2017 Kia Forte Release Date, Specs and Info

With a lot of value, a sharp design, and a broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte is a great choice for a small sedan, coupe or hatchback. Some of its pros include a lengthy warranty coverage, many standard features, spacious interior for both the sedan and coupe, and strong engines on both the SX and EX trims. Its release date should be expected during the 2nd Q of 2016.

For 2017, the Forte comes with subtle revisions for its exterior and interior surfaces. Also, the base LX is now offered on the hatchback and sedan body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side view, exterior, blue color

With three iterations available, the Forte offers quality interior materials, a fair price, and a peppy acceleration. You will find the Forte irresistible regardless of the body style you choose.

The level of equipment is generous even for the base model. Some of these features include a ventilated driver seat, a selectable steering assist, heated rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

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The 2017 Kia Forte comes in three different engines which offer competitive acceleration and power.
Taking the Forte to the top of its segment is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine which offers top performance and acceleration. Also available is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped on the performance-themed SX hatchback and coupe body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side angle, black color

Nonetheless, the segment also offers a surfeit of other vehicles. Some of them include the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Honda Civic, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda 3. However, the 2017 Forte remains a credible choice for anyone shopping for an affordable hatchback, coupe, or sedan configurations.

Available Trims – Kia Forte

The Kia Forte for 2017 is offered in only two trims: base LX and EX trims. The Kia Forte four-door hatchback is available in LX, EX, and SX trims, while the two-door coupe (Koup) is offered in SX and EX trims.

2017 Kia Forte Exterior Changes & Interior Review

Standard features available for the LX sedan include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, 15” steel wheels, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a trip computer, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, a four-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a USB port.

2017 Kia Forte leather seads and steering wheel

Picking the LX includes a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.3” touchscreen display, upgraded interior upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlights, and a six-speaker sound system.

2017 Kia Forte interior, gear shift knob,lcd screen and dashboard

Springing for the EX gets you adjustable steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cooling glovebox, power-folding exterior mirrors, a more agile 2.0L engine, foglights, 17” alloy wheels, and LED running lights. The optional Premium package adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a 7” touchscreen display, an auto-dimming rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.

Additionally, you can add driver memory settings, heated outboard rear seats, an upgraded gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power ventilated driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and LED taillights.

2017 Kia Forte, side view, alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range SX trim comes equipped with 18” wheels, a turbocharged engine, and unique rear and front styling. The SX and EX’s Premium Tech packages essentially provide the optional features found in both the Premium Plus and Premium packages.

2017 Kia Forte Engine Specs

A 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and 130 pounds of torque comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Forte LX trim. The six-speed auto transmission system sends power to the front wheels.

The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the automatic-equipped version stands at 26/39/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/37/30 mpg for the LX with a manual.

A 2.0L four-cylinder engine equipped on the 2.0L engine generates 154 pounds of torque and 173 horsepower. The EX sedans returns 24/35/28 mpg.

2017 Kia Forte engine

Lastly, the 2017 Kia Forte SX versions of the Forte 5 and Forte Koup comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque.

During Edmunds test drive, the 2016 Kia Forte sprinted from 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds, and 7.0 seconds for the Forte SX Koup trim.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Kia Forte

The Forte Hatchback costs an MSRP starting from $19,400, and $15,990 for the Forte Sedan. We should look to a possible release date during this year’s second quarter if the latest news are anything to go by.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia – Release Date, News and Rumors

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is ready! The next entry into the modern world of automotive vehicles is actually a familiar face with a new style. We are of course talking about tithe latest Alfa Romeo Giulia which is being released as a 2017 year model. The model has been on a hiatus for some time now and was facing extinction. The problems occurring in the recent governmental body of Italy were not enough for the push of the new model to be made. The automotive industry in Italy, partially the Alfa Romeo brand, has been hit by low popularity mainly due to the less interest coming from the Chinese market which is in turn caused by their own economic issues. But as the issues have been resolved and the Chinese market has once again started growing and has been in need of Alfa Romeo vehicles, the only sane thing to do was to bring back and actually reintroduce one of its most famous brands and already set a release date for the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia side angle, lloy wheels

