Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Motor Show is the last major auto show of the calendar year. And now that the Detroit Motor Show has been pushed from December 2019 to June 2020, the LA stage becomes an important stage for the manufacturers to showcase their newer products stateside. The 2019 edition opens its gates on 22 November. So here is a detailed report of what cars we expect to see at the LA stage and which of them would make it to our shores.
The biggest attraction at Audi's pavilion this year will be two completely different SUVs – the E-Tron Sportback and the RS Q8. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker will also showcase a plethora of RS models including all six of the newly revealed ones.
Similarly, BMW will bring an onslaught of M models to LA. This includes the public debut of the recently revealed M2 CS apart from M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe Competition, X5 M and X5 M Competition, X6 M and X6 M Competition. Also on display will be BMW’s newest entry-level four-door, the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Even the new crop of BMW’s plug-in hybrids will make their presence known at LA.
The biggest reveal for Ford this year should be the Mach E. The first-ever electric crossover from the Blue Oval takes its inspiration from the iconic Mustang muscle car and it shows in the appearance. It looks brilliant with its muscular creases and Fastback roofline. Under the skin is a new electric platform with a claimed range of 600 kilometres.
The Korean carmaker will bring in a new PHEV concept which will preview their new design language and a future plug-in hybrid model. We might also see the new generation of the Tucson that we have seen under development on so many occasions. Apart from these two, we will also see some performance N-Line models at the LA stage.
Kia will arrive at the Los Angeles stage with the new-generation Optima. The premium sedan from the Korean carmaker has turned out to be a looker with its new design language which is not only flamboyant but also pretty and handsome to look at.
Although not confirmed yet, Mercedes-Benz is expected to reveal the newest generation of the GLS Class SUV in LA. The flagship SUV will also get a more opulent version in the Maybach guise to rival the likes of Cullinan and Bentayga. Apart from that, it will be the technology tour de force for Mercedes and we do expect to see it on our shores soon.
Mini will celebrate the American debut of their first-ever electric car. The Mini SE will be showcased alongside the potent John Cooper Works (JCW) versions of the Clubman and Countryman.
From the Stuttgart, we’ll get to see the new 2020 911 which also debuts the manual transmission in the 992-gen model. Apart from that, we hope to see the newest 911 Turbo as well. We have seen the test mules of the Turbo in production-ready guise and we don’t think the official reveal is far away. Porsche will also showcase the new Taycan and its “affordable” version, the 4S at Los Angeles.
Toyota’s stand at the LA show will be dominated by the latest Mirai Concept. The Japanese giant’s Hydrogen-Fuelcell Concept moves to a new platform over the previous generation and looks more promising than ever before. Continuing its zero-emission strategy, Toyota will showcase the new RAV4 hybrid version as well.
Lastly, Volkswagen will showcase yet another ID Concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show. This one is called the ID Vizzion Space and it is the station wagon version of the sedan concept showcased last year. It will surely go into production – sometime in 2021 – and VW claims it will have different versions depending on the country it will be sold in.