Minggu, 30 Agustus 2015

New Car: 2016 Kia Sportage

After some leak pictures and spy photos, Kia finally released the first batch of latest Sportage pictures. The South Korea automaker just released 3 photos that shows front, side, and rear part. The fourth generation of Kia Sportage was designed by Kia’s European Design studio in Frankfurt, Germany and got input from Kia’s Design Center in Namyang, South Korea and Irvine, California.

What you see above is Sportage GT (the first SUV wearing GT trim from Kia). Up front, now the headlights are placed on the engine hood with leaf-like shape. Meanwhile, the tiger-nose grille is still there making everyone can recognize it as a Kia. To add aggressive look, Kia’s designers put skid plate and four fog lamps that maybe only can be found in GT trim. For other types, probably to get couple fog lights and no skid plate. Overall, if I see it from front side, the new Sportage is looked like a Porsche Macan.

At the rear, 2017 Kia Sportage now comes with half-circular LED taillights. Turn signal and reverse lights are still placed on the rear bumper that probably be a Sportage’s identity. Moreover, there are chrome accent between taillights, silver skid plate, and dual-pipe (perhaps only for GT trim).

However, this is a Korean-spec, probably there will be a minor differentiation for other countries.
Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t released the interior’s picture and the engine specification. But the company plans to announce it on 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.

New Concept Car: Daihatsu FT

Alongside the FX Concept, Daihatsu unveiled another concept car, named FT. It’s a 7-seater SUV that probably will replace the old Terios. The exterior design is more masculine, and looks tough. Up front, it features big LED headlights, big fog lamps, and chrome grille. At the rear, its LED taillights shape reminiscences me to the old Pajero Sport.

nside, the Daihatsu FT Concept features a digital instrument cluster, push-start ignition, leather seats and polished metal accents on the dashboard, four-spoke steering wheel and center console.

New Concept Car: Daihatsu FX

FX Concept is a concept car that may preview an upcoming compact crossover from Daihatsu. According to company, it is tough enough to stand up to the rigors of off-road running. Up front, Daihatsu’s designers give modern design featuring four boxy and sleek headlights, honeycomb grille, and chrome accent below the headlights and grille. Meanwhile, on the lower part we can see trapezoidal grille and LED Daytime Running Lights on the left and right.

At the rear, there are LED taillights with unique shape and chrome accent below the taillights. Meanwhile the rear bumper is integrated with skid plate and quad-exhaust to add sporty look. Daihatsu FX Concept has 3,800 mm long, 1,690 mm wide, and 1,580 tall. It means that its dimension is bigger than Renault Kwid, but smaller that Honda HR-V.

New Concept Car: Honda BR-V

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) just opened last Thursday and Honda BR-V Concept is one of cars that I’ve been waiting for. BR-V stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle. It is positioned below the HR-V and ready to battle with Daihatsu Terios and Toyota Rush.

The compact SUV is based-on Honda Mobilio and no wonder some people call it as a Mobilio SUV. Up front, BR-V comes with tough and boxy face featuring boxy headlights and chromed Honda’s solid wing face grille. Honda’s designer gives sculpted and unique lines in the front bumper. Overall, there’s no Mobilio’s design in front fascia which is a good thing. From side, we can see sculpted lines sweeps away from wheel arches to B-pillar. Unfortunately, Honda replaces the floating line on D-pillar with conventional line. At the rear, the taillights design looks like XR-V, Chinese version of HR-V. But BR-V’s taillights are more attractive. Chrome accents make the SUV more luxurious.

Unfortunately, we can’t see how its interior look alike. Honda is still lock the door. But rumor has it that the cabin design will be like latest Jazz and it will have Mobilio steering wheel. I’m gonna let you to imagine it, then.

Under the hood, there’s an Earth Dream engine 1,5 liter 4-cylinder and mated to 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. The price of Honda BR-V starts from Rp 230 million to Rp 265 million. If you wanted to buy it, Honda is already open the order book but you’re going to get it at early 2016.
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