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Paris motor show 2018 – all the models from new SUVs to all-electric

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 25/09/2018 Ed Wiseman


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The 2018 Paris Motor Show is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, joining Geneva and Frankfurt on the continent's automotive calendar. It will take place in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from Thursday Oct 4 to Sunday Oct 14, with two additional press preview days on the 2nd and 3rd.

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We've put together an A-Z of what you need to know ahead of the show's opening, with all the new car launches and latest information - from much anticipated SUVs such as the BMW X5, to all-electric models by Mercedes and Peugeot. We'll also be on the ground covering the Paris motor show live, with news and analysis from Telegraph motoring correspondent Andrew English. 

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Audi

One of the show’s most hotly anticipated models is the E-Tron all-electric SUV. This will be Audi’s first proper EV, and with a range of around 250 miles in WLTP testing, it comes close to the standard set by the Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Kona.

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Audi will also be bringing its new A1 supermini, as well as the updated Q3 SUV, which we've already driven and which we rather like. The German brand still operates very much at the premium end of the market, and its cars are markedly more expensive than their more mainstream equivalents – it will be interesting to see how Audi’s latest price points are received.

BMW

The Bavarians are bringing a generous spread of new metal to Paris, the most eye-catching being the new Z4. Developed alongside Toyota’s new Supra, the Z4 is a two-door roadster with some quite serious hardware beneath the bonnet. It’s likely to cost around £50,000 when it arrives in the UK, and we look forward to hearing your opinions on it next month.

Less exciting but arguably more important is the 3-Series. This upmarket motorway cruiser is one of Germany’s bestsellers, and it’s always been a favourite here at The Telegraph thanks to its keen handling and well-appointed interior, but this year will see a raft of plug-in electric technology applied to this iconic saloon. The new X5 SUV, one of the original premium SUV models, will also be shown to the world at Paris this year, though it now competes in a very crowded market.

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The 8-Series is a new grand tourer designed to sit at the top of BMW’s non-SUV range. It’s a replacement for the 6-Series, a well-regarded but largely outdated coupé available in two- or four-door format, and like the 6 will one day be available with an ‘M’ badge and the power to match. Expect the next-generation iDrive infotainment system, and the xDrive all-wheel drive transmission.

Citroen

You’d think that Citroen, playing on home turf, would have several new models on display at their Paris stand. But instead they’re bringing a concept, some art cars, some old hat and the new C5 Aircross model, which is far from their most radical work.

We expect it to be comfy, keenly priced and practical, albeit less distinctive than Citroen models of recent years. 

DS

The DS 3 is not our favourite thing on four wheels, but the new 3 Crossback looks set to win hearts and minds in Britain. Many small SUVs like this are hopelessly compromised, but the way DS deals with space will be crucial to the car’s success. DS has also built a concept car, which from what we’ve seen is as as beautiful as it is physically unviable.

Ferrari

The Monza SP1 and SP2 are a brace of limited-edition single- and two-seaters that loosely allude to the 750 and 860 Monza sports racers of the 1950s. Both models come with a tuned version of the V12 used in the 812 Superfast, and are expected to reach 60mph in under 3 seconds. Ferrari plans to sell 500 of these cars to “eligible customers”.

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Hyundai

We rather like the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch, so we’ll be interested to see what the i30 Fastback N looks like when the Korean brand unveils it at Paris on the weekend. It’s a four-door liftback, similar in scope to the Vauxhall Insignia GSi, with a choice of two power outputs combines (in theory) with the same energetic dynamics of the hatchback. In 271bhp form, this will be quite a serious car, challenging premium and performance brands in a way that Hyundai hasn’t quite managed before.

Kia

Having dropped its apostrophe, the Ceed regains the letters 'GT'. With around 200bhp it’s nowhere near as powerful as the hot hatch big boys, but this nimble little warm hatch strengthens the Koreans’ case against the European B-segment mainstream – as well as the Ford Focus. Buyers will be able to choose between a manual and an automatic (the old cars were all stick shift) and will enjoy an “enhanced” aural note from the various acoustic trickery that Kia has installed around the exhaust system.

The Proceed might have a similarly silly name, but this estate version is another compelling contender. It’ll come to Britain with the full range of engines, including the same 201bhp 1.6 from the Ceed GT. It’s great-looking, it’s practical, it’s reliable and it’s keenly priced, but will it sell? British buyers are easily beguiled by premium badges, the technical superiority of which is dwindling as the budget brands improve.

Lexus

Lexus will bring its facelifted RC coupé to Paris. Exterior sculpting and a raft of interior improvements could help this Japanese Mercedes compete against its actual Mercedes rivals, which currently outsell it by several orders of magnitude – data suggests there are around 1,600 RCs on British roads in total, compared with literally billions of C-classes. Still, the RC is positively common compared to the new LC Limited Edition, of which only ten examples are expected to arrive in the UK.

Mercedes

We’re quite looking forward to seeing Merc’s new all-electric EQ up close again, following its launch a few weeks ago. It’s a handsome thing, though critics were disappointed by its 280-mile range, which falls short of the latest EVs.

