More than 1,000 vehicles are on display at this year’s auto show in Los Angeles. From ‘retro’ to cars with a ‘Star Wars’ theme, here are our picks for the best and worst at the show. USA TODAY
The Los Angeles Auto Show is in full swing and automakers are showing off new updates of hot-selling vehicles and the debut of a batch of sexy new cars, SUVs and trucks.
Take a look at some of the most interesting vehicles we have seen.
Jeep Wrangler gets a fresh new look
Its roots trace back to World War II. Time
The updated Jeep Wrangler was shown at the L.A. Auto Show and the iconic vehicle retains its rugged roots and distinctive looks but adds some modern touches.
This Wrangler is lighter and more fuel-efficient thanks to aluminum doors, hinges, fender flares and windshield frames that help lower its weight and improve gas mileage.
Coming to dealerships in January, new features include a more aerodynamic windshield that can fold down, a backup camera in the middle of the rear-mounted spare tire, a push-button start and the latest in-car entertainment system.
Hyundai unveils 2018 Kona crossover
The Kona crossover is the first of seven crossover utility vehicles the South Korean automaker will introduce to the U.S. market by 2020.
Hyundai describes the exterior design theme as “urban smart armor” and features a cascading grille and “aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance.”
Meet the Aria FXE concept supercar
The Aria FXE concept supercar is making an appearance at the auto show and the price starts at a mere $650,000.
For that price you get a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 four-wheel drive hybrid engine that is slated to deliver 1,150 horsepower, hit 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds and have a top speed of 210 mph.
Lincoln renames its top midsize SUV
Ford’s luxury unit decided to rename its best-selling vehicle after a sea creature as the Lincoln MKX becomes the Lincoln Nautilus.
Lincoln reclaimed its iconic front signature grille and the new Nautilus has space for up to five passengers. It also features more head and leg room because of redesigned seating, plus lumbar massages to reduce fatigue.
Kia’s Sorento SUV is an off-road monster
Kia showed off the off-road capabilities of its 2019 Sorento SUV.
Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America, said the 2019 Sorento has “a capability that’s unexpected with a crossover utility vehicle.”
Nissan’s stylish little Kicks SUV
The Nissan Kicks SUV packs plenty of style and technology into a small package.
It’s loaded with features, including automatic emergency braking, Bose audio, a 7-inch infotainment screen and an available 7-inch driver information display in the gauge cluster, along with optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and three USB ports.
Toyota FT-AC SUV concept goes outdoors
Toyota unveiled an SUV concept that targets outdoor enthusiasts, including cyclists and hikers.
The Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC, has prominent black cladding around the wheel wells, 20-inch tires, metallic green paint with a white top, silver trim and a bike rack.
Toyota says the fog lights can be taken out from their pods and used as portable lights or attached to a mountain bike for occasional night rides.
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