LA Auto Show debutants and an SUV crazy world

Toyota FT-AC Concept

The latest in Toyota’s FT series of concepts is this active urban and off-road tourer, with dollops of mobility and practicality. Toyota thinks the FT-AC can be quite popular in LA, provided the retro FJ Cruiser has done quite well there.

 

 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Nissan Kicks

…kicks what? Footballs? Buttocks? Whatever it kicks, this small crossover looks to settle in cozily beneath the X-trail and Qashqai and alongside the Juke, offering more practicality and less controversial looks. We say that, but look at how hideously tall its roofline seems. It’s like a small terrier with an abnormally large head.

 

 

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

Can Volvo’s lineup get any better now? With the help of a small, urban-friendly crossover that takes after its bigger XC90 brother, it can. The XC40 brings a touch of class to the often garish crossover-SUV segment, with a focus on finely crafted materials and elegant Swedish design to deliver an astounding ownership experience.

 

 

Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

No, Hyundai has not decided to name their latest crossover after a fading pop singer from Bangladesh. The Kona takes the supposed youthful energy of potential buyers to the extreme with a zany design that is too messy to be cool and too ugly to be funky. But Hyundai’s doing well, and bold designs like these show it.

 

 

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

The QX50 takes the rulebook for blocky, bulky SUV design and throws it out the window, rather working with smooth creases and cutsto deliver a sleek crossover that actually looks like something young people would want to buy. It’ll also be loaded with traditional Infiniti tech, so that’s another plus point for young’uns.

 

 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan has been a moderate sales success beside the larger Touareg, and the new one takes sharp design cues and efficient drivetrain to the US market. Will it be able to counter the effect of the Dieselgate scandal? Turns out people don’t really care – Volkswagen Group is still going fairly strong in North America.

 

 

JEEP Wrangler

JEEP Wrangler

Nothing screams Muricaa like a proper Jeep crawling over rocks and wading into streams. JEEP renews the Wrangler flagship with new off-road assistance tech, much more efficient drivetrain and traditional Wrangler design. You can also personalize it with the best of Jeep’s optional extras, which is yuuuuuge.

 

 

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

We know its descending in the picture, but bear with it. The Ascent takes Subaru’s expertise with All Wheel Drive and applies it to a proper SUV after nearly a decade since the Forester registered on anyone’s radar. The Forester was amazing, we hope the Ascent can go above and beyond it. Heh.

 

 

Lincoln Nautilus

Lincoln Nautilus

Named after Captain Nemo’s famed submarine from Journey to the Centre of the Earth and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Lincoln Nautilus joins the smaller MKC crossover as part of Lincoln’s renewed efforts at making the American SUV cool again, like the heyday of the Navigator.