So, what did SUVs do for the car culture then?
First, we are not talking anymore about the engines (except in terms of MPGs or 0-60 figures) or their off-road prowess, but about internet connectivity and safety.
Some of the SUVs are really cool, like the Range Rover SVAutobiography, or the Porsche Cayenne.
Interestingly enough, many do try to provide excitement. Some have it easy really. New 2018 Jeep Wrangler graced us with its presence. Despite getting a two-liter four-cylinder engine and plusher interior along with some proper convenience features, it is probably the best Wrangler ever. Although upgraded in all imaginable ways, it remained Wrangler-looking.
On the other, electric side of the things, we have a Bollinger B1 all-electric SUV. Sporting classic off-roader looks with boxy body and round lights, the B1 is unlike any other conventional SUV of today. Come to think of it, we could probably call it the SUT (sport utility truck).
I am not sure about the mass production feasibility though, but the Bollinger B1 promises range between 120 and 200 miles (using 60kWh or 100kWh batteries) with a total power of 360hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. It will probably be a lot cheaper compared with the madly expensive Tesla Model X. Now, I dug up a curious report from the Bollinger. The company said they have secured as much as 10,000 orders for the machine. The first deliveries are scheduled for January 2019. If it’s true, we may be onto something here.
Back to conventional cars such as sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons
Really, no major compact hatchback or wagon debuted in LA. As for the sedans, something could be found - like the new Mercedes-Benz CLS, or the new, high-end Buick LaCrosse Avenir, the BMW M5 and even the BMW 6-series GT. All new, all important and all great. But not as madly preposterous as the Jaguar XJR575.
The best one, in my Beemer-loving opinion - is the M5. AWD, 600hp, a lot of performance and the looks of a proper executive sedan on steroids. It just works. As well as it did for the past three or four decades.
Sports Car Frenzy
In LA, one of the ultimate markets for sports cars, one could see a number of these sexy machines on the streets: