Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Paris hosts the first major auto show of the 2016/2017 season, and it runs through October 16, 2016 within the halls of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. While most of the news from the 2016 Paris Motor Show pertains specifically to the European market, several production and conceptual vehicles debuted that carry significance to American car buyers. They are presented here in alphabetical order.
2018 Audi A5/S5 Sportback
Based on the new A5/S5 coupe and cabriolet models, and drawing philosophically upon the larger A7, the new Audi A5/S5 Sportback models will compete directly with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Naturally, turbocharged engines and Quattro all-wheel drive are expected, along with the utility of a sleekly penned 5-door hatchback design.
2018 Audi RS 3
Audi marks its high-performance vehicles with an RS badge, and so the new RS 3 is the most potent version of the company’s A3 sedan. Packing a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, the RS 3 generates more horsepower (400) and torque (354) than a BMW M2 or Mercedes-AMG CLA45. Plus, it is arguably more attractive than either of its competitors.
2018 Audi Q5
Feel like you’ve seen this before? Stylistically, you have. Take one Audi Q7, remove the third-row seat, shrink it down, and you’ve got the new Q5. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and Quattro all-wheel drive are on the menu, combined with weight loss, improved fuel efficiency, and next-generation driver-assistance and infotainment technologies.
BMW Concept X2
They cost more and carry less, but BMW’s Sports Activity Coupes are popular with style-conscious consumers who prefer their rakish fastback roofline designs. Now, as evidenced by the Concept X2 shown in Paris, BMW is planning a new X2 model that is sportier than the X1 upon which it will be based. If it looks anything like the concept, BMW can expect more people than ever to be interested in a BMW SAC.
Honda Civic Type R Prototype
For too many years, Honda has reserved its highest-performing Civic models for other parts of the world. That changes next year when the Civic Type R arrives on American soil to quench enthusiast thirst for the car. Based on the new 5-door hatchback body style, the Civic Type R Prototype clearly telegraphs the car’s need for speed with a hood scoop, fat wheels with performance tires, painted brake calipers clasping larger rotors, performance exhaust system, and the requisite gigantic rear wing.
2018 Hyundai i30
Called the Elantra GT in the United States, the redesigned Hyundai i30 debuted in Paris with a 5-door hatchback body style, sophisticated styling, and engineering perfected on Germany’s most demanding racetracks. Highlights include the latest in driver-assistance and infotainment technologies, and when it arrives in America as the Elantra GT, expect powertrain options to mirror the Elantra sedan.
Hyundai RN30 Concept
Hyundai is getting serious about performance, as evidenced by the new Elantra Sport with its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and independent rear suspension. Greater fun is also on the horizon, and a concept vehicle introduced in Paris signals the potential of Hyundai’s high-performance N-brand. The RN30 Concept is based on the new i30 and makes a reported 375 horsepower and features all-wheel drive.
2017 Infiniti Q50
A refreshed 2017 Infiniti Q50 debuted in Paris. Changes are minor, limited to fresh paint colors, a new 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, and a more upscale Designer package for the interior with premium leather and other upgrades.
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept
Rumored to be the replacement for the aged QX50, the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept originally debuted in Beijing and re-emerged in Paris with a new paint job and engine details. The production version of this conceptual crossover SUV will have Infiniti’s new Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) 4-cylinder engine, expected to make 268 horsepower while returning excellent fuel economy.
2018 Kia Rio
Larger and more stylish than the car it replaces, the 2018 Kia Rio will be built in the company’s new Mexican assembly plant. Kia promises “the most advanced safety features in its class,” including an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian-detection capability. Smartphone-projection technology will also be offered, and Kia will announce available engines and transmission closer to the Rio’s American debut.
2017 Kia Soul
Kia aims to cure the boxy Soul’s leisurely acceleration with a new turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It will be offered in the Soul SX, a new trim designation, and is essentially the same engine Kia supplies to the Forte 5-door and Koup models. Minor styling and interior design changes are also in store for the Soul, along with new safety and infotainment technologies.
2017 Land Rover Discovery
Thanks to a major diet and significant cosmetic surgery, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery leaps into the modern world with unit-body construction, aluminum-intensive engineering, and improved aerodynamics. The Discovery replaces the LR4 and is about the same size as that boxy brute. Land Rover promises that the new Discovery retains the LR4’s impressive off-roading capabilities.
Lexus UX Concept
Want to know what Lexus is thinking with regard to a compact crossover to slot beneath the NX? Take a look at the UX Concept that debuted in Paris. Rumor has it that a Toyota C-HR sits under the UX Concept’s skin, though a Lexus version would likely supply greater power and performance. Lexus uses the UX Concept to introduce new Kinetic Seat Concept technology and to showcase 3-D Human Machine Interface technology delivering what the company calls an “immersive driving experience.”
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ Concept
Mercedes will brand its future electric vehicles with “EQ” nomenclature, which stands for “Electric Intelligence.” In Paris, the company introduced the Generation EQ Concept, an electric crossover SUV equipped with scalable battery components, dual electric motors, and an estimated driving range of 310 miles.
Volkswagen I.D. Concept
You will, according to Volkswagen, be able to buy this car in 2020. It is the Volkswagen I.D. Concept, built on VW’s new electric vehicle platform and capable of delivering a minimum of 249 miles and a maximum of 373 miles on a single charge, the automaker says. It showcases fully automated driving technology, too, slated for arrival in 2025 complete with a steering wheel that retracts into the dashboard when used in I.D. Pilot mode.