2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

November 12, 2014

2016 Acura ILX

The compact Acura ILX sedan hasn't been what we'd call a runaway success in its three years on the market. The Civic-based sedan has sold slowly, and last year its hybrid edition was dropped--while the Civic itself was quickly refreshed with a better interior, new features, and revised steering and suspension tuning. This year at the LA Auto Show, the ILX gets its second chance with some styling updates, a new powertrain and a substantially upgraded interior. For now, all Acura is revealing is this teaser image, which shows new graphics and clear taillight lenses. 

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M

 

2015 BMW X5 M and X6M

BMW's mid-size sport-utility vehicles have been thoroughly revamped, so in the usual timeline, we're at the point where ferociously powerful M editions are due. At the Los Angeles show, the M duo makes its debut, powered by BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, rated here at 567 horsepower. In launch control mode, BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds flat; top speed is limited to 155 mph. The M utes' suspensions have been reworked, and all-wheel drive is standard, but it's set up with a rear torque bias. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and 21-inch wheels are standard. To distinguish it from lesser utes, the X5 M and X6 M get big front air intakes, body-colored side moldings, and quad-exhaust tips. The X5 M and X6 M go on sale early next year, priced from $99,650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Teaser

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Teaser

2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The Cadillac ATS is one of the best compact luxury vehicles you can buy, but until now the top versions were powered by a 321-horsepower V-6. For the 2016 model year, the ATS-V Coupe ups the ante by at least a hundred horsepower. The first V-Series ATS gets a twin-turbocharged version of the same V-6--and in the CTS, that powerplant makes 420 horsepower. In this BMW M4-fighting application, power is expected to soar to as much as 450 hp. The ATS-V Coupe also will bear uprated wheels, tires, and brakes. Pricing is expected to start in the low-$60,000 range, and a sedan companion should arrive soon after the Coupe goes on sale early next year.

 

2015 Chrysler 300 leaked (Image via Allpar)

2015 Chrysler 300 leaked (Image via Allpar)

2015 Chrysler 300

Dodge's Charger and Challenger have been through the model-year update cycle already--and suitably Hellcatted--but the companion Chrysler 300 will wait until the LA show to reveal a moderately updated style. Chrysler is promising a thorough refresh, which likely means a front- and rear-end update and some tech enhancements. What we don't expect is the return of the 300 SRT, as the badge is being rolled back into the Dodge brand. That doesn't mean the 300 will lose its HEMI engines entirely, just that there's likely no Hellcat 707-hp V-8 in its future.

 

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] says the Explorer is due for its mid-cycle refresh, and it's chosen the Los Angeles auto show as the launching pad for the updated crossover. The Explorer was new for the 2011 model year and has received periodic updates, such as the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder edition. This time around, it's expected to adopt Ford's new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which will increase its towing capacity. A freshened look front and back will be a part of the update, as well as what Ford describes only as “additional driver-assist technology.”

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe All Wheel Drive

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe All Wheel Drive

Jaguar F-Type AWD

Jaguar’s F-Type is more of a utility player than it seems--it's already available as a coupe or roadster, in three different power levels. Now it's adding another piece of hardware to expand its appeal: all-wheel drive. Jaguar showed off the new all-wheel-drive F-Type before its first appearance at the LA show, and says it's already clocking lower 0-60 mph times with the system than with rear-wheel drive (3.9 seconds in the F-Type R coupe, versus 4.1 seconds for the rear-drive version.) Jaguar is expected to continue to play out the F-Type with an SVR edition and with an entry-level four-cylinder model, as well as a new F-Type R convertible.

Teaser for Lexus LF-C2 concept debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Teaser for Lexus LF-C2 concept debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Lexus LF-C2

If you've been waiting patiently while Lexus pronounced its IS C convertible a goner, wait no more. The next Lexus convertible will be on display at the Los Angeles auto show, as a lightly veiled concept dubbed the LF-C2. No technical details have been offered yet, but we expect the RC convertible to follow on this concept's heels quickly--though only the V-6 powertrain is likely to be offered initially.

First look at refreshed Mazda 6 (Atenza) - WorldScoop forum

First look at refreshed Mazda 6 (Atenza) - WorldScoop forum

2016 Mazda 6

The 2016 Mazda 6 gets revamped with some significant upgrades arriving in time for the LA Auto Show. Expected changes include a revised instrument panel design and an improved, standalone infotainment-screen setup that appears much like what’s offered in the Mazda 3. Accompanying the interior updates will be slight changes to the 6's front end, with more brightwork applied to the front end.

Teaser for Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover

Teaser for Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda will also flesh out its lineup with a brand-new model in the 2016 model year. The new CX-3 crossover hatchback will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new subcompact has been conceived as a competitor for the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and even vehicles like the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3. No technical details have been published, but the CX-3 likely shares much of its running gear with the Mazda 2 replacement expected on sale in the U.S. next year.

2016 Mazda CX-5 leaked via brochure scans (Image via Worldscoop forums)

2016 Mazda CX-5 leaked via brochure scans (Image via Worldscoop forums)

2016 Mazda CX-5

For its third LA Show debut, Mazda will show off the upgraded CX-5 crossover. New front and rear end treatments will appear for the 2016 model-year crossover, as will revised headlights and a new grille pattern. A new infotainment system will replace the current, outdated setup. There’s no word yet on any powertrain updates.

Teaser for new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Teaser for new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach

Mercedes-Benz will bring back its Maybach nameplate once more--only this time, instead of affixing it to a stand-alone model, the rechristened Mercedes-Maybach will be an extension of the fabulous new S-Class sedan. On the show stand in Los Angeles, the new Maybach will be a stretched, restyled, and considerably plusher version of the S600--let that digest for a moment. The stretch in length goes almost entirely to the rear-seat space, enabling first-class lounge seating, as in the photo shown above. The Maybach is expected to be priced above $300,000--but it's not the end of the S-Class' ambitions. A million-dollar Pullman sedan, stretched even longer, should arrive next year.

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo's V60 has earned our kudos for its enticing cabin and exciting horsepower--but Americans really want crossovers, not wagons. Hence, the Volvo V60 Cross Country, a new Allroad-ish wagon due to be shown in Los Angeles. Compared to the V60 wagon, the Cross Country gains 2.6 inches more ground clearance, underbody cladding, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. The Cross Country will arrive in the U.S. as a 2015.5 model, and will come with available 18- and 19-inch wheels, leather trim with contrast stitching, and the latest Sensus Connect infotainment system. Pricing should land in the mid-$40,000 range.

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