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September 30, 2022

Citroën OLI concept world debut at Paris Mondial

The Mondial de l'Automobile is the only major European motor show of 2022

By Glenn Brooks

Below is the latest official list of vehicles and concepts making a motor show global premiere at the Paris Mondial de l’Automobile.

Alpine

The brand will present a concept car but there are as yet no other details. It isn’t clear from the way Alpine has worded its media releases whether or not the A110 R is the same vehicle or an additional one. Further, the latest press statement terms the A110 R both “a completely new model” and “a new version of the A110”.

Citroën

The OLI [all-ë] will have its motor show debut after being revealed to the media in late September. “Not a car – a multi-purpose everyday extension to your life that is as useful when you aren’t driving it as when you are”, is how Citroën refers to the concept.

There is also a new logo for the brand.

Dacia

It won’t only be Citroën premiering a new emblem and a concept: Dacia too has a fresh logo as well the Manifesto, a buggy.

DS

Launched in 2019, the now former 3 Crossback and 3 Crossback E-Tense have their official names switched to 3 and 3 E-Tense. The little crossovers retain the choice of petrol, diesel or EV. The 155 PS 1.2-litre petrol engine and 100 PS 1.5-litre diesel have however been discontinued whilst the power and battery capacity of the E-Tense have adjusted.

Outputs for the EV’s single motor had been 100 kW (136 PS) and 260 Nm. Now, it becomes 115 kW (156 PS) with torque unchanged. Meanwhile, the original 50 kWh battery is swapped for one with 54 kWh (50.8 usable).

A second premiere is the facelifted 7 which also loses the Crossback suffix. The updated SUV was announced in June. This is its public premiere. The first customer deliveries won’t take place until the end of 2022.

Fisker

Soon to be in production, the Fisker Ocean has both its French premiere and world debut in top-spec Extreme form. Magna Steyr is due to begin building series production examples of the electric crossover on 17 November. First comes the One, a launch variant, then Extreme. Next year, the company will add the mid-range Ultra model grade followed a Sport (base).

Jeep

Amongst the public debuts for Stellantis will be the electric Jeep Avenger. The EV version of the 516 project will be manufactured in Poland (Tychy) on the same production line as the forthcoming mild hybrid versions. Fiat and Alfa Romeo equivalents of this 4,076 mm long front- and all-wheel drive SUV will follow the Jeep.

Mercedes-AMG

The C 63 S E Performance is a hugely powerful plug-in hybrid. Both sedan and estate bodies will be available. Compared to previous generation cars called C 63, this one is radically different: instead of rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, the new one has a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, four-cylinders, a 150 kW motor on the rear axle, four-wheel steering and all-wheel drive. The engine code is M139L and the battery’s capacity is a mere 6.1 kWh.

Combined power and torque are 500 kW (680 PS) and 1,020 Nm (752 lb-ft) with drive to both axles via a nine-speed wet clutch automatic transmission.

Peugeot

Seeking to expand its presence in the European D segment, the Peugeot brand will exhibit the 408 for the first time at a motor show. The 4,690 mm long five-door coupé-crossover, which is aimed at the Renault Arkana and linked in many ways to the Citroën C5 X, was revealed in June. The first cars are due to be with customers in early 2023. Production will be in both France (Mulhouse) and China (Chengdu).

There will be two plug-in hybrids, along with a 96 kW (130 PS) 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, automatic transmission being standard for each. Later in 2023, an e-408 will be added.

The first two generations of the 408 were sedans for certain markets only. Indeed, there has been a 308-based sedan called 408 in China for many years: the current one premiered there in 2014. It was facelifted for a second time in June.

Renault

There will be five premieres for the Renault brand. The main one is the long-awaited reinvention of the 4 (in prototype form) as a small electric crossover.

Using the same platform, the ‘deliberately exuberantR5 Turbo 3E, a RWD concept built for drifting, is another motor show world debut. That follows a public debut at the Chantilly Arts & Élégance on 25 September.

With obvious links to the 5 Turbo and 5 Turbo 2 from decades ago, the 3E has two motors with claimed combined outputs of 280 kW and 700 Nm. The battery’s stated capacity is 42 kWh. Kerb weight is 980 kg of which 520 is the battery pack.

The production version of the 5 will serve as the Zoe’s successor in two years’ time. The Alliance’s CMF B-EV architecture, the basis for the 4 and 5, will also be used by Nissan, Alpine and Dacia, Renault-Nissan stated in January.

Also making its global premiere is the Kangoo E-Tech electric.

Another debutante is the (hydrogen-fuelled) Master Van H2-Tech which is being exhibited for the first time in production form.

The fifth motor show debut is the Austral, even if this 4.51 m long successor for the Kadjar was announced six months ago. The architecture is CMF-CD3, an evolution of the Alliance’s CMF-C/D. As for engines, there are two non-hybrid choices:

  • 1.3-litre 12V four-cylinder mild hybrid TCe E-Tech Hybrid, front-wheel drive only, 140 PS with manual transmission but 160 PS as an automatic, 136 g/km of CO2
  • 1.2-litre 48V three-cylinder mild hybrid TCe E-Tech Hybrid, front-wheel drive only, 130 PS, 123 g/km of CO2

The Austral E-Tech Hybrid features the Alliance’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and two motors. One of these can power the vehicle with the secondary one being a high voltage starter-alternator. The latter fires the engine and charges the battery. There are two versions, combined power being 160 PS or 200 PS.

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