2017 Los Angeles Auto Show preview

Written by Lee Bailie on .

With the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show kicking off next week with press preview days (Nov. 29 – 30) in advance of the show opening to the public on Dec. 1, we thought we’d put together a list of anticipated reveals for the final big car show of the year.

Compiled below are the debuts from luxury and performance manufacturers that have been confirmed for L.A., along with a list of additional carmakers that have reveals scheduled.

Ignition will be on site at the Los Angeles Convention Center to cover the big reveals as they happen so be sure to check back here and on our Facebook page.

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Audi

Confirmed to be shown at L.A. is the 2019 A8, along with something else for which there are no details as of now. The 2019 A8 was previously shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show this past September. The biggest Audi sedan is due to begin arriving in Canada in next summer, and two models have been confirmed for our market: the A8L 55, powered by a 3.0L turbocharged V6 (340 hp / 369 lb-ft.) and the A8L 60 which comes with a 4.0L turbocharged V8 (460 hp / 487 lb-ft.). Both are long-wheelbase models (hence the L designation), and come with an eight-speed automatic and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

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BMW

The Munich-based automaker has confirmed the M3 CS special edition (above) will make its world debut in L.A., along with a slew of other products which have been show previously, including the pure-electric i Vision Dynamics four-door Gran Coupe, the i3s, a sportier and more powerful variant of the all-electric i3 compact and the 8 Series Concept coupe. Making their North American debuts will be the all-new M5 and the 6 Series Gran Turismo. The X7 iPerformance Concept SUV, which was first shown in Frankfurt will make its first U.S. appearance in L.A. after being shown in Toronto in mid-October.

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Genesis

The G70 compact luxury sports sedan, which shares a platform with the Kia Stinger, will make its North American debut in L.A. after first being revealed in Korea this past September. North American spec models have yet to be confirmed, but Canada is a good bet to receive both gas engines being offered, a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder (248 hp / 260 lb-ft.) and a 3.3-litre turbocharged V6 (365 hp / 376 lb-ft.). A 2.2-litre turbo diesel four will also be available, but is unlikely to come to North America. All-wheel drive is so far unconfirmed, but likely given its standard kit on G80s and G90s currently sold in Canada.

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Infiniti

Infiniti has two items on its reveal docket for L.A. The first is a world premiere, while the second is the production version of the refreshed 2018 QX80 full-size SUV (above) which had its world reveal at the Dubai Motor Show earlier this month. The changes are primarily on the outside where the QX80 receives a new front fascia with new headlights and a new grille and bumper treatment. New tail lights are also included with this update. Under the skin, the 5.6L V8 (400 hp / 413 lb-ft.) carries over as does the seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The 2018 QX80 is expected to go on sale by the end of the year.

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Jaguar / Land Rover

Several reveals are on the docket for these British brands in L.A., led by the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV and the Range Rover SV Autobiography, which will be making its world debut. Among the other vehicles to be shown are the i-PACE eTrophy Prototype and the Land Rover Discovery SVX Concept (North American debuts), along with the first auto show appearance for the 575-horsepower 2018 Jaguar XJR575 (above), the most powerful XJ sedan the company has ever built.

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Lexus

Toyota’s luxury brand recently confirmed the 2018 RX 350L, a three-row variant of its popular, Canadian-built SUV will debut in L.A. No other details have been revealed as of yet.

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Lincoln

Lincoln has a world premiere scheduled, but two SUVs will also be in attendance, the all-new 2018 full-size Navigator and the compact 2019 MKC (above), which receives a mid-cycle refresh. The 2018 Navigator is on sale now, and the 2019 MKC is set to arrive in dealers next summer.

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Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes isn’t saying much about the forthcoming world premiere of the 2019 CLS, but the four-door coupe is due for an update, having last been refreshed in 2014. Current Canadian models include the 550 4MATIC powered by a 4.6L V8 (402 hp / 443 lb-ft.) mated to an 9-speed automatic and the 63 S 4MATIC, which has the 5.5L biturbo V8 (577 hp / 590 lb-ft.) paired with a 7-speed multi-clutch automatic.

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Porsche

The Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has a world premiere scheduled but has so far not indicated what it will be. Also expected to be at the Porsche stand is the all-new 2019 Cayenne SUV (Turbo model above), which was originally shown at Frankfurt. It will go on sale in Canada next summer.

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Volvo

The Swedish carmaker is expected to bring the compact 2019 XC40 SUV to North America for the first time, after it was first revealed in Milan this past September. Built on the company’s new compact modular architecture platform (CMA), the XC40 will be available in Canada as a T5 variant with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (250 hp / 258 lb-ft.) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Momentum and R-Design trims are slated to arrive next spring, with Inscription models due by summer.

These manufacturers will also have new product reveals in L.A.: General Motors (Chevrolet), Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Photography courtesy of the manufacturers

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