The Los Angeles Auto Show marks the beginning of the annual show circuit for automakers, and they were out in full force with new models this year. As 2017 models continue to arrive at dealerships across the country, Los Angeles gave us a glimpse into 2018 and beyond.
Everyone from the Detroit heavies to boutique automakers has descended on the downtown L.A. convention center with future models, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. In the coming months, we have a host of supercars, family-friendly crossovers, and ultra-luxury vehicles to look forward to. Some will transform the automotive landscape. Others will end up largely becoming the stuff of dreams.
After having the near-full Autos Cheat Sheet team scouring the floor, we’ve come up with no fewer than 18 reveals that deserve a closer look. In no particular order, here they are.
1. Volvo V90 Cross Country
Hot on the heels of the gorgeous V90 wagon, Volvo has unveiled its latest tall, plastic-clad people mover, the V90 Cross Country. The new “all weather” car offers all-wheel drive and a lifted suspension like an SUV, but has the luxurious interior and tailored lines of the V90. For buyers who want something rugged but don’t love SUVs, the V90 Cross Country could soon be your best option out there.
2. Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
Fuel efficiency may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Cadillac, but its latest CT6 variant could go a long way in changing that. A 2.0 liter turbocharged four is mated to two electric motors, allowing the plug-in hybrid to go 30 miles in EV mode, with a 400 mile range combined. What’s more, the added motors means 332 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque, a top speed of 150 miles per hour, and a 5.2 second zero to 60 sprint. It won’t be cheap (it starts at $76,090), but it will be here next spring.
3. 2017 Porsche RSR
For over 50 years, the Porsche 911 has been the most prominent rear-engined car in the world. But now, the plot has thickened: Porsche’s latest racing variant is mid-engined. The RSR’s boxer engine can send as much as 510 horsepower to the rear wheels, and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. Don’t expect a street version anytime soon: The RSR is reserved for track duty only.
4. Toyota C-HR
Toyota is entering the subcompact crossover segment with a Nissan Juke/Mazda CX-3/Honda HR-V-fighting C-HR. Originally slated to be sold as a Scion, the automaker unveiled the American-spec Toyota-badged crossover in LA. Expect to see them everywhere this time next year.
5. 2017 Mazda CX-5
With the all-new CX-5, Mazda continues to do the impossible and make beautiful and desirable mass-market family cars. Looking like a smaller CX-9 (already one of our favorite new models of 2017) the CX-5 is quieter, smoother, and more upscale than the outgoing model. If you’re in the market for a new compact crossover with a little panache, you might want to visit your Mazda dealer early next year.
6. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
From here, Alfa Romeo’s first modern SUV looks like it’s accomplished two of its biggest goals: It looks good (and like an Alfa), and it has everything it needs to be successful in its cutthroat segment. The big question, however, is if it can find buyers in a segment already crowded by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Porsche. The Stelvio needs to be a success if Alfa is to succeed in America. We’ll see how it all shakes out once it arrives at dealers late next year.
7. Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
Mercedes is moving back into Rolls-Royce/Bentley territory with its latest ultra-luxury model, the S650. A limited-edition flagship (just 300 will be made, 75 will come stateside), the $323K drop-top can seat four very wealthy people and will likely top out at around 200 miles per hour thanks to a 621 horsepower V12 engine.
8. Honda Civic Si
Honda’s latest sporty car for the masses looks ready to serve as a throwback to the brand’s performance glory days. With a turbocharged four mated to a six-speed manual transmission (no auto is offered here), revised suspension, and unique aero kit, the Si should be plenty to tide fans of the brand over until the red-hot Civic Type-R arrives.
9. Audi A5 Sportback
A lot could’ve gone wrong turning the coupe version of the A4 sedan into … a sedan. But instead of repeating itself, Audi has added a graceful hatch behind the new rear doors, turning the A5 into a sexy, slightly smaller A7. The Sportback will offer nearly twice the cargo space of the coupe out back. Up front, it can be optioned with up to 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
10. Genesis G80 Sport
In less than a year , Hyundai’s luxury brand has made big strides in establishing itself as the real deal. Now it’s dipping its toe into the sport sedan segment with the twin-turbocharged G80 Sport. Borrowing the 3.3 liter V6 from the larger G90, 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque should provide plenty of go, at least until the rumored N high-performance cars arrive to take on the M- and AMG cars.
11. Ford EcoSport
It had been rumored for months, but Ford unveiled the U.S.-spec EcoSport in LA. Based on the Fiesta, the EcoSport is the best-selling compact crossover outside of the American market. With its familiar yet crisp design, easy to maneuver size, and affordable price (we’re assuming; numbers haven’t been announced yet), expect to see the EcoSport everywhere by this time next year.
12. Chevrolet Spark Activ
Not to be outdone by its crosstown rival, Chevy is entering the tiny crossover market with the Spark Activ. With a 0.4 inch lift, and unique front and rear fascia, the Activ is plenty different from the subcompact it’s based on. We’ve got a feeling that Chevy will have no problem selling them.
13. Jeep Compass
After years of being an outlier in the otherwise strong Jeep lineup, the all-new Compass finally looks like it’s ready to live up to the Jeep name. looking like a mini Grand Cherokee, the Compass shares its platform with the Jeep Renegade, and will even come in off-road ready Trailhawk trim. Interestingly, it will be sold alongside the current Compass until 2018; that model will become the Compass X.
14. Rezvani Beast Alpha
Rezvani’s third vehicle is a pure poster car. With an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber construction, the all-new Beast Alpha is Lotus levels of light at 1,950 pounds. And with a 2.4 liter inline four from Honda, it delivers 500 horsepower to the wheels, reaching 60 from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds. Its unique “sidewinder” doors are just icing on the cake.
15. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Chevy is sick of Ford dominating the off-road market, so it’s introduced the ZR2, a tough, lifted compact pickup that can take virtually anything the trails have to offer. The rugged Colorado has front skid plates, revised bumpers for better departure angles, rock rails, and 31-inch tires. But most importantly, there’s an available 181 horsepower diesel engine, which produces 369 pound-feet of torque — enough to get you out of any messy situation.
16. Mini Countryman
The biggest Mini of all-time is here for crossover buyers who want something different. The new Countryman is looking to appeal to buyers that want something different from the Jeep Compass. Along with the bigger size, the Countryman is also available as a plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S E. With 221 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to go along with 20 miles of electric range, the plug-in could quickly become one of the most fun-to-drive hybrids on the road.
17. Nissan Sentra NISMO
Nissan is ready to take its compact sedan to the races by giving it the full NISMO treatment, and positioning it to take on the Volkswagen GTI. 188 horesepower and 177 pound-feet of torque is sent to the rear wheels via a 1.6 liter turbocharged four mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A stiffer ride and revised aero kit round out the package.
18. Elio E1C
The Elio has been just around the corner for years now, but the latest prototype, the E1C, is the most fully-realized version to date. The E1c has a new unibody frame, three airbags, and revised suspension. This comes at a price — $7,300 versus the original $6,800 target — but if the startup can get its trikes out to customers (and that’s a big if), all will likely be forgiven.