Day 1 of the LA Auto Show is in the books. There was a day of events prior to this one, but this was the first full day of reveals. Here are ten of the biggest unveilings from the first day of festivities so far. Some are big reveals, while others are special editions of already-known hot cars. Check out our ten favorite cars from Day 1 of the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
No surprise here. It’s the hardtop version of the much-loved F-Type convertible. It will be available in one of two V6s, and a supercharged V8, making 550 horsepower. It will start at $65,000 for the 380 horsepower V6 model, or $99,000 for the V8.
This special version of the Viper comes with black chrome wheels, orange brake calipers, and will be painted in a matte gray that has not yet been named. It costs more than $100,000 and with less than 50 set to be produced, is the most exclusive version of the Viper to date.
Porsche was one of the first to the luxury/performance SUV market with the Cayenne. The Macan is a downsized take on the same formula. The Macan S is going to start at $49,900 and come with a 340 horsepower twin-turbo 3.0L V6. The Macan Turbo costs $72,300, and features an up-sized 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horses.
The Edge was getting long in the tooth, and with the redesigned Explorer and Escape, it was a question as to even the need for a mid-size, two row crossover. But the Edge appears to be up for a redesign, and this concept gives a close idea of what an eventual production vehicle will look like.
The much-awaited mid-size Chevy pickup will sport a 195 horsepower I4 and 302 horsepower V6. Power is sent through a 6-speed automatic to rear-wheel drive and available 4WD. Inside, it has tech features like Chevy MyLink. No word yet on EPA numbers or price.
This is the crossover that will save Lincoln. The design cues first seen on the MKZ sedan are far more fetching on this mid-size crossover. With a competent powertrain, and upscale appointments, this could be a real success.
Apparently keeping up with the Joneses in the luxury market is creating vehicle segments that previously did not exist. Its new and strange, so of course there will be a market for a 355-horsepower, high-riding performance hatchback that will likely carry a price tag in excess of $53,000.
As evidenced by the rest of its lineup improving (and becoming more expensive), Kia is bent on moving upmarket. The K900 is to be the Korean automaker’s future flagship sedan. The K900 features styling of its smaller siblings like the Forte, but will likely carry a price tag in the high $40K-low $50K range.
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Meanwhile, in Japan, Lexus debuted a fetching new coupe. The RC is payout for what has been a long wait for an exciting, affordable Lexus two-door. The RC will be powered by a 315 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and an available 2.5-liter hybrid setup.
Also at the Tokyo show was the debut of a pair of fascinating Nissan concepts. The IDx Freeflow concept and IDx Nismo concept appear wildly futuristic, but harken back to the Datsun 510 and other classic Nissan/Datsun models.
Other notable LA debuts: