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Wild sports cars and so many crossovers jump-start the 2019 model year

Auto show season ushers in the future by debuting everything from high-horsepowered supercars (and a wagon) to so, so many crossovers. The Los Angeles show heads the major auto show cycle in the first week of December, followed by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January — the tent pole of global auto shows — then the largest consumer auto show in Chicago in February, concluding with the New York Auto Show in April. Here are the hits from Los Angeles and what we can expect in regional shows and dealer lots in 2018.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Redesigned for the first time in a decade, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler comes with three more fuel-efficient engines, including a mild hybrid and diesel, as well as sweeping modernization of connected and safety technology. The design changes to the two-door Rubicon and four-door Sahara are subtle but significant, shedding 200 pounds and getting a little longer. The seven-slotted grille flanked by circular headlights remains, like always. However, the grille is slightly raked for improved aerodynamics, the roof corners are rounded and there is an integrated rear spoiler. New tech, lighting, over 75 available advanced safety features and more power complete the redesign of the American icon. Pricing expected to be announced near spring delivery.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW takes the top off its plug-in hybrid sports coupe with the scissor doors. It only has an 18-mile range but the combined 369-horsepower powertrain can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The soft top folds down in 16 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

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