Geneva Motor Show Preview

Audi A3 e-ton

Opening its doors for the 83rd time this week; we reveal some of the exciting models and concepts manufacturers will have on show at the Geneva Motor Show

ALFA ROMEO

Alfa Romeo is to finally reveal the production version of its much anticipated 4C, first seen as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011.

The 4C is a rear-wheel drive two-seater. Thanks to its carbon-fibre chassis, it will make an exceptionally low kerb weight. The 4C has a performance of 235bhp provided

by a version of Fiat’s existing 1,742cc four-cylinder turbo engine and paddle-shift TCT transmission. Full technical details for the mid-engined sports car are not likely to

be revealed until the show.

AUDI

Audi will preview A3 e-tron petrol/electric hybrid – capable of up to 188mpg Integrating a conventional petrol engine and an electric motor, the advanced plug-in hybrid offers impressive performance, exceptional efficiency and, equally crucially, complete freedom from ‘range anxiety’. The plug-in hybrid will feature a total of 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from the combination of a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine and a 75-kW electric motor

The A3 range will be joined by a hot-shot version, a 300bhp S3 Sportback. Powered by a new 2-litre TFSI engine and a formidable 380Nm of torque, the S3 is 70kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to its ultra-high-strength steel passenger cell and light aluminium wings and bonnet.

BENTLEY

On show at the Bentley stand will be the new Flying Spur. Details are sparse but it is likely that it will be powered with the same choice of engines – 567bhp W12 or 500bhp V8 – as the Continental GT.

BMW

The big news for BMW is the arrival of the 3 Series GT. Longer than the current 3 Series, the Gran Turismo offers more head and legroom and a larger boot than now available in the Touring version of the 3.

The engine range will be same as the 3-Series range and transmission options include a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Other stars include the M6 Gran Coupe, a four-door coupe armed with the most powerful engine ever fitted to an M production car: a 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V-8 with 560bhp and 680 Nms of torque. A M3 concept may make an appearance but we will have to wait and see.

CONCEPT

Concept cars are all about pushing boundaries and showcasing new and radical designs. Ones to look out for this year are the BMW i3 Concept Coupe and a racy and provocative urban concept from Kia.

CHEVROLET

The Spark electric battery-powered mini car will be the star of the Chevrolet stand. First shown in Los Angeles last year, the new model is powered by a GM-designed permanent magnet electric motor that delivers more than 130bhp and will go from 0-100 km/h in under 8.5 seconds.

There will also be 542Nms of instant torque which on paper promises sports-car-like driving dynamics. GM says the car will be sold in ‘select’ European markets in 2014.

 

Citroen hybrid air technology

CITROEN

Citroen will unveil the “Geneva Technospace concept”. With its striking DS styling, this is most likely to be a sneak preview of the C4 Picasso which we expect to see in autumn. It’s only 4430mm long, 1610mm wide and 1.83mm high, yet provides seating for five adults as well as a 537-litre boot. Emissions are a remarkably low 98g/km,

thanks to efficient architecture and weight reduction. The Citroen C3 with Hybrid Air technology which delivers astounding fuel economy of over 94 mpg will also be shown.

DACIA DUSTER

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