2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD – Release Date and Review

With a neat combination of comfort and capability, the new 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is perhaps one among an elite class of heavy-duty trucks that you should highly consider especially if you’re shopping in its class. Some of the highlights that underpin its audacity include a solid build quality, an available CNG fueling for its regular V8 model, a quiet and refined ride quality, a strong diesel engine, and impressive towing and hauling capabilities. The GMC Sierra 2500HD 2017 release date should be expected sometime before this fall, according to recent news.

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD rear view, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

If you’ve been an ardent fan of pickup trucks, you already know that some are designed to work hard and play hard. But even so, some tasks require more firepower than others. If you’re looking for a truck that has a do-anything attitude, you’ll probably want to check out the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD. True, there’re other choices in the market that offer heavy-duty capabilities, but none are able to seamlessly combine such capability and premium luxury like the Sierra 2500HD.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD spy shots

General Motors say the new truck comes equipped with either a 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine capable of making 397 horsepower or a 360-horsepower –generating 6.0L V8 engine. The Duramax engine, GMC says, can haul up to 3,534 pounds, and tow up to a maximum of 18,000 pounds when properly equipped.

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD side view, red color, alloy wheels

Besides the brawn, the new GMC Sierra 2500HD 2017 has still plenty in store for you. The interior is perhaps one area that comes with a majority of the updates. Some of the technologies that should probably get your tongue wagging in anticipation include LED accent lights, xenon headlights, smartphone app integration, an upgraded infotainment system, remote locking tailgate, and a slew of driving aides.

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD front view, black color, alloy wheels and grille

The smooth ride quality carries over from the previous model year. Fancier models also come with upgraded performance specs such as the upgraded steering system. Throw in a wide range of trim models, two bed lengths, and three body styles, and the Sierra 2500HD easily passes for a classy high-end hauler.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

Even with such performance components and capability, the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD isn’t the only vehicle in its class that has received important updates. Hot on its heels include the Ford F-2500 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, and the RAM 2500.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Review of Trims & Body Styles

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD exterior, front view, grille

Three body styles, as of this writing, are offered: regular cab, double cab, and crew cab. The trio is also offered different bed lengths. Additionally, four trims are available for the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD: Denali, SLT, SLE, and base.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Interior & Exterior Changes

2017 Sierra 2500HD interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

Some of the standard accessories available for the entry-level Sierra 2500HD include dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic locking rear differential, seventeen-inch steel wheels, a 4.2” central display screens, adaptive xenon headlights, a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, cloth/vinyl upholstery, LED daytime running lights, chrome bumpers, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, manual rank windows, an rubber floor covering.

2017 Sierra 2500 HD front angle, headlights and grille

The Sierra 2500HD SLE model adds seventeen-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, upgraded eight-inch touchscreen display, a CD player, HD radio, a 4.2” driver information display, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, tinted rear windows, LED cargo box illumination, and a remote locking EZ lift/lower tailgate.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD interior, leatherfront seats

The Sierra 2500HD SLT 2017, in addition to the above features, adds power-adjustable pedals, tri-zone automatic climate control, additional chrome trim, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a 110-V household power outlet, remote ignition, and driver memory settings.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD trunk, cargo space

Finally, the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 2017winds up with a power-sliding rear window, chrome exterior accents, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, a spray-in bedliner, ventilated and heated front seats, bespoke interior colors, an eight-inch reconfigurable information display, and chrome side steps.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Engine Specs

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD engine

Two engines are offered under its hood. The first is a 6.0L V8 engine able to crank out 360 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque. When operating on CNG, the power drops to 301 hp and 333 pounds-feet of torque.

Next up is the turbocharged 6.6L diesel V8 engine good for 397 hp and 765 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Release Date & Price

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD release date

Rumors allege the new vehicle will probably hit dealerships sometime this fall with the Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab price starting from $33,535.

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2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD exterior, alloy wheels

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD side view, black color, alloy wheels, grille and headlights

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD interior, lcd screen

2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD interior, leather seats

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD interior, leather back seats

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD exterior, front view, grille, headlights and badges

New 2017 Ford Explorer – Release Date and Review

In comparison to what other larger three-row crossover SUVs offer, the new 2017 Ford Explorer falls a bit short in terms of space and versatility, but is still a solid pick for anyone looking for a hush highway ride, a strong turbocharged V6 engine, a plethora of high tech features, and relatively practical cargo space. Its release date should be expected somewhere in the middle of next year, if pundits’ reports on the industry are anything to go by. 

