Showing posts with label Future cars and trucks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Future cars and trucks. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2022 Ranger Rover: official pix...

The more I see the new Range Rover, the more I like it.

Just like the Jeep Wrangler or the Porsche 911, Land Rover always makes sure the big Range Rover looks like a Range Rover.
This new one looks like the purest form of the classic design. There is almost nothing unnecessary.

The result is a classic shape, cleaned up to the point of almost being futuristic.
And I bet it looks even better in person.

Same thing inside. Although it does seem very similar to the much cheaper Jaguar F-PAce interior, it is actually way more luxurious.
And again, simplicity is the main theme. Unlike the vulgar mess, you'll find in the new Lexus LX or the Bentley Bentayga.
This is more for people who don't need to show off as much... Or anyone with better taste.

For 2022, the base engine is the 3.0 Liter 6 cylinder with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with 395HP.
A 4.4 Liter BMW V8 with 523HP is an option.
A long-wheelbase version with 3 rows is also a new option.
A PHEV version is coming next year with a 62 miles EV range. (more like 50 miles in the US testing cycle)
Which is actually very useable.

The all-new Range Rover will start at $105 000. Which is quite a price bump from the current model's 
$92 000 base price.


Monday, October 25, 2021

2023 Ford Mustang: some news and a new illustration...

Ford did say a few years ago, that the Mustang was safe. When talking about their switch to "all SUVs and trucks, all the time".
But there has been almost no news since about the next generation.

Now we hear about a 2023 model year for the new car. Which means it would be introduced in a few months. But we haven't seen any prototypes yet. (I remember seeing spy shots of the current generation long before it was actually introduced.)
Engines are rumored to be hybrid versions of what we have today.
A hybrid 2.3 Liter and Hybrid 5.0 Liter.

And, this would be the very last generation ICE Mustang. A new all-EV model would be out about 5 years later. 

Which means the Mustang will be one of the last Ford models to make the switch to electric...

Xpeng's HT Aero: the first flying car ???

Flying car designs have always looked great in movies. And yet, the few small companies that have tried over the years just couldn't design anything cool-looking. (without even mentioning none of these could actually be called "flying cars")

The recent Xpeng presentation actually showed something pretty cool-looking. And it could actually work.
They are not the first to show something that looks like a car attached to a giant drone. But to my knowledge, they are the 1st to announce a 2024 production date. Which sounds quite amazing.

Of course, while the car might be ready in a couple of years, no one is talking about the regulation nightmare that it will create. 
Still, this is such a great idea.

Of course, this quick video looks like a science fiction movie...

For those who haven't heard of Xpeng, here is a video of their popular P7 model. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

2022 range Rover: short video...

An interesting, short video showing the all-new 2022 range Rover. Inside and out.
It is looking a bit weird. That futurist rear end doesn't really seem to match the rather conservative profile and front of the car. 
But some designs look much more modern and striking in real life. Which could very well be the case here.
From what we see inside, it still looks really close to the much cheaper Jaguar F-Pace. Why???
As I mentioned before, the range Rover is at least $30 000 more than the Jag.

We'll see...

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Audi Q5 E-Tron: another Audi EV SUV...

E-Tron, Q4 E-Tron. Regular and sport back shapes.
A much larger one coming up. And now this: a Q5 E-Tron.

So far, this is apparently for the Chinese market only. But who knows. 
It is supposedly based on VW's MEB platform and would be the Audi equivalent to the upcoming VW ID6.
Just like the new Q4 E-Tron is an Audi version of the ID.4.

EV range is predicted to be from 260 miles to 350 miles, depending on models.

Will this be replacing the regular Q5? Eventually of course. But when?


Friday, October 22, 2021

2022 GMC Sierra Denali: quite an improvement...

Just like what we just saw with the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, this is a choking improvement.

The "still huge" grille does look much more integrated into the rest of the design. And it also looks 1000 better than the ghastly front end of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra.

Like the Chevrolet, inside is where it looks like a brand new generation (it's not). Even the door panels are new. And the whole thing looks really good. Just look how bad the current interior looks next to the new one. Great job!

On top of everything, that 3.0 Liter diesel option is just fantastic...


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tesla Cyber Truck: another spy shot...

Still pretty bad and grainy, but this is a slightly better pic than the one I posted yesterday.
Again, this is very, very close to the concept from 2 years ago.

Mandatory side mirrors seem to be the main difference. I also wonder if these lower lights units are now the main headlights. The truck will also need windshield wipers, which the newer prototype seems to show (kinda...)

