It kinda goes without saying that when it comes to making an automotive statement in Southern California, you’d better bring your A game. With that in mind, we scoured the ongoing 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, checking out everything from new production vehicles to custom cars. Here are the vehicles that impressed us most and why.
Making its North America bow at the LA show, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a breathtaking follow-up to the sporty 4C Coupe Made Man raved over a year ago. The four-door Giulia is inspired by the legendary 33 Stradale and powered by a 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6, making it the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car ever made.
The Audi E-Tron Quattro, also making its North American debut in LA, provides a clear look at where Audi stands on electric vehicles. A glimpse into the future of the brand, the sleek blue concept has a driving range of 310 miles and features the same technology that will power Audi’s first production EV, set to launch in 2018.
Living up to a fifty-year legacy isn’t easy. But if the fanfare for the new Fiat 124 Spider is any indication, expect some pretty bright roads ahead for the Italian carmaker. The all-new take on the classic features the first rear-wheel-drive application of Fiat’s 160-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Pretty zippy.
You’re probably thinking, “really, the Ford Escape?” Yup, the Ford Escape. The design upgrades for the 2017 model are fairly modest. But it features two new engine options, including a 245-hp turbo 4-cylinder, as well as the first application of Ford’s new SYNC Connect system that allows users to use an app to unlock doors, check fuel levels and locate where a vehicle is parked.
The conventional wisdom is that if you’ve seen one racecar concept you’ve pretty much seen them all. But after coming across the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, we’re certain that’s not always the case. The concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain capable of generating 872 horsepower, which makes it as menacing as it looks.
A racy color like Caesium Blue isn’t the first that comes to mind for a luxury SUV. But then again, Jaguar isn’t making your typical family hauler. The five-passenger F-PACE is equipped with a 380-horsepower supercharged V6 capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The SUV is also a centerpiece in Jaguar’s Art of Performance Tour, which gives consumers a chance to star in their own action film sequence featuring the new Jaguar XE. Learn more at jaguarusa.com/rsvp.
Taking the stage in LA with the new 2017 Mercedes SL Roadster, the AMG SL 63 boasts a 5.5-liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft. of torque. And with a new S grille and a more aggressive front spoiler, the AMG SL 63 roadster’s appeal has jumped up even more notches.
They say the best things are worth waiting for—and that certainly seems to be the case with Mazda. The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the first full makeover the SUV has gotten in years, ushering in a much more aggressive look for the carmaker. We’re also excited by new technologies like Mazda’s new 2.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine.
Rest assured, if Porsche debuts a new vehicle or update at a car show, it’s likely going to generate a lot of buzz. The new 911 Targa 4S is no exception and more than deserving of the attention. The biggest draw is the new 420 horsepower twin-turbocharged engine mated to Porsche’s highly praised PDK transmission.
Although our first impression of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible was heavily swayed by photos of British Bond star Naomie Harris posing with it on the beach, getting an upclose look confirmed the appeal. Whether or not the daring venture proves successful for Land Rover remains to be seen, but the convertible certainly has people talking.
I can’t recall the last time I saw so many people glued to a Scion display as there were for the global debut of the C-HR Concept. But count us as one of those who couldn’t seem to snap enough photos of the vehicle. In fact, the futuristic, high-riding compact might very well be our pick for best of show, which has us really revved up for the production model making its debut next year.
Pushing to broaden its audience, Subaru debuted the Impreza concept at the auto show, proving that it too can draw a crowd in LA. The hot four-door concept, which sports the company’s new Dynamic x Solid design language, is a good indication that the youthful appeal of Subaru might finally make its way into a sedan.