2017 Fiat Toro

Toro – an Italian name meaning “bull”, is the latest model Fiat has been working on and which is expected to come with lots of reasons why buyers should at least wait for it. Despite the Turin-based automaker having a reputation for building for constructing retro-inspired, and often dainty city cars, the new 2017 Fiat Toro which is primarily intended for the Brazilian market is indeed a masterpiece of creativity and innovation. Its release should be expected in January 2017 if at all media reports are anything to go by.

Thanks in part to the slender headlights, styling cues, and hexagonal grille, the new truck now packs more ruggedness than any other vehicle ever built by Fiat. It compares similarly to the FCC4 concept that was presented sometime back in most facet of its construction. Although they differ in terms of designs and mechanical underpinnings.

From the body works that include a sharply lower bumper, alloy wheels, and a roof rack, seen in the pictures circulating in the social media platforms, it is undoubtedly going to be a well-equipped vehicle that might leave its competitors in stitches once available.

In terms of dimensions, the vehicle stretches 193” long which represents about 26” more than the 2017 Jeep Renegade or 19” less than the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. In terms of competition, both the 2017 Ford Ranger and the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado come close. The latter comes with a variety of features and strengths that are either more superior or inferior depending on your priorities, they include a strong set of engines offered with either manual or automatic transmission systems, a variety of body styles and both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

The 2017 Ford Ranger, on the other side, is a very capable truck that offers better utilities and luxurious amenities. Space and high-tech features are the main features that endear many people to it.

Engine Specs – 2017 Ford Toro

At the time of this writing, Fiat hasn’t yet revealed what lies beneath its skin, but reports published by Brazilian media outlets allege the all-new 2017 Fiat Toro will comes with riding on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade. To this end, though, we have reports that allege the new 2017 Toro base model will feature a 1.8L E-Torq four-cylinder engine that can run on either ethanol or gasoline. The former fuel is growing in popularity in Brazil and shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The four-banger according to Fiat, comes mated to a six-cylinder automatic transmission which then forwards the 138-hp produced to the front wheels. Additionally, for those who want a little bit of a power bump, there is the 170-hp producing four-cylinder 2.0L turbodiesel engine to satisfy their insatiable power demands at least to some extent. Also, the six-speed transmission system is standard, as is the front wheel drive. However, for buyers who want to go off the unbeaten path, there is the AWD system available for an extra.

According to Fiat, 2,200 pounds is the maximum towing capacity the new 2017 Fiat Toro will offer regardless of the powertrain offered. Additionally, credible reports place its top speed at 120 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration at 10.0 seconds.

2017 Fiat Toro grille

Interior Pictures & Exterior Spy Shots – 2017 Fiat Toro

Some of the standard features we should expect from the redesigned 2017 Fiat Toro include two-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, automatic headlights, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, auxiliary audio jack, daytime running lights, power windows, a rearview wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a 4.2” touchscreen display, a four-way power driver seat, rearview camera, cruise control, and fold-up rear seats.

2017 Fiat Toro interior

Standalone options bundled in various packages include projector-style headlights, a rear window projector, driver and front passenger power lumbar adjustment, heated mirrors, remote start, distinctive LED daytime running lights, dark-tinted 17-inch wheels, hill descent control, cloth/leatherette upholstery, seven-speaker Bose sound system, black badges, al-terrain tires, and a dual-mode sport exhaust.

On the safety front, expect – crash automatic notification, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, full-length side impact airbags, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, trailer sway control, and remote locking.

2017 Fiat Toro front side

Price & 2017 Fiat Toro Release Date

The window sticker according to online reports will feature an MSRP starting from $35,000, while its release is rumored to be in January 2017.

2017 Fiat Toro cargo space

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2017 Ford Super Duty

The bold-looking Blue Oval’s biggest pickup truck was unveiled during the Texas State Fair recently the vehicle comes with significant changes and redesigns that will undoubtedly shape its future segment in the highly contested pickup truck segment. The front fascia now comes with a massive grille, sheet angular metal, and vertical headlights. With each getting a nameplate-specific front fascia, the lineup now includes the F-350, F-250 and the F-450 models. It is expected to be released In February 2017.

Notably, the models come with a significant weight reduction thanks to the extensive use of aluminum alloy of military grade. The switch to aluminum from steel is expected to boost Ford in terms of economies of scale which, according to economics 101, should lower the cost of production and may trickle down to its ultimate production price.

Interior wise, buyers should expect more of a radical design. Much of the design is a carryover from the previous model, however, the new model comes with a new instrument cluster, a four-spoke sleeker looking steering wheel, a redesigned center console, and a generously designed configurable display.

While the vehicle as initially conceived to be a work truck, it has evolved to become tech-focused similar to Ford’s SUVs, crossovers, and passenger cars. Some of the new technologies regardless of the trim level include inflatable seat belts, a lane-departure warning system, an all-surround surround view camera, cruise adaptive control, and front active steering.

To ensure the truck looks as rugged as initially, the automaker installed a stronger suspension and driveline components, and spent countless hours torture-testing it globally. Consequently, the new 2017 Ford Super Duty boasts of a best-in-class fifth-wheel towing, conventional towing, and payload ratings. However, we will have to wait a little longer before Ford gives us the precise figures.

Once available the 2017 Ford Super Duty will have to battle it out with other vehicles in the segment that offer similar technologies and power. Some of them include the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, 2017 GMC Sierra, and the 2017 Ram Heavy Duty. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a high-strength steel frame and aluminum body, tons of safety and electronic systems, power, and high-class interior matching the F-150, the 2017 Ford Super Duty should be your top pick.

Engine Specs – 2017 Ford Super Duty

Unfortunately, the automaker has decided to keep us in the dark as pertains to its technical details. What is known as of this writing though, is the 2017 Ford Super Duty will be offered with gasoline and diesel engine behemoths. Just like before, rumors has it that Ford will offer buyers a choice of either front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive.

Speculation is rife that Ford will offer the new 2017 Ford Super Duty in three engines: a 6.2L V8, a 6.2L gasoline V8, and a 6.8L gasoline V10 engine. We have no choice but to wait for the specs. It is rumored the vehicle will be offered in five configurations and will be more than 24 times stiffer than its immediate predecessor.
The updated safety features include lane-departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, brake support, collision warning, and antilock disc brakes.

2017 Ford Super Duty front side

Exterior Changes & Interior Pictures – 2017 Ford Super Duty

Some of the standard features and technologies available on the F-250, 350, and 450 include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a locking tailgate, manual telescopic trailer tow mirrors, 17” steel wheels, cruise control, integrated blind-spot monitoring system, rear privacy glass, padded door armrests, integrated trailer brake controller, lockable storage, keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, satellite radio, voice commands, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system.

Top of the line features and technologies include heavy-duty alternators, integrated accessory switches, roof clearance lights, full power accessories, different axle ratios, tailgate assist, a rearview camera, a stowable bed extender, all-terrain tires, Rancho shock absorbers, hill descent control, electronic locking rear differential, and upgraded leather upholstery.

When properly equipped, we should expect the vehicle to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, and 16,600 pounds when configured for the fifth wheel. Rumors also allege we should expect the vehicle to come with a maximum payload capacity of about 4,130 pounds.

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2017 Ford Super Duty interior

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Price & 2017 Ford Super Duty Release Date

Although speculative, we should expect its release date in February 2017. As for its price, pundits put the figure at around $34,580.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Available in Silverado 1500HD, 2500HD, and 3500HD, variety of configurations, improved interior materials, and supremely capable powerplants, the new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD lineup is undoubtedly an excellent choice for anyone shopping in the heavy-duty pickup truck segment. Its date of release should be expected in February next year if online reports are to be trusted.

These trucks offer nothing short of solid built quality, an available CNG fueling for the regular V8, strong diesel engines, serene and refined highway rides, ad impressive towing and hauling capacities are just some of the features which you should look forward to once the vehicle is made available.

Overall design and material quality of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD lineup is, to say the least, impressive. The materials used are of high-quality and lots of upscale technologies has been invested in the new trucks. Additionally, the gauge cluster graphics are a snap regardless of whether it is day or night. Spending an extra gets you handsome accent stitching and accents to match the already sumptuous cabin.

The central display comes located intricately between the speedometer and the tachometer and is easy to use unlike the previous on which received widespread criticism for its unresponsiveness. Also, Chevy has now upgraded its MyLink infotainment system which was also a source of dissatisfaction in the previous model.

 

The seats are comfortable and supportive. For 2017, Chevy has now provided the vehicle with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel unlike the previous model which only came with a tilt-only steering. When it comes to its hood, the vehicle offers sprightly turbocharged engines ranging from an output of just 397 hp to about 650.

Aiding the Silverado to achieve an easier and smoother towing are these standard features: automatic grade braking, diesel exhaust braking, trailer sway control, and integrated cruise control. However, the segment the new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD is coming into is heavily contested and includes rivals such as the 2017 Ram 2500, and the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Although some of the rivals offer better power and off-road performance, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD is undoubtedly a very capable workhorse.

Trims Available – Chevrolet Silverado HD

We expect the new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD to be offered in regular, double, and crew cab body styles with a choice of either 2WD or 4WD. Additionally, we should expect trim levels such as Work Truck, LTZ, and LTZ trims.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD side

Interior Changes & Exterior Configurations – 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Some of the standard features to expect from the base model include power door locks, cloth/vinyl upholstery, rubber floor covering, 17-inch wheels, six-speaker sound system, a 40/20/40-split front bench, rubber floor covering, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 4.2” color display, an auxiliary audio jack, USB/iPod integration, a fold-down center armrest, and automatic climate control (dual-zone).

