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2017 vehicle models have been slowly hitting the roads for a few months and with four months left in 2016, next year’s auto trends and tech are becoming clear. Though there are still many new features coming in 2017 that probably haven’t been revealed yet, we have seen a lot of cool things already hit the market. Here are a few of our favorite trends, models and tech on 2017 model year vehicles that we love.
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica isn’t just one of our favorite new 2017 models because Jim Gaffigan has been talking about it, but it’s honestly a great vehicle with great features. The new Pacifica’s mixes safety, convenience, comfort and efficiency like no other minivan has before. The Pacifica has seating for up to eight passengers, Stow ‘n Go seating and it’s an I.I.H.S. Top Safety Pick+. The Pacifica is also available with a 360-degree Surround view camera, a built-in vacuum and one of the industry’s best backseat entertainment systems, called the Uconnect Theater.
The van will continue getting cooler, too. In a few months, Chrysler will release the industry’s first minivan hybrid, the Pacifica Hybrid. The minivan is expected to go 30 miles on a single charge and to have a fuel economy of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).
So the all-new 2017 Chevy Bolt isn’t available yet, but we’re pretty sure it's going to be our favorite new model when it does finally come out in the late fall or winter of this year. For starters, the Chevy Bolt has an excellent electric range as it can travel up to 238 miles on a single charge. It offers plenty of space for five passengers and it has a really technologically advanced interior
And while that’s impressive, what is more important is that the Bolt offers that capability at an affordable price. This is so important because the Bolt has set a new standard. No longer is investing in alternative energies only for people with money, but more people will be able to get their hands on it. And if people want to get their hands on it -- are gas-powered cars going to phase out?
Once the Chevy Bolt hits the market, you will be able to buy it on NowCar and have it delivered to your doorstep for free. Stay tuned!
While some manufacturers are scrambling to add the mandated backup cameras as standard features to all vehicles by 2018, other manufacturers are getting fancy with their cameras.
For the 2017 model year, a variety of vehicles are available with 360-degree cameras, which provide an aerial view of the vehicle.
Though the new camera view looks as if a drone is floating above the car, that’s not how it works. Vehicles with 360-degree surround view have several different cameras around the car. Those different images are then pieced together into one image that looks like an aerial image.
The new views are just available on luxury brands either. Brands ranging from Chrysler to Nissan and to Mercedes-Benz are offering the new tech on 2017 models. Pretty cool.
Though speakers in a truck bed is such an ingenious feature, no other truck has ever been equipped with them until the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which was released this year. Yep, tailgating has just gotten a lot better. We hope more automakers follow suit.
In March of 2016, the I.I.H.S. released their first-ever headlight ratings and the study’s results were far from radiant. Only one out of 31 vehicles received a “good” rating and eleven cars earned an “acceptable” rating.
In response to the dull results, many manufacturers are improving the standard and available headlights on 2017 model year vehicles. New and improved headlights in 2017 will likely include LED lighting and High-Intensity Discharge lights.
We can’t wait to see what else will be coming to the streets. The Paris Motor Show isn’t too far off, so we’re sure to learn about some new features soon! In the meantime, you can search for a new car to buy or lease here.
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