Showroom Showcase: Check Out the Newest 2017 Chevy Models
2016 is more than halfway in the books, which means it is time to look ahead to the 2017 new Chevy model lineup. Wrapping our heads around the beginning of a new year may be a tough one, but getting a glimpse into what Chevy dealers will be unwrapping on their showroom floors this fall, makes the thought more bearable.
The 2017 model year is a big one for the bowtie brand, with four new and redesigned models arriving in Chevrolet showrooms before the ball drops in Times Square on January 31. The New Year represents new beginnings, and Chevy is taking advantage of that in a very real way.
Showroom Showcase – New Models for 2017
Let’s take an in-depth look at each of the four new models hitting showroom floors this fall, and see if one is worthy to find a home in your garage soon after.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
The Chevy Cruze was thoroughly redesigned for its 2016 model year, and America’s favorite auto brand decided to extend the sedan’s versatility and appeal by creating a hatchback variant for 2017. This sportier sibling doesn’t just feature a new body style, but a whole new look and feel. The interior of the Cruze Hatchback features two inches of extra legroom, more than some of its key rivals, as well as 60/40 split rear seats for an intense 42 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
Powering this new Cruze is the same 153 horsepower turbocharged Ecotec engine that sits underneath the hood of the sedan model. The five-door Cruze will also integrate all of the latest in-vehicle technology such as the Chevy MyLink system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Advanced safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will also be available. For drivers looking for a more luxurious feel, the Cruze Hatchback is available in Athens leather with heated seats throughout the cabin, as well as a heated steering wheel.
Drivers can expect to pay as little as $22,190, with the Cruze Hatch Premier model starting at $24,820. The price tag is not only affordable, but surprisingly so. This is one we can’t wait to see in person, and get behind the wheel of for a test drive.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
This brand new offering from Chevy is the perfect solution for environmentally conscious drivers who want the sporty appearance and spacious interior of a hatchback. Revealed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, this futuristic hatchback is scheduled for production toward the end of this year in Michigan. The Bolt EV is set apart from others like it on the market, thanks to its interior seating for up to five passengers, and an unheard of 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat. This generous interior space is made possible by the unique placement of the hatchback’s 60kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, beneath the passenger seat and incorporated into the car’s chassis. Drivers can expect 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque on the Bolt EV, with a top speed of 91 miles per hour. The battery on the Bolt EV can be charged at home, offering convenience and peace of mind.
The 2017 Bolt EV will be loaded with in-vehicle technology such as advanced GPS routing, Bluetooth, a 10.2-inch MyLink color touch screen display, and a 260-degree Surround Vision system. This model is also the first EV to ever offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, and is further evidence that Chevy is always working hard to be at the forefront of innovation.
No official numbers have been released, but Chevrolet has said that drivers can expect to pay around $30,000 for the new Bolt EV, after government tax incentives.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic
Chevy debuted the newest version of the Sonic at this year’s New York Auto Show, and while it is not entirely redesigned for 2017, the updated Sonic is certainly worthy of a mention in our showroom showcase. One of the most notable changes for the sedan is an updated front fascia, designed to be more in tune with Chevy’s other models in the same segment. New headlamps, a dual grille, reshaped hood, and newly designed wheels are a few of the sedan’s highlights for 2017.
As far as trim levels are concerned, the new Sonic will drop the LTZ level, and replace it with the new Premier option. The Sonic Hatchback variant is offered with either the mid-level LT trim, or the high-end Premier, leaving the base LS model exclusively for the sedan. The interior of the new Sonic is centered around a newly designed gauge cluster, and a 7-inch center touchscreen display with the Chevy MyLink infotainment system. New standard safety features include a rearview camera and Stabilitrak, while drivers can now add Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist advanced safety technologies. The 2017 Sonic offers the same powertrain as the outgoing model, but adds 23 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2017 Sonic sedan and hatchback will hit showroom floors toward the end of this fall, with pricing expected to be released closer to that time.
2017 Chevrolet Trax
Completely redesigned for the upcoming model year, the new Trax features a new front end which includes a redesigned grille, wraparound headlamps, and updated front fenders. A newly designed rear fascia offers dual tail lamps, and large 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The interior of the Trax includes a new instrument panel, which redefines the entire appearance of the cabin. All of the latest technology is available including Apple CarPlay and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices. A rearview camera is now standard fare on the Trax, along with keyless unlocking and keyless start. Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert are all available options for the first time on the 2017 Trax.
The powertrain does not change for the newest version of this crossover, and fuel economy is expected to remain relatively the same. Pricing for the 2017 Trax has yet to be released, and the crossover is expected to arrive at dealerships this fall.
Be sure to keep checking back for the most up to date information regarding the newest additions to the Chevrolet family. While we may only be halfway through 2016, 2017 is already shaping up to be another incredible year for Chevy consumers.