2019 Geneva Motor Show Archive

  • Kia XCeed sketch revealed – possible debut at Geneva

    Kia has another crossover model on the way, which is being teased in this sketch you see before you. Reportedly called the XCeed, the model is said to be a jacked-up version of the regular Ceed, albeit with some styling tweaks.

    The sketch is certainly a dramatic one, with oversized wheels paired with a sloping roofline and a bold rear end. Absent cues include door handles, side mirrors and shut lines for the vehicle’s doors and windows, although these are to be expected.

    A clearer (and more representative) look at the model can be obtained from previous spyshots of a development car making the rounds. In them, we see a substantial amount of camouflage and body cladding on both ends, likely indicating the XCeed will be clearly differentiated from the Ceed hatchback.

    Expect the XCeed to get the same engines as the rest of the Ceed lineup, including 100 PS 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated MPi four-cylinder, 120 PS 1.0 litre turbocharged T-GDi three-cylinder and 140 PS 1.4 litre T-GDi four-cylinder petrol engines, along with a 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesel in either 115 PS and 135 PS outputs, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    GALLERY: Kia Ceed crossover spyshots

  • Mercedes-Benz to debut new CLA Shooting Brake, GLC facelift, Concept EQV at Geneva Motor Show

    It’s going to be a busy time for Mercedes-Benz at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, as the German carmaker has announced it will unveil several new models at the event. These include the CLA Shooting Brake, facelifted GLC and the Concept EQV.

    The first of the three is the alternative body style to the C118 CLA Coupe, which was introduced earlier in January. Expect the shooting brake version to adopt many of the technologies and powertrains already available for the coupe, including the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

    Based on previous spyshots of CLA Shooting Brake development cars, the design of the model is largely identical to the regular CLA Coupe from the front, while the added real estate at the back provides more boot space. A long, sloping roofline is also seen on mules to ensure the car remains stylish despite the improved practicality.

    Next on the list of upcoming debuts is the facelifted GLC, which will see a rather substantial update to its exterior (new headlamps, bumpers, etc.), as our spy photographers discovered. Spy photos of the new GLC’s interior also show a larger display for the infotainment system and a touchpad that resembles what you’ll get in the latest A-Class – the steering wheel also gains the Touch Control interface.

    These updates are likely final, as Mercedes-Benz states the GLC will gain a “new control concept including MBUX and gesture control” with its facelift. Other improvements involve the available driving assistance systems and a revised engine range. The latter, as Autocar UK’s early test drive report indicates, includes a new mild hybrid system featuring a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol unit, a belt-driven starter-generator and 48-volt electric system. It delivers 196 PS in the GLC 250 4Matic EQ Boost and 258 PS in the GLC 300 4Matic EQ Boost.

    In the realm of concepts, there is the EQV, which the carmaker describes as “the world’s first SUV in the premium segment with purely battery-electric drive.” We’re not sure what that makes the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron, but we’re being told the show car is really close to being production ready, “combines locally emission-free mobility with impressive performance, maximum functionality and aesthetic design,” and not much else.

    A second concept is parked under the Smart brand, and it is the forease+. Pronounce it how you will, but the company is claiming the concept isn’t just a showcase of design, but also comprehensive mobility services to make urban living easier.

    Other vehicles that have already been revealed, and will be present at the show, include the facelifted V-Class, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E race car, and special edition models like the SL Grand Edition, SLC Final Edition and S 65 Final Edition.

    GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spyshots

    GALLERY: X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC facelift spyshots

  • 2019 SsangYong Korando SUV – first images released

    Oft-forgotten South Korean carmaker SsangYong has released the first photos of its new Korando ahead of its home market launch in March. The midsize SUV – which sits between the Tivoli and the Rexton in the lineup – is set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, debuting a number of new features and technologies for the brand.

    As expected, the styling borrows heavily from the smaller Tivoli, sharing its trapezoidal headlights, slim upper grille, pronounced rear fender bulge and black C-pillar trim, giving the car an in-vogue “floating roof” look. The tail lights with arrow-shaped graphics are linked by a horizontal chrome bar, mimicking the front end.

    Inside, the Korando features a “Blaze Cockpit” design that is said to be inspired by the latest aircraft cockpits, integrating the 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, nine-inch navigation touchscreen and 34-colour “infinity” ambient lighting.

