2016 Smart Fortwo

2016 Smart Fortwo Release Date, MPG, Price, Specs – What has been barring you from buying the previous Smart Fortwo miniature car, America? Is it the woeful steering? The lurch-prone gearbox?  Or maybe it’s because of its tiny room that can make you smell what your passenger took for breakfast?

2016 Smart Fortwo
2016 Smart Fortwo

Well, now you should cease your complaints: the automaker has diligently addressed almost all of the pertinent issues during the engineering of the 3rd generation Fortwo model and the great news is that you will be getting it before the fall of this year.

With the improved changes in the new 2016 Smart Fortwo, you should now head down to your local Smart dealer to get one of the emerging auto sophistication. All the credit goes to Daimler who has kept the faith growing. It is as innovative as before, however it might not have gotten any substantive changes to the most fundamental propositions initially made.

It still comes with its miniature powertrain under the trunk floor where it drives the RWD. We must acknowledge that the new Fortwo is now longer and wider than its tight fitting predecessor.

Price and release date of New 2016 Smart Fortwo

The pricing details have not been diverged to the public, however, we think that the new vehicle will retail around the same price as the Mazda2. The car will probably be released in US before the fall of the year or early next year.

2016 Smart Fortwo release date
2016 Smart Fortwo release date

2016 Smart Fortwo engine specs

The newly updated 2016 Smart Fortwo will come with improved performance, however your praise might falter when we get into the engine. The North American market will be taking the powerfully regarded 89 hp turbocharged version of the transverse 3-cylinder engine, and we must admit that it felt rather excessively gutless and laggy at lower revs.

The engine will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission system. But for the first time in the American market, buyers will now be able to choose their preference of either a five-speed manual or a six speed dual clutch auto.

We also managed to give the naturally aspirated 70 horsepower model a test drive. Which, in spite of taking an extra 4 sec longer to reach 100km/h, felt barely slower and smoother at urban speeds. However, the model will not be coming our way, but the electric savvy clientele can now look forward to the upcoming new full electric version.

The all-electric model will come sometime later next year, and so as the Cabriolet model. In overall, we can say that the new 2016 Smart Fortwo will indeed be the car to watch out for.

Interior changes & redesigns

After having taken a test-drive in the new Fortwo, I must admit that a lot has improved. It looks and feels great to drive in, and as already mentioned, it will now be a bit longer and wider than its predecessor.

The extra width will now come handy for both the passengers and the driver in terms of alignment, which, in comparison to the previous model, the passenger seat was placed slightly behind the driver.

2016 Smart Fortwo interior
2016 Smart Fortwo interior

The updated seating configuration is now substantial, at the front fascia, there are attractive LED daytime running lights which give it a clean and modern appearance, while the revisions made at the refreshed grille makes it fresh and sporty.

2016 Smart Fortwo front
2016 Smart Fortwo front

There appears to be a seemingly endless way to personalise the car, perhaps it might borrowed some ideas from the Scion, and Smart has gone all the way and called this programme ‘Tailor Made’. The programme will now cater for more than forty different exterior bi-colour palette combinations.

And this will be regardless of the choice of the trim model, and, by the way, talking of the trim models, the new vehicle will now come with three trims which will be known as Passion, Prime and Proxy. Whichever model you choose, you will be certain of getting a colourful and clean cabin that will thoroughly give you a playful and modern impression.

A novel woven neoprene (mesh) material will cover the dashboard and will offer it a unique touch. Moreover, both the tachometer and clock will be housed individually on top of it.

A large and beautiful navigation screen which resembles a 7.0” iPad Mini has also been plopped on the side of the dash. The screen is intuitive and you will feel at home whenever you find yourself inside the vehicle.

The 1st edition model had a large sunroof that generously let in significant light and air into the cabin of the car. Sadly, the sun’s visor doesn’t slither, and this has proven to be an oversight.

