Showing posts with label truck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label truck. Show all posts

Monday, March 09, 2020

2 door version of the 2021 Ford Bronco

As mentioned earlier, the all new Bronco will also be available in the 2 door, short wheelbase version pictured above.
Which looks even more like the old 1960's/70's original Bronco.

Ford has really good engines these days, and this could end up being a great truck.
If priced right  (how about a bit cheaper than the Wrangler?), they will sell tons of these...
As it could be a cool and much cheaper (and reliable?) alternative to the new Land Rover Defender.

Retro designs will rule the earth!

2021 Ford Bronco

This is the real Bronco. NOT the smaller car-like e"Bronco Sport" I posted earlier.
This is the first real Jeep Wrangler competitor in decades. And it does look the part.

The retro design works great here as well.
The Bronco will be available in 2 and 4 door versions. With a removable top option.

More on this very soon...

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

For a while, there was a rumor about this being called the Maverick.
The giant "Bronco Sport" logo on the hatch tells us otherwise...

So far, this looks really nice. Seems a bit like a cross between the old Bronco and the first Jeep Cherokee.
I believe this is based ont the new Escape.
And I think it is actually pretty smart of Ford to offer 2 totally different versions of basically the same car.
One that appeals more to families replacing a car, and one for people looking for that fake truck look and feel.
Which is OK...

This could be quite a hit. And it will be interesting if it ends up being as popular, or maybe more so than the regular Escape...

Thursday, March 05, 2020

2021 Ford Bronco

This is looking really good. A real, pure Ford Bronco.
A brand new version of the old first generation that was built from 1966 to 1977. (not the "O.J" one)

Amazing it took Ford so long too. As the Jeep Wrangler had the whole market for itself for decades.
The new Bronco will be available as a 4 door (pictured above) and a 2 door versions.
Apparently, there will be a removable roof option as well. And even removable doors!

(Thanks to a reader for sending me the pic!)

As for the interior, it seems as retro and tough as the exterior. Also reminiscent of the old model, which of course, plenty of modern technology.

So far, I think this will be quite a hit for Ford. And steal quite a few sales from Jeep...

We will see the whole thing officially next month. 

Genesis GV80 SUV pricing

Genesis has just released official pricing for their all new mid-sized luxury SUV.
And, depending on the version you get, it can be quite competitive.

The starting price of $48 900 is quite competitive next to the German competition.
(But I really don't thing German car buyers will even consider anything from Genesis in the 1st place)
The Mercedes GLE starts at $ 55 700.
The BMW X5 starts at $ 58 900.

As expected, the genesis is cheaper.

But it is almost $5000 more than a Cadillac XT-5.
And almost $6000 more than a Lexus RX with a standard V6.
(I really think the RX will be the Genesis's main competition in the US. And an all new one is on its way late next year...)

The GV 80 pricing is actually quite interesting if you stick to the 2.5 Liter version with RWD.
As AWD is almost $6000 more! (Although it does come with more stuff like a panoramic roof etc...)
And the base V6 is almost $10 000 more!

But, a loaded RWD 2.5 Liter prestige is "only" $57 000. Which is  cheaper than pretty much all of its competition.
It is a great looking SUV, inside and out. And Genesis is already considered one of the most reliable brand on the market by J-D Power.

One thing I did notice on the Genesis press site: it only comes with a 3 year warranty.
Very weird for a luxury brand. And even weirder for one from Hyundai. Since all Hyundai models are covered by a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty...

2021/22 Honda HR-V

These are obviously illustrations (from Japan) And NOT the real thing.
Which is good.

Since they show a design that would be a major step back from the current generation.
I do like the current design, and this, in my opinion, would be a step back. 

Since Honda unveiled a brand new generation Fit a few months ago, a new HR-V is indeed expected to come out next. With, probably, a cleaner and simpler design. Which seems to be the current trends with new Honda designs.
Still, let's hope it will be a bit more imaginative than these illustrations...