    An air vent strip spans the top edge of the dashboard, reaching into the doors. Meanwhile, the boot measures 551 litres – said to big enough for four golf bags – and there’s also a “magic tray” underneath to keep your belongings away from prying eyes.

    Safety-wise, the car features what SsangYong calls “Level 2.5” autonomous driving, thanks to the ominously-named Deep Control technology. This incorporates the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (IACC), which maintains a set distance from the car in front and keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane.

    Also fitted is an Exit Assist Function (EAF) that warns if an occupant is about to open a door into passing traffic, plus standard-fit advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, Front Vehicle Start Alarm (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Safe Distance Alert (SDA). A total of seven airbags are also offered.

    No powertrain details have been revealed just yet, but expect the Korando to share the Tivoli’s 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine, paired to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

  • Skoda Vision iV previews electric crossover “coupe”

    It’s indicative of state of the automotive landscape today that the electric crossover-cum-coupé has become the latest industry trend. We’ve already seen vehicles like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron go on sale, and companies like Infiniti, Volkswagen, Nissan and even Mitsubishi are dipping their toes with their recent concepts. Now Skoda is joining in with its own low-slung, zero-emissions SUV concept, the Vision iV.

    The Czech company released sketches of its new show car ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next month, and unlike its first electric concept, the Vision E, this latest one will be a lot more aggressive in design. Whereas the Vision E has a simple, clean front end with not a grille or air intake to speak of, the Vision iV sees the return of Skoda’s scalloped six-point grille and large inlets decorating the front end.

    The fascia also sports what Skoda calls a crystalline structure, with a multi-faceted design that incorporates the slim headlights with triangular graphics. The lamps are joined together by a slim light strip – one styling cue shared with the Vision E – that the carmaker says will be a key feature of its electric vehicles.

    Moving down the car, you’ll spot the characteristic sweeping roofline and prominent shoulders that emphasise the sizeable 22-inch aero wheels. Just like the e-tron, the Vision iV will come with side-view cameras that replace the usual door mirrors, while the rear features C-shaped tail lights and illuminated “Skoda” script. The sporty diffuser and another full-width light strip down low round off the design.

    As with the Vision E, the Vision iV will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular all-electric platform, MEB, that also underpins the VW’s forthcoming I.D. Crozz. No technical details have been released, but expect it to come with an evolution of the Vision E’s powertrain, which includes an electric motor at the front and rear that make 300 hp and a lithium-ion battery that provides a range of up to 500 km.

  • Volkswagen T-Roc R teased ahead of debut in Geneva

    It has been long rumoured that Volkswagen will introduce an R version of its T-Roc crossover, and we will see just such a model at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The carmaker recently released an official sketch of the T-Roc R to give a taste of what to expect.

    Unsurprisingly, it’s everything you’d expect a hot crossover to be, with aggressive bodywork being one of the most noticeable aspects. The front-end sports larger air intakes, while other cues like the R badging and side vents have already been applied on the R-Line package already released for the T-Roc.

    Around the back, expect R-specific quad exhaust tips to be present, as seen in previous spyshots of prototypes, along with a sportier bumper design. A lower ride height is also another characteristic seen on development mules, along what appears to be more substantial braking power.

    As for what lies under the bonnet, Volkswagen isn’t willing to discuss the matter just yet. However, there’s a high probability that the mechanical bits from the Golf R will be adapted for use in the T-Roc R. This includes a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine (310 PS and 400 Nm of torque), seven-speed DSG gearbox and the company’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

    GALLERY: Volkswagen T-Roc R spyshots

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept teased – debuts in Geneva

    Audi will present a compact SUV concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which previews a series production vehicle due in late 2020/early 2021. Called the Q4 e-tron, the model is smaller than the e-tron SUV, and is said to occupy the space between the Q3 and Q5.

    The ‘e-tron’ tag directly points at an electric powertrain, although Audi isn’t providing much in the way of details for now. There’s also no mention on the platform the vehicle will be based on, be it the MQB or MEB.

    These sketches provide an exaggerated look at the concept, which will feature a large eight-sided grille that is flanked by slim headlamps and large corner inlets, with an illuminated e-tron badge occupying the lower apron.

    Prominent arches accompany the sculpted sides over the wheels, while the shark-fin look of the C-pillar and low-slung roofline project a sporty image. Unlike most concepts, the Q4 e-tron appears to carry conventional side mirrors rather than cameras.

    The interior appears to be an evolutionary take on modern Audi cabins, and places a greater focus on the driver. Cues like the tunnel-like instrument binnacle, as well as the angled air vents and central display support this notion.

    Audi has previously stated that production of the Q4 will kick off in 2019 at Audi Hungaria in Gyor, but it hasn’t provided information on the combustion engines that will be made available.

  • Honda reveals the interior of EV prototype for Geneva

    In the lead up to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Honda has released another image of its upcoming electric vehicle prototype. This time, we’re shown the actual interior of the yet-unnamed model, which does provide some extra information.

    There’s clear inspiration from the Urban EV Concept that Honda revealed in 2017, most notably the full-width display on the dashboard. Much like the concept, side cameras are used here, although the screens linked to them are mounted right beside the primary display rather than on the doors.

    Looking at other parts of the interior, we can see a two-spoke steering wheel with controls for the infotainment system and driver assist systems (adaptive cruise control). At the end of the wiper control stalk, there looks to be a button to engage the car’s around-view monitor.

    Moving on to the switchgear on the wood-esque trim, there is a volume control knob, along with buttons to toggle audio on/off, screen brightness and access the home screen. The final two buttons on the left remain a mystery, although one of them somewhat resembles the NFC icon.

    Below that, there are the car’s air vents, engine start button and switchgear for the climate control system. There also appears to be quite a number of power outlets further down, with the centre one being able to deliver 1,500 watts (AC 230 V).

    Moving away from the physical controls, the wide display appears to be divided into three sections, and you interact with it via touch. The ‘EV Menu’ shown here lists a number of features like pre-conditioning and the setting of charging schedules and limits.

    Among the individual buttons to access other menus, we see that the car will come with a personal assistant, smartphone connectivity and a selection of apps through connected services.

    While we’re inclined to believe the EV prototype is an early production version of the Urban EV Concept, we’ll have to wait for the Geneva Motor Show to see what’s what.

  • Citroën urban mobility concept to debut at Geneva

    Citroën has announced that it will be unveiling an “urban mobility” concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month. The car was confirmed by CEO Linda Jackson in a video previewing the VivaTech conference in Paris on May 16 to 18, where the company will premiere another concept based on its idea of “ultra comfort”.

    A few teasers of the car were shown at the end of the video, which revealed some of the radical design cues, such as the slim, “floating” chevron-shaped head- and tail lights, expansive glazing, some orange bodywork and large brushed metal door mirrors with a a sizeable chunk of glass.

    Jackson said that the company has worked with a number of French startups to “showcase its best innovation in digital or on-board customer experience.” The car will likely be a narrow, fully-electric city runabout, similar in vein to the Renault Twizy.

    Head of marketing, communications and sport Arnaud Benolli previously told Autocar that the car will preview an affordable production model that will rekindle the spirit of the iconic, bare-bones 2CV, but with an eye towards urban rather than rural life. He said that the car will be “as important to Citroën as the 2CV was” as the company celebrates its centenary this year.

  • F97 BMW X3 M, F98 X4 M revealed with up to 510 hp

    The performance compact SUV market is clearly heating up, with plenty of players including the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Porsche Macan Turbo and Jaguar F-Pace SVR already slugging it out in the segment. Munich is next to throw its hat in the ring with the new F97 BMW X3 M and F98 X4 M, which not only mark a first for the propeller brand but also serve as a preview for the highly-anticipated G80 M3 and G82 M4.

    That’s because the two crossovers will almost certainly share the same engine as the barnstorming sedan and coupé – a new S58 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six. It may share the same configuration as the current M3 and M4‘s S55 unit, but it is a completely different beast with a new 3D-printed cylinder head core, which allows for geometric forms beyond the capabilities of conventional casting techniques.

    As such, the new component is lighter and has coolant ducts optimised for temperature management; the pressure for the fuel injection system has also been increased from 200 bar to 350 bar for greater efficiency. As before, it gets a closed-deck design, a forged crankshaft, wire-arc sprayed iron cylinder wall coatings, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double VANOS variable camshaft timing and an indirect intercooler.

    Cooling comes courtesy of three radiators, an additional engine oil cooler and a separate transmission oil cooler, while the oil sump has two separate chambers and an integrated suction channel. The latter, together with an additional suction stage for the oil pump, ensures a reliable oil supply even during extreme track driving. There’s also a dual-branch active exhaust system with twin particulate filters.

