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2019 Mazda Model Year Changes
  
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Mazda3

2019 Mazda3 Hatchback

The Mazda3 is all-new and probably the most beautiful small car ever built, one of the most beautiful cars, period.

The Mazda3 will offer one of the most innovative new engines of the 21st century: SKYACTIV-X. A gasoline engine, it partially uses compression to ignite the fuel like a diesel engine. This design will get excellent fuel mileage and perform well without many of the emissions problems of a diesel. The compression ignites the gasoline mixture, but it is triggered by the spark plug, keeping the combustion more controlled. The new engine can burn extremely lean mixtures of gasoline, controllably and under different loads and RPMs.

The 2019 Mazda3 will offer all-wheel drive for the first time. This is not a stretch, mechanically, as the CX-3 offers all-wheel drive and shares a platform with the previous Mazda3.

A diesel engine will be offered in the Mazda3 worldwide, but probably not in the United States.

Of course, all of the latest safety features will be standard or optional: driver condition monitor, front cross traffic alert can warn the driver of a vehicle approaching from the side in an intersection, collision warning, adaptive cruise control and more. A new knee airbag for the driver will help reduce leg forces and keep the driver upright and in the proper place for deployment of the full frontal airbag.

Partly to save cost, partly to improve cargo room, the previous multilink rear suspension has been replaced with a simpler torsion beam.

Mazda6

2019 Mazda 6

No news, yet. Most likely no major changes.

CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3

After only three years, the CX-3 gets a mild refresh, including a new grille, taillights and wheels. The inside gets  mor thorough refresh with a new front seats, center console, center armrest, a full leather interior (Grand Touring), improved materials and greater sound insulation. The center console's storage is much larger than before. A new rear center armrest with cupholders is fitted to the new rear seat as standard equipment.

The parking brake lever is replaced with an electric one, a clearly accelerating trend to make more room in passenger cabins.

The passenger seat still doesn't offer power, but Touring and Grand Touring models now have a manual height adjustment.

Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Warning are now standard on all models. The tire pressure sensor now uses sensors in each wheel instead of inferring pressure from the anti-lock brake speed sensors. Smart City Brake Support, a low speed collision warning and automatic brake system was already standard.

On Sport models, the i-ACTIVSENSE Package adds pedestrian detection and higher speed functionality to the automatic braking system, adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, LED headlights and automatic high beams. Most of these were previously only optional on the Grand Touring.

On Touring models the i-ACTIVSENSE Package has a shorter list of features since automatic temperature control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers are already standard. The package is standard on Grand Touring.

The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is retuned to deliver 2 more horsepower: 148.

CX-5

2019-Mazda-CX-5-Signature via Mazda

The CX-5, like the Mazda6, gets the mean 2.5-liter turbo from its big brother the CX-9. Good for up to 250 horsepower on premium gas, it is only available on all-wheel drive models, at least initially. (Mazda has gone to the trouble of certifying the engine with front-wheel drive in the CX-5 with the EPA.) The new engine comes with larger 12.6-inch front brake rotors, up from 11.7-inches.

Along with the new engine comes two new trims: CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve and CX-5 Signature. The GT-R (sorry, Nissan) only gets the mean engine and makes the GT's Premium Package standard. The Signature receives all manor (sic intended) of interior sophistication, including geniune layered wood trim, Nappa leather seatsunique stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel and satin chrome accents. Other Signature exclusives: a frameless rearview mirror and a 360° View Monitor that stitches together a full overhead view around the entire vehicle and displays it on the center monitor. Power folding mirrors are also new and standard on the Signature; they can be had as an option on the Grand Touring.

Other minor adjustments: the CX-5 touring now shares the smaller 225/65R17 tires from the CX-5 Sport.

CX-9

2019 Mazda CX-9

Automatic power-folding mirrors are now standard on Grand Touring and Signature.

A 360-degree view monitor Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto and Ventilated seats are also new and standard on Grand Touring and Signature.

MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Miata gets a 26-horsepower boost and a higher redline (not a coincidence) from its 2.0-liter engine. Revisions to the engine allow it to spin and breathe more freely resulting in 181 horsepower at a higher engine speed (7000 RPM). This results in a new redline: 7500 RPM!  Peak torgue is up slightly to 151 pound-feet at a lower 4000 RPM so this engine will also be more flexible in its power delivery. The primary strategy was the reduction of reciprocating weight in the engine, including a 1 ounce reduction for each piston and 1-1/2 ounces for each connecting rod. A larger throttle body and larger intake and exhaust ports then allow the extra breathing necessary to turn the extra engine speed into horsepower. Fuel mileage increase 1 MPG on the highway with the manual transmission.

Finally the Miata is fitted with a telescoping steering wheel adjustment, standard. A backup camera is also new and standard on all models.

Smart City Brake, a forward collision warning and autonomous braking system is offered. An i-ACTIVSENSE Package includes Smart City Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Warning. These features are now available in all models, including Sport.

A new brown top is offered on soft-top Miatas. A CD player is no longer offered.

 
 
 
 

2019 Fiat Model Year Changes
  
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124 Spider

2019 Fiat 124 Spider

A backup camera is now standard on all models. 

An optional exhaust system is offered on Abarth models. Called the "Record Monza Exhaust," it retails for $995 and promises a more exhilarating sound. The Abarth also offers a new Veleno Appearance Group with red exterior mirrors, lower fascia lip and red front tow hook. On the inside it includes Abarth floor mats abd a bright foot rest.

500

2019 Fiat 500

No changes.

500e

2019 Fiat 500e

No changes.

500L

2019 Fiat 500L

The universal remote control on the driver's visor is now standard on Trekking and Lounge. A Chrome Appearance Group is now optional, including a lower chrome grille accent, chrome bezels on the rear reflectors, chrome body-side molding, fog lights and 17-inch wheels. 

500X

2019 Fiat 500X

The 500X is refreshed for 2019 and premiers at the LA Auto Show. With a new 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a stout 177 horsepower and a tree-pulling 210 pound-feet of torque, the new engine has automatic start/stop to quit wasting fuel in traffic or stop lights. All wheel-drive is now standard, running through a nine-speed automatic. No manual transmissions or 2-wheel drive models for 2019. The new all-wheel drive system disconnects the rear axle except when extra traction i needed, making it more efficient. The nine-speed can be shifted manually to help control acceleration and to help off road.