Monday, March 02, 2020

2021 VW Tiguan "Coupe"

And why not. In this crazy "SUV world" of ours, carmakers found an easy and rather cheap way to double their line up of SUVs: redesign the back with a slicker, more slanted hatch.
(And usually charge even more for it)

So it is no surprise to see this "coupe" version of the Tiguan.
The blue car above is the 2021 model with its redesigned front end.
You can see the new coupe will be based on the current, revised, generation, and not an all new one.
Which menas the regular Tiguan will be with us for a few more years as well.

All these new SUV coupe models always remind me of the original. The old 4WD eagle models.
Which were available as a sedan, a wagon, andes, a real 2 door coupe...

Friday, February 28, 2020

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

 FCA keeps testing the all new Grand Cherokee.
It has been quite a while now...

And about time for a new one. The current generation came out in 2011!

Apparently, the next generation will be based on the Giorgio platform also used for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
It also looks quite long on these pictures, which means it could be the 3 row version.

This picture is from last year, but shows a very modern and upscale interior. With a very nicely integrated screen. (Nothing seems to be sticking out.)

Although the new Grand Cherokee will be introduced this year, production is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2021. A plug-in hybrid version will also be available. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chevrolet Avalanche wannabe: 2017 Silverado High Desert pack

You just know that with all these pick up truck sales going up, GM must regret not having a new version of the Avalanche.
(Which was discontinued when the current Silverado came out)

So there is it: a new option pack. Which turns the current Silverado into an "Almost Avalanche".
And why not.
It doesn't look bad.

Here is the official claim:
"The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado, with the refinement and luxury of Suburban".
Which does sound like a lot of PR BS to me.

As after having driven both, I can tell you that the Suburban is not really more refined or luxurious than the Silverado.
But hey, that's marketing for you...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Just got this so I thought I'd share.

(I'm not even sure if this is the US version or not. Really...)

I drove the Colorado a few months ago and was pretty impressed. Except for the anemic V6, it drives great. (I guess the diesel option fixes that)

So it's good to see GM keeping it fresh.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

GMC Yukon Denali XL Test Drive

The current Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban might be only a little over 2 years old, but they are already super popular.
Around L.A, they are pretty much everywhere.

Last year, GM sold over 152000  Tahoes/Suburbans, and over 71000 Yukons/Yukon XL.
Which is quite amazing.

They also seem to have replaced the TownCar as the favorite choice as a luxury ride to the airport.
(Or to the local Sleazy Hollywood "PullDown" club)
And they do look quite handsome. In a big brick sort of way.

The interior is nice too. Although I am still not sure why they still use the old 70's style column shifter. (Obvious cost saving?) But I got used to it pretty quickly. Even though it does cheapen the whole interior feel and look.

That interior is otherwise pretty nice.
 But, there are still a few cheap plastic bits here and there.
And the fake wood does a great job at... looking fake.

The Bose stereo sounded really good. But the interface got quite annoying a few times.
Like going back to shuffle without being asked to do so. Or just stop playing stuff altogether. etc...

The seats were surprisingly flat and hard.
(Quite a surprise to me since most GM seats are now really good)

Here is a shot of that beautiful "wood like thing".

And, of course. It is super roomy. Front and back. Even the 3rd row seats.
And the back in the long version (Similar to the Suburban) has a huge truck. And a giant space when all the seats are flat.
(That's pretty much the point of getting something that huge isn't it...)
On the road, it is, of course, very quiet.
But, the big 6.2 Liter V8 wasn't as super smooth and quiet as the smaller 5.3 Liter unit available in its Tahoe twin. (or the regular "non Denali" Yukon)

The new 8 speed transmission is mostly fine. But can also be a bit rough at really low speed around town.

The 6.2 Liter Yukon is rated at 14/21 MPG for the 4WD version I had for a week.
I could only get 12MPG in the city. And I was trying very hard...
But got 23 on the Highway.

The ride is pretty smooth, but not as isolated as I thought it would be.
It always lets you know that, no matter how much money you spent, this is still a truck, not a car.

Talking about price, the Denali version I had was priced at $78 825.
Which included about $8000 worth of options.

For my money, I would skip the Denali altogether and get the regular Yukon.
You can still get la loaded version with leather, sunroof etc... And the smoother 5.3 Liter engine
And save around $15 000.

