Editor’s Note: We set our man Nathan Adlen loose on the floor of the 2010 LA Auto Show this week and asked him to scoop out what’s hot & what’s not at this year’s show. Here’s what Nathan reports:
Not that anyone at TFLcar is a stooge for mediocrity, but we sometimes have to roll with crowd and hit an auto show. I was ordered by the boss to get interesting image of eye-candy and some cars. We were told about some debuts, but – as this was the first, crowded press-day – we could only squeeze a few in.
Not that we missed much.
If you keep up with TFLcar, a high percentage of the debuts, concepts and themes have already been exposed. Still, there are a few things that stood out at the auto show that are worth mentioning. Instead of simply mentioning a tidbit here and there, we offer this to you: 1st day awards!
Yup, we already have soft spots for some of the (ahem) unique vehicles displayed at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.
Category – “Most Significant Debut” 2011 Range Rover Evoque
Tidbits: 240hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD). Base price is $45,000.
There are three things I can say about this charming little Rover. Yes, yes and yes.
1. Yes, this Range Rover is not built to conquer the jungles of Africa. It has an AWD system that appears to be biased towards all weather stability and on road performance enhancement. Still, just TRY stopping TFLcar from exploring its all-terrain limits.
2. Yes, it’s tiny. With that cropped roof, it actually looks bigger than it actually is. Think of a cross between the Mini Countryman and Honda CR-V and you get the idea.
3. Yes, it’s a strikingly good looking machine – both inside and out. The feeling of luxury and sport ooze from every angle. Leather swathed interiors will easily compete with the likes of Mercedes Benz’s GLK and BMW’s X3.
Oh, and this baby goes 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.