2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Release Date and Info

With a beautifully executed blend of performance, luxury and technology, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is undoubtedly advantaged over its competition. The roadster also comes with a myriad of upscale features such as a relatively spacious and impeccable trimmed interior, effortless acceleration, capable handling, relaxed ride, big-for-a-convertible trunk, and a retractable glass-roof hardtop. Its date of release, although speculative, should be expected towards the end of 2nd Q of 2017.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class front view, auto show, blue color, headlights, alloy wheels

Just like a high-dollar diamond, you’ll have to look hard and long in order to find the faults in the new 2017 SL-Class model. See, it may not be excellent, but its stylish looks, and immaculate cabin are definitely the best we’ve seen in a long time. And if you do happen to find them, they will just me mere quibbles.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class side view, silver color, exterior, alloy wheels

The cabin comes dressed up in some of the finest materials you can find, and lots of technologies that are certainly designed to delight and pamper you, from the Magic Sky panoramic roof to the beats provided by the upscale Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the AirScarf neck-level heater in between.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class rear view, red color, alloy wheels, taillights and tailpipe

Under the hood, Mercedes has provided four sprightly capable engines ranging from 329-hp to the eye-popping 621 horsepower from the V12 behemoth. The SL-Class ensures that you do not run out of impressive technologies regardless of the trim level.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class front view, headlights and grille

But even so, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class still has some competitors grasping at its heels. They include the 2017 Porsche 911, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type, and the 2017 Audi R8. And if cost is not a problem for you, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT is a great option too. We think the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is nonetheless the best even in the face of these diverse and lust-worthy rivals.

Available Trims – Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL63 front view, headlights and grille

The two-seat, retractable-hardtop 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible is available in a whopping four trims: SL400, SL550, AMG SL63, and the AMG SL65 trims.

Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Some of the standard features and equipment available on the SL400 trim includes LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, automatic high-beam control, 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, an adaptive suspension system, front and rear foglights, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, driver memory functions, sun-reflective leather upholstery, full-width glass roof panel, power-folding hardtop, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-operated wind deflector, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, four-way power lumbar, and heated eight-way power seats.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class leather seats, steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen

Technology features available include an 11-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, mbrace emergency communications system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite and HD radio, a CD player, a navigation system, and the COMAND electronics interface.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class interior, leather seats, steering wheel

The optional Premium package tacks in a 12-way “active multi-contour” seats, a hands-free power trunk closer, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, adjustable side bolsters, the AirScarf neck-level heating system, an automatic parallel-parking system, and a hands-free power trunk closer.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

The only difference between the SL400trim and the SL550 trim includes front and rear parking sensors and V8 engine.

Both the SL550 and SL400 are eligible for the Sport Wheel option. The package bundles a perforated leather trim, a sport steering wheel, drilled rear brake discs, 19-inch wheels, and painted brake calipers.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class side view, red color, exterior, alloy wheels, headlights

The AMG SL63 trim bundles upgraded brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, a more powerful V8, special styling elements, more aggressively calibrated adaptive suspension, an IWC “Ingenieur” dashtop clock, a sport exhaust, an upgraded leather upholstery, carbon fiber interior trim, and a higher top-speed limiter.

The top-rated AMG SL65 gets everything above plus 20” rear and 19” front wheels, and a V12 engine.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Engine Specifications

Propelling the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S400 is a 3.0L V6 engine rated at 329 hp and 354 lbs. ft. of torque. This power gets routed to the rear wheels via the seven-speed automatic transmission system. A time of 4.9 seconds is what this model requires to hit 60 mph.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class engine

A 4.7L V8 engine rated at 429 horsepower and 516 lbs. ft. of torque inspires the SL550 trim, and only needs 4.4 seconds to zoom past 60 mph.

The SL63 AMG trim comes equipped with a 5.5L V8 engine rated at 577 horsepower and 664 lbs. ft. of torque under its hood.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class interior, engine

Finally, a turbocharged 6.0L turbocharged V12 engine comes under the hood of the SL65 AMG trim. The power – 621 hp and 738 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to the rear wheels via the specialized seven-speed automatic transmission system.

