Tuesday, March 02, 2021

2022 Mercedes EQS: new pix...

This is looking fine. Although quite a disappointment when compared to the original concept.

A large luxury hatchback sedan looks to be perfect to compete with the Tesla Model S.
Let's hope the range is also competitive. Since both the Model S and Lucid Air offer over 400 miles for about $80 000, Mercedes needs to step up its game. If this is another 300 miles $100 000 rich guy toy it will fail. We don't need more of these...
I guess Porsche does get away with it because... Porsche. Still a fantastic sports car.
But even they are now offering an $80 000 base price.

The EQS, being a Mercedes, will be very expensive...

That night driving shot (top) looks like a nightmare to me. I mean, how much distraction do you need at tight? On top of concentrating on your driving. Ridiculous "ambient lighting" and now screens everywhere! To watch a video of more bad weather??? Is it supposed to make you feel like things aren't that bad? "Look! It could be worse!"

And you basically cannot really turn the whole thing off since it probably controls every feature of the car... 

It looks like the Mercedes interior design nerds got their inspiration from Blade Runner. Which is actually cool. Although not everything you see in the 1980's science fiction moves is actually great to see in real life. ( I could name a few besides "replicants")

On another note, that Blade Runner car glass roof looks very Tesla now...


2022 Hyundai Bayon: little guy for Europe...

This new 2022 Hyundai Bayon really seems mo like a hatchback than what you would call an SUV. Really pushing the envelope of how car-like something marketed as an SUV can look like.

Why not. The design is pretty busy, but somehow the result is kind of cute.
Different versions of a small 1.0 Liter engine are available. And since this is mostly for Europe, a 6-speed manual is standard.

Of course, since we are getting the Venue here, this isn't coming to the US.

Too bad. I personally think the interior is much nicer than the Venue. 
That poor little Venue isn't very popular either... They sold only around 19 000 of them last year.
While Nissan sold almost 59 000 units of the Kicks. I think the Venue's "wannabe tough/bigger SUV" look doesn't work. That grill alone is ghastly.
Maybe this new Bayon would have had a better chance over here.

Oh well...


2022 Volvo C40 recharge: official pix...

This is basically a "coupe" version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Which is fine. I think the new C40 Recharge looks kind of cute. 

So far, it only comes with 2 motors and a 261 miles range. Which is fine. Although both the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Nissan Ariya are expected to offer up to around 300 miles.

The interior seems to be the same as the XC40. But with no leather option for the 1st time. A panoramic sunroof is still available.

These won't be cheap. Or even competitive. As the current XC40 Recharge starts at around $55 000.
Which, I think, is a crazy, out of touch price...
Even if the new C40 ends up cheaper, it'll still be around $50 000...

Not sure that at that price, 261 miles range is enough to tempt many customers. I think this is still good news for Tesla. 
Just like Tesla, the new C40 will be available only online (Which means good luck test driving one...)
Starting in the fall.


Monday, March 01, 2021

2022 Honda CR-V: first spy shots...

I didn't expect to see these so soon. But I guess it makes sense since a new CR-V is usually due out soon after the new Civic. Which is scheduled for next month.

Plus, the CR-V has become the most important model for Honda in the US. 

What is expected, is the design. Which resembles the new HR-V. It follows the more angular trend of new Honda designs. Which means, it might also lose a bit of personality. Just like the HR-V. At the same time, it could gain a cleaner look. The front end of the current CR-V alone is quite a mess.

2021 is shaping out to be quite a year for Honda. With a new Civic, CR-V, and HR-V. As well as the new Acura MDX and S-Type versions of the TLX and MDX. 

More pix of the 2022 Honda CR-V HERE.


2022 Toyota Land Cruiser: new illustrations...

These actually seem pretty realistic since they do match quite well with the spy shots I posted a few days ago (HERE) of the real thing. 

Again, it seems Toyota is hard at work to make the 2022 Land Cruiser as invisible as possible.
By carefully removing any trace or personality it might have.
As someone mentioned earlier in the comments, this could very well be a big Mitsubishi. Or anything else...


