There will be 22 world vehicle debuts in late november during this year’s L.A. Auto Show.
While many of the nameplates remain unannounced, the show’s organizers confirmed a handful of debuts today. Among them will be the first of a new hardcore tier of performance tuning from Nissan.
The Japanese maker said earlier this year that it planned to offer an even higher-performing series above its Nismo-tuned products under a new “RS” badge. Much as it might seem like a curious choice to debut this new performance sub-section, a “Nismo Juke RS” will be the first and is set to debut in LA. Alongside it, there will also be a Nismo concept vehicle shown for the first time.
Nissan has yet to unveil its successor to the 370Z and Infiniti G37 coupe (Q60) and is expected to do so during the Tokyo Motor Show in concept form. But Tokyo and LA are happening simultaneously this year – or at least as simultaneously as time zones will allow – so there’s a possibility that the unnamed concept could be exactly that.
Mercedes will also bring four world debuts to the show including the new S65 AMG. It’s too soon to see a production version of the S-Class coupe concept seen in Frankfurt, although an AMG-tweaked preview of the GLA crossover could be an interesting candidate.
Porsche’s already-known debut of the Macan small utility vehicle will continue as planned, but the show says there will be two other world debuts from the brand as well. Late last month, images from a dealer meeting unveiled details about new GTS versions of the Cayman and Boxster siblings including a 15-hp output increase. Don’t be surprised if they show face at the California show.
Chevrolet is expected to unveil its new Colorado mid-size pickup truck; probably alongside the GMC variant. GM president Mark Reuss said in past months that the two will be very different from one another with the Colorado aiming more at lifestyle customers. A small diesel engine is also expected to find its way into at least one of the two if not both.
There aren’t many high-performance cracks left for Jaguar to fill within its current product portfolio. The XFR-S debuted during last year’s show, and more recently in New York the company unveiled its XKR-S GT beside the XJR. Confused yet? Basically, Jag is taking to offering more powerful versions of its current portfolio, then layering an more extreme version a little later on. Hardly creative, but the brand says sales are climbing this year so maybe it’s not such a bad strategy. Could there be an even crazier version of the XJ capable of ludicrous limousine speeds? It could be that, or a meaner version of the new F-Type sports car; a coupe, perhaps?
After revealing drivetrain details for the new Cooper and Cooper S, MINI will bring the next generation of its small, sporty front-wheel drive hatchbacks.
Several other brands will also make world product debuts during the show including BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Land Rover, Subaru and Toyota.