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The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show has finally launched, but automakers couldn’t wait to unveil all of their many new vehicles before the event. Several days before the auto show, press conferences are held by the many automakers planning to show up. This gives the press a chance to report first on what’s new before anyone else. Now that the auto show has officially started, we can talk about what’s new and what we have to look forward to.
New, New, New
Many automakers showed up at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show, some with new technology for their current automotive lineup, and some automakers had new models entirely. Part of the fray were various auto brands from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Audi, BMW, Cadillac,, Honda, Hyundai,, Kia, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rivian, Toyota, and Volkswagen. One of the most notable reveals was the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck, a new shade for the SUV automaker.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
We talked about the new Jeep Gladiator during its reveal, and you can learn more about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator here. Everyone is calling it a “Wrangler-based” pickup truck, but they’d be mistaken. Jeep went ahead and built a completely new midsize pickup truck to add to their lineup, complete with a maximum towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and a payload of 1600 pounds. That’s the kind of power truck buyers are looking for, and Jeep delivers.
Jeep is also know for SUVs with off-road capability. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in four trims (Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon) and all of them have an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees. With a total ground clearance of 11.1 inches, the 2020 Gladiator can also stand up to 30 inches of water fording (Rubicon trim).
2020 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV
Kia Motors has been consistently teasing their 2020 Kia Soul, and they finally unveiled it the day before the LA Auto Show. To show off the new 2020 Kia Soul, Kia debuted the GT-Line and X-Line variants of the two. Whereas the new GT-Line for Kia Motors focuses on performance and luxury whilst being capable of high speed and long-distance driving, the X-Line places attention on exceptional style, capability, and comfort.
The Kia Soul EV returns, and is being called the “hottest version of the hatchback” due to its sick design. Just look at that color. Neon green - or is it yellow? Either way, just like the regular Kia Soul, the Kia Soul EV has a windshield that basically spans across both sides of the vehicle before sweeping up into the rear view. Talk about having visibility. Driving range has yet to be announced, but when powered by the same powertrain as the Niro EV, it should be over 200 miles.
Mitsubishi Motors Technology
Mitsubishi Motors has yet to show off a new production vehicle, but they finally gave the e-Evolution concept a proper North American debut. With a large focus placed on autonomy, artificial intelligence, and performance, the e-Evolution concept from Mitsubishi is supposed to be the next step in electric vehicles (EVs), while expanding the integration of smartphone tech and connected mobility amongst consumers. Futuristic looking inside and out, and deigned to be a high-performance SUV, we’re going to keep our eye on this one.
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