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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee "L": official pictures...








I have to say, this is a great surprise. At first, I was a bit bothered by that rear chrome line that resembles the cheaper Compass. But it actually looks good on the new Grand Cherokee. 
the longer proportions of the 3-row version also seem to work really well. the whole thing doesn't look too stretched out.

The whole design seems pretty sophisticated and upscale. An that interior is really nice. And, no stupid tablet! Everything is integrated very well, as it should be. 
I think this is much nicer than the Grand Wagoneer concept we saw a while ago...

The base engine is the good old 3.6 Liter V6 with 290HP.
Until a couple of days ago, I had heard rumors about the V8 being replaced by a new V6 Turbo option.
Which was actually all wrong.
A 5.7 Liter V8 with 357HP is still an option. A plug-in hybrid version is also coming later.

The V6 and V8 versions will be available in the spring.

So far this looks great. I think once the hybrid is available, it will actually be competing with tons of stuff. From the Land Rover Discovery to the Lexus RX. 
it has been a while, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to be back with a vengeance.

Good for them...


 

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

2021 Cadillac Escalade unveiling event in Hollywood

 I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Cadillac Escalade last night.
It was held at the "Red Studios".
Which is a very old Hollywood study that was, among other things, featured in the film "Who framed Roger Rabbit" as the "Maroon Cartoon Studio".

 First things first. Obviously, all journalist presents were very thirsty.


 After all these "refreshments", everyone is in an obvious good mood, and ready to take a seat and watch the show.


The "show" not only included Steve Carlisle, head of Cadillac, but also Spike Lee.
A nice blend of Detroit and Hollywood...


 Oddly enough, right after the show, Cadillac people were handing out iPads were you could configure both the regular, and the "not yet unveiled" ESV version.

So I guess here it is: a first look at the longer 2021 Escalade...


 In the flesh, the all new Escalade does look quite nice.
It is a more subtle look. Classier than ever before, and more sophisticated.



Cadillac seemed very proud of all the detail work that went into the headlight and tail lights of the new model.

They also made a point to show off their brand new info system for the Escalade (which will eventually trick down to other Cadillac models)
Mr.Sameer Gupta and his team did an amazing jog improving the already excellent Cadillac/GM system.
They got rid of all menus and truly made it one of the most intuitive, easiest system around.
The customization is also quite impressive.

Stay tuned for pictures of the stunning interior...

Thursday, October 31, 2019

All new Fisker Ocean EV






We finally get to see more of the all new Fisker Electric SUV.
Now officially called "Ocean".

No pricing  yet. But Fisker has said it will be much cheaper than the $700 "care by Volvo" lease on the new Volvo XC40 Electric. With a longer EV range.
A while ago, pricing was rumored to start at around $40 000. Not sure if that is still the case, or if this will be a "lease only" offering. 

As for specs, the base model should be getting an EV range of 250 to 300 miles.
The solar roof is said to add about 1000 miles of range a year. Which actually seems a bit ridiculous.
But at least, it seems to be clear and you can actually see through it. (Unlike the one in the Karma)

This could be quite interesting. If it really happens...





New 2021 Kia Optima illustrations


It looks like someone quickly made a couple of new illustrations, following the info we got from the recently released official teaser sketches.
They more or less match the official stuff and the spy shots we have seen so far.

Although I really hope the final design is a bit more dynamic than this. The side crease also looks quite weird (although it is featured in the official sketches). Maybe that is because it really doesn't fit with the super straight line underneath it...

Let's just hope the real thing looks better...

Monday, October 21, 2019

2020 Subaru Levorg



 The top picture is the official teaser for the all new Subaru Levorg wagon.
The bottom one is just an illustration of what it could look like.
Featuring a cool headlight design that Subaru has been using for years in various concepts, but never in a production model.

The Levorg is a sporty wagon bellow the Outback/Legacy.
And it has never been sold in the US. So this new generation will also probably stay in Japan.
Which is too bad...

Unless Subaru decides to design a "raised up/fake SUV" version. Which , it seems, is the only way possible to sell a wagon in the US (barely...)

Here is the current version. A pretty aggressive looking wagon I must say...

Mazda's new EV Interior Teaser Video





Just a few seconds and very quick shots of the interior. but it already looks like a new design direction for Mazda. Which is a good thing.
Although all their cars look quite nice, it has been a while since we have seen something looking really new from them.
That console doesn't look like anything they've done so far.
And I also applaud this new "cloth trend". Instead of cheap leather everywhere these days.

This looks similar to what we have seen in the Volvo Polstar 2 and Audi E-Tron GT Concept last year.
And IMO, it always looks great.

I actually cannot wait to see this new Mazda EV Crossover. It should be competing with the Hyundai Kona EV in the US. And the upcoming Chevrolet "Bolt based" Crossover.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge





Volvo has chosen a very subtle look for its first EV model. Just like the Hyundai Kona, the main visual difference between the gas and electric model is the lack of a proper grille.
Otherwise, this new "Recharge" version looks the same as the regular XC40.
Just a bit cleaner up front, which is always good.
Same thing inside, where the interior is carried over from the gas models.