New available headlights are LEDs and they provide a wider and longer range of vision. Automatic headlights now offered on 500X Pop; still standard on Trekking and Trekking Plus.

Adaptive cruise control is now available, with the ability to slow down to match traffic. Front Park Assist is also offered, with additional sensors that prevent bumping another car in front of you. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard; navigation is still an option. 500X Lounge becomes 500X Trekking Plus.

Keyless Enter-n-Go is now standard, a hands-free system that automatically locks and unlocks and allows the driver to start the car when the keys are in range. With the standard automatic transmission, remote start is now also standard.

Seventeen-inch wheels are now standard; sixteens are gone. A compact spare tire is now offered as an option.

The 2019 500X will not be available until Spring 2019.

 
 
 
 

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show
  
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2018 LA Auto Show

Reporters of all sizes and shapes began to arrive last Monday to cover the show.

Automotive News reporters

This unlikely team does newscasts for the trade publication Automotive News. (Shh! They think I'm taking a picture of the Honda next to them.)

LA Auto Show 2018 Interior

Now it's your turn to see everything good at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

LA Auto Show 2018 Interior

Acura

2019 ILX

2019 Acura ILX A-Spec

The ILX received a refresh for 2019. You can see its new nose without the beak at the show or in dealers, where it's for sale already. This is the sporty A-Spec version.

2019 NSX

2019 Acura NSX

The NSX also gets some slight refreshing, with gloss black replacing matte on trim like the grille and spoiler. It's probably easier to get up close with this model at the LA Auto Show than at a dealer.

Audi

2019 e-tron

2019 Audi e-tron at LA Auto Show European version

Previously a badge found on the plug-in hybrid version of the A3, offered only as a Sportback, now it is a separate model on a new all-electric platform. The e-tron utilizes a 95 kWh battery and an innovative fast charging system that can accept an 80% charge in only 30 minutes.

The e-tron utilizes electric motors on the front and rear axles, making this a Quattro (all-wheel drive) model. With computer control of the motors and exact power delivery, it can handle poor traction better than mechanical systems. The suspension can tackle off-road or hunker down to increase range: air springs at each corner can raise the e-tron to go over obstacles or lower it to ease entry and increase aerodynamics at highway speeds. Height can be varied by up to three inches. It rides on 20-inch wheels and 255/50R20 tires.

The e-tron can tow up to 4000 pounds, respectable for an electric. It seats five passengers and has 28.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Fold the rear seats and it can carry 57 cubic feet.

A final perk, buyers get a credit for 1000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of free charging at public stations run by Electrify America. That is ten and a half full charges or about the same as 29 free gallons of gasoline, though the e-tron will use it more efficiently.

2019 Q8

2019 Audi Q8 at LA Auto Show

What happens when you cross an Audi Q7 with a Q5, an A7 and an A8? The Q8 seats five, but has a sportier profile and is more upmarket than the Q7 (thus the number). Available only with a twin-turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive, the Q8 is rated at 17 MPG city and 22 highway.Luxury features include available heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, optional heated rear seats, Top View Cameras, standard remote start and climate control, and four-zone climate control. Safety features include frontal, side (optional for rear seats) and curtain airbags, stability control, antilock brakes, forward collision warning, Pre Sense City (autonomous emergency braking at low speeds), and available Night Vision, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and rear cross path alert.

e-tron GT Concept

 Audi e-tron GT Concept

Like most concepts these days, it is all-electric. In this case, it represents a continuation of the just-launched Audi e-tron, a sport utility, but as a four-door coupé (yeah, that's what they call it. Automakers can't count, anymore. It is slated for production in the near future, with two electric motors producing 590 horsepower and providing electric all-wheel drive. They speculate a zero-to-62 MPH (100 KPH) time of 3.5 seconds.

BMW

2019 M2 Competition

2019 BMW M2 Competition with MPower carbon fiber accessories

The M2 gets more power and a suffix added to its name. This one at the LA Auto Show has aftermarket carbon fiber bits drizzled on top of it and an accessory hood bulge. Read more about all the BMW changes here.

2019 M5 Competition

The M5 Competition will be sold alongside the standard M5, but with 17 more horsepower and sharper handling.

2019 X7

Production 2019 BMW X7

The full production version of BMW's large SUV, the X7 is here in the States for the first time in LA. Powered by similar engines to the X5, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 or a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, it offers real three-row seating on a five-inch longer wheelbase, with a body that is nine inches longer. The X7 is over two inches taller, too, helping to add headroom for rear passengers.

All of the usual advanced safety equipment is standard: forward collision warning, autonomous emergency brakes, blind spot alert, rear cross traffic warning, backup camera, front and rear parking sensors and lane departure warning.

You can pre-order right now on BMW's website, but the X7 won't arrive until March 2019.

2019 Z4

2019 BMW Z4

The new Z4 was at the show, production ready. This M40i version will be the most powerful version at launch, with a 382-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder. Revealed at Pebble Beach this Summer, the4 Z4 will be cousins with the new Toyota Supra: the Z4 will be a convertible only and the Supra a coupe. The Z4 returns to a classic soft top, which helps keep weight down and makes the design more compact. It should also help trunk space. A 4-cylinder sDrive30i will also be available. Both engines, though, will only be offered with automatic transmissions. See more at 2019 BMW Model Year Changes.

Vision iNEXT Concept

BMW Vision iNEXT Concept

First there was the i3 electric small car... then the i8 electric hybrid sports car... what's next? Okay, not this, but it serves notice: there will be more BMW iCars.

Buick

2019 Envision

Refreshed 2019 Buick Envision at LA Auto Show 

A light show for the Buick Brand. The Envision gets a refreshing at an awkward time: a possible trade war looming with China started with President Trump's announcement of many tariffs with the giant to the East. Buick sources were clear that they would continue to import the Envision from China, GM's only import to the United States from that country.

Cadillac

There is sadness here, too, as GM will not build the flagship CT6 much longer or the more established XTS. The ATS sedan is gone, too, but likely has a replacement coming, or at least it did...

