Sunday, May 09, 2021

2022 Honda Civic: the lighter interior color...

 






So far, I had only seen photos of the black interior for the new 2022 Honda Civic sedan.

These pix show what the new interior looks like with the light beige/cream option. (I am personally not a fan of black interiors in general)
I think it does look quite nice. Although I have to admit, the new interior with the chrome vents and glossy black plastic trim might actually look better in black...

But as far as I know, Honda doesn't give you a choice of interior color. You get what comes with the exterior color you pick. It also depends on the trim you get. 

Which usually sucks...



Saturday, May 08, 2021

Honda N7X Concept: Vs. next-generation CR-V...

 





I am not saying the new Honda N7X concept is the next CR-V. But it looks pretty close...

The new N7X concept is previewing a new 7 seater model for the Indonesian market. (And probably India as well.)
While the next CR-V will not seat 7, the concept's design looks pretty close to the CR-V prototype caught a few weeks ago. Even though they do look similar, the N7X is based on the smaller Honda City. So it is probably quite a bit smaller than the CR-V.

Still, it might give us a preview of what the next CR-V will look like. 

I really hope the next CR-V turns out to be more interesting. Although Honda might pull a "2022 Civic" and make the next generation even more conservative. Looking like this concept. Which would be sad...


Bob's Big Boy Friday cars: alive and well in Burbank...

 









Last night was my first time back in over a year. The Friday car night at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank was as fun as ever.
With plenty of beautiful old metal...

Friday, May 07, 2021

2022 Genesis G70 Wagon: official teasers...

 



Genesis released these new official photos of a lightly camouflaged prototype of the 2022 G70 Wagon. 
As you can see, the rear door design is different. Otherwise, everything in front of the B-Pillar is probably the same as the sedan.
Powertrains and interior are also expected to be the exact same as the revised sedan.

nad, it is looking increasingly unlikely this will ever be sold in the US. As its main market seems to be Europe. Where Hyundai is currently launching the new Genesis brand.


2022/23 Mazda CX-50: new photos...






From what we can see so far, the all-new Mazda CX-50 will look pretty familiar. It will keep most of the current CX-5's design language. With a little bit of the MX-30 thrown in.
And you can already see the huge black plastic wheel cladding similar to the CX-30. You know, the ones everybody hates. For some reason, Mazda refused to listen to anyone and decided we are all wrong. 
The new CX-50 will replace the CX-5. And will be based on an all-new RWD platform. A new 3.0 Liter Inline 6 cylinder will be an option.

The whole package could be one of the most attractive in its segment. If they can keep the whole thing affordable... And if all that black plastic doesn't look too goofy on a more expensive model.

 

Thursday, May 06, 2021

2022 Genesis G70 wagon: best photos yet...

 





The 2022 wagon version of the revised G70 sedan is one of these cars we have seen testing around forever.
But these are the clearest photos I have seen so far. Showing a very nice shape. With, as I mentioned last year, different rear doors design. Engines are supposed to be the same as the sedan, which would mean 2.0 Liter or 3.3 Liter V6.
Not sure yet if this will be offered in the US or not. Genesis is currently launching in Europe. And they have mentioned they would offer specific models for that market. A sport wagon seems perfect for Europe.
Still, let's hope this ends over here as well...



The new Genesis wagon reminds me a lot of the super cool Lexus IS300 Sport Cross from the early 2000s. The Genesis is basically the exact same idea: a sporty wagon version of their smallest sedan.




2021 Tesla Model S: better look inside...




The 2 photos on top show a better view of the revised Tesla Model S interior. And I think it does look much better than Tesla's official pix (bottom)

You can see how the screen can now be angled toward the driver. Which is very nice. The trim isn't bad. 
Again, the screen directly in front of the driver could have been much thinner (matching the shape of the vents on the passenger side) and the whole interior would have been much more minimalist, and more similar to the Model 3 design. While displaying convenient info in front of the driver. 

I always liked the Model S. But, like many, was never crazy about the interior. Which never came close to matching the quality and feel of similarly priced cars from the competition. I am not sure yet about the new interior. Which could be great in real life. Or not... 

At least from pictures, it really doesn't seem to match the fantastic Lucid Air interior...

 

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

2022 Honda Civic: hanging out...



Here is what a more basic version of the new 2022 Honda Civic looks like in real life. 
Of course, the white doesn't help at all. And the whole thing looks rather blah and invisible.

I still do have hopes for the hatchback...



 

2022 Kia Sportage: another spy pic...



It seems we have been seeing spy shots of the next Kia Sportage forever. And here is another one. Again, not showing anything new really...

We'll be seeing the whole thing next month. 
 

New Fiat SUV: first pix...

 



This is a new small Fiat SUV, smaller than the 500X (and not nearly as good-looking). So far, this is only for South America. 
Engines will be small as well. A 1.3 Liter with 109 HP is the base engine. While you can get a 1.0 Liter Turbo with over 120 HP as an option.

I think this could be anything from anyone. Again... Besides the giant FIAT logo, there's actually nothing at all that tells us what it is. The grille actually looks a lot like recent Chinese Ford models...

So sad...



Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Next Generation BMW 5 series: new illustration...


Some illustrators are already trying to predict what the next-generation BMW 5 series sedan could look like.
This one is the worst-case scenario. Trying to imagine what the 4 series Bugs Bunny grille would look like on the larger 5 Series sedan. And the result is... predictably, not pretty. At all...
On top of that, the rest of the body looks just way too plain. Even unfinished.

Let's hope not...

 

2022 Honda Civic sedan: start of production...

 


The production of the 2022 Honda Civic sedan has already started in Alliston, Ontario.

The Canadian plan has been producing the Civic continuously for 33 years. More than any other Honda plant in the world. The upcoming hatchback version will be built in Indiana. 

The new Civic sedan will be available this summer.

2023 Honda Civic Type R: new illustrations...



These illustrations seem pretty realistic. Showing how crappy, once again, the Civic Type R will look. With the usual assortment of fake scoops, wings, and skirts.
But I think it also gives us a good idea (if you can see through the Type R crap) of what the hatchback version of the 2022 Civic will look like.

I think the hatch version of the new Civic could end up being a very nice surprise.
As I mentioned before, a hybrid version of the hatch would make a great replacement for the invisible Insight. (They sold less than 16 000 of them last year!)

Honda's great hybrid powertrain deserves better. ( I averaged 51 City/45Hwy in my week test drive!)  The Insight is a really good car. But no one knows about it. 

Honda really needs to make their hybrid an option on the Civic again. 



 

Monday, May 03, 2021

New Mercedes EQS: parked outside...



This seems to be in the US, showing the US version of the 2022 Mercedes EQS. Looing fine. Parked next to a Tesla Model S.


I think the EQS could be a hit for Mercedes. If priced right. Or not? If it starts at $100 000 it will be $20 000 more than the Model S. Should a Mercedes be that much more? It will have a longer range. But that might be only on even more expensive versions. And from what we have seen it is quite roomier inside than the Model S. And much more upscale...


 

New Fiat SUV: teaser...


Fiat is teasing us with a picture of a new small SUV.
It will be mostly targeted at the South American market. But, could eventually be sold in Europe.
Not sure about the US, since the whole "Fiat thing" is on shaky grounds here. And has been for years.

Also not sure if this is a replacement for the 500X or something smaller. Who knows...

 

Next-generation Toyota Prius: new illustration...

 



Since the current model came out almost 6 years ago, we are starting to see people guessing what the next generation could look like.

I am actually not even sure there will be a next Prius. At least not the way it has been so far. These days, with EVs from everyone, the "hybrid hatchback" idea is an old one. Like many, I really think Toyota should keep the Prius name for something. But that something should really be an EV, or at least, a 100 miles V range plug-in Hybrid.

Something special, like it used to be...

Tesla Model S: new prototype...



Even though I am not a Tesla specialist, I can tell you this is one weird-looking Model S.
The front hood looks much flatter and higher than the current version.
And I haven't seen these wheels on any Tesla yet.

This looks to be a mule for some all-new model. Could they be testing a next-generation Model S? So early after the 2021 "facelift"?
Is this some sort of new SUV model? Or a high riding hatch/wagon thing?

What do you think? 




 

2022 VW Jetta: small changes...





By "small changes" I mean "very" small changes. As you can see on the spy shots above, the Jetta is getting a mid-cycle revision for the new year. And it will still look pretty much the same.
Except for some rearranging of light patterns and chrome bars on the grille. Maybe more in the lower part of the bumper.

Otherwise, it will probably get the slightly larger and newer 1.5 Liter engine from the new Taos. Which would make sense. 

The current Jetta is still an attractive sedan. They still managed to sell over 90 000 of them last year. Which isn't that much less than the newer Nissan Sentra (94 645). I guess it is still worth the investment of new lights and grille...