The Paris motor show kicked off today (2 October) and runs until 10 October. It is an event for car fans to savour as the world’s biggest manufacturers vie for your attention.
The 2019 Audi A1 (pictured) is Audi’s alternative to the Volkswagen Polo and the Mini 3-door – it gets sharp new styling with a huge grille and distinctive front and rear light designs. A range of options and contrasting colour schemes mean you’ll have the opportunity to personalise the car in a way you can’t with the company’s posh saloons.
Bright trim pieces make the A1’s interior feel more youthful, although it has the same excellent build quality that you’ll find in any other Audi. The new A1’s infotainment system represents a serious upgrade from what you’ll find in the current car and you’ll even be able to get a multi-function digital screen in place of the conventional instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel.
Interior space is also improved significantly and the 2019 Audi A1 has five doors – giving you excellent access to the car. The other big news is that it comes with a range of petrol engines that are so frugal there’s no need to offer a diesel alternative.
Audi also uses the show to reveal a facelifted version of the 2019 Audi A4 saloon. Concrete details on it have yet to be revealed but expect it to get a light restyle, an updated interior and a revised engine range.
Paris motor show 2018 –BMW
At the Paris motor show, BMW launches not one but three hugely important new cars.
And it’s hard to imagine a more important car than the new 2019 BMW 3 Series (pictured) – consistently the company’s biggest seller in the UK – which makes its debut at the Paris motor show. Its styling is an evolution of the current model’s on the outside, but inside there are some big changes or, more specifically, some big infotainment screens. Those are operated by a new generation of voice recognition, which allows you to control pretty much all the car’s systems – including things like the electric windows and seats – using voice commands alone.
Along with tech, interior quality is boosted by a minimalistic new look and offers a smidgen more space. The 2019 BMW 3 Series is capable of driving itself, but also should be a hoot to steer down a country road. Petrol and diesel engines will range from 1.5 to 3.0-litres in size and a hybrid model is also on the way.
The 2019 BMW X5 also makes its first public appearance at the Paris motor show. It gets sharper looks than the current car and an interior that is more spacious and dominated by huge infotainment screens. You can choose from a variety of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines and all cars come with four-wheel and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Prefer something sportier? Be sure to take a look at the new 2019 BMW Z4 convertible. Expect great things from this car – if you believe the hype it is aiming to be a serious alternative to the Porsche Boxster, so it’ll have to be good. And the signs are positive – the new Z4 gets a fabric roof to keep the weight down and a six-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 350hp. Throw in underpinnings that will be shared with the Toyota Supra (a coupe only) and you have all the ingredients you need for an incredible new sports car.
A new longer-range BMW i3 electric car is also launched at the Paris motor show – expect it to have a range of close to 200 miles, a significant improvement over the 114 miles you can squeeze out of the current model.
Paris motor show 2018 – Citroen
The 2018 Paris motor show is also the launch pad for the new Citroen C5 Aircross. It looks like a bulked up C4 Cactus and has a high-tech interior with big infotainment screens and space for four adults. It’s treated to the same Advanced Comfort technology as the Cactus, so the C5 comes sporting laminated windows for better noise suppression, deeply padded seats that are uber comfortable and suspension that shuns a firm sporty feel for excellent bump absorption even on the UK’s potholed Tarmac. You’re able to choose from a range of cheap-to-run petrol and diesel versions.
Citroen has also used the Paris motor show to reveal its first plug-in hybrid SUV, which is based on the C5 (pictured). It’s two-tone blue-and-white finish means it is easily distinguishable from a regular C5 and inside it gets Citroen’s trademark Advanced Comfort Seats finished in beige leather and electric-blue highlights. In the hybrid, the C5’s 12.3-inch screen also displays information on battery levels and how power is being distributed between the petrol and electric motors. The C5 Aircross produces 225hp so will feel quick, but can also run on electric power alone for up to 31 miles.
Paris motor show 2018 – DS
Paris saw the reveal of the DS 3 Crossback (pictured) – a premium SUV that’ll battle cars like the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman. While the styling might not be for everyone, there’s no argument that the DS 3 will get noticed and it’s interior is just as distinctive as the exterior. It gets large infotainment screens and plenty of high-quality material.
Instead of trying to make the 3 Crossback sporty, DS has focussed on making it very comfortable with great efforts made to insulate the cabin from noise. Engine choices include petrol and diesel, but the big news is that the DS 3 will also be available as an electric car that’s nippy and has a decent range.
Paris motor show 2018 – Kia
Kia sales have been going through the roof since the launch of the new Kia Sportage SUV and one of the cars you can expect to keep up this momentum is the new Kia Proceed shooting brake shown at the Paris motor show. It was previewed as the Kia Proceed shooting brake concept car at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show and looks like a cross between a five-door coupe and an estate car body. Expect the production car to get a sporty drive with engines ranging from 1.0 to 2.0-litres in size.
