What to expect from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

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The Geneva Motor Show is traditionally one of the most anticipated shows on the motoring calendar – and the 2019 expo is coming together nicely with 150 world and European debuts promised. There are exciting releases rumoured by some of the fifteen brands we represent, from the Honda Urban EV to the exciting ŠKODA Vision iV Concept. Here’s what we know about our brands so far.

BMW

BMW have released some highly anticipated models in the past at the Geneva Motor Show, including the M8 Gran Coupe Concept. For the 2019 expo, it has been confirmed that the BMW X7 will make its main global motor show debut as the new range-topping SUV.

The new X7 features a charismatic design, from a new one-piece kidney grille to the expressive lines that flow over the bonnet. Available with a powerful xDrive40i engine producing 340hp and 450Nm of torque, the new X7 will be highly capable, whatever journey you’re on. And with the optional xOffroad package you have four off-road settings, making any terrain a breeze to drive on.

BMW X7

The 7 series facelift is also said to be making its way to the Geneva Motor Show, with an array of new design features and interior technology.

The most obvious exterior change is the larger front kidney grille (similar to the X7), which has been increased by 40%, making for a “more powerful visual presence”. A set of redesigned headlights compliment the grille each side, and have adaptive LED technology as standard. A slim light strip now extends across the full width of the tailgate, connecting the taillights, which are now 1.4 inches slimmer than the outgoing model.

Inside the cabin you’ll find wireless charging as standard immediately in front of the cup holders, and there are also promises of new leather and trim options for a more adaptable interior.

BMW 7 Series

Honda

Honda plan to bring one new arrival to the Geneva Motor Show this year, and it’s an exciting one. The Urban EV Concept is Honda’s new electric prototype that is set to guide the brand towards fully electric power, although so far there is little known about the zero emissions city car.

Honda has, however, released a peek of what the interior dash will likely look like. The full-width dashboard sweeps across the whole front of the interior to create a clean, simple design that is engaging and user-friendly.

This will be Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe, and has been designed for simplicity with fewer moving parts, resulting in much greater efficiency and less maintenance.

Honda Urban EV

Lexus

At last year’s Geneva Motor Show Lexus unveiled four new models and concepts, with this in mind there was little doubt that Lexus would be attending the 2019 expo with some exciting news.

It has now been confirmed that two new high-performance models are set to arrive at the Geneva Motor Show, the LC Convertible and the RC F Track Edition.

The LC Convertible is still a concept, however will be on show across the week to demonstrate its incredibly elegant design and luxurious, typically Lexus interior. Featuring 22-inch wheels and white leather cabin trim with gold accent stitching, the LC Convertible Concept provides a stylish design and builds on the already successful LC Coupe’s driver focused experience.

Lexus LC Convertible

The RC F Track Edition is set to take the RC F’s performance and handling to a new level. Major panels like the roof and bonnet are now carbon fibre, and 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes make for a track-ready car from factory. These lighter pieces reduce the Track Edition’s unsprung weight by 25 kg from the current RC F.

With 80 kilograms shed overall when compared to the non-Track Edition model, handling and responsiveness are optimised to make for a more alert and rewarding driving experience. To help motivate the now lighter car around the track, Lexus spent time tinkering with the engine, resulting in slightly more power from its 5.0-litre V8, with an extra 5bhp and 6 pound-feet of torque.

Lexus’s new super-sports coupe has the potential to be a real threat around a racetrack. The RC F Track Edition will make its Euro debut at Geneva and will be available to view throughout the week.

Lexus RC F Track Edition

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has announced three new vehicles for the upcoming Geneva Convention, the CLA Shooting Brake, a GLC facelift, and a V-Class facelift.

The CLA Shooting Brake is the fifth model in Mercedes-Benz’s compact range, which are all based on the front-drive platform that underpins the A-Class hatchback. It fits in the range well by combining the A-Class platform with the design flair of the larger CLS.

Compared to the CLA saloon it has been based on, the CLA Shooting Brake offers rear passengers with 40mm more head room, while rear access is a little easier because the doors are slightly bigger.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

The GLC facelift is set for arrival at Geneva as well, bringing with it new exterior design and updated technology. Exterior-wise, the facelift GLC features a new front grille which Mercedes-Benz calls the “Panamericana grille.” There are new wheel designs available, ranging from 17 to 20 inches, and new LED taillights compliment the rear design well. In Europe, the GLC will be all-wheel-drive only, and will be available with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines. These engines will be fitted with a 9-speed automatic, including the plug-in hybrid.

The V-Class is also receiving a facelift, and will be available to view throughout this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Visually, the 2019 V-Class facelift comes with a new front grille, a sleeker set of headlamps and a revised front bumper, with updated LED taillights on the rear. Inside the cabin, there are new upholstery options available with either black or silk beige colour variants.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

ŠKODA

There are two exciting new arrivals from ŠKODA heading for this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Vision iV Concept will be there to give a better look at the forthcoming electric crossover, and the new KAMIQ will make its world debut as ŠKODA’s smallest SUV yet.

ŠKODA has been slowly building anticipation for its upcoming all-electric Vision iV coupe-SUV, the follow-up to the Vision E concept from 2017. According to ŠKODA, two mobile phones can be connected to the concept’s infotainment system at once, and the dash offers support for wireless charging. The concept is predicted to eventually evolve into a production-ready, all-electric SUV by 2021.

SKODA Vision iV

The All-New KAMIQ is ŠKODA’s newest addition to its SUV family and offers a combination of SUV practicality with the agility and handling of a compact car.

The interior of the ŠKODA KAMIQ is characterised by the new interior concept presented on the VISION RS concept. With the optional 10.25 inches Virtual Cockpit and generous amounts of space this compact SUV has plenty to offer. The KAMIQ has a bold exterior, featuring a wide radiator grille with double slats and a striking silver-coloured front spoiler. The exterior is completed with a two-part LED headlamp design, and is the first ŠKODA to have dynamic indicators at the front and rear. The All-New KAMIQ will be available in the UK from later this year.

SKODA KAMIQ

Toyota

The highly anticipated, All-New GR Supra is Toyota’s only car confirmed to attend the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, although it’s one we’re all eager to see up close. Recently launched at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 335bhp straight-six sports car will make its European debut and be available to view at this year’s Geneva expo.

A completely new, ground up design inside-and-out, the All New GR Supra is set to carry on the Supra legacy with outstanding handling and precision-performance. The turbo charged straight six combined with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, mean the All-New GR Supra can get from 0-62mph in a claimed time of 4.3 seconds.

Toyota GR Supra

Volkswagen

Volkswagen will be demonstrating its new techier, slightly sharpened Passat at Geneva this year. Its new design is sleek, and comes with a variety of safety technology as standard. Pedestrian Monitoring helps to prevent collisions with pedestrians by scanning the area in front of the car to identify people crossing and alerts the driver and brakes automatically if they don’t react.

Volkswagen is also going to be showcasing its new electric buggy, the ID Beach Buggy concept. The EV concept will be unveiled at Geneva on March 5th and takes its design cues from dune buggies such as the Meyers Manx that were popular in California. VW said it has developed the concept to demonstrate the flexibility of its MEB electric vehicle architecture that will underpin battery-powered cars for its VW, Audi, ŠKODA and Seat brands.

ID Beach Buggy Concept

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