The Upcoming GM Models We’re Excited About For 2017Jan 5th, 2017
The 2017’s about to roll onto GM showroom floors are nothing short of undisputed show-stoppers.
GM drivers can expect to be wow’ed by numerous updates and returning favourites, as well as a few new kids on the block – all with efficiency, style, performance and value in mind. Here are our top 4 upcoming GM models we’re excited about for 2017:
The first-ever plug-in option from Cadillac combines unparalleled comfort and elegance with one of the world’s most advanced hybrid systems.
The classic executive sedan body style is classic Caddy, while the inclusion of a 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged engine with an 18.4 kWh Ion battery – equipped with 192 individual liquid cooled battery cells and a Traction Power Inverter Module – gives it 335hp and 432 lb-ft of torque enabling this unique new vehicle to get to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Flat out, this exciting 4-cylinder can achieve 150 miles per hour on the track.
The hybrid system is innovative in that the Ion battery is partially charged by regenerative braking, allowing the electric system to recoup and store energy usually lost during coasting. 65 MPG electric and a 26 MPG combined fuel economy give the new Enhanced Variable Transmission and turbo engine combo a range of 640 kilometers on a full tank and a single charge. It’s solo EV range tops out at an impressive 50 kilometers.
While the Cruze has been an integral part of the Chevy stable for a couple of years, the new hatchback body style adds immense versatility to a peppy, fuel efficient urban warrior that loves to get out of town and experience the open road.
The hatch offers 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row seats folded flat, enabling drivers to accommodate more than enough camping equipment, bikes, home improvement materials, and even the dog for an extended trip anywhere you want to go.
Couple this added utility with innovative tech and safety features, Chevrolet MyLink, a 7-inch colour touch screen, available 4G WiFi, as well as impressive fuel economy of up to 40 MPG with the 1.4L turbocharged engine, and you’ve got a sporty compact car we anticipate will be a big-time crowd favourite.
Boasting a new, sportier interior design, the Cruze hatchback is dressed to impress, using signature LED daytime running lamps to leave a lasting impression.
Ask yourself what’s been missing from the midsize pickup segment.
For a long time, sporty and utilitarian interiors and bare-knuckled body panels have been the norm here, while premium amenities, luxurious interiors and state-of-the-art tech has been left on the backburner. Not with the new 2017 Canyon Denali.
Denali is GMC’s premium trim level department, adding its own identity and character to various models over the years. Associated with craftsmanship, convenience and comfort, Denali has remained the pinnacle of upgrades for GMC drivers.
Signature styling cues and features give the new Canyon Denali a purposeful elegance without sacrificing the ruggedness of the pickup truck body aesthetic. Robust and muscular bones help to accentuate the additional functionality and new design details including contrasting leather accents inside, aluminum trim, LED under-rail bed lighting and integrated CornerStep rear bumper. The Denali version features a larger center console for additional user-friendliness, 4 USB port connectivity, and a wireless charging pad.
Also available in the Canyon Denali is GMC’s Duramax Diesel 2.8L I-4 engine, delivering 369 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, capable of trailering 7,700 pounds. Biodiesel compatible, it’s paired with a silky smooth 6-speed automatic transmission.
Harkening back to the legendary racing spirit of the 1963 Grand Sport, the 2017 iteration combines the power of the LT1 6.2L V8 engine with an extremely lightweight, race-bred chassis, a serious aerodynamics package, advanced braking giving drivers access to 460 horsepower and 1.0g on the skidpad.
One of the most storied performance families in automobilia, the new and improved suspension and Brembo 15.5” carbon ceramic brake-rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP tires are included in the Z07 package, capable of a neck-snapping 1.2 lateral g’s and 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Available carbon fibre rocker panels and ground effects body kit take the dedication to aerodynamics to the maximum, helping to reduce lift.
The compact design of the LT1 engine allows the hoodline to be compacted and lowered, offering optimal weight distribution and helping in aerodynamics, while a dry-sump oil system gives flow through the most extreme cornering. The Grand Sport DNA is proudly displayed with a Heritage package including red hash marks on the widened front fenders.
Made available for fall of 2016, intended for the 2017 model, is a limited production Collector’s edition, complete with a unique Watkins Glen Gray body kit and suede interior packages in red, blue and black add to the customization.
For the weekend warrior who spends enough time at the track, there are competition sport seats available meant to stabilize the body during high speed cornering, and an advanced performance data recorder which logs your lap times and driving sessions allowing you to critique and improve your driving style.
And the pièce de resistance? A convertible model, as the Grand Sport has always been designed to be a high performance top-down tourer.