After a great 2016 LA Auto show we pick our favorites of the most recent launches.
2018 Audi Q5
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The Q5 has definitely been overdue for a makeover although that hasn’t prevented it from being Audi’s top seller. The 2018 Audi Q5 is equipped with a new 2.0-liter TFSI® four-cylinder engine, coupled with a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission, which produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and will sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, 1.1 seconds faster than its predecessor.
The Q5 also features a redesigned front five-link suspension to provide a comfortable yet agile ride for long distances. The 2018 Q5 also offers an available comfort adaptive damping suspension. This wheel-selective suspension system uses continuous electronic damper control, to enable various suspension and damping combinations that make up the Audi drive select modes. Now offered as standard equipment on all Audi Q5 models, Audi drive select with five different modes – comfort, auto, dynamic, offroad, and individual, allows the driver to choose the option that best meets their driving situation and handling preferences.
Lamborghini Huracan Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
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Named after the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy, which has no fewer than 48 hairpin turns, the new Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine delivering 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-60 mph is acheived in an estimated 5.4-seconds and it has a top speed of 144 mph. The top model, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has 505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph. All-wheel-drive (AWD) is standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
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The Atlas arrives with a choice of two powertrains: the 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four cylinder with 238 horsepower or the available 3.6-liter VR6 engine with 280 horsepower. Either engine routes power through an eight-speed transmission and the Atlas can be configured either as front-wheel-drive or with available 4Motion all-wheel-drive in VR6 trims. The 4Motion system has a Driving Mode Selection feature that allows the driver to select specific parameters based on driving conditions. EPA fuel economy estimates will be released ahead of the launch in the Spring of 2017.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
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Volvo Cars, has unveiled the eagerly awaited V90 Cross Country, completing its 90 Series line-up. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height, and a chassis optimised for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes V90 estate into Range Rover territory. Volvo has confirmed the V90 Cross Country T6 will come with the all-aluminum turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four that is good for 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Prices will start at $56,295.