2019 Lexus UX
Lexus will debut its production-spec UX compact crossover at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6. This new, highly stylized, five-seat crossover will slot under the NX crossover, meaning it will be the most affordable and most dimensionally tidy vehicle in Lexus’ lineup.
The UX will accompany Lexus’ new three-row version of the RX, the RX L, along with the new two-row and less expensive version of the LX 570. Sitting atop Lexus’ range of crossovers and SUVs is the LF-1 Limitless – a concept crossover that will soon be Lexus’s flagship vehicle.
Yes, times are indeed changing as Toyota’s luxury brand revamps itself from a sedan-heavy automaker to one that specialized in cushy crossovers. We’ll know more about the 2019 Lexus UX come March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, check out what we know below.
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Kia Teases the K900 Sedan Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show
Kia has released a teaser image of its upcoming K900 flagship sedan. The redesigned model is due to hit dealerships and showrooms sometime this year as a 2019 model. Despite only being introduced in 2015 in the U.S., the need for an update became important after the model went through a rocky 2017 that saw only 455 units find new owners for the whole year. The new K900 is expected to debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show in late March.
2019 Volvo V60
After several years with slow sales and dated products, Volvo began to revive its vehicle lineup with a new architecture and a fresh design language. It started things off with the XC90 in 2014, but several models followed suit until 2017. The V60 remained the oldest car in the lineup to still feature the old design, but this just changed ahead of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, as Volvo unveiled a new compact station wagon. After struggling to compete against similar offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi for nearly eight years, the V60 finally has what it takes to climb higher in the compact premium segment.
Essentially a shrunken V90 on the outside, the V60 boasts the same tech and safety packages as the larger Volvo models. This makes it the most advanced vehicle in its class, despite both the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon still being relatively new. It also gained most of the V90’s drivetrain lineup, which includes both gasoline and diesel mills, as well as a hybrid. But unlike the V90, the V60 gets a second, less powerful hybrid drivetrain for customers looking for a more affordable electrified vehicle. But let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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2018 Pininfarina HK GT
The gearheads out there will likely recognize the first part of that title. Pininfarina is best known for its hot-blooded sports car designs, which include hits like the ’67 275 GTB/4, ’72 Dino 246 GTS, and the modern Sergio, as well as a slew of models for Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, and Maserati. If you’re still drawing a blank, I’ll just sum it up with this – Pininfarina is a legendary design house in Italy, one which has produced truly head-turning work since 1930. It’s latest effort is this new concept GT car, but it’s not exactly what you’re thinking. You see, while Pininfarina is on tap the sketch the sexy bits outside, a Hong Kong-based technology firm known as Hybrid Kinetic Group tackled the technical bits under the skin. The result of this partnership is called the Pininfarina HK GT, a title which is a little matter-of-fact for our taste, but that’s beyond the point. The point is this thing is headed for a reveal at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, and it promises a tech-heavy and eco-friendly take on the ’ole sporty Italian gran tourer formula.
Teased a month prior to the show with a pair of shadowy images, we’re still waiting for the full rundown on this thing. That said, the Pininfarina HK GT looks to be somewhat of a break from nearly 90 years of Pininfarina tradition. In a post to its Facebook page, the Italian design house states that “Time has come for a new Pininfarina masterpiece combining stylistic research with environmental sustainability.” The HK GT is the fourth such collaborative effort we’ve seen from Pininfarina and the Hybrid Kinetic group, with the other three examples being the H600 from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, as well as the five-seater K550 SUV and seven-seater K750 that showed in Shanghai last year. With four of these types of reveals in just two years’ time, it’s looking like a new chapter at Pininfarina.
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Cupra’s first model, the Cupra Ateca, comes to the market with 296 horsepower, a new seven-speed DSG transmission, all-wheel-drive system, and it even has an Otto Particulate Filter System to combat those pesky emissions. This is the first model from the Cupra brand now that it has split away from SEAT, and it will be followed by models like the Cupra Arona, Cupra TCR race car, and the Cupra Ibiza.
Corbellati – it’s not a brand you’re probably familiar with, but it is known to artists, art enthusiasts, and jewel collectors. History aside, the family brand has decided to branch out into the automotive world, and its first attempt is a big one. I’m talking about, of course, the Corbellati Missile – a car that’s billed with the high expectation of being the world’s fastest car, Buggati, Koenigsegg, and Hennessey be damned. Little about the car is known at this point, but it does sport a purely Italian design and promises 1,800 horsepower and a top speed that breaches the 310-mph range. The power credentials are certainly there, but whether or not it will live up to the hype remains to be seen.
Skepticism aside, the Missile is set to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show this March, and we’ll certainly learn more about these very bold claims from a brand that’s relatively unheard of in the automotive world. Before that happens, let’s take a quick look at the teaser images we have and talk a little more about it.
2018 Giugiaro EV Saloon
Giorgetto Giugiaro, along with his son, Fabrizio Giugiaro, is debuting an all-new, fully electric luxury sedan at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6. The yet-named concept car will hail from GFG Style – a family company named after the father and son duo – and will showcase the marriage of beauty and technology.
The four-seater was jointly developed with Envision; a Chinese energy management company focused on cutting-edge technology. Together, the pair designed the car to operate autonomously using the Internet of Things, while also offering a fun driving experience when the driver wants to take the wheel.
In a statement about the car, Giorgetto Giugiaro said, “As my 80th birthday gets closer, I’m preparing a car to commemorate it. The prototype is a full four-seater electric salon, combining luxury, sportiness, space, and dynamism, along with a steering wheel, as I could not bring myself to eliminate it.”
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Leaked: 2019 Cupra Ibiza
Like a teenager that had to navigate through rocky adolescent years, the Seat Ibiza Cupra has evolved from an ugly duckling to a fierce swan, if such a thing existed. The hot hatch’s impressive evolution shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, because Cupra is now going at it alone after breaking off from the Seat mothership to become a standalone performance brand. As far as first impressions go, Cupra is on the right track because leaked photos of the Cupra Ibiza reveal a hot hatch that looks ready to steal some thunder from its rivals.
2018 Smart ForTwo EQ
Mercedes-Benz’s eye toward the future boldly saw a fully electric, fully autonomous concept car debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Hailing from its Smart division, the concept took cues from the production Smart ForTwo and injected predictions of what the future might hold. Less than a year later, the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show will be the launch pad for a production version of the car. It’s called the Smart ForTwo EQ and its ramifications to big city car sharing could be felt for centuries to come.
Smart is set to debut the car on March 6 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. We’ll know much more when the time comes, but until then, let’s look at what we can expect.
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2018 Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition
If you enjoy wearing a cap, leather jacket, and driving gloves to break the brisk English air whilst on an open-air drive to afternoon tea at the local Lord’s manor, then perhaps a Morgan is the proper automobile for you.
Steeped in British automotive history, Morgan is a holdout to the legacy days of automobiles. Its Plus 8 model features a hand-built body that harks back to designs of the 1930s while its aluminum chassis and 4.8-liter BMW V-8 add modern reliability and performance. But the days of this naturally aspirated V-8 are coming to a close at Morgan. To celebrate the free-breathing engine’s last hurrah, Morgan is building 50 special edition models of the Plus 8, appropriately called the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition.
Morgan is set to debut the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6. In anticipation of the debut, the British automaker released a teaser video showing only a few dimly lit details.
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Launched in 2015, the 991-generation GT3 RS was a significant update over the GT3 and a big departure from the previous car design-wise, having borrowed base bodywork from the Turbo model. On the other hand, the 4.0-liter inline-six was pretty much identical to the 997-generation GT3 RS 4.0 model, as was the 500-horsepower output, a bit of letdown for those expecting a more powerful car. This minor inconvenience was fixed with the upgraded GT3 RS, which gained a more potent engine now that the standard GT3 has been updated to the same 4.0-liter mill. Set to make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 991.2 GT3 RS might just be the last naturally aspirated GT3 model.
Unleashed on public roads in early 2017 as a prototype, the new GT3 RS isn’t exactly new. Heavily based on the GT3, it shares many features with its non-RS sibling and it takes a closer look to spot the differences inside and out. But it’s the engine that sets the RS apart thanks to an extra 20 horsepower, as well as the fact that you can’t get it with a manual transmission. The chassis setup is also different, so the RS is bound to be quicker on the race track. Just don’t expect it to be very different on the outside. Let’s find out more about that below.
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2018 Italdesign Zerouno Roadster
Founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1968 in Turin, Italy, Italdesign is a creative powerhouse with a long history of beautiful creations. Standouts include a variety of notable performance machines like the Maserati MC12, the BMW M1, and the Lotus Esprit, but the house also has several more commonplace vehicles to its name, such as the Audi Q2 and VW Golf, plus oddities like the DeLorean DMC-12. Italdesign’s latest creation is the Zerouno Coupe, which we first saw at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and later again at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Limited at just five units total, Italdesign managed to move all five examples of this high-dollar (that is, seven-figure) supercar in just a matter of months, a testament to its unique styling and performance potential (not to mention the insanely hot modern supercar market). Now, it appears as though Italdesign is prepping a new drop-top iteration, as revealed by a single shadowy teaser image. Once again, the Italians will showcase their latest wares at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, and they’re saving the details for the big sheet drop. However, before they blow the roof off the coupe in Switzerland, we’ve got the details on it right here. That’s right – we fully expect the Roadster iteration to mirror much of what you get in the coupe, so we put together the following speculative review to whet your appetite. Expect V-10 power, a top speed over 200 mph, lots of carbon fiber, and more wings than an air show.
Offered as part of Italdesign’s 50th Anniversary this year, which officially begins March 6th with an event at the Geneva Motor Show, the Zerouno Roadster enjoys unquestionable status as a mid-engine supercar. It offers tons of customization opportunities, it’s highly exclusive, and it’s very, very expensive, which is perfectly befitting of a low-production model from Italdesign Automobili Speciali. Thing is, Volkswagen bought Italdesign back in 2010, and the Zerouno is made mostly of Lambo-sourced parts. Which begs the question – is it worth the extra outlay over a Huracan or R8?
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Lexus Will Debut the all-new Lexus UX at the Geneva Auto Show
Lexus is all set to introduce the UX crossover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The arrival of the small crossover bolsters what is already an impressive lineup of Lexus crossovers and SUVs. The UX is being seen as the company’s answer to models like the BMW X2, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Jaguar F-Pace. There’s no timetable for the crossover’s launch, but details should be made available as soon as the UX introduces itself to the world in Geneva.
2018 Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari has developed a fairly predictable pattern when it comes to releasing mid-engine V-8 models. First, we get the "regular" one, and then the lighter, faster, more powerful road-racer variant follows. In 2015, Ferrari replaced the iconic 458 Italia with the turbocharged, 488 GTB. Three years later and the successor to the 458 Speciale is here with more power, less weight, and improved aerodynamics. It’s called the 488 Pista, and it’s set to make its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The successor to Ferrari’s much acclaimed, V-8-engined special series, which includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is yet another homage to Ferrari’s outstanding heritage in motorsport. Much like its predecessors, the Pista was also developed using knowledge from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which it has won five manufacturers’ titles. Both the race-spec 488 GTE and 488 Challenge served as inspiration for the Pista, also "donating" some of their dynamics and aerodynamic developments.
The 488 Pista is described as Ferrari’s most powerful and most advanced special series model so far. Let’s find out if it’s true in the review below.
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2018 Fiat 500
One of Fiat’s most iconic nameplates, the 500 was originally introduced in 1957 and kept in production for almost two decades, until 1975. The nameplate was revived in 2007 as a neo-retro design based on the first mini car. It was Fiat’s answer to the modern Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper, introduced in 1997 and 2000, respectively. The new 500 was received with great enthusiasm, and the addition of convertible and Abarth models made it that much more popular. However, unlike the Mini Cooper, the 500 soldiered on unchanged for years, with its first update launched in 2015. Three years have passed, and Fiat is again updating the small hatchback.
Unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show alongside the rest of Fiat’s North American lineup, the update is far from spectacular, but it does add a few new features to the 500’s cute exterior. The interior carries over unchanged, which is somewhat disappointing, but the drivetrain department has a new engine to brag about. It’s not as new as it is rehashed from an old model, but it’s significantly more powerful than the outgoing unit. More about that in the review below.
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Ssangyong is returning to the Geneva Motor Show this year with another SUV concept in tow. This time, we’re going to see the e-SIV – a concept that looks suspiciously familiar to the XAVL concept that the brand showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Right now, we don’t have a lot to go on aside from a few teaser shots and a few tidbits of information, so it’s not really fair to pass judgment quite yet. So, with that in mind, will Ssangyong make the same play it has in the past and present itself at the show with another rehashed concept from years past or will it show up with something that’s at least somewhat new to look at? Let’s find out…
Mazda introduced the 6 nameplate in 2002 as a replacement for the highly successful Mazda 626. Offered as a near-premium mid-size four-door model, the 6 is now considered Mazda’s flagship model. Three generations have arrived since the 6 first hit the scene, the latest of which showed in 2012. Back in November, Mazda brought out a refreshed iteration at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), dropping cover on a tweaked exterior style, a newly updated interior, fresh technology and equipment, and even a new turbocharged engine package. Suffice to say, we thought the whole thing looked great, so much so that we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2017 LAAS. Given the extensive updates seen for the 2018 model year, you could consider this latest iteration as the 3.5-gen vehicle. Now, the 6’s more practical Tourer wagon body style looks set to receive the same good stuff when it arrives in Switzerland with a debut at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show.
All told, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer should look and feel more premium than before, just like the latest sedan version that appeared in Southern California. Full details are still forthcoming, but for now, read on for the lowdown on what we know, plus a splash of speculation along the way.
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2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the first Merc to sport the vintage "Maybach" badge since the brand was revived for the second time in 2015. But unlike it predecessor, offered between 1997 to 2013, the current Maybach isn’t positioned as a stand-alone name. But the principle is pretty much the same, as both vehicles are mildly revised versions of the familiar S-Class. After three years on the market, the Mercedes-Maybach was updated with the same modifications seen on the regular S-Class in 2017. The official debut will take place at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The mid-cycle facelift includes only minor tweaks inside and out in terms of design and layout, but it’s more significant in the tech department. Just like the standard S-Class, the Maybach model now benefits from the features introduced with the smaller E-Class sedan. Highlights include semi-autonomous drive, big displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, and extra convenience features. The upgrade is supposed to keep the Mercedes-Maybach ahead of the competition, which is likely to happen with both the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur being significantly older.
But the big news is that the Mercedes-Maybach brand is working far better than the previous Maybach attempt. While the 57 and 62 models offered between 1997 and 2013 were built in only 3,000 units, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class model already sold more than 25,000 units since its introduction in 2015.
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