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

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2022 Ford Maverick: new illustration...

 

Sure, this vaguely matches the spy shots we have seen of the new 2022 Ford maverick Compact pick-up.

But at the same time, it looks terrible. I think it mostly comes from the bed looking too low. 

And that very bland front end. This just looks super generic and unattractive. And cheap! The best part of this illustration is the real thing will probably look much better.  As it already does in these spy shots: 

(HERE and HERE)

Friday, February 26, 2021

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser: new photo...


 Here it is, the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser. (The white one on the right)

Not much to see. At least it's better than the illustration I just posted earlier. (HERE). So this could turn out OK after all. I still think they could have done some cool retro thing and try to compete with the new Defender.  But, no...

Thursday, February 25, 2021

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser: new illustration...




 Although I have posted a few other illustrations of the next generation Toyota Land Cruiser before, this one has to be the worst. Just look at that thing.

It would actually be funny if this particular one turned out to be close to the real thing. Funny and tragic. As this doesn't look like a serious off-road vehicle. And it doesn't look luxurious or fancy at all. 

This would just be an insult...

2022 Honda ZR-V: early photo...

 

Honda has been making a small "fake SUV" based on the old Fit. Which was mostly a raised-up Fit with black plastic trim. This time it looks like Honda designed a separate model. Still smaller than the HR-V.

Kind of like the Hyundai Venue or the Nissan Kicks. Which use the same platforms as their small sedans.

A new design could also mean the tiny thing could show up in the US. Priced under the current HR-V. And since the next HR-V is a bit larger, there would be some room there. And since people buy "anything SUV" these days... So why not...

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2022 Lexus NX Vs. Toyota Venza: copycats...



Yes, I can see the differences. But these 2 designs are awfully close. Especially for a company that should do its best to differentiate its luxury Brand.
The Venza would look right at home in a Lexus dealership. While the new NX does look a bit sportier and more aggressive. 

Is it really what Lexus should be after? Sportier and more aggressive?




 

2022 Lexus NX: next to the current one...










I hate to say, but this new 2022 Lexus NX is another disappointment. At least do far...

As you can see, the design is cleaned up a bit. But not that much. It is less angular for sure. Looking like a slightly melted version of the current car. (Putting an old clay model in a microwave for 90 seconds should never replace real design work)
But there are still plenty of fake scoops front and rear. Unnecessary lines etc...
On top of that, it looks a lot like the Toyota Venza. Even more than before!
Inside it now looks like the Toyota Mirai!
Why???
It seems Lexus is doing its best to remind people they are luxury versions of their Toyota models. Again, why????

And the passenger side of the dash looks like it was not designed at all. (The design department must have had to leave early that day)

I really want to like Lexus, but this seems like a busy yet uninspired mess. 
They still sold over 58 000 of these in 2019. Which isn't bad. But the new one will now have to compete with the all-new Genesis GV70. Yes, it's another world now...

From what I see here, it'll be a tough fight for Lexus. 





 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

All-new USPS truck: future dork...




After all these years, the post office is finally replacing their mail trucks. And they found someone to finally design something dorkier than the current one. This took years of research and a huge competition with around 15 candidates.
I guess this was the best...

Of course, it adds modern, almost futuristic features like Air Conditioning. Or even an airbag.
But I still think in 2021 we should maybe have something a bit more futuristic? 
Although the giant windshield does give it that modern look somehow. Only to be ruined by the flat short hood that makes the whole thing look like Donald Duck.




No matter what, I will not be convinced that the new truck is better, or remotely as good-looking as what Syd Mead designed 40 years ago for Blade Runner. 

Which by the way, was taking place in 2019.
While the new USPS truck comes out in 2023...



 

2022 VW ID6: that face...




While the profile seems OK. Kinda a generic SUV/tall wagon thing. That poor ugly face is tough to look at...

