One of the most important events in the annual motoring calendar is less than a month away, and we have the up-to-date info on what will be there
11 February 2019

The Geneva motor show is one of the two largest European motor shows this year, set to feature a large number of new car debuts.

It's an institution, having been held annually for more than 100 years. It has always been held up alongside Frankfurt as a priority show for manufacturers looking to unveil their latest concepts or production-ready models for the first time. 

Unlike the exodus of last year's Paris show, there are only a few big names that won't be appearing with new models in Switzerland this year, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover being the most prominent no-shows. 

The 2019 edition is already shaping up to be a hotbed of activity, with eagerly anticipated unveilings from Audi, BMW, Polestar and Renault to name but a few. Here’s a list of what we’ll learn more about when the show opens its doors on 7 March:

Aston Martin

We're anticipating a few surprises from Aston Martin at Geneva this year, but the first to be announced comes from its newly revived luxury sister brand, Lagonda.

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The second model in the range to be revealed will be the All-Terrain concept, previewing a production SUV to rival the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Only the car's front end design has been seen so far, but we know that it will be electric and closely related to the Vision saloon of last year. 

Aston Martin previews Lagonda All-Terrain concept

Audi

The expansion of Audi’s E-tron range of electric vehicles continues, as the brand is set to reveal a compact SUV concept that will fit between the Q2 and Q3

Based upon the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, the as-yet-unnamed SUV is likely to become Aud's biggest-selling electric car when it arrives in 2021, thanks to a competitive pricing strategy. It will take design inspiration from the E-tron GT concept and be one of 12 electric vehicles launched by Audi before 2025.

Audi electric compact SUV to arrive in 2020

 

Bentley

Bentley has released a sneak preview of a historic racing-inspired special edition heading to the Geneva motor show.

The image shows what looks like the front grille of a Continental GT with a painted-on number 9, suggesting it will hark back to the 1930s 'Blower' Bentley that raced at Le Mans. Expect sporty styling additions and potentially some mechanical upgrades. 

BMW 3 Series Touring

With the unveiling of the G21-generation 3 Series at the 2018 Paris motor show, BMW pledged "renewed driver focus" for the segment-leading saloon, and that will also be the case with the Touring estate variant.

With new styling mimicking that of the larger 5 Series, a bigger boot and a range of diesel and petrol engines, the new 3 Series Touring will provide some fierce competition for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and Audi A4 Avant

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring could bring first M3 estate

BMW 7 Series facelift

The BMW 7 Series has been brought into line with the brand's new flagship SUV, the X7, through a facelift.

As well as 40% larger kidney grilles, the updated 7 Series features sharper exterior styling, a new front bumper and slimmer rear lights. More significant are changes to the model’s range of hybrid and conventional powertrains, with improved economy and performance outputs expected at every level, from a four-cylinder diesel unit to the V12 petrol in the M760Li xDrive.

New 2019 BMW 7 Series gets X7-inspired styling and more power

Citroën centenary concept

Geneva will be the venue for the unveiling of the first of two concepts that Citroën has created as part of its centenary celebrations. 

The French car maker is remaining tight-lipped but has said that the concept hints at its vision for the future of urban mobility. A teaser image released last year shows a brightly coloured pull strap, perhaps in place of a conventional door handle, which would suggest the concept will take the form of a utilitarian city car in the same vein as 2016’s e-Mehari

New 2020 Citroën C4 Cactus to feature electric powertrain

Honda Urban EV

The Honda Urban EV is something of a rarity in that prototype production models spotted in testing bear a strong resemblance to the preceding concept. 

That’s because the design of the small electric car was so well received at that year’s Frankfurt motor show that Honda saw little reason to change it. The final product will sport two more doors and one more seat than that concept but will retain its low, wide proportions, short wheelbase and friendly visage. 

Honda Urban EV readies for production in first spy shots

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has already shown off the saloon version of its new, longer CLA. Geneva will see the unveiling of the popular Shooting Brake estate version, already spotted testing on the road. It will feature the new platform, technology and engines that first debuted in the A-Class hatchback last year, while an AMG 35 variant will take on the Volkswagen Golf R Estate and a range-topping 45 is set to produce well over 400bhp.

Mercedes-Benz GLC facelift

Mercedes' BMW X3 rival will get a mid-life refresh to bring it into line with the latest C-Class, upon which it's based. That means subtly evolved looks and a boost in interior technology and driver assist functions. Level 2 autonomy will feature, while mechanical upgrades include a new 2.0-litre diesel engine. 

Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Concept EQV

Showcasing the diversity of Mercedes' product portfolio, the German brand will show the facelifted version of its van-based V-Class MPV

While that in itself isn't particularly exciting, there will also be a concept version of what will be one of the first electric large people carriers, the EQV. Based heavily on the existing V-Class, it will offer a long range and little compromise on space. 

Mercedes-Benz EQV electric people carrier due at Geneva

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

Mitsubishi will unveil a new SUV concept offering "enhanced EV performance". The Engelberg Tourer Concept has been teased in a single image and is named after a Swiss ski resort, as both a nod to the country it will be revealed in and to Mitsubishi's focus on machines with true off-road capability.

Pininfarina Battista

The Pininfarina Battista is yet to be fully unveiled, but it's already being referred to by its creator as “the most powerful Italian performance car ever” - a title it quite rightly deserves if its claimed performance figures are to be believed. 

With 1900bhp from a drivetrain that uses technology developed by Croatian EV manufacturer Rimac, the Battista is expected to top out at more than 250mph and get from 0-62mph in less than 2.0sec. But the hand-built machine doesn’t just impress in the speed department, with a claimed range of at least 280 miles placing it in contention for the position of most environmentally efficient hypercar. 