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD interior

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD interior seats

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD radio

The LT trim should get you OnStar telematics, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a CD player, voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, full power accessories, upgraded tailgate, tinted rear windows, alloy wheels, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Chevy’s MyLink interface, and tinted rear windows.

At the pinnacle of the trim level is the LTZ trim which gets you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, a 110V power point, remote ignition, an 8” touchscreen display, heated front seats, a rearview camera, automatic locking rear differential, remote ignition, and automatic climate control (three-zone).

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD front side

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD Engine Specs

Provisional reports allege the Chevrolet Silverado HD for 2017 comes equipped with a 6.0L V8 engine juggernaut rated at 360 hp and 380 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is routed to the rear wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. The AWD is optional. Additionally, buyers shave the option of adding a bi-fuel option (gasoline or CNG).

When running on the Compressed Natural gas, the power dips to 301 horsepower and 333 lbs. ft. of torque.
Last, but certainly not the least, is the 6.6L V8 engine behemoth good for a whopping 397 horsepower and 765 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. There are rumors of one more engine which reports indicate will be able to crank out 650 horsepower.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD Release Date & Price

An MSRP starting from $32,980 is what buyers should expect once the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD is available in showrooms. As for its release, all reports point to February 2017.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel Price Release Date

The Toyota Tundra for 2017 is a capable truck that offers a serious off-road performance, however, the Japanese brand may find it an uphill task competing against its American rivals in other respects. 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel is definitely one of the most interesting diesel machine on the market.

Some of its strengths include a unique off-road themed TRD Pro model, strong and powerful V8 powertrains, user-friendly technology interface, a large double cab with traditional rear doors, and a CrewMax cab trim juggernaut. Its release date should be expected in May 2017, if online reports are anything to go by.

For 2017, the TRD Pro gains an upgraded electronics interface, a mildly revised front end styling, a lather gas tank, an integrated trailer brake control, and a TRD Off-road package for the 1794 trim.

Frankly speaking, the full-size pickup truck is proudly and unabashedly American creation, so is Apple Pie, Baseball, and McDonalds fast foods. So, it is quite apparent that the new 2017 Toyota Tundra might find itself isolated in some respects relative to American-made trucks from brands such as GM, Ford, and Ram.

One might think it’s because it’s a Japanese-made truck, well, it is but it’s made from scratch here in the United States. Much has to do with its age. Despite the vehicle undergoing a major overhaul some few years back, which brought updated features, an improved cabin, and a revised exterior and interior styling, Toyota still missed the mark.

Relative to other trucks which roped in changes like weight reduction through the extensive use of aluminum, fuel sipping engines, and updated suspension tuning, the changes made to the Tundra were akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to fully rebuilding the vehicle all the way up from the foundation and breaking out the wrecking ball. In a nutshell, the revisions weren’t enough to make notable advances or enough to fix the burgeoning number of flaws.

See, its competitors have come out of their comfort zones and reinvented almost every vehicular facet and made incremental improvements that have allowed them to keep up with the Joneses. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t invest any efforts at all in comparison to other models. With a Tundra, you won’t get a V6 engine, good fuel economy ratings, and the driving experience is literally subpar.

In all fairness, you are better off purchasing another model. Some alternatives include the 2017 Nissan Titan XD, the 2017 GMC Sierra, 2017 RAM 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Available Trims – Toyota Tundra

The new 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel is available in a whopping six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and the top-of-the-line TRD Pro. The trims depend on which configuration you choose: regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab.

2017 Toyota Tundra seats

Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Toyota Tundra

The base 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel SR comes equipped with heated mirrors, a rearview camera, 18” wheels, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a 40/20/40 bench seat, a CD player, a USB port, cloth upholstery, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors, keyless entry, auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a damped tailgate, and a tilt-only steering wheel.

Opting for the 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel SR5 gets you a navigation app, a 7” touchscreen interface, variable intermittent windshield wipers, fog lights, HD and satellite radio, exterior chrome trim, and traffic information. Others include; an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power height-adjustable driver seat, front bucket seats, a larger gas tank, lumbar adjustment, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and 18” alloy wheels.

2017 Toyota Tundra front

The 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel TRD Pro offers red stitching, an off-road suspension, unique styling elements, a 7” touchscreen display, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, a navigation system, and a four-movable bed tie-down cleats.

The Limited offers a leather wrapped steering wheel, a navigation system, automatic climate control (dual-zone), 20” alloy wheels, a power-sliding horizontal rear window, the tie-down cleats, additional speakers, and anti-theft alarm features.

