Look at that face — it means business. This one, positioned between the range-topping A45 and the standard A-Class, was unveiled online a few weeks ago but now we’re seeing it in the flesh and it looks angry. The aggressive five-door’s fascia has several splitters and air intakes, there’s a huge wing at the back, and it rides on multi-spoke alloy wheels. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre making 302 horses and 400Nm of torque. It can hit 0-100kph in just 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of (electronically limited) to 250kph.
BMW 3 SERIES
With a brand new design language and an 8 Series inspired nose, it gets a bigger kidney grille, sharper headlights and sportier bumper while the rear has been totally reworked (new taillights and a new bootlid) and overall, it’s larger compared to the current model. Inside, it packs the new iDrive (most likely with gesture control) a digital dashboard, a large central screen and lower AC vents. Power for the 330i will come from an updated 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four with 255 horses, while the turbo inline-six in the M340i will have a lot more punch at 382 and both will be bolted to a more efficient and quicker shifting ZF eight-speed Sport Steptronic automatic.
FERRARI MONZA SP1/SP2
As you read in last week’s issue, these limited edition cars kick off a new line-up called ‘Icona’ which will evoke some of the brand’s most iconic vehicles. The SP1 and 2 are based on the 789 horsepower 812 Superfast and nods to the 750 and 850 Monza racing Barchettas of the Fifties.
It features an electric motor with 201 horses and a driving range of 482km per charge. The charging port is hidden away in the nose. Inside, it packs a 7.0in infotainment screen and a 7.0in digital gauge cluster display. Some of the safety tech includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.
CITROEN DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE
The first model to come with the company’s new electric powertrain will target the likes of the Audi Q2 and it sure has the funky looks to do so. It has an official range of 320km on a single charge (the electric motor makes 136 horses) and comes as standard with a digital instrument cluster and a 10.3in centre screen which happens to be the largest in its class.
The revamped SUV gets new engines, a new infotainment system, chassis alterations and styling tweaks. The turbo 2.0-litre, four-pot now gets a particulate filter; mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, it has 242 horses and 370Nm of torque. Porsche says it sips just 8.1 litres per 100km. A new 3.0-litre V6 with 351 horses is also available (Macan S) while a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo produces 434 horses. New alloys can be had in 20 and 21in and the cabin has a sportier steering wheel design lifted from the 911.
RENAULT KADJAR PHASE 2
Now packing a new 1.3-litre four-cylinder motor (co-developed with Daimler and available in 138 and 158 horsepower guises) and intelligent 4WD drivetrain, it also gets a gentle visual refresh; the front and rear ends have been redesigned and it has more chrome than before while much of the switchgear in the cabin has been revised. The R-Link 2 infotainment system gets a 7.0in touchscreen and capacitive controls.
Set to go up against the likes of Jaguar and Tesla, Audi’s first electric car has a pair of electric motors (one on each axle) with the front unit making 168 horses and the rear 188; they provide swift acceleration and energy-saving regenerative braking and a range of 402km — and it can be charged up to 80 per cent in less than half an hour. The cabin gets multiple screens featuring car, infotainment, and climate control settings.
PEUGEOT 508 SW PLUG-IN
The concept e-Legend isn’t the only plug-in from Peugeot at the show, it has three models that’ll be available soon on display — the 3008, 508 and 508 SW — proving it’s taking electrification seriously. The latter, a stylish front-wheel drive estate, has a petrol engine and 80kW electric motor making a total output of 225 horses and is mated to an eight-speed automatic. Its all-electric range is over 40km.
INFINITI PROJECT BLACK S
This one, based on the Q60 coupé, has been reborn as a 563 horsepower hybrid beast. Originally revealed in an another iteration last year, it now has a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with a Formula 1-style KERS energy recovery system and the huge combined output is sent to the rear wheels. It weighs 1,775kg and can hit 0-100kph in under 4.0 seconds. Infiniti claims it is the first to develop F1-style dual-hybrid technology specifically for the road (it worked closely with the Renault Sport Formula One Team during the development of this car) and we love the full carbonfibre bodykit but especially the F1-inspired rear wing and carbonfibre bonnet vents.
VINFAST LUX A2.0
We’re used to cars from Germany, the US and Japan — but Vietnam? VinFast, the country’s first volume car manufacturer, debuted the LUX A2.0. It has a blown 2.0-litre four-cylinder, available in 173 and 227 horsepower variants with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It looks alright too.