2017 Ford F-150 Release Date, Specs and Review

Big, bad, bold is what defines the new Ford F-150 for 2017 when you take it to run across the desert or climb mountains at full throttle. It comes boasting of an upgraded suspension system, and a new V6 engine that replaces the existing V8 engine. According to rumors, the new F-150 is set to go on sale this fall.

New add-ons for 2017 include an upgraded suspension system, a new engine, a new frame, and a comprehensive redesign of the existing model. For starters, the Ford F-150 model is undoubtedly the best-selling truck in the U.S. It has managed to outsell everything else on the road for years unending due to its versatility, off-road performance, utility, amenities, comfort, and fuel economy. That isn’t precisely news for a majority of American buyers who are the biggest fans of the truck. The F-150 is the perfect definition of what a truck ought to be.

Nowadays, buyers are looking for a truck that requires a more extreme approach, something that flatten cacti at 80 mph and can hop boulders. For buyers looking for such capabilities, the fresh 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor should be a top their list of priorities.

The Raptor, entering its second generation, will feature a twin turbocharged V6 engine, aluminum body panels, and an all-new frame. According to Ford, the new frame will be more solid than any other model’s in the F-150 lineup. Also, it will be 6” wider than the base model, and will feature a new terrain management system and more suspension travel.

However, that is not to say that the fresh 2017 Ford F-150 won’t have any downsides. Some of the faults include limited visibility, only the short bed configuration will be offered just like in the existing model, and the Raptor is a specialized instrument.

Ford F-150 – Available Trims

According to the latest news, Ford has only shown us the Raptor in extended cab style. However, we expect the existing lineup to continue unaltered to the 2017 model year. That said, we should expect up to five trims: base XL, mid-trimsXLT, Lariat and King Ranch, and top-rated Platinum. The 2016 Shelby Baja 700 is reviewed separately.

Exterior Raptor Review & 2017 Ford F-150 Interior Changes

Based on speculation, standard equipment to expect from the base XL model include cloth upholstery, a 4.2” touchscreen display, 60/40-split rear seats, 17” steel wheels, six-speaker sound system, manual locks, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, and manual windows.

2017 Ford F-150 front
2017 Ford F-150 front

Stand-alone options for the above trim include trailer brake controller, a rearview camera, skid plates, a power-sliding rear window, different axle ratios and towing packages, a CD player, running boards, and box side steps.

The XLT trim adds a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, chrome exterior trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, rear under seat storage, heated mirrors, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, an 8” touchscreen display, a 110V power outlet, remote engine start, LED bed lighting, seven–speaker sound system, and power adjustable pedals.

2017 Ford F-150 back
2017 Ford F-150 back

Stand-alone features available for the XLT include LED spotlights, rear-cross traffic alert, power-adjustable heated mirrors, inflatable rear seatbelts, a navigation system, CreChief fleet based telematics, a fuel economy boosting SFE package, and mirror-mounted LED spotlights.

The Lariat trim adds LED taillights and headlights, a 10-speaker audio system, driver seat memory settings, an 8” gauge cluster information display, high-beam headlight control, second-row heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control (dual-zone).

The top-of-the-line King Ranch and Platinum models share most of the features available above but have a more sophisticated uptown styling tweak.

Engine Specs – 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford hasn’t said much about what we should expect under the hood of the 2017 F-150, however, what we do know is the fact that for 2017 the truck will feature a base V6 engine that will replace the outgoing V8.

That said, the base engine will be a 3.5L V6 able to generate 284 horsepower and 256 pounds of torque. Also available is a 2.7L V6 rated at 325hp and 375 pounds of torque.

Those yawning for more power can opt for the powerful 5.0L diesel V6 rated at 390 hp and 387 pounds of torque.

Date Of Release & 2017 Ford F-150 Price

The new Ford F-150 2017 goes on sale in the fall of 2016, according to the latest release date details Ford has provided. As for the price, we are still in the dark, but expect a starting MSRP of around 46,000USD.