The Platinum trim offers LED running lights, a sunroof, driver memory settings, styling elements, auto-dimming mirrors, ventilated and heated power front seats, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, and auto-dimming mirrors.

2017 Toyota Tundra interior

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2017 Toyota Tundra Engine Specs

Generating 310 hp and 327 lbs. of torque is a 4.6L V8 engine that comes equipped on the SR5 models. A six speed automatic and a front wheel drive are standard. When loaded fully, you should expect maximum towing capacities of between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds.

Next up is the 5.7L V8 engine rated at 381 hp and 401 lbs. of torque. It comes equipped under the hoods of the 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and the 1794 trims. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 13/18/15 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Toyota Tundra cargo space

Price & Release Date – 2017 Toyota Tundra

According to the online Toyota price catalogue, the CrewMax Cab should go for sale for $32,770, the Double Cab – $28,640, and the 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel Regular Cab – $29,450. Its date of release should be expected in May 2017.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

The redesigned Toyota Tacoma for 2016 boasts an updated interior, a new V6 engine, and a capable off-road performance. It’s recommended for anyone shopping in the midsize truck segment. Some of its strengths include a peerless resale value, an extensive list of options, an excellent off-road ability, a responsive touchscreen interface, and a refined V6 engine. Its release date should be expected this July.

For more than two decades now, the Toyota Tacoma has continued to be a competitive pickup truck that has provided its buyers an alternative to the often-perceived large and costly full-size regular trucks. If you’ve been a seasoned user of the previous versions of the Tacoma, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma won’t offer any major surprises apart from the usual refreshments.

Traditional users may find the new notable improvements made on the 2016 model to have, to some extent, burnished its appeal. The new model doesn’t come with the dinky steel wheels found on the regular cab 4×2 stripper. You only have to choose between the crew cab and the extended cab body styles.

What hasn’t changed though, is Tacoma’s off-road performance repertoire. It also gets the Crawl Control system that it borrowed from the Land Cruiser and the 4Runner. One interesting add-on that the new vehicle comes with is the GoPro mount that gives users the capability of recording their driving experiences.

Things get even better under the hood. With a revised 4.0L V6 engine that offers 42 more horsepower than the previous model, the new Tacoma promises a memorable driving adventure. The base engine returns as before and carries over its power output unchanged.

In overall, we’d say the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne among other midsize pickup trucks. That said, you should still look around the segment to see what the segment offers in terms of alternatives. Some of them include the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2016 GMC Canyon, and the 2016 Nissan Frontier.

Available Trims – Toyota Tacoma

Expect to see the new Toyota Tacoma for 2016 in a whopping five trims: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and TRD Off Road.

Interior Pictures & Exterior Configurations – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The SR model offers standard air conditioning, adjustable tie-downs, a cargo bed rail, 16” wheels, a rearview camera, voice controls, a bedliner, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a sliding rear window, auxiliary audio jack, Siri Eyes Free, and a GoPro windshield mount.

2016 Toyota Tacoma seats

The SR5 adds satellite and HD radio, a rear privacy glass, chrome exterior accents, foglights, Scout GPS Link navigation app, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, variable intermittent wipers, and a color trip computer.

2016 Toyota Tacoma interior

Picking the TRD Sport model gets you keyless ignition and entry, LED daytime running lights, sport-tuned shock absorbers, a special upholstery, a leather trimmed shift lever, a bed-mounted 120-V power outlet, 17” alloy wheels, an optional upgraded infotainment bundle, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Opting for the TRD Off-Road trim lands you 16” alloy wheels, an electronic locking rear differential, chin-spoiler delete, Bilstein shock absorber, cruise control, and the Crawl Control system.

Finally, the Limited model gets you JBL stereo system, unique interior and exterior trim, 18” alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, and all the contents of the Technology and Premium package.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma side

2016 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs

Both the SR and the SR5 trims get the standard 2.7L four-cylinder base engine rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque or the optional 3.5L V6 engine rated at 278 hp and 265 pounds of torque.

The 2WD and a six-speed automatic transmission system are standard for the two powerplants. The AWD is available as an option. The four-cylinder engine returns fuel economy ratings of 19/23/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the 2WD, and 19/22/20 mpg with the four-wheel-drive system.

2016 Toyota Tacoma engine

On the other hand, the V6 returns 19/24/21 mpg with the 4x2s and 17/20/18 mpg for the four-wheel-drive system.

During our own test drive, the V6 with an automatic sprinted to 60 mph from naught in 8.5 seconds.

 

Price & 2016 Toyota Tacoma Release Date

Online reports indicate to a possible release date this July. As for the price, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab should cost you an MSRP starting from $23,300, and $24,130 for the Double Cab.