This year’s LA Motor Show has opened its doors to the world's press and we have all the latest as Audi, Ford and MINI hit the stage
This year’s final motor show has arrived as the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show has opened its doors to the world’s press. It’s the third American expo on the international motor show calendar which, unlike Detroit and New York, generally has more European-relevant debuts.
LA is one of the oldest motor shows in the business. The event was first held in 1907 and has been held annually ever since, albeit with a brief hiatus during the Second World War. In recent years the show has hosted several famous vehicles such as the 1993 Lotus Esprit Turbo, the 2004 Bentley Continental GT and the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.
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The show is held in the centre of Los Angeles at the LA Convention Centre and this year the likes of Audi, BMW, Ford and MINI are all releasing a range of production and concept vehicles. As usual, the world’s motor trade have descended upon the event, so we’ve got boots on the ground to bring you all the latest news as it happens.
Los Angeles Motor Show 2019: A to ZAudi
• Audi e-Tron Sportback
Audi has unveiled a production-ready version of its all-electric e-Tron Sportback at LA, following the car’s lightly camouflaged appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The brand’s new coupe-SUV will offer a zero-emissions alternative to the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC, boasting a maximum output of 402bhp and claimed all-electric range of 248 miles.
• Bollinger B1 and B2
Bollinger, the start-up American EV manufacturer, will publically unveil its new, no-nonsense, all-electric SUV and pick-up truck. Called the B1 and B2 respectively, the firm claims they’re “the world’s most capable” sports utility vehicles, with both models offering a configurable body shell, class-leading carrying capacity and a 606bhp all-wheel-drive electric powertrain.
• BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
• BMW M8 Gran Coupe
• BMW X5 M
• BMW X6 M
BMW’s relentless niche-hunting crusade will continue at LA with a pair of new four-door coupes, respectively tailored towards the entry-level and range-topping regions of the German brand’s line-up. Both cars have already been unveiled, but the Los Angeles Motor Show will be their first public appearance.
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture as the two-door version. It’s due to arrive in the UK next March, with the base-model sporting the same 138bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox as the MINI hatch – and a price-tag of around £25,000.
BMW’s new M8 Gran Coupe sits will play rival to the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo. The UK will only receive the brand’s most potent Competition variant, which features a 616bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, a 0–62mph time of 3.2 seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and a price-tag pf £120,935.
If that wasn’t enough, the hot BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M SUVs will both be on display.
• Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford has launched an all-new, Mustang-inspired car at LA. However, this is no standard muscle car as the Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric SUV. It arrives with two different battery options – 75kWh and 99kWh – with a maximum WLTP range of around 370 miles, while the most potent offering produces 333bhp. The Mach-E goes on sale next year, with prices starting from £40,270.
• MINI John Cooper Works GP
Following its recent sub-eight-minute Nurburgring lap time, MINI’s latest John Cooper Works GP hot hatch has made its official debut at LA, sporting a 302bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and aerodynamically optimised body panels. It’ll go on sale next year, in a limited production run of 3,000 units, priced at £34,995.
• Porsche Taycan 4S
The third model to join Porsche’s Taycan family is the 4S, and it’ll make its public debut in LA. This new Taycan will start from £83,367 and come with a 79.2kWh battery capable of a range of 252 miles on a single charge. Buyers will be able to upgrade to the larger battery found in the Turbo model, extending the maximum range to 287 miles.
• Toyota RAV4 PHEV
Toyota is expected to unveil a plug-in hybrid variant of its RAV4 SUV at the LA Motor Show. Revealed in a teaser image last month, it is expected to be Toyota’s most powerful RAV4 yet, with a larger battery than in the current hybrid and a longer all-electric range.
• Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion
Volkswagen has unveiled its seventh ID.-badged all-electric concept car at this year’s LA show. Called the ID. Space Vizzion, it previews an all-new electric estate, which is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in 2021. Like the rest of the ID. line-up, it’s based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – and boasts a range of 367 miles between charges.
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