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In pictures: Trucks and SUVs of the 2016 LA Auto Show

In pictures: Trucks and SUVs o...
The Chevy ZR2 tackles an off-site demo course at the LA Auto Show
The Chevy ZR2 tackles an off-site demo course at the LA Auto Show
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Not exactly a truck, but not a car either, the Olli is an autonomous electric bus from Local Motors
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Not exactly a truck, but not a car either, the Olli is an autonomous electric bus from Local Motors
Olli makes use of 3D-printed components and IBM's Watson supercomputer
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Olli makes use of 3D-printed components and IBM's Watson supercomputer
Inside the new Volkswagen Atlas SUV
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Inside the new Volkswagen Atlas SUV
Three rows of seating in the VW Atlas
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Three rows of seating in the VW Atlas
Kia Sorento Ski Gondola SEMA concept
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Kia Sorento Ski Gondola SEMA concept
The Sorento Ski Gondola trades wheels for Dominator snow tracks
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The Sorento Ski Gondola trades wheels for Dominator snow tracks
The Sorento Ski Gondola is Kia's playful vision of a futuristic autonomous ski shuttle
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The Sorento Ski Gondola is Kia's playful vision of a futuristic autonomous ski shuttle
Kia Sorento Ski Gondola at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Kia Sorento Ski Gondola at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Kia's Telluride concept makes an appearance at the LA Auto Show
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Kia's Telluride concept makes an appearance at the LA Auto Show
Debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Telluride is a vision of a seven-seat full-size SUV
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Debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Telluride is a vision of a seven-seat full-size SUV
Jeep at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Jeep at the 2016 LA Auto Show
The 707-hp Trailcat was one of the concepts Jeep debuted at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari
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The 707-hp Trailcat was one of the concepts Jeep debuted at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep Trailcat at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Jeep Trailcat at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Ram Power Wagon at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Ram Power Wagon at the 2016 LA Auto Show
The Ram Rebel TRX concept packs 575 hp
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The Ram Rebel TRX concept packs 575 hp
Ram Rebel TRX
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Ram Rebel TRX
We're not sure where this Ram is headed, but we'd be willing to follow and find out
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We're not sure where this Ram is headed, but we'd be willing to follow and find out
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator Concept gentleman's wardrobe
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The 2016 Lincoln Navigator Concept gentleman's wardrobe
Lincoln debuted the Navigator Concept at the 2016 New York Auto Show and displays it here in LA
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Lincoln debuted the Navigator Concept at the 2016 New York Auto Show and displays it here in LA
The next production Navigator will most certainly lose the gullwing doors, but will it look something like the concept?
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The next production Navigator will most certainly lose the gullwing doors, but will it look something like the concept?
Lincoln was inspired by seafaring vessels when designing the Navigator Concept
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Lincoln was inspired by seafaring vessels when designing the Navigator Concept
Lincoln Navigator Concept
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Lincoln Navigator Concept
Ford Flex 
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Ford Flex 
2016 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew by CGS Performance Products
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2016 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew by CGS Performance Products
2016 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew by CGS Performance Products
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2016 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew by CGS Performance Products
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
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Ford Raptor 10-speed transmission
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Ford Raptor 10-speed transmission
Ford calls this one the most capable Raptor ever
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Ford calls this one the most capable Raptor ever
Galpin Ford's 950-hp Backup Pickup replica
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Galpin Ford's 950-hp Backup Pickup replica
Backup Pickup replica
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Backup Pickup replica
The original Backup Pickup was an exhibition dragster that hit speeds of 120 mph (193 km/h) going backwards
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The original Backup Pickup was an exhibition dragster that hit speeds of 120 mph (193 km/h) going backwards
Maserati Levante SUV
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Maserati Levante SUV
The new Land Rover Discovery at the LA Auto Show
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The new Land Rover Discovery at the LA Auto Show
This Land Rover Discovery cutout model shows the three-row interior and exterior
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This Land Rover Discovery cutout model shows the three-row interior and exterior
Land Rover Discovery
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Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery
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Land Rover Discovery
Third row of the Land Rover Discovery folded
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Third row of the Land Rover Discovery folded
Third row unfolding - the new Discovery's second and third rows can be adjusted with hard controls at the rear, the central touchscreen and  a smartphone app 
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Third row unfolding - the new Discovery's second and third rows can be adjusted with hard controls at the rear, the central touchscreen and  a smartphone app 
The Land Rover Discovery's three rows ready for passengers
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The Land Rover Discovery's three rows ready for passengers
Land Rover Discovery
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Land Rover Discovery
Mercedes G550 4×4²
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Mercedes G550 4×4²
The SUV/crossover market has gotten sexier and sexier over the past couple years: the Jaguar F-pace, Maserati Levante and, now, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio
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The SUV/crossover market has gotten sexier and sexier over the past couple years: the Jaguar F-pace, Maserati Levante and, now, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio
In Quadrifoglio tune, the Stelvio is powered by a 510-hp twin-turbo V6 derived from Ferrari
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In Quadrifoglio tune, the Stelvio is powered by a 510-hp twin-turbo V6 derived from Ferrari
The flashiest all-new SUV of the show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes its world debut
