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2017 LA Auto Show

Automobility LA

Often large auto shows have a theme: performance, environmentalism, the future. In the case of the LA Auto Show, they have been rebranding themselves as "Automobility" with autonomous cars their theme, fitting to a city where driving consists mainly moving at snails pace or reading a book while waiting for the 405 to clear.

A theme is a hard thing to enforce on thirty-seven different Marques of car makers. So:

Nissan Does Star Wars

Nissan Star Wars 1

Nissan Star Wars 2

Nissan Star Wars 3

Nissan Star Wars 4

GMC Does Tracked Sierra

 GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept

Kia Does Hamsters (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Kia Hamsters

 Alfa Romeo Does... well, what they do best.

Alfa Lady

Restomods, Customs and Rods, Oh My!

1966 Shelby GT350 S

This Shelby GT350 S is very subtle, but you'll notice large drilled disc brakes, a side exhaust outlet and in front a front-mounted electric radiator fan (not shown).

http://www.dealerinsite.com/CarChat/app/web/img/uploaded/1972 AMC Javelin AMX Prestone R

This 1972 Javelin has a 1000+ horsepower Chrysler Hellcat V8, brakes and suspension to match. Restomod means putting modern powertrain, brakes and suspension in a classic body. Here, the Ringbrothers modified the original body as well, all for a special vehicle to celebrate Prestone's 90th anniversary.

1972 Pantera Prestone Prepared

This second Ringbrothers car at the show is a 1971 Pantera.

Prestone Ford Customs

Two Fords (1930 and 1936) and two different interpretations.

Bentley Custom by Prestone

And this custom Bentley.

1963 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon

This 1963 Studebaker makes for a great custom.

1935 Ford Pickup

The Galpin Ford display never disappoints; case in point: this 1935 Custom Ford Pickup.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Custom

Or this custom 1970 Camaro.

Savini Wheels Mercedes-AMG GT

Wheel companies like to use fancy cars to showcase their wares, like this Mercedes-AMG GT with Santini Wheels. 

TIS Wheels Cadillac Escalade ESV

Or this Cadillac Escalade custom for TIS Wheels.

Blaque Diamonds Mustang

Or this Mustang custom featuring Blaque Diamonds Wheels.

Mitsubishi Re-Model A

West Coast Customs built this one-off custom to commemorate Mitsubishi's 100th anniversary. With an original 1917 Mitsubishi Model A frame and powertrain and other running gear from the new Outlander PHEV, this melding of old and new can run on electricity alone, or fire its gasoline engine. It also has Forward Collision Mitigation and other modern active safety features. The "Mitsubishi" script is reminiscent of the "Oldsmobile" logo at the time.

 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint

And finally, there's this 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint.

Racecars

Car manufacturers love to show off the cars that win on Sunday, hopefully helping to sell on Monday.

Team Joust Mazda Motorsports Race Car

Team Joust's Mazda Motorsports Prototype Race Car, powered by a 600-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.

Jaguar I-Type 2

Jaguar I-Type 2

Developed for the all-electric Formula E, it makes 270 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH (100 KPH) in under 3 seconds.

Production Car Introductions

2018 Acura RLX

 

2018 Acura RLXThe 2018 RLX gets a facelift, with the new, beak-free grille as the most prominent change. A new hood, new vents in front of the front wheels and new taillights complete the look. The LA Auto Show is the first show where the 2018 RLX appears.

2019 Audi A8

2019 Audi A8

The 2019 A8 sees its US premiere in Los Angeles, it will offer a turbocharged 3.0-liter mild hybrid V6.

2018 BMW i3s

2018 BMW i3s unveiling

The all-electric BMW gets a sport version with 11 more horsepower (181), wider track and other enhancements. Like the standard model, it is offered with a 2-cylinder gasoline range-extender.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Unveiling the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Seen for the first time, the BMW i8 Roadster retains the scissor doors of the coupe model. The i8 will take a break for the 2018 model yer, and the coupe and roadster will be appearing in dealerships for the 2019 model year with more horsepower (369, total).

2019 BMW i8 Roadster Door Open

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

 2018 BMW M5

2018 BMW M5

The next-generation BMW 5 Series now has a full M5 version with 600 horsepower from a 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8. This will be the first M5 with xDrive all-wheel-drive. It's priced at $103,595.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible

The 2019 Corvette ZR12 was one of the most anticipated unveilings for LA. With 755 horsepower, this car puts everyone on notice and helps make people forget the worst kept GM secret: the upcoming mid-engine Corvette.

2018 Fiat 500L

2018 Fiat 500L

A mild refresh for this "large" Fiat is here at the show.

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

The Ford GT is always a hit. Here's a new 2018 model, a special edition commemorating Ford's 1967 Le Mans victory.

2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona

Everyone is jumping on the miniature sport utility bandwagon. Here is Hyundai's, available with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 1.6-liter turbo and available all-wheel-drive.

2018 Infiniti QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80

A full exterior refresh of the Infiniti QX80 had its first auto show appearance in the U.S. in Los Angeles.

2019 Infiniti QX50

2019 Infiniti QX50 LA Auto Show reveal

The big news for Infiniti is this completely new 2019 QX50. It goes from a rear-wheel-drive to a front-wheel-drive chassis and gets a first-ever production engine that can vary its compression ratio (how much the combustion mixture is compressed before ignition). Also new: several self-driving technologies rolled together and dubbed "ProPILOT."

Infiniti VC Turbo for QX50

Rocker-shaft changes angle of connecting rod, changing the compression ratio of the engine; high-compression for efficiency, low compression along with higher turbo boost for power.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Covered

The single biggest reveal at the 2017 LA Auto Show was the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Reveal

When FCA did reveal them, we weren't disappointed. Three engines, including an upcoming diesel, 8-speed automatics (or six-speed manuals), available power-retractable roofs, Rubicons get 33-inch tires and the windshield still folds.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Opened

 2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento LA Auto Show

An exterior refresh is backed up by an available 8-speed automatic (with the available V6), wireless phone charging, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and a Surround Sound stereo. 7-Passenger seating is now standard.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is discontinued, leaving a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the 3.3 V6. A diesel engine is being developed.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography LA Auto Show

The refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport were present, both in their most powerful renditions: SVAutobiography and SVR, respectively. Range Rover Sport SVR is rated at 575 horsepower and the SVAutobiography Range Rover is rated at 557.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVR

2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX

Another face-lift for the NX. Turbo models are now labeled NX 300.

2018 Lexus RX 350L

2018 Lexus RX 350L

A little less than 4-and-a-half inches longer and with the same wheelbase, the RX finally offers seven passenger seating in its most popular vehicle. Due to the small change in dimensions on the outside, the third-row seat is minimal (23.5-inches legroom), but the turning diameter grows less than a foot.

 2018 Lexus RX 350L Cutaway

2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

This facelift for the small Lincoln Ute gives it the new corporate grille from the Continental, but not a new non-MK-name.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Biggest news is that the Nautilus is solid evidence Lincoln is leaving its "MK" naming scheme. The new corporate grille from the Continental is fitted, and a evasive steer assist feature if offered, which can help steer around obstacles if the emergency braking sensors determine they can't stop the vehicle in time to avoid a collision.

2018 Maserati Ghibli

2018 Maserati Ghibli

The refreshed Ghibli made an appearance at the show.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

As well as the redesigned GranTurismo.

2018 Mazda6

2018 Mazda6 Unveiled

The unveiling of the 2018 Mazda6 showed mild exterior changes, a new top-level Signature trim and a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with approximately 250 horsepower (on premium fuel, 227 without). The standard 4-cylinder unit can deactivate its two outside cylinders to save fuel, a first in the United States.

The chassis is reworked and now includes standard G-Vectoring Control, which minutely reduces engine torque when turning to put more weight on the steering wheels and give more lively turn-in. Greater noise reduction and a smoother ride are also promised.

An all-new interior includes rich materials, especially on Mazda6 Signature.