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review, News…

2016 Chevrolet Volt Release Date, Review, Price – The automaker hailed the all-electric Chevrolet Volt as the game changer on its debut almost four years ago, but we must acknowledge that it has not worked out that way. Despite the Volt outselling more than its close rivals especially in the US, the Volt might be lacking in crucial performance specs like slow acceleration and so on.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - side view
Side view of a new Chevrolet Volt

In view of the above, the Chevrolet hasn’t been able to dethrone more seasoned hybrids like the Ford Fusion and Toyota Prius which are the mainstream gas/electric hybrids. The automaker has even gone ahead and reduced the current sticker price by up to 5,000 USD with the intention of igniting sales again.

However, Chevrolet Volt for the next year will come refreshed with new performance specs that will range from just the aesthetic features to the more technical ones under its hood. It will come with a deserved refinement, fuel efficiency and improved all-electric range.

The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will certainly become the ultimate consideration of anyone looking for a hybrid sedan. The review below will come in handy to anyone aspiring to own the new Volt.

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Specs

The new generation of Chevrolet Volt will come with a new chassis that replace the ageing one that was in the previous Chevy Cruz platform. This will consequently lead to a reduction in weight of the car and will improve both handling and performance.

Despite the changes, the battery pack will still be retained, and so does everything else such as, the channel hump and the rear seat area. In a fresh tweak, the rear seat now belts three occupants rather than two in the current model.

The auto company says that the refreshed battery pack now weighs a paltry 21 lbs. less than the previous generation currently in the market. Its storage capacity has also increased and now stores up to 18.4 kWh and comes with fewer cells.

For better handling, the battery cells are mounted about half an inch lower for improved centre of gravity for stability and handling purposes. The all new AWD system will now make use of two smaller electric motors instead of a single one that was bigger, which the automobile company says weighs 100 pounds less and saves on costs too due to the use less expensive rare earth materials.

Interior and Exterior Design

The interior of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be something worth waiting for. It will come with three drive modes that will include the Norma, Sport and Mountain. These modes will come in handy especially when the driver is seeking to adjust the deceleration and the quantity of regenerated braking energy as well.

2016 Chevrolet Volt interior photos
Chevrolet Volt – interior photos

For charging purposes, the new Volt will come with a new GPS based system that will initiate charging when the vehicle is plugged in away from home. Buyers should look forward to a revised centre stack, finicky sensitive controls, 8” touch screen display, etc.

2016 Chevrolet Volt front view
2016 Chevrolet Volt – front view

Moving on to the exterior, the Volt will come with seven exterior colours that buyers should look forward to. According to GM, they have said the exterior is going to be both ‘bold and flowing’.

2016 Chevrolet Volt rear side
2016 Chevrolet Volt – rear side

With that said, we should expect a strong visual statement and attributes that will make the new Volt the centre of attention.

Engine Specs

Under the hood of the car there will be a combination of two electric motors and a 1.5L four cylinder gasoline engine. The synergy between the two powerplants will result in the generation of up to 149 hp and 294 pounds of torque, while the 4-cylinder one will contribute about 101 hp.

The 4-cylinder engine acts as a generator that will primarily send electricity to the battery pack for onward transmission. It will also be a range extender that will enable the Volt to continue even after the battery charge has been depleted.

The engine, depending on the prevailing conditions, can either be drive on an all-electric powerplant or blended with an electric motor.

With the improved efficiency and reduced weight of the car, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will now make a quicker acceleration and an extended range. It will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which will be a slight increment from the previous version.

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5L gasoline engine
1.5L gasoline engine

On a full tank of gas and a full charge, the new Volt will now be able to cover 420 miles. Also the improved fuel economy will now be 41 mpg.

Price and Release Date

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be released during the end of next year with a base cost of around 33,000 USD as the base MSRP price, or you could also decide to lease it from the local dealers. On the official website you can find more useful details.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - the motor show
2016 Chevrolet Volt on a motor show

2016 RAM 1500 Review

2016 RAM 1500 Release Date, Price, MPG, Interior – Fiat Chrysler, who happens to be the owners of Dodge have showed a reshaped 2016 RAM 1500 which is set to hit the market within a short period of time. The new Ram 1500 will be refreshed version of the model in the market today.

