Geneva motor show 2018 – all the star cars to watch out for

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Jaguar’s first electric car, a new Audi SUV and Mercedes’ crucial Volkswagen Golf rival – here’s your full guide to the star cars heading to the Geneva motor show next month

The Geneva motor show is one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar, because while there are multiple other motor shows going on throughout the year, this one has a big focus on European car makers – and that means that many of the cars on display will be heading to UK showrooms.

This year, the big focus in Geneva will be on SUVs and electric cars, or in some cases a combination of the two. In fact, we’re expecting to see two all-new electric SUVs at the show, with the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace respectively. Other new models heading to Geneva include an all-new Mercedes A-Class family hatch, Lexus’ take on the Jaguar E-Pace and Seat’s hot version of the Ateca.

In this slideshow, we’ll reveal all of the star cars headed to the Geneva motor show next month.

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Audi A6

Audi A6

The Audi A6 is now starting to look very old, compared with the fresh-faced Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5 Series.

The new car will take design inspiration from Audi’s 2014 Prologue concept car, and will receive much of the same self-driving technology as the latest A8. The A6 shares its underpinnings with the A7, with power coming from a range of 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines in most cases.

There will also be a sporty S6 version, likely powered by a V6 petrol engine producing more than 450bhp, but that’s not expected to arrive until 2019. Beyond that, there will also be a full-blown RS6 model to rival BMW’s M5 sports saloon in 2020.

Audi E-tron

Audi E-tron

Audi’s first electric SUV will cost around £60,000 when it goes on sale later this year. Envisioned as a rival to Tesla’s Model X and the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace, the E-tron was originally shown in concept form in 2016.

Power for the E-tron comes from three electric motors, with two driving the rear wheels and one supplying power to the front. The car’s claimed range is 311 miles.

Audi is targetting performance, too, with the original E-tron quattro concept car able to cover the 0-62mph sprint in an impressive 4.5 seconds.

Bentley Bentayga PHEV

Bentley Bentayga PHEV

We’re big fans of Bentley’s Bentayga – in fact, we think it’s the best luxury SUV you can buy if your budget extends to beyond £100,000.

While you can already buy the Bentayga with powerful W12 petrol and V8 diesel engines, though, Bentley will add an electrified version of the car to its range in Geneva. The Bentayga plug-in hybrid is expected to feature a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor, which together will produce more than 410bhp.

Of more benefit to potential buyers, though, will be the ability to drive on electric power alone for short distances – although Bentley hasn’t revealed how far this will be.

The Bentayga will be the first plug-in hybrid to come from the luxury marque, but Bentley bosses have already confirmed that all of the brand’s models will gain plug-in hybrid variants in the future.

BMW X4

BMW X4

With the new BMW X3 now on sale, attentions have turned to its coupé-like sibling, the X4.

BMW’s rival for the Mercedes GLC Coupé is expected to feature stronger and lighter underpinnings, with engines borrowed directly from the X3. A hot X4 M model may also go on sale, using the same 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine as the M3 saloon.

Interestingly, BMW officials have hinted than an all-electric X4 could also be made, but don’t expect that to arrive until later in the car’s life.

Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Ford’s large SUV competes with rivals including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, and this facelifted version is due to go on sale in the UK in 2019.

The latest Edge is already on sale in the US, and receives mild styling tweaks including more aggressive headlights and a larger grille. Engines will be carried over from the current Edge, meaning our preferred option is likely to remain the 2.0-litre TDCi 210 diesel.

Among the upgrades offered on the Edge is a new evasive steering system which helps the car to steer around potential obstacles. There’s also adaptive cruise control and post-collision braking available for the first time.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

We’ve found plenty to like about Hyundai’s small SUV, but in Geneva the company will launch an electric version of the Kona – although it’s not confirmed to go on sale in the UK yet.

With an expected range of around 240 miles, the Kona can’t travel as far as either the Renault Zoe, but being one of the few all-electric small SUVs on sale will likely broaden the Kona’s appeal.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Hyundai Santa Fe has already been previewed with these sketches, which show the large SUV will get a more aggressive, angular design than the current car.

Among the new features of the Santa Fe is a system which warns the driver if there’s someone in the rear seats when they leave the car, as well as automatic emergency braking.

No technical details have been revealed yet, but in the current Santa Fe the sole engine option is a 2.2-litre diesel.

Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

We already have a good idea of what the next generation of Kia’s family hatchback will look like, thanks to the Procee’d concept car revealed late last year.

As well as the traditional five-door hatchback and estate models, there will also be a stylish new version which will likely take the Procee’d name.

