Wednesday, August 31, 2022

2023 Tesla Model 3,Y: new steering wheel...

 Apparently, Tesla is about to replace the steering wheel on the Model 3 and Model Y.

No, it will not be replaced by the "yoke" from the Model S. But by a new design also used in the upcoming Semi truck. (pictured above)Where the stalks are replaced by small touch-sensitive areas on each side. Which doesn't sound like an improvement.

These small touch screens have been used in the Modell S and Model X since the introduction of the Yoke. Which means no real transmission controls or physical turn signal controls.

I have never heard of people complaining about turn signal being part of a stalk (As long as it's of good quality). A read a few complaints about this in the Model S, but the Model 3 and Y are much more popular. I've already seen posts on tesla forums with people thinking of canceling their orders about this.

Not sure this is a good move at all...

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

2023 Kia EV9: new illustrations...

These new illustrations seem pretty realistic. Obviously based on the recent photos we just was a few days ago.
Showing a slightly toned-down design from last year's concept from the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The production model still looks quite goofy. But at least, it won't be a boring sight. This will surely stand out in a crowd of look-alike SUVs and crossovers.


2023 VW Tavendor: official photos...

The Tavendor is a new VW SUV for the Chinese market.
Size-wise, it fits right in between the Atlas and Tiguan. When compared to US models.
I guess this will stay in China since VW is concetrating on EVs for our market. 

Not sure how roomy this is, but it does look quite a bit better than our old Atlas. (Which already looked old the minute it came out)
The interior, especially, is much more modern than the Atlas. 

But I also notice the lack of a volume knob. Again...
It seems VW is really against them for some reason. As all their new models have the stupid and inconvenient digital slider instead.


Monday, August 29, 2022

2023/24 Mazda 6: new illustrations...

Most people agree there will not be another generation of the Mazda 6 sedan. Even though there were plenty of rumors of a new one based on their new RWD platform shared with the CX-60.

Still, once in a while, we see new illustrations emerging here and there. Like these two. Showing something completely different. Not even look like a Mazda at all.

I really think it will be too late for Mazda to come up with a good old fashion ICE sedan. Unless they have something planned right away, (Which they don't)


Saturday, August 27, 2022

2024 Hyundai Tucson: new illustration...

 This is a weird one. I guess, eventually, the Tucson will get some modifications. Some sort of a mid-cycle facelift as they call it.  But this illustration seems way early.

And really horrible. The current Tucson is really good looking. A larger squared-off grille like the one on the 2023 Palisade would be quite a disaster...

2023 Buick Envista: official photos...

The new 2023 Buick Envista is a very stylish crossover for the Chinese market. It will fit in between the Encore GS and the Envision. In China, prices will start at the low $20 000s. In the US, the Encore GS starts at around $27 000. While the Envision starts at under $32 000.

A US Envista starting at slightly under $30 000 would have to compete with the popular crowd like the new CR-V or RAV-4. While being more stylish, it is probably not as roomy as the Honda or Toyota.

The interior seems really nice and very modern. This really puts the new CR-V to shame. Except for the missing volume knob. That seems to have been replaced by an annoying touch control between both screens. (And why???)

Not sure if there is room for this in the US Buick lineup. But it is quite promising. 


Friday, August 26, 2022

Toyota bZ3: first photos...

Even though we have seen prototypes before, these are the first photos of the new Toyota electric sedan without any camouflage.

The model above is scheduled for the Chinese market, where it could be competing with the Tesla Model 3 and many other Chinese models.

And it looks exactly the same as the "EV Sedan Concept" we saw last year (2nd pic)
Which is quite amazing, and makes you wonder how many other concepts introduced last year were actually very realistic previews of upcoming production cars.

The bZ3 sedan is actually a little bit longer than the bZ4X SUV sold in the US. And is powered by a Chinese BYD motor and uses BYD batteries. At least for the Chinese market.
It will be interesting to see if the new sedan will end up being sold in North America and Europe.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

2023 Kia EV9: official spy photos...

Today we get to see how close the production Kia EV9 will be to the concept.
And it's really close.
It seems most of the toy-like aspects of the design have been retained. For better or worse.

The main difference seems to be that goofy-looking chrome trim on the side. Or maybe that's also part of the camouflage.
Either way, this will be a polarizing design that will stand out. Which will be quite interesting...


