AD #1849 – Lexus Updates the IS, Honda Unveils Flagship SUV for China, Volkswagen Debuts New Full-Size SUV Concept

April 25th, 2016 at 11:58am

Runtime: 8:23

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- Updated Lexus IS
- Toyota Expands PHEV Lineup in China
- New Honda Avancier SUV
- Acura’s New CDX Crossover
- VW T-Prime Concept GTE
- BMW X1 Long Wheelbase
- Jaguar XFL
- Audi A4 L
- Europe Influences Kia Sportage Design

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24 Comments to “AD #1849 – Lexus Updates the IS, Honda Unveils Flagship SUV for China, Volkswagen Debuts New Full-Size SUV Concept”

  1. Rob Says:

    Sean does the Kia Sportage have a larger wheel hump on the drivers side compared with passenger side or is that just how the photo was taken? If so I wonder why.

    VW touch screen; that’s cool looking but for anyone that lives in cold climates and wear gloves when driving touch screens can be a pain unless its also pressure sensitive.

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Rob – The driver side wheel arch on the inside is larger than the passenger side. It’s not the photo. I’ll shoot a question over to someone at Kia and see what they say.

  3. Brett Says:

    We parked facing a new Sportage this weekend. My comment to my wife, “That’s an angry-looking little spud. Wonder which new Kia that is.”

  4. Jon M Says:

    There can be little doubt, though it may not be so, that the new CDX compact crossover is a tweaked version of the Honda HRV sold here in the States. The 1.5 turbo four alone would make it better. And since the HRV borrows its power plant from the previous generation Civic, I have to imagine that the first refresh of the HRV will include the new 1.5L turbo and/or 2.0L 4cyl. engines driving the current generation Civic. Honda would be well advised to give the anemic little SUV a shot in the arm!

  5. RumNCoke Says:

    What is this insistence about replacing all physical controls with touch sensitive pads? There is nothing like a knob or button for instant control. Even if it works in conjunction with a touch screen and is context sensitive.

    Remember when Chrysler tried to substitute all gauges with digital displays? Another ergonomic disaster that (thankfully) died with the K car.

  6. RS Says:

    The new Sportage does not look like an improvement – especially the front. It does not seem to be as clean as the outgoming model. If they were looking for the quirky “frog” look of the Juke, they have come close. But you always have to wait for a real live look on the road before you really know if the styling works.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I have a touch screen in my van.I don’t like it.When it’s off,it’s all smudged and drives me crazy.They are doing the same thing to Ham radios,and I don’t like that either.Humans are tactile,and we love twisting and setting the knobs.

  8. Rob Says:

    #7 I agree! nothing more annoying than trying to quickly adjust the volume or fan controls and having to push down down down down rather than a flip of a dial.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My Corvette has a touch screen, but I don’t touch it much, because there are also knobs, steering wheel buttons, and paddles for the radio and HVAC. I wouldn’t like to have to use the touch screen for everything, and I certainly wouldn’t like the “totally smooth” control panel of the VW concept.

  10. motojerry800 Says:

    The kia looks to be derivative of the early Cayenne.I don’t see this as a problem. I guess the focus didn’t either.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    That Lexus IS will come in a Darth Vader edition, all in black with a very loud intake.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: BTW,I ordered a 1/4 scale J3 from Balsa USA this past saturday.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 That’s a very good flyer. A couple Indiana friends have them. What will you power yours with?

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: ASP 160,(26.3cc’s)or so.Twin cyl boxer 4 stroke.I will send it to CH ignitions to have cdi installed.I’ll still run it on nitro.About 2.5 hp total from doing the mod.I have a brand new set of 8″ tundras for it too.I will also run the scale main gear for it too,as well as a scale tailwheel.I’ll do other stuff like the interior,the conversion to a L4 etc.All the stuff that goes with it.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I have an OS Ft-120 twin. Your engine will have a lot more power, but mine has plenty for the Sundancer I use it on. Those twons are sweet. I run mine glow, with 5% nitro.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I had an Ft-240 that I ran on ignition, and the idle was amazing with ignition.

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: That’s why I’ll go with the cdi ignition and still run glow.More power than converting it to gas.But,with a mess afterwards,lol.

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I was also think about either building,(or trying) to build a nice two into one exhaust,or just go for the Keleo exhaust for it.Also fits the OS 160T.

  19. BobD Says:

    On the Audi A4 L. How do you justify all of the tooling and changes for only an 1-1/2 inches difference from the regular A4? It seems like if you are going to make a “stretch” version, you’d add 4″ to 6″ minimum for noticeable extra leg room in the back seat.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Also, to use gas, you probably need a different carburetor, to run the much lower fuel flow. With spark ignition, I ran no nitro in my 2.40, just methanol and oil, but you’d get more power with nitro.

  21. FSTFWRD Says:

    The front end of the Lexus is hideous.

    I bet the Kia has a fuel filler neck in there on the left side.

    And… VW, touch screen only, no thanks, Just try to adjust something on a bumpy road. I’ll take the old fashion knobs.

    Sorry to be so negative, just me.

  22. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Yup,a carb from a similar in size saito gasser would work,I think.I know I read that on one of the rc forums.I’ll be happy running the 5% nitro glow fuel for at least on season,then decide if I want to change over to gas,which I will probably do.When I do,I will change out the bearings on the crank to some ceramics from Boca Bearing.

  23. Rob Says:

    #21 That’s what I was thinking was its probably for the filler neck but it looks like you lose the LH rear speaker too. Its just the engineer in me, I like things to be symmetrical.

  24. Ukendoit Says:

    #21&#23 I also figured its a fuel filler, but I did not see a fill door on the exterior shot (that could have been a reversed image of the passenger side though). I like things to be symmetrical too, but I think that speaker is a subwoofer so it shouldn’t matter if there is only one and with the 60/40 split in the rear seat, it probably counter balances it when the seats are up. I did notice something on the passenger side ceiling above the rear seat passenger. Does anyone know what that is?