2016 Los Angeles Auto Show debuts
Trucks and SUVs are kings of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, but there are plenty of hot car models vying for your attention, too.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The Colorado ZR2 is Chevy's most extreme pickup and filled with the latest off-roading technology. Click here to read more.
Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition
It's probably too on the nose, but Nissan has introduced a Star Wars-themed Rogue crossover as a tie-in to the upcoming "Rogue One" movie. Available in white or black, its dressed up with logos from the film and comes with a full-size Death Trooper helmet -- for display, not to wear while driving.
Nissan Sentra Nismo
Nissan's rebellious spirit continues with the high performance Sentra Nismo, which gets a 188 hp turobcharged engine, lowered and stiffened suspension, aggressive bodykit, deep sport seats, and a price around $25,000.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo's first SUV is a high riding, high performance compact with 505 hp and a top speed of 177 mph. Click here to read more.
Mazda's all-new version of its popular compact crossover gets the long hood style and refinement of the larger CX-9, which was just nominated for 2017 North American Utility of the Year Award. Along with a choice of two gasoline-fueled four-cylinders, it will also be avaialble with Mazda's first diesel engine for the United States.
Mazda has another new four-cylinder car on display at the show, and we're not talking about the Miata. The RT24-P is its new prototype entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and will make its racing debut at the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona with a 600 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under its huge dorsal fin.
Porsche 911 RSR
The Porsche 911 has been keeping the rear-engine flame alive for a half-century, but the latest racing version of the iconic model moves the engine amidships to make room for the gigantic, downforce-generating underbody difusser allowed by the latest endurance racing rules.
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
This car is literally one in 240,000, assuming 18 million cars are sold in the United States next year. Just 75 of the ultra-luxurious convertibles will be offered, and they will only be avaialble in red, white or blue. The paint is the best Mercedes-Maybach has to offer, as is the leather and all of the interior trim. A 621 hp twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 powers the land yacht, which should have a price well in excess of $300,000. Expect them to be slightly less rare in places like Bel Air.
Jaguar I-Pace Concept
Jaguar's first all-electric model goes on sale in 2018 offering the range and performance to compete with the Tesla Model X. Click here to read more.
Jaguar's newest sports car is nearly 60 years old. Back in 1957, the company started a run of XKSS street cars based on its D-Type racer. Unfortunately nine of the 25 cars built were destroyed in a factory fire and weren't replaced. That changes now as it has created a near-perfect replica of the XKSS, right down to its hand-wheeled magnesium body, period-correct Dunlop disc brakes, and 264 hp 3.4-liter straight-six engine. Nine continuation models will be produced, and they're all already spoken for at a price of about $1.5 million each. Think that's expensive? According to the Hagerty Price Guide, originals, like the one owned by Steve McQueen that's on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, are worth around $15 million today.
Ford is making its SUV lineup larger by adding a subcompact. The Indian-made Ecosport will come to the United States for the first time in 2018 to make the Escape look like an Expedition. Click here to read more.
Toyota's first subcompact SUV was supposed to be a Scion, but moved to the mothership when the youth-oriented brand was euthanized earlier this year. The C-HR will come standard with high tech safety equipment, like automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control when it goes on sale in 2017.
VIZIV-7 SUV Concept
Subaru tried and failed at the 3-row SUV thing a few years back with the smallish Tribeca, but it's coming back to the popular segment with a vengance. The VIZIV-7 Concept is a preview of a new model its launching in 2018 that's about the size of the Chevrolet Traverse and set to be the largest car the company has ever made.
The Atlas has the Herculean task of saving the brand in the United States. The Tennessee-built large SUV seats seven and offers all of the amenities expected in the segment today. Of course, the one thing it won't have when it goes on sale next year is a deisel engine option.
Jeep is killing two critically panned, but strong selling birds with one stone by replacing both the Patriot and Compass models with an all-new Compass next year. Slotting into the lineup between the Renegade and Cherokee, a Trailhawk version of the compact SUV will be available with some legitimate off-road capability.
The all-new Q5 offers more passenger space than the outgoing model in a fully reengineered package based on Audi's latest modular car platform.
The A4-based A5 Sportback brings the four-door-coupe style of the A7 hatchback to the compact class, and please don't confuse it with the two-door A5 Coupe. A high-performance S5 Sportback should further confuse the naming issue.
Genesis G80 Sport
Hyundai's newly-solo luxury brand is adding a sport version to its G80 model lineup. The midsize sedan gets the new 365 hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and active suspension technology from the G90 flagship.