In pictures: 2017 L.A. Auto Show preview

  by Byron Hurd

In pictures: 2017 L.A. Auto Show preview

November means many things to American car enthusiasts. For some, it's the end of racing season. For others, it's time to put the fun car away and the snow tires on. For us, it's the beginning of show season. 

We'll be in the weeds from Tuesday until Good Friday (when New York traditionally wraps up), but for now, we're still enthusiastic enough to be looking forward to a few of this season's upcoming debuts. 

In particular, there are a handful of things we're excited to see in Los Angeles, so we decided to put together this quick preview. Think we skipped over something significant? Let us know in the comments. 

2018 Mazda 6

It's tough to articulate the significance of Mazda's enhancements to its midsize sedan. The 6 has been a slow seller pretty much forever, but to abandon the midsize segment is to give up on a cornerstone of American automotive culture. 

If you ask us, anyway. 

Whether the new 6 will have the chops to take on Honda's fantastically overhauled Accord remains to be seen, but we're optimistic about Mazda's decision to put some zoom-zoom back in its bread-and-butter midsizer. 

2018 Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler made the splash page of this gallery for a reason. It's already stealing the show and the show hasn't even started yet. 

There's a lot going on with Jeep's redesign, from new exterior materials to an overhauled powertrain lineup and even a reborn pickup model. We'll be driving the new Wrangler next week, but that doesn't diminish our excitement for its world debut. 

2019 Lincoln MKC

This pick might surprise you, but we're closet fans of Lincoln's small crossover. From the styling to the drive, we find it to be a well-rounded and surprisingly satisfying car. 

For 2019, it's getting a styling update and some new tech, and we're curious to see the new Continental-inspired body work in person. 

2018 Infiniti QX50

And now we jump from one entry-premium crossover to another. The QX50 has always been the red-headed stepchild of Infiniti's crossover lineup, but the company hopes to shake that up with a clean-sheet redesign that abandons the rear-drive Q50 platform. 

New bones aren't the end of it. The new QX50 will also be Infiniti's first retail foray into variable-compression internal combustion engine technology. 

2018 Subaru Ascent

If any word can be used to describe Subaru's place in the market, "ascendant" would do just fine. If for no other reason than that, the company's new three-row crossover is certainly on-brand. 

Subaru unveiled the Concept Ascent in New York earlier this year, so what we'll see this week will be the production version. Subaru has managed to keep most of the details under wraps, but we expect this Outback-inspired crossover was put together fairly conservatively.