The 2018 Los Angeles motor show opens its doors to the public on 30 November, with the opening day for press and trade on Tuesday 26 November.
A varied mix of SUVs, V8s and electric cars are usually revealed at the uniquely Californian event, and this year looks to be no different.
This year, there’s several huge debuts – like the all-new Range Rover Evoque (pictured) - that we're excited to see. Let’s take a look at what to expect:
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
As spotted in testing at the Nürburgring earlier this year (pictured), the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is set to make its debut in LA. Although the convertible is due to be launched exclusively with the W12 engine that already powers the coupé, a lighter V8 version will follow.
The new model swaps the its predecessor's Volkswagen Phaeton underpinnings for those of the Porsche Panamera, in an effort to make it Bentley's sportiest drop-top yet. PICTURE: Autocar spyshot
BMW’s range-topping SUV will be making its public debut at the LA motor show. The largest model in BMW’s revamped line-up, the seven-seater will take on the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
With prices starting from £72,155 in the UK for the entry-level xDrive30d (and $73,900 for the entry-level xDrive40i in the US), the X7 is aimed at luxury-driven markets in regions such as the Middle East and China. As such, four-zone air conditioning and electric seats all round come as standard.
BMW iNext concept
BMW is adding an SUV to its portfolio of electric vehicles. Joining the i3 hatchback and i8 sports car, the production version of the iNext will go on sale in 2021. The German car maker has claimed a 0-62mph time of roughly four seconds and a competitive range of 380 miles between charges.
Ford Edge ST
The first SUV to receive Ford's ST treatment, the US-only 2019 Edge ST will be shown in near-production guise in LA.
With a claimed 335bhp from its 2.7-litre V6, the five-seat Edge ST will feature variable four-wheel drive and a number of styling elements carried over the Fiesta and Focus hot hatches.
Audi E-tron GT
Due for release in 2020, the E-tron GT will go up against the Tesla Model S P100D and Porsche Taycan in the electric sports saloon segment.
It's expected to be revealed in concept form in LA. Range is understood to be similar to that of the E-tron SUV’s 248 miles, but the GT will aim to cut the larger car’s 5.5sec 0-60mph time almost in half to remain competitive with its direct rivals. PICTURE: Autocar Artist impression
Appearing at LA for the first time will be Honda's new US-built Passport SUV. Sitting above the CR-V in the company's mid-size SUV offering, the Passport is described by Honda as a "personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV".
Expect the Passport to sit atop a four-wheel drive platform, with a focus on driver comfort and practicality. PICTURE: Honda teaser image
Hyundai is set to reveal its newly-named Palisade three-row SUV in LA. The all-new 2020 Palisade will be larger and more luxurious than the latest Santa Fe, and although details are scarce, it can be expected to share its underpinnings with Kia’s upcoming Telluride luxury SUV.
Jeep’s Wrangler-based pick-up truck will be revealed without camouflage for the first time in LA. Images allegedly showing the model were leaked from the brand's media website on the 15 November, suggesting the front is nearly identical to the Wrangler until after the C-pillar, where a 5ft-long load bed has been added.
The utility vehicle’s debut marks the first time Jeep has produced a truck since 1992. The Gladiator marks the beginning of Jeep’s diversification into other markets, with Jeep CEO Mike Manley promising upcoming electric and autonomous vehicles. PICTURE: Leaked image
Making its debut in Los Angeles is the latest variant of BMW’s hotly anticipated new 3 Series. Powered by a 369bhp 3.0-litre straight six engine, the new M340i will be capable of 0-62mph in 4.4sec. It will make use of an M-tuned chassis and xDrive four-wheel drive, making it the first regular 3 Series variant to be sold with BMW's performance sub-brand preceding its model number.
Geared more towards everyday use than the M3, the M340i will come with a number of autonomous driving features and an increased range of optional upgrades.
BMW 8 Series Convertible
BMW is diversifying its luxury offerings with the new 8 Series Convertible. Featuring four seats, a multi-layered fabric roof and 350 litres of boot space, the new grand tourer fills the gap left by the axed 6 Series.
The 8 Series will be available with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine in the UK and other diesel markets. Otherwise, they'll be a 523bhp petrol V8, which will be the only engine available at launch in the US. Both of which are good for a limited 155mph.
The next version of the electric Soul compact crossover will make its debut in LA. Kia is remaining tight-lipped about the unveiling, but spy shots of the model in testing around Europe indicate a similar design to the previous model.
