2017 Volkswagen Passat Release Date, Specs and Info

For those looking for a midsize sedan with a spacious and serene cabin, and top safety scores, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is solid choice worth considering. Some of its pros include top safety scores, fuel-sipping and powerful engines, smooth and comfortable ride, and a well-appointed cabin. Its release date has been for some time now been speculated to be around March next month.

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For 2017, the new Passat gains a standard USB port that now replaces the outgoing model’s propriety plug, full leather seating for top trims, an updated center sack, a mildly revised exterior, and a slew of safety features add-ons (automatic braking, a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, and frontal collision warning system).

2017 Volkswagen Passat rear view, tailpipe

Few years ago, Volkswagen purists cried foul when the concept of the current generation Passat was unveiled. The vehicle now featured a generic sheet metal over the outgoing model’s Audi-like exterior styling. Gone was the 2.0L engine and the GTI-shared automated clutch transmission system. The previously top-rated soft-touch cabin materials were now a thing of the distant past, and similar cuts were effected on the feature and technology list. The once-vaunted handling and steering supremacy were phased out as well. All this was done in favor of comfort rather than performance, which jeopardized Passat’s long standing reputation in safety and top-rated performance.

Well, much can be said about the Passat’s rich evolutionary history, but the bottom line is the Passat model still managed to be a force to reckon with in the midsize luxury segment despite all odds.

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For seasoned users, you’d definitely need to be either a VW’s aficionado or eagle-eyed in order to notice the differences between the outgoing model and the new one in terms of the interior and exterior styling.

In overall, the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat has so much features to offer and will undoubtedly be an endearment to many once released. Some of its bogeys in the segment include the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Mazda 6, 2017 Ford Fusion, and the 2017 Toyota Camry. Others are 2017 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2017 Kia Optima.

Available Trims – VW Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat sedan will be offered in five major trims: base S, R-Line, SEL, SE, and the SEL Premium.

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The base S model offers standard climate control (dual-zone), full power accessories, a 5” touchscreen display, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, a height-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, 16” alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system, cloth upholstery, a CD player, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

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The sporty R-Line adds heated side mirrors, leatherette upholstery, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, interior and exterior styling elements, 19” alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors.

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The SE adds adaptive cruise control, 17” wheels, rear air conditioning, automatic braking, the Car-Net telematics system, rear air-conditioning vents, satellite and HD radio, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a second USB port, keyless ignition and entry, an eight-speaker sound system, rear-cross traffic alert, heated rear seats, a hands-free trunk opener, smartphone app integration, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity, and a navigation system.

2017 Volkswagen Passat interior, steering wheel and gear shift knob

The SEL trim adds a 60/40-split rear seat, premium Fender audio system, driver memory settings, an eight-way power passenger seat, 18” wheels, and a leather upholstery.

The range-topping 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium trim includes front and rear parking cameras, lane departure warning system, remote ignition, automated parallel parking system, and power-folding mirrors.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine Specs

A 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 170 hp and 184 lbs. of torque will come equipped under the hoods of all the trims except the V6 SEL trim. The power output is routed to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the above powertrain stands at 25/38/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine

Next up is the 3.6L V6 engine good for 280 hp and 258 lbs. of torque.
This output is transferred to the front wheels via the DSG transmission system. During our won test drive, the vehicle was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Its EPA ratings stand at 20/28/23 mpg.

Price 2017 Volkswagen Passat Date Of Release

Speculations making rounds on the internet suggest that the redesigned Volkswagen Passat wagon for 2017 is set to hit U.S.A dealerships come March next year. As for the price, expect an MSRP starting from $22,440.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date, Info & Specs

If you want to get an impressive midsize SUV with a refined nature, strong engines, and a stout towing capacity, the Volkswagen Touareg for 2017 is probably the best you can get in its segment, however, its non-luxury badge and/or high price may turn out to be a tough pill to swallow for people running on tight budgets. Its release date should be expected mid next year.

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Some of its strengths for 2017 include a respectable off-road capability, confident handling, a high-towing capacity, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and a confident handling. For 2017, VW no longer has the Touareg Hybrid trim on its lineup.

The vehicle has been in the market for over ten years now but many people still misspell its name. The most common question that many people probably ask whenever they’re viewing the vehicle at VW dealerships has much to do with its name spelling. Did I spell it correctly? Why do you call it that way? Well, that’s how creative the guys at Volkswagen were and we have no option than to respect that despite the obvious inconveniences.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg exterior, black color

Moving on, the Touareg offers an exciting driving experience, interior ambience, and tons of standard features just to begin with. However, the vehicle comes with a hefty price tag that might just give its rivals the boost they require to make additional sales.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

For 2017, nothing much has changed in terms of the exterior fascias and much of the interior appointments relative to the previous model. Nonetheless, it is better placed than other midsize crossovers like the Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge especially in terms of the capability, towing capacity, and refinement. The Touareg offers a solid towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg front angle, grille and headlights

Of course, one major downside to owning it is its price tag that is quite unforgiving despite its nameplate being from a very humble brand similar to the Jettas, Beetles, and Golfs. Buyers will nevertheless find value for their money as the vehicle offers a more sophisticated driving experience, a luxurious cabin, and an alternative powertrain as the top-rated midsize luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne, and the BMW X5 which are offered at way higher prices.

