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Coolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show: the coolest concept cars

Coolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor ShowIt wouldn’t be a motor show without an array of wild and outlandish concept cars. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is no different, as this gallery of concept cars proves. Some will never see the light of day, while others provide a hint of potential new models. Pick your favourite from this lot.

Mercedes-AMG GT ConceptCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept: a glimpse into the future with one eye on the past. The concept has been unveiled as part of the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG, but is designed to give “an indication of the alternative drive configurations AMG is designing”. To this end, the GT Concept is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine and an electric motor to provide a total system output of 804hp.

According to Mercedes-AMG, the GT Concept will sprint to 62mph in “less than three seconds”, but it hasn’t confirmed a top speed. Whether the four-door coupe makes production remains to be seen, but with the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo unveiled in Geneva, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this becoming the third member of the AMG GT family.

Infiniti Project Black SCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti is certainly talking a good talk with the Project Black S. Referencing a new Infiniti ‘performance grade’ and a close collaboration with with Renault Sport Formula One Team is guaranteed to pique the interest of any self-respecting petrolhead. And besides, it’s high time Infiniti delivered a car we can all get behind.

Nissan’s posh arm is investigating the potential for F1-style hybrid technology in a production car, with an energy recovery system (ERS) that could contribute a 25% increase in power for the new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine. As a bonus, the ERS could improve acceleration and eliminate turbo lag. An F1-inspired coupe: where do we sign? Infiniti, do the right thing.

Citroen C-AircrossCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Dare we suggest that we’re a little underwhelmed by the Citroen C-Aircross. It’s not that’s uncool, it’s just that the new C3 supermini has raised the bar sufficiently enough for us to look at this concept with a sense of ‘meh’. Whatever that means.

Oh, sure, the standard motor show trinkets are there: suicide doors, cameras for door mirrors and ‘showy’ 18-inch rims to name but three, it’s just that we’re not bowled over by the C-Aircross. There are, however, reasons to be cheerful. Firstly, it highlights just how far Citroen has come in recent years. And, secondly, it previews the next-generation C3 Picasso. Good news.

Jaguar I-PaceCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

For now, the Jaguar I-Pace remains a concept, but the model on show in Geneva looks as production ready as you’re likely to get. It also shows off a new Photon Red paintjob.

It’s the first time the I-Pace has been seen in Europe and it previews Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, set to hit the streets in 2018. Jaguar is already taking orders for the Tesla Model X rival, with one outlet claiming that 350 deposits have already been received.

Peugeot InstinctCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

If Peugeot is to be believed, this is what an autonomous future looks like. The Instinct is a 300hp plug-in hybrid with both ‘Drive’ and ‘Autonomous’ driving modes, with Peugeot claiming that an ‘Internet of Things’ platform will learn the driver’s lifestyle.

The seats can be adjusted individually, allowing the occupant to select the position most suited to them – upright to drive or horizontal to… er… sleep. Yes, sleep. You’ll also find a so-called ‘chatbot’, a speech-driven PA offering a vast array of services.

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6eCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

You might hate the Bentley Bentayga, and – as Bobby Brown might say – that’s your prerogative. But if Bentley sells a sufficient number of the boutique SUVs, it’ll be free to explore new ideas such as this: the EXP 12 Speed 6e.

In true grand tourer style, Bentley claims that an electric vehicle with a ‘Flying B’ perched on the bonnet must offer sufficient range to be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge. Ideal, if you’re planning to race a train from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes to the Conservative Club in London.

Honda NeuVCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

NeuV – pronounced ‘new-vee’ – stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, and it’s Honda’s vision of an electric future. Not only can it learn things about its driver – stop picking your nose at the wheel – it also takes advantage of the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle for 96% of the time.

In other words, the NeuV doubles up as automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car. It has the potential to collect and drop off customers at local destinations, even selling energy back to the grid. Cool concept, this.

SsangYong XAVLCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Remember when you laughed at that Korean carmaker with the funny name? Laugh no more, because SsangYong is on a roll, as demonstrated by the really-rather-good Tivoli. The XAVL previews a next generation seven-seat SUV, featuring seven independent seats and a huge amount of interior space.

According to SsangYong, the eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long draws inspiration from the “iconic” Korando, meaning it might preview a replacement for the value-driven SUV.

Hyundai FE Fuel CellCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

There are those who believe that it’s hydrogen and not electric that represents the future of sustainable motoring. For now, the infrastructure isn’t there to support a fleet of hydrogen-powered cars, but the likes of Honda, Toyota and Hyundai are at the forefront of development in the sector.

