Some Interesting News about a 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake

It appears that we can consider a 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake as a possible vehicle. Scion has already confirmed the making of their new sedan FR-S version. There is a discussion about the release date going on right now. However, they also mentioned the prospects of bringing in some new body styles for the car as well. One of them is the Shooting Brake model. This would be one of the more interesting styles and models that Scion has made.

The chief engineer of Scion, Tetsuya Tada, said that the prospect of designing this car is going to allow for people with larger families to be able to move about. It will give more room and certainly much more convenience than a usual kind of a car.

“This car needs to be developed,” Tada said.” It is the only way for me to move my dogs around,” he jokingly said about the prospect of the car. But in truth, if you have a lot of members that you need to move all at once the Shooting Brake could offer you the necessary characteristics you need to do so.

There are only rumors about this car. So, we cannot expect confirmations nor any solid evidence to state when they are going to make the car. It is an idea which could produce something much bigger than it is now. Nevertheless, as it looks like, there is a very big possibility that we do not make it to a production model at all. If the concept or a working model satisfies the needs of the customers, they may just decide to make this car and give us more to hope for.

Possible Design

Since the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake does not exist for now, we turned towards the offered renderings. So we decided to play a guessing game about what we could possibly get. The basis for the car is of course the Scion FR-S sport coupe model. But the Shooting Brake will increase the size by 70 mm compared to the existing version and stretch things out a bit.

The new size of the car is supposed to help the interior by improving the passenger capacity. In addition, it should be offering more space. The cargo capacity alone might jump from 243 liters to 298 liters for the car. And if we decide to put the seats down it will go even further to 1040 liters.

Also the interior will have certain additions to help the passengers feel just right. One of the possible additions is the 60/40 split bench. It could come in favor of the current fold-flat rear bench. It makes it a lot eager to pack the needed passengers that way. Moreover, it helps with improving the interior spacing as well.

Engine Type for the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake

The drivetrain choice for the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake will most likely come to the same choice as seen in the coupe version of the FR-S model. So we are probably looking at a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine which will enable an output of 200 horses and 151 pound-feet of twist.

Therefore we are expecting at least 143 pounds of weight added for this model. The acceleration specs are going to change as well. The ones that come with a manual may speed up to 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.At the same time the automatic ones will achieve the same in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is set somewhere at 155 mph as estimations go.

Potential Pricing

The model does not have an official release. However, if we are to guess the price of the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake we will simply increase the current coupe model by a margin.

The manual versions will cost £26,945, while the automatic ones come to £28,445. The prices in the US will be similar to these ones. It only takes the matter of translating the price into dollars. But it is much too early to really estimate. Furthermore, the base the price on something as much of the details are unknown.

Release Date for the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake

The 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake is still an idea and not really a real product. The designers from Scion may only be joking now. Yet, if they get serious the Shooting Brake may just be built and produced. For now we are looking at it as a potential vehicle which might get to be made, but if it does it will certainly not be earlier than 2019.

We might get it even later than that. All in all, the 2019 Scion FR-S Shooting Brake still does not exists and the prospect of getting a production vehicle is possible but we shall see how likely it gets to be.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is Gearing Towards a Return to the US

What many people have expected is to hear some news about the 2019 Ford Ranger. This is a vehicle that has we sorely miss. People have been craving to see it back for a long time. The Ranger was quite a popular mid-size truck. However it left the US market too early leaving us with a lot of dreams unfulfilled. ButFord is planning to reintroduce the Ford Ranger model back to America. And it might finally happen in 2019.

During the absence of the Ford Range for the US market, Ford has made a global model. They offered and sold it at various other markets all around the world. Now they are going to bring it back. Yet, they are probably going for an update of the current global version. It will then make its way to the US. This is what we are expecting and what we are seeing so far from the 2019 Ford Ranger model.

Sometimes corporate decisions do not go our way though. Fans are not the ones to have a final say in everything. But it appears that the fans did get what they want this time.

