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What to expect from the two thousand seventeen Geneva Motor Showcase
It’s not just about supercars — tho’ slew will be there.
Geneva plays host to one of the most interesting auto shows of the year, where supercars and conceptual masterpieces play alongside far more pedestrian offerings. This year looks to be no different, but before the demonstrate kicks off in the 2nd week of March, let’s give you a refresher on what to expect.
Alpine never made a name for itself in the US, outside of xxx motorsports fans and Gran Turismo junkies. But that doesn’t make its comeback any less titillating!
Alpine is set to debut its very first production car since the 1990s at the Geneva display, and it’s looking fairly promising. This Renault subsidiary promises a midengine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with proportions familiar to fans of the storied marque. And judging by the initial pictures we’ve seen, it’s living up to those promises.
It might come to the US, or it might not, but no matter what, it’ll very likely end up in another racing game sooner or later.
It’s nice to see something fresh in the somewhat-affordable, midengine sports car segment.
BMW five Series Touring
Do you like wagons? Do you like lusting over wagons you’ll most likely never see in the US? Then this one’s for you, bud.
BMW will debut its five Series Touring station wagon at Geneva this year. It’s basically the exact same as the five Series sedan, but with extra junk in the trunk, so you can store more, um, junk in your trunk. It arrives in Europe with four different engines — two gas and two diesel. Were it to come to the US, those diesels most likely won’t hitch a rail across the pond.
There’s no word yet on whether or not BMW will add the M5 to its Touring lineup, and we most likely have a ways to go before we find out, because the M5 sedan hasn’t even been announced yet. But here’s hoping!
BMW’s five Series wagon is your latest basket of barred fruit
Ferrari eight hundred twelve Superfast
With a name like Superfast, would you expect the latest Ferrari to be anything but? The successor to the F12 Berlinetta, the eight hundred twelve Superfast packs a 6.5-liter V12 producing seven hundred eighty nine horsepower and five hundred thirty pound-feet of torque. It’s Ferrari’s most powerful V12 to date.
It also packs electrical power steering — a very first for Ferrari — as well as four-axle steering. Its intake geometry is variable, as well, just like naturally aspirated Formula one engines. This might be a car for driving enjoyment, but it still makes good use of fresh tech.
Ferrari eight hundred twelve Superfast is just plain super
Ford Fiesta ST
Look out, hot hatch aficionados, there’s a fresh Knuckle in town.
The two thousand eighteen Fiesta ST is limited to Europe for now, but it could preview the next iteration of Fiesta in the US. It gets one hundred ninety seven horsepower from a 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine and torque is up to two hundred thirteen pound-feet, from two hundred two in the previous iteration. It’ll even deactivate one of those cylinders under light flow to increase fuel economy. Have your cake and eat it, too!
The regular two thousand eighteen Fiesta will make an appearance, as well, but that’s not as arousing to write about.
Updated two thousand eighteen Ford Fiesta ST goes with a turbo three-cylinder
Honda Civic Type R
It’s here. It’s eventually here. After being taunted with a thinly veiled “prototype” version last year, Honda will ultimately debut the production version of the Civic Type R , and it promises to be one of the best hatches around.
Power is likely north of the three hundred horsepower the last version put out, with all that power going to the front wheels through a limited-slip differential. We’ve heard rumors of everything from numerous drive modes to adaptive suspension, which means this hatch won’t just be hot, it’ll be expensive, as well.
Best of all, it’s coming to the US! This is the very first Type R to arrive in the US with a Honda badge, since the last one we received Stateside was the Acura Integra Type R, which was a bit of a animal itself. It’s going to be a good year.
I imagine it will look exactly like this, but with actual paint and less tint on the windows.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
If you thought the regular Huracan was the most capable V10 car Lamborghini could build, think again.
The Huracan Performante is likely to bow at Geneva, and it will bring some serious spectacle to the table. It’ll pack the same V10 engine as before, but once you throw some active aerodynamics and weight loss into the picture, its track prowess will only expand.
In fact, we already know it’s pretty damned capable, because it just claimed the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, besting the Porsche nine hundred eighteen Spyder by a whopping five seconds. That’s phat.
There’s a Huracan somewhere behind all that crazy camouflage.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
The Velar is the very first fresh Range Rover model in a decade. It’s a midsize SUV, built on the same chassis as the Jaguar F-Pace. It’ll slot inbetween the Evoque and the Sport in the Range Rover lineup, and with a kicking off price of $49,900, it should sell like gangbusters.
It looks the business, and much like other Range Rover models, it’ll treat whatever business comes its way. Not only is it loaded with enough tech to keep a family glad, it can still wade through more than two feet of water without a single modification. So, in the event the mall parking lot floods, you won’t have to go without a shopping spree.
McLaren Super Series
McLaren is set to debut the very first supercar in what will become a revamped Super Series. Presently, that lineup includes the 570S, 570GT, 650S and 675LT.
Here’s what we know so far. It’ll pack a brand fresh carbon fiber monocoque, which will help drop curb weight to forty pounds less than the current McLaren 650S — Two,828 pounds, for those of you keeping score at home. You can even spec the car to showcase off a bit of its naked chassis after it leaves the factory.
It’ll arrive with active aerodynamics that work to produce fifty percent more downforce than the 650S. A fresh door design aids cooling, boosting efficiency by about fifteen percent. It’s unlikely that this will be McLaren’s very first hybrid supercar (P1 notwithstanding — that’s a hypercar), but rest assured, those are on the way, too.
Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
What has the rear seats of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the off-road capability of a tank and the price tag of a puny airplane? Why, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, of course!