The FE Fuel Cell is part of Hyundai’s plan to deliver 14 or more new environmentally-focused models by the year 2020 and has the potential to deliver a range of up to 500 miles from a single tank.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-ClassCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

You’re unlikely to find a Concept X-Class parked outside a branch of Wickes, as Mercedes-Benz is pitching this to a more “urban lifestyle” audience. The five-seat pick-up previews the production version, set to launch later this year.

Underneath, the X-Class is little more than a Nissan Navara, but has been ‘poshed-up’ for urban lifestyle types. You can expect a suitably inflated price tag as Mercedes-Benz seeks to fill yet another niche. Will there be an AMG version? We wouldn’t bet against it…

Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by PininfarinaCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Fittipaldi EF7 is a concept car you can drive, at least in a virtual sense. It’s the latest in a long line of Vision Gran Turismo cars, coming to a Sony PlayStation near you soon.

It’s the result of a collaboration between Emerson Fittipaldi, Pininfarina and engineering firm HWA, and is said to fulfil Fittipaldi’s vision of building a car with “fierce track-racing capabilities” for drivers of all skill levels.

Renault Zoe e-sportCoolest concepts of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

A case of saving the best ‘til last? The Zoe e-sport is the electric car you’ve always dreamed of, drawing upon Renault’s experience in Formula E. It’s packing a 455hp electric punch, enough to propel the Zoe to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds.

Use of carbonfibre and kevlar keeps the weight down, while a lowered ride height, wider tracks and four-wheel drive should provide exceptional cornering ability. Double-wishbone suspension, 20-inch rims, Ohlins dampers, Recaro seats and Formula E-style controls complete the transformation from humdrum to hero. Renault, we have two words: build it.

New SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

New SUVs and crossovers revealed at Geneva

New SUVs and crossovers launched at GenevaWhether they are new cars ready for launch, concepts offering a vision of what’s to come or updates of current models, SUVs and crossovers are everywhere at Geneva 2017.

Arguably, Jaguar and Land Rover have the hottest stands at the show, with the world premiere of the Range Rover Velar and the first sighting in Europe of Jaguar’s revolutionary all-electric SUV concept: the I-Pace.

If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further than the most opulent version of the Bentley Bentayga, or the monster that is the Mercedes-Maybach G65 4×4 Landaulet. There really is something for everyone at the Geneva Motor Show.

Nissan QashqaiNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Europe’s most popular crossover just had a facelift. Due to hit UK roads later this year, the Nissan Qashqai now sports a V-shaped grille at the front, along with new bumper and headlamp designs, plus a reshaped bonnet.

The new Qashqai doesn’t just look better, it has more of a quality feel. Propilot autonomous driving tech gives it the ability to steer, accelerate and brake itself within a single lane on motorways.

Volkswagen Tiguan AllspaceNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

VW’s acclaimed Tiguan has grown into a full seven-seater. On sale in the UK this summer, there’s an extra row of seats, thanks to 109mm added to the wheelbase – stretching the car by 215mm overall.

Despite the stretch, the Tiguan Allspace doesn’t look out of proportion. What’s more, it now boasts 760 litres of luggage capacity (up 140 litres) with the front two rows of seats in place. With all the rear seats down, there’s a van-like 1,920 litres available.

Bentley Bentayga MullinerNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Meet the new Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: “the most exquisitely appointed luxury SUV ever created”. Bentley’s in-house bespoke division, Mulliner, has given the Bentayga a makeover to create a range-topping, uber-sumptuous sports utility vehicle.

High-end features on the Bentley Bentayga Mulliner include ‘Duo Tone’ paintwork, Mulliner 22-inch Paragon seven-spoke wheels with floating centres, a bespoke Mulliner bottle cooler, exclusive Ombré burr walnut veneer, plus ‘My Mood’, which allows occupants to choose from 15 different interior lighting colours, while also adjusting the brightness in doors, armrests and footwells.

Vauxhall Crossland XNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

A world premiere for the latest crossover from Vauxhall/Opel, which is now part of PSA Europe (Peugeot-Citroen). Effectively replacing the Meriva MPV, it will slot below the Mokka X in terms of size and price.

Billed as an urban crossover, rather than an SUV, Vauxhall reckons the Crosland X “has a firm family focus, with a Tardifs-like cabin providing high degrees of practicality and flexibility”.

Range Rover VelarNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

The sleek Velar is Geneva’s SUV star. Slotting into the Range Rover line-up between the Evoque and Sport, it’s an obvious rival to the Porsche Macan. And indeed its cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace.

Priced from £44,830 to £85,450, the British-built Range Rover Velar will go on sale from July in the UK and more than 170 markets worldwide. Combining Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability with an upmarket cabin and lashings of tech, it promises to be the most driver-focused Range Rover ever.

