Times Five

Here are five cars (well, SUVs and trucks) from the Los An­ge­les mo­tor show that prove that, in Amer­ica at least, big­ger is still very much bet­ter. Damien O’Car­roll elab­o­rates.

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Lin­coln Avi­a­tor

Now it bears keep­ing in mind that the Avi­a­tor isn’t ac­tu­ally con­sid­ered ‘‘big’’ in the US mar­ket – in fact it has a big­ger brother in the form of the Nav­i­ga­tor – but that ac­tu­ally just con­firms our premise; this thing com­petes with the likes of the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne which are not, by any ob­jec­tive mea­sure in the rest of the world, small.

And the Avi­a­tor is mag­nif­i­cent – the bril­liantly art-deco retro air­craftin­spired styling looks both im­pos­ing and in­trigu­ing, while its pow­er­trains are equally im­pres­sive – a 300kW turbo V6 or a 335kW hybrid turbo V6 are avail­able.

But, re­ally – just look at it!

Hyundai Pal­isade

Go­ing toe-to-toe with the Lin­coln in the seven-seat lux­ury SUV seg­ment, the Hyundai Pal­isade is equally im­pos­ingly styled, just a bit squarer and chunkier.

Pow­ered by a 217kW 3.8-litre V6, the Pal­isade isn’t quite as big as the Avi­a­tor, but still stretches to close to 100mm longer than the Santa Fe that we know and buy in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers here. We also con­sider it ‘‘large’’.

The Pal­isade is based on the same plat­form as the al­most-asim­pos­ing Kia Telluride and, while we aren’t gen­er­ally fans of the in­creas­ing girth of SUVs, we can only say ‘‘Please Hyundai, bring it here...’’

Jeep Glad­i­a­tor

The long-awaited Jeep pickup was fi­nally of­fi­cially re­vealed at the LA show and was in equal parts com­pletely awe­some and to­tally un­sur­pris­ing.

To­tally un­sur­pris­ing be­cause it looks ex­actly as you would ex­pect a Wran­gler-based pickup to look (and, in­deed, ex­actly like the AEV Brute con­ver­sions that Jeep sold here last year), and com­pletely awe­some be­cause... well, just look at it!

Pack­ing the same engines as the Wran­gler (with a new diesel com­ing in 2020), the best bit about the Glad­i­a­tor is the fact that it is do­ing a hard-core Ru­bi­con ver­sion right from the start. Oh, and it will def­i­nitely be com­ing here, too.


Are you ready for the Ger­mans to get se­ri­ous about truly mas­sive lux­ury SUVs? Be­cause you should be – the X7 is just the first salvo in this par­tic­u­lar war.

With both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE getting con­sid­er­ably big­ger in their lat­est in­car­na­tions, the ap­pear­ance of the ut­terly huge X7 above them proves that things are only go­ing to get big­ger. And mas­sively more lux­u­ri­ous.

At 254mm longer than the X5, the X7 isn’t quite as ag­gres­sively (and con­tro­ver­sially) styled as the con­cept, but it still fea­tures the big­gest grille ever fit­ted to a BMW. And noth­ing says ‘‘Get out of my way poor per­son’’ louder than a mas­sive chrome grille on a huge SUV.

Ri­vian R1T and R1S

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles weren’t im­mune from Amer­i­can su­per-siz­ing this year, with US start-up Ri­vian re­veal­ing both the R1T pickup and R1S seven-seat SUV.

The R1T pickup (and, pre­sum­ably the SUV as well) can hit 60mph (96kmh) in a re­mark­able 3 sec­onds flat and is also ca­pa­ble of tow­ing 5000kg. Which is some­what wor­ry­ing and com­pletely awe­some all at the same time.

Su­per hi-tech (there’s a com­plete Li­dar ar­ray in the front for fu­ture au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties), the Ri­vian SUV and pickup are also ab­so­lute mon­sters off road as well, with four elec­tric mo­tors (one for each wheel) and up to 1120Nm of torque, de­pend­ing on the bat­tery pack.

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