Just weeks ago we were treated to an unveiling of new models at the Tokyo Motor Show, but this time it’s over to the golden state (where ironically there was rain and hail) to see what the world's biggest automotive brands are pushing out next.
If there’s anyone who has the potential to make a truly beautiful SUV, it’s Aston Martin. It’s the brand's first venture into the SUV world in their 106-year history, and they’ve gone in with the intention to ‘wow’. The new DBX is undoubtedly striking, but as you might also expect it is also pricey with a starting price of over £155,000. With the standard sports driving modes you'd expect in an Aston, it's also got all-terrain modes and air suspension modes should you go off-roading... if you'd want to in a £155k car.
Competing against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga, the DBX takes styling cues from the iconic DB5, and will hopefully start rolling off the production line in Spring next year.
Unlike the abundance of SUVs being shown (although quite rightly due to their popularity), VW brought out their Space Vision Concept – an electric estate! With an estimated 367 mile range and up to 586 litres of luggage space, this will be one to consider as your new family wagon in years to come.
55 years after the introduction of the original mustang, Ford have developed the mustang Mach-E: an electric mustang SUV. It’s got the same sporty lines and aggressive long front that you’d expect from a mustang, but with the size, height and practicality of an SUV.
Available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, it’ll have 332 horsepower and as stated by the brand will be comparable to the base Porsche Macan models. There will the option for a standard or extended range battery, and also some GT variants, with the latter pushing 459bhp and 0-60 somewhere around the mid 3 second mark.
As many of you will have seen, the new Land Rover Defender was spotted behind the scenes of the new bond film recently. Well, now it was the chance for the US market to get a glimpse of the new beast, as it’s the first time the Defender is going on sale in the US. In terms of the display, perhaps trying to reiterate that this is in fact going to be a work horse (and not a Chelsea tractor), Land Rover displayed the newest gen absolutely covered… in mud.
From the front it’s identical to is SUV sibling, but from the rear the coupe style design makes for a sportier appearance – hence ‘sportback’. It offers up to 277 miles on a single charge, and a drag coefficient of just 0.25, which is even better than its SUV counterpart.
The main talking point however with this Audi was the new digital matrix LED headlights –which pretty much do everything but walk your dog for you. It’s got the same technology you’d find in a projector and can create dynamic projections and illuminate the lane of the motorway you are driving on, to name a few of its tricks.
Other cars to point out were the 302 bhp Mini John Cooper Works GP, which there will only be 3000 of, and is causing a stir with its sole choice of an 8-Speed automatic gearbox. You can read our review of the more toned down Mini Cooper S here. Mercedes also set out to appeal to the LA masses with AMG versions of the GLE and GLS, the latter has a Maybach version with controversial two-tone paintwork – you’ll have to let us know your thoughts on that one. Last to note, was the new Toyota RAV4 Prime, a PHEV SUV with a 0-60 time of just 5.8 seconds. Not bad!
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