This year's Los Angeles International Auto Show will feature a slew of new crossover and sport-utility models, like the new 2017 Jeep Compass.
The country’s biggest automotive market is also its greenest, and that’s been reflected by the steady stream of hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles that have, in recent years, been the stars of the annual Los Angeles Auto Show.
But things are shifting direction this year, and the spotlight is shining bright on a slew of new sport- and crossover-utility vehicles. They’re coming from virtually everywhere in the automotive world, and from brands that might come as a surprise, including Italy’s Alfa Romeo, a marque best known for sleek sports cars such as the 4C two-seater, and sport sedans like the Giulia that headlined the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
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That’s not to say battery-based vehicles will be absent from the show entirely. Jaguar Land Rover is expected to reveal a new long-range battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, during this week’s media preview in Los Angeles. It joins a growing list of manufacturers who are, often unexpectedly adding battery cars to their line-ups. But Jaguar also has just added its first SUV, complementing the huge growth at sibling Land Rover which is staging the U.S. debut of its new Discovery model in L.A. this week. (more…)