29 Nov 18

LA Auto Show 2018: have I got news for you

From November 30th to December 9th, the LA Convention Center hosts the Los Angeles Auto Show. The following ten premieres are worth a detour.

  • Mazda3 (global)

The all-new Mazda3 makes its world premiere at the LA Auto Show. The re-interpreted Kodo design and next-generation Skyactiv-engines combining diesel with petrol technologies mark the beginning of a new generation of Mazdas.

  • BMW X7 (global)

BMW showcases its largest and most luxurious X-range model for customers with a need for more space, status and luxury that have the money to spare for this extra-size SUV.

  • Byton (global)

After their first appearance at Pebble Beach, Chinese start-up EV-maker Byton shows the M-Byte SUV Concept-car that is set for production in the fall of 2019 as well as the K-Byte premium sedan (photo) that promises to offer Level 4 autonomous driving.

  • Kia Soul (global)

The most particular of all Kia’s is to be renewed and premieres in LA. The new Soul will be available as an EV, as was his predecessor. The striking and original design remained.

  • Mercedes GLE (global)

When BMW renews its X5, Mercedes must follow. The brand new GLE is more spacious, quiter and more luxurious, and now offers an optional third row. A new suspension system called E-Active Body Control is one of the innovations on the new model.

  • Nissan Maxima (US model)

At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan shows its new flagship sedan for 2019, featuring Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology and six advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.

  • Honda Passport (US model)

Honda’s new compact SUV, the Passport, will find its place between the compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot in Honda’s SUV-range. Always powered by a 280 horsepower-V6 it will be available with a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. It will go on sale early next year.

  • Hyundai Palisade (US model)

The new flagship of the Korean brand’s SUV-range references a series of coastal cliffs and can be associated with the Pacific Palisades-neighbourhood in California. It offers seating for up to eight on three rows. It will be available throughout the US in the summer of 2019.

  • Toyota Corolla sedan Hybrid (US model)

For the first time in the US, after a career of no less than 50 years, the Corolla is on offer in a hybrid version. It features a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with two motor/generators and a continuously variable transmission, offering a system output of 121 hp and achieving more than an estimated 50 miles per gallon of fuel.

  • Subaru Crosstrek hybrid (US model)

The Crosstrek Hybrid (known as XV in certain markets) is the first-ever plug-in hybrid Subaru. It features the new Subaru StarDrive Technology integrating electric motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer engine and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, combined with a CVT-transmission.


All pictures courtesy of the respective car brands

Authored by: Stijn Blanckaert