Two major trends were evident throughout the show floor at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, which runs through Dec. 1 at the L.A. Convention Center: a bigger push into electric cars and the rise of utilitarian luxury. Check out six of the most intriguing new vehicles below.
1. Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and GLE 63 S
Mercedes introduced two fast AMG SUVs — a GLS 63 and a GLE 63 S coupe — and finally released pricing on their electric SUV, the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC, which will start at $67,900.
2. Audi RS6 Avant
In addition to its electric e-tron Sportback, Audi is spotlighting the RS6 Avant, a sleek, souped-up wagon with a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. Pricing for both models is expected by early 2020.
3. Porsche Taycan 4S
The EV trend continued with either all-electric or plug-in hybrids like the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in with an outstanding 40 mile EV range, an updated Kia Niro in either full electric or plug-in hybrid guise, and the release of new variants of the Porsche Taycan; the Taycan 4S starts at $103,800, which is only a few thousand dollars more than the Tesla Model S Performance base of $99,900.
4. Lexus LC500 Convertible
Lexus took its top-range LC 500 coupe and made it into a stunning convertible, on sale next summer as a 2021 model. With 5.0 V8 and 472 horsepower, it’s a droptop with speed and looks. The price could land near $100,000.
5. Aston Martin DBX
The Aston Martin DBX is the first SUV from Aston Martin. Starting at $189,900 it features a 4.3-second 0-to-60 mph acceleration and a top speed of 181 mph. British style and speed for the morning commute!
6. Land Rover Defender 90 and 110
Among the most talked-about models at the L.A. Auto Show is Land Rover’s boxy yet sexy, utilitarian yet luxurious Defender 110. It comes in both two-door (Defender 90) and four-door (Defender 110). It’s coming back to the U.S. in 2020 with pricing a steal: from $49,900.
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.