Subaru XVNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

The wraps are off Subaru’s next generation XV, which is due to go on sale in the UK early in 2018. Looking like an evolution of the current car, it’s certainly more appealing to the eye and should bring the model into the mainstream.

Built on a new global platform, just like the new Impreza, Subaru claims the XV will have significantly enhanced refinement, safety, ride comfort, and agility. Needless to say, symmetrical four-wheel drive will be standard on all models.

Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Plugging a gap between the ASX and Outlander, Mitsubishi’s new Qashqai-rival doesn’t look as flash as the teased design studies suggested, but it will freshen up the Japanese company’s range.

With its distinctive, wedged profile, the Eclipse Cross will certainly stand out when it hits UK roads early in 2018. Its most unusual design element is at the back, where a high-mounted strip of rear lamps divides the upper and lower segments of the rear window.

Jaguar I-PaceNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

A European premiere for Jaguar’s all-electric SUV concept – now in vibrant Photon Red. The I-Pace isn’t due to go on sale in the UK until 2018, but this show car looks pretty much ready for production.

The I-Pace’s looks seem to divide opinion, but there’s no doubting that it stands out from the crowd – those massive 23-inch wheels are something else. Two electric motors, producing a combined 400hp, power the car, allowing it to sprint to 62mph in around four seconds, with a claimed range of 300 miles.

Mercedes-Maybach G65 4×4² LandauletNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Mercedes-Benz is giving Range Rover and Bentley something to think about with its ultra-luxurious all-terrain Mercedes-Maybach SUV – a landaulet version of the legendary G-Wagen. In other words, a covered cab with a retractable fabric roof at the back.

Powered by a new twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12, the Landaulet is likely to become the world’s most expensive sport utility vehicle, with a rumoured price of around £400,000. Just 99 will be built, but sadly this opulent monster is not due to be sold in the UK. For the record, it is 5.3m long, 2.2m tall and has more than half a metre of ground clearance.

Audi Q8 Sport ConceptNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Based on the Q8 Concept first revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2017, the Q8 Sport Concept is more sporty – and very orange. It combines a 3.0-litre V6 and a mild hybrid system (a world first) that enables it to deliver a handy 476hp “with the efficiency of a four-cylinder”.

Perhaps the most obvious visual change is that Audi’s signature ‘singleframe’ grille design has ditched the vertical bars and horizontal slats for a more pleasing honeycomb design. Capable of 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds, it has a top speed of 170mph.

Skoda Kodiaq ScoutNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

A rugged version of the Skoda Kodiaq has been unveiled at Geneva. With seating for up to seven and the largest interior and boot space in its class, the Scout also boasts off-road ability thanks to all-wheel drive, hill-hold and hill-descent control, plus a ground clearance of 194mm.

Apart from its slightly raised ride height, the Scout looks pretty similar to the standard Kodiaq, with only tinted windows, silver colour details and special 19-inch-alloy wheels emphasising the visual differences.

SsangYong XAVLNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

South Korean brand SsangYong has previewed its XAVL seven-seater SUV concept at Geneva. An eventual rival to the Land Rover Discovery, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe, its awkward moniker is derived from “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long SUV”.

The angular show car looks like a work in progress, or a larger, less attractive version of SsangYong’s Tivoli. Inside, there’s plenty of connectivity, while a 10.25-inch infotainment screen dominates the centre console. Expect to see the final version on the road by 2020.

Citroen C-Aircross ConceptNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Citroen’s new SUV concept looks like an overgrown C3 and is expected to appear in showrooms as soon as 2018. Effectively replacing the C3 Picasso in the line-up, it will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Audi Q2 in the highly-competitive compact crossover category.

Rear-hinged rear passenger doors are a stand-out feature on Citroen’s concept, though it has to manage with just three Airbumps on each side. A 12-inch touchscreen dominates the centre console, while the C-Aircross also makes use of Grip Control for extra traction when soft-roading.

Volvo XC60New SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

The long-awaited next-generation XC60 crossover takes a bow at Geneva. It’s a good-looking car that pays homage to its best-selling predecessor, while sharing many design cues with its big brother, the XC90.

Naturally, the new XC60 will be one of the safest cars ever, so it’s packed with tech. However, just like the XC90, there will be a T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid version capable of reaching 62mph from standstill in just 5.3 seconds.

DS7 CrossbackNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

The first SUV from DS could be the car that gets the till ringing for Peugeot-Citroen’s standalone premium brand. Just as the F-Pace has accelerated Jaguar sales, the stylish DS7 Crossback should put DS on the map.

Rivalling established SUVs such as the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3, the spacious DS7 Crossback is fully connected and packed with tech. The interior is dominated by two 12-inch touchscreen displays. Outside, the front of the car features a dramatic diamond-effect grille and distinctive jewel-like LED headlights.