2016 RAM 1500
2016 RAM 1500

The refreshed RAM 1500 2016 won’t receive a major overhaul since the Brand’s major update is schedule for 2017. In spite of the above assumptions, even for the 2017 model, buyers should anticipate the automobile to make a big change in the body construction, such as using light-weight materials such as carbon inserts and aluminium in order to reduce the weight.

That is according to what Hegbloom, the Ram 1500 President, said in press announcement. The company feels very enthusiastic that they are able to reduce the fuel consumption EPA ratings without affecting the truck’s weight by switching to lighter materials such as aluminium and carbon inserts.

The refreshed RAM 1500, 2016 was unveiled during the beginning of this year at the Detroit Auto Show where the auto maker made it clear that the novel truck will be a rework of the current design rather than a major overhaul. The review below aims to educate its readers on what they should expect when the new Ram truck hits the market later in the year.

2016 RAM 1500 interior and exterior specs

The outside of the novel 2016 RAM 1500 will have changes to a larger extent, but will still have some features carried over from the previous model. The front of the truck will resemble the current model in the market in almost every aspect but will also receive some minor updates in some parts of the vehicle.

2016 RAM 1500 interior
2016 RAM 1500 interior

At the posterior end, potential would-be buyers should expect an LED lighting technology in the tail lamps. Despite this, the high rated R/T model will most certainly retain its more assertive body style. Analogous to most trucks, the novel RAM 1500, 2016 will also have bushels of high tech features which are especially going to manifest in high trim levels.

2016 RAM 1500 front
2016 RAM 1500 front

The cabin, on the other hand, will come with top quality materials and a new and improved dashboard than the current model in the market. Lots of features are going to be borrowed from both the Challenger and Charger which is not a bad thing considering they are great vehicles.

2016 RAM 1500 back
2016 RAM 1500 back

2016 RAM 1500 specifications

2016 RAM 1500 truck will host dissimilar equipment which will in effect alter the performance of the truck. The msrp might range to a larger extent and the sole reason will be the huge number of trim versions which will comprise of Tradesman, Express, Rebel, Black Express, Laramie, Outdoors man, Big Horn, Sport, Laramie Longhorn and 4×4 Laramie Limited.

The Laramie triplets Laramie, Laramie Limited, Laramie Long Horn will come fitted with a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine which will have EPA estimated ratings of 22/15 mpg on the highway/city. All the aforementioned Laramie versions will come with standard 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

2016 RAM 1500 engine

Beneath the hood of the refreshed 2016 RAM 1500 is a couple of engines that will be made available to all potential buyers. The standard truck will come fitted with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that can generate 305 ponies and 269 Nm of torque.  Top of the range versions will debut with a displacement of 5.7L, the powerplant will be a Hemi V8 which will be able to generate a staggering 395 HP and 410 Nm of torque.

The next drivetrain is the diesel engine which will probably remain unchanged with 240 HP and 420 Nm of torque. The only visible difference between the diesel engine and others will be slightly enhanced fuel efficiency ratings that will be attributed to the improved aerodynamics of the RAM 1500.

The new RAM 1500 truck will also have unaltered chassis, it will however come with high performance steel. The exterior body of the truck has to a larger extent made use of high strength steel in comparison to the increasingly preferred costly but lighter aluminium that comes with better fuel economy ratings.

The Dodge officials have singled out that it would be worthless to make a really light truck which would jeopardise its working potential considering it’s a truck that must have a large towing capacity.

It is worth noting that the novel truck will come with a 3L EcoDiesel V6 engine as standard in all trim variants. The engine has a good reputation in providing better fuel economy ratings.

2016 RAM 1500 price and release date

The refreshed RAM 1500, 2016 truck will go for sale later this year (2015). The msrp as stated above will depend on the trim version of the 2016 RAM 1500. The base trim version which is the Tradesman, will come with a price tag of $25,720, while the top trims, the three Laramie trim versions will cost 46,867 USD and 49,219 USD in that order.

2016 RAM 1500 release date
2016 RAM 1500 release date

The upcoming 2016 RAM 1500 Rebel will be christened in the first half of next year (2016). The Rebel will come with price of about 29,500 USD.

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