In an era of online live reveals and Apple-style conferences, you’d think the traditional auto show would be on its last legs. Nothing could be further from the truth if the showcase pegged for this month’s 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is anything to go by.
The organizers have confirmed more than a dozen world debuts. Automakers such as Audi, BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volvo will all have something new on display.
Below you'll find our hand-picked list of some of the cars that we know are coming, as well as what we know about them so far. The action all unfolds on November 29, and while you wait remember to check back at our dedicated hub as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
2019 BMW i8 Roadster spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2019 BMW i8 Roadster: BMW has confirmed plans to unveil an electric car of some sort at the L.A. Auto Show. The smart money is on the new i8 Roadster, which technically is an electrified car as it is a plug-in hybrid. The i8 Roadster is the long-awaited open-top version of the i8 sports car, which incidentally is receiving updates to coincide with the arrival of the i8 Roadster. Another less likely possibility is the reveal of an electric X3, likely to be dubbed an iX3 when it goes on sale around 2020. BMW will also have the 2018 M3 CS on show in L.A.
2019 Saleen S1: Saleen will present its first standalone sports car since the S7 supercar of the previous decade. The model is dubbed the S1 and is actually the creation of a joint venture between Saleen and its Chinese partners. The S1 has already been shown in China, where its production will be taking place. The S1’s power comes from the same turbocharged inline-4 found in the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, but has been dialed up to 450 horsepower.
2019 Aston Martin Vantage
2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Destined to be one of the standout attractions will be a new generation of Aston Martin’s Vantage sports car. The current model is the best-selling car in Aston Martin’s history, so the new one certainly has big shoes to fill. Fortunately it’s better in almost every measurable way. Peak power of 503 hp comes from a twin-turbocharged V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, and thanks to impressive packaging the engineers managed to get an ideal 50:50 weight balance for the 2-seater coupe.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: It’s already been shown in Dubai but in L.A. next week we’ll get to see the new Corvette ZR1 up close for the first time. The car is the fastest, most powerful model in Corvette history, with the folks at Chevy even hinting that we might see a sub-7:00 Nürburgring lap time. Peak power of 755 hp comes from a new supercharged V-8 dubbed the LT5. Also new, at least in ZR1 terms, is the availability of an automatic transmission, in this case General Motors’ own 8-speed.
2019 Infiniti QX50 spy shots - Image via Collin Brown
2019 Infiniti QX50: Infiniti will introduce a long-overdue redesign for its QX50 (the current model dates back to the 2008 EX). Infiniti describes the vehicle as its most advanced yet, likely because of some advanced electronic driving aids as well as the first application of Infiniti's variable compression engine, dubbed the VC-Turbo. The engine constantly changes the cylinder compression ratio for better performance or better fuel economy, depending on circumstance, and is said to result in the high performance of a gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a diesel.
2019 Lincoln MKC
2019 Lincoln MKC: Lincoln will introduce a substantially enhanced version of its MKC compact SUV in L.A. The front end has been completely revised and now sports the much classier grille introduced on the 2017 Continental instead of the twin-nostril design currently found on the MKC. The interior has also been brought up to date and includes extra connectivity features as well as more electronic driving aids.
Hit the next page to learn about more cars appearing at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS: A third generation of the iconic fastback sedan has been testing in the wild for over a year, and in L.A. we’ll finally see the covers come off. The car will retain a sloping roofline that descends into its trunk, and under its hood will likely sit a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, which marks a return to a straight-6 power for the German automaker, at least in the United States (it’s already offered overseas).
2019 Subaru Ascent spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2019 Subaru Ascent: Subaru’s Ascent 3-row crossover SUV is almost here. The Tribeca replacement has been confirmed for the L.A. Auto Show and will be on sale next year, as a 2019 model. Judging by the spy shots, Subaru appears to be taking a fairly safe route when it comes to the styling, but the vehicle should stand out due to its sheer size. It will measure 198 inches in length, or about 9 more than the Outback. This should result in plenty of space for passengers in all three rows. It will also have plenty of power thanks to a new turbocharged engine.
Lexus RX with third-row seats spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2018 Lexus RX L: Lexus is finally bringing a 3-row SUV to the market. It won’t be a new model, though. Instead, it will simply be a stretched version of the popular RX. It will be called the RX L and offered in RX 350 L and RX 450h L guises, though perhaps not both at launch. Potential rivals will be the Audi Q7, Infiniti JX and Volvo XC90.
Toyota FT-AC concept teaser image
Toyota FT-AC concept: One of the few concepts on display (the L.A. Auto Show traditionally focuses on production models) will be the FT-AC (Future Toyota Adventure Concept) from Toyota. The automaker hasn’t provided any details apart from a single teaser image. Judging by a teaser, we're in for another off-road concept, possibly along the lines of the FT-4X concept previewed back at the 2017 New York auto show.
2019 Volvo XC40
2019 Volvo XC40: Volvo’s new compact SUV, the XC40, was shown in September. However, the vehicle’s official world debut takes place next week at the L.A. Auto Show. It will be available exclusively as a T5 model with all-wheel drive at next spring’s market launch. The T5 will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Other powertrains, including an inline-3, plug-in hybrid and even an electric option, will eventually join the fold. Volvo will use the XC40’s debut to also introduce Care by Volvo, a new service that offers cars via subscription instead of traditional lease or purchase plans.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
2018 Jeep Wrangler: Jeep will have its all-new JL Wrangler on display in L.A. The vehicle follows a traditional route for the exterior design but expect a bigger departure from Wranglers of old in the cabin of the new model. For example, there will be an 8-speed automatic transmission on offer, as well as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect infotainment system. Jeep says the vehicle will also come with loads more safety features, as well as a diesel at some point. A leaked owner’s manual hints at what's to come.
2018 Mazda 6
2018 Mazda 6: The Mazda 6 has come in for its most extensive round of updates since the arrival of the current-generation mid-sizer in 2014. The Mazda 6 was already a looker but the design team has added some exterior tweaks to create a more mature appearance. Mazda also added more premium materials in the cabin and a new turbocharged engine. The engine is the 2.5-liter mill found in the CX-9 and delivers a stout 250 hp. The base engine is still available for fuel-conscious buyers and has been improved with the addition of cylinder-deactivation technology.
That’s it for now but at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show via our dedicated hub.