2017 Cadillac Escalade – Release Date, News and Rumors

While you may find 2017 Cadillac Escalade’s alternatives to offer more refinement and versatility, it is an endearing and bold SUV that offers plenty of likable features and technologies. Highlights include a hush interior, a potent V8 power, an available seating capacity for up to eight people, and a stout towing capacity. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2017, however, it is based on speculation as no one really knows when the Escalade will be offered for sale. 

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When the vehicle first debuted in the automobile scene 17 years ago, some critics were quick to add that Cadillac was trying hard to scratch an itch that wasn’t there. Well, the Escalade, despite the skepticism continued to grow both in sales and girth. Within this time, however, the number of rivals continued to grow exponentially and became even more difficult to keep up with the Joneses. Nevertheless, the Escalade, it is hoped will continue with its success streak.

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Lots of premium features have been offered for its interior, and a contemporary, visible, and attractive design has also been factored in and is in line with the rest of Cadillac’s offering.  The first two rows, as is expected of SUVs of this size, offer generous passenger space, and full-size adults can comfortable ride for long distances inside it. The third row bench, on the other side, could well be reserved for small children, as even smaller adults and teenagers might find their knees pushing uncomfortable towards the roof since the bench is mounted on a low position relative to the floor.

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The exterior remains virtually unchanged from the previous model but that not to say it has lost its commanding and bold stance. It still returns with its imposing and blockier styling and more conspicuous flourishes as before. Perhaps one of the conspicuous centerpiece of the Escalade is its interior appeal. It now features a more accurate voice recognition system, the CUE is now updated and offers faster response times in comparison to the previous model.

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Certainly, the Escalade is a desirable choice for a three-row traditional luxury SUV. But even so, foibles do exist, though. Some of these include a jiggly ride quality, a cramped kids-only third row seat, and a high load and cargo floor height.

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Thus, you may find yourself inclined to look at what the existing competition offers before deciding. Rivals include the fuel efficient, voluptuous third-row seat, and better driving 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the 2017 Lexus LX 470, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator, and the off-road-serious 2017 Land Rover Range Rover.

Available Trims – Cadillac Escalade

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Four trims – base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum – are offered for the full-size luxury 2017 Cadillac Escalade SUV. The Escalade ESV Platinum and V Series reviews are offered separately.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Exterior & Interior

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Standard accessories and features available for the base Escalade include an automatic tri-zone climate control, driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights, magnetic adaptive suspension system, a heated power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, split-folding third-row seat, a leather upholstery, power adjustable pedals, a driver-side-auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, 20” wheels, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a hands-free power tailgate.

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Equipment offered include five USB ports, a CD player, Bose 16-speaker audio system, a customizable instrument panel, a surround-view camera system, an auxiliary audio jack, a surround-view camera system, the CUE infotainment system, a navigation system, active noise cancelling, and five USB ports.

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The top-of-the-line Escalade Platinum adds a cooled front-seat center console, a simulated suede headliner, an upgraded leather upholstery, customized exterior colors, a ventilated and heated 14-way power front seats, rear entertainment screen, specialized door sills, and massaging front seats.

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Of course we should expect an innumerable amount of optional features and packages. Cadillac has hinted that the Premium Collection and Luxury Collection will be offered for the newest Escalade, but the specific features bundled are yet to be announced. We however expect the full specs ahead of its official release date, so keep checking back for updates.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Engine Specs

Inspiration for the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is derived from a 6.2L V8 juggernaut that offers 420 hp and 460 lbs. ft. of torque. Power is delivered to either the FWD or the AWD via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system.

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According to EPA stats, the RWD should be able to return fuel economy ratings of 15/22/17 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 15/21/17 mpg for the AWD.

Zipping from 0-60 mph with the 4WD Escalade only requires 6.1 seconds – an impressive time considering it’s a large SUV capable of towing about 8,300 lbs. when fully loaded.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Release Price & Price Estimate

2017 Cadillac Escalade Release date

The base Escalade price is estimated to be around $72,970, and about $94,995 for the Escalade platinum trim model. We should expect the SUV to go for sale sometime in early 2017.

