The annual domestic auto show season is nigh upon us. Next week the season will roll out in Los Angeles, where several world debuts are expected, along with some familiar new models.
2019 Aston Martin Vantage
The stunning new Vantage has already been revealed, but its formal release will take place in LA. Like the DB11, the new Vantage is powered by Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 510 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. This marks a slight power increase from the current Vantage’s 503 horsepower setup. Regardless of what you may think of the new Vantage, it is reportedly already sold-out for its first model year.
BMW i8 Roadster
It feels like BMW has been talking about an i8 Roadster for years now, but we think we’re finally going to see it in LA this week. As the name implies, it is expected to be a roadster version of the i8 coupe and feature a general refresh in design from the current i8.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Chevrolet recently took the wraps off the beastly 2019 Corvette ZR1, which packs 755 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. New, aggressive aerodynamics help keep this monster planted on the tarmac. While the ZR1 has already made its world debut, it will make its formal U.S. entry next week in LA.
2019 Infiniti QX50
Finally, Infiniti is offering an all-new version of the QX50 crossover. This version looks more like an SUV than a wagon, taking a departure from today’s version that originally dates back to about 2008.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
By now it feels like we know just about everything there is to know about the 2018 JL Wrangler. That said, it really hasn’t officially been revealed just yet. This week Jeep will take the cover off (finally) and reveal what few details remain a mystery. In the meantime, there’s plenty of JL Wrangler content out there for viewing pleasure.
2018 Lexus RX L
Lexus is a little behind the eight-ball when it comes to three-row crossovers. The brand is hoping to pick up the slack with an extended version of the popular RX crossover. Dubbed the RX 350L, this version of the RX should comfortable seat six or seven passengers. Judging from recent spy shots, it looks a lot like the regular RX (no surprise there).
2019 Lincoln MKC
Lincoln seems to have finally selected a consistent design language, which started with the return of the Continental nameplate. As such, the brand is quickly trying to propagate its new Bentley-style grille across its range. Next up for the new nose is the 2019 MKC crossover. Aside from the new look, there’s a few new features and modest bumps in power to its carryover engine lineup.
Not to be outdone by the stiff competition from the 2018 Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, Mazda is providing a substantial refresh for the 2018 Mazda6. As the above teaser showcases, the fascia is more chiseled and allows the 6 to fit in more with the CX-5 and CX-9 design language. Additionally, a heavily revised interior is found inside, while the new base engine features cylinder deactivation technology.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Mercedes-Benz will be utilizing the LA show this year to show off its all-new CLS Class. Based heavily on the new E Class, the new CLS will set a new direction for Mercedes design, as noted from the above teaser shot. The car is expected to offer a host of new powertrains and features borrowed from the recently refreshed S Class.
Mini Electric Concept
Mini has already revealed its electric concept earlier this year, but the car is expected to make its stateside debut in LA. This thinly-veiled concept is previewing the brand’s upcoming battery-electric Mini, which will roll out around the 2020 timeframe.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Subaru will be making arguably one of the largest product announcements in its history in LA. The company will roll out its 2019 Ascent, which is a three-row crossover to duel with the likes of the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer. With seating for seven, this will be Subaru’s biggest model and the spiritual successor to the B9 Tribeca.
2019 Volvo XC40
Volvo has already revealed its new XC40 crossover a few weeks ago in Milan. That said, it will make its U.S. debut this week. The smallest Volvo crossover offers Volvo’s hallmark looks and features in a smaller scale and with a high degree of customizability in terms of interior materials and colors.