Saturday, August 31, 2019

2020 VW T-Sport

VW is getting an all-new "Crossover/SUV Coupe" for the Brazilian/South American market.

This all-new model is even scheduled to make it to the European market.
Where VW already has a bunch of small crossovers.
I guess Kia is doing the same thing in Europe where they offer a lot of compact SUVs that always seem to be competing with each other.
So why not...

This looks rather slick, which means it will probably never make it to the US. Where VW thinks Americans only want their worst, old looking square designs.

Too bad...


Thursday, August 29, 2019

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe








Since we saw an all new GLE a few months ago, it is quite logical to see this all new "coupe" version now.
The new version is slightly longer and wider than the previous one.

I have to say, it looks much nicer than the previous version (white car).
And, of course, it inherits the great new interior from the regular GLE and GLS.
Which is both futuristic and high end at the same time. (Except fot that stupid blue "mood lighting" on the picture)


It seems the new coupe looks less like a turtle than before...


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2020 Land Rover Defender

This picture comes from the set of the next James Bond film.

This isn't the first time we see discover new cars from James Bond movie sets.
Like a few Aston Martin models, the BMW Z8 and Z3.

So I guess this is the real thing.
Which is not really surprising anymore since we have already seen most of it. (HERE and HERE)
A mix of round and square. Trying to please everyone I guess...

I mean why not round just headlights? Why create a rectangular shape around the round lights?

2020 Buick Verano




This is not an all-new model, but a mid-cycle refresh of the current generation that came out in 2015.
The first generation was sold in the US, but not the current model. 
Which is strictly for the Chinese market where the Buick brand is hugely popular.

It is basically the usual refresh, with new front and rear ends. But it looks like an improvement over the current version (gold car)
And oddly enough, it looks even more like an Opel than ever...



Nothing new at all inside (The new one is on top)
Except for the steering wheel.

Again, this is basically an Opel Astra with wood trim inside.

A few months ago, we saw a few prototypes of the revised Verano testing in the US. (HERE)
Fueling rumors about a return to the homeland for the compact sedan.
But GM has been testing Chinese products all over the world lately (Like the next Chinese Enclave in Europe) So it really doesn't mean anything...


Monday, August 26, 2019

2020 Genesis G80 video





Looks like the new 2020 Genesis G80 got caught in Germany. While getting gas...



And again, it is looking quite good. In a classic/conservative sort of way.

It seems to have very nice proportions, good looking simple wheels.

But nothing seems to be pushing any envelope.



A very conservative approach to the segment I guess.






Sunday, August 25, 2019

Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept scheduled for production?





Almost 3 years after the concept, we have now rumors about a possible production version of the TJ Cruiser.
Which would be nice since the concept was so interesting.
Although it seems a bit large in pictures, it is actually the same lenght as a Honda HR-V.
So it is quite small. 

Engine choices for the production model could include the same powertrian as the current Prius.
Or a 2.0 Liter engine.

I realy like the idea of a super flat cargo area. Where even the front passenger seat folds flat for large objects (or even car camping)
I wonder if they could figure out how to fold the driver's seat as well.

Let's hopt this is for real. And that it comes to the US.

More pictures of the all new Porsche Taycan interior





Even though the whole thing is quite modern, it is not really new. Since we saw most of it in the Mission E concept almost 5 years ago.

The das is very similar to the one from the concept (bottom picture).
But the console is all new. (Gone is that ridiculously small shifter. )
The dashboard itself is more upright to make room for even larger screens. 
In general, the whole thing does not feel as futuristic as the concept, of course. 

Not sure about all these screens in front of the passenger. Or if it will be a distraction for the driver...

From what we hve seen of the expterior, Porsche has been trying hard to stay close to the concept.



Saturday, August 24, 2019

New/revised Kia Mohave SUV


 Kia has unveiled the new Mohave just a few days ago.
Which is basically a revised version of the old Kia Borrego sold here a few years ago.
(It came out in 2008)

While the exterior is not all new. (mostly just new front and rear ends), the interior is.
And it looks quite nice...

I guess this is now the Kia equivalent to the Chevrolet Tahoe. While the new Telluride goes against more car-like crossovers like the Traverse

Here is the Borrego in the US from 2009.
Still loking quite good.
Simpler times. Without all that added chro,e and LEDs....

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2020 Nissan Juke video teaser





A  very quick European teaser for the all-new Nissan Juke.

Like someone commented on my previous Juke post, it actually doesn't look "all-new".

But it could be.



One thing is sure, the new Juke is not currently scheduled for the US.

But that might change. Anyone remembers when the Kicks was not scheduled for the US either?

Not that long ago...


New VW logo?



While Kia has just trademarked a really cool, slick and stylish new logo, it seems that VW is slightly altering theirs.
Which mirrors the way they redesign their cars, especially the Golf. These things being all-new while looking the same as before.

I can't really see anything "new" in that logo. Just like it is hard to tell an "all-new" Golf when they come out. 

Plus, the logo in the picture is on a 2020 Golf prototype, still wearing some camouflage bits here and there.
So that logo might not be the real thing anyway...

Genesis GV 70



Even though we have been seeing many pictures of the larger mid-size GV80 for a while, it looks like the smaller GV70 is about ready to go.
Even though it is scheduled to come out after the GV80.

The GV70 would be mostly competing with the Lexus NX, Infiniti QX50 and Acura RDX in the US. 

We can't really see much but so far the uncovered bits seem quite stylish .his could end up looking really nice.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2020 Mercedes EQV




This is the production version of the "concept" we saw last March in Geneva.
version
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.