New Cars Coming Out in 2017
It’s a new year, which means it’s another year for exciting advancements in automobile technology. While some popular car models will be biding by the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, there are a few completely new models out there that look to change the industry up completely, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency and electric charging. These cars, slated for 2017, aren’t your father’s Honda Civic.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla vehicles aren’t exactly new–their first car, the Roadster, premiered in 2008–but they’ve been out-of-reach for most consumers. Other Tesla vehicles, such as the Model S and Model X, cost much more than what the average driver is willing to pay. Until now, that is. The luxury sedan Model 3, rolling out to pre-registered consumers in 2017, is $35,000 for its base model, and even less when factoring in tax credits. That’s not much more than other, traditional sedans. Whether or not Tesla can make itself a name to go against Ford, GM, and Chrysler waits to be seen, but judging by how quickly pre-sales went, the company’s future looks bright.
Now, don’t go thinking that Tesla has cornered the market on electric vehicles. While Tesla may have been the first automaker to successfully introduce full-electric vehicles to the mainstream, the big-name auto manufacturers are not far behind. Case in point: the Chevrolet Bolt, Chevy’s new-to-2017 cousin to their plug-in hybrid, the Volt. The Bolt, which was first released selectively in California at the end of 2016, has already garnered tons of acclaim from critics who’ve tried it out. Further, at 238 miles per charge, it boasts a greater range than the Tesla Model 3. Which will come out on top? We might have to wait until the end of the year to see.
When it comes to getting Asian-made cars onto American streets, Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Honda have often come out on top. But don’t leave South Korea’s Hyundai out of the picture, especially once 2017 is over. Hyundai has made a sizeable dent in car sales over the years, but they’re tackling the Toyota Prius head-on with the new Hyundai Ioniq, set to release this year. What’s especially interesting about the Ioniq is that it will be available in three flavors: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric. The hybrid has reportedly gotten nearly 60 miles to the gallon, edging out the Prius as the most fuel-efficient hybrid on the road.
Just when you thought minivans had gone out of style. That is, assuming that they were ever in style to begin with! With the new Pacifica, Chrysler is eschewing the standard idea of minivans, remaking the form factor with luxury in mind. Take the kids to soccer practice in serious style, with standard leather seating and options like parking assistance and a 360-degree camera. And, oh yeah, the Pacifica comes in traditional gas-powered and hybrid variants. By the way, if you’ve heard the name somewhere before, don’t be confused. Chrysler has used this moniker for its crossover vehicle from 2004 to 2008.