2019 CT6-V

2019 Cadillac CT6-V

The CT6 only got four years (almost) of production. This recently renamed CT6-V will just start to roll down the lineup as the swan song of Cadillac's short-lived flagship. With a 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 it was to be the top Cadillac of top Cadillacs. Like so many Cadillacs, it is doomed just as it reaches perfection, like the Allante, discontinued right after getting the sweet Northstar V8.

Chevrolet

A somber atmosphere at the Chevrolet stand as they rock from the announced discontinuation of many Chevrolet car nameplates, including Cruze and Impala, two of their best.

2019 Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Recently seen at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the new mid-size Blazer sits between the Equinox and Traverse. Powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 305-horsepower V6, it is expected to provide competition for the Ford Edge and the upcoming Honda Passport. It seats 5 comfortably, and by doing away with a third row, offers up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

Chevy must have heard about the new Jeep pickup (I mean, who hasn't?) so they scrambled together this serious off-road pickup. In cooperation with American Expedition Vehicles, an aftermarket 4x4 specialist, they added five skid plates, a light bar, and a fresh air snorkel for fording rivers and the like. The Bison has a unique "Chevrolet" front grille, wheels, 31-inch tires, bumpers and fender flares. The ZR2 already comes well equipped for off-roading, with locking front and rear differentials, two inches more ground clearance, special adjustable shocks and a wider track.

The Bison will be available at Chevrolet dealers in January 2019, covered by Chevrolet's full 3/36,000 warranty and with 5-year and 60,000 powertrain coverage.

2019 Cruze

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Another of the walking dead, you can see more about the refreshed for its own funeral 2019 Cruze here.

2019 Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

A refresh for the Malibu is not wasted: it is not on the trash heap. Repeat: the Malibu is not being discontinued. This hybrid model is rated at 49 city and 43 highway. Respect. Follow all the Malibu changes here.

2019 Spark

2019 Chevrolet Spark

A refresh, with changes noted here. The little Spark also dodged the axe, mostly because it is made in South Korea. Looks like the trade war might be settled, so it will continue on.

Dodge

2019 Challenger

2019 Dodge Challenger Redeye Widebody

The Demon has returned to hell, leaving its lesser cousin, the Redeye to hold its place. With 797 horsepower and many of its evil brother's tricks up its sleeves, like line-lock and and after cooler that runs the air conditioning through the intercooler to increase air density, the Redeye is no slouch. Order it in Widebody form to get the insane 305/35R20 tires... on all four corners. The widest stock front tires on a production car.

Another special edition is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1392. Named for the length of a quarter-mile in feet, this is a one-trick pony: drag racing. It is designed to run low and very consistent numbers, with a 485-horsepower 6.4 V8 and an eight-speed automatic, it has the Transmission Lock from the Demon to assist in launching consistently.

Evil Santa's New Sleigh

Do you remember that year you didn't get nuthin for Christmas? Maybe it was around 1970-1971? Anyway, I bet you didn't know: Santa has an evil twin brother. In 1970 he got himself a Hemi Challenger and he would follow Santa's route, break into all the houses and steal the presents while they were still warm. Anyway evil Santa got busted for vehiclular homicide in 1973 for running over an elf, but now he's out. Guess who used his hidden stash of vintage Hot Wheels to finance a brand-new custom ride?

Santa's Evil Twin's Sleigh

If nothing else, this proves that FCA needs to get off their behinds and do a roadster Challenger ASAP.

Fiat

2019 500X

2019 Fiat 500X at LA Auto Show

Fiat chose the LA Auto Show to launch its new 500X. A new 1.3 turbo engine has more torque and comparable power to last year's optional engine, but much better fuel efficiency. Adaptive cruise control is offered. The sheet metal, headlights, bumpers, wheels and grille are all new and the interior has new fabrics and dashboard materials. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

All-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic are standard. No manual transmission is offered.

Honda

2019 HR-V

2019 Honda HR-V at LA Auto Show

The smallest of Honda's sport utility lineup gets a refresh for 2019. On sale August, the 2019 HR-V gets a new Sport trim, a refresh to its infotainment with a physical volume knob that everyone asked for and the HR-V now offers a power driver's seat, standard on Touring along with leather trim and LED headlights.

Honda Sensing safety package is now available on EX and higher.

2019 Passport

2019 Honda Passport

Although Honda is not eliminating sedans, like Ford and GM, the reality of the market is not lost on them: they are investing heavily in Sport Utilities. The new Honda Passport borrows the name of the first Honda sport utility, one that was a badge-engineered Rodeo from then-partner Isuzu. About the same time Acura sold a rebadged Isuzu Trooper as the SLX and Isuzu sold a rebadged Honda Odyssey as the Isuzu Oasis.

This Honda Passport is all Honda. Derived from the successful Honda Pilot, the Passport is in-between the CR-V and the Pilot. A five-passenger vehicle, it's targeted at couples with few or no kids, younger people with outdoorsy aspirations and active lifestyles. The Passport shares the same wheelbase (111 inches) as the Pilot, but is six inches shorter.

The Passport will get a 280-horsepower 3.5 V6 and a nine-speed automatic from the Pilot Touring and Elite. Honda's excellent Variable Torque Management all-wheel drive will be standard on Passport Elite and optional on Sport, EX-L and Touring.

Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System (autonomous emergency braking), and a swath of airbags.

2019 Pilot

2019 refreshed Honda Pilot at LA Auto Show

The Pilot got a new grille, headlights, taillights and bumpers for 2019. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation (detects if you leave the road and helps safely steer you back on), and Lane Keeping Assist are all now standard. Hands free access is now added to the tailgates on the Pilot Touring and Elite. See more on 2019 Honda changes here.

In dealerships now.

Hyundai

2019 Palisade

2019 Hyundai Palisade at LA Auto Show

The all-new Hyundai Palisade is stepping up as Hyundai's new flagship sport utility. A three row vehicle with an adult-sized third row seat, it can seat seven or eight, depending on the configuration. A not so quite direct replacement for the Santa Fe XL, the Palisade is larger, with a larger 3.8 V6. Hyundai has struggled to compete in the larger sport utility market since it launched the Veracruz. This model seems to get the formula right.

Some of the surprising luxuries available: ventilated second row seats, wireless phone charger and power reclining third row seats.

Will be in dealerships by Summer 2019.

