2017 Chevrolet Spark – Release Date, Review and Specs

The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Spark changes revolve mostly on the color palette with five colors replacing some of the existing ones. The exterior Chevrolet Spark colors now include Summit White, Red Hot, Kalamata Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Toasted Marshmallow Metallic, Nighfall Gray Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Brimstone, Splash, and Mint. Besides the changes to the color palette, the new Chevrolet Spark 2017 also deletes the Solar Red Package. Its release date is set for this summer.

2017 Chevrolet Spark auto show, purple color, side view, alloy wheels

Besides the above-mentioned changes, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark remains unchanged apart from the few updates and upgrades to its interior appointments. The base price has also hiked by a few bucks and now stands at $13,000 up from $12,660 the existing model was sold for.

2017 Chevrolet Spark rear view, blue color, tailpipe and alloy wheels

The pocket-size Chevrolet Spark is among the first slew of subcompact cars that arrived with force thirty years ago. The main excitement of owning vehicles from this niche was particularly fueled by their impressive fuel economy ratings. However, with the advent fuel-thrifty SUVs and cheap gas, their shining stars began to fade away.

2017 Chevrolet Spark spy shots

Flash forward to today, these pint-size subcompact cars seem to be arousing interest yet again especially in the face of growing need for maneuverable cars that can fit into compact parking  bays effortlessly, and offer comfort and a bit of luxury while doing so. The 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes with desirable features such as an impressive feature lust, advanced safety features for the money, and a spacious interior.

2017 Chevrolet Spark exterior, side angle, red color, alloy wheels

Built in South Korea, the new model is among a few vehicles that manages to offer an impressive feature list mentioned above without making you break the bank or dip into your children college funds. With the 2017 Chevrolet Spark price set at $13,000 only, you can be sure to get lots of value. There are also plenty of options available for an extra cost.

2017 Chevrolet Spark exterior, rear view, green color, badges and taillights

Some of the foes that haunt the Spark include the 2017 Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Smart Fortwo, Kia Rio, Honda Fit, and Chevy’s own Sonic. The 2017 Smart Fortwo Hatchback price starts from $ 14,650. Some of the highlights available include a city-friendly maneuverability, an innovative infotainment system, chic interior design, impressive fuel economy ratings, and a strong fuel economy ratings. The Smart Fortwo 2017 release date is expected this fall.

2017 Chevrolet Spark exterior, side view, green color, grilleand alloy wheels

The 2017 Kia Rio Hatchback price starts from $15,495. Some of the highlights include a stylish interior and exterior design, a strong acceleration, a long warranty, a high-quality interior, ample standard and optional features, and a spacious seating. The Kia Rio 2017 release date should be expected this fall as well.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Review of Trims

2017 Chevrolet Spark exterior, side and rearview

Three trims, as of this writing, are offered for the 2017 Chevrolet Spark: LS, 1LT, and 2LT. the Chevrolet Spark EV 2017 price starts from $25,120. Some of the features offered for the money include a quick acceleration system, a quiet interior, superb handling, and a relatively low price for an EV. Two trims are available for the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV: 1LT and 2LT. a substantial review is however offered elsewhere on this blog.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Interior & Exterior Changes

2017 Chevrolet Spark interior, steering wheel, dashboard, gear shift knob

Some of the standard accessories offered for the base Spark LS model include a height-adjustable driver seat, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, a rear spoiler, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Chevy’s OnStar telematics system, folding rear seat, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2017 Chevrolet Spark interior, leather seats

The Spark 1LT adds a steering-wheel-mounted phone and audio controls, power-adjustable mirrors, satellite and HD radio, a theft-deterrent system, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power-adjustable mirrors, a six-speaker audio system, and the MyLink infotainment system.

2017 Chevrolet Spark trunk, cargo space

The top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2LT offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sporty front and rear fascia, exterior styling enhancements, leatherette upholstery, chrome trim, rear parking sensors, and heated power mirrors.

Specifications

2017 Chevrolet Spark auto show, front view, blue color, headlights and grille

Wheelbase: 7 ft. 9.9 in. (93.9 in.)
Length: 11 ft. 11.1 in. (143.1 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 2.8 in. (62.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 83.0 ft³
Cargo volume: 11.1 ft³
Curb weight: 2246 lbs.
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: N/A sec
MPG: 31/41 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Granite Metallic, Electric Blue, Kalamata, Lime, Salsa, Silver Ice Metallic, Splash, Summit White, Titanium and Toasted Marshmallow
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Chevrolet Spark Engine Specs

2017 Chevrolet Spark engine

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Spark is a four-cylinder 1.4L engine good for 98 hp and 94 lbs. ft. of torque. The CVT is he only transmission system available. Fuel economy with the CVT stands at 31/41/35 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Release Date & Price

2017 Chevrolet Spark release date

Rumors allege its availability should be expected sometime this summer. Pricing has been announced, and the base model will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $13,000.

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New 2017 Ford Edge Release Date, Specs & Info

The new 2017 Ford Edge continues to outpace its competition through smart engineering and technology innovativeness. It is a strong choice for a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV thanks to its carlike road manners, spacious interior accommodations, and attractive interior trimmings. Its release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017, if online rumors are anything to go by.

2017 Ford Edge white color, exterior

Other notable strengths offered by the redesigned 2017 Ford Edge include comfortable five-passenger seating configurations, a sophisticated ride quality, lots of luxury and technology features, and fuel economy especially for the base model.

Chevrolet Celebrity? Please vacate the premises. Ford Tempest? No. Hyundai Aspire? You must be joking. With all due respect, there are many names brands offer their models that don’t actually auger well with their personality. As a matter of fact, that’s almost the norm in the automotive industry. However, Ford got it right with the Edge. “Edge” because the model intricately fits between multiple segments.

2017 Ford Edge front view, grille and headlights

One of its notable strength is space and it offers a significant amount of it without actually becoming a three-row juggernaut like its Flex and Explorer stablemates. Therefore, earning it the “Edge” nameplate as there aren’t many of its kind out there.

The 2017 Edge is tidy and maneuverable on the road despite its midsize footprint and voluptuous cargo and interior space. This is partly because of the slight changes made to its mechanical underpinnings and suspension. Throw in a turbocharged V6 and carlike road manners, and you’ve got yourself an excellent vehicle that drives and feels like a sedan despite the fact that it weighs more than two tones.

2017 Ford Edge rear view, taillights and tailpipe

As is often the case, idiosyncrasies are difficult to ignore. As such, some of them on the edge include an underwhelming performance in its basic form, and flimsy downshifts from the automatic transmission system.

Thus, it is advisable to check what keeps the Edge from being the decisive victor in the segment in terms of competition. The Nissan Murano offers a bold styling and a high-level of interior refinement, the Kia Sorento comes in dizzying amount of trim levels that offers anything ranging from powerful mills to plenty of interior technologies, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee winds up the bogey list with its fuel-efficient engines and impressive off-road prowess.

2017 Ford Edge side view, alloy wheels

Trim Options – 2017 Ford Edge

Four trims are offered for the 2017 Edge: SEL, SE, Sport, and Titanium.

2017 Ford Edge Exterior Photos & 2017 Ford Edge Interior Sport Review

Some of the exterior colors to expect include Kona Blue, Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Shadow Black, Too Good To Be True Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, and White Platinum Tri-Coat Clearcoat. Mild changes should be expected on its release date.

2017 Ford Edge front view, headlights and grille

Accessories and features offered for the 2017 Ford Edge SE model include cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2” infotainment display, a CD player, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual exhaust tips, automatic headlights, Ford’s Sync system, an adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear privacy glass, active grille shutters, and folding and reclining 60/40-split seats.

2017 Ford Edge rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

The Edge SEL, in addition to the above, throws in automatic tri-zone climate control, satellite and HD radio, exterior keyless pad, heated exterior mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rear parking sensors.

2017 Ford Edge steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Opting for the Edge Titanium gets you all the standard features available on the Edge SE plus an adjustable driver seat, LED taillight bar, 19” wheels, HD and satellite radio, front sport seats, a hands-free power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, driver memory settings, and an upgraded interior trim.

2017 Ford Edge leather seats and gear shift knob

Finally, the Edge Sport model offers all the contents available on the Equipment Group 401A plus a set of 21” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a rear DVD entertainment system, and an automated parking system.

2017 Ford Edge Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Base engine on every model except the Sport is a 245-horsepower- and 275 lbs. ft. of torque – generating turbocharged 2.0L engine. The FWD is standard, as is the six-speed automatic transmission. An extra cost is attached to the AWD option.

2017 Ford Edge engine

A naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 is offered for both the Titanium and SEL trim models and with it comes an output of 280 hp and 250 pounds-ft. of torque. The Edge Sport finally checks in with an exclusive 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine good for 315 hp and 350 pounds-ft. of torque.

Fuel economy for the Sport model stands at 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and zips from 0-60 mph in just 8.0 seconds.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 188.1 in
Width: 75.9 in
Passenger volume: 114 cu ft
Cargo volume: 39,2 cu ft
Curb weight: 4309 lb
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 8.0 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ingot Silver Metallic, Kona Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Shadow Black ans Too Good To Be Blue Metallic
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.

2017 Ford Edge Release Date & Price

2017 Ford Edge release date

The 2017 Ford Edge price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $28,700. My crystal ball tells me it will probably go for sale sometime in the second half of next year.

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New 2017 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date, Specs & Info

With an all-wheel drive and more power to spare, the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a premium version over the regular GTI. Performance-oriented buyers will find it a compelling package. Some of the highlights it comes with include an impressive performance, a standard all-wheel drive system, admirable fuel economy ratings, a generous cargo capacity, an upscale interior, and a civilized ride quality. The Volkswagen Gold R 2017 release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. 

2017 Volkswagen Golf R exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

For those fond of the regular Volkswagen GTI, the Golf R price premium may sound preposterous. After all, both feature a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine beneath their hoods. It takes a long and hard look for one to notice any discerning differences between the two. However, take for instance the Audi S3, which happens to be far pricier and offers virtually the same features as the Golf R. That’s when reality knocks in and suddenly you realize the vehicle under review might actually be a bargain after all.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R blue color, rear angle

Okay, “bargain” might be an overstatement. Moving on, the Golf R hot hatch comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can send 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque to all the four wheels via the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automated manual.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R front view, graille and headlights

The Volkswagen Golf R interior as always reeks of a comfortable aura. The cabin is fitted with a myriad of technologies than you need. The material quality is upscale, as are the designs especially considering this hot hatch will set you back by around a MSRP starting from around $34,000.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Granted, there’re a significant chunk of people who’ll feel the Golf R costs way too much than its real value. They’ll try to convince you that the latest Mustang costs less. They’ll also say the Chevrolet SS offers much better than the Golf R and is competitively priced. Other rivals include the Ford Focus RS, BMW 2 Series, and the Mini Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Redesigns on Interior & Exterior

Some of the standard accessories available for the Golf R include LED taillights and daytime running lights, R-specific interior styling flourishes, keyless entry and ignition, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic xenon headlights, leather upholstery, a partial power passenger seat, a 6.5” touchscreen display, satellite radio, cruise control, automatic wipers, ambient lighting, a USB port, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, an SD card reader, a color trip computer, a split-folding rear seat, a ten-way power-adjustable driver seat, selectable drive modes, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, heated front sport seats, and a CD player.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R dashboard, lcd screen, gear shift knob and steering wheel

Opting for the optional DCC and Navigation package offers you a Fender audio system, a navigation system, adaptive suspension dampers, and nineteen-inch wheels. The Driver Assistance package offers front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, a forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R gear shift knob, leather seats and steering wheel

Exterior Volkswagen Golf R colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White Pearl, Limestone Grey Metallic, and Tornado Red. Modest changes can be expected on its release date.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R grille, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is via either the default traditional six-speed manual or the six-speed automated manual.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R engine

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 0-60 mph with the DSG stands at 4.5 seconds.

According to EPA projections, the manual-equipped models should be enable to check in at 22/31/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 23/30/25 mpg with the DSG.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R engine view

Some of the standard safety technologies include driver-knee airbag, automatic hill hold, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, remote vehicle access, automatic crash notification, geo-fencing, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location. Additional driver aides can be specified with the Driver Assistance package discussed above.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.5 in. (103.5 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 0.4 in. (168.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.8 in. (70.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 93 ft³
Cargo volume: 22.8 ft³
Curb weight: 3329 lbs
Top Speed: 150 mph
0-60: 4.5 sec
MPG: 22/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White Pearl, Limestone Grey Metallic, and Tornado Red
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date & Price

2017 Volkswagen Golf R release date

According to various rumors, as Volkswagen is yet to make specific details known, the Golf R should be expected to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017 as a 2017 year model. Pricing is yet to be announced but we expect the base R hatchback to cost $35,650. The Golf SportWagen review is covered elsewhere.