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2017 Volkswagen CC Release Date and Review

Well-equipped and attractive, the new and revamped 2017 Volkswagen CC presents an appealing middle ground between the entry-level luxury sedan and workaday family sedans. Some of the highlights for 2017 include ample standard features, availability of an all-wheel-drive system, and a striking exterior styling. Its release date should be expected early next year.

It is quite simple to see its appealing side when you just look at it. The exterior design is well-executed, while the compelling center of a Venn diagram between the four-door sedan and the sport coupe is simply captivating. And ever since it debuted six years ago, it has never looked back and continues to impress.

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The interior comes with a pleasing upholstery made of upscale materials. For instance, the new infotainment system is now faster and larger than before. However, things remain unchanged beneath the hood as the vehicle still comes with the previous model’s 200 hp turbocharged manual transmission engine.

While there a few better choices available in the segment, the new 2017 Volkswagen CC still offers an inarguable package of luxury and style for anyone looking for something different out of the ordinary. Some of the alternatives to expect from the same segment include 2017 Acura TLX, 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 BMW 320i, and 2017 Honda Accord.

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Volkswagen CC – Available Trims

The midsize sedan is available in a walloping six trims: base Trend, mid-trims trend, Sport, R-Line, Line Executive, R-Line Executive with Carbon, and top-of-the-line V6 4Motion Executive.

Exterior Review & Interior Redesign – 2017 Volkswagen CC

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Trend comes equipped with a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, carpeted floor mats, heated side view mirrors, power adjustable front seats, daytime running lights, manual transmission system, leather wrapped steering wheel, second-row air vents, an auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 6.3” touchscreen display, and VW Car-Net smartphone app integration.

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Available as an optional add-on for any trim includes keyless access, LED daytime running lights, adaptive front lighting, an automatic transmission system, a navigation system, different 17” wheels, foglights, bi-xenon headlights, and a 6.3” infotainment screen.

Expect the 2017 Volkswagen CC R-Line to add paddle shifters, special exterior lighting, 18” wheels, unique door-sill plates, and special exterior styling.

Opting for the R-Line Executive instead gets you seat and door inserts, a panoramic sunroof, 18” wheels, a black headliner, and leather seating.

Finally, the 4Motion Executive trim adds collision mitigation, 18” wheels, heated front washer nozzles, rear and front parking distance control, V6 engine and an AWD, and 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

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Stand-alone features available include automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, LED headlights, unique exterior and interior accents, automatic wipers, and exterior heated mirrors.

Specifications include: width – 73”, length – 189.1”, – wheelbase – 106.7”, height – 55.8”, and ground clearance – 4.9”.

Engine Specs – 2017 Volkswagen CC

Except for the 4Motion Executive, all other 2017 Volkswagen CC trims come fitted with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive. The 2.0L engine output stands at 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque.
Stepping up the performance is a 3.6L V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 265 pounds of torque and comes fitted on the 2017 Volkswagen CC 4Motion Executive.

During our test drive, a CC with a DSG and four-cylinder engine accelerated from standstill to 60mph in 7.0 seconds, and 6.8 seconds for the heavier 4Motion Executive model.

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As per the EPA ratings, the DSG-equipped CC returns 22/31/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined; 21/32/25 mpg for the manual, and 17/25/20 mpg for the 4Motion Executive model.

Some of the safety features to expect from the invigorated 2017 Volkswagen CC include geo-fencing and stolen vehicle locator, remote vehicle access, automatic crash notification, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, traction and stability control, collision mitigation, and rear parking sensors.

Price & 2017 Volkswagen CC Release Date

According to rumors, the vehicle will go for sale in U.S dealerships early next year. As for the price, expect the Trend Manual to set you back by an MSRP starting from $31,570, the Trend Automatic – $32,670, the Sport – $34,475, the R-Line Manual – $34,655, and the top-of-the-line R-Line Automatic – $35,755.

