Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe




Of course, while BMW is calling this a "Coupe". This si actually a sedan.
It will compete with Mercedes's new S Class sedan. And also, why not, Mercedes's own "fake coupe", the CLA.
As well as the redesigned Audi A3 sedan, due out very soon.

Inside, it looks like it is trying to compete with the Mercedes A-Class as the busiest interior you can find in a small car.
Seems like the goal was to cram as many lines, shapes and textures possible in there.

This new 2 series gan Coupe is based on BMW's FWD platform.
But, just like the good old Jaguar X-Type, it will try to fool US customers by offering only the AWD version over here. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

2020/21 Genesis GV70

As we know, the new Genesis brand is already late in the SUV market.
But things will change in 2020 when at least 2 new SUVs will be launched.
The GV80 we have mentioned many times before.
And this smaller, GV70 as well.
Which, I guess, in the US should be competing with the Lexus NX , Lincoln Corsair and others.

So this will probably be powered by a 2 liter Turbo. Unlike the GV80 which should have a larger Turbo V6 option.

The picture above shows a nice and modern interior, so far. But nothing futuristic or game changing.

I guess Genesis will play it safe...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2020 Lincoln Corsair gets larger screen in China



Again, Ford is offering a much larger screen in the Chinese market version of their cars.
As seen here on the Chinese version of the Lincoln Corsair (top pic)

Which is a bit strange. They should at least offer this as an option in the US.

They also offer a massive, giant screen on the revised 2020 Chinese Taurus model.
Also in the Focus Active and the Ford Edge



Friday, October 11, 2019

Honda Pilot test drive coming up...

I will be driving a Honda Pilot Touring for the next few days.
Feel free to ask anything you would like to know about it.

So far, it's OK. But nothing like the Buick Enclave and a few others...

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport



I think this actually looks quite good.
Much nicer, to me, than the regular super boxy Atlas.
And since it uses the same wheelbase, there should be plenty of room for 5 and the cargo space is pretty huge. 

Too bad VW has so far only released pictures of the sportier "R" trim. With its weird pseudo-metal interior finish.
And by the way, if there was one thing VW should have redesigned is the interior.
Unfortunately, they didn't. As it seems the same as the regular Atlas.
That interior already looked old the day the Atlas came out, 2 years ago...

No idea about pricing yet, but the larger model starts at around $31 000. 
Since this will do battle with other 5 seater SUV's like the Honda Passport, I would think it would be priced at a bit bellow the Atlas. (The Passport starts at about $500 less than the Pilot)

Unlike the Passport, the new VW will come standard with a 2.0 Liter Turbo with 235HP.
(Passport has standard V6)
The 3.6 Liter V6 will be an option. As well as AWD.

The new VW Atlas Cross Sport will be available next spring. 



2020/21 Kia Optima

Just another next generation Kia Optima photo...

Which will probably, again, be a really good looking sedan. Now appearing in an ever shrinking sedan market.
Although sale numbers have actually be growing for those who stay in the sedan game. Since there are less models to pick from.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

2021 Toyota RAV-4 Plug-in Hybrid

You will soon be able to get a plug-in Hybrid version of the RAV-4.

No specs yet. But let's hope it offers a longer EV range than the Prius with only 25 miles.
Something over 35miles would start being useful.

It will do battle with the all new 2020 Ford Escape Plug-in. Which basically will be it's only competition for a while...


2021 Toyota Mirai







Toyota is calling this a "Concept". But really, this is pretty much the next generation Mirai Fuel Cell sedan which will be available at the end of next year.
Except for the huge wheels. And hopefully, the weirdo/slightly tacky coper interior trim...

Otherwise, this is a huge update. As it finally looks like a nice sedan.
Even if generic, it won't be seen as one of the ugliest thing on the road anymore.

The interior is also a big improvement. The current one looks and feels really cheap.
This already looks very nice and super modern.
The whole thing basically seems like what the Avalon should have been...

Not much specs yet. We know the range should be bumped to around 400 miles.
And the car is RWD. 
And, as the Honda Clarity, there should be an EV version of it available later.
Which is a great idea.

2020 Toyota Yaris

I have mentioned the 2020 Toyota Yaris before, but this seems to be a better look at the all new small hatchback from Toyota.

Strangely enough, what is now sold as the 2020 Yaris hatchback in the US is just a rebadged Mazda 2.
So it looks like the "real new Yaris" from Toyota might not be coming over here.

The new Yaris is supposed to be using an all new platform. And will probably be offered as a hybrid as well. Since it has been the case in Europe for years.
And I am sure an EV or at least plug-in version is coming soon as well...

I still wonder if this will end up replacing the Mazda 2 as well. 

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

2021 VW ID.4



While we are not getting the cute ID.3 hatchback in the US, VW will be selling us the upcoming ID.4 Crossover.
Which will be slightly larger than the ID. And based on the exact same platform.

The photo on top is a pretty realistic illustration of what to expect.
Since it matches very closely the covered car VW showed at the Frankfurt Auto show a few weeks ago (middle pic) and prototypes of the real things (bottom)

At least, this is already looking pretty nice and really modern. Something VWs have not been for a long time.
And much nicer than the Tiguan or Atlas.

The main problem for VW will be to convince US buyers to trust them.
Not only because of the obvious Dieselgate nightmare. But also due to decades of poor reliability ratings.
Due mostly too...electrical/electronic problems.

2020 Honda Fit/Jazz



Just comparing the newest picture on top of the real thing, with the previous photos I had posted on this site a while ago.
Which, I guess, would still be just illustrations. But they do see so close to the real thing (top pic)
Except for the lack of grille on the real car.

