2017 Renault Clio Release Date, News and Rumors

Details of the new 2017 Renault Clio are finally out! Including its release date and pricing estimates. In line with other recent Renault models, the 2017 Clio stands out from the crowds thanks to its full-LED front lighting signature. The most notable add on at the front is perhaps the full LED “Pure Vision” headlights. The new technology takes the vehicles safety and aesthetics value to a whole different angle. Safety wise, it gets 20% more powerful than a halogen beam, all the while reducing glare.

2017 Renault Clio exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

The new model is now more visibly broader and modern thanks to the redesigned lowered grille. Around back, it gets additional robustness thanks to the redesigned skirt. Meanwhile, it also gets new wheel designs, and four additional new entries to its color palette. Iron Blue, Pearly White, Titanium Grey, and Intense Red are the new colors that make it to the redesigned color list.

2017 Renault Clio exterior, rear view, taillights and badges

Unlike before, the new 2017 Renault Clio also benefits from upgraded materials that are otherwise offered for the top-of-the-range Renault vehicles. Although plastics haven’t been phased out, they’re of a higher tactile and visual quality. The colors inside the cabin are more refined, and the chrome is subtler, with less gleam. In overall, the new model feels and looks mature with its new-found interior sophistication, and seductive styled exterior.

Even in basic versions, the Renault Clio feels upmarket thanks to the upgraded materials, while the available full-grain leather for the higher-end versions takes the top-of-the-line models a notch higher even competition wise. Also, the redesigned door panels, and gear lever give it an impression of high quality.

2017 Renault Clio spy shots

Another thumbs up for the new model is due to the new customization program. Thanks to it, thirty different color combinations can be customized for the 2017 Renault Clio. Customers can choose from: four exterior customizations packs for its protective moldings and front grille bars, and, five roof decals and painted door mirrors for a two-tone effect.

2017 Renault Clio exterior, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Upgrades to the convenience, infotainment, and safety has also been taken into account. For instance, the infotainment gets three different multimedia systems, and a Bose sound quality. In overall, the 2017 Clio is an all-rounded car that’ll without a doubt be an appealing choice to consumers.

2017 Renault Clio side view, red color, alloy hweels

Completion wise, the new model will have to battle it out with the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, and the 2017 Ford Fiesta. Both vehicles have been face-lifted for 2017, and promises to offer the redesigned Clio a run for its money. It’ll be interesting to see how the three battle it out once they hit the market sometime next year.

2017 Renault Clio Release Date & Price

2017 Renault Clio release date

Its release date, according to multiple sources, should be expected sometime in early 2017. As for the pricing estimates, expect the new model to cost around $15,751 for the base model to up to $30,000 for the fully-equipped version. Unfortunately, the Clio, as before, will not be offered for the USA market. It is strictly made for the European market.

2017 Renault Clio Exterior

2017 Renault Clio front angle, headlights and grille

We wouldn’t say that the exterior of the new model is completely redesigned from last year’s model, as there’re plenty of carryover designs. One such carryover feature is the wide radiator grille with the Renault emblem. Although now featuring new lens layout, the headlights also seem to return unchanged from before. New features you can however expect include new foglights, and a large air dam beneath.

2017 Renault Clio rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Side-ways, things seem to return unchanged. Around back, the 2017 Clio still features the same character lines and overhangs. New changes however include more pronounced reverse lights, and new lens layout for the taillights.

As previously mentioned, buyers now get four new colors to choose from. An American guy would say “awesome” – maybe Euro folks should too.

2017 Renault Clio Interior

2017 Renault Clio intyerior, steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

Depending on the version, there’re a variety of enhancements to make the Renault Clio’s 2017 in-car experience hassle-free and enjoyable. They include an auto-dimming electro-chrome rear-view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, automatically-folding door mirrors, and upgraded LED lighting that improves safety and offers greater visual comfort and visibility.

2017 Renault Clio interior, leather seats

Available Trims

The new 2017 Renault Clio returns with three trims: Trophy, Cup, and Sport. The new 2017 Renault Clio RS review is seperately covered.