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The flashiest all-new SUV of the show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes its world debut
World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show
World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 goes from concept to reality at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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The Chevy Colorado ZR2 goes from concept to reality at the 2016 LA Auto Show
The ZR2 Chevy Colorado package brings an upgraded off-road suspension, front and rear differential lockers and more
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The ZR2 Chevy Colorado package brings an upgraded off-road suspension, front and rear differential lockers and more
The Multimatic DSSV suspension of the ZR2 Chevy Colorado is designed to provide a mix of smooth on-road ride and bump-eating off-roading
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The Multimatic DSSV suspension of the ZR2 Chevy Colorado is designed to provide a mix of smooth on-road ride and bump-eating off-roading
Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup
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Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup
Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup
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Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup
Volkswagen reveals its range-topping Atlas SUV
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Volkswagen reveals its range-topping Atlas SUV
The all-new VW Atlas seven-seat SUV
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The all-new VW Atlas seven-seat SUV
Toyota Tundra
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Toyota Tundra
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro ready for outdoor fun
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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro ready for outdoor fun
Subaru premieres the Viziv-7 Concept at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Subaru premieres the Viziv-7 Concept at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Subaru reveals the Viziv-7 full-size SUV concept
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Subaru reveals the Viziv-7 full-size SUV concept
The Viziv-7 previews a three-row SUV Subaru plans to get to the North American market by 2018
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The Viziv-7 previews a three-row SUV Subaru plans to get to the North American market by 2018
Subaru Viziv-7 Concept
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Subaru Viziv-7 Concept
GMC at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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GMC at the 2016 LA Auto Show
We recently tested out the GMC Acadia, and here it is in Denali trim
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We recently tested out the GMC Acadia, and here it is in Denali trim
Chevy's Colorado Z71 Hurley concept from SEMA
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Chevy's Colorado Z71 Hurley concept from SEMA
The Z71 Hurley Concept is ready for chasing waves
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The Z71 Hurley Concept is ready for chasing waves
Chevy Carhartt Silverado 2500HD SEMA concept
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Chevy Carhartt Silverado 2500HD SEMA concept
Another all-new Colorado ZR2 at Chevy's off-site demo area
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Another all-new Colorado ZR2 at Chevy's off-site demo area
Chevy Colorado ZR2
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Chevy Colorado ZR2
Chevy off-site at the LA Auto Show
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Chevy off-site at the LA Auto Show
Chevy dyno competition
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Chevy dyno competition
Chevy trucks 
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Chevy trucks 
The hill climb section of Chevy's course highlights the front and rear locking differentials
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The hill climb section of Chevy's course highlights the front and rear locking differentials
Photos don't quite do the steep grade justice, but you definitely felt it driving up
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Photos don't quite do the steep grade justice, but you definitely felt it driving up
Wheels up in the air and the ZR2 keeps muscling along
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Wheels up in the air and the ZR2 keeps muscling along
Dropping back down to solid ground
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Dropping back down to solid ground
This bump section demonstrates the new Multimatic DSSV suspension
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This bump section demonstrates the new Multimatic DSSV suspension
It's not exactly a truck, but this 2015 X Games gold medalist Beetle is clearly more at home in the dirt
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It's not exactly a truck, but this 2015 X Games gold medalist Beetle is clearly more at home in the dirt
The wild tunes of "The Garage," downstairs at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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The wild tunes of "The Garage," downstairs at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Forgiato Wheels puts some finishing touches on the Bentley Bentayga
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Forgiato Wheels puts some finishing touches on the Bentley Bentayga
Our favorite SUV tune in The Garage, the "Urban Madness" 1969 Ford Bronco by RMD Garage
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Our favorite SUV tune in The Garage, the "Urban Madness" 1969 Ford Bronco by RMD Garage
RMD has placed the Kicker sound system in a handcrafted metal enclosure
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RMD has placed the Kicker sound system in a handcrafted metal enclosure
Inside the Urban Madness Bronco
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Inside the Urban Madness Bronco
We weren't sure whether to put this artsy metal in the cars or trucks gallery, so here it is
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We weren't sure whether to put this artsy metal in the cars or trucks gallery, so here it is
We think this one looks more truck than car
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We think this one looks more truck than car
The Tesla Model X towing an Airstream camping trailer
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The Tesla Model X towing an Airstream camping trailer
The Jeep Wrangler is already one of the manliest vehicles on the road, and here it gets even manlier with a grille mustache, part of a collaboration with the Movember Foundation
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The Jeep Wrangler is already one of the manliest vehicles on the road, and here it gets even manlier with a grille mustache, part of a collaboration with the Movember Foundation
Jeep at the LA Auto Show
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Jeep at the LA Auto Show
Jeep at the LA Auto Show
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Jeep at the LA Auto Show
The all-new global Jeep Compass
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The all-new global Jeep Compass
Honda/NHL pickup at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Honda/NHL pickup at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Porsche Cayenne and Macan
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Porsche Cayenne and Macan
Jaguar F-Pace 
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Jaguar F-Pace 
Coming back down Chevy's demo climb
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Coming back down Chevy's demo climb
The Chevy ZR2 tackles an off-site demo course at the LA Auto Show
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The Chevy ZR2 tackles an off-site demo course at the LA Auto Show