2017 Ford Explorer side view, alloy wheels

You’re probably looking for a large three-row crossover SUV because you have a large family that needs to be hauled around conveniently. But even so, you’re still considering one that is thrifty at the pump, has ample towing capacity, and has decent road manners. Well, we’re to let you know that you can now put a period on your search as the new 2017 Ford Explorer meets every requirement above, and even more.

2017 Ford Explorer exterior, rear view, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

The new explorer gains several updates and new styling flourishes that differentiate it from the outgoing model. However, seasoned users will have to look long and hard to notice any. New technologies include a blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection and alert. Others include new xenon headlights, additional USB ports, and new tactile buttons.

2017 Ford Explorer side view, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

Other features have simply been improved such as the base engine, the automated parking system, and the driver information display. But even with so many bells and whistles, the new explorer, just like many of its peers, is stained with foibles. These include the cramped third-row bench, and its massive size behind the wheel.

2017 Ford Explorer side view, red color, alloy wheels

Therefore, you might want to check out what its competition offers before closing the deal. They include the “A” rated Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. The latter of the two offers a versatile and spacious interior, and improved driving dynamics. Others include the Chevrolet Traverse, and the GMC Acadia.

2017 Ford Explorer rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels

2017 Ford Explorer – Available Trims

Five trims – Sport, XLT, Base, Platinum and Limited – are offered for the large 2017 Ford Explorer SUV.

Exterior Review & 2017 Ford Explorer Interior Configurations

Standard features and equipment offered for the base model includes rear climate controls, a six-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a third-row 50/50-split seat, a rear privacy glass, LED taillights and foglights, xenon headlights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, cruise control, roof rails, a CD player, a 4.2” driver information display, auxiliary audio inputs, Ford’s voice activated entertainment/phone interface, and a second-row 60/40-split seat.

2017 Ford Explorer interior, dashboard, gear shift knob, steering wheel

Opting for the Explorer XLT gets you a six-way power front passenger seat, a keyless entry code pad, rear parking sensors, heated exterior mirrors, upgraded brakes, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and body-color door handles.

2017 Ford Explorer exterior, front angle, headlights and grille

Equipment offered for the Explorer Limited includes heated second-row seats, a front-view camera, 20” wheels, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, a 110-V power outlet, power and heated adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, chrome exterior mirrors, an eight-way power passenger seat, a hands-free power liftgate, and HD radio.

2017 Ford Explorer interior, front and rear seats

The Explorer Sport, as the top-of-the-trim, model, adds unique interior and exterior trim color details, 20” wheels, power-adjustable pedals, adaptive cruise control, heated and adjustable steering wheel, a 110-V outlet, a front-view camera, a sport-tuned suspension system, a blind-spot camera, power-folding mirrors, and a hands-free power liftgate. This trim is also provided with the Sport Trac package but the details will be known on its release date, as no one really knows its contents.

2017 Ford Explorer rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Finally, the Explorer Titanium winds up the model lineup with a premium Sony audio system, an upgraded leather upholstery, a dual-panel sunroof, and LED foglights. It also offers all the features offered by the lower trims.

2017 Ford Explorer Engine Specs

Providing sufficient motivation is the base 3.6L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 255 lbs. ft. of torque. The Ford’s Terrain Management System is also offered together with this mill. The fuel sipper of the entire engine lineup is the turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine under the hoods of the base, XLT, and Limited models.

2017 Ford Explorer engine

The 2.3L engine is rated at 270 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque. EPA says the mill should be able to return 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the AWD, and 19/28/22 mpg with the FWD.

Finally, the Explorer Platinum and Sport models get a turbocharged 3.5L V6 rated at 350 pounds-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower.

2017 Ford Explorer Release Date & Price

2017 Ford Explorer Release date

The Explorer SUV will be offered with a window sticker displaying an “MSRP starting from $31,050.” It should be offered for sale sometime in the middle of 2017.

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2017 Ford Explorer exterior, front view, headlights and grille

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2017 Ford Explorer exterior, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

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2017 Ford Explorer interior, leather rear seats

New 2017 Infiniti Q30 – Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Infiniti Q30 is a stylish yet sporty hatchback that compares much to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It is sold as the QX30S model in the U.S, and has a crossover sibling known as the QX30. The new model represents Infiniti’s first ever foray into the compact segment, and with its debut during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, everything seems set for the Q30. Continue reading on for more engaging info that also includes exterior and interior details, engine specs, price, and release date.

