New 2017 Volvo S80 Release Date and Review

With great fuel economy ratings, plenty of value for the money, and comfortable seats and ride, the 2017 Volvo S80 seems as a sensible alternative to flashier, more expensive luxury sedans. However, it disappoints with its lackluster power, and anonymous looks. The Volvo S80 release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017.

2017 Volvo S80 exterior, white color

While the S80 is appealing in certain ways, it’s least appealing relative to contemporary luxury sedans that are notorious for fancy wheel designs, high-tech infotainments system, supple leather and interior woodwork. Its aging design and minor updates for 2017 only makes the situation worse.

2017 Volvo S80 white color, rear view

On the upside, though, the Volvo S80 2017 offers impressive fuel economy ratings and an array of high-tech safety systems. Elevating its performance and efficiency is its new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 240 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque, and offers an incredible 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.6 seconds.

2017 Volvo S80 side angle, black color

The exterior design, while it isn’t a bad thing, has only received mild cosmetic freshening, and seems rather dated in today’s luxury car market. The interior layout is however quite appealing and upscale. The materials used on its surfaces look premium, and the infotainment system has improved responsiveness relative to the previous model.

2017 Volvo S80 alloy wheels, exterior

Yet, the new Volvo S80 isn’t the only vehicle in its class that offers plenty of value for the money. Rivals you should check out include the Acura TLX, Hyundai Genesis, Lexus ES 350, Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac XTS. Pricier alternatives include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6.

2017 Volvo S80 exterior, alloy wheels

While the Volvo S80 does come pretty well equipped and is typically less expensive than many other midsize luxury cars, the reality is that it’s simply outclassed for 2017.

2017 Volvo S80 grille and headlights

2017 Volvo S80 Trims

Two trims are offered for the 2017 Volvo S80: Platinum and Premiere. Two models are additionally available: T5 and T6 Drive-E.

2017 Volvo S80 Interior Accessories & Exterior Changes

The S80 Premier specs include a split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, an eight-way power front seats, foglights, LED running lights, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated front seats, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Volvo S80 steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard and gear shift knob

Equipment offered include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-inch display screen, frontal collision warning and mitigation system, a six-CD changer, HD and satellite radio, a navigation system, and a USB port.

2017 Volvo S80 interior, leather seats, back seats

Upgrading to the Volvo S80 Platinum package gets you an automatic high-beam headlight control, special interior accent lighting, a folding front passenger seat, power-retractable side mirrors, lane-departure warning system, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a folding front passenger seat, adaptive xenon headlights, blind-spot monitoring, cyclist detection, and a grocery bag holder.

2017 Volvo S80 front angle, headlights and grille

Options include a leather-covered dashboard and center armrest, windshield washer nozzle, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension system, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a quick-fold front passenger seat, and wood and metal trimmings.

2017 Volvo S80 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Volvo S80 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the new 2017 Volvo S80 is a four-cylinder mill rated at 258 lbs. feet of torque and 240 horsepower. Standard systems include the stop-start system, the front wheel drive system, and the eight-speed automatic transmission system. The S80 AWD is optionally available.

EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2017 S80 T5 Drive-E at 25/37/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Volvo S80 engine

As already mentioned above, 6.6 seconds is all that you require to sprint from 0-60 mph. an average time in the segment as rivals fare much better with majority of them accelerating in the sub-6 seconds region.

Safety features include frontal collision warning and mitigation system, active front head restraints, driver-fatigue monitor, front and rear parking sensors, side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts.

2017 Volvo S80 Release Date & Price

According to various rumors going round within the precincts of the industry, the vehicle should be expected to go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

2017 Volvo S80 release date

The Volvo S80 price starts from an MRSP of $43,450.

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2017 GMC Canyon Release Date, Review and Info

If you are looking for a midsize truck that offers a civilized appeal, strong engines, a smooth and serene ride, and a hard-to-beat demeanor, the new 2017 GMC Canyon should undoubtedly be your number one priority. Its release date should be expected mid this year.

