Best crossover reveals from Los Angeles Auto Show 2017

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The 2017 LA Auto Show ran from Dec. 1 to 10. Photos by Benjamin Yong.

This year marked the 110th anniversary of the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) held annually in sunny southern California. The 2017 edition saw more than 1,000 automobiles out on display, some making their national or worldwide debuts. Different variations of sport utility vehicles continue to gain market share, reflected by the number of new SUVs announced by automakers during the event. We’ve rounded up three of the most interesting ones here.

Toyota FT-AC

Toyota FT-AC

The Toyota Future Toyota Adventure Concept, full of unique detailing and angular bodylines, is certainly a different kind of beast. Created for “those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways,” there are features guaranteed not be found elsewhere. The LED foglights, as an example, are removable and can used as portable illumination. Roof rack mounted LEDs are controllable via a mobile device, and a built-in bike rack at the back can be fully retracted and hidden from view.

As a concept, no powertrain is in place, however Toyota says they imagine the vehicle as either possessing a gasoline or hybrid electric engine and an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

2018 Lexus RX L

Lexus RX L

Lexus’ RX lineup continues to prove a fan favourite, particularly among those seeking the practicality of a crossover combined with a dash of style. The 350 and 450h hybrid should become even more popular now that Toyota’s upscale marque is about to produce an extended variant capable of squeezing in seating for seven, six if optional captain’s chairs are selected.

Designers have stretched out the body an additional 110 millimetres and modified the tailgate opening to accommodate the extra passengers. Access to the third row is granted via a lever that slides the middle seats forward. People at the very back won’t suffer any loss of comfort since thanks to dedicated air conditioning and cupholders.

Performance wise, the 350L still utilizes a 3.5-litre V6 (although curiously producing 290 horsepower, five less than the regular variant) and the 450hL adds two electric motors to the mix generating a combined 308 horsepower. Watch out for the former to arrive first in early 2018 and the hybrid shortly after.

2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

First revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the fall, Hyundai brought out the U.S. production version of the Kona at LAAS. Both two and all-wheel drive models will be available, and the higher trim levels include the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine generating 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The CUV is named after the same region found on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Particularly popular among thrill seekers and those with active lifestyles due to its varied and beautiful terrain, the demographic is one the automaker believes suits the Kona perfectly.

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