New features include available ventilated front seats, 360° View Monitor, windshield wiper de-icer, windshield-projection heads-up and stop-and-go capability for the optional Radar Cruise Control.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Coupe

2018 Mercedes S 560 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 Coupe

This was the U.S. premiere for the 2018 S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, which add new grilles, new engines and other features. AMG models now get the 9-speed automatic. S550 becomes S 560 with a smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but more horsepower (463). In the coupe, this engine uses cylinder deactivation to improve fuel mileage. AMG S 63 models also get a smaller but more powerful V8, also a 4.0-liter, but with 603 horsepower. The S 65 retains a 6.0-liter twin turbocharged V12.

2019 Mercedes CLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Unveiling LA Auto Show

The newly redesigned CLS was unveiled for the first time in Los Angeles.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

The new CLS will offer seating for five, a first.Its look is both cleaner and more aggressive. A new turbocharged inline six-cylinder (the first inline-6 in a Mercedes in the United States for decades) is a mild hybrid with 362 horsepower. It utilizes a 48-volt electrical system versus the conventional 12-volts to increase efficiency. It will be the engine in the CLS 450 and CLS 450 4MATIC. Later, V8 engines and AMG versions will be offered.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi's newest crossover is attempting to cash in on Gen-X's fond memories of a sports car of their youth: the Eclipse. It will offer a turbocharged engine, but the 1.5 Turbo with 152 horsepower doesn't quite evoke the performance of the Eclipse GSX with its 2.0 turbocharged engine, especially carrying around another 800 pounds.

What it lacks in sportiness, it makes up for in safety and technology. Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Mitigation (automatic braking), Lane Departure Warning, Multi-View Camera System and Automatic High Beams are just some of what will be offered. A first for Mitsubishi, MITSUBISHI CONNECT will offer automatic calling of emergency services and other telematics services, similar to GM's OnSTAR.

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Nissan Kicks Intro

Everyone is rushing into the Mini Sport Utility arena, but this is Nissan's third entry. Bigger and less powerful than the sporty Juke, more playful than the Rogue Sport, the Kicks offers a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine (minus the turbocharger that the Juke gets) and a CVT transaxle. All-wheel-drive is not in the picture at this time. This seems to aim the Kicks squarely at crosstown rival Toyota's C-HR.

2018 Nissan Kicks

Nissan's strongest effort with the Kicks is its styling. Mimicking its big brother, the Murano, the Kicks offers a floating roof available in a contrasting color: black, orange or white, depending on the base color. Exaggerated wheel arches, swooping taillight lenses and a dark lower body trim with a metal strip all come together nicely.

Expect 33 miles per gallon fuel mileage. The Kicks goes on sale in Spring 2018.

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

The redesigned all-electric Leaf made its Auto Show debut in Los Angeles. With much improved range (150 miles on a single charge) and available ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving gear, the Leaf is a major step on the road to an all-electric car future (if there will be one).

2018 Polaris Slingshot

2018 Polaris Slingshot

Car shows aren't just about cars, and legally the Polaris Slingshot is a motorcycle. With a General Motors powertrain directly from the defunct Pontiac Solstice (2.4-liter 4 cylinder with a 5-speed manual), this two seater is appropriately overpowered.

2018 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS LA Auto Show

Porsche presented the most powerful versions of the Cayman/Boxster twins, the GTS. With 365 horsepower, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the most powerful, yet.

2018 Saleen 1

2018 Saleen 1

Steve Saleen's company unveiled their mid-engined Saleen 1. With a 450-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual and weighing only 2685 pounds, this will be a fast car. Top speed is estimated by Saleen Automotive Inc. at 180 MPH. Saleen usually modifies cars created by others, most notably Mustangs, but this is his own stand-alone creation, made from aluminum and carbon fiber, seating only two. It is being priced at only $100,000.

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

This is a very important entry for Subaru. Riding a wave of increased sales records for years, this small company has failed to make a three-row SUV before (Tribeca B9). The Ascent is larger and more mainstream (sorry hipsters). With a new, turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine, featuring direct fuel injection and making 260 horsepower, the Ascent is poised to take on the Mazda CX-9 as well as big hitters like the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder. It will compete squarely with those and others, including a 5000-pound towing rating, another Subaru first.

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Tesla Model 3

The LA Auto Show may be the first place many people can see the Tesla Model 3 in person. This first all-electric to be made by Tesla at a low price point (eventually at $35,000), it still has a range of 220 to 310 miles. Production is beginning slowly with lots of hiccoughs, but Elan Musk promises they'll be building hundreds a day soon.

