New 2017 Ford Edge – Release Date, Specs & Info

The new 2017 Ford Edge is a strong choice for a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV mostly because it offers upscale feature such as a sophisticated ride quality, lots of luxury and technology features, a powerful Sport model, quality cabin materials, and a spacious room for up to five people. Its release date should be expected early 2017.

2017 Ford Edge side view, alloy wheels

The two-row Edge fits neatly between segments, providing more space than any of its peers without having the need to offer three-rows of seating configuration like its Flex and Explorer juggernaut siblings. True to its name, the 2017 Edge, undoubtedly has an edge in the marketplace.

2017 Ford Edge rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

It is available in an array of eye-catching exterior colors such as Kona Blue Metallic, Oxford White, Too Good To Be True Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Electric Spice, Magnetic Metallic, and Shadow Black.

It still feels tidy and maneuverable on the road despite its midsize footprint and generous cargo and passenger space. This has been made possible through redesigns and changes Ford has made on the Edge’s body structure and suspension.

2017 Ford Edge front view, grille and headlights

The result is an all-rounded vehicle that, despite weighing over two tones, still manages to provide an appealing handling and steering. Throw in a potent V6 powerplant and you’ve got yourself a seriously speed SUV capable of giving luxury-branded models a run for their money.

In a nutshell, there are lots of bells and whistles on the 2017 Edge which hit the sweet spots in most respects. However, the segment has lots of alternatives that can match it or even surpass it on other certain areas. They include the bold exterior-styled 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2017 Kia Sorento, and the recently redesigned 2017 Nissan Murano.

2017 Ford Edge exterior, taillights and tailpipe

Offered Trims – Ford Edge

The five-passenger 2017 Ford Edge is offered in four trims: Sport, Titanium, SEL, and the base SE. the Hybrid review is separately covered elsewhere on the blog.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Ford Edge Interior Review

The base Edge SE’s list of standard accessories and features include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2” infotainment display, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a six-cylinder sound system, a rear 60/40-split folding and reclining seatbacks, an acoustic windshield, automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, auxiliary audio inputs, smartphone integrated apps, cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, and dual exhaust tips.

2017 Ford Edge steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Stepping up to the SEL gets you an upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, a six-way power adjustable driver seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated exterior mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power adjustable eight-way driver seat, LED headlight accents, and an exterior keyless entry pad.

2017 Ford Edge leather seats and gear shift knob

The Equipment Group 201A available for the SEL adds two configurable screens, a leather upholstery, a nine-speaker sound system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, and the Sync 3 infotainment display.

Upgrading to the Titanium gets you an eight-way power adjustable front passenger seat, HD and satellite radio, driver memory settings, noise-reducing front windows, 19-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, front sport seats, and an LED taillight bar.

2017 Ford Edge red color, alloy wheels

At the pinnacle is the Sport trim model that offers inflatable rear seatbelts, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system, an automated parking system, an 18-degree front camera, and automatic high-beam control. More accessories should be expected to be offered on its release date.

2017 Ford Edge rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Ford Edge Engine Specs

Several engines are offered for the 2017 Ford Edge. All except the Sport are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system. The engine – 2.0L four-cylinder generates 245 hp and 275 lbs. ft. of torque which is consequently taken up by the six-speed auto to the standard FWD or the optional AWD. It returns 20/30-24 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the FWD, and 20/28/23 mpg with the AWD.

2017 Ford Edge engine

Both the Titanium and SEL buyers can opt for the 3.5L V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 250 pounds-feet of torque whereas those who opt for the Sport get a 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine. The Turbo generates a healthy 315 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque and is rumored to return 17/24/20 mpg.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 188.1 in
Width: 75.9 in
Passenger volume: 114 cu ft
Cargo volume: 39,2 cu ft
Curb weight: 4309 lb
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 8.3 sec
MPG: 21/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ingot Silver Metallic, Kona Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Shadow Black ans Too Good To Be Blue Metallic
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.

Price & 2017 Ford Edge Release Date

2017 Ford Edge release date

You can be sure to have the 2017 Ford Edge if you can afford a window sticker featuring a base MSRP of $28,700. As for its release date, the 2017 Edge should be expected to debut sometime in February 2017. Preliminary reports indicate the crossover will also be available on lease terms.

