Most Anticipated Cars for 2017
2017 Cars We All Want To See
Updated November 14, 2018
Every year car manufacturers release a plethora of new cars for their adoring fans. While most of these vehicles tend to be rather boring, there are always a few which stand out from the crowd. These are the ones which pique the interest of the gearhead.
The list of vehicles that follows are some of the most anticipated vehicles coming in 2017. These vehicles have lead people to follow forums searching for any new information. Starting with the slightest rumor years ago, they are bound to get any gearhead’s motor running. So click through the list to see a few of the amazing machines which are coming in 2017.
Tesla Model 3
Since the production of the first lotus-based Tesla roadster back in 2008, Elon Musk has turned Tesla into the Apple of car manufacturers. Combining extreme performance with the latest technology they are looked to as the forerunner of the electric car era. The Tesla trifecta started with the Model S before moving to the SUV-based Model X and is now ready to make its cars affordable to the masses with the Model 3.
The general public is enthralled with the possibilities of a long range, affordable electric vehicle and Tesla aims to quench that thirst with the new Model 3. Touting a range of at least 215 miles, acceleration of 6 seconds or less, and Tesla’s latest Autopilot hardware the Model 3 boasts an impressive features list. All that with a price tag starting at $35,000.
Now, the Model 3 is slated to START production mid next year and it is estimated that first deliveries may not be available by year end but this is definitely a car on everyone’s watch list. In fact, well over 100,000 people preordered the Model 3 less than 24 hours before its debut with the current count being somewhere between 300 and 400,000 units. With the release of the Chevrolet Bolt earlier this year, it already has some decent competition but let’s be honest…if I was given the choice between a Tesla and a Chevrolet I would choose a Tesla any day.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Since releasing the Hellcat Challenger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has had the vision to “Hellcat everything”. After the Challenger came the Charger, then they had a special edition Wrangler shown in MOAB and finally decided the Grand Cherokee should be the next to receive the engine. Can we really blame them though? With 707 horsepower on tap and the amount of attention it gets, FCA would be dumb not to put it in as many vehicles as they could!
Announced earlier this year and recently confirmed to be released in 2017, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be demolishing dragstrips with the horsepower of a muscle car. Currently, the Grand Cherokee SRT produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque while coming in at $66,895 MSRP. That means the hellcat version will produce around 50% more horsepower and torque!
There hasn’t been mention of how much this beast will cost but we should expect it to clear the $70,000 mark. With all wheel drive at its command it is expected to leap to 60 mph in an insane 3.5 seconds. With the SRT weighing over 5,000 pounds, that acceleration number is astounding and would make it the quickest SUV available. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is definitely one of the most anticipated rides of 2017.
It wasn’t too long ago that BMW released their latest M3 sedan and M4 coupe. While it was able to maintain great track composure, many were a little disappointed with the turbo 6 in lieu of the V-8. Additionally, some reviewers thought it was tame and not as good as its predecessors. More recently, BMW revealed the M2 which took them back more to their roots. Heck, in the first episode of the Grand Tour (spoilers), Clarkson proclaims his love for the car even after it fails to beat the M4 around the track.
All that aside, BMW is finally about to update their M5 sedan. They recently updated the standard version of the car and have started putting out supplemental M accessories for it as well. The previous iteration of the M5 saw 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque from its beautiful twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. Some of the specialty variants ran up to 600 horsepower so it should be expected the new M5 will meet or exceed that mark.
In addition to the power upgrade, it has been rumored the new M5 will have all-wheel drive xDrive as an option. Adding to the performance, the new M5 will be benefitting from BMWs latest Cluster Architecture (CLAR) which should help it shave a couple hundred pounds. While all we have at the moment are camo’d test mule photos from motorauthority and speculation I think it would be safe to say the 2018 M5 will be debuted mid to late 2017. As with every other M model, don’t expect pricing to be an achievable target for everyone.
Honda Civic Type R
The humble Honda Civic has many variants here in the states from the grocery getting hatchback to the sport(ier) Si. Some that has always eluded the American market however, was the road ripping Type R. Initially introduced back in 1997, the Type R has always received the praise of Honda fans for its raw, racing inspired speed, agility and power. In 2017, Americans will finally get a chance to enjoy what so many others have been for nearly 2 decades.
Initially unveiled in concept form at the Paris Auto Show earlier this year, the 2018 Civic Type R made its first US appearance as SEMA. The last generation Type R was nothing short of a monster sporting 306 horsepower from its turbocharged, 2.0-liter VTEC 4 cylinder engine. With the 2018 version looming, concrete power numbers haven’t been released but many are speculating 320-350 horses from that turbo 4.
Additionally, this won’t be your everyday grocery-getting hatchback (and I say hatchback because that is the only way the Type R will be offered). The suspension and entire drivetrain will be tuned for sport so this isn’t the family friendly ride your significant other would appreciate a leisurely drive in. American Honda fans have been wanting to see the Type R for a VERY long time and it will finally be happening in mid 2017. Prices and power figures are likely to be released within the next few months in anticipation for the release.
Mid-cycle Mustang Refresh
While a Mustang might not be everyone’s cup of tea, every update this car has had in its 50+ year history has been significant for its fans. Additionally, ever since Chevy brought back the Camaro and Dodge delivered the Challenger, a 21st century muscle car war has been raging. With the latest generation of Mustang being global, an even bigger fanbase is able to enjoy this long running pony car as well.
Mustang6G reports the 2018 model year will see several changes to the body, power, and chassis. Of those, it is rumored the long-running V-6 will bid us adieu and leave the lineup for the turbo 4 and V-8 models only. Besides the typical minor exterior changes, it is said the car will get the GT350’s MagneRide dampers as an available performance option. Also coming down the line will be the replacement of the six-speed automatic with the F-150’s ten-speed.
Of course there will likely be multiple color changes and new package options as well. Also reported is the body code for the GT350 seems to still be available for 2018. I personally am a bit skeptical about this but will be pleasantly surprised if it remains. Additionally, there have been multiple rumors of an upcoming return of the Mach 1 and GT500 but those are likely to wait for 2018 or beyond. Either way, we know Ford will want to bring out a competitor for the Camaro ZL1.
Bonus: Acura NSX
OK, so the Acura NSX is a 2017 model year and deliveries started late this year but that puts it pretty close to being a full 2017 release. The hype surrounding the new NSX has been nearly non-stop for years and rightfully so. The original NSX stopped production in 2005 leaving Acura without a premier halo car for over a decade.
The new NSX promises to be a modern day monster. So much so it was able to make our recent list of quickest cars from 0-60 coming in 2017. With its hybrid drivetrain featuring a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 mated directly to an electric motor, the Acura NSX is estimated to produce 573 horsepower. This propels the car to 60mph in just 2.7 seconds.
Built and assembled in Acura’s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the NSX is going to be an American assembled supercar. It plans to go toe to toe with the Audi R8 and Ferrari 488. And while the price is still 6 figures, it starts at a respectable $156,000. Compared to its competition, and the performance it offers that actually seems like a good buy for the money!
That ends our list for some of the most anticipated cars for 2017. I personally can’t wait until I can see any of these at a local cars and coffee or driving down the road!