Media previews take place on 5 & 6 March

Media previews take place on 5 & 6 March

Global debuts for the Geneva motor show are discussed below. The newest additions to just-auto's lengthening world premieres list are the Peugeot 208 and Cupra Formentor concept plus a different Hispano Suiza from another company with the same name. One of Ferdinand Piëch's sons will also be at the show to reveal an electric sports car prototype which a firm with his surname plans to put into production. 

More information about future models can be found by searching PLDB, just-auto's global vehicle database. Simply click on the link at the end of this list.


There will be multiple world debuts for the brand at Geneva, the first to be announced being facelifts for the TTS. The TT hatchback and convertible were world debuts at the Paris motor show in 2018. As well as the changes to the cars' looks, there is an extra 20Nm and a standard seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The 1,984cc turbocharged engine produces 225kW (306PS) and, 400Nm instead of 380.

The TT RS Coupé and TT RS Roadster are also facelifted. Power (294kW/400PS) and torque (480Nm/354 lb.ft) do not change and the sole transmission remains a seven-speed S tronic.

There aren't many missing numbers in Audi's range of crossovers and SUVs, four and six being the obvious ones. Now comes a preview of a model between the Q3 and Q5. The fully electric Q4 e-tron, officially just a concept, should make production, but because FCA owns the rights to the Q4 name (the tailgates of some Maserati and Alfa models carry this badge), things are complicated. Audi is yet to state whether or not the Q4 will be available with petrol and/or diesel power too.

It has been expected for a while now, so the announcement of a new SQ5 TDI is no surprise. The diesel-engined alternative to the SQ5 TFSI is powered by a 255kW (347hp) and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) 3.0-litre V6 which, in addition to turbocharging, has an electrically-powered compressor and 48V mild hybrid electrics.


Having been in the news for all the wrong reasons, Bentley will be hoping that announcing what it claims to be the world's fastest series production SUV will restore some prestige (and help it return a profit). The Bentayga Speed has a claimed v-max of 306km/h (190mph) with 0-100km/h taking a stated 3.9 seconds. In this vehicle, the Volkswagen Group's 6.0-litre W12 develops 467kW (635PS) and 900Nm (664 lb.ft). There are carbon-ceramic brakes and inside, Alcantara rather than leather although the latter is a no-cost option.


An updated Arcfox 7 is a debut for the Chinese make. This 4,570mm long electric supercar was first seen as a prototype at the 2016 Beijing motor show. BJEV makes the following claims for the scissor-door two-seater: up to 450km of range, a top speed of 260km/h, 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds and 450kW (603hp) from the 66kWh battery pack. The company has been building the Arcfox 7 in small volumes since September 2018. A revised set of specifications will be announced on press preview day.

BJEV, a listed company, is in effect a subsidiary of Beijing Auto. It also has plans more models, one of which will be an electric crossover. We will hear more about this at the Geneva show, and there should also be a prototype of this vehicle.


The G11 and extended wheelbase G12 versions of the 7 Series have been in production since September 2015 so right on target halfway through a seven-year life cycle, the cars are freshened. This is the cars' motor show debut: a media preview took place in January at a special event in Shanghai.

Another world premiere for BMW is the 3 Series Touring. G21 is said to be lengthier and roomier than the F31 Touring which it replaces.

Although they were announced last September, the X3 M and X4 M were announced by BMW five months ago, each revealed at a DTM race at the Nürburgring but wrapped in camouflage. Official details were publicised for the first time in February. Both are powered by a 352kW (479PS) 3.0-litre biturbo in-line six with 598Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. There is another option for each: the more powerful X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition. Their version of the same engine produces 375kW (510PS) with unchanged torque.


The Ami One concept was heralded a year ago by this announcement. The 2.5m long EV could be put into production and depending on the region or country of its registration, potentially operated without a driving licence. Unusually, the driver's door is hinged at the rear and the passenger's at the front.


The Formentor, a concept, heralds a second model for SEAT's shoutily officially spelt CUPRA brand. Although it isn't labelled as such in the media release, the body style is that of a coupe´ crossover. The production model, which could be named after a former Spanish racing track, Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar, will be the first Cupra not to be based on an existing SEAT model. Having said that, such a model might be added to the SEAT range after an interval. Production should commence at year end, with the sales roll-out across Europe beginning in early 2020. The model name might be either Formentor or Terramar.

