Auto Express 2019-11-04 13:10
This year’s LA Motor Show opens its doors to the world's press on 18th November – here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see
This year’s final motor show is looming large. The 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show opens for the world’s press on 18th November, before throwing its doors wide for the public between 22nd November and 1st December. It’s the third American expo on the international motor show calendar which, unlike Detroit and New York, generally has more European-relavant 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.
The show is held in the centre of Los Angeles at the LA Convention Centre and, as usual, the world’s motor trade will descend on the event with their brand new production cars and radical concept designs. We’ll have boots on the ground from the show’s start to bring you all the latest news as it happens.
With the show now just weeks away, we’re beginning to piece together this year’s line-up, with Audi, BMW, Ford and MINI planning to release a range of production and concept vehicles. It’s a modest list for now, but we’ll be updating this page as more debuts emerge.
Los Angeles Motor Show 2019: A to Z
Audi will unveil 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, 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’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.
Ford has confirmed it will launch its all-new, all-electric, Mustang-inspired SUV on the LA Motor Show’s first press day. It will go on sale next year, boasting a maximum WLTP range of 373 miles and exterior styling influenced by the American firm’s iconic muscle car, sharing its low nose, flared haunches, tri-bar rear light design and lift-back boot-lid.
Following its recent sub-eight-minute Nurburgring lap time, MINI’s latest GP John Cooper Works hot hatch will make 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.
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