2017 Ford Kuga – Everything You Need To Know

The new 2017 Ford Kuga is with us again, only this time better than before. Ford Motor Company offers Europe’s much liked sport utility vehicle with advanced technologies, sportier redesign, and top-notch materials. It is much sophisticated than the model it replaces thanks to clever engineering and design ingenuity.

This review is comprehensive and details important info like the Kuga’s release date, price, exterior and interior changes, and specifications for the engine in depth. So, read on!

2017 Ford Kuga front angle, headlights and grille

Important Summary, Read With Caution

Plenty of technologies and updates have been made available on the new model that will significantly make it safer, affordable, easy to drive, and enjoyable to drive. Some of the features that make the aforementioned assumption viable include a new 1.5L TDCi diesel engine, a comfortable and ergonomic interior, innovative driver assistance technologies, and Ford’s new SYNC 3 entertainment and communications system.

Automatic Parking Mode

The sporty and bold Ford Kuga 2017 during its debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona revealed some of the up-to-the-minute technologies that the new model offers. Helping driver’s park hands-free in spaces alongside others is Ford’s perpendicular parking technology. Optimized visibility is epitomized by the available Ford’s adaptive front lighting system, and the active city stop makes it possible for drivers to mitigate against frontal collision. Other sophisticated technologies include Ford’s intelligent AWD and a hands-free tailgate functionality.

The Kuga’s freshest redesign has given the all-new Kuga a sophisticated outlook and a modern appeal, while the available Sync 3 makes it for a seamless integration of smartphone features and communication with their vehicles”, said Joe Bakaj – vice president of Ford’s Product Development. “There are plenty of cutting-edge technologies and new features that will arguably help drivers stay stylish, comfortable, connected, and safe whilst on the road.”

One More Launch Expected For The Next Year

In addition to offering the new 2017 Ford Kuga, Ford will also be launching the larger Edge SUV this year with its release date expected to occur sometime at the beginning of 2017, if online reports are anything to go by. According to industry sales analyst HIS, Ford’s bolstering of its lineup is expected to increase by up to twenty seven percent.

Once available, the new Ford Kuga will probably have to square it out with other solid choices like the Dodge Journey, Audi Q5, Lexus NX 200t, and the BMW X5.

Possible Price And Release Date For The New 2017 Ford Kuga

According to industry reports, the new 2017 Ford Kuga price is expected to start from around $28,900, with the highest trim level – Kuga Platinum – attracting a price premium of around $20,000 more over the base model. While its release date is still speculative, the same rumors allege the new model should probably be available sometime in early 2017. It’ll first go for sale in South Africa, Australia, and UK, and later in other markets.

2017 Ford Kuga Exterior

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When we come to the exterior, the new model has little to show in terms of changes and updates. Although Ford says there are changes available, it only takes a long and hard look o notice any. Some of the conspicuous updates include slightly updated headlights, foglights, and taillights.

2017 Ford Kuga Interior

2017 Ford Kuga interior, leather front seats

The new model, as previously mentioned, come with an advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system that allows drivers to control navigation, audio, and climate functions thanks to the simple and conversational voice commands that the system offers. Again, it comes with an easy-to-use user interface, and upgraded graphics. This, Ford says, was as a result of collecting and collating more than 22,000 comments via the surveys and research clinics that Ford has conducted. It supports up to five dialects and offers faster responses, and easy-to-use commands.

2017 Ford Kuga interior, dashboard and lcd screen

Technologies are abundant too. For easier parking, the new model comes with an active park assist technologies and the new perpendicular parking functionality. Other technologies that aid it maneuver in tight spots include park out assist, and cross traffic alert systems. Aside from the technologies, the new Kuga also offers buyers a comfortable and premium interior that is chock full of standard accessories.

What Are The Available Trims?

At the time of this writing, only two models were known for sure – base and the Platinum model X Sport. More details should be expected sometime before its release date.

Engine Specs Rumors?

