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Friday 30 September 2016
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Auto News: New Ford V6, BMW i3 Range, Fiat 124 Spider

Auto News: New Ford V6, BMW i3 Range, Fiat 124 Spider

The scoop on Ford’s new V6 EcoBoost engine for the 2017 F-150, BMW’s range boost for the 2017 i3 and how much you’ll shell out for the new Fiat roadster in this week’s auto news in :60!

2017 Ford F-150: Changes Under The Hood

We fully expect Ford will throw a party when its new 2017 Ford F-150 hits the road this fall. That’s because it will do so with the next-generation EcoBoost engine along with Ford’s already announced new 10-speed transmission. Ford says the combo will deliver more torque, better acceleration and fuel efficiency.


The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers 30 pound-feet more peak of torque compared with the first-generation EcoBoost, up to a best-in-class 450 lb-ft of torque for a V6.  It has a dual direct and port fuel-injection system, new cylinder heads and all-new turbochargers. Auto Start-Stop comes as a standard feature and it’s specially tuned for truck customers, shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop, except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

The rear-wheel drive 10-speed automatic was jointly developed with General Motors and Ford starts building it in June.

The new 2017 F-150 hits the road in the fall.

2017 BMW i3: Range Boost

There are a lot of great things to say about the BMW i3, but these days, range isn’t one of them. BMW is hoping to get a little more cred in that department with a range boost for the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah).

It will get a boost from 81 to 114 miles on a charge thanks to a new more powerful battery developed with Samsung.

Despite the bump, it lags behind some other automakers that are offering far, far more range. Take the 2017 Chevy Bolt for instance. It promises a more than 200 mile range on a charge. The new Tesla Model 3, which won’t be out until late 2017 at the earliest, also boasts a more than 200 mile range.

The new BMW i3 arrives this fall.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider: Starts At $25,000

Fiat Chrysler is taking direct aim at the Mazda Miata with its all-new 124 Spider roadster. How do we know, you ask? Because it’s priced the Spider in the same ballpark.

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica will start around $24,995, just a tad higher than the 2016 Miata MX-5 which has a base of $24,915. The rest of the Spider lineup includes the mid-level Lusso starting at $27,495 and top-of-the-line Abarth starting at $28,195. If you opt for one of the first Spiders to hit the road, 124 limited edition Prima Edizione Lusso models, you’ll shell out the most at a cool $35,000.

The Fiat 124 Spider arrives this summer.

Photo Credit: Ford