2017 Infiniti Q30 auto show, side view, white color, alloy wheels

The new 2017 Infiniti Q30 challenges the conventional way of thinking in terms of both character and shape. It exemplifies the brand’s customer-centric, design-led approach to product development and stays true to the original 2013 concept’s signature design cues. The new model comes with exceptional handling and ride quality thanks to a holistic approach to its engineering. Also, its intuitive technologies, confident dynamics, and versatile dimensions make it feel comfortable and yet manage to offer the “go-anywhere” mentality.

2017 Infiniti Q30 exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Regardless of the trim level a buyer choses, once can be sure to get a wealth of personality and design elements. This is what President of Infiniti – Roland Krueger – had to say about the 2017 Infiniti Q30, “There’s no doubt that the Q30 makes a daring visual statement thanks to the asymmetric cabin design, unconventional stance, and sculpted, concept-car exterior. It provides an unmistakable Infiniti driving experience courtesy in part to the exacting standards that work in synergy to provide a pleasurable driving experience.”

2017 Infiniti Q30 spy shots

Once available, the new Infiniti Q30 will definitely up in arms with other solid picks such as Renault-Nissan –Daimler, Volkswagen Golf, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. But even in the face of all the competition, the Infiniti Q30 2017 is deserving of a chance for anyone shopping in this class.

2017 Infiniti Q30 U.S Release Date & Price

2017 Infiniti Q30 release date

Its release date for the U.S market is expected sometime in early 2017, and just about the same time in Europe. As for the price, expect the new model to cost from around $30,000 for the basic version.

2017 Infiniti Q30 Hatchback Exterior

2017 Infiniti Q30 front angle, headlights and grille

Much of the original exterior styling has been carried over to the next model. The same 3D-effect mesh grille, double-wave effect on the hood line, and signature Infiniti elements are available unaltered. Differences are also available, including on the front bumper and the headlights. Relative to the outgoing model, the exhaust tips are bit smaller, the rear chunkier, side mirrors milder, and the side skirts less aggressive.

2017 Infiniti Q30 rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

A black lacquer trim around the side skirts and wheel arches and the satin chrome-plated trim have been designed to visually-elevate the Q30’s stance. Color customizations are also available depending on tastes and preferences of the buyer.

2017 Infiniti Q30 Interior

2017 Infiniti Q30 interior, steering wheel and dashboard

The Q30 interior has been designed to challenge traditional standards of symmetry. The result is a pleasant environment in which to spend time thanks to stylish styled, asymmetric surfaces that feature dynamic lines and wave shapes. Infiniti designers also spent quite a lot of time in selecting the materials with the highest quality in order to create a luxurious and modern-looking cabin.

2017 Infiniti Q30 interior, leather front seats

For instance, high-impact areas of the interior such as the center armrest and door trims come with a super-soft, highly tactile material lines. Furthermore, pillars and roof lines are offered with a new Italian suede-like material. For comfort, the new model come with advanced seat designs that minimize black muscle pressure, and provide spinal support thanks to the carefully engineered seat curvature.

2017 Infiniti Q30 trunk, cargo space

What’s even more, Infiniti offers plenty of intuitive technologies meant to further elevate the levels of driver enjoyment while providing exceptional safety to all occupants aboard. Some of these technologies include moving object detection, around view monitor, automatic park assist, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam assist, forward emergency breaking, and intelligent cruise control.

Available Trims

2017 Infiniti Q30 exterior, front view, headlights and grille

As of this writing, only three models were available for the new 2017 Infiniti Q30: Sport, Premium, and SE. The full list will be available during its release date.

Engine Specs

2017 Infiniti Q30 engine

Here in the U.S, buyers will get a 208-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Across the pond however, a range of engines will be available: 120-horsepower – generating 1.6L four-cylinder, a 1.5L four-cylinder producing 107 horsepower, and a 2.2L four-cylinder diesel yielding 168 horsepower. Also available for the Q30 Premium and Sport models will be a 2.0L gasoline four-cylinder able to generate 208 horsepower.

Safety

2017 Infiniti Q30 safety

As aforementioned above, the new model will be offered with plenty of safety technologies. The U.S spec QX30 crossover earned a perfect five out of five star rating for overall crash impact safety performance. And with all the upgrades and improvements available for the Q30 hatchback, it is only natural to expect the same results from the NHTSA body. In the meantime, book a QX30 test drive for a hands-on experience.

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2017 Infiniti Q30 front view, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Infiniti Q30 exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

2017 Infiniti Q30 exterior, red color, front view, grille

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2017 Infiniti Q30 interior, lcd screen

2017 Infiniti Q30 interior, gear shift knob

2017 Infiniti Q30 interior, leather back seats