Los Angeles auto show
Los Angeles auto show
The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is big. So big that when the automaker unveiled it on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, eight adult dogs filed out of the three-row crossover. The Ascent has room for either seven or eight passengers and puts the automaker right back into a competitive segment that it hasn't been able to cash in on since Tribeca production ceased in 2014. Here is some initial reaction from the automotive media on the Ascent.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is all about family. To demonstrate the Ascent's size and family appeal, Subaru packed the crossover with eight golden and Labrador retrievers Subaru called its "spokesdogs," during the Los Angeles auto show reveal.
Toyota is testing the baby crossover waters again with another concept -- this time the FT-AC, for "future Toyota adventure concept" -- styled more like a traditional SUV and aimed at outdoor enthusiasts.
Mazda, looking to inject new life into lagging sales of the Mazda6 and keep pace with strong redesigned rivals from Toyota and Honda, is updating uts midsize sedan, adding a high-end trim line, optional turbocharged engine and design updates throughout.
BMW expects its new i8 roadster to dominate the sales mix in the i8 plug-in hybrid family when it goes on sale in the spring. The open-top two-seater will join a freshened version of the i8 coupe also going on sale in the spring.
The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler may look similar to its immediate predecessor, but above the skid plates and beneath the removable top, fans of the off-roader will notice the upgrades incorporated into the first Wrangler redesign since 2006.
Nissan, looking to further capitalize on the crossover craze, is adding the Kicks as a gateway to the brand's light truck lineup. With the Kicks, Nissan will join Fiat with two entries in the subcompact crossover segment.
From the L.A. Auto Show: Chevy shows a topless Corvette ZR1; Jeep's next-gen Wrangler gets its tech on; Lincoln's Nautilus is ready to set sail; Subaru's Ascent to take off in hot segment; 'Bullish' Infiniti redesigns the QX50.
The RX is Lexus' top seller and the best-selling luxury vehicle in the U.S., but dealers have clamored for a family-friendly version for years. The 2018 RX L is stretched more than 4 inches at the rear and goes on sale in December, a key month for Lexus.
Say hello to the Lincoln Nautilus and goodbye to the brand's "MK" naming scheme that some customers still haven't deciphered after more than a decade. First to go is the MKX, which will become the Nautilus when the 2019 model reaches showrooms in the spring.
Infiniti, already one of the fastest growing luxury brands, aims to give itself a bigger boost with a technology-laden crossover that one executive calls the most important vehicle in the brand's history.
The all-new Ascent launches streaking Subaru right back into the hotly contested three-row crossover segment, one that the brand has not been able to tap since output of the ill-fated Tribeca ended in 2014.
Toyota will unwrap a small crossover concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show geared toward outdoor enthusiasts and urban dwellers. It will be the third crossover concept introduced this year based on the company's new modular platform.