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The Best of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

One of the biggest auto shows of the year was recently held in Los Angeles, California and manufacturers used the platform to debut some of their newest offerings. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the new models and redesigns that made their debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show.

Jeep Gladiator

After a 21 year hiatus, Jeep has officially reintroduced the Gladiator to the market. The Jeep Gladiator, a pickup version of the popular Jeep Wrangler, will make its debut for the 2020 model year. The truck will be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and is capable of towing up to 7,650 pounds according to Road and Track. A diesel option of the vehicle is expected to arrive in 2020. Like the Wrangler, the truck will have a removable soft or hard roof and removable doors. Jeep will be offering the Gladiator in four trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. Four wheel drive will also be standard in the Gladiator.

Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai officially debuted their new three-row crossover SUV that will be replacing the outgoing Santa Fe XL. The Hyundai Palisade is expected to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot. Cars.com reports that “Powering the new Palisade is a big 3.8-liter V-6 Atkinson-cycle engine, making 291 horsepower. That’s the most standard horsepower of any three-row SUV in the class, according to Hyundai.” The sleek design of the Palisade sports a bold look and is the largest ever built by Hyundai. The Palisade will be 3 inches longer, 3.6 inches wider, and 2.4 inches taller than the Santa Fe XL. While not yet finalized, the 8-passenger vehicle will likely come in a variety of trim levels, each including their own set of standard equipment and options.

Mazda Mazda3

While not a new model, the Mazda Mazda3 is getting a significant refresh for the 2019 model year. The sleek new interior and exterior designs seeks to impart a more premium, upscale character according to the automaker. The vehicle will come standard with a 184 horsepower Skyactiv 2.5-liter inline-four engine, though an advanced new engine technology called Skyactiv-X is expected in the future. One of the most significant upgrades to the 2019 Mazda3 is the available all-wheel drive option, which is incredibly rare in the small-to-midsize sedan market. To give consumers a choice, the vehicle will come in both a sedan and hatchback option. The interior boasts a standard 8.8-inch wide center display and numerous advanced safety features including a “Driver Monitoring System that tracks things such as how wide open the driver’s eyelids are, how often they blink, and the angle of their mouth and face, all to determine drowsiness. Audible alerts and auto braking come into play if the system figures that the driver is dozing off.”


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