2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Following the trends of smaller Sport Utilities and two-tone paint schemes, the XC40 is due this Spring as a 2019 model with one powertrain: T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic and 248 horsepower. 

Concept Cars

What would a car show be without show cars?

Ampere 1 Concept

Ampere 1 Prototype

Only a rough prototype, the Ampere 1 made its premiere in the lobby of the LA Convention Center at the LA Auto Show. A three-wheeled vehicle offering a 100-mile range, the Ampere 1, if it is built, will not be required to meet car safety regulations.

Arcimoto

Arcimoto

Another three-wheeled electric vehicle, the Arcimoto is more sorted than the Ampere 1 and promises deliveries start soon. Range on a charge is 70 to 130 miles depending on battery options and top speed is 80 MPH. Arcimoto "Future I Drive," or "We really have run out of decent car names." Starting price $11,900.

Aria FXE

Aria FXE

Aria, builder of concept cars for other makers and movie cars, is taking advantage of new car safety rules that require no crash testing of very low volume vehicles. Boasting 1150 (imaginary for now) horsepower from a supercharged GM V8 and two electric motors, the Aria is in early concept and prototype stages. Production, when and if it begins, will be limited to about 400 units.

BMW Concept 8 Series

BMW Concept 8 Series

BMW is set to reintroduce the 8 Series as its flagship coupe, and the Concept 8 Series tests the waters for its styling direction. First seen in the U.S. at Pebble Beach, the LA Auto Show is its first U.S. Auto Show.

BMW Concept X7

BMW Concept X7

As BMW rushes to finally get a full three-row sport utility to market, the X7 Concept helps ready the public. With nothing to compete directly with the Mercedes GLS, Cadillac Escalade or even Acura MDX, the X7 is an important entry for BMW.

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Some concept cars are just exercises or marketing exploits. This concept hints at what will fill BMW's i-lineup beyond the i3 mini car and the i8 roadster.

Bollinger B1

Bollinger Motors B1

While some start-up car makers go the three-wheel route to duck full safety regulations, and others go the low-volume route, Bollinger plays the heavy-weight class card. With a stated GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating; weight fully loaded with potential payload included) of 10,001, the Bollinger is exempt from most passenger car safety regulations, including airbags and crash tests.

All-electric, the B1 has a range of 120 or 200 miles, 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque from its dual front and rear motors, which give it all-wheel-drive capability as well. The Bollinger Motors Company is looking for manufacturing facilities, possibly with AM General, before it can start production of this work horse.

Mazda Vision Coupe

Mazda Vision Coupe

A styling exercise, the Mazda Vision Coupe shows the essence of the styling direction and DNA of Mazda for the future. One can readily see the lines from a contemporary CX-9 for the new Mazda6 in this styling concept. The Vision Coupe debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show a month earlier, but Los Angeles is its premiere in the Americas.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Debuting in Frankfort this September, the LA Auto Show is the Project ONE's U.S. premiere. A road-going race car for the street, it envisions a plug-in hybrid powertrain with over 1000 horsepower and speeds beyond 220 MPH.

Four electric motors aid the turbocharged gasoline engine: 1 drives the turbocharger to eliminate turbo lag, another is linked to the crankshaft, similar to standard hybrids, and two more drive the front wheels to give this car de-facto all-wheel-drive without the weight and complexity of sending engine power to the front axle.

MINI Electric Concept

MINI Electric Concept

MINI will introduce an all-electric model in 2019 and this concept gives a preview of how MINI's stylists think an urban, all-electric MINI will look.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Toyota FT-AC Concept Unveiled

One of the most important concepts, this Toyota FT-AC Concept helps show the possible direction of Toyota sport utilities. After the passing of the iconic FJ Cruiser, itself a homage to the original Land Cruiser, the brand lacks a tough, small, sporty off-road appliance.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Utility abounds in this concept: LED headlights, fog-lights that can be removed and used as flashlights, infrared cameras, and a rear LED light that can be remotely controlled all aid visibility. A cargo-rack on the roof expands cargo capacity, as does a retractable rear bike rack. On-board Wi-fi keeps people connected.

And getting people anywhere is made possible with all-wheel-drive with locking differentials and variable terrain response.

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ

Okay, now we've officially run out of good new car names. This concept for an all-electric sport-utility/sedan crossover uses rear sliding doors, which makes it more of a minivan/sport utility/sedan crossover. The concept is envisioned as having a 500 kilometer (310 miles) range. Other unique features include Volkswagen CleanAir System, an air quality and purification system, voice activated power doors, and fully autonomous "I. D. Pilot" driving mode.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 LA Auto Show Preview

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2017 LA Auto Show

Regardless of whether you consider the LA Auto Show the last North American Show of the year or the last of the season, its important and exciting. Porsche has a strong tradition with introductions here.

The Car Chat will be at the press preview days of the show in two weeks and we'll have full coverage of all the important new cars, prototypes and announcements. For now, we'll tease you with what we know, the same way the manufacturers are teasing us.

Audi

2019 Audi A8

The 2019 Audi A8 will have it U.S. premier at the LA Auto Show.

Its standard engine will be a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with a mild hybrid electric system.

BMW

Its rumored that BMW will introduce an i8 roadster at the show. The new, sportier i3s, a sportier version of the electric mini car will also appear at the show, as well as the M3 CS, BMW X7 full-size sport utility, 8 Series Concept and the new BMW M5.

i3s

2018 BMW i3s

With 14 more horsepower, available 20-inch wheels and a wider track, the i3s delivers on the BMW's performance reputation.

M3 CS

2018 BMW M3 CS

110 pounds lighter and 13 more horsepower than the already crazy Competition Package M3 for a total of 453 make this the meanest M3 ever.

8 Series Coupe

BMW Concept 8 Series

Before the present 6 Series, the top-of-the-line BMW coupes were 8 Series models. Now they will be 8s, again.

X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW's X5 never could compare to full-size luxury sport utilities from Cadillac, Mercedes or even Acura. The new X7 will help close that gap. A plug-in hybrid version will be offered. This concept seats six in three spacious rows. We would assume a production version would seat at least 7.

M5

2018 BMW M5

The new M5 will have a 600-horsepower 4.4 turbocharged V8. In showrooms Spring 2018. 

Infiniti

2019 Infiniti QX50

The 2019 QX50 mid-sized crossover is an Infiniti mainstay and its about to be almost all-new, including a completely new engine with new technology never before sold to the public. It moves from a rear-wheel-drive platform to an all-new front-wheel-drive traverse engine platform.

Since its introduction in 2008 as the Infiniti EX35 this Infiniti 5-passenger wagon has always had a V6 from Nissan's "VQ" family shared with the G35 then G37 and the 350Z and 370Z. For the 2018 model it will instead move to a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. But, not the engine in the QX30 or Q50 and Q60, which is supplied by Mercedes.

The 2.0-liter engine will have the world's first variable compression ratio in a production engine. The compression ratio determines the efficiency of the engine (the higher the better) and the ability to burn lower grade gasoline without pinging (the lower the better). When you turbocharge an engine you increase its power and efficiency, but reduce its ability to avoid pinging. So the idea is, at low loads, like cruising in top gear on the freeway, the compression ratio will ratchet up, but when you stomp on the gas and spool up the turbo, the compression ratio will lower so the engine can make lots of power witouth blowing holes in the tops of the pistons.

Fuel mileagte is significantly higher, by over 50%.

New ProPILOT Assist will help control acceleration, speed and even keep the QX50 in its lane.

The cargo capacity of the redesigned QX50 is considerably larger than its predecessor: 37 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 60 with them folded.

Jeep

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler, code JL, will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show. Expected to offer a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V6 engine. It will retain a folding windshield even with the steeper rake. And for the first time it will offer a power folding top, making the transition to topless much quicker and easier than in the past.

Lexus

2018 Lexus RX 350L

RX 350L is Lexus' first three-row crossover. It will also come as a hybrid: RX 450h.

Lincoln

2019 Lincoln MKC

The 2019 MKC will get the new corporate grille that started on the MKZ and Continental. New LED headlights accent the new grille and the rear end is also redesigned.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian detection is newly offered. MKC Reserve has had Forward Collision Warning, but the new system can automaticaly apply the brakes to prevent a collision or reduce its severity.