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

2023 Mazda CX-70: new spy photo...

Mazda has released very few new models in the past few years. Sure, we just got the CX-50. Which is specific to North America and based on the CX-30.
And Europe just got the RWD-based CX-60. (above)

The big news will be the CX-70 and CX-90 for our market. All are based on the new RWD platform with an equally new inline 6-cylinder engine. Moving Mazda (aga9n) upmarket.

IMO, the European CX-60 was a bit let down when it came out a few months ago. It looks like a weirdly proportioned CX-5. 
The spy shot on top shows the US CX-70 (Or maybe the CX-90?)
Which Mazda claims will use a wider version of the CX-60. And just like the CX-60, it already looks kind old. I know we can't see much. And maybe "in the flesh"...

Plus, the whole brand new RWD platform/ new 6-cylinder engine seems like a big giant amount of money thrown in the wrong direction.
No hybrid (Except a Toyota hybrid powertrain coming soon to the CX-50), no PHEV, and no real EV.

An expensive super conservative looking 6 cylinder model seems out of touch with the times. 
It would have been a great idea 10 or 15 years ago...


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

2023/24 Jeep Jeepster: first look inside...

This is the first time we get to see the interior of the all-new compact Jeep crossover. We've talked about this a few times before. This time we also get to see a manual version. Which also means it's not an EV.

The interior seems fine. With a few nice touches. As previously mentioned, this is based on a Peugeot platform. Nothing all-new. And both EV and ICE models will be offered. At least in Europe.

There are still talks about the EV version being sold in North America. Which would be a great addition to the US Jeep lineup.

But who knows...


2023 Hyundai Grandeur: a look inside...

 This is the best view, so far, I've seen of the next-generation Hyundai Grandeur/Azera for 2023.

And so far, it matches the retro-futuristic exterior design. This is shaping up to be a really good-looking luxury sedan. One that we won't be getting in the US. Unless Hyundai decides to sell us an EV version as part of their new Ioniq line.

Why not...

Sunday, August 21, 2022

2023 Kia EV9: new spy shot...

The mew we see of the production model, the more it actually looks like the concept.

In this new photo, the rear lights seem almost exactly the same. As well as most of the rest of the car.

Again, I saw the EV9 concept in person last year and was not impressed. It was just too busy and weird. With toy-like proportions and design cues.  I'm afraid this could just appeal to a few people. At the same time, I do applaud Kia for offering something totally different.

Maybe kids will love it and push their parents to buy one. Who knows...


2023 Volvo EXC-90: new illustration...

We just saw patent photos of the new Volvo EXC-90 a few days ago. And we now see some illustrations based on these patent designs.

The one above looks really nice in green. Although you can see the general shape is the same as the current model. On sale since 2015.

Apparently, a revised XC-90 will still be on sale for a while after the "truly" all-new Embla comes out. Which sounds weird since the Embla will use the Polestar 3 platform. This means Volvo will then offer 3 SUVs of roughly the same size...


2023 Hyundai Kona EV: new illustrations...

Unfortunately, these new illustrations do look pretty close to the recent spy shots we've seen.

If true, the 2023 Hyundai Kona wouldn't really be an improvement over the current generation. Which, by the way, still looks pretty good. Although the interior could use something. Anything.

This is just way too busy and overdone. These are just illustrated guesses, so it's hard to knock the actual design. Since we haven't seen it yet.
Let's just hope the real thing will look better than this...


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Dodge Charger Concept: the video...

The all-new Dodge Charger EV concept looks even better in this video. This is something that will look pretty fantastic in the flesh, driving around.

Again, I have never been a fan of the ridiculous Hellcat versions of the current model. But the other versions do look great.  Here we have what is basically the most powerful version of the next generation, and it still looks clean, restrained, and tasteful. 

I actually can't wait to see the production model. And especially the more mainstream versions of the new car.

Bentley Mulliner Batur: leaking...

 The new Mulliner Bature coupe from Bentley will be officially shown tomorrow.

But here it is. Just a bit early.

This will not be your average $300 000 poor man Bentley. You will be able to pick any color or trim you want in the limited edition handmade car. (Apparently, it could be limited to just 18 units)

The "rich guy toy" will still use the good old V12. And will probably sell out as soon as it becomes available to order. Although deliveries are scheduled for 2025. The new car seems to be based on the Continental GT Coupe. Itself a very nice-looking car. I'm not sure this looks better at all. It's a bit too busy, aggressive, and quite generic at the same time.

Something we'll never see...

Friday, August 19, 2022

2024 Acura ZDX: new teaser...

 And that's it. 

