2021 Los Angeles Motor Show Preview

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Here are the biggest new model debuts at California’s Los Angeles motor show which will begin this week.

The Los Angeles motor show will return this week after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Californian event will run from Friday 19 November to Sunday 28 November, with several new models on display.

In 2019, the show hosted the world premiere of the Aston Martin DBX, Audi E-tron Sportback, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Toyota RAV4 and Porsche Taycan 4S, but what will we see this year? We’ve listed the biggest planned unveilings below as they are confirmed.

Fisker Ocean

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The long-awaited Fisker Ocean electric SUV will make its production-specification debut in LA ahead of its planned launch in 2022. The Ocean is one of five Fisker models expected by 2025, and plans are in place for the model to head to Australia. Fisker has promised a range of up to 480km and claims the Ocean is “the world’s most sustainable vehicle”.

Hyundai Seven concept

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The Hyundai Seven concept will serve as a preview of the Ioniq 7 SUV, which will join the Ioniq 5 hatchback and Ioniq 6 sedan in the marque’s new family of bespoke EVs. The Tesla Model X rival will feature a unique design that Hyundai says “dares to diverge” from industry traditions and is expected to play a critical role in the brand’s success in the US and China. It’s based on the same E-GMP platform as the Ioniq 5, and preview images of the concept show a front end with new “parametric pixel” LED headlights, as well as LED lights integrated into a large bumper.

Kia EV9 concept

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Kia previewed the EV9 concept alongside the news that it would go all-electric by 2035. The firm hasn’t given much away, but the model is said to feature a nature-inspired design with several recycled materials used in its construction, while teaser images showed a boxy bodyshape with thin, uniquely shaped headlights and an almost-rectangular steering wheel. It has been described as an important milestone in Kia’s sustainability strategy.

Mazda CX-50

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The CX-50 is the first of five new Mazda SUVs to arrive in the coming years, slotting into the brand’s line-up between the CX-30 and CX-5. It’s geared towards those with active lifestyles and sports a more rugged look than other models in Mazda’s offering. A new drive select function will allow for better off-road driving with improved capability on more challenging terrains, while a choice of turbocharged and naturally aspirated 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engines will be offered but it is not for Australia – though the CX-60 has been confirmed.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

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The 718 Cayman coupe will appear in its hottest guise in LA as Porsche reveals the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The model brings a lower kerb weight, increased downforce and uprated power compared with the existing GT4, but that’s about all we know about its technical specifications so far. Official images and spy shots show new bodywork elements have been added to the Cayman, with similar air ducts to those seen on the 911 GT2 RS. The rear windows have been replaced by cooling vents and a larger, higher-mounted rear wing has been added.

Porsche Taycan GTS and Taycan Sport Turismo

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Two new Porsche Taycan variants are all but confirmed for LA. One, the long-awaited GTS, will be positioned between the existing 4S and Turbo models. The second is expected to be a Sport Turismo wagon, similar to the existing Cross Turismo but with a lower-slung, less off-road-oriented body and the 4×4-inspired body cladding removed.

Subaru WRX

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The famed WRX name is returning for a fifth-generation car on an all-new platform, with an upgraded chassis and an overhauled interior. It retains a turbocharged boxer engine and will once again be marketed separately from the Impreza on which it’s based. Its 2.4-litre four-cylinder unit produces 199kW and 350Nm of torque, and a choice of a six-speed manual or a new automatic Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) will be available. The new auto is said to offer 30 per cent faster upshifts and 50 per cent faster downshifts.

More coming soon.

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