Saturday, October 15, 2016

Some Miscellaneous Product Unveils

Alexander Carabitses

I don't ordinarily do products posts right in the middle of the auto show season, but given the hype surrounding several new models, I think that it is both fair and warranted for me to do so, especially seeing as how five of these six cars will be strong sellers.  Let us begin.

2017 Nissan Rouge/Hybrid:  Introduced at the 2016 Miami Auto Show of all places, the facelifted Rouge will go on sale about a month after this writing with the brand's signature v-motion grille.  The rear facia and the interior also receive a few modest tweaks, but for the most part this is the same vehicle as before.  There is also a new Hybrid model available that is meant to compete with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
(Image edited to Nissan)

2017 Honda CR-V:  This one honestly came out of nowhere, but here it is anyway.  The redesigned version of this all important model features styling that further narrows the distance between Acura and Honda designs.  This is not a good thing obviously, but it should help make this more appealing.  Dimensions have increased a little bit, one engine is a carryover from last year's model, while there is a turbo charged 1.5 liter 4-cylinder for the first time.  The car will go on sale later this fall, probably around late November or early December.
(Image credited to Honda)

2017 Chevrolet Equinox:  Everything is new. The exterior and interior have been completely overhauled, the engines are new, and even the platform is new.  The Equinox is now built on the Chevy Cruze's platform, meaning that this is finally a true compact crossover, not a tweeter between midsize and compact.  Expect this to be one of Chevy's two planned LA Auto Show unveils (unless they have something else up their sleeve) and expect it to go on sale early next year.
(Image credited to Chevrolet)

2018 BMW 5 Series:  BMW launched the redesigned version of its executive sedan the other day, and at first glance, it looks exactly the same, save for the headlights being a little bit longer.  However, upon further examination, one will see that the lines are different and that the taillights have been tweaked.  The interior comes straight out of the 7 Series, while everything under the skin is completely new, including the engines.  Expect the car's first public showing to be at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales commencing shortly after.
(Image credited to BMW)

Ram Rebel TRX Concept:  Unveiled in the Texas State Fair a few weeks back, this is basically Ram's answer to the Ford F150 Raptor, not a simple body kit like the Rebel.  The main reason for this is because the suspension has been significantly beefed-up to tackle whatever one throws at it.  People have been clamoring for Ram to build this thing, and while I think they will do it, we'll have to wait a few years, as Ram is currently working on a significant overhaul of the 1500 for 2018.  After that model is revealed, it's likely that the Rebel TRX will be produced, making it a perfect compliment to the Sport, Rebel, and Power Wagon.
(Image credited to Ram Trucks)

So there's my quick product update post.  What I find to be interesting is that most of the vehicles shown are crossovers, which truly shows the direction in which the market is headed.  Believe me, I'm not a fan, but at least auto makers are trying to give them more character.  I also think that the 5-series is dull and boring, but none the less, the thing will sell  pretty well because I'm sure I'm one of the only people who doesn't like it.

Anyway, that's all for now; thanks for reading and have a good week.

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