Pininfarina names 1900bhp electric hypercar ‘Battista’

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2, the second model from Volvo’s newly hived-off performance brand, is set to make nearly 400bhp and have a range of around 300 miles.

In conversation with Autocar at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman hinted at the four-door coupé’s design, arguing that as EVs become more mainstream, their styling need not be so “quirky or futuristic”. Expect the 2’s relationship to Volvo’s 2017 40.1 concept to be evident. 

Polestar 2 previewed in first official image ahead of imminent reveal

Renault Clio

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker is confident about the fifth-generation Clio’s success, calling it “the best Clio we’ve ever done”.

In an effort to tempt buyers away from Ford and Volkswagen's rival superminis, as well as compact SUVs such as the Seat Arona, the new Clio sports a larger infotainment screen, more mature styling and autonomous driver assistance functions. No electric version has been confirmed, but a plug-in hybrid is set to hit the road in 2020. 

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Seat electric car

Autocar understands that Seat intends to unveil its first electric mass-production vehicle in the coming weeks.

The Spanish model will be similar in size to the forthcoming Volkswagen ID and use the same MEB platform and powertrain. No details on range, styling or price have been announced yet. 

Seat Leon concept

The vanguard for a new era of design at Seat, the new Leon hatchback will be previewed in concept form at Geneva. 

The upcoming Ford Focus rival has already been spotted testing in near-production form, but the Geneva concept is expected to highlight the Spanish brand’s plans for design evolution. “Using hard lines to express precision is something we have been doing since the Leon was launched in 2012, but we need to be more different to our colleagues in the Volkswagen Group,” design boss Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos said last year. 

Seat plans design revolution starting with new Leon

Skoda Kamiq

Skoda will reveal two new models at Geneva, and the first will be a new compact SUV called the Kamiq.

Intended as a rival to the upcoming next-generation Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, the Kamiq wil have styling adapted from the larger Karoq, a fresh interior design and a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. 

Ssangyong Korando

Korean manufacturer Ssangyong will unveil a new Korando SUV, inspired by the e-SIV concept shown at last year’s Geneva show. 

Initially powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, the cut-price Nissan Qashqai rival will later receive Ssangyong’s first electric powertrain. The firm is also reported to be exploring diesel-electric technology, as opposed to more conventional petrol-fuelled systems, as a basis for a hybrid variant.

2019 Ssangyong Korando to lead brand's electrification plans

Subaru e-Boxer models

Subaru is being copy about what shape its two Geneva debuts will be, but we now know they will be concept versions the firm's first electrified European production models.

The only image show far is an e-Boxer logo, showing that the car will use a hybridised version of Subaru's famous flat-four engine. The two models are likely to be based on existing platforms. 

Volkswagen ID Buggy

After 80 years of production, Volkswagen’s – and indeed the world’s – longest-produced model, the Beetle, was axed in 2018.

As one icon dies, however, another emerges in its place, and Volkswagen is set to unveil an electrified beach buggy concept inspired by the Meyers Manx of the 1960s. Where Bruce Meyer’s coastal cruiser used the Beetle’s floorpan, suspension and air-cooled engine, its descendant is set for inclusion in Volkswagen’s upcoming range of ID electric vehicles. 

Previewed on Volkswagen's 2018 Christmas card, the ID Buggy looks to emulate the basic silhouette of the original, in much the same way as the ID Buzz Cargo van takes heavy inspiration from the classic Type 2.

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11 January 2019

 Yep, 3 series Touring with full EV or Hybrid, I’ve driven one albeit a Deisel with loads of options, but I could get used to it, why?, because I’ve had three in various guises and I have to say they were super!

Peter Cavellini.

12 January 2019

Sorry to disturb, but I'm getting all warm and fizzy thinking about that Honda Urban EV. Flush door handles and side cemeras look promising - Hoping for pillarless doors and enough of the concept interior retained to look as modern as a Model 3. Car of the year for me - cannot wait. 

12 January 2019
Sonic wrote:

Sorry to disturb, but I'm getting all warm and fizzy thinking about that Honda Urban EV. Flush door handles and side cemeras look promising - Hoping for pillarless doors and enough of the concept interior retained to look as modern as a Model 3. Car of the year for me - cannot wait. 

I was so looking forward to it too, until I saw this frumpy 5-door production version. The lovely proportions of the concept with its Mark 1 Civic inspiration have gone in one fell swoop.

12 January 2019

I hope the Honda EV revives the spirit of the A2 and A class. But the camoflagued car shows thick conventional A & B pillars. It remains to be seen what other features and details of the concept car will be successfully translated into production. And will it become the Golf of the EV era?

13 January 2019

Don't want to bust any bubbles but I read somewhere it will be limited to 10,000 a year as they can't charge 'market' price as they cost to much to make and they don't wish to lose to much money in the first couple of years. 

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29 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

Don't want to bust any bubbles but I read somewhere it will be limited to 10,000 a year as they can't charge 'market' price as they cost to much to make and they don't wish to lose to much money in the first couple of years. 

 

Yet ANOTHER rationalisation type reason, that you have found to "explain" why you won't be "buying" yet another car...AND... "READ SOMEWHERE"...WHERE EXACTLY?...couldn't have been such a LONG time ago, that you can't find the source to quote...try looking down the back of youe decrepit sofa...it'll be there with the decaying remnants of your dignity. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

30 January 2019

Greatest.  Geneva Show.  Ever.

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