2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: walk around video...

This is a very nice video showing most features and design of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV.
Which, I think, has the potential to be a huge hit for Hyundai. It now all depends on how much it will be.

On another note. How is it that in 2021 someone can actually produce such a shaky video??? I mean most phones have some sort of IBIS these days. And pretty much all cameras do.
Why is still possible???

(Thansk to a reader for sending me the link to his)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2022 Ford Maverick: new illustration...


Sure, this vaguely matches the spy shots we have seen of the new 2022 Ford maverick Compact pick-up.

But at the same time, it looks terrible. I think it mostly comes from the bed looking too low. 

And that very bland front end. This just looks super generic and unattractive. And cheap! The best part of this illustration is the real thing will probably look much better.  As it already does in these spy shots: 


2022/23 Alfa-Romeo mid-sized sedan: new illustration...

This is a new illustration of a very old rumor. I have heard about a mid-sized Alfa sedan for years but it never happened.
(That Giulia coupe never happened either.)

Now they are talking again about a larger sedan. Which would be great.
I guess this is not a dying segment after all. Since the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 series seem to be doing well. We also have the new Cadillac CT-5 and Genesis G80 in the US.

The Alfa would be, of course, based on the same platform as the Guilia. Which is fine. 
If true, this could be good news for sedan fans. 

The illustration above is from 2016 (!!!) That's how old the rumor of a larger Alfa sedan is. 
Look how classier and more conventional it looks compared to the overly sporty and blacked-out new one on top...


Friday, February 26, 2021

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser: new photo...

 Here it is, the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser. (The white one on the right)

Not much to see. At least it's better than the illustration I just posted earlier. (HERE). So this could turn out OK after all. I still think they could have done some cool retro thing and try to compete with the new Defender.  But, no...

Thursday, February 25, 2021

2022 Subaru WRX: another illustration...


Another car we have seen tons of spy shots of the next-generation Subaru WRX.

From what we see here, it'll keep the tradition of not selling on its looks alone.
Another amazing small car that looks like an old fashion sedan with sporty crap added to it.

I guess that's probably part of the appeal. The great driving ugly car. And you know what, good for them!
That means enough buyers care about how it drives more than how it looks. That alone can keep Subaru going for years.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser: new illustration...

 Although I have posted a few other illustrations of the next generation Toyota Land Cruiser before, this one has to be the worst. Just look at that thing.

It would actually be funny if this particular one turned out to be close to the real thing. Funny and tragic. As this doesn't look like a serious off-road vehicle. And it doesn't look luxurious or fancy at all. 

This would just be an insult...

2022 Honda ZR-V: early photo...


Honda has been making a small "fake SUV" based on the old Fit. Which was mostly a raised-up Fit with black plastic trim. This time it looks like Honda designed a separate model. Still smaller than the HR-V.

Kind of like the Hyundai Venue or the Nissan Kicks. Which use the same platforms as their small sedans.

A new design could also mean the tiny thing could show up in the US. Priced under the current HR-V. And since the next HR-V is a bit larger, there would be some room there. And since people buy "anything SUV" these days... So why not...

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2022 Kia K8: a look inside...

Here are a few new pictures of the 2022 Kia K8 interior. 

And just like the exterior looks both impressive and weird, the interior gives me the same feeling.
I am sure it will be quite impressive in real life. But it's also pretty weird and busy. 
There is a lot going on on that center console...
The super widescreen enclosure is quite nice and simple. (although not unique)

But the sheer amount of wood rim anywhere could end up being quite tacky. As it usually is. Almost reminiscent of "American Luxury" from the 1970s...

At least they are trying. And it's not yet another SUV...


2022 Lexus NX Vs. Toyota Venza: copycats...

Yes, I can see the differences. But these 2 designs are awfully close. Especially for a company that should do its best to differentiate its luxury Brand.
The Venza would look right at home in a Lexus dealership. While the new NX does look a bit sportier and more aggressive. 

