Car Guides

6 of the biggest, buzziest debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show

These six new vehicles are already turning heads.

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks.

This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show did not disappoint with plenty of new cars on display. There was something for everyone, but crossovers and SUVs stole the show.

Here’s a look at the six biggest reveals from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show:

This photo provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

1. 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is all-new for 2018. It keeps its iconic look including that seven-slat grille, but with styling more in line with the rest of Jeep’s vehicles. There’s a new soft top that loses the zippers that were so challenging, especially in cold weather. Rear and side windows now easily slide into place on retainers. The windshield is also updated so you only need to remove four bolts to fold it flat onto the hood.


There’s a new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Jeep is also adding a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with 260 horsepower and 442 pouns-feet of torque.

The diesel won’t be available until 2019, but the rest of the Wrangler lineup arrives in showrooms this January.

nissan kicks

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks.

2. 2018 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is an all-new compact crossover with small dimensions that make it perfect for city dwellers. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Nissan says it will be under $19,000, making it an affordable new option.

Inside, you’ll find a 7-inch color display, three USB ports, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Kicks also has an available premium audio system from Bose. It’s designed specifically for smaller vehicles and even has two speakers mounted inside the driver’s headrest.

2019 subaru ascent

An exterior view of the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

3. 2019 Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent is an all-new vehicle — and the largest Subaru ever. There’s seating for either 7 or 8 passengers and up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and has a new 2.4-liter Boxer engine with 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds.


There’s standard EyeSight driver assist, which includes advanced safety features like automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and sway warning. On the technology front, Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a standard 6.5-inch screen and, for the first time, available in-car wifi.

2018 Hyundai Kona

The 2018 Hyundai Kona.

4. 2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai is expanding its crossover lineup with the introduction of the Kona. Bold styling with a palette of bright colors help it stand out from the pack. Infotainment features a standard 7-inch color touchscreen with options for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touchscreen, and even wireless smartphone charging.

There’s a choice of either a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower or a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 175 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard with the option for all-wheel drive across the lineup.

The supercharged ZR1 will be the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever.

5. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful production Corvette ever with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that has 755-horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is over 210 miles per hour.

You have your choice of either a coupe or convertible. Both come with a huge rear wing that makes this thing look like you just drove it off the track. That’s something you should probably plan to do on a regular basis since this is a performance car with capabilities you won’t fully appreciate until you take it someplace where speed limits are not an issue.


2019 Volvo XC40

The 2019 Volvo XC40.

6. 2019 Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is an all-new compact crossover with great style and a refined, luxurious interior. It takes its cues from the XC90 and S90, but with a much lower price point. Starting price on the XC40 is $35,200, but there’s a new option for getting behind the wheel of an XC40 that makes it unique.

This is the first vehicle to feature Care by Volvo, which is a new subscription service. It gets you into the XC40 for $600 a month with no down payments or one-time fees. It includes scheduled maintenance, 24/7 customer care, and insurance.