The EV version will use the powertrain from the e-Niro, with a 39kWh battery. Combustion-powered variants aren't planned for sale in European markets. PICTURE: Autocar spyshot
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The first Evoque hit the roads in 2011 and has been a smash hit for Land Rover, selling almost 800,000 examples so far. This all-new 2020 model features an evolutionary design, but with a cleaner look than before, helped along by super-slim new LED headlights, sweeping indicator lights at both ends, and Velar-style door handles that only pop-out when needed.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - interior
The interior features slick new digital displays first seen on larger Range Rovers, and the Evoque gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the first time.
Mazda is bringing an all-new 3 hatchback and saloon to California. Details are scarce, but spy shots of the model in testing suggest it will bear a close resemblance to the Kai concept of 2017.
Where the Kai had only four seats, the production 3 will bump up capacity to five. The design appears to take cues from Mazda’s Skyactiv-X family, meaning the styling will likely echo that of the CX-3 crossover. PICTURE: Autocar spyshot
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Mercedes-AMG will be unveiling an updated 2020 version of its GT two-seater. The sports car was spotted testing earlier this year, sporting a larger front grille and revised headlight styling among other subtle design updates.
Mercedes is likely to include a more powerful twin-turbocharged petrol V8 as part of the four-year-old GT's mid-life refresh, in a bid to challenge the segment-leading Porsche 911. PICTURE: Autocar spyshot
The 2019 Nissan Maxima is set to appear in LA, ahead of a December launch.
The US-market only four-door saloon will receive a mid-life facelift, incorporating a redesigned front end and rear lights, but is expected to retain its 300bhp 3500cc V6.
Porsche Panamera GTS
Autocar has already driven the sportier variant of Porsche’s luxury grand tourer, but LA will host the second-generation Panamera GTS’s public debut.
Now sporting a turbocharger and rear-biased four-wheel drive, the "unnaturally athletic" GTS produces 454bhp from its 4.0-litre V8 and is capable of a top speed of 181mph.
Porsche 911 (992)
Sightings of the eighth-generation Porsche 911 sports car have revealed a more muscular design, informed by the 997-era 911 Speedster and the recent Mission E concept. All 992-era 911s will be turbocharged, with the most powerful 603bhp Turbo S E-Hybrid capable of nearly 200mph.
There will be 24 available variants of the 911 by 2020, with hybrid-electric powertrains forming an integral part of the line-up. PICTURE: Prototype of new model
The facelifted version of Audi's mid-engined supercar is set to make its public debut in LA. The German brand has already revealed a series of mid-life updates for the R8, including exterior revisions, a power boost and tweaks to improve handling. Visual changes are subtle, but the redesigned front grille and enlarged air intakes behind the door refresh the look of the three-year-old McLaren 570S rival.
As part of Michigan-based Rivian's drive to launch the world's first range of zero-emission adventure vehicles, the company will be revealing an all-electric pickup truck in Los Angeles.
Sitting atop the company's trademark 'skateboard' platform, the R1T utility vehicle will, Rivian says, demonstrate that "that electric vehicle technology is now able to deliver durable, long-range on- and off-road capability to consumers". The model is claimed to be capable of a 400-mile range and a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds. PICTURE: Rivian teaser image
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru of America will introduce its first ever plug-in hybrid model, the Crosstrek Hybrid, at LA - it'll then arrive in dealerships across the US towards the end of this year.
A variant of the brand's third-best-selling model in the US, the Crosstrek Hybrid features new technology and unique design elements. Using a 2.0-litre boxer engine coupled to an integrated electric motor, Subaru says the new model is capable of 90mpg on the combined cycle and 17 miles on electric power alone.
Toyota is set to reveal the 2019 Toyota Prius in Los Angeles, with an early preview hinting at the availability of a four-wheel drive system for the first time outside of Japan’s domestic market.
A teaser image of the car crossing a snowy landscape and sporting roof bars indicates a potentially more rugged variant of the hybrid hatchback. Toyota's E-Four system has been available in the Prius’s home market since the release of the fourth-generation model in 2015. PICTURE: Toyota Teaser image
Volkswagen says goodbye to the car that started it all with two limited editions of its outgoing third-generation Beetle.
The Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL will feature exclusive equipment upgrades, unique colours and new interior trim options. Volkswagen has said that releasing a new variant of the retro-inspired Beetle would not be in line with its planned development for the universal MEB platform, so it has made the decision to axe the car from its line-up.
Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo
Although it's not confirmed, the Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept is likely to be in attendance at LA.
Sitting atop the electric MEB platform, the latest member of Volkswagen’s electric ID family is capable of 341 miles on a single charge. The van can carry a maximum of 800kg and has a power output of 198bhp from a motor that sends power to all four wheels.
The show kicks off with its first press day on Tuesday November 27 so tune into Autocar.co.uk for full coverage