The Kia stand’s sporty flavour is reinforced by the launch of the Kia Ceed GT. A warm rather than full-blown hot hatch, the Kia Ceed GT has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 204hp – powering it from 0-62mph in around seven seconds. It’s a good deal off the pace of the likes of the Honda Civic Type R or Hyundai i30N, then, but should also be cheaper to buy, cheaper to run and a more comfortable proposition for everyday use.
Kia also uses the show to publicly reveal the new Kia Niro EV – an all-electric version of Kia’s small SUV. It promises an impressive range of around 240 miles thanks to having a liquid-cooled battery and, with 200hp to call on, also have extremely nippy performance off the line. Its spacious interior and large boot make it an ideal family car – in fact, its filled-in grille is the only way you can spot it from a regular Niro.
Paris motor show – Lexus
Lexus uses the Paris motor show to give you your first look at the facelifted version of the Lexus RC (pictured) – it gets subtle design tweaks including new front and rear bumpers, and revised head and tail lights. Inside, changes include a new clock and a choice of new trim pieces. The new RC should also be sharper to drive thanks to firmer dampers and bushings, plus the addition of grippier tyres fitted to the car’s new 19-inch alloy wheels.
The other car at the Lexus stand is a very special version of the company’s luxury grand tourer, the LC. Called LC Limited Edition, it comes with exclusive paint and a unique interior design to differentiate it from ‘lesser’ LC models. It’s going to be truly rare, too – the number of LC Limited Edition models coming to the UK is barely in the double digits.
Paris motor show 2018 – Mercedes
Mercedes launched the 2019 Mercedes GLE in Paris. The company’s midsize SUV. It looks like a larger GLC and comes with an extremely plush interior that’s dominated by a pair of huge infotainment screens. They’re controlled via Mercedes MBUX voice recognition system that can understand colloquial voice commands. The posh interior has space for four adults and a large boot. You can choose from 2.1 and 3.0-litre diesel engines with high-performance petrol and frugal hybrid models joining the range at a later date.
If that all sounds good, but you’d rather something greener, then the Mercedes EQ C SUV could be just the car for you. The all-electric SUV combines clean running with around 400hp and a 0-62mph time of around five seconds. Its SUV body makes it very practical and its more spacious than the GLC thanks to its completely flat floor made possible by its electric drivetrain. Everything else is typical Mercedes SUV, though, you get a very posh interior that is dominated by large infotainment screens.
The new Mercedes B-Class will also be launched at the 2018 Paris motor show. Essentially, you can look at it as a more practical A-Class with a raised roof that allows for more headroom and larger windows that make the cabin feel airier. It has more space for four adults and a bigger boot than the A-Class. Also, the B-Class gets an amazing augmented sat-nav display and a very plush interior. Engines are carried over from the A-Class including a punchy but frugal 1.3-litre petrol model.
The final big launch from Mercedes is the Mercedes A35 hatchback (pictured) – an alternative to hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3. It has 300hp and four-wheel drive, giving you a quick but cheaper alternative to the 400hp Mercedes A45 that’ll go on sale later.
Paris Motor Show 2018 – Renault
Renault has launched an updated version of the Renault Kadjar SUV at the Paris Motor Show. It gets an updated grille with horizontal rungs finished in chrome and larger fog lights also with chrome surrounds, while there’s yet more chrome to be found on restyled rear bumper. Round off the exterior changes are the addition of three new colours and four new alloy wheel designs.
The changes are similar inside, where you can now get more comfortable seats and can choose from new colours, upholstery and even Alcantara in Black Edition models, plastic quality is also said to have been improved and the air-conditioning controls are now more intuitive. The seven-inch touchscreen, meanwhile, is said to be brighter and have a more responsive touchscreen.
The only all-new change is the addition of a new 1.3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (already seen in the Megane and Scenic) that’s available with 140 and 160hp, both models can also can be specified with an automatic gearbox. Diesels remain the same but have been reworked – you can now choose from a Blue dCi models with 115 or 150hp. The latter is the only model that can be paired with four-wheel drive.
Paris motor show 2018 – Peugeot
The most interesting car at the
Peugeot stand entire show is the e-Legend Concept. It takes its styling from the classic Peugeot 504 Coupe that first went on sale in the late ‘60s. Just like that car, the E-Legend’s front end seems to consist entirely of grille, with a pair of headlights slotted in on either side, with a swept-back bonnet edge acting as a pair of raised eyebrows.
