(photos by Brian Makse)
Los Angeles is all about excess and going over-the-top, so of course automakers saved some big reveals for this California car show
BMW i8 Roadster
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
Mitsubishi Eclipse Crossover
Check it out: The next-generation Jeep Wrangler JL looks a lot like its predecessor, the JK, but it’s been improved to be smoother on-road, and more capable off, via a million little changes that will probably have to be felt to be appreciated. Plus a diesel is due in 2019, and a hybrid the year after.
Check it out: Besides losing its roof for the LA show, the i8 got a slight power bump and an extended range. The old coupe still looks the same, though, so if we had to pick one it’d have to be the Roadster for style alone, especially since it keeps the trick doors.
Check it out: Why take the Convertible version of Chevrolet’s most powerful car ever over its closed-top cousin? The coupe, revealed in Dubai a few weeks ago, almost certainly has a little advantage in rigidity, but Chevy keeps talking about the ZR1’s exhaust note, and we don’t want to block that out with any sort of roof.
Check it out: We’re not sure we dig the CLS’ new angrier, frowny-faced look, but we’re definitely giving it props for having an inline-six-cylinder underhood. That’s an engine you just don’t see in most sedans, especially not with a hybrid “boost” button attached.
Check it out: Why are we losing our heads over an SUV? We’re just excited to see Subaru compete in this space, and for the first time offer an eight-seater vehicle. 5,000 lbs of towing capacity out of a 2.4-litr Boxer four-cylinder? Neat.
Check it out: When a new piece of technology makes its debut, we get curious, and we’re especially interested in seeing how the weird variable compression tech in Infiniti’s new turbo engine works. An industry first, it could actually offer both performance and efficiency by physically changing its architecture, unlike other automakers who just use that metaphor willy-nilly.
Check it out: What excites us most about the new Eclipse Crossover, and Mitsubishi’s new range generally, is whether totally dropping sports cars from its offerings in favour of crossovers and SUVs will actually pay off and translate into market success.