New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Release Date, Specs & Info

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date, Diesel, Price, MPG – For 2016 model year, the Cruze will come with a brand new engine and a restyled body along with a likelihood of an 8-speed transmission system as well as hatchback and coupe models. Apart from the expected novelties, the good news is that the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be a little longer and roomier within.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze exterior, blue color

Unfortunately, the bad news is that it won’t be here for a while. General Motors has made it known that additional engineering works will have to delay a little bit by one year. It is imperative to note that the Cruze model is the best-selling car worldwide, so we shouldn’t expect a major departure from what we are used to.

2016 Chevrolet Cruz
2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Exclusive spy photos we have reveal the same greenhouse and basic proportions as the current model in the market, but with a slight aerodynamic styling on Cruze’s classic angles. With a slightly longer wheelbase, would-be users should expect an increased rear seat space – is one of the current model’s drawbacks, admittedly.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze rear view, taillights and tailpipe

A peak at the powerplant specs reveal that the top trims of the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will continue to be offered in standard 6-speed auto transmission system, while lower trim models will get a 6-speed manual. Finally, as Chevrolet looks to grow its small-car momentum, both coupe and hatchback versions will become distinct possibilities for the United States market.

Price & Release Date – 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

According to well-placed sources, the new Chevrolet Cruze 2016 is set to begin production before the fall of this year and go for sale the following spring.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze front view, grille and headlights

In order for the Cruze to win, it must grab buyer’s attention by persuading them to move away from reliable and trusted models like Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

Exterior Changes & Interior Colors for the New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Some of the important highlights for the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will include the following:

  • A light weight body. To start with, the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a whopping 250lbs. lighter than the model it is replacing. Also, it is longer and therefore, offers more passenger and cargo volume. We must admit that it is quite impressive to be able to shed that amount of weight from a car this size, especially for a model that adds space, features and more safety components. With a lightweight body, you should expect lower costs, higher fuel economy ratings, snappy performance, and better handling.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz front
2016 Chevrolet Cruze front
  • Increased passenger room and comfort. The Cruze’s roomier interior and longer wheelbase should make it a leader. The vehicle has now added 2” of rear legroom. Also, Cruze’s wheelbase measuring 106.3” compares to Mercedes CLA 250.
  • Technology Upgrades. In terms of equipment technology, Cruze looks like a leader out of the gates, unleashing built-in Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Safety Features. The new Chevrolet Cruze will come with tons of safety systems and driver aides which will include cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Also, lane-keeping assist will aid the driver in wandering out of the lane, and to avoid frontal collisions will be the driver alerts. Another standard equipment will be a back-up camera.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz back
2016 Chevrolet Cruze back
  • Fuel Economy ratings. According to Chevy, the highway ratings will be rated at 40 mpg, but it will have to improve the ratings in order to remain competitive in the market. The new 1.4L turbocharged drivetrain yields up to 150 horsepower and 177 pounds of torque.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz interior
2016 Chevrolet Cruze interior
  • Exterior Styling. Undeniably, the previous model has attractive, but rather traditional looks. The new model breaks the mold with a fresh new look. It is 2.7” longer, 1” less and 1” less tall than the outgoing model.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Engine Specs – 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Most likely, a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine from General Motors’ new Ecotec engine family will replace the currently used 1.8L base engine. Despite being smaller, the new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine shouldn’t encounter any hurdles in topping up the current output of 138 hp.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze engine

As already mentioned, there will be a new 1.4L engine capable of yielding around 150 hp and 177 pounds of torque. Another likely engine is the 1.6L diesel engine that will be geared towards battling established players like the VW Golf and Jetta diesel engines, especially for those who want a hybrid powerplant. The greatest challenge will be how to improve on a fuel rating above 43 mpg for the purposes of beating the VWs.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 183.7 in
Width: 70.5 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 15.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3084 lbs
Top Speed: 125 mph
0-60: 8.0 sec
MPG: 29/41 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A

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New 2016 Audi S7 – Release Date and Info

2016 Audi S7 Release Date, Review, Specs, Price – The upcoming new 2016 Audi S7 will get an improved exterior styling (including reshaped headlights, different front and aft fascias and new LED taillights) along with thirty extra horsepower output for its V8 turbocharged engine when it’s released to the market.

2016 Audi S7 exterior, metalic blue color, side view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Also, the MMI infotainment system will be significantly updated and will feature the latest processor and 4G LTE connectivity. Furthermore, a USB port will now replace Audi’s propriety iPod interface, while a new package known as Sport package will bundle a sport rear differential, variable-ratio steering and sport exhaust.