Le Fil Rouge Concept

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept exterior

There always has to be one at every show: a concept car that's just done for the beauty, wow-factor and excitement, with no possibility of being produced. They call them design exercises and claim that they help point the future direction of the brand. As with many of these design fantasies, the interior is more important than the exterior. A common feature are the dual opening doors, so the public can fully appreciate the work on the cabin without getting their grubby paw prints all over the wood, metal and carbon fiber bits.

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept interior

With the name of this one, there should be chicken sandwich holders, but I didn't see them. Maybe you can put your waffle fries in that swooping compartment on the backs of the front seats.

Infiniti

Prototype 10

Infiniti Prototype 10

Jeep

2019 Renegade

2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk at LA Auto Show

The smallest Jeep gets a new grille and a new optional engine. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is now the standard engine. A new, direct-injection turbocharged 1.3-liter 4-cylinder is optional. Manual transmissions are gone, only a 9-speed automatic is available. See here for more.

2020 Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator at LA Auto Show Unveiling

The Gladiator was the most anticipated launch of the show. With people asking for a Wrangler pickup for decades and even expensive aftermarket refits by Mopar and others, now the real thing is here... or coming... soon. With the 285-horsepower Pentastar V6 and later a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 with 420 pound-feet of torque, the Gladiator has best-in-class 7650 pounds of towing capacity. And it can carry 1600 pounds of payload! (Be sure to subtract payload from what you can tow.)

True to the adventurous nature of its mother, the Wrangler, the Gladiator can go topless and doorless. It even boasts a folding windshield, too. All three of those features are exclusive to the Gladiator in the pickup world.

The suspension is similar to the Wrangler JL (latest version, new for 2018), with solid front and rear axles, coil springs and multiple links to help stabilize and keep the Gladiator stuck to the road or the trail. An off-road specialized Rubicon also has the same sway-bar disconnect system to allow the tires to follow over ridiculous obstacles. But, the Gladiator's suspension is reinforced to assist with the heavier towing and payloads it's future owners wanted.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon at 2018 LA Auto Show

Lexus

2019 ES

2019 Lexus ES

The Lexus ES follows the Toyota Avalon plan, with more horsepower for V6 and hybrid. Read more here.

2019 RC

2019 Lexus RC

The Lexus RC 300 and RC 350 get a refresh. The RC F stands pat. Read more here.

Lincoln

2020 Aviator

2020 Aviator is Played In

To show us how classy the new Aviator is, Lincoln used members of the LA Philharmonic to introduce it. The ploy had a dual purpose: the audible warnings in the new Aviator will not be electronically produced, but will be from actual recordings of orchestral instruments. I understand if a car is following you too closely, the theme from Jaws will be played by a dozen Cellos. Just kidding: the Detroit Symphony recorded sounds utilizing a xylophone, violin and viola.

2020 Lincoln Aviator unveiled at LA Auto Show

Joy Falotico takes the press through the features and specifications on the new Aviator. Based on a new rear-wheel drive platform that will be shared with a redesigned Ford Explorer, the Aviator will be a three-row sport utility offering a performance-oriented twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mated to electric motors in a plug-in hybrid. 450 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque are the projected power levels for the top powertrain. The plug-in hybrid will have the same 19 gallon fuel tank as the other models, and a spare tire. The standard engine will be a non-hybrid version of the twin turbo V6, producing 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission.

The newest version of SYNC will be incorporated and it will offer seamless assistance, offering to reroute to a gas station when fuel is low, for instance. The new system will be able to use a phone to unlock and remote start the vehicle, utilizing the security of the phone.

The 2020 Aviator is coming in the Summer of 2019.

Mazda

2019 Mazda3

2019 Mazda3 Hatchback at 2018 LA Auto Show

The world premiere of the new Mazda3 was even more impressive because of the beauty of this production small car.

But then, the Mazda3 will offer one of the most innovative new engines of the 21st century: SKYACTIV-X. A gasoline engine, it partially uses compression to ignite the fuel like a diesel engine. This design is 

Wait! There's more! The 2019 Mazda3 will offer all-wheel drive for the first time. This is not a stretch, mechanically, as the CX-3 offers all-wheel drive and shares a platform with the previous Mazda3.

And! A diesel engine will be offered in the Mazda3 worldwide, if not eventually in the United States.

Other than that, the familiar 2.0 and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions will be offered.

With all of this news about Mazda's least expensive offering, and their presentation focused laser-like on design. And without surprise. The design of the Mazda3 Hatchback, inside and out is gorgeous. It makes many cars costing two, five or even ten times as much look shabby, ungainly in contrast. This simple design was painstakingly perfected. The details are sparse, but the ones that were chosen are impeccable: the curving fold between the bottom third of the front fascia, the arc of the roof as it moves towards the rear bumper, the flat perfectly circular wheelwells, and the curved scooped-out shapes for the door handles. 

The sedan is a beautiful car, also, but the Hatchback takes your breath away, not as a hatchback, but as a work of art.

Mercedes

2019 A-Class

2019 Mercedes A 220 at LA Auto Show

The newest A-Class comes to the United States, front-wheel drive and 188-horsepower 2.0-liter engine intact, but with a sedan body, really classy sheet metal and a rich, roomy interior. The A-Class has more passenger space than a CLA, not surprising since it has a longer wheelbase and overall length.

2019 Mercedes A-Class rear seat

2019 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet

A refresh includes new AMG models with an inline 6-cylinder (Mercedes first in over 20 years) with turbocharging and a 48-volt hybrid system. The engine produces 429 horsepower without the extra 184 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor.

2019 Sprinter

2019 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo at LA Auto Show

The Sprinter is redesigned for 2019 and offers a gasoline 4-cylinder engine in addition to the diesel V6.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

AMG refreshes their flagship, the GT and adds the closest to a race track only version in the still barely street-legal GT R Pro. Aerodynamics are tweaked more for downforce than efficiency, various components are lightened, carbon ceramic brakes are standard, but the 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is the same.

All of the AMG Gt models get a new arcing center console, steering wheel with touch controls (those will be GREAT at 190 MPH!), larger digital screens, including one that replaces the gauge cluster and freshened LED headlights.

2020 GLE

2020 Mercedes GLE

The Mercedes GLE mid-sized sport utility is redesigned for 2020. One of the available features is a fully active suspension. Called "E-Active Body Control," it is powered by a 48-volt electrical system and can control the shock absorbers in real time to absorb bumps or even lean into turns.

