Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2021 VW Tiguan

This is, of course, the European version of the Tiguan. Which is shorter than the one sold in the US.
But our model is supposed to be getting similar revisons, except the new R Version pictured here.

This is basically just a new front end for 2021. (Green one)
And a larger screen inside. (Except the new new steering wheel on the R version shown here)

As I mentioned before, after driving one for a week, I was not impressed with the Tiguan at all.
This is strictly for people who wnat the largest SUV for the price. At the expense of power and refinement. The negine gets really noisy when pushed (which you need to do quite a bit) and the transmission gets very confused. The blocky interior is also very 90's. A larger screen doesn't really help anything.
To me, almost anything like a CR-V, CX-5  is a much better choice for the money. And probably much more reliable in the long run...

The Optima is dead. Long live the KIA K5 !

It is now official! the all-new K5 sedan is replacing the Optima in the US as well.
Not sure why Ki thought it was a good idea to get rid of the Optima name. Let's hope they won't regret it. Like Acura and Cadillac should...

The car itself is the same impressive design we saw a while ago when it came out in Korea.

The US will get a K5. powered by a 1.6 Liter Turbo with 180HP.
And a K5 GT, with a larger 2.5 Liter Turbo with 290hp. (Option on the GT)

The new K5 is another headache for the Accord, Camry and Altima. And let's not forget, it also competes with its cousin, the new Hyundai Sonata. Which seems to have a much cleaner interior...

Which seems better so far?

1- New K5
2- Sonata

2021 Bentley Bentayga: About one percent less offensive...

 Somehow, you have to admire Bentley (VW) for trying hard to improve the design of the horrible looking Bentayga SUV. After 4 years.
In my opinion, the front end, while looking different, isn't necessarily better.

The rear view of the car is much improved. (which was not hard to do)
But the Continental GT real lights really do not fit the blocky design of the Bentayga. At all.
The hatch and the fenders have been totally redesigned for a more flowing look.
the bottom of the new hatch now looks like what Audi (or Opel) have been doing for years.

I think things are worse than before inside.
Where the circular vents have been replaced by a tacky, crome fille unit that now incorporate a ridiculous analog clock.
(Even though the side vents are still the old rounded ones)

Overall, an ugly SUV gets a little better looking. (or a little bit less offensive)

What do you think?

1- Do you like the new version?
2- Do you prefer the current one?

Monday, June 29, 2020

2021 Nissan Terra

Hard to see much, but the top photo is the all new generation Nissan Terra.
The other pic shows the new Terra's silhouette as part of the Nissan's recent Teaser showing all their upcoming models.

Since we have the Rogue and Pathfinder, we don't get the Terra in the US. If we did, it would be more of a replecement for the old X-Terra. Since it is based on the Navara pick-up truck.

They could still bring it over here. As it seems there is a market for more "trucky" SUVs these days.
Why not...

This is the current generation Terra SUV.

2021 Nissan Rogue short video clip

This isn't much. But we do get to see the all-new Rogue in action (a little bit)

And it does look quite nice. Nicer than the early pictures I posted a while ago.

Still, it's really too bad they don't offer some kind of electrification for this.

Even though the Leaf was ahead of many, Nissan is now very behind about hybrids. At least in the US.

Honda now offers Hybrid versions of the Accord and CR-V for not much more money.

And Toyota is starting to offer models with standard hybrid tech (Venza and Sienna)

Nissan really needs to offer more powertrains on the Rogue.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

I guess, just because of its name, the Corolla Cross will be an SUV version of the current Corolla.
As you can see, it is not a version of the Corolla Trek Wagon sold in Europe (bottom pic)
Although that one would have been nice to have also, since VW won't sell us the Golf Wagon anymore.

Still, these new spy shots of the Corolla Cross do show a shape that is quite wagon-like. I do like the tall windows and the sleek looking headlights. You can also see a RAV-4 style grille under the camouflage. Although a bit smaller.
Something smaller and cheaper than the RAV-4 would be great. Since the C-HR doesn't really fit the bill. It is too weird and not roomy enough for most people.

I think the Corolla Cross is a great move for Toyota. An even greater move would be to make it a standard Hybrid model. Just like the new Venza and Sienna..

More pictures HERE

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cadillac Lyric Concept teaser

Well over a year ago, Cadillac provided us with a couple of 3D illustrations of what they described as their First EV Crossover. (bottom photo)
And it really looked pretty good and super modern.
Although, these super-thin headlights were obviously for a concept and not an actual car.

