Check out new Audi Q3 and more at 2019 Canadian International Auto Show

Visitors stream into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on day two of the autoshow.

The country’s largest automotive expo, the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS), is running now until Feb. 24. Nearly three dozen vehicles are making their national debuts — here are OpenRoad’s top picks.

2019 audi q3

2019 Audi Q3

Following a successful seven-year run, the Audi Q3 is about to enter its second generation bigger and better in almost every way. Measuring 4,485 millimetres long, 1,856 millimetres wide and 1,585 millimetres high, occupants are afforded even more interior space than before and passengers can enjoy features like a sliding and tilting rear seat. The dash instrumentation is now fully digital, displayed on a 10.25-inch central screen.

The subcompact luxury crossover will launch with four turbocharged four-cylinder motors, availability depending on the market, the most powerful version producing 230 horsepower. Two transmissions are packaged: a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2019 bmw z4 roadster

2019 BMW Z4

Shown in concept form over a year ago at Concours d’Elegance, the BMW finally unveiled the production Z4 Roadster on Canadian soil. The sports car boasts a modern, mesh take on the kidney grille; electronically-operated fabric soft top offered in standard black or anthracite with silver highlights; and a shorter wheelbase and wider track than the outgoing model for improved agility on road.

The first grade to arrive next month is the sDrive30i, utilizing a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine making 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and later, a 382-horsepower M40i. Both are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox. Visit BMW Langley and The BMW Store for updates.

lexus lf-1 limitless concept

Lexus LF-1 Limitless

“Imagine a more human future, beyond limitations. That’s the promise of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless,” says the premium brand about this flagship SUV concept. The vehicle is designed to run on a variety of electrified powertrains including regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid, pure battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell. It also demonstrates a “Chauffeur Mode,” which builds on existing technology like the Lexus Safety System + to allow completely hands-free operation.

Smooth exterior panels, barely-there headlights and a unique split rear spoiler give this forward-looking crossover a distinct, believable appearance.

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights