Here’s what we’ve seen at the LA Auto Show – USA TODAY
It’s the first of the season’s big U.S. auto shows, and some automakers are betting car buyers are in a mood to have a little fun. Here’s a look at what we’ve seen so far:
2017 Fiat 124 Spider
The 124 Spider — its name borrowed from an iconic little convertible Fiat sold from 1966 to 1985 — uses the same architecture as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Fiat’s exterior panels and engines are unique. The result is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic affordable Italian roadster.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe
The coupe is aimed at generating renewed enthusiasm among the Honda Civic faithful, in a sportier version than the sedan that will make up a small, but important, part of overall demand, USA TODAY’s Chris Woodyard says.
2017 Jaguar XE
The updated version of Jaguar’s compact sports sedan unveiled in L.A. offers a fresh design at a nice price. The 2017 Jaguar XE starts at $34,900. The vehicle comes with three powertrain options, and the top-line engine starts at $41,700.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Watch out Tesla. Alfa’s U.S. chief Reid Bigland said they wanted to “create a sedan that performs like a two-seat sports car” and one that becomes “the fastest, quietest and most technologically advanced premium sedan in the world.” The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has a top speed of 191 miles per hour.
2017 Lincoln MKZ
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury sedan will be the first Lincoln on the road to wear the new face of the brand when it goes on sale next summer.
Infiniti is hoping to wins the hearts of younger, affluent drivers with the swoopy lines of the QX30, then the all-wheel-drive, high ride height and space that it hopes will close the deal. Even though it is aimed at the young, it will have some of the features that make luxury appeal to older customers. For instance, Infiniti says QX30 will have the quietest interior in its segment.
2017 Ford Escape
The Escape compact crossover is the No. 2 player in the hottest segment of the U.S. market and receives a major upgrade for the 2017 model year. The Escape is Ford’s second-best seller in the U.S. after the F-150 pickup. Ford sold more than 306,000 Escapes last year and could set a record this year.
2017 Hyundai Elantra
The redesigned compact sedan is going more mainstream as Hyundai replaces the lumpy headlights from the previous model and adds a new hexagonal grille. The automaker trumpets the interior space and cargo volume.