But do not get your hopes up. This is solely because of Ford’s revenue and the income that they are trying to boost. But the result is still what the fans want and we are getting a 2019 Ford Ranger coming to us.

The Story Behind the Ford Ranger Discontinuation

Before Ford Ranger makes a comeback on the US market IN 2019, people still remember how the bellowed model was viscous cut from the lineup in 2011. Back then Ford started making more success with its other brands. And things mainly started booming in the full-size segment with the F-150 model.

This is when the designers at Ford decided that they were already making enough with the car which has attracted so much attention. They also decided that they should concentrate more on the top seller and cut the weight. The Ford Ranger was doing well in sales. However, they decided to sacrifice for the greater good of the company.

Thus Ford decided to leave the mid-size segment to the competition and pull out on its Ranger model. The vehicle then became a global brand. It started its new life abroad as it was sold in other markets except the US.

But after a while Ford realized that something was missing from its lineup. They realized that the F-150 will simply not do any more as an entry-level model. There was another thing that happened and it came from the competition. Other models started appearing. This in a way brought back the segment right up.

Ford realized that they are missing out a whole lot by letting a car with a fan base in America linger somewhere else. The decision for a comeback was made abruptly. It is why we are getting the 2019 Ford Ranger now.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Ford Ranger Expected?

We do not have an exact release date for the 2019 Ford Ranger. Yet we do know that it is going to happen really soon. After the emergence of the rivaling cars, Ford cannot afford to lag behind for too long. So they  need to go with the production of the model quickly.

That’s why is probably the best to simply redesign the truck on the current look of the global model. All expectations point to a date somewhere at the start of 2019. But we could even get it earlier than that. The production of the car is in Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. All the other models have been cleared away to Mexico to make way for this one to be designed. It will probably take them a lot quicker to finish and prepare it that way.

What About the Price of the 2019 Ford Ranger

It is probably too early to talk about the exact price of the 2019 Ford Ranger, but it is never too early to talk numbers when it comes to the automotive industry. The fact is that Ford cannot afford to go too big this time and has to make their comeback truck competitive.

This means that the price should be and in fact needs to be more close to what the competition is offering. This largely means that the entry price of the car is going to be around 25,000 dollars for starts. But after some modification and optional equipment, with possible an off-road based variant as well on the way, we are looking at a price which could climb all the way up to 40,000 dollars.

Emerging Spy Photos

One of the major facts which confirms the arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger are the spy photos which have been released. All of the news started appearing once the pictures were released and it was the start of the hype which the Ranger is bringing with its comeback. Although the prototype was not officially confirmed as a Ranger it is pretty easy to discern that this is actually Ford’s mid-size model in its global form. This only further lets us to believe that the global design is going to be used for the comeback model. We have based our review on the specs and features that this car brings.

New Appearance of the Domestic 2019 Ford Ranger

The appearance of the newest 2019 Ford Ranger will certainly resemble the current global variant. Ford is probably planning to bring all the cab configurations as well and make the available in the US. This would mean that the Ranger will be available in a regular cab, crew cab, and extended cab. Also offering a regular cab option would be an advantage for the brand as there are no other vehicles which have this configuration provided.

The look of the car will resemble the outgoing version with only some elements being enlarged and made bigger. There is also going to be a distinction between the trims which is going to be made possible with the different kinds of grilles which the car will have. It is something Ford has already done with the F-150, so it is likely that they do it here as well.

The side of the car will remain the same as the current version. This is due to the cost as it will mean spending a lot more money on designing a new roofline with doors and a cab compared to just using the already developed one. Also the higher trim levels will probably add moonroof and a sliding rear window option additionally.

They will design the back end in a way that many American models are. This probably means an inclusion of a traditionally looking bumper with trailer hitch mounted as well. They are going to add both four- and seven-pen connectors for the trailer lights with LED lighting featured in the back. The last thing that we expect to see is a spring-loaded assist system allowing easier loading capacity for the bed of the car.

