The LA Auto Show has become one of the most important arenas in the world for car manufacturers to unveil their new models, writes Jim McGill.
And while we’ve spoken about the 2019 Mazda3, there were a number of other new cars which shared the limelight.
While its new, more powerful and facelifted R8 was on the stand, the main focus was on the debut of Audi’s new e-tron GT concept.
Due to go into production in 2020, the concept previews the new all-electric, high-performance four-door coupe which will, essentially, be the company’s alternative to the Porsche Mission E.
The largest SUV the German carmaker has ever made, the new X7, dominated the stand. The Range Rover rival was joined by the new 8 Series Convertible and the monstrously huge Vision iNEXT EV concept.
In the land of pickup trucks, Jeep unveiled its new 285bhp 3.6-litre V6 Gladiator truck. On-sale in the States next year, it will come to Europe in 2020. Will it be sold in the UK? We’re still waiting to find out.
Ahead of entering UK showrooms next year, the 2019 Kia Soul made its debut in LA. Expect it to be electric-only in the UK.
The AMG GT R Pro, which is a far more track-focused version of the 577bhp AMG GT R, was the star of the Mercedes stand. Elsewhere, the ‘standard’ AMG GT range has been facelifted with tweaks to the GT, GT S, GT C and GT R.
A number of special edition models specifically for the US market were launched in LA, including two new John Cooper Works MINI hatch models, the Knights Edition and the International Orange Edition.
The German sportscar maker took a hall to itself in which to debut its new 992 generation 911, the latest in the iconic model’s 45-year evolution.
Shown only in Carrera form, there’s no doubt more powerful Turbo, GT2 and GT3 models will follow soon. Whisper it, but Porsche is also likely to add a plug-in hybrid 911 during the 992’s lifecycle.
Updated for 2019, the Prius gains an all-wheel drive version, which will come to Europe for the first time. Boasting a tweaked interior and exterior, the facelifted Prius adds new front and rear headlights, plus a new front bumper.
The all-electric I.D. Buzz Cargo concept, resplendent in its Pike’s Peak-themed livery, was the main attraction. Powered by a 150kW electric motor, it’s expected to deliver a range between 200 and 340 miles depending on the size of the battery pack.