Automakers from around the world unveiled their 2019 models at AutoMobility LA recently, and it's looking like an exciting year in the auto industry. From new pickup trucks to a range of new SUVs and passenger cars, there was something new for everyone at the annual event formerly called the LA Auto Show, and virtually all of the vehicles unveiled in Los Angeles will be on display at the Portland International Auto Show in January.
Jeep stole the show with the world debut of the new 2019 Gladiator pickup truck. The new model is based on the popular Jeep Wrangler platform, with four doors and a five-foot truck bed. The Gladiator will be powered by Jeep's 3.6-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Jeep's 4WD system will be standard equipment. As a mid-size truck, the Gladiator will offer best-in-class towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and 1,600 pounds of payload. Best of all, you can take the doors and roof off in summertime.
Mazda came out strong with a revised Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback. The sedan revision is evolutionary, maintaining the Mazda3 reputation as one of the most attractive compact sedans on the market. However, the Mazda3 hatchback received a major redesign with a rounded rear end treatment that recalls classic fastback sports cars of the 1960s. The big news for the Mazda3 is the availability of all-wheel-drive for the first time on this platform. Mazda is also offering a variety of engines ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 liter gasoline units, and the new SKYACTIV-X engine that runs on gas, but uses compression ignition like a diesel to achieve best-in-class fuel economy. Finally, Mazda will offer the Mazda3 with a 1.8-liter turbo-diesel engine.
As expected, many automakers announced new or revised SUVs, and some of those were electric or hybrid vehicles. Lincoln unveiled an all-new 2019 Navigator full-size SUV. The Navigator is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of producing up to 450 horsepower. The new Navigator also features three-row seating for seven passengers. Most notable for the Navigator is the fully panoramic vista sunroof.
Hyundai brought out its new mid-size family SUV, called the Palisade. The new vehicle will be Hyundai's flagship model, offering seating for up to eight passengers. Power comes courtesy of a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower. Best of all, the Palisade comes with a large 12.3-inch center infotainment display.
Kia debuted the revised 2020 Soul urban crossover with a bold new look and an entirely new platform. A 10.25-inch infotainment display and available head-up display top the list of new features on one of the most affordable SUVs on the market. Buyers will choose from a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine or a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine at 201 horsepower. A new X-Line trim package will give the Soul an off-road look, though this SUV is limited to front-wheel-drive only.
Both Volkswagen and Audi displayed electric concept vehicles. Audi had recently unveiled the new e-tron SUV, and used the California show to debut an all-new e-tron GT sports car. VW showed off its ID Buzz cargo van concept, based on the new all-electric MEB platform that the German auto giant currently has under development.
Apart from the concepts, these vehicles and many other new 2019 and 2020 models will be available for investigation at the Portland International Auto Show, to be held January 24-27, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center.
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