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Mach-E, Cybertruck had lots of company at LA auto show


Although they dominated the headlines, the controversially named Ford Mustang Mach-E and the controversially designed Tesla Cybertruck weren’t the only new vehicles unveiled while much of the automotive media was in Los Angeles for the recent AutoMobility LA, that city’s renamed international auto show.

Dodge unveiled the 50th anniversary Challenger, and here are some of the other new vehicles shown at the show:

Aston Martin DBX

Unveiled first in Beijing, China, DBX is Aston Martin’s first SUV and officially launched the British automaker’s “Second Century Plan.” Aston Martin promises the car will provide sports car dynamics and off-road versatility. The DBX also gives the company an SUV to offer its customers who might be jealous of the 4×4 vehicles their friends have purchased from other former sports car-only companies.

Audi e-tron Sportback

Audi showcased its second all-electric etron model, the Sportback “SUV coupe that it says will offer 265 kW of power, nearly 414 pound-feet of torque and more than 275 miles of race. The vehicle features a digital matrix of LED headlamps designed to enhance visibility of both the vehicle and the objects ahead.

Audi also debuted the high-performance RS Q8 SUV.

Buick Encore GX

Buick showed the Encore GX, a compact SUV it says was designed around safety technologies, driver assistance and convenience features, and with the functionality and style tailored around the size and space preferences of today’s small and compact SUV buyers.” Each GX will come with forward-collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front-pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist, following distance indicator and automatically adjusting headlamps.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet will put the Trailblazer name back on the road in the spring of 2020 with the Trailblazer, a sub-$20,000 “uniquely youthful, yet functional alternative to the fast-growing small SUV segment,” the company said. Trailblazer will slot into the Chevy lineup between Trax and Equinox, it said, and will offer an ACTIV trim package with two-tone roof, unique front and rear fascia, dual exhaust and sport-terrain tires and suspension.

Hyundai RM19

RM19’s turbocharged 4-cylinder is mounted behind, not in front of the cabin

Hyundai plans to launch the Hyundai N brand — the N standing for both Namyang, home of Hyundai’s R&D base in South Korea, and for Nurburgring, the famed German test track — and says the RM19 will be the development platform. But wait! There’s more! Much more since RM is short for “Racing Midship,” which means the turbocharged, 390-horsepower 2.0-liter engine is mounted behind instead of in front of the passenger compartment.

Hyundai also unveiled the 2020 Ioniq and the Vision T plug-in hybrid SUV concept vehicle.

Infiniti Edition 30

In conjunction with its 30th anniversary, Infiniti announced its Edition 30 model vehicles which will get “distinctive” design elements as well as ProAssist safety technology as standard equipment, which means the special versions of the Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60 and QX80 will come with intelligent cruise control, distance-control assist, around-view monitor, backup-collection intervention and predictive forward-collision warning.

Karma SC2 Concept

Karma Automotive showed its 2020 Revero GTS sedan and its SC2 Concept. “Featuring cutting-edge technology and design, SC2 is a bold demonstration of Karma’s emergence as a high-tech mobility incubator, embodying world class luxury design and Karma IP,” the company said. The SC2 is a 1,100-horsepower electric vehicle with 10,500 pound-feet of torque and 350 miles of range, the company said, adding its it sprints to 60 mph in less than 1.9 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Revero GTS will do 0-60 in less than 4 seconds when production begins early in 2020, the company said.

Kia Seltos X-Line

Not only did Kia unveil it new 2021 Seltos SUV at LA, but two concept vehicles based on it — the Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept and Seltos X-Line Urban Concept. “The Seltos is an exciting addition Kia’s tough and rugged lineup of Kia SUVs,” Kia Motor America president Michael Cole said. “But the Kia brand is always looking toward the future and we are eager to show what may wait just around the corner. These new concepts are meant to get the creative juices flowing and illustrate what the ultimate Seltos could be.”

Lexus LC 500

Lexus promises that drivers of the front engine, rear-wheel-drive LC convertible can expect performance like that of the coupe, and with a view unhindered by a roof overhead. The cabrio gets the same 471-horsepower engine and makes up for the removal of the top by improving chassis rigidity with additional and relocated structural braces, including the rear suspension brace. The convertible roof is a 4-layer soft top that can be powered open or close at speeds up to 31 mph, Lexus reports.

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Arriving at Lincoln dealerships next summer is the Corsair Grand Touring, a plugin-hybrid SUV that will offer “Lincoln-first (and first-in-segment) electric all-wheel drive” as well as Lincoln-signature features as Phone As A Key and Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 Plus. The Corsair joins the hybrid Aviator model that was introduced earlier this year.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda says its new CX-30 crossover will offer “class-leading” 186 horsepower while combining the proportions of an SUV with the “flowing beauty” of a coupe.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic

What distinguishes the Mercedes-Maybach GLS from other luxury SUVs? According to the automaker, it’s “The unique combination of comfort, technology and luxury. The great spaciousness, especially in the second seat row, and the use of materials are just two examples. Other examples include the electronically extending running boards that are not visible when retracted. The vehicle also features Airmatic suspension, an exclusive Maybach program for even more comfort while cruising, and an electrically boosted 550 horsepower V8.

Mercedes also showed the Mercedes0-AMG GLS 63, GLS 63 S and all-electric EQC.

Nissan Sentra

Nissan says the 2020 model reinvents the company’s best-selling U.S. vehicle. The original Sentra was a 1982 model and more than 6 million have been sold since then, Nissan reported. The 2020 version launches Sentra’s 8th generation and features a new platform that is 2 inches lower and wider. Nissan says the interior is “more refined and luxurious.” Also new is the 149-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Subaru WRX, WRX STI limited editions

Subaru says it will produce only 500 limited-edition WRX and 500 limited-edition WRX STI models equipped with ceramic white exterior paint, matte bronze wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, high-performance Bilstein sport-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes with red (WRX) or silver (STI) calipers.

Toyota RAV4 Prime

Toyota says the RAV4 Prime will be the most powerful, quickest and yet most fuel-efficient version of the compact crossover. It will feature a hybrid powertrain that should be good for 0-to-60 sprints in less than 6 seconds while providing the equivalent of 90 mpg. It also will be the first RAV4 with an available heads-up display.

Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion

VW used the Petersen Automotive Museum as the location for the unveiling of the ID. Space Vizzion, designed as a grand touring sedan but with “the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV.” As an ID. vehicle, the Space Vizzion has an electric powertrain, in this case offering “up to 300 miles” of range.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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