Now, they have released a teaser that includes real shots of the upcoming concept.
And it just looks a bit weird.
The rear park, behind the C-pillar, looks odd. At least on the screengrab from the video. (top)

And since it is still just a concept, who really knows what the real thing will look like.
We still don't have any new Cadillac looking remotely as good as the Escala concept from years ago...

A concept also means the production model is probably still years away...

2021 Honda Accord

Weird to see this 2021 Accord covered up with so much camouflage.
Since the 2021 model year is only scheduled for a mid-cycle refresh.

What you can see up front looks quite similar to the curent model. The lights seem exactly the same. Maybe there is less chrome. (Similar to what they did with the 2020 Civic)

There shouldn't be to many changes on the profile, but somehow, the rear side window is completely covered up.
Which means, although very unlikely, they might have redesigned it somehow. Or at least the trim?

As far as I am concerned, the current Accord is one of the best cars you can buy. It doesn't really need anything. Except maybe the panoramic sunroof already available in other markets.
 (And a hatch would be great)

(Thanks to a reader for the pix)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I now it's ahard to tell, but the top photo is the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
And it looks like Jeep is very afraid to change the design much. Even though the SUV will be all-new.
At least up front. the all enw one will look very similar to the current, 9 year old generation.

I think the current one still looks just fine. It has not aged much.

There has been so many rumors about the new Grand Cherokee that is is hard top know what it is actually based on.
A regular 5 seater and a longer 7 seater versions will be offered. And some kind of a hybrid system will be an option.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Hey! How about even more pictures of the new Kia Sedona?

On this particular model at least, the plastic trim within the grille looks really busy.
It's just a weird convoluted design.

As far as the silver C-pillar trim in the back, I still like it. But what does look really cheap is that big black plastic trim right in front of it. It struggles to match the lower window trim and it just looks odd and cheap...

Still, overall it looks quite nice and distinctive.

Good interior pictures coming very soon.

Friday, June 26, 2020

2021 Kia Sedona strange C-pillar. Up close

It seems Kia has been designing strange chrome triangular shapes into the C-pillar all of their recent designs.
Including the new Sorento and upcoming K7.

I think it actually looks quite interesting in the new Sedona minivan. Since it is linked to a wraparound chrome trim, it seems well integrated. I do like the look of these smaller rea side windows too.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Classic spotting: 1st generation Ford Bronco

I've seen it before in my neighborhood, but today I had my camera with me.

This first-generation Bronco looks pretty amazing. And in perfect condition.
No idea what year this is since they were produced from 1965 to 1977. All they all looked pretty much the same...

What a cool, simple design...

And don't forget this!

Coming up, really soon.

2021 Buick Envision interior!

This is quite a leap when compared to the current generation.
I test drove the current model a while ago (HERE) and really liked it. It is a very nice driving car. Very smooth and solid.
The upcoming second-generation already looks much better. And now we get to see it inside. And it doesn't disappoint. 
A simple yet very modern design. With a very nicely integrated large screen. 

This really has the potential to be quite a hit for Buick. 
It is really too bad that GM has zero hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain they can use for this car.
Instead, it will be that good old 2.0 Liter turbo they use on everything. 
It is a fine engine, but these days, a hybrid option should be expected.

You can head over HERE for official pictures of US version the 2021 Buick Envision

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2021 Mercedes S-Class

We have seen quite a few spy shots of the next generation S-Class. Including the crazy interior design (HERE)
For the first time, this new one (top) shows most of the profile.
Which does look new. But, as I mentioned before, the glass area and roof still looks exactly the same as the current car.
Which is rather obvious on these photos. Basically, I am not 100% sure the next S-Class is 100% new.

Which would explain why the crazy futuristic interior design does not match the exterior at all.
Since it had to use some of the old (current) generation...

What do you think?

Toyota's upcoming Electric cars.

These new patent designs show us what at least 2 of Toyota's upcoming EVs will look like.
Yes, they are very close to what we have already seen last year (HERE)
And they still have these cameras instead of rearview mirrors, so they could still be concept designs.
(Although that technology is already in use in Europe and Japan.)

I think these look really nice. especially the smaller one. It's cute and futuristic at the same time. And a much more mature design than the Hyundai Kona. I guess this would compete with that new Bolt SUV. Or the upcoming (and gorgeous0 Nissan Ariya.

The larger one looks like an electric equivalent to the Highlander. At least in size.
It actually reminds me a bit of the Rivian SUV. (I guess mostly because it is so angular.)

Toyota is approaching the EV market the same way VW is. By providing a whole range of electric models. Like a full parallel line. With their own design language. That second model line up will eventually become the main one. And eventually, absorb everything...

It will be like The BLOB!!!!!