Mazda CX-5New SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

First revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda’s next-generation CX-5 makes its European debut at Geneva. Always a good-looking crossover, the new model is now longer, lower and sexier.

The CX-5 is hugely important to Mazda. Not only is it the company’s best-selling model in Europe, it’s also sold in more than 120 countries and represents around a quarter of Mazda’s global sales. The new model delivers “responsive performance” while also “prioritising passenger comfort”.

Renault CapturNew SUVs and crossovers launched at Geneva

Renault’s best-selling compact crossover gets a welcome mid-life makeover inside and out. The most notable exterior change is the updated front end, which is now similar to its big brother, the Kadjar. There are also new skid plates, front and rear, plus three new wheel options.

Three new colours now join the updated Captur’s palette, meaning that 36 different combinations are now available. The new Captur, which goes on sale in the UK this summer, looks especially good with two-tone paint and a fixed glass roof.

Detroit Motor Show 2017

Detroit Motor Show 2017: in pictures

Detroit Motor Show 2017Detroit has seen hard times, but it’s still America’s Motor City – and home of its most important car show. We reveal the cars and trucks making headlines at the Cobo Centre, from the bold Audi Q8 concept seen here to Kia’s exciting new sports saloon.

Audi Q8Detroit Motor Show 2017

The Q8 concept previews Audi’s forthcoming SUV flagship – due in 2018. It’s sleeker than the current Q7, with a sweeping, coupe-style roof. Powered by a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the 450hp Q8 will hit 62mph in 5.4 seconds.

Inside, the Q8 boasts four luxurious Nappa leather seats, plus an advanced version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with graphics projected onto the windscreen. Battery-charge time is two hours, with an all-electric range of 37 miles. We reckon the Range Rover should be worried…

Kia Stinger GTDetroit Motor Show 2017

Kia wants to sex-up its image, and a brawny, V6-engined sports coupe is a good way to do so. The 370hp Stinger GT will take on the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43 when it arrives in Europe in late 2017.

The Stinger GT’s platform comes from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury saloon, but with a stiffer chassis for sharper handling. Buyers will have a choice of four engines, including a four-cylinder diesel. But it’s that 167mph twin-turbo V6 we’re really excited about.

Volkswagen I.D. BuzzDetroit Motor Show 2017

What? Yet another VW Microbus concept? Yes, but this one stands a good chance of being built – and let’s hope so. The all-electric I.D. Buzz uses Volkswagen’s new scalable MEB platform. Quoted power output is 369hp and range is 373 miles.

The eight-seat I.D. Buzz can also drive itself. Push the steering wheel and it disappears into the dash as the car slips into ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode. This uses cameras, lasers and radar sensors to detect other road users. Oh, and the rear seats turn into a bed, so you can nap while the I.D. Buzz does all the hard work.

Lexus LSDetroit Motor Show 2017

With dramatic looks influenced by the LF-FC concept car, the new Lexus LS luxury saloon debuted at Detroit. As you’d expect, it will be available with petrol/electric hybrid power, but the big news is a hydrogen fuel-cell option – following the lead of parent company Toyota and its hydrogen-powered Mirai.

While other companies such as Volkswagen bet on electric power, Toyota/Lexus hopes hydrogen will be the fuel of the future. The LS may emulate the LF-FC, with in-wheel electric motors for dynamic four-wheel drive.

Mercedes-AMG GT CDetroit Motor Show 2017

Taking pride of place on the Mercedes stand at Detroit is the Mercedes-AMG GT C. It’s the coupe version of the GT C Roadster, revealed last year. Slotting in between the GT S and GT R, the GTC’s 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 produces 550hp – the same as the soft-top version.

That means 62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 197mph – even quicker than the GT S seen here. It’s 35kg lighter than the Roadster, while the rear track is 57mm wider. The GT C will initially be launched as an Edition 50 special edition, celebrating 50 years of AMG, featuring black chrome trim and two paint colours: Designo Graphite Grey Magno and Designo Cashmere White Magno.

Audi SQ5Detroit Motor Show 2017

Alongside Audi’s Q8 concept at Detroit is this sporty little number: the 354hp SQ5. It’s powered by the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 as the S5 – a departure from the old model, which was diesel-only.

That power accelerates the near-two-tonne SUV to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, helped by its all-wheel-drive system. There’s also an optional rear Sport differential, which divides torque across the rear axle. Combine this with Sport mode for school-run heroics.

Ford BroncoDetroit Motor Show 2017

The original Ford Bronco was never sold in Europe, but it was a popular no-thrills 4×4 on sale in the USA for 30 years from 1966 to 1996. Although Ford hasn’t taken a concept Bronco to Detroit, it has revealed a Bronco graphic on its stand – with the words ‘coming in 2020’ underneath.

The firm hasn’t revealed much more information on the new Bronco, although it has hinted that it’ll be a rugged retro 4×4 with genuine off-road ability. It’s also said it’ll be a global vehicle and, although a decision hasn’t been made, it could be sold in the UK. Fans of the classic original are suitably excited.

Infiniti QX50Detroit Motor Show 2017

This attractive SUV is the new Infiniti QX50 concept. It follows the QX Sport Inspiration seen at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, but is closer to being a production-ready rival to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus NX. It could be exactly what Nissan’s premium brand needs to boost its image in Europe.

Power comes from Infiniti’s clever new 2.0-litre VC-T turbocharged petrol engine, which the brand is claiming will have the efficiency of modern turbodiesels. The QX50 concept also features clever autonomous tech – but the manufacturer says it’ll work with the driver, rather than taking over entirely.

Porsche 911 GTSDetroit Motor Show 2017

The controversial new flat-six 911 has now been given the GTS treatment: meaning an extra 30hp over the regular Carrera S (and 20hp more than its predecessor). Unfortunately, Porsche decided against revealing the GTS in the metal at Detroit, so you’ll have to settle for this press photo.

As you’d expect, here are a wide range of GTS models available: coupe, cabriolet or Targa, and two- or four-wheel drive. Oh, and you can choose between seven-speed manual or PDK auto gearboxes.

Volkswagen Tiguan AllspaceDetroit Motor Show 2017

Good news: from summer 2017, you’ll be able to buy a Volkswagen Tiguan with a slightly longer wheelbase and seven seats. That extra practicality means it’ll be an interesting, German alternative to the likes of the Nissan X-Trail.

It’s difficult to spot the external differences between the Allspace and the regular Tiguan, but anoraks will spy a 110mm longer wheelbase (the overall car is 215mm longer), while the bonnet and grille are also revised.

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercarsFrom wild supercars you can’t buy, to four-door saloons you can, we’ve selected the best performance cars at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is likely to make some enthusiasts V happy. Ferrari has ditched the complex four-wheel-drive system in favour of a purer, more agile rear-wheel-drive setup. Great news, then? There is one catch…

Gone is the naturally-aspirated V12 engine in favour of a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Now you know what the T in GTC4 Lusso stands for. But don’t worry, if you’re not turned on by the thought of a turbocharged Ferrari, the ‘standard’ GTC4 Lusso is still available.

Audi RS3 saloon2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

If you thought compact saloons were all beige interiors, comfortable cardigans and trips to the bowls club, think again. This is the snarling Audi RS3 saloon that’s likely to make a few people think twice before signing that finance deal on a Golf R.

The figures are nothing short of astonishing: 400hp – yes, four hundred – 0-60mph in a little over four seconds, and four-wheel drive. Best of all, it’s powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, so it will sound fantastic as you cruise the mean streets of suburbia. This might be the car we’d most like to leave Paris in.

MINI Clubman JCW2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Question: name a car you can buy with six doors, all-wheel drive, 231hp and 258lb ft of torque that will cost around £30,000. The answer is the new MINI Clubman JCW.

It features all the familiar JCW upgrades, so you can rest assured that the brakes, suspension and cooling have been sorted. MINI claims the JCW will sprint to 62mph in 6.3 seconds, helped in no small part by the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

Mercedes-AMG GT R2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The ‘beast from the Green Hell’ was certainly the brightest performance car at the Paris Motor Show. But far from being all show and no go, the Mercedes-AMG GT R packs a mighty 577hp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, developing 577hp.

Alongside the GT R, Mercedes-AMG also showcased the new GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. It has promised to build 48 new AMG and AMG Line models over the coming 12 months, so we hope you like what you see.

Porsche 919 Hybrid2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Last week, the Porsche 919 Hybrid grabbed the headlines when Mark Webber drove this Le Mans car through the streets of a sleepy London.

This was a chance to see a Porsche 919 Hybrid in a more sedate environment. The turbocharged V4 engine develops around 900hp and weighs 875kg. We did volunteer to take it for an early morning tour of Paris, but Porsche wasn’t keen.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

How do you celebrate your 70th anniversary? Invite a few friends to the village hall and spend a few quid on party food at Iceland? Not if you’re Ferrari. Next year, the Italian firm will be 70 years old, and to mark the occasion it has been looking through its photo album of iconic liveries.

Keen not to do things by half, Ferrari will recreate 70 individual liveries, to be used to create a maximum of 350 unique cars. This is ‘The Stirling’, which is inspired by the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB: winner of the 1961 Tourist Trophy with Stirling Moss at the wheel.

