The 2019 Geneva motor show is set to officially commence on March 5 and, like in the previous iteration, auto manufacturers from across the globe are preparing to debut and/or showcase their products and technologies to a global audience. The 89th edition of the show is set to feature cars ranging from affordable hatchbacks to high-end luxury and performance cars and some eye catching concepts as well.
Here is a look at some of the cars you should look out for at the show:
BMW 7 Series facelift
BMW is set to showcase the 7 Series facelift at its podium alongside a number of its other models. Revealed in January, BMW’s updated flagship sedan features styling revisions to the exterior, improved tech and materials inside the cabin, and there’s a greater focus on refinement. Under the hood is range of petrol and diesel engines including hybrids and a range-topping V12.
2019 BMW 7 Series image gallery
Skoda’s entry-level SUV, the Kamiq, shares its underpinnings with the VW T-Cross and was previewed last year by the Vision X concept. Styling adheres to Skoda's family design cues and draws inspiration from the Vision X, with a split headlamp setup, a wide grille and subtle character lines. Interior design is similar to the Scala hatchback with a touchscreen with a ‘hand-rest shelf’ atop the centre console and a digital instrument cluster. Engine options include a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Skoda Kamiq image gallery
Tata created a big buzz at the Auto Expo last year with the H5X SUV and the 45X hatchback concepts. Now, the automaker is set to shake things up at Geneva with the reveal of the production 45X, called the Altroz. Set to launch in India later this year, the Altroz will closely follow the 45X’s design and will be offered with a pair of 1.2-litre turbo and non-turbo petrol engines. A diesel engine option is yet to be confirmed.
Upcoming Tata Altroz hatchback: What we know so far
Mahindra-owned Pininfarina is set to debut the all-electric hypercar, the Battista, at the motor show. Named after the company’s founder, Pininfarina claims the car will be an all-wheel-drive, two-seater that will offer 1,900hp and 2,300Nm, and a 0-100kph time of ‘under 2 seconds’. The 0-300kph sprint should be achieved in less than 12 seconds. The Battista is expected to have a range of around 482km.
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Sitting between the Tivoli and the Rexton, the new Korando borrows styling details from the SIV 2 concept that the brand debuted at the 2016 Geneva motor show and the larger Rexton. Inside, the new-gen SUV follows a cleaner clutter-free dashboard design with a large central touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster that minimises the use of buttons. Under the hood, expect a new 1.6-litre diesel and an all-electric version as well.
Tata Vision Hornbill micro-SUV concept
Another one of the big unveils by Tata will be the Vision Hornbill micro SUV concept, which is based on Tata’s new Alfa platform. The rival to the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and the production version of the Maruti Future S concept will slot below the Nexon in the company’s line-up. The production-spec Hornbill is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020.
Tata H7X Concept
Alongside the Hornbill, Tata is also set to debut the H7X concept – the seven-seat derivative of the Harrier. Due to launch in India during the second-half of 2019, the production-spec H7X will be 62mm longer than the Harrier due to a larger rear overhang in order to accommodate the third row of seats. Tata plans to give the production SUV a different name and tweaked styling to better differentiate it from the Harrier. The model will also get a more powerful, BS-VI-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is expected to make an excess of 170hp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options for the SUV will include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox.
Tata H7X likely to feature rotary gear selector, electronic parking brake
7-seat Tata Harrier (H7X) teased ahead of Geneva unveil
Tata 45X EV concept
While the Altroz will make its public debut as a production hatchback, Tata is will also be bringing an all-electric 45X concept to Geneva. The 45X EV aims to display the electrification potential of products based on Tata’s Alfa architecture and is a follow-up to the EVision sedan concept from last year, which showcased the EV-readiness of the Omega platform. While not much is known about the 45X EV at t
All-electric Tata 45X India launch likely within 2 years
Skoda Vision iV concept
Skoda’s all-electric SUV concept, the iV, draws inspiration for the Vision E concept that debuted in 2017. Teasers of the SUV suggest a coupe-like profile as seen on the Vision E though with notable changes to the front and rear including the addition of more conventional bumpers and a grille. Sketches of the cabin suggest a minimalist design with a high-set central touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster and minimal control surfaces.
Kia performance EV concept
Kia has teased a yet unnamed all-electric performance car concept, which will be unveiled in the coming days. Expected to be a showcase for the brand’s technologies, the teaser hints at a car with a low, wide stance, a heavily sculpted bonnet, slim LED lamps housed within the grille and cameras for rear view mirrors. There are no details about the concept’s powertrain, yet.