The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is right around the corner and there are plenty of big reveals planned.
Organizers have already confirmed at least 20 world debuts, including Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda, Mini, Subaru and Volkswagen. Press days start on Nov. 14, and if I were going, I’d have plenty to do, given all the invitations I have received from a variety of automakers. Alas, I will be covering the show remotely from Detroit while I gear up for the North American International Auto Show, which is also just around the corner in January.
In L.A., Infiniti will show off its Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Q60. The exclusive vehicle (only 50 to be produced) was first shown Oct. 19 as a Fantasy Gift in the 2016 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Based on the Red Sport 400 version of the all-new 2017 Infiniti Q60, this 400-horsepower coupe is equipped with a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine and is painted a Solar Mica hue.
The whole package, priced at $63,000, includes an exclusive ivory leather weekender bag, a plaque with the car’s VIN number, Neiman Marcus-branded indoor car cover and letter of authenticity. Now that would make some holiday gift!
Another luxury brand, Jaguar, is expected to intro a fully electric SUV.
Chevrolet Truck will host an offsite event in downtown L.A. to unveil “a significant new addition to our truck portfolio.” GM’s other truck brand, GMC, will be debuting the 2017 GMC Sierra HD Denali and Sierra HD All Terrain X. Both Sierra HDs feature bold performance stemming from the new 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel, packing a segment-leading 445 hp. Take that, Dodge Hemi.
The Sierra 1500 with eAssist, a truck purpose-built for the needs of California customers, will be on display for the first time. This unique Sierra pairs a 5.3L V8 with an electric motor and compact lithium-ion battery to generate a 13% improvement in city fuel economy and achieve a segment-best ranking for V8 efficiency.
A bright bold twist on Buick’s new Cascada convertible will premiere. Besides the Cascada, the GM division will also feature three vehicles that just arrived in Buick showrooms — the Encore, Envision and LaCrosse.
MotorAuthority.com released its list of must-see reveals, including the Volkswagen Atlas, the Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Jeep Compas, Mini Countryman, Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Cadillac Escala concept vehicle.
The 2017 Honda CR-V is due in showrooms in the winter. The fifth generation of the popular SUV boasts a handsome look, a much more refined interior, and the nameplate’s first-ever turbocharged engine. The platform, meanwhile, is a stretched version of the light yet stiff design that debuted in the 2016 Civic, according to MotorAuthority.
Cadillac has confirmed it will show its stunning Escala concept that was first revealed in August at Monterey Car Week. It’s a large sedan sharing underpinnings with Cadillac’s CT6. The model hasn’t been confirmed for production, at least publicly, but could rival the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera, according to Motor Authority.
That’s just a sampling of what’s to come at the show. Stay tuned for stories next week.