Camouflaged But Not Invisible – 2017 Mazda 2 Review

Spy photos of what appears to be the all-new 2017 Mazda 2 have resurfaced. It is heavily disguised and only partial parts of the headlights, foglights, taillights, and grille can be seen. It’s been two years now since we last had a thorough Mazda 2 redesign, and going by the current market dynamics, it is only natural to imagine that Mazda gave it substantial facelifts. Indeed, those in the know say the new model has been amped up to resonate well with the rest of the vehicles in the rival camp. Release date rumors suggest it’ll go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2017.

2017 Mazda 2 exterior, side view, purple color, alloy wheels

To Update Or Not To Update?

Having to improve something considered good already is a challenge. Well, Mazda seems to have mastered this judging by the enhancements the new model is slated to feature. Subcompacts have really captured the attention of most brands thanks to their versatility, fuel efficiency, maneuverability in tight spaces, and ample interior room in spite of their compactness. If the aforementioned features are the basis that qualify a subcompact car, then it’d be fair to say that the new 2017 Mazda 2 is set to blow away people’s expectations.

Lighter, Safer And Silent?

Rumors allege it has lost considerable weight over its predecessor. This has been achieved by the relentless pursuit of shedding of unnecessary grams off of it. In doing so, Mazda enhanced collision safety with the help of also a stiffer chassis and body. Cabin noise and emissions have also greatly improved. What however remains to be seen is what lurks beneath the bonnet. It is unlikely Mazda will carry-over the same mills offered for the outgoing models unchanged. This doesn’t mean however that it is improbable.

In case the latter holds water, then we expect the SkyActiv 1.5L, diesel, a petrol SkyActive-G 1.3L/1.5L, and a 2.0L SkyActiv-G engine. The 1.5L SkyActive-D diesel engine should be able to crank out 103 horsepower @4,000 rpm, and 184 pounds-feet of torque @1,500 – 2,500 rpm. The exterior and cabin are extraordinarily attractive thanks to the KODO – Soul of Motion exterior design.

Main Rivals Are…

Rivals include the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. The Fiesta is Mazda 2’s most revered rival available for the USA market. The latest revisions the Fiesta had were offered last year and included a bevy of new engines and transmissions, an upgraded infotainment screen, additional features, and a new front fascia. Engines are above average, with the least powerful offering an output of around 120 ponies and the fieriest cranking out 197 horsepower. 0-60 mph run is achieved in around 10.0 seconds. Pricing starts from $14,600. The Volkswagen Polo, on the other hand, is offered with just about the same output but with a slightly higher price that starts from $17K.

2017 Mazda 2 Canada Release Date & Price

It is still very early to start speculating about the pricing and the possible release date. However, rumor has it the MSRP might probably balloon slightly to around $16,000 for the basic version given the nature of the redesigns. If that turns out to be true, then it’ll be a 2K jump over the existing model that goes for sale for $14,720. The release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2017.

2017 Mazda 2 Exterior Spy Pics

2017 Mazda 2 spy shots

Even with a heavy disguise evidenced by the pictures, it is quite apparent that the new model comes with some interesting looks. Mazda is well-known for its award-wining designs mirrored in the muscular lines, solid stance, rear-leaning cabin, and overall design the Mazda 2 is offered with.

2017 Mazda 2 rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Some of the areas we should expect Mazda to make facelifts on include the color palette, grille, LED headlights’ cluster arrangement, and aerodynamic cues. Redesigns that’ll make the Mazda 2 look fresh and lively.

2017 Mazda 2 Interior Spy Pictures Show Very Little

2017 Mazda 2 interior, dashboard, gear shift knob and steering wheel

As the images show, there’s nothing much to show about the interior as everything is heavily camouflaged from the outside. What we however know is the fact that the new model’s interior offers an excellent symbiotic relationship of the following elements – ergonomics, craftsmanship, and comfort.

2017 Mazda 2 interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

No trim has been announced yet.

Engine Specs

2017 Mazda 2 engine

Under the hood should be several engines on offer. However, only one is known as the rest are yet to be confirmed by Mazda if they’ll be offered or not. The engine in question is the 1.5L SKYACTIVE-D diesel engine offering 103 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety

Safety technologies are yet to be offered. Our guess is that the new Mazda 2 sedan 2017 will be offered with excellent safety systems that should rival those of offered by its peers in the subcompact class. Crash impact assessment results from the NHTSA will be updated here on its release date.

