What's New for 2017: Chevrolet

December 14, 2016

As American as apple pie and... well, Chevrolet, the bowtie brand has a few things to note for the 2017 model year. 

The big newsmaker is undoubtedly the brand's first fully electric vehicle, the Bolt EV. Leapfrogging the Nissan Leaf at about the same price point, the Bolt is a dedicated electric car with no gas engine and a usable range of nearly 240 miles between charges. No longer are electric cars for the masses merely commuter vehicles that require regular charging stops. Instead, the Bolt EV delivers up to a week's worth of driving on a single charge for the typical consumer. Chevrolet should be justifiably proud—and we like it a lot, too, as our sister site Green Car Reports named it the Best Car to Buy 2017.

Elsewhere across the lineup, the brand's performance models—the Camaro and the Corvette—add new models aimed at boosting their appeal. Perhaps the biggest news is the debut of a new 10-speed automatic transmission developed as part of a partnership between Chevy parent General Motors and Ford Motor Company. 

The GM division's compact Cruze lineup grows substantially with a new hatchback and a new turbodiesel sedan (a turbodiesel hatch will come as a 2018 model). That's a bold move for Chevy, which is hoping to gain the buyers Volkswagen lost when it pulled diesels from its lineup after admitting that it had cheated on the EPA's emissions test. 

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatcbhack with Chevrolet Performance Parts

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatcbhack with Chevrolet Performance Parts

Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in a Chevrolet showroom this year:

Chevrolet Bolt

  • All-new model with 238 miles of electric range in typical driving.
  • Fully electric with no gas motor.
  • Available in LT and Premier trim levels. 
  • Model celebrates its 50th anniversary with new special edition.
  • 1LE model revived for V-6 and V-8 models, aims at track-oriented users.
  • High-po ZL1 arrives, ushers in new 10-speed automatic and 650-horsepower supercharged V-8.
  • Grand Sport model revived with Z06 suspension and Stingray engine.
  • Grand Sport offers even sharper Z07 suspension.
  • Five-door hatchback model joins lineup.
  • Turbodiesel engine added to lineup. 
  • Additional USB port standard on certain trim levels.
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission added to Premier model.
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay now standard on LS and above trim levels.
  • Sport Package added to lineup.
  • Low speed automatic emergency braking newly available.
  • Capless fuel filler added.
  • Maximum towing capacity uprated to 12,500 pounds.
  • Silverado HD features new, more efficient air intake system.
  • Refreshed styling inside and out.
  • Big tech upgrades with newly-available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, proximity key, and heated steering wheel.
  • New Spark Activ model features raised suspension and unique styling (but not all-wheel drive).
  • Premier trim level replaces LTZ.
  • Low speed automatic emergency braking newly available.
  • Premier trim level replaces LTZ.
  • Low speed automatic emergency braking newly available.
  • Revised interior and exterior styling.
  • Premier trim level replaces LTZ.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto newly available.
  • Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking newly available. 
  • New Citron Green paint scheme.


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