2016 Audi S7
2016 Audi S7

Undeniably, the S7 has stunning swiftness and amazing athletic moves, it also scores on rather less exciting, but imperative fronts. The vehicle has surprisingly respectable fuel economy and it is a great choice when considering road trips or nights on the town. The vehicle has abundance of cargo volume in comparison to other sedans in its segment, thanks to its sleek hatchback body style.

2016 Audi S7 rear angle, gray color, taillights and tailpipe

Obviously, Audi won’t be the sole automaker capable of seducing would-be users with a sleek V8. The stylish 2016 BMW 650i Gran Coupe has also proven to be enticing and handsome, while the Mercedes Benz CLS550 is both attractive and quick in a more powerful way. And in case you don’t mind spending much, the Porsche Panamera’s sleek driving dynamics might prove to be your ultimate choice, although its styling remains marred in controversy.

Exterior Review & Interior Changes for the New 2016 Audi S7

2016 Audi S7 interior, front leather seats

The upcoming new S7 comes in a single trim model, and unlike the A7, which debuts in a 5-seater configuration, the S7 comes in two individual rear seats.

2016 Audi S7 front
2016 Audi S7 front

Standard features will include full LED exterior lighting (running lights, headlights and taillights), 19-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, a power liftgate, heated and auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition and a blind-spot warning system. Inside, you’ll find a driver information center with a 7” display between the gauges, a head-up display, Audi Drive Select (providing adjustable settings for steering, transmission calibrations and suspension), eight-way power heated front sport seats (with 4-way power lumbar adjustment), diamond-stitched leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, Audi’s Multi Media Interface system with console-mounted controls and a central 8” display, a rearview camera, driver memory settings, a navigation system with voice controls, Bluetooth, Audi Connect, Siri Eyes Free, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system with a HD radio, CD/DVD player and a USB port.

2016 Audi S7 back
2016 Audi S7 back

Options for the S7 includes the following packages; The Cold Weather package adds heated steering and heated rear seats and the Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control (with stop-and-go functionality, automatic high beams, a corner-view (front and rear) parking camera system, lane-keeping assist and the Audi Pre-Sense Plus collision mitigation system. Lastly, is the Comfort Seating package which features passenger memory settings, “contour” front seats with ventilation and massaging functions, leather upholstery and comfort rear seats without diamond stitching.

2016 Audi S7 interior
2016 Audi S7 interior

The Sport package adds a sport rear differential and a sport exhaust with black tailpipes and variable-ratio steering. The Black Optic package adds special 20” wheels, a blacked-out grille, body-color exterior mirrors and gloss-black window surrounds. Individual option highlights include 20-inch wheels, a faux-suede headliner, power-closing doors, night vision assist, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and rear side airbags. Also, if you place a special order through Audi Exclusive program, you will get a large array of custom interior and exterior colors and materials.

2016 Audi S7 trunk, cargo space

Engine Specs – 2016 Audi S7

Beneath the bonnet of the new 2016 Audi S7 will be a 4L turbocharged V8 capable of generating around 450 horsepower and 406 pounds of torque to all the four wheels. Shifting will be done by the 7-speed manual transmission system.

2016 Audi S7 engine view

And as already mentioned, the 450 horsepower will be an increment from the previous model’s 420 hp and despite the power bump, Audi didn’t update its performance estimates. So the S7 still sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

2016 Audi S7 engine

According to EPA, the upcoming new S7 should return 17/27/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Standard safety equipment on the S7 will include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control, and front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera, blind-spot warning system, and Front and aft parking sensors are also standard. Corner-view camera system and rear side airbags are optional.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 114.8 in
Length: 196.3 in
Width: 75.2 in
Passenger volume: 94 ft³
Cargo volume: 25 ft³
Curb weight: 4564 lbs
Top Speed: 155 mph
0-60: 4.5 sec
MPG: 17/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Akoya Silver Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Alpine Green Pearlcoat – Audi Exclusive, Amalfi White – Audi Exclusive, Amethyst Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Andora Red Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive, Aurora Blue Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive, Aventurine Orange Mica – Audi Exclusive, Aviator Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Price & Release Date – 2016 Audi S7

2016 Audi S7 side view, exterioralloy wheels and headlights

We should expect the new S7 to arrive in dealership shops sometimes in the beginning of next year, and most probably in early summer. Some of the sources have indicated the new model will cost around $75,500.

