The car world tends to slow down and coast into the New Year, but there is always one last hurrah ahead of Christmas: the LA Auto Show.
Opening to the public for the first ten days of December, the event serves as a little pre-Christmas treat, giving locals the chance to drool over shiny new cars they can’t buy yet, if ever.
Many of the cars on display won’t actually make it to a UK showroom – after all, it is an American show – but there are still plenty of great models in attendance that will; here are just five of them.
BMW i8 Roadster
This is where much of the drooling will be at the LA Auto Show.
The world has been hungry for a convertible i8 ever since the original coupe emerged in 2013 and we’re mere days away from seeing the finished product.
All the mechanical workings required to deliver its soft-top means weight has climbed by ten per cent. However, BMW will negate that by cranking up the power by the same amount to a whopping 420bhp. Yikes!
Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift
The Range Rover Sport and full-fat Range Rover may be two of the finest luxury SUVs on the market right now, but believe it or not, they’re five years old. So to keep them at the front of the pack, it’s time for a mid-life refresh.
This update will see both the Range Rover and its Sport sibling receive a new dual-screen infotainment system – the same system that debuted in the Velar earlier this year – while the Range Rover will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.
Using the E-Class’ underpinnings, this new low-slung luxury coupe will be available with a choice of two six-cylinder diesel engines, punching out 281bhp or 335bhp, while the petrol option is backed-up with a mild hybrid electric motor to dish out a smidge more thump when pulling away from the lights.
Mazda really made a name for themselves with the current 6 and as great as it is, the company cruiser is facing some tough competition now from the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb.
So in comes a tweaked front-end and a new 2.5-litre petrol engine to help keep the Mazda 6 one of the best fleet cars around.
Nissan’s upmarket sub-brand has made some impressive headway in the UK market with its decent Q30 hatchback, but Infiniti’s SUVs have failed to impress so far, which is why the QX50 has to offer something genuinely attractive over the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Oddly for a mid-size SUV, it won’t be offered as a diesel, instead coming with a 270bhp-ish V6 petrol. However, Infiniti says this engine promises the same fuel economy as a diesel, and should be around 27 per cent more efficient than other petrols.