2017 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date, Info & Specs

If you want to get an impressive midsize SUV with a refined nature, strong engines, and a stout towing capacity, the Volkswagen Touareg for 2017 is probably the best you can get in its segment, however, its non-luxury badge and/or high price may turn out to be a tough pill to swallow for people running on tight budgets. Its release date should be expected mid next year.

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Some of its strengths for 2017 include a respectable off-road capability, confident handling, a high-towing capacity, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and a confident handling. For 2017, VW no longer has the Touareg Hybrid trim on its lineup.

The vehicle has been in the market for over ten years now but many people still misspell its name. The most common question that many people probably ask whenever they’re viewing the vehicle at VW dealerships has much to do with its name spelling. Did I spell it correctly? Why do you call it that way? Well, that’s how creative the guys at Volkswagen were and we have no option than to respect that despite the obvious inconveniences.

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Moving on, the Touareg offers an exciting driving experience, interior ambience, and tons of standard features just to begin with. However, the vehicle comes with a hefty price tag that might just give its rivals the boost they require to make additional sales.

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For 2017, nothing much has changed in terms of the exterior fascias and much of the interior appointments relative to the previous model. Nonetheless, it is better placed than other midsize crossovers like the Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge especially in terms of the capability, towing capacity, and refinement. The Touareg offers a solid towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

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Of course, one major downside to owning it is its price tag that is quite unforgiving despite its nameplate being from a very humble brand similar to the Jettas, Beetles, and Golfs. Buyers will nevertheless find value for their money as the vehicle offers a more sophisticated driving experience, a luxurious cabin, and an alternative powertrain as the top-rated midsize luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne, and the BMW X5 which are offered at way higher prices.

Available Trims – Volkswagen Touareg

The five-passenger Volkswagen Touareg for 2017 is available in just three well-equipped trim levels: Sport, Lux, and the fully-loaded Executive trim. The names “TDI” and “VR6” connote the engine.

Interior Technology & Exterior Review – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

The base V6 Sport offers automatic wipers, a heated eight-way power front seats, foglights, adaptive and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18” wheels, an auto-diming rearview mirror, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic climate control (dual-zone), “V-Tex” leatherette upholstery, LED running lights, a 6.5” touchscreen interface, a media player interface, an eight-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, a power liftgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg rear view, tailpipe and taillights

The optional Technology Driver Assistance package standard for the TDI but optional for the VR6 adds keyless entry and ignition, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, an 8” touchscreen interface, a hands-free power liftgate, a frontal collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, a trailer hitch, a blind spot warning system, and blind-spot warning system.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

The V6 Lux trim includes the above package plus leather upholstery, a power folding rear seat, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 19” wheels, and driver side-auto-dimming mirrors.

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Finally, eating everything below it in the trim jungle is the Executive trim that adds a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system, manual rear sunshades, 20” wheels, heated rear seats, an overhead-view parking camera, and a power adjustable steering wheel.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Engine Specs

A 3.6L V6 engine rated at 280 hp and 266 lbs. of torque comes under the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 models. The power is transferred to the four wheels via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system. Its fuel economy ratings as per EPA stats stand at 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg engine

The TDI model comes fitted with a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine good for 240 hp and a solid 406 pounds of torque. It offers the same transmission system as the VR6 models mentioned above.

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The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds regardless of the powertrain.

Price & 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $42,795, and $50,245 for the TDI Executive. Its date of release has been rumored to be around mid-next year.

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2017 Buick LaCrosse Release Date, Info & Specs

The redesigned Buick LaCrosse for 2017 is well-rounded sedan that drives nicely and pampers its occupants. Some of the highlights include top crash test scores, sleek interior with up-to-date technology, an available all-wheel-drive system, and a serene and luxurious ride quality. Its release date should be expected this August.

New features to debut alongside the 2017 LaCrosse include unique 18” wheels, a new Sport Touring package, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an updated IntelliLink infotainment system, and a standard power driver seat.

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The new 2017 Buick LaCrosse, being Buick’s flagship sedan, offers traditional Buick features such as generous accommodations and size. As one would expect, the vehicle comes with copious head-and legroom rivaled only by executive-class sedans such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

2017 Buick LaCrosse side view, gray color,alloy wheels

Given Buick’s history, you might assume that the LaCrosse isn’t a snooze. Fortunately, this is the case with the 2017 LaCrosse, as the vehicle employs a choice of two impressive engines under its hood. You have a choice of either the mild-hybrid four-cylinder code-named eAssist or the V6 rated at 304 hp engine.

While you might be impressed by the eAssist impressive fuel economy ratings, we are not convinced that it is enough reason to forgo the available all-wheel-drive and the additional V6 power.

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Regardless of the engine choice, every model comes with an impressive feature list and a well-equipped and stylish cabin. For instance, it comes with an upgraded IntelliLink infotainment system that comes with two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, smartphone app integration, and a revised touchscreen interface.

Despite the irresistible feature and technology list the LaCrosse comes with, there are other contenders in the segment that will definitely give it a run for its money. They include the 2017 Toyota Avalon, 2017 Lexus ES, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, and the RWD 2017 Chrysler 300.

Available Trims – Buick LaCrosse

The large luxury 2017 Buick LaCrosse sedan is available in a mammoth six trims: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium 1, Premium 2, and Premium 3 trims.

Exterior Images, Pics & Interior Photos – 2017 Buick LaCrosse

The 1SV trim comes standard with a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a V6 engine, heated mirrors, remote ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), cruise control, split-folding rear seatbacks, 17” alloy wheels, a 4G LTE connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar telematics, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

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Others include a CD player, a seven-speaker sound system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, an 8” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, two USB ports, and IntelliLink infotainment system.

