Saturday, March 28, 2020

2021 Mercedes C-Class

Looking a tiny bit sleeker. No one is expecting drastic changes here. This will be a very timid evolution of the current design. With a bit of E-Class thrown into it.
Inside, it is expected to be getting a large vertical screen, instead of the wide/horizontal set up used in current models. Just as the new S-Class will.

But, unlike new BMW designs, the new C-Class will stay classy. No giant grille is expected here. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

2021 Nissan Rogue

This is still just an illustration, not the real thing.

But it seems really realistic to me. And matches very closely all spy shots we have seen of the 2021 Rogue.
I posted spy shots HERE, and a video HERE.

Just like the illustration above, the new Rogue will probably be much more angular than the current generation. Which has been a huge hit for Nissan. As it still sold over 350 000 units last year (From an amazing 412 110 the year before)
So it basically is Nissan's most important new model. And it will be jumping into a crowded market. With brand new models like the 2021 Hyundai Tucson I mentioned yesterday.
But also established players like the Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

2021 Hyundai Tucson Interior

At least inside, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be a huge improvement over the current generation. 
This seems much more upscale than before. And more so than most of its competition.
It makes the CR-V interior look quite old. Even the RAV-4.

And finally, the screen is really well integrated to the console and dash design, which is great.

Outside, the new Tucson is supposed to resemble the recent Vision T Concept we saw just a few months ago.

This will be going head to head with the RAV-4 and CR-V. 
A new 2.5 Liter engine with an 8 speed automatic will be standard. And a hybrid version is expected as well.

2021 BMW iNext video and illustration

I guess BMWis early proud of the work they are doing in their upcoming EV, the iNext SUV.

It is just too bad this thing will look nothing like any of their past concepts, but instead, just like another BMW SUV. And they all look the same already...

And here is an illustration of what it might look like under the camouflage.
Which is basically a mash up of all existing BMW SUVs. 
Blue trim and new wheels don't make it special at all. 

And, of course, it is getting the huge Bugs Bunny teeth grille. On an EV that doesn't need any.

Very soon, there will be plenty of choices for those who want an electric crossover. Let's hope this thing is a flop. At least as far as the design is concerned, this shows zero effort and should not be rewarded...

2021 Hyundai Accent

 It looks like the little Hyundai Accent is getting a mid-cycle refresh soon.
Which now makes it looking a bit weird. It seems Hyundai is pushing this triangular design on everything these days. It looks OK on a car like the new Elantra that was design from day one with that new look in mind.
But adding triangular shapes to the current Accent designs just ends up looking odd. (It is similar to what they did with the refresh on the previous Elantra)

 Same thing inside. No triangles here, but why replace the well integrated screen with a stupid tablet design that looks like a cheap after market unit from Pep Boys?

In the battle for the cheap sedans, the new Nissan Versa seems so much better looking than this. Inside and out...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2021/22 Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

This British illustration shows what the redesigned Toyota 86 and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, could look like.
Both cars are due out in the summer of 2021. (So they could actually be 2022 models.)

Both cars will be available with a 2.4 Liter or 2.5 Liter engine with 255HP. Which would be a big jump from the current 2.0 Liter with 200HP.
It sounds like the engine Subaru currently uses in a few cars. Like the Legacy and Outback Turbo.

The illustration above shows a pretty timid evolution of the current design.
These cars are not selling well at all (only 3400 of the Toyota version last year! Even less for the Subaru) and I really think they need a much more drastic redesign.
Especially inside. As they have one of the worst looking interior of anything on the market these days.

A good design at a good price will sell more. As it always does. Since the cars have been getting mostly great reviews, and they seem to be adding power.

Who knows. It's actually amazing they will get a second generation after such terrible sale numbers...

2021 Hyundai 45 EV production version

Just last September we saw this all new 45 EV concept from Hyundai. (bottom pic)
Which was a retro design inspired by the early Hyundai designs from Giugiaro.

As you can see, the production version looks like it is ready to come out. The design of course has been toned down a bit but not too much.
They even made the wheel design very similar.

Not sure if this is for the US or not. But in Europe at least it will compete with other retro looking electric compacts like the all new Fiat 500e, Honda e and Mini Electric. All with cool retro designs based on each brand's history.
The Hyundai will also have the advantage of 4 doors.

I think this would make quite a nice replacement here for the Ioniq. Which never got as popular as Hyundai had hoped.
(Toyota still sold over 69 000 units of the Prius last year. While less than 20 000 Ioniqs were sold)

The 45 EV would not try to compete with the Prius anymore. It could be seen as a Leaf with good style.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2021 BMW Gran Coupe. (And their upcoming EVs)

If the new BMW 4 series Gran Coupe (top pic) already looks familiar, it's just because we saw its basic shape a few weeks ago. As the i4 Concept.

