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

Saturday, July 24, 2021

2022 Jeep Commander: new illustrations...


These illustrations of the 2022 Jeep Commander are obviously influenced by the new Grand Cherokee. 
Which is fine.
As we already know, the new Commander will be based on a longer version of the Compass and will seat 7.
So far, it will be mostly for the South American market. But who knows, it might be a matter of time until we get it over here. 

As for the interior, you can tell from the Commander teaser on top, it will be the same as the revised Compass Interior for 2022. With 2 more seats...

Battle of the Chinese grilles: which one is worse?

Just when you thought the Lexus grille was a bit much. We have two brand new contenders for the Worst Grille award, both from China.

On top, we have the Roewe iMAX8 Minivan. The rest of the van seems to be a "boring OK" shape. But that front end is truly atrocious.
On top of that, this is sad to see what the old Rover brand has become now...

The bottom pic shows us the all-new Trumpchi GS8 SUV, from GAC Motors. An equally distasteful display of vulgarity.

Which one is your "favorite"?
And, do you think it could get any worse?


Friday, July 23, 2021

2022 BMW X7: spy shots and illustrations of a monster...

Looks like the super chromy BMW X7 will be getting even uglier for 2022.
All the illustrations above seem to have in common an even weirder-looking face for the revised X7.
With even more chrome, scoops, and vents all around that huge grille.

And inside, of course, that double screen from the new iX SUV. This setup is pretty much scheduled to replace all current BMW interior designs. All 3 and 4 series models will be getting this soon.

For those interested in one of these models, I would seriously consider getting one pronto. Before they ruin interiors that are currently quite nice and tasteful.

These are shots of the current X7. The interior is already way overdone. More wood, more chrome. More, more and more of everything never makes anything better looking.
And that new screen won't really make this more expensive or upscale looking.

I guess this is one way to distance yourself even more from the "ultimate driving machine"...


Thursday, July 22, 2021

2022 Hyundai Casper: another spy shot...

The little Hyundai Casper looks almost ready to go.

Again, this is not for the US. But mostly for the Korean and Indian market. Not an EV either as it will be powered by a 1.2 Liter engine.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2022 Hyundai Casper: not the ghost...

Just like the famous ghost of the same name, the upcoming Hyundai Casper already looks pretty friendly.
So far, the Casper is scheduled for Korea and India. And will be powered by a small 1.2 Liter engine.

I know this is not scheduled for the US or even Europe. But this already looks much better than the poor Venue we have over here. (Although the Casper could actually be quite a bit smaller)
Which is not the most popular thing either with only about 19 000 of them sold last year. Or about 3 times less than the Nissan Kicks. 


Monday, July 19, 2021

2022 Volco C40 recharge: pricing...


The new 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge will start at $58 750. Yes, another Volvo EV for around $60 000.

A few years ago, Volvo has claimed they would soon be at the forefront of the EV revolution with tons of new electric models, etc...
So far, we got the Polestar 2 sedan. Which in the US is offered at around $60 000. A less expensive version has been rumored for a while but hasn't shown up yet. The Polestar 2 has a disappointing EV range rating of just 222 miles. 
Then we saw the XC40 Recharge. That one starts at $54 000. With an even smaller 208 miles range.
Now Volvo has announced the C40, which is basically a "coupe" version of the XC40 for thousands more.
No official range has been announced, but you know it'll be the same as the XC40...

Like it or not, Tesla is the king of the EV market. If you're going to compete, you'd better offer something amazing.
208 miles range for almost $60 000 isn't going to do it. 

The C40 is about a foot shorter than the Tesla Model Y. The Y long range with 326 miles is priced at $53 000. Or about $5000 less than the smaller Volvo. With 120 miles range advantage.
Of course, Volvo still gets federal and local incentives. Which would put it at a price advantage. But maybe not for long... And that 208 miles range just doesn't compete...
And there is always the Model 3 long-range, with a 353 miles range for $49 000... (Their most popular model with an increasing waiting list)

All I can say to Volvo/Polestar is: good luck...

2022 Porsche Macan: why?

Porsche just revised the Macan SUV. And I'm not sure why.

Sure, it does look a little bit different (The orange one is the "new" one)
But I don't think it's an improvement. At least they didn't ruin it. (maybe they did for some?)
Inside the console looks cleaner. Otherwise, it's the same thing.

Al models seem to have a bit more power (Something that was probably not needed at all). And all versions cost thousands more than last year. Which is the real reason for the changes. None of which seem to actually cost more to manufacture.

I always liked the Macan design. This refresh tells us an all-new one is not around the corner. Even though the current generation was unveiled in 2013. And no words on the upcoming EV model yet.

The 2022 model will start at $56 250. 


Sunday, July 18, 2021

2023 Kia Telluride: first spy shots...


The Kia Telluride is arguably one of the best-looking SUVs on sale today. And it is very popular. (It is apparently still pretty hard to get one these days)
Which is great for Kia.
As we have already seen spy shots of the revised 2023 Hyundai Palisade, it was just a matter of time until the 2023 Telluride showed up.
And how do you improve on such a great design? You don't...

Unfortunately, it looks like Kia didn't understand that, and will ruin the Telluride a bit for 2023.

Starting with the front headlights on the top photo. The current orange LED design looks great. 
What were they thinking by redesigning it? The new one looks like 2 rectangular shapes instead of one. 

Same thing in the back. Where it looks like the reverse lights have been moved to the bumper. With some weird cheap-looking black plastic trim around it. Kind of like the Hyundai Kona.

While the interior door panel loos exactly the same.

