Friday, February 21, 2020

2021 Ford F-150: not all new.

It looks like the "new" Ford F-150 for 2021 is not all new.
But just an extensive refresh.

It is basically the same truck with an all new front end, slightly revised rear end. And probably a new interior.
I guess it doesn't matter since, no matter what, they seem to sell about a million of these every year.
So why spend the money on something 'all new".

The real news will be the availability of an EV version. About a year later. Which will compete of course with the various electric versions of the GM trucks.

We'l have to wait at least 3 years it seems for a real "new F-150"...

2021 VW GTI teaser

The top picture is the first official picture of that all new VW GTI.
The bottom one is the regular 2020 Golf (The one we are not getting in the US)

As you can see, the GTI will be what it has always been: a sportier Golf. Which is great.
The front end is slightly more aggressive, but not obnoxious. 
As usual, a 2 liter turbo with a 6 speed manual will be standard . Also great.

The other good news is that the new GTI will come to the US next year. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

2021 Nissan Kicks

Looks like the little Nissan Kicks might be getting some changes for the 2021 model year.

Although the Kicks has only been in the US for a short while, it actually came out in 2016 in other countries. So it is not too early for some revisions.
The prototype in the top photo seems to have an all new front end. And some kind of aero wheels. Which means it could be a hybrid. Or plug-in version.
Or maybe even an EV? Since for all these years Nissan has only used their EV technology on the Leaf. It would seem about time for them to get more EVs out...

202/22 Lucid Air

We finally get a look at the production version of the stunning Lucid Air (top photo)
And, as predicted, it looks almost exactly the same as the concept we have seen for years now (bottom)
Which is great.

They are still claiming at least 400 miles of EV range.
Driving seems to be in flux. As they previously stated the car would start at around $60 000. But later mentioned that only the more expensive versions would actually be produced. Which means a base price closer to $100 000.
I really hope they get to actually build the $60 000 version. As it looks quite amazing and would be some serious competition (at a cheaper price point) to the aging Tesla Model S.
And pretty much any luxury sedan around. EV or not...

2021 Fiat 500 Electric

As mentioned before, the new 2021 Fiat 500 is a new car. Not just a refresh.
But it is still hard to tell on this picture (2021 on top. Bottom is current model)

It looks like Fiat went to a lot of effort to make sure the new car doesn't look too different.

The new model is supposed to be a bit larger and roomier. At least on this picture, I can't see the rumored 3rd door to help rear seat access. Maybe it is on the other side. Or maybe this will be yet another version.
It's good to see the "convertible" version being available as an EV. Which is really really rare.

We will see the whole thing in just a few days now. And let's hope it comes back to the US...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

More pictures of the new Chevrolet Menlo EV

The all new Menlo is a Chevrolet EV for the Chinese market.
It is still baed on the Bolt, and not GM's all new and upcoming EV platform.
Although it is quite longer. About 20 inches longer than the Bolt.
Its EV ranged is rated at 161 miles. Which is OK, but far less than the Bolt.

It looks pretty busy, and the proportions are a bit weird when viewed from profile.
This is basically a FWD wagon that is trying way too hard to pass for an SUV...

New small Honda Hatchback.

I actually have no idea what this is.
At first, it does resemble the Civic a lot. But only the front end. The rest of the car is quite different.
Could it be the next generation Civic hatch?
Going for a cleaner, but also super conservative look. (As this seems to have zero personality)

Or something smaller. Other than the Fit.

It could also be something for emerging markets, or China. Something we'll never get here in the US.

What do you think?

What is this?

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai is coming out with larger and more stylish Elantra sedan soon.

As usual, this will be competing with the Civic, Corolla, Mazda3, Sentra and Jetta.
Since GM and Ford gave up on compact sedans, it will have zero American competition.

And yes, this will be yet another fastback design that should be a hatchback. But it won't be...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2021 Hyundai i20

Hyundai has just released official pictures (why no interior pic??) of their all new generation of the i20 hatchback for the European market.
 And it looks quite good. 

The i20 is related to our Hyundai Accent. Although the design is much more modern. Since the current Accent is also a couple of years old, the i20 gets a much more modern interior as well. 

More news on this later...

Monday, February 17, 2020

2021 Kia Sorento

Finally, official photos of the all new Sorento.

And it looks even busier than what I thought.
I think the general shape is fine, but there are so many busy, unnecessary details everywhere. Black plastic trims, chrome stuff, vents everywhere. Just way too much for one car.

Same thing inside. These center vents also look really weird. And again, with so many lines and shapes everywhere...

Otherwise, it doesn't look or feel like a smaller Telluride at all. Which is fine I guess. And avoids competition. (if you want something classier, you'll have to pay more...)
It looks more like a big Seltos with a bit of Kia Soul here and there. 

No other details yet. Except it will be offered as a Hybrid as well.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Never produced 1st generation Cadillac CTS versions

Cadillac had big plans for the all new CTS  back in 2002.

After flops like the Cimarron and Catera, they needed a real small Cadillac that was more than just a rebadged Chevy or Opel.
The CTS was a big project. And Cadillac wanted to compete with BMW and Audi on all fronts.

The coupe seen above was never produced (although we got a coupe with the second generation)
But it really looked very nice. Especially the top photo.

 They also had planned a wagon. Again, going against Audi and BMW.
Which means they had probably planned the CTS to be sold in Europe as well.

