Auto News: LA Auto Show SUV Extravaganza

auto show extravaganza

SUVs and crossovers stole the show at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, which is open to the public through November 27th. Here are a few of the models in the limelight.

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar rolled out its new I-PACE electric SUV which will take on the Tesla Model X. It’s Jag’s first all-electric vehicle and only its second SUV behind the new F-PACE, which we recently reviewed.

While the I-PACE offers a healthy 400-horsepower, it won’t have quite the acceleration of the Model X in Ludicrous Mode. The I-PACE is also two rows as opposed to three.

A production version won’t be out until the second half of 2018. 

Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept

Subaru dazzled the crowd with its new SUV concept that is destined to ‘”become the company’s flagship”.  

It’s dubbed the VIZIV-7, but will likely arrive with a different name. The three-row family hauler is in a word, huge. It will compete against models like the GMC Yukon, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition to name a few.

Subaru’s last attempt at a big SUV, the Tribeca, didn’t go so well. The company is largely known for its midsize models like the popular Outback and Forester models.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet’s all-new redesigned 2018 Equinox is making an appearance at this year’s show as well.

The five-seater has a sleeker look with a revamped front fascia and more technology. But the biggest news is that is will offer a diesel engine under the hood. There are two gas engines to choose from as well. All three engines are mated to a new nine-speed transmission.

It will hit the road in the spring of 2017.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen is hoping its new three-row Atlas will woo Americans, seeing as how the automaker says it designed it with us in mind. The is another huge family hauler and it arrives next spring in five different trims. Because, you know, apparently we Americans like to have options.

There are two available powertrains. One is VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI four-cylinder with 238 horsepower. The other option is a 3.6-liter VR6 engine with 280-horsepower.

It will be built at VW’s plant in Tennessee.

2018 Toyota C-HR

Toyota’s C-HR made its North American debut at the show.

One look and you know it’s not as subdued as the Rav4. Clearly, it’s designed to go after younger buyers with an edgy, muscular look. There is only one engine option, a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder good for 144-horses and 190 pound-feet of torque. It sends power to the front wheels via a CVT.

It lands in early 2017.

Photo Credit: Toyota
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