The LA Motor Show 2013 is getting closer now and over 20 cars will make their first public appearances there. The LA Motor Show, which happens at the same time as the Tokyo Motor Show, is one of the biggest events on the calendar for the industry and debuts will include the BMW 4 Series Convertible, new MINI,Mercedes S65 AMG and the eagerly-awaited Porsche Macan.
Read on for all of the cars we know will be at the LA Motor Show 2013, which starts on 20 November.
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Audi will be relatively quiet at the LA Motor Show next month, with only the supercar-cum-SUV Nanuk Concept being showcased. We first saw the Audi Nanuk at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 in September – it uses a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V10 TDi diesel engine producing 536hp and 1,000Nm of torque. It’s doubtful the Nanuk will ever make it into production but if Audi decides to take the plunge, it will have found itself a new niche market.
BMW were kept busy at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month but in LA the German manufacturer will be a little quieter, with the BMW 4 Series Convertible being the manufacturers only debutant. The 4 Series Convertible is larger than the 3 Series Convertible it replaces and retains the three-piece folding hardtop, which takes 20 seconds to retract. BMW also claims the 4 Series Convertible is 40 per cent stiffer and 20kg lighter than the outgoing 3 Series. Prices will start from £35,650 for the 420d SE model, making it £4,075 more than its Coupe counterpart.
BMW's first electric cars, the i3 and the i8, will also be on display at the LA Motor Show after their world debut at Frankfurt last month.
The Cadillac Escalade will be unveiled at its home motor show and like it's predecssor it will be available in long wheelbase from. Only one engine will be availale from launch, a 420bhp 6.2-litre V8, which will be mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Pricig and spec information will be announced closer to the cars realsed date early next year.
Cadillac will also showcase its new two-door, four-seat Elmiraj concept. The Elmiraj gives us an insight in to the future design direction of the brand's luxury models, however, Cadillac has not confirmed whether the Elmiraj is a preview to a new model.
Ford will be unveiling a new Global SUV at LA next month, believed to be called the Ford Edge. A full-size SUV is currently missing from Ford’s line-up and the Edge is likely to be based on the Mondeo platform, placing it above the EcoSport and Kuga in the SUV range. It will rival the likes of the Volvo XC90 and VW Touareg but more specific details are still unknown.
Auto Express has previously brought you spy shots of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and rumours suggest the svelte Porsche 911 rival could be revealed at the LA Motor Show. A hot 700bhp version, which will go up against the Porsche 911 Turbo, has also been suggested, although nothing official has yet been announced.
We do know Jaguar's first SUV, the C-X17, will be on show at LA. It will rival the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X3 when it eventually goes on sale in 2016, priced from around £30,000.
Land Rover has revealed a long wheelbase (LWB) version of the new Range Rover. Little has changed over the standard model other than a 15cm increase in length, which makes for increased interior space for rear passengers.
We’ve kept you well up to date with the new MINI and the third-generation model will finally be unveiled at the LA Motor Show. There are subtle exterior changes to the new MINI, including new headlights and bumpers, but the biggest changes are hidden under its curvaceous body. Two new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engines will be available, with 134bhp in the Cooper and 114bhp in the Cooper D. A new 189bhp 2.0-litre engine will power the Cooper S and a tuned version of the same engine will be used in the 220bhp John Cooper Works Model. The MINI will also be underpinned by BMW’s new lightweight UKL1 front-wheel drive platform.
With the twin-turbocharged V8 powered S63 AMG already revealed by Mercedes, the German manufacturer has announced the more powerful V12-engined Mercedes S65 AMG will debut at LA. Figures are yet to be confirmed but power is rumoured to be in the region of 630bhp and the sprint from 0-62mph covered in less than four seconds. The S65 AMG is also likely to demand a substantial premium over the smaller £120,000 S63, which will also be on display at the LA Motor Show.
The Mercedes GLA, which will rival the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, will also take its place on the Mercedes stand at the LA Motor Show 2013.
Nissan is set to unveil two new Nismo models at LA, one of which being the Nissan Juke Nismo RS. Little is known about the model but it is expected to receive track-focused handling upgrades and the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine tuned to produce 230bhp. The other Nismo model is yet to be confirmed but reports suggest it could be the long-awaited Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The Nissan X-Trail – called the Rogue in the US – will also be making its North American debut after it was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
One of the biggest attractions at the LA Motor Show will undoubtedly be Porsche’s new baby SUV, the Macan. We’ve been continuously drip fed information about the Macan through leaked information, renderings, spy shots and even a passenger ride, but the official unveiling is only weeks away. Prices are expected to start at around £32,000 rising to £46,500 with two six-cylinder turbo engines available from launch. Power outputs, however, are yet to be officially announced.
Other motor show debutants include the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet. We’ve already tested both cars overseas but they’ll make their public debuts at LA and share the stage with the Macan SUV. Both cabriolet models feature a folding magnesium frame roof designed to replicate the arched shape of the coupe when it’s in place. Power also comes from the same 3.8-litre flat-six found in the coupe version, delivering 514bhp in the Turbo and 552bhp in the Turbo S.
Subaru WRX STI Concept
The Subaru WRX concept made its debut at the New York Motor Show earlier in the year, and Subaru plans to showcase the model again at the LA Motor Show 2013. It previews the next-generation WRX STi, which Subaru wants to separate completely from the Impreza range. There’s no word on what engine the WRX will use but an uprated version of the firm's 2.0-litre Boxer engine producing around 300bhp has been rumoured. It could also make its way to the UK if Subaru is able to price it competitively at below £30,000.
Manufacturers including Honda, Chevrolet and Volkswagen will all be at the LA Motor Show in November but what they’ll be unveiling remains a mystery. Don’t forget to bookmark this page, as the Auto Express team will be constantly updating it with all the latest news and reveals you can expect.
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