In case you hadn’t noticed, the 2016 Paris Motor Show is underway. We’re reporting live from the show, which means we can show you all the cars in one rolling mega-feature. We do the walking, so you don’t have to.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
If you don’t fancy the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, may we suggest that a) you check yourself for signs of a pulse and b) you consider the new Giulia Veloce. Available with a choice of either a 2.0-litre turbo or 2.2-litre turbodiesel, the all-wheel drive Veloce is fitted with a standard eight-speed transmission. Will it come to the UK? That remains to be seen.
Audi A5 and S5 Sportback
We’ve already driven the impressive new Audi A5 and S5 coupe, but Audi has revealed the more practical five-door Sportback version of both models at Paris. It looks good – if a bit unimaginative – with an interior familiar to anyone who’s driven the latest A4.
This is possibly one of our favourite ‘real world’ debuts of the show – and certainly the car we’d most like to head out on the streets of Paris in. The new C3 looks like a return to form for Citroen, featuring Airbumps from the C4 Cactus. It’s based on an all-new platform and is packed with tech: including an in-built dashcam.
This incredible-looking concept is a nod to the 1974 CX. It’s a plug-in hybrid hatchback and hints at the firm’s future design direction, says Citroen. Its bold, yellow interior is quite something – a return to Citroen’s of old where comfort was more important than, well, anything else. As for performance, a total output of 300hp would seem more than adequate.
For the first time, the Dacia Duster comes with an automatic six-speed dual clutch transmission. It’s mated to the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine and is available on Laureate and Prestige models. It might be the cheapest crossover in the UK, but it remains one of the most appealing.
Dacia Sandero/Sandero Stepway/Logan MCV
Dacia has refreshed its entire range of vehicles, with a new look for the Sandero, Sandero Stepway (seen here) and Logan MCV. Granted, the changes are subtle, but the cars look good, especially the faux off-roader that is the Stepway. The cabins have been improved, while a new 75hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is available.
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
It might just be a LaFerrari without a roof, but that isn’t stopping it attracting the crowds here at Paris. Ferrari hasn’t said exactly how many Spiders will be built – only that the entire production run has sold out in advance.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
Looks familiar? Think again, because the ‘T’ in Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is rather significant. Gone is the 6.3-litre V12 as the ‘standard’ GTC4 Lusso, with a 3.9-litre V8 turbo fitted in its place. It offers an impressive 602hp and is able to sprint to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 198mph.
The new Honda Civic was previewed in concept form at Geneva, but Honda’s revealed the production version of the British-built car at Paris. Even in cooking-spec guise, it’s sportier than its predecessor, while new 1.0- and 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engines should combine fun with economy.
Honda Civic Type R
Our cup runneth over with Type R goodness. Hot on the heels of the current Civic Type R comes this: the new Civic Type R. Honda claims it’s a prototype, but it looks pretty damn finished to us. We can’t tell you anything about the performance, but we can tell you it will be sold in the US. Still want that Focus RS?
Hold the front page! Hyundai’s given its i10 city car a makeover for Paris. It’s got a larger front grille, LED daytime running lights and a new rear bumper. Inside, a new touchscreen infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Not exciting, perhaps, but we really like the i10 – and these updates bring it bang up-to-date.
Grabbing a quick seat in the Hyundai i30 here at Paris, it’s clear the brand is trying to take its Focus-sized car upmarket from the budget offering that was its predecessor. Buyers get a choice of three petrol engines and three diesels.
Hyundai RN30 Concept
Hot – and we mean hot – on the heels of the regular i30 comes this: the RN30 Concept. This ‘motorsport-inspired racing concept’ is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 380hp and 332lb ft of torque. Sadly, it’s unlikely to be coming to a Hyundai dealer near you soon. But we can always dream.
The fourth-generation model of Kia’s Fiesta-sized supermini has been unveiled at Paris, with the firm’s standard tiger-nose grille and a new, bigger platform. It gets some clever driver assistance tech, such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, while a new infotainment system incorporates Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Lamborghini Centenario Roadster
It wouldn’t be a motor show without some kind of crazy Lamborghini. Step forward the Centenario Roadster, which is like the ‘standard’ Centenario, only with less roof. Before you go reaching for that £1.75 million hidden down the back of the sofa, we’re sorry to tell you they’ve all been spoken for.
Land Rover Discovery
We nearly walked straight past the new Discovery here at Paris – it does look rather like the Discovery Sport, which itself looks like the Range Rover Evoque. That’s not a bad thing per se, it’s a handsome thing and hasn’t lost any of its practicality. An all-aluminium body means it’s lighter than before.
MINI Clubman John Cooper Works
Is this the MINI Clubman we’ve been waiting for? It’s a new John Cooper Works edition, which pumps 228hp through MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system to provide a 0-60mph time of just six seconds. With those twin doors at the back, we’re tempted to say something about it having enough power to blow the blimmin’ doors off. But we won’t.