MINI

2019 John Cooper Works Hardtop Knight's Edition

2019 MINI John Cooper Works Knight's Edition at LA Auto Show

MINI specializes in special editions. This Knight's Edition is among four new ones for 2019. We felt disappointment when learning that Queen Elizabeth does not personally knight each one.

Nissan

2019 Maxima

2019 Nissan Maxima

The 2019 Maxima has a refreshed, more aggressive appearance, including the larger, deeper grille. New tail lights, rear fascia and new quad tailpipes complete the picture. A new richer interior includes diamond-quilted seat inserts.

New safety features include standard Rear Door Alert, a system that reminds driver's if they left something or someone in the back seat. Traffic sign recognition and Intelligent Lane Intervention are available.

2019 Murano

2019 Nissan Murano

The Murano undergoes a parallel refresh with the Maxima. Both are examples of Nissan's new "V-motion" design, particularly the new front grilles. The Murano also gains redesigned headlights and tail lights, new LED fog lights, new wheel designs and three new available paint colors. New safety equipment includes side impact airbags for the outboard rear passengers and a knee airbag for the front passenger.

Porsche

2019 911 GT2 Clubsport

2019 Porsche 911 GT2 Club Sport

When Porsche does a special edition, it's usually a lot more than stripes and wheels. In this case, you can't have one.... that is unless you own a racing team, or can afford a half million for a car you can't register with  the DMV or drive on the street. The GT2 Clubsport is the racing version of the GT2 RS, complete with 700 horsepower (same as the street version), built-in safety cage (not available) and six-point racing harness (maybe).

2020 911 Carrera

2020 Porsche 911 Carerra 4S at LA Auto Show premiere

It's not too often you get a new Porsche 911. Okay, well, the last one was 2017, so maybe you do see them pretty often. This 8th generation of the 911looks just like the 7th, except from behind, where the iconic cooling slats and especially the third brake light (CHMSL) have been redesigned.

2020 Porsche 911 Carerra 4S Rear

When a new 911 comes out, they start with the base versions. The 2020 911, 911 S and 911 4S were at the show. Of worry to purists: only PDK models were introduced; no manual transmission version was shown, but the press release did say a manual transmission would be offered at a later date. Could clutches in the 911 eventually go the same way as in Ferraris and Lamborghinis? Most of the highest performance 911 models already don't offer manual transmissions: 911 Turbo, Turbo S and GT2 only come with the PDK in the present generation 911.

A 10.9-inch touchscreen is a new addition that dominates the interior and offers control of the chassis functions as well as sound system and standard navigation.

Of course, even though the higher performance variants will come later, the newest 911 offers a performance increase. The 911 Carrera S offers an increase of 23 horsepower, for a total of 443. The 3.0-liter engine, already turbocharged for the prior generation, uses larger turbochargers to effect the gain.

2019 Macan

2019 Porsche Macan refreshed

The Macan gets a refresh for the 2019 model year. So far only the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is out, with slightly lower horsepower of 248. The interior gets a new corporate 10.9-inch display and adaptive cruise control now includes a stop-and-go traffic jam function.

2019 Porsche Macan rear

On the outside, the largest change is to the taillights, which get an embossed three-D effect.

More powerful variants with turbocharged V6 engines will be coming later.

Ram

2019 ProMaster

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, AKA Ram, refreshed its cargo vans, marking the final end of the faithful cross-hair grille inherited from Dodge and dating back to the 1970's.

2019 Ram ProMaster 3500

Ram ProMaster 3500

2019 Ram ProMaster City

Ram ProMaster City

Subaru

2019 Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid

Subaru offered a Crosstrek Hybrid from 2014 to 2016. Now its back as a plug-in. With an electric-only range of just 17 miles, the most important part of the car is that space on the bumper where California, New York and Maryland residents (and a few other places) can place their HOV access stickers. After the 17 miles are up, the combustion engine should give excellent mileage: the old XV Crosstrek Hybrid was rated at 30 city/34 highway MPG. Subaru claims an overall range of 480 miles with both battery and gasoline.

Toyota

2019 Prius

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

The world's most popular hybrid is now available with all-wheel drive. The 2019 Prius AWDe offers power at all four wheels, but without an inefficient mechanical connection: no driveshaft, rear differential or transfer case. As in the Rav4 Hybrid, the Prius gets power to the rear axle by adding a second electric motor back there. And it pays off, the Prius AWDe is also the world's most efficient all-wheel drive vehicle, rated at 52 MPG in the city. Probably a little less with all that crap on the roof.

2019 Toyota Prius

The even better news? After years of differentiating the Prius more and more by making look like the get-away car for an alien abduction, the refreshed 2019 Prius is much cleaner, with new headlights, grille, taillights and bumpers.

TJ Cruiser Hybrid Concept

Toyota TJ Cruiser Hybrid Concept

It's not new, but for those who miss the FJ Cruiser, Toyota's cute, tough little off-road sport utility, here's the TJ Cruiser Concept. Dream, but don't save your pennies for it.

Volkswagen

ID Buzz Electric Cargo Van Concept

Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo Van Concept

Now that the ID Buzz Passenger van concept is heading towards production, it isn't too far-fetched to think a cargo version could be next. Congested cities with pollution problems (do I hear you, LA?) can count on an almost 400-mile range to deliver around town. It's 201-horsepower motor and rear-wheel drive could be fortified with an additional motor for the front wheels, making this an all-wheel drive van. To remind folks of Volkswagen's heritage in vans, a 1960's delivery was also present at the unveiling.

Cargo e-Bike Concept

Volkswagen Cargo e-Bike Concept

How about the last few miles of delivery in a congested downtown area? What if you don't mind if the toppings on your pizza slide off because it was stuck in sideways? Then this concept of an electric delivery bicycle is for you! It's also a hybrid, a human/electric hybrid with pedal power.

The Garage

Underneath the rest of the show, lurking is "The Garage," possibly the coolest and most interesting part. Here are customs, classics, custom classics and vendors of every variety from Yamaha (musical instruments, not bikes), to insurance companies.