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2017 Ford Edge exterior, rear view

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2017 Ford Edge interior, backseats

2017 Ford Edge interior, gear shift knob

2017 Honda Civic Type R Release Date, Specs & Info

Once again, the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R is a must-drive compact sedan thanks to the zesty and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, a satisfying handling, spacious cabin, advanced infotainment and safety technologies, big trunk, and daring looks. The Type R release date, although unconfirmed, should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017, probably around June.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

While the Honda Civic has had quite a tumultuous run ever since it was released some few years ago, it has managed to garner both cynics and fans alike. Honda has made some changes to the Type R which are meant to offer it a competitive advantage over its rivals who have also improved by leaps and bounds.

2017 Honda Civic Type R auto show, side view, alloy wheels and headlights

Its interior boasts of several updates including a nifty touchscreen interface that offers a faster response and crisp graphics unlike the previous model. The looks are edgy yet mature, and the audio and climate controls are well-laid. And similar to the best Civics of yore, it handles well and feels sporty especially on winding back roads.

2017 Honda Civic Type R spy shots, side view

Most often, we take Honda’s claim of having “best-in-class interior volume” with a grain of salt, however, for 2017, it seems to hold water as the interior volume it offers might even question the need for an Accord. Nitpicking has only yielded one foible – price tag. With an asking price or around $47,249 for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R EX trim model, some might conclude it’s a rip off relative to what other vehicles are going for in the same segment.

2017 Honda Civic Type R front angle, headlights and grille

Exterior 2017 Honda Civic Type R colors include Championship White, Milano Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue, Polished Metal, and Crystal  Black. Some of the distinctive features offered inside the cabin includes red double stitching, high-backed sport seats, black gear-lever gaiter, black leather-clad steering wheel, and unique trimming details.

2017 Honda Civic Type R side view, white color, alloy wheels

For a better driving experience, some of the suspension technologies offered include a new four-point Adaptive Damper System. This features enables the Type R to maintain a stable, flat ride, limited wheel-load transfer, and deliver exceptional road holding performance. The other system is the Advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension that, in comparison to the standard suspension set up, helps reduce torque steer by up to fifty percent by improving the on-the-limit cornering and steering feel, and high speed stability.

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear view, red color, auto show, taillights

For those who see its price tag as a threat to their financial statements, there are other alternatives to consider such as the 2017 Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf R is a hot hatch option that the Type R will have to battle fiercely against in the UK and here in the States. It offers lots of technologies and features worth craving for. Performance wise, it’s also a force to reckon with, with an output rated at 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, front view, white color, headlights and grille

The Ford Focus RS is yet another hot hatch that promises the Type R a run for its money. It boasts a power output rated at 315 hp generated from its 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Rumors allege it will check in at around $35,000 in the U.S.A.

2017 Honda Civic Type R Engine Specs

2017 Honda Civic Type R engine

Motivation is offered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 306 hp and 295 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is channeled to the front wheels via the six-speed manual transmission system. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 0-60 mph only takes about 5.7 seconds, while its top speed is rated at 167 mph.

2017 Honda Civic Type R Interior Accessories & Exterior Changes

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen, dashboard

Some of the standard features available include cruise control, a five-inch touchscreen interface, USB port, Pandora connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, driver height adjustment, a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, text-to-voice connectivity, a trip computer, heated side mirrors, rear deck spoilers, satellite and HD radio, an integrated navigation system, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and all the contents of the Honda Sensing package.

2017 Honda Civic Type R U.S.A Release Date & Price

2017 Honda Civic Type R release date

Rumors within industry and media circles allege the new model will probably go for sale sometime in the middle of 2017.

2017 Honda Civic Type R U.S.A price starts from an MSRP of $47,249, and about $38,493 for the Civic EX trim model.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R auto show, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, front view, grille

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, side view, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear view, white color, tailpipe

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, steering wheel, leather seats

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, leather front seats

2017 Ford Focus RS Release Date, News & Info

2017 Ford Focus RS Release Date, Specs, Review – Ford is releasing its third-generation vehicle with the announcement of the 2017 Ford Focus RS brand that comes out in less than a year. Ford has been looking for a way to refresh and repolarize its brand which was initially released for the first time in 2002. There are several updates that the car is going to get for its 3rd-gen incarnation which will be more than impressive to have.