An interesting introduction to the UK market is the A-Class saloon. Small saloon cars have never been as popular in Britain as they are in other parts of Europe, but Mercedes-Benz obviously thinks there’s enough of a market to compete with the Audi A3 saloon, which is also consistently less popular here than abroad. 

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The B-Class will also ‘b’ in Paris. It’s far from Merc’s most exciting car but its upright nature and all-round practicality make it a family favourite, while the manufacturer claims the tech and safety features inherited from the range-topping S-class make it one of the most advanced too.

And then of course there’s the GLE, which is your archetypal premium SUV. Mercedes wants you to know that it’s “as comfortable on the road as a luxury saloon”, yet comes with “better off-road credentials than ever before”, which is a photocopy of pretty much every other SUV press release we’ve ever had from a premium brand.

Peugeot

Peugeot will announce hybrid versions of almost all its cars. The 508 saloon, 508 SW estate, and 3008 SUV (which we had on long-term test for a while) will all get plug-in capabilities, and we expect the company to tell us more about an all-electric battery-electric 208 model, anticipated next year or the year after. This is a significant step towards electrification for Peugeot, and could have some implications for Vauxhall models, which use some of the same underlying technology.

Oh yeah, about the 508 SW. This is the wagon version of the 508 SW, which we rather like but which probably won’t sell in huge numbers over here. Peugeot’s estate is arguably the most attractive in the segment and we’re always excited to see a new car that isn’t an SUV.

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It wouldn’t be a French motor show stand without a concept, though. Peugeot’s e-Legend might have an awkward name but this clean, boxy, angular coupé – which resembles the timeless 504 – is an extremely attractive show car in the retro-futuristic tradition.

Porsche

The updated Macan will be revealed at Paris 2018. Or rather, it will be revealed to Europe at Paris 2018. It’s already been revealed in Shanghai to the Chinese market, which consumes around one in three of all Macans made.

Renault

The Kadjar gets a mild facelift and a new engine this year. It’s far from the most exciting news at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and we’re hoping for some left-field concept car action to take the limelight on the Renault stand, but ultimately the 1.3-litre four-pot in the Kadge is likely to be of more relevance to British buyers than any of the more flamboyant show cars. Either way, expect an off-diary surprise from Renault. 

Seat

The Seat Tarraco and Seat Arona TGI will be revealed at Paris, while punters will be able to get up close and personal with the Cupra Ateca for the first time. Frankly all these cars look pretty much the same, and none of them are likely to excite anyone outside the industry, but they underline Seat’s ongoing determination to absolutely nail this SUV thing.

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Skoda

But oh wait. There’s more. The Karoq is another pretty decent, if dull, example of the SUV breed, and next year it’ll be available with four-wheel drive. The Skoda Karoq Scout isn’t exactly an off-roader but the modicum of stability provided by the 4x4 system almost justifies those exaggerated plastic wheel arch trims. Skoda will bring a mildly sporty version of the Karoq, called the Karoq Sportline, to Paris too.

Marginally more exciting will be the unveiling of the Kodiaq RS. We rather like the Octavia VRS, for example, and we hope that the application of that same energy to Skoda’s SUV range will have similarly pleasing effects. A 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 237bhp sounds pretty punchy, anyway.

Suzuki

One of the most drooled-over cars of 2018 is the Suzuki Jimny, which has beguiled motoring journalists with its chunky charm since spy shots began leaking over a year ago. It’s cramped, dynamically compromised and only scored three stars in Euro NCAP testing, but that doesn’t stop “car people” from admiring its utilitarian aesthetics and old-school off-road agility. There’s a new Vitara, too, which is obviously a better car in every measurable way but which doesn’t have quite the same cult following.

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Toyota

The Rav4 was one of the original SUVs that helped to define this segment during the 1990s, yet today it’s a bit of an outsider in the British market, outperformed technically and commercially by more popular European rivals. That could be about to change, however, with the new, better-looking Rav4, which will be available in the UK with a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.

The Camry is back in Britain after a 15-year hiatus. Only a tiny number of people will find that fact exciting, but given that you’re 1,700 words into this article, you’re probably one of them. This Mondeo-rival is likely to be boring but extremely practical, reliable and cost-effective to run, which (despite what other manufacturers say) is what a lot of buyers are secretly looking for. The 2.5-litre petrol-electric combo makes another appearance in this completely okay-looking saloon, which essentially replaces the ageing Avensis in Toyota’s model line-up.

VinFast

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The Vietnamese brand will unveil an SUV and a saloon, developed in conjunction with Pininfarina. Both will go on sale in Vietnam in September 2019, with sales in Europe to follow. Bucking the industry trend, the Vietnamese public voted on their favourite design from a range of options presented last October 2017.

The company says it is rapidly developing other vehicles “that meet international standards and customer expectations in terms of design, quality, dynamics, premium in-car features and the ownership experience”. Cool.

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