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2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

By Philly Murtha, November 29, 2017

Press previews for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, dubbed “Automobility LA,” kicks off the 2018 auto show season this week with early-bird introductions of concepts and models that debut in 2018 and 2019. The emphasis in L.A. is on green, technology, and mobility. A spate of new SUVs and plug-in hybrids may catch the eye during the show that opens to the public Dec. 1-10, 2017.



If you’re planning to attend the show, be sure to check out these hot new vehicles, listed in alphabetical order:

2019 Audi A8 front quarter left photo2019 Audi A8
What would an Audi lineup be without its halo car—the new 2019 Audi A8 large premium sedan. The fourth-generation luxury sedan will debut next year with advanced semi-autonomous driving systems and rear seats that feature massage capability.

2018 BMW i8 Roadster and X7 Concept
The German automaker’s edgy i8 plug-in hybrid 2-seat car that may launch early next year will officially debut with more power and greater range. An upscale X7 Concept large premium SUV with semi-autonomous advanced driving systems is likely to be unveiled as well. The latest M3 CS sport sedan with lots of power debuts, too. View the Photo Gallery of the BMW i8 Roadster from the LA Auto Show

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
A soft-top version of the most powerful and fastest-ever ZR1 Corvette that delivers 755 horsepower when matched with an 8-speed automatic or 7-speed manual is expected to be a show stopper. A mid-engine variant may debut in 2018.

2018 Ford EcoSport
Ford will finally introduce its subcompact EcoSport to the U.S. market in early 2018. The model, which debuts in Los Angeles, is built on the B-segment platform (Ford Fiesta) and has been updated inside and out for 2018, although it’s new to the United States. Four trim levels will be offered.

2019 Genesis G70
An upscale sporty compact premium model that will offer competition for the BMW 3 Series may be unveiled by Hyundai Group’s separate luxury brand.

2018 Hyundai Kona
The bold new Kona subcompact SUV with honeycomb grille and LED headlights will add a new flavor to Hyundai’s offerings.

2019 Infiniti QX50 front quarter left photo2019 Infiniti QX50
A redone QX50 compact premium SUV is supposed to be close to the concept shown at Detroit’s auto show last January. A new variable-compression 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is anticipated to offer as much power as a 6-cylinder engine in the SUV that will launch in 2018.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake and E-Pace
A sleek, swift XF Sportbrake midsize premium variant and entry-level E-Pace compact premium carlike crossover will make appearances in L.A.

2018 Jeep Wrangler
The flagship 2018 Jeep Wrangler maintains its basic design credentials but is enhanced with a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with more horsepower that is similar to its stablemate brand Alfa Romeo Giulia powertrain. An optional EcoDiesel V-6 may be available. Will there be a hybrid, too? View the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show now.

Land Rover Plug-in SUVs
It’s likely that Land Rover will provide a glimpse of plug-in hybrid variants of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport as part of the British brand’s changeover to all-electric during the decade.

Lexus RX L SUV
The newest RX, which is Lexus’ best-seller, will boast a few styling changes and three rows of seating with L added to the best-selling midsize premium SUV’s name. View the Lexus RX L SUV here.

2019 Lincoln MKC front quarter left photo2019 Lincoln MKC and Navigator
A redesigned MKC compact premium SUV will feature a mild design refresh that includes an interpretation of the new Continental grille. The new 2018 Navigator large premium SUV, built on the redone Expedition platform, also will be on display.

2018 Mazda 6
Mazda’s midsize sedan features a more upscale refresh on the outside and in the cabin and will feature an optional turbocharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that already powers the Mazda CX-9 and produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Get a sneak peek of the Mazda 6 now.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
The third-generation 4-door coupe will feature updated looks that match the redesign of the E-Class. New, more efficient turbocharged engines also are likely to appear in line with the revised S-Class powertrain lineup. Its EQ sub-brand may display a concept that will be in the lineup’s future. Get a glimpse of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Mini Electric
First shown in Frankfurt in the fall, BMW’s Mini brand likely will preview the concept in L.A. for future launch.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross photo2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
This more stylish compact crossover SUV has more power and fits between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. It will be powered by a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and have an 8-speed manual override Sport mode. It will debut next year.

2018 Nissan Kicks
Nissan will likely unveil a subcompact crossover based on the Kicks for the U.S. market that will launch in early 2018 to compete in the highly competitive small SUV growth segment.

Porsche Plug-in Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche will display a number of its current models and will show off new plug-in hybrid variants.

Subaru Ascent SUV Concept front quarter left photo2019 Subaru Ascent
Subaru adds a family-size, all-wheel-drive 3-row SUV to its lineup that will be powered by an efficient 4-cylinder engine. The 7-seater arrives as a muscular concept vehicle with geometric headlights and brawny front-end treatments. View the 2019 Subaru Ascent photo gallery now.

2019 Volvo XC40
The Swedish brand’s smallest XC40 SUV will make a major appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s one of the models that Volvo has redesigned along with the popular XC90 during the past two years. Check out the 2019 Volvo XC40 now.


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