Top 10 Most Anticipated Debuts of the 2015 LA Auto Show
The 2015 L.A. Auto Show will host at least 50 vehicle debuts, many of which will be global premieres.
There’s a lot to be excited about next week if you’re an automotive enthusiast. Although some automakers have already unveiled their debuts online, AutoGuide.com is excited to see many of them up close and personal and we will be sure to report all the details to our faithful readers.
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But before we head over to the Los Angeles Convention Center, here’s a list of our Top 10 most anticipated debuts of the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
Now that the production Infiniti Q30 has debuted, all eyes are on the Japanese automaker’s crossover. Previewed in concept form already, the Infiniti QX30 will be a compact crossover for the brand’s lineup and, hopefully, Infiniti will stick closely to the styling of the concept. We’ve already seen spy photos of the car undisguised and it appears that Infiniti won’t stray too far away.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rover has already unveiled the Range Rover Evoque convertible online, but we can’t wait to see this thing in person. It has been an on-again, off-again project for the British automaker over the past few years and now that it has become a reality, will it sell?
Another vehicle that has already been unveiled is the Cadillac XT5 that is replacing the outgoing SRX. More importantly, the XT5 ushers in a new series of luxury crossovers for Cadillac, powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine sporting 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Although the Cadillac XT5 debuted at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show, it will make its North American debut in Los Angeles next week.
Mazda has already teased its next-generation CX-9 with the above sketch and it appears that it will borrow styling cues from the Koeru concept that debuted earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Japanese automaker has stayed relatively quiet as to what the CX-9 will be powered by or how it will be sized, so we’ll have to wait until it is unveiled next week.
Nissan has been on a roll lately with the all-new Altima and Maxima models, so we’re excited to see what it has up its sleeves for the Sentra. Coming just three years after a full redesign, the refreshed Sentra is being touted as “almost all new” by the automaker, with Nissan’s vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations adding that it is an “incredibly freshened Sentra.”
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse has been teased twice by the automaker now, hinting that it will be heavily inspired by the gorgeous Avenir concept. Buick is hoping that the new LaCrosse sedan will appeal to younger buyers with its all-new shape and styling. It will be interesting to see how the Avenir concept’s styling has trickled down to production Buick models.
Mercedes-Benz has teased the facelift for its SL-Class roadster and it looks heavily inspired by the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The question remains how the German automaker will differentiate the two and how the SL will continue standing on its own in the marketplace.
Lamborghini Huracan RWD
Lamborghini is heading to the 2015 L.A. Auto Show with a rear-wheel-drive variant of its Huracan sporting a 602-hp V10 engine. Expect the model to be a limited production offering that will be lighter weight and have a higher price tag than the standard Huracan.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe
Honda has already debuted the all-new Civic sedan and now attention goes to the coupe. Will the Japanese automaker retain the aggressive styling from the concept that debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show? Or will it tone it down to the point that Honda enthusiasts are once again disappointed.
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Porsche aims to impress in Los Angeles this year with the introduction of its track-only Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Considering how hot the Porsche Cayman GT4 is, we can’t wait to see the more hardcore variant. Expect it to be powered by the same 3.8-liter flat-six engine sporting 385 hp with suspension taken from the 911 GT3 Cup car. Oh yeah, there will be massive brakes, a roll cage and a single bucket seat while it will likely tip the scales at around 2,866 pounds.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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