2017 Chevrolet Spark EV Release Date, Specs and News

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV Release Date, Info, Specs – With a competitive pricing, a stout performance, a quick acceleration, a serene and well-appointed interior, and an impressive list if standard features, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark is an intriguing option for an urban runabout, but its long recharge times may turn out to be a major concern. Read on for up-to-date information on engine specs, interior and exterior designs, release date and price.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV exterior, headlights

Nearly twenty years after the RAV4 EV was introduced, the electric car ownership is no longer the wild frontier it once used to be. Not even the consecutive debut of both the Nissan Leaf and Tesla. Nowadays, EVs are just ordinary cars that compete similarly with fuel-powered cars.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV exterior, side angle

Unlike the conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, one of the chief concern of owning an EV is its range. How long will the charge last? Will it get me stranded? Will it get me there? Where can I replenish it? These are some of the most popular question would-be buyers often ask before they commit to buying an EV. And the common cliché here is “longer is better” – referring to the range.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV front view, grille and headlights

The new 2017 Chevrolet Spark, in particular, isn’t exactly swift when it comes to charging times. You need to patiently wait for about 20 hours for the standard 110-V outlet to replenish your batteries. But the time is drastically reduced with the 240-V power source that only requires about 7 hours. Despite the improvement, the latter isn’t that inspiring either as it still within the window of most overnight home-charging owners.

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With just 7.5 seconds to get you past 60 mph, the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark is indeed one of the fastest EV we’ve tested. Additionally, you can always rely on the Spark whenever the road gets twisty as it is surprisingly adept.

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Although there a lot of changes available inside and out, the design is still unchanged. This is in contrast to its gas-powered Chevrolet Spark sibling which comes updated with different dimensions and a new look.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV front view, grille

You will find the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV undoubtedly appealing although it would be prudent to check out others first before committing. Some of its competitors include the 2017 Fiat 500e, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf. Hyundai Tuscon and Ford Focus are also preparing their own electric versions which are going to be issued soon as well.

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Trims Available – Chevrolet Spark EV

The subcompact, all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes in only two trims: 1LT and 2LT trims.

Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV

The 1LT’s list of standard features includes a 60/40-split folding rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, EV-specific aerodynamic bodywork, a smartphone app integration, USB/iPod interface, Siri Eyes Free voice-activated capability, a tilt-only steering wheel, heated front seats, remote start, satellite and HD radio, and OnStar telematics.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

The 2LT further adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette premium upholstery, and a quicker charging port.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV front angle, headlights and grille

Interior wise, you will find the Spark EV is minimalist at best, but the simplicity is taken a notch higher with the refreshing designs of the large central display, unique instrument cluster, and the dashboard’s clean lines.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV exterior, alloy wheels

Exterior colors to look forward to include the 2017 Electric Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, and Black Granite Metallic.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Specifications

Wheelbase: 93.5 in
Length: 146.5 in
Width: 64 in
Passenger volume: 86.3 ft³
Cargo volume: 9.6 ft³
Curb weight: 3000 lb
Top Speed: 90 mph
0-60: 7,9 sec
EPA mileage estimates: 128 City / 109 Hwy
Available Exterior Colors: Black Granite Metallic, Electric Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine Specifications – 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV

Under the hood of the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV is an electric motor rated at 140 horsepower and 327 lbs. ft. of torque. The power that motivates such an output is an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack that takes 20 hours to fill using the 110-V power source. But you can also speed up the process with the 240-V power source which takes a paltry 7 hours to fill the electric motor.

2017 Chevrolet Spark EV engine

EPA says the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV will drive you 82 miles of driving range on the highway/city/combined cycle. Also, the Spark is rated at 28kWh/100 miles. This is slightly frugal that the Fiat 500e or the Nissan Leaf.

A time of 7.5 seconds is what you require to zoom past 60 mph with the Spark EV in real-life driving, against the 7.2 seconds Chevrolet claims.

