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2020 Kansas City Auto Show: 2020 Land Rover Defender and 4 Other Things Can’t Miss

2020 Land Rover Defender

We get it, Kansas City, you’re still riled up over the Chiefs’ big Super Bowl win. But trust me when I say that the 2020 Kansas City Auto Show should be the next big thing to grab your attention. Some of the hottest new cars of the 2020 model year — including the Land Rover Defender, Lexus LC 500 and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport — will be on display in the Heart of America.

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More than 500 cars, trucks and SUVs from 28 international and domestic brands will take over Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., in downtown K.C. The show kicks off Wednesday and runs through March 8. Hours are 5-10 p.m. March 4; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 5-7; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 8.

Tickets are $12 for showgoers age 12 or older, $6 for children ages 8-12 and free for children age 7 or younger.  Visit the show’s website for more info and to purchase tickets. Parking is free in the Liberty Parking Lot, and a shuttle service will be available for drop-off and pickup at the show doors.

Want the chance to kick tires and pop hoods without the pressure to buy (or just want a chance to meet Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce)? Then buckle up, Kay-Cee-Mo, ’cause here are five things you won’t want to miss at the 2020 Kansas City Auto Show:

1. 2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender has returned to the U.S. for the first time since 1997 and will be on display for the show. While it holds on to some of the rugged, boxy styling of the original, it’s bringing plenty of updates to the off-roading arena. The 2020 Defender gets a Terrain Response system that is configurable to driver preferences, a ground-view camera and a maximum towing capability of up to 8,201 pounds. Land Rover is also offering a line of accessories to further trick out your Defender to your liking. Under the hood is either the standard 296-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, or a 395-hp, turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender starts at $50,925 (including a $1,025 destination charge) for the mid-size, four-door 110 version that will hit dealerships in the spring. Pricing for the two-door 90 version is expected to drop closer to the release date, which is slated for late 2020.

Read more about the 2020 Land Rover Defender here.

2. 2020 Lexus LC 500

2020 Lexus LC 500

The 2020 Lexus LC 500 will be a hard one to miss on the show floor. On the outside, this luxury touring coupe features a sleek, futuristic design. Inside, it has a touchpad on the center console that controls a 10.3-inch multimedia screen and an available Mark Levinson 13-speaker sound system. Powering the LC 500 is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 that puts out 471 hp and is mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled transmission with paddle shifters; Lexus says it’ll go 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. It also comes in a hybrid version, the LC 500h. Its 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motors have a combined system output of 354 hp.

The 2020 Lexus LC 500 is available now. It starts at $92,950 with destination; the LC 500h starts at $98,535.

Read more about the 2020 Lexus LC 500 here.

3. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The all-new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport mid-size SUV debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show as a sportier version of its three-row Atlas parent. The five-seat Cross Sport gets a slicked-back, coupelike design to distinguish itself. It comes with two engine options — a 235-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 276-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Cross Sport comes standard with a host of standard safety and driver assistance tech, including blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert. On upper trims, adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature and a dynamic road sign display are available.

The Cross Sport starts at $31,565 (including a $1,020 destination). It’s scheduled to roll onto dealership lots in the spring.

Read more about the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport here.

4. Test Drives

2020 Toyota RAV4

If you’re in the market for a new car, just getting an up-close look at these cars won’t be enough — you’re also going to want to get behind the wheel. Toyota is offering test drives of some of its cars on a short course through downtown Kansas City so shoppers can get a real, on-the-road driving experience. Models available to test-drive are the Camry, Highlander, RAV4 and Tundra.

Test-drive times vary by day, so be sure to check the schedule here.

5. Puppies!

In case you’re looking for a new friend to hang out the window of your new car (don’t let your pet hang out the window, but you get our point), the Kansas City Auto Show will host a dog adoption event as part of the Subaru Loves Pets initiative. In conjunction with local animal shelters, several pooches will be available to make a part of your family. For more information about the adoption event — including dates and times — visit the show’s site.

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