Your spotter's guide to this year's Swiss expo.
The automotive world will turn its attention to Geneva, Switzerland this week, as the biggest car show of 2017 (so far) prepares to kick off. Unlike Frankfurt and Detroit, the Geneva show features all global brands, not to mention a loads of aftermarket tuners. There is going to be a lot of news coming out of Geneva this week, and we’ll bring it all to you, live. Follow along on our Geneva Motor Show landing page for everything. Here’s a preview look at everything we’re expecting to see.
Alpine’s back, baby. After years of teasing, the French marque has revived its beloved sports car in the form of the A110, honouring the model with the same name that was produced between 1961 and 1977. Apart from the obvious, and beautiful, retro design cues, it’s rumoured to weigh just 1,000kg and produce as much as 300hp. We’ll know all the details for sure when it takes the stage in Geneva.
AM-RB 001, DB11 by Q, Vanquish S, Q Concept
Aston Martin has a lot planned for Geneva. Along with the arrival of the AM-RB 001, the company will debut its new Vanquish S and Volante, both good for 600hp, as well as a new DB11 by Q, which features a custom Zaffre Blue paint scheme. We’ve also heard rumours about a special Q Concept, the identity of which remains to be seen.
RS3, RS Q5, RS Q8 Concept
A facelifted version of the 400hp RS3 is guaranteed to debut in Geneva, but Audi might have some other RS hotness, as well. The company pretty much confirmed its plans to build an RS version of the new Q5 crossover, and a hotter version of the Q8 Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show could be on the show stand, too.
With nothing brand new to show, Bentley is bringing a pair of exclusive Mulliner creations to Geneva. Both the Bentayga SUV and Mulsanne sedan will be on display with the opulence turned up to 11 – who wouldn’t want gold badges? Oh, and if you were hoping to see the new Continental GT in Geneva, sit tight and wait for the Frankfurt show later this year.
5 Series Touring, 4 Series facelift
The 5 Series wagon will be the most important BMW debut, even though we’ve already seen it. Slightly facelifted versions of the 4 Series family will also be on hand, as well as the teensy-weensy nip/tuck to the M3. But if you’re looking for more BMW hotness, there’s always...
B3 Biturbo S, B4 Biturbo S, B5 Touring
Alpina is upping the ante with more powerful versions of its B3 Biturbo saloon and B4 Biturbo coupe and convertible with the addition of the S Trim. The two will produce 440hp and 486lb ft of torque, a bump over the standard Biturbo’s 410hp and 442lb ft. Alpina will also show its new B5 Touring – think of it as an alternative to an M5 wagon – which should have at least 600hp under the bonnet.
A pair of concepts will grace the Citroën stand in Geneva: the C-Aircross and SpaceTourer (cool names, guys). Both are pretty rugged, the C-Aircross being a lifted take on the new C3 hatchback. The SpaceTourer, on the other hand, is a rugged, people-mover-style vehicle for outdoorsy types. Sadly, both will only be seen indoors during the Geneva expo.
Logan MCV Stepway, Summit models
Good news! Renault’s budget brand, Dacia, has a couple of announcements in Geneva. First, there’s the Logan MCV Stepway, a high-riding, super-functional version of the Logan. On top of that, Dacia is introducing range-topping Summit models for a number of its cars – this may be a low-cost brand, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be extra niceties across the board.
DS, the more luxurious side of Citroen, will show its 7 Crossback crossover in Switzerland. It’s got a chic, yet purposeful design, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, good for 300hp. DS says the 7 can operate in a full-electric mode for up to 37 miles. And don’t worry, if a PHEV powertrain isn’t your cup of tea, the DS 7 can be had with more conventional petrol and diesel engines, as well.
We might not love the name, but it’s hard to find fault with the rest of the Ferrari 812 Superfast package. First of all, look at it. Perhaps more importantly, the F12’s 6.3-litre V8 has been swapped out for a 6.5-litre engine, making a full 800hp. Sprinting from 0 to 62mph will take less than three seconds, on its way to a top speed of 211mph. Superfast, indeed.
Fiesta, Fiesta ST
Ford’s B-segment Fiesta gets a full refresh in Geneva, though we’ve known about the series models since November. Three- and five-door versions will be available, in Titanium, Vignale, Active (crossover-ish), and ST-Line trims. Of course, there will also be the full-on Fiesta ST, with 197hp and 214lb ft from a tiny three-pot 1.5-litre engine.
