The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public on Friday, but auto industry types have been putting on shows and introducing new cars and concepts since Sunday. And while the future of the auto industry might be in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, the present is dominated by sport utility vehicles and crossovers — and, apparently, the bigger the better.
Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) introduced new three-row seating models of its Lexus RX L luxury crossovers. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL has manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $47,670 and 49,070, respectively. The RX 450hL uses a hybrid drive system that enables drivers to use an all-electric drive system at low speeds for short distances. Toyota is also unveiling its Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Thursday.
Subaru has its own three-row SUV, the 2019 Ascent, and Jaguar Land Rover showed off a 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic, as well as a Land Rover Discovery SVX Concept.
There are other SUVs and crossovers, but there are also some other interesting, if smaller, vehicles. Like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, with an in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine and 48-volt technology that can improve a vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 15% through the use of an integrated electric motor and recuperative braking. The CLS goes on sale in the United States in the fall of next year.
BMW revealed an all-electric concept version of its Mini that may be manufactured in the United States. The German automaker also showed off its 2019 i8 plug-in hybrid Roadster and i8 Sports Coupe.
Back in the USA, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) showed off its recently introduced Corvette ZR1 supercar. A 755-horsepower supercharged V-8 is the fastest Corvette production model ever. The car’s top speed is over 210 mph and it goes on sale next spring.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) launched its midsize 2019 Lincoln Nautilus earlier this week.