Top 10 Takeaways from LA
We are literally just back from the press preview of Automobility LA leading up to the LA Auto Show. The jet lag hasn’t even worn off yet. Here were the Top 10 things to see (in no particular order):
1. Jaguar I-PACE
The brand's first electric vehicle is a sleek SUV. It’s definitely Jaguar style for the SUV customer. The I-PACE has two electric motors, one at each axle producing a total of 400 horsepower and 516-lb.ft. of torque. The targeted range is 220 miles. The I-PACE will be setting the pace on the road beginning in 2018. By the way, the Virtual Reality introduction to the press along with the concept was very impressive.
2. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The press conference for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio was packed. This SUV is the latest step by Alfa Romeo to return to the North American market. The Italian styling is very clear, but with the versatility of an SUV. Standard horsepower is 280, but of course you’ll want the top of the line Stelvio Quadrifoglio and all 505 horses.
3. Mazda CX-5
There was a lot of interest at the Mazda booth over the redesigned Mazda CX-5. This zoom-zoom in this crossover SUV will be available in a diesel engine for the first time in North America next year.
4. Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept
Subaru is also getting in on the SUV craze with the VIZIV-7 SUV Concept. It’s making a world debut in Los Angeles. This full size SUV will be the biggest vehicle Subaru has ever built.
5. Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen is also adding to the big vehicle buzz in LA. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has room for 7 passengers. It’s larger than the CrossBlue concept revealed in 2013.
6. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The rugged theme continues with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The display at the show gives you an idea that this is a go anywhere mid-size truck. Chevrolet says it offers more off-road technology.
7. Jeep Compass
LA is also a debut for the 2017 Jeep Compass. This is a compact SUV, but continues the versatile theme at this auto show. It combines Jeep style with 17 different powertrain options for markets around the globe.
8. Ford EcoSport
Versatility comes in many sizes, and Ford is proving that with the Ford EcoSport. They call it the world’s smallest SUV, and they’re introducing it to North America. It might be small in size, but offers a lot of technology.
9. Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabrio
This is a must see, but you’ll have to look for it. Mercedes has a stable of cars for you to look at, but this dream machine is in the back of their display. Just look for the sleek red convertible. It’s definitely worth the few extra steps.
10. Honda Civic Si
Honda unveiled the 2017 Civic Si prototype. They say it will be their fastest Si so far. It’s one of those cars that looks great at an auto show, but we really want to slip behind the wheel and see what it can do.
That’s a list of things not to miss in LA this year. Of course, there are many more to see, and drive. Keep watching for that on MotorWeek.