10 reasons the Paris Motor Show is not to be missed
Even though many OEMs declined the Parisian invitation this year, the Mondial de l'Automobile will be electrifying the public. Home player PSA is finally boarding the (PH)EV train, while most visitors revisit their classics. Here are 10 highlights to look out for.
The (hybrid) electrics
1. Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept
As the fourth and final member of the PSA SUV quadruplets, the Citroën C5 Aircross gains access to innovations like a suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats. It is also the first Citroën to come in a plug-in hybrid version, previewed by this concept.
2. DS3 Crossback E-Tense
The DS3 Crossback replaces the successful DS3, but as its suffix indicates, it moves into the crossover zone. This French Audi Q2 challenger comes with a plethora of ADAS and a digital key to make sharing easier. Last but not least: the E-Tense electric version features a 50 kWh-battery with a 300 km range.
3. Kia e-Niro
After the Soul, the Niro is Kia’s second fully electric vehicle. Just like its cousin, the Hyundai Kona Electric, the e-Niro can travel 485 km on a single charge thanks to its 64-kWh battery. The entry-level e-Niro contents itself with 39.2 kWh and 320 km (WLTP).
4. Lexus ES
The GS rests in peace and has passed the torch to the Toyota Camry-based ES. Indeed, a front-wheel drive E-segment saloon with a hybrid powertrain. Interesting novelty: the Pre-Collision system can recognise cyclists in the dark thanks to a set of highly advanced sensors.
5. Peugeot 508 SW Plug-in
A double premiere for Peugeot: the estate version of its revamped 508 and its very first plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 132-kW 1.6 petrol engine is combined with a 80-kW electric motor fed by a 11.8-kWh battery, which gives it a 40-km all-electric range.
6. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
The Auris hands the torch back to the Corolla, the name of a car that has topped the global sales charts for decades. The estate version has a longer wheelbase for more cabin space. For the first time Toyota offers two hybrid powertrains, an economic and a more dynamic one.
The revisited classics
1. Audi Q3
The compact crossover gains access to technologies until now the privilege of the A6. Thanks to swarm intelligence cars warn each other of hazardous spots such as fog or black ice, report current speed limits and indicate roadside parking availability.
2. BMW 3 Series
24 hours ahead of its world premiere, images of BMW's core fleet model have leaked, revealing a mini-5 Series with an X5-inspired dashboard. Rumour has it there will be two PHEV versions, the most modest of which would carry the powertrain from the Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4.
3. Renault Kadjar Phase 2
The facelifted Kadjar features a redesigned front, enhanced materials in the cabin and a bigger display for the infotainment system. Under the bonnet there is a brand-new 1.3 TCe petrol engine. The diesels now carry the Blue prefix to indicate they are Euro 6d-temp compliant.
4. SEAT Tarraco
This is the Spanish interpretation of the Skoda Kodiaq/VW Tiguan Allspace. Power comes from the brand-new 1.5 TSI or the reengineered 2.0 TDI. ADAS such as Lane and Front Assist including bicycle and pedestrian detection will be standard.