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Motoring: Geneva 2019 motoring show


The Mercedes CLA shooting brake

The Mercedes CLA shooting brake (Image: Twitter)

MERCEDES CLA SHOOTING BRAKE

On sale: autumn

Price: est from £29,000

This new Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake may not look strikingly different to its predecessor, but it’s longer, lower and wider with more interior space and a shape slightly reminiscent of the AMG GT four-door Coupe.

The range starts with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in the CLA 250 with seven-speed twin-clutch semi-automatic gearbox. More engines and a manual will follow later.

KIA IMAGINE CONCEPT

On sale: tba

Price: tba

Ten years ago, Kia had no electric models. Last year one in eight of all its cars sold had some form of electric power – either a hybrid or a full EV. Few companies are embracing electrification more than Kia and its sister firm Hyundai.

As well as showing refreshed versions of its Niro hybrid at Geneva, Kia also showed this Imagine concept car as a more imaginative take on the potential for an electric model. As well as the striking ‘Tiger mask’ LED lights at the front, there’s plenty of lovely design details potentially for Kias of the future – we love the illuminated badges.

If the Kias of tomorrow look even half this good, then we’ll be happy.

The KIA imagine concept

The KIA imagine concept (Image: Twitter)

HONDA E-PROTOTYPE

On sale: early 2020

Price: est from £32,500

We’ve loved this electric supermini from Honda ever since the Japanese firm first unveiled it as the Urban EV at the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago. Now it’s one step further to production reality with this new E-Prototype.

Order books open this summer for first deliveries in early 2020, and the e-Prototype gets rear-wheel drive and a 125-mile range. Honda is also promising an 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes. It’ll need a good price though.

The Honda E-Prototype

The Honda E Prototype (Image: Twitter)

AUDI Q4 E-TRON

On sale: 2020

Price: est £45,000

When Audi already has the Q3 and Q5 SUVs in its range, a decision on the name of its next coupe SUV was rather inevitable. As its name suggests, this Q4 E-tron is Audi’s answer to the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe and will be fully electric with four-wheel drive, an 82kW battery and a 279-mile range.

Audi this Q4 to highlight new tech including paintwork that refracts light to keep the cabin cool and carpets made from recycled fishing nets. Before this Q4’s arrival, as well as the latest E-tron SUV, a new E-tron Sportback with join the line-up too.

The Audi Q4 E-Tron

The Audi Q4 E-Tron (Image: Twitter)

MAZDA CX30

On sale: end of 2019 Price:

est from £21,000

This Mazda CX30 looks like a CX4, is the perfect size for a CX4, but it’s not a CX4.

Mazda already uses the CX4 name for a car in the Chinese market, so this car is badged as the CX30. It doesn’t offer many surprises in the form of its styling or overall shape, but as we love the look of the CX3 and CX5, that’s no bad thing.

With some interesting contour lines throughout, especially over the bonnet and tailgate, the CX30 looks really smart. That continues inside and with a similar engine line-up including Mazda’s new frugal Skyactiv-X petrol engine, the CX30 will offer buyers the choice of front or four-wheel drive models.

The Mazda CX30

The Mazda CX30 (Image: Twitter)

PEUGEOT 208

On sale: December

Price: est from £15,000

The exotic supercars at the Geneva show might have hogged much of the attention, but it was this fantastic new Peugeot 208 that grabbed most of the limelight.

Wider, longer and lower than the outgoing supermini, this new 208 will be available with petrol or diesel engine in standard form, or a 50kW battery in e208 electric form.

We’ve seen electric superminis before of course, but not as the same car with three different choices of powerplant. The 208 looks superb inside and out with a fantastic interior and dashboard more akin to the 508 saloon than a supermini.

This may not arrive until late this year, but we reckon this 208 could end up being one of the leaders in its class.

The Peugeot 208

The Peugeot 208 (Image: Twitter)

LAMBORGHINI HURACAN EVO SPYDER

On sale: spring

Price: est £210,000

Lamborghini has never been a company to do anything by halves, and so it was with this new Kermit green Huracan Evo Spyder.

Following on from the introduction of the Huracan Evo Coupe earlier this year, this latest drop-top enables drivers to enjoy the mechanical symphony of the Lamborghini’s 640bhp, 5.2-litre V10 engine all the more.

With a petite folding soft-top roof that’s elegantly stored behind the two seats, the Spyder can get from 0 to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds and on to a 201mph top speed.

And in the highly unlikely event that’s not powerful or fast enough al fresco motoring for you (in which case, are you mad?), there’s the new limited edition Aventador SVJ Roadster. There’s just the small matter that the SVJ will set you back a cool £390,000.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder (Image: Twitter)

WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

As well as all of the new unveilings, the Geneva show also saw the finalists announced in the World Car of the Year awards, which we vote on as a part of the jury. As well as having just won the UK and European Car of the Year awards, the superb electric Jaguar I-Pace was shortlisted for the overall awards, as well as the World Green Car and design gongs, while the Hyundai Nexo was also in the green award and the Kia Soul and Suzuki Jimny are both up for the Urban Car award. The final winners will be announced at the New York Motor Show at Easter.

The Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace (Image: Twitter)



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