The model has already been showcased at the Geneva Auto show and we were able to see what the model is actually going to bring and what were actually the additions and innovations being made for the brand once more. The comeback of Giulia marks tithe comeback of the brand and is only the second car in the last six years which is being released under this brand, with the last one of course being the Giulietta model. The plan is actually to enhance the sales from the 74,000 units made and sold in 2013 to more than 400,000 ones by the end of 2018. Will this be possible? Well according to the latest news the Italians my just manage to pull this thing off.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia rear view

The Giulia is a name which has been created and was very much known during its stint in the 60s and 70s, which is the time the car managed to make its name. The beauty, style performance and the ability of the car were the main things that made it popular and what made it a standout in the automotive industry. It rivaled the BMW 3-Sereis and was made in order to reminiscent the current Jaguar, BMW and even Maserati vehicles. The 2017 model is going to come at a time when the segment is occupied by such vehicles as Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the current and the notorious BMW 3-Series. The battle may be hard but certainly a battle that may be won and Giulia is not known as being able to back down from a fight.
This is what the latest model brings to us.

Design of 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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The main selling point of each Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017 before this one was its style and handsome demeanor. This is of course going to continue with the latest model as they plan to make it one of the main features and selling points. Compared to the competitors which usually adopt a more clean look than taking risks, the Giulia is going to be very ambitious looking. With some new rounder and muscular design cues and shapes it promises to deliver on its premise of being the most handsomest car in the segment. It will still manage to retain some of the Alfa’s trademark features which have to be integrated into the design but which have been done in good taste as well. This of course include the triangular grille design which has some straight edges that lead from it towards the headlights and taillights. The standard model is also going to be graced with some big air intakes to its front, flared wheel arches, a black skid plate in the back and two added exhaust tips sticking from the rear. The model is also going to offer us a much more powerful Quadrifoglio trim, which is going to differ compared to the base version. It adds a large front splitter, added vents in the bonnet area, a smaller lip spoiler, bigger wheel options for better stability on the road and a rear diffuser which has the exhaust exits placed there.

Interior Photos – Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia interior, lether back seats

A car like the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is not going to go unnoticed if it does not pack in a great interior. Well in order to make things even more interesting, the added package only expands the range this model is able to offer. We are talking about an interior which adds a half-leather interior which is standard for the model while the full leather, power-heated front seats, gear-shift paddles and a heated steering wheel come available as optional. The Quadrifoglio goes even further as it offers a mixture of leather and Alcantara and adds some fiber trim details so it makes the inside even better than the standard trim. And if there is a possibility that the car is going to get even more exclusive, there is the option of including carbon fiber bucket seats made by Sparco but of an added price of £3,000.

Tech

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

The technological side is covered with the addition of a 6.5 inch centre console display placed in the cockpit area. It is given as a standard option and also acts as an infotainment interface, It comes equipped with satellite navigation which is offered in the entry level cars and a separate screen, either 3.5 inch or 7 inch optional available, as it is positioned behind the wheel. A special offer for the Quadrifoglios is the 8.8 inch display in the centre console. The infotainment system also has voice activation options and there is enhanced connectivity available through the use of Apple iOS or Android systems. The systems also use 3D maps and Dead Reckoning technology.

Safety

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia safety

The car is one of the safest ones possible. The designers from Alfa Romeo took no chances and have added a multitude of features which are going to make the car and the passengers inside as safe as they possibly can be. This makes the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia equally safe as it is handsome. Standard appliances include a collision avoidance system that comes withautonomous emergency braking which is also able to detect pedestrians around the car. We can also add the lane departure warning system, which warns you if you stir across the forbidden white line, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

Engines

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia engine view

The model is going to have no less than four engine options. This means that the car is going to be very much versatile as the users of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia are going to combine some new elements in their driving offer. The initial offer is the 2.2-litre diesel available in either 148bhp or 178bhp, where the later is available with a special “Eco” configuration which is able to cut emissions below 100g/Km for road tax exemption. It will also come with a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed dual clutch automatic. The petrol units include the 2.0-litre producing 197bhp and 243lb-ft torque, but the most powerful one is kept for the Quadrifoglio, as it uses the Ferrari-developed aluminum 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo with 503bhp. It has the ability to reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can develop a top speed of 190 mph. Finally, the Giulia is going to be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.

