Eight of the best cars from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

While the LA Auto Show typically doesn't have the futuristic thinking of Detroit, LA 2017 had enough new models and wow factor to give us an inkling of the fresh metal coming soon.

From exotic luxury SUVs to sharper sports cars and mainstream models with aspirations of stepping up, AutoMobility LA 2017 had a bit of everything.

Below are some highlights.

Range Rover SV Autobiography

A limousine that can scour rocky peaks. That's the premise of the most expensive Range Rover ever to wear the badge, the $372,400 SV Autobiography.

Utilising the long wheelbase Range Rover body – which liberates plenty of legroom in the rear – the SV Autobiography has been attacked by Jaguar-Land Rover's SVO division that is all about extreme luxury/performance/ability.

Business class-like reclining rear seats are joined by a Champagne cooler, tables and TV screens, as well as doors that close at the push of a button.

Under the bonnet is a supercharged V8 making 416kW.

Mazda6 update with turbo engine

It's shaping up to be one of the fastest Mazdas ever unleashed on Australia.

But the updated Mazda6 is more about premium appointments, attention to detail and spirited performance than anything boy racer.

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Inside is a new interior with the option of suede and Japanese wood finishes for what is an elegant presentation.

The update to the mid-sized 6 adapts the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine from the CX-9 in the smaller, lighter body of Mazda's most luxurious sedan.

With 170kW and 420Nm it promises decent acceleration, potentially appealing to buyers who used to buy locally-made Falcons and Commodores.

Infiniti QX50

The impressive part of the QX50 is not its fluid mid-sized SUV styling – luxury brands the world over are doing them – but what's beneath the bonnet.

When it arrives late in 2018 it's set to be the first car with a variable compression ratio engine, claimed to bring new levels of efficiency.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo produces 200kW and 380Nm and is claimed to use similar levels of fuel to a diesel engine.

The QX50 arrives in Australia in the back half of 2018.

BMW i8 Roadster

It's been on the planning list for years, but the convertible version of BMW's carbon fibre supercar has finally broke cover in LA.

Behind the two occupants is the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo mated to electric motors, which combine to produce 275kW.

Plonked in the lightweight carbon fibre body – 60kg heavier than the i8 Coupe – it's enough to launch it to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

The i8 Roadster coincides with an update to the i8 Coupe, which gets a head-up display and an air shutter on the sizeable bonnet vent.

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Despite the S in its name – usually denoting the pinnacle of Benz – inside, the third generation CLS is very E-Class in its presentation, from the lashings of wood and circular air vents to the vast digital instrument panel that sprawls all the way to the infotainment screen in the centre of the dash.

But outside the CLS gets a sleeker, more sensual design, from its proud snout to its tapered rump.

There's also coupe-like pillarless windows that add more specialness to its design.

All of which comes at a compromise, the most obvious of which is less rear head room

Then again, the CLS is all about the look.

Lexus RX-L

Lexus has stretched its RX by 110mm to accommodate a third row of seats, taking capacity to seven. The RX350L and RX450hL - the L denoting long – get a power folding third row of seats with some of the 10 airbags stretching all the way to the rear.

Expect pricing to start from close to $90K when it arrives early in 2018.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

Just when you thought the 911 family couldn't grow any more, along comes the T, for Touring.

Not to be confused with GT3 Touring – a car that's more track-focused – the garden variety 911 Carrera T gets lightweight glass, lower sports suspension and straps of material in lieu of proper doorhandles inside.

The 3.0-litre twin-turbo horizontally-opposed six-cylinder is unchanged, pumping out 272kW.

It's all about reducing weight – and making it that bit more special – something that knocks 0.1 seconds off its 0-100km/h time.

Jeep Wrangler

OK, so it's not luxurious and it's not remotely sporty, but the Jeep Wrangler is among the most iconic vehicles on the road, with a distinctively utilitarian design and rugged appearance.

The latest model uses aluminium panels to reduce weight by up to 91kg and there's a more upmarket look to the interior, albeit one that still has optional cutouts on the door and a windscreen that folds forward – all with the aim of getting you that little bit closer to nature.

On first glance it may not look any different – there's still a seven-slot grille and round headlights – but the shape has been smoothed and new lights added to give it a more modern flavour.

There will be the option of a 3.6-litre V6 or 2.2-litre turbo diesel, with a hybrid drivetrain – Jeep's first petrol-electric setup - slated for 2020.

And, if you want, you can go to town on options from the extensive Mopar catalogue to make it one mean-looking off-road machine.

Check out the gallery above to see the best from LA.