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New 2017 Hyundai Tucson – Release Date, Specs & Info

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The latest 2017 Hyundai Tucson redesign is what has got everyone’s tongue wagging in anticipation. It continues with the same head-turning style, efficient turbocharged performance, and modern technologies. Its desirability is also taken a notch higher with features such as a peppy and fuel-thrifty turbocharged engine, a refine ride quality, advanced safety features, and an adult-friendly backseat. The Hyundai Tucson 2017 release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

2017 Hyundai Tucson exterior, side view,alloy wheels

According to latest news from Hyundai, the newest Tucson comes with what the automaker terms “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language that also characterized the designs of the existing model. However, it should be taken to suggest that the Tucson is crafting a separate divergent route. It is still a Tucson its legion of fans fell in love with when it debuted some few years ago.

2017 Hyundai Tucson rear view, alloy wheels, taillights, and tailpipe

Some of the appealing aspects that characterized previous models and which continue to be manifested on the Hyundai Tucson 2017 model include cutting-edge safety and technology features, a fuel-thrifty turbocharged engine, and roomy interior accommodations. There’s no flicker of doubt that the redesigned Tucson is set to disrupt the compact-crossover status quo judging by the numerous updates it is set to come with.

2017 Hyundai Tucson spy shots

There’s easy ingress and egress. The backseat space is copious and adult-friendly unlike those of some rivals that are more often than not appear afterthought. The dimensions remains the same over the existing model. Plenty of upscale features and technologies have also been offered as well.

2017 Hyundai Tucson auto show, side view, alloy wheels

Under the hood of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson are two engines: a 2.0L four-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine. The former is tasked with the responsibility of putting out 164 hp and 151 lbs. ft. of torque to either the front wheels or all the wheels, while the latter generates 175 hp and 195 pounds-ft. of torque and transmits the same to either of the two drivetrains mentioned above.

2017 Hyundai Tucson rear view, taillights, alloy wheels, red color

Those who are not completely sold out on the impressive mannerisms of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson or wish to be adventurous first should probably check out its rivals. Some of the competitors here include the 2017 Toyota Rav4, the Honda HR-V, the Honda CR-V 2017, and the Mazda CX-3 for 2017. All of these vehicles occupy an interesting niche between subcompact and compact segments.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Review of Trims

2017 Hyundai Tucson exterior, front view, headlights and badges

Four trims are available for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson: Limited, Sport, SE, and Eco. Exterior Hyundai Tucson colors: Majove Sand, Winter White, Sedona Sunset, Ruby Wine, Caribbean Blue, Coliseum Grey, Ash Black, and Chromium Silver. Modest changes can be expected on its release date.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Interior & Exterior Changes

2017 Hyundai Tucson steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

Some of the standard features available for the base model include folding rear seats, heated mirrors, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a five-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, LED headlight accents, a rear spoiler, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a trip computer, and a CD player.

2017 Hyundai Tucson front angle, headlights and grille

Upgrading to the Tucson Eco gets you features such as heated front seats, a hands-free power tailgate, a slew of advanced safety features, LED running lights, roof rails, tri-zone automatic climate control, and foglights.

2017 Hyundai Tucson interior, front and rear leather seats

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson Limited model tacks on the standard features above plus rear air vents, additional soft-touch materials, upgraded interior trim, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, a six-way power passenger space, a navigation system, and rearview auto-dimming mirrors.

2017 Hyundai Tucson trunk, cargo space

Options are also available and unique to each individual trim model.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Engine Specs

As already mentioned above, the new Hyundai Tucson 2017 comes with two engines. The standard engine available for the SE model is the 2.0L four-cylinder engine that cranks out 164 hp and 151 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is done by the six-speed automatic. Power is sent to either the front wheels or all the wheels.

2017 Hyundai Tucson engine

The other engine option available is the turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder that makes 175 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque, which is thereafter sent to the drivetrain as the standard model. The 1.6L engine is available for the Eco, Limited, and Sport trims.

Specifications

2017 Hyundai Tucson front view, silver color, alloy wheels and headlights

Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length: 176.2 in
Width: 72.8 in
Passenger volume: 102.2 ft³
Cargo volume (all seats in place): 31.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3,369 lbs
Top Speed: N/A
0-60: 7,6 sec
MPG: 26/33 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ash Black, Caribbean Blue, Chromium Silver, Coliseum Grey, Majove Sand, Ruby Wine, Sedona Sunset, Winter White…
Towing Capacity: 1,000 lbs

2017 Hyundai Tucson Release Date & Price

2017 Hyundai Tucson release date

Rumors allege the new model will most likely debut on the market sometime in early 2017 featuring a base MSRP starting from $22,700.

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