Available Trims – Volkswagen Touareg

The five-passenger Volkswagen Touareg for 2017 is available in just three well-equipped trim levels: Sport, Lux, and the fully-loaded Executive trim. The names “TDI” and “VR6” connote the engine.

Interior Technology & Exterior Review – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

The base V6 Sport offers automatic wipers, a heated eight-way power front seats, foglights, adaptive and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18” wheels, an auto-diming rearview mirror, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic climate control (dual-zone), “V-Tex” leatherette upholstery, LED running lights, a 6.5” touchscreen interface, a media player interface, an eight-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, a power liftgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg rear view, tailpipe and taillights

The optional Technology Driver Assistance package standard for the TDI but optional for the VR6 adds keyless entry and ignition, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, an 8” touchscreen interface, a hands-free power liftgate, a frontal collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, a trailer hitch, a blind spot warning system, and blind-spot warning system.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

The V6 Lux trim includes the above package plus leather upholstery, a power folding rear seat, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 19” wheels, and driver side-auto-dimming mirrors.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Finally, eating everything below it in the trim jungle is the Executive trim that adds a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system, manual rear sunshades, 20” wheels, heated rear seats, an overhead-view parking camera, and a power adjustable steering wheel.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Engine Specs

A 3.6L V6 engine rated at 280 hp and 266 lbs. of torque comes under the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 models. The power is transferred to the four wheels via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system. Its fuel economy ratings as per EPA stats stand at 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg engine

The TDI model comes fitted with a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine good for 240 hp and a solid 406 pounds of torque. It offers the same transmission system as the VR6 models mentioned above.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg engine view

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds regardless of the powertrain.

Price & 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $42,795, and $50,245 for the TDI Executive. Its date of release has been rumored to be around mid-next year.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a generously sized compact sedan available with appealing specs such as a responsive hybrid powertrain, fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, and a copious trunk and backseat. The Volkswagen Jetta release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2017.  

2017 Volkswagen Jetta front view, white color, grille

The squishiness here is probably because there’s an elephant in the room. This is because Volkswagen is still in the process of sorting out the mess with its cheating-in-emissions issue. At the time of this writing, however, Volkswagen has indicated its intentions of buying back about 500,000 U.S diesel vehicles which were discovered in September 2015 of having violated emissions rules.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta tailpipe and taillights

This came after over 600 lawsuits were lodged against Volkswagen. The specifics of the plan are yet to be hammered out. Keep checking back for more updates concerning the same. Aside from the cheating hullabaloo, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2017 gets a new turbocharged 1.4L engine that is capable of churning out 150 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Those looking for more excitement can opt for the GLI’s turbo 2.0L engine.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta exterior, headlights

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta interior has been improved over the existing model and the automaker says it is now elegant, sophisticated and reeks of comfort. This comes after the existing model was criticized for its spotty appointments. There are lots of value for the money, too, judging by the amount of technologies offered. The cabin and trunk space have also been improved and even backseat occupants can boast of enough head- and legroom.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta exterior, white color

This year has seen a number of impressive coupes and sedans flock the segment, and the VW Jetta will certainly experience an uphill task in trying to clinch to the top of the segment. Rivals include the “A” rated Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen’s own Golf.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta side view, blue color

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Review of Trims

A variety of engines and trim levels are offered for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid review is sufficiently offered on a separate space elsewhere on this blog, as is the Jetta GLI model.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta rear view, white color

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Interior & Exterior Redesign

Standard equipment offered for the 1.4 TS Jetta S model include a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, full power accessories, fifteen-inch steel wheels, a telescopic and-tilt steering wheel, a five-inch touchscreen display, height-adjustable steering wheel Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a 6.3” touchscreen display, cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a rearview camera, and smartphone app integration.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta lcd screen, dashboard, steering wheel and gear shift knob

Upgrading to the Jetta SE gets you a rear seat armrest, heated front seats, a heated windshield washer nozzles, an enhanced Car-Net system, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, driver lumbar adjustments, front center armrest, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, a sunroof, and push-button start.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Opting for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL gets you a higher-quality interior, keyless entry and ignition, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, a six-way power driver seat, automatic headlights and wipers, a sunroof, seventeen-inch wheels, vanity mirrors, a cooled glove compartment, and front reading lights.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta interior, back seats

Although covered separately as previously mentioned, some of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI specs include a sport-tuned suspension system, eighteen-inch wheels, special styling elements, upgraded brakes, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear parking sensors, and the Fender sound system.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta front angle, headlights and grille

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid tacks on everything the Jetta GLI offers plus an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a trip computer, and extra hybrid-specific styling elements.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Engine Specs

As already mentioned, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2017 comes with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 150 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is done with the five-speed manual that also includes hill-hold assist.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Sport gets the 170-hp – generating turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine. Those who opt for the Jetta GLI get the four-cylinder 2.0L engine that is credited for offering 210 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta engine

Finally, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid comes equipped with a seven-speed automated manual, an electric motor, and 1.4L turbocharged engine. Output is set at 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Release Date & Price

2017 Volkswagen Jetta release date

Rumors allege the vehicle will probably go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017 featuring a starting price point of $26,920.

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