Here are five from the show that aren’t just a designer’s dream, however, but also set for production.
The Bavarian Motor Works started the coupe-style SUV trend in 2008 with the BMW X6, and this concept previews its sportier version of the compact X1. BMW’s sixth SUV is due in 2018, sitting on the same ‘UKL’ front-wheel-drive platform as the X1 and 2 Series GT (plus Mini models). As with the X6 and X4, related to the X5 and X3 respectively, the X2 will not only look sportier than the X1 but will be engineered for a more dynamic driving experience. BMW concepts are traditionally very close to what you will actually see in showrooms.
The last big sedan from this French brand was the C6 that cost about $100,000 in Australia. This 4.85-metre-long concept points to a successor, though also promotes plug-in hybrid technology, future interior design possibilities, and comfort-focused engineering. A 200kW combined power output is derived from an electric motor and a conventional petrol engine. An electric-only range of 60km is quoted. The Cxperience also features Citroen’s Advanced Comfort hydraulic suspension, which aims to place Citroens among the best-riding cars in the world. The design is striking inside and out. The cabin features citrus-yellow upholstery and trim, with a 19-inch horizontal display protruding out of a wraparound wooden dash.
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R PROTOTYPE
The last Honda Civic Type R looked set to come to Australia before the plan was aborted. The production version of this Prototype will make it, though – expected for the second half of 2017. This more aggressive take on the Honda Civic five-door hatch includes 20-inch wheels sitting in chunky wheel arches, and a front splitter and side skirts made from carbon fibre. There’s also a huge rear hatch spoiler. On the grille is a red ‘H’ Honda logo that’s a trademark for Type R models. Honda didn’t reveal engine or performance details for the Prototype, though the production version is tipped to use the previous model’s 228kW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder.
Korean brand Hyundai will take its first bold step into performance territory in 2017 with the i30 N hot-hatch. It’s previewed in the most extreme manner by the track-focused RN30, which includes weight-reduction measures to enhance speed. More relevant to the i30 N that will rival cars such as the VW Golf GTI, Renault Megane RS, Ford Focus RS and aforementioned Honda Civic Type R is the drivetrain. It features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine sending 280kW and 451Nm to all four wheels, with an electric limited slip differential also employed to help get that power and torque to the ground. A range of Hyundai N models are planned, with the division headed by a former BMW performance chief.
VISION MERCEDES-MAYBACH 6
Benz’s super-sleek super-coupe was first seen in August at the US’s Pebble Beach Concourse but made its motor show debut in Paris – ahead of a 2017 production version. At nearly six metres long, the second Mercedes-Maybach model will take on the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The long-wheelbase, two-plus-two-seater two-door concept sits on massive 24-inch wheels, features gullwing doors, and its grille is inspired by the pinstripe suit. An electric drivetrain produces 550kW and a 500km range.
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