2019 LA Auto Show Recap
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The LA Auto Show is a massive show, with a bevy of new models being unveiled, including several models that US journalists are seeing for the first time like the Land Rover Defender and BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe. This list isn't going to go into too much detail as there's a lot of models to cover, but there will be links to more in-depth articles regarding the models that were unveiled, so without further ado, let's dive in.
Nissan's Sentra compact sedan has been on sale for nearly three decades and moved several million units, so it makes perfect sense for Nissan to bring the Sentra up to date with its competitors. The eighth generation Sentra was unveiled in Shanghai in April. This new Sentra features a new, sportier styling, a new 2.0-liter engine, and features new two-tone styling on premium models.
Think of the Kia Seltos as the more practical corporate cousin to the Hyundai Kona. The Seltos will slot below the Sportage as Kia's smallest SUV. Kia also unveiled two X-Line concepts which could lead to some aftermarket upgrades to make the Seltos more useful when the going gets rough. DriveTribe broke the news last week that the Seltos will be coming to the US in February of 2020, for more on the Seltos, click here.
Hyundai took a break from unveiling new SUVs to show off a new racecar. The RM19 is based on the TCR racecar and features a mid-engined 2.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of producing 390 horsepower. Hyundai is rumored to be considering this setup for a truly bonkers halo car for the Veloster lineup, I'm hoping they approve it and make it into a reality.
The Genesis G90 was unveiled several months ago, but this is the first time it's showed its daring good looks in the US, and I am beyond excited about it. The G90 will feature a 3.3-liter twin turbo V6, and Ultimate models have the option of a 5.0-liter V8 making 420 horsepower. Both engines come standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option. The front fascia screams "Move, Peasant," and I love it.
MINI JCW GP
MINI has been putting some truly ludicrous engines in its two-door models for some time now, but none have been as insane as the new JCW GP. With a host of go-fast parts bolted to the outside and under the hood, the new MINI JCW GP will put out 306 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbo, but it won't get to the ground through a manual transmission. A new standard 8-speed automatic will be the only option, but when that automatic is capable of getting the GP to 60 in 5.2 seconds, is that really such a bad thing?
Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota made the RAV4 into a Plug-In Hybrid, which earns it the Prime badge, but the exciting part of this transformation comes from the new powertrain. Total system output is now a monstrous 302 horsepower. That's one more horsepower than a Camry V6, which makes this grocery getter capable of a zero to 60 run of 5.8 seconds. Since it is a PHEV, it can also run on electricity alone for up to 39 miles. Those are some pretty serious numbers for a vehicle as common as the RAV4.
Lexus LC500 Convertible
The Lexus LC is a GT with an awesome V8 rumble. Now the LC's exhaust note can be enjoyed with a new drop-top. The LC500 Convertible cuts into the already small rear seats, but the 4-layer soft-top is beyond worth it, and with the top stowed away, it adds to the LC's already drop-dead gorgeous styling. Pricing is expected to start around $100,000, and I can't wait to see some of these on the road.
Mercedes-AMG GLE & GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz has AMG versions of all of their models, and since the GLE and GLS were both updated last year, it makes sense that AMG has finished perfecting their BiTurbo V8-powered variants. Power for both of these German SUVs is 603 horsepower, but the real Belles of the Ball are the GLS's massive 23-inch dinner plate wheels that harken back to the AMG's of the 1990's (not shown in picture). I love them.
Karma brought the GTS version of their Revero sports sedan to the LA Auto Show, but the crowds of people at the Karma booth were more interested in the SC2 concept. Sharing its name with a two-door from Saturn in the 1990s is about the only boring thing about this car, considering its packing 1,100 horsepower and a zero to sixty time of 1.9 seconds. Its only a concept, but Karma is pretty confident in their abilities to bring this exciting halo car to the market….eventually.
Love it or hate it, Ford brought several variants of the Mustang Mach-E to LA, including the high-performance GT version, which is going to give SUV's, both ICE and EV, a run for their money. With 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of instant torque, Ford is anticipating a zero to 60 time of under four seconds, and a sticker price of around $62,000. While that price sounds like a lot, base Mach-E’s will start under $45,000 and that’s before the Federal and State Tax Credits come into play. It is truly an incredible time to be alive.
Chevrolet Trailblazer / Buick Encore GX
GM didn’t want to miss out on the party, especially after all of the press around their deal with the UAW, so they unveiled two SUVs that will be assembled by GM Korea. Politics aside, these two subcompacts are packing two different turbocharged three cylinder engines. They will be the first GM vehicles to use three cylinder engines since the Geo Metro. Hopefully these two cute utes are more popular than the Metro.
Lincoln Corsair GT
Lincoln does GT a little differently then their sister company, Ford. Lincoln’s GT models have some serious power under the hood, but at a glance, you wouldn’t know it. The Corsair GT is no exception, considering it looks exactly like a normal Corsair, except it has a charge port on its front fender to charge the hybrid battery pack. An electric motor sits on the rear axle to provide all-weather traction and an overall sporty driving experience. Total system output is 266 horsepower, which is down in comparison to the Corsair’s turbocharged engines, but is up significantly from the Ford Escape Hybrid that it is based on. Lincoln also says that the Corsair will be able to drive 25 miles on electric power only.
This list could go on for hours, but the point is that in a world where speculators are saying that we’ve hit “peak car” and the “the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered”, automakers don’t seem too concerned over the state of the market, and are more focused on producing models that are loaded with the latest tech and cause us to reach for our wallets with excitement. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the auto show season has in store for us.
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