2019 LA Auto Show: Here’s what we know is coming, plus some potential surprises



Los Angeles Auto Show

November 08, 2019 11:20 AM

2019 LA Auto Show: Here’s what we know is coming, plus some potential surprises

Look for a lot of EVs, a bunch of refreshes and something called the Space Vizzion at the LA Auto Show.

Jake Lingeman



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LA Auto Show

Unlike Detroit, almost every automaker has a presence in LA.

The Los Angeles Auto Show, just 10 days away, promises plenty of sheetmetal, both electric and internal combustion, from Audi to Volkswagen. Press days run from Nov. 18-21, and we’ll have people on the floor getting fresh reveal shots and any surprises that come our way. Here’s what we know so far.


The Audi e-tron Sportback looks better than your average crossover coupe.

Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback is a coupe-ish version of the more SUV-like e-tron. Expect the powertrain to be similar if not identical, which means a 240-mile or so range, a 95-kWh battery and electric motors front and rear. Check out our first drive of that car here and check out the quality rendering above from a Russian site called kolesa.ru.

The 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe will deliver 300 hp.

BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe
The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will show off its front-drive layout at the show. It’s front-drive based, but versions we get will be all-wheel drive in M235i xDrive and 228i xDrive configurations. Power will come from a turbocharged four making 228 hp in the 228i and 301 hp in the M235i. Check out our preview here.


We know the Ford Mach E will at least feature Mustang-inspired sequential taillights.

Ford Mach-E
The all-electric Ford Mach-E will be “Mustang-inspired”—by the renderings and spy shots it looks to be true. My knee-jerk reaction was to not like this car, but after thinking more, and seeing the possible outcomes, and imagining a sort of high-riding Mustang shooting brake, I’m now cautiously optimistic. There’s also a possible Rivian tie-in here, which we may see in two weeks.


A Maybach SUV via Alabama?

Mercedes-Maybach GLS
Mercedes is coming for the Range Rovers and Rolls-Royce Cullinans of the world with its full-size GLS SUV. Expect diamond quilting, ambient lighting and hopefully a place to store a picnic basket and some champagne flutes.


2020 Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 first drive: The era of the 300-hp Mini is here

Mini Cooper JCW CP
The top Mini Cooper will get the company’s upgraded 300-hp powertrain, all of which will feed through the front wheels in the Grand Prix edition. Look for British-flag inspired taillights and hopefully a very active front differential.

This is the Porsche Taycan Turbo, expect the 4S to look similar.

Porsche Taycan 4S
Porsche’s less expensive Taycan model will debut in LA, and we expect it to sell well in the city. Will it topple the Model S? Only time will tell. It will have a smaller and lighter rear motor than the Taycan “Turbo S.” Quotes because it doesn’t have a turbocharger. It’ll cost just over $100,000, and there will be two versions—one making 522 hp, the other 563 hp.


Official: The 2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in is happening

Toyota RAV4 Plug-In
Toyota’s class leading RAV4 will add another iteration in LA. My main problem with this car disappeared after the 4-Runner-like redesign. Now it looks cool enough that I want more power, so we’ll see if the plug-in quashes that complaint.


The Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion is a concept, but still very cool.

Other cars we expect
Besides having the coolest name at the show, the VW ID Space Vizzion concept features a super-aerodynamic shell leading to a virtual range of 300 miles. It gets a fully digitized cockpit and is made of vegan-approved Apple Peel Skin, “an alternative to leather.”
There are a few other rumored premieres, including an SUV/crossover from Genesis called the GV80, a face-lifted Alfa Romeo Giulia and/or Stelvio, some possible Mazda news and surely a few surprises along the way. We’ll see you in California!

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