2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is a massive crossover SUV that can shuttle lots of people and cargo. And remaining comfortable and fun while doing so. Aside from its illustrious utility functions, it offers unparalleled value for the money in terms of standard accessories available. It’s definitely a top pick in its class considering its immense abilities. 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse front view, red color, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date & Price

Chevy is yet to make its release date known yet, however, whispers within the large crossover SUV segment point to a possible release sometime in the second half of 2017. Pricing has been released and according to Chevy, the new model comes with a price starting from $28,000 – a reduction from the outgoing model which costs $31,205 thereby cementing further the Traverse value.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse release date


Three things have changed: both the Traverse LS and LT models have gained an additional 7 horsepower. The existing model is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine hitched to a six-speed automatic transmission. While both the displacement and the transmission system remain the same, the power output has increased from 281 horsepower to 288 horsepower. However, the top-of-the-line model’s output have remained unchanged over the previous model. The other significant change has occurred on the trim lineup. The existing lineup consists of LS, LT, and LTZ, however, the LTZ gets replaced by Premier model/group. Lastly, the new model has seen a price drop or around $3,205.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse front view, grille and headlights

Aside from the changes, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior has also seen some improvements that Chevrolet is banking on to help it remain competitive in this segment awash with a plethora of alternatives. In addition to that, the Traverse comes with plenty of cargo space, top crash safety scores, a passenger seating capacity of up to eight passengers, and a smooth ride quality. Dimensions are as follows: length – 203.7”, height – 69.9”, and width – 78.5”. The maximum cargo capacity stands at 5,200 pounds – unchanged from the existing model.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse rear view, taillights and tailpipe

On the flipside though, its massive size augmented by its curb weight of 4,713 pound, makes it quite a hustle to drive. And the overall interior refinement is starting to show some grey areas given the Traverse age relative to fresher and newer models thronging the segment for a share of the spoils.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse side view, alloy wheels, headlights

In relation to GM’s crossover trio that also consists of 2017 GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave, the large Traverse could very well be seen as the blue-collar member. It comes with nearly the same set of standard features as its siblings, which therefore means it is well-equipped with fresh technologies. The Chevy Traverse interior has been reworked by GMC and now looks elegant and upscale than before. The ride quality is laudable, and while drivers may not feel as though they’re behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper, the unwieldy feel offered by the 40.4 ft. turning circle makes it easier to wheel around.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse red color, trunk

We could go on and on about how good the Chevrolet Traverse 2017 has become, however, other vehicles in the segment has also become better for the new model year. Some of these include Hyundai Santa FeFord Explorer, Honda Pilot 2016, and 2016 Toyota Highlander.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Spy photos for Exterior & Interior Redesigns

2017 Chevrolet Traverse dashboard, lcd screen adn steering wheel

Depending on the available seating configuration, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is available with a seating capacity for up to eight passengers. LS, LT, and the top-of-the-line Premier are the trim levels available.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Exterior Chevrolet Traverse colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Mosaic Black Metallic, Sable Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Siren Red Tintcoat. The contents of the palette may change slightly on its release date, as Chevrolet is still in the process of making the full specs known.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse side angle, alloy wheels

Some of the standard accessories available for the Chevy Traverse include a rearview camera, dual USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic wipers and headlights, seventeen-inch steel wheels, and a 6.5” touchscreen display.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is one engine – a 3.6L V6 engine – that offers an output of 288 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque. Fuel economy provided by the EPA stands at 18 mpg for combined city/highway cruising.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse engine


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.7 in. (203.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.5 in. (78.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 24.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4,713 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Mosaic Black Metallic, Sable Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Siren Red Tintcoat
Towing Capacity: 5200 lbs

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse front angle, headlights and grille

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, trunk

2016 Nissan Z Concept Release Date and Review

We are ever slightly getting closer and closer to the actual appearance of the 2016 Nissan Z vehicle. Till now we have only received rumors and updates on the development situation but nothing has been released from Nissan that actually tell us when the release date is going to arrive for certain. The concept model was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show and after which we haven’t really been given any particular details about the seeing the production model.

2016 Nissan Z Concept
2016 Nissan Z Concept

The Nissan Z vehicle is a popular sports brand vehicle which is going to enter in its seventh generation of production with the newest car and it is already a popular brand among fans, but it has had some stints and release delays in the past, namely in 1990s, where we had a gap between the 300ZX and 350Z vehicles.