2017 Ford Kuga engine

Among the new engine choice available is the new 1.5L diesel engine that replaces the 2.0L diesel engine for a 5% increase in the power output. There’s also the 1.5L EcoBoost gasoline engine that offers around 245 hp and 275 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety Review

As already mentioned above, the new model comes with plenty of technologies among them being safety ones. Government crash test results are yet to be released, but we expect perfect scores judging from the all-roundedness nature of the vehicle.

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New 2017 Skoda Octavia – Release Date and Review

The new and heavily updated 2017 Skoda Octavia returns again this year and promises a more aggressive exterior look than before. According to Express UK, the new vehicle will come with several facelifts on its exterior including C-shaped taillights, a redesigned grille, a LED daytime running lights strip, square twin headlights, and minor exterior design cues on the side sills. The Interior is also updated and features more premium and soft-touch materials than before.

The Skoda Octavia India release date should be expected sometime in the spring of 2017.

2017 Skoda Octavia side view, alloy wheels

Short Summary Of Changes

The Czech Republic built Octavia is available as both a hatchback and wagon. The updates are significant especially those that on the front and rear fascia a mentioned above. The result of the changes and facelifts is a more aggressive looking vehicle that is expected to rival the likes of Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, and Toyota Corolla Altis.

As mentioned above, the new Skoda Octavia 2017 will come with a redesigned fascia, however, those are the significant facelifts. There is a myriad of other nitty-gritty that should be expected too. The Skoda Octavia interior has also improved in leaps and bounds in most vehicular facets. Newer and fresher technologies are now available to drive the point home.

Some of the standard systems available for convenience, infotainment, and telematics include safety features galore, an upgraded infotainment system, leatherette upholstery, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, traction and stability control, automatic climate control, driving aids (forward collision alert, lane departure alert and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, and hill assist).

Also, the new model, according to media reports, is expected to be the only model that will continue to be available in VRS performance trim. Well, the new 2017 Skoda Octavia isn’t the only vehicle that has improved in its class. Some of the rivals hot on its heels include the Hyundai Elantra.

2017 Skoda Octavia Competition And Possible Alternatives

The new 2017 Hyundai Elantra price starts from an MSRP of around $117,150. Some of the Elantra specs include an upscale and thoughtfully laid out interior design, tons of safety features, and whisper-quiet ride. In terms of performance, the Hyundai Elantra 2017 comes with a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine that puts out around 147 hp and 132 lbs. ft. of torque. Raising the stakes a notch higher is the Elantra Eco that gets a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 128 horsepower and 156 pounds-feet of torque. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra release is expected two months from now.

2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Skoda Octavia

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is yet another solid rival to the Skoda Octavia and comes with a price tag featuring $16,620 MSRP. Some of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze specs include a standard turbocharged engine with impressive fuel economy, an attractive and well-laid out interior, and a boatload of standard features. As pertains the performance, the new model comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine good for 153 hp and 177 lbs. ft. of torque. The Chevy Cruze release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

What Are The Changes In The Interior And Exterior Of The New 2017 Skoda Octavia

2017 Skoda Octavia interior, dashboard, LCD screen

Although not confirmed yet, the five-passenger 2017 Skoda Octavia is available in five trims: RS, RS230, Scout, VRS, and VRS Estate. Changes can be expected on its release date.

Some of the standard features to expect from the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, fifteen-inch wheels, a seven-inch central touchscreen display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, smartphone app connectivity, and a folding rear seat.

2017 Skoda Octavia interior, steering wheel, leather seats

Opting for the Octavia RS230 gets you features like heated mirrors, full power accessories, a six-speaker sound system, steering-wheel-mounted phone and audio controls, cruise controls, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a rear center armrest, and HD radio.

More features will be more apparent as we near its release date. Keep checking for more important updates.

Engine Rumors For The New 2017 Skoda Octavia

2017 Skoda Octavia engine

Although most specs are unknown as of this writing, we expect the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift to also include powertrain upgrades as well. Rumors within industry circles say the new model will achieve about 10% better fuel economy and an output of between 90-120 horsepower.

The same sources say a Plug-in hybrid is in the works. Full specs should be unveiled soon.

When Is The 2017 Skoda Octavia Going To Be Released?

