2017 Chevrolet Express

The 2017 Chevrolet Express is looking to revive the market for the full-size van segment. You really do not get much of those in recent times and they certainly are a necessity and people are looking for these kinds of models as they are useful for various kinds of jobs. But it seems that in recent years they have managed to skip the amount of updates that cars like the Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado have been getting, leaving such model as the Express down in the dirt.

The Express actually hold a 44% market share currently for this segment but with the rivals the likes of Mercedes Sprinter, Nissan NV and RAM CV getting their updates or announced to receive them, the Chevrolet company had no choice but to start remodeling their prize vehicle. Since there was not need to update or bring in innovations there were not many of them planned but now as the market is gearing up to them it is become a paramount obligation on their part.

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Even with the pressure caused by the aforementioned vehicles in the segment and the much more pricier pickup truck, the Ford Transit Connect version, the Chevrolet Express managed to rack up a sale of 77.000 model last year. But they still want to maintain their hold and keep their van as the top seller in the field and thus comes the 2017 update.

The Chevrolet Express has been around for years and is considered a veteran and its usability and utility is only surpassed by its comforts. With the newest update we can get many new options and the car is going to allow many customizability, with the mechanical updates for the engines and the availability of them, cargo space setup, passengers positioning multiple wheelbase options and many more. Not to mention that the 2017 Chevrolet Express is pretty affordable and has a price which you will appreciate by far.

Exterior changes

The 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to get only a few updates for its exterior. In fact it is a pretty familiar setup with a design which has aged mostly well and looks still decent even for a much more modern market than it was originally built for. It adds flowing lines on the side body and there is a strong horizontal bulge running the length of the car. The taillights still have grey plastic shroud, but the updates are much more apparent on the LT models. There you will see the re-styled dual-composite headlamps shaping the front end of the car and LS model is going to use the sub-par single lamp squares that are offered as standard but should have used an update.

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They also tampered a bit with the nose part which has perhaps all but ruined with the latest update. This kind of a fixed the problem but style-wise it could still use an upgrade and can be a lot better. The unlearns proportions almost ruined the car’s appearance before and this time they are a little bit better but they still push the engine all the way back just above the front axels but luckily they do not let it tamper with the interior spacing of the car.

Interior update

The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Express has been extensively upgraded compared to the outside. They have concentrated mostly in revising the inside bringing in a much sound deadening environment with even more functionality inside. The Express offers standard wheelbase choices of  2-, 8- or 12-seat formats, and there is also the 3500  which can add 15 people all at once. The step-in height in the rear end of the car is still pretty high and allows you to move with ease Also there are interior back seat belt mounts within the seatback itself which allows them to be removed whenever you want resulting in much better movability and easier use.

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The dashboard is made out of hard plastic and adds a lot storage spaces and cup holders for you to use. The seats are offered in two types as you can chose between vinyl or cloth upholsteries and you can have them in two offered colors,  Neutral and Medium Pewter. The power windows and doors are offered as standard and there are going to be two types of rear passenger doors as you can chose between sliding or swing-out doors on the passenger side of the van. To allow better passenger comfort the only available feature is the added A/C, which is going to be only available for the LT models. As for the cargo space, the standard offer is 216 cubic-feet, while the Extended 3500 model can extend to 253 cubic feet of space.

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Drivetrain

The big news about the 2017 Chevrolet Express is that the last base model engine is going to be replaced by a new one. This time the base version is going to be the 4.8-liter V-8 engine while the  6.0-liter gasoline V-8s is also available. The Express 3500 Extended Wheelbase version on the other hand is going to come with a  6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 option while AWD comes with a 5.3-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission. You get a standard ABS system as before and a Dynamic Rear Proportioning combined with it as well. Also the important factor for the 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to be its hauling ability and this time it could take in a load of  9,700 pounds max.

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Release date and price

Maybe not the most flashy releases of the year, but the 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to be available next year. The release date is scheduled for the first quarter of the year and all the trim levels and added packages additions will become available instantly. The price for the standard version is $25,320 base MSRP while the highest offer stands at $46,970.

 

 

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2017 Chevy Sonic EV

2017 Chevy Sonic EV Release Date, Price, Mpg, Review – The first speculations and rumours of the new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV electric car were published some few weeks ago. The auto motor industry has witnessed a rapid increase of hybrid and electric cars hit the market more often as a result of more and more manufactures deciding to try their fate in this segment.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV
2017 Chevy Sonic EV

The hybrid buzz started off with the Toyota auto maker which made the Prius some fifteen years ago, and currently we are now accustomed to seeing super cars powered by hybrid engines, such as the McLaren P1. And more vehicles which are produced by an all-electric manufactures such as the daring Tesla.

Despite the thrill and excitement that has come with these cars, the most sought after all-electrics are the subcompact versions such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Spark. The latter will soon be getting a successor, however, that remains a rumour for now.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV exterior

Exterior wise, the brand new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV comes in both sedan and hatch style. According to the auto maker, this will depend on the success of either which will result in its production volume increasing than the other.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV Front
2017 Chevy Sonic EV Front

Rumours allege that the auto maker will produce approximately 1,800 units as compliance cars, in such a case, we should expect Chevrolet to choose whichever option they deem will be accepted with a battery pack below its sheetmetal.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV Rear
2017 Chevy Sonic EV Rear

The design of the new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV will most certainly be modern with lots of touches from the Chevy Spark and soft edges. As a matter of fact, the new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV might be as a result of the combination between the Spark and current Sonic.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV interior

When it comes to the interior of the brand new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV, buyers should expect a more spacious car in comparison to the previous Spark model this will be attributed to the increased dimensions.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV interior
2017 Chevy Sonic EV Interior

It will come equipped with contemporary hybrid gauges, heated seats for top trims and an optional leather upholstered seats. Some other high tech features we should expect from the hybrid vehicle include an upgraded infotainment system and a smart phone connectivity carriers as well.

New safety features will also be forthcoming which will include Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Assist, multiple front and side air bags, Collision Warning, among others.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV engine

The new vehicle will be built under the General Motors new platform referred to as the Gamma platform, called G2SC. This announcement means that the new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV will not come as neither the current Spark nor the current convectional Sonic’s line-up.

The new hybrid car will make use of the lithium ion battery pack which will be crafted by using LG Chen Cells, LG is Chevy’s long term manufacturer lithium ion batteries and will use the best technology in order to realise a possible 200 and more miles of all electric range.

There are other ambitious numbers and everything has been estimated in upwards of 150 miles and will be welcomed by Chevy’s enthusiasts and all hybrid fans. It is quite a mystery which engine would be used but rumours point to a possible 1.2L four cylinder or something close to that.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV price and release date

With an approximated 200 miles of an all-electric range, the new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV will be a vehicle worth to wait. The fuel ratings have also been projected in upwards of over 100 miles per gallon and it will be attention-grabbing to see how the Chevrolet manufactures will improve their charging options.

2017 Chevy Sonic  Release date
2017 Chevy Sonic EV Release date

The price figures have not released since they are planning for a major assault on fellow all-electric rivals, however, buyers should expect the price to be around 30,000 USD. Despite the stated price tag, the new Chevy might be more expensive than that depending on the trim levels.

The new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV is expected to be a hit if General Motors plays its cards right. They will have to move rapidly than the Tesla model and be creative at the same time. The new 2017 Chevy Sonic EV is expected to roll out late next year (2016) or early the following year.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The introduction of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which is announced for the forthcoming New York Auto Show, is supposed to fix some glitches that the car has been struggling in the past. In fact, there have been a lot of issues with the sales and it is mostly due to the storing competition with the likes of Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord taking advantage in the field and getting all the glory. The last Malibu model was released in 2012, which is not that long ago and Chevy is forced to do something ahead of plan an introduce a redesigned version of its current eight-generation model.

The history of the Malibu brand is closely tied to the Chevelle models of the past. In fact the Malibu started off as a range-topping trim level of the Chevelle and it also features better luxury and an added V-8s engine. In 1978 it became the best selling model and it also received its own brand name which helped the car start off individually from there. The model had a brief break between 1983 and 1997, but managed  to return in a great fashion. The latest model was released in 2012 and marked the beginning of its eight-generation models, which we are going to get a refresh of for the 2017 season.

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The 2012 model became a global vehicle as it came with a range of four-cylinder and V-6  engines and three transmissions choices, with an Epsilon II platform as well which also the Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse models shared. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu promises to be a much more upscale model and is going to be a great alternative for the cars that top the segment currently. What do you think? Will the new Malibu model stand a chance against other rivals in the field and be able to top them? You can get our opinion in the review below.

Exterior design

The exterior design of the new 2017 Chevrolet Malibu promised some changes and we got what we wanted to see out of the new car. The design is a lot sportier looking as it is much more sleeker compared to before and also longer compared to the previous model. The main advantage of the newest Malibu is that it is very elegant looking and it owes a lot of to the Chevy Impala where they drew the inspiration to get the new styling cues for the model.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu front view

The front end of the car is where the Impala cues are more noticeable. You can see it in the design of the headlights and the front apron, but the taillights also have a similar style. It also carries the same beltline creases but the 2017 Malibu has an upscale look and has a few unique features of its own like the split front grille. Improvements that are very noticeable are seen in the rear part of the car like the new taillight clusters which gets slimmer as you go to the emblem part. There are also the newly added pointy trunk lid and an updated bumper with some sporty elements. This benefits the car a lot as it offers more aerodynamic features.

Interior concept

The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is generally going to be much more comfortable due to the enhanced and added spacing on the inside. With the extra 3.6 inches in the wheelbase there is going to be an added 1.3 inches of legroom for the passengers in the back. This redesign is also going to keep the car very high-tech and it will enable it to be easy to be used as well. This also means that the new center stack has less buttons and knobs which makes the controls much easier to use and with the added seven-inch color touchscreen it allows the use of even more features compared to before. This is actually a standard offer for the higher trims, but the lesser one still need to upgrade as it is offered as optional for them.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu interior

The dashboard is not going to change much as it incorporates the previous wrap-around design, and the three-spoke steering wheel also includes and new and different button layout. Also the Satin chrome accents make the interior look much more prominent and upscale. There are also a lot more storage devices placed around the center console and new perforated leather seating surfaces  which is standard for the Premier model and optional for the LT and Hybrid trims. Finally the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu also upgrades the safety features by a long shoot compared to before.

Engine specs and performance

The changes under the hood for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu are going to feature a newly added entry level engine choice. This is the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder  which is rated at 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and it will be used instead of the  previous 2.5-liter engine. Perhaps the new engine choices has less power but it offers a lot better fuel economy with an EPA rating of  27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.  Also the new drivetrain is going to combine with a six-speed automatic transmission as its standard offer this time.

The 2.0-liter turbo-four  is also going to be utilized for higher trim level models and will be able to come less power and better fuel economy as well but with an eight-speed automatic as its base choice. The specs offer a rating of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and fuel efficiency of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu engine

But after a while the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is making a comeback and is going to utilize a modified electric motors borrowed from the Chevy Volt model. So it is going to come with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, gasoline engine and a 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack which comes with 182 horsepower and segment-leading fuel economy of 47 mpg combined.

Release date and price

The release date for the latest 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is going to be next year. We do expect that this model manages to fix all of the things that were lost with the previous version and that they update fairs well. We will see all of that after the release date which is officially set for February next year. The starting price os a base MSRP of 22,500 USD for the base version and 28,654 USD for the Hybrid one.

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