Showing posts with label SUVs/Trucks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SUVs/Trucks. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2021 Vw ID.4: It's finally out!


We finally get to see VW's all-new Electric Crossover.
We have seen so many spy shots of it before that there are really no surprises here. At least visually.

Everything looks OK. The interior seems a bit plasticky, at least on the pictures. (The brown/grey interior seems to look much better)
The exterior is more modern than other VW SUVs sold in the US. But that's not hard to do.  There is nothing futuristic or original here, just current and modern.
It seems VW has been hard at work making this an alternative to regular crossovers, instead of an "EV looking" SUV.

Which brings us to the price. Which starts at $40 000. Meaning it could be under $30 000 in some states after incentives.
Which really competes with non-EV Crossovers. 
That will be the base price in the US, until the ID.4 starts being produced over here, in 2022. Once US production starts, the base price will somehow move down to $35 000! (So you'll be paying an extra $5000 to be the first one on your block to get one...)
A loaded 'First Edition' model will be priced at $44 000.
Later, an "AWD Pro" model will also be priced at almost $44 000. 

All versions will be RWD at first. With a range of 250 miles.
At 180.5 inches long, the ID.4 is about 3 inches shorter than its main competition in the US: the upcoming Nissan Aryia. (Which will also start at around $40 000)
The ID.4 is basically the same size as a Toyota RAV-4. And, when starting at $35 000, it will also be pretty much the same price after incentives.

This is basically the first time anyone really competes with similar gas models at the same price point. This is not competing with any Tesla models, but with the Honda CR-V/Toyota RAV-4 crowd.
It will be very interesting to see if more people start picking an electric car versus a gas one for the same price. Or not.

Also interesting, will be the competition with the Nissan Ariya. Which I think is nicer and much more modern looking...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2021 Kia Sorento: the Burlapp Video


Why don't you head over to YOUTUBE and watch this fantastic video of the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento.

Featuring the new 'X-Line' top of the line version. The amazing editing skills required to produce these masterpieces are on full display here. The fantastic soundtrack also shows a level of brilliance rarely experienced.

Watch this astonishing yet humble feat HERE.

2021 Kia Sorento: the US version is here.


The US Sorento looks pretty much the same as the one sold in other markets.
Although we do get a specific choice of trims and engines.

The trims for the all-new 2021 model are:
- LX, S EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line SX-Prestige (which is quite a mouth full)
- All versions are available in FWD or AWD. Except for the X-Line which ash AWD standard.

Engine choice in the US is:
- 2.5 Liter with 191HP
- 2.5 Liter Turbo with 281HP
- Hybrid 1.6 Liter Turbo with 227HP
- Plug-in Hybrid with 261HP and 30 miles electric range.

This should pretty much cover almost everything. 

The new Sorento is just about half an inch longer than the previous version. With a 1.4 inch longer wheelbase. So it is still about 7 inches shorter than the V6 powered Telluride.
Its closest 3-row competition would be the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, both still about 5 inches longer than the Sorento.

The current Sorento starts at about $27 000. Only a small price increase is expected for the 2021 model.
Which is around $5000 less than the Honda Pilot.

Its price and availability of both Hybrid and Plug-in Hybris make the Sorento a unique choice in the segment. As well as its size.
For people who don't really need a 3rd row, this would be a super roomy 5 seater SUV.
At a fantastic price.
 Although the base engine might really be pretty weak for the size.
Since this is what usually powers a base mid-sized sedan these days...

Monday, September 21, 2020

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: another picture of the production version


Just another pic of what the production Jeep Grand Wagoneer really looks like. Which is "really big". As you can see, parked right next to the Ram truck it is based on.

So far, the new Grand Wagoneer seems to be quite a disappointment to many fans of the old one. We'll see if that matters since most people probably don't remember the original version.

New Hyundai Custo Minivan: not for us.