Hyundai RN302016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Thought Hyundai was all five-year warranties and dependability? Yeah, that causes a problem for Hyundai, as it wants to prove it is able to let its hair down once in a while. The RN30 is like Colin the accountant announcing his resignation in order to take up cage fighting.

Believe it or not, underneath that ‘expensive running shoes’ exterior you’ll find a humble i30. Its four-cylinder engine is chucking out a mighty 375hp and 333lb ft of torque, combining to create the wildest Hyundai the world has ever seen. It previews the company’s first performance N car, although we doubt the i30N will look quite this menacing. Somebody think of the children.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

For those who are about to race, the announcement of a new Porsche racing car is a big deal. The new 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 485hp – 25hp more than the outgoing GT3 Cup.

The huge rear wing lets the world know you’re a serious racer, while Porsche claims to have made significant changes under the skin, designed to improve reliability and make it easier for track-side maintenance.

Honda Civic Type R2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Few cars here in Paris have divided opinion quite like the Honda Civic Type R, but you need to get used to it because it’s coming fast – quite literally. Officially, the Paris show car is a concept, but it looks production-ready to us. In fact, it’s likely to make its debut at the SEMA show in November.

Honda hasn’t announced any performance figures, but you can’t dress up a car like Mr Angry without loading it with aggression. Besides, the Focus RS beat the current Type R in a punch-up and Honda isn’t about to let that happen again.

Ferrari 488 Spider 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Oh look, another one of those Ferrari party celebration cars. Whether they fall under ‘class’ or ‘crass’ is a matter for debate, but needless to say some look better than others. This is the 488 Spider, aka ‘The Green Jewel’, inspired by the green livery of the 365 P2 fielded by the David Piper Racing team.

Ferrari at 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Here are five examples for your viewing pleasure. Next year, Ferrari will embark on a world tour spanning 60 different countries.

Peugeot 3008 DKR2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The name says 3008, but the DKR has virtually nothing in common with the new Peugeot 3008 that’s coming to a supermarket car park near you. Sadly, your friendly Peugeot dealer won’t be offering a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel option.

That means you won’t be able to enjoy 340hp and 590lb ft of torque, not to mention an ability to drive over pretty much anything. Sand dunes, mountains, canyons, speed bumps – all no problem for the 3008 DKR, which starts its racing career next month.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

It wouldn’t be an international motor show without a car that is already sold out. The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is just like the regular LaFerrari, only with less roof. As you may have guessed, all 208 units have been spoken for. If your name’s not down…

Ferrari claims the Aperta retains the torsional rigidity of the tin-top version, which is a claim we’d like to test. Unfortunately, our name wasn’t down.

Renault Trezor2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Before you say anything, we know, the Renault Trezor is just a concept. But we figured the more buzz it receives, the more chance it has of making production. Besides, we’re happy to keep looking at it.

The photos don’t do it justice, so we’d encourage you to visit the Paris Motor Show, if only to gawp at its majesty. Keep an eye on the next Hot Wheels catalogue, because the Trezor is a sure-fire winner.

Jaguar F-Type SVR2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Another candidate for the list of cars we’d most like to leave Paris in: this is the storming SVR version of the Jaguar F-Type. We figure the short hop from Paris to Blighty would give us ample opportunity to enjoy the 575hp from its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine.

That active rear spoiler deploys at 60mph and combines with the flat underbody to give a top speed of 200mph.

BMW i82016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The big news from BMW is the announcement of a new and improved i3, with 50% more range. But three years on from its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the i8 remains every inch the showstopper.

In Paris, BMW unveiled a new Protonic Dark Silver Edition, which is set to go into production in December. It’s the colour Batman would choose, probably.

Ferrari 488 GTB 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

This is a ‘Ferrari at 70’ model we can get behind. It’s called ‘The Schumacher’ and, as its name suggests, it pays homage to Michael Schumacher’s F2003-GA of 2003.

Abarth 124 Spider2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Proof that good fun can come in small packages? This is the Abarth 124 Spider, complete with 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged engine developing 170hp. To our eyes, the Abarth looks streets ahead of its Fiat sibling, and the sub-seven-seconds 0-62mph time is a reason to be cheerful. As is the black bonnet.

Honda NSX2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Another motor show, another chance to see the Honda NSX. It feels like thing has done more shows than the Suzuki Jimny. First drives are taking place as we type. Soon you’ll be able to drive one for yourself.

Infiniti Q602016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

This is the car Infiniti hopes will steal sales from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series. It’s called the Q60 and it’s the first Infiniti to be powered by a twin-turbocharged engine. One is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing 211hp, but the other is a snarling 3.0-litre V6 with a mighty 405hp. Colour us intrigued.