Volvo claims a range of "at least 249 Miles" (400km). With 408HP.
That all sounds pretty good. 

The new EV is just the first of many. Since "recharge" will actually be a whole lineup.
Volvo plans to launch a fully electric model every year for the next 5 years. 
Apparently, the "recharge" name will also be used for plug-in versions.
Which means there will be a "Recharge" version of every model they make.

No pricing yet. The regular XC40 starts at around $34 000.
I would imagine the Recharge model to be at least $10 000 more.
That would be in the same range as the BMW i3 in the US.




All new 2020 Toyota Yaris








The Toyota Yaris will be an all new car for 2020. In Europe.
As we mentioned before, the 2020 model for the US market is just a good old Mazda 2.

This new generation is based on Toyota's all new GA-B platform.
It will be offered with the choice of a new 1.5 Liter or  1.0 3 cylinder engines.

But the main attraction here is the 4th generation Hybrid power plant using the 1.5 Liter.
Toyota claims it was able to drive as an EV mode 80% of the time while testing in urban areas.
Which is be pretty amazing...

The design is kind of cute. the car looks like a little bulldog. But it is also quite busy.
I am not a big fan of huge grilles on tiny cars. Or fake plastic vents on bumpers either.
But the interior seems to be much nicer. 
Competition will be tough in Europe. With a new Renault Clio, with its amazing interior.
And with the all new Peugeot 208. Which is already offered was an EV. And its cousin the Opel Corsa.

Obviously, this is not coming to the US market. At least for now.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

2020 Toyota Yaris

I have mentioned the 2020 Toyota Yaris before, but this seems to be a better look at the all new small hatchback from Toyota.

Strangely enough, what is now sold as the 2020 Yaris hatchback in the US is just a rebadged Mazda 2.
So it looks like the "real new Yaris" from Toyota might not be coming over here.

The new Yaris is supposed to be using an all new platform. And will probably be offered as a hybrid as well. Since it has been the case in Europe for years.
And I am sure an EV or at least plug-in version is coming soon as well...

I still wonder if this will end up replacing the Mazda 2 as well. 

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

2020 Honda Fit/Jazz



Just comparing the newest picture on top of the real thing, with the previous photos I had posted on this site a while ago.
Which, I guess, would still be just illustrations. But they do see so close to the real thing (top pic)
Except for the lack of grille on the real car.

The yellow car shows a "fake AWD" All Terrain slightly raised up version.
Which might be available in a few markets only (like the current generation)

2020 Cadillac CT4 Price

The new small Cadillac sedan will start at $33 900.
Which, I think, is a bit too much for the current market...

As it is only about $3000 less that the larger CT5.
That CT5 is almost $10 000 less than the car it replaces, the CTS. Which is pretty aggressive pricing from GM.
But the CT4 is only about $2500 less than the ATS it replaces.
Still a decent price drop, but nothing great.
I personally think it should have started closer to $30 000 to have a better chance.

While the CT4 is not an all new car ( a heavily revised ATS, using the same glass for both cars), I think it looks quite nice.
And actually priced right when compared to the much more expensive competition.
A base Audi A4 starts at over $37 000
Even the Lexus IS starts at over $38 000. (That's crazy...)
The new Genesis G70 seems to be closer at around $35 000.

AWD is quite an expensive option on all Cadillac CT4 models at $2600.


Monday, October 07, 2019

Mystery BMW SUV...



At first I thought this was the production version of the upcoming iNext EV.
But it actually does not really match other spy shots.
Plus, 4 exhaust pipes. (Which, of course, could be part of the camouflage. )
But the rear hatch seems to be opening much lower than on the other iNext prototypes...
And the headlights do look different....

Otherwise, what could it be?
Some new version of the X3? X5?

Since all BMW SUVs pretty much look the same, it is really hard to say.

What do you think?

- iNext?
- X3 EV?
- Some new X3 version?
- Some new X5 model?

Something else?




Monday, August 01, 2016

2018 Acura TLX


This is actually pretty sad. The TLX isn't a super exiting car.
But it has been getting really good reviews.
In general, Acuras are really good cars.

And that ugly "Shield" grille had finally been toned down so much, it actually almost looked fine.
(Especially in the revised version of the  smaller ILX)
To the point that I thought it was pretty OK in the TLX.

But it looks like it will soon be getting the "even uglier" new grille design from the 2017 MDX.
And you can pretty much bet the ghastly new design will be crafted on all other Acura models.

(Just like that new horrific grille from the Lincoln Continental. Which is now ruining the MKZ design.)

Of course, design is a matter of taste. But I really think this old fashion, plasticky
 big grille (now useless) design has to go. It does not imply luxury anymore.
It just looks tacky and cheap.

It seems that Acura  has really lost it as far as design goes. They seem completely lost.
They are now mixing boring and ugly.
Which never, ever works...