2017 Ford F-150 release date
2017 Ford F-150 release date

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2017 Ford Taurus Release Date and Specs

Although the new 2017 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan, there are better alternatives the market that can give you a better capability. Some of its strengths include an available all-wheel-drive system, a humongous trunk, excellent crash scores, fuel-sipping four cylinder engine, and comfortable and serene ride. Its release according to our mule should be expected in May 2017 at least for the U.S.A market.

2017 Ford Taurus silver color, front view, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

The Taurus now enters its eighth year of production in 2017, and some areas are starting to show their age. And with the cut-throat competition known in the segment, it is likely to face an uphill task trying to remain relevant in the segment. However, Ford says the new vehicle comes with added luxury, better driving dynamics, and is feature laden.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, blue color, alloy wheels

The outgoing model’s MyFord Touch system has been phased out and in its place comes the updated Sync 3 infotainment system. According to Ford, the new systems is intuitive and more responsive. And just like the model before it, the redesigned 2017 Taurus benefits from a powerful SHO model, a massive trunk, a spacious cabin, and an available AWD option.

2017 Ford Taurus limited, black color, taillights, tailpipe, rear view

When it comes to its liabilities, though, it comes short in terms of high price tag particularly for the SHO model; may of its rivals outdone it; and the cabin is confining. That in mind, it would be vital to consider other options within its price range. They include the 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Chrysler 300, 2017 Toyota Avalon, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala. Those penchant on performance can consider the 2017 Chevrolet SS model.

Available Trims – Ford Taurus

2017 Ford Taurus SE front view, headlights and grille

The five-passenger 2017 Ford Taurus sedan is offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO trims. The RS is reviewed separately, as is the Ford police Interceptor Utility.

Interior Colors & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Ford Taurus

The SE’s list of standard features includes LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an exterior-access keypad, automatic headlights, a six-speaker premium sound system, a 4.2-inch display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, integrated blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera, a CD player, two USB ports, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a  CD player, Sync voice controls, and manually reclining and lumbar six-way power front seats.

2017 Ford Taurus steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

Upgrading to the SEL trim gets you automatic climate control (dual-zone), satellite and HD radio, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, front lower fascia, puddle lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, satellite radio, and upgraded interior trim.

2017 Ford Taurus interior, leather seats, steering wheel

The SEL adds a Sync 3 infotainment system, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an additional center speaker, power adjustable pedals, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

The Limited trim further includes ventilated and heated power front seats (10-way), ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, and a universal garage opener.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, auto show, alloy wheels, headlights

Both the Limited and SEL trims are qualified for high beams and automatic wipers, auto-dimming driver-side mirrors, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD radio, a power rear sunshade, heated rear seats, a blind-spot monitor, a navigation system, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch wheels.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, exterior, alloy wheels, red color, taillights

The sport-themed SHO trim gets most of the lower trim’s features plus a sport-tuned suspension system, black exterior trim, unique leather upholstery, the auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a more powerful turbocharged engine, 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

2017 Ford Taurus Engine Specifications

Three engines come under the hood of the 2017 Ford Taurus. The power – 288 hp and 254 lbs. ft. of torque produced by the 3.5L V6 engine gets sent to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Next up is the 240 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque rated four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine. Front wheel drive is also standard, as is the six-speed auto. Ford puts its EPA fuel consumption stats at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Ford Taurus sel engine

Finally, the performance-and sport-themed SHO employs a 3.5L V6 engine good for 365 horsepower and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. Here, the power is sent to all the wheels via the shift manual control paddles.

A time of 5.8 seconds is what you require to zoom from 0-60 mph with the SHO trim model.

Price & 2017 Ford Taurus SHO Release Date

The U.S market should expect the brand new 2017 Ford Taurus in MAY 2017. The Sedan will cost you a base MSRP of $27,110, and up to $40,275 for the Taurus SHO model.

