2017 Cadillac CTS – Release Date, News and Rumors

The new 2017 Cadillac CTS is distinct, modern, well-trimmed, and engaging, and promises to be solid contender among midsize luxury sport sedans. Highlights for 2017 include a sophisticated interior design, superb handling, top crash-test scores, brawny acceleration, and a well-appointed cabin. Its release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017.

2017 Cadillac CTS exterior, gray color, side view, alloy wheels

Cadillac’s concerted efforts in the last couple of years are starting to pay off thanks to the clever engineering and incessant innovation resulting in a luxurious-appointed, and sharply designed 2017 CTS. It is particularly a standout in its segment owing to the fact that it offers a class-leading handling, and styling although the latter can be biased either way depending on one’s experience with other models.

2017 Cadillac CTS exterior, rear view, silver color, taillights

Just like is bogeys, the CTS comes equipped with an agile four-cylinder turbocharged engine under its hood. It’s not a great way to start, admittedly, as the mill trails the rest in terms of fuel economy and overall refinement. However, you can opt for the 355-horsepowwer – generating 3.6L engine or the 420-horsepower – producing V6. Either way, the power and acceleration are impressive especially if you gravitate towards the thrilling twin-turbocharged V6 offered with the CTS V sport.

2017 Cadillac CTS front view, grille, headlights and alloy wheels

Interior wise, the level of styling, although subjective, is impressive and very few cars can match its refinement in terms of the standard features offered for its base model. Niceties offered include Apple CarPlay connectivity, a self-parking system, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive suspension dampers, a panoramic sunroof/moonroof, and a faster and responsive CUE infotainment system.

2017 Cadillac CTS white color, side view, alloy wheels

The bells and whistles offered by the 2017 Cadillac CTS aren’t unparalleled, as the segment offers other alternatives that offer matching or even better features. The BMW 5 Series happens to be the arch rival that sends shivers down the CTS’s spine. It offers a more mature infotainment system that CTS’s CUE, its array of engines are superb, and its overall interior refinement is hands down impressive. The same is true for both the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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2017 Cadillac CTS Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Cadillac CTS is offered by a 268-hp- and 295 lbs. ft. of torque – generating four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged base engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission system is offered as a standard system hooked to either a RWD or an AWD system.

A 3.6L V6 is optional for both the Luxury and Performance trim models and is capable of generating 335 horsepower and 275 pounds-ft. of torque. It too is hooked to an eight-speed automatic.

2017 Cadillac CTS engine

At the top-of-the-line is a 420-hp and 430 pounds-ft. of torque – generating turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine. More V engine specs should be expected on its release date.

As far as the fuel economy ratings are concerned, EPA says the base engine should be expected to check in at 21/31/25 mpg with the FWD, and 21/29/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the all-wheel drive system.

0-60 mph with the CTS Vsport was recorded at just 4.9 seconds.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 6.6 in. (114.6 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 3.5 in. (195.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.2 in. (72.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 97 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 13.7 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3655 lbs.
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 4.9 sec
MPG: 21/31 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Raven, Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Moonstone Metallic, Phantom Gray Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Silver Coast Metallic, Stellar Black Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Trim Options – 2017 Cadillac CTS

2017 Cadillac CTS side view, black color, grille and alloy wheels

The five-passenger 2017 Cadillac CTS is offered in a whopping six-trim levels: V Sport Premium, V Sport, Premium, Performance, Luxury, and Standard. The performance-themed 2017 Cadillac CTS V review is covered separately.

V Sport Interior & 2017 Cadillac CTS Exterior Changes

2017 Cadillac CTS interior, dashboard, lcd screen

Standard accessories offered for the CTS Standard trim level include a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a trunk pass-through, leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, Brembo front brakes, 17” alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, driver memory settings, heated exterior mirrors, and keyless ignition and entry.

2017 Cadillac CTS interior, leather seats

Inside, you get Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, 4G data connectivity, OnStar telematics, HD and satellite radio, an eleven-speaker Bose audio system, CUE infotainment system, wireless smartphone charging, an auxiliary audio jack, and voice controls.

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The CTS-Vsport premium should be expected to come equipped with 18” steel wheels, adaptive magnetic dampers, upgraded brakes, an engine-block heater, a rear spoiler, a heavy-duty cooling system, a sport-tuned suspension, and a self-parking system.

2017 Cadillac CTS Release Date & Price

2017 Cadillac CTS Release date

The CTS sedan price should be expected to start from a base MSRP of $45,560, $59,955 for the CTS-Vsport coupe, and $69,955 for the CTS-V Sport Premium. We-re not completely sure about the release date but what we know is that The CTS –V goes for sale sometime in the second half of 2017.

