Below is the latest official list of vehicles and concepts making a motor show global premiere at the Paris Mondial de l’Automobile.
There are two motor show world debuts for Renault Group’s sports vehicles brand. The A110 R is a track-day version of the marque’s only current model while the Alpenglow is a hydrogen-powered supercar concept.
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.
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).
French car manufacturer Hopium stated in September 2021 that it had taken 1,000 pre-orders for the Machina, a high-end hydrogen-powered sedan.
This followed a presentation of the Alpha 0 three months earlier at a special event in Paris. That car was the first rolling prototype. The expected price will be from EUR120,000, with deliveries due to commence in 2025. The Machina is also now being exhibited at the Paris motor show.
“I would like to welcome the future users of Hopium Machina to our community,” said Olivier Lombard, Hopium’s founder and CEO. “By being the first to reserve their model, they have demonstrated both their support for our project and their trust in hydrogen technology, the energy source of the future.”
Lombard, the youngest winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race, founded Hopium resulting from his experience acquired on racing circuits.
Amongst the public debuts for Stellantis is 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. The Avenger 4×4 Concept is also a world premiere at the Mondial de l’Automobile.
Mercedes-Benz & Mercedes-AMG
No stand at the show but the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV was revealed at Le musée Rodin on the eve of the Mondial’s 17 October press preview day. There will be three versions at launch, each with a 90.6 kWh (net) battery:
- EQE 350+ SUV (215 kW & 565 Nm, RWD)
- EQE 350 4MATIC SUV (215 kW & 765 Nm, AWD)
- EQE 500 4MATIC SUV (300 kW & 858 Nm, AWD)
There are also three Mercedes-AMG variants (with the same 90.6 kWh usable capacity battery):
- EQE 43 SUV 4MATIC (350 kW & 858 Nm, AWD)
- EQE 53 SUV 4MATIC+ (460 kW & 950 Nm, AWD)
- EQE 53 SUV 4MATIC+ with Dynamic Plus package (505 kW & 1,000 Nm, AWD)
The first model from NamX, a start-up, is due to be a hydrogen-fuelled electric SUV. A prototype, engineered by Pininfarina, is making its motor show debut at the Mondial. Deliveries of the production model are, its maker claims, due to commence towards the end of 2025.
One of the unusual features of the HUV is a system of six canisters, each of which can be extracted from the vehicle for refilling. NamX hopes that replenished tanks could be delivered to the owner’s home or office.
Seeking to expand its presence in the European D segment, the Peugeot brand is exhibiting 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.
There were initially claimed to be five premieres for the Renault brand but there are more. The main one is the long-awaited reinvention of the 4 as a small electric crossover. A concept revealed at the Mondial is called 4EVER Trophy.
Using the same platform, the ‘deliberately exuberant‘ R5 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.
One other premiere is the Scénic Vision, a hydrogen-fuelled concept announced in May. Renault will launch a new Scénic in 2024 but rather than again being an ICE-powered monospace/MPV, this one will be an electric SUV. It will be around the same size as the Austral and should be manufactured in France at the Douai plant. Alpine’s future C-SUV will likely share much with the Renault.
A prototype of the Spectre, a model due on sale towards the end of 2023, is a world debut at the Mondial. The 5,453 mm long and 2,975 kg heavy four-seat coupe will effectively replace the Wraith.
The claimed maximum range is 320 miles/520 km and pricing will be above the Cullinan and below the Phantom. The weight of the battery has been disclosed (700 kg) with the capacity expected to be 120 kWh.