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2019 Geneva motor show preview

It’s always one of the motoring highlights of the year, and Geneva is already shaping up to be a big one

The Geneva motor show is a historic institution, and one of the most important motoring events of the year.

One of Europe’s (and the world’s) most prominent new car showcases, with big unveilings from the world’s largest brands – with only a few set to skip it this year.

The 2019 edition is already shaping up to be a hotbed of activity, with a number of eagerly anticipated reveals expected from Audi, BMW, Polestar and Renault to name but a few. Here’s a list of the important models we’ll learn more about when the show gets underway on 7 March.

Audi electric SUV concept

The expansion of Audi’s E-tron range of electric vehicles continues, with the brand set to reveal an electric compact SUV concept that will fit between the Q2 and Q3. 

Based upon the Volkswagen Group’s MEB EV platform, the as-yet-unnamed SUV is likely to become Aud’s biggest-selling electric car when it arrives in 2021, thanks to a competitive pricing strategy. The new model will take design inspiration from the E-tron GT concept and be one of 12 electric vehicles launched by Audi before 2025.

Bentley centenary ‘Blower’ special

Bentley has released a sneak preview of a racing-inspired special edition heading to the Geneva show. The image shows what looks like the front grille of a Continental GT with a painted-on number 9, suggesting it will hark back to the 1930s ‘Blower’ Bentley that raced at Le Mans. Expect sporty styling additions, and potentially some mechanical upgrades, when we get to the full reveal. 

BMW 3 Series Touring

With the unveiling of the G21-generation 3 Series at the 2018 Paris motor show, BMW pledged “renewed driver focus” for the segment-leading saloon, and that will also be the case with the Touring estate variant that’s heading to Geneva.

With new styling mimicking that of the larger 5 Series, a bigger boot and a range of diesel and petrol engines, the new Touring is tipped to provide some fierce competition for Mercedes’ C-Class estate and the Audi A4 Avant. 

BMW 7 Series facelift

Images leaked online ahead of a public debut at Geneva reveal that the facelifted BMW 7 Series has been brought into line with the brand’s new flagship SUV, the X7. 

As well as much larger versions of Munich’s trademark kidney grilles, the updated 7 Series features sharper exterior styling, a new front bumper and slimmer rear lights. More significant are changes to the model’s range of hybrid and conventional powertrains, with improved economy and performance outputs expected at every level, from a four-cylinder diesel unit to the petrol V12 in the M760Li xDrive.

Citroën centenary concept

Geneva 2019 will be the venue for the unveiling of the first of two concepts that Citroën has created as part of its centenary celebrations. 

The French car maker is remaining tight-lipped but has said that the concept hints at its vision for the future of urban mobility. A teaser image released last year shows a brightly coloured pull strap, perhaps in place of a conventional door handle, which would suggest the concept will take the form of a utilitarian city car in the same vein as 2016’s e-Mehari EV. New 2020 Citroën C4 Cactus to feature electric powertrain

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