Geneva motor show 2019: all the star cars to watch out for
A new Audi SUV, Honda's electric city car and a new Renault Clio, plus plenty more. Here's your full guide to the star cars heading to the Geneva motor show next month...
The Geneva motor show is one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar. True, there are multiple other motor shows throughout the year, but because Switzerland is neutral territory, every manufacturer takes it seriously – and many of the models on display will be heading to UK showrooms.
This year, the big focus is on SUVs and electric cars, and in some cases a combination of the two. Among the highlights are a new electric Audi SUV, the production version of Honda's Urban EV city car and new hatchbacks from Seat and Renault.
Below and over the next few pages, we've got details on all the star cars you need to know about. We've also split our guide into categories, so you can click on the different page links to find out more or use the links at the bottom of each page.
Page one (this page): city cars, small cars and family cars
Page two: electric and hybrid cars
Page three: SUVs
Page four: estate cars and luxury cars
City cars, small cars and family cars
So far, Citroën has only shown small pieces of its newest concept, which is expected to take the form of an electric city car – perhaps in the same mould as Honda's Urban EV from last year. Described by officials as being as important to the company as the iconic 2CV, the concept is already being tipped for production.
A second concept car from Citroën is also planned, this time in the form of a luxury car and with a big focus on digital aspects inside.
Due to go on sale this summer for around £13,500, Renault's new Ford Fiesta rival has a look that echoes the Mégane and new underpinnings shared with the Nissan Micra. It's also more spacious than its predecessor, with a boot that can hold more than any other small hatchback. Inside, there's a new portrait-orientated 9.3in infotainment touchscreen and a digital instrument display.
Buyers will be able to buy the Clio as a hybrid for the first time, too, with the initial offering combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Also, a plug-in hybrid version is expected to go on sale in 2020. For the time being, though, the core engines will be 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre turbocharged petrols.
Seat Leon concept car
A brand new Seat Leon is on the horizon, and Seat will use the Geneva show to preview the car's look with a concept that should be pretty close to being production-ready. Indeed, the new Volkswagen Golf rival has already been spotted testing. The new Leon is expected to signal a new era for Seat, with its cars further separated from the rest of the Volkswagen Group brands by bolder design.
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