Mazda

Mazda6

2018 Mazda6

A reengineered Mazda6 including a turbocharged optional engine and possible re-appearance of the long-awaited diesel engine is expected at the LA Auto Show.

The new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is taken from the CX-9 where it makes 250 horsepower—it could make more in the Mazda6. The redesigned base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (and possibly the turbocharged one) will have cylinder deactivation, allowing it to consume even less fuel under a light load.

CX-5

An updated Mazda CX-5 will offer cylinder deactivation, like the new Mazda6. 

Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Monitoring are now standard.

Mercedes

2018 Mercedes CLS Dash

The new CLS will debut at the LA Auto Show this year. All we know is that it will have one killer instrument panel and light-up air vents.

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross production crossover will premier. Was anyone asking for a rerun of the Pontiac Aztek?

Subaru

2019 Subaru Ascent Teaser

The production 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row sport utility will debut here, larger than the failed B9 Tribeca.

Toyota

Toyota FTAC Concept

 A new concept SUV from Toyota will be on display: FT-AC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Land Rover Changes

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2018 Land Rover Changes

Discovery

2018 Land Rover Discovery

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking are now standard.

Exterior automatic dimming mirrors, Driver Alert Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor and Reverse Cross Path Warning are now available on all trims.

Discovery Sport

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

A new high-output 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is optional on HSE, with 286 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now available on the SE.

Automatic dimming exterior mirrors are now offered: standard on HSE and HSE Luxury.

Range Rover

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

The flagship undergoes a thorough freshening so complete Land Rover is calling it the "New Range Rover." Full LED lights replace Xenon High-Intensity Disharge.

The SVAutobiography Dynamic model moves from the long wheelbase model to the short, which makes more sense for the highest performance model.

Rear seats can recline further, now, and it still offers leg rests that come out, making it like a living room recliner.

Automatic dimming exterior side-view mirrors are now standard.

Heated steering wheel is no longer standard on base model.

The big news will occur in the 2019 model year, when the Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid, with total combined horsepower of 398 from the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and electric motors.

Range Rover Evoque

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Coupe is finally discontinued, leaving the 5-Door and the unique Convertible styles.

Evoque also offers the new high-output 4-cylinder turbocharged engine; optional on HSE Dynamic and Autobiography, it comes with 286 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

In the running for longest, most bizzare car name: "Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door Autobiography." Instead of directions, the voice in the LRRRE5DA tells you a different piece of the story of your life each time you start its engine: "You were born of an impoverished single mother, in an open cornfield somewhere in the Southern United States during a particularly devastating boll-weevil blight." A new special edition, the Landmark Edition, is in contention.

Surround View Camera and InControl Apps are now standard. Automatic dimming exterior mirrors are available.

Range Rover Sport

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport SVR sees an increase of 25 horsepower, now 575. Range Rover Sport Supercharged also gets a smaller bump: up 8 to 518.

The biggest news, though, is for model year 2019, when the first plug-in hybrid Land Rover appears: Range Rover Sport 400e, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 116-horsepower electric motor, its rated at a combined 404 horsepower. Unlike many plug-in hybrid sport utilities, the electric motor is combined with the transmission and there are mechanical driveshafts going to the front and rear wheels. Others replace the rear axle and driveshaft entirely with a separate electric motor, not the Range Rover. 31 miles of electric-only range is predicted.

Other than the powertrain, the Range Rover Sport gets a mild refresh including full LED headlights, new grille, redesigned hood vents and fender vents and new wheels.

The interior is upgraded as well, including a new additional upper glovebox and available 110-volt household outlets.

Sadly, touch-sensitive controls are gaining ground. The newest trend: touch sensitive secondary controls are present here, even on the steering wheel. The driver will have to take eyes off the road and look down at the steering wheel to activate important controls such as cruise. The standard interface includes two 10-inch touch screens as well.

Automatic dimming outside mirrors and HomeLink® garage door openers are now standard. 