New 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date, Review and Specs

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date, Price, Engine, Specs – Subaru lovers have been waiting with baited breadth for the unveiling of the new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, and the news for its imminent unmasking couldn’t have come at a better date. We can all reminisce how the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek made headlines with its new novelties which included a new base trim level, a 7” touchscreen, and 6.2” touchscreen with smartphone-app connectivity.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 
2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Also, it came with tons of safety features key among them was adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and lane-departure warning. The new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek will surely not take a lot to attract attention in the compact crossover class. For one thing, the vehicle is the only type in its segment that will boast of a gas-electric hybrid and more so a standard gas powered base model.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek side view, yellow color, exterior, alloy wheels

It’s hard for us to fully recommend the Crosstrek especially from a practical point of view. Subaru’s own Forester is costly, for instance, but on the upside it offers more power, added interior space without compromising the fuel economy, and more importantly has a solid off-road ability.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek rear view, orangr color, taillights and tailpipe

Other small crossovers like the Ford Escape compensate their incapability in the dirt with superior interior space and on-road handling, and a well-equipped cabin. Also, in case you prefer more compact body like the 2015 Mini Countryman and 2015 Nissan Juke. But in case you like an inexpensive and versatile runabout you should therefore consider the new XV Crosstrek.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek XV front angle, exterior, headlights and grille

Exterior Colors & Interior Updates – Subaru Crosstrek For 2016

As most would expect, the new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek by our very own assumptions will debut in five trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and the range topping model known as the Hybrid Touring.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  interior
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  interior

Some of the standard equipment to be featured in the base model will include roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, , smartphone integration (Aha, iHeartRadio and Pandora ), a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack, and a rearview camera and a 4-speaker audio system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen display.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  front
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  front

The 2.0i Premium will also likely add heated mirrors, an adjustable center armrest, heated front seats, a removable cargo tray, a cargo cover and a 6-speaker audio system.

The 2.0i Limited also will certainly feature automatic headlights, upgraded instrumentation, ambient interior lighting, automatic climate control, a rear seat fold-down armrest, leather upholstery and an upgraded infotainment system with dual USB ports, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging and a 7” touchscreen display.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek interior, rear leather seats

The forthcoming Hybrid will also include among others a unique 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, an LCD display in the gauge cluster, a pedestrian alert system that emits a sound and a hybrid-specific energy display atop the center stack.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  back
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  back

The top of the range Hybrid Touring will most likely add a sunroof, the 2.0i Limited’s infotainment system, leather upholstery and a navigation system. The Premium and Limited might both be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight safety package, which adds adaptive cruise control, steering-responsive foglights, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and lane-departure warning.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek trunk, cargo space

Engine Specs – 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Since the Japanese automaker hasn’t made all the facts known to the public concerning what to expect in the new Crosstrek, the new vehicle will most certainly feature a 2.0L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine capable of making around 148 hp and 145 pounds of torque.

A 5-speed manual transmission will be provided standard but tweaked for improved performance on both the 2.0i and 2.0i Premium; it’s mated to an AWD system with 50/50 front/aft power distribution. Just like in the 2015 Subaru Crosstrek, we should also look forward to an optionally provided Continuous Variable Transmission system on both the Premium and Limited models.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek engine

The hybrid, according to well-placed sources, will debut with the same engine running through the Continuous Variable Transmission and AWD systems, but adds an electric motor capable of making upwards of 160 horsepower and 163 pounds of torque.

According to our own assumptions of the expected vehicle, the XV Crosstrek whilst making use of the CVT system should return around 26/34/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined, while the manual transmission should reduce those figures to 23/31/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Some of the safety features we should expect once the Crosstrek hits dealerships include  stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints, and a rearview camera.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.7 in. (103.7 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.2 in. (175.2 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 94 ft³
Cargo volume: 22 ft³
Curb weight: 3109 lbs
Top Speed: 118 mph
0-60: 8,1 sec
MPG: 26/34 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Desert Khaki, Hyper Blue, Ice Silver Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl and Venetian Red Pearl
Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs

Price & Release Date for the New 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

The vehicle is scheduled to hit dealerships later this year as no exact details have been diverged to the public yet. Its price shouldn’t deviate much from that of the current vehicle, therefore, we should expect the price to revolve around 30,000 USD.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  release date
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  release date