2016 Paris Motor Show Preview
The Paris Motor Show is one of the biggest and most prestigious motor shows of the year, and once again it’s packed full of world and European premieres.
The last time out, in 2014, saw in excess of 1.25 million visitors walk through the entrance doors to witness more than 100 cars making their debuts.
Over 10,000 electric and hybrid vehicles were driven at the test drive centre and 103 countries reported on the event with 8.2 million website hits.
Here’s a little of what to expect this time:
It’s the second generation of Audi’s A5 four-door coupe. There are five engines to pick from plus the range-topping 349bhp S5. Sales set to start in early 2017.
The five-door luxury hatchback showcases a new approach to the large luxury hatchback segment with distinctive styling and hybrid powertrains.
It’s the third-generation of Citroen’s C3 supermini and looks to take the fight to the Ford Fiesta with its new looks and tech.
The Sandero - a five-door supermini; Sandero Stepway – a five-door SUV-crossover version of the Sandero; and the Logan MCV – a five door estate all get unveiled following a midlife facelift.
The tenth-generation of the Civic will hope to win back buyers from the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra and the now ageing Ford Focus when it goes on sale in early 2017.
The i30 has been designed in Europe and is set to have a comfortable ride complemented by good handling. It too will take on family hatchback royalty in January 2017.
Fourth-generation of the Rio five-door hatchback and will take on the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia in the small car class in early spring 2017.
The all-new fifth-generation Discovery catches up with Land Rover’s recent design themes and takes design cues from the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport.
Concept SUV is set to provide hints of what next-generation Lexus vehicles will look like.
The petrol and petrol-hybrid powered car gets a mid-life refresh to take on rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Flagship LC coupe gets its first European outing.
The NX Sport Edition SUV will make its debut.
Range-topping version of the GLC Coupe gets 360bhp and will be a key rival to the Porsche Macan when it arrives in December.
E-Class All-Terrain Vehicle
Is a new, lifestyle-oriented addition to the E-Class range and could be about to do battle with the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross County.
Two open-top versions of Mercedes-AMG range-topping sports car. Powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo with either 469bhp or 549bhp.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
Show car will demonstrate how electric mobility and luxury can be combined.
The world premiere of an all-electric car, showing a vision of a totally new generation of vehicle.
The world premiere of high-end next generation SUV concept with off-roading abilities and powered by a triple motor PHEV with high capacity batteries.
World premiere of compact-SUV.
Refresh for 2017 with improved interior trim gets its European premiere.
Debut of the electric five-door crossover which has a class-leading range of 250 miles between recharges.
Second-generation of compact SUV with deliveries starting in January 2017.
The second-generation of the four-door Porsche Panamera gets an E-Hybrid version from April next year with 456bhp and 516lb ft of torque.
This all-new large-SUV gets its first public outing. It’ll feature five engines, seven-seats and the largest boot in its class when sales start in 2017.
This concept is the likely replacement for the ageing Rexton and aims to keep the brand moving forward following the success of the Tivoli and Tivoli XL.
Fortwo Coupe and Cabrio Electric
World premiere of the electric drive versions.
A first for the Forfour and also a world premiere of the electric drive version.
Set to go on sale in January 2016, this is the first outing of the diminutive crossover SUV and gets hybrid technology seen in the latest Baleno.
The mid-sized SUV gets a refreshed look and more refined interior. Sales start in mid-October and there are 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre engines to choose from.
Will be shown in final production form ahead of hitting our roads in January 2017 with a choice of 1.2-litre or 1.8-litre hybrid engines.
Toyota concept vehicle which showcases future hydrogen fuel technology and gets its European debut.
Plug-In Hybrid version of its popular Prius for the first time in Europe and has an estimated fuel consumption of 202mpg and CO2 emissions of just 32g/km.
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