Audi E-Tron Sportback
The Audi E-Tron Sportback follows the course of the more-traditional E-Tron, making it debuts at the L.A. Auto Show. We expect the same setup as the current Audi EV; up to 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. But this version will bear sportier fastback styling, and possibly even an "S" badge. It could be more powerful than the normal E-Tron.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is already public. The company pulled the cover off the car (digitally) in October – and even let us sample a prototype prior to that. But Los Angeles will be the first public showing in the U.S. for the compact 2 Series before it goes on sale next year. We expect both 228i xDrive and the M235i xDrive models to be on display.
BMW M2 CS
After nearly a year's worth of spy photos and speculation, the BMW M2 CS will make its world debut at the L.A. Auto Show next week. Even though the company already digitally revealed it just a few days ago. Whatever the case, the M2 CS, when it arrives in the sheet metal, will show off its newfound 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe
Like the 2 Series Gran Coupe, BMW showed us the M8 Gran Coupe (online) in early October. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, the standard M8 Gran Coupe produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, while the more-powerful M8 Gran Coupe Competition model pumps out 617 hp. The M8 Gran Coupe should be center stage at the BMW stand when doors open to the L.A. Auto Show next week. Here's hoping it wears the same purple-ish hue pictured here, as well.
BMW X3 xDrive30e
The BMW X3 xDrive30e makes its U.S. debut in Los Angeles. The plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid variant of BMW’s compact crossover relies on the power of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and an electric motor to produce a combined 292 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With the aid of all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the plug-in X3 scoots to 62 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 130 mph.
The facelifted Fiat 500X (yes, it still exists) will debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The company already pulled the cover off the subcompact crossover, showing off its revised front fascia and standard all-wheel drive.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford's highly teased, Mustang-inspired, fully electric SUV debuts this month. Finally. At the L.A. Auto Show, we'll see the high-riding pony in the sheet metal. We don't know exactly what it looks like yet, but recent spy shots from last week provided the clearest look at the EV yet. But Ford has officially given the SUV a name: Mustang Mach-E.
Genesis’s design language finally comes into its own on the updated G90 flagship luxury sedan. Whether you like the look or not, however, is up for debate. Genesis remains mum on details for the U.S. spec G90 but expect it to – at the very least – maintain the current car’s available 420 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. While the exterior of the refreshed G90 looks wildly different, its interior sports only minor changes.
The Hyundai Ioniq goes under the knife for the 2020 model year. Three powertrain options remain on the menu (gasoline-electric hybrid, gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid, and battery electric), however, only the battery-electric Ioniq Electric sees any noticeable differences for the new year as its range increases by 43 miles for an EPA-rated range estimate of 153 miles.
Karma SC2 Coupe Concept
Karma has flown under the radar, for the most part, since acquiring the Revero sedan’s platform from former owner Karma. But now the company hopes to emerge from the shadows with a new concept destined for LA. The Karma SC2 Coupe concept will make its debut at the auto show next week.
Already revealed as the Kia K5, the next-generation Optima is expected to make its U.S. debut in Los Angeles. Evolutionary styling results in a familiar looking vehicle. Still, the new Optima’s raked roofline gives it an even more aggressive look. Meanwhile, thin headlights and full-width taillights add an extra touch of modernity to Kia’s mid-size model.
We've already seen the 2020 Nissan Sentra, except it was called the Sylphy, and it debuted in China last April. The L.A. debut will give us a full rundown of the car's U.S. specs. However, a leaked order guide suggests the eight-generation Sentra could lose its manual gearbox, even though we've spotted test mules with the transmission. The same order guide says the Sentra will use a 149-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, an increase over the 130-hp 1.8-liter mill in the current car. Nissan will debut the Sentra on November 19.
Porsche Taycan 4S
Porsche debuted the more-affordable Taycan 4S last month. Loaded with two electric motors and a 79.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the Taycan 4S produces up to 563 horsepower giving it the ability to hit 60 miles per in about 3.8 seconds. Not estimates on range yet though, the company will release more details when the EV debuts in L.A. in just a few days.
Tesla won't show its so-called "Cybertruck" at the L.A. Auto Show. Rather, the company is hosting a private event offsite in the city, where it will debut the long-awaited pickup to the press and general public. What we know thus far is that the Tesla truck will be futuristic. We've seen many renderings attempt to predict the “Blade Runner” styling. But, we won't know anything officially until the electric pickup makes its debut next week.
Toyota is rolling into this year's L.A. Auto Show with a redesigned Mirai – the company's hydrogen-powered electric car – and it looks far better than its predecessor. Part of that is due to the Mirai's new, rear-wheel-drive platform. The current model powers the front wheels. Powertrain details remain under wraps, but the automaker is targeting a 30 percent increase in range over the current model, so expect around 400 miles when it goes on sale late next year.
Toyota RAV4 PHEV
Toyota’s strong-selling RAV4 gains a plug-in hybrid powertrain option. Toyota isn’t yet offering many specifics about the setup but says it’s "the most powerful RAV4 yet." If this is the case, then the electrified model needs to top the RAV4 GT from the mid-2000s with a V6 making 270 horsepower. Currently, the most potent RAV4 is the hybrid model with 219 hp, so there’s a strong possibility of the PHEV model offering impressive performance in addition to being efficient.
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport debuted to the press in early October. However, the coupe-inspired take on VW’s crossover debuts to the public in LA. The Cross Sport measures 2.8 inches shorter in length and 2.3 inches lower in height than the standard Atlas. The interior is also different, including a new steering wheel, 12-speaker stereo, and revised materials. The two crossovers ride on the same platform and share powertrains, though. Get our impressions of driving a prototype, here.
Volkswagen I.D. Space Vizzion
The oddly named Space Vizzion is the latest member of Volkswagen’s line of ID electric vehicle concepts. VW describes this one as a crossover that combines styling cues from a grand tourer and SUV. However, the company’s teaser images make it look a whole lot more like a wagon than a CUV. Until seeing the real thing, we can’t know for sure which category fits the machine better. Plus, the German automaker says a production version is coming to the China, Europe, and the United States in late 2021.
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