Update: Added Toyota Camry to the list and updated the Mustang GT California Special.
Friends, can you believe 2023 is nearly over? Here we are, talking about vehicles slated to debut at this year's LA Auto Show. It opens to the public on Friday, November 17, but doors for the media open a day earlier.
There are some notable debuts taking place this year, but we aren't expecting a flurry of activity as we did a few weeks ago at the Japan Mobility Show. And lest we forget, Stellantis backed out of the action due to the UAW strike. As a result, the new 2025 Ram and electric range-extended Ramcharger – that probably would've debuted at the show – already had their moments in the spotlight.
As of now, that leaves us with four proper debuts from major brands featuring either completely new vehicles, or updates of existing models. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from the major brands, and check back often. Sometimes an automaker or two will surprise us leading up to the show; we will update this list as more automakers announce their debuts.
Subaru "Fully Redesigned" Vehicle
This is very likely a next-generation Subaru Forester, though we haven't heard anything official on that. Our email inbox received the above teaser photo from Subaru on November 2, promising something all new and fully redesigned. The key word here is redesigned, as it points to a thorough makeover of an existing Subie. Currently in its fifth generation, the Forester is the oldest model in Subaru's stable having been launched in 2018. The timing is appropriate for a sixth-gen version to arrive.
It's been over three years since Lucid announced its second production vehicle – the Gravity SUV. Much has happened in the world since then, but to Lucid's credit, development has continued, and we're finally ready to see the production version up close. It will be offered in a choice of two-row or three-row seating configurations, and since we're talking about Lucid, a crazy-powerful performance trim on par with the Tesla Model X Plaid is all but guaranteed.
Toyota Crown SUV
The Crown is still a fresh nameplate in North America, having debuted in July 2022 as a high-riding sedan with serious crossover vibes. In Japan, however, Crown badges adorn several models including a spiffy SUV called Estate. It's coming to America, though Toyota has been cagey regarding the name. Whether it's called Crown Estate or something else, expect a bit more ride height and cargo space compared to the sedan. Under the skin, it will likely carry the same all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain with up to 340 horsepower offered in Hybrid Max spec.
Sedans aren't dead by a long shot, and Toyota is committed to the segment with the next-generation Camry. Teaser images suggest it will borrow some styling cues from the Prius, but the big news is what's happening beneath the skin. HEV AWD badges suggest it could get the same powertrain as the aforementioned Crown, possibly delivering up to 340 hp. The current-generation sedan entered production in 2017, and its popularity hasn't waned over the years. In 2022 it was the fifth best-selling vehicle in the US, beating notable models like the GMC Sierra and Honda CR-V.
Ford Mustang GT California Special
While not a new model per se, the GT California Special marks the first mainstream special-edition Mustang since the seventh generation's launch in 2022. The new pony debuted on November 9, contrary to the clever 11/11/23 clue hidden in a teaser image. It turns out that's the date the GT/CS makes its public debut, appearing at the South OC Cars and Coffee event at the Outlets of San Clemente, south of LA. It will still be at the show, bringing its special grille, blue accents, and other California Special appearance tweaks to attendees for the weeklong event.