Geneva Motor Show preview 2019

The annual Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events on the motoring calendar. Many European car manufacturers choose to showcase their upcoming models and concept cars at the event, which this year takes places from 7-17 March. The show once again promises to be unmissable, with lots of exciting reveals expected. Which are you most looking forward to?

Audi baby e-tron

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Having just launched the Audi e-tron, the company is preparing to show its smaller electric SUV at Geneva. It’s expected to be Audi Q2 or Q3 sized – and will compete with the upcoming electric Volvo XC40 and Tesla’s Model Y crossover. Expect a range of about 200 miles for the entry-level model – and plenty more Audi EVs in the next few years…

Bentley Centenary model

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Bentley celebrates its 100th birthday in 2019 and will mark the occasion with a special model reveal at Geneva. Details are scarce at the moment, but the company has hinted that this ‘highly evocative’ centenary model is inspired by one of its iconic racing cars – we expect it to be a special edition of the latest Bentley Continental GT.

BMW 3 Series Touring

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Having revealed the new BMW 3 Series saloon at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018, reports suggest that the Touring estate version will follow in Geneva. BMW promises ‘renewed driver focus’ and a larger boot for even better practicality. Seeing as the 3 Series is our favourite driver’s car in the compact executive class, you might want to wait before buying an Audi A4 Avant or Mercedes C-Class estate.


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There are rumours aplenty surrounding BMW’s presence at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, one of which is that the colossal X7 SUV will make another appearance. We’ve already seen its massive grille (and even bigger proportions), but Geneva could see a full debut for BMW’s seven-seat Range Rover rival.

BMW 7 Series facelift

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Did someone mention a large grille? There must be plenty lying around – the facelifted BMW 7 Series features nostrils that are 40% larger than the outgoing model. The front end isn’t the only change though – expect a liberal helping of the very latest technology to keep it competitive with the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 limousines.

Citroen concept

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Citroen is also celebrating its centenary in 2019 and, like Bentley, has released a similarly vague teaser image. With the image showing a brightly coloured lightweight pull handle, it could suggest a stripped-back urban mobility solution. It’s safe to say Bentley and Citroen won’t be celebrating their 100th birthdays in the same way…

Honda Urban EV

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The diminutive Honda Urban EV concept was one of last year’s hottest reveals, and Honda will showcase the production version at the show this March. Remarkably similar looking, the retro-styled electric car will go on sale with five doors and cameras instead of wing mirrors, just like high-spec Audi e-tron versions.

Mazda model

From what we’ve heard on the grapevine, Mazda is set to reveal a new model at the Geneva Motor Show. It could be a new Mazda CX-3, although that received a facelift just last year, a new Mazda3 variant, or a new sports car concept.

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

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An estate version of Mercedes’ swoopy new CLA saloon is expected to break cover, having been spotted testing in a camouflage wrap. Focusing once again on styling over practicality, the CLA Shooting Brake will utilise the Mercedes A-Class’ underpinnings and engine range – even the 300bhp A35 AMG version that’ll rival the Volkswagen Golf R estate and SEAT Leon Cupra ST.

Mercedes GLC Coupe facelift

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The Mercedes GLC Coupe is due a facelift, which we’ve only seen in development form until now. Changes to the styling are subtle, but many more driver assistance features are expected to be included across the range. Limited self-driving ability is said to feature, while under the bonnet you’ll be able to choose a new 2.0-litre diesel engine.

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

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Mitsubishi has recently announced it is bringing a new SUV concept car to the Geneva Motor Show. It’ll feature rugged styling and the plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. However, the company has suggested that you’ll be able to travel much further on battery power alone.

Pininfarina Battista

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Italian design company Pininfarina is introducing their first in-house model; an all-electric hypercar capable of 0-60mph in under two seconds and a top speed north of 250mph. Each of the 150 units built will cost over £1.5 million.

Polestar 2

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Polestar is a brand owned by Volvo, and its second model will look like a Volvo four-door coupe concept car. Under the skin, it’ll feature a large electric motor that produces almost 400bhp and manages over 300 miles of silent EV range.

Renault Clio

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The wraps are now fully off the new Renault Clio, and it comes with wholesale interior changes. There’s a new nine-inch touchscreen taking up most of the centre console, plus a new digital driver’s display in place of traditional dials. Outside, the styling is more mature, and all Clios get LED lights as standard – Renault wasn’t going to radically change it, as the Clio is Europe’s best-selling supermini.

SEAT Leon concept

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The SEAT Leon is arguably the company’s most important model, so getting the new one right is a big deal. Expect a concept version to debut at the Geneva show, showing the Tarraco-inspired styling of the new model, before the production model goes on sale later in the year.

Skoda Kamiq

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If you’d like a rival to the SEAT Arona or Volkswagen T-Roc, the Skoda Kamiq could be a good alternative. It’ll look similar to Skoda’s design sketch above, will be incredibly practical for its size and will eventually be available as a plug-in hybrid.

Ssangyong Korando

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A new version of the Ssangyong Korando SUV has been spotted testing but the company has managed to keep most of the details under wraps so far. The Korando will be Ssangyong’s first hybrid model, although it’s unclear whether this will be available from launch.

Toyota Supra

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After seemingly endless teaser drips, we know most things about the new Toyota Supra. Sharing many parts with the new BMW Z4, the Supra will feature a 335bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine and will only be available as a coupe. The Z4 is only available as a roadster and, despite the shared underpinnings, Toyota says the two cars will be very different and will appeal to different buyers.


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