2016 Nissan Z Concept side view, alloy wheels

The initial assumption was that the production model was going to hit the market at the end of this year but we still haven’t received a new 2016 Nissan Z car, and as this is a 2016 model we might expect the release date to be scheduled for next year, which is a far more likely scenario. The 2016 Nissan Z concept model is based in the Infiniti Q50 model as it shares its chassis. It is a two door vehicle and of course the popular convertible option has also been confirmed. This review holds the currently known details about the concept model and some speculations on when we will be able to see the production car in action. Also keep in mind that the top ranking cars in this segment include models such as Jaguar F-Type, the Chevy Corvette and Porsche Cayman models.

2016 Nissan Z Concept white color, headlights

2016 Nissan Z concept exterior

There were quite a lot talks about the design of the exterior of the 2016 Nissan Z concept car and many people assumed that the car will go larger and more powerful. But as it seems and as it is based on the concept vehicle, this is an impossible effort. The car is currently using a chassis borrowed from the Infiniti Q50 which does not fit with the Z design in order to make it bigger. Instead the makers have decided to make it a mid-size sports car and have built the concept that way, which will no doubt be transferred to the production level car. The current FM platform supports the Z vehicle and the addition of aluminum alloy spread across the chassis accounts for the light weight of the car. The car is certainly going to be much stronger and faster which is going to bring it a larger popularity rating than before.

2016 Nissan Z Concept front
2016 Nissan Z Concept front

In terms of overall design, the 2016 Nissan Z is going to be a lot different than the previous model that was released. This goes for both the inside and the outside of the car. The look of the concept model has been made in the manner where elegance meets sportiness. The front end of the car has been restyled which also goes for the back part of the car. The new car is designed to look very speedy so from there we have the premise of the car getting a speed boost and upgrade in the performance department.

2016 Nissan Z Concept back
2016 Nissan Z Concept back


The 2016 Nissan Z is supposed to bring an adrenaline jump while being ridden and thus the interior has to be made to match that sort of an excitement that the car is able to offer. The vehicle is going to be largely refurbished on the inside but it won’t differ to much compared to the previous look. The inside is going to get amped up a bit and as there are no current specifications on what makes it on the inside of the Z vehicle, we can assume that it is going to be a mixture of sportiness and elegance. The car is aimed at a more youthful audience and as such is going to receive a lot of technological upgrades and some fine features.

2016 Nissan Z Concept interior
2016 Nissan Z Concept interior

Nissan wants its Z vehicle to be a contender in the sports market where it has to face a fierce competition which comprises of the latest Mustang release and the current Audi TT car. To make it much more competitive the car needs to be given a plush design on the inside which will update the car and make it desirable to all. We will have to wait for the release date to get nearer and see what will come of the inside and which additions will be made for this part of the car.

2016 Nissan Z Concept interior, steering wheel and dashboard


There were several assumptions on what the actual engine is going to be added to the 2016 Nissan Z production car. The 2016 Nissan Z concept is using a V6 3.0 liter turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection and the ability to gain a power of 350 horsepower. It is offered with a six-speed manual transmission with CV and there is also a seven-speed automatic transmission option available as well. There are some talks that this engine option does not make it to the production model, although being exactly what the Z car needs. Some rumors say that a .0 liter turbocharged engine inspired by the Mercedes vehicle with a  seven speed automatic transmission is a far better solution. This concept would enable the car to produce 210 horsepower and 260 pound – feet of torque. Whatever the solution at the end might be, the fact is that the car is lighter than before so it will not need a lot to power it and give it an extreme performance.

2016 Nissan Z Concept engine


Wheelbase: 100.4 in
Length: 167.5 in
Width: 72.6 in
Passenger volume: 52 ft³
Cargo volume: 7 ft³
Curb weight: 3308 lb
Top Speed: 157 mph
0-60: 5.1 sec
MPG: 18/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: N/A
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Price and release date

As there are no certain details available about the release of the 2016 Nissan Z production model we can only study the concept and base our assumptions on that. The car will certainly be released by next year but the question still remains on when actually it is going to happen. Expect the release date to come at the end of next year. The car is going to be released in two forms and one of them is a convertible and it is going to be priced somewhere around $33,000, making it an affordable option when you compare it with the price of the competition.

2016 Nissan Z Concept release date

New 2016 Kia Sorento – Release Date, News and Rumors

2016 Kia Sorento Release Date, Review, Colors, MSRP Price – It can be tough to be at the middle as titular Malcom would attest. And yet, the new 2016 Kia Sorento which is set to be released, and all models before it have managed to beat all odds by occupying the middle ground between mid-size Sports Utility Vehicles and compact ones.

