As your favorite radio announcer put it, “There’s a lot going on so let’s get right to it.”
Finalists for 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year award have been announced:
Car of the Year
Utility Vehicle of the Year
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Truck of the Year
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The winners will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15, 2018. But you don’t have to wait until next year to discover Car and Driver’s Top Ten cars for 2018. They are:
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Chevrolet Camaro V-6/SS/ZL1
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Honda Civic Sport/SI/Type R
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mercedes E400/AMG E43
Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
The Accord has now made the list for 32 years.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show:
Potential customers for the high performance Corvette ZR1 who want a convertible have not been forgotten. It gets the coupe’s big V8 with 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Get your Powerball tickets: Base price is $123,995.
With consumers still turning to crossovers and SUV’s in big numbers, Hyundai will introduce seven new models by the year 2020. The latest is the Kona crossover for “Urban Adventurers” that will show up in showrooms in March. It will come with a 2.0-liter 147 horsepower four with a six speed automatic, or an optional 175 horsepower turbo four and will ride on a new platform. It is a bit smaller than the Hyundai Tucson.
And just for kicks, Nissan introduced a compact crossover called Kicks. It is in the Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R class and feature a 1.6-liter, 125 horsepower four with a CVT and front drive only. Look for it in showrooms next June. Some speculation it will replace the Juke.
A funky looking off road concept called the “Future Toyota Adventure Concept” or FT-AC may be ready to go off road with the new Jeep. The fog lights can be taken out from their pods and used as portable illumination. Tow hooks and skid plates for sure, and it rides on 20-inch wheels. The cargo roof rack has LED lighting and there are infrared cameras on the side mirrors for recording your off road journey and they can be removed “so that no fun goes undocumented.” A retractable bike rack is on the rear. It also sports a hybrid powertrain. Sure looks like a fun vehicle.
Elsewhere at the show:
A two row Lexus LX570 was introduced supplementing the three row model. It will seat five and carry a starting price of $84,980. Lexus also unveiled a stretched version of the RX sport utility that will accommodate up to seven passengers. Base price: $47,670. On sale later this year.
Lincoln has an MKC, MKT, MKX and MKZ. So it has now renamed the MKX the Lincoln Nautilus.
The 2018 Mazda 6 gets a new interior and a 2.5-liter turbo four good for 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. New seats and a new dash panel inside with an 8 inch infotainment screen. In showrooms next spring.