Jaguar touts the cab-forward design and roomy interior as big selling points for its first full-electric car, the I-Pace. The production I-Pace closely follows the design of the concept unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, blending the height and angular lines of an SUV with a coupe-like profile. It is built on a new aluminum architecture that packages its 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor between the two axles. The arrangement allowed Jaguar to design a car with short hood, roomy cabin and a more aerodynamically efficient squared-off rear end.
The I-Pace’s power output is 394 hp, giving an acceleration time of 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 4.5 seconds. Its range on a single charge is 480 km (298 miles) based on the new WLTP protocols. The car costs 63,495 pounds ($87,000) for the entry model in its UK home market before a government EV purchase incentive.
The new Ceed will come with a fuel-saving a 48-volt mild hybrid version to be launched next year. The third-generation Ceed sits on Kia's new K2 platform, which supports a more efficient packaging. It will be the first Kia to offer "lane following assist" technology, which suggests other lanes to move into safely. Kia has dropped the three-door Ceed due to shrinking demand for such models and will instead launch a sporty 'shooting brake' wagon version.
Land Rover’s Range Rover subbrand will add the limited-edition three-door Coupe SV as its new flagship model. The SUV will be Land Rover’s most expensive model when it goes on sale this year.
Lexus reveals the production version of its UX small SUV that will compete against the BMW X1, Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The brand hopes the UX's hybrid drivetrain will give it a boost in Europe where customers are increasingly shunning diesels. The UX is expected to be one of the first Toyota and Lexus models to use the company's new 2.0-liter performance hybrid powertrain. Lexus is unlikely to offer a non-hybrid version in the big European markets. Last year, 98 percent of Lexus sales in western Europe were hybrids.
McLaren Automotive says the 789-hp Senna is its most powerful road-legal track car to date. The midengine coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It’s named after former Formula One champion Ayrton Senna. The supercar accelerates from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is 340 kph (211 mph). McLaren is building 500 units of the car and they are already sold.
Italy's Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) is reviving the Lancia Stratos rally car. MAT will build a limited series of up to 25 units of the New Stratos offering a performance of up to 600 hp. The New Stratos' design follows the lines of its predecessor, one of the most successful rally cars. The Stratos models will be modified Ferrari 430 Scuderia cars, which customers will have to buy on the used-car market. MAT will carry out modifications.
Mercedes says it will show its first series-production model with battery-electric drive but offered no further details except to say it will provide a look to the future portfolio of its EQ subbrand. The model could preview a Tesla Model X rival based on the Generation EQ concept that Mercedes unveiled at the 2016 Paris show.
Mercedes also will debut the production AMG GT Coupe after the concept’s unveiling last year. Despite the word coupe in its name, it has four doors and is expected to get AMG’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine with 604 hp. A hybrid variant with 805 hp is also planned, reports said.
The AMG variant of its latest G class gets a Geneva unveiling. The Mercedes-AMG G63 is powered by a 577-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
A big debut for Mercedes is the latest A-class compact hatchback. Mercedes touts the car as a “smartphone on wheels” because it will offer what the automaker says is the most advanced human-machine interface it has developed to date.
Peugeot has given its range-topping sedan, the 508, a "fastback" design and made it more upscale to help the car compete better in Europe's midsize segment where volume automakers are losing sales to premium rivals. The 508 gets an elegant interior with high-end features such as a full grain leather trimmed steering wheel, a 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Its safety equipment includes a night vision system that uses an infrared camera to detect pedestrians in the dark and in reduced visibility. It will be available with six gasoline and diesel engines with 130 hp to 225 hp. A plug-in hybrid is expected to launch next year.