CARS.COM — It’s ironic that in a town that routinely ranks in the top five most vegan-friendly cities in the America, so many major car debuts at its annual auto exhibition can be described as nothing short of Grade A USDA red meat. In particular, this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show witnessed the show-stopping unveilings of two icons of American automotive obsession: the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
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The Wrangler keenly updates some of the off-road SUV’s more utilitarian drawbacks with more livable features while not materially messing around with what its rabid enthusiast base adores about it. Meanwhile, the ZR1 didn’t get some subtly elegant powertrain upgrades or fuel-economy improvements — instead, well, it returns as The Fastest Corvette Ever Made.
Ah, to live and drive in L.A.
But the big news doesn’t stop there, not by a long shot. With its finger right on the thumping pulse of the sedan-eschewing American car shopper, the L.A. show boasts a robust lineup of SUVs, including a full five all-new models — six, if you include the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, Ford’s luxury brand’s refreshed-and-renamed MKX. The others include the 2018 Hyundai Kona, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, 2018 Nissan Kicks, 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2019 Volvo XC40.
That’s in addition to new versions of the Infiniti QX50, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKC and Volkswagen Tiguan. But fear not, luxury performance car fans, L.A. hasn’t forgotten you: Witness the 2019 Audi A8, 2019 BMW i8 roadster, 2018 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.
So what’s left for us normal folk who just want a nice, comfortable, admirably performing non-luxury car to get us from point A to point B? First of all … you’re in the wrong city. Second of all: The 2018 Mazda6 also bowed.
All told, we saw the cloth drop on 18 new models today — with plenty more to come on Thursday in advance of the show opening to the public this weekend.
In the meantime, here’s what you might have missed on Day One at the L.A. auto show:
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