The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the biggest car events of the year, so there’s definitely no shortage of sleek and shiny new rides to gawk at. And while it’ll certainly take us forever to list down all of the amazing cars on display, we’ve highlighted five that we expect to change the game for next year and beyond.
The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali
Ever since GMC reintroduced its Canyon midsize pickup for 2015, speculation has been rife that it will soon get the upscale Denali trim. Well, Canyon fans can now rejoice as GMC unveiled the 2017 Canyon Denali at the LA Auto Show.
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Tracing the 17-year Denali line, the Canyon Denali package includes the fan favorite chrome grille, chrome body trim, machined 20-inch wheels, and an option to switch from the standard 3.6-liter V6 to a 2.8-liter diesel four cylinder. The interior also boasts “Mulan” leather seats, Denali-inscribed doorsills and floor mats, and a heated steering wheel. And if it’s still not enough, buyers can also get to choose from six different paint schemes.
2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate
The Canyon midsize isn’t the only one to get the Denali treatment in Los Angeles, as GMC also unveiled their Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate at the show. Dubbed as the “pinnacle of premium”, the Ultimate is basically a Sierra Denali turned up to 11. It has 22-inch wheels, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, “Tri-Mode” powered running boards, aluminum and leather interiors, and chrome tow hooks.
Chrome. Tow. Hooks. It doesn’t get more premium than that.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe
Barely two months after the debut of their 2015 Civic sedan, Honda ups the ante with the sleeker 2016 Civic coupe. This two-door Civic ditches the leg space and practically of the sedan for a sportier look. A sizable chunk of the rear overhead has been chopped off, which along with a more muscular rear fender results in a look usually reserved for futuristic car concepts.
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Other than this, the 2016 Civic shares a lot of things with its sedan counterpart, including the LX and Touring trim levels, CVT, a lighter frame, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (1.5-liter turbo four for the higher trims). Honda said it goes on sale in March, with more Civic spinoffs including a Type R and hatchback version along the pipeline.
2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry
If you’re a big fan of purple, this latest offering from Jeep might be up your alley. A 360-degree turn from the inoffensive colors of some of the rides featured at the show, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry special edition debuted in a vivid “Xtreme Purple” hue. It’s something Grimace might choose to buy once the midlife crisis kicks in.
But bad purple jokes aside, the Wrangler Backcountry does come in other, less-extreme colors including black, blue, white and gray. It also shares the same platform as Jeep’s tried-and-tested Sahara platform, including the option for two-door and a four-door Unlimited version. Other features include 17-inch black Rubicon wheels, rock rails, side steps, fitted slush mats, and a nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system with wireless connectivity. It is expected to come around in late November.
2017 Hyundai Elantra
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Hyundai is certainly not shy with its dissatisfaction over the current 2016 Elantra model, as it is eager to shove it away from the limelight with its new, redesigned 2017 version. Now in its sixth generation, the 2017 Hyundan Elantra sedan features an all new exterior that’s quite similar to its larger brother, the midsize Hyundai Sonata. Its thick horizontal bars and larger grille give the Elantra a much larger appearance, while its wheelbase boasts an accommodating 106.3 inches. It is expected to go head to head with midsize models such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The improvements to the latest version of the Elantra aren’t just relegated to size and appearance however, as it also comes with various structural improvements and a high-strength steel frame in a bid for a higher safety rating. The 2017 sedan will also debut two new powerplants: the 2.0-liter Atkinson-capable four-cylinder for the SE and Limited models, and a direct injection 1.4 –liter turbo four for the new Eco model. Other features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlamps, proximity-sensing trunk opening, and Android Auto connectivity.
The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from Nov. 20-29, 2015.