Virtual Geneva Motor Show 2020: all the new cars
Following the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show due to the coronavirus, we’ve rounded up the best cars to be revealed online
Virtually the 2020 Geneva Motor Show© BMW
It’s the Geneva Motor Show, but not as we know it. Following the cancellation of the Swiss show due to the coronavirus, the organisers have decided to live-stream the press conferences and presentations of the world premieres they’ve spent the past few months working overtime on. It’s not quite the same as being there in person, but it’s good news for our shoe leather.
Here, we reveal the best new cars that aren’t at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Pininfarina Battista Anniversario© Pininfarina
Just five Pininfarina Battista Anniversario models will be built, each one costing a cool €2.6 million (£2.26 million or $2.9 million). Each car is finished in a combination of Bianco Sestriere, Grigio Antonelliano and Iconica Blu, which sound suspiciously like the names of the Italian wine you picked up from Waitrose. It takes several weeks to paint each car, with the body disassembled and reassembled THREE TIMES so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted. The Anniversario is based on the ‘standard’ Battista, so it gets the same 120kWh battery pack and four electric motors generating 1,900hp. It’ll hit 60mph in a ‘sub-two second’ time.
Porsche 911 Turbo S© Porsche AG
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine producing 650hp. With the Turbo-specific eight-speed PDK transmission, the Turbo S will blast to 62mph in 2.7 seconds. The body is 45mm wider above the front axle, and overall width is 1,900mm above the rear axle. Highlights include modified track widths, tweaked aerodynamics, mixed-size tyres, controlled cooling air flaps and a larger rear wing. Available as a coupe or cabriolet, the top speed is 205mph for both.
McLaren 765LT© McLaren Automotive
The hardcore McLaren 765LT is the most powerful ‘Longtail’ to come out of Woking. It’s 80kg lighter than the 720S coupe, with McLaren going to obsessive lengths in the pursuit of maximum lightness. Even the number plate holder and window switch surrounds are made from carbon fibre. The familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 produces a predictable 765hp at 7,500 rpm, with the 765LT completing the 0-62 mph sprint time in just 2.8 seconds. Our Tim Pitt has seen it up close and says it “looks fantastic in the metal (or optional carbon fibre for the bonnet, doors and front/rear wings)”.
Koenigsegg Gemera© Koenigsegg
What is a Geneva Motor Show without Christian von Koenigsegg swooping in to save the day? From gearless transmissions to camless engines, he’s debuted it all at Geneva before, but 2020 sees the Swede’s ambitious plans reach an entirely different level. Meet the Gemera. It is (deep breath) a gearless four-seat, two-door, mid-engined, three-cylinder, twin-turbo, free-valve, hybrid (and breathe) ‘Mega GT’.
With independent control of the valves, the 2.0-litre 600hp engine can return economy and emissions results up to 20 percent better than a conventional four-cylinder in a modern hot hatchback. It works in tandem with three electric motors to deliver 1,700hp (system output) and 1,100hp to all four wheels. It can also functionally clean the air it breathes when running flex-fuel.
Koenigsegg claims that, if fuelled right, the Gemera can be a CO2-neutral combustion-engined car, with a potential range of over 620 miles and a 250mph top speed. Have that, 2035 ICE ban.
Bentley Bacalar© Bentley Motors
It wouldn’t be a motor show – virtual or otherwise – without a selection of limited edition specials. Just 12 examples of the Bentley Bacalar will be built, each one handcrafted in Crewe, according to the individual customer’s personal tastes. If you’ve seen some of the Bentleys driven by Premier League footballers, you’ll know that this is a recipe for disaster, but we’re sure the experts at Mulliner will be on hand to ensure each Bacalar remains tasteful. In case you’re wondering, all 12 have been allocated. Well, it is a motor show reveal…
Hyundai Prophecy Concept EV© Hyundai
Is this the best looking concept at the virtual Geneva Motor Show? We can see hints of Saab, Porsche, Tatra and Tesla in the design of the Prophecy Concept EV, which looks quite unlike any of the other cars in the Hyundai stable. We’ve been trying to find a bad angle, but as yet, we haven’t found one. On the inside, the minimalist cabin is dominated by a joystick between the seats and a large, full-width digital display. Extended new car warranties have never looked so alluring.
