2019 Honda Passport
Discontinued in 2002, the Honda Passport is about to make a comeback. A new version of the midsize crossover will break cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and will slot between the CR-V and the Pilot. Honda is still keeping details in the vault, but we do have two teaser photos and a video to look at.
A rather short-lived nameplate, the Passport made its debut back in 1993 as a badge-engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo. Two generations were built until 2002 when the Passport was discontinued after a not-so-successful run. Honda describes the new Passport as a "more personal, powerful, and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road," so we should be getting a smaller, more rugged Pilot.
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD and Camry TRD
In its continuous pursuit of excitement that started sometime with the introduction of the latest Camry, Toyota revealed two cool cars - the Toyota Avalon TRD and the Toyota Camry TRD. These may be some of the most important products Toyota has ever unveiled. Not per se in terms of sales or market, but in terms of something far more important for us - car enthusiasts. The Avalon TRD and the Camry TRD are what the company wants to show the world - audaciousness.
See, before the latest 2018 Camry, Toyota’s car development process was always led by the engineer. The engineer was at the top of that imaginary car development food chain. For the latest Camry, it was the designer.
"We actually started with that 2-inch doodle," Ian Cartabiano, Toyota California Chief Designer said, "And it became sketch, bigger sketch, bigger sketch, model. But that original intention followed all the way through to the cars. It was totally new for us. There’s always been a designer, but the chief engineer has been the top guy. It was always just 100 percent engineering."
Obviously, not for the latest Camry.
Well, the Avalon TRD and the Camry TRD are basically an ultimate expression of the flamboyance Toyota wanted to express with the latest line of its cars. That was the main idea behind Akio Toyoda’s, Toyota CEO, comment back in January 2017. He said,
“Until now, there were times when Toyota’s cars were called ‘boring’ or were said to be lacking in character,” Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda told reporters of USA Today. “But I now feel that, in terms of driving and design, our customers have begun to favorably evaluate our cars.”
He said it just months after the unveiling of the latest Toyota Camry, a bold design exercise that seemed kinda risky compared with the Toyota styling habits of the past.
So, what do the tricked-out Avalon and Camry TRD bring to the table then?
Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show
Honda is all set to bring back the familiar ’Passport" nameplate after going into exile 16 years ago. The Japanese automaker will be using the moniker on its latest SUV that will be unveiled on November 27 at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. The Passport will be Honda’s sixth offering in the SUVs and light trucks segment after the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan.
New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut
The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!
Kia Tries to Excite us With a Teaser for the Next-Gen 2020 Kia Soul
Toyota Brightens Its 2020 Lineup with a Redesigned Corolla That’s More Powerful and Safer Than Ever
This is the all-new Toyota Corolla sedan that is set to reach no fewer than 150 different markets as of next year. It looks better than before, drives better than before, and packs plenty of new tech features lacked by its predecessor - it is expected to reach showrooms around the world as of Spring 2019.
Hyundai is working on a more upmarket and larger three-row crossover to sit above its Santa Fe, a model that it’s going to call Palisade. The automaker has already confirmed the name, and the model will negate the need for and ultimately replace the still new Santa Fe XL, which is a stretched three-row version of the regular Santa Fe.
The Palisade is also going to be a more luxurious vehicle that, in the current (SUV crazy) market context, will end up being the flagship model sitting at the very top of Hyundai’s range. It’s not the first time Hyundai has pushed an SUV to the top of its range, as it first did that with the not very successful Veracruz.
That’s probably why it ditched the Veracruz nameplate, as some of the people who still remember it (it was discontinued in 2012) will associate it with its poor market performance. The new Palisade will take on the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot, and it’s set to be unveiled to the public at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show which takes place at the end of November.
New Mazda Mazda3 caught testing before L.A. Auto Show reveal
Mazda’s new Mazda3 hatchback will be officially revealed later this month at the L.A. Auto Show, but test mules are still clocking up miles in testing. Sadly, the sleek new compact model is still sporting full camouflage in these latest spy shots.
The new Mazda3 is poised to become the best-looking alternative to the Civic or the Corolla if we take into consideration the Kai concept. Sure, not much can be seen under all that wrapping, but the aggressive nose is a sign that some of the concept’s traits have made it into production.
The Japanese manufacturer has released a number of teasers, but these are some of the best images we’ve got of the new Mazda3. What is more, photos of the interior have also emerged and, with a new steering wheel in place, it looks like an interesting proposition.
2018 Jeep Gladiator
The Jeep Gladiator is the company’s upcoming pickup truck based on the latest-generation Wrangler. The first Jeep-badged truck in almost three decades, the Gladiator will make its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. A recent leak confirmed the Gladiator name too, following rumors that it might be called the Scrambler.
The Gladiator has been confirmed for some time now, but Jeep has been quiet on the details until recently. Between spy shots and insider information, we knew the pickup will have the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL’s frame, front styling, cab, interior, and powertrains. Fortunately, the truck leaked ahead of time and now we have both photos and some information about it. Check it out in our speculative review below.
2020 BMW M340i xDrive
Just before its official unveiling at the L.A. Auto Show, BMW released the first specifications about the best G20 3 Series revealed so far - the M340i xDrive. It is not an M3, but it is really, really close to being one. Actually, the M340i is the most powerful 3 Series ever revealed. Save for previous two generations of the M3.
Taking the G20 3 Series architecture to a level unachieved by any BMW 340i of before, the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive comes with a standard, electronically controlled, mechanical limited slip differential, a 382 horsepower engine, and specially tuned eight-speed transmission with Launch Control.
Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Leaks Ahead of L.A. Debut
Here it is folks! Jeep’s Wrangler-based pickup truck just leaked online before its official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not only we get to see it ahead of time, but we have info and specs too.
The photos and the spec sheet come courtesy of the JeepGladiator forum, which claims they were briefly posted on FCA’s media website today. Luckily, a member managed to download them before they were taken down and we can now see the Gladiator in all its glory. Oh, the sheet also confirms the truck will carry the Gladiator nameplate. While this isn’t surprising, it wasn’t clear whether Jeep wanted to use the Gladiator or Scrambler name.
Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut
After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.
Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.
2019 Lincoln Aviator Headed for L.A. Debut
Thirteen years after departing the mid-size luxury SUV scene, the Lincoln Aviator is all set for its comeback as the production model takes center stage at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The production version’s debut comes eight months after Lincoln introduced the concept version at the New York Auto Show. Once it arrives, the Aviator will slot between the Nautilus and the range-topping Navigator in Lincoln’s SUV lineup.