Price & 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Release Date

Expect its release date during the 2nd Q of 2017. The SL-Class Convertible will cost you an MSRP of $85,050, $149,700 for the SL-Class SL63 ALG, and $217,550 for the SL-Class SL65 AMG model.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class trunk

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class interior, gear shift knob, steering wheel

2017 Kia Cadenza Release Date, Specs and Info

The new Kia Cadenza for 2017 has everything anyone shopping in the modern full-size sedan could ever need. Some of the defining technologies and features available for the 2017 model include a generous warranty coverage and standard features, a strong V6, easy-to-use electronics interface, and an upscale interior. Its release date should be expected sometime during the second quarter of this year.

A first for the 2017 Cadenza include an affordable base trim, and a plethora of technology tidbits for the Premium trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza blue color, headlights

Nowadays, people who are shopping for a large sedan are looking for pretty much everything in life. We demand a level of quality that would otherwise have been the preserve of the well-known brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.
For the 2017 Kia Cadenza, however, this expectations have been provided in surplus so to speak.

2017 Kia Cadenza side view, brown color

For instance, the base trim comes with a rock-bottom price whilst still offering upscale features and soft-touch materials. For that price, you get an industry-leading warranty, plenty of high-tech safety features, a strong V6 engine, an easy-to-operate infotainment system, and a quiet and pleasant cabin.

2017 Kia Cadenza side angle, gray color, alloy wheels

Drawbacks are few and include a missing all-wheel-drive system, no fuel-efficient engine, and no additional cargo space as the seats do not fold back. Despite the freshening features provided for the 2017 Cadenza, there are still other alternatives in the segment that offer better and more sophisticated features. Some of them include the 2017 VW Passat, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Chrysler 300, the 2017 Hyundai Azera, and the 2017 Toyota Avalon.

Available Trims – Kia Cadenza

The large 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan is offered in three trims: Cadenza, Premium, and Limited trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza Exterior Spy Shots & Interior Review

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Standard features available in the base 2017 Kia Cadenza brochure include an auto-diming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, 18” wheels, climate control (dual-zone), wood interior trim, a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, heated front seats, foglights, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, cruise control, auto-leveling headlights, full power accessories, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Kia Cadenza interior, steering wheel and leather seats

Electronic features available include a navigation system, auxiliary/USB audio input, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an 8” touchscreen interface, Kia’s Uvo voice command system, and a CD player.

2017 Kia Cadenza lcd screen, gear shift knob and dashboard

Springing for the Premium trim gets you wood trim and paddle shifters on the shift knob and steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and puddle lamps.

The Premium trim adds a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, adaptive HID headlights, driver seat memory functions, a power rear sunshade, rear cross traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, upgraded leather upholstery, extendable seat cushion, heated outboard rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 7” cluster gauge display, a first aid kit, and a power rear sunshade. The optional Technology package adds an electronic parking brake, 19” wheels, a lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Kia Cadenza headlights and alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range Limited trim adds a USB charge port, LED foglights, a surround-view camera, chrome trim accents, a unique grille, and LED interior lighting.

2017 Kia Cadenza Engine Specs

Generating 293 hp and 255 pounds of torque is a 3.3L V6 engine that comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. Both the front wheel drive and the six-speed automatic with a manual shift control are standard.

During our 2016 Kia Cadenza test drive, it was able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.

2017 Kia Cadenza engine

As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, the 2017 Cadenza returns 19/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. We were able to confirm these figures from our long-term Cadenza test which yielded 21.9 mpg in combined mode.

Standard safety features available for the vehicle include rear parking sensors, rear and front side airbags, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-hold assist.

Release Date & Price – 2017 Kia Cadenza

The changes in the new 2017 Kia Cadenza will cost you an MSRP starting from $32,990. As for the release date, expect the sedan sometime during the 2nd Q of 2016. Once you purchase one for yourself, you also get to get an owner’s manual.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Infiniti QX30 comes with a sharp style, plenty of luxury features, and a turbocharged performance. For those seeking everyday utility and thrills bundled in a sophisticated package, the QX30 hatchback is certainly the ideal fit. In addition to the aforementioned features, the vehicle also comes with a competitive performance and driving dynamics, a bold styling, and a variety of versatility options. Its release date should be expected sometime in January 2017, at least according to latest info reaching our news-desk.