VW claims they will be taking over Tesla in sales in just a few years. By selling a gazillion EVs and dominating the market. 
Not with this! Or anything looking close to this. The front-end design even ruins the profile! Look at these giant (for no reason) droopy headlights!

They act as if they were the only ones working on electric cars to take on Tesla. But they're not. Everyone else is too.
And there will no doubt be some attractive design to pick from. From brands with a much higher brand image than VW too. 
Maybe this is good enough for the giant Chinese market everyone is after? Or their brand image is so golden in Europe they just can sell anything?

Maybe it's just me, but I really don't think this can fly in the US/Canada market. And by the way, Telsa isn't sitting still either ...
Someone should remind VW this is earth. 





 

2022 Kia Carnival: pix of the US version...





Trying very hard to pretend to be something it's not, Kia is showing their new minivan with black wheels. Something, although always vulgar, mostly associated with sports cars. 
I file black wheels under the same folder as "Huge grilles", "Scoops", "Spoilers" and "Miscellaneous eyesores".
They're not the first ones since Toyota did the same thing with the new Sienna.
Somehow, black wheels will make people forget this is a good old fashion minivan.
(I guess sit might work on some smaller brain humans?)

Let's also talk about that stupid name. No more Sedona. What was wrong with "Sedona"???
And yes, I know it's always been called Carnival in its home market. That's no excuse. 
Will Mazda rename the Mazda 3 the "Mazda Axela". (Its name in Japan)
No, they won't. Why? Because it's a stupid idea.
For the same reason, the Accord is not the Honda Inspire over here.

Cars don't "need" to have the same name everywhere. Especially when "Sedona" was a fine name.
"Carnival" sounds like a cheap cruise.

Otherwise, the new minivan actually looks pretty nice. I think it feels much more modern than the new Sienna. Which is really, really weird and awkward from some angles.
It also makes the Honda Odyssey look really old. Especially inside...

The only engine available is a 3.5 Liter V6 with 290HP. So no hybrid here. But power and smoothness are standard. But AWD is not an option. Instead, you get the new Kia logo! (lucky!)








 

Monday, February 22, 2021

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: new pic...



As far as I am concerned, this is great so far. A true designer's car. And what a perfect homage to the master Giugiaro and his wonderful designs from the '70s.

I really hope Hyundai doesn't price this too high...

More on this very, very soon. Including more pix, inside and out, and official specs. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

2022 Toyota Land-Cruiser: new illustrations...



I've never been a fan of the Toyota Land Cruiser. I am sure it's great for those who actually use it off-road or something. But it has been looking really bad for so many years now...

Apparently, there is a new one on its way. Finally. These illustrations show a much cleaner design. That's always good. Except now, it just seems really generic. It could be a big Mitsubishi or a Chinese car.

I think the Land Cruiser is one of these very few Toyotas that should have a retro design.  Just like the FJ-Cruiser. Which was basically visually based on the original Land Cruiser.

These always work. Look at the new Bronco!

Speaking of retro looking Toyotas... Where is that small retro truck/van/suv they were talking about a few years ago. I think they showed a couple of concepts at the New York show. Weren't they supposed to produce one of these? Eventually?





 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: it's coming...



Already on the trucks. Coming to scare you and your family.
Who would pick this over its closely related cousin, the Nissan Rogue? I don't know.

On top of it, Nissan at least isn't going anywhere. Mitsubishi on the other hand...




 

2022/23 Karma SUV: really???




It looks like Karma has plans for an SUV now...

Most people don't even know they are still around. I mean, when was the last time we've heard anything. Or anyone interested in actually getting one.
 I do like the current Revero. Which is basically a newer version of the "old Karma". 
A really good looking large luxury car with a tiny interior. A plug-in hybrid with an EV range of around 50 miles. All this for at least $131 000! Not what you would call very competitive.

They claim to have an all-electric model coming out later this year, for under $80 000. Not sure how they can do that, if it is based on their $131 000 car. 
Next, of course, would be an SUV.
It will probably look really good . But also a bit like everything. If these patient designs are true. 
A little bit of Aston Martin, a little bit of Porsche. etc...