Morgan Plus Four© Morgan
It might look familiar, but 97 percent of the components on the Morgan Plus Four are new. It uses the new aluminium platform developed for the Plus 8, but also found on the new Plus Six. It features the first-ever four-cylinder turbocharged engine to be used by Morgan: a 2.0-litre BMW unit producing 255hp. The Plus Four will sprint to 62mph in 4.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 149mph. With CO2 emissions of 159g/km and fuel economy of 40mpg, it’s one of the cleanest Morgans ever produced. It’s on sale now, with prices starting from £63,000.
Volkswagen ID.4© VW
The ID.4 will be Volkswagen’s first electric SUV, with the company promising a range of up to 500km (310 miles). It will launch as a rear-wheel-drive electric car, but an all-wheel-drive version will be added at a later date. It also features a fully digital cockpit, operated by touch surfaces and voice control. Although the ID.4 is described as a ‘near production concept car’, the final version won’t look too dissimilar to the virtual Geneva model. “We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the U.S.,” said Ralf Brandstatter, COO of Volkswagen.
Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne© Hispano Suiza
Resurgent Spanish brand Hispano Suiza has revealed the next step in its revival: the motorsport-infused Carmen Boulogne. The fully-electric concept produces 1,114hp, will rush from 0-62mph in under 2.6 seconds, and weighs even less than the already-revealed Carmen. It’s been fully designed, developed and built in Barcelona, each will cost €1.65 million (or £1.44m, plus taxes) and only five will be made. And we thought the run of 14 Carmens was exclusive…
BMW Concept i4© BMW AG
The styling of the BMW Concept i4 isn’t going down very well on social media. BMW says the ‘prominent, closed-off kidney grille provides a tangible connection between the past and future’. Its sole purpose is to act as an ‘intelligence panel’, housing various sensors. Behind the grille there’s a good looking car waiting to get out, but commenters can’t get behind the Concept i4 in any shape or form. Which is a shame, because the electric concept offers a range of up to 373 miles, an output of 530hp and a top speed ‘in excess’ of 124mph. It previews a production i4, slated to enter production in 2021.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift© Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz has given the E-Class a mid-life facelift, with first deliveries expected in late summer. Highlights include standard LED headlights, new rear lights, a redesigned grille and front bumper, next-generation safety systems and two 10.25-inch digital screens as standard. Seven models are available as plug-in hybrids, with electrified versions available in the U.S. for the first time.
Suzuki Ignis facelift© Suzuki
The Suzuki Ignis has had a facelift! Note the new five-spoke grille, which is the most eye-catching part of the mild refresh. Other tweaks include redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new instrument panel, new interior colour accents and a new 1.2-litre mild hybrid engine with a larger lithium-ion battery. A CVT transmission is available as an option. The 2020 Ignis goes on sale in April.
Skoda Octavia vRS iV© Skoda
Our John Redfern has named this his car of the show, instructing Skoda to “take my money”. Quite how much money Skoda will need to take remains to be seen, because the prices of the Octavia vRS iV haven’t been announced. The ‘sustainable yet sporty’ Octavia pairs a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor to provide a combined output of 245hp. The power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG transmission, with the hot Octavia hitting 62mph in 7.3 seconds. Inside, the cabin is predominantly black, with the sport seats finished in black fabric. Alcantara or leather seats will be optional. If you want one, you’ll have to get in line behind Redfern.
