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We Think The 2019 CLS Looks Way Better Than Its Predecessor – What Say You? 2
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Top 5, Visual Comparison on 12 2nd, 2017


One of the most important premieres at this week’s LA Auto Show was the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

And what most people were impressed about was it’s design. Not its features, not even its engine range, but its styling – which to be fair, was to be expected since it’s marketed as a sportier alternative to the conventional E-Class, on which it is based.

The first-generation CLS went about doing that in spectacular fashion. It was the world’s first four-door coupe, and it’s because of that model that Audi followed suit with the A7 Sportback, and BMW the 6-Series Gran Coupe.

So after creating a brand new niche and impressing just about everybody with the first-generation CLS, Mercedes took some of heat for the design of the second-generation model, which all but abandoned its predecessor’s sleek and uninterrupted exterior styling.

With the all-new model, Mercedes ditched the 2nd-gen’s heavily styled exterior and sort of went back to its roots with this new car. The all-new 2019 CLS should actually remind you of the first-gen car. Don’t believe it? Check it out:

W219 Mercedes-Benz CLS (2005-2010)

As you can see, the German automaker has again opted to let all design elements flow freely and uninterrupted, from the edge of the headlights all the way to the rear of the car. You could say the 2nd-gen was over-styled, whereas its successor is more lithe – which is definitely an improvement.

Furthermore, the 2019 CLS also looks a bit more like a proper coupe thanks to its pointy front end, whereas the previous one could have been any other Mercedes model based on its headlight, grille, bonnet and front bumper design, especially after the facelift.

The rear is probably the least impressive aspect of the new model’s looks, but at least the new CLS’ derriere is about as different as it gets compared to what we saw on the 2nd-gen model and, once again, not as heavily stylized.

The interior is also clearly an improvement over its predecessor’s cabin, which received a new steering wheel and some new materials after its update in 2014. So if you love what Mercedes are doing with the all-new E-Class, you’ll probably feel the same way about the CLS – it’s even got illuminated air vents, not to mention all the safety tech that have trickled down from the flagship S-Class.

The new CLS is also more practical, as it is, for the very first time, a five-seater, although to fit three adults in the rear might need some concessions on their part. To be fair, this kind of makes it a little less exclusive than both of its predecessors, yet Mercedes might end up selling more cars because of the extra passenger room.

So there you have it. An iconic model has been redesigned to look more like the car that started it all and yet be in line with the brand’s corporate styling language while still retaining its own identity. Merc’s designers definitely deserve the kudos for making this happen.

To be fair, though, this is our take in comparing the two models, and taste is definitely subjective; so what do you think, is the all-new CLS an improvement or not? Feel free to chip in at the comments section below.

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Car Design Student Thinks Tesla Copied Acura’s NSX, What Do You Say? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura NSX, Honda / Acura NSX, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Visual Comparison on 11 23rd, 2017


Now more than ever, it seems as though car enthusiasts are continually claiming the designs of new vehicles copy the styling of existing vehicles.

For example, many online have indicated that the front of the new Aston Martin Vantage looks just like a slightly more aggressive Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unquestionably the most head-turning new car released in the past week is the Tesla Roadster and it too has failed to escape comparisons with other cars. More specifically, a car design student named Eriquin G. emailed us asserting that the design of the Roadster closely mimics that of the Honda NSX.

The designer points out a number of similarities between the duo. For starters, both the Roadster show car and the NSX utilize similar wheels, although the Tesla does have a few more spokes. Elsewhere, we can see a similar body line just after the front wheel arch, reaching back along the doors. The rear side windows of the duo also bear some resemblance to each other.

Looking from above, the curiosities continue. Both the Roadster and NSX feature hoods with tapered lines stretching down towards the front bumper. The shape of the rear quarter panels is also quite similar, although the Tesla is slightly more curvaceous and uses fewer straight lines than the NSX.

In this writer’s opinion, the two do look quite similar but not to a worrying extent and certainly nowhere near the blatant rip-offs that have emerged from China in recent years.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Tesla copied the NSX, another production car or is it an original design that looks like no other on the road?

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Car Design Student Thinks Tesla Copied Acura’s NSX, What Do You Say? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura NSX, Honda / Acura NSX, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Visual Comparison on 11 23rd, 2017


Now more than ever, it seems as though car enthusiasts are continually claiming the designs of new vehicles copy the styling of existing vehicles.

For example, many online have indicated that the front of the new Aston Martin Vantage looks just like a slightly more aggressive Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unquestionably the most head-turning new car released in the past week is the Tesla Roadster and it too has failed to escape comparisons with other cars. More specifically, a car design student named Eriquin G. emailed us asserting that the design of the Roadster closely mimics that of the Honda NSX.

The designer points out a number of similarities between the duo. For starters, both the Roadster show car and the NSX utilize similar wheels, although the Tesla does have a few more spokes. Elsewhere, we can see a similar body line just after the front wheel arch, reaching back along the doors. The rear side windows of the duo also bear some resemblance to each other.

Looking from above, the curiosities continue. Both the Roadster and NSX feature hoods with tapered lines stretching down towards the front bumper. The shape of the rear quarter panels is also quite similar, although the Tesla is slightly more curvaceous and uses fewer straight lines than the NSX.

In this writer’s opinion, the two do look quite similar but not to a worrying extent and certainly nowhere near the blatant rip-offs that have emerged from China in recent years.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Tesla copied the NSX, another production car or is it an original design that looks like no other on the road?

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: What’s Changed And What We Know So Far 4
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, new cars, Reports, Visual Comparison on 11 4th, 2017


Jeep surprised everyone this week when they released the first photos of the all-new 2018 Wrangler, code-named JL, giving us the first solid look on the much anticipated off-roader and confirming a debut at the LA Auto Show on November 29.