So far, this isn't good news for Telluride fans...

Saturday, July 17, 2021

New Smart SUV: new teaser...

Smart just released a new teaser for their upcoming SUV. (The bottom pic was released earlier)

It will be unveiled in September as a concept. So we can expect a production version sometime next year.
The new small EV SUV will be based on a new Geely platform. That same platform will also be used for a new Volvo model (XC20 or XC30?)

Too bad they left the US market. That little SUV might have finally given them a model that could appeal to a wider audience than their tiny 2 seaters...

Friday, July 16, 2021

2022 Ranger Rover Evoque L: Make room! Make room!


We all knew it was coming: a longer wheelbase version of the compact Range Rover Evoque for China. 

I really like the Evoque design, and so far, the longer version still looks really good.
It is about 6 inches longer and adds 5 inches of rear legroom.

Not sure if the "L" version will be offered outside of China. But apparently, in that country, the "regular" version will be discontinued and replaced by the new longer one.
For a while, there were rumors about a longer 7 seater version of the Evoque. I wonder if that's dead. Of if the prototypes caught were just this new "L" model...

2022 Nissan Frontier/Pathfinder Production: video from the factory...

These factory videos are always pretty fascinating to me. Especially seeing a brand new model being built.
My favorites are the ones where you actually see the sheets of metal being stamped into body parts. 

This one starts a bit after that. It all looks like putting together a giant model kit...

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

2022 Jeep Compass: finally...

Most of the world has had the revised Compass for months now. But it is just being introduced in the US now, as a 2022 model.
(Also strange Jeep could only release what looks like computer-generated pix of the new interior since it's been out elsewhere for so long)

As we mentioned before, the new interior is a vast improvement. Although the rest of the Compass is mostly the same. We only get the good old 2.4 Liter engine. And the new 4Xe Hybrid version released in Europe a while ago is still not available in the US...


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

2022 Infiniti QX60 pricing: going after the MDX...

Infiniti has announced official pricing for the new 2022 QX60.
It'll start at $47 900 for the base "Pure" model. Up to $61 400 for the "Autograph".

Its main competitor in the US, the 2022 Acura MDX starts at $47 200. While the top of the line version is priced at $61 000.

These two are basically exactly the same price. I guess it'll come down to a matter of taste.
I haven't driven the Infiniti, but the new MDX is pretty fantastic. And it doesn't have that super cheezy "quilted leather" crap. (Although it only comes in the "Autograph" model)

The Acura is also "all-new". While Infiniti uses an updated version of the previous platform.
And the MDX also is available with a new more powerful Type-S version.

And none of the offers any type of electrification...


Monday, July 12, 2021

Mazda MX-30 PHEV: another one bites the dust...

After launching the pure electric version of the new MX-30 overseas, Mazda had just announced weeks ago that a PHEV version would be coming to the US. Using a small rotary engine as a generator.
Since the EV model has a modest (lame) electric range of only 124 miles, the Plug-in hybrid version promise a much better and more useable model.

But no. Mazda has just announced the PHEV version is "postponed".
Which, I think, pretty much means it is dead. It is just weird to postpone a new model just a few months away from launch. Or is it?
You know what it reminds me of? Mazda's own Diesel engine. Which had been "postponed" over and over for the US market. Only to finally come out after DieselGate, when nobody in the US wanted a Diesel anymore.

No one will buy a small electric crossover with a 124 miles range in the US. Mini might sell a few EVs because the Mini Cooper is basically a small city car. Where its small 110 range is actually enough for many.
But a compact SUV needs much more. The PHEV could have been a great solution.

It looks like Mazda has, again, been spending a lot of R&D cash on something "stupid". And they will be yet late again.
By the time they get it together with the MX-30, most of the competition will offer EVs with a much longer range for the same price or cheaper. This means most people won't even be interested in a PHEV.

You would think a small company like Mazda would be more careful with their money...


Next-generation Range Rover Sport: new illustration...

There have been many spy shots of the 2022/23 range Rover Sport around. And they pretty much all look very similar to the upcoming redesigned Range Rover.

Right now, the regular Range Rover and the Sport do have different designs. But it seems they might be closer related for the next generation. Basically turning the Sport into a shorter and slightly sleeker "coupe" version of the Range Rover. Pretty much the same as the Mercedes GLE and GLS.

We'll see...

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Chrysler EV Concept: early pix...

It looks like Chrysler might be coming back pretty soon. Without really unveiling it, they did show this concept to the press. Of course, it is electric. And looks like it is ready to be produced.
It is based on one of the largest EV platforms Stelantis is planning. And could get up to 500 miles of range.
Apparently, another, more traditional-looking SUV, is also planned for Chrysler. 

While this is great news for Chrysler, it needs to happen now. This is a fine design, but not really more modern than the Mustang Mach-e. They need to put this in production next year at the latest. 


2022 Jeep Grand-Cherokee 4xe: first official photo...

As expected, the new 2022 Grand Cherokee is basically a 5 seater version of the 2021 Grand Cherokee L. Although the front end seems slightly different. And the D-pillar is quite thinner. With a new chrome design.
Otherwise, it basically looks as good as its longer brother.

The model pictured here is the new plug-in version called the 4xe. No specs yet, but it is expected to inherit the same powertrain as the Wrangler 4x2. Which makes 370HP, but can only drive around 22 miles as an EV.

Interestingly enough, the Wrangler plug-in starts at over $49 000 (before incentives). But you can lease one starting at $265 a month! (HERE) Which would seem like the best lease deal in the world.

I wonder if some super low lease like this one will be available for the Grand-Cherokee too...