Geneva motor show 2019: all the star cars
Audi's all-electric family SUV, a new Renault Clio and Volkswagen's radical beach buggy, plus plenty more. Here's your full guide to the star cars on display at the Geneva motor show...
Alfa Romeo Tonale
Given the relative sales success of Alfa Romeo's first SUV, the Stelvio, it seemed only logical that the Italian firm would follow it up with a smaller, cheaper model. That car is the Tonale, which has been unveiled first in plug-in hybrid form. Based on underpinnings modified from the Jeep Renegade, the Tonale could become a big seller for Alfa Romeo, and will likely feature an interior based on that of the Stelvio.
The first model from Seat's performance brand was the Cupra Ateca, but its first standalone effort is the Formentor – an SUV-coupé with 242bhp coming from its combined 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor, which is due to go on sale in 2020. An all-electric range of up to 30 miles should be possible.
Lagonda SUV concept
Aston Martin announced plans to relaunch the 113-year-old Lagonda luxury brand at last year's Geneva show with the super-futuristic, electric Vision saloon concept. Now it's following that up with the All-Terrain, which previews an electric luxury SUV that will rival the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga when it goes on sale in 2022.
The Mazda CX-30 is the second in the Japanese car maker's latest generation of new models, following on from the new Mazda 3.
On the outside, the CX-30 has more angular, coupe-like styling than a CX3, and on the inside it provides seating for four adults. Newly designed seats front and rear are shaped to help passengers maintain the correct curvature of their spine.
Under the skin it has the latest Skyactive vehicle architecture and petrol engines, including the Skyactive-X, which combines the performance of a petrol engine with the fuel economy and emissions of a diesel. It promises CO2 emissions below 99g/km. We will have to wait until the 2020 Geneva motor show to see the first electrically powered Mazda cars.
The CX-30 will be available with two and four-wheel-drive, and all models will come with the latest advanced safety systems that actively help the driver to avoid or mitigate accidents.
The infotainment system will provide users with Android auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. In terms of and price, the CX-30 will sit between CX3 and CX5.
Mitsubishi ASX facelift
Mitsubishi's updated family SUV will go on sale this summer for around £20,000. Inside, there's a new infotainment system that includes sat-nav with real-time traffic data on top-end models. The sole engine is a 2.0-litre petrol unit, available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT automatic gearbox. Key rivals include the Nissan Qashqai.
Mercedes GLC facelift
The GLC is one of the most well-rounded cars Mercedes-Benz makes, but it's in line for a mid-life refresh to stay competitive next to rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Enhancements include a new 12.3in digital instrument display, a larger infotainment touchscreen and a tweaked range of engines. Mild hybrid units – which can offer small bursts of electric power – are included for the first time, alongside diesel engines with power outputs of up to 242bhp.
Look beyond its avante garden styling, and Nissan’s IMq concept car is as close as we’ve come to seeing the next Qashqai family SUV so far. Due to go on sale in 2020, the IMq’s looks will be toned down to become the newest version of the UK’s best-selling SUV. Pay attention to its power source, though, because it’s partly electric, and comprises an electric motor sending its power to all four wheels alongside a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The total system produces 355bhp, so it’s pacey for a family SUV. Inside, the IMq is pure concept car frills, and includes a minimalist four-seat layout with a slim digital screen in place of traditional dials.
Think of the Kamiq as being Skoda's version of the class-leading Seat Arona. It's Skoda's smallest SUV model, sitting beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq and costing from around £16,000. Engines include 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrols and a 1.6-litre diesel. As with the upcoming Scala family hatchback, the Kamiq doesn't feature a Skoda badge at the rear, instead having the brand's name spelt out across its tailgate.
Skoda Vision iV
Welcome to Skoda’s vision of an all-electric SUV-coupé. Called the Vision iV in concept form, the car previews a future production model which will offer a lower-cost alternative to rivals including the Jaguar I-Pace, BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé. Two electric motors – one on each set of wheels – power the concept, providing 303bhp and offering a range of 310 miles on the WLTP test cycle. Charging the battery to 80% of its capacity takes just 30 minutes using the latest rapid chargers, while the Vision iV is also capable of driving itself in certain situations. There’s 550 litres of boot space on board – more than the Vision iV’s conventionally engined rivals, but you can fit more still into Jaguar’s cavernous I-Pace. No pricing has been announced, but the Vision iV will become Skoda’s most expensive model to date.
Korean manufacturer Ssangyong wants to take a larger slice of the family SUV market with its new Korando, which will be offered with the option of fully electric propulsion for the first time. With styling inspired by last year's e-SIV concept car, the new Korando features a new high-tech interior including a 10.25in infotainment screen. Conventional engine choices are 1.5-litre petrols and 1.6-litre diesels.
Volkswagen T-Roc R
If the regular Volkswagen T-Roc seems a bit humdrum to you, then perhaps this hot R version will float your boat instead. It packs a 296bhp punch, courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and comes with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Volkswagen says the T-Roc R can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.9sec, with a top speed of 155mph.
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