2017 Ford Focus RS front view, headlights, grille, blue color

Ford introduced its RS badge tot eh Focus category in 2002 after using it for its Escort RS 1600 and Escort RS Cosworth cars. The initial vehicle had FWD and a bit more than 200 hp to it. With a Volvo-sourced five-cylinder with 305 horsepower engine and a FWD, the second generation of the Focus RS models was announced, sporting a much better appearance and performance.  Torque-steer was kept to a minimum though, while the car still managed to offer WRC-like performance for the road.

2017 Ford Focus RS side view, alloy wheels

The third-gen is going to change all of that as it comes with an innovative all-wheel-drive system. It is going to be made in the German plant where the previous models have been made as well and it is planed that they are going to make it available for sale all around the world, which is being done for the first time with this car. Completely new for the 2017 Focus RS is the Mustang-sourced, 2.3-liter, EcoBoost engine that brings around 300 hp into the mix. The only competitors worth to mention are the Honda Civic Type R model and the Subaru WRX STI. Find out more about the release date and specs of this vehicle in the given review.

2017 Ford Focus RS exterior

2017 Ford Focus RS side view, alloy wheels, headlights, exterior

The exterior of the 2017 Ford Focus RS has  very fitting look for an RS brand. It looks like the way a rally driving car should look like and has all the makings of a brilliant model. The front end of the car has a massive grille which takes over the better part of the front side of the car. There is a front splitter added which extends far down to the ground and offers a very nice look to the intercooler part. There are some large openings on each side of the bumpers made available which enable air flow and coolant to the brakes. It is also where a pair of fog lights has been placed which look similar to the ones in the Kia Pro’Ceed.

2017 Ford Focus RS exterior, blue color, rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

The profile of the vehicle has a typical RS style with widened wheel arches so the 19-inch wheels can be used without any problems. The back side of the car has a dominative aerodynamic diffuser which is placed at the back of it. It helps to reduce drag and creates better downforce efficiency. There are dual exhaust tips at each side of the diffusers and a rear roof spoiler which completes the racing look. The car is greatly designed and has a very good looking shape for the brand it bears, we really like its design and especially the Liquid Blue color that the vehicle was initially showcased in.

Interior

2017 Ford Focus RS steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

As you would have expected it to be, the interior of the 2017 Ford Focus RS has all race-like features placed inside of it. The standard Recaro sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel is the benchmark of the newest design and is also decorated with various RS badges placed everywhere in the vehicle. European and Asian customers have the opportunity of choosing RS Recaro shell seats with authentic motorsport microfiber fabric panels. The setup is completed with a alloy sports pedals and a new shifter which adds matching graphics and an additional instrument cluster sitting on top of the center console.

2017 Ford Focus RS interior, leather seats, steering wheel

You also get SYNC connectivity as standard as it gives you access to full length of new features that may come as very useful to you. You can control the sat-nav, climate control system, the audio system and everything by using an 8-inch touchscreen or operating it with voice commands. A special feature is being able to tell the car to “find a racetrack” and the car will immediately point you to the nearest one in your area.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 4.8 in. (172.8 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.8 in. (71.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 91 cu. ft.
Cargo volume: 20 cu. ft.
Curb weight: 3459 lb
Top Speed: 165 mph
0-60: 4,6 sec
MPG: 20/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Frozen White Metallic, Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat Metallic, Shadow Black, Stealth Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine

2017 Ford Focus RS engine

The 2017 Ford Focus RS is going to have the same engine which is used in the 2015 Mustang car. The turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine produces 345 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, with a maximum torque 3,200 between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm and an overboost function of 347 pound-feet for 15 seconds at a time. The Focus RS vehicles offered for the US market will be able to provide 350 horsepower at 6,000 rpm on way to 6,800-rpm redline and 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. But the best news comes from the newly available all-wheel drive system which is going to be able to send up to 70 percent of the available torque to the rear axle.

Release date and price

You are certainly going to leave your regular 2017 Ford Focus once you see the 2017 Ford Focus RS.  It is being offered at a price range of $35,730 as its base MSRP pricing. The release date is set for the end of this year which makes the car available for purchase in November.

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2017 Ford Focus RS side view, headlights, blue color

2017 Ford Focus RS front angle, headlighs and grille

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2017 Ford Focus RS front view, alloy wheels, grille, headlights, exterior

2017 Ford Focus RS side angle, black color

2017 Ford Focus RS side view,alloy wheels, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Ford Focus RS rear angle, taillights and tailpipe