Friday 14 December 2018

Why knowing about Geneva debuts could radically alter how you make your buying decisions this year

In focus: Geneva Show

VW Vizzion
VW Vizzion
Citroen Berlingo Multispace
Opel Combo Life
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

New models and variants for next month's Geneva Motor Show are emerging like flowers in spring.

So to put you in the picture here's a quick run-through, in no particular order, of some of the key models that will be on show.

There will be lots more over the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted because knowing when models are coming on stream can affect your decision to buy - either the current car or to hold off until the latest one arrives.

AUDI: Audi's A6 will be a major debutant and will share the limelight with the E-tron, the brand's electric SUV. We've seen concepts of both, and production models are expected to follow closely.

bentley: Bentley has already showed the Bentayga V8 but it will appear at Geneva. There will be a plug-in hybrid too.

BMW: BMW's M8 600bhp concept is a 2019 arrival but they are showing it anyway. We showed you the first pictures of the next X4 last week with on-the-road prices expected to start at €67,195. Here in late summer. A hot M40i variant of the X3 is coming as well.

CITROEN: Citroen will show their new Berlingo Multispace, something of an icon in the 'Leisure Activity Vehicle' (LAV) segment.

It's ultra practical: three independent/folding rear seats, 19 driving assistance technologies and so on. Here late this year or the first quarter of next.

FERRARI: Ferrari's more hardcore version of the 488 GTB is expected.

FORD: Ford's revised Edge will be shown. Important facelifts too for the Ka+ with the Ka+ Active adding a bit of mini-SUV muscle. They'll be on sale later in 2018 and will be side by side with a Fiesta Active - all designed to make those versions part of the SUV generation.

HONDA: Honda's new CR-V will not have a diesel, instead relying on petrol and hybrid powerplants. It will be late summer by the time we see the 1.5 litre turbo petrol and October/November for the hybrid.

Their electric retro-styled Urban and Sports models will also be in Geneva. The former is planned for production next year; the Sports EV the year after.

HYUNDAI: Hyundai's Kona electric car will be there too with a claimed range of up to 390kms. And of course the new Santa Fe - its fourth generation. It will be a 191-reg motor for Irish buyers. Two engines are new to the car: The current 200PS 2.2-litre diesel could be joined by a new 2-litre diesel and 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

KIA: Kia's Ceed (no longer cee'd) is much more dynamic looking and reflects the brand's intention to take on the likes of the Ford Focus. It has been well flagged; there will be a hatchback and estate at Geneva, with shooting brake and SUV variants due to arrive later. Here by July. GT hot hatch spoken of for next year.

JAGUAR: Jaguar will show the production version of the electric I-Pace - regarded as the first direct rival to the Tesla Model X.

MERCEDES: From Mercedes there will be: the new A-Class, facelifted C-Class, 4dr GT Coupé, G63, C43 saloon/estate facelift, plug-in hybrid C300de, E350e, G-Class, and Maybach S-Class.

PEUGEOT: Peugeot's family/fleet 508 saloon has been dramatically styled, judging from spy shots. Expect radical change here.

POLESTAR: The Polestar 1, the brand's first model, will be on show.

LAND ROVER: Range Rover's SV coupé will debut. It will be pricey - €250,000-plus according to reports.

LEXUS: Lexus will unveil their first small SUV the UX - a rival for the likes of the Jaguar E-PACE. Also a European premiere for the new RX L (three rows of seats, accommodation for up to seven).

OPEL: Meantime, Opel describes its new Combo Life passenger motor as a 'key vehicle' in its product offensive. It goes on sale here from Q3 this year.

SEAT: SEAT'S first fast SUV the Cupra Ateca will be on show. It is the initial step towards Cupra becoming a fully-fledged sub-brand - there are reports this will be announced at Geneva.

SKODA: Skoda meanwhile are giving their Fabia a facelift while the Skoda Vision X small SUV will be previewed. And we'll see how the Kodiaq copes with getting the L&K luxury treatment.

SSANGYONG: SsangYong will showcase its e-SIV electric concept (a Qashqai rival) as a preview well as the European debut of its new Musso pick-up.

SUBARU: Subaru pushes on with its Viziv concept campaign - this time it will be the Tourer concept. It's more or less an estate version of the Performance concept many regard as the forerunner for the next-gen WRX.

TOYOTA: Toyota is hinting at launching its new Supra concept. Can't wait.

VOLKSWAGEN: Volkswagen has released a sketch/concept of its ID Vizzion saloon which is due to be unveiled at Geneva.

This concept follows the ID hatchback, ID Crozz SUV and the fun ID Buzz Microbus concepts. As such it reveals another line into the future - very much electric.

With a claimed 297bhp on tap, its 111kWh lithium-ion battery pack is good for up to 660kms. It's a 4WD in the sense that motors power all four wheels.

Significantly, however, it is the only current ID model member to have no driver controls, which means it would be the first autonomous vehicle the carmaker has revealed. In the cabin are four seats, no pedals, steering wheel or infotainment.

That suggests 'fully autonomous' or Level 5 autonomy where no driver input is required ever.

Replacing what we consider now to be an infotainment system, the ID Vizzion has voice and gesture controls (where and how exactly you gesture isn't clear).

While the Vizzion is some way down the line the ID hatch is due late next year with the ID Crozz in 2020.

VOLVO: And Volvo will roll out their new V60 estate, with an S60 saloon to follow. Expect both early next year.

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