Is it really what Lexus should be after? Sportier and more aggressive?


2022 Lexus NX: next to the current one...

I hate to say, but this new 2022 Lexus NX is another disappointment. At least do far...

As you can see, the design is cleaned up a bit. But not that much. It is less angular for sure. Looking like a slightly melted version of the current car. (Putting an old clay model in a microwave for 90 seconds should never replace real design work)
But there are still plenty of fake scoops front and rear. Unnecessary lines etc...
On top of that, it looks a lot like the Toyota Venza. Even more than before!
Inside it now looks like the Toyota Mirai!
It seems Lexus is doing its best to remind people they are luxury versions of their Toyota models. Again, why????

And the passenger side of the dash looks like it was not designed at all. (The design department must have had to leave early that day)

I really want to like Lexus, but this seems like a busy yet uninspired mess. 
They still sold over 58 000 of these in 2019. Which isn't bad. But the new one will now have to compete with the all-new Genesis GV70. Yes, it's another world now...

From what I see here, it'll be a tough fight for Lexus. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

All-new USPS truck: future dork...

After all these years, the post office is finally replacing their mail trucks. And they found someone to finally design something dorkier than the current one. This took years of research and a huge competition with around 15 candidates.
I guess this was the best...

Of course, it adds modern, almost futuristic features like Air Conditioning. Or even an airbag.
But I still think in 2021 we should maybe have something a bit more futuristic? 
Although the giant windshield does give it that modern look somehow. Only to be ruined by the flat short hood that makes the whole thing look like Donald Duck.

No matter what, I will not be convinced that the new truck is better, or remotely as good-looking as what Syd Mead designed 40 years ago for Blade Runner. 

Which by the way, was taking place in 2019.
While the new USPS truck comes out in 2023...


2022 VW ID6: that face...

While the profile seems OK. Kinda a generic SUV/tall wagon thing. That poor ugly face is tough to look at...

VW claims they will be taking over Tesla in sales in just a few years. By selling a gazillion EVs and dominating the market. 
Not with this! Or anything looking close to this. The front-end design even ruins the profile! Look at these giant (for no reason) droopy headlights!

They act as if they were the only ones working on electric cars to take on Tesla. But they're not. Everyone else is too.
And there will no doubt be some attractive design to pick from. From brands with a much higher brand image than VW too. 
Maybe this is good enough for the giant Chinese market everyone is after? Or their brand image is so golden in Europe they just can sell anything?

Maybe it's just me, but I really don't think this can fly in the US/Canada market. And by the way, Telsa isn't sitting still either ...
Someone should remind VW this is earth. 


2022 Kia Carnival: pix of the US version...

Trying very hard to pretend to be something it's not, Kia is showing their new minivan with black wheels. Something, although always vulgar, mostly associated with sports cars. 
I file black wheels under the same folder as "Huge grilles", "Scoops", "Spoilers" and "Miscellaneous eyesores".
They're not the first ones since Toyota did the same thing with the new Sienna.
Somehow, black wheels will make people forget this is a good old fashion minivan.
(I guess sit might work on some smaller brain humans?)

Let's also talk about that stupid name. No more Sedona. What was wrong with "Sedona"???
And yes, I know it's always been called Carnival in its home market. That's no excuse. 
Will Mazda rename the Mazda 3 the "Mazda Axela". (Its name in Japan)
No, they won't. Why? Because it's a stupid idea.
For the same reason, the Accord is not the Honda Inspire over here.

Cars don't "need" to have the same name everywhere. Especially when "Sedona" was a fine name.
"Carnival" sounds like a cheap cruise.

Otherwise, the new minivan actually looks pretty nice. I think it feels much more modern than the new Sienna. Which is really, really weird and awkward from some angles.
It also makes the Honda Odyssey look really old. Especially inside...

The only engine available is a 3.5 Liter V6 with 290HP. So no hybrid here. But power and smoothness are standard. But AWD is not an option. Instead, you get the new Kia logo! (lucky!)