The Opel Ampera-e is a small electric car with a 250-range, set to take on the ever-popular Nissan Leaf. But, surprisingly, Vauxhall has announced it won’t be sold in Britain. A shame as, our first impressions, under the bright lights of Paris, are incredibly positive.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
You may have seen photos of this at Pebble Beach back in the summer, but nothing can prepare for seeing the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 in the metal. It’s as long as it is glorious and as imposing as a Maybach concept should be. It looks like a vision of an electric future that’s been thrust straight out of the 1930s.
Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept
This is the biggy on Mitsubishi’s stand – the new GT-PHEV concept. It follows on from the firm’s eX concept, which itself followed on from the XR PHEV II concept, and teases a future SUV that could sit between the ASX and Outlander.
The Outlander’s been given a minor update for Paris, too. The popular plug-in version now features an ‘electric priority’ mode, while all models get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Nissan messed up with the outgoing model – an attempt to make it an affordable world car killed sales in Europe, as so many competitors were simply better in almost every way. But the new Micra, revealed at Paris, could be a return to form for the Fiesta-rivalling hatchback. It’s based on the Sway concept and features a range of engines, including a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol.
MPVs aren’t cool anymore – which is why Peugeot is re-launching its 3008 as a crossover SUV. Sales start in November, with a five-setting traction control system offering a modicum of off-road ability – despite the lack of a four-wheel-drive version.
Like the 3008, the bigger 5008 is also turning from an MPV into an SUV. The seven-seater features the same ‘i-Cockpit’ interior design as the smaller model – replacing conventional dials with a virtual display. We reckon the 5008 is a cracking looking thing and is sure to sell in big numbers back in the UK.
Paris is Renault’s home show, so the French firm’s stand is rather prominent at the Mondial. On it is the new Alaskan pick-up truck – Renault’s take on the Nissan Navara. Like the Navara, with which it shares a platform, the Alaskan will come in a variety of configurations.
The Renault Clio has been given a facelift for Paris, although we’re struggling to spot the difference. Changes include C-shaped daytime running lights and an upgraded touchscreen media system.
The Renault Koleos is coming back! In truth, you’d probably forgotten about the original Koleos, but the fact that the new one will be sold in the UK is big news. Renault claims the large SUV will have ‘the elegant refinement of a large saloon’ and will offer ‘class-leading’ passenger space. Looks great under the bright lights of the Renault stand.
It’s a French show, so it’s only right that a French carmaker delivers one of the showstoppers. It’s called the Renault Trezor – no, not Trevor – and it borrows heavily from the company’s involvement with Formula E. Beneath that Hot Wheels style exterior lies a 350hp all-electric powertrain, capable of propelling this concept to 62mph in under four seconds.
From one Renault you can’t buy, to one that you can. Indeed, you can drive the Renault Zoe further than ever before, because it now offers up to 250 miles of driving range from a single charge. It’s thanks to a new ZE 40 battery, which means the real-world range jumps from 106 to 186 miles. The existing 22kWh will remain on sale alongside the new model.
SEAT Ateca X-Perience
Fancy a SEAT Ateca with a little more bite? The appallingly named Ateca X-Perience is said to be ‘inspired by the Mediterranean culture’ and previews a future direction for the Ateca family. Chunky body cladding, scuff plates and off-road tyres hint at a rougher, tougher Ateca, but it remains a concept, for now.
Is there a car that’s guaranteed to be a surefire hit more than a new, affordable VW Group SUV? Making its public debut at Paris, the seven-seat Kodiaq will take on the Kia Sorento when it goes on sale next year. Our first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.
Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
How do you make the latest Smart models even more desirable to fashion-conscious city types? An electric powertrain will help. Revealed at Paris, here’s the new electric-only Smart ForTwo.
Smart ForFour Electric Drive
There’s also an all-electric version of the four-door Smart ForFour. Both models will go on sale in 2017.
You can always rely on Suzuki for bringing along a quirky new car to a motor show, and it hasn’t disappointed us at Paris. It’s brought the ‘Ignis’ name back, but rather than being a plane-Jane city car, it’s a unique A-segment-sized take on the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3: consider it an arch-rival to the Fiat Panda Cross. It features Suzuki’s SHVS ‘mild hybrid’ powertrain.
Suzuki SX-4 S Cross
Remember when British Leyland gave the Allegro the Vanden Plas treatment by sticking on a bold grille on an otherwise unappealing car..? Yeah, say hello to the facelifted SX-4 S Cross. At least it benefits from the firm’s excellent new Boosterjet petrol engines, in 1.0- and 1.4-litre guises. Shame the Allegro wasn’t offered with a Boosterjet. “I own an Austin Allegro BOOSTERJET.” Anyway.
This is the fruit of a post dieselgate Volkswagen. It’s called the I.D. and Volkswagen claims the electric concept offers a remarkable range of between 250 and 373 miles. It’s set to arrive in 2020 and will herald the launch of an entire fleet of electric Volkswagens.