Al & Ed's Auto Sound

SSMotorsports

SSMotorsports in The Garage

AAA Don't Drive Intexicated Race Car

Porsche 356 at West Coast Customs in The Garage

West Coast Customs had this gorgeous Porsche 356.

West Coast Customs Spaceship on Model S platform

West Coast Customs "Spaceship" on Model S platform.

West Coast Customs The Rocket

West Coast Customs "The Rocket."

Fanjoy Big Truck

Hot Wheels Heaven

"Do you have a 1967 Austin Healey 3000 in red with the black top?" "Yes. Yes we do."

61 Garra

1958 Chevrolet

Other Great/Weird Stuff

Hyundai Racing Challenge

Hyundai Racing Challenge

Compete for prizes by virtually racing in Forza Motorsports. You could win an Xbox!

Karlmann King SUV

Karlmann King SUV La Auto Show

Is your G65 with 24-inch wheels looking passé? Does your neighbor have a 2-foot lifted Escalade just like yours? Did your ex-wife get custody of the Hummer H1 dipped in 24K gold? Well, worry no more! Karlmann can set you up with your new best ride!

European custom manufacturing? CHECK.

6.8-liter V10? CHECK.

Bullet proof? CHECK.

87 MPH top speed? CHECK.

An interior that would make The Donald jealous? CHECK.

Karlmann King SUV Interior

Is that an Arab launching a drone? DOUBLE CHECK!!

2019 Ford Shelby GT350 Electric

2019 Ford Shelby GT350 electric

How great is this!?! Rip around doing 12.5 second quarter miles and saving the environment. How has Ford kept this out of the news? Just Kidding. This dude is probably about to get towed, though.

Test Drives

Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover and many others have test drives available, but it's not just for adults!

Land Rover Kiddie Test Drive

Sleeping Cars

Sleeping Maseratis 2018 LA Auto Show

Well, I've stayed well past closing to get all these great pictures and write down notes and measurements from the new cars, and now security is hunting me like a rabid wolf, but at least the cars are all tucked in for the night!

Sleeping Lincolns

 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Model Year Changes
  
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Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer at 2018 LA Auto Show

As sedans die, an all-new sport utility rises up: the Blazer. Bringing back a revered nameplate makes good business sense. So does entering a niche where your competitors have been successful. The Blazer will compete against Ford Edge and Nissan Murano for the mid-size, five-passenger crossover customer. With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 305-horsepower V6, a nine-speed automatic and front or all-wheel drive, it will have good credentials in the few or no kids, young suburban arena. This new Chevy sits between the Equinox and the Traverse in size and price.

Bolt

2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Tire Fill Alert is now offered, standard on all models. This feature will beep the horn when you reach the proper inflation while pumping your tires.

Driver Confidence II Package , including Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and IntelliBeam (Auto High Beams) is now optional on all Bolt models. Previously required a Bolt Premier.

If you're buying your own Bolt this next feature doesn't affect you, but fleet operators can order their Bolts with a smartphone interface which will allow the Bolt to be started with a secure app, including by people renting the Bolt. Start the car with you phone is officially here.

Camaro

2019-Chevrolet-CamaroRS-010 Courtesy GM

The Camaro gets a refresh with a new grille, fascia, bumpers, headlights and a new hood. The Chevrolet Infotainment systems are improved, coming in either 7 or 8-inch touchscreen versions.

Forward Collision Alert is offered on the Camaro for the first time, optional on LT and SS and standard on ZL1, but just the coupes.

The 1LE performance package is now offered with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The lightest Camaro should be a great autocross car with all the goodies in the 1LE package: FE3 suspension, larger stabilizer bars, tuned shocks, stiffer bushings, P245/40R20 front tires, 275/35R20 rear tires, heavy-duty brakes with metallic pads, Track Mode and Competition on the Driver Mode Selector and launch control.

Satellite radio and power seats are no longer available on the Camaro LS. A new display for the HD rear camera is in the rearview mirror on the ZL1 and optional on the SS.

City Express

This little Nissan-built van is no longer offered at Chevrolet dealerships in 2019.

Colorado

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

The radios (infotainment systems) in the Colorado are all new. LT, Z71 and ZR2 models get a new high-definition, digital backup camera. Other models still have a standard backup camera with a lower resolution.

An available 6-way power driver's seat replaces the 4-way seat on LT, Z71 and ZR2, adding the ability to tilt the seat cushion. The 4-way power driver's seat is still standard on Base and Work Truck.

A heated steering wheel is now offered: optional on LT, standard on Z71 and ZR2.

A new Rear Park Assist system is offered on all but base models. It uses sonar to warn the driver when he backs up.

Biggest news: Bison off-road ZR2 model with the cred to compete against the new Jeep pickup. ZR2 already has locking front and rear differentials, 8.9 inches of ground clearance. Bison adds 31-inch tires, snorkel and more. See our 2018 LA Auto Show article for more information.

Corvette

2019 Corvette ZR1

The BIG NEWS this year for Chevrolet is the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1. Available as a coupe and convertible, this car lays claim to the third most powerful super-car engine (behind Ferrari 812 Superfast and Bugatti Chiron) and already holds the record for a production car at Virginia International Speedway (2:37.25). Since the Corvette costs a third of the Ferrari and a thirtieth of the Bugatti, its third place horsepower is perfectly acceptable. Besides, a box of cash hardly guarantees you either the Ferrari or the Bugatti, but absolutely guarantees you the purchase of your ZR1.

The ZR1 includes 15.5-inch front and 15.3-inch rear ceramic brakes that are also optional on the Grand Sport and Z06 Corvettes.

ZR1 customers will be able to order the "Custom Engine Build Program," allowing them to travel to the factory in Bowling Green Kentucky and help assemble the LT5 supercharged engine that will be installed in their Corvette.

Cruze

2019 Chevrolet Cruze

A restyle for 2019 includes a new grille, fascia, bumpers, headlights and taillights. Infotainment systems are improved, including a 7-inch touchscreen. Just in time for GM to discontinue it. Sales and production will continue through to Summer.

The biggest news for 2019 is: no more manual transmission in the Cruze! A six-speed automatic is now standard with the gasoline engine and a nine-speed comes with the diesel. Start-stop is still standard on automatics (all Cruzes, now) but a new override is standard for people who are annoyed when their car shuts off all the time.