Engine Specs

2017 Renault Clio engine

Rumors allege the new model is available in 11 different engines, with power ranging from between 90 hp to 220 ponies. For 2017, Renault claims a new “powerful” and efficient 110-horsepower-yielding 1.5L dCi diesel mill will be the new deal in town.

Safety

2017 Renault Clio safety, backup camera

There’s been no talk of safety up to this point. What we however know is that the new model is all-rounded and that includes even the safety department. Those who wouldn’t want to assume should probably wait for nits release date to confirm the available technologies as well as the score for its crash impact assessment.

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2017 Renault Clio exterior, red color, headlights, badges and grille

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2017 Renault Clio exterior, silver color, headlights, alloy wheels and grille

2017 Renault Clio front view, red color, headlights, grille and badges

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2017 Renault Clio interior, gear shift knob

2017 Acura RLX Release Date and Info

The fresh 2017 Acura RLX is a luxury sedan that offers plenty of upscale tidbits while still ensuring a smooth and serene ride. It features a spacious cabin, plenty of safety features, abundant standard features, and excellent crash test-scores. Its release date should be expected early next year.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, black color

For 2017, buyers should expect new 19” wheels, suspension and chassis upgrades, expanded package collection, new safety features: collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, an all-surround camera, and rear-cross traffic alert. Lastly, the new Sport Hybrid trim is set to arrive later in the year while the previous base trim will no longer be available as it has been discontinued.

Although mostly unchanged for 2017, the new 2017 Acura RLX will most probably drive below the radar in its class. Just to be honest, the exterior and interior styling is conservative and a mild change might have worked for it. But that shouldn’t mean that the RLX misses the point, its exterior and interior styling is still something worth taking a selfie with.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

Depending on your priorities, the new RLX offers plenty of features at a lower price tag if you were to compare it with its traditional and mostly higher priced German rivals.

To start off with, the base RLX features a standard navigation system, which is normally optional for most sedans. Other otherwise optional features include LED headlights, a suite of safety features, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Acura RLX silver color, headlights

Notably, the price across the entire trim level hasn’t increased from the previous year. Things remain unchanged under the hood of the 2017 RLX, it still comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that drives the fore wheels via a six-speed auto transmission system. For 2017 however, Acura has seen it fit to fine tune its suspension tuning and chassis in an effort to help it reduce road noise, improve ride handling and quality.

Despite the effort, the RLX still comes with some notable cons. They include: uncomfortable seats on longer trips; disconnected steering feel; and distracting digital screen interface.

2017 Acura RLX rear angle, taillights

Some of its rivals include 2017 Hyundai Genesis, 2017 Lexus GS 350, 2017 Audi A6, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and 2017 BMW 5 Series.

Available Trims – Acura RLX

The 2017 RLX is available in three trims: Navigation, Technology Package, and the Advance Package.

2017 Acura RLX front angle, grille and headlights

As already mentioned, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is expected later on.

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2017 Acura RLX

2017 Acura RLX leather seats, gear shift knob and steering wheel

The 2017 Acura RLX w/Navigation comes bundled with keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, heated front seats, driver memory settings, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (four-way), auto-dimming rearview mirrors, 19” alloy wheels, power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

2017 Acura RLX interior,dashboard and gear shift knob

Standard electronics include a rearview camera, Pandora and Aha compatibility, ELS sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, dual displays, satellite and HD radios, and an auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, grille

Opting for the Technology option package gets you a 14-speaker ELS sound system, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, and leather upholstery. The Advance package adds ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, an all-surround camera, Krell premium sound system, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.

2017 Acura RLX interior,leather seats and dashboard

2017 Acura RLX Engine Specs

For 2017, the RLX receives a carryover engine from the 2015 model. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 310 hp and 272 lbs. of torque. Both the six-speed automatic transmission system and the FWD are the default systems.

Although slated to arrive later after the sedan’s debut, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will combined the 3.5L engine with a three motor hybrid system, complete with electronically powered Acura’s Super Handling SH-AWD and torque vectoring. You can get the full information once it debuts.

