The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the Southland’s hottest events, bringing in the top names – and the hottest new vehicles – from the automotive world. With the West Coast being the number 1 market for the industry, no one is taking this fact more seriously than Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
FCA, without a doubt, rolled out the most striking new vehicle at this year’s show: The Fiat 124 Spider. The Spider is a sleek new roadster that shares some DNA with the Mazda Miata. But, Fiat’s 124 Spider has enough unique features to stand on its own, notably a 1.4 L turbo engine taken from Fiat’s high-performance 500 Abarth. Then there are, of course, the 124 Spider’s distinctive interior and exterior design features.
While the Fiat brand enjoyed a great deal of the limelight, the re-introduction of another Italian icon garnered some major focus. Alfa-Romeo returns to the United States after a two-decade absence. Spearheading that return is the 2017 Alfa-Romeo Giulia, a high-performance luxury-sport sedan that aims to take on the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Alfa-Romeo is taking no chances on that front, equipping this all-wheel-drive sedan with a “Ferrari-derived” twin-turbo V-6 engine generating over 500 horsepower. That Ferrari muscle propels the Giulia to 60 MPH in under four seconds, and offers a top speed of 191 MPH. A more mainstream model is expected to follow.
But, FCA wanted to make sure the Italians didn’t take all the attention at the show. Dodge showed off the Dart GLH, a limited-edition variant of its compact sedan. The GLH comes with a unique paint-scheme, body-kit, and interior appointments for the aspiring racer in all of us.
Meanwhile, Jeep rolled out limited editions of its popular Wrangler and Grand Cherokee SUVs. The Grand Cherokee SRT Night features a blacked-out trim, a choice of three colors, and a 825-watt Harmon Kardon stereo system. Jeep’s new Wrangler Backcountry SUV sports unique decals, McKinley leather seats, special 17″ wheels, and a choice of five colors, including the exclusive Xtreme Purple.
The RAM saw its own special editions too. The Ram 1500 Rebel showed off a rugged theme, with blacked-out bumpers, a powder-coated skid plate up front, and a dual-vent aluminum hood. Need even more brawn? Look no further than the updated Ram 2500 Power Wagon, a heavy-duty homage to the Dodge mega-haulers of the past. The Power Wagon boasts a 6.4 L Hemi V-8, four-wheel-drive standard, a one-ton payload, and an 11,000 lb. towing capacity.
You can see all these cars and more at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public from Nov. 20th through the 29th. Order your tickets now at http://laautoshow.com/tickets/.