Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Final Product Update in the Year 2016

Alexander Carabitses 

There have been a number of important product unveils as of late, so I figured that I would write a quick post to give them their due credit.  I should note that I'm not going to cover the Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe as that vehicle will be revealed in Detroit and I want to save it for my preview post, so stay tuned for that.  Otherwise, enjoy.

2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid/Energi:  Believe it or not, this is Ford's mid-cycle update to the the slow selling hybrid MPV before its inevitable demise in a few years.  I actually first saw this car on Ford's website and thought I missed the press release, but as it turns out, the press release showed up a week later.  At any rate, this refresh consists of front and rear fascia tweaks that 90 percent of people will not notice.  There is also a new Titanium trim level.
(Image credited to Ford)

2018 Ford Fiesta:  Unveiled in Germany earlier this month, the new Fiesta features new trim levels including Vignale, ST Line, and Active.  There are various engines available, including three-cylinders (I believe one features cylinder deactivation if you can believe that).  The design is an evolution from before, which is not a bad thing, while the interior is all new.  Expect a new Fiesta ST to debut in about a year or so and by then we should also know if the new Fiesta is coming to the US or not.  Low demand for small cars has the potential to keep this little car off of our shores for the second time in the nameplate's history.
(Image credited to Ford)

2017 Dodge Challenger:  The big news is all wheel drive on low trim level models, marking the first time AWD has been offered in an American muscle car.
(Image credited to Dodge)

2018 Opel Insignia:  Opel recently took the wraps off of their flagship sports sedan that will also be sold as the next Vauxhall Insignia, Holden Commodore, and Buick Regal.  The car is built on the same architecture that underpins the Chevy Malibu, and both share a resemblance in the look of their greenhouse.  However, this car features Opel's own design inside and out, and seeing as how this will be the next Buick Regal, I'll say that we will have a real treat on our hands.
(Image credited to Opel/Vauxhall)

Lucid Air: Lucid Motors unveiled its first car, which is a concept.  However, the battery can produce 1,000 horsepower, which would make it faster than the Model S.  The car has a very nice looking interior and although I'm personally not a fan of the exterior, I'm sure it looks better in person.  The car also has a 400 mile range, so we will see how this Tesla competitor does if and when it goes on sale in 2018.

(Image credited to Lucid Motors)

Ferrari J50:  Based on the 488 Spider, this new car is meant to commemorate the brand's 50th anniversary in Japan.  The only difference between this and the car on which its based is the exterior design and the fact that the car has removable roof panels.  Only 10 will be built they are sure to sell fast.
(Image credited to Ferrari)

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