The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday and if you’re planning to go, make sure you wear your walking shoes. There is a ton to see and you don’t want to miss any of it.
Automakers are showing off their latest model lineups and this week they unveiled new vehicles and concepts.
Porsche rolled out the new long-wheelbase Panamera Executive Edition. Patrick Dempsey, a longtime Porsche enthusiast who is a brand spokesperson, even showed up for the party. It’s the top-of-the-line of the Panamera family and all you need is a chauffeur. It’s available with all engines you can get in the regular model, including the new entry-level powertrain.
The all-new mini 2017 Countryman also took its bow. It’s the biggest Mini to date. Compared to the old Countryman, it’s eight inches longer and almost five inches taller. Plus, it has 13 percent more cargo space in the rear. For the first time it will be also available as a plug-in.
Also a big announcement from Mazda. The automaker says it will roll out a diesel engine on the redesigned CX-5 in the second half of 2017. Mazda’s been promising a diesel for the U.S. for years now, but it’s been delayed while the automaker worked to meet strict U.S. emissions guidelines.
Alfa Romeo also unveiled its first SUV, the 2018 Stelvio. The standard and TI models come with a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 280-horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. The automaker says it will be the fastest SUV in its class. It looks like a taller Giulia, the automaker’s four-door sedan. It’s the company’s third model for the states.