Crossovers and SUVs remain the dominant vehicle type in the market. This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is no different because nearly every automaker had some form of crossover or SUV making its world debut or first North American appearance. From small subcompact crossover to larger and off-road-capable rigs, there’s a utility vehicle for all needs, wants and desires at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
2018 Lexus RX L
Finally, Lexus has brought a family-friendly RX with three rows, giving it ammunition against rivals such as the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7. Compared to the two-row RX, the RX L is 4.3 inches longer and can seat up to seven passengers—just make sure they’re not claustrophobic. A 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is standard on the RX 350L, and a 308-hp hybrid system is also available on the RX 450hL.
2019 Lincoln MKC
Now that it has ditched the old split-wing grille, the 2019 Lincoln MKC’s looks are more in line with the flagship Continental and Navigator. The 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter turbo-four engines remain, but you can now opt for the Black Label model, which features three unique themes that give the interior a chic all-American feel. Sync3 now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which should help improve the already good user interface.
2019 Subaru Ascent
With the arrival of the 2019 Ascent, Subaru has filled a big gap in its lineup, offering three rows of seating and plenty of utility, thanks to the crossover’s boxy exterior that looks like the child of a Forester and an Outback. There’s seating for up to eight passengers, and thankfully the third row doesn’t feel too cramped and should be habitable for short drives.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row
Not many body-on-frame luxury SUVs are left, and the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is one of them. This time, in addition to your three-row variant, you can opt for a two-row, five-seat model that’s equipped to the brim and comes with extra cargo space for your off-road excursions. In total, the two-row LX 570 has 50.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row—the three-row model has 44.7 cubic feet.
2019 Infiniti QX50
Now in its second generation, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 moves from a rear-drive platform to a front-drive one and features the latest iteration of Infiniti’s design language. The biggest news is under the hood because the 2019 QX50 is powered by a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with a variable compression ratio—the first engine to do so to improve performance and fuel economy. As for styling, it’s an attention grabber, thanks to its curvaceous lines and aggressive front fascia that helps it turn heads.
2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
The newest generation of the Jeep Wrangler continues with an evolutionary exterior design that stays true to its heritage. Regardless of whether you get the two-door or the four-door Unlimited, the Wrangler gives off a vibe that’s totally American and truly a Jeep. Now with the latest version of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system, the Wrangler is well-connected, and its interior continues with Jeep’s knack for fun Easter eggs and funky design cues. There’s also a new 2.0-liter turbo-four and an eight-speed automatic for those who want some fuel efficiency to go with their off-road capability.
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
Need your Volkswagen Tiguan to look sporty and aggressive? The R-Line trim has you covered. Featuring a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, depending on the trim level, more aggressive front and rear bumpers in gloss black, large front air intakes, and body-colored wheel arches and side skirts, the Tiguan R-Line gives your compact German crossover a bit more visual aggression.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
Along with its new front fascia, the crossover formerly called the MKX is now the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Although the Nautilus is clearly a refresh of the MKX, Lincoln’s new corporate face gives it more presence and a classier appearance. The interior, on the other hand, features a minimalist appearance and can be customized via Lincoln’s Black Label program to get cool interior schemes such as two-tone red and black or white and black leather upholsteries, giving the cabin a sense of style and flair.
Toyota FT-AC Concept
Toyota’s FT-AC Concept gives us a glimpse of what the next-generation Toyota RAV4 will look like once it moves to the TNGA architecture. Its aggressively rugged looks give it presence, and its roof racks and the bikes on a rack behind the car scream that this is a crossover for people with active lifestyles. Powering the FT-AC Concept is a gasoline engine of undisclosed size and all-wheel drive. Toyota says a hybrid powertrain is also compatible with the FT-AC, further hinting that the next-generation RAV4 will retain its hybrid powertrain.
North American Debuts
2018 Hyundai Kona
Sporting a polarizing exterior design that will definitely create differing opinions, the 2018 Hyundai Kona brings a fresh and funky look. After its world debut this summer in Korea, the Kona arrives in North America sporting two familiar engine choices, a 2.0-liter I-4 and turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4. It rides on a new platform and will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Expect the 2018 Kona to arrive in showrooms early next year in a variety of funky colors that help make it pop even more.
2018 Volvo XC40
Aimed directly at the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the 2018 Volvo XC40 is the Swedish automaker’s entry into the growing premium subcompact crossover segment. It is the first vehicle to ride on Volvo’s CMA platform and will feature a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic in North America. Although it features the same familiar design language as Volvo’s larger crossovers, the XC40 offers more flamboyant color choices and even a contrasting roof that helps give it a more expressive appearance that’s sophisticated yet sporty and youthful.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The first new product from Mitsubishi in many years, the Eclipse Cross brings a familiar name back in crossover guise with its slightly polarizing exterior featuring odd angles and a split rear window. Under the hood is a new 1.5-liter turbo-four paired to a CVT, which should put it right on par with the rest of the class. Inside there’s a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and a 7.0-inch touchscreen, which should bring it to the modern age.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell
In a bid to expand its alternative fuel offerings, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a hydrogen fuel cell variant of its GLC compact luxury crossover. From the outside, there’s not much distinguishing the GLC F-Cell from the standard car save for the blue accents on the grille, wheels, side skirts, and an F-Cell badge on the side. Unlike most hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the GLC F-Cell is also a plug-in, allowing you to recharge the battery via the rear-mounted charging port.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Slotting below the F-Pace, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is the latest addition to Jaguar’s lineup, and unlike all other Jaguar models, it’s front-drive-based, the first since the long-forgotten X-Type sedan. Power comes from a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium family and is paired to a nine-speed automatic. As for the exterior design, the E-Pace sports the same familiar yet sexy looks just in a smaller more compact package, which should help make it more usable in the city, where this car will likely spend most of its time.
2019 Nissan Kicks
It’s finally here. The latest Nissan crossover the Kicks joins the lineup slotting below the Rogue Sport as the brand’s new entry-level crossover. Don’t expect much in terms of performance because the Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with only 125 hp and 115 lb-ft paired to a CVT. In the metal, the Kicks looks like a hatch with a slight increase in ride height and body cladding, thanks to its diminutive dimensions, which should make it a great runabout in the city.
Land Rover Discovery SVX
In one corner you have Land Rover’s SVR vehicles, which are essentially high-performance road cars. On the opposite end you have SUVs such as the Discovery SVX show car, a model tuned for crawling rocks. Under the hoof is a 518-hp 5.0 supercharged V-8 coupled to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, which should offer plenty of power to crawl through anything or go fast in the desert.
2019 Kia Sorento
Updated for 2019, the Kia Sorento gets a minor face-lift and a revised grille to keep it looking fresh. Don’t expect much to change under the hood, save for the possibility of the eight-speed automatic transmission replacing the old six-speed unit in V-6-powered models. The interior gets spiffed up with a new steering wheel, a revised center stack, and new color choices to keep things interesting.
BMW X7 Concept
Making its first appearance on North American soil, the BMW X7 Concept is our first glimpse of BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Audi Q7. In addition to the usual gas engines, expect the X7 to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain when it goes into production. As for its styling, don’t expect much to change when it comes to the exterior because the show car is nearly production ready.
2019 Porsche Cayenne
As with its previous iterations, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features an evolutionary exterior design that retains its identity as a Porsche. It shares most of its engine lineup with the second-generation Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo wagon, which give it potent power to go with its sports carlike dynamics. Inside, the button-heavy center console and dash has been replaced by a large touchscreen and less buttons, giving it a cleaner appearance.
2018 Infiniti QX80
Although this is just a refresh, the 2018 Infiniti QX80’s updated front fascia with its slim headlight clusters and an imposingly large grille gives it more presence. Most of the interior is similar to the prerefresh model, but it now comes with diamond-quilted upholstery, which gives it a nice injection of upscale flair.
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