The angular front end morphs into something altogether curvier around the sides of the car where its softly styled flanks flow over the rear wheels. You’ll also notice the passenger compartment’s elegant thin pillars and that the rearview mirrors have been swapped for stalk-mounted cameras.
The rear end, meanwhile, looks like a stubbier version of the front of the car, complete with a curved boot lid with a bank of three LEDs on either side.
That retro theme continues on the inside, where your eyes are greeted by a feast of blue velour and wood trim, although the nostalgic materials are balanced by an ultra-modern digital display. It allows you to choose from the E-Legend’s four drive selects – Soft, Sharp, Legend and Boost – split equally been autonomous and manual modes.
Choose one of the autonomous settings – either Soft or Sharp – and the E-Legend’s small steering wheel disappears completely, leaving a huge sound bar and a 49-inch screen in its place. At the same time the front seats recline and the side armrests pop out – leaving you to enjoy the ride while the car deals with driving.
There’s arguably more fun to be had doing your own driving because the E-Legend has a 340 Kw electric motor that’s capable of flinging it from 0-62mph in less than four seconds with the help of four-wheel-drive traction. It also has a range of more than 240 miles and can recharge its flat battery to 80 per cent in just half an hour.
While the Peugeot E-Legend concept is Peugeot’s show-stopper, Paris will also host the launch of the 508 SW estate model. It’s set to keep the regular model’s gorgeous looks and sporty interior but adds some extra practicality in the form of a bigger boot that’s easier to load.
Paris motor show 2018 – Porsche
At this year’s Paris motor show, Porsche showed off an updated version of the Macan. The sporty SUV has been with us for a while now and is finally getting a refresh. It gets a larger infotainment screen, more power and the death of the current model’s diesel engines.
Paris motor show 2018 – Skoda
Skoda uses the Paris Motor Show to reveal the Skoda Kodiaq RS and the Skoda Vision RS concept.
The former is a quick version of Skoda’s seven-seater SUV with a 240hp twin-turbocharged diesel engine borrowed from the Volkswagen Passat, getting it from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and topping out at 142mph. The Kodiaq vRS gets a sporty body kit on the outside and go-faster touches on the inside including a sports steering wheel and pedals, new trim pieces and scattering of vRS badges.
Skoda also uses Paris to unveil the Skoda Vision RS concept, which previews the look of the new Skoda Rapid – although the car will be given a new name. It shares its parts with the Volkswagen Polo, but will trade on Skoda’s tried and tested recipe of offering more space than the equivalent VW but at a lower price.
The Paris motor show is also your first opportunity to lay eyes on the new Skoda Karoq Scout – a more rugged looking version of the company’s small SUV. The Scout gets unique alloy wheels, a chunky body kit tinted windows and a smattering of Scout badges. Inside, you get unique black-brown upholstery with ‘Scout’ lettering and stainless steel pedals. The Karoq comes with four-wheel drive only and you can choose from a 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp or a 2.0-litre diesel with 190hp.
Paris motor show 2018 – Suzuki
Already a candidate for car of the 2018 Paris motor show is the new Suzuki Jimny. Its an SUV from the old school, one that actually does what it says on the tin (ie true offroading) and shouldn’t cost much more than £15,000. It has a tough construction, four-wheel drive and a low-range manual gearbox – that’ll help you and the Jimny chug through the worst the UK’s countryside can throw at it. While the Jimny has huge utilitarian appeal, its tiny boot and snail-like pace mean you’ll have to make some sacrifices if you decide to actually own one.
Alongside the lovable new Jimny, Suzuki is also showing off a refreshed version of the Vitara. The facelifted compact SUV gets a refreshed look, an updated interior, and new engines, though you’ll need to be a real Vitara connoisseur to spot the difference.
Paris motor show 2018 – Toyota
Toyota used Paris to reveal the interior of what could be the most important car the firm has launched in years – the new Toyota Corolla, which replaces the Auris. The Corolla shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Prius hybrid and the C-HR SUV, which means buyers will be able to have their Corolla with a petrol-electric powertrain that’ll return excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Space will also be improved, with the Auris’ wheelbase increasing by 40mm – allowing the car to offer more rear legroom.
The new Toyota RAV4 (pictured) gets squared off looks and a smart interior with – you guessed it – large infotainment screens. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has space for four adults and a big boot, with the option to have a third row of fold-away seats. The RAV4 will be offered with a new 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine or a 2.0-litre petrol version. Four-wheel drive will be an option worth going for if you often drive on slippery roads.
At Toyota’s stand, next to the RAV4, the Toyota Camry also makes an appearance. The Camry is finally back in Europe after huge success in the US and Middle East and hopes to wow you with its efficient 2.5-litre hybrid engine and great value for money.
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