Here’s a brief look at some of the exciting new models and concept vehicles at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Marking a first in its 106-year history, Alfa Romeo will produce an SUV: the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Available sometime in 2017, the Stelvio will be offered in three models: base Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, all with standard all-wheel drive. Most will feature the 280-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will have a rip-roaring 505-horsepower 2.9-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine with intercooler. Available options for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include carbon ceramic Brembo brakes and carbon fiber shell racing-style seats by Sparco.
2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport – Genesis adds an all-new 3.3-liter Sport trim to the G80 lineup for 2018. The 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport is powered by a new 365-horsepower 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated with a sport-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire technology. The Sport also features upgraded suspension with continuous damping control, exclusive sport exterior styling elements, leather sport seats and steering wheel with copper contrast stitching, 19-inch dark alloy wheels and more. The 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport goes on sale in spring 2017.
2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe – In a global debut, the 2017 Honda Civic Si coupe in prototype form provides a look at the direction for the model’s design and performance in the Civic Si coupe and sedan production models available next year. The Civic Si coupe prototype, in Rallye Red Pearl paint, features a full Honda factory performance aero kit, 235/35Y 19-inch high-performance tires and HFP 18×18 J 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels. Production Si coupe and sedan models will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter direct-injected and turbocharged DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing paired with a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission.
2017 Honda CR-V – Not messing with a good thing, the changes Honda made to its popular 2017 CR-V subcompact crossover are designed to enhance the vehicle’s appeal. The thorough redesign is most evident in the front fascia and rear side windows. All models except the base LX will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected 4-cylinder engine. The LX has the carryover 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and have active grille shutters to improve the CR-V’s aerodynamics.
2017 Jaguar I-PACE Concept – As widely expected, Jaguar unveiled an all-electric SUV concept in the form of the 2017 I-PACE. This is the brand’s first fully-electric car and boasts stunning good looks, sporty performance and does 0-60 mph in around four seconds. The concept features 23-inch wheels, flush door handles for reduced drag, Wi-Fi hotspot in the five-passenger interior and more. Jaguar says the production version of the I-PACE concept will be on the roads in 2018. Would-be owners can register at Jaguar.com to be one of the first to claim a set of keys to the Jaguar I-PACE.
2017 Jeep Compass – It’s all-new and replaces the current Jeep Compass and Patriot models. The 2017 Jeep Compass rides on a stretched version of the platform underpinning the current Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X subcompact cars. The platform provides more usable interior storage space that the brand says will include such things as mesh storage pockets to a multi-height cargo hold panel. The Compass will be offered in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim and is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2017. The interior features clear, well-organized controls and a nice mix of designer-like touches. The sole powerplant available in the U.S. is a 180-horsepower variant of the 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, also offered in the.
2017 Kia Soul Turbo – Korean automaker Kia finally gives the popular Soul a little more oomph in its ride with the 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine paired with new seven-speed dual clutch transmission in the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim. In addition to the 40-horsepower boost, the Soul Exclaim gets a combined 28 mpg city/highway fuel economy. Other noteworthy items include special trim, sporty features, including exclusive 18-inch wheels and dual chrome twin-tip exhaust. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, along with pushbutton start with smart key and UVO3 with e-Services with integrated Android Auto3 and Apple CarPlay.
2017 Mazda CX-5 – Mazda’s new version of its compact crossover, the fully-redesigned 2017 CX-5 gets the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine – but it won’t be available until the second half of 2017. Two other powertrains include a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered inline four-cylinder engine and a 2.5-liter direct-injected inline 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-5 is hard to miss, especially in Soul Red Crystal paint, but other improvements deserve attention as well. There’s a more luxurious look and feel to the interior, beginning with a high center console and finer trim on higher-level models. Rear seating is improved thanks to better shaping and a lower seat cushion, available heated rear seats and a new reclining seat function. The standard front-wheel drive CX-5 will again be offered with all-wheel drive.
2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63S – The Los Angeles auto show marked the auto-show world premiere for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63S. Power for the E 63S comes from the 603-horsepower AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. With maximum torque of 627 pound-feet, the E 63S sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Top speed is only capped by a governed top end of 186 mph. The Mercedes AMG E 63S and base E 63 are the most powerful E-Class variants of all time, says the German automaker. U.S. dealer launch is planned for the summer of 2017.
2017 Mini Countryman – The second-generation 2017 Mini Countryman crossover now has more room and more utility, always a good thing in a Mini. Powertrains include a 134-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and 189-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (the latter in the Cooper Countryman S). The 2017 Mini Countryman also adds a new plug-in hybrid model, the Cooper S E ALL4 – Mini’s first-ever hybrid. It pairs the base engine with an electric motor and 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and 6-speed automatic transmission for a total power output of 221 horsepower. The hybrid will be available by summer 2017, while other models go on sale in March.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas – The much-anticipated three-row crossover utility vehicle from Volkswagen, the 2018 VW Atlas, will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the same plant that builds the Passat midsize sedan. After the diesel emissions scandal, the German automaker scrapped plans to offer a diesel powerplant in the Atlas. The crossover will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine.
Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept — An all-new three-row midsize SUV from Subaru will be introduced into the North American market in 2018, says Subaru. It will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever. Previewing the upcoming production model is the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV concept. VIZIV is a name derived from Vision for Innovation.