Dacia Spring Electric Concept© Dacia
This could be a very welcome newcomer to the electric car sector. The Dacia Spring Electric concept has its roots in the Renault Kwid – a budget crossover initially built for the Indian market. Dacia says it will be ‘Europe’s most affordable all-electric vehicle’, which hints at a sub-£20,000 price tag. Could it be as low as £15,000? It will go on sale in 2021, with a range of more than 124 miles. You need to get used to the styling, because this is what all Dacia models of the future will look like, albeit with less orange.
Cupra Formentor© Cupra
The Formentor is Cupra’s first bespoke model. Two powertrains will be available: a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 310hp, plus a petrol-electric version producing a total output of 245hp. Both powertrains are mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, with the hybrid offering an all-electric range of 31 miles. Other highlights include a ‘floating’ 12-inch touchscreen and dynamic chassis control. Deliveries will begin towards the end of the year.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA© Alfa Romeo
The GTA is an Alfa Romeo Giulia QV with more horsepower, less weight and a track-oriented focus. It certainly looks the part, with arch extensions pushing the new 20-inch centre-lock wheels out by 50mm. Carbon fibre is used for the arches, driveshaft, bonnet, roof and front bumper. It also comes with added muscle: up to 540hp from its revised Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. There’s also a hardcore GTAm version, which offers the same power but with weight decreased by 200kg. Only 500 units of the GTA and GTAm will be available.
Audi A3 Sportback© Audi
In terms of sales and universal appeal, this is one of the most important cars of the virtual Geneva Motor Show. The fourth-generation Audi A3 will be ready to order from next week, with prices starting from £25,000. Standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, an integrated 10.1-inch touchscreen display and sat-nav. Four trim levels will be available: Technik, Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung. The new A3 is coming to a gym or office car park near you soon.
BAC Mono© BAC
Meet the second-generation BAC Mono. It follows the same formula as its predecessor, but with more power and less weight. Power is sourced from a 2.3-litre turbocharged engine, which is enough for the Mono to reach a top speed of 170mph, hitting 60mph in 2.7 seconds along the way. Weight drops by 10kg to just 570kg, with the wheels saving 1.22kg of unsprung mass each. If chasing supercars in a car that weighs the equivalent of a bag of sugar is your thing, the Mono is for you. That’s assuming you can afford the £166,000 price tag.
Honda Jazz© Honda
Blimey, haven’t you grown? We’re talking about the cost of the new Honda Jazz, with prices for the new hybrid model starting from just shy of £19,000. The top-spec EX adds around £2,500 to that, while the SUV-inspired Jazz Crosstar EX weighs in at £23,500. All versions are powered by a two-motor petrol-electric hybrid engine, which delivers more than 62mpg and CO2 emissions from 102g/km. Deliveries will begin in April.
Mercedes-Benz EQ© Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz is adding to its range of plug-in hybrid models with the launch of three new cars. A CLA 250e coupe and CLA 250e ‘shooting brake’ will go on sale in April, with a GLA 250e available a month later. The models offer an all-electric driving range of 44 to 49 miles, making them suitable for drivers with a short commute.
Alpine A110 Legende GT© Alpine
Alpine has unveiled the limited-edition A110 Legende GT. It’s the most refined A110 to date, offering more luxury than the standard sports car. Highlights include 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, backlit door sills, Sabelt comfort leather seats, custom luggage and a numbered plaque. Three colours are available: Mercury Silver, Deep Black and Abyss Blue. Alpine has also announced a new ‘Color Edition’ series, highlighted by the launch of a new Sunflower Yellow paint job. At the end of the year, the paint finish will be deleted from Alpine’s colour palette.
Aiways U6ion© Aiways
Chinese electric brand Aiways was planning to show a concept version of its U6 SUV coupe, dubbed U6ion. However, due to coronavirus, this was called off, as the car was stuck in China. The firm was, ironically, therefore one of the first to announce its online reveal plans, and has now unveiled the car to the world. Electric driving range? Over 300 miles. On sale? Probably 2021 now, given how the existing U5 SUV has already been delayed to later in 2020…