2017 Audi A5 Release Date, Review, News

The new 2017 Audi A5 has a lot to offer especially of you are looking for a luxurious and stylish two-door sedan. Some of its upsides include a standard all-wheel-drive system, a confident handling, classy styling, and a beautifully trimmed cabin. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

A first in the 2017 A5 include Bang & Olufsen sound system, standard Audi Connect online services and S Line package. Also, the optional collision mitigation system has been dropped, as is the Prestige trim model.

The new A5 comes with top-notch features ranging from the subtly sexy exterior to the high-quality cabin. In a nutshell, the new 2017 Audi A5 drives and feels classy. Under its hood, things are still top-rated. It comes with a standard all-wheel-drive system, a turbocharged engine, and a well-tuned suspension system that turn any driving experience into a pleasure cruise.

2017 Audi A5
2017 Audi A5

Add in the convenience and range of comfort features and you’ve got yourself a luxurious car that will undoubtedly revitalize your once boring life. However, despite the praise, not everything in the A5 is bulletproof. It still comes with its own share of downsides including an unremarkable acceleration, it lacks a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, but you can get the latter at an extra cost (seriously!), and base MMI system has an awkward control layout.

Other better alternatives to consider in the segment include 2017 Audi TT, 2017 BMW 2 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017, and 2017 BMW 4 Series.

Audi A5 – Available Trims

The A5 offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, comes in only two trims: Premium and Premium Plus.

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The Premium model comes standard with a tilt-only sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic xenon headlights, fender badges and door sill inserts, 18” alloy wheels, split-folding rear seatbacks, a 10-speaker sound system, 10-way power front seat, Audi’s propriety digital music interface, a 6.5” touchscreen interface, automatic climate control system (tri-zone), foglights, and HD and satellite radio.

2017 Audi A5 front
2017 Audi A5 front

Picking the Premium Plus model gets you Bang & Olufsen sound system, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, driver memory settings, auto-dimming mirrors, and heated exterior mirrors.

Starting off the option list is the MMI Navigation Plus package for the Premium models. It adds DVD/CD player, console mounted controls, a color-driver information system, Audi Connect online services, blind-spot monitor, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Bluetooth streaming media.

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2017 Audi A5 back

Getting the Sport package gets you a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, 19” wheels, faux-suede upholstery, automatic transmission calibration, a sport-tuned suspension, an aero-body kit, neck-level heating system, gloss black interior trim, throttle and automatic transmission calibration, and front sport seats. Stand-alone options include wood interior trim and various wheel designs.

2017 Audi A5 interior
2017 Audi A5 interior

2017 Audi A5 Engine Specs

A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 220 horsepower and 258 pounds of torque powers the all-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A5. An eight-speed automatic transmission system is standard on the convertible but optional for the coupe, while the six-speed manual transmission system is standard for the coupe.

During our own test drive, the manual-equipped 2017 Audi A5 dashed from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is the class average.
The coupe’s fuel economy ratings stand at 22/31/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/31/25 mpg for the automatic-equipped 2017 Audi A5.

Safety wise, buyers should expect side curtain airbags, auto-delay off headlamps, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, ventilated front disc, dual front side-mounted airbags, disk sensing headlamps, turn signal mirrors, 2 rear seat headrests, tire pressure monitoring, post-collision monitoring, a rearview camera, antilock disc brakes, and traction and stability control.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Audi A5

The 2.0T Premium Quattro will cost you an MSRP starting from $40,500, the 2.0T Premium Plus Quattro – an MSRP starting from $42,800, the 2.0T Premium Quattro (convertible) – $47,900, and 2.0T Premium Plus Quattro (convertible) – an MSRP starting from $50,200.

We should expect the vehicle to head to U.S dealerships before this fall.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner Release Date, Review, News

The fresh 2017 Toyota 4Runner offers a more off-road capability than most body-on frame SUVs, but for a daily driver, it may lack the level of individual refinement. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an ample cargo capacity, an outstanding off-road capability, an optional third-row seat, and a strong V6 engine. Its release date should be expected the first quarter of 2016.