My favorite is this convertible version.
Which, I think, still looks great today. Almost 20 years later.
A simple, classy and modern design. Something we basically don't see anymore...

Friday, February 14, 2020

2021 Genesis G80

I am not 100% sure, but I think these are the real thing, but they look pretty close.

And they show a nice looking sedan. Nothing crazy.
But with a severely droopy rear end...

Speaking of which, I was driving next to a brand new 2020 G90 this morning, and noticed the "droopy butt" on that car too.
I still think the G80 would have worked better as a hatchback.
But this i still a pretty conservative new brand that will not take such a chance. On an already shrinking part of the market.
Too bad.

Otherwise, we already know the G80 will share its platform and engines with the all new GV80 SUV.
And the interior will also be quite similar. 

2021 Kia Sedona

It seems Kia is not giving up. Not only on minivans, but on anything.
They just updated the slow selling Cadenza sedan. (only 4 507 sold in 2018)
They still offer the $60 000 luxury K900 and they sold less than 400 of them in the US last year.

The Sedona minivan sold less than 16 000 units last year, but an all new one is on its way.
I think it's great. 
Good to see someone offering more than just SUVs these days.

From the look of the prototype above, it seems the new model will have a pretty squared of design.
(especially when compared to the current one)
Maybe not unlike the Kia Soul. Which actually could be pretty cool for a minivan.
Anything different could help.

I think the current generation still looks good, with a really nice, car like interior.

2020 will be quite an interesting year for minivans. A revised Pacifica just came out. An all new Toyota Sienna is just around the corner. And the next generation Honda Odyssey is not far behind.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2021 Nissan Rogue/Rogue Sport?

This was sent to me by a European reader.
You can see the transport truck carrying mostly a few units of the new Juke.
And the Rogue Sport is known there as the Qashqai. So this is probably what that camouflaged model  is.

The all new Rogue is just around the corner, and this smaller version looks almost ready to go. At least for the European market. I guess it will take about a year to get to the US, replacing the current Rogue Sport.
Nissan needs all the help they can get these days. They have successfully renewed almost all of their sedan models, but their SUV line up is pretty old compared to the competition.
Next year should se the new Rogue and finally a new Pathfinder. As well as a new Frontier.

All these should help a lot...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fisker Alaska pick-up

Looking at this picture of the upcoming Fisker Alaska Pick-up (top pic), it does seem closely related to the recently unveiled Ocean SUV. (bottom)

Which makes a lot of sense since they probably share a lot.

It also means the Alaska will not compete with other new full size pick ups from Rivian and others.
Since the Ocean is only 182.7 inches long. Just slightly longer than a Toyota Rav-4.
Which means the new Fisker pick up will compete in the mid size segment.
Like the upcoming Hyundai Vera Cruz or even the longer Honda Ridgeline. (And of course the mid sized crowd from Ford and GM)
Except, of course, the Alaska will be an EV.

Since Fisker has already announced a base price of $37 500 for the Ocean, before incentives. We can expect the pick-up version to be cheaper. At least by a few thousand dollars.
Which means, a sub- $30 000 price after various incentives.
The new Alaska could very well be priced at or under its gas competition.

If it ever comes out, that is...

New Fiat 500 Electric teaser

Fiat released this cute teaser for their new generation 500 hatchback.
Which will only be offered as an EV.
Mostly competing with the new Honda e and Mini Electric in Europe.

No news yet about possible sales in the US.

We won't have to wait long since the new car will be unveiled in a few short weeks. 

All new Fiat Strada compact pick-up

As I mentioned earlier, I think this looks pretty good and there would be a market for it over here.

Sure, car makers one making huge profits on huge trucks.
But profit is profit. Even small. And I really don't think FCA would loose money by selling this Brazilian made small truck over here.

This would be perfect for pick-up fans who live in the city.

2021 Citroen C4

There is a new generation Citroen C4 around the corner. (The picture above is just an illustration)

It will replace the super cool Cactus. While at the same time, will also be anew generation of the "regular" C4 discontinued in 2018.
So it will be a C4 with Cactus styling...

I really liked the Cactus. This basically looks like a "4 door coupe" version of it.
Or a C4 hatchback on stilts.

Why not...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2021 VW Tiguan

As you can see, the 2021 version of the VW Tiguan (top photo) will not be all new.
It will be getting, mostly, a redesigned front end with headlights similar to the new 2020 Golf. And a deeper grille. because, "why not a bigger grille, everyone else is doing it..."
And of course, new tail lights and rear bumper. Not sure how new the interior will be. But judging by what they did with the 2021 Atlas, things could stay exactly the same for the Tiguan interior as well...

The 2 photos above show the European version of the Tiguan. Not the longer US version.
But changes should be similar in the US for next year.

Not sure what new engines will be offered in Europe. But the US will probably be getting the same old 2.0 Liter Turbo.
(The one that is really not refined when you slightly push it)

VW sold almost 110 000 of these last year in the US. beating the Jetta by over 9000 units.
So it is quite a hit for them.
It looks like a low price and a really roomy interior is paying off.
So, why would they spend extra money in a nicer interior and a more refined/powerful powertrain? 

2021 Kia Sorento

These are the official teaser illustrations from Kia. 
Showing the whole car, inside and out.
No big surprises since we have all seen it before (HERE, and HERE).

With hybrid versions available and 3 rows of seats, this should be pretty well equipped to do battle with the new Toyota highlander. And others.