miata doesn't use the same grille that is on all other Mazdas these days.

An affordable sport coupe might be quite a challenge to get passed by the company's bean counters.
I think the Z should be an EV. Nissan does have the technology. It seems they have been sitting on it pretty much since the first Leaf. And didn't do much with is since.

A Tesla Roadster for the rest of us...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Next Opel Insignia: Could it end up in the US again?

The Insignia just received a "facelift" for the new year (Pictures HERE).
And soon after, GM announced the death of its US version, the Buick Regal.

The next generation (illustration above) will, of course, be based on a PSA platform. Probably shared with the Peugeot 508 and upcoming large Citroen sedan.
Since PSA now owns Opel.
But PSA is also now in talk to merge with FCA.

So there could be a chance for the Insignia to be back in the US.
What if PSA decides to sell the Opel brand here ?
Or what if the decide to sell Opel models as Chryslers in the US?

What do you think?

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Once again, the Cadillac version of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe doesn't have its own design.
It is still pretty much the same body as the Chevrolet.
And who cars, since GM cannot build them fast enough...

As usual, it has its own front and rear end. And now it looks like they are at least trying to modify the profile a bit more with a different chrome trim. 

But that interior looks pretty fantastic.
This is really what all Cadillacs should look like inside.
It is really too bad the CT-5 and CT-5 came out a bit too early to get something like this.
And it would, of course, have been the perfect design for a CT-6 interior...

Let's hope this spreads out to all their other interior redesigns. 

2021 VW Atlas

VW has announced they will be revising the Atlas for the 2021 Model year.
(Yellow car above)
As you can see, this will be mostly a new front end. And probably rear lights.
To basically match the design of the new CrossSport.

Inside thy have talked about a larger screen and more standard safety stuff. Which means "almost nothing new".
This will be the same old and cheap looking interior the Atlas had from the beginning. 

2020 Mercedes GLA

I always liked the GLA, and this one is a nice update.

Although it seems to have quite a bit less personality than the first generation. Mercedes has made it taller and tried to make it look more like an SUV. But it still looks like a "slightly taller" hatchback to me. Even more so than the Subaru Crosstrek.

While I do like the simpler and cleaner design, it is starting to become quite generic.
From a straight profile, it could almost be anything. Even a new Kia.

Inside, things are very similar to everything Mercedes has based on that platform. A-Class, CLA, B-Class and GLB all have a very similar interior.
This one looks simpler and a bit cleaner than the A-Class sedan sold in the US.
But also not very fancy or upscale.

Even though the GLA looks nice, it is now facing competition from, not only other Luxury brands, but also main stream manufacturers.
The current model starts at around $34 000.
For that money you can get very well equipped  Mazda CX-5 Turbo.
Or any numbers of loaded compact crossovers. And they are all pretty good and roomier.

That 3 point star is still an expensive extra with it for some...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

Same thing as with the Tahoe, the new Suburban seems like a great update.
It looks really nice, especially with the interior colors pictured above.
This is truly a luxury vehicle. I know these can get very expensive ( I test drove a few) .
I just cannot thing what the GMC version can really add to this.

The Cadillac will get its own interior, with an all new dash inspired by the Escala concept.
But the GMC is usually the same thing as the Chevrolet version.

Of course, as with the Tahoe, it gets an independent suspension. More cargo room behind the rear seat.
A 10 speed auto. 
Engines are the 5.3 Liter or 6.2 liter V8. Or the new 3.0 Diesel.
So nothing really that modern. And no electrification yet.
Although the Escalade will be getting an all electric version a year or two after launch. Which could eventually trickle  down to the GMC or Chevy versions...

I mean really, this is all the luxury giant SUV anyone would need. Why get a Mercedes GLS,  Range Rover or even that ugly Bentley Bentayga?

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

I think these look like a great update.
Just a little more stylish than the Ford Expedition it seems. Maybe not as heavy looking?
(At least from these early pictures)

Inside, they finally got rid of the column shifter. There is, of course a big screen.
And I really wish they had integrated it more into the dash. This is one of these "last design" table t that looks like an after market item.
Which is too bad...

It also now has an independent rear suspension. Much more cargo space than before (they claim 66% more than before behind the third row).
You can now get a new 3.0 Duramax Diesel. All engines come with a 10 speed auto.