For 2016, the 4Runner gains a slight towing capacity increment, a cell phone navigation integration, and an upgraded base audio system. Raucous and off-road ready, truck based crossovers were once the most sought after SUVs in the segment. However, buyers later realized that the same vehicles offer lousy fuel economy ratings, rough rides, and inefficient for daily commuting chores.

2017 Toyota 4Runner
2017 Toyota 4Runner

That said, car-based light utility vehicles soon started to debut and with them came with serious off-roading capability while still offering comfort and luxury amenities suitable for everyday commuting. The revitalized 2017 Toyota 4Runner is among them, and with the brand’s reputation for reliability and efficiency, the new vehicle promises nothing less than ride comfort and top-notch performance.

Even the base comes with serious off-road action and lots of standard equipment. Some of the standard equipment include hill-start assist, mud guards, hill-descent control, dual-range transfer case, advanced electronic aides, and skid plates. Still, there are some things worth lamenting over. They include a busy ride, cumbersome setup process for the Entune system, low towing capacity for a traditional SUV, and a poor fuel economy rating.

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If you are looking for more towing capacity, and a premium cabin with a standard three-row seating configuration, you can opt for the 2017 Dodge Durango or the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which ranks atop our favorite list and offers several engine options, competitive off-road performance, an upscale interior, and better fuel economy ratings. Better yet, you could opt for the top-rated 2017 Toyota Highlander, which offers superior acceleration and efficiency, and a passenger space for up to eight people.

Toyota 4Runner SUV – Available Trims

The new 2017 Toyota 4Runner is available in a walloping four trims: base SR5, mid-trims Trail and TRD Pro, and the top-rated Limited trim. Additionally, both the Trail and the SR5 are further subdivided into Premium and standard sub-trims.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner spy shots
2017 Toyota 4Runner spy shots

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 trim comes standard with heated exterior mirrors, air-conditioning, LED taillights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split reclining and folding rear seats, a power liftgate, mud guards, 17” alloy wheels, foglights, a power liftgate window, keyless ignition and entry, a windshield wiper de-icer, a tow hitch, skid plates, a six-way power driver seat, a six-way power driver seat, and hill-descent control. Standard electronic features include USB/iPod audio interface, a 6.1” touchscreen display, an 8-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, cell phone app integration, and an auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Toyota 4Runner front
2017 Toyota 4Runner front

The SR5 Premium further adds an upgraded version of Entune smartphone app integration, a power front passenger seat, upgraded exterior mirrors, a sunroof, a navigation system, and leatherette upholstery.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Trail trim comes bundled with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which disconnects the stabilizer bars to improve suspension articulation over deep boulders and ruts.

2017 Toyota 4Runner back
2017 Toyota 4Runner back

Opting for the TRD Pro gets you Bilstein shocks, matte black 17” wheels, upgraded front springs, TRD-themed aesthetic upgrades, a TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, summer performance tires, elevated ride height, automatic headlights, and unique front black grille.

2017 Toyota 4Runner interior
2017 Toyota 4Runner interior

The top-of-the-line 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited adds a full-time all-wheel-drive system, 20” alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, automatic headlights, adaptive roll-reducing dampers, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, automatic climate control (dual zone), Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics, and a 15-speaker JBL sound system and perforated front seats.

Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota 4Runner Concept

The redesigned 2017 Toyota 4Runner employs a 4.0L diesel V6 good for 270 hp and 278 pounds of torque. The five-speed auto transmission system is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates for the RWD models stands at 17/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/21/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive models.

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Price & Release Date Of The New 2017 Toyota 4Runner

Expect the base 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $33,510, and up to 41,835USD for the Limited trim. As for the release date, expect the new 4Runner to go on sale during the first quarter of next year.

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2017 Jaguar XJ Release Date, Review, News

For 2017, buyers should expect the XJ to project excellence, English sophistication, and exclusivity. Some of its pros include lots of standard equipment, chic cabin style, agile V8 powerplants, and nimble handling among others. Also, the trim has been expanded to accommodate two more trims: the XJR-Sport and XJ Autobiography. The XJ is slated to be released to dealerships across the U.S sometime mid-next year.

