What to expect at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

What to expect at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

The biennial event hosted in the French capital is almost upon us, but what can we expect to see there? Here are some of the highlights.

Alternating with the Frankfurt Motor Show, it is Paris’s turn to host its own and many of the world’s main manufacturers will be bringing their latest models for the public to see.

Some of the cars on display will be getting their public debut, while some will be being revealed for the very first time. There are some models that have been confirmed already, but here is what you can expect to see at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.


2019 Audi A1
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The German brand is likely to show off the latest version of the A1 supermini – which will go on sale soon after – and the soon-to-be-unveiled e-tron all-electric SUV, which is being revealed on September 17. The second-generation Q3 is also likely to make an appearance, but expect the A1 and e-tron to be the main focus of the Audi setup in Paris.


2019 BMW 3 Series
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Paris is likely to be the perfect opportunity for BMW to unveil the new 3 Series, which is currently in its final phase of testing. An important model for the German firm, the 3 Series will be joined by the X5 – which is getting its public debut – and the recently revealed Z4 that was displayed for the first time last month. The 8 Series flagship coupe will also make an appearance.


2019 Citroen C5 Aircross
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For its home event, Citroen has confirmed that the C5 Aircross will make its first public appearance, while a hybrid version of the new SUV will also be there in concept form before its slated release in 2020. As is the case with Citroen at most car shows, expect a design project of some sort.


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The French designer brand will give a public debut to the 3 Crossback, which was revealed before the event and takes the cutesy looks of the DS3 and gives it a higher ride as well as SUV-inspired styling.


2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback
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After teasing it earlier this year, the South Korean manufacturer is likely to show off the i30 N Fastback in its final form in Paris. Based on the coupe-like version of the i30, it has been given the motorsport-inspired N