Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show
Politically speaking, Switzerland might be one of the most neutral countries on Earth, but the new cars debuting at the annual Geneva International Motor Show are anything but, ranging from mild to wild on the excite-o-meter. For 2016, this tradition continues, and on the pages that follow we highlight what you need to know about the models that could land in American driveways.
2017 Audi Q2
Built for young, urban dwellers and offering a high degree of customization, the 2017 Audi Q2 is a subcompact crossover SUV offered with front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive and a choice between two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. A plug-in hybrid version is also planned.
2017 Bugatti Chiron
Easily the most mind-blowing debut in Geneva, the Bugatti Chiron is fantastical. The quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine makes 1,478 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque, put to all four contact patches through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. It takes 2.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, boasts a claimed top speed of 261 mph, and will be limited to a 500-unit production run. You’ll need $2.6 million, to start.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Blending the Corvette Stingray’s powertrain with elements of the Corvette Z06 in order to create a lighter, more aerodynamic sports car that emphasizes handling over straight-line acceleration, the Corvette Grand Sport goes on sale in the summer of 2016 as a coupe and a convertible. Hash-mark fender graphics are optional.
2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider
Basically, the new Fiat Abarth 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5 Miata Club with more power and an Italian accent. Fiat bumps output over the standard 124 Spider by 10 ponies to 170 horsepower, and acceleration to 60 mph takes a reported 6.7 seconds.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype
Shown in Geneva as a concept, the Civic Hatchback Prototype represents a preview of the upcoming, performance-tuned Civic Type-R model. Standard versions of the Civic Hatchback will be toned down.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq
A 5-door hatchback aimed right at the Toyota Prius, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is available with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or an electric powertrain. It should go on sale in early 2017.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
Don’t worry. We’re not going to reference a “kitty” like every other automotive publication on Earth. This new F-Type SVR is clearly a cat, and a big one at that. A supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 makes 575 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, and Jaguar says that 60 mph arrives in 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200 mph.
2018 Lexus LC 500h
A hybrid version of Lexus’ new flagship coupe, the LC 500h is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6, an electric assist motor, Lithium-ion battery, automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Together, these components generate 354 horsepower, enough for acceleration to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, according to Lexus.
2017 Maserati Levante
You knew this was inevitable, right? Maserati is building an SUV, and it is called the Levante. Equipped with seating for 5, the Levante offers a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine in two states of tune, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a standard all-wheel-drive system. Maserati promises 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes expands the C-Class lineup one more time, debuting a new 4-passenger convertible in Geneva. Offered as the C300, C300 4Matic, and AMG C43, the new C-Class Cabriolet features a fabric roof that lowers and raises in 20 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph. An AirScarf neck-warming system and an AirCap draft-stop system make this a 4-season car, which is a good thing since it goes on sale in late summer of 2016.
Opel GT Concept
Remember the poor man’s Corvette, the Opel GT? In Geneva, Opel rolled out this conceptual successor to the original. Weighing less than 2,200 lbs., equipped with 2 seats, and powered by a turbocharged, 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine mounted aft of the front axle, the rear-drive Opel GT concept is said to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Given these stats, you can now call it a hardtop Miata.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster
Signaling installation of smaller, lighter, more powerful, and more efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, the refreshed Porsche Boxster adopts “718” nomenclature. With up to 350 horsepower, acceleration to 60 mph takes as few as 4 seconds. Expect the 718 Boxster to arrive in showrooms this summer, followed by a 718 Cayman.
Subaru XV Concept
Third in a series of concepts that previews Subaru’s new “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy, Geneva’s Subaru XV Concept shows what the next-generation Crosstrek might look like. A lifted version of the upcoming redesigned Subaru Impreza, the Crosstrek will likely combine substantial ground clearance, standard all-wheel drive, and a horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine.
2017 Toyota C-HR
Built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which provides the foundation for the redesigned Prius, the C-HR is a new 5-door subcompact crossover SUV. Originally destined for the Scion brand, the C-HR shown in Geneva has a hybrid powertrain. When it goes on sale in the United States, expect a 4-cylinder gasoline engine, CVT, and front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
2017 Volvo V90
Volvo’s new 2017 V90 is a station wagon version of the S90 flagship sedan. Expect similar equipment to the S90, as well as T5 turbocharged, T6 turbocharged and supercharged, and T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain selections.