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

Sunday, October 24, 2021

2022 range Rover: short video...

An interesting, short video showing the all-new 2022 range Rover. Inside and out.
It is looking a bit weird. That futurist rear end doesn't really seem to match the rather conservative profile and front of the car. 
But some designs look much more modern and striking in real life. Which could very well be the case here.
From what we see inside, it still looks really close to the much cheaper Jaguar F-Pace. Why???
As I mentioned before, the range Rover is at least $30 000 more than the Jag.

We'll see...

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Audi Q5 E-Tron: another Audi EV SUV...

E-Tron, Q4 E-Tron. Regular and sport back shapes.
A much larger one coming up. And now this: a Q5 E-Tron.

So far, this is apparently for the Chinese market only. But who knows. 
It is supposedly based on VW's MEB platform and would be the Audi equivalent to the upcoming VW ID6.
Just like the new Q4 E-Tron is an Audi version of the ID.4.

EV range is predicted to be from 260 miles to 350 miles, depending on models.

Will this be replacing the regular Q5? Eventually of course. But when?


Friday, October 22, 2021

2022 GMC Sierra Denali: quite an improvement...

Just like what we just saw with the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, this is a choking improvement.

The "still huge" grille does look much more integrated into the rest of the design. And it also looks 1000 better than the ghastly front end of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra.

Like the Chevrolet, inside is where it looks like a brand new generation (it's not). Even the door panels are new. And the whole thing looks really good. Just look how bad the current interior looks next to the new one. Great job!

On top of everything, that 3.0 Liter diesel option is just fantastic...


Buick Envision: test drive...

The second-generation Buick Envision looks much better than its predecessor. 
I think it is one of the best SUV designs out there and looks great from pretty much any angle.

It has a very nice and friendly personality. Nothing too aggressive like so many designs these days.

Same thing inside. It is a truly very modern-looking interior. With high-quality materials everywhere and nice design touches. I do like the "wood-looking" trim on the doors. (Not sure if that is real wood or not). And the satin metal trim everywhere in the car looks great.

There are a couple of things that aren't working for me though. Like the angle of the screen. It is sharply tilted towards the driver, which can be odd for the front passenger. And it is a bit flatter than usual and can catch some more sunlight than other setups.
The most annoying thing is the volume knob placement. Which is almost right behind the steering wheel, and again, much too far from the passenger. 

The Bose stereo in my top-of-the-line Avenir test car sounded very good. But, not as great as the system in the similarly priced Acura RDX. 
And, while the seats are very comfortable, the headrests only have the usual 2-way adjustments. (GM used to offer 4-way adjusting headrests in almost everything just a few years ago). 

So they are usually positioned too far back no matter what...

The Envision is very roomy. The cargo area is well finished and the real seats ford completely flat. 

The first thing I noticed when starting up the car is the small engine "4 cylinder buzz". It is always there at idle. Although it is quiet and the engine refined, older 2.0 Liter Turbos from GM used to be totally quiet when idling. I have been noticing this in the past couple of years. 

Otherwise, the engine is quiet and smooth, with plenty of power all the time.
When pushed harder, I did feel a little bit of torque steer. Very little, and very manageable.
(My test car was a FWD model)

The 2nd thing I noticed was how super smooth the ride is. Even with 20-inch wheels. The "continuous damping control" system (part of the $1995 Tech package) is fantastic.
The sports mode firms up things a little bit, but there isn't much difference.
It is just super comfortable all the time, no matter how bad the road gets.

The stop/start system is also very smooth, and I left it on most of the time. Which is unusual.

The 9-speed automatic is very smooth and willing to downshift whenever you need it to. 

The Avenir is rated at 24/31 MPG. 
Not sure on what planet it is supposed to be getting 24MPG around town, but here on earth, I was never able to get over 20. Which is still OK.
I got a bit over 32 on the freeway.

The new Buick Avenir is a fantastic choice in a crowded segment. 
I cannot compare it to the new Lexus NX, but the Lexus seems to be more expensive. And desperately wants to be "sporty"...
 I still like the Envision design better. It is quick and doesn't try to be overly sporty like almost everything else. It just wants to be comfortable and it is.

Compared to a loaded FWD Acura RDX, the Avenir version is a few thousand cheaper. (The Acura is about $49 000 but includes AWD on the Advance version.
While the RDX is very comfortable, it isn't as smooth as the Buick (Although I hear some changes were made for 2022)
But the ELS Studio sound system on the RDX is unbeatable. 

No matter what, the Envision would be a great choice. (It also starts at a bit above $32 000!
Basically competing with a RAV-4 or CR-V...)


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tesla Cyber Truck: another spy shot...

Still pretty bad and grainy, but this is a slightly better pic than the one I posted yesterday.
Again, this is very, very close to the concept from 2 years ago.

Mandatory side mirrors seem to be the main difference. I also wonder if these lower lights units are now the main headlights. The truck will also need windshield wipers, which the newer prototype seems to show (kinda...)

I am really glad the pick-up truck design gets a bit of a shake-up. These things have been looking the same for decades. With grilles getting larger and larger with each redesign. While I am not a big fan of this design (yet), it is so refreshing to see something new and totally different. As well as the great-looking new Rivian.
From photos I have seen, I always thought the Cyber Truck was much larger than a Ford F-150.
But at 232 inches long, it isn't.

If they can really deliver a base model for around $40 000, the full-size pick-up market could expect a major shake-up. 
Although it is a bit worrisome that Tesla has just removed the "estimated price" from their official CyberTruck page. I am also not sure the truck market is ready for something with no steering wheel.

