Mercedes-Benz has announced that 10 new models will share their platform with the one underneath the recently revealed EQ concept car. I have made an hatchback version of the EQ to compete with the BMW i3, Opel Ampera-e, Audi A3 e-tron and upcoming Tesla Model 3
I have created, after a request of GM Authority, a bunch of variants on the Cadillac Escala concept car. See also my rendering of the Escala Convertible here. The Escala is the first car that has the new Cadillac styling, which will be used by all future models. And with this great starting point, I have made this Escala sedan.
The Escala Convertible will be a competitor of the Mercedes-Benz S class, BMW 7 series, Lexus LS and Audi A8
Opel is on a roll lately with the new Mokka X, Zafira and new Astra. However, Opel will unveil 7 models in 2017. One of those 7 models is the new C-segment SUV, the Grandland X. This new SUV will be the bigger brother of the upcoming Crossland X. Both models are created in cooperation with the PSA group.
It is likely that the car will be offered with front-wheel drive only, with engines ranging from a downsized 1.5-litre turbo petrol up to a BiTurbo 1.6CDTI, which is already found in the new Astra. A raised ride height, an electronic advanced grip control program, several safety technologies and Onstar will be available as well.
The Mini Countryman will have a more sporty version of the ‘regular’ Cooper S. The new John Cooper Works model will have the same 2.0 liter engine as the Hatchback JCW. The upgrade also includes stiffer suspension, new grilles, bumpers and side skirts. Also new bigger alloy wheel will be fitted to this model.
The current generation Insignia was a big improvement, but next year there will be a new version. The next generation will be sold only as a hatchback, Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer wagon version. The next generation Insignia will feature the new design elements of the new Opel vehicles and Monza concept, but will still be recognisable as an Insignia.
The car’s underpinnings will be GM’s E2XX design, which is also used by the Chevrolet Malibu. The weight of the Insignia Grand Sport will be down by as much as 385 pounds compared to the current one. The Insignia Grand Sport will be larger than the model it replaces. Overall length will be up 2.1 inches while the wheelbase will be up 3.5 in. The car will also be 0.4 in wider.
There will be a choice of 4 cylinder engines to choose from, some as small as 1.5 liters. The performance-oriented OPC variant is also in the pipeline, featuring a twin-turbocharged V-6.
I have created, after a request of GM Authority, a bunch of variants on the Cadillac Escala concept car. The Escala is the first car that has the new Cadillac styling, which will be used by all future models. And with this great starting point, I have made this Escala convertible.
The Escala Convertible will be a competitor of the Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz S-class, Bentley Continental and upcoming BMW 9-series and Audi A9
The next generation Holden Commodore will be based on the European Opel Insignia. It will be a heavy revision of the whole concept of this car as the V8 engines will lose 2 cylinders. Also the RWD will be ditched for an All Wheel Drive system.
The design will be the same as the Opel Insignia, which will be influenced by the Monza concept of a few years ago.
The long awaited Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s new compact executive sedan and the company’s first competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in five years. Their previous compact sedan was the 159, which also featured a wagon version. For a long time, Alfa Romeo was not convinced a wagon version of the Giulia would be needed, however they have announced that a new Giulia SportWagon is being developed.
The Giulia SportWagon will, like its sedan brother, feature modern RWD underpinnings, a premium interior, and powerful drivetrains. A Giulia QV SportWagon is still not announced. But you can find a rendering for it here
Last week I saw the Right Hand Drive Chevrolet Cruze sedan with an Opel grille being tested in Germany. Normally, Opel would start testing with a LHD Opel instead of a Vauxhall.
So, that got me thinking that it also could be the new Holden Cruze, as it would be a RHD vehicle as well and it would fit better in the range next to the new Holden Astra. Also, the old Cruze had a different front facia as well. Therefore I made this quick rendering of what could possibly be the new Holden Cruze or Astra sedan
Mercedes-Benz calls 2016 “the year of the SUV” and has announced a further expansion of its already large collection of SUVs and crossovers by 2020. The All-Terrain nameplate gives the German brand access to a previously unexplored niche, which is the high riding station wagons. This year was the start for the E-class All-Terrain, but new year a similar concept will be used on the C-class too.
The new C-class wagon with the taller ride height and cladding of a crossover, will compete again the Audi A4 Allroad, Volvo V60 CrossCountry and high spec versions of the Subaru Outback, the new Buick Regal TourX/Opel Insignia Country Tourer and VW Passat Alltrack