Tuesday, March 31, 2020

More pictures of the new 2021 Genesis G80. Colors!

One thing the Genesis G80 will offer, that almost no one else does: colors!

It is actually hard not to get any color on a car. Most manufacturers offer black, white, and a few shades of grey (sometimes 2 or 3 versions of black!)
You're lucky to get a red o a blue.

But look at these Genesis colors. Brown, green (They have actually 2 greens!) blue, blue green.
And many more not pictured here.
Same inside.

I am really curious to see the first reviews on this. And of course, pricing. Which, unfortunately, could be too high, I'm afraid.
Since the GV 80 SUV already starts at around $49 000.
This could very well start at around $45 000. Which, I think, is still a little bit too much for an all new brand.
Of course, it will still be cheaper than the overpriced German competition.
But still... It needs to attract new buyers to the brand.

New Zombie Saab SUV coming up?

Today we have a few patent design pix from NEVS. The Chinese company that acquired Saab, years ago. And never really did anything with it. After tons of teaser announcements and cool illustrations.

These new pix look a lot like the prototype they showed last year (The white SUV above)
Except for a different front end. And one that looks much more like a Saab, for some reason.
Which begs a few questions:

- Are they really getting ready for an all new model?
- Why does it look more like a Saab now?
- Did they finally get the rights to use the name "Saab"?

By the way, they had also shown this other sedan prototype last year.
Which, I think, would have made a cool new Saab 9-3.

I mean why not. Volvo is doing terrific under Chinese ownership these days.
If NEVS could get their act together, maybe there is some life left in the Saab zombie...

2021 Kia Sedona

The top pic is supposed to show the dashboard design of the all new Kia Sedona minivan for 2021.

We have already seen a few spy shots of the new Sedona. (HERE) and its interior (HERE)
But this is the first time I see something about the whole dash.

Which reminds me a lot of the all own 2021 K5/Optima sedan. (bottom pic)
And why not. Since Minivans are not selling as well as they used to, why not share as many parts as you can. At least the whole screen area looks like it could be the same.

2021 Nissan Rogue

 An all new Nissan Rogue is just around the corner, ready to go. (but who knows when these days...)

And here are the first real (patent design pix) "photos" if its new design.
As you can see, the new generation is getting a more angular look. Just like the current RAV-4.
Otherwise, proportions seem very similar to the current one.
(Not sure if it is based on a new platform or not) And no news about powertrain yet.

 The interior is all new as well. Although it doesn't seem that modern to me.
The screen looks a lot like the one in the Honda Accord. Kind of a "semi-tablet" look.
Which is OK...

I guess Nissan is making sure current owners will like the new one. Sales were still over 350 000 last year (Over 400 000 in 2018) and they don't want to take too many chances...

Monday, March 30, 2020

2021 Genesis G80

The all new 2021 Genesis G80 is finally out.
And by now, there is really no surprises. Since we had seen pictures before. And it is basically a sedan version of the GV80 SUV and uses the same platform and engines.
Which will be the new 2.5 Liter Turbo with 304hp and 3.0 Liter V6 turbo with 380hp for the US.
RWD is standard and WAD is an option. All get an 8 speed automatic.

At almost 198 inches long, the G80 is about 3 inches longer than the new Cadillac CT5, the Mercedes E-Class sedan and BMW 5 series.

The big question is the price. Since the current generation started at about $42 500.
Which is thousands less than the German competition. But about $5000 more than the CT5.

I think Genesis should try to get the base price really close to $40 000. Since they are, after all, an all new brand name. No matter how good they are, they are just not on the radar yet.
But, they might also come out with a great lease... 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Good old days: When nobody cared.

This was taken in 2007. Back when no one cared about a new Subaru. At least at the Auto Show press days...

2021 Genesis live stream

At 8PM Pacific, you can watch the all new 2021 Genesis G80 being unveiled right here.

There will be, of course, no audience for this. And yes, you can count on copious amounts of cheesy/obnoxious music. And really, really bad writing. Basically describing the car as the second coming...

Still, I really like what we have seen of the car so far. And I think the new G80 will be great addition to the luxury mid-sized sedan market.

And will help the new Genesis brand to make a name for itself.

Good old days: Acura Advance sedan Concept

With the official cancelation of the 2020 Detroit Auto Show today, it looks like the good old days of Auto Shows are over, for a while.

I've decided to dig into the "vast and amazing" choice of BurlappCar videos on Youtube and post some of my old shorts. From previous car shows.
(I cannot believe this was shot so long ago...)

I actually remember getting Emails from Acura Designers telling me they all shared this clip. And laughed.

As far as the Concept goes, let's all thank God it never really inspired any production design...
(The shield grille was toned way down for production)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Future Electric Genesis models

This is (apparently) internal info from Genesis.
Showing their electric future.
And it looks like pretty much all of their models could be coming up with an electric version. Which is quite amazing.

The G90 mentioned here is the next generation, not the current model. So this would be at least 2 years away.
The GV80 just came out. The G80 is coming out next week. And the GV70 is not even out yet.
The G70 mentioned is the revised version coming out soon.
Not sure what all these "2019" dates mean either...

If this is really happening, it means Genesis will do a huge EV push. And soon. 

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...