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2017 Mazda 2 exterior, front view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Mazda 2 exterior, front view, headlights, grille and badges

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2017 Mazda 2 front view, red color, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Mazda 2 trunk and cargo space

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2017 Mazda 2 interior, leather seats and dashboard

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Rumors And News About The New 2017 Peugeot 308

The new 2017 Peugeot 308 combines the performance of the three-door 2017 Renault Megane RS, the practicality of the five-door 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the frugality of the of the 2017 Holden Astra VXR. Think of it as a European hot-hatch offered in front-wheel drive and with a turbocharged engine. The Peugeot 308 release date is set before this fall as a 2017 year model.

2017 Peugeot 308 GTI side view, red color, alloy wheels

The 2017 Peugeot 308 price starts from an MSRP of around $44,990, and comes in two hot-hatch variants including the GTI model. All the models available are powered by a four-cylinder 1.6L engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission system and able to crank out an output of around 330Nm.

Quick Overview

The 2017 Peugeot 308 comes with new features and technologies such as lightweight alloy nineteen-inch ‘Carbone’ wheels, a limited-slip differential, Alcantara Peugeot sport seats, red-stitched leather, Peugeot Sport-stamped Alcon calipers, optional eighteen-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels, and Michelin Super Sport tires.

It also comes with stiffer shocks, springs and bushings, a wider rear and front fascia, and sits 11mm lower to the ground. The exterior has been re-tweaked and now looks more chiseled than before. Peugeot also says the surface now features mode aerodynamic cues that have helped it better its speed slightly.

Automatic Engine Stop Function

Just like other models in its price range, the new model also comes with the stop-start feature that conserves fuel by stopping the vehicle whenever theirs is traffic. Additionally, it comes with the Driver Sport Package that tacks on plenty of performance specs which the French marque is ye to reveal its full specs. The newest Peugeot 308 2017 also comes with the tire and brake package.

Even with the 2017 Peugeot 308 consistently providing stout performance figures and value, there are other options in its class worth checking out. They include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Ford Focus RS, the Renault Megane RS275 Cup Premium, the Holden Astra VXR, and the Ford Focus ST.

2017 Peugeot 308 Competition

The 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback price starts from an MSRP of around $35,730 and that gets you features such as a potent turbo power, many high-tech options, a stylish interior, and a tenacious grip. For 2017, the new Ford Focus RS model comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine that makes a healthy 350 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission pairing is done with the six-speed manual. Also included in the specs is the automatic stop-start system, hill start assist, and an all-wheel drive system. The Ford Focus RS release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

The 2017 Ford Focus ST costs about $24,425 – a bargain price, apparently. Some of the specs offered include a stylish and high-tech interior, a powerful turbocharged engine a civilized ride, sharp handling, a precise six-speed manual gearbox, and abundant standard features. According to sources privy of its developments at Ford, the new Ford Focus ST 2017 is set to come with an improved version of its current turbocharged 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine that in its current state offers 252 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque. The existing model 0-60 mph is rather sluggish compared to rivals nipping its heels. But Ford has given hints that the new model will improve the existing model’s 6.4 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint.

What Are The Engine Specs For 2017 Peugeot 308 Engine

2017 Peugeot 308 engine

The exact details about its output are unclear at the moment, but rumor has it that it will come with the 1.6 THP engine that cranks out about 330 Nm and 270 hp. more details will be updated on his post as and when they become available. So keep checking back for the full specs as its release date nears.

Rumors And Spy Pictures For The Interior And Exterior

2017 Peugeot 308 interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen, dashboard

Images of what looks like the 2017 Peugeot 308 CC and the Allure have been seen by our mules doing some test drives. We’re yet to confirm the location, however.

Some of the standard features you should expect from the new model include dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, front sport seats, an electronic limited-slip differential, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, MyKey parental controls, keyless ignition and entry, LED daytime running lights and foglights, performance brakes, a rearview camera, Sync voice controls, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

2017 Peugeot 308 Price and Release Date

2017 Peugeot 308 release date

Rumors allege the 2017 308 is prices at $44,990 and its availability should be expected sometime before this fall.