The Cruze Diesel becomes its own trim-line, between LT and Premier (previously it was an option on the LT). Cruze Hatchback is now available as an LS trim, the new base trim for the hatchback.

Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking is now available, part of the Driver Confidence Package II on Cruze Premier, it can also recognize pedestrians.

The Enhanced Convenience Package is no longer offered on Cruze Premier, doing away with wireless charging, heated rear seats, automatic dimming rearview mirror, 110-volt outlet and a driver's express-up window. Automatic climate control, previously part of this package, is now standard on LT and Premier. 

Keyless access standard on Cruze Diesel and Premier and optional on LT no longer haves switches on the rear doors for hands-free keyless entry. 

Equinox

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Adaptive Cruise Control is now optional on Equinox Premier.

A new High-Definition rear camera is optional on Equinox LT and standard on Premier. The Equinox Premier's optional Surround View Camera is also now high-definition. A standard-definition rear view camera is otherwise standard.

The Chevrolet MyLink audio systems are replaced by "Chevrolet Infotainment 3" systems. The higher level "Plus" model includes a new SD card reader in the center console, along with a stereo input jack and two USB ports.

Fleets ordering the Equinox LT get the new Fleet Safety Package, including Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Intellibeam headlamps. Civilians can still get these safety features as part of the Driver Confidence II Package as an option on Equinox Premier, but for 2019, front pedestrian detection is new.

235/50R19 tires on 19-inch wheels are now available on LT and LS models; previously they were only offered on Equinox Premier. LED headlights are also available on Equinox LT.

Express

Chevrolet Express Cargo

The last traditional American van now offers optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. To prevent accidentally shutting off the engine, the ignition key must be pressed in first. A new theft alarm is optional.

Impala

Chevrolet Impala

Slow sales and lower profits means 2019 is the last year for this award-winning sedan. No changes.

Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS

The Malibu is one of the 5 Chevrolet models to be redesigned or refreshed for 2019. The front and rear fascias, bumpers, grille, headlights and taillights are all new. An RS model is now offered with blacked-out trim, rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels and leather-wrapped wheel and shifter. Malibu Premier gets LED headlights, standard.

The 6-speed automatic in the Malibu with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is being replaced with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transaxle) in order to improve fuel mileage.

Malibu gets an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Malibu Hybrid and Premier get a new high-definition rear view camera.

Dual zone automatic climate control is now standard on Malibu LT (previously only Hybrid and Premier). Malibu Premier now has new heated rear seats.

The 120-volt power outlet is no longer available except on Premier, as standard.

A couple dimes are squeezed by eliminating the switches on the rear doors for hands-free keyless entry. 

Silverado

An all-new pickup doesn't come around that often, even these days. The Silverado is pretty new. Its engines sound familiar (4.3 V6, 5.3 V8, 6.2 V8) and they still have pushrods and two valves per cylinder, but these engines can run on as few as two cylinders! And they have two new buddies: a 2.7-liter turbocharged, all-aluminum four cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel. The 4-cylinder is the first in modern history in a full-size pickup; it has 310 horsepower, actually placing it between the 4.3 V6 (285) and the 5.3 V8 (355). It has automatic start/stop to save fuel in traffic and it can actually run on as few as two cylinders. It will be mated with the 8-speed automatic transmission. More details aren't available on the new diesel engine, but it is expected to offer the highest fuel mileage and will be mated to the new 10-speed automatic.

The new Silverado will be offered in Crew Cab with a short or medium box, Double Cab with a standard box and a regular cab with a long box. The regular cab will only come in the long bed work truck configuration with either the 4.3 V6 or the 5.3 V8 and a 6-speed automatic.

Silverado LD

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

The previous generation Silverado, first released as a 2014 model isn't that old, especially when compared to the traditional pickup life-cycle. As a brand new Chevrolet Silverado is being built for the 2019 model year, the previous Silverado will continue in a "LD" form. The Silverado LD will be available with one engine, the 355-horsepower 5.3 V8; one transmission, the 6-speed automatic; and one body style: Double Cab.

Available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, the Silverado LD will be offered as a base work truck or the LT. LTZ and High Country trims are gone, transferred to the new truck. Midnight Edition, All Star Edition, Texas Edition and Z71 Off-road packages are still offered.

The EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate is now standard.

Silverado HD
2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The heavy duty version of the Chevrolet pickup line is not redesigned...yet. Their redesign will come next model year: 2020. For 2019 a Regular Cab is not offered. The Silverado 3500 only comes in a Crew Cab; no Double Cab.

In the meantime, power windows are now standard on all models. Work Truck and LT models get a new chrome and mesh grille. A Silverado HD Tribute Edition is available with badges and black bow ties.

Sonic

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

The reports of the Chevrolet Sonic's death have been exaggerated. But, even Mark Twain had to die sometime and the Sonic is living on borrowed time. The 138-horsepower 1.4-liter 4-cylinder is now the standard engine; the 1.8 non-turbo is not offered.

Spark

The Spark is restyled for 2019, with a new front end and projector headlights for LS and LT models. LT models also get redesigned wheels. The Spark ACTIV remains unchanged. Four new, bright colors are offered: Orange Burst, Passion Fruit, Caribbean Blue and Raspberry.

The infotainment system is new and improved and has a 7-inch touchscreen. It has two new standard USB ports.

Low Speed Automatic Braking is offered.

Suburban

2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST

Last year the Tahoe got an RST model with a 6.2 V8. This year the Suburban gets the same treatment: a 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic.

Tahoe

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

No changes.

Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Equipment previously standard on LT Leather are now in the LT Premium Package: Navigation, Bose Premium Stereo, 120-volt power outlet, Surround Vision Monitor and rear view camera built in rear view mirror.

The heated steering wheel on Premier and High Country is now automatically activated by temperature.

Trax

2019 Chevrolet Trax

No changes.

Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt's new optional charging system can fully charge in less than two-and-a-half hours when plugged into a level 2 charging station.

Volt gets Chevrolet's new corporate 8" touchscreen infotainment system, but with a new App to help conserve and monitor energy.

A power seat is available, 6-way and standard on Premier, optional on LT.

The standard rear view camera is now high-definition. The standard tire pressure sensor now includes Tire Fill Alert, a system that monitors tire pressure while you adjust the tire pressure and chirps when each tire is at the correct pressure.