All new VW Nivus teasers

Another VW we are not getting in the US: the new small Nimus SUV'Crossover.

VW calls it an "Urban Coupe". it will be based on the MQB platform and will be powered by a 1.0 Liter engine.
This is mostly for the South American market but is also supposed to make it to Europe later.

Monday, December 09, 2019

2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Just another spy shot of Hyundai's all new Santa Cruz pick up. (First one HERE)
Which will do battle with the Honda Ridgeline in the US.

It looks like Hyundai isn't trying to make it look like anything else but a real pick- up truck.
Which might be what people want. Since the redesigned, "more truck looking" Ridgeline still isn't  selling well. ( only around 30 500 last year)

So Hyundai will not be trying anything new.

All new 2021 Fiat 500 Electric

Fiat had announced earlier there would be an all new version of the small 500 hatchback. Finally after all these years (IT came out in Europe in 2007!)

But the all new model will be an EV only. 
The old, current model will still be produced. (Even though it is not sold in the US anymore) It will even get a new 1.0 Liter engine for 2020.

The new 500 EV is not related to the EV has been selling in the US for years. 
This is an all new model.
Here are some specs so far: 

-  It is longer than the current Fiat 500. 
- Will be shown to the public on March 3rd 2020.
- Battery back from 40 to 60kWh.
- EV range of 300 to 400KM (186 to 248 miles) 
- 120 t0 140HP
- 27 500 Euros starting price.
- Rumor of a 5 door version only.
- An even larger/longer version would be available later (Wagon?)

This all sounds pretty nice for a small city EV. But since we are not getting the VW ID3 or the Honda E in the US, I am not sure this will actually be sold over here...

Sunday, December 08, 2019

2021 Audi A3 illustration

As the title says, this is just an illustration.

And let's really hope it is off.
There is really zero need for a new A3 if it looks like this. The might as well slap new headlight on the current one and design a new dash with a larger screen to match their latest interior designs.

Cruising Instagram...

This week we have:

- Some of the cool AMC coupes for 1974.
- An 80's Peugeot 504 Diesel as a New York Cab.
- A couple of weird Mercedes wagons that never made it into production.
- An experimental, super light weight, 1963 BMW 700.
- An Italian design for a top of the line European Ford Coupe, the Ford Marbella. Which never happened...

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Mystery new 7 seater Jeep for the US

 The 2 spy shots above show a car with very similar proportions to the Chinese Grand Commander.(Brown car above)
Jeep had announced previously that a new model, based on the Grand Commander would appear in the US.
Since it is completely covered in thick camouflage, I guess it would indeed be a new design.
Or maybe a Dodge version. Or even a Chrysler???

The Grand Commander was caught testing in the US before. This picture was taken a few months ago.
I guess they were testing the platform without the all new US design?

Friday, December 06, 2019

2021 Genesis G70

It looks like 2020 will be quite a year for the new Genesis brand.

Soon after the revised 2020 G90, we will be getting a brand new version of the G80 sedan. An all new GV80 SUV. Quickly followed by a smaller GV70.
And this (already) revised G70 sedan.

Although it is almost fully covered, the G70 pictured above will only be getting new front and rear ends. To match the other Genesis models.
Mainly, a huge Superman grille and these thin double LED head lights and rear lights.

The base engine will grow to 2.5 Liter. With a bit over 300hp.
The same engine, with slightly less power will soon be introduced in the new N-Line version of the Sonata.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

It is actually hard to keep up with the constant flow of new Korea cars that will arrive next year.

Kia will have at least the new Sorento and Optima.
While Hyundai will get the new Tucson and this redesigned Santa-Fe.
And there is probably a new Elantra not far behind.
All this just a few months after a new Sonata, Telluride,  Palisade, Venue and Seltos

2021 Kia Optima interior

Most manufacturers are not giving up on good looking, affordable mid sized sedans.
A good example is the all new Kia Optima/K5.
This interior would have been great just a few years ago in a luxury car.

The Optima will no doubt start at under $25 000 in the US. Of course the pix above are from the top of the line, wood and leather model. Which will still be under $35 000.

Good to see someone isn't giving up.

Kia sold over 101 000 Optima last year. 
While Ford sold over 173 000 Fusions! 
Yet, Kia is not giving up and is coming up with an even better one for 2021...