Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2020 Kia X Ceed

 The X Ceed is an all-new small SUV from Kia, based on the European market Ceed hatchback.
As you can see, it looks really close to the teaser they showed us a few weeks ago (top pic)

And it also looks like another great design from Kia.

The Ceed is now basically a hatchback version of our Kia Forte sedan.
It made sense for Kia to merge the two lines.

I just wonder if this new X Ceed will become our next Kia Sportage. Since we are due for a new Sportage very soon anyway.
This also would make a lot of sense. Merging the Sportage and this new X Ceed as one.
Or sell it as a "Sportage Coupe". Why not...

Here are the 3 versions of the Kia Ceed currently sold in Europe.
The regular hatch, a hatchback version of our Fore sedan. (Our new 2020 Forte 5 hatchback is a US version of the Kia K3, not the European Ceed)
A wagon.
And they even have this weird/amazing Pro Ceed slick low wagon thing.
(Which would really be great over here...)

It will be interesting to see if that new Xceed ends up in the US. And if so, under what name.

Coming attractions !

This should be fun...

2020 VW Altas Cross Sport

Just a few more pictures of the upcoming 5 seater version of the Atlas.
I think VW has actually done a much better job than Honda with the Passport.
As the Passport is just a shorter Pilot. With the same interior etc...

This is actually a different design than the regular, longer Atlas.
While the interior is not new, it has been revised a bit with new trims, a more modern console, etc...

And the V6 is still available.

I think this will be really popular for VW in the US. As it will go directly against 2 other new models, the Passport as well as the new Chevrolet Blazer.

Electrifying Classics

Just a very interesting video about this garage around San Diego that turns classics into electric cars.

Of course, they don't mention any cost or price.

As this practice is still a very rich person's hobby.

But that will slowly change. And in a few years, there will be affordable ways to keep your classic car and turned it into a really cool EV...

Monday, April 29, 2019

2020 VW ID Neo teasers

 Not much to see yet, but let's compare the upcoming production model with the original concept.

The production car (on top) actually looks a bit longer and lower. With regular doors (of course)

Up front, the production car (both pix on top) actually has more LED lights than the concept.
With a light bar across the whole front. Like other ID EV concepts since. (This was the first one)

Production is scheduled to start as early as late this year.
The range is supposed to be about 250 miles. For a starting price of under 30 000 Euros.
Yes. No dollar price, since this cute new VW is not scheduled for the US.
This is another dumb move from VW in a long series.

- We don't get their "ready to go" small and cool looking SUVs like the T-Cross and the T-Roc.
- It is taking them over 2 years to bring the Arteon over here.
- They said "no" to any plug-in hybrids for the US.
- They have been teasing us with Pick up concepts for years. Yet nothing yet.

Who is running this??? Who is advising them so badly on the US market???

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cruising Instagram...

This week's bounty of fun Instagram discoveries...

- On the set of the most famous car film ever...
- One of the coolest '90s forgiven fruits from Japan: The Toyota Cera.
- What could have been: European Ford Granada early design (Looking a lot like a Taunus)
- What could have been: An early sketch for the 1986 Jaguar XJ40
- Some really cool rear-engine coupe/convertible design (Maybe a more upscale Karman Ghia???)
- The future, seen from the past...

Saturday, April 27, 2019

BurlappCar is getting a facelift...

Just wanted to let you know that my site is getting a new host platform.
So even though I will do my best to keep a similar and familiar look, things might end up being a bit different.

I will make sure it is still simple to navigate, but will also add a few things that I hope will make the whole thing a better and more fun experience for all.
I will make pictures available, put all the test drives together etc...

Personally, I don't like when websites I visit every day change their look. So I really hope to keep thingsas similar as possible. But better...

2020 Buick Encore

Just thought I would post a few more pictures of the all-new Buick Encore for 2020.
The one above is actually the Chinese market version called the Encore GX.
A slightly smaller and more SUV coupe-like  "regular" Encore will also be sold in China. 
But not in the US.
The one we are getting is the one pictured here.

It is supposed to be slightly larger than the current Encore.
And, as you can see, at least in China, it will come with the much more powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo engine.

I am not sure the US version will. Since this could become serious competition to the larger and more expensive Buick Envision...

We'll see...

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cadillac CT6 3.0 V6 Test Drive

I think the Cadillac CT6 sedan is one of the best-looking luxury cars out there.
Especially the 2019 model, with its revised front and rear ends. The designers did a great job with the small changes they were able to do. It has great presence, without being flashy.