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2017 Nissan Versa – Release Date, Review and Specs

With highlights such as a high fuel economy, adult-friendly backseat, spacious interior, a low base price, a large trunk, and a comfortable ride quality the new 2017 Nissan Versa is certainly a standout in its segment. However, you will find its alternatives better choices when it comes to driver engagement and personality. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. 

2017 Nissan Versa exterior, side view, alloy wheels

One of the most defining attribute of Versa models are their rock-bottom starting price. And the same is true for the new 2017 Nissan Versa. It is a subcompact sedan vehicle that offers plenty of value and an inoffensive styling in addition to the mentioned strengths.  Are you looking for ample space? The new model is one such vehicle that you’ll probably want if you have a huge chunk of people in need of hauling around. Further aback, the trunk is also voluptuous and none of your passengers need worry about their luggage.

2017 Nissan Versa exterior, red color, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Here is the thing, though: its price advantage remains competitive as long as you haven’t moved up the food chain. The base model is quite most in terms of the technology features it offers, but for those looking for more fun would be better off opting for the better equipped models up the trim model. The premium trims offer lots of bells and whistles but the price advantage is lost, and you’ll probably end up paying more just as you’d have if you’d have opted for its pricey rivals.

2017 Nissan Versa exterior, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Therefore, the Versa makes sense if what you’re looking for is a basic vehicle that offers lots of utility. Notable cons to owning a Versa include a noisy engine, a bland performance and driving dynamics, and the interior refinement lacks a premium feel. That’s said, you should probably consider what its competition offers. They include the Hyundai Accent, Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, and the zestier Kia Rio.

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Trims Available – 2017 Nissan Versa

Four trims – S, S Plus, SL, and SV – are offered for the 2017 Nissan Versa sedan. The Versa Note review is handled separately.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Nissan Versa Interior Redesign

2017 Nissan Versa interior, steering wheel, dashboard

The entry-level Versa 1.6 S trim model comes standard with a four-speaker sound system, a trip computer, body-color power mirrors, an auxiliary audio jack, steering wheel audio controls, manual locks and windows, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 15” steel wheels, and a CD player.

Tacking on a rear spoiler, a CVT, and cruise control is the Versa S Plus trim model.

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The Versa SV trim model upgrades you with an upgraded instrumentation, power locks and windows, remote keyless entry, map lights, USB port, a rear folding 60/40-split seats, upgraded upholstery and interior trim, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

Options available for the SV trim model include Bluetooth streaming audio, foglights, 15” alloy wheels, a 5.8” touchscreen display, chrome exterior trim, a hands-free text messaging, voice-controlled navigation, a rearview camera, and smartphone app integration.

2017 Nissan Versa interior, leather seats

The top-of-the-line 2017 Nissan Versa SL trim model gets side mirrors with integrated turn signals, 16” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and keyless entry and ignition.

Spy photos we’ve managed to capture indicate we should expect exterior colors such as Gun Metallic, Fresh Powder, Brilliant Silver, Graphite Blue, and Super Black. More surprises should be expected on its release date.

2017 Nissan Versa exterior, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Nissan Versa Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Nissan Versa is offered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine rated at 109 hp and 107 lbs. ft. of torque. The base Versa trim model is offered with a standard five-speed manual transmission system. You can also opt for the selective four-speed. The rest of the trim models are offered with a standard Continuous Variable Transmission system.

2017 Nissan Versa engine

When it comes to fuel economy, EPA says those with a four-speed automatic should return 26/35/30 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 27/36/30 mpg with the five-speed manual models. The CVT models should be expected to return 31/40/35 mpg.

Zipping from 0-60 mph with the CVT-equipped models should take up to 10 seconds.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6.4 in. (102.4 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.4 in. (175.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 6.7 in. (66.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 90.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.9 ft³
Curb weight: 2,363 lbs.
Top Speed: 110 mph
0-60: 9.4-9.9 sec
MPG: 27/36 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Fresh Powder, Graphite Blue, Gun Metallic, Super Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Nissan Versa Release Date & Price

2017 Nissan Versa Release date

The new 2017 Nissan Versa price should be expected to start from a bargain MSRP of around $11,900. When will it be available? Expect it in the first half of 2017, at least according to recent online news.

