WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017, PART 2
by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist
Continuing last week’s look at what’s new for 2017 from Detroit… and beyond (for more info click the car name for the mfgr’s link):
- Chevy Bolt: Chevy sticks its toe into the electric car pool with this five-passenger, front-wheel-drive hatchback. Power comes from a 60-kWh lithium ion battery which is connected to a 200-hp electric motor. Chevy tells us the Bolt should be capable of driving 200 miles between charges.
- Cadillac XT5: this is Cadillac’s new entry into the luxury crossover segment (replacing the SRX), and it introduces the marque’s new nomenclature for what they tell us is the first of four new vehicles in the category. A totally new design, still unmistakably Cadillac, includes a new 3.6L V-6 with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, and a rear camera whose display is shown on the inside rearview mirror.
- Lincoln Continental: Ford’s luxury brand has brought back a name from the past in the hopes of bringing back past successes. The new Continental is different enough from Ford’s other large sedans to (maybe) bring some prestige back to the Lincoln name. The interior is very inviting, and its 30-way adjustable driver’s seat should fit just about anybody. Three available powerplants, coupled with all- or front-wheel-drive, give you a few different choices (and price points). If only they’d kept the suicide doors…
- Tesla Model X: this all-electric crossover really stands out from the crowd whenever its passengers enter/exit its rear seating area. Those are Falcon Wing doors in case you’ve been wondering what to call them. Tesla explains that they work well in tight spaces, and you shouldn’t hit your head on the roof while buckling the kids into their car seats. All-wheel-drive, seating for seven, and a range of up to 250 miles on a full charge.
- Rolls-Royce Dawn: it just might be the ultimate convertible. But if you are a family of five, someone will have to be left behind, as this $339,850 drophead (oh, sorry about calling it a mere convertible earlier) only seats four. But, dear prospective owner, take solace in knowing that Rolls-Royce has proclaimed “Quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” ‘Nuff said.
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