If you rent a Volt or use it through a car-sharing service, you may start the Volt with your phone: a new smartphone interface is available, though only on fleet orders.

Finally, the Volt will now make a "whooshing" noise when in electric mode. The sound will increase as speed increases, alerting pedestrians and birds of its approach.

The Volt shares a platform and factory with the Cruze and thus will go out of production after 2019 unless something changes. It's powertrain could find a place in a sport utility, but it would take a few years to make that happen.

 
 
 
 

2019 Infiniti Model Year Changes
  
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Q50

2019 Infiniti Q50

A simplification of the lineup sees the elimination of the 2.0t LUXE and the HYBRID, leaving the 2.0t PURE, 3.0t LUXE, 3.0t SPORT, and RED SPORT 400. All are available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking are now standard on all models. Remote start now standard on Red Sport 400.

Q60

2019 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

The models are simplified greatly, with the elimination of the 3.0t Sport and the 2.0t engine gone completely. Models now: 3.0t Pure, 3.0t Luxe (both with 300 horsepower twin-turbo V6), and Red Sport 400 (with the 400-horsepower 3.0 twin turbo V6).

Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking are now standard on Luxe and Red Sport 400.

Q70

2019 Infiniti Q70

The Q70 Hybrid is discontinued, leaving only the Q70 3.7 V6 and 5.6 V8 models.

The Essential Package, a complimentary group of equipment including navigation, surround view monitor, front and rear parking sonar, leather seats, front ventilated seats, Bose stereo and a heated steering wheel, is all now standard equipment. This doesn't constitute much of a change, unless some hapless dealership ordered a Q70 last year without the free package.

Q70 is still available in standard and long wheelbase variants.

QX30

2019 Infiniti QX30

Trim levels are reshuffled: base model now called "Pure," Luxury called "Luxe," and Premium becomes "Essential." The Sport model retains its name.

Blind Spot Warning with Blind Spot Intervention is now standard on all trims; it will monitor the vehicle's rear quarter blind spot and steer back into the lane if you start to inpinge on a vehicle there. Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking are also now standard.

Adaptive headlamps that follow curves as you steer are now standard in Sport and Essential models, previously they were optional on Sport and Premium (replaced by Essential).

Heated front seats are now standard on Sport.

Sirius/XM Satellite radio is now standard on all trims. Navigation is now optional on Luxe and standard on Sport and Essential.

Infiniti InTouch Services are now offered on QX30: optional on Luxe and standard on Sport and Essential. These are a suite of telematics that can contact emergency services automatically if an airbag deploys, unlock and lock the doors remotely or even star the car via a smartphone app.

Front and rear parking sensors and the Around View Monitor are now optional on Luxe. Homelink remote controls are standard on Luxe.

QX50

2019 Infiniti QX50 LA Auto Show reveal

The QX50 has been the wagon version of the Q50 since it has called the EX35 and the Q50 was the G35. No longer. The all-new QX50 is now based on a front-wheel drive chassis with available all-wheel drive. 

The change that grabs all of the headlines is the QX50's new engine: the world's very first production variable compression ratio engine. This technology allows the use of a powerful turbocharger without decreasing the efficiency of the engine when it's running without boost. To TL;DR it: cruising around, the compression ratio is high to increase fuel mileage and efficiency (squoosh the gas more); floor it and the turbo kicks in and the compression ratio is lowered to prevent detonation inside the engine from the extra cylinder pressures. To be fair, if you're always flooring it, this engine will swill 91 octane like a 21-year-old at a bar on her birthday. But if you drive lightly it should get very good fuel mileage, but still have power when you need it. Power is down by 57 horsepower, to 268. Torque is up by 13 pound-feet.

Other mechanical changes include the swap of a continuously variable transaxle in place of the 7-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, something enthusiats will lament, and a swap of the double-wishbone front suspension for MacPherson struts: ditto. Also, the front brakes are larger.

Fuel economy soars:

QX50 Fuel Mileage

The new QX50 is suprisingly only about 45 to 80 pounds lighter than its V6, rear-wheel drive predescessor. This, though the newer one rides on a 3.2 inch shorter wheelbase (110.2") and is exactly two inches shorter. The new QX50 is about three and a half inches taller and almost four inches wider; this translates into a lot more cargo capacity, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom. Overall passenger space is up by 7.6 cubic feet and cargo space is up by 12.8 cubic feet (rear seats up).

On the outside new styling matches up better with the QX30. All LED headlights replace halogen as standard, with adaptive headlights optional on Essential and new high beam assist is also optional on Essential. Heated mirrors are no longer standard; they require the Essential trim level. A power liftgate is now offered, standard on Essential, and it comes with a kick-open hands-free feature. All windows now have automatic one-touch

On the inside, Essential offers optional tri-zone temperature control, where the rear passengers can control their temperature separate from either front seat.

New safety equipment includes standard pretensioners on the rear seatbelts (front, only in 2017), airbags for the driver and front passenger's knees. Forward collision warning and automatic braking is now standard.

QX60

2019 Infiniti QX60

The QX60 is now broken up into Pure and Luxe trim levels. (Is it freaking 1950, Infiniti dudes?!) Both of these is standard with the 3.5-liter V6 and either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a CVT (continuously variable transaxle).

In addition to "Pure" and "Luxe," a Limited package effectively adds a third trim level with blacked-out roof rails, a CHMSL (third brake light) with a clear lens, 20" dark wheels and a glossy black lower rear bumper. Also a "Limited" badge. Inside the Limited are black headliner, sun visors sun shades and trim on the side pillars along with unique stitching and dark wood trim. Ray Bans sold separately.

Memory driver's seat, steering wheel and side view mirrors are all standard on Luxe.

Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Path Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection are now all standard. Luxe models can add active intervention to Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning with intervention and Backup Collision Intervention.

QX80

2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

A new Limited model is the top-of-the-line for 2019. Satin chrome roof rails, exterior trim, dark finished wheels, stainless steel running boards with rubber grips, quilted leather seating, illuminated door sill plates and matte silver ash wood trim are exclusive to the Limited and Anthracite Gray is a color unique to it. In addition to the "Limited" badges most extra cost equipment is standard on the Limited.

Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking (Autonomous Braking) with Pedestrian Detection are now standard on all models.

 
 
 
 

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