Every two years the representatives of the global automotive industry descend on Paris for one of the industry’s biggest automotive events, the Paris Motor show. Officially called the Mondial de l’Automobile, this year’s show saw the usual mix of quirky designs, expensive supercars and the almost design ready concept. Here is our list of cars were the definite showstoppers in the glitz and glamour of Paris. While most are Euro-specific, some of them will make it onto our Indian shores in the near future.
Audi TT Sportback Concept
The highlight at the Audi stand was this stylish looking TT Concept, which looked ready for production and it is highly likely to arrive within a year’s time. This five-door version is based on the TT sports car and is 290mm longer, 58mm wider than its highly illustrious sibling. The front dashboard is exactly the same as in the TT, which means a minimalistic yet striking design. But the rear gets two individual seats with integrated headrests, which means you cannot sit three at the back. The car is based on a variant of the VW group’s MQB-platform and gets a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that develops a meaty 400bhp and can manage to propel this car from 0 to 100kph in just 3.9 seconds. Power is transmitted through a six-speed dual clutch S-tronic gearbox. And being an Audi means Quattro will be part of standard kit. While Audi hasn’t confirmed this car for production just as yet, we say just make it.
2015 Honda CR-V
The biggest news about the CR-V is the arrival of a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel motor with 158 bhp. This engine will replace the 2.2-litre diesel from earlier. This new engine will also get a new 9-speed automatic gearbox. The most visible changes on the face of the car new headlamps, front grille, which now gets more detailing as well as the new fog lights. The front bumper is all new as well and so is the new skid-plate. Changes to the rear include new LED lamps and bumper. Though the overall silhouette of the car remains unchanged, the new CR-V looks even more sophisticated than before. The car will be available on sale in the UK from March next year and chances are strong that Honda will bring this version to India before the end of 2015. With a diesel engine on offer this is just the CR-V Indian buyers would want to buy.
Honda Type R concept
The Honda Civic Type R is a dramatic looking concept that was one of the biggest showstoppers in Paris. With its huge rear wing, sculpted front bumper and massive air dams along with chunky wheels and wheel arches this car clearly screams performance. The car will get a 2-litre turbocharged petrol motor that develops around 276bhp. The high-revving engine redlines at 7,000rpm and comes from Honda’s latest Earth Dream family of engines. A six-speed manual gearbox will be on offer to enhance driver involvement. Honda will also give it a ‘+R’ driving mode which when pressed will improves engine responsiveness, tweak the power output to deliver better performance as well.
The company showcased its all-new XE which it had unveiled earlier in September in London but has now opened up orders for the all-new XE. The car will start at around Rs 27 lakh for the petrol while the diesel starts at around Rs 29 lakh. The range topping V6 version will cost around Rs 45 lakh. All this makes the car a direct rival to the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series. The car has a new set of diesel engine which are already Euro 6 compliant. The new range can deliver over 25kmpl, making it one of the most fuel economical cars in its segments. There are also two four-cylinder petrol units. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the diesels, with an eight-speed automatic as an option. Power will be transferred to the rear-wheels, with four-wheel drive yet to?be confirmed.
After Ferrari and McLaren it’s Lambo’s turn to go hybrid. The Asterion follows Lamborghini’s striking design language and Sticking with Lamborghini tradition, the Asterion takes its name from that of a mythical bull. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine, used in the Huracan, this engine develops around 610bhp, which is transferred to the rear wheels via a dual clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol engine is aided by not one or two but a total of three electric motors. One is placed within the gearbox and capable of directing drive to the rear wheels, and the other two are housed within the front axle, where they provide direct drive to the front wheels. Together, the electric motors produce around 300bhp, raising the Asterion's overall output to 910bhp.
Lambo claims that in front-wheel-drive electric mode, the Asterion has a range of up to 49.6 kilometres at speeds of up to 125kph. In hybrid mode, with both petrol and electric motors being used the new Lamborghini is claimed to possess a 0-100kph time of 3.0sec and a top speed of 240kph.
The iconic roadster celebrated is 25 years old this year. The new car is an all-new design from scratch. Over 947,000 units of this car were sold worldwide in its earlier three generations and the latest version promises to be a big hit as well. LED- headlamps, pronounced wheel arches and a rising shoulder line give it lot of muscle and appeal. The new model gets a lightweight SKYACTIV-chassis which contributes considerably to the 100kg weight saving.
While details about the engine line-up is sketchy at the moment, chances are strong that it could get 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines developing around 130bhp and 165bhp respectively. A six-speed manual gearbox will fitted as standard, with an auto available as an option. The car will go on sale in the European markets early next year. We wish this car would arrive in India as well but till then we can only dream.
Mercedes AMG GT
When you have to replace an iconic car it better be good looking on its own, and the AMG GT certainly is. This is the car that replaces the SLS AMG. It features a newly developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, developing around 456bhp in standard form while the ‘S’ version will get it tuned to 503bhp. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the GT S able to accelerate from 0-100kph in a claimed 3.8 seconds. The car features a long bonnet, sloping roofline and lots of carbon fibre parts on its exteriors to make it look striking. There is also a hint of the Jaguar F-type’s styling at the rear. Mercedes have used an aluminium space-frame chassis which helps keep the car’s weight low. The car goes on sale early next year and will start at Rs 1.10 crore in the UK. We wish Mercedes would bring this car to India soon.
After seven years Skoda has replaced its Fabia hatchback. This car however will not be sold in India anytime soon. The car however does not use VW group’s new MQB platform, it instead uses a modified version of the outgoing car. The car is still under four metres long but is 30mm lower in height and a significant 90mm wider than the outgoing model. This car also gets a 330-litre boot, which means its great on practicality. By folding the rear seats flat, buyers will be able to free up a maximum luggage space of an even more generous 1,195 litres
There will be a 1.4-litre diesel engine with 74bhp on sale. The car could also get a 1-litre petrol engine that promises good economy. A 1.2-litre petrol engine which can develop 89bhp or 109bhp depending on the state of tune could also be on sale.
The new Vitara is nothing like the older version of the car. The new car is relatively compact in dimensions and looks sleeker than before. This car is essentially a cross over and will take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport.
The Vitara will get a four-wheel-drive option with the company's All Grip four-wheel drive system and power is likely to come from the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel powerplants installed in the SX4 S-Cross(which will be on sale in India soon). The Vitara production model is based on the iV-4 concept which was first shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013.
The interiors get a splash of body-coloured metal inserts on the dashboard and air vents making it a funky place to be in. Suzuki will start deliveries of this car early next year and chances are that it could make it to the Indian markets by end 2015.
According to the Swedish car maker the arrival of the XC90 marks “the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction”.
The new XC90, which is a seven-seater, is based on Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA).
With longer, taller and lower dimensions than the current model, the new Volvo XC90 will be the first all-new car to emerge under the brand’s current Chinese ownership.
The trademark feature on future Volvo models will be the T-shaped LED daytime running lights. An elongated but chiselled bonnet along with the tapered rear lights give it plenty of personality and make it stand out in the SUV crowd. The car will come with a host of diesel and petrol engines but the most popular among them will be the D5 engine which makes around 225bhp.