LA motor show 2017 – our star cars

An open-top BMW i8, Korea's answer to the Audi A4 and a new luxury Mercedes. Here are the star cars of the LA motor show...

LA motor show 2017 – our star cars

Star cars of the LA motor show

The annual Los Angeles motor show is the last chance for car makers to show off their new products this year.

Although most of the new cars on display in LA aren't destined to be sold in the UK – the show is more of a stomping ground for American manufacturers – there are a few which will make it to our shores.

Among the new models on display in LA are the new Jeep Wrangler SUV, BMW's i8 Roadster and Mercedes' CLS luxury coupé.

Click through this slideshow to see our pick of the new models on show.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW’s open-top version of its i8 sports car has been a long time coming – it was first unveiled as a concept car back in 2012, with an updated concept being shown in 2016.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

The new i8 Roadster convertible features a fabric roof which can open in 15 seconds, at speeds of up to 31mph, with other styling tweaks – such as the deletion of any rear side windows and a redesigned rear screen which doubles as a wind deflector – focused on strengthening the car.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

Its petrol-electric powertrain has also been updated and now produces 369bhp – well up on the old car’s 228bhp. It can now reach 62mph from a standing start in 4.6 seconds, and can travel on electric power alone for up to 33 miles.

Inside, there’s the same touchscreen-based version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment and navigation system that you’ll find in the latest 5 Series.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

An updated version of the regular i8 coupé is on show, too, featuring the same power improvements and mildly updated looks.

No prices have been announced, but the current i8 coupé is priced from £106,310.

Read our full BMW i8 review >

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Genesis is Hyundai's luxury sub-brand, and the G70 is intended as a rival to the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

It's not due to arrive in the UK until 2021, though, because Genesis is focusing on growing its brand in other markets including Korea, the US and China.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

When the G70 does go on sale, buyers will be able to choose from three turbocharged engines, including a 3.3-litre V6 petrol, a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel. Four-wheel drive will also be offered on some models, although the car is natively rear-wheel drive. It also shared a number of components with the Kia Stinger.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Inside, the G70 features a free-standing infotainment screen and leather seats. It's likely to be offered with the kind of driving aids – including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking – buyers in this market would expect to find on its German competition.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Genesis is also planning to introduce a three-strong range of premium SUVs, with the first due to be revealed at the New York motor show next April.

Read our full BMW 3 Series review >

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

The Infiniti QX50 has a big task ahead of it – namely taking on the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC in the thriving premium family SUV market. And considering that most of Infiniti’s range doesn’t score very well on our road test, that’s a big ask indeed.

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

To help it succeed, the QX50 has been given a new petrol engine which features a variable compression ratio – thus helping it to run more efficiently than other petrols, although no fuel economy figures have been released.

The new 2.0-litre engine produces 268bhp and 280lb ft of torque, giving the QX50 enough pulling power to reach 60mph from a standing start in 6.3sec.

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

Inside, there’s a new head-up display to put the most vital information in front of the driver, a smaller display between the speedometer and rev counter diesel, and two touchscreen on the centre console to control navigation and other apps respectively.

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

Among the QX50's features is Propilot Assist, which can control the car's acceleration, braking and steering in a single lane on the motorway, including bringing the car to a complete stop. Other safety technology includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and a lane departure warning.

The QX50 will come to the UK late next year, with prices expected to start from around £35,000.

Read our full review of the Infiniti QX30 >

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

The current Jeep Wrangler gets an overall rating of just one star from What Car?, so it's good news that the new Wrangler is aiming to be a more upmarket all-rounder than today's car, albeit still with an off-road focus.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

While its styling hasn't changed much on the outside, the interior now comes with a larger touchscreen infotainment system with various off-road displays and more luxurious trimmings.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Buyers will be able to choose from a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine or a smaller 2.0-litre alternative – the latter is new to the range and replaces the old 2.8-litre engine. It's also the first engine from Jeep to be offered with a mild hybrid powertrain, where a small electric motor helps to give you an extra boost when pulling away from traffic.

A 3.0-litre diesel engine will be added to the range in 2019.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

The new Wrangler will be sold in three- and five-door forms, with the car's windscreen able to be folded down on certain models. The UK is traditionally a low-volume market for the Wrangler, with 322 units sold last year. However, Jeep is keen to push that number upwards, so expect enticing discounts and PCP finance deals to be offered when the new car goes on sale.

Read our full Jeep Wrangler review >

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

The Range Rover is already one of our favourite luxury SUVs, and this facelifted version gets minor styling changes inside and out.

Available in both standard and stretched long-wheelbase forms, the updated Range Rover receives a new infotainment system inside, echoing the dual-screen setup first seen in the Range Rover Velar.

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

The biggest change, though, is the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid option. Called the P400e PHEV, this Range Rover combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and can travel for up to 31 miles on electric power alone.

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Among the other new features designed to make this Range Rover even more comfortable to drive are 24-way electrically adjustable front seats, heated arm rests and an array of 17 connection points for USB and HDMI devices. A wi-fi hotspot can also support up to eight devices.

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Prices for the facelifted Range Rover start from £79,595, making it more expensive than key rivals including the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.

As with most high-end cars, though, the vast array of personalisation and equipment options on offer will likely push that price further upwards.

Potential buyers interested in the plug-in hybrid Range Rover will need to hand over £86,565, while the range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic model is priced from £141,580.

Read our full Range Rover review >

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

This long-wheelbase version of Land Rover's most luxurious SUV is aimed at buyers who don't fancy driving themselves, which is why there's even more room to spread out on the back seats.

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

And what back seats they are, too – heated, with massaging functions and extra support for your calfs plus a footrest. Other luxury touches include doors which open and close at the touch of a button, and a refrigerator large enough for two wine bottles.

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

There's plenty of storage space inside, too, as the right rear seat can be folded down, allowing extra-long items such as skis to be loaded from the boot while still leaving one rear seat.

Up front, drivers can use Land Rover's Touch Pro infotainment system, while those in the rear also get an infotainment screen to use as well as a fold-out table.

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Buyers can choose from three engines: a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol, a plug-in hybrid option which mates a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and a V8 diesel. Prices start from £167,850.

Read our full Range Rover review >

Mazda 6

Mazda 6

The current Mazda 6 saloon was launched in 2012, so this mid-life update is designed to keep it looking fresh against key rivals including the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb.

Mazda 6

Mazda 6

Engine options are expected to be carried over from the current car, meaning our recommended choice will likely remain as the 2.2-litre diesel.

Mazda 6

Mazda 6

Light changes to the car's exterior styling include a new front grille and LED headlights, while inside there's a new 8.0inch infotainment screen, plus a 7.0inch digital instrument cluster on high-end models.

Mazda 6

Mazda 6

Prices for this facelifted Mazda 6 aren't expected to rise too much, giving the new car an estimated starting price of around £20,000. At that price, it will still be substantially cheaper to buy than the Volkswagen Passat, but more expensive than the Ford Mondeo. All three cars will be more closely matched on PCP finance deals, though.

Find out more about the facelifted Mazda 6 >

Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS

The CLS is currently a good choice for buyers seeking a low-slung luxury coupé, and this new version is keeping that same brief.

It's based on the same underpinnings as the E-Class, and gets the same dual-screen infotainment setup as that car inside.

Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS

Buyers will be able to choose from six-cylinder diesel engines available in 282bhp or 335bhp forms. The petrol option, the 450, is paired with a mild hybrid electric motor, to give you a small boost when pulling away from traffic.

Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS

The interior of the new CLS is very similar to that of the E-Class, including that car's optional two 12.3in infotainment screens. The so-called widescreen cockpit display is configurable, and can put a variety of information – including the sat-nav map – directly in front of the driver.

Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS

Prices are expected to start from £57,000, making the CLS more expensive than today's car but still cheaper than rivals from Porsche and BMW.

Find out more about the new Mercedes CLS >

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

We’re big fans of Porsche’s entry-level coupé and sports car – the 718 Cayman is, remember, our reigning Sports Car of the Year. Both models are hardly lacking for driver engagement, but these new GTS versions take that proverbial dial right up to 11.

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

With slightly more power than the standard 718 Boxster and Cayman, both cars can now cover the 0-62mph sprint 0.2 seconds faster than before, when used in combination with Porsche’s automatic gearbox and standard Sport Chrono Package.

Both cars are also more efficient compared with the Boxster and Cayman GTS models, with official fuel consumption rated at 34.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 186g/km.

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS

Distinguishing the new cars from their standard counterparts are modified front bumpers, black tinted lights, black alloy wheels and GTS badges at the base of their doors. Inside, you’ll find Alcantara leather trim on the seats and steering wheel.

Prices for the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster GTS start from £59,866 and £61,727 respectively.

Read our full review of the Porsche 718 Cayman