2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview: Crossovers Rule

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, Automotive Editor - November 21, 2017

The L.A. Auto Show has seats for the whole family.

The glitz and glam of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show will play host to a fleet of crossovers later this month. Automakers are expanding lineups to meet growing customer demand for various-sized crossovers, and LA is a prime example of their dominance in the marketplace. Many of this year's biggest reveals are crossovers ranging in size from compact to big seven-seat behemoths. Check out below what's coming.

2018 BMW X2

BMW X2

BMW is slotting the 2018 X2 between its X1 and X3 crossovers as a more stylish take on the crossover – it's like the X4 and X6's bouncing baby brother. While the 2018 model is shorter and lower than the X1, the two crossovers share the same 105.1-inch wheelbase.

At launch, the 2018 BMW X2 will only come in xDrive28i trim, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power routes through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The sprint to 60 miles per hour from a standstill takes a claimed 6.3 seconds.

The 2018 BMW X2 goes on sale next spring.

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2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

Representing the first volley of a desperate crossover onslaught that will extend through 2020, Hyundai will finally offer a competitor to the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and Toyota CH-R with the 2018 Kona. Either a 2.0-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch will power the compact crossover.

Although Hyundai hasn't released official figures, both of these engines have long records of service in the brand's vehicles, making it relatively simple to make educated guesses about total output – we're wagering the turbocharged model will pump out between 190 and 200 hp while the base 2.0-liter will be in the 150-hp range.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona, which fits below the Tucson in Hyundai's lineup, goes on sale in early 2018.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Jeep Wrangler

The long-awaited successor to the current-generation Jeep Wrangler JK is finally here. Slated to hit the streets as a 2018 model, the Jeep Wrangler JL looks much like its predecessor. However, the new 2018 Wrangler has numerous updates inside and out. Changes should make it not only more capable on the trails, but more livable on the street, too.

One of the most significant changes coming to the new Wrangler is several new choices for the powertrain. It's been widely reported that a new turbocharged four-cylinder and a diesel-powered V6 will be coming to the off-roader, complementing the gas-powered V6 and working alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stay tuned, this one could be the start of the show.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL should hit dealership lots early next year.

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2018 Lexus RX L

Lexus RX L

The 2018 Lexus RX isn't getting much of an update overall. However, what the crossover is (finally) getting is an additional row of seats and a new trim–the RX L. The 7-seat version of Lexus' most popular SUV finally allows it to compete with other large luxury crossovers such as the Acura MDX.

Powertrains and other technologies should remain unchanged between the standard-length RX and the RX L. This means a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 powers the RX 350L. An RX 450hL hybrid version should come later next year as a possible 2019 model.

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2018 Mazda6

Mazda 6

Not every big reveal coming to this year's L.A. Auto Show is a crossover. Mazda is introducing a revised Mazda6 sedan. There is not much information available about the four-door right now, though, from the few official shots released by the company, styling looks to borrow heavily from the Mazda CX-5. That's no bad thing.

What's new (and certain) is the addition of a new turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the CX-9 crossover. This would mark the first time in years that the 6 was available with a high-output engine to challenge Ford, Honda, Kia, and Hyundai's turbocharged offerings. The base engine comes in for some improvements too, which should include cylinder deactivation and other fuel-saving technologies. More on this at Mazda's press conference.

With so little official information to go on, there's no indication when the Mazda6 will go on sale.

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2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is an all-new SUV from the Japanese automaker and the first time Subaru has offered a three-rower since the Tribeca was discontinued.

First introduced at last year's Los Angeles Auto show as the VIZIV-7 Concept, the Ascent will offer seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations, giving the popular all-wheel-drive brand an entry in a hotly contested segment.

Underpinning the platform is a modified version of the automaker's new global platform that debuted in the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Power will come from an all-new turbocharged boxer engine. However, there are no details yet on power outputs. The 2019 Subaru Ascent will go on sale sometime next year.

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2018 Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

The 2018 Volvo XC40 takes all the design and engineering triumphs of the larger XC60 and XC90 and shrinks them into a pint-size offering at an affordable price. While prices will eventually start at $33,200, when the XC40 first hits dealers, the starting price will be $35,200, reflecting the standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 247-hp four-cylinder and all-wheel drive.

While early adopters can only snag the T5 Momentum, a more affordable T4 model should arrive in summer 2018, pushing the starting price down to $33,200. Volvo plans to add a plug-in hybrid and all-electric variant later, giving its tiniest US offering an attractive mix of propulsion technologies on top of its refined styling and feature-packed interior.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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