GFG Style

Fabrizio Giugiaro and Giorgetto Giugiaro's dome-roof Kangaroo concept bounds in as "an electric hyper SUV". Its basis is an aluminium space frame supplied by CH Auto, with orange body panels made from carbon fibre.

Hispano Suiza (and Hispano Suiza)

The Spanish luxury car make and aero-engine company is being revived by the Carmen, which its maker terms a 'fully-electric hyperlux grand tourer'. The car takes its name from Carmen Mateu, the grand-daughter of Hispano Suiza's founder. Developed in Barcelona by QEV Technologies, the vehicle uses a carbon fibre monocoque. A media release sums up QEV as the technology arm of Mahindra Formula-E Racing, plus the European R&D facility for BAIC. As for Hispano Suiza, this car brand, which dates to 1904, is owned by the fourth generation of the Suqué Mateu family. The company name is Hispano Suiza Cars.

There is understandable confusion over the name of another GT, the Hispano Suiza Maguari HS1 GTC. This model, which is not electric and instead has a 798kW and 1,050Nm 5,204cc V10 engine, is from a company called Hispano Suiza Automobilemanufaktur AG. It is unclear how and when what will surely be a legal battle for the rights to the name will be resolved.


After the Urban EV concept was revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt IAA and with the production model set for a debut at the 2019 edition of the German show, Honda is to show what it calls a 'new electric vehicle prototype' at the Geneva salon. At the moment, only a sketch is available.


A concept is promised.


The brand will show a concept which is said to have been created in Europe. Kia Motors has design studios in various countries and their concepts always have a three-letter code to denote the region or country followed by one or two numerals. So while the concept's name is not yet known, its code is: KED13 (13th concept from Kia Motors Europe's Design department). But what exactly is this model? Insiders have hinted that it is one half of a project to offer two electric vehicles: one a Kia and the other a Hyundai. The first of the two, which will reach production ahead of the Hyundai, can be thought of as a Stinger BEV. How closely it will resemble the big hatchback is not known at this stage.

Some believe that the XCeed will also be at Geneva, but this is said not to be the case. This Ceed-based crossover might instead be wearing a CrossCeed badge by the time the production model is revealed at the Frankfurt IAA in September.


The revived brand will be showing a concept called All-Terrain. In May last year, Aston Martin confirmed that it would "unveil" an electric Lagonda SUV in 2021 and that this would be the brand's first new model in some years. The vehicle would be styled as an "evolution of the Lagonda Vision Concept revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show". The company is yet to state when it will begin building this model. No production location has been named either. Aston Martin appears to be trying to position Lagonda as a marque which sells battery-electric vehicles to people who might also be considering a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce.


The company says a 'compact SUV' will be a world debut and has issued a preview image of the vehicle's rear. This could be the next CX-3.


The first diesel-engined version of the G-Class is a world premiere. The G 350 d joins the only other variant, the G 500 (G 550 in North America) which is powered by a biturbo 4.0-litre V8. The diesel is Daimler's OM 656 which is a 2,925cc in-line six. In the G 350 d it produces 210kW (286hp) and 600Nm. Drive to all wheels is via a nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The first deliveries are due to take place later in March.

Also in the G-models family, the GLC-Class' facelift will be seen at the Geneva show for the first time.

Another debut for the three-pointed star brand is a facelift and powertrain changes for the V-Class. This big MPV, which is sold in some countries as the Metris or Valente, had its world premiere at the 2014 edition of the Geneva salon.

Mercedes' press release on the V-Class also slips in a paragraph about Concept EQV, a preview of an electric version, stating that "Mercedes-Benz Vans will....provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study „Concept EQV", which will celebrate its premiere there". This model is being developed to compete with the production version of Volkswagen's I.D. Buzz concept.

The CLA-Class Shooting Brake is another world debut. As with the sedan, which was a world debut at CES in January, the 4.7m long second generation model moves into the D segment.

Daimler has also quietly announced some special editions which mark the end of certain models, one being the SLC-Class Final Edition and the other the last V12-engined S-Class, the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition. Daimler is phasing out V12 engines from the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG brands, and limiting their use to Mercedes-Maybach vehicles.


