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

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Mystery Hyundai SUV: how small can they go?

 

This looks really tiny. Making the Venue look big...

This is probably not for the US market. Maybe not even Europe.

It looks more like something for South America or India. And these are huge markets for Hyundai. So far, it actually looks quite interesting. Like a little cube.

Speaking of the Venue, I have not even seen one on the road yet. I know sales have been terrible for everyone in 2020, but Hyundai has sold only 11 900 units of it this year so far. Which is about 5 times less than the Nissan Kicks. 

Obviously, the US market would not be interested in something even smaller...

2022/23 Vw I.D6: new photos...

 




The upcoming VW I.D6 (could also be called I.D7...) is a new model above the current I.D4. 
Based on last year's I.D Roomzz concept.
The production model actually looks more like a raised wagon than an SUV. Which is fine.





While the exterior does look similar, the interior of the production model looks nothing like the concept (above)
It will probably end up looking close to the I.D4 inside. You know, to "save cost"...


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: new photos.

 




We still do not know much about the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up.
Except that it will be built in the US, and based on the same platform as the new Tucson.

This means it could be offered as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid as well as the regular engine.
Such versions would make it a unique choice. Being based on the new Tucson, it will be a bit smaller than the Honda Ridgeline, also car-based.
I think there is a big market for a reasonably sized pick-up in the US. Affordable with a hybrid option would make it even more popular

This could be a very big hit for Hyundai...



Monday, November 23, 2020

2022 Toyota Tundra: blocky...



It looks like Toyota will go for a 100% blocky/macho look for the new 2022 Tundra pickup truck.
I guess it will be different, at least?

No specs yet, But the new Tundra is expected to be available with a V6 Turbo Hybrid.

Do you think this blunt, almost "lego" look will work? At a time when most other trucks seem to go for a more sophisticated look and feel?



 

Friday, November 20, 2020

2022 Jeep Compass: improved interior...

 






This is the Chinese market version of the 2022 Jeep Compass. But similar changes are expected for the US model. At least visually, like the new grille and interior.
The Chinese version uses a 1.3 Liter Turbo engine. Probably the same one uses in the Fiat 500X over here.
Not sure yet if that same engine will make it into the US model or not.

A plug-in hybrid version of the Compass has been available in Europe for a while. Called the Compass 4xe.
It uses a 1.3 Liter engine combined with an electric motor powering the rear wheels for a total of 237HP.
EV range in the European cycle is supposed to be around 30 miles.
Which all sounds really good. And something that should really be offered in the US as well...




2021 Lincoln Nautilus: new dash for the "old guy"...

 




The Lincoln Nautilus is getting a refresh for the new model year.

Nothing drastic outside. Things seem a little cleaner upfront. The big changes are inside. Where it is getting an all-new interior.  Similar to the current Lincoln interior theme. And very close to the one in the larger Aviator.

I am glad to see Lincoln is spending money on the Nautilus. Besides the great name, it is still a very attractive SUV. And not everyone needs or even wants a larger one like the Aviator. 5 seats are enough for most people.

The Nautilus started life as the second-generation MKX back in late 2015. It became the Nautilus for the 2019 model year. Sales keep going up every year. With 31 711 of them sold last year. While it is far less than the popular Lexus RX (111 036 sold in 2019) it is good for Lincoln. Beating the cheaper and newer Corsair.

Although I am not a fan of the large tablet screen (almost in the way) the new interior is a big improvement. 

Engines are the same as before. A 2.0 Liter with 250HP (which seems to be what everyone else has these days) and a 2.7 Liter Turbo V6 with 335HP. No price yet, but currently, the nautilus starts at about $4000 less than the Lexus RX. 




Thursday, November 19, 2020

2022 Chevrolet Bolt: not all-new...

 



As expected, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt will not be an all-new car. But I didn't expect the whole front end to look that different. (bottom pic is the current model)

It seems much more modern, almost futuristic. Although the trim/vents on the side of the bumper remind me of some Opel design from a few years ago. (Especially the Ampera, which was the Opel version of the 1st generation Volt.)
The shot above is very blurry and noisy, so this could actually look quite different on the real thing. After all, it could also be some piece of clever camouflage. 

Specs are not expected to be different. But the interior will be updated with at least a redesigned dashboard.


The old Ampera I mentioned above...



2022 Jeep Compass: next to the current one...





As you can see on these photos from the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, the revised 2022 Jeep Compass looks almost exactly the same as the current version.
Basically what Jaguar just did with the XF and F-Pace. Leaving the exterior alone (mostly) and concentrating on a brand new, 1000% better interior. Which is a great idea.
Spending the money where it is really needed.

Let's also hope Jeep can find it in their heart to improve the powertrain. Which has been so criticized by many over the years...
Some electrification would also be welcome in the US market.



 

2022 Jeep Compass: some teasers...



A revised Jeep Compass is supposed to go on sale early next year. 
From the teasers above, it looks like the front end, although modified, will be very familiar.




The big changes are inside. Where the interior seems all-new. (At least the dashboard). And much, much nicer than before.
At least on these teaser photos, design and materials seem to be a few steps above the current version. 



Thi is the current Compass Interior. As you can see, the teasers above show a vastly improved model for 2022. Good news...


