AD #1955 – BMW Concept Pushes Design Envelope, Land Rover Discovery Abandons Boxy Look, Raptor Gets Power Boost

September 29th, 2016 at 11:50am

Runtime: 10:16

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- VW Hopes EVs Will Win Back the Public
- Mercedes Reveals Bland EV Concept
- Nissan Micra Gets New Look
- Ford Raptor Gets (Eco) Power Boost
- New BMW Concept Pushes Design Envelope
- BMW EV Scooter Gets Range Boost
- Land Rover Discovery Abandons Boxy Look
- You Said It!

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16 Comments to “AD #1955 – BMW Concept Pushes Design Envelope, Land Rover Discovery Abandons Boxy Look, Raptor Gets Power Boost”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The BMW electric scooter is something I might like, similar to my SilverWing, but with a nearly silent powertrain. The range would be adequate for most of the two wheel riding I do. The price might keep me away, though.

  2. George Ricci Says:

    No mention of topics or who is on Autoline After Hours today?

  3. Jim Haines Says:

    I fully disagree about the rear steer trucks as some body that has worked on preludes and Chevy trucks with four wheel steer. They maybe simple in theory but very very exspensive to work on and everything is different and special made for the units and the vehicles. When new they will be neat to drive when older customers will loose the love after repair costs add up

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    @George Ricci –

    SPECIAL GUEST: Henry Payne, The Detroit News
    Vehicle in Studio: 1988 Lola 90 Racer

    TOPICS:
    - Lola 90 Racer
    - Ford Performance Sales
    - Do Diesels have a passenger car future?
    - Jeep unveils Compass….in Brazil?

  5. Jon M Says:

    The new LR Discovery evoques…err…evokes images of other vehicle the brand sells. Given some of it’s other stablemates designs, it is no surprise the Discovery has lost its boxy image and looks the way it does.

  6. Gordon Garside Says:

    Sean, your coverage of new models at Paris was intriguing. When you spoke of the newest Nissan Micra you said it would be sold in Europe. Do you happen to know if it will be sold in Canada? We have been getting the Micra for years, off and on, mostly “on” and the current generation is quite a hit in our part of the country where smallish city cars are consistent sellers.

  7. Lex Says:

    Love the look of the New Land Rover Discovery! This is a case where the smaller version (The Land Rover Discovery Sport) paved the way for it’s bigger brother.

    I also love the look of the new Jeep Compass. It looks just like a scaled down version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would like to see
    a larger engine option in the New Compass, maybe 2.5 Litre naturally aspirated Tiger Shark engine.

    John is correct in say that you can recognize a BMW from it similar design queues up and down it’s product line. I am glad to see that other OEMs are doing it more frequently again. If you fine a pleasing to the eye design OEMs should replicate it along it’s product line. Another case in point is the new Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler 200. They both have a very strong and very good looking front ends.

    I hope Jeep would redesign the front of the Cherokee and give it those well defined headlamps and circular fog lights.
    In this way conforming it right between the Grand Cherokee and the new Compass, IMHO.

  8. W L Simpson Says:

    Quadrasteer was a fiasco. I wager the new promoters were not around then

  9. Marshall Says:

    I was afraid the Discovery would look like this. Front end all soft and melted, indistinguishable from any other model. And a slanted rear roofline that eats away the usable rear cargo space for tall items.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just read a couple forums about GM Quadrasteer, and nearly all of the posts were positive. It was apparently reliable, and most people liked it. Not many wanted to pay for it, though, and the rear track of Quadrasteer vehicles was about 5 inches wider than normal.

  11. MJB Says:

    #5 #9. Not to mention that it now looks much more similar to the one vehicle that has taken the biggest bite out of Land Rover’s overall aesthetic – the Ford Explorer.

    #3. Didn’t the Acura Legend Coupe also have all wheel steering as an option? Either way, don’t count on the cost of repairs as a deterrent to buyers going for it. If it’s something that makes life easier, it’ll sell. Just look at all the HID headlights out there now. They light up the road much better than halogen ever could. But it comes at a huge cost. Good example – $2,200 to replace just a single headlight assembly on a Lexus LS460.

  12. Roger T Says:

    Just me or the BMWs design looks like a Kia except for the grille? Design evolution more and more looks like design harmonization.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    # 11 So far, it seems that four wheel steering has been a separate option on the handful of vehicles that offer it. For the reason you mention, expensive replacement if needed, I’d rather not have HID headlights in my Corvette, but I didn’t have a choice. They were standard.

  14. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #13 Kit

    I had HIDs’ on my Caddy STS; best vision highlights I’ve ever had (or ever been in). I know they can be expensive to repair/replace but the field of view was so superior (IMO) to the halogens, I wish I had them on my new XT5. XT5′s offer LEDs’ but the vehicle I bought didn’t have them (though the standard halogens are not too bad).

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, my HID headlights do work well. With luck, they will keep working without repairs.

  16. Mark Manduzzi Says:

    I’ve been in the industry long enough to know there is no such thing as a perfect vehicle. With Tesla selling directly to the customer, what do those customers do when their Tesla vehicle has issues? Especially when it’s still under warranty?