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2016 Audi Q5 – Release Date, News and Rumors

2016 Audi Q5 Release Date, Msrp, Review, Price – The luxurious, stylish, elegant and fun to drive Audi Q5 returns for 2016 model year. According to many industry reports, the vehicle should hit U.S dealerships sometime before this fall. The vehicle comes with several highlights including impressive fuel economy for the hybrid and TDI trims, a top-notch interior craftsmanship, quick acceleration, sporty character, and a refinement in driving character.

2016 Audi Q5
2016 Audi Q5

Novelties to expect include Audi Connect telematics, and standard panoramic sunroof/moonroof. Tons of other features are provided optionally on top variants. It’s rather a tough question to answer whether an aging vehicle is past its prime, but we’re confident the new Q5 hasn’t reached the threshold yet.

2016 Audi Q5 exterior, white color

The new 2016 Audi Q5 undoubtedly remains a class standout beneath its bonnet with its engine offerings ranging from a diesel-powered V6 to the energetic 4-cyl turbocharged engine, and a supercharged V6 and a gas-electric hybrid in between. Interior wise, you will find the vehicle spacious enough and has made use of high quality materials.

2016 Audi Q5 exterior, tailpipe and taillights

However, there exists some downsides to the Q5, some of them include a lack of a USB port for phone charging, an awkward dash-mounted controls, and lack of modern safety technologies such as automatic braking, surround-view parking cameras, and adaptive cruise controls. Other alternatives to consider include the Lexus RX, 2016 Porsche Macan, 2016 BMW X3, and the Acura RDX for 2016.

Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2016 Audi Q5

The compact luxury 2016 Audi Q5 crossover comes in a walloping seven trims depending on the engines provided. The trims range from the base 2.0T Premium to the top-of-the-line 2.0T Hybrid Prestige trims. You can find the 2016 Audi Q5 SQ5 review separately on our site.

2016 Audi Q5 front
2016 Audi Q5 front

Some of the standard equipment to expect from the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium include xenon headlights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a power liftgate, dash mounted controls, climate control, 18” wheels, 10-speaker premium audio system, power front seats, CD player, turbocharged 4-cyl engine, 40/20/40-split folding aft seat, satellite radio, LED running lights, a panoramic sunroof/moonroof, auxiliary audio jack, leather upholstery, LED taillights, and automatic wipers. ‘

2016 Audi Q5 back
2016 Audi Q5 back

The 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus trim comes equipped with heated front seats, driver memory settings, aluminum door sills, driver memory settings, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition, and truck-edge trim.

Moving up the 2016 Audi Q5 3.0T Premium Plus adds headlight washers, supercharged V6 drivetrain, exterior styling tweaks, and 19” wheels.

2016 Audi Q5 interior
2016 Audi Q5 interior

The 2016 Audi Q5 3.0T Prestige comes fitted with front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, Bang & Olufsen audio system, a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, upgraded MMI system, a navigation system, cooled cupholder, and aft door sunshades.

2016 Audi Q5 interior, steering wheel and dashboard

As for the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige tacks in hybrid specific instrumentation, hybrid badging, and 19” wheels.

Engine Specs For The New 2016 Audi Q5

Every trim model comes equipped with an AWD and an eight-speed auto transmission system. Expect the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus to come fitted with a 4-cyl 2L engine able to generate up to 220 hp and 258 pounds of torque. As per the EPA estimates, the fuel economy to be expected should be 20/28/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined. In our self-conducted test drive, the 2.0T was able to clock 6.7 seconds from an acceleration of 0-60 mph.

The 2016 Audi Q5 3.0T trims all come fitted with a supercharged 3L V6 capable of generating 272 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque. Its EPA ratings are 18/26/21 mpg, while its acceleration to 60mph was in under 5.8 seconds.

2016 Audi Q5 engine

Expect the 2016 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI to come with an installed 3L diesel V6 able to crank out 240 horsepower and 428 pounds of torque. Its fuel economy ratings are provided as 24/31/27 mpg, while its dash to 60 mph is in 6 seconds.

As for the 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid, expect a combination of a 2.0T engine and an electric motor. This combo should result in an output of 245 horsepower and 350 pounds of torque. It is estimated that it will dash to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The Hybrid’s fuel economy ratings are 24/30/26 mpg.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.5 in. (110.5 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 2.6 in. (182.6 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.7 in. (74.7 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 29.1 cu.ft
Maximum cargo capacity: 57.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4475 lbs
Top Speed: 128 mph
0-60: 6 sec
MPG: 24/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Lava Gray Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 4400 lbs

Date of Release & Price – 2016 Audi Q5

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Expect the base 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Quattro to set you back by an msrp of $40,900, while the top-of-the-line 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Prestige Quattro should cost you $52,500. Its release date should be expected sometime before this fall.

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