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2017 Peugeot 308 exterior, front view, headlights and grille

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2017 Peugeot 308 exterior, front view, grille and badges

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2017 Peugeot 308 exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

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Top Secret – New 2017 Kia Optima Review

The new 2017 Kia Optima is set to undergo several refreshments for the new model year, even after last year’s redesign that brought about features such as a new exterior and interior design layout, a myriad of technologies, and some performance tweaks. Prototypes of what appears to be the new Kia Optima have been spotted undergoing testing in Europe, and even with the heavy camouflage, it is quite apparent that the new Optima is set to get several upgrades.

In the meantime, Kia has already unveiled both the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid, with both their release dates and price estimates now public. Continue reading to know the details.

2017 Kia Optima side view, silver color, alloy wheels

The Road That Brought KIA So Far

Granted, the midsize sedan segment is home to tons of sedans so re-known that they need no introduction. Fusion. Camry. Accord. The list is endless especially when you factor the least known brands. KIA has recently become a serious contender in this competitive market despite being in the scene for over fifteen years. Just like the model it replaces, the 2017 model aims to further elevate the brand’s nameplate a notch higher.

The model is an excellent choice for buyers looking for a fresh alternative to an otherwise staid segment and represents Kia’s brand’s maturation through obsessive attention and continuous refinement to details. It is expected to continue being KIA’s top-selling vehicle.

Better Or Worse?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. It enjoys the same design – inside and out – as the all-new 4th generation, gas-powered Optima Sedan. Relative to the outgoing model, the new model aims to up the ante by offering a premium driving experience, better fuel economy (10% improvement), and modern styling.

Slightly Better Economy?

The Kia Optima Hybrid 2017 gets a new powertrain that targets a 10% increase in fuel economy. According to Kia, a new compact and efficient 2.0L GDI four-cylinder comes coupled with a 38kW electric motor to generate a combined output of around 193 horsepower @6,000 rpm.

Another release from Kia for 2017 is the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, also unveiled during the Chicago Auto Show 2016. New features and technologies are now available for the Kia Optima PHEV, including a more robust, smarter infotainment system, a more powerful hybrid engine, greater interior refinement, and new exterior design enhancements.

The midsize sedan segment is not that rich when it comes to the competition. The 2017 Honda Accord features powertrain excellence, a bold new styling, and thorough refreshments. The 2017 Mazda 6, although lacking a powerful engine, is fun to drive and stylish. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the 2016 Toyota Camry are other solid choices shoppers should also check out.

Do We Know The Release Date And Price For The New 2017 KIA Optima?

The release date has been set for early 2017, at least to latest info reaching our news desk. As for the price, here’re the figures: Kia Optima Sedan – $23,000, Kia Optima Hybrid – $27,000, and the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid – $35,000. The pricing info is just a speculation, as Kia is yet to make the exact details known.

2017 Kia Optima Exterior Details Are Blurred Until The Release

Judging from the images and spy photos we have of the KIA Optima Sedan, we think it’d be wise to say the new model has made a confident leap forward in terms of freshness and modern designs. The exterior design is a testament to how far Kia has come as a brand, and how far it aims to go.
The Kia Optima’s exterior is boldly designed to be sporty and functional with exterior dimensions that remain unaltered over the existing model. But because of the heavy camouflage, much of the exterior will remain a mystery until KIA decides to unmask the prototype, probably sometime closer to its release date.

2017 KIA Optima Interior Also Known As A Mistery

2017 Kia Optima interior, leather front seats

The interior of the sedan, too, remain a mystery. The new Optima Hybrid, however, delivers a host of convenience features and comprehensive driver-assistance systems. Its cabin is more comfortable and larger than before. Doors and dash feature real stitching, while soft-touch materials are available for the model-specific instrument panel gauges.

Available Trims Are Unchanged

The sedan is available in four trims just like before – Optima EX, SX, SXL, and LX. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid is only available in EX trim model, while the Optima Hybrid is available in LX and EX rims.

Engine Specs?

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid engine

Much of what the sedan comes with under the hood is still a mystery. However, we expect the powerful turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that powered the Optima SX and SXL to return.

Safety

KIA has already confirmed the available safety technologies for the Optima Hybrid. They include a Blind Spot Monitor, Front Collision Monitor, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Crash impact safety assessment is ongoing – details will be offered later.

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2017 Kia Optima auto show, front view, headlights and grille

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2017 Kia Optima interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

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