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Recent reports allege the new model will most probably be available sometime in the spring of 2017, and will go for sale for about $18,000.

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2017 Ford Ranger – Release Date, News and Rumors

The new 2017 Ford Ranger is expected to go for sale in European showrooms sometime in the spring of 2017, with the rest of the markets including Australia and the USA getting the model sometime in mid-2017, at least according to the release date rumors.

The new model comes with several unique features such as a bold-new design, improved fuel efficiency, and cutting-edge technologies. Last year, the Ford Ranger led by the top-of-the-range Wildtrak model overtook its competitors to emerge the best-selling pickup truck with an average of 27,500 in sales.

What’s New And Good?

For 2017, the new model is banking on several redesign changes that will help it get even better and as a result sell more units. According to Roelant de Waard, the vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, the new model provides its consumers with an unparalleled balance of fuel efficiency, class-leading wading capability, optimized payload and towing capacities, stand-out premium and stylish features and a four-wheel drive capability. This is especially true for the top-of-the-line 2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak model.

2017 Ford Ranger rear view, black color, taillights and badges

First introduced four years ago in Europe, the Ford Ranger has grown both in sales and girth. And according to Ford, the market share of Ford had grown by slightly over 24% in Ford’s 20 traditional European markets during the first year of its production. With its fete, it became the segment leader even ahead of the Hilux.

Big Changes, Unlike Ever Before

The new 2017 Ranger isn’t however expected to feature a myriad of changes like before. It has very minimal changes over the previous model, and one might need to look hard and long to notice the changes as they’re very subtle. As before, the new Ranger also comes with an outstanding fuel economy that has been achieved through the introduction of the Electric Power Assisted Steering, a new final drive ratio options, and an enhanced Auto-Start-Stop technology that all combine to save fuel consumption by up to seventeen-percent.

Also, rumors are rife that the new model comes with a lightweight body thanks to the extensive use of aluminum body panels, which also contribute in further fuel savings and maneuverability. The panels are also surprisingly resilient.

2017 Ford Ranger side view, grille and alloy wheels

Ford also ensures that there’s a truck for everyone thanks to the variety of options available. As of this writing, four trim levels are available: XLS, XL, XLT, and the top-of-the-line Wildtrak model. There’re lots of premium features available regardless of the level of trim. Even the base XL model gets you a plethora of standard features and options.

When To Expect The Release Of The New Ford Ranger?

When it comes to pricing, Ford says that the price of this iconic truck depending on the market where it sales should be expected to be around $20,000 MSRP. Release date has been announced to take place sometime in mid-2017.

Exterior Details For The New Ford Ranger

Even at standstill, the new Ranger conveys a sense of capability and powerful presence thanks in part to the updated bold, modern look. It is instantly recognizable on the road thanks to the imposing projector headlights and a strong new trapezoidal grille. According to Dave Dewitt, Ford Asia Pacific exterior design manager, there was a need to offer the new Ranger tougher looks and functions that commensurate with the tasks that the vehicle carries out.

This it achieved through the extra design tension that have been given the new Ranger not only excellent aerodynamic characteristics but also an opportunity to farther extend the boundaries of its present design language.

Interior Details For The New Ford Ranger

2017 Ford Ranger interior, dashboard and lcd screen

The sophisticated exterior design combines with a stylish new interior to offer an even more car-like, contemporary, and comfortable environment for both passengers and drivers. It is modern and sleek accentuated by attractive and stylish materials that can withstand the rigors of a work truck.

2017 Ford Ranger interior, leather front seats

Some of the standard accessories available include vinyl flooring, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 4.2-inch central display screen, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, smartphone-app integration, Sync voice controls, a CD player, and a USB port.

Available Trims…

As already mentioned, the new 2017 Ford Ranger is available in XL, XLS, XLT, and 4×4 Wildtrak trim levels. Additional ones can be expected on its release date.

Engine Specs

2017 Ford Ranger engine

While no specific data have been released, a minor powertrain upgrade is inevitable. The reason why this is so is because the new mills will now be required by law to meet the Euro emissions standards. The current 2.2L turbo-diesel four-cylinder ad 3.2L turbo-diesel five-cylinder engines are expected to return.