Price & 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV Release Date

Expect its release date sometime in August 2017. Planning to buy an EV? Well, the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV’s sticker price is rumored to be $25,120. There is still plenty of time though.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date, Specs and News

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date, Review, Price – If you’re shopping for a compact sedan with solid credentials and fuel-efficient engines, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze should be one of your options. And while it may lack the dominance in its class, the Cruze still manages to offer features and technologies of equal footing as some of its class leaders. Some of its selling points include a spacious trunk, two fuel-sipping engines, secure handling, and an upscale interior appointment. Its date of release according to various online sources should be expected mid-next year.2017 Chevrolet Cruze headlights and alloy wheels

The Cruze is among the most talented vehicles its segment has ever gotten close to. Ever since its debut five years ago, this sharply designed sedan has risen to become a formidable rival to some of the best and well-reputed sedans in the market – the Civic and Corolla brands. Although it isn’t one of our best picks for this year, it is undoubtedly in good standing.

One of the strongest and most defining aspect of the Cruze is its high-fuel economy ratings. With this ratings alone, the Cruze will definitely give both the Corolla and Civic a run for their money. The turbocharged gasoline engine provides a combined fuel economy ratings in the low of 30 miles per gallon. Additionally, the Cruze provides a rarity in this segment – a diesel powered engine.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze side angle, alloy wheels

As of this writing, the only carmaker that offers this type of powerplant is Volkswagen. With the diesel powerplant, the Cruze effortlessly manages to offer a brisk acceleration and high fuel-economy ratings of as much as 33 mpg/combined.

Scouring through some of its flipsides yields nothing much to talk about. However, taller and larger passengers will notice the seating configuration works against them. There is also the reluctant downshift.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze exterior, taillights

If you cannot live with that, the segment offers several alternatives that offer better cargo volume and standard features. They include the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Kia Forte and the 2017 Ford Focus. Nevertheless, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is a good option if you are looking for a fuel-efficient and well-rounded compact sedan.

Available Trims & Chevrolet Cruze

The 2017 Cruze is offered in a walloping six variants: Diesel, Eco, LTZ, LT, LS, and L. There is still no news of the SS but we are following closely its developments.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The standard features includes air-conditioning,16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, a USB port, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack, height-adjustable front seats, and a CD player.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze lcd screen, steering wheel and dashboard

The Technology package optionally available comes packed with smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7” touchscreen display, voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, heated mirrors, Chevrolet’s MyLink interface, and a six-way driver power seats.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Cruze’s Eco trim offers low-rolling resistance tires, lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, a smaller fuel tank, dual-illuminated visor mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, leather upholstery, four-wheel disc brakes, and a rearview camera.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze front view, grille and headlights

Opting for the LTZ gets you 18” alloy wheels, premium interior trim, keyless ignition and entry, and automatic climate control. The Diesel trim further adds low-resistance tires, aero-dynamic enhancements, and different wheel design.

Stand-alone features and RS Appearance package bundle a rear spoiler, restyled front and rear fascias, rear-cross traffic alert, foglights, sporty side moldings, an upgraded instrument panel, a nine-speaker premium sound system, rear park assist, and a navigation system.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Engine Specifications

Under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze are three engines: a 1.8L four cylinder engine, a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, and a 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The latter generates 138 horsepower and 148 lbs. ft. of torque. The 1.8L and 2.0L generate 138 hp and 125 pounds of torque, and 151 hp and 264 pounds of torque respectively.

A six-speed manual transmission system is standard, while the six-speed auto is optional for the LS, Eco, and LT trims.

2014 Ecotec 2.0L I-4 Turbo Diesel (LUZ) for Chevrolet Cruze
2014 Ecotec 2.0L I-4 Turbo Diesel (LUZ) for Chevrolet Cruze

EPA projects the fuel economy for the base engine to be 22/35/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined with a manual transmission. The Diesel powerplant gets good numbers projected to be around 27/46/33 mpg.

A 0-60 mph run with the base engine clocks lackluster 9.2 seconds with an automatic transmission.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 183.7 in
Width: 70.5 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 15.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3084 lbs
Top Speed: 125 mph
0-60: 8.0 sec
MPG: 27/46 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Date Of Release & Price

Its date of release according to various online sources should be expected mid-next year. As for the price, the Cruze Diesel will cost you base price of $25,660, and 16,170 USD for the Cruze Sedan.