This is something I had to try.
The "Camping in the Yukon" night. And it works. There is more than enough room behind the front seats for an inflatable mattress for 2 people.
And all the extra stuff you need for a cool camping night by the beach.

And with a total of 3 screens, it was a great way to watch the Larry Sanders show again.

Friday, December 18, 2015

2017 Honda Ridgeline

 Yes, after about 10 years, there is an all new Ridgeline coming soon.
Next month.

Honda only sold 13 389 of them last year. But over 50 000 back in 2006.
So there is some potential here.

But, as you can see, it'll look nothing like the cool overly optimistic "official sketch" above..
(The first official picture on top shows the real thing.)
Nothing modern. So far, it looks like it is trying really hard to look like a real pick up truck. Which it isn't. From that angle at least, it could be a Ford or Chevy truck.

 If you have something different, why not make it look different.

Sure the current one is old. But at least they tried something different .

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

GMC Canyon test drive

 After a week driving the big Silverado, I was wondering if the smaller Colorado/Canyon would make more sense.
I mean, the Silverado is fun (kind of...), but it is quite a chore to drive around in the city.
And that horrible ride on the freeway...

So GMC sent me a loaded version of the new Canyon.
I think it looks great. (Especially with the Emerald green color, a $495 option).
And the oversized GMC grille seems to work on the smaller truck.

Even though it feels like a compact after driving the Silverado, it's not. The "short bed" version I had is still over 10 inches longer than a Chevrolet Impala.
A long bed is available and that adds another 12 inches!
Plus, at least my AWD model, it is really high. Almost a foot taller than the Impala.

So it is still a "big thing" to drive around. It might be "mid sized for a truck", but still bigger than a full size sedan.
 The one GM sent me had a dealer installed tonneau cover. A $615 option.
Which makes this truck more like a car, since now you have a lockable trunk.
But it's not that easy to remove when you need to carry big things. (Which is kind of the point of a truck..)

 Inside, it feels much more like a car than the Silverado. Mostly because of the console and the shifter between the seats. But also the "more normal" size.
Everything looks nice and simple. And it all feels very solid. (except the turning signal stalk)

The optional Bose stereo sounds good. But still, to me, not worthy of the Bose name. (It's not better than some really good base systems.)

The seats are very comfortable.

 The back seat is pretty roomy. But not nearly as much as in a (shorter) large sedan.

 The whole thing is very nicely finished. It's not luxury sedan level, but it doesn't pretend to be.

 The 1st thing you say when you turn around is "Thank God for rear cameras". (As a matter of fact, you'll say it every time you turn around)
The top of the headliner is really high. And without the camera, it would be really tough to see a car.
A pet, ot a small child.
 The first thing I noticed was how much nicer the ride was, when compared to the 2 door Silverado.
It is still trucky, and even a bit hard sometimes. But that's expected.
It is just fine for every day use.

The V6 is pretty quiet. Although not as super quiet and smooth as the big 4.3 Liter from the Silverado.
It does a great job moving the truck around in the city.

But things do change when you get on the freeway. For some reason, it seems that most of the 305 horses from the 3.6 Liter engine are taking a break. A very long break...
Combined with a transmission that doesn't really like to downshift, and you get a very frustrating experience. You basically have to push it most of the time to move.
It's really bad on long hills. Where the whole thing feels like a 4 cylinder.
(I cannot imagine what the actual 4 cylinder is like.)

The version I was driving (V6, 4WD SLT 4 door) is rated at 17MPG city and 24 Hwy.
I did get 17 in the city, but up to 28 on the freeway.
Which is actually really good, I think.

The version I drove was loaded at $41 785. Which, at first, seemed really expensive to me.
Until I compared it to the 4 door loaded Silverado (High Country) I drove last year. With pretty much the same equipment (plus a V8 of course). It was $52 000.
Mileage was 14/20.
So by going for the "small guy", you are saving about $10 000. And even more on gas.
Sure, the High Country is roomier and carries more stuff.

But for most people, I think the Canyon/Colorado is really the way to go...