By Viknesh Vijayenthiran
The Los Angeles Auto Show doesn't boast the international awareness that rival shows in New York and Detroit enjoy, but it still manages to draw in the big crowds each year. The show is typically where automakers present models that are just weeks out from the showroom, and this year looks to be no different, with at least 22 world premieres scheduled.
In addition to the all the new models, the show also brings journalists and industry executives from around the world, as well as design competitions, technology showcases, green car awards, and, of course, your dedicated Motor Authority team.
We'll be walking the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you the photos, news, and the unexpected as it happens. Things don't get underway until the November 20 opening day, but here's an overview of what to expect. And don't forget, you can access our most up-to-date coverage via our dedicated hub.
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe: The yin to this year's Jaguar F-Type convertible's yang is coming next spring in the form of the new F-Type Coupe. We'll get our first look at the car in L.A. next week but Jaguar just couldn't contain itself from releasing this teaser image. Debuting in production form with few deviations from the stunning C-X16 Concept, first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe looks to benefit from a glass roof and what appears to be an active rear spoiler. Having already driven the convertible, we can safely say that the new F-Type Coupe's fixed roof should make an already impressive car even better.
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet: Porsche will drop the top on its potent 911 Turbo and Turbo S models in L.A. The convertible versions, known as "Cabriolets" in Porsche-speak, look to be just as extreme as those of the coupe models we drove recently. Owners can expect 0-60 mph times of just over 3.0 seconds in either model and a top speed approaching 200 mph. In case you're interested, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is priced from $161,650 while the Turbo S Cabriolet will set you back $194,850. Sales begin early next year.
2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI: Subaru is confirmed to unveil a new model in L.A., and it's widely expected that the model in question will be the long-awaited 2015 WRX. The news gets even better, however, as both the regular WRX and its sportier WRX STI variant are expected to make simultaneous debuts as the upcoming show. We've been spying prototypes for months, though sadly they bear little resemblance to the striking WRX concept car unveiled by Subaru back at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
2015 Porsche Macan: Porsche is expanding its lineup with two brand new models. One will be the 918 Spyder at the top of the range and the other will be the Macan crossover positioned at the bottom. It is the latter we'll see for the first time in L.A. Production of the Macan will start later this year at Porsche's plant in Leipzig, Germany, with sales to commence by next spring. The Macan is a crucial model for Porsche, as the automaker expects it to be its top-seller. Though it's not yet confirmed, the Macan is expected to arrive in showrooms initially in sportier Macan S and Macan Turbo trim. A base model, possibly with a four-cylinder engine, will be launched at a later date.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase: Since the brilliant new Range Rover SUV went on sale at the end of last year, Land Rover has introduced a new fuel-efficient V-6 option, added the smaller and sportier Range Rover Sport and showcased an advanced hybrid model that will eventually be headed our way. At the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, Land Rover will unveil yet another addition, a long-wheelbase model. The model will serve as the flagship of the Land Rover range and include an extra special Autobiography Black trim.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: The biggest and baddest S-Class we've seen yet, the S65 AMG, is coming to these shores. Sales don't commence until the second quarter of 2014, with pricing details due closer to the sales launch, but expect a substantial jump from the $140,425 starting price of the S63 AMG. For the money, you get a 621-horsepower super-saloon powered by a twin-turbocharged V-12. You also get all the luxury you could ever want, including a Burmester premium audio system with 24 speakers, a massage function for the seats, a panoramic sliding sunroof and a surround view camera.
2015 Cadillac Escalade: Providing plenty of competition for Land Rover's stretched Range Rover will be the all-new Escalade, which has already been revealed but makes its official debut in L.A. Now entering its fourth generation, the Escalade is Cadillac's flagship SUV, and it's clearly aiming to put the rest of the large luxury SUV world on notice. The heart of the new 2015 Escalade is a 6.2-liter V-8 good for 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is once again standard, with all-wheel drive available. And no, there's no EXT pickup available at the moment.
Kia K900: Kia will use the L.A. Auto Show to give America its first taste of the K9/Quoris flagship sedan the automaker currently offers overseas. Here in the U.S., the car will be known as the K900 and it will be available with a V-6 or V-8 engines. Kia hasn't confirmed exactly which engines will be used, or their power and gas mileage ratings, but we expect the 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 and 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engines from the Hyundai Genesis sedan to get the nod. Sales of the K900 will commence sometime in 2014.
2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible: BMW's 4-Series Convertible has already been revealed, but we'll get our first up-close look at the car in L.A. next week. The car is the replacement for the 3-Series Convertible and will be joined in showrooms by a 4-Series coupe variant. Two trim levels will be available initially: a 428i priced from $49,675 and a 435i priced from $55,825. Further down the track, a high-performance M4 Convertible will join the fold.
AND THE REST...
2015 Ford Edge Concept
Nissan Juke NISMO RS
That's it for now, but at any time you'll be able to access the latest information from the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show via our dedicated hub.
This story originally appeared at Motor Authority
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