Crossovers and SUVs of the 2018 L.A. Auto Show

To no one’s surprise, automakers revealed a large number of SUVs and crossovers at the 2018 L.A. auto show. But unlike previous years, about half of the vehicles on this list offer some form of electrification, if they’re not exclusively electric. Some automakers revived old SUV nameplates while others introduced all-new, full-size models.

Keep reading to learn about the show’s wide assortment of crossovers and SUVs, from high-tech and luxurious rides to future concepts and affordable models.


2021 Rivian R1S

Rivian’s R1S all-electric SUV was developed to compete not only with the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, but also with capable and luxurious vehicles like the Range Rover. The SUV’s electric powertrain consists of four electric motors and four single-speed transmissions (one for each wheel). The battery pack comes in three sizes, with the largest MegaPack rated at 180 kilowatt-hours and boasting a claimed driving range of more than 410 miles. The two smaller packs are 135- and 105-kW-hr units, with estimated ranges of 310-plus and 240-plus miles, respectively. Tesla’s current largest battery pack is rated at 100 kW-hr.

Power outputs are impressive. Choosing the largest battery nets 700 hp, while the mid-level pack, which focuses more on performance, gets you 754 hp. Going with the smallest battery isn’t much of a penalty, either, as power is rated at a still-generous 402 hp. With that kind of power on tap, you can expect acceleration to be brisk. The MegaPack model is estimated to hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, while the mid-level battery is said to do it in 3.0 seconds flat. A still-quick 5.0 seconds is predicted for the smallest battery. Capability is also notable, as Rivian claims to offer higher maximum ground clearance, deeper fording depth, and better approach, departure, and breakover angles than the Range Rover.







2020 Lincoln Aviator

The Aviator is back, and just like its larger Navigator sibling, it packs lots of power, luxury, and tech. But unlike its big brother, the three-row Aviator will be offered with a traditional gasoline engine and an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 450 hp and a massive 600 lb-ft of torque in the Grand Touring model. The non-hybrid engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that pumps out a potent 400 hp and 400 lb-ft. New technology includes the Phone As A Key feature that allows owners to lock or unlock the doors, open the liftgate, or start the vehicle using a compatible smartphone. The feature doesn’t require the driver to have a traditional key fob on them. The Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver-assist features is standard, and audiophiles should enjoy the optional 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system. The uber-luxurious Black Label trim comes in Flight, Chalet, and Destination interior color and accent themes.




































Byton M-Byte Concept

Byton is a Chinese startup company that showed two all-electric concepts in L.A., the K-Byte sedan and the M-Byte SUV. The SUV will be offered in a single-motor, rear-drive model with a 71-kW-hr battery pack and a claimed driving range of 248 miles. The all-wheel-drive model uses dual motors and boasts a 323-mile driving range when equipped with the optional 95-kW-hr battery pack, according to Byton. However, the big news is the lounge-like interior that features a massive 49-inch widescreen, a tablet-sized touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel, and two screens for the rear passengers. Face recognition cameras, Level 3 autonomous capability, an Amazon Alexa voice control system, and 5G data speeds are just some of the high-tech features the M-Byte will offer. Byton claims the midsize SUV will start at about $45,000 and should go on sale in the U.S. by 2020.


2019 Honda Passport

A nameplate popular in the ’90s returns for 2019. Filling the space between the two-row CR-V and the three-row Pilot, the Passport is a two-row, five-passenger crossover based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform shared with the Pilot and Ridgeline truck—unlike the CR-V’s compact platform shared with sedans. The Passport utilizes the same 280-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 engine found in the Pilot and comes in

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have an Engine and This Is a Picture of It

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is expected to be the most powerful production Ford ever, and a teaser image of the engine that will make that possible has just been released.

The image depicts the plaque atop a supercharged V-8 engine that we expect will make more than 700 horsepower, and it mentions both the date January 14, 2019—the first media day of the Detroit auto show—and the Romeo, Michigan, plant where the stonking powerplant will be built. If this teaser looks familiar, it’s probably because the GT500’s engine bay leaked online almost a year ago. The casting looks more refined here and the cobra logo is cleaner, but the overall design appears to be unchanged from that earlier prototype.