Although automakers are increasingly turning their backs on car shows, the annual Geneva car show remains one of the most important dates on the calendar. Historically, the industry elite has chosen Geneva to present its latest and best models. In recent years, the event has expanded to offer large and small companies a place to show their efforts in the fields of electrification, connectivity and autonomy. The performance and the technology collided again in a spectacular show of creativity during the 2019 edition of the event.
From the buggy of the future to a Kia with bionic eyes, here are the most captivating cars that stand out under the spotlight at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. Spoiler alert: most of them are electrified to a certain extent.
ALFA ROMEO TONALE
Even a company like Alfa Romeo that values tradition can not escape the two waves that currently extend throughout the automotive industry. It unveiled a concept close to the production called Tonale that takes the form of a plug-in hybrid crossover. Preview the model that, when it arrives at the exhibition halls, will be located under the Stelvio to compete against the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. Most of the concept technology, including the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch touchscreen, will transition from the display floor to the display floor.
AUDI Q4 E-TRON
The Audi product plan calls for the release of no less than 12 fully electric cars by 2025. The concept that the firm presented in Geneva gives an idea of what one of them will look like. Called Q4 E-Tron, it is a high performance model with a softer and more rounded design than what we are used to seeing in Audi. Its cabin is full of technical features, including a set of digital instruments configurable by the driver and an evolution of the MMI Touch Response infotainment system.
Although presented as a concept, the Audi Q4 E-Tron will come to production in late 2020 or early 2021.
HONDA E PROTOTYPE
Prototype E is the kind of car we would have expected Apple, not Honda, to build. Urban, electric, design and minimalist but advanced, it is a close production car that anticipates the final evolution of the Urban EV concept that we saw in 2017. Each part is new, including a triple screen information and entertainment system that seems surprisingly intuitive to use, the rear view camera technology that sends the mirrors of the conventional doors to the way of the carburetor and an electric power train that places the motor on the rear wheels. Honda promises about 124 miles of range.
Production will begin in 2019, but there is a catch. Honda confirmed that the Prototype E will not be sold in the United States. Its design and technology will influence the EVs that the company plans to offer here in early 2020.
The Imagine concept of Kia does not seem like anything else the firm has ever done. We will let you judge whether that is good or not. LEDs give your front a high-tech look, and inaugurate the next evolution of the Kia logo. Inside, the South Korean company installed no fewer than 21 carefully arranged screens one behind the other to display the information and entertainment system, as well as vital information about the car and its surroundings. Why 21? It’s “a humorous response to the industry’s current obsession with the ever-increasing dashboard screens,” according to Kia.
Nissan’s IMQ concept has a design similar to that of hot wheels with large wheels, an unusually high line of belts and tiny windows. Clearly, it is not quite ready for production, but it is a sign of the direction the company’s design department could take in the coming years. It is semi-autonomous and powered by a 335-horsepower hybrid powertrain that offers similar performance to the V6, impressive fuel economy and the peace of mind of all-wheel drive. According to Nissan, you could reach a road near you sooner rather than later.
Volvo decided not to participate in the Geneva Auto Show 2019, but the sister company Polestar attended the event to present its first mass-produced car. Named 2, it is an electric sedan mash-up aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3, and has the power, technology and appearance to back its aggression. Polestar cites 400 horsepower, four-wheel drive, around 275 miles of range and an Android-based entertainment and entertainment system. The price will start at approximately $ 60,000, which is expensive for a car of this size, but Model 3 has shown that the market is there.
VOLKSWAGEN ID BUGGY
Volkswagen demonstrated the almost unlimited flexibility of its MEB vehicle platform by unveiling a modern buggy in Geneva. The design study takes the form of a dune buggy for two people that runs on batteries and channels the spirit of the original, the Manx based on Beetles, sold between 1964 and 1971 without copying it completely. Although it seems to be simply a style exercise for the auto show, Volkswagen told Getintoblog that it will join an outside manufacturer to bring the model to production in 2021.
WHO ELSE WAS IN GENEVA?
The cars mentioned above are some of the highlights of the show, but the list of presentations includes dozens of models from companies located throughout the automotive spectrum. Mercedes-Benz presented the faceted GLC, and revealed the CLA Shooting Brake. It is a familiar version of the CLA sedan that is not sold in the United States. Mitsubishi and Subaru had a concept car ready for the adventure, and Smart showed a follow-up of the Forease concept that was presented in 2018. Jeep was hybrid, Volkswagen launched a 300-horsepower crossover and Mazda expanded its portfolio of Driving Model with the CX-30.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUPERCARS?
Switzerland is better known for its delicious chocolate than for its super-fast super rapids. Almost no automotive industry, so it is a neutral ground where the high-end manufacturers of Europe, Asia and America come together to fight for the attention of enthusiasts, and for the wallet of wealthy buyers, on an equal footing. Geneva normally presents an impressive supercar show, and 2019 was no different.
Ferrari unveiled a new model called F8 Tribute that replaces the 488 GTB. It has a 3.9-liter V8 engine with two twin turbochargers that offers 720 monstrous horsepower. Arch-rival Lamborghini unveiled two world-class supercars: the Aventador SVJ Roadster and the Hurricane Evo Spyder. Aston Martin attended the event to get a preview of an electric gas hypercar called Project 003, and his secondary brand Lagonda showed us an electric SUV concept that could become a competitor of Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Koenigsegg Jesko, 1,600 horsepower, and Bugatti La Voiture Noire Bugatti La Voiture Noire, $ 19 million, also made their way under the lights at the Palexpo convention center.