2017 Infiniti QX30 auto show, side view, alloy wheels

Inasmuch as we have referred the 2017 QX30 as a hatchback, Infiniti says that the new model is in fact a fusion of crossover, coupe, and hatchback body styles. If you ask me, I’d say Infiniti is hedging its bets in the upcoming five-door luxury compact segment, which is still reeling from uncertainty. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes for Infinity in the long run.

With its prominent headlights, sculpted sides, low and angular rooflines, and long hood, the vehicle under review compares similarly to the outlandishly-styled Nissan Juke. Despite its meager dimensions, the new model offers moderate off-highway ability, a higher driving position, and a reasonable ground clearance.

2017 Infiniti QX30 exterior, rear view, taillights

The new model stays true to the original QX30 Concept design that boasts of elegant ad powerful design cues. The design-led approach to product development is also exemplified by the unique asymmetric cabin and crossover stance design. Furthermore, the Infiniti QX30 2017 is able to maneuver comfortably in suburban, urban, and winding rural roads thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, versatile attitude, inspiring handling, and the aforementioned ride height elevation.

2017 Infiniti QX30 spy shots

Just like the Infiniti QX30 Concept design that was unveiled during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the new model creates a striking visual impact thanks to the combination of the crossover appearance, elevated stance, and a low-slung roofline. The design results in a premium-look, which to begin with, was Infiniti’s main objective.

2017 Infiniti QX30 front view, grille and badges

Under the hood, the new 2017 Infiniti QX30 will come equipped with a 208-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that Infiniti borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. An intelligent AWD system is available, as is a seven-speed automatic transmission system.

Based on the pricing structure alone, the new 2017 Infiniti QX30 will be up against rivals such as the 2017 Lexus NX 200t, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q3, and the Mini Cooper Countryman.

2017 Infiniti QX30 Release Date & Price

2017 Infiniti QX30 release date

Pricing info is still under wraps at least as at the time of this review writing. Nevertheless, those in the know claim the new model will be offered for an MSRP starting from around $32,000 for the base model and up to $40k for the well-equipped model. As regards the 2017 QX30, expect the vehicle to go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

2017 Infiniti QX30 Exterior

2017 Infiniti QX30front angle, headlights and grille

As already mentioned above, the new QX30 2017 comes with the same design cues that were highlighted on the 2015 Geneva Motor Show QX30 concept. It perfectly balances striking aesthetic elements with a low-slung roofline and an elevated stance. This exterior expression added to other distinctive features such as an intelligent all-wheel drive system and around 7-inches of ground clearance give it a “go-anywhere” attitude without making any concessions on the finish and refinement of the whole vehicle.

2017 Infiniti QX30 rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

The QX30 also an emotional creation courtesy of the turbulent, sculpted character lines, and dramatic curves that endow its exterior design. Up front, the overall design gets an organic shape thanks to the double-arch grille that joins the headlamps via the flowing, fluid link. The contents of the color palette are offered on the specifications area.

2017 Infiniti QX30 Interior

2017 Infiniti QX30 interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

The bold statement that manifests on the exterior also continues inside the QX30 interior. The result of this is an interior that is not only dynamic and modern, but is also expressive. Some of the features to expect include Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a navigation package, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, text-messaging capability, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

2017 Infiniti QX30 interior, leather front seats

Available Trims

No details about trims has been offered by Infiniti yet. Updates concerning the same, if any, will be made once the info is confirmed. Check back sometime closer to its release date.

2017 Infiniti QX30 auto show, front view, grille

Engine Specs

Different markets will get different engines. For the U.S market, it is highly anticipated that Infiniti will offer a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine – the same mill that lurks beneath the hood of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The output therefore, should be expected to be 208 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Infiniti QX30 engine


A slew of driver-assistance and safety technologies are available. Such items include a forward collision warning, a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, 360-degree rearview display, and an autonomous parallel parking. Government crash impact safety results should be expected soon.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 exterior, blue color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Infiniti QX30 exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

2017 Infiniti QX30 exterior, front view, headlights, grille and badges

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2017 Infiniti QX30 trunk, cargo space

2017 Infiniti QX30 auto show, interior, steering wheel and lcd screen

2017 Infiniti QX30 interior, leather back seats