I have mentioned this new Hyundai Minivan before (HERE).
It is based on the new Kia Sedona Minivan. (HERE) And Hyundai has, of course, decided they can't sell both in the US.
So this is , basically, mostly for the Chinese market. 

The exterior looks like a blend between Hyundai's recent designs and some older ones. For some reason.
While the interior is now the usual super modern stuff. 

VW ID.4: more teasers


Not sure why, since we have seen this already, but VW has decided to release these two pictures as teasers for their upcoming ID.4 EV.
So now we know exactly what the lights look like...

Sunday, September 20, 2020

2022 Genesis GV70 interior: Vs. the GV80

As you can see, the upcoming GV70 interior will use many parts from its larger, and more expensive, brother, the GV80. The console seems obviously narrower. But the rotary dials seem top to be the same.
Same thing for the steering wheel.
Which is good news since the GV80 has a great interior...

This should be very popular for Genesis, and will basically, put the brand on the map of most buyers. 


2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Production model Vs.Concept


Since the 'concept' we saw a few days ago was basically the eal thing with a few 'concept bits', the production version of the all-new reborn Grand Wagoneer is no surprise: It is basically the exact same thing. Even the wheel design seems to be the same.
The main differences seem to be up front. Where the lights do appear quite a bit thicker. And the grille seems to be a bit more upright.
(Not sure why these are different from the concept???)
the rear end is as flat and dorky as on the concept. And will still look a lot like the Lincoln Navigator.

The new Jeep full-size SUV will be available in 2 sizes. (Just like its competition) Probably called Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

What do you think? Did you expect more?

Friday, September 18, 2020

2022 Genesis GV70: new interior photos


This looks to be the interior of a sporty version of the upcoming Genesis GV70 SUV.

With Alcantara seats and some 'carbon fiber-like' trim. The whole thing already looks pretty nice. And quite upscale.

By the time it comes out, the Genesis will try to compete with the usual European competition like the Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC.

But really, it will mostly compete with the Acura RDX, Lexus NX or Infiniti QX50 in the US. Since most German buyers won't even consider anything else. 

The genesis will also have a sporty advantage with its RWD platform. 

2022 Ford F-150 Electric: a teaser...

At least from this teaser, the new electric version of the F-150 won't look that much different. It willbasically be the same old looking truck with a weirdly futuristic front end. One that probably won't match the rest of the super-conservative exterior. 

Which is probably fine. Since the F-150 is a best seller no matter what. And for now, it will basically own the market. Since the Rivian Pick-up will be at least $70 000 to start. The F-150, being based on the regular truck, should be quite a bit cheaper. 

2 motors, an additional front trunk and it will be the most powerful version of the current F-150. No other specs have been released yet. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: let's try again...


It looks like Mitsubishi will try to smooth out the Eclipse Cross design a bit for 2021.

It came out 3 years ago, so I guess it is time for that mandatory "mid-cycle refresh". The Eclipse Cross has not been a hit so far. They could not even sell 20 000 of them last year. Which is really bad, especially in a "Crossover crazy" market like the one we have these days.

maybe it's the blasphemous use of the "Eclipse" name. The design? The "almost forgotten" Mitsubishi brand? Or all of the above.

Either way, Mitsubishi will try to do something about the design at least. Apparently, a plug-in hybrid version will be available. Which should help make it stand out. Since, so far, none of its competition has that option, at least in the US. Unless they keep the new powertrain away from the US for some stupid reason...

I do wish them well.

All-new VW Taos: is it the Chinese Tharu?


As I mentioned earlier, this "new small VW SUV for the US" looks a lot like the Chinese Tharu.

Which is OK I guess, since it looks just like a small Tiguan. The Tharu came out in 2018, so I guess a facelift is scheduled for 2021 and that's the one we will be getting. 

The North American model will be called the Taos and built in Mexico. No word about specs yet. But I would assume the 1.4 Liter Turbo from the Jetta would be a good bet.