Interior Modifications and Additions

They will redesign te interior of the 2019 Ford Ranger. Even though we would like to see a crossover as the global version truly has a very good looking and a handsome interior, the US-spec version will probably end up being redesigned and re-purposed to better fit the American audiences.

The global version has a very clear center stack and features a console-mounted gearshift and there is even a 4WD switch placed there as well. The US version might decide to keep these elements as it is not an oncoming sight to see those now. But it will have to add the cup holders which is a necessity for any American brand car.

As far as gadgets and technology goes, the model will have the latest version of the SYNC system. However,  it will not appear in the base from. So expect to see it for the mid and top versions. This also add Bluetooth connectivity, HD and satellite radio, navigation, voice control, the use of a 360-degree camera system  and also  hands-free phone operation.

As far as the seating goes, the base trim will come with cloth or vinyl covers, which is a good and economical choice. But higher trims will be spruced up with added leather upholstery. We might also get to see wood and metal accents placed all over the car. They will probably do more. And it would probably be good for this car to be if they remodel it a little bit on the inside. Also, it will give it an edge with the American crowds that way.

Possible Drivetrains of the 2019 Ford Ranger

There are actually many ways that the 2019 Ford Ranger could go when it comes to its powertrain. There is a possibility that they borrow an engine from the global lineup as that Ranger offers four options, out of which three are diesel. So we are left with one, the 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder turbo diesel.

An interesting part about this engine is that Ford already has used it in America for their Transit models. And is quite capable of delivering 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque of power.

Btu this is only one as there are another possible engine, for instance the  2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder making 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 used for the F-150 and making 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque.

There is even an opportunity for the 2019 Ford Range to use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine and allow it to make 280 horsepower and a respectable 310 pound-feet of torque. This would make the Ranger a performance model of the segment, which is something nobody would have thought about.

If we take a look at the possible transmission options, we could probably expect a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Of course, we expect that the model gets a RWD and 4WD from with the latter one offered optionally.

Platform Choice for the 2019 Ford Ranger

The easiest way for them to make the 2019 Ford Ranger is to simply use the same platform. As it would take immensely more time to make a new one and it will eventually mean spending more money on doing so, the best way to go about this is to transfer the platform from the global version.

The global Ford Ranger had its platform made by Ford Australia. They will simply transfer the same plan in Michigan. The Ford’s Assembly Plant will simply pick off from where they started. The body on frame platform will be optimized for the needs of this market and will fit in perfectly well here.

Emerging Rivaling Cars

With the comeback of the 2019 Ford Ranger, a lot of cars will have to check their models of revision. The thing is that the segment has been dead for a long time. This is one of the main reasons Ford decided to pull out its Ranger in the first place. But the mid-size segment has been revived in a way with emerging, inexpensive models. Things started taking a turn for a much better future in 2015 when they introduced Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

These two models solely turned the tides and brought back the segment to life. Although Toyota, Nissan and GM tried to do their best in the future they just continue to run things down into the ground more. But other designers saw and opportunity and realized what they need to do.

Even Honda is making ways with its Ridgeline vehicle and reviving it back as well. The 2019 Ford Ranger is coming back to a segment where other cars have been established in its absence. Ford is trying to take advantage of a developing segment. And they are trying to do it with the popularity of this car. However, we will see if this manages to prove to be lucrative.

 

A 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup to be Brought To America

Emerging news about a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup have gotten us interested about its making. It is actually highly possible that this deal does make it though and that they manage to make it. There are some plausible evidence which might support the claim. Also, at the latest Detroit Auto Show the chief engineer for North American of VW dropped some subtle hints about the possibility to make this car.

As they claim, the plan is to use the current Atlas SUV and make it into a pickup truck. They would then market it in the US. They are probably going to base the formula on the Honda Ridgeline, which has basically done the same. Also they will use the Honda Pilot SUV as its basis to make the Ridgeline pickup truck. This would be very much possible as the Atlas SUV has what it takes to provide a mechanical structure for a possible mid-size pickup with a unibody.