The Engelberg Tourer concept is an electrified SUV and the name is a link to the Swiss winter sports resort. More details as they are released.

Another world debut is a new generation of the ASX, which may again be sold as the RVR and Outlander Sport in some countries. There had been some previews of the looks: the XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid, which was revealed at November 2013's Tokyo motor show; and a modified version, the XR-PHEV II, from the 2015 Geneva show. Both were powered by a 1.1-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor.

For European markets, the ASX is powered by a standard 2.0-litre petrol engine. The manual transmission has just five ratios while the CVT has six virtual ones. There might also be an eventual high performance 'Evolution' variant. Unlike other Mitsubishi SUVs, no plug-in hybrid variant is expected but instead, there should be an EV.

The new model is smaller than the previous one so as to make room for an additional SUV which would sit between the ASX and Outlander. Mitsubishi Motors will probably now use the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-B architecture for this model.


The 208 is probably the most important new model at the show. The styling picks up cues from the 508, especially at the front where what must be the suggestions of lion's claw slashes shape the DRL. At the rear, the word PEUGEOT is picked out in small letters, while the recharging flap for the EV is on the left-side where the fuel cap for most Asian brand cars would be. In contrast to its deadly rival the new Clio, this car looks genuinely different to the outgoing model so it will be fascinating to see if the little Peugeot can turn the tables and outsell the Renault. And how many people will see the 208 and think that it looks way more premium than the DS 3 Crossback? Production of the 208 isn't due to start until September.

Also from Peugeot, the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept. This preview of a high performance PHEV 508 hatchback is powered by a turbocharged petrol engine and one motor which have claimed combined torque of 500Nm.

Piëch Automotive

Co-founded by the son of the former head of Volkswagen AG, Zurich-based Piëch Automotive AG plans to build an electric sports car called Mark Zero. Anton Piëch has the advantage of his father's surname plus of course that also makes him the great grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. The other partner in this listed firm is Rea Stark Rajcic.


Mahindra and its subsidiary say they will release the Battista, an electric hypercar, in 2020 via a new company, Automobili Pininfarina. The firms told the media in April 2018 that the Munich-based AP will "manufacture high technology, extreme performance, luxury electric vehicles for the most discerning global customers."

Potential buyers were given a private viewing of the prototype during the 2018 Monterey Week. Formerly known by its PF-Zero codename, the Battista is named after the company's founder Battista 'Pinin' Farina. Rimac will be a partner for battery technology. The car's range is expected to be around 450km, with pricing to be close to the two million euro mark.


The 2 will be the first fully electric model for Volvo's electrified division follows the 1, which differs by offering a petrol engine as well as electric drive. The 2 uses SPA and should be more or less what a hatchback based on the S60 and V60 would look like. The car is being aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3. Deliveries are due to commence at year-end with production to take place in Chengdu. Power is said to be 294kW (400PS) and the maximum range in excess of 560km (350 miles). Polestar will reveal most of the 2's details on 27 February.


After the new generation 992 series coupe was revealed at the LA show last November, now comes the 911 Cabriolet. The first open-top versions are the Carrera S and Carrera 4S. Each is powered by a turbocharged 311kW (450hp) 2,981cc flat six engine. The roof can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h (30mph).


The fifth generation Clio, which was revealed to the media on 28 January, changes platforms to CMF-B, will be available with a hybrid powertrain, and it will also feature Level 2 autonomy (speed and steering can be automated). This car will be one of the 12 electrified Renault models announced in October 2017. The company also told the media in October 2017 that by 2022, it would also offer 12 fully electric models as part of its so-called Drive The Future plan.

The main production sites should be Bursa in Turkey and Novo Mesto in Slovakia. Flins, which also makes the current model, will reportedly build the car in relatively small volume (<25,000/annum) on a CKD basis. The French plant should instead increasingly become a site for the production of ever more electric vehicles and in high volumes. The Alpine plant in Dieppe will again make the RS derivative. There should also be a version with elevated suspension so as to compete with the Hyundai i20 Active and Ford Fiesta Active.

Another world debut for Renault is a Twingo facelift. The styling changes are mild and are the first since this shape model premiered at the 2014 Geneva show. The updated engine range now consists of the same 898cc three-cylinder petrol unit in three forms: SCe 65 (65hp/95Nm), SCe 75 (75hp/95Nm) and turbocharged TCe 95 (95hp/135Nm). The 65hp and 75hp versions are linked to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the TCe can be optionally fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission which Renault calls 'EDC'. There is no mention of the 110hp Twingo GT which joined the line-up back in 2016.


Details are scarce but it is known that the brand will reveal an electric vehicle prototype. The e-Mii, a low-volume and high-priced version of the second generation of the brand's smallest model, will be SEAT's first series production electric car. That arrives in certain countries at the end of the year. This will be followed in 2020 by a larger, bespoke EV based on the Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture. This is to be around the same size as the Leon with a range of up to 500km.


The Kamiq is a production version of the Vision X concept which was unveiled at the 2018 show. Size wise, this model can be considered the overdue successor for the Roomster Scout which was discontinued in 2016. The Volkswagen Group is delaying its Czech subsidiary's entry to the B-SUV segment until mid-2019, so as to give the Volkswagen T-Cross a good chance of establishing itself.

Mladá Boleslav is the lead plant, and build of a longer wheelbase variant will also take place in India. A unique architecture, MQB A0 IN, will be that model's basis.

As for production in China, should this happen, the name will have to change as there is already a Skoda Kamiq there. This 4,390mm long crossover, which looks a lot like the 4,382mm long Karoq, is manufactured by the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture. It became available in June 2018. 'Kosmiq' had been rumoured for Europe's Kamiq, so that could be what the vehicle ends up being called in the PRC.

Another world debut for the Czech brand is an updated Superb. March marks four years exactly since the company began manufacturing the current shape five-door hatchback, so it's facelift time. In addition to updated petrol and diesel engines, there will also be a petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time.

The Geneva show will also be the first time that the public gets to see the Vision iV. This design study provides a preview of Skoda's forthcoming MEB architecture battery electric model. Such a model is due out in Europe and likely China too from the second half of 2021. Even with the arrival of the Scala there is still quite a size gap above this model and below the Octavia. The brand might therefore position a future EV into that niche. That would mean a length of between 4.4 and 4.6 metres.


The brand's sales have bounced back in recent times, in Europe at least, and the Daimler division will build on that by revealing a concept, the forease+. There are few details as yet but it seems obvious that this will be an update of the forease concept from last year's Paris motor show.


Project C300 becomes a series production model from June, which is when it will start being built at Pyeongtaek, SsangYong's only plant. Styling wise, the new Korando looks like the SIV-2, a concept from March 2016's Geneva motor show. The new Korando launches almost exactly one year ahead of the brand's first EV, the project code of which is E100.


The brand's concept is called Viziv Adrenaline but not much else is known about it. To judge by an outline of the preview image, this could be a small SUV. The Levorg, meanwhile, gains a normally aspirated 2.0-litre engine as a world premiere, and there is a new bonnet pressing.


There is as yet no official name for this electric design study but the 'Buggy' is a new take on the VW Beetle-based Meyers Manx dune buggy from the 1960s. Volkswagen says the MEB-based, rear-wheel drive concept shows "...that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models. Like the Beetle chassis of yesteryear, the modular electric drive matrix has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche series".

Facelifted versions of the Passat sedan and estate are amongst the other world debuts for Volkswagen. The styling changes are minor and include fresh bumpers and grille plus the availability of so-called IQ.Light, which Audi brands as Matrix LED. MIB3, an infotainment system, is also new, as is a redesigned digital instrumentation cluster. There are new engines too, and the GTE returns (it was pulled last year). Its plug-in hybrid system has a larger 13kWh lithium-ion battery which allows a claimed range of up to 55km. 'Travel Assist', meanwhile, replaces Traffic Jam Assist. This is a level 2 semi-AD system which allows the Passat to drive itself at up to 210kmh (130mph) although the driver's hands must be on the steering wheel. If warning sounds are ignored after sensors detect hands having been removed, the car will be slowed to a stop.

Another world debut for Volkswagen is the T-Roc R. While there are no official details of this vehicle's powertrain, a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine is rumoured.

Brands which are already known to have decided against having a stand at the show include Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.

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