2017 Acura RLX engine

During our 2017 Acura RLX test drive, the RLX with the Advance package sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The EPA fuel economy ratings available stand at 20/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Safety features include stability control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, traction control, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag, and a rearview camera.

Release Date & 2017 Acura RLX Price

Once available, the new 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid will cost you an MSRP starting at $59,950, and $50,950 for the RLX sedan. The sedan should be available in dealerships early next year.

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2017 Acura RLX steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

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2017 Acura RLX lcd screen and steering wheel

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Release Date, Review and Info

With a lot of versatility and features in an inexpensive package, the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan promises to offer a high level of refinement than most of its rivals.

Some of the pros include an affordable base price, versatile cargo and bay and seating configurations. Its release date should be expected sometime early next year.

Except for subtle shuffles of the equipment and packages, the Caravan returns virtually unchanged for 2017. Despite the exponential growth of SUVs in the last decade, the popularity that has long been associated with minivans has not faded an inch, if at all, it has witnessed a growth curve itself.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan black color, alloy wheels

Minivans are known for their abundance cargo room, third row comfort, and unparalleled versatility which you get at a fraction of the SUVs’ cost. The Grand Caravan is a great deal for anyone looking for a lot of space but with limited funds.

In a nutshell, the vehicle offers a lot of value. As you’d expect, the lower trims don’t come stuffed with a lot of features and technologies and are often plain and “boring,” however, the top trims offer upscale features most of which are bundled in packages galore.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan rear angle, taipipe and taillights

Not everything is a bed of roses for the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, as it still comes with its faulty features. Some of them include: an unrefined powertrain; unimpressive ride quality; not-so-good safety-scores; and the driver has limited legroom.

Available Trims – Dodge Grand Caravan

The redesigned 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is offered in six trims: AVP, SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T.

Exterior Colors & Interior Review – 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

The entry-level American Value Package (AVP) comes standard with power front windows, locks and doors, air-conditioning (dual-zone), 17” steel wheels, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, reclining bench seat, and a conversation mirror. Technology features include an auxiliary audio jack, CD player, a four-speaker sound system, and optional Stow ‘n Go seats.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan interior, steering wheel and leather seats

The SE comes equipped with a six-speaker sound system, climate control (tri-zone), second-row captain’s chairs, and a rear privacy glass.

Opting for the SE Plus gets you a Power Window and Uconect packages, a special seat upholstery, 17” wheels, special trim, and an overhead console.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan gear shift knob and lcd screen

Picking the SXT gets you all the contents of the SE trim plus a larger floor console, roof rails, 17” alloy wheels, a power liftgate, and a power sliding rear door. The Plus version of the SXT comes with a leatherette upholstery, chrome exterior trim, automatic headlights, foglights, the Uconnect package, an eight-way power driver seat, and suede inserts.

The top-of-the-line 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T comes equipped with an automatic climate control (tri-zone), unique interior lighting, a body-colored grille, full leather upholstery, a 115-V household styled power outlet, black interior accents, a 6.5” touchscreen display, remote engine start, a performance-tuned suspension, and a nine-speaker sound system.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan trunk

Additionally, there are features grouped into special optional packages. They come fitted with a 9” touchscreen display, DVD entertainment system, a 115-V power output, two USB charging ports, a back-up camera, a silver interior accent, foglights, leather interior accents, and a black grille.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine Specs

All the trims come with a single engine fitted under their hood. The engine in question is a 3.6L V6 rated at 282 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. Both the front wheel drive and a six speed automatic transmission system are standard.

During our own 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan test drive, it posted a time of 8 seconds for an acceleration of 0-60 mph. this is the average time for minivans but much could have been done to improve the time.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan engine

As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, buyers should look forward to average consumption ratings of 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Some of the standard safety features available include side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert, and an optional blind-spot monitoring system.

Release Date & 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Price

Expect the base 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,095, which isn’t a significant increase over the previous model. However, it all depends on the number of optional features you add for your Caravan. We should expect to see the new Caravan during the 1st Q of 2016.

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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan front angle, grille and headlights

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan exterior, side view

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan leather seats

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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan red color, grille and headlights

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan exterior, side angle