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2015 LA Auto Show: Preview

author photo by Colin Ryan November 2015
  • 30 world debuts expected
  • Yes, many will be crossovers
  • But there's a time machine, too

There should be approximately 50 new vehicles coming to the 2015 LA Auto Show. From those, close to 30 will be making their world debuts, while the remainder are being introduced to North America, which illustrates how the Los Angeles Auto Show is growing in stature among manufacturers and the industry as a whole.

This is the first major event in the United States during the traditional fall-to-spring auto show season, coming after Frankfurt and before Detroit. There's a wide range of fresh metal to take in, although a lot of it will be in crossover form because that's just how it is these days.


The BMW X4 M40i is one of three M cars coming west. It's the hot and sloped-roofed version of the X3 and should be ridiculous fun.

At $229,100, the 2017 Bentley Bentayga will be the world's most expensive production SUV -- perfect for Hollywood. The other British offering is the compact 2016 Jaguar F-PACE, the marque's first-ever crossover, which displays sporty intentions. Oh, and there's the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet, a soft-top crossover. The photos have already been released, but we'll see it in three dimensions for the first time in Los Angeles.

Facelift time is the perfect opportunity for the Mercedes-Benz GL to become the GLS. It's based on the same platform as the excellent S-Class sedan and should incorporate many of the same high-tech features.

The 2016 Infiniti QX30 premium compact CUV is another new face, along with the latest generation of Kia Sportage and, at long last, a fully updated Mazda CX-9 7-seater CUV. On the concept front, there are rumors of a Scion crossover, which would be a first for this brand.

General Motors can't wait until Detroit to show off the 2017 Cadillac XT5, which will replace the SRX. We might also see a new Audi Q7 and a U.S.-spec Volkswagen Tiguan.

Things That Aren't Crossovers

Alfa Romeo is expected to bring its new Giulia executive sedan, hoping to win customers who will definitely want to check out the 2017 Audi A4, as well.

There will be additional Italian flair courtesy of the FIAT 124 Spider. This is essentially a redesigned Mazda MX-5 that includes a turbo engine. Another perfect car for the southern California sun is the new MINI Convertible, a drop-top version of the current (third) generation.

The BMW M2 competes for showgoers' attention with the M4 GTS, the company's fastest-ever production car. Now could be the time to replace the SLK with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class 2-seater roadster with a folding hardtop or to display the revised E-Class.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse, a new iteration of this slightly premium midsize sedan, seems like a safe prediction, as does the next-generation 2017 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan.

That famous Californian zeal for eco-friendly motoring doesn't seem to be so prevalent this year, but at least there's the anticipation of a fourth-generation Toyota Prius.

Another possibility is the 2017 Volvo S90 flagship sedan, sharing show-stand space with the Volvo "time machine" concept, which gives its occupants time by taking over the driving duties. Yes, it's another autonomous car idea.

We're also expecting something from Ford (an F-150 Raptor, perhaps) and Subaru (maybe a concept that heralds a new Impreza).

Autotrader will be covering the 2015 LA Auto Show press days, which are November 18 and 19, and there's always a surprise announcement or two. The show is open to the public from Nov. 20–29.

What it means to you: Los Angeles isn't just about self-absorbed actors with strange cosmetic surgeries. We'll see some pretty darn cool new cars there, as well.

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