Safety Updates

 

Although the government is yet to offer the Ford Ranger 2017 crash testing reports, there’re rumors that Ford’s own internal testing has yielded a perfect score of five out five for overall crash testing. This isn’t a surprise given the all-rounded nature of the Ranger that compares similarly to the U.S spec Raptor.

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All New Details For The 2017 Kia Rio

True, the new 2017 Kia Rio might lack the refinement of some of its class-leading rivals, however, it’s a solid pick for anyone shopping in the subcompact sedan and hatchback segment thanks to its stylish interior and exterior, strong acceleration, high-quality interior materials, spacious seating arrangement, and ample standard and optional features. The Kia Rio release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

Last Minute Redesign

With its last redesign done four years ago, the Kia Rio was rather dated by conventional standards, especially considering the number of fresher and newer rivals nipping its heels at every turn. However, the new redesign brings a number of changes such as the new exterior and interior designs. Despite the superficial changes, the Kia Rio remains true to its roots.

2017 Kia Rio rear view, blue color, taillights

Bigger In Size

The front and rear fascias have been refined a bit and appear more chiseled on the sides. It is handsome inside and out just like its history can attest to. It however manages to avoid the awkward proportions that some vehicles in its class are coming with. Its interior is also noteworthy – it comes with ample space even for the backseat occupants. The trunk is similarly spaced.

Lots of fine technologies have also been offered, and despite the base model’s appearing rather Spartan, the top-of-the-line models are chock full of creature comforts and a respectable roster of technologies to match their position.

In terms of performance, no changes have been announced this far. Therefore, we should expect to see every 2017 Kia Rio to come with a 138-horsepower – generating four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy remains laudable at 31 mpg, but a majority of its competition easily surpass it. Downsides include a mediocre suspension refinement and handling.

Competition available includes vehicles such as the Honda Fit, Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, and the Chevrolet Sonic.

Available Trim Levels For The New Kia Rio Are…

Three trims are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Rio Hatchback and Sedan: SX, EX, and LX.

Latest 2017 Kia GT rumors say the new model will most likely debut at the Paris Motor Show slates for the fourth quarter of 2017. The same sources say the hot Kia Rio GT hot hatch will directly rival the Ford Fiesta ST once it is released.

2017 Kia Rio Interior & Exterior Changes

2017 Kia Rio interior, gear shift knob, lcd screen, dashboard

Some of the standard features available for the subcompact 2017 Rio LX model include a trip computer, keyless entry and ignition, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, a six-speaker stereo, heated power mirrors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a USB port, a trip computer, and a folding rear bench.

Upgrading to the Kia Rio EX gets you dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, a soft-touch dash, cruise control, LED foglights and taillights, adaptive xenon headlights, a chrome grille surround, a sliding rear console, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a six-speaker premium sound system.

2017 Kia Rio interior, leather front seats

The optional Eco package offered for the Rio EX model includes features such as a rearview camera, stop-start system, leather seating, a seven-inch touchscreen display, foglights, shift knob, gray accent stitching, and automatic xenon headlights.

The 2017 Kia Rio SX is the top-of-the-line model and comes with features such as LED taillights, a rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a sport-tuned suspension system, and the Uvo infotainment system.

2017 Kia Rio trunk

What Are The Engine Specs For The New Kia Rio?

Motivation for the new vehicle is offered by the 138-horsepower – generating 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Torque output is rated at 123 lbs. ft. of torque. The six-speed manual is standard while its automatic counterpart is offered as an option.

2017 Kia Rio engine

EPA says the fuel economy for the manual for combined city/highway cruising should be expected at around 27 mpg, and about 38 mpg with the automatic transmission. The fuel saving stop-start feature available for the Kia Rio EX enables the vehicle achieve fuel economy ratings of about 28/37/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Kia Rio Release Date & Price

Credible sources say the new Rio Hatchback and Rio Sedan prices starts from $15,495 and $14,165 respectively. Availability is scheduled around early 2017.

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