By on November 26, 2012

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is upon us, and as usual, TTAC will have photographers in the field, complete with live shots of all the new debuts, while we provide anger-tinged appraisals of all the new debuts. Press days don’t start for another couple of days, but we’ve got a rundown of what to expect after the jump.

Acura: The beak brand will debut their new flagship luxury sedan, the RLX. Having already seen a rendering of the production car, I’d advise you all to brace yourself for an avalanche of conservative styling. The base front-wheel drive car will get a sophisticated four-wheel steering system, while the top-spec model will get the much touted Sport Hybrid AWD system.

Audi: The big news here is the proliferation of diesels. Four of them. The Q5, A6, A7 and A8 will get Audi’s new twin-turbo V6 diesel, joining the Q7 as part of Audi’s TDI lineup. What about the A4?

BMW: A coupe version of the i3 concept will be displayed.

Chevrolet: An EV version of the Spark will be unveiled – performance should be brisk, with a 0-60 time of under 8 seconds, but the car will only be sold in California for now, ostensibly due to compliance issues.

Chrysler/Fiat: The big story at Chrysler is actually Fiat; the 500 EV and a convertible version of the 500 Abarth will bow. The 500L, a four-door pseudo-crossover based on the 500, will add some depth to Fiat’s lineup in the USA.

Ford: The already unveiled Transit Connect Wagon will be shown in public, and a Fiesta ST is all but confirmed. The baby ST should get its motivation from the 1.6L Ecoboost used in the Fusion and Escape.

Honda: The sort-of newly restyled 2013 Civic will be presented by Honda to atone for their deadly sin, the 2012 Civic. We’ve seen the exterior revamp already, but the interior is still the big question mark.

Hyundai: An unnamed concept is set to be shown.

Jaguar: The XFR-S will borrow the 550 horsepower supercharged V8 from the XKR-S and transplant it into the dated but still charming XF.

Kia: An all-new Forte, including a coupe and hatchback will debut.

Mercedes-Benz: A concept vehicle depicting the G-Class in the year 2025 will be shown alongside the SLS Black Series.

MINI: The Clubvan commercial vehicle will be revealed, as well as the Paceman two-door crossover.

Porsche: The slow-selling Cayman will be replaced by…an all-new Cayman that looks a lot like the Boxster, and even uses the same powertrains. Who would have guessed?

Subaru: The 2014 Forester is the big news here. The next-generation 2.0L turbocharged Boxer will be available, but only mated to a CVT gearbox.

Toyota: The RAV4 and it’s famous 4-speed automatic will die a quiet death, replaced by an all-new version. We’ll get our first look on Wednesday.

Volkswagen: The ragtop version of the new Beetle will be unveiled.


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18 Comments on “2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview...”

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    What? No Cadillac ATS Convertible?

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    Doesn`t the Mazda6 get it first US reveal with more details on specification and price?

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      Yes. It’s supposed to go on sale here in just a few months, and they haven’t told us much of anything about the US version: which features we’ll see (will we get i-Stop & i-ELOOP?), whether we’ll get a diesel, EPA numbers, etc.

      • 0 avatar

        Exactly. I have heard either January or early February for sale. With many details left to be released – hence why price and specification/features should be known now. I expect EPA figures will be later.

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        As for the diesel I had heard that if it comes to the Mazda 6 it would be part way through the model year as the 2014 model year is going to be very long since they are launching right at the start of 2013. CX5 is also rumored to get the diesel. Mazda 3 maybe once it has been revised with new Kodo front end so 2015 model year perhaps.

    • 0 avatar

      That’s what I’ve read too. Hopefully they’ll hear the appeal from the legions and reveal their diesel version!

  • avatar

    Nothing on that list stirs me at all. :(

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    I’ve grown tired in recent years of concept vehicles. I’d rather just see new vehicles being debuted at shows. Most of the concepts are nothing more than empty hulls full of dreams.

    I could care less about what a 2025 G-wagon will look like. I bet it will be boxy and obnoxious, just like the current G-wagon.

    I am, however, excited to see what the Transit connect will look like in non-press photos, hell, I even want to see what Kia had for the all new Forte.

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    Was hoping to see Audi’s new A3 before too long.

    • 0 avatar

      A lot of speculation was on LA, but the earliest is looking like Detroit in January with an on sale of somewhere between May and July.

      Lots of speculation about Shanghai in April or Geneva in March, too.

      Personally I’m hoping for Detroit.

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    Do you think they will have a Chevy Spark dance?

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    I am sorry to hear of the change in the RAV4, I have had one since 2008, with no problems, except all the recalls which proved negative in my case, along with the 4 speed Auto, which I get 42 mpg if I keep my speed below 80 kms with a 4 cyl! I supose it’s progress!?

  • avatar

    Derek, please don’t forget about booth babes.

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    Of all the cars you mentioned the only one that even remotely interested me was the Forester…until you said no manual : (

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    Can’t wait for the new Cayman….that’s the one thing I’ve had marked on my calendar for a while now.

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    Dave M.

    “Of all the cars you mentioned the only one that even remotely interested me was the Forester…until you said no manual : (”

    I believe the base model will still have the manual…

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    I believe the G-wagen concept has already been shown in pictures. It’s… eh. It’s somebody’s dream.

    I am 99% sure I saw a new Forte sedan on the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday. I believe I was heading north on I79 through West Virginia when I saw it, but I’m not 100% sure on the location. It was between Allentown, PA, and Charleston, WV. It caught my eye as a very bloated looking Rio. I got a decent look at it, but it was heading in the opposite direction on a divided interstate highway. Looked just like the already released pictures. No camo or anything. Not sure what it was doing in the wild.

    I just assumed they were already on sale.

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