Think "vehicles of Southern California," and you'll probably picture convertibles rolling under sunny skies, exotic cars darting through zip codes like Beverly Hills, and wild custom cars, classic and new. You'll certainly find plenty of these at the LA Auto Show, but there's also another side to California dreaming and driving: kicking up desert dust and beach sand with pickup trucks, SUVs and other properly equipped vehicles. This year's LA Auto Show highlighted that side nearly as well as it highlighted fast, flashy cars, and we have the photos to prove it.

Chevy Colorado ZR2

After the 2014 Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept, we were hopeful that Chevy would proceed with a production version of the off-road-centric pickup. Those hopes dwindled as months turned to years, but they were suddenly realized when Chevy revealed the production ZR2 at this year's LA show.

Chevy Colorado ZR2
Chevy Colorado ZR2

The Chevy ZR2 package gives the Colorado pickup more off-road chops without compromising on-road drivability ... or at least that's how Chevy's selling it. "You can go rock crawling on Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday," Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, puts it.

Chevy set up an off-site demo course in LA to demonstrate the upgrades on the ZR2, and we took a ride through. Unfortunately, we didn't get to take the wheel, but we did get to see the Multimatic DSSV suspension eat up big bumps and keep the ZR2 pointed forward before delivering a smooth ride on short stretches of flat pavement. We also climbed up the steep grade pictured at the top of this article and witnessed the electronic locking differentials take over when the hill's slip zones sent the tires spinning fruitlessly. A purpose-designed course can't mimic the unpredictability of real off-road driving, but the ZR2 did make a good first impression – hopefully we can put it to real dirt and rock in the future to see what it can do.

Wheels up in the air and the ZR2 keeps muscling along
Wheels up in the air and the ZR2 keeps muscling along

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The most interesting news on the SUV side was the world premiere of the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo's first SUV. Alfa joins the likes of Porsche, Jaguar and Maserati in crafting a high-end SUV with serious performance potential. The Stelvio wears some of the sexiest curves we've ever seen on an SUV and looks more sport hatch than sport utility vehicle. In Quadrifoglio tune, it's powered by a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V6 biturbo that puts out 510 hp. That engine works with a ZF 8-speed automatic and a Q4 all-wheel drive system that keeps things lively and rear-driven under normal circumstances, kicking torque to the front wheels when it detects traction issues in back. So the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is basically a sporty hot hatch with AWD crossover capabilities.

World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show
World debut of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show

There's no pricing on this one yet, but the standard 280-hp 2.0-liter turbo four will give buyers a lower-priced option than the 510-hp Quadrifoglio. For more details, check out our full Stelvio article.

Urban Madness

One factor that helps makes LA a great truck show is that it takes place within a few weeks and 300 miles or so of the SEMA Show. And if you take time to roam down into "The Garage" area of the show, you'll find some of the custom pickups and 4x4s (and cars) that debuted at SEMA making an encore appearance. Our favorite this year was the "Urban Madness" from RMD Garage, a classic utility vehicle updated with a combination of urban and military styling.

Our favorite SUV tune in The Garage, the "Urban Madness" 1969 Ford Bronco by RMD Garage
Our favorite SUV tune in The Garage, the "Urban Madness" 1969 Ford Bronco by RMD Garage

Like many a truck guy, we have a soft spot for the Ford Bronco, especially now that Ford will be bringing it back, and this 1969 Bronco looks great thanks to a bumper-to-bumper workup that includes a lift kit and chassis overhaul, handcrafted interior, BASF glasurit satin green and gray paint job, Kicker sound system and Borla exhaust. The 18-in TIS wheels are wrapped cozily in Toyo MT Open Country Tires, and the custom roll cage, safari doors and United Pacific LED lights complete the picture of a wild-fun off-roader.

Check out our gallery for a complete look at all the trucks and SUVs we checked out at the show.

1 comment
Calson
Sad day when an Italian car manufacturer can produce something as ugly as the Stelvio, which is only surpassed by the new Prius. I expect bad styling from the Japanese car companies but not one like Alfa Romeo.