    All this results in 480 hp at 6,250 rpm and 600 Nm of torque from 2,600 to 5,600 rpm – an increase of 55 hp and 50 Nm over the the S55. Equipped with an eight-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic gearbox (no more dual clutch) with Drivelogic, the two cars go from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.

    But wait, there’s more – there’s also a Competition variant for both models that produces a heady 510 hp and raises the upper rev limit of maximum torque to 5,950 rpm. It shaves a tenth of a second from the 100 km/h sprint (4.1 seconds), and with the optional M Driver’s Package selected it will reach a top speed of 285 km/h – five km/h up on the standard X3 M and X4 M.

    To keep all four wheels to the ground at that speed, the X3 M and X4 M employ the M5‘s M xDrive all-wheel drive system, albeit without a rear-wheel drive-only mode. As on the larger sedan, it gets a 4WD Sport mode with a greater rearward bias, selectable by choosing the more lenient M Dynamic Mode for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). A rear Active M Differential is also fitted.

    Under the skin, the two cars get revised kinematic and elastokinematic qualities for more precise wheel location and directional stability, with custom-made swivel bearings, torque arms and wishbones at the front. You also get special elastomer bearings and increased front camber, while the rear receives a stiffer camber arm, M-specific rubber mounts and stiffer anti-roll bars.

    Adaptive dampers with bespoke tuning come as standard, as does a speed-sensitive and variable-ratio M Servotronic electric power steering that features a motor unit fitted parallel to the axle for greater precision. Stopping power comes from M compound brakes with 395 mm discs at the front and 370 mm units at the back, clamped by four-piston front callipers and single piston rear callipers.

    Matching the increased performance is a more aggressive exterior design that includes a deeper air dam with larger intakes to feed the extra radiators and coolers, along with M’s trademark dual-bar grille. You can also spot the gills aft of the front wheels, aerodynamic wing mirrors, a rear spoiler and a diffuser integrating the quad exhaust tips. Tying it all together are body-coloured mouldings instead of the usual black.

    The Competition models are set apart by the black grille, mirror caps, gills and, on the X4 M, the tailgate spoiler as well. An optional M Carbon exterior package, as the name suggests, adds carbon fibre front intake surrounds, front air blades, rear diffuser and mirror caps. That will be offered beginning in August, coinciding with the availability of an M3/M4-style front strut brace to replace the standard piece.

    As for the wheels, the X3 M and X4 M will come as standard with 20-inch V-spoke machined Orbit Grey alloys wrapped in staggered non-runflat tyres, while the Competition versions receive 21-inch machined Jet Black rollers. Seven colours are available, including the new Toronto Red and Donington Grey, both of which are exclusive to the M models.

    Inside, there’s an M sports steering wheel with twin red M Drive buttons for bringing up their desired vehicle setups, behind which sit an M-specific instrument display and an optional head-up display. Heated sport seats with Vernasca leather upholstery come as standard, and buyers can also specify M Sport seats with larger bolsters and Merino leather trim.

    GALLERY: F97 BMW X3 M Competition
    GALLERY: F98 BMW X4 M Competition
    GALLERY: F98 BMW X4 M Competition with M Carbon exterior package

  • 2020 Mitsubishi ASX unveiled before debut in Geneva

    The Mitsubishi ASX receives its third facelift ahead of this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which includes an updated exterior design and minor equipment changes.

    The most notable revision is at the front, where the ASX gets a new face that better follows its latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ philosophy. In a way, the front end does resemble that of the Eclipse Cross, with sectioned-off fog lamp-signal lamp clusters placed below slimmer headlamps.

    You’ll also notice a two-tier grille with vertical inserts, the latter also inspiring the skid plate near the base of the bumper. With a more expressive grille, the bonnet is now deeper back than on the outgoing model.

    Around the back, new LED taillights with a prominent T-shaped graphic projects a sense of width, while a bolder skid plate design takes up more space in the lower apron. A more minor add-on is decorative trim placed near the front wheel arches that meet with the vehicle’s character line.

    There’s also three new colours to choose from – Red Diamond, Sunshine Orange and Oak Brown. Meanwhile, the interior looks pretty much identical to before, except the size of the infotainment display has been increased to eight inches.

    For European markets, the ASX will be available with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine with either a five-speed manual or INVECS-III CVT, as well as AWD or FWD options.


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