Price & 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Release Date

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia release date

All of this and we still manage to get a decent price for the car. A proof that all good things can come at a decent price is that the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is going to start sales at £29,000. The Quadrifoglio on the other hand is the top of the range model and is going to be given at a figure of around £50,000. The release date has been made to start this September so people who are interested might already start ordering their own Giulia in advance as there might be a high demand for one, as come release date many will already be booked and reserved for people who have eagerly been awaiting to the reintroduction of this car.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia alloy wheels

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date and Specs

The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers tons of reasons as to why it should appear on your short shopping list, however, there are also significant foibles that you should be weary of too. It is characterful, engaging, capable off-roader, and a downright all-American SUV. Furthermore, the new model boasts of unique features such as its seriousness in off-roading, fun-to-drive character, and an unmistakable styling. Here in this review you get an all-rounded approach to anything that pertains the Wrangler Unlimited such as its release date, price, interior and exterior facets, and specifications for the engine. 

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon front view, orange color, headlights and alloy wheels

But in the midst of all these praise for this unabashedly all-American SUV lurks some negative idiosyncrasies that we think any potential buyer should be weary of before making that order. For one, the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers poor crash test scores. In fact, the government offers the model four stars for overall crash test score for overall crash impact. The ride quality is busy especially on the highway. The convertible operation is cumbersome. And the interior lacks adequate sound deafening materials to insulate the occupants.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

While the list of foibles explained above reads like we are talking of a model designed three decades ago, the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited isn’t any different from its predecessors. It has continued to thrive in this hot-rod segment that features some of the top dogs in the segment thanks to its illustrious history that revolves around its off-road superiority. In fact, no other vehicle in this class can actually manage to rival its off-road prowess.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited side angle, alloy wheels

Aside from its unstoppable-at-the-trail trait, the Wrangler Unlimited 2017 offers a unique exterior and interior styling. Again, its mechanical underpinnings that are still traditional make it a fun-to-drive vehicle.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited front angle, headlights and grille

When it comes to which powertrain lurks under its hood, Jeep says buyers should expect the familiar 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out a whopping 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. Also available is a standard four-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy is rather meagre and stands at 18 mpg in combined highway/city cruising.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited blue color, alloy wheels

When it comes to the available competition, the Wrangler Unlimited enjoys the lack of it. In fact, the only vehicles that it can square it out with include the Toyota FJ, and the Nissan Xterra.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited rear view, tailpipe and taillights

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date & Price

According to Jeep, expect the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to go for sale sometime in the second half of 2017. Pricing is yet to be announced, however, credible reports say the new model will cost almost similarly to the current model that has an asking MSRP of $28,195.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited release date

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Exterior

The new model comes with several new exterior features including a new front fascia that plays host to a slightly redesigned grille, and headlights. Now, both the lights are offered with a standard LED technology. Optionally available are powerful bi-xenon headlights that offer superior illumination good for lighting up dark trails. Although unconfirmed, rumors are rife that the exterior paint has also been reshuffled. Some more exterior features include sixteen-inch wheels, skid plates, full metal doors, a full-size spare tire, and a bigger gas tank than that on the regular Wrangler model.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited exterior, green color, grille

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Interior Pictures

When it comes to the interior, the new Wrangler Unlimited distinguishes itself in a number of areas. First, the interior unlike the previous one, has been redesigned and is now slightly refined than the outgoing model’s. It is a host to a number of standard features and technologies that were previously unavailable on the outgoing model. Optional features, too, are in plenty for those who don’t mind spending an extra above the cost of the vehicle. Some of the accessories you can wait for include cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a media player interface.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

Available Trims

The Wrangler Unlimited is a four door version of the regular Jeep Wrangler model that is available in three core trims: Rubicon, Sahara, and Sport.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trims

Engine Specs

Beneath the hood, the new Wrangler Unlimited comes with a 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. 3,500 lbs. is the maximum towing capacity that the Wrangler Unlimited offers when fully loaded.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited engine

As already mentioned above, the fuel economy, as provided for by the EPA stands at 17/21/18 mpg in the city/highway combined.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited engine

Safety

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spy shots

Government offered the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited mediocre crash impact protection ratings as evidenced by the four stars out of the five that it got from the overall crash impact protection safety it got.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willyx exterior, alloy wheels

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, side view, red color

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trims, exterior

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited interior

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited interior, steering wheel and leather seats

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara exterior, white color

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