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Highlights from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show: Part Two

With only five minutes between each scheduled press conference at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, lunch would have to wait as we moved between the massive convention center halls to catch the afternoon’s announcements.

Manufacturers with notable vehicle debuts in the second half of the day included Lincoln, Nissan, Mazda, and Hyundai.

Keep reading to learn more about the best talking points from these premieres, and then catch up on the morning’s press announcements.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln pulled out all the stops with the 2020 Aviator, its newest entry into the midsize luxury SUV market. This segment is by far the most competitive in the U.S., and the Aviator is poised to hold its own with intuitive technologies, a sanctuary-like cabin, and an efficient powertrain.

The 2020 Aviator will be available with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower, and the Aviator Grand Touring model will feature the same V6 engine, but supplemented with an electric hybrid motor to deliver a projected 450 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.

Interior amenities include 28 speakers, available massaging chairs, enhanced materials via Lincoln Black Label themes, and a smartphone-based key technology called “Phone As A Key.” This system allows you to unlock doors, open the liftgate, and even start and drive the vehicle without a traditional key.

2019 Nissan Murano

Nissan’s popular crossover, the Murano, made its world debut alongside the 2019 Maxima, and features a redesigned exterior, three new colors, and a refreshed interior that showcases new semi-aniline leather appointments and premium accents.

The most significant new addition, though, is the available Safety Shield 360, which adds automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. Nissan plans to make Safety Shield 360 “standard equipment on more than one million new Nissan vehicles sold annually in the U.S. by 2021.”

The 2019 Murano will be offered in four premium trim levels, and is slated to arrive in AutoNation-affiliated Nissan dealerships by December of this year.

2019 Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback

The all-new Mazda3 marks the start of the company’s new generation of car design, featuring sweeping lines and elegant forms inspired by Japanese aesthetics. Called KODO Design, the Mazda3 is the first vehicle to adopt the new version of this design language, originally introduced by Mazda as a concept in 2010.

Available as a sedan or hatchback, the 2019 Mazda3 is powered by the latest SKYACTIV-G (gasoline), SKYACTIV-D (diesel), and SKYACTIV-X (hybrid) powertrains. I-ACTIV AWD and a 6-speed manual transmission are also available, much to the pleasure of driving enthusiasts everywhere.

The next-generation Mazda3 will begin arriving in showrooms in early 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

There’s a new flagship SUV in town, and it’s the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Although categorized as a midsize SUV, the Palisade offers seating for up to eight people, and boasts greater interior roominess when compared to popular vehicles in its class, like Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder.

The Palisade also comes standard with Hyundai Smartsense, a suite of safety features that include forward collision-avoidance assist w/ pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, smart cruise control w/ stop & go, and more.

Every 2020 Palisade will be powered by a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. HTRAC four-wheel drive configurations will also be available when this flagship SUV lands in dealerships in the summer of 2019.

Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealership to learn more about any of the vehicles that debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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