On March 7, the 89th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will enthrall enthusiasts with all the hot new metal on display, but automakers have been busy teasing shadowy images of their vehicles and giving us a taste of what is to come at the 2019 event.
As you would expect, electric cars and SUVs will dominate during one of the biggest automotive extravaganzas of the year with many of the world’s carmakers selecting Switzerland to debut their new models. There will, of course, be some fancy high-powered supercars in the mix too vying to grab the spotlight.
We take a look at 10 cars that will be getting plenty of attention once the doors to the Palexpo convention center open and the show begins...
Kia All-Electric Concept (see main image)
If this South Korean concept is green lit for production, it should prove to be a good alternative to the German range (Audi e-tron, BMW-i, Mercedes-Benz Vision) and judging by this teaser image it looks pretty decent; the LED lights which run around the grille look dazzling and notice the lack of side view mirrors; they’ve been replaced by what looks to be an advanced camera system. Funnily enough, it was designed at Kia’s German design studio and though it might not be a show-stopper, it will give us some idea of where the brand is heading.
Hyundai Tucson N-Line
The hot version of this SUV called the Tucson N is expected to have around 340 horses and will be able to got from 0-100kph under six seconds... and this shadowy image isn’t it! This is in fact just the Tucson N Line. Wondering what the difference is? Well, the N Line won’t have a performance engine, suspension and brake upgrades or a more aggressive design — it’s basically just a sportier variant of the family hauler...
GFG Style Kangaroo
The company launched by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, will bring a two-seat electric SUV concept to the show that’s been (playfully) named the Kangaroo. It’s being teased as an “electric hyper-SUV” which will be able to hit 100kph from rest in 3.5 seconds and have a top speed of 250kph. It will also be able to drive on “any terrain” what with four-wheel-drive and four-wheel steering. Below the carbon-fibre body will be an advanced aluminium space frame but all that we have to go by for now is this front view sketch that shows a curved-dome glasshouse, exaggerated wheel wells and the appearance of it, err, having a low profile. Hmm, a low-riding SUV? That’d be a first...
Lagonda All-Terrain Concept
We remember this Aston Martin owned nameplate as a boxy saloon of the Seventies/Eighties but the dormant moniker will return after nearly three decades — yep, as an SUV. Lagonda says the newbie will bear the hallmarks of the Vision Concept of last year’s show but it’ll feature a rakish design and space not to mention efficiency what with a compact electric powertrain. The shadowy teaser suggests it’ll have very narrow headlights and a deep set grille to go with a sculpted bonnet and a low roofline. Cameras will replace door mirrors on this one too.
Promising to be quite different from the Polestar 1 (remember, that is a two-plus-two, 600 horsepower petrol-electric hybrid made mostly from carbon fibre...) this (which had its world online premiere at the time of going to press) will be an all-electric saloon with a coupe-like roof, produce 400 horses and have a range of 483km. It will be available on a subscription basis and be sold in the Tesla Model 3 price range...
This is either the 2020 CX-3 or the CX-4 coupe-SUV but we’ll have to wait until next week to see which for sure. Mazda has teased a single dark image of the rear end and taillights of the new car and given us a flavour of its latest Kodo design language. It’ll feature the newest Skyactiv engines promising plenty of power and efficiency. For the non-SUV fans out there, it’s been 30 years since the Zoom-Zoom company gave us the MX-5 and to celebrate the milestone a 30th Anniversary Edition will be on show.
Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept
This one will take the shape of a small crossover with only two doors but provide plenty of ground clearance. They’ve called this one “Adrenaline” and so we hope that means this is a high-performance concept but Subaru hasn’t given away any details so we’ll just have to wait until next week to see how potent this will be. We like the bulging fenders and quarter panels which give it a rugged look and the C-shaped LED headlights are a nice touch (and very reminiscent of previous Viziv concepts).
Pininfarina has released another teaser image of the Battista and like the first one, it doesn’t tell us much... What we know is that the electric hypercar will be made and sold as a Pininfarina (for the first time) and it will have 1,900 horses! Just 150 are going to be built and go on sale in 2020 — and if you want one, you’re going to need a pretty large cheque...
There’s always a debut of some new boutique supercar from a small design studio and this year the Puritalia Berlinetta will fit that category. It promises to be the “most powerful Italian hybrid supercar” when it debuts at the Palexo. The company, from Naples, says its supercar has a hybrid powertrain; up front is a V8 with an electric motor at the back which combine to deliver 965 horses. It’ll use a carbon-fibre tub, with aluminium suspension subframes, and full-carbon-fibre bodywork.
Aston Martin 003
003 will not be the Aston’s official name — this is just a project code (we’re all waiting for the actual moniker) — but it will have a turbocharged, petrol-hybrid powertrain along with extreme aerodynamics and be built around a lightweight structure. Only 500 units will be made.