It's ironic that in a town that routinely ranks in the top five most vegan-friendly cities in the America, so many major car debuts at its annual auto exhibition can be described as nothing short of Grade A USDA red meat. In particular, this year's Los Angeles Auto Show witnessed the show-stopping unveilings of two icons of American automotive obsession: the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
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The Wrangler keenly updates some of the off-road SUV's more utilitarian drawbacks with more livable features while not materially messing around with what its rabid enthusiast base adores about it. Meanwhile, the ZR1 didn't get some subtly elegant powertrain upgrades or fuel-economy improvements — instead, well, it returns as The Fastest Corvette Ever Made.
Ah, to live and drive in L.A.
But the big news doesn't stop there, not by a long shot. With its finger right on the thumping pulse of the sedan-eschewing American car shopper, the L.A. show boasts a robust lineup of SUVs, including a full five all-new models — six, if you include the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, Ford 's luxury brand's refreshed-and-renamed MKX. The others include the 2018 Hyundai Kona, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, 2018 Nissan Kicks, 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2019 Volvo XC40.
That's in addition to new versions of the Infiniti QX50, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKC and Volkswagen Tiguan. But fear not, luxury performance car fans, L.A. hasn't forgotten you: Witness the 2019 Audi A8, 2019 BMW i8 roadster, 2018 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes -Benz CLS.
So what's left for us normal folk who just want a nice, comfortable, admirably performing non-luxury car to get us from point A to point B? First of all ... you're in the wrong city. Second of all: The 2018 Mazda 6 also bowed.
All told, we saw the cloth drop on 18 new models today — with plenty more to come on Thursday in advance of the show opening to the public this weekend.
In the meantime, here's what you might have missed on day one at the L.A. auto show:
2019 Lincoln MKC Gets Continental Facelift
2019 Audi A8's High-Tech Luxury Coming to L.A
2019 Infiniti QX50 Boasts Big-Time Engine Innovation
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line Adds Go-Fast Looks, Little Else
2019 Volvo XC40: 5 Things Latest Images Reveal
Subaru Says Electrified Vehicle Coming in 2018
Newly Named Nautilus Deep-Sixes Lincoln MKX
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Video Review
2019 Lincoln Nautilus: New Name, Same MKX (Mostly)
2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Icon, Renewed
2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Doesn't Desert Diehards
2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: The All-New Classic
2019 Subaru Ascent Video
2019 Subaru Ascent Poised to Rise to the Top of Three-Row SUV Class
2019 BMW i8 Roadster: More Juice in Your Tank, More Wind in Your Hair
2019 Corvette ZR1 Is Fastest, and Also the Priciest
2019 Mercedes -Benz CLS: Sensual New Shape, Inline-Six Appeal
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Even Wilder in Person
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Video
2018 Mazda 6 Powers Up With New Turbo Engine, Premium Vibe
2018 Lexus RX L's Got Back: SUV Gains Third Row
Infiniti QX50 Returns for 2019 With True Luxury Cred
Nissan Sports New Kicks at 2017 L.A. Auto Show
2018 Hyundai Kona: 4 Cars the Kona Copycats
2018 BMW M5 Pumps Up Price, Performance
2019 Audi A8 Video
2019 Mercedes -Benz CLS Puts Other 4-Door Coupes on Notice
2019 Lincoln MKC Video
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: An Odd Duck in Name, Design
Volvo Offers All-Inclusive 24-Month Subscription for 2019 XC40
2019 Infiniti QX50 Video
2018 Mazda 6 Remains a Secret Luxury Sedan
2019 Volvo XC40 Video
2018 Hyundai Kona Is Comfy Inside, Funky Outside
Good News: Jeep Didn't Screw Up the 2018 Wrangler