2015 LA Auto Show: Lincoln MKZ’s new nose job

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LOS ANGELES, CA. Nov. 18, 2015--Kumar Galhotra, President, Lincoln-- reveals a newly designed MKZ today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS) focusing on areas most desired by today’s luxury midsize sedan customer – quality, performance and style. The new MKZ is powered by a Lincoln exclusive 400 hp,3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen

LOS ANGELES, CA. Nov. 18, 2015–Kumar Galhotra, President, Lincoln– reveals a newly designed MKZ today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS) focusing on areas most desired by today’s luxury midsize sedan customer — quality, performance and style. The new MKZ is powered by a Lincoln exclusive 400 hp,3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Lincoln revealed its big surprise on Tuesday at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show: the 2017 Lincoln MKZ got a nose job, seriously. And LA — a haven for plastic surgery — is the perfect place for a coming out party. Here are before and after shots.

2016 Lincoln MKZ

Before — 2016 Lincoln MKZ

2017 Lincoln MKZ at its reveal in Los Angeles

After — 2017 Lincoln MKZ at its reveal in Los Angeles

All in all, Lincoln has come a long way baby, and the MKZ just gets better — with or without Matthew McConaughey. The new MKZ is powered by a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter GTDI V-6 engine. It’s loaded with lots of new technology such as the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functions, and Active Noise Control to keep the cabin quiet.

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And after watching McConaughey perpendicular park his Lincoln multiple times on TV, all while adjusting his cuff links, the available enhanced park assist with ultrasonic sensors is a must have.

 

2015 LA Auto Show: True Italian design and lightning quick, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio seals the brand’s US comeback

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Although press in Milan had the chance to touch and feel the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio this summer, the reveal at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show was quite impressive. As Alfa models in tight-fitting racing suits flanked the car as it rolled on to the stage, it was a memorable entrance — one of the more dramatic reveals I’ve seen in years. With an all-new four-door sedan now coming to the states, along with the 4C and 4C Spider and a promise of more trim levels for the Giulia Quadrifoglio with class-leading performance, I think the Alfa Romeo brand is really serious about its comeback.

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It’s been a long time since a four-door sedan has evoked emotion from me, but when I sat in the vehicle, I have to admit, it feels different than anything else on the market. Maybe it was the use of carbon fiber, the positioning of the gauges and start button, sultry curves, the cockpit feel. On the exterior, the athletic lines, muscular proportions and Italian style. And when you think of its performance capability — Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6, 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph — you just can’t wait to push the accelerator really hard.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Also, the carbon fiber spoiler is an interesting addition.)

If you are looking for a premium performance luxury four-door sedan that will have the neighbors talking, this is it. Built in Italy, the all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio begins production for North America late in the second-quarter of 2016 with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $70,000. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the lineup, as the brand promises more to come.

(See specs from manufacturer below.)2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Photos courtesy of FCA US LLC)

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2015 LA Auto Show: Jeep offers new special edition models for city and backcountry living

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night special edition

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night special edition

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

The LA Auto Show (http://laautoshow.com) in sunny California kicks off this week and the Jeep® brand will be rolling out two new special-edition models: one for city dwellers with a little performance racing in their blood, and another for those who embrace the “backcountry” life.

The new 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night combines performance, premium and little touch of luxury in an already popular SUV. Harnessing the black appearance of stealth and intrigue, the Night Package has a Gloss Black roof, rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B and C pillars and side window, and the front applique, badge on the hood, rear liftgate, and new lightweight, split five-spoke “5Ten” 20-inch wheels are all in Satin Black. Inside, there are Black Laguna leather with Silver accent stitching and Light Black Chrome bezels. This package comes in three colors, Velvet Red, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night features a standard 6.4-liter V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, an adaptive damping suspension and a Selec-Track Traction Control system.

While the Grand Cherokee Night is designed to blend in to any city setting, if you live in the Midwest during the winter months, you may want to take a close look at the 2016 Wrangler Backcountry.

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry special edition

Off-road enthusiast or not, when the snow is deep and the drifts are even higher, the Jeep brand’s specially designed winter-themed road warrior, may be the answer. With many of the capable off-road features that the Wrangler is already known for, 17-inch Rubicon wheels and standard Rubicon rock rails and Sahara side steps, it’s a customized off-roader right from the factory floor.

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry2016 Jeep® Wrangler BackcountryWrangler Backcountry is available in five colors: Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal and Xtreme Purple, a package exclusive color that should really stand out in the snow.

Photos courtesy of FCA US LLC.