The Geneva Auto Show this year is shaping up to be a very successful event, with a whole list of supercars, ultra-fast riders and daring concepts that we can feast on. In addition, this will be the opportunity for the European automotive industry to shine, with large electric cars from Jaguar, Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.
It's a sign that European automakers are beginning to take Tesla more seriously, especially after struggling with the fact that the Model S sold more than the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the BMW 7 series on the continent. for the first time last year. Countries around the world are considering banning vehicles that burn fossil fuels, which also helps foster a faster pivot to lithium-ion batteries. And if Tesla can overcome the obstacles in its Model 3 production, analysts predict that legacy automakers will have even more to fear.
There will also be a regular lineup of luxury sports cars, hypercars, racing prototypes and speed demons that normally arrive in Geneva every year. "The wealthy clientele comes to the program and buys high-end cars, which is a rarity in car shows," said Matt DeLorenzo, of Kelley's Blue Book. "I would say that Geneva is the preeminent show of its kind."
Vlad Savov del Verge will be in Geneva covering all the exciting revelations, but here is a preview of some of the cars that we are excited to see.
Audi introduced the all-electric E-tron Sportback in Shanghai for the first time last year. And although the car will not be on the floor of the showroom, Audi focuses on the new A6 sedan. The German automaker is planning to have the E-tron available at the fairground for a few test drives. Last year, Audi said the E-tron would have a 95 kWh battery pack to enable a little more than 310 miles of range per charge. It will be interesting to see if those specifications are maintained. This is the first dedicated EV of the VW Group and will be a harbinger of how well the company can make the transition from diesel to electric.
The plug-in hybrid Bentley Bentayga will be the first electrified car of the luxury car manufacturer. The Bentayga is already one of the fastest SUVs, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the car's power when Bentley combines its V6 engine with an electric battery pack. We are told to expect something similar to the Porsche Panamera E-hybrid, which has 462 horsepower under the hood.
BMW Z4 and X4
BMW and Toyota have cooperated in the development of sports cars since 2012, and this year in Geneva we will see two of the results of that partnership: the new Toyota Supra and the next generation BMW Z4. The only big change expected at the BMW end is the exchange of a fabric upper part by the folding hardtop found in the current Z4. Otherwise, it is expected that this BMW model will debut with the standard range of powertrain options. The automaker will also present its X4 coupe-like crossover.
Honda is expected to unveil the new CR-V with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and analysts say it should reach North America before the end of the year. It's another step in Honda's plan to add electrified variants of all the models in its lineup. Given the popularity of CR-V, this is particularly important for the US market. UU And I could give Honda a big volume here.
Hyundai Kona Electric
We know almost everything about the Hyunda Kona Electric SUV. There will be a short and long range version that will last 186 and 292 miles, respectively. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come as standard, as will the Qi wireless charge. What we do not know is how much the Kona EV will cost. It seems that the long-range model could be a solid EV competitor of the Chevy Bolt, and perhaps even steal some of Tesla's sales while Europe expects the Model 3. But it all depends on whether the price is right.
One of the clearest competitors of Tesla's Model X is the newly discovered I-Pace. It's as strong as an EV as we've seen, and as we learned last week, it's a faster touch off the line than Tesla's entry-level X 75D model. The car should also maintain its range when it comes to range, with a battery pack that lasts about 240 miles. The I-Pace also has a lush interior that exudes the premium look that we are also used to with Jaguar. Finally, we will learn how much this will cost in Geneva, and we are likely to know some more things about the company's first all-electric car. But the price may not be as delicate a problem with the I-Pace as it is with something like the Hyundai Kona Electric. As long as the I-Pace is not outrageously expensive, its popularity will be as much fun as driving, and owning.
McLaren claims that its 738-horsepower Senna is the most powerful legal clue to date. And only by looking at it can you feel that your eyelids begin to come off. Named after the famous Brazilian Formula One champion, Ayrton Senna, who died at the San Marino Grand Prix of 1994, this medium-engine coupe is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine. The car was introduced last year, but this will be the first time the public will see it really well, which is a shame because the entire 500-car race is already sold out.
Mercedes-AMG GT (more EV mystery)
Mercedes showed the conceptual version of its AMG GT coupe last year and is back with the production version. Despite having a coupe in its name, it has four doors, as well as a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 604 horsepower. As AMG's first dedicated model with four doors and seats and probably a hybrid powertrain, it signals a new direction for the performance brand. We are also waiting for an AMG variant of the Class G wagon that debuted in Detroit earlier this year. Mercedes is also expected to release its first serial production electric car, although the German automotive giant maintains a close relationship with the details. The expectation is that it will provide an idea of the Mercedes EQ sub-brand, and could be a rival to Tesla Model X based on the Generation EQ concept unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in 2016.
If the electric supercars are yours, we suggest you go to the Rimac stand to enjoy your latest concept. The Croatian automaker won a lot of fans with its Concept_One in 2012. But since then we have seen other electric supercars, such as Nio's EP9 and the new Tesla Roadster with its incredible range of sound and performance. Not much is known about the new Rimac car, but it looks like the Concept_One, which includes a 4-engine electric motor, 1,088 horsepower, 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph, surely it will turn some heads
The Geneva exhibition hall will be full of cars and electrical and autonomous concepts that are based on the future of capital. One of the unique and brilliant lights of the 20th century performance (read: internal combustion) will be the new Toyota Supra. The update of the legendary sports car is being made in conjunction with BMW, and has been almost everywhere, from the city streets to the Nürburgring. This is a car that people have literally been waiting for decades for, which means that no matter what we end up seeing in Geneva, it's likely to disappoint someone.
Volvo V60 and Polestar 1
Volvo created the Polestar brand to show how performance and electrification will work together in the future. The Polestar 1, which was shown last year at the Shanghai Motor Show, will go on sale in mid-2019 as a limited-production sports coupe that will be the first of three new cars dedicated to the new performance division of Volvo The Swedish automaker will also have its magnificent V60 car in Geneva, and as noted by Navigant's senior analyst, Sam Abuelsamid, anyone who writes about cars and transportation for a living has a contractual obligation to encourage all new vans .
VW I.D. Vizzion
The fourth car in Volkswagen's futuristic concept car line is the least similar to a real car, as it will not have pedals or a steering wheel. Instead of taking advantage of nostalgia (with the I.D. Buzz) or taking a first crack in the design of a futuristic SUV, completely electric (the I.D. Crozz) or compact (the original I.D.), the I.D. Vizzion aims to show what VW thinks a fully autonomous car could be in 2030. We know it will be electric, and that the interior will be different (but not radical) from what we are used to when dealing with cars, since there is no place dedicated for a "driver". But everything else remains a mystery. Will there be a crazy intelligent infotainment system to keep passengers entertained while they slide on the ID. Vizzion? Probably. Will there be an omniscient digital assistant that will guide passengers through the experience of traveling in the car? Maybe. Will that assistant be a koi fish? Oh, wait, that's already done …