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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

2022 VW Teramont: new interior pix...


As I mentioned in the previous post, the Chinese version of the VW Atlas just received an all-new interior design. While our US Atlas has to soldier on with the lame interior from 2017. It looked old then and is really behind the times now. 

While the new Chinese interior is light years ahead of what we have over here. 

I guess we shouldn't be surprised since the US has been VW's center of "lack of attention" for decades now. They just don't seem interested in competing.

Somehow they sold around 83 000 of these in the US, and that must be enough for them. 
(The Chevy Traverse sold over 125 000 units last year. While the Honda Pilot was at 123 000)


Monday, May 17, 2021

2021/22 VW Teramont/Atlas: another new VW interior...

The VW Teramont is the Chinese version of our Atlas. It came out before the Atlas, in 2016.
Our Atlas Cross Sport is called Teramont X over there. 

While both the Teramont and Atlas got a few changes for 2021, the Chinese model also got a heavily revised interior. (top pix) And it is a huge improvement over the lame interior the US Atlas has had all these years. (bottom) The whole console is also new. (Hard to tell about the doors from these photos...)

Again, this is a case of VW spending more cash to satisfy Chinese customers and offer them a much more updated model. 
Over here, it seems the "good enough" motto is still VW's business model for the US market.

I always thought the Atlas interior was bad, but this makes it even worse...


2022 VW Tiguan: new interior...


That's right. The revised 2022 VW Tiguan is getting a "new" interior. At least an all-new dashboard. 
In China...

As you can see (bottom pic) the US model is only getting small changes inside. Like trim and new climate controls. But the Chinese version (top) is getting an all-new dashboard.

I guess you spend money where you make money. And the Chinese market is probably where VW is making the most profits these days. 

Which one do you prefer? 
Ours (Same as in Europe), with a few changes.
Or the Chinese model. 

And by the way, China is also getting a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan...

2022 Kia K9/K900: the facelift...

Kia has finally revealed the revised version of their K9/K900 sedan. With all-new front and rear ends. Including a larger grille. Which now looks completely disproportionate.
Since Kia stopped selling the K900 in the US, we will never see this.

They had only sold 390 units of these in 2019. It seems they had vastly over estimated the market for a $60 000 Kia sedan... (Twice!)


Cadillac CT-5 Wagon: illustrations...

Of course, this looks pretty fantastic. And would be great to see.
But these are only illustrations. A real Cadillac CT-5 wagon will not be happening. 

First, because the wagon market in the US is just too small. (The previous CTS wagon was quite a flop)
And second, Cadillac announced a few weeks ago that all their upcoming new models will be EVs.
Which means no new versions of current models. And no gas engines for next-generation models like the XT-5 and all others.

Still, I did get to test drive the CTS-V Wagon for a week a few years ago, and it was a fantastic car.
The design above is obviously inspired by the CTS wagon, and it also looks great.

This great work is from "Sugar-Design". And they have a page on Instagram.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid: coming soon...

When the new generation Mitsubishi Outlander came out recently, it didn't include a Plug-in hybrid version. As the previous generation did.

But the electrified new Outlander is actually coming soon. And it is rumored to have an EV range of over 60 miles. Even if the US rating ends up being closer to 50 miles, it will be a huge improvement over the current model's 24 miles range.

I think Mitsubishi should only sell the PHEV model in the US. Since the new Outlander is very close to the Nissan Rogue. For basically the same price. Which is ridiculous.

A PHEV-only model would not compete directly with the Rogue. And with a range of 50 miles or more, could be a very attractive alternative to EVs. Especially after various incentives.

The current, 2021 PHEV model, starts at $36 300, before incentives. (Or $265 lease)


Sunday, May 16, 2021

2022 BMW 7 series: new spy shot...


This photo doesn't show us much more than what we've already seen of the next-generation BMW 7 series.

What is interesting is that it comes with a bit of info about the 750e Plug-in hybrid version.

Which is supposed to come with a 3.0 Liter engine and an electric motor for a total of around 500HP. And, a very usable EV range of 100km (62 miles)

 Let's hope it does look a bit better than the current model. with its huge chrome grille. Although I doubt it...

Lucid Air: I almost saw it...

 I drove by the new Lucid showroom in Beverly Hills a couple of days ago. Of course, I decided to stop by and try to see the new EV in person. And, of course, it was closed...

The showroom does look pretty fancy, as it should be. And the car, from behind the windows, looks great too. 

I will go back soon and take real photos if possible...

Saturday, May 15, 2021

2022 Genesis G70 Wagon: in the flesh...

This is what the 2022 Wagon version of the Genesis G70 looks like, in black. So there...


2022 BMW 2 series Coupe: new pix...


The upcoming new BMW 2 series coupe for 2022 looks really good in these new camouflaged photos. 

It basically looks exactly like a BMW coupe should. With strong, elegant RWD proportions.
The shape also seems pleasantly simple. Which is now unusual for BMW... 

These are spy shots from last year. Showing the same 2022 2 series coupe.
As you can see, although the general shape is quite nice and clean, BMW found a way to add some weirdness to it. 
I guess they can't help it. If they can't put a huge disproportionate grille, they will add a bunch of crappy-looking trim to the design anyway.

The side vents on the front bumper... The lower part of the rear one. This is just way too overdone.

Maybe it's just the "sportier" version?
 A more basic model could look better?


Friday, May 14, 2021

Next-generation Toyota Prius: early spy shots...

Apparently, this is a Toyota. Although it's not the new EV that's coming out next year.
And from the front end, it does look like a Prius, doesn't it...

