The series needs an oil change after the dismal previous entry.

Cars 3 will drive into cinemas in the United States on June 16, 2017, and now we are getting an idea of what to expect from the upcoming animated film, including a new character. The female Cruz Ramirez is a yellow sports coupe that helps train series star Lightning McQueen to beat the quicker rookies he competes against. These concept sketches show McQueen and Ramirez kicking up rooster tails as they race across a beach.

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In this installment, McQueen is no longer a fresh face in racing, and an up-and-comer named Jackson Storm beats him in an event. “McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now,” director Brian Fee told USA Today. Ramirez arrives to give the veteran a new edge.

Voices like Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy will return for Cars 3, but Pixar won’t yet say who will play Ramirez or Storm. Rather than Cars 2’s globe-hopping setting, this one will focus on the U.S. “We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track,” Fee told USA Today.

The movie's plot about a veteran trying to win again mirrors the state of the Cars franchise. The first installment received mostly positive reviews and made tons of cash at the box office. The second one still earned money, but critics panned it for the bad storytelling. We hope Fee found his own Cruz Ramirez to put things back on track this time.

Source: USA Today

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Gallery: Cars 3 concept art