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2011 LA Auto Show: First Day Debuts

The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is in full swing, and automakers are revealing new and upcoming models. Whether you’re on the hunt for an affordable sports car, a compact SUV or a luxury sedan, these are the latest and greatest vehicles that make their debuts today in Los Angeles. Be sure to click the LA Auto Show tag for the latest news and updates.

2013 Ford Mustang

Currently, the Ford Mustang reigns supreme in the affordable sports car class. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. On the outside, the 2013 Mustang features a more aggressively styled hood and grille, as well as LED lighting, while the Mustang GT gets an 8 horsepower boost for the 2013 model year. A common reviewer complaint is also addressed as automatic transmission models will get a manual mode, allowing drivers to shift their own gears. The 2013 Mustang will go on sale in spring 2012.

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth

If you like the FIAT 500’s stylish design and compact packaging, but would trade some of J.Lo’s dance moves for better performance, your prayers may have been answered. The high-performance FIAT 500 Abarth makes its debut today at the LA Auto Show. With its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, the 500 Abarth makes 160 horsepower. That’s 59 more than the base 500, but the Abarth model also adds a performance-tuned suspension and brakes to help reign in its additional power.

2013 Cadillac XTS

Last week, we got our first look at the Cadillac XTS when the automaker accidently published a photo of the new luxury large car on its website. Now, we get our first in-depth look at the new sedan, which also marks the debut of Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system, and safety tech such as front and rear automatic brakes, which use radar sensors to automatically slow the car down and help prevent low speed collisions.

Under the hood, the XTS’ 3.6-liter V6 churns out an estimated 300 horsepower, while all-wheel drive and Cadillac’s magnetic ride control suspension improve grip and cornering ability. The 2013 Cadillac XTS will hit dealer lots in spring 2012.

2013 Ford Escape

The compact SUV segment has been heating up, and Ford unveiled the redesigned 2013 Escape today at the LA Auto Show. Along with a sleek new design, the new Escape features an available MyFord Touch infotainment system and two new EcoBoost engines which offer better fuel economy, according to Ford. A unique hands-free power liftgate is also available on the 2013 Escape, which will open with just a light kick under the center-rear bumper. That’ll come in handy if your hands are full when you’re loading up the Escape.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

Jaguar pulls the wraps off of its XKR-S Convertible today, which promises maximum exposure for those who want blistering performance. The most powerful convertible that Jaguar has ever built, the XKR-S features a supercharged V8 that produces 550 horsepower. Jaguar says the XKR-S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. Just 25 2012 Jaguar XKR-S convertibles will be sold in the U.S. with a starting price of $138,000.

2013 Infiniti JX

We’ve known that the 2013 Infiniti JX was on its way for a few months, but the luxury crossover made its official debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The seven-passenger SUV is set to join the rest of the Infiniti lineup in spring 2012, and the automaker says that the three-row JX has more second- and third-row legroom than a Cadillac Escalade. Under the hood, a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 265 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission propel the JX, which is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The Infiniti JX will start at $40,450.

Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport

It’s been a number of years since the Land Rover Defender 90 was sold on U.S. soil. We told you a few months back that a new Defender concept was headed for the Frankfurt Motor show, and now the automaker has tweaked its model, debuting two new concepts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Land Rover says that the DC100 and DC 100 Sport “investigate potential future design direction for the Defender.” Both models feature permanent four-wheel drive, an eight-speed transmission and an intelligent terrain response system, but the DC100 Sport will likely appeal to Defender 90 and Jeep Wrangler fans, thanks to its removable top.

2013 Volkswagen CC

Volkswagen unveiled the refreshed 2013 Volkswagen CC today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which has one very significant addition over the 2012 model – a middle seat. The 2013 CC now seats five instead of four, but also gains updated front and rear fascias as well as standard bi-xenon headlights. Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine continues to power the base model, while a 3.6-liter V6 engine is optional. The 2013 Volkswagen CC will go on sale in spring 2012.

2013 Mazda CX-5

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV debuted today at the LA Auto Show. Powering the affordable compact SUV is Mazda’s 155-horsepower Skyactiv engine that is also offered in the 2012 Mazda3. With Mazda’s Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, the CX-5 is expected to achieve EPA fuel economy figures of 26/32 mpg or 25/30 mpg city/highway in models with front- or all-wheel drive, respectively. Mazda says the SUV will have a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

A notable design element of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a new grille design that marks a departure from the “smiling face” grille found on models like the Mazda3.

2012 Hyundai Azera

The 2012 Hyundai Azera made its debut today at the LA Auto Show. The second generation Azera is the latest Hyundai model to receive the company’s fluidic sculpture styling treatment currently found on the Sonata and Elantra. Underneath the curvy new sheetmetal is an all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 293 horsepower. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai says the 2012 Azera should achieve 20/29 mpg city/highway.

The 2012 Hyundai Azera comes standard with heated leather front and rear seats, while ventilated front seats are optional. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control and a cooled glovebox. If you’re looking to block out the sun, the Azera offers a power-retractable rear sunshade and manual side sunshades. For those looking for more sunlight to flood the cabin, a panoramic sunroof is optional.

Check out our full coverage of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.