2017 Buick LaCrosse steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard

The Base trim gets you a rear spoiler, 18” wheels, different grille, keyless ignition and entry, driver memory settings, integrated signal repeaters, rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, power front passenger seat, and ambient lighting.

Opting for the Leather model gest you 18” wheels, 17” for the four-cylinder models, and standard leather upholstery.

Springing for the Premium 1 gets you 11-speaker Bose audio system, a 120-V power outlet, a power rear window sunshade, ventilated and heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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The Premium 2 adds a navigation system, adaptive suspension dampers, 20” wheels, front suspension tuning with torque-steer-resistant “HiPer Strut” design.

Optional on both the Base and 1SV trims is the Ultra Luxury package that comes standard with a faux-suede headliner, unique exterior colors, extended leather upholstery, and real wood accents.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Engine Specs

The Buick LaCrosse for 2017 comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 304 hp and 264 pounds of torque under its hood. The power is transmitted to the front wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission system. You get the all-wheel-drive system on both the premium 1 and Leather trims.

During our own test drive, the V6-powered LaCrosse was able to dash from 0-60 mph in a laudable 6.8 seconds. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the V6 model stands at 18/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/26/20 mpg with the 4WD.

2017 Buick LaCrosse engine

The eAssist available for the Leather and Base trims pairs an 11kW electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine to produce an output rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pounds of torque. Both the six-speed automatic and the front-wheel-drive are default systems.

According to Buick, the vehicle comes with a 6-Year or 70,000-mile powertrain Limited Warranty.

Price & China Release Date – 2017 Buick LaCrosse

The new 2017 Buick LaCrosse sedan will cost you an MSRP starting from $31,065. As for its release date, expect the vehicle to go for sale this August. On the official website you can find all additional info about it’s release in United States and Canada.

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2017 Audi TTS Release Date, Info & Specs

The new Audi TTS for 2017 is an amped-up version of the regular TT which comes with sportier responses, an agile engine, and improved steering and handling.
Some of its pros include a standard all-wheel-drive system, a finely wrought interior with cutting-edge technology, a highly responsive steering, cornering and handling, and a stronger acceleration. Its release date should be expected during the 3rd Q of 2017.

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Well, any previous user of the redesigned TT will definitely find its performance-themed Audi TTS sibling impressive, and almost superfluous. It comes with all the bells and whistles that Audi considers dear to its survival as a brand. A first for the Audi TTS include an adaptive gauge cluster system that seamlessly combines the driver infotainment and information functions.
See, the TTS isn’t just for anyone.

But is meant for people who have a sense of class and performance. For people looking for more power and better handling, the TTS might be your best choice. It makes use of the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at an extra 72 hp than the regular TT which is rated at 220 hp.

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For sharper responses, Audi invested its resources in coming up with a trick suspension system that lowers the ride height thereby giving the vehicle more stability and sharper responses. Another suspension upgrade are the adaptive magnetic dampers. Others include power adjustable standard seat bolsters, quad exhaust tips, and silver mirror covers.

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Given TTS’s unique feature set and “mini-R8” looks, there is no doubt than it most formidable competitor is the base TT. However, the new 2017 Audi TTS will still have to take out other bogeys in its segment including but not limited to the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, 2017 Porsche Cayman S, and 2017 BMW M235i.

Available Trims – Audi TTS

The four-passenger 2017 Audi TTS is only offered in one single trim level. You also get lots of additional packages and options.

Exterior Changes & Interior Redesign – 2017 Audi TTS

Standard equipment and accessories available for the Audi TTS for 2017 include sport-tuned adaptive suspension system, LED taillights, keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, Audi Select adjustable drive settings, a lowered sport-tuned adaptive suspension system, 19” wheels, silver mirror housings, “S” exterior trim flourishes, an adaptive rear spoiler, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and quad exhaust tips.

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Interior wise, the vehicle comes equipped with a heated 10-way power front seats, a nine-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control, knob based MMI interface, synthetic suede upholstery, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, an SD card reader, a CD/DVD player, matte aluminum interior inlays, sport steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, satellite radio, voice controls, power side bolsters, four-way power lumbar, LED ambient lighting, and folding rear seatbacks.

2017 Audi TTS leather seeds, steering wheel

The optional Technology package tacks in a rearview camera, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability, blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming mirrors, and a navigation system. Others include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, red-painted brake calipers, 20” wheels, and upgraded Napa leather.

2017 Audi TTS gear shft knob, dashboard, lcd screen

The Launch Edition which is exclusive for a limited production of 75 units comes with a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, Napa leather interior, unique metallic black paint, piano black interior inlays, red-painted brake calipers, and special 19” wheels.

2017 Audi TTS Roadster Engine Specs

The redesigned 2017 Audi TTS comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 292 horsepower and 280 pounds of torque. The power is transmitted to the four wheels via the six-speed automated manual system.

According to Audi, the TTS coupe should be able to saunter from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. This represents an impressive 0.9 second quicker acceleration than the TT coupe. Its curb weight stands at 3230 pounds.

2017 Audi TTS engine

Audi says that the EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Audi TTS are 23/27/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Nowadays, those fuel returns are considered oddly low for a four-cylinder engine. However, given the level of performance the TTS offers, that shouldn’t be a major con.

Release Date & 2017 Audi TTS Lease Price

The new 2017 Audi TTS will most assuredly feature an MSRP starting from $51,900. As for its release date, expect the vehicle to hit U.S dealerships during the 3rd Q of 2017.

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