One phone call to a good designer could fix most of that mess. Really.
They need to put their ego aside and realize they just can't do it and call for help.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

2017 Infiniti Q60 price.

The all new Infiniti Coupe will start at $38 950. For the 2.0 Liter Turbo version.
(basically $40 000 after transportation)

Which is about $4000 more than the Q50 sedan it is based on.

Infinitis are just fine, good cars. And the coupe has always looked pretty good.
But they really do not have much of an image in the luxury car market.
Sad but true.

So let's see how it compares to its current competition:

-The BMW 4 series coupe starts at $42 845
-The Lexus RC 200T starts at $40 945
-The new Audi A5 (AWD only for now) starts at $42 150
-The new Mercedes C class Coupe starts at $43 575

Not sure what comes standard with the Infiniti, but they usually give you a bit more stuff than the Germans for the base price.
Still. It is not that much less than the competition.
Yet it has none of the prestige. And it doesn't have the super reliable reputation of the Lexus either.

I don't think the new Q60 will change much for Infiniti.
Their coupe will still mostly be invisible in the market place. No matter how good it is.

I think the only thing they could have done is come up with an amazing, stand out design.
But they didn't....

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

VW Beetle Dune Convertible Test Drive


I have driven a few versions of the current Beetle before. So this is a pretty familiar car to me. But this Dune model is all new.
Available as a coupe or convertible.

It is actually so new, that VW was not able to quote me a price on the car I was test driving for a week.
And while the coupe is on the VW site, the convertible version of the Dune isn't on there yet. (Last time I checked)
All I know is that my test car had a 1.8 Liter turbo. The one they use on almost every VW models in the US. With a 6 speed auto.
It didn't have features like GPS or the amazing Fender stereo system.
So I assume it is sort of a base model for the Dune series.

I was actually surprised by how much I liked the look of the car. Even the color!

In real life, it does have a great personality, and all these fake Crossover/SUV bits actually work.
The whole thing is just pretty charming.


Inside, it is standard Beetle convertible stuff. Except the colors.
Same thing here, I found myself loving that weird/odd/ and rather loud color combo.
The seats are great. And that dark yellow hue makes the interior even more fun than it is in the regular model.
The stereo worked fine. Apple CarPlay is great. But it is not as good as the great Fender system offered as an option.
No GPS but,  finally, VW offers a rear view camera on most of their cars in the US.
And it is a great system. as the camera is super sharp.
And it also comes with front warnings.
The color combo on these Dune seats looks great. At least to me...

Too bad you can't put much inside that armrest. Even my "not that big" camera couldn't even fit there. At all.
Looks like the Bug is finally getting LED tail lights. At least on the Dune version...
Looking really good.
The ugly spoiler is still there. Doing its job of "spoiling" a great design.
It just looks like a bookshelf. Quite ridiculous.
The very first thing I notice was how smooth the ride is. It feels actually smoother than the regular Beetle. The car rides a bit higher, and the 18 inch tires might be quite different.
But it really does ride almost like a luxury car. (Especially compared to the 20 inch tires on the Cascada I had a few weeks earlier)
But at the same time, the steering felt quite a bit heavier than other Beetle models.
Which is not a bad thing. Since I always feel that modern steerings are a bit too light for my taste...

Otherwise, the drive is pretty similar to other VWs with that same engine.
It is mostly smooth, and  quiet. But not as much as the competition. Especially new turbo engines from Ford and GM.
There is still a bit of turbo lag. It still feels a bit weird when starting from a stop.
Like if the engine had turn itself off. Similar to a hybrid.( Although It does not have that feature)

Otherwise it feels very solid and quiet.

The Beetle is usually rated at 25/34 MPG. (Not sure what the official numbers for the Dune are)
During my weekly drive I was able to get 25 in the City. Although it quickly went down to around 20 when I was having fun.
But on the freeway I had no problem getting over 38MPG

I really enjoyed my week with the new Beetle Dune.
More that I though I would.

It has a great, fun personality. And it drives great. The luxury car ride is an added bonus.

I am not sure of the price, but there has to be quite a premium over the regular convertible model.
Which starts at around $25 500. I would guess my test car was around $28 000. But who knows...

I couldn't help but comparing it to the Buick/Opel Cascada I was driving a few weeks earlier.
Sure, at around $37 000, it is a lot more money.
But..  For some reason, they are only about $50 a month apart when leasing.
Weird.

For that $50, the Cascada is a larger, roomier car. Even though the Bug feels very solid, the Cascada feels even more substantial. With a real back seat where 2 adults can actually fit.
It also comes with much more stuff. It is larger and heavier and uses a little bit more gas. But not that much more.
And the engine is quieter and smoother.


In the most recent new car quality study from JD Powers, the Cascada scores very high as well.
While VW usually are not known for being reliable cars. (At least in the US. As they reputation in Europe is golden for some reason)

That's just a though . A very personal one, since most buyers won't really compare these two cars.
But since I really enjoyed driving both cars, I thought I would mention it...