Photo Gallery: Highlights From the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
The first major U.S. auto show of the season, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show) mixes pre-holiday sun, sand, and palms with the hottest new cars, trucks, and SUVs. In 2015, more than 20 significant debuts rolled into the spotlight in L.A., pictured on the pages that follow in alphabetical order.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
A new midsize luxury sport sedan from Italy, the Alfa Romeo Giulia goes on sale this summer. First to arrive is the high-performance Quadrifoglio version, equipped with a Ferrari-derived, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a long list of hardware upgrades designed to deliver maximum velocity.
The redesigned A4 debuted at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, and Audi will almost certainly display the car in Los Angeles, detailing specifications for the North American market in the process. In addition to showcasing the new A4, Audi will likely introduce its performance-oriented S4 variant in L.A.
2017 Buick LaCrosse
Buick’s flagship sedan is redesigned for 2017, and it looks terrific, the styling reminiscent of the award-winning Avenir concept car. A V-6 engine is standard, all-wheel drive is optional, and the LaCrosse is claimed to have more passenger and cargo space than before.
With the Lexus RX squarely in its sights, the new Cadillac XT5 is a 5-passenger midsize luxury crossover SUV. It replaces the SRX in Cadillac’s lineup, and is the first of four new crossover SUVs that will wear the Cadillac crest in coming years.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider
Sharing its platform and interior with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but equipped with retro-themed Italian style and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the new Fiat 124 Spider injects molto divertente into the automaker’s slowly expanding lineup.
2017 Ford Escape
Ford gives the 2017 Escape a major overhaul, with a redesigned front end, new turbocharged engines, next-generation Sync 3 infotainment, upgraded safety technologies, and added conveniences.
2017 GMC Canyon Denali
Equip a GMC Canyon with its optional turbodiesel engine and it can tow 7,700 lbs. If you don’t need more capability than that, but you want a luxurious truck, the new Canyon Denali delivers with premium leather, genuine aluminum trim, and lots of chrome.
From the windshield back, the redesigned Civic Coupe is completely different from the Civic Sedan upon which it is based. Under its rakish styling, however, the 2-door offers the same powertrain and trim level lineups as the 4-door, including a newly loaded Touring variant.
Improved in every way, the redesigned 2017 Elantra should prove itself to be roomier, more refined, safer, and more efficient when it goes on sale in January of 2016.
Take one Mercedes-Benz GLA250. Remove the exterior body panels and the interior. Retain the turbocharged drivetrain. Install Infiniti-designed sheetmetal, seats, and dashboard. Dip into the Mercedes parts bin for switchgear. Sell the result as the Infiniti QX30.
One of the stars of the Frankfurt Motor Show, in L.A. the Jaguar F-Pace will show its face to North American customers for the first time. The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first SUV, and represents a critical building block in the automaker’s plan to dramatically increase sales in coming years.
Kia’s redesigned Sportage is larger inside for both people and cargo, and in SX Turbo trim is equipped with the same turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the Optima sedan. Safety structure and technology upgrades are also along for the ride, and this is the first Kia to get the company’s new UVO3 infotainment system.
There are 36 letters in this convertible crossover SUV’s name. That doesn’t make sense. Yet, somehow, ripping the roof off of the stylish Evoque makes perfect sense. Let’s hope Land Rover has better luck with this concept than Nissan did with its discontinued Murano CrossCabriolet.
Behold, the new face of Lincoln. Again. Maybe this time, the look will stick around for more than half a decade. Behind the Lincoln Star grille, the MKZ supplies new engines, a new transmission, new all-wheel-drive system (optional), and a slew of luxury, infotainment, and safety upgrades.
A long time in coming, the redesigned Mazda CX-9 arrived in Los Angeles, able to carry 7 people in 3 rows of seats. A new turbocharged version of Mazda’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine supplies 250 horsepower, and a new Signature trim level transforms the CX-9 into a luxury SUV in all respects but the name.
As a part of an overhaul of Mercedes-Benz naming conventions, the big GL-Class SUV is now known as the GLS-Class. Styling updates, next-generation infotainment technology, and a new transmission lend support to the luxury SUV’s name change.
New front styling, a more powerful standard engine in the renamed SL450 model, a new transmission, and additional safety and infotainment technologies accompany the iconic SL-Class convertible into the 2017 model year.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen introduced the redesigned Tiguan at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but did not show the long-wheelbase version of this new crossover SUV that will be available in the North American market. That U.S.-spec version of the Tiguan is likely the big news that Volkswagen will share in Los Angeles.
Mini puts the Convertible model on the latest Hardtop platform, and the redesigned vehicle arrives just in time for the spring thaw. Larger inside and equipped with a bigger trunk, the Mini Convertible has a fabric top that lowers and raises in just 18 seconds, according to Mini. The automaker even offers a rain-warning system for its new drop-top.
Equipped with new styling, revised suspension tuning, a 5% increase in power, and available 15-in. aluminum wheels, the revamped 2017 Mirage makes a better case for purchase. It even offers a 300-watt premium sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Mitsubishi grafts its “Dynamic Shield” styling cues onto the aging Outlander Sport. The result is more appealing than a similar approach taken for the larger Outlander. Inside, the Outlander Sport receives a handful of updates to help keep it on shopping lists in a subcompact crossover SUV segment that is exploding in popularity.
Nissan injects some “Energetic Flow” into the 2016 Sentra, which is the name of the design theme seen in the car’s new front styling. Transmission, steering, and suspension changes should improve driving dynamics, and the Sentra is now offered with upgraded safety and infotainment technologies.
Scion is going to build this, and it will go on sale by the end of 2016. The C-HR (Compact, High Ride) is aimed at young urbanites who don’t want to drive the same boring SUV that everyone else has. Think Scion tC meets Nissan Juke, they hook up, and out pops the Scion C-HR.
A redesigned 2017 Impreza is on the way, built on a new modular platform, and styled to a new “Dynamic x Solid” design language. It will probably look something like the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept on display in L.A.
Modeled on classic Baja Bugs, the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune has a higher ride height and more rugged styling details, but is otherwise a Beetle 1.8T equipped with an automatic transmission. It comes in coupe or convertible body styles, and goes on sale before the summer of 2016.