SUVs and Off-Roaders dominated the 2021 LA Auto Show, but some speedsters also made their debut. We recap it all here!
Each year, the LA Auto Show provides the perfect environment for automakers and aftermarket companies to release their most important projects for the upcoming year. This year, we got a bunch of new SUVs and lots of EVs. We also saw how much off-roading and soft roading have continued to push manufacturers away from their comfort zone. Here’s a quick dive into all of the best reveals at the 2021 LA Auto Show.
Hyundai and Kia revealed their next-generation electric SUVs. For Hyundai, the SEVEN Concept offered a glimpse of a sleek and sophisticated future that should serve to draw more people to the brand. Kia offered the EV9 Concept. It’s on the same general architecture as the SEVEN, but features a much bolder design. We just hope the suicide doors and the spacious interior make it to production. To our eyes it’s not far from the design of the new BMW XM, it actually looks better.
Subaru, Nissan, and Toyota each debuted new electric SUVs as well. The Subaru Solterra is set to offer 220 miles of range, all-wheel-drive, and more than 8-inches of ground clearance. Nissan is shooting for more on-road performance with the Ariya. It aims for 285 miles of range with a 238-horsepower engine and front-wheel drive. Then there’s the Toyota with its bZ4X. This electric crossover splits the other two in terms of range with 250 miles. Expect a little over 200 horsepower and front-wheel drive standard.
Chevrolet started the show with the reveal of its Beast Concept. This 650-horsepower monster is based on a Silverado pickup truck chassis that’s been shortened. Then Chevy gave it a big lift kit, 37-inch tires, 20-inch beadlock wheels, Recaro performance seats, and a pair of 7-inch LCD screens to keep the driver informed of the terrain around them.
Ford wasn’t about to be outdone though and they released the Bronco DR. That stands for Desert Runner and this SUV is both more and less insane than the Chevy Beast. First, it’s tamer. It only makes 400 horsepower from its 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Of course, it’s also more wild because it’s going into actual production. That’s right, 50 people will buy up these turn-key desert race SUVs and be able to go racing straight away.
Of course, no auto show would be complete without some serious speed being revealed and this year, Porsche delivered like no other. Their new Taycan GTS Sport Turismo is the third body style available of the first all-electric Porsche. It features a similar shape as the Cross Turismo (a more off-road friendly wagon) but has a lower ride height.
Then there’s the car everyone has been begging for, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. For those not familiar, the Cayman GT4 has been one of the biggest steps forward for the brand in years, but an RS model had never been released, until now that is. The new RS model has been reworked when compared to the standard GT4 by adding lightness. It also makes 500 horsepower and can sprint from 0-60 in just 3.4-seconds. We can’t wait to get our hands on one.