2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date, Review, Specs, Colors – The expected brand new 2016 Chevrolet Traverse will be coming as a full size crossover that will have 3 rows of seating for up to seven passengers, V6 power, 116.3 cubic feet of cargo room and all kinds of creature comfort. This updated vehicle will nether strain your gas budget nor set you back a lot with its price tag.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

The vehicle will once again be provided in three trim version which will include the base LS, mid-level LT and the flagship LTZ model. The automaker also went into great lengths to subdivide the LT’s model into two variants which will include the 1LT and 2LT.

Moreover, all the trim models stated above will come fitted with a standard front wheel drive system and an optional full time AWD system configuration especially for those hard-hitting northern winters.

The new vehicle will come with a robust capability and well-thought out craftsmanship. Its exterior will be streamlined, its fuel consumption reduced and its interior revamped to compete favourably with its rivals.

Convenience and Safety Features of New 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Several sources have hinted to some slew of upgrades and enhancements that buyers should be looking forward to. Some tweaks will be effected on the OnStar Directions and Connections Service, 4G LTE MyLink Wi-Fi capable technology , several upgrades to the LTZ’s standard 20” alloy wheels and several exterior colours.

Furthermore, there will be the new Leather & Driver Confidence package. This package takes pride in providing blind spot warnings and rear cross traffic alert, enabling heated power folding mirrors, and aiding in drivers auto-dimming function which will be offered as an option on the 2LT iteration.

The upcoming new model has already earned the top five star safety rating conducted by NHTSA. It scored a five star in the front and side crash test and a four star in the rollover crash test.

The said rating applies to FWD and AWD drive system configurations that will be provided by the new Traverse. However, according to Lesley Rajewski, who is Chevrolet’s spokesperson, the new vehicle will majorly be a carryover from the previous model with no substantive modifications done.

Engine – 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

The previous model’s 3.6L V6 will make a comeback under the hood of the new vehicle. It will be paired to a ubiquitous six-speed shiftable auto transmission system which will be able to provide 281 horsepower and 266 pounds of torque.

The aforesaid engine configurations will be exclusive for the LS and LT variants only. For the premium LTZ model version, which comes with a dual exhaust setup, you will be able to get an extra 7 hp and 4 pounds of torque from the same powerplant.

The mileage you should expect will be around 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined in the front wheel drive set-up. As for the AWD system, you should expect a fuel return of around 16/23/19 mpg.

Interior redesign & Exterior Pics of the New 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

For the interior of the new vehicle, expect it to tot either a cloth or leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, reclining rear seats and full power accessories. Also returning in the new model will be the telescopic tilt-wheel steering, Cruise Control features and Rear view camera for all the trim models.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse interior
2016 Chevrolet Traverse interior

For the higher trim level – LTZ, you should expect rear parking sensors, and remote garage door opener, three-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel and other standard features.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse front
2016 Chevrolet Traverse front

Again, the new model will also come with all the standard features which include the OnStar/Bluetooth Directions and Connections Technology, MyLink system incorporated with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability and others.

In light of the above developments in the new vehicle, there have been several complaints as regards the 2015 Traverse. Others argued that the vehicle’s third row of seat is only suitable for children, while others noted the disappointing lack of power and mileage returns.

 2016 Chevrolet Traverse back
2016 Chevrolet Traverse back

However, the new 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is set to override its predecessor’s faults and become one of the most sought after SUV’s in the market.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Price & Release Date

The new vehicle is expected to make a debut in the market towards the fall of this year, and is set to challenge traditional competitors such as, the Mazda CX-9, Highlander, and the Ford Flex.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse release date
2016 Chevrolet Traverse release date

As regards the price, the new Chevy Traverse redesign will cost you around 32,000 USD for the base model.

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 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Release Date, Specs, Colors, Price, Review – The new Chevrolet Equinox vehicle made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show this year and is getting ready for its official release. The car was introduced to us some ten years ago when the first SUV from the Equinox brand was brought to us. Years of development have led to this vehicle which will lead us to the second generation of this popular Chevrolet brand.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Upon its introduction the car received some great reviews and the situation was even better when the brand went through its major overhaul. It was 2010 when Equinox was greatly remodeled and when it received some major changes. But five years is a long period and the car is due to a checkup or rather an enhancement. This is a great time to make the vehicle more innovative and remodeled it as it is venturing through its second generation stage.

The Equinox competes in one of the hottest markets and the most competitive area of the automotive industry, one needs to be very careful how one does business in this area. So has Chevy needed to tread carefully and only think about how to gently introduce the innovations to the car. The car was already modeled nicely and was selling nicely as well so the only thing it needed was a sort of a youth injection to push it to the next mark. As you can see from the pictures and the remodeling characteristics the car received, it is a welcoming new addition to the 2016 roster and lineup of the Chevy brand.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox exterior

What has changed for the exterior of the newest Equinox is actually not that much. The car receives some updates that are not major but are certainly noticeable. The most changes appear at the very front of the car which includes the new projector headlights, daytime running lights on LT and LTZ models, some LED signature lighting and new fog lights on LTZ models. The grille has also gone through a makeover and it is now much larger, whole the LT and LTZ models have a chrome trim. The side of the vehicle remains largely unchanged. The greatest inclusion here are the new 17 and 18-inch wheels, with the latter option being the standard on LT and LTZ models and the former only an optional one on the LS models.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox front
2016 Chevrolet Equinox front

There are also some obvious updates at the back, still on the lighter side but they are still there. With a new a new license plate applique, some updated dual-element taillights and new lower bumper insert which include the exhaust exists form the newly included V-6 engine. The LTZ model actually has some chrome strips to the lower bumper side as well.  Everything else is virtually identical to the previous 2015 model, with the general proportions of the car, the roofline and the hood. All of this will be carried over and will remain the same till the next generation updated comes.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox back
2016 Chevrolet Equinox back

Interior

Maybe the updates to the outside remain more noticeable than before but the inside requires a bit of a closer inspection in order to notice all the changes to the new Equinox car. In order to enhance the storage characteristics of the vehicle and include some updated graphics to the car, the center stack received a largely updated look. It is still not much but it is something as the car is not remodeled but actually refreshed. There are some classy elements added as well, like the chrome trimming added to the gear shifter with Electronic Range Selector buttons on top of it. There is an added color option included with this year’s update, the Saddle Up color scheme, and some new updated leather inclusions for the L and LS trims.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox interior
2016 Chevrolet Equinox interior

Technically speaking, the new Chevrolet Equinox also holds a few tricks up its sleeve. Included are a standard 7-inch Color Touch radio with standard rearview camera on L and LS trims.  As safety features there are the side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert which are found only in the LT and LTZ trims. The space inside the car is the same as before as there have been no changes to the shape of the car, so expect 31.4 cubic feet of cargo or 63.7 cubes with the seats folded down.

Engine

There is not going to be a change under the hood of the Chevrolet Equinox for its 2016 model. The car will keep its powertrain that was used before and will still use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. Even the optional second engine choice is the same as before, the 3.6-liter V-6 with the output of 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. The combined gear shifter is the a six-speed auto transmission which delivers power through a standard front wheel drive or an optional all-wheel one. Fuel numbers are excepted to be 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined for the base engine and an EPA rating of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for the second engine choice.

Price and release date

At the showcase of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox there was no official release date announced. There is still no word about the exact release of the vehicle but the assumptions are that it is going to be released by the beginning of next year. The Equinox base trim is priced at $25,520 base MSRP, while the other trims will be priced based on their additions and optional equipment they come along with.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox release date
2016 Chevrolet Equinox release date

 

 

 

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