With Paris and SEMA now under our belt for the 2016-17 auto show run, it is time to shift our attention to Los Angeles for another run of reveals and debuts. This year in particular, LA should be quite interesting as the show organizers are saying that over 50 new models will be shown in LA this year. Unfortunately, we only know about a handful of these reveals. As is tradition with TFL, we have made a list of the top five debuts to expect from the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Disclaimer: This list is not in any particular order and is comprised only of vehicles we know will be revealed.
5: Mercedes G550 4×4 Squared
The Mercedes G-wagon is not an unfamiliar vehicle to the US market, especially not in Los Angeles, but Mercedes have done something a little different with this G-wagon. A couple years ago, Mercedes made an insane 6×6 version of the G-wagon that saw a plethora of off-road upgrades made in order to help it go anywhere. This G-wagon has seen a similar treatment, just with four wheels and high-vis green-yellow paint. Looks remain quite similar to a normal G-wagon, just with lifted suspension, fancy locking differentials and a couple other tricks to help this Merc go anywhere.
4: Land Rover Discovery
After a long hiatus from the US market, the Land Rover Discovery is finally back, and very disco. With an advertised starting price just under $50,000, the new Discovery hopes to offer consumers a 7-passenger SUV with Land Rover capability and luxury at an affordable price. Interestingly, Land Rover are also advertising a number of technology upgrades as well, including a smartphone app to go with your car.
3: Honda Civic Si
SEMA left us with a great look at what is to come with the all-new Honda Civic Type-R. Similarly, LA should leave us with an excellent glimpse at what that car’s little sibling, the Civic Si, will look like. We don’t know a whole lot, but it will probably be turbo-charged, it will probably front-wheel-drive, and based on what we know of the current offering in Europe, it will probably be quite fun to drive.
2: Chevy Colorado ZR2
We have already had plenty of opportunities to drive the Chevy Colorado with the Z71 off-road package, but for those who need a bit more capability, the ZR2 is here to help. Featuring an even more aggressive lift, as well as a number of other off-road improvements, this Chevy Colorado should easily rival the Tacoma TRD Pro in the harshest of off-road obstacles.
1: Jeep Compass
Honestly, the last generation Jeep Compass was no good. It didn’t do well off-road and it wasn’t very functional as an SUV. Hopefully, Jeep have corrected accordingly and this new Compass will be able to keep up with its big brother, the Wrangler, in serious off-road situations.
Bonus – Mercedes AMG GT R
Here at TFL we are all about bonuses, so here is one extra car to expect from LA. We already have seen what the new AMG GT looks like, and we know that the current car is a peach to drive, so the prospect of a hardcore ‘R’ version is quite enticing as a consumer. It will be lower, more powerful, have more aggressive aero, and is sure to be insanely quick.
Until the show actually happens, we will not know a lot more about these cars, so stay tuned to TFLcar and TFLtruck for all the most important news and reveals from the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Check out this TFLcar video of what we thought were the top five moments from the SEMA show: