The 2019 London Motor and Tech Show offers plenty for visitors to see – from a whole sweep of electric cars through to the supercar paddock that houses all manner of exotica. Open until Sunday May 19 at ExCel London, the motor show aims to also celebrate all that’s good about the car industry at the moment.
Here are the highlights from this year’s show.
MG’s first electric car unveiled at the show
We’ve been waiting for MG’s new electric car for some time, and it’s at the London Motor Show when the covers are finally pulled off. Given the success the firm has had with its ZS small crossover, it’s this model that the firm has unsurprisingly chosen to electrify. While powertrain details and prices are still to be announced, the ZS EV is set to be one of the most affordable and accessible new electric cars when it reaches showrooms in September.
The first customers can also place their orders directly at the show.
UK debut for the Hyundai Tucson N-Line
The Tucson crossover is now Hyundai’s best-selling car in the UK, and following on from the introduction of N performance versions and sporty-looking N-Line trims across its range, the South Korean manufacturer has recently unveiled the Tucson N-Line.
Making its UK debut at the London Motor Show, the Tucson N-Line is available now, and while it receives predominantly visual tweaks, revisions have been made to the way it drives to offer a sportier experience.
A bold EV presence
Electric cars are just starting to take off, and that is particularly evident at the London Motor Show. Alongside the debut of MG’s new EV, there is also an ‘electric avenue’ at the event, which showcases electric cars from firms such as BMW, Hyundai and Smart.
However, other electric cars from Nissan, Audi and more are also dotted around the many other manufacturer and dealer group stands throughout the event.
The highly-anticipated Tesla Model 3
After years of waiting, Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 (the American EV manufacturer’s baby model) is now officially available to order in the UK, with deliveries starting later in the year. For many who haven’t yet had chance to spy the model at a Tesla dealer, the new EV is on show at the London Motor and Tech Show.
The latest supercars
This year’s supercar paddock is filled with so much exotica, it’s quite hard to pick a favourite. There’s the sheer awe of models such as the multi-million-pound Bugatti Chiron (one of the fastest cars on the planet), alongside two ultra-rare Aston Martin Vanquish Zagatos.
A legendary Ferrari Enzo is also on show, while away from the paddock, it’s also our first time seeing the new drop-top Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante in person. And yes, it’s just as pretty as the pictures make it out to be!
A World Car of the Year celebration
Following on from the electric Jaguar I-Pace’s recent crowning as the World Car of the Year, the firm’s first electric car will be on show at the World Car Garage. It not only celebrates 2019’s winners – such as the Audi A7, Volvo S60 and Citroen C5 Aircross – but also looks ahead at the 2020 World Car of the Year awards. Models such as the Volkswagen T-Cross, Range Rover Evoque and Kia Soul EV are on show – the latter being a pre-production model, and the first time the new car has been seen in the UK.