Official information was limited, as you might have guessed from the three photos Jeep showed the world, but thankfully, there’s a few things we can already talk about.

The most obvious topic is of course the evolutionary design, with Jeep managing to keep the iconic boxy shape, while claiming improved aerodynamics and more combos of different doors, tops and windshield configurations.

Let’s take a look at how the new model compares to its predecessor and what we know about it so far. 

Looks The Same But Way Better

Jeep managed to keep the Wrangler looking like a Wrangler, but as soon as you lay eyes on it, you realize that there are some clever details aimed to make it not only look more modern but also give you this sense of robustness and quality.

All the body panels look more three-dimensional than before as if the Wrangler hit the gym. Sharp creases have given their place to more rounded transitions while new features like the sculpted bonnet, the seven-slot keystone grille and the more modern headlights just work in the best possible way.

Jeep not only kept the fold-down windshield but it also appears to make it more practical to use it this time, with one photo revealing that the A-pillar now stays in place for those of you few hardcore guys who want dust in their teeth.

The Engine Range

We’re moving into the unofficial bit of information we got, thanks to a leaked owner’s manual by JLWranglerforums. Jeep will offer initially the 2018 Wrangler JL with a 3.6-liter V6 paired to either a manual or an automatic transmission, with the turbocharged 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to follow on a later date.

New Features

As reported in the past and confirmed later by the leaked owner’s manual, the new generation Wrangler will be offered with an optional Power Top that can be operated up to speeds of 60mph (96km/h) but it will be non-removable and the rear-quarter windows will remain manually removable and kept in provided bags. Other options include the traditional hardtop and soft-top which remain interchangeable. Also one of the new bumpers features removable ends on both sides for those wanting the extra free space in front of their front wheels.

Pricing & Trim Levels

Again thanks to the guys behind JLWranglerForums, we got the first info on pricing and specs of the 2018 Wrangler. The new JL generation will reportedly charge around $2,500 more than the outgoing JK model, with Jeep.com showing a list price of $30,445.

The range will be divided in three trim levels: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon which will come loaded with heavy-duty axles and pretty much all the toys you could wish for, including 4:10 axle ratio, the Rock-Trac electronically controlled all-wheel drive system and the big 8.4-inch infotainment system.

Stay tuned for all the information on the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL as we geet them.

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Old Vs New Audi A7: Does Prologue Styling Make It Worth The Wait? 22
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A7, featured, Galleries, Visual Comparison on 10 22nd, 2017


If you go around a room full of people, odds are not everybody is going to give you positive feedback to the Audi A7 Sportback, regardless of generation.
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Yes, The Polestar 1 Is The Production Version Of Volvo’s 2013 Coupe Concept 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, featured, Galleries, Hybrids, Polestar, Polestar One, Visual Comparison, VOLVO, Volvo Concepts on 10 17th, 2017


Polestar has just unveiled their first ever car, a brand new 600 HP two-door 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupe with an electrified powertrain. Well, almost brand new.
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2018 Honda Accord Vs 2018 Toyota Camry: Let The Battle Begin 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, honda, Honda Accord, reviews, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Visual Comparison on 10 2nd, 2017


When it comes to mid-size sedans, two names are normally at the top of everyone's list: Camry and Accord.
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3rd vs 2nd Gen Porsche Cayene: Is The New Model Fresh Enough? 2
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Visual Comparison on 09 2nd, 2017


Ever since Porsche unleashed the first-generation Cayenne into the world back in 2002, people have been demanding they do something about its design.
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Is The New Audi A8 That Much Of An Improvement Over The Old One? 15
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, featured, Galleries, new cars, Visual Comparison on 07 15th, 2017


Audi's all-new A8 is without a doubt one of the most important debuts of the year, packed full of tech features, some meant to keep you safe, others comfortable and entertained.
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How Does The 2018 BMW X3 Measure Up Against Its Predecessor? 2
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW X3, featured, Galleries, new cars, Visual Comparison on 07 2nd, 2017


It's been the better part of seven years and BMW have finally revealed an all-new X3, aimed at the likes of the Mercedes GLC, all-new Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
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New Vs Old VW Polo: Can You Tell What Changed? 24
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, Galleries, new cars, Visual Comparison, VW, VW Polo on 06 24th, 2017


Following VW's unveiling of the all-new Polo last week, we thought we'd do a visual comparison of it with its predecessor, seeing that the supermini is one of the most important models for the German brand.
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2018 Mercedes S-Class Facelift Takes On 2017 Model In Visual Battle 22
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, featured, Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes-Maybach, new cars, Visual Comparison on 04 22nd, 2017


At this year's Shanghai Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled what should be the best S-Class the world has ever seen.
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2018 vs 2017 Lexus NX: It’s A Game Of Spot The Differences 22
Apr
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, Galleries, LEXUS, Lexus NX, new cars, Visual Comparison on 04 22nd, 2017


The 2018 Lexus NX was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this week and while the company claims some significant updates, it’s hard to visualize where exactly these were applied.
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How Does The All-New 2018 Ford Expedition Stack Against Its Predecessor? 9
Feb
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chicago Auto Show, Ford, Ford Expedition, new cars, SUV, Visual Comparison on 02 9th, 2017


Comparing the previous-generation Ford Expedition with the recently-unveiled 2018 model is sort of like comparing the original iPad with the iPad Air.
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2018 Vs 2017 Ford Mustang: Poll & Photo Comparison 18
Jan
Posted by John Halas in Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Poll, video, Visual Comparison on 01 18th, 2017


Does anyone find it ironic that more people seem to be upset with the subtly tweaked 2018MY Mustang’s styling than what they did when Ford presented the sixth generation model at the end of 2014?
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