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What's hot at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show [PICTURES]

BMW, Porsche, Ford and Jaguar will unveil some sweet new models when the show opens this weekend.


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two days of media previews.

Here are some of the most buzz-worthy vehicles from BMW, Porsche, Ford and Jaguar being introduced at this year’s show:

BMW 4 SERIES CONVERTIBLE
BMW 4-SERIES COUPE BMW adds a convertible to its 4 Series line of two-door coupes, which debuted over the summer. The 4 Series replaced the 3 Series coupe; BMW is now reserving the 3 Series name for four-door sedans. The convertible, which goes on sale in the early next year, has a three-piece retractable hardtop that can be automatically lowered in 20 seconds at low speeds. As in the 4 Series coupe, there are two engine choices: a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 240 horsepower in the 428i and a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder with 300 horsepower in the 435i. Both have an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 428i is offered as a rear-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive, while the 435i is only offered as a rear-wheel-drive. The 428i starts at $49,675; the 435i starts at $55,825. Photo ©BMW Group
PORSCHE MACAN
Porsche Macan Porsche is entering the fast-growing small SUV market with the Macan. The Macan – the name comes from the Indonesian word for “tiger” – is six inches shorter than its sibling, the Cayenne SUV, but features the same muscular look. Porsche designed two versions: The Macan S, with a new, 3.0-litre V6 engine that gets 340 horsepower and the Macan Turbo, with a new 3.6-litre V6 that gets 400 horsepower. There’s an optional air suspension chassis, which can set the vehicle’s ground clearance at three different levels. Porsche says the feature is unique to the Macan among small SUVs. The Macan goes on sale this spring at a starting price of $50,895 for the Macan S and $73,295 for the Macan Turbo. Photo ©Porsche Automobil
FORD EDGE CONCEPT
Ford Edge Concept Ford says its Edge concept vehicle previews the design direction and technology of the company’s future SUVs. The lines on the concept are sharper and more angled than the current Edge, and it adopts the trapezoidal grille shape and narrow headlights of Ford’s newer products. Advanced safety features include an automated parking system that can find and park in a perpendicular space. The Edge concept also will automatically steer away from obstacles and brake to avoid a collision. This will be the Edge’s first full redesign since it was introduced in 2007, and will target a global audience – it will be sold in Europe, China and South America for the first time. Ford isn’t yet saying when the new Edge will go on sale, but it’s likely to arrive sometime next year. Photo ©Ford Motor Co.
JAGUAR F-TYPE COUPE
Jaguar F-Type Convertible The F-Type convertible was Jaguar’s first two-seat sports car in 50 years. Now the company’s adding a hardtop version. The 2015 F-Type coupe base model of the all-aluminum coupe – made, in part, from recycled metal – starts at $65,000 and has a 340-horsepower V6 engine (top speed of 161 mph). For $77,000, buyers can upgrade to a V6 with 380 horsepower (top speed of 171 mph). At the top of the lineup is the $99,000 F-Type R, which has a 550-horsepower V8 engine (top speed of 186 mph). All versions have an eight-speed transmission. A hidden rear spoiler rises automatically at 70 mph and tucks back in at 50 mph or less. Jaguar’s US sales are up 36% so far this year, thanks to the F-Type convertible and the recently redesigned XF sedan. Photo ©Jaguar Land Rover

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