 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

2011 Infiniti QX55: the QX50 "Coupe"...

 





We finally get to see the new 2022 Infiniti QX55. Which is a "coupe" version of the QX50 that came out over 2 years ago. (bottom pic)
As you can see, it is exactly that. Nothing more. It even kept the same huge grille (which looks pretty bad in person... Like most of these huge grilles)
The new QX55 looks a lot like a modern version of the old FX35. Which was a great crossover.








Inside, things are exactly the same as in the older QX50 (bottom pic) Nothing new, except wireless Apple CarPlay.

Which is a shame, Since that Infiniti double screen set up still looks a bit odd. And now, just old...

Apparently, the engine and transmission are the same as in the QX50 as well.

The QX50 has been a giant flop for Infiniti. With only 18 616 sold last year. While Acura sold over 62 000 units of the RDX. I really don't think adding a new version with a different hatchback design will help that much.  Most reviews I've read of the QX50 were pretty bad. Criticizing the engine and CVT. Which has not been changed. 

I think this could become very good example of "too little too late" 

BMW iX: insulting marketing...

 


It looks like BMW is having a hard time dealing with the onslaught of criticism of their new iX EV.

They are now using some of the comments they got on their Twiter account in their own advertizing. Insulting critics with "OK Boomers" remarks.

I have actually never heard of a car company officially insulting their critics. And using these as advertising! This is quite amazing. 

The iX is a design mess, inside and out. While I do like the i3, this new "SUV" looks like a bunch of 12-year-olds got together to "draw a car". The interior looks like a kit car from China. 10 years ago.

 "Ugly", "Vulgar" and "Disjointed" is not similar to "Change".

BMW is, of course, not famous for recognizing their design mistakes. But I really think this is just going to far. And actually makes them look like obnoxious morons.

HERE is more comments on their Twiter acoount.

2022/23 Honda CR-V: weirdest illustration ever...




Let's hope this is just a fantasy. And not based on any inside info about the next-generation Honda CR-V.

Since we have seen most of the next HR-V already, we know Honda is going for a new, more angular design language. But this would be pretty bad.

The squared-off rear end is actually an interesting idea. This reminds me of the Mitsubishi Delica. Which is actually a small van. And the front end of the illustration is much cleaner than Honda's current designs. (which is not hard to do) But the whole thing isn't cohesive at all. 

This is ery early to guess the next CR-V. I am sure we will be seeing many more of these soon...

Saturday, November 14, 2020

2022 Genesis EV: new spy shot...

 



Unfortunatelly, this doesn't show much more than what we have seen before (HERE

A rather small, upscale hatchback. Probably based on the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5. This will be the perfect car for Genesis to enter the European market. Since their other models are pretty big. (the upcoming G70 hatch could also become quite popular there too)

Let's just hope it will be sold in the US as well. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

2022 Honda HR-V: how about one more blurry photo?


 From that front angle, the total departure from the current design language is quite obvious. Almost jarring...

I guess it is a similar move to what Toyota did with the RAV-4 a couple of years ago. Turning a very car-like design into a much more trucky looking one. Which was actually a good move from them. Since they sold more RAV-4s than ever last year (over 448 000)

It seems logical Honda thinks they could boost their HR-V sales ( 99 104 last year) by doing the same thing. I still like the current version. And I think there is a market for more car-like crossovers. But that's just me...

I also think Ford had the best idea. By offering both styles. 

2022 Kia Sportage: no so weird after all...

 

From this new spy shot of the 2022 Kia Sportage, it looks like the new Tucson's cousin won't look so weird after all...

Previous photos and especially some wild and weird illustrations led us to expect the worst.

This actually looks pretty conventional, so far. It even looks a lot liek a Nissan...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

2022 Honda HR-V: new illustrations...

 



These new illustrations of the 2022 Honda HR-V are the most realistic ones I have seen so far.
As they look a bit like a 4 door production version of the Honda SUVe we saw a few weeks ago.
Which is what the next HR-V will look like.

It is a totally new design direction from the current version. We could also see this more angular look on other Honda models as well.
An EV version of the new HR-V will be offered in China and maybe other markets as well. (Let's hop eit makes it to the US too)

More soon...



BMW iX: finally...

 








Even though we had seen the concept version only a couple of years ago, it seems we have been fed spy shots of this for many years.
Today we finally see the real thing.

Which ends up looking a bit like a cross between the concept, and every other BMW SUVs out there.
Which was expected. 
At least it stays a little weird and a bit more original than their other SUV models.

The interior looks like a mess.
While, again, I applaud being modern and different, this looks like it was designed by different teams who never spoke to each other.
The whole thing has a kit car interior design feel to me. Like the early Fisker Karma sedan.
The doors especially. Nothing flows. Nothing matches. 
The 'crystal' switches look really cheezy and gaudy. (some gold trim here and there doesn't help)

There is also a square steering wheel for no good reason. 

As far as technical specs, it is actually nothing amazing. Another "too fast/too expensive" EV with 500HP and 0 to 60 in 5 seconds.
The electric range is said to be around 300 miles. 
No pricing yet, but this is obviously targetting the Audi E-tron. Which starts at $66 000. With less power and an even lower 220 EV range. And the Jaguar i-Pace with its 239 miles range for $69 000.
I guess that means the iX will start at well above $70 000 .

The Audi, or the Jaguar is the obvious classy choice here. Since BMW has decided to go for the tacky crowd...