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical carsWild concepts and crazy supercars might grab the headlines in Paris, but back in the real world, what are the cars you might be driving in 2017? We’ve selected some of the best practical cars at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Skoda KodiaqParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

A decade or so ago, it would have been crazy to start a motor show round-up gallery with a Skoda, but it just goes to prove how far the Czech brand has travelled. Without question, the Kodiaq SUV is one of the star attractions at the Paris Motor Show – it’s a car you know will sell like very hot cakes. The large off-roader was actually unveiled in Berlin earlier this month, but this is the first time the Kodiaq has been shown to the public.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but then the Kodiaq ticks a lot of very important boxes. It’s an SUV, so it enters a growing market; it’s a Skoda, so value is virtually guaranteed; plus it will be offered with a choice of either five or seven seats. It also helps that it looks cracking, especially under the bright lights of the Paris show. Bank on paying upwards of £23,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

Land Rover DiscoveryParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Do not adjust your set, this is indeed the new Land Rover Discovery. Much has changed since the first generation ‘Disco’ was launched in 1989 and the new one looks like a larger Discovery Sport. But is that necessarily a bad thing? After all, the Evoque and Discovery Sport are two of the most popular premium SUVs on the planet.

The Discovery had to change, of course. Faced with strong competition in the form of the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, the new Discovery has emerged with a fresh new look, a range of more efficient engines and improved technology. Prices start from £43,493 for the base Discovery S, but if you’re quick you can get your hands on a First Edition, priced at £62,695. Only 600 are coming to the UK.

Peugeot 3008Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

As expected, Peugeot is putting on quite a show at its home motor show, with the 3008 likely to be one of its most popular new models. It’s no coincidence that the new 3008 looks more SUV than it does MPV, because people carriers are like so yesterday, darling. The new 3008 is chunkier than before, with a raised right height adding a modicum of off-road ability.

The new Peugeot 3008 is actually smaller than the outgoing model, but thanks to a longer wheelbase there’s more space inside. It shows, because the cabin feels spacious, while the boot can swallow 520 litres of family life. Throw in a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, plus some class-leading technology, and we think the 3008 has what it takes to give the Nissan Qashqai a bloody nose.

Honda CivicParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Before the show got underway, the SMMT (Social of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) put on a display of British-built cars beneath the Eiffel Tower, one of which was the new Honda Civic. It’s fair to say that not everyone has welcomed the new styling, although it certainly stands out.

You may or may not like the exterior, but you’ll almost certainly appreciate the interior. The new cabin is a huge step forward, with a more premium feel and a semi-freestanding infotainment system. This is a big car for Britain, with the Swindon plant expected to build some 160,000 Civics a year, many of which will be exported around the world.

Audi Q5Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

This is a big deal for Audi, with the Q5 pushing even more upmarket and introducing a style that’s more in line with the Q7. The new Q5 switches from the MQB to the MLB platform, making it up to 90kg lighter than the outgoing model. Five engines will be available at launch, while a hot RS Q5 will follow in 2017.

Other big news from Paris includes the availability of air suspension – a first for the Q5 – along with LED rear lights and a future plug-in hybrid model. In common with other Audi generation changes, the styling is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but when parked side by side, we reckon the new Q5 will make the outgoing model look and feel a bit frumpy.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The humble people carrier is dead? Not according to Vauxhall, which has just refreshed its popular Zafira Tourer. The Opel-badged cars on show in Paris showcase a new, mildly refreshed face, which to our eyes is less appealing than before. Not that this matters, because the big news is on the inside.

The Zafira Tourer now boasts Vauxhall’s rather excellent OnStar personal assistant, while the clever Flex7 seating remains its standout feature. Aside from that it’s largely as you were. This truly is the mildest of midlife facelifts; a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. If you fancy a ‘new’ Zafira Tourer, you’re in luck, because they go on sale from the 1st October.

Renault AlaskanParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Renault Alaskan is to the Nissan Navara what the Fiat Fullback is to the Mitsubishi L200. In other words, it’s a thoroughly Japanese pick-up that’s been treated to a European makeover. The pick-up market is buoyant, so it’s little wonder Renault has chosen to enter this part of the light commercial vehicle sector for the first time.

Thanks to that huge badge at the front, it certainly looks like a Renault, and the engines will be familiar, too. In the UK at least, we expect the Alaskan to be powered by the same 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine found in the Renault Master van. If you like what you see – and we certainly do – the Alaskan is expected to arrive in the UK in the first half of 2017.

Peugeot 5008Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Wait, haven’t we featured this already? Actually, no, that was the Peugeot 3008. This is the 5008, Peugeot’s response to the Kodiaq. In other words, this is Peugeot’s new seven-seat SUV, which looks a whole lot better than the outgoing 5008.