Some of the 2017 highlights include a maneuverable size, a comfortable ride, high-tech feature galore, and a fuel-efficient and torque-rich diesel engine. Also, we should expect to see an optional four-cylinder engine, smartphone app integration, and an IntelliLink touchscreen interface.

2017 GMC Canyon exterior, side view

The GMC made news when it returned to the market last year. This handsome and well-designed Canyon in comparison to other older models in its class, was more fuel-efficient, quicker, roomier, and easier to drive.

Diesel fans have another reason why they should buy the Canyon, as it comes with an optional turbocharged diesel engine. However, the unfavorable price tag might dissuade you from opting from one. You still have the 2.8L four-cylinder engine, after all, which offers an impressive 181 hp and 369 pounds of torque.

See, the torque number is what makes the whole thing interesting, as it even dwarfs those of the gasoline V6. Aside from that, the Canyon also feels smoother, stronger and relaxed character when driven.

2017 GMC Canyon side angle, alloy wheels

Another noticeable change for 2017 is the smartphone app integration system. This makes it possible for a seamless connectivity especially for tech savvy users. Much can be said about the new Canyon, but the bottom line remains: the Canyon is a truly appealing workaholic that gets things done.

Available Trims – GMC Canyon

The new 2017 GMC Canyon is available in four trims: base SL, base Canyon, SLE, and SLT. All trims are offered in two bed lengths and a choice of either five-seat crew cab or two-and four-seat extended-cab body styles. The Denali is reviewed separately.

2017 GMC Canyon Exterior Colors & Interior Review

Available accessories for the entry-level SL include a four-way power driver seat, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.2” touchscreen interface, air-conditioning, automatic projector-style headlights, floor covering, a rearview camera, auxiliary audio jack, USB ports, a tilt-only adjustable steering wheel, daytime running lights, power windows, front bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, and six-speaker FM/AM audio system.

2017 GMC Canyon leather seats and gear shift knob

Next up is the base Canyon model that comes equipped with carpeting and floor mats, fold-up rear jump seats, and cloth upholstery. Other optional features include a theft-deterrent system, voice controls, Pandora internet radio, automatic rear differential, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, remote keyless entry, a rear defroster, cruise control, and an EZ-Lift tailgate.

Picking the SLE gets you additional body-color trim, 17” alloy wheels, an overhead console, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded version of the IntelliLink interface, foglights, an 8” touchscreen interface, four USB ports, satellite radio, steering wheel controls, upgraded soft-touch interior trim materials, and power side mirrors.

2017 GMC Canyon rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

Opting for the SLE trim gets you 17” dark-tinted alloy wheels, a body-color rear bumper, power front lumbar adjustments, remote ignition, sliding rear window, distinctive cloth upholstery, cloth upholstery, rear locking differential, an all-terrain tires, power front lumbar adjustments, and automatic climate control.

Springing for the top-of-the range 2017 GMC Canyon SLT gest you a leather upholstery, 18” alloy wheels, door handles, chrome mirror covers and doors, and front seating upgrades.

2017 GMC Canyon interior, steering wheel and dashboard

The Driver Alert package available for the SLE and SLT trims comes fitted with lane-departure warning systems, frontal collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Other extras include an 8” IntelliLink interface, dual-mode sport exhaust, a navigation system, and a Bose audio system.

Engine Specs – 2017 GMC Canyon

A base 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pounds of torque is the standard engine. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission system and a two-wheel drive.

Next up is a 3.6L V6 engine good for 305 hp and 269 pounds of torque. EPA ratings for the V6 stand at 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the two-wheel-drive, and 17/24/20 mpg for the all-wheel-drive. When properly equipped, expect the V6-powered models to tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds.

2017 GMC Canyon engine V6

Finally, the SLT and SLE crew cabs come with a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pounds of torque.

Price & Release Date – 2017 GMC Canyon

Expect to pay an MSRP starting from $25,505 for the Canyon Crew Cab, and $20,955 for the Canyon Extended Cab. As for the release date, expect the vehicle mid this year.

