The LA Auto Show is usually the last auto show of the year. Although it does not match the fanfare of the likes of Frankfurt, Geneva or Detroit motor shows it is unique in its own way. Like other auto shows, the LA show is tech-focused; however, unlike what we have seen throughout the year such as from the recent Tokyo Motor Show where futuristic concepts took center-stage, the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show features new cars that will hit dealerships in the near future. This year’s show will commence later this month beginning with 3 days of previews (November 28-30) for the press before public display from December 1-10. Following is an early look at what automakers are bringing to the city of angels later this month.
2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – interesting cars:
2019 BMW i8 Roadster
The i8 Roadster has been spotted severally undergoing test runs but now the automaker is ready to unveil the model at the sunny environment of LA.
2019 Aston Martin Vantage
The current Aston Martin Vantage is the best-selling model ever from Aston Martin but according to the automaker, the new Vantage is better and will likely outsell the current model. The new Vantage is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 mill good for 503 hp (this mill is sourced from Mercedes-AMG). The model flaunts a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution which is pretty impressive.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
After showcasing it in Dubai, Chevrolet will display the ZR1 to American enthusiasts at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The ZR1 is the most powerful Corvette ever. The model produces 755 hp from a supercharged V-8. Chevrolet claims the model can complete a Nürburgring lap in less than 7 seconds.
2019 Saleen S1
After producing the S7 Supercar about a decade ago, Saleen is set to unveil its first standalone sports car at LA Auto Show. The model produced in collaboration with Chinese partners is powered by a turbocharged inline-4 borrowed from the Mustang EcoBoost; this mill has however been tweaked to produce a whopping 450 hp.
Although Genesis revealed the G70 in September via its website, the G70 will now be showcased to the public. Sales of the model will commence in early 2018 in the USA.
2019 Infiniti QX50
After revealing the QX50 concept at this year’s Detroit motor show, Infiniti will now be showcasing the production version of the concept. This model is meant to go head to head with BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
Mercedes will be displaying the 3rd-gen Mercedes-Benz CLS, a model that has been spotted undergoing test runs severally throughout the year. The model will finally shed all its camouflage at the LA Auto Show.
We have already seen the leaked images of the Wrangler but we are now set to get a suitable look at the Jeep’s most hardy model that can take you anywhere you want. The model retains its signature classic look. However, the model comes with a smaller engine for the entry-level trim.
2018 Mazda 6
Mazda has hooked up the Mazda 6 sedan with a mid-cycle refresh to ensure it remains competitive with the likes of Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo. Among the upgrades is a new 2.5 L, gasoline engine.
2018 Lexus RX L
The RX is Lexus’ biggest SUV but the model is set to become even bigger. Lexus will introduce a three-row version dubbed RX L at the LA Show. The model will have two trims, one powered by a conventional mill (350L) and the other by a hybrid drive-train (450hL). The SUV competes with Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover and the imminent BMW X7.
2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS & Cayman GTS
Porsche will debut performance-oriented coupe and convertible models dubbed Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS. The two models feature a 15 hp hike compared with standard models. Due to the increased power, the two models can complete a 0-60 mph run in less than 4 seconds when paired with the PDK transmission unit. They have a top speed of 180 mph.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Subaru will also be in the house showcasing its new 3-row SUV. The SUV which was initially intended only for the US market will also be sold in Europe at a later date.
2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept
No Auto show is complete without the presence of Toyota; the Japanese automaker will be showcasing the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, an off-road SUV.
2019 Volvo XC40
Although Volvo released the XC40 in September, the automaker will use the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase the model to the public for the first time. The model comes in a single T5 trim. Sales of the SUV will commence in the spring of 2018.
2019 Lincoln MKC
Lincoln has revised the MKC SUV for the 2019 model year. From the images we have seen, the model’s front end has been completely redesigned; the previous grille with a twin-nostril look has been replaced with the more stylish grille borrowed from the Lincoln Continental.