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WHAT'S NEW FOR 2017 — PT. 1

August 5, 2016

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2017 — PT. 1


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist

Check out this video clip of Steve Martin from the 1979 movie The Jerk. That used to be me with the September/October issues of Motor Trend magazine — except I was shouting “The news cars are here! The new cars are here!”

These days… not so much. New car introduction time lost its luster years, nay, decades ago when automobile manufacturers did away with yearly styling updates, and then just started introducing new models willy-nilly throughout the year. So to say that my Fall excitement level has dropped is an understatement.

Yet, there are some new models making their debuts. Let’s take a look at a few (for more info click on the car names for the mfgr’s link):

 2017 Chevy Cruze hatch

  • Chevy Cruze hatchback: the bowtie’s popular compact grows a door in the back end, which will increase carrying capacity to 47.2 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded down. It also cuts a much sportier shape than the sedan.

 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Hyundai Ionic: the Korean manufacturer is going electric with a choice of three different powertrains — all-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid. The three will be rolled out over the next year, beginning with the Ionic Electric this fall.

 2017 Honda Ridgeline

  • Honda Ridgeline: the first remake of Honda’s pickup looks more like a traditional pickup than the original, which can only help sales. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the new Ridgeline promises a sedan-like ride with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

2017 GMC Acadia 

  • GMC Acadia: another makeover finds GMC’s crossover shrink in size and weight, allowing for a first-ever four-cylinder engine under the hood. New styling makes it look even smaller than it is, further distancing itself from its Chevy (Traverse) and Buick (Enclave) cousins.

 2017 Volvo S90

  • Volvo S90: if you like your European luxury sedans large, stylish, and Swedish, here’s your new car. The largest Volvo sedan to come along in awhile, the S90’s interior is trimmed out in leather, wood, and metal, and looks inviting enough to live in.


To be continued next week…

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