2017 Jaguar XJ
2017 Jaguar XJ

The XJ is neither traditional-minded as the German marques nor extravagant as the Italian. It is plainly characterized by a unique British indulgence and a sophisticated and modern designed exterior and interior design. It undoubtedly achieves a different goal through a dynamic pace and competence.

It debut will see it offered in either long-wheelbase or regular versions just as the 2015 XJ version, as well as a choice of RWD and AWD drive systems mated to three supercharged engines. With its versatility, the XJ will with no doubt suit a variety of budgets, drivers/chauffeurs and climates.

Choosing the limousine-like long-wheelbase sedan will get you heating and massaging, two laptop sized business tables, an entertainment package, and twin power-operated rear seats with ventilation systems. In addition, numerous optional packages will further sweeten the deal with lots of luxurious amenities available.

The cons to owning an XJ include less-advanced and fewer tech features than competition, an outdated infotainment system, and a crampy backseat. Some of its alternatives include 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and 2017 Audi A8.

Jaguar XJ – Available Trims

The fresh Jaguar XJ for 2017 is available in either XJ (regular) or XJL (LWB) variants. The regular variant is available in base, Supercharged, and top-rated XJR trims, while the long-wheelbase variant is available in Supercharged, portfolio, and XJR trims. Others are XJR-Sport and XJ Autobiography. The XJ8 is reviewed separately.

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Expect the base XJ to come equipped with adaptive automatic wipers, 19” wheels, keyless ignition and entry, driver-adjustable throttle and steering settings, front and aft parking sensors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, bi-xenon headlights, self-leveling and adaptive suspension, and shift paddles. Others include heated steering wheel, driver memory settings, a power trunk lid, soft-close doors, a power telescopic and tilt steering wheel, heated rear seats, and heated eight-way power front seats.

2017 Jaguar XJ front
2017 Jaguar XJ front

Entertainment features for the base trim include a navigation system, an 8” infotainment system, satellite and HD radio, a CD player, USB connection, digital music storage, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 14-speaker premium sound system, and voice controls.

The Front Seat Comfort package in addition to the above comes equipped with 14-way power front seats, ventilated and heated seats, and passenger seat memory functions. The Portfolio package adds ventilated and heated rear seats, interior trim, more exterior paint, headliner material choices, automatic climate control (dual zone), a faux sued headliner, and extended leather upholstery. Picking the Visibility package gets you automatic high-beam control, and LED headlamps.

2017 Jaguar XJ back
2017 Jaguar XJ back

Stepping up to the XJ Supercharged should get you a tauter suspension tuning, red brake calipers, 14-way sport seats, a front splitter, summer performance tires, larger brakes, an active rear differential, 20-speaker sound system, deck lid spoiler, exclusive interior and exterior trim details, 20” wheels, and a supercharged V8. Top-of-the-line XJR comes with exclusive 20” wheels, a quad-tip exhaust, most potent V8 engine, and XJR-specific suspension tuning.

2017 Jaguar XJ interior
2017 Jaguar XJ interior

Stand-alone options include a 26-speaker Meridian surround system, adaptive cruise control, heated windshield, automatic braking, and collision warning system.

Release Date & 2017 Jaguar XJ Price

An MSRP starting from 74,500USD is all you need to get the base 2017 Jaguar XJ sedan, and about 121,000 USD for the XJR LWB model. The XJ is slated to be released to dealerships across the U.S sometime mid-next year.

Engine Specs – 2017 Jaguar XJ

Featuring a V6 supercharged 3.0L engine rated at 370 horsepower and 340lbs. of torque is both the 2017 Jaguar XJ base and Portfolio trims. All-wheel-drive system is optional, while the RWD and the automatic transmission are standard.

The EPA ratings for the 2015 version stand at 19/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the 2WD model. Those for the 4WD stand at 17/23/19 mpg.

Stepping up to the XJ Supercharged model gets you an output of 480 hp and 500 pounds of torque from a supercharged 5.0L V8 powerplant.

The higher performance version of the above engine cranks out 560 hp and 520 pounds of torque for the range-topping XJR trim.

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