2017 L.A. Auto Show: That's a Wrap

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The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs through Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, offered several surprises and impressive all-new introductions during media days but no real pickup truck news.

The first media day was all about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 . The second day, however, was about exploring the rest of the auto show. Here's what we found that you might want to check out if you're heading to the show:

 

Wrangler Parts for Pickups?

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Jeep had several different trim levels of the all-new Wrangler on display, from mild to Rubicon, as well as a new display for Mopar Jeep parts, which help owners customize their new SUV. We noticed that many of those Mopar parts could just as easily be used on the new Jeep pickup, which we hear will be based off the same (or similar) platform as the Wrangler. A custom ragtop and winch-integrated front bumper could be cool upgrade parts.

 

Bollinger Motors B1 SUV

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We're not sure we've ever seen a vehicle with a front and rear tailgate, but the all-electric Bollinger Motors SUV — a big, Ford Bronco-looking boxy new player — sports a completely see-through and pass-through tunnel for cargo or storage. The new vehicle has a one-ton chassis with a 10,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating, meaning it offers a payload of almost 6,000 pounds (1.5 times more than the all-aluminum 4x4 chassis weighs). Although not technically a pickup, it does offer two drop gates. Or should we call it a hoodgate?

 

Luxury SUVs Gone Wild

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In an ocean of crossovers and a sea of discussions about hybrid-electrics and our driverless future, there were a few interesting ultra-luxury entries on display. Both Lincoln and GMC debuted their top-of-the-line full-size SUVs (the Yukon Denali Black Edition and the production Lincoln Navigator), but the one that takes extreme luxury to a crazy new level is the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography. Sitting in the rear seats is like sitting on a first-class trans-Atlantic Emirates flight; passengers are surrounded by stunning wood paneling, glass chronographs and leather accents. Expect to see similar trim levels eventually make it to pickups. 

 

Unimogs: Kings of Cool

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Standing out like a beautiful monster truck among toy cars, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Unimog hulked near the outdoor Gelandewagen steel mountain hill climb. The Unimog has more than 5,000 pounds of payload, 240:1 gear reduction capabilities and uses a central tire inflation system, all cab controlled. Here are a few photos.

 

K-6 6x6 Jeep Package

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Hidden in the basement of the convention center, we found a new company in the area called "The Garage." K-6 Industries offers a current-generation (meaning 2017) long-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that can be configured with two rear axles and a 6.5-foot bed. Depending on how you want to order the unit, you can make it a true 6x6 with third-row seating. K-6 also designs and produces a custom hardcover if you want a more Jeep factory look to your SUV. A more traditional pickup truck version is in the works as well.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

Comments

You call that Land Rover look a like a Bronco?

You call that Land Rover look a like a Bronco?

Posted by: Michael | Dec 4, 2017 12:40:19 PM

That's probably why Ford stop making the Bronco when they bought all them UK Company's. We all know how that turned out tho! Ford was the first to run outta money and to the banks in early 2009. why do you think there new poopstains look like 2000 Austin Martins.

You call that Land Rover look a like a Bronco?

Posted by: Michael | Dec 4, 2017 12:40:19 PM

That's probably why Ford stop making the Bronco when they bought all them UK Company's. We all know how that turned out tho! Ford was the first to run outta money and to the banks in early 2009. why do you think there new s&*&tstains look like 2000 Austin Martins.

You call that Land Rover look a like a Bronco?

Posted by: Michael | Dec 4, 2017 12:40:19 PM

That's probably why Ford stop making the Bronco when they bought all them UK Company's. We all know how that turned out tho! Ford was the first to run outta money and to the banks in early 2009. why do you think there new s&*&tstains look like 2000 Austin Martins.

there new s&*&tstains look like 2000 Austin Martins.


Posted by: johnny doe | Dec 4, 2017 12:59:38 PM

HAHAHA!

Johnny take your meds dud and chill.

A lot of European "Pickup Trucks" are the size of the Unimog.They tend to be variants of Vans unlike the Unimog and have payload capacities of 5,000lb +. Towing normally is from 6,600-roughly 8000lb. Unimog is vastly more.

"A lot of European "Pickup Trucks" are the size of the Unimog.They tend to be variants of Vans unlike the Unimog and have payload capacities of 5,000lb +. Towing normally is from 6,600-roughly 8000lb. Unimog is vastly more."---- Posted by: Robert Ryan

Unimog comprises a collection of several sizes of utility trucks, all focused on one purpose; it's ability to go anywhere, any time. Most of them have a short wheelbase reminiscent of the '60s Jeep FC, only taller, and the wheels and tires come from the factory in sizes most American Jeeps have to be lifted to fit.

One thing: the Unimog is anything BUT fast. I recently read that it's limited to about 35mph and with the way it's sprung you feel like you're going to fall nose over tail on any significant climb. (I said feel like it; the thing is practically unstoppable!) Towing? Make sure that trailer has four wheels under it... what at one time would have been called a wagon with a pivoting or steerable front axle. While it's got the pulling power, you don't want to load that tail down too heavily or you will go nose over tail when you try that climb.



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