At 175 inches long, the Tharu is about 5 inches longer than a Honda HR-V. 3 inches longer than a Nissan Rogue sport and even a couple of inches longer than the Mazda-CX-30.

It'll play the same game as the Tiguan in its segment. Basically, offering a larger/roomier model for the price of the competition (or even less).

As you can see in the last pic, the interior of the Tharu is [retty decent. Since VW doesn't really modify their interiors for mid-cycle refreshes, I would expect the Taos to look very close to this...

What do you think? (VW seems to be the last player to enter the sub-compact SUV segment in the US. 

Will this work?

Monday, September 14, 2020

2022 Honda HR-V: another picture

 As mentioned before, this IS the next-generation Honda HR-V.

Not the Chinese Avencier model, and not an Infiniti. As some have suggested.

This new version is slightly longer than before (by almost 2 inches). It will be, again, powered by a 1.5 Liter engine. And some markets (hopefully the US) will get a Hybrid option. A fully electric version is also planned for later. 

From this, and previous photos we have seen, it seems to be a total departure from the current model. At least visually. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cadillac XT6 Test Drive

The Cadillac XT6 is one of these cars (crossover/SUVs etc...) that does look much better in real life.

I was really disappointed with the photos I had seen when it came out. And I have seen very few on the road to actually realize it is quite good looking in the flesh. It is not very original, but it does remind me of a classic German design, with straight lines. A design that would be elegant and tasteful for years to come. Something many German cars don't have anymore...

Its problem is that it doesn't stand out at all. And no one associate Cadillac with "invisible".

The inside of my loaded Premium Luxury version had very nice high-quality materials. But as soon as you get in, you realize it is the exact same interior as the XT5. A model that came out almost 5 years ago.

So nothing here is very exciting, or new. Cadillac keeps pushing that odd-looking trim on the dash and doors. Instead of something more current like open-pore wood.

And the 8-inch screen seems a bit small by today's standards. I really think Cadillac should have at the very least redesigned the whole dashboard for this all-new model.

One great thing about Cadillac's infotainment system is the scrolling wheel on the center console. Which lets you scroll through all your music playlists very quickly.

My car as equipped with 14 Bose speakers option. And this is a great sound system.

The interior is very roomy, front and back. And the 3rd row is ok for shorter people or kids. But not as roomy as the Chevrolet Traverse. That is because, for some odd reason, this big Cadillac Crossover is based on the same platform as the smaller XT5 and Chevy Blazer. NOT the longer one used on the Traverse of Enclave.

So it is basically a 3 row, longer XT5. And not a Cadillac version of the Enclave/Traverse. 

The XT6 uses GM's popular 3.6 Liter V6 with a 9-speed auto. And the whole thing is smooth, quiet and has plenty of power all the time. I know Cadillac has been criticized for not offering more power like Lincon does in the Aviator. But it is really not needed. Very few people would ever need more power in a vehicule like this one. 

The ride is, as expected, very smooth. And the steering is light.

This is basically the new version of what the old Cadillacs were. Smooth, quiet, and comfortable. A modern large Cadillac wagon.

It is not nearly as enjoyable to drive as the great CT6 sedan. But that's what people wat these days...

The XT6 is rated at 17/24MPG. While it was tough to get 17 around town (more like 15/16) I had no problem getting around 30MPG on freeway trips. Which is excellent.

The Cadillac XT6 is a very nice 3 row crossover. But I am afraid it might not be enough. Cadillac came late in the game and didn't come up with anything special. The biggest drwaback is th e5 year old interior. (Which was nothing special 5 years ago)
They need to rething the interior all together and design something similar to the striking 2021 Escalade.

the price is also, in my opinion, a problem. After checking, I realized it is only a couple thousand more than the XT5. Which is OK. But with a $53 000 starting price ($71 000 for my loaded test car) it competes with the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and others. 
I would even think a loaded Kia Telluride could be included in there. For a lot less money, it does feel more special.

The XT6 is good, but it does need to be special. As all Cadillacs should be.