BMW has given up on the idea of all new and super modern designs for their EVs. Like the futuristic i3 and i8 (Which still look great after many years)
Instead, their upcoming EVs will mostly be electric versions of regular models.
Like the new i4. Basically being an electric 4 series "gran coupe".

The new EV will look nothing like the much more modern "i Vision Dynamic" concept for a while ago.
Which is too bad...

And don't expect the new iNext EV (bottom) to look anything like the concept (top).
The only thing all these designs will have in common will be the huge, Bugs Bunny teeth grille.
Which is really too bad.
We can hate VW all we want (for various reasons), but at least they are making a huge effort to distinguish their electric models.

BMW is just doing it the cheap way...

Another I.D based VW SUV coming up?

I have heard this rumor before.
Since squared off and more macho looking small SUVs are very popular these say, VW wants a slice of that pie.
Their take on it would be an EV. Probably based on the same platform as the the I.D3 and I.D 4.
And why not. All they would need is a different designed.
Which is basically what Ford is doing with the Escape and Bronco Sport.

(Thanks to a reader for the picture)

2021/22 Toyota Corolla Cross

It looks like Toyota will offer the new Corolla wagon in the US after all.

Which is great news. The version we are (still unofficially) scheduled to get is the one sold in Europe as Corolla Touring trek. It would be called Corolla "Cross" in the US.
It is a slightly raised (about one inch) version of the regular "Touring"' wagon model sold there.

Which would compete a bit with the popular Subaru Outback. Although the Toyota is a bit shorter. (Being based on the Corolla, which is small than the Legacy based Outback. )

The Cross would be a Hybrid model only.
Just like the next Sienna Minivan, and the new Camry based Venza Crossover (yes, it's coming back)

In Europe, the "Trek" is available with a choice of 1.8 Liter engine or 2.0 Liter. Both Hybrid.

Not sure yet if AWD will be part of the package or even an option.
it would seem that if they really want to compete with Subaru they would have to offer it somehow...
This would be a very nice, more car like and affordable option to the RAV-4.

Another wagon soon is the good news of the day.

Monday, March 23, 2020

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

I almost forgot about this one. Hyundai is also working on a revised Santa Fe for 2021.
As you can see, so far, it looks the same.
I guess inside the main difference might be a new dashboard, since it is covered in the 2021 prototype.
It's hard to say anything about the exterior.
So far things also look very similar.

The main event might be the availability of a hybrid model for the first time. And maybe even a plug-in version.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ugliest minivan ever?

It's late. I am locked in. (as most of you probably are...)
And I found this...

No idea what this is, except it is from China. Sure, the profile isn't worse than many other minivans out there. But that front end is just the stuff automotive nightmares are made of.

What do you think???

2021 Nissan Rogue

It looks like manufacturers have not stopped testing new models these days.
These prototypes of the 2021 Nissan Rogue were just caught in the US.

Sure, it will be "all new". But when compared to the current model, it doesn't look that different, yet.
The proportions seem very similar. Although it seems more angular/square. More like the new Rav-4.

And who can blame them.
The Rogue has been a huge hit for Nissan with over 350 000 of them sold last year (over 412 000 in 2018) So they are not taking any chances. People love this thing the way it is.
I wouldn't expect anything drastic...

2021 Audi A3 sedan

I just posted an illustration of this car a couple of days ago. (HERE)
But this is the real thing. Which is really not more exciting than the rather boring looking car in the illustration.

And that's the only one that is so far approved for the US (the hatch stays overseas)

The current A3 starts at around $33 500. That is a lot of money for a car that shares a platform with the Jetta.
Sure, the US engine for the new A3 is rumored to be the usual 2.0 Liter. This time with around 240HP.
Quite a bit for a small sedan.
But a very similar Jetta GLI, with the same engine but "only" 228HP starts at $26 000.
A totally loaded one is around $31 600 (The only option on the top model is Automatic)
And yes, I do realize the A3's interior will be more upscale (Although usually not as roomy as the Jetta's. Plus the new one is really overdone) and it will have more standard features.
But, at over  $10 000 more than a loaded Jetta GLI, the A3 is a horrible deal.

Its base price is also higher than the all new Mercedes A Class.
And these are just prices for the current A3, the new one will probably cost even more.

Good luck.

UPDATE: Apparently, the hatchback WILL be coming to the US, after the sedan. As a plug-in hatchback.(E-tron)
Just like the previous version did...

2021 Nissan Pathfinder and 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Not sure where this is, but this guy got really close to these 2 upcoming and anticipated SUVs from Nissan.

The Rogue is a best seller and a big deal for them.

While the Pathfinder is over 8 years old and in desperate need of a redesign. As part of a segment that now includes great new offerings like the Hyundai Palissade and Kia Telluride.

