2018 Paris motor show – all the star cars
An all-electric Mercedes SUV, Peugeot's new estate and Skoda's future family hatchback – these are the star cars on display at the Paris motor show...
Although typically a stomping ground for French car makers to show off their latest wares, the Paris motor show is an event of global significance. Alongside similar shows held in Geneva, Frankfurt, Los Angeles and Tokyo, it's a chance for savvy buyers to see what's heading onto dealer forecourts in the near future.
Among the new cars on display in Paris are the new BMW 3 Series, the Peugeot 508 SW and Mercedes' Jaguar I-Pace rival, the EQC. Over the next few pages, we'll take you through everything you need to know.
Paris motor show 2018 – the star cars
The second-generation A1 is longer and roomier than the car it replaces and will only be sold in five-door Sportback form. There won't be any diesel engines on offer, but there will be multiple petrols, crowned by an S1 hot hatch model with 250bhp and four-wheel drive. Prices are expected to start from around £16,500.
Audi's executive saloon is a former What Car? Car of the Year, and this mid-life update brings a sharper look and more standard equipment. Every car now gets sat-nav on a 7.0in infotainment screen, while Sport cars also get adjustable lumbar support and electrically folding door mirrors. A slight increase in price is expected, taking the A4 close to £25,000.
BMW's new soft-top convertible should cost from around £35,000 when it goes on sale later this year. Its underpinnings have been co-developed with Toyota, which is using them for a new Supra. At launch, there will be three versions of the Z4, ranging from 181bhp in the sDrive20i to 335bhp in the M40i. Inside, there's a digital dashboard and the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system.