Quiet times for domestics at Los Angeles
There were, however, a few notable introductions and prototypes during show, here's a rundown on the domestic automakers.
LOS ANGELES, CA: The LA show was quite low-key for announcements from the big three this year.
This could possibly be due to the resurgence of the Detroit show and most of the manufacturers holding back any big announcement for a home turf advantage.
There were, however, a few notable introductions and prototypes during show.
Ford hit the ground running with a fun packed concert with DJ Khaled and broadcast the launch of the 2018 EcoSport via Snapchat during the concert.
This is a first for any manufacturer to reveal a new model in this way and it certainly hit the intended demographic of potential customers.
The 2018 EcoSport will come in four trim levels with an assortment of 10 exterior and seven interior ambient colour schemes.
It will offer two choices of engine – the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost or 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI, Ford’s intelligent 4WD system will come as standard in the 2.0 litre vehicles. All trim levels will come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The interior electronics and connectivity are outstanding for an entry level CUV, from standard Sync 3 connectivity and entertainment system all the way up to an optional Ford-exclusive B&O PLAY audio system with10 speakers pushing out an earsplitting 675-watts of power.
Ford is really out to prove that a compact SUV can be big when it comes to the fun department. The 2018 EcoSport will be available in Canada early 2018.
While not truly a domestic, Alfa Romeo is marketed under the FCA banner in North America and Canada, so is somewhat of a domestic.
The launch of the all-new 2018 Stelvio SUV was bigger than even Alfa Romeo had envisaged with the majority of media being excluded from the reveal due to capacity issues.
This all new mid sized SUV will come in three trim levels – Stelvio, Si and Quadrifoglio.
The base and Si models will come with all-aluminum, 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo charged engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Quadrifoglio trim will come with an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve bi-turbo intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a huge 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque.
All trim levels will come with an array of standard equipment with the base and Si models having a carbon fiber driveshaft, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, backup camera with rear park sensors, power lift gate and flat-bottom steering wheel.
All trim levels will come with the standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system. Stelvio will be available in up to 13 exterior colours, a choice of seven wheels, ranging from 18 inches to 21 inches; and a vast selection of interior colour and trim choices.
Right on the heels of the Alfa came Jeeps’ entirely new 2017 Compass.
This exciting redesigned compact SUV comes in four different trim levels: Sport, North, Limited and Trailhawk. While a number of drive trains will be made available world wide, rumour has it that the initial North American offering will come with the 2.4-litre, four-cylinder engine, producing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.
There will be, however, three transmission options, and a choice of front-wheel drive or two all-wheel-drive systems. The new exterior look is highly influenced by its big brother the Grand Cherokee, but there are some design features, such as the windshield angle, that relate more to the Cherokee.
The new interior features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The compass comes with the latest UConnect 5.0 that is compatible with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. There has been additional storage compartments added to the interior, which includes the multi-level rear cargo floor.
GM was fairly subdued in their offerings this year, but hit it big with their Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This go anywhere mid-sized SUV has been put together with the real off roader in mind.
This impressive looking monster has had the body lifted by 2 inches and the tracking has been widened by 3.5 inches. Adding the standard 31-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires on its 17-inch wheels gives the ZR2 a real road presence.
Looks are only part of the big picture with this off-roader. There is a choice of two drive trains – a 3.6-litre V-6 that produces 308 horsepower and 275 lb/ft of torque and links to an eight-speed automatic, or a 2.8-litre Duramax four-cylinder diesel, which pushes out 369 lb/ft and 181 horsepower.
The diesel is married to a six-speed automatic. Making sure that this truck can handle any terrain it comes with front and rear electronic locking differentials, a locking transfer case, cast-iron control arms and hill-descent control.