The G650 Landaulet is the latest creation from the ultra-posh Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, and it’ll be sure to please the dictator who loves to flaunt his or her wealth. The rear section of the car features a moving partition, and the fabric top can stow away for some open-air off-roading. Owners couldn’t arrive in a flashier style if they railed in on a meteor.
Sadly, this Brobdingnagian behemoth won’t be coming to the US. But, given the quality of our roads and bridges, that’s fine, because this thing looks mighty enough to drown through solid ground.
G650 Landaulet is proof that Mercedes will Maybach-ify anything
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi has a fresh SUV coming to Geneva. No, it’s not as titillating as the McLaren, but for a brand that could despairingly use a sales injection in the US, it’ll be a good thing nevertheless.
The proportions look similar to the XR PHEV concept that debuted at last year’s Geneva demonstrate, albeit the front end looks more in tune with the current Outlander. When it arrives in the US, the Eclipse Cross (ugh, that name) will slot inbetween the Outlander and the Outlander Sport.
At least Mitsubishi isn’t calling it “Outlander Middle.”
Pagani Huayra Roadster
It’s a Pagani Huayra without a roof. I hope you weren’t expecting a revolutionary switch here.
There are some switches inbetween the $Two.Four million Huayra Roadster and its coupe variant, tho’. Power output is up to seven hundred sixty four horsepower and seven hundred thirty seven pound-feet of torque, thanks to a Mercedes-AMG V12 mounted mid-ship. Pagani promises a cornering force of 1.8g, which is just about unheard of with street tires. If rain is coming, you can throw on a fabric top or a more rigid carbon fiber roof panel.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy a Powerball ticket.
Pagani unveils $Two.4M, 764-hp Huayra Roadster
Porsche nine hundred eleven GT3 refresh
Porsche is in the midst of upgrading its entire lineup. Very first off, the two thousand seventeen 911 boasted turbochargers on the base model. Other variants have since arrived, most recently including a refreshed GTS line. Now, it’s the GT3’s turn for a little touchup.
Auto Express reports that a refreshed GT3 will make its debut in Geneva. It should arrive with a six-speed manual gearbox (as the gods above intended) and a fresh motor. AE’s report claims that motor will expand to Four.0 liters of displacement, with power levels north of five hundred horsepower. Sounds good to us!
This one isn’t a supercar, either, but it’s responsible for keeping Subaru’s sales nice and super, that’s for sure.
Subaru will debut a fresh XV at Geneva, and it will arrive in the US under the Crosstrek name. Like before, it is expected to be little more than an Impreza hatchback with a higher rail height and some extra assets cladding around the wheel arches. That formula seems to work just fine, since it sells like hotcakes in the US.
No, there very likely won’t be a WRX or STI variant available. Yes, we wish there were, too. Hell, we’d be fine with a regular hatchback variant of either, but even that seems like too much to ask of Subaru these days.
If you expected more than a lifted Impreza, you expected too much, friend.
Toyota Yaris hot hatch
Yes, you read that correctly. Toyota will bring a decent hot hatch to Geneva, based on the diminutive Yaris. It may not come to the US, but it’s a commence.
This fresh Yaris is meant to split the difference inbetween the current Yaris, which is rather boring, and Toyota’s fresh Yaris rally car, which is the opposite of boring. It’s expected to put out more than two hundred ten horsepower, which in a hatch of its size sounds positively delicious.
The US hot-hatch market has been stagnant for some time. Sure, we get the occasional Ford Concentrate RS or Volkswagen Golf R, but when it comes to cheaper joy, the Ford Fiesta ST and Fiat five hundred Abarth could stand to have extra competition.
It’s the coolest Yaris I’ve ever seen, but that’s not exactly a high hurdle over which to hop.
You might be thinking, “What’s a Vauxhall matter to me?” Well, considering the British car you see here will become the next Buick Regal, I’d venture to say it matters, even if only a little bit.
The fresh Vauxhall Insignia will make its debut in Geneva, and I’m actually pretty excited for it. Why, you ask? Because it looks the business! It’s sleek, it’s aggressive, and it’s a far sob from Buick designs of yore. Inbetween the fresh Encore, the fresh Lacrosse and this, Buick’s got a design revolution on its mitts.
Fresh Vauxhall Insignia gives us a sneak peek at Buick’s replacement for the Regal
Late last year, rumors cropped up regarding the imminent demise of the Volkswagen CC, a swoopy-coupe sedan that’s basically a Passat but fancier. If it does get substituted, odds are the Arteon will be that replacement.
VW bills the Arteon as a totally fresh car that sits atop the Passat in the lineup, exactly where the current CC lives. It has the same sort of styling, albeit with a newer glaze of paint. It could expand its wheelbase, however, to better differentiate the brands and to better appeal to China, which has a love for long-wheelbase sedans.
It basically looks like a CC.
Volvo’s reinvention has only just begun.
After the introduction of its -90 lineup, including the V90 wagon, XC90 crossover and S90 sedan, it’s time for the -60 lineup to get some love. The very first fresh vehicle from this lineup will be the two thousand eighteen Volvo XC60, which will debut in Geneva before going on sale later this year, most likely.
Like other modern Volvos, it should look stunning, with LED headlights and taillights. The overall silhouette isn’t due to switch that much. Undoubtedly, sedan and wagon variants will go after, but for the time being, we’re focused on this lovely little crossover. It’ll pack slew of tech, including the Sensus Connect infotainment system and the Pilot Assist suite of semi-autonomous driving aids.
Stick around Roadshow to see our finish Geneva coverage commencing next week!
There’s no better name for any design element than “Thor’s Hammer.”
Update, March Two: Added more cars and updated information to the list.
Geneva auto display 2017
CNET Roadshow covers the fresh models and concept cars shown off at the two thousand seventeen Geneva International Motor Showcase.