Range Rover Velar

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

This all-new Land Rover is actually Jaguar's F-Pace rebadged and retuned. Unlike the Range Rover Evoque, which it shares some styling cues, this is a rear-wheel-drive platform. 

The Velar offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 247 horsepower (P250), a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 180 horsepower and a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Lincoln Changes

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2018 Lincoln Model Changes

Continental

2018 Lincoln Continental

No changes.

MKC

2018 Lincoln MKC

The 2.3-liter engine can now be equipped to tow up to 3000 pounds, the same as the 2.0-liter.

MKT

2018 Lincoln MKT

No changes.

MKX

2018 Lincoln MKX

No changes.

MKZ

2018 Lincoln MKZ

No changes.

Navigator

2018 Lincoln Navigator

The Navigator is new for 2018. Not as dramatic as the concept from the 2016 New York Auto Show, but much more refined, powerful and luxurious. It has a new aluminum body to go with its body-on-frame construction and steel ladder frame. Weights are down about 150 pounds.

The 3.5 twin-turbocharged V6 is up 120 horsepower for a total of 450. Torque is huge at 510 foot-pounds. Transferring it to the rear or, optionally, all four wheels is a ten-speed automatic. Fuel mileage is up by one or two MPG. 16 city/23 hwy rear-wheel-drive and 16 city/21 hwy all-wheel-drive.

Forward Collision Warning with Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Monitor, 360-degree camera, Enhanced Park Assist (steering into parking spots for you), heated steering wheel, heads-up display and automatic high beams are now available. Wiper deicers are standard on all but regular wheelbase Premiere models.

An electronic parking brake replaces the old foot pedal.

All windows now have automatic one-touch up/down and global open and close from the remote or the outside door handle.

Cooled front seats are no longer standard. They are optional, as is memory on the passenger seat to go with the standard driver's seat memory.

Hands-free keyless entry is still standard and now includes sensors on the rear door handles as well as the front and rear door. A hands-free tailgate is also now standard which opens and closes with a kick under the rear bumper as long as you have the key on your person. The glovebox now locks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Infiniti QX80

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We've waited with baited breath for the all-new, break-through full-size SUV from Infiniti. A Concept Prototype at the New York Auto Show this year showed a cutting-edge, imposing vehicle, with a few features we knew wouldn't make it, like video cameras instead of side-view mirrors.

Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept

Then, after the traditional Fall new model introductions passed and the QX80 didn't show, we figured that it was so special it would take a little longer for Infiniti to get it squared away. However, that wasn't the case.

When the QX80 finally appeared in the steel, it looked awfully familiar, but not because of the prototype we were shown this April. Strangely enough, when reading the specifications and equipment sheets, the 2018 model matched the 2017 to the tenth of an inch. Wheelbase, overall length, front track, rear track, width, height, are all exactly the same.

Production Model 2018 Infiniti QX80

Production Model 2018 Infiniti QX80

At first, I thought this was a mistake and someone had accidentally forwarded us last year's data, but after a careful reading of the press release that went with it, it seems as if it were correct: the 2018 QX80 was the 2017 QX80 with a new grill insert and a few other cosmetic changes. This is done all the time in the industry, it's called a "cosmetic refresh" or "facelift." But, when its done, the hoopla of a separate party at a major auto show and a press release so full of superlatives that it reads as if written by a freshman English major using a 20-sided die and a thesaurus.

The only difference in any of the specifications is a 1-percent reduction in turning diameter and a 3-percent difference in steering ratio. Even listed curb weight is identical to the pound.

Reading the press release made it obvious this was the same SUV, not because it said so, or even because a careful read showed no changes to the specs or equipment, but simply because a semantic removal of all adjectives left me with a blank sheet of paper. Seriously: "Our designers raised the visual height of our iconic ‘double-arch’ grille and signature headlamps, striking an unrivalled (SIC) on-road premium tonality." If the engineers and designers had spent 1% of the effort on this vehicle as the person who wrote the press release, it not only would have had video cameras for the side view, but the freaking thing would have floated 40-feet above the road noiselessly while burning nothing but tap water and emitting a slight scent of raspberries.

Anyway, we don't have a road test or driving impressions of the top SUV from Infiniti, but Car and Driver tested a QX54 in September 2010. That should work.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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