I mean, why not. And good luck.

 

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport/Qashqai: good pictures...






I think this is looking really good. At least on these photos. The interior also seems quite upscale for the class. The tablet is slightly integrated. Not great but better than some. (Like the Kona)
For something that starts at around $23 500 (Current version) this isn't bad at all.
And if Nissan decides to put some nice cloth in more than the base model, you don't have to get the stupid quilt pattern leather.

The one pictured here is the European model. Which is the same as the Rogue Sport we get over here, except for engines.
This new version will be available with a mild-hybrid powertrain with 156HP. Or the new e-Power . I really don't think Nissan will spend the cash to offer any of these over here. 
We will probably be getting the good old 2.0 Liter /CVT combo in the US...

At least it looks good!



 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport: uncovered...





 

This is another one that seems to have been camouflaged forever: the all-new Nissan Rogue Sport (or Qashqai everywhere else in the world)

This will be competing directly with the new Honda HR-V we just saw.
I think it looks pretty nice. Even on these super bad early grainy pix.

From what we can see, the interior seems to look quite a bit like the Rogue. Which is a good thing. Since the current Rogue is vastly improved over the last one. So this little guy could end up feeling quite upscale for its class.
And no, I'm not complaining about the tablet that much in this one. Sure, it's still not great. But much better integrated than in the new HR-V. While the one in the Honda seems like a cheap after market untit, the one in the Rogue actually seems like it belongs there. They at least made an effort. 

And you can't really complain when they make an effort...


2022 Honda HR-V: already more pix...







Here are more pix of the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V. Live! (from somewhere)

They picked some weird color. Not really beige, not really yellow. Why not. At least it's kinda new.

I like the 2 tone interior. The "less leather" trend is great. But that dashboard seems awfully busy. At least from that angle. I mean, stuff everywhere. Plus that red console trim is pretty horrible. I guess it's supposed to match the red line outside (that's code for "sporty"). 

Not really sold on this yet. To me, simpler is better. But the exterior, although simpler and cleaner, seems to be another amalgam of things we have seen everywhere before. And that busy dash... 


I don't know...
 

2022 Honda HR-V: that's it...

 







Well, this is a bit disappointing. After test driving the current version a while ago, I have to say the current HR-V is a good car. Roomy, quiet, comfortable. Not very quick, but who ever buys these to go fast??

Since I've posted so many spy shots of these over the past few months (and received so many insults just because "this is not the next HR-V!!!", I was expecting a bit more.
Sure, the design is pretty clean. No fake air intakes under the lights. No weird scoops and spoilers. This is much cleaner. 
But it also seems quite uninspired. Much more generic than the current generation. And not as cute.

Same thing inside. Except it's now actually much busier than before.
And of course, there has been no effort to incorporate the screen into the design. So now you end up with what looks like a cheap Pep Boy after market tablet stuck on the dash.
I guess Honda is proud of the vents though, since they published a full picture. (Instead of showing us more of the actual car) The "vent designers union" must have pulled some strings. (Good for them)

The double sunroof is really cool. But I really doubt it will make it to the US.
And you know what else will probably not make it over here? The cool hybrid powertrain.
With a total of 202HP from a 1.5 Liter engine and the electric motor. Wouldn't that be nice...

Let's hope the interior of the 2022 Civic is better than this. It should be, since it is a more expensive model. But you never know... The lure of saving a buck is a very strong one.
From what we have seen, it could end up a bit similar. 



This is what Honda showed us a few months ago. The 2022 Civic interior. See what I mean?
It seems dangerously close. The stupid tablet looks the same. Door handle and trim seem quite similar too. Same shifter. 
But those vents look a bit fancier. Looks like 2021 is the "year of the vents" at Honda. 
They'll be going full speed ahead on vent designs...