There is one problem though. The American audiences and the American market is not that keen on foreign makers when it comes to pickup trucks. It is true that the market is booming in the US. A lot of makers want to get in the action and offer their own model.

But the American still like their own home brands and the market is mainly dominated by Ford, Ram and GM. One of the examples is the Nissan based Titan which was introduced to the American market and ultimately did not do so well.

If they decide to go for this idea of a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup, they have to take these things into consideration. The project does sound interesting but it is left to be seen if it is going to be lucrative. We give you our thoughts and a rendering of the vehicle which is potentially to come.

When can we Hope to See the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

The prospect of getting a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup seems so far away. But as they claimed, there is a great possibility that they are already working hard to bring this project to life. Company keeps everything as a secret. There are no solid evidence to support a possible release date.

However, if we are to guess based on the fact that they have already started, the Volkswagen Atlas Pickup might appear in 2019. It is the earliest that we can hope to see the finished product.

How Might the Exterior Be Built?

In order to build a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup, they are surely going to use the same plan that Honda had with its Ridgeline. This means that everything from the C-Pillars would be the same. Volkswagen has established their own recognizable take on almost every of their products. So this one will also have the same type of design which will make it a recognizable VW car.

We imagine that the front part will be similar to the Atlas SUV models with the same kind of grille and the blocky headlights. The only difference will be the lower part of the bumper. This will be the only difference between the two. The car is a unibody so there is a character line which spreads across the side. They actually use a specific way of designing to hide how they are going to make the pickup.

The back end of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup should contain a set size cargo bed. We can also see the LED taillights that wrap around the edge of the car fitting in really nicely. That way they are keeping an expected traditional design of a pickup truck. In order to resemble the Atlas SUV a bit more, we will probably see black cladding  placed on the power portion of the vehicle. That adds an element of ruggedness which a pickup needs.

Will the Interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup be Similar to the Atlas SUV?

If you are asking of the interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup shapes up to be the same as the SUV one, they you are thinking the same way as we are. It is more than likely that we are going to get to see a design which is going to be copied from the Atlas SUV. We have seen this done before and it would not be too bad to see it again. This would mean that the pickup will inherit the clean and minimalistic but modern interior that the Atlas is known for having.

We are expecting to see digital gauges in the dash and the Car-Net infotainment system that VW frequently uses. A three spoke steering wheel design is also something that we will get and dual zone climate controls is a nice convenience gadget to have. Finally the car will also enable version sorts of connectivity features which takes care of its contemporary side.

The second row of seats will have to go though some changes. This is a must. We are not entirely certain what they will decide to go with. Still, it will be somewhere in the line of the Pilot crossover to Ridgeline. The interior volume should be adjusted that way and we can also expect to get a larger cargo bay for utility purposes.

How will the Drivetrain be Modified?

It would actually benefit the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup the most if they simply transfer the engine options from the SUV car. It would give the pickup model more road worthiness. Additionally, it will allow it to behave similarly as an SUV and at the same time having the necessary power of a pickup truck. The Atlas SUV uses two different engine options and both could be transferred to the pickup easily.

The first one is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, engine that can provide an output of 238 horses, while the secondary engine is a VR6 3.6-liter one which can go up to 280 horsepower in terms of output. Both of the engines use an eight-speed automatic shifter which comes with a manual shift mode. The primary engine has a FWD only while the bigger one adds an option of a 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

Competition

As we already estimated, 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup will have its toughest test with the competition that it will face. In fact, the American market is sprawling with great cars. Therefore it might not be wise to go there and try to overtake the spot of the US-Based vehicles. We do not see the Atlas pickup going against those cars. It would best be suited for them to rival vehicle like the Toyota Tacoma or the Chevrolet Colorado. This is where we see the possibility of the VW Atlas Pickup making.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price

It is hard to estimate the price for the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup in this stage of development. No matter when the vehicle comes out it will still be hard to guess what the price is going to be. However it will be higher that the Atlas car that they are basing it on. We are probably looking at a $33,000 for starts. Nevertheless, it could go all the way to $45,000 for the higher-trims of the model.