When it comes to cars, I have to admit that I am fed up with all the "premium" German models that promise to be near perfect, but fail in so many areas... I really miss my Honda Civic FD1!
The only car that really excites me is the new Lexus NX, but due to the lack of a diesel engine (the hybrid comes with a 2.5L engine which is not a good idea due to the taxes involved), I started looking for a all-wheel drive car with some off road capabilities.
I checked out the new Nissan X-Trail and although it's a great value of money, it just doesn't work for me. It lacks any excitement and I decided that it is not my cup of tea. Then I started wondering which cars I used to like a lot as a kid. Well, it was the Mitsubishi Galant and Subaru Legacy. And then it came to me... Legacy + off road capabilities = Outback!!!
I visited my local Subaru dealer this week and it didn't take long to decide. If I could afford buying a new car, it would be the one!!! Nice presence, simple yet elegant design, good quality, good ergonomics and it does feel very robust. It's difficult to describe it, but it has been a long time since the last time I sat in a car and I had the feeling that this is a well made car!
I really respect Subaru for choosing their own path when it comes to engineering. That makes me wanting a Subaru even more, as I would definitely like to try the boxer diesel engine coupled to the Lineartronic gearbox :-)
The new Lexus NX will go head to head with BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It is expected to revealed in autumn, during Tokyo Motor Show, and sales should start at some point in 2014 for an estimated price of 3,500,000 yen.
Power is expected to come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, badged NX 200t, and a 2.5-liter engine coupled with Lexus' hybrid system, badged NX 300h.
It is well known that Nissan is working on an updated GT-R, as the R36 is 4-5 years away, and Skyline successor. Best Car has came up with those two renderings showing how the new cars could look like when entering production.
This is not a new rumour and Japanese Best Car magazine has revealed another rendering of Honda's upcoming open top sports car. It seems that the new sports car won't be a Kei car, but instead, it will be based on the CR-Z. Also, Honda is also about to reveal an updated CR-Z.
Last year, it was reported that during 2012, Honda would reveal the production version of the EV-N concept (earlier post). Well, it seems that Honda is ready to launch it and those leaked photos are from the Japanese brochure! Most likely, the name of this little Honda will be N-One.