The yellow car shows a "fake AWD" All Terrain slightly raised up version.
Which might be available in a few markets only (like the current generation)

2020 Cadillac CT4 Price

The new small Cadillac sedan will start at $33 900.
Which, I think, is a bit too much for the current market...

As it is only about $3000 less that the larger CT5.
That CT5 is almost $10 000 less than the car it replaces, the CTS. Which is pretty aggressive pricing from GM.
But the CT4 is only about $2500 less than the ATS it replaces.
Still a decent price drop, but nothing great.
I personally think it should have started closer to $30 000 to have a better chance.

While the CT4 is not an all new car ( a heavily revised ATS, using the same glass for both cars), I think it looks quite nice.
And actually priced right when compared to the much more expensive competition.
A base Audi A4 starts at over $37 000
Even the Lexus IS starts at over $38 000. (That's crazy...)
The new Genesis G70 seems to be closer at around $35 000.

AWD is quite an expensive option on all Cadillac CT4 models at $2600.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

2020/21 Alfa Romeo Tonale





It is really good to see the production version being so close to the concept.
But also weird to see that basically, there is no more bumper protection on this car.
Look at the rear hatch and the front hood.
Both sticking out as far as the "bumper' area.

I know the Tonale is just one of many these days. But this is still pretty shocking to me...

Otherwise, lights are a bit thicker, which was expected. This will be quite good looking...

More changes inside. Of course, since the concept interior was pretty crazy. Especially the center console.

But I really wish they had designed a screen closer to the concept. Better integrated to the dashboard (as they do in the Stelvio)
Unfortunately, this will be one of these cheap looking tablet sticking out like an after market unit.

2020 Honda Fit

In this raw of small Hondas, you can see the all new Fit on top. The first 3 cars in the raw.

Looking almost exactly like the pictures I posted a while ago (HERE).

We don't know much yet. But the European version, called the Jazz, will only be available as a Hybrid.
Using the same system as the Insight.
Let's hope Honda does the same for the US... 

Monday, October 07, 2019

Mystery BMW SUV...



At first I thought this was the production version of the upcoming iNext EV.
But it actually does not really match other spy shots.
Plus, 4 exhaust pipes. (Which, of course, could be part of the camouflage. )
But the rear hatch seems to be opening much lower than on the other iNext prototypes...
And the headlights do look different....

Otherwise, what could it be?
Some new version of the X3? X5?

Since all BMW SUVs pretty much look the same, it is really hard to say.

What do you think?

- iNext?
- X3 EV?
- Some new X3 version?
- Some new X5 model?

Something else?




Sunday, October 06, 2019

2020 Kia Sorento




Obviously, the picture on top is the next one. 
The current model still looks really good. So let's hope Kia doesn't mess things up. 

The new one doesn't really look larger. Things are getting crowded for the Sorento. Which will now be squeezed between the new Telluride, and an upcoming redesigned, and slightly larger, Sportage.

The telluride is only about 7 inches longer than the Sorento. So there isn't much room to grow.
Although is it still much cheaper. But about $6000...

I guess SUVs will sell, no mater what.


Audi eTron coupe coming up???

That would be nice.
Not many new coupes out there these days (I mean the real kind, with 2 doors)
So a new electric two door car from Audi would be cool. And maybe a convertible later.

But so far, this will be a concept. Coming soon...

Saturday, October 05, 2019

2020 Corvette Convertible: minus black trim.




This grey would not be my favorite color. But it is nice to see the new Corvette is a "not flashy" trim/color combo.
And, just like on the coupe, you can delete all that black trim. And make the car's original lines more visible.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

2020 Corvette: Coupe Vs.Convertible



The new Corvette is again braking with the tradition. 
Since the convertible version used to offer a true convertible, open air experience. 

Now the only difference is the fact that the top is powered on the convertible. Unlike the coupe.
But the top doesn't actually open more at all.
I wish they had found a way to still make it a "true" convertible...

Is this "convenience" worth the extra $7500?

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Vs. Engelberg Tourer Concept







As expected, the recent Engelberg Tourer Concept was a preview of the next generation Mitsubishi Outlander.
Which is really due for a redesign since it came out back in 2012.

As you can see on the pictures above, the production version will stay very close to the concept design.
Sure, the wheels are much smaller and the side windows a bit smaller etc... But that is to be expected in the transition to production.
It also looks like most of that "rather blunt" front end will carry over.

Even though I am not that crazy about the concept design, I do applaud Mitsubishi for finally trying to stand out a bit.
Although I am not really sure how different this will be from the next Nissan Rogue. Which will probably be based on the same platform.
The Mitsubishi/Nissan thing reminds me of the Hyundai/Kia relationship. (The same thing could be said about Peugeot and Opel in Europe)

These cars from "different"brands are actually priced pretty much the same. And occupy the same segment. Unlike Chevrolet/Buick/Cadillac. Or VW/Audi.

Will Mitsubishi move up market? Or will it be priced cheaper than the Nissan?
Not sure why the Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi machine would created another competitor to their super popular Rogue.



Volvo XC40 EV

Volvo will be unveiling an all electric version of its popular XC40 compact SUV.
And, as you can see on the official teaser above, it will come with a small front truck (or "frunk)

It does look pretty small, smaller than the one in the model 3. But most EVs don't even offer one.

No specs yet about the new model. But the regular XC40 starts at $33 700.
If they can price it at around $45 000, it could actually compete with loaded versions the Chevrolet Volt or Hyundai Kona EV.
(the Kona can go up to about $45 000)