Great news. The LA Auto Show will be open to the public November 20th through November 29th. Car lovers expect great things as the auto industry notches a record sales year.
There will be many vehicle debuts, and lots of new technology. The new technology generates more horsepower for many of the new vehicles. With increased horsepower, reduced vehicle emissions, and reduced fuel consumption, our expectations as consumers increase. Cue the song “High Hopes” from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The LA Show has established a reputation over the years of being a green-focused event. It is the home to the Green Car of the Year Award because the Los Angeles Auto Show generally attracts all manner of alt-fuel vehicles. However, this year we expect crossovers, with a healthy sprinkling of performance and luxury models, to dominate the show not by EVs.
LA Auto Show Preview
Here is a small sample of what you will expect to see at this year’s LA Auto Show:
We’re expecting Alfa Romeo to debut the US market Giulia sedan, although it’s unclear if it will be the high-performance, 510-horsepower, twin-turbocharged Quadrifoglio model, or if Alfa will take this opportunity to introduce some more attainable models to the mix.
Both the 597-horsepower RS7 Performance and the 605-horsepower S8 Plus have been confirmed to debut in LA, with both vehicles boasting price tags easily beyond $100,000.
The X4 M40i isn’t a full M job. It takes the place of the X4 xDrive35i at the top of the model’s lineup, sort of like how the 2 Series launched in 228i and M235i variants. There’s a 355-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbo-six underhood, and more equipment inside. Oh, and speaking of 2 Series, while it’s not totally confirmed, we won’t be surprised if the new M2 shows its face in LA. That’s a proper M car, right there.
Expect sheet metal inspired by the Avenir concept from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and based on the lone teaser image, a more purposeful stance and a more assertive roofline. Based on rumors, we can expect the third-generation LaCrosse to get General Motors’ new 3.6-liter V6, lose a bit of body fat, and feature a five-link rear suspension. This will be one to watch.
The XT5, Cadillac’s SRX-replacement crossover, is coming to LA, where it will show off handsome new sheet metal, a gorgeous interior, and an eight-speed automatic. The XT5 officially debuted at the Dubai Motor Show earlier this month.
The reborn 124 Spider, in case you’ve forgotten, will be based on the critically acclaimed fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. While the interiors will be virtually identical, based on spy photos, the exterior sheet metal will be fairly different. What else is different? The turbocharged engine, expected to be either the 1.4-liter engine from the 500 Abarth or less likely, the 1.75-liter four-cylinder of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
The British partners are featuring a pair US debuts, as well as a single global debut. Look for US domestic market versions of the XE sedan and F-Pace CUV, as well as the world debut of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
We aren’t completely sure what’s in store for the new RWD Huracan variant, but we can tell you it’ll be a more hardcore version of the already-crazy coupe. Our sources say early reports of rear-wheel drive and lighter weight are pretty much accurate, but it’s unclear if this will be a proper SuperVeloce version, or just some one-off, limited-production model. Get excited.
Based on the leaked images, the LA Auto Show will see the Mercedes SL get sexy again. The sixth-generation SL has never been the most attractive car, but with a dose of AMG GT inspiration, it’s about to get far more beautiful, with a broad, powerful grille and handsome headlights. The rear of the SL will continue to be the car’s best angle, though, thanks to the handsome evolution of the taillight design.
Okay, technically the Mini Convertible debuted in Tokyo. Still, the official US showing will take place at the Los Angeles show this week, so look for a full gallery and details of the third-generation droptop.
Want to go race a Porsche but aren’t interested in ponying up for a 911 GT3 Cup? You’ll love the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which takes the king of the Cayman range and applies a full-on racing treatment. Confirmed by Porsche, the Clubsport will feature a full suite of safety equipment, including a roll cage, six-point harness, and racing buckets. It’ll also get some suspension elements from the 911 GT3 Cup, but motivation will still be provided by the 3.8-liter flat-six from the road-going model.
LA Auto Show Flops
While many automobiles look fantastic on paper and test well in the auto journals, some fail to pull at your heartstrings when you get behind the wheel and fall flat. Case in point, last year’s big hope at the LA Auto Show, the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4.
This car should have been an enthusiast’s “holy grail” car. The stats hold up wonderfully for the GT4. However, the Cayman GT4 is geared really tall— tall enough to shadow the mighty 911 but also tall enough to rob its excellent chassis from the performance the car is capable of achieving. (“geared tall” describes gearing that would lower the rpm for a given speed)
The Cayman GT4 is so perfect in every other way that the tall drive has not hurt sales, but drivers come away feeling a little disappointed.
Tell Us Your Disappointments
What cars you had high hopes for that didn’t live up to your expectations? Submit your stories in the comments section and we’ll choose the top three stories and post them to the Horsepower for an Hour Facebook page. You’ll get extra points for sad but true stories about your lust for a Chrysler TC by Maserati, Laforza, or other sad forgotten auto.