Gus’s Rides

It’s 2019 and I’m back

Written by Gus Wilson

I’m back with a different section name, but same author and content with a bit of a twist. It’s 2019, a year and a half until graduation, and manufacturers are rolling out new models or reviving old models like Ford with the Bronco SUV or Toyota with the A90 Supra co-developed with BMW. Now, this raises some questions about what the cars will be like because some of those revived models are still praised for what they performed so well at doing or how they were built. Land Rover is bringing out their revised Defender SUV which is going to comply with all of the annoying although reasonable U.S. regulations that vehicles have to meet. The Defender is a mid-size SUV first introduced to the U.S. market in 1993 and was discontinued in 1998 due to the extensive modifications needed to comply with U.S. federal standards. The new defender is going to be offered in 2 different wheelbase lengths and I hope a diesel engine because that means towing power plus the engine will respond well to modifications. Moving down to a vehicle that is Toyota has finally added an all-wheel-drive version of already great selling Prius to make it usable in the snow and if you were to go skiing then just load up the skis on the available roof rack then just drive to the snow-covered slopes (unless the ski hill is in Wisconsin). The release of the 2019 Prius AWD-e is unannounced at this time, but it will according to Toyota it be the most capable Prius ever. Keeping the theme of Toyota going, Lexus is bringing a convertible version of their flagship or their top model, the LC which is a two-door coupe and soon to come convertible that is available with a 5.0L V8 or a V6 hybrid powertrain. The convertible is supposed to be unveiled at the 2019 North American Auto Show in Detroit, MI and judging by the popularity of the fixed roof car it should sell really well.

To move away from the big manufacturers and into the tuner or in other words, the modified car world. The 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon was this weekend with some fantastic cars on display including a Ferrari 308 with huge widebody fenders from the company Liberty Walk, the Japanese automotive college called NATS took a Japan-only Toyota Probox and converted it into a woody type station wagon with a real wooden surfboard, another car from NATS was a Mazda RX-8 based car called the RX-Stance which means the ride height is slammed to the ground. Japanese tuning company Mugen brought out their FK8 Honda Civic Type R called the RC20GT which has some basic tuning upgrades to give a bit more power and make it handle better, but the front grill is one part I’m really a fan of since it looks like one giant hexagon. It seems like Mugen stole something Lamborghini was doing with their baby supercar the Huracan.

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About the author

Gus Wilson

Reporter and writer for the Gus car's section. I am an aspiring mechanical engineer and automotive journalist that really likes cars. This is the first car or truck oriented section of which I am happy to say that this is being written by a car fan for the community.