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New 2017 Porsche Panamera – Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Porsche Panamera is fast, focused, and exceptionally well-mannered, and continues to set the benchmark among other luxury cars. Highlights include an athletic handling, a multitude of options and variations, an impeccable refinement and cabin quality, a scintillating acceleration, and lots of upscale surfaces. Although its release date is still contentious as of this writing, it should however be expected sometime mid-next year.

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For 2017, the changes are mild but necessary. Lots of standard options and features which would have otherwise be optional have been made standard for the new Panamera. Other notable changes you should expect include hand-finished details and plenty of customization possibilities.

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The new model drives and feels special and it’s not just another vehicle on the road. It comes with a breathtaking performance while managing to offer its occupants a feature-rich cabin laden with the latest technologies that many would only dream of. The new Edition, in particular, offers a sleek interior quality, feature content galore and a price tag worth of a premium flagship luxury sedan identity.

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Things get even more scintillating under its hood, with engines capable of generating anywhere between 310 horsepower to excess of 570 horsepower. Also, for 2017, Porsche had availed a slew of high-tech safety features that will guarantee passengers and driver alike of their safety even at ballistic speeds.

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You will even be further enthralled by the list of standard features the base model offers. Would you like body-colored painted wheels? Leather-lined air vents? A customized interior ambience? A unique color palette? What counts here is how much you’re willing to spend. All these add-ons can be requested for an extra cost.

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It has proven again how difficult it can be to recommend its alternatives in the segment, as quite frankly, there aren’t any direct rivals. Although some German rivals would offer it a run for its money, but they’ll still fall short of certain areas nonetheless. However depending on your priorities, you can check out what the competition offers. Alternatives in the segment include the 2017 BMW 7 Series, 2017 Audi S7/RS7, 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, 2017 BMW 6 Series, 2017 Jaguar XJ, and the 2017 Audi A8.

2017 Porsche Panamera Engine Specs

Under the hood of the new 2017 Porsche Panamera is an array of engines paired to a PDK (automated manual transmission). Also, the RWD is standard in most trim models apart from the Turbo, GTS, and Turbo S and “4” models that come with an AWD.

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The base model comes equipped with a 3.6L V6 rated at 310 hp and 295 lbs. ft. of torque. The Panamera S offer a 3.0L turbocharged V6 capable of generating a healthy 420 hp and 384 pounds-ft. of torque while the GTS offers a 4.8L naturally–aspirated V8 engine beneath its hood. With it is a production of around 440 hp and 384 pounds-feet of torque.

The Turbo offers a 4.8L turbocharged V8 engine able to offer 520 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque, and upgrading to the Turbo S will guarantee you a power of about 570 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque.

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Last, but certainly not the least, is the 2017 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid model. It comes mated to a 95-horsepower electric motor and an Audi sourced 3.0L supercharged V6 engine. Both mills working in synergy yield a total of about 416 horsepower. Porsche says you can expect an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg – combined, and a 0-60 mph acceleration in just under 4.7 seconds.

Trims Available – Porsche Panamera

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This four passenger sedan is offered in a whopping 14 trims levels: S, 4, 4 Edition, S E-Hybrid, 4S, Turbo, GTS, Turbo S and the extended-wheelbase Turbo S Executive, 4S Executive, Turbo Executive, and the ultra-low-volume Exclusive.

Exterior Configuration & 2017 Porsche Panamera Exterior Redesign

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Standard accessories and features available for the base Panamera according to spy photos and rumors include automatic wipers, partial leather upholstery, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, 18” wheels, a rear 60/40-split rear seatback, a heated eight-way power front seats, LED running lights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, and a power liftgate.

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Of course this is just a tip of what you should expect, more details should be expected as its release date edges closer.

Coupe Price & 2017 Porsche Panamera Release Date

2017 Porsche Panamera Release date

Its release as already mentioned above should be expected mid-next year, as per the rumors within the industry. The Panamera Hybrid should be expected to come with an MSRP tag of $96,100, and $78,100 for the 2017 Porsche Panamera Sedan.

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