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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Release Date, Specs and News

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Release Date, News, Specs – With a stout towing capacity, an impressive interior quality, a quiet highway ride, and an available nine-person seating capacity, the new 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is better than ever. Although, it will encounter an uphill task when it comes to competing against other rivals in terms of space and fuel efficiency. Its release date, engine specs, interior and exterior changes, and price are covered extensively below.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe front angle, grille and headlights

This is a rare vehicle to find nowadays as it still uses the same truck-based mechanical underpinnings unlike the modern SUVs which have taken up the car-based crossover platform. While it may have its disadvantages, a combination of the old-school truck-based platform and cutting-edge amenities results in an impressive off-road ready and comfortable crossover.

Coming off a major redesign two years ago, the 2017 Tahoe comes with several mild changes such as a high-quality and serene interior, and a multitude of technology updates. Things, however, remain unaltered under its hood with the V8-powered four-wheel drive remaining intact with a solid output of 355 horsepower.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe white color, alloy wheels

Although we haven’t test driven the Tahoe, Chevy says the new and redesigned model will achieve a maximum of 8,600 pounds when fully-loaded. Lest buyers think the new model lacks any detriments, the Tahoe falls short on expectations in several aspects: a high load height and cargo floor, a cramped third-row bench, a lazy gas pedal response, an optional telescopic steering wheel, and a bumpy truck-like ride.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

As a result of these issues, it would be prudent for would-be buyers to look at what its competition offers. One large SUV which we highly recommend in this segment is undoubtedly the “A” rated 2017 Ford Expedition. Others would be the 2017 Honda Pilot, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia, the 2017 Dodge Durango and Chevy’s own 2017 Suburban.

Trims Available – Chevrolet Tahoe

The full-size 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in a standard seating capacity of eight, and is offered in only three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ trims. The Z71 is reviewed separately.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior Colors & Exterior Review

The LS’s list of standard features and equipment includes remote ignition, heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, automatic tri-zone climate control, a 60/40-split folding second-row seats, cruise control, an integrated blind-spot mirror, a four-way passenger seat, a 50/50-split fold flat third-row bench, rear privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe interior, steering, wheel, lcd screen, dashboard

Equipment available includes an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, Chevy’s MyLink interface, a 4G LTE connectivity, satellite and HD radio, Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 110-V power outlet, a media player interface, five USB ports, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, and an enhanced OnStar package.2017 Chevrolet Tahoe exterior, headlights

The LS model offers a standard seating capacity of nine, and gets you additional features on top of what the LS offers such as lane-departure intervention system, automatic high-beam headlight control, an optional 40/20/40-split front bench, a vibrating safety-alert seat, and power-adjustable pedals.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe exterior, side view

The LT’s list of standard features and equipment includes driver memory settings, nine-speaker Bose sound system, locking rear differential, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way power passenger seat, a power liftgate, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe interior, trunk

The top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe further adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, a magnetic adaptive suspension system, a power-retracting assist steps, a four-way power lumbar, xenon headlights, and an adaptive cruise control.

Price & 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Release Date

The cost of owning the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is put at $47,000, according to various credible sources and pundits’ reports. Its date of release, on the other hand, should be expected in June 2017.

Engine Specifications For The New 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

All the models get a 5.3L V8 engine under their hoods. The power generated – 355 horsepower and 383 lbs. ft. of torque is then routed to either the RWD or the AWD drive via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe engine

8,600 pounds and 8,400 pounds is the maximum capacity the two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models can tow respectively. Also, it will require you 7.3 seconds to get the LTZ model past 60 mph.

Despite its platform, the Tahoe offers rather impressive EPA ratings. Our mule puts them at 23/16/18 mpg on the highway/city/combined for the two-wheel drive and 22/16/18 mpg for the 4WD.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 8 in. (116 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 0 in. (204 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 8.5 in. (80.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 15.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 5355 lbs
Top Speed: 113 mph
0-60: 7,1 sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black, Brownstone Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Sable Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, Slate Gray Metallic, Summit White and Tungsten Metallic
Towing Capacity: 8600 lbs

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