This would mean that, like everything else, the Prius would become a crossover. It started life as a small sedan. Then went to a larger hatchback design. Now it might adopt an SUV shape.
I guess why not. Since this could be the only way to keep the Prius brand name popular these days.

Although I am not sure this will be embraced by many Prius fans. Who do not want an SUV.

Since Toyota is now making their Hybrid system standard in more and more models (like the Venza and Sienna), I would expect this to be offered as a plug-in hybrid only.
 Still, Toyota will really need to increase the EV range to keep the new Prius relevant. The 25 miles range of the current Prius Prime is just ridiculous. Even the RAV 4 Plug-in does much better with 42 miles.

In my perfect world, the new Prius should get at least 60/70 miles of EV range to make it worthwhile.
Could they even stretch it to 100 miles? Is that even possible. (That would really put the Prius back on the map...)

What do you think?

(Thanks to a reader for these!)


Revised Ford Escort: more pictures...


As I mentioned earlier, the Chinese market Ford Escort has been revised. With mostly the usual new front and rear ends outside. The whole thing has a small Fusion vibe which is OK.

But I really think the interior is quite surprising for a cheap entry-level sedan. Everything, at least on these photos, seems much nicer than what you'd expect. And that dashboard looks pretty nice in a low-end car.
It seems Ford has been very busy designing very modern interiors for his Chinese market models. Like the Evos, (HERE). The new Equator (HERE). And even the Edge (HERE)
These redesigned interior make the ones from our Explorer, Escape and even Bronco Sport look seriously busy and outdated.

I just wonder how long it will take Ford to bring the new interior design language over here. If ever...

2022 Ford Evos: new pix...

I think the new Ford Evos looks pretty nice. In a weird way, it is a modern version of the Honda Crosstour. Which, along with the Acura ZDX, was ahead of its time.

There is still a lot going on upfront. Scoops, black plastic crap, etc... But in that last pic, the 3rd version from the top looks better IMO. The black roof doesn't seem to work on this car. This one also seems to have less of that plastic stuff.

Of course, Ford has said the Evos wasn't coming here. (exactly what they used to say about the Ranger Pick-up). But it has been caught testing in the US. And I think they will modify it a bit, give it another name and bring it over.
As the long-rumored "Fusion replacement".


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Next BMW 5 series: another illustration...

 I must say, all the recent illustrations of the next-generation BMW 5 series have been terrible. This one shows some weird brutalist design. With, of course, the giant bugs bunny grille. Surrounded by tons of black plastic crap.

Let's hope this is just a case of "lonely illustrator on crack". And not an accurate depiction of what's coming...

2022 Mercedes GLC: new illustration...

 I guess the new GLC is scheduled to be the next new Mercedes we see. Unless the new SL beats it.

The GLC is a very important car for Mercedes. As it is the brand's most popular car in the US. At over $43 000 to start, it's far from cheap. And quite expensive for a 4 cylinder car. No matter what, I still think a car of this price should really have a 6 cylinder standard. I have never driven one, but I hear the Mercedes 2.0 Liter isn't the smoothest thing. (it always sound quite rough and cheap from the outside)

Still, the next generation will probably be even more popular. I also think it's about time for Mercedes to electrify things a bit in the US. They already offer many plug-in hybrid models in Europe. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

2022 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake: no surprises...

After so many spy shots and illustrations for so long, the new 2022 Wagon version of the Genesis G70 doesn't surprise anyone. It's fine...

The horrible red interior and black wheels don't help either (Tt's just a personal taste...). As everything has to be introduced as super sporty these days. 

Specs are the same as the sedan. And, for some odd reason, Genesis didn't provide any official photos of the new cargo area. Which is the point of a wagon (???)

So far, this is apparently for Europe only.

Are you as underwhelmed by this as I am?


2022 VW Tiguan: few changes...


The VW Tiguan is getting a few changes for 2022. Mostly a new front end and some trim bits.
The interior seems to be pretty much the same as before. And it was already very "conservative" 4 years ago. There's some new tech and safety stuff of course. 
LED headlights are now standard. VW's digital cockpit is available.
The same old 2.0 Liter returns. Which means things aren't faster or smoother. (That engine was pretty rough when pushed)
Which I guess is fine for most people.

The Tiguan is a roomy SUV for its price. Otherwise, it doesn't really offer anything special. (Unlike the 1st generation) And still doesn't...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

2022 BMW X1: new illustration...


I guess there is another BMW X1 on its way. It's hard to keep track of all these BMW SUVs these days. There's always a new one "on the way", and they all look the same to me...

Sales of the smallest BMW SUV went down pretty sharply lately. From a hight of almost 31 000 sold in 2017, to less than 14 500 last year. I guess making the driving experience more and more generic doesn't work that well for those seeking a true German car experience...

2023 Subaru Solterra: teasers...

The 2023 Subaru Solterra will be Subaru's 1st EV. And is being "developed" with Toyota.

In this case, "developed with..." is code for "they're the same car".

As you can see from the teaser above compared to the Toyota BZ4X, the 2 cars are much more than just similar. They are basically the same car. Just like the Toyota 86GT and Subaru BRZ.
Which is, of course, pretty sad.
Selling a version of Toyota's EV is not really Subaru's best way to enter the EV market. It is, however, the cheapest way to do it, of course.
But I am not sure selling Toyota clones is the best long-term strategy for the brand. This should have at least looked like a Subaru.

Do Subaru buyers really want a Toyota?