Geneva Motor Show 2019: the key cars revealed so far
The Geneva Motor Show is arguably the most important automotive event of the year anywhere in the world. It’s a must for those that want to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest concept and production models from the world’s biggest automotive players, and if you’re a regular reader of our newsfeed, you’ll know what a hectic day it can be.
Happily, after the usual whirlwind of press conferences and unveils the press day brings, we can now bring you a rundown of the most important stuff that’s been revealed so far. Here’s the key cars you need to know about…
It seems everyone has been waiting with bated breath for the reveal of a new Alfa coupe in recent months and, with a surprise reveal set for Geneva, it seemed like it was actually happening. But no. Instead, here is the Alfa Romeo Tonale – a crossover-shaped four-door concept that’s set to make it to production.
It might not be the new GTV we’ve all been dreaming about, but it’ll appeal to a broader range of customers. It will also no doubt prove that not all crossovers feature anonymous looks and plain styling. Read all about it here.
Audi has revealed the next stage of its EV onslaught. The Audi Q4 e-tron concept is a compact four-door SUV and will form the basis of the fifth fully electric model to join the range by the close of the decade. It will be the first Audi to use Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform, with two electric motors offer 225 kW of power, with the driving power of the concept brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive.
But it’s not just this all-electric concept Audi has been concentrating on; it also revealed a range of plug-in variants in the form of hybrid A6, A7, A8 and Q5 models – all of which are expected to get around 25 miles of all-electric range.
Ok, this isn’t one you’re going to be able to lease, but worth a mention anyway considering it’s been designed specifically for Bentley’s centennial year. Say hello to the Continental GT Number 9 edition. Only 100 of these bespoke models will be made, featuring 18-karat gold-plated interior trim and wood inserts from the seat of a vintage Bentley race car’s seat. It’s all been done to celebrate 100 years of Bentley and has been styled to reflect the brand’s illustrious motorsport heritage.
Like its rival Audi, BMW has made electrification its theme at Geneva. Five new plug-in hybrid derivatives are on show, including the all-new X3 xDrive30e. It gets an all-electric range of up to 40 miles and, thanks to a combined output of 244bhp, a relatively quick 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds. CO2 figures are set to be as low as 56g/km. There’s similarly electrified versions of the 2 Series, 3 Series, 7 Series and X5 on display, too.
Geneva wouldn’t be complete without a monstrously fast new Ferrari, and this year marks the debut of the F8 Tributo. Replacing the 488GTB, it borrows the imposing looks from the 812 Superfast and gets a 710 V8 engines. 0-62mph? Less than three seconds…
The Honda e Prototype continues to build buzz, with the Geneva Motor Show revealing the next stage of development for the car formally known as Urban EV. The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality and purpose, featuring a simplicity of design while retaining the unique character which made the concept a hit. Get the lowdown and check out its brilliant interior here.
Last week Jaguar revealed a much-improved XE – its entry-level saloon. Featuring a high-tech interior and external design tweaks to bring it in line with the rest of its latest cars, this is the car Jaguar is focusing on at Geneva. That said, its all-electric I-Pace SUV was also crowned European Car of the Year 2019 this morning… not a bad way to kick off proceedings.
Jeep used the show as an opportunity to confirm both its Renegade and Compass are set to get hybrid options, with an all-electric range of up to 31 miles on the cards. Here’s what you need to know about the Renegade.
Having offered a glimpse at its mystery small SUV in the months leading up to the event, the Mazda CX-30 took a bow at Geneva. With ‘Sleek and Bold’ as its design concept, the Mazda CX-30’s styling follows current trends in combining coupe styling and the bold practicality of an SUV. Read all about that here.
So, after the launch of the A-Class Saloon and CLA in four-door coupe form, what comes next? Yes… it’s the all-new CLA Shooting Brake. Borrowing the rakish styling from its sibling, it adds a practical 505-litre boot and boasts the same class-leading interior tech. Here’s what you need to know about this new model.
Elsewhere, Mercedes has been busy hotting up its GLE in the form of the AMG GLE53, and it’s even had time to create a concept in the shape of the EQV – its first pure-electric people carrier based on the V-Class.
The all-new Peugeot 208 is the main attraction at the Peugeot stand. Featuring an electric variant with a range of more than 200 miles, plus smart new styling that’s borrowed from the grown-up 508, it might just be the mainstream model that carries the French manufacturer into the future. Read all about the electric version – and the petrol and diesel models – here.
Hot on the heels of the 600bhp hybrid Polestar 1, this is the Polestar 2 – an all-electric performance fastback that’ll aim to challenge the Tesla Model 3 (when it eventually arrives in the UK).
With two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity, it offers a claimed range of 310 miles. Add to that an emphasis on performance via 408hp and 660 Nm torque, with a 0-62mph time of less than 5 seconds, and its credentials become apparent. Check it out here.
The Renault Clio made its debut at Geneva and, as a contrast with the rather revolutionary styling of the Peugeot 208 above, this French supermini us more an evolution of the outgoing car. Considering it’s Renault’s most popular car, that’s not really a surprise.
It gets styling borrowed from the larger Megane hatchback, a much-improved interior and it’ll be available as a 1.6-litre hybrid from 2020. Here’s what you need to know.
The Skoda Kamiq is on show at Geneva, and is the third SUV the company has added to its arsenal. Based on the Vision X concept shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it is the next step in the manufacturers already successful SUV campaign and takes styling cues from both the Karoq and Kodiaq to ensure a uniform look to the manufacturers SUV range. Here’s everything you need to know.
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