Future Vehicles and Technology on Display at LA Auto Show
The Los Angeles Auto Show started this week, and automotive journalists had the chance to see some new production vehicles, as well as some concept cars that provide a glimpse of what future cars may look like.
As we previewed last week, Chevrolet reintroduced the Colorado midsize pickup truck to its lineup with an all-new design. Chevrolet says the Colorado will be powered by gasoline four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a segment-exclusive four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The 2015 Colorado has a maximum towing capacity of 6,700 pounds. Kelley Blue Book Senior Analyst Karl Brauer says, "The compact truck market is screaming for attention," and predicts that the Colorado "should take a bite of existing Tacoma and Frontier sales, especially for domestic truck fans that have been patiently waiting for a compelling compact from Detroit."
Many automotive journalists got their first in-person look at the redesigned Mini Cooper this week. In a press release, Mini says the new base Cooper will be powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while the Cooper S will continue with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Autoblog says the redesigned Cooper is generally good-looking, but says the car's nose makes it look like "a frightened goldfish."
Acura introduced the all-wheel drive version of its RLX sedan at the LA Auto Show this week, officially called the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. Acura says this version of its luxury large car is powered by a V6 engine and three electric motors and provides V8-like acceleration, as well as an EPA fuel economy estimate of 28/32 mpg city/highway. Car and Driver is impressed with the fuel economy estimates, noting that the city figure beats the front-wheel drive RLX's city estimate by eight mpg.
The Ford Edge Concept debuted this week in LA, which the automaker says in a statement previews "the technology, dynamic design and premium craftsmanship that will define the company’s next global utility vehicles." With the Edge Concept, Ford introduces a prototype for a more advanced park assist system. Ford says, “Fully assisted parking aid, a prototype technology, lets customers park their vehicles at the touch of a button, or even by remote control. The concept builds on Ford’s current active park assist feature. It can find a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors. From inside, the driver pushes a button to activate the system; from outside the vehicle, fully assisted parking aid can be remotely activated, allowing customers to wait until the vehicle has pulled out of a tight parking spot before entering.”
Subaru unveiled the Legacy Concept in LA, which Subaru says "provides a look at the styling cues for future Legacy models." Jalopnik is impressed with the styling of the Legacy Concept, and hopes that styling elements like large wheels, LED lights and small side mirrors make it to production when the next-generation Legacy debuts.
Subaru also introduced the redesigned WRX at the LA Auto Show. Power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower. CNET finds it peculiar that Subaru is offering a continuously variable transmission choice along with a six-speed manual, saying that there will be differences in the all-wheel drive system, depending on which transmission you choose. CNET explains, that "the CVT and the manual could have dramatically different handling characteristics."
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