The auto world, served a la mode

Autumn has arrived, and as folks in the Northern Hemisphere slowly watch the days grow shorter and shorter, the auto world is pushing hard to deliver all the new models and concepts slated for 2017. That’s right – auto show season is now officially upon us, and to kick things off, the City of Light is playing host for the biennial Paris Motor Show. Per tradition, Paris is taking the opening slot this year, trading off with the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show as the premiere European showcase of fresh four-wheeled creations (Frankfurt takes the odd-numbered years).

Known locally as Mondial de l’Automobile, the Paris Motor Show was first held way back in 1898, making it the first auto show in history. The show was held annually until 1976, after which it became a biennial event.

The Paris Motor show is expected to be one of (if not the) most important auto shows of 2016. Last time around, in 2014, the show hosted some 1.25 million visitors, making it the best-attended auto show in the world. Roughly 260 individual brands from 18 different countries made an appearance, with 65 world debuts dropping cover across an enormous 1.3 million-square-foot exhibition space.

This year, however, things might look a little different, as a number of the major makes have opted out, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Ford, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, and Volvo.

That said, you should still expect to see a sizable number of debuts, with plenty of well-known marques, boutique builders, tuners, parts providers, and racing organizations filling the list of exhibitors.

We’ve got all the info you need to know right here, including things to do at and around the show, the venue and transportation options, tickets and schedules, and of course, all the big reveals.

Check back frequently, because, we’ll be updating this guide with the latest as it happens!

Updated 09/23/2016: We’ve added even more debuts slated to appear at this year’s Paris Motor Show!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

What, Where, And When

Things To Do

As in years past, the 2016 Paris Motor Show is an absolutely monumental event, and attendees should expect to get an eye-full of all the latest models headed to dealerships the world over. That means it’s a great place to do a little window-shopping, not to mention geek out in the traditional car nerd fashion.

Complementing the new displays will be a large exhibition on movie cars, which will include Ecto-1 from the original Ghostbusters, the 1977 Chevrolet Camaro from Transformers, the Jeep Wrangler from Jurassic Park, the Porsche 908 from Le Mans, the Mk. IV Toyota Supra from the original Fast & Furious, and the DB 10 from the James Bond film Spectre, among others. Find more information here.

While out walking the floor, expect to see a ton of high-tech displays, and even a few offering virtual reality test drives. If you prefer your driving IRL, look for the electric and hybrid vehicle test track. There’s also an official app if you’re looking for some smartphone-style interactivity.

If you can’t make it out this year, check out the 360-degree virtual tour, which will be offered starting October 2nd. Click here for more information.

If you are lucky enough to be there in person, make sure to take in all the loveliness that Paris in the fall has to offer. The leaves will be turning, which makes for a dazzling spectacle if you happen to be strolling through one of Paris’ many parks. And don’t forget all the shopping and restaurants on hand, not to mention such sightseeing standards as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, check out the tunnels and catacombs under the city.

The Venue And Transportation

The 2016 Paris Motor Show will be held at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, the largest exhibition center in France.

40 Boulevard Victor
75015 Paris

Transportation options to the venue include the metro, busses, trams, taxis, and even bikes. You can also find ride sharing options through BlaBlaCar. Discounts on airfare are offered through show partners Air France & KLM Global Meetings.

For more information on how to get to the show, click here.

Show Schedule And Tickets

Make sure to check back here Thursday, September 29th, and Friday, September 30th, as those are the dates when all the big reveals are scheduled to happen.

If you’re interested in seeing the cars in the metal, the show will be open to the public starting Saturday, October 1st, and will remain open until Sunday, October 16th.

Tickets cost 16 euros for one adult entry. A combo pack for one adult and one child is 25 euros, while a combo pack for one adult and two children is 34 euros. Group deals are also available. You can buy tickets and find more information by clicking here.

Crossovers, SUVs, And Wagons

Peugeot 3008

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Originally introduced in 2008, the 3008 just received a sizable refresh for the new model year. Included is new styling outside, like redesigned wheels up to 19 inches in diameter, as well as new gadgets inside, like a tweaked i-Cockpit system. Under the revamped body panels, you’ll find fresh underpinnings in the form of the new EMP2 platform. Under-hood options once again include a slew of gas and diesel powerplants, ranging from three-cylinders to four-cylinders. The 3008 will be sold across Europe and the U.K., but not in the U.S. We’re expecting pricing to slot in at around 23,000 pounds ($29,909 at current exchange rates, 09/16/2016).

Read the full review here.

Peugeot 3008 GT

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If you want the new Peugeot 3008 compact crossover, but crave a little extra gloss smeared on top, then the GT model is the one for you. Making it stand apart are exterior revisions like a new front bumper and chrome details, interior upgrades like a wood-trim dash and leather upholstery, and a standard 2.0-liter BlueHDi diesel engine producing 177 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. We’re pinning pricing at around 30,000 pounds ($39,012 at current exchange rates, 09/16/2016).

Read the full review here.

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe

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With the successful launch of the plain-Jane GLC Coupe, Mercedes felt it was high time to give the crossover a little extra AMG-style grunt. Replacing the standard-issue four-pot is a fire-breathing 3.0-liter V-6, which is strapped with two turbos to make 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That means this thing can hit 60 mph in less than five seconds. Supporting the newfound muscle is a 4Matic AWD system, Air Body Control suspension set-up, and four-piston brakes in front. Inside, you’ll find the traditional Euro-tuner upgrades (black upholstery, red contrast stitching), and there’s even a Race Timer if you plan on taking this crossover to its limits.

Read the full review here.

Skoda Kodiaq

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Prior to its official debut, the Kodiaq was revealed by way of an Internet leak at the start of September. Now, though, we’ve got the official details. The Kodiaq follows the Yeti in Skoda’s SUV lineup, and it’s based on the VisionS concept that we saw at the start of the year. The production model is a solid piece of design, although some may find it a bit too close to rival products from Audi. Inside is a luxury-oriented cabin, with leather upholstery and a TFT display. There’s also a fair amount of space in the rear. Helping it go is a selection of five different turbocharged powerplants, including three gas options and two diesels. Extra AWD grip is also available. We’re thinking pricing will start at around $36,000

Read the full review here.

Peugeot 5008

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Peugeot is bringing all kinds of new stuff to Paris, and alongside the smaller 3008, you’ll find the larger 5008. Now redesigned as a full-size SUV, the 5008 gets bold new styling, with chrome detailing, off-roader cues, and a sizable increase in dimensions. Inside is a space-age cabin that looks like it was plucked straight from a sci-fi movie, with polished angles and lots of digitized instrumentation. Details on the engine lineup are still forthcoming, but we expect a broad range of both gas and diesel options. There’s also a spot for the e-Kick scooter, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Read the full review here.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

The fifth-generation Mercedes E-Class debuted in Detroit earlier this year, and now, it’s looking to generate a more rugged All-Terrain model to take on the likes of Audi and Volvo. While this thing is most definitely a wagon, it’s built to replace the armada of soft-roader SUVs you see all over the roads these days. Upping the car’s soft-roader cred is over 6 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, and a few layers of protective under cladding around the body. Inside, we find the usual E-Class interior, including a steering wheel with touchpads. A few diesel powerplants are equipped under the hood, while a nine-speed automatic transmission sends the power to an AWD system. We’re thinking pricing should start around $65,000.

Read the full review here.

Sedans, Hatchbacks, And Luxury Cars

Citroen C3

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The second-gen C3 was last refreshed in 2013, which means it’s time for the third-gen to take over. With the generational change comes a dramatically restyled appearance, complete with Airbump panels and up to 36 different exterior color combinations. The interior is new as well, with four different themes on offer and more space. There’s even a new dash cam for video and picture sharing. Powerplant options include three gas units and two diesels, with up to 108 horsepower on tap. We’re expecting pricing to start at 11,000 pounds ($14,304 at current exchange rates, 09/16/2016), but per usual, U.S. customers won’t have a shot at ownership.

Read the full review here.

Hyundai i10

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The i10 is now three years into its second generation, and so far, the tiny hatch has been performing quite well sales-wise. Now, it’s time for a mid-cycle update, and the result is quite possibly the most advanced city car that the Korean automaker has ever produced. Styling is upped thanks to a new bumper and grille, plus LED daytime running lights. Inside is a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash, while tech offerings encompass the latest smartphone integration and advanced safety features. Motivation comes from either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, or a 1.25-liter four-banger. We think pricing will rise to around 8,300 pounds ($10,793, at current exchange rates).

Read the full review here.

Kia Rio

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The Rio has been kicking around for a while now, first being introduced back in the year 2000. Three whole generations have come and gone since then, and now, Kia is offering up a fourth gen at the Paris Motor Show. Starting it off is a new look, with sleeker and sportier lines, plus the trademark tiger-nose grille. It’s also lower, longer, and wider than before. The dashboard has been revised, and passengers will now enjoy more space thanks to the increase in dimensions. Details on the powertrain are still forthcoming, but we’re thinking it’ll get the same party pieces as the Hyundai i20. Pricing should slot in around $16,500.

Read the full review here.

Audi A5 Sportback

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The A5 Sportback has been refreshed for the 2017 model year, and it brings all the usual upgrades you’d expect. That even includes new styling, with the slightly larger body now sporting the latest

inspired looks, with an updated grille, more creases, and added character lines. You’ll find even more changes inside, with a higher center console, a reorganized center tunnel, and a repositioned touchscreen. Five different engines are offered for motivation, with slight increases in power and economy. Heading the lineup is 282 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque from the 3.0-liter TDI. We think pricing will start a little above 30,000 pounds ($39,000 at current exchange rates, 09/16/2016).

Read the full review here.

Hyundai i30

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Following a facelift unveiled last year in Geneva, Hyundai will be updating the i30 with the third-generation model in Paris. The exterior takes cues from the i20, incorporating a sleeker appearance with a good deal more aggression than before. Wheels up to 17 inches in diameter are available. The cabin is brand new as well, with a “floating” touchscreen mounted high on the dash, plus an increase in space and the addition of technology like optional navigation. Engine choices include a 1.0-liter gas unit, a pair of 1.4-liter gas units, and a trio of 1.6-liter diesels. Stateside, look for the new i30 under the U.S.-flavored Elantra nameplate.

Read the full review here.

BMW 5 Series

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The next-generation 5 Series will bow in Paris, and although exact specs and details have yet to be revealed, we have a few ideas what’s in store. For starters, the aesthetic will be new, but the lineage will be obvious. Inside will be the latest slew of infotainment gear, plus all the usual luxury stuff you’d expect from the Bavarians. As for the powerplant lineup, we’re thinking a 2.0-liter four-pot, a 3.0-liter inline-six, and a V-8, but a hybrid variant might also be offered. Don’t forget the new 5’s lighter curb weight, plus M-branded goodies as well. Pricing should start at around $50,000, give or take.

Read the full review here.

Audi S5 Sportback

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With the release of the new A5 Sportback comes the meaner S equivalent – the S5 Sportback. Just like its more pedestrian sibling, the S5 gains new exterior styling, with reshaped headlights, a revised fascia, and a new rear bumper. Inside, there’s new stuff as well, like a flat-bottom steering wheel, plus extra space for passengers. But of course, if you’re interested in the S5, you’ll care more about what’s under the hood, and with that in mind, the new-gen gains more output – up to 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque to be exact, which is a considerable jump compared to the outgoing model’s 333-horsepower V-6. Curb weight is down as well, losing almost 200 pounds with the changeover.

Read the full review here.

Mini Countryman

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The Countryman first saw daylight in 2010, rounding out the established Mini lineup with a larger, SUV-esque body style. The model just saw a facelift last year, and now, it looks as though it’s about to receive its second generation. The generational evolution brings with it a new look in front and back, and possibly even bigger dimensions. The interior is slated to receive the same outfit as the Clubman, plus there should be more space for both people and things. Underneath will be a new platform, while under the hood, we’re expecting a standard-grade three-cylinder, plus the option for a 2.0-liter four-banger. Pricing should rise to around $24,000.

Read the full review here.

Honda Civic Hatchback

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Not too long ago, Honda gave us the tenth-generation Civic, making us forget the sins of the less-than-stellar ninth-generation model. Per usual, the Japanese automaker is now adding a five-door hatchback body style. There are a few aesthetic differences compared to the sedan, including a new grille, a new roof spoiler, and a lower bumper insert (not to mention a longer roof). The hatch is also dimensionally larger. The interior is more of a carryover, and includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the dash. Engine options incorporate both a NA 2.0-liter four, and a turbo 1.5-liter four, while on the transmission front, a six-speed manual joins the ever-present CVT. Throw in semi-autonomous safety features, high mpg, and a competitive price, and this thing looks to continue the Civic nameplate with pride.

Read the full review here.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

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After we got a taste for the outrageous 500-horsepower Giulia QV, Alfa decided to round out the line with a few models to occupy the lower slots on the totem pole. The latest is the mid-range Veloce. This sedan offers similar styling, with the same lines and fascia, but in back, there’s just a single exhaust tip. Inside, there’s additional QV inspiration, with a flat-bottom steering wheel and a central TFT driver’s information display. But the big difference here is under the hood, where we find either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is turbocharged to 280 horsepower, or a 2.2-liter oil burner, which is turbocharged to 210 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic with paddles routes the power. Traction is upped thanks to Alfa’s new Q4 AWD system. We’re expecting pricing to slot in around $60,000.

Read the full review here.

Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

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We got a look at the next-generation Clubman just last year, and with the changeover came a dramatic increase to the car’s dimensions. Now there’s a new Clubman, and it’s offering up an updated front fascia with larger intakes, red accent stripes, and a bit less chrome. There are also 18-inch wheels, plus a restyled rear with split-door access. Inside, you’ll find cool LED strips for an added touch of ambiance. Making it go is a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which makes this thing the most powerful Mini ever produced. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, with AWD as standard. Look for it in dealerships by the end of the year, with pricing expected at a little over $30,000.

Read the full review here.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard

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Based on the S 600 Guard, the Pullman limo variant adds even more space to the rear passenger area – enough for four to sit in total comfort and opulent luxury. This thing is over 21 feet of fortress-like transportation, with a ballistics protection rating of VR9, which I’m told is quite good. Inside, you get high-quality screens, upscale trim, top-shelf materials, and acres of leather upholstery, while outside are bulletproof windows, armored body panels, and a bomb-resistant undercarriage. All that stuff means the car weighs quite a bit, but thankfully it’s powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 boosted by two turbos to 530 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. Pricing comes in at around $1.5 million, but can you really put a price tag on peace of mind?

Read the full review here.

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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Smart is unveiling a new all-electric version of its clever third-generation city car, pairing green sensibilities with small practicality. Outside, it looks pretty much identical to the ICE version, but includes EV aesthetics like green trim. You can also get it sans roof, if you wish. The layout inside should be familiar, although Smart did add some new instrumentation to keep tabs on the electrons. The biggest difference, however, is what makes it go, with a new electric motor replacing the old three-cylinder. Output comes to 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, with almost 100 miles offered with a fully charged battery. This thing will arrive stateside next year, and we expect pricing to start at around $26,500.

Read the full review here.

Sports Cars And Supercars

Ferrari LaFerrari Spider

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It’s been three years since we first saw the Ferrari squared, and now, it’s time for it to go topless. Outside, the Spider is pretty much the same as the coupe, at least below the vanishing roofline. The race-inspired cabin is also a direct carryover. Meanwhile, the powerplant remains as insane as it always was – 950 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque from a hybrid 6.3-liter V-12. A sprint to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds. Somehow, Ferrari even managed to tweak the aero such that this roofless wonder offers the same coefficient of drag with the top down.

Read the full review here.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

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What’s that? You think every Porsche in existence should come with two doors and a rear-mounted, air-cooled six-cylinder engine? Well avert your eyes, because this is a different breed. It looks like the standard Panamera on the outside, and in the cabin, there’s only a few bits and bobs added that differentiate it. But the real kicker is in the engine department, where a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 mates with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to form 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. You can even drive it 31 miles just using electricity alone. Pricing should start at around the six-figure mark.

Read the full review here.

Renault Alpine

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Younger readers probably don’t know a whole lot about it, but back in the day, a model known as the Alpine A110 helped bolster Renault’s sporting credentials. Now, it appears as though the French marque is reviving the classic performance machine, and odds are it’ll show in Paris this year. The reborn Alpine should include the same cues originally seen on the A110-50 Concept from 2012 and the Alpine Celebration Concept from 2015, with aggressive lines, wide proportions, and a low-slung stance. Inside, we’re expecting bolstered sports seats, racy gauges, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, while just behind the cabin will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for motivation. Expect a low curb weight and high fun factor, with a price tag just under $40,000.

Read the full review here.

BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

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Back in 2014, BMW gave us the production variant of the i8, unleashing it upon the public amid widespread fanfare and critical acclaim. The high-tech hybrid sports car quickly spawned a broad selection of limited edition variants, including the Protonic Red Edition, and now, it looks like there’s a new one slated to show in Paris. Like its predecessors, this new Protonic i8 gets a unique exterior color, complemented by the usual black details. Inside, we also expect to see exclusive badging and some upgraded upholstery. Meanwhile, the powertrain should be completely unaltered from the usual 1.5-liter three-cylinder/electric motor combo.

Read the full review here.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

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The new AMG GT Roadster has arrived, and it’s got even more roofless, Touring Car-inspired AMG-ness than ever before. Based on the bonkers AMG GT, the new Roadster is equipped with a 4.0-liter V-8, with heavy breathing provided by two turbochargers. Per usual, standard equipment includes big wheels, big brakes, and a seven-speed transmission, plus aggressive styling, heavy aero, and a dollop of carbon fiber where appropriate. Output is rated at 476 horsepower, with the 0-to-60 run completed in four seconds flat and a top speed of 188 mph. Alternatively, you could opt for the even-faster AMG GT C, which ups the ante to 557 horsepower, 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, and a top speed of 196 mph.

Read the full review here.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T

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In case you were unaware, the GTC4 Lusso was introduced as a replacement for the Ferrari FF. This four-seater is an exception to the traditional Prancing Horse lineup in a variety of ways, and now, there’s a new model that breaks the mold even further. This thing looks like the older model, bringing the same cues we saw with the 2016 changeover, and there appears to be a Dual Cockpit layout in the cabin space. But the big news is what’s in the nose, where we find a 3.9-liter V-8 turbocharged to 601 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. However, the usual RWD layout is used, cutting curb weight a little. Top speed is rated at just a hair less than 200 mph, while the MSRP should slot in around a quarter-million dollars.

Read the full review here.

Concept Cars

Citroen Cxperience

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First on the list of sweet, sweet concepts is the Cxperience, an executive four-door that we think is a preview of some future sedan flagship from Citroen. This thing is nearly 16 feet of sleek stylishness, taking inspiration from the “high-tech world on the outside, and by furnishings/travel on the inside.” Making the go is a hybrid powerplant that pairs roughly 185 gas-powered horsepower with 107 horsepower from an electric motor, making for 300 horsepower total and nearly 40 miles of all-electric cruising. Routing it all is an eight-speed auto box.

Read the full review here.

Lexus UX

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This chunky-looking, heavily angled crossover is the new design study from Lexus, and likely a preview of the Japanese luxury automaker’s upcoming compact offering that’ll slot in under the existing NX. Details are scant as of this writing, but considering Lexus has snatched up the UX200, UX250, and UX250h nameplates already, we have a good idea what’s in store as far as powerplant options are concerned. Based on the limited images provided, the UX offers an interesting style, but it’s also gonna need a fair amount of tech savvy to take on heavy-hitters like the Audi Q2.

Read the full review here.

SsangYong LIV-2

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What is LIV? SsangYong says it’s an acronym for “Limitless Interface Vehicle,” which is basically concept-speak for a new flagship model with lots of forward-looking ideas. The LIV-2 is a follow-up to the LIV-1, first seen in Seoul roughly three years ago, and is expected to preview an upcoming premium SUV that’ll replace the current mid-size Rexton in the production lineup. The styling is similar to the LIV-1, but there are a few notable differences if you look closely, and although we have yet to see actual pictures of the interior, the Korean automaker did provide us with renderings that show a futuristic cabin stuffed with captain seats, high-end materials, and “advanced communications technologies.”

Read the full review here.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV

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Framed as an upscale SUV with any-surface capability, the GT-PHEV is the latest concept issued from the struggling Japanese automaker. Outside, we find an interesting look for Mitsu, with thin headlights, LEDs, and an enormous grille spread across the front fascia. There are plenty of deep character lines and heavily cut angles, plus large wheels in the corners. The roof is also finished in a different, giving the concept a two-tone color scheme. While we have yet to see official shots of the interior, Mitsubishi says it equipped the GT-PHEV with a horizontal dash, a high center console, and the latest in “connected car technology.” There’s also a triple-motor hybrid system providing the necessary amount of go.

Read the full review here.

Volkswagen Electric Vehicle

Volkswagen is still seeking redemption for Dieselgate, and one of the paths to restoring its good name is a renewed commitment to electric powertrains. With that in mind, Paris will provide the setting for the introduction of a new EV concept from the beleaguered German brand, where it’s expected the automaker will showcase its new MEB platform. MEB will supposedly provide the underpinnings for VW’s new line of electric vehicles, and we hear up to 373 miles of range per charge could be a possibility. VW hasn’t provided a whole lot of details on the new concept in the run up to the show, but we do have a few tightly cropped shots of what’s slated to debut, and overall, we see the usual uncluttered lines, LED illumination, and an SUV-esque stance.

Citroen C3 WRC

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Looking for a little raciness in Paris this time around? Citroen has you covered. While technically just a concept, this pumped-up C3 hatch offers us a glimpse at what the marque has in store when it returns to the World Rally Championship after its hiatus in 2016. The look is expected to be more or less unchanged when this thing finally hits the starting line, using the same basic aero package as the race-ready variant. That includes better airflow to all the parts that need it, plus a good deal of downforce at speed. And that’s a good thing, because with 380 horsepower on tap, plus a very low curb weight, this thing should be an absolute rocket ship.

Read the full review here.

Seat Ateca X-Perience

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In a bid to be more relevant, Seat is expanding into the ever-popular SUV market, and this concept is the first look at what the marque might have in store to add off-roader cred to the Ateca. Based on VW’s MQB underpinnings, this upgraded Ateca comes complete with all the usual soft-roader cues, including a new skid plate in front, extra protective body cladding along the lower edges, and 18-inch wheels wrapped with knobby tires in the corners. Inside, the new concept gets updated upholstery, plus extra badges sprinkled here and there. Power is sourced from a TDI powerplant making around 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, which hits the ground via an AWD system (of course). No word yet on whether a production variant is in the cards, but we could see this thing trickle down as a new production trim level in the future.

Read the full review here.

Hyundai N Concept RN30

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Hyundai is bringing the updated i30 to Paris this year, and alongside it, it’ll drop cover on this new performance vehicle as well. The exact specifics are still forthcoming, but based on the teaser images, it’s more than likely gonna be a pumped-up version of the new hatchback. As a preview of a full-fledged production version of an N-equipped i30, the RN30 should offer extra aero tweaks, like larger intakes and new wings, plus flared out wheel arches. Inside, we’re thinking racing buckets and digital instrumentation. No word yet on the engine offerings, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a tuned iteration of the standard 2.0-liter turbo four pushing out around 300 ponies.

Read the full review here.

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