2019 Geneva motor show preview

Russell Campbell
February 05, 2019

The Geneva motor show isn’t until March but already a host of new car launches are confirmed for the event. Keep reading for all the info you need to know.

The Geneva motor show is one of the biggest events in 2019 for car fans, with BMW, Honda, Polestar, Porsche, Renault and Skoda already confirming they’ll reveal key models at the event that runs from 7-17th of March.


The new BMW 3 Series was revealed at the Paris motor show and you’ll see the Touring version in Geneva. It’ll be as fun to drive as the saloon, and will get a posh interior crammed full of clever infotainment systems and gadgets. The benefit of the Touring model is, well, the big, practical boot.

While it won’t be as popular as the Touring, the new BMW 7 Series will likely be the bigger talking point – though, not necessarily for the right reasons. Yup, Geneva will be your first chance to see the updated 7 Series’ HUGE new grille in the metal. Along with the new look that brings the 7 Series in line aesthetically with its new (and equally ugly) sister SUV – the X7 – BMW’s top-of-the-range saloon is now more efficient and comes with revised infotainment.


You first saw the Honda Urban EV in concept form at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, but the 2019 Geneva show will be your first chance to see the finished car – well, a prototype version at least. A pure electric car, the Urban EV will have a range of up to 200 miles and its adorable looks are designed to appeal to people who might have bought a Mini in the past. It’ll have a high-tech interior complete with multiple infotainment screens – two of which will do the job of wing mirrors because, as you can see from the pic, Honda has swapped them for rear-facing cameras.


Mazda will launch a new SUV at the Geneva motor show. Tipped to be a coupe-style SUV called the CX-4, it’ll be styled like the new Mazda 3 and get its clever SKYACTIV engine, which allows for diesel-like fuel economy and impressive performance.


We have already seen the Mercedes CLA five-door coupe, but Geneva will be our first opportunity to get a look at the shooting-brake version. It’ll keep the swept-back roofline but with the added practicality of an estate-car style boot that’ll allow you to pack in more luggage. Sharing its engines with the CLA coupe, you’ll be able to have it with a variety of petrol and diesel engines including the turbocharged 306hp 2.0-litre from the Mercedes-AMG A35.


The Mitsubishi Engleberg Tourer concept is another car set for reveal in Geneva. Named after a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, obviously, it’ll feature two electric motors giving it four-wheel drive and is tipped to preview the new Outlander SUV.


Polestar, Volvo’s sub-brand that’s already wowed us with the 600hp Polestar 1 petrol-electric hybrid coupe, is set to reveal its next new model in Geneva – the imaginatively named Polestar 2. Unlike the 1, it’ll be a pure electric four-door coupe following the mould of the Tesla Model 3. It’s likely to have a range of around 300 miles and 400hp to get it from 0-62mph in around five seconds with the help of four-wheel drive.


Geneva will be your first opportunity to see the Porsche 992 Cabriolet in the metal. Aside from being a quick car – 450hp S models get from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and hit 190mph flat out – it also gets a quick roof that can drop in just 12 seconds. The 992 is longer and wider the 991.2 generation it replaces and get revised infotainment and improved autonomous driving aids that make it an even easier sports car to live with every day.


Geneva will serve as a launchpad for the 2019 Renault Clio, the fifth generation of the alternative to the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. Along with styling that makes it look like it should have starred in Honey I Shrunk the Megane it gets hidden rear door handles that make it appear like a sporty three-door. The real revolution is found on the inside, where the Clio gets improved quality and huge infotainment screens. Along with the petrol and diesel engines, the Clio is also going to be offered as a hybrid that’ll be exempt from the London Congestion Charge.


The Skoda Kamiq will star at Skoda’s Geneva stand. Smaller than the Kodiaq and the Karoq, it’ll have a relatively big boot and space for four adults. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of economical petrol and diesel engines, but Skoda’s smallest SUV will only be available with two-wheel drive.

The covers will also be pulled off the updated Skoda Superb in Geneva. It’ll get revised looks – reassuringly, they’ll not follow the path of the horrendous looking facelifted Octavia – and will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. Expect the Superb to get a lightly revised interior with improved infotainment.