This isn't much. But it's the model I mentioned in my previous post about the Precision EV Concept.

The ZDX will be Acura's version of the Honda Prologue. I know it's never been mentioned by Acura, but the timing strongly suggests it might be replacing the current RDX. Which is already 4 years old. By 2024, the 6-year-old SUV will need a replacement. 

The current RDX starts at around $40 000. A US-built ZDX starting at around $50 000 could basically cost the same after incentives.

Just wondering...

Acura PrecisionEV Concept: official pix...

All I have to say is that I was expecting more. More than a sculpture.

Acura is indeed hard at work on a new EV SUV based on the Honda Prologue. Both using GM's Ultium platform. Which will give them similar proportions to the new Chevrolet Blazer EV. Looking more like a sporty wagon.
The concept above is supposed to give us an idea of the future Acura design language for EVs.
And it's just OK. A blend of many things we've seen before.
(I know I've seen this roof line with the chrome thingy before but I can't remember where)

The shark-like front-end design is pretty cool. At least, no more huge grille. But also, goodbye to front bumpers forer=ver?

Let's hope this becomes something really nice. Not sure if it will be ready on time to replace the RDX or not. 


2024 Ford Mustang: new illustration...


The new illustration above seems, unfortunately, very close to the various prototypes we've seen of the next-generation Ford Mustang.

Let me predict a big failure for this next Mustang. 

Sure,  sales are still fine. Especially considering the current worldwide situation. With 52 384 units sold last year, it is a bit down from previous years. But the car is over 8 years old. And the muscle car market is becoming a smaller and smaller niche these days. 

What we see of the upcoming redesign reminds me of the 6th generation Chevrolet Camaro that came out in 2016 (The current one). Which was just a redesign of the previous and stunning-looking 2010 model. The 5th gen was something completely new with an amazing retro design. The 6th was just a very tame redesign. Sure, it still looks good. But people expected much more. And sales suffered. All the way down to around 22 000 units last year.

I'm afraid this is what'll happen to the next Mustang. The interior spy shot above shows something quite generic. Lacking the traditional double scoops dash design the Mustang has had for so many years. The exterior looking barely different from the current 8-year-old design. And engines are rumored to be exactly the same (except for the usual useless small bump in power) No electrification has been reported so far.

I truly think the introduction of the Dodge Charger Concept this week changed everything. A great-looking, practical sporty electric coupe. This is the future of the American muscle car.  It looks like Ford didn't learn from the Camaro's mistake. In their crazy quest to eliminate all cars from the US market (Except SUVs and trucks), it seems there was too little R&D money allocated to s new truly Mustang.

Which is quite a shame...

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept: official photos...

The electric muscle car era has officially begun with the introduction of the new Charger Daytona SRT Concept.

Interesting to see Dodge going back to the Charger name for their 2-door car. (the current Charger is the 4-door sedan). This will basically replace the current Challenger.

The new design looks much cleaner than before. The proportions also make it look more like a 2 door sedan than a coupe. At least from some angles. But the concept is actually a hatchback. Which is a fantastic idea and actually quite a gutsy move from Dodge. It adds amazing versatility to the car. (you could actually go camping on your new Charger)

The interior looks fine. But lacks a bit of personality. Besides the obvious concept details.

Besides the crazy powerful versions everyone will be talking about, let's hope Dodge offers more affordable models for people who have zero interest in 0 to 60 in 2 or 3 seconds. (like they do with the current generation)
AWD will be standard on all models. 
A great-looking, practical 2-door electric car at an affordable price would be quite unique in the marketplace.

This is rumored to come out in 2024. The other new "muscle car" will be the new Mustang.
Although the Mustang will mostly be a new design on top of the current platform. Using revised versions of the same engines.
It could offer some kind of a hybrid as well. Bu the Dode is a total re-invention of the American muscle car.
With a wonderful, understated retro design.

Not sure what GM plans for the Camaro, but so far, it seems Dodge will be way ahead of everyone...


2024 Cadillac Celestiq: the production version...

As expected, the production version of the Cadillac Cepestiq will look the same as the concept we just saw.

This is a stunning, almost weird-looking futuristic sedan that will turn head where ever it shows up. 
While earlier rumors were mentioning a $200 000 (or more) price tag, Cadillac could apparently offer 4 versions of the car. Which means it could actually start at a much lower price.
the names "Celestiq Aurora", "Celestiq Magnetic", "Celestiq Mist" and "Celestiq Vale" have recently been trademarked.