If you were tall enough, maybe you could have even seen over all the roofs of crossovers and SUVs at the LA auto show this year making their North American debuts. Maybe you spotted a new Lambo or Aston, however unlikely. Anyway, now that we’re done with the showstars — the Alfa Stelvio and Jag I-Pace — we can move along to the also-rans and believe it or not they’re not all crossovers.


Subaru VIZIV-7

Well, this one is… Subaru is tired of playing the niche game, and the VIZIV-7 concept demonstrates Fuji Heavy Industries’ (the parent company) outlook for the mainstream future. And it’s big. No, really, we mean big — the VIZIV-7 is a three-row seven-seater that’s longer than that 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser wheels tested last week, and also wider with a longer wheelbase. If anything, it’s definitely living up to the name Fuji Heavy Industries. The Japanese say a production version is scheduled for 2018.

2017 Mazda CX-5

First launched in 2012, and premiering Mazda’s Kodo design language and Skyactiv drivetrain tech, the CX-5 is now due a mid-life update and just in time for the LA show. This core model for the Hiroshima brand — CX-5 accounts for a quarter of Mazda’s total annual production with 1.2 million sales to date — promises to offer more driving involvement (and it’s already one of the few crossovers that are fun to drive) and includes Mazda’s i-Activsense suite of safety kit.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Since the industry’s horsepower war has conscripted trucks and SUVs too (see our Alfa Stelvio story on page 14), we’re now fortunate enough to have choices on the market as absurdly fun as the Ford Raptor and the million-dirham Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4 Squared. Chevrolet, however, went against the grain and premiered a mid-size pick-up with more off-road tech packed in than anything else in the segment, claims the company. The Colorado ZR2 features F1 know-how in its fancy spool-valve dampers, and electronic-locking differentials front and rear, and
no less than nine drive modes.

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

When Mercedes resurrected the Maybach brand in 2002 it projected 2,000 sales a year and half of that in the US alone, and then failed abysmally, shutting down the brand by 2013. During that time the highest take in the US annually was just 156 cars sold in 2007. Maybach is now a trim line so to speak, and this S 650 Cabriolet is the brand’s first ever drop-top, and it’s also a tarted up S 65, featuring the 621bhp 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbo engine and they’ve wisely toned down expectations, limiting production to just
300 examples…

1957 Jaguar XKSS

Meanwhile, west down Wilshire Boulevard away from the LA auto show and towards the world renowned Peterson Automotive Museum, Jaguar unveiled a ‘new original’ 1957 XKSS, hand-built and one of nine to be delivered to lucky (and very wealthy) owners from the beginning of 2017. Famously, in 1957 nine cars to be built for the American market were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s old Browns Lane factory In 1957, so six decades later Jaguar Classic’s engineers worked with the original frames and original D-Type 262bhp straight-six engines (slanted to fit under the low-slung bodywork and topped with triple Webers) to recreate the magic in period spec.