Showing posts with label Spy Shots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spy Shots. Show all posts

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. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

2022 Honda HR-V

Since the Honda Fit/Jazz was redesigned last year, we know there is an all-new HR-V coming up. And here it is.

These early pictures show a more angular design for the small Crossover. At the same time, it seems to adopt a mre coupe-like profile. The rear door handle looks like it is still right behind the door. Otherwise, it seems Honda might have gone for a more trucky look. Although it is really hard to tell from these photos.  The shape doesn't seem as rounded and cute. And the windows look quite a bit smaller. 

I think the current CR-V still looks good. And quite original, inside and out. It is still a good choice in its segment. I drove one last year ( HERE) and quite liked it. 

Being based on the new Fit (the one we don't get), this could, like the Fit, be offered as a Hybrid only. Or at least as an option.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback: another 'coupe' SUV

 We have seen a few pictures of the upcoming Q5 Sportback before. This one still has some camouflage. Around the headlights and vents. They even tried to disguise the shape of the grille for some reason.

Weird, since the whole front end of the car is expected to be carried over from the regular Q5 anyway...

I think the Q5 and A4/A5 have the worst interior of all current Audi models. They really show their older generation roots. Audi has since moved on to much nicer interiors, with integrated screens and more upscale trims. The Q7 got a heavily revised, and much improved, interior for the recent mid-cycle facelift. This means a new interior design could maybe be in the cards for the Q5 as well. Including this new version.

Monday, September 07, 2020

next generation Toyota 86: another illustration


This new illustration does look pretty realistic. Unfortunately... Since it pretty much looks like a very slight update of the current model.

While I understand why car manufacturers are afraid to redesign or change too much a very popular model. I really don't get why they wouldn't try something different after a very slow selling first generation. 

Design is a very big part of a sports coupe attraction, And obviously, the current design wasn't really attractive to many. I don't get how (almost) repeating the same thing will improve sales...

2019 VW ID.RoomZZ Concept: the production version


Just like the ID.3 and ID.4, this new upcoming VW EV looks like it will stay pretty close to the concept design it is based on. The general shape is very similar. Even if the production modle doesn't seem as sleek.

And of course, the suicide doors will have to go. 

This looks like a larger brother to the upcoming ID.4 Crossover. Looking more like a tall wagon than an SUV.

The Concept was shown back in 2019 at the Shanghai Auto Show. This also means the new model will be marketed mostly in China. Even though it might be sold in other markets later. 

This looks like it could be a decent electric competitor the Subaru Outback?

Should VW bring this over here?

Saturday, September 05, 2020

2021 Hyundai Tucson: inside!


This looks very close to the slightly exaggerated sketch Hyundai released a few days ago.

Of course, the console isn't as flat and smooth. And somehow, the space behind the center screen seems filled.

Otherwise, this is a really nice interior design. I personally like this much better than its competition. Let's not forget these things usually start at around $25 000. 

Thursday, September 03, 2020

2021 Hyundai Tucson: one more picture


At least on all these teaser pictures, the new Tucson does look great. 

This will definitely be a super stylish option against the CR-V and RAV-4. 

2022 Mercedes C-Class: old is new...

 Not much to say here. As usual, the C-Class becomes a small S-Class. So this is a smaller copy of the new S-Class we just saw. At this point, why even bother redesigning these things every few years?

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

2021 Hyundai Tucson: the new face


This is the all-new face of the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Tucson. And it is pretty unique and original. 

The light design is actually pretty similar to what they have done with the revised 2020 Azera in Korea. Which is not sold in the US anymore.

What do you think? Too much?

2021 Hyundai Tucson: this is it!


I have to say, this seems very impressive so far. A lot of personality in a classy and modern design. 

That interior is also pretty striking. All this in a slightly larger package that will better compete with the stars of the segment, including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.

The main engine is rumored to be Hyundai's 1.6 Liter Turbo. (The base version could still use a 2.0 Liter) Which I drove last year, and found it smoother and more enjoyable than the Honda 1.5 Liter Turbo. And no CVT here, but a 7 speed.

Since these 'not so' compact crossovers ultimately become bestsellers, I really think this will become, from far, Hyundai's best-seller next year. beating the Elantra.

With just over 137 000 sold last year, the current Tucson is not even close to being in the same league as the RAV-4 and CR-V (   448 000 and 384 000 sold in 2019). I predict the new generation could at least double its current sales figures. Maybe not in 2020 due to the current health situation, but as soon as things return to normal. 

I mean, the CR-V does look a bit lumpy compared to this. And the poor RAV-4 just looks really bloated and ungainly. A hybrid version of the new Tucson is also expected. With a powertrain similar to the new Sonata Hybrid (which is rated at an amazing 50/54 MPG). A sportier N version is also expected later. Again, using a version of the Sonata 290hp engine.

The reveal is on September 14th. But I expect to get more pictures very soon...

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

2022 Genesis GV70: revealing a bit more...

These 2 spy shots were taken a few months apart. The top one, newer, shows a much more finished rear end, with the actual tail lights installed. These are obviously two different versions of the same cars since the exhaust pipes are very different.
Since it is based on the same platform as the G70 sedan, the GV70 is expected to use the same engines.
RWD and AWD.
As I mentioned before, the rear window treatment is reminiscent of the old 928. And even the AMC Pacer.

Good to see a little bit of originality in the design. Something we don't see anymore, especially in an           SUV...


2022 Kia EV: new illustrations



These new illustrations of the upcoming Kia EV actually look pretty close to the spy shots we have seen before (like the one above)

I still think the design looks a bit weird and overdone. I really like the wagon/long hatchback shape. But that black front end trim has to go. Again, these are just guesses. And the final thing could be nicer.

No matter what, 2021 will be a very busy year for new EVs. Not just expensive ones like the Lucid Air, or Rivian luxury trucks, but also affordable ones like this Kia. Hyundai is also launching their IoniQ sub-brand. Nissan will have the Ariya. VW will launch the ID.4 in the US. Chevrolet will unveil the new small Bolt based "SUV". All of a sudden, there will be quite a choice for anyone interested in an EV around $40 000 before incentives. 

Good news...

Monday, August 31, 2020

Next Nissan Z: another illustration


I have to say, I really like this one. I think this is the closest I have seen to the official teaser from Nissan.It also has a simplicity I like. This is a simple, no BS retro-modern design.

 So far, news about the new Z haven't been great lately. Apparently, it would only start production in late 2022. Use a modified version of the current platform. And will still be a V6. No electrification of any kind. Which sounds like a very old fashion set up for a 2023 model year "new" model.

Maybe that is the intention. Save money on what will surely be a slow seller by using the same platform. And appealing to people who still want that old fashion RWD V6.

Why not...

2022 Mercedes C_Class sedan: same old...


This is from a french site. And it still looks like an illustration. Although it could be really close to the real thing from previous spy shots we have seen.

Again, this will just look like a cross between the current C-Class (90%) and the E-Class (10%). So basically, a very invisible, and very expensive compact car. With so-so long term reliability...

2022 Kia Sportage

 On this new spy shot, we can see an interesting (or just plain weird) swoop line part of the rear door.

We have seen millions of spy photos of the upcoming Hyundai Tucson, looking quite stylish already. The Kia Sportage cousin used to be the more stylish, European looking one of the two. I am sure Kia will not let the Sportage go "boring" on us. It could end up looking quite modern after all. And... I still think the current generation looks really good...

Next Nissan Z: not next year...

Apparently, the cool teaser we saw a few months ago about all these new Nissan cars didn't mean an all-new Z was coming up soon. Now, it is not expected until late 2022. That's right, 2 years!

The current Z is basically a zombie car. And has been for a few years. I test drove it at least 3 times over the years. And really like it. But you can buy a used one in great shape for half the price of a new one, or less. And it looks exactly the same as a brand new one...
2022 (2023 model year) is a very long time to wait. Especially since they showed us a pretty clear preview of it months ago.
So weird...
It is also rumored to use an updated version of the same platform, with a regular V6. So basically, nothing really new. Which, in 2022 0r 2023, will feel very old tech. 


2021 Toyota 86: new illustrations


I know these do look close to the many spy shots we have seen so far. But let's hope they are all wrong. As they show a car that is just nothing special. Which is the opposite of what a cool sporty car should be.

It should be cool and special. This is just a modest and timid redo of the slow-selling current model. They can, and should, do better...

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Mystery SUV: what is this?


The sad part is: this could be almost anything, from anyone...

It has a modern SUV shape. Just like any other "modern SUV" these days.

It does look a bit like a Nissan, except for the front end...  What do you think it is?

1- Nissan Rogue Sport

2- New Mitsubishi model

3- New Honda HR-V

4- Next Chevrolet Trax

5- Just one of many new Chinese compact SUVs coming up.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

2021/22 Honda Civic Illustrations : Meh...


This looks like it should have been a previous generation design. I still think the current model looks fine and more modern than this.

Let's hope Honda doesn't go back to some super conservative design like they have done before. They usually come up with a very modern design for one generation and walk back a few steps the next time...

What do you think? Would this be better than what we have now?

(Thanks to a reader for these)

Friday, August 28, 2020

2021 Peugeot 3008: a little better?


Peugeot is getting ready to modify its popular 3008 SUV/Crossover/Wagon for the new year.
Which might actually be an improvement.
During my travels in Europe a few years ago, I saw a few of these in person. All I can say is that design is quite a mess.
Gone is the classy feel of older Italian designed Peugeot sedans and wagons. The front end alone has enough lines for 3 cars. Overy aggressive and trying really hard to look bigger than it is, I guess. (it is only about the size of a Mazda CX-30) With way too much plasticky looking chrome trim.

The new front end, although still camouflaged, already looks a bit simpler. The current engine choice for the 3008 would work well for the US. Since it includes a 1.6 Liter with 180hp and a Toyota made 8 speed automatic.

It is interesting to see where Peugeot design is going since they are still claiming to re-enter the US market "soon". A couple of years ago "soon" meant 2026. Now it means 2023. 
Although Peugeot (PSA) and Fiat (FCA) are now a giant company, so that "soon' might even be sooner since they will now have access to the Chrysler network in the US.
So why not...

This 1959 403 Convertible is probably Peugeot's best-known car in the US...