2016 Kia Sorento side view, alloy wheels,exterior

For 2016 year, the new and redesigned Sorento will continue to carry the mantle of tradition. The upcoming Sorento is regarded as a likely alternative to the smaller and compact SUV’s most notably the Toyota RAV4, while still being a popular choice for larger and more sophisticated family SUV’s like the Toyota Highlander.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

The vehicle will still score highly given its five and seven seat configurations set to challenge mid-size crossovers such as the Ford Edge. The changes that will come in the new vehicle will go beyond just the interior and cargo volume. As a matter of fact, those changes are negligible in comparison to those in the driving refinement and interior design.

2016 Kia Sorento side angle, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

In a nut shell, there will be extensive use of high-quality materials. The interior designers were generous to give high-tech features that are only exclusive to pricier SUV’s. Furthermore, there will be mechanical improvements which include a strengthened structure, improved steering and an upgraded suspension system.

2016 Kia Sorento rear view, exterior, taillights and alloy wheels, silver color

Despite the fact that we’ve only driven the upcoming 2016 Kia Sorento briefly, it won’t take long to be impressed by it. The forthcoming Kia Sorento is a strong, value-rich alternative to conventional 5-passenger crossovers like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Ford Edge, and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Exterior Body Styles & Interior Accessories – 2016 Kia Sorento

The upcoming new Sorento is a mid-size Sports Utility Vehicle that is available in both five or seven passenger configurations and five trim levels as well. The trim levels include L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited.

2016 Kia Sorento front
2016 Kia Sorento front

It is imperative to note that the base L model and all models equipped with the mid-range turbocharged drivetrain will be for five passengers only, while V6-powered Sorentos will be for seven-passengers only.

The base model will come with 17” alloy wheels, three mode drive settings (transmission shift points and altering steering), LED running lights, cruise control, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, stain-resistant fabric upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 40/20/40-split second row seats (fold, slide and recline), a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

2016 Kia Sorento back
2016 Kia Sorento back

Still on the lower trim levels, the LX model adds sound reducing windshield, auto headlights, a rear view camera, a 4.3” touchscreen interface, Uvo eServices, and two rapid-charge USB ports. For those who will add the Convenience package, it will add rear parking sensors, heated front seats, an eight way power driver seat, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming mirror.

2016 Kia Sorento interior
2016 Kia Sorento interior

On the other hand, top trims such as the SX will come with Premium and Touring package equipment, LED lights, 19” wheels, upgraded exterior trim, driver memory settings, a 10-way power driver memory settings, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a fabric headliner.

2016 Kia Sorento interior, lcd screen, leather seats, steering wheel

As for the top trim model, expect chrome-clad 19” wheels, ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery and heated second-row outboard seats. With added technology package, buyers should look forward to xenon headlights, an electronic parking brake, a multi-angled parking brake, lane departure, forward collision system and electronic parking brake.

2016 Kia Sorento trunk

Engine Reviews – 2016 Kia Sorento

Under the hood of the new 2016 Kia Sorento will be several drivetrains. Beneath the bonnet of the L and LX models will be a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine capable of generating around 185 hp and 178 pounds of torque.

As is the norm with every Kia Sorento, there will be a 6-speed auto and FWD system coming as standard while the AWD will be provided optionally. With the front wheel drive system, the fuel economy is rated at 22/29/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The AWD will have 1-2 mpg lower.

2016 Sorento
2016 Sorento

The SX Limited and EX models will come equipped with a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 240 hp and 260 pounds of torque. The fuel economy is 23 mpg combined while their towing capacity is 3,500 lbs.

There will also be a 3.3L V6 engine that will be mandatory on the SX model. It will be capable of generating up to 290 hp and 252 pounds of torque. The fuel economy ratings for the engine are 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The towing capacity for the FWD is 3,500 lbs. and 5,000 lbs. for the AWD system.


Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 74.4 in
Passenger volume: 154 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 3704 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 7,2 sec
MPG: 18/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Sparkling Silver, Titanium Silver…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs

Price & Release date of the New Kia Sorento 2016

The base 2016 Kia Sorento L model will be available for just under $25,000 while the Limited edition will come with an MSRP of around $40,000. The figures may however go higher depending on the packages.

2016 Kia Sorento release date
2016 Kia Sorento release date

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