Can you believe we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017? Feels like just yesterday we were wishing you a happy new year. Well, before we roll right through the calendar, we want to take a moment to check in with the auto world and check out some of the new vehicles rolling down the streets. With new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, vans and more, 2017 is already firing on all cylinders and we couldn’t be more fired up.
FIAT 124 SPIDER
People have been quick to write off the new Spider as just a Mazda Miata wearing Italian digs. And, to be fair, the Spider is made by Mazda, so they aren’t completely wrong. That said, the Spider brings the all-too-familiar flare of Aurelio Lampredi, the longtime chief engineer at Fiat. He’s made his remarkable mark all over this fine four-wheeled fiend in a way that is truly “Perfetto!”
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R
Honda fans have been clamoring for an all-new Type R hatchback, and they got precisely what they asked for and more. The 306-hp “Hell on Wheels” is Honda’s first truly high-performance machine since the days of the now-discontinued S2000. The best part: it only comes in manual; no hybrid, no all-wheel drive and definitely no automatic transmission. Just a purebred track car, made for the streets.
TESLA MODEL S
Since being introduced in 2012, the Model S has seen minor, conservative updates – until now. The new and improved Model S comes complete with a totally new front end, an increased driving range without mechanical changes and the new 48-amp onboard charger that replaced the previous 40-amp charger, which makes for quicker charging than ever before. Needless to say, we’re charged up.
It’s been sparking people’s interest from day one: the all-too-electrifying Chevy Bolt. It’s fast, fierce and fun to drive; plus, its 200-hp electric motor powers you to get more than 200 miles per gallon. After picking up the 2017 Green Car of the Year and The Motor Trend Car of the Year award, it’s no mystery why the Bolt is bolting past its competition.
It’s all-new and already the talk of the town. The Hyundai Ioniq has been receiving high praise from high-profile reviewers. Like the Chevy Bolt, the Ioniq is an electric motor vehicle, however it comes in three different models: a hybrid, an EV and a plug-in. With so many options, the Ioniq is an easy frontrunner for anyone looking to make the change to an electric vehicle. The only thing that isn’t easy is pronouncing its name.
JEEP WRANGLER PICKUP
Now, we know it’s not coming out for at least another year, but we couldn’t wait. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for: the Jeep Wrangler Pickup. A natural addition to the Jeep lineup, the Pickup will be their redemption from the failure of the Comanche in 1992. Plus, it makes sense for Jeep to go after the truck market as expanding their car offerings would only overshadow the brand’s image. The Pickup, like all Jeep products, promises to be AWD and heavy-duty for those off-road trips.
These are just some of the new cars cruising down the street in 2017; a more comprehensive list of all new car offerings can be found here. Whether you’re a car person, truck person or anything else in between, we’re just fired up for the future of the automobile industry. And like we always say: while we don’t look forward to the day when you must enter our shop, we do look forward to doing everything we can to restore the rhythm of your life and get you back on the road as safely and swiftly as possible.