Inside, expect a new free-standing infotainment system, while power will come from a revised range of petrol and diesel engines. There aren’t plans for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version yet, though.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s first all-electric car will be a family SUV, and it should cost from around £50,000 when sales begin this summer.

There’s been a lot of hype around this car – What Car? readers voted it as the most anticipated new car of 2018 at our most recent Car of the Year Awards – and Jaguar says it’s already taken more than 350 deposits, despite the car’s final design not yet being shown.

Power comes from two electric motors – one on either axle, giving the car four-wheel drive – with a claimed range of more than 310 miles on a single charge. Inside, we’re expecting to see the same dual-screen infotainment setup which is already in use in the Range Rover Velar.

Range Rover SV Coupé

Range Rover SV Coupé

Land Rover will celebrate its 70th birthday with a new two-door version of the Range Rover, of which only 999 examples will be made.

Previewed as far back as 2004 with the two-door Range Stormer concept car, the new coupé will be built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Power is likely to come from the same 557bhp 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine that’s offered in the Range Rover Sport SVAutobiography.

Prices have yet to be announced, but we’re expecting the Range Rover SV Coupé to carry a price tag of more than £150,000.

Lexus UX

Lexus UX

Lexus first showcased its ambition to build a new small SUV with the UX concept car back in 2016, but in Geneva this year we’ll get to see the production version of this Jaguar E-Pace rival for the first time.

No mechanical details have been revealed so far, but given Lexus’ experience with hybrids, we’d expect the production-ready UX to feature an electrified powertrain.

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door

This four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car is due to go on sale in the UK in September, acting as a rival to the Porsche Panamera.

As well as a range of powerful petrol and diesel engines, buyers will also be able to choose from a range of electrified models – badged under Mercedes’ new EQ sub-brand. A range-topping GT R version could have more than 800bhp available from its V8 engine.

Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class

The next generation of Mercedes’ family hatchback will go on sale towards the middle of this year, with a price tag of around £21,000.

Billed as the most technically advanced and luxurious A-Class ever, Mercedes’ BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 rival features a plush new interior featuring the same widescreen infotainment system which is already offered in the E and S-Class.

We’re also expecting more rear legroom and a larger boot, while buyers should be able to choose from a new generation of petrol and diesel engines – including a super-frugal plug-in hybrid version which will be capable of driving on electric power alone for up to 31 miles.

Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

The third Mercedes model making its way to Geneva will be a lightly facelifted version of the C-Class.

The BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 rival receives re-worked front and rear bumpers designed to give it a more assertive look, as well as new turbocharged 2.0-lmitre petrol and diesel engines. A number of hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are planned, too.

Inside, we’re expecting to see a larger infotainment screen inside, plus the option of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring for the first time.

Seat Cupra Ateca

Seat Cupra Ateca

We’re big fans of the Seat Ateca and those buyers seeking hot hatchback levels of performance will find plenty to like about this Cupra version, which could come with as much as 289bhp from its 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Interestingly, Seat recently confirmed that it was splitting off Cupra into its own performance sub-brand, much as Mercedes-Benz has done with its Mercedes-AMG models. Therefore, the Ateca Cupra won’t carry a Seat badge at all.

Skoda Vision X

Skoda Vision X

Skoda’s new Vision X concept previews a future small SUV which could become the spiritual successor to the Yeti.

Features on the concept include 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof and a futuristic interior, which is likely to be significantly toned down for production.

When it goes on sale, the new SUV will sit underneath the Kodiaq and Karoq in Skoda’s range, making it a direct rival to the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc. While no name has been revealed, Skoda’s known to have trademarked the Anuq badge, while it also still has the rights to the Yeti name.

Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia

The Fabia is one of our favourite small cars, but with the latest car having been on sale since 2014 it’s time for an upgrade.

Among the facelifted Fabia’s highlights will be mild tweaks to its front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights and more personalisation options.

Skoda is also promising new clever features, which include umbrellas inside the doors and detachable LED lights in its larger models.

The updated Fabia will be available to order before the end of this year, with first deliveries planned for early 2019.

Volvo V60

Volvo V60

Volvo is on something of a roll at the moment, and we’ve just named its XC40 family SUV as our Car of the Year for 2018. Now the brand has finished renewing its SUV range, though, attentions turn to the ageing V60 estate.

The executive estate will sport a similar design to Volvo’s S90 and V90 models, and will be offered with the usual range of petrol and diesel engines as well as a plug-in hybrid. The V60’s trim levels will mirror other Volvo models, too, with Momentum cars acting as the entry-level choice.

As with other Volvo models, expect safety to be a big priority on the V60 – the XC60 SUV is currently the safest car ever tested by Euro NCAP.

(whatcar.com, https://goo.gl/tXzpGm)

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