Thanks to a reader for the link!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

VW ID.Bugg concept coming up?

VW will be adding a smaller car to its stable of new electric models.
It will be smaller than the newly released ID3 and will probably be called ID1. (or 2?)

But some people seem to think they will also have another model based on that new small ID1. Which will basically be an electric Beetle. The Concept would be called ID Bugg.

A small ID1 would be OK .
But these days, most small EVs have a retro design. Like the Honda e, the all new Fiat 500 Electric and the Mini electric.
A VW EV that looks like a modern Beetle would be great.
And it totally makes sense. A new RWD Beetle with a hatch and a front trunk would be exactly what VW should be.

(Thanks to a reader for the pic)

2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz

There seems to be a never ending flow of new models from Hyundai/Kia/Genesis these days.
Which is quite amazing.
Not only do they redesign all their existing models, but they even come up with new segments. Like this upcoming Santa Cruz pick-up truck.
Which should be coming out pretty soon.

As you can see, it will be inspired by the 5 year old concept (bottom pic)
The main difference is the addition of 2 more doors. And it won't look as sporty/aggressive as the old concept.

Friday, March 20, 2020

2021/22 Audi A3 sedan

Even though the picture above is just an illustration, the next A3 is pretty easy to guess.
Since we've just seen official pictures of the new hatchback version.

The hatch will not be coming to the US, as usual. So we will be getting this rather bland little sedan (or something close to it)
Sure, it seems better than the terrible looking BMW 2 series Gran Coupe.
But I do like the Mercedes A-Class better. And the new CLA looks even better.

Audi sold less than 10 500 of these last year. (Mercedes sold over 17 600 units of the A-Class sedan) This doesn't look more attractive than the current version, and I don't really know why it would sell better...

Good luck. 

Buick GL8 Minivan interior

GM released a few more pictures of their GL8 Avenir Minivan for the Chinese market.

And it really looks much more modern than almost anything they sale in the US (Except the 2021 Escalade)
Everything seems to be rather well integrated. Just like in recent Mercedes designs, the double screen looks like one long unit. Lines are soft and flowing. And it feels luxurious without being too busy.

I think they did quite a good job.
Let's hope a similar design will be introduced in future US models soon.
The newest Buick here is the Encore GX and it doesn't even look close to this.
So it might be a while...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Hyundai 45EV production model. Illustrations

These are still just illustrations of what the new electric Hyundai could look like (Bottom pic is the concept)

They are staying pretty close to last year's concept. Which would be nice.
I guess this would be Hyundai's first retro design. Digging into their (not so distant) past when Giugiaro was designing their cars.
I think it would be a great idea.
Basically, it would compete with other retro looking EVs like the Honda e, new Fiat 500 Electric and Mini EV.

And where is VW in all that this?
They have the great Beetle design and history and just decided to trash it, instead of joining the new wave of retro EVs. (idiots...)

2021 Nissan Note

This is the interior of the upcoming, redesigned, Nissan Note hatchback.
The current version was sold in the US as the "Versa Note". Basically a better looking hatchback version of the previous generation Versa.

This one doesn't seem to be sharing any of its interior with the new Versa. Same thing outside (HERE)
I know this is a terrible picture and it doesn't show that much. But already that interior seems quite busy.
Maybe this is a new Nissan interior style that we will be suing in the new Rogue soon. Since this new Note is not scheduled to be sold in the US.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2021 BMW 4 Series

Best picture so far of the worst BMW front end design ever: the new 4 series.

Not only does it look terrible. It is also mostly fake.
As you can see, almost no air is getting through.

And, the license plate is right across it, so there is not even a design reason for this.

This is one of the weirdest design choice ever. I looks like a really bad and cheap Chinese car. Not at all something you would expect from an expensive European brand...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2021 Hyundai Elantra: the good pix.

Looking pretty stylish.
I really like how sharp the rear view is. Except it doesn't really fit with the much softer front end. In my opinion.

No matter what, this is a huge improvement over the rather invisible current generation.
And the interior seems to be much nicer as well.
At the same time modern and pretty classy and looking quite upscale, at least on these pictures.

The huge black plastic piece that includes the screen still doesn't seem that well integrated to the rest of the interior though. While everything else seems so linear, soft and peaceful . This big black plastic angular part sticks out a bit.
But it could also look great in person.

The standard powertrain is a 2.0 Liter engine with 147HP. Or about 10HP less than a 2.0 Liter Honda Civic.
But the same as the VW Jetta.
So it is fine for the class.
It comes with a CVT.

You can also get an "over 50MPG" hybrid version with a 1.6 Liter engine with 139HP and a 6 speed auto.
Which, if priced right, could be the best choice.

It is of course, longer wider and lower than the previous one. And roomier. Especially in the back where there is over 2 inches more legroom.

This is coming out at the end of the year. Maybe...