Japanese power up the LA auto show

The Japanese automakers make quite a splash at the LA auto show.

  • Honda Civic Coupe
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Subaru Impreza concept
  • Scion concept
  • Mitsubishi RVR
  • Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Mazda CX-9

LOS ANGELES, CA: Japanese automakers were out in force at the LA Auto Show with Honda leading the charge with the tenth generation 2016 Civic Coupe.

Set to arrive in showroom in March, it features a lower roofline, more compact form and signature taillight look.

Adding to the mix are two powerful and fuel-efficient powerplants including Honda’s first ever turbo engine.

The new Coupe also boasts state-of-the-art connectivity with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new Honda embedded navigation system by Garmin.

Honda Civic Coupe

The 2016 Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new Civic models that Honda is launching over the course of the next 18 months, including the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, the first-ever Civic five-door hatchback, Civic Si performance variants and for the first time, the potent new Civic Type-R.

Lower trims come with a new 2.0-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder engine with 158 hp and 138 lb/ft of torque with a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. On top trim models is a 1.5-litre turbo direct injection four-cylinder with 174 hp and 162 lb/ft of torque.

Hard on the heels of the Civic Coupe was the debut of the 2016 Nissan Sentra compact sedan with exterior styling following the new design language from the Maxima and Altima.

Nissan Sentra

Available on Sentra is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) are combined as part of the new Technology Package offered for Sentra SR and SL grades. Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are included in the Navigation Package (SV and SR grades) and standard on Sentra SL.

All 2016 Sentra models utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the base Sentra S grade.

Subaru unveiled the Impreza Sedan Concept looking just a step away from going into full production and built on Subaru’s next-generation new modular platform.

Subaru Impreza concept

And speaking of concepts, Scion showed off the C-HR Concept with the name standing for Compact size and High Ride coupled with four doors and a rear hatch.

Taking inspiration from a diamond with sheered sides, the C-HR cabin is like a precision-cut gemstone. The 21-inch wheels continue the cut gem theme.

Scion concept

Mitsubishi came to LA with a one-two punch.

The 2016 Outlander Sport (RVR in Canada) debuts with the brand’s new “Dynamic Shield” front design and new power folding side mirrors with LED turn indicators, wheel lip moldings, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink and a new 18-inch alloy wheel design.

Mitsubishi RVR

Priced at under (US) $20,000, the RVR features a host of safety features including an advanced seven air bag SRS system and Mitsubishi Motors’ patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell body construction.

Also on the Mitsubishi stand was the 2017 Mirage sub-compact sedan with new exterior design.

Mirage receives a fresh new look with redesigned hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and headlamps, rear spoiler and wheels.

Mitsubishi Mirage

A 1.2-litre, three-cylinder DOHC engine powers the 2017 Mirage. It features the latest version of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. With the addition of a roller-type camshaft, Mirage increases its horsepower to 78 hp and 74 lb/ft of torque.

A new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system with EcoPunch is available, as is an in-car display audio supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the first Mitsubishi vehicle to get these increasingly popular infotainment systems.

Mazda chose LA for the world review of 2016 CX-9 three-row CUV with the brand’s signature KODO styling and front- or all-wheel-drive

At 199.4 inches (5,065 mm) long, CX-9 is 1.2-inches (30 mm) shorter than its predecessor, but its wheelbase has been stretched 2.2-inches (55 mm), increasing passenger legroom as well as entry to and exit from the rear.

Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 is powered by a new 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine with Mazda’s Skyactiv fuel-saving technology but still produced 250 hp and 310 lb/ft of torque when running on 93-octane gas (227 hp with 87-octane).

Available on the CX-9 is the latest version of Mazda’s i-Activ AWD that uses 27 different sensors that “paint” a picture of the road and adjust torque accordingly.

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