It’s a cracking looking thing, especially at the rear, which is dominated by those claw-like lights and a rather striking design. Inside you’ll find a new i-Cockpit system, which is Peugeot’s version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, but with a French twist. It’s totally driver-focused and includes an 8-inch touchscreen and 12.3-in digital cluster. If this is the future of the MPVSUV, we rather like it.

Mitsubishi OutlanderParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been treated to a makeover, with a new EV priority switch, designed to keep the car in electric mode when required. You’ll also find an electric handbrake and auto hold function, plus support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is a welcome addition, because the current Outlander isn’t blessed with the greatest of infotainment systems.

The Outlander diesel now gets a PHEV-style full length console with electric handbrake, smartphone link and a host of new safety features. The new Mitsubishi Outlander diesel will arrive in the UK at the end of 2017.

Audi A5/S5 SportbackParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

If the Audi A5 coupe is a little too cramped for your liking, Audi has a ready-made answer in the form of the new A5 Sportback. Available as both an A5 and a sportier S5, the cars boast an additional two doors, as well as more cabin space.

The Sportback is 17mm longer than the coupe and it’s fair to say it’s not as attractive as the three-door version. But on the plus side, the cabin is noticeably larger, with more shoulder space and knee room, plus an additional 15 litres of luggage space.

Mitsubishi ASXParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Ahead of its imminent launch, the Mitsubishi ASX has sharpened up its act with an interpretation of the so-called ‘Dynamic Shield’ visual identity. Highlights include a revised front bumper, chrome streaks and an upper grille that connects with the headlights. It’s a good look, right?

Other features include a shark fin antenna, more supportive rear seats and a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine. You can order your new ASX in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Suzuki SX4 S-CrossParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a much improved car, although the jury is still out over the new face. Look beyond that ‘Vanden Plas’ grille and you’ll find the brilliant 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, which replaces the old 1.6-litre unit. It’s a terrific engine: eager to rev hard when the mood takes you, but frugal when the mood doesn’t.

In common with other Suzukis, you get the impression you’re getting far more for your money. It might be a credible rival to the Nissan Qashqai, but the pricing structure is more in line with the Juke. And it’s well-equipped, too. Prices start from below £15,000 and the SX4 S-Cross is available from October.

Renault KoleosParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Renault Koleos has made its European debut in Paris and the big news is, it’s coming to the UK. It is to the Nissan X-Trail what the Renault Kadjar is to the Nissan Qashqai. In other words, the Renault shares its platform with its Japanese counterpart, with the Koleos receiving a French makeover.

To our eyes, the Koleos is more appealing than the X-Trail, especially in the range-topping Initiale Paris trim shown here at the show. Renault is promising class-leading space for passengers and the latest four-wheel drive technology. It’s set to go on sale in the UK in summer 2017, by which time we should know more about the engines, specs and prices.

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the carsIn 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.

Alfa Romeo Giulia VeloceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 SportbackParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Citroen C3Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Citroen CXperienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Dacia DusterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 MCVParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 ApertaParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 TParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Honda CivicParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 RParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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?

Hyundai i10Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Hyundai i30Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 ConceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Kia RioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 RoadsterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 DiscoveryParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 WorksParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Opel Ampera-EParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 6Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 conceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Mitsubishi OutlanderParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 MicraParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Peugeot 3008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Peugeot 5008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Renault AlaskanParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Renault ClioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Renault KoleosParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Renault TrezorParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Renault ZoeParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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-PerienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Skoda KodiaqParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

There’s also an all-electric version of the four-door Smart ForFour. Both models will go on sale in 2017.

Suzuki IgnisParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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 CrossParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Volkswagen I.D.Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

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.

Fresh styling and Windows connectivity for 2016 Volvo V40

volvo v40 frontVolvo has given its V40 hatchback a facelift for 2016, incorporating its new look onto its bestselling model.

This consists of the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlights, similar to the new XC90, S90 and V90 models, plus a new grille featuring a more striking Volvo badge.

Other additions include new colours, alloy wheels and  interior panel trims, as well as a substantial upgrade of the Volvo On Call smartphone app.

It now incorporates Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, which allows voice-control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones, tablets and even regular PCs.

volvo v40 rear

Other updates include a calendar function, which connects the user’s personal calendar to the mobile app, then transfers appointment destinations to the car’s sat nav.

The system will also feature a ‘Flic’ button, allowing the driver to program a ‘smart button’ for a particular function, such as locking the car or as a shortcut to Volvo On Call services.

Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, Nick Connor, said: “The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in the UK, making it a vital car for the company. With the updates for Model Year 2017, we’re making this already very successful model even more attractive to customers.”