2017 GMC Canyon front angle, grille

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New 2017 Infiniti QX80 Release Date, Specs & Info

The new 2017 Infiniti QX80 is a top contender in its class thanks to abundant of standard and optional features, a capable handling, strong brakes, and a powerful V8 engine. Additionally, it offers lots of luxury and comfort amenities. The Infiniti QX80 release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017. 

2017 Infiniti QX80 side view, white color

There’s no denying the fact that the Infiniti QX80 2017 looks stylish and is way better looking than other minivans-in-disguise. It makes a huge statement with its exterior design than invokes a sense of modernism thanks to its huge grille, distinctive shape, and one-of-a-kind headlights.

Behind its sinister mien, the QX80 packs plenty of muscle. According to Infiniti, the QX80 has the possibility of achieving a towing capacity of about 8,500 pounds courtesy of its 5.6L V8 engine that cranks out a whopping 400 hp.

2017 Infiniti QX80 front view, grille and headlights

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 interior is something worth writing home about. It’s elegant and well-equipped and offers lots of space for stowage purposes. Foibles do exist, however. The third-row seat is cramped, and the mega-size 22” wheels only serve to make the ride quality harsh.

2017 Infiniti QX80 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

That said, there do exist other alternatives in the segment that offer paralleling or better features depending on how you decide to look at it. One solid pick in this class is the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Lexus LX 570.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade price starts from a MSRP of about $72,970 and that gets you an eight-passenger seating capacity, a whisper-quiet interior, a stout towing capacity, and a strong V8 power. Additional Cadillac Escalade specs include more interior refinement and versatility.

2017 Infiniti QX80 exterior, grille

The 2017 Lexus 570 redesign, on the other hand, ropes in features like a smooth ride quality, an eight-passenger seating capacity, on over-abundance of standard features, and an advanced off-road capability. The Lexus 570 release date is expected in the first quarter of 2017, at least for the USA market.

2017 Infiniti QX80 exterior, blue color

2017 Infiniti QX80 Review of Trims

Two trims are offered for the 2017 Infiniti QX80: Limited and base. These are further offered with a choice of either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive system. Moreover, you can also choose a seating capacity of either between seven or eight passengers.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Changes on Interior & Exterior

2017 Infiniti QX80 interior, dashboard and lcd screen

Some of the standard accessories available for the base QX80 model include multi-color front seats, front and rear parking sensors, twenty-inch alloy wheels, a heated eight-way power driver seat, roof rails, automatic LED foglights and headlights, a six-way power front passenger seat, an automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, driver memory settings, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, a leather upholstery, a rear privacy glass, automatic high-beam control, a folding third-row seating, a power liftgate, and a sunroof.

2017 Infiniti QX80 interior, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

The Infiniti QX80 interior also is offered with a 13-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 360-degree parking camera, a USB port, a CD player, a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, and voice controls.

2017 Infiniti QX80 interior, leather seats

Several packages are offered as options. The Theater package, for instance, comes bundled with a 120-V power outlet, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system. The Technology package offers a 150-speaker Bose audio system, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated and heated front seats, upgraded climate control system, the Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, and adaptive headlights.

2017 Infiniti QX80 side angle, alloy wheels

There are a ton of other options available, of course, but the contents of these will be known for sure on its release date.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Engine Specs

Below the hood of the 2017 Infiniti QX80 exists a 400-horsepower- and 413-lbs. ft. of torque – generating 5.6L V8 engine that comes paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission system and a rear-wheel drive system.

A properly equipped model can achieve a maximum towing capacity of around 8,500 pounds, as already mentioned earlier.

2017 Infiniti QX80 engine

When we come to the fuel economy ratings, Infiniti says the newest QX80 with a rear-wheel drive configuration should be able to check in at 14/20/16 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 13/19/15 mpg with the four-wheel drive option.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Release Date & Price

Various rumors within and without the industry allege the vehicle will probably go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

2017 Infiniti QX80 release date

2017 Infiniti QX80 Limited price starts from an MSRP of around $63,250.

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