I am really glad the pick-up truck design gets a bit of a shake-up. These things have been looking the same for decades. With grilles getting larger and larger with each redesign. While I am not a big fan of this design (yet), it is so refreshing to see something new and totally different. As well as the great-looking new Rivian.
From photos I have seen, I always thought the Cyber Truck was much larger than a Ford F-150.
But at 232 inches long, it isn't.

If they can really deliver a base model for around $40 000, the full-size pick-up market could expect a major shake-up. 
Although it is a bit worrisome that Tesla has just removed the "estimated price" from their official CyberTruck page. I am also not sure the truck market is ready for something with no steering wheel.

The true game-changer would be a compact version. Something that would not only attract even more buyers but could also be sold in Europe and many more countries. 

Blade Runner trucks for everyone!


2023 Chevrolet Montana: new illustrations and spy shots...

 Chevrolet is getting a 2nd generation ready for their compact Montana pickup truck.
Apparently, it will grow in size from previous versions.
Which leads some people to think it would be a good idea to bring this over to the US as a Ford maverick competitor.

Which, of course, might not be a bad idea. Just like the Maverick, the next Montana seems to have a super generic pick-up truck shape, with a more modern-looking front end added to it.
The illustrations above don't really match the spy shots. So they're probably off.

If the Maverick turns out to be a big hit for Ford, GM will have no choice but to offer something to compete in the US.
This could be it...


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2023 Lincoln Zephyr: spotted...

No surprises here. The production version of the Lincoln Zephyr concept will look almost exactly the same. Since that "concept" was actually just a close preview of the real thing.

A nice-looking sedan that will, so far, only be sold in China. 


2022 Range Rover: official teasers...


After what seems years of seeing spy shots of prototypes driving around, we are almost ready to see the real thing.
The all-new generation range Rover will be unveiled on October 26th.

(Even though we have pretty much seen the whole thing already earlier today...)

2022 Range Rover: better pix...

The all-new Range Rover does seem a bit of a gamble.
It seems they are going for a super clean design, while other big luxury SUVs are getting more and more vulgar.
No giant grille. Almost no chrome trim. Just a very clean version of the iconic Range Rover design.

Something more for the British monarchy than your average Russian mafia oligarch.
This is the opposite of what we have just seen with the new Lexus LX. Or any of the huge luxury SUVs from Cadillac, Lincoln, and now Jeep.

As for the interior, I am afraid the "simple look" is carried a little bit too far. Since it seems very close to the revised Jaguar F-Pace interior we saw a few months ago (bottom pic)
The base price of the jaguar is almost $45 000 less than the current Range Rover. And the interior should reflect that huge difference in a more obvious way.

(Unless the interior photo of the new Range Rover is actually wrong...)

Not sure about the powertrain yet, but some kind of PHEV is almost certain. And maybe even a full EV version.
(If there is an electric version, it would now directly compete with the aging Tesla Model X. Which now starts at $100 000. While the regular 2021 Range Rover is about $10 000 less...)


2022 Range Rover: first photos of the real thing...

Familiar? Yes.
Weird? Yes.
Futuristic and conservative at the same time? Yes.

These are bad grainy photos, but the new Range Rover will be quite something. Maybe controversial. Blending very classic design cues with a futuristic-looking rear end.

At least it is very clean and simple.
Quite the opposite of the messy Lexus LX600 we saw just a few days ago.

More on this very soon, including much better pix and interior.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2022 Honda Civic Si: here it is...

The 2022 Si version of the new Civic sedan is a manual affair only, with less power.
Not much less, 200HP instead of 205. And it is available a bit earlier. 
Still, it is becoming obvious manufacturers are just not spending much R&D money on engines these days. What was fine will do.
The 2022 Si now comes with a rev-matching system.

Outside, it basically looks like the regular Civic Sport with a larger spoiler. 
Inside, it has really cool-looking specific seats. (Although the integrated headrest is shaped really far back)
And the 2 tone cloth looks really good. 
On the Si, the Bose system now had 12 speakers (Instead of 10 in the Touring)

No price yet, but the previous generation started at around $25 500. Or about $1000 less than a Jetta GLI. The 2022 model might end up costing more than the VW.

I am sure this is a fun car to drive. It would be nice if it looked the part. No matter what, these small sedans always look like old men's cars to me. Even with bright orange paint. 


Monday, October 18, 2021

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: new illustrations...

These are pretty horrible illustrations of the Ioniq 6 EV. 

It seems so many people have tried to guess what the hew Hyundai electric sedan will look like. And no one is really successful. So far, the front and rear ends of the prototypes have always been completely covered up. I think the best guess is the one I posted a couple of days ago HERE.

At least, I hope so...