Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Summer Product Reveals Part I

Alexander Carabitses

(Image credited to BMW)

I initially planned to publish another editorial regarding FCA and all of its woes, but I figured that I should save that for next week.  As we speak, there have been many new products revealed by automakers over the past few weeks since the auto show season ended, and it's time for me to briefly highlight them, one by one.  Before I begin, I'd like to add the BMW killed off the 6-Series coupe in February due to slowing sales.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Have you ever seen an alley cat without a tail?  Well if you have, then this car should look strikingly familiar to you, particularly from side profile.  The bottom line with this model is that it's an Indian market exclusive so I won't bother giving any major details, other than that its a sedan version of the Suzuki Swift subcompact hatchback. Oh, it's also very cheap.

(Image credited to Maruti Suzuki)
(Image credited to Maruti Suzuki)

2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Smoked Limited Edition:  Okay, there are a lot of special edition models that have been debuting in other parts of the world, but this time around, the only foreign exclusive special edition models that I plan on covering will be from supercar manufacturers.  Otherwise, I will concentrate on domestic model special editions, which unfortunately means that we have to cover this joke of car one last time.  The only differences on this Lancer are black mirror caps, wheels, and fender garnish.  The interior gets red stitching and some badges which compliment those on the exterior.  Sales commence this month.
(Image credited to Mitsubishi)

Nissan Titan PRO-4X Basecamp: Shown at the 2017 Overland Expo, this one-off creation from Nissan is suppose to entice consumers to go out and buy a standard model Titan.  The exterior changes are quite obvious and can be credited to the 60 aftermarket parts and accessories that were slapped onto this thing.
(Image credited to Nissan)

Ram 2500 Kentucky Derby Edition:  Exclusive to the trainer of the winning horse of the event, this truck receives unique paint, special badging, and a hand painted Kentucky Derby rose badge on the grill.  So congratulations to Todd Pletcher on your new pickup truck.
(Image credited to Ram)

2018 MG XS:  This is a new compact SUV that will be sold in the UK.  Unfortunately, no specifications were announced, but the Chinese model receives either a 1.5 liter four-cylinder or a 1.6 liter turbo.  Pricing will also be announced later.  A far as the styling is concerned, it's not bad, but it looks sort of like an older Mazda.
(Image credited to MG)
Agile Automotive SC122 and SCX: Agile Automotive is a car company from Denmark that plans on offering the SC122 and the SCX to compete with Lotus.  The powerplants were initially supposed to have been Toyota sourced, but now the company plans on using Ford's 1.6 liter 250 horsepower engine and an unspecified 425 horsepower Ford unit for the SCX. Both engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.  The best part is that they both have a carbon fiber chassis, so they will be both very light, very tossable, and (you guessed it) agile.
(Image credited to Agile Automotive)
(Image credited to Agile Automotive)

2018 Peugeot 308: This compact hatchback from the French automaker undergoes a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year.  There is a tweaked front fascia that is barely noticeable, while the powertrains are also pretty much carryover from the outgoing model year.  There are also many new driver assistance systems, such as Visiopark 1, which allows the car to steer into a free parking space as soon as it sees one (when programmed to do so of course).  Apple Car Play and Android Auto are also compatible.
(Image credited to Peugeot)

2018 Buick Regal sedan:  After seeing the Sportback and TourX in New York, Buick pulled the wraps off of the new Regal sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show (I wanted to cover this in my Shanghai Auto Show post, but couldn't access the stock photographs). The normal sedan body style isn't coming to the US due to what GM perceives to be a declining sedan market, and no, the GS version has yet to be revealed.  In terms of design, this model looks perfectly fine.  The roof is a bit less sloped back than on the Sportback, which is to be expected, and there is a normal trunk.
(Image credited to Buick)

2019 Opel/Vauxhall Grandland:  Awkward name aside, the brand's new compact crossover was revealed ahead of its official premiere at Frankfurt in September.  Powertrains have yet to be detailed, but what I can tell you is that this about the size of the Chevrolet Equinox (maybe a little bit bigger), and the design looks both athletic and adventurous.  I can also tell you that the vehicle goes on sale early next year.
(Image credited to Opel/Vauxhall)

2018 BMW 1-Series: I am beginning to notice a strange trend amongst automakers.  Back in New York, we witnessed Mitsubishi pull the wraps off of a mild refresh of the Outlander Sport and Ford do the same thing with the Explorer a year before the models were completely overhauled.  Now I'm not entirely sure if BMW is planning an all new 1-Series any time soon, but regardless of that, this new 1-Series refresh is so minor that squinting won't help you notice the differences.  Those differences are mostly found inside, while exterior styling tweaks are limited to the trio of special edition models that aren't worth covering.
(Image credited to BMW)

2018 BMW 2-Series:  The refresh on the 2-Series is also minor, although the changes are still a little bit more substantial.  The exterior receives a mild tweaking here and there, while there are also new wheels and paint colors on offer.  The powertrains seem to be carryover on both standard 2-Series models and the M2.  The instrument panel has been upgraded with some new features and the car is now offered with a Wifi hotspot that can support up to ten devices at one time.  The new 2-Series lineup goes on sale in July.
(Image credited to BMW)

So that's a wrap for this week.  Stay tuned because my annual FCA rant is coming next week, I promise.  Thanks for reading and have a good week. 

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