The true game-changer would be a compact version. Something that would not only attract even more buyers but could also be sold in Europe and many more countries. 

Blade Runner trucks for everyone!


2023 Chevrolet Montana: new illustrations and spy shots...

 Chevrolet is getting a 2nd generation ready for their compact Montana pickup truck.
Apparently, it will grow in size from previous versions.
Which leads some people to think it would be a good idea to bring this over to the US as a Ford maverick competitor.

Which, of course, might not be a bad idea. Just like the Maverick, the next Montana seems to have a super generic pick-up truck shape, with a more modern-looking front end added to it.
The illustrations above don't really match the spy shots. So they're probably off.

If the Maverick turns out to be a big hit for Ford, GM will have no choice but to offer something to compete in the US.
This could be it...


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2022 Range Rover: official teasers...


After what seems years of seeing spy shots of prototypes driving around, we are almost ready to see the real thing.
The all-new generation range Rover will be unveiled on October 26th.

(Even though we have pretty much seen the whole thing already earlier today...)

2022 Range Rover: first photos of the real thing...

Familiar? Yes.
Weird? Yes.
Futuristic and conservative at the same time? Yes.

These are bad grainy photos, but the new Range Rover will be quite something. Maybe controversial. Blending very classic design cues with a futuristic-looking rear end.

At least it is very clean and simple.
Quite the opposite of the messy Lexus LX600 we saw just a few days ago.

More on this very soon, including much better pix and interior.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

2023 Mazda CX-50: new illustration...

Now we know the upcoming new Mazda CX-50 will not be the one based on the new RWD platform. (That will be the CX-70 and CX-90 in the US) But apparently, on the CX-30 platform instead. This is confusing since they had announced a partnership with Toyota a while ago that includes a new model based on the Corolla Cross.  More recently, there was also a rumor about a new hybrid-only "CX-7". Bult in Alabama with the Corolla Cross. (That might actually be the one they now call "CX-50")

It seems Mazda is coming up with a giant SUV stew. It also seems many of these models will overlap and compete with each other.

This new illustration shows a very generic design. One that will be 100% invisible everywhere. Wasn't the point of Mazda to be different? At least a little bit?



Saturday, October 16, 2021

2023 Kia Niro: new spy shots...

Today we finally get to see more of the next-generation Kia Niro. 

It seems like a pretty original design. Although looking a little bit more like a regular SUV than the current tall wagon shape. (Some current owners might not like that)

With all these new Ioniq models, the next Niro might be caught in a bad place, as Kia is now making a huge push for fully electric cars.
And the next Niro is not based on their new EV platform.

I think the most relevant model could be the PHEV. If they can drastically increase the electric range. 
The current model has a 26 miles electric range. But it starts at around $29 000 ($25 000 after current federal incentives). So it is really an inexpensive way to get a PHEV.

 If they double the EV range and keep the price down, the Niro might have a chance to attract people still afraid to jump into the EV world.


2023 Chevrolet Blazer: new spy shot...

It looks like the Chevrolet Blazer is getting a few changes next year. As you can see, they will be limited, upfront, the bumper, grille, and headlights. As the fenders and hood will stay the same.

(At least they didn't waste camouflage wrap to pretend it is an all-new car)

It looks like the grille could be a bit smaller, but it's still hard to say. I hope the dashboard is revised a bit. I was not a huge fan of it when I test drove the Blazer last year.

While looking quite extroverted, the Blazer is actually quite blah to drive. Nothing really wrong, but nothing really stands out.

I also hope they keep the V6 as an option. 

These will probably be the last changes it will be getting until an all-new electric replacement is ready in a couple of years.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

2022 Ford Ranger: new spy shot...

The new spy shot of the next-generation Ford Ranger looks very similar to what we already saw in early 2019 (bottom pic)
And yet, a bit different. The center piece in the grille doesn't seem to stretch as far to the sides as on the early photo. But that could also be that Ford will offer various grille designs, like on the Bronco.
The sharp line on top of the profile and fenders doesn't seem to be there on the new photo. 
And that could also be due to some clever camouflage.

It almost looks lie if the overseas model (top) could be a facelift version of the current generation.
While the US could be getting an all-new design for some reason?


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

2022 Lexus LX600: first photos...

Here are the first pictures of the all-new Lexus LX600, which is based on the new Toyota Land Cruiser we are not be getting in the US.

The Lexus version is here to compete with other truck-based luxury SUVs like the Escalade and Navigator. Although the Lexus is also better suited for off-road driving. More like a Range Rover.

It is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 Turbo with 410HP. (unlike the Tundra, no hybrid yet)

The current model starts at about $10 000 more than a Cadillac Escalade. Besides the better off-road performance, I just can't see anything that would make this a better choice for most luxury truck buyers.
Most of them will never go off-road anyway.

The design is OK and cleaner. The grille looks like it was designed for a planet where they don't have front license plates.
The whole front end looks a bit ridiculous. That old-timey double screen set up inside is awkward and really no match for the Escalade fantastic interior design.
The rear seats don't even fold flat and the 3rd row looks like an afterthought.

Most potential buyers will not see this as an upgrade from the Escalade at all. I am of course not at all in the market for a huge old fashion luxury truck. But the Escalade interior alone is miles ahead of this...

For some odd reason, sales jumped from 4512 units in 2020 to over 25 000 in 2021 so far. (How weird...)