The version I was driving for a week was a "sport" model. Which means there is less chrome than the regular version (Around the window, grille, etc...)
Which I think is a mistake.
I am actually against any "sport" version of Cadillac models in general.
Cadillac should be about luxury, not sport. Sure, they should be fast. Because that is a luxury.
But a dedicated sportier model with black trim should not be sold as a Cadillac.

But that's just me...

So even though I truly love the CT6 design, I think the regular model is the way it should be. Not the "Sport" one...

I drove the CT6 last year. But the version I had was the "now discontinued" 2.0 Liter Hybrid.
It drove geat, but I did have some issues with the hybrid powertrain. Which was at times noisy and weird. And not up to the rest of the car...

For 2019, Cadillac has kept the interior the same (except for the shifter)
It is still super roomy, very nicely put togehter. And everything feels as solid as a tank.

The optional Panaray Bose system sounded amazing. As it should, for an extra $3700. 
But I kept thinking the "standard" "Bose Premium 10 speaker" system might be good enough?

 Driving this 3.0 Liter Turbo version of the CT6 is a delight.
There is always plenty of power. It is extremelly quiet. Almost electric car quiet at times.

But you do hear a very muteed and very nice growl when you really push it.

The ride is excellent. Even with the large 20 inch wheels. 
The car always feels solid, heavy and reassuring to drive.
The steering is one of the best part.
As it has a wonderful feel to it. And never feel too overboosted or vague.

And yes, I did try the "super cruise". 
And yes, it is scary. At first...

But like almost everything else, you do get used to it. And it is actually quite an amazing and fantastic feel. 
The car already parks itself (perfectly every time) like all other Cadillac models. But SuperCruising on the freeway is quite something.
At the same time, it is something I personally have no use for. So, it stayed a fun thing to try a few times. But I never used it longer than that.

I really have only good things to say about the CT6 3.0. It is really a wonderful car to drive. 
And be driven in. 
Sure, the interior could have been improved a bit for 2019. (like maybe some more modern/trendy open pore wood finish?) But I actually always liked it.
It is much simpler than its German competiton. And everything feels top quality.

The AWD CT6 3.0 is rated at 18MPG city and 26 Hwy.
I did get about 16 to 17 average around town.
And 30/31 on the freeway. Which is actually pretty good for a really large 404HP car.

While it is not cheap, it is actually cheaper than many other luxury cars.
(I drove a loaded BMW 5 series last year for almost $80 000.
A smaller car that wasn't as enjoyable to drive as this CT6. )

And I am sure there are plenty of discounts on the Cadillac. 
And many slightly used ones to pick from for a lot less money.

The CT6 is a great choice and should really be considered by anyone looking for a large luxury sedan.

Burlapp Cars around L.A: Citroen DS

Another time cabsule: the amazing Citroen DS.
I used to see a few of these around. Especially years ago when there was still a guy in Hollywood (on Melrose ave) who was selling and fixing them. 
Now they seem super rare...

The DS came out in 1955. (Imagine the amazing sight it was back in the 50's!)

It went through a few changes, now called "facelifts" over its 20 year production run.
The one pictured here is from the last year, 1975.
So it has the "newer" dashboard and directional headlights. 

The two guys driving it told me they had just driven it to Las Vegas and back with zero problem.
They apparently drive it almost evey day.

These cars have been features in countless European moves. But also Hollywood productions taking place in Europe. 
They also had a flying on in "Back to the Future 2."
And it was the family car in the animated show "Rugrats."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

2020/21 BMW 4 series

These are just illustrations. But since they show a two-door version of the new 3 series, they are probably 99% correct.

Since the "4" is still basically a "2 door 3" for more money.
that's what the next generation will be as well.

That "classic" shape is really getting very old to me. I mean really. For 2020!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Burlapp Cars around L.A: Nissan Figaro

I have always been a big fan of the Nissan Figaro. Although I had never seen one in real life.
Until a few days ago.

This one is in a store, downtown Los Angeles. As a display, but somehow is also for sale ($16 000)

In person, it is as charming and special as you'd imagine. 
The attention to detail is amazing. 
I realized that most people who don't know what it is, think it is an actual old car.

The Figaro was produced in 1991. They made a total of 20 000 (8000 were originally planned)
All are powered by a small 1.0 Liter engine are based on the Nissan March.

The design was mainly influenced by French and Italian designs from the '50s and '60s.
Like the Peugeot 403 convertible. Mostly known as Columbo's car.

I actually do wish I had an extra $16 000 to get this... It might be weird driving around here since the steering wheel is on "the other side". But I bet you get used to it.
And being a small Nissan from the 90's it is probably pretty reliable and easy to maintain.

Please send money now.