Posts from ‘Future Cars’

Aug
15
2021 GMC Granite

The GMC Granite Concept debuted at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

Future CarWord is out that GMC will be adding a new subcompact crossover to its lineup. The new small truck will be positioned below the brand’s compact Terrain crossover in size and price, becoming the smallest and most-affordable vehicle in the General Motors division’s product portfolio.

Aug
06
2021 Nissan Xterra

The 2019 Nissan Terra debuted at this year’s Beijing Auto Show. Look for a possible U.S.-market variant of the Terra to be imported for the 2021 model year.

Future CarIs the U.S. market ready for a return of the old-school body-on-frame midsize SUV? Ford seems to think so, as a revived version of the company’s Bronco SUV is being readied for a 2020 model-year debut.

Mar
15
2020 Ford Bronco

Ford isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off its forthcoming Bronco just yet, but the company issued this teaser photo that reveals a rugged-looking boxy profile, a high-riding stance, and what looks like a rear-mounted spare tire.

Ford Motor Company today unveiled its plans to replace more than 75 percent of its model lineup by 2020, and is aiming to have the “freshest” product roster in the North American market by that time. The manufacturer will focus heavily on trucks, SUVs, and hybrid vehicles in the next 24 months. More pure-electric vehicles are slated to follow starting in 2020, with six battery electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for introduction by 2022.

Jul
13
2012 Lancia Delta

2012 Lancia Delta

Note: Presented here is a Consumer Guide blog post originally seen in May of 2012. At the time, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was developing a fastback compact sedan for the Chrysler brand based mechanically on the Dodge Dart. Poor Dart sales, and a general shift in consumer interest to crossover vehicles prompted FCA to kill the compact Chrysler project midstream. The Chrysler 200, which also shared Dart elements, was also killed around this time. The text of the Future Car report below is presented unaltered and as it was published back in 2012.

Apr
24
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

This South-African-market 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer may give us a hint of what the 2019 Blazer will look like.

Future CarAuto industry observers have suggested that Hyundai has confused new-car shoppers by implementing a two-midsize-crossover strategy. Not because the Korean maker is selling two vehicles in roughly the same market space, but because of how the vehicles are named.

Mar
08
2018 Pontiac GX7, Pontiacs of 2018

The GX7 midsize crossover would be the largest vehicle in the 2018 Pontiac lineup.

Illustrations by Frank Peiler

Since the turn of the century, U.S. car sellers have been shedding brands faster than the cable TV networks have been creating reality shows.

Apr
18
Citroen E-Mehari, Peugeot Returns

2016 Citroen E-Mehari

After a nearly 30-year absence, Fiat returned to the U.S. market for 2012. Though the brand’s relaunch has been marred by disappointing sales and dealer unrest, Fiat now has three distinct model lines available to shoppers.

Sep
03
2019 Dodge Hornet

Plans to build a production version of the 2006 Dodge Hornet Concept (above) were scuttled during the financial crisis of 2009. Dodge is again looking to produce a subcompact car, due this time for the 2019 model year. 

Future CarHornet is the likely name of a forthcoming subcompact hatchback that would give Dodge a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and other fuel-efficient pint-sized cars.

Expected in 2018 as an early ’19 model, the Hornet would be positioned in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) showrooms between the Fiat 500 and 500L, and comfortably below the compact Dart, the Dodge brand’s smallest and least expensive current offering.

Aug
28
2020 Ford Bronco

The 2020 Ford Bronco would be based on the Australian-designed Ford Everest seen here. Bronco would be built in Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant alongside the coming Ford Ranger.

Future CarEnmeshed in the news that Ford is moving to reenter the small/midsize-pickup segment in the U.S. with an updated version of the Ranger is word that an off-road-ready SUV built on the same architecture would likely follow.

Aug
26
2015 Thai-market Ford Rangler Wildtrak

2015 Thai-market Ford Rangler Wildtrak

Future CarWith the average transaction price of an F-150 now hovering around $45,000, Ford again sees space below its big pickups for a smaller, more affordable market entry.

Likely to be called Ranger, the new midsize pickup would provide Ford dealers with a lower-cost alternative to the best-selling F-150 that would compete directly with the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

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