This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, automakers displayed their best efforts for the year to come. There was plenty to see, from a 755-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette that is the fastest in the world to an all-electric Mini that is the first of what will eventually be a 100-percent electric portfolio.
As with previous years, midsize SUVs and crossovers dominated, especially on the luxury front, while autonomous driving and electric-powered power trains were prevalent among everyone from BMW and Mercedes to Land Rover, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Mini. There was even an all-electric, all-wheel-drive Defender-style SUV from an obscure company called Bollinger.
“There’s no question that this is the show where automakers want to talk about alternative fuel and alternative power trains,” said Joe Wiesenfelder, the executive editor of Cars.com. “In California especially, it’s such a hot segment.”
Elsewhere, as sales decline among sedans, sales among sport utility vehicles continue to rise. To that end, Subaru, Lexus, Volvo, and Hyundai all showed new compact and midsize SUVs, while Jeep’s new Wrangler was perhaps the most anticipated of the lot. That was the first major update for the brand’s most iconic offering in 10 years.
“The 2017 show saw another round of utility-vehicle introductions overshadowing car reveals,” said Michelle Culver, the associate director of IHS Markit research. “Jeep Wrangler [was] among the most-watched UV introductions: Wrangler sales are forecasted to increase, and North America will be Wrangler’s most significant market.”
Most of the vehicles uncovered this week in L.A. will be available in spring 2018, though some will arrive as late as fourth-quarter 2018. And there is still plenty of time to see them before making a purchase. The show remains open to the public until Dec. 10.