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2017 Ford Taurus leather front seats

New 2017 Ford Fusion – Release Date, Specs & Info

New safety and technology features, fuel-thrifty turbocharged engines, an available all-wheel drive, a stout power, ad a top-tier luxury-oriented rim level makes the 2017 Ford Fusion, just like its predecessors, one of the most impressive midsize sedans around. Its release date should be expected this summer, if online rumors are anything to be trusted.

2017 Ford Fusion exterior, red color

With its technology updates and, exterior and interior changes, the Fusion is well-placed to keep up with its rivals’ pace. The V6 engine, for instance, is one of the few changes that will undoubtedly make the Fusion better.

The engine is expected to come fitted under the hood of the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport model. Other upscale changes to be expected for 2017 include LED headlights, 19” wheels, a rear spoiler, a continuously controlled suspension damping, a gloss-black mesh grille, and a tri-zone automatic climate control.

2017 Ford Fusion exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

There are also high-tech safety and technology features offered even for the base model. Such items include automatic parallel/perpendicular parking system, voice control functionality, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.

2017 Ford Fusion front angle, black color, grille

Still, Ford isn’t the only automaker that knows how to combine functionality with style. There are other brilliant rivals such as the fuel-efficient 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, which was recently redesign and offers great value for the money. You can also check out others such as the 2017 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Nissan Altima.

Nevertheless, we highly recommend the 2017 Ford Fusion especially for buyers looking for abundant style, technology, and practicality.

2017 Ford Fusion rear view, taillights

Offered Trims – Ford Fusion

The five-passenger, four-door 2017 Ford Fusion is offered in only three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. Both the Hybrid and plug-in Hybrid (Fusion Energi) reviews are covered elsewhere on the blog, as is the RT.

Interior Concept Colors & 2017 Ford Fusion Exterior Redesign

2017 Ford Fusion red color, front angle, headlights and grille

Standard accessories and features available for the 2017 Ford Fusion include air-conditioning, a four-speaker sound system, automatic headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, auxiliary audio jack, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, full power accessories, color-keyed lower side sills, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a folding and reclining 60/40-split rear seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Ford Fusion rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

The Fusion SE steps up the stakes with satellite and HD radio, a rear center fold-down armrest, heated mirrors, exterior keypad entry, 17” alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system, rear air ducts, an eight-way power driver seat, and heated exterior mirrors.

2017 Ford Fusion interior, steering wheel and lcd screen

Options available for the SE include a special cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, front heated seats, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, and foglights. The MyFord Touch Technology package adds an SD card reader, two configurable gauge cluster displays, automatic tri-zone climate control, rear parking cameras, an RCA video input jack, and an 8-inch central LCD touchscreen display.

2017 Ford Fusion leather seats, back seats

The Titanium trim further adds a 12-speaker Sony sound system, sport front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, 18” wheels, lane-keeping assist and warning a heated steering wheel, frontal collision warning, a blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, a 110-V household styled power outlet, high-beam automatic control, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Ford Fusion Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Fusion is a new 2.7L turbocharged engine for the V6 Sport model. The V6 is estimated to produce about 325 hp and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is then transferred to the wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission system that is engaged with a rotary gear selector.

2017 Ford Fusion engine

Other engine choices available include the base 2.5L four-cylinder engine and the EcoBoost 1.5L and 2.0L four-cylinders. The four-cylinder is rated at 175 hp and 175 lbs. ft. of torque, and the EcoBoost at 181 hp and 185 pounds-feet of torque.

The base is expected to return about 34/22/26 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 37/25/29 mpg for the EcoBoost 1.5L engine.

Price & 2017 Ford Fusion Release Date

2017 Ford Fusion release date

As already mentioned above, the 2017 Ford Fusion release date is expected this summer, and will start at $22,995. The Platinum Edition will be offered for sale for a base MSRP of $37,495, the V6 Sport model for $34,350, and the Energi and Hybrid for $33,995 and $26,060 respectively.

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