Civic Type R
After lots of teasing, Honda will finally show the production-spec Civic Type R in Geneva. We don’t expect it to look too different from the prototype we’ve already seen, complete with three exhaust tips, bulges and flares everywhere, and a massive wing on the rear end. Turbo power and a six-speed manual transmission will surely be on offer. We’ll have the final specs in the very near future.
It's fair to say the latest Hyundai i30 has had a fairly mediocre reception in the UK, but hopefully the i30 estate will be able to change its fortunes when it's revealed at Geneva. It uses the same interior and engines as the hatchback, but its 602 litres of luggage space (with the seats left up) beats that of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.
Project Black S
We like the Infiniti Q60, especially in 400hp Red Sport guise. But thanks to a partnership with Renault F1, Infiniti will bring a 500hp, conceptual take on its Q60 to Geneva, called Project Black S. The engine is actually the same 400hp unit from the Red Sport, but an electric motor will boost output to somewhere around the 500 mark. A more aggressive appearance and a nice wing out back drives home the new concept’s added performance, as well.
I-Pace, XF Sportbrake?
We saw Jaguar’s smaller CUV concept, the electric I-Pace, in Los Angeles last November. It’s essentially unchanged for its European debut, though Jaguar has painted it in a lovely shade of red for the occasion. We don’t know this next part for sure, but Jaguar could show the next XF Sportbrake in Geneva, too. We know it’s coming – but we have yet to see it officially debut.
Regera, Agera RS Gryphon
A total of 4,360hp will take centre stage at the Koenigsegg stand when doors open to Geneva. The first two customer Regeras, each one with 1,500hp, and a bespoke Agera RS Gryphon with 1,360hp will be on display.
The hype around this car has been impressive. It’s not even out yet, but Lamborghini has apparently already set a new record for sports car lap times on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Performante has a number of aerodynamic tweaks, and is 40kg lighter than the current model. It retains the Huracan’s 5.2-litre V10, and power should be increased by as much as 40hp. This one should be hot.
Range Rover Velar
You’d almost never know this shares its platform with a Jaguar F-Pace. The Range Rover Velar slots between the Evoque and the Sport in Land Rover’s lineup, so and this middle-child puts a swoopy shape on top of the Jaguar crossover’s chassis. It’s luxurious and stylish, has petrol and diesel options, and goes on sale in the UK this summer, priced around £45,000.
LS 500h, RC F GT3
The brand-new Lexus LS sedan debuted in Detroit this past January, and we’ll see its hybrid counterpart in Geneva. The 500h will use Lexus’ new multi-stage hybrid system, which combines two electric motors with a 3.5-litre V6 – similar to what we’ve tested in the LC 500h. The LS 500h should be able to cruise on full electricity at speeds up to 87mph. If you’re looking for something a bit more exciting, the RC F GT3 will also be on display – the race-ready version of the RC, and the production version of the race concept that debuted a few years ago.
Though we’ve mostly already seen the new 720S in the metal, the newest addition to the McLaren lineup will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood will be a new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 – which we assume will be producing somewhere around 720hp – along with a variety of new features, including dihedral doors and a folding instrument cluster.
E-Class Cabriolet, AMG Concept, AMG E63 Wagon, Maybach G650 Landaulet, and some special editions
Mercedes has a lot of stuff in store for Geneva, most of which we’ve already seen. The big unknown is the AMG Concept that was teased this weekend, which should be some sort of four-door take on the GT sports coupe. In addition to that, we’ll see the droptop E-Class Cabriolet, the outrageously opulent G650 Landaulet, the super-fast AMG E63 estate, and special versions of various AMG models.
It may share the same name, but the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross shares little else with the sports car that came before it. But that’s okay. Power comes courtesy of a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine, and equipped with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Sport Mode with manual override, it should be plenty of fun, at least for an SUV.
Just when you thought the Huayra couldn’t any more beautiful, Pagani goes and shows us this. The new Huayra Roadster will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and apart from a stunningly beautiful design, it will come with an AMG-sourced 764hp V12 and a price tag of around £2 million (€2.28m). Not that you can buy one anyway.
This svelte wagon will likely never see the light of day, but boy is it a looker. Called Instinct, Peugeot’s Geneva concept has cameras mounted within the LED headlights that scan the road ahead and send information to the car’s driver assistance systems. And while the Instinct is a fully autonomous car, the driver still has the ability to take control at any point. In theory, anyway.
Panamera Sport Turismo, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3?
Porsche. Panamera. Wagon. It’s real, in the form of the production-spec Sport Turismo that broke the internet last week. It’s everything we love about the Panamera hatchback, in a traditional wagon shape. This thing should be a total hit in Geneva. Other new Panamera models will be on hand, too, including the new Turbo S E-Hybrid version. Rumour has it we might also see the updated 911 GT3, too.
The small company Nanoflowcell out of Switzerland has been building futurist concept cars for years – but could the 48Volt be the game changer we’ve been waiting for? That remains to be seen. Still, the company says its newest vehicle is good for 750hp and a range of 620 miles. We’ll believe it when we see it.
Surprise EV, Captur, Koleos, Alaskan
We have no idea what kind of new EV Renault is bringing to the Geneva Motor Show. The only information we have to go on is a short press release, stating, “Renault, Europe’s number one electric vehicle brand, takes the wraps off an EV surprise.” We’ll know more in a couple of days. We’ll also see a facelifted version of the Captur crossover, as well as the new Koleos and Alaskan models.
Octavia RS 245, Citigo, Rapid
Skoda will show a few small updates in Geneva, including the facelifted Rapid and the Fabia with its new 1.0-litre engine. The diminutive Citigo gets better tech and some all exterior tweaks. But most importantly, the Octavia RS 245 will bow this week, with 245hp, making it the most powerful version of the Octavia yet.
SsangYong always has some sort of weird SUV debut up its sleeve for Geneva, and this year is no different. This time around, we’ll see the XAVL, which stands for eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long. Catchy name, right? It’s just a concept for now, and follows in the footsteps of the shorter XAV that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Subaru XV is the lifted version of the new Impreza that we drove late last year. Expect a rugged, high-riding version of Subaru’s compact hatch, with carryover powertrain options and interior treatments.
At the Geneva show, we’ll see the fourth-generation Suzuki Swift hatchback. We don’t know much right now, only that both front- and all-wheel drive versions will be offered, with a turbocharged 1.0-litre engine powering the RS. A new Vitara is in the works, as well, but we don’t think that’ll be ready in time for Geneva.
i-Tril Concept, Yaris
An electric city car, the new i-Tril Concept should follow in the footsteps of the weird, leaning i-Road from a few years ago. But while the i-Road used a one-seat layout, the i-Tril is expected to offer seating for multiple people. Toyota will also show the new Yaris in Geneva, including a 210hp hot version.
Insignia, Crossland X
Vauxhall's new Insignia looks great, and it’ll debut in both Grand Sport saloon and Sports Tourer estate forms in Geneva. Beyond the Insignia, Opel will show its Crossland-X MPV, a competitor for the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
Arteon, Tiguan Allspace
Editor Adrian Padeanu said it best: “Get ready to meet the Passat’s hot sister.” The Arteon will officially replace the CC in Volkswagen’s lineup, likely based on the underpinnings of the European-spec Passat sedan. Teasers show a shape that’s been heavily influenced by the Sport Coupe Concept GTE from two years ago – not that we’re complaining. Volkswagen will also show its long-wheelbase Tiguan in Geneva, called the Allspace.
We’re expecting good things here. If Volvo’s new XC90, S90, and V90 are anything to go on, the midsize XC60 will likely be quite a looker. It’ll likely use the company’s efficient Drive-E four-cylinder powertrains, and have a spacious, gorgeous interior. That ought to give competitors like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC a run for their money.
Tuners And One-Offs Galore
Perhaps the best part about the Geneva Motor Show is the sheer number of one-off creations and tuner kits that will be on display. There are simply too many for us to spell out in text, so instead, here are previews of some of our favourites. We’ll cover all of them in more detail when they officially debut this week.
- ABT Audi RS6 Avant, R8 V10
- AC Schnitzer BMW i8
- Black Cuillin
- Brabus Smart ForTwo, Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet
- Dendrobium EV from Singapore
- Gemballa Avalanche
- Italdesign Speciali, Airbus concept
- Pininfarina H600, Fittipaldi Vision Gran Turismo
- Sbarro Mojave, Arcad, Pendo-Tracto
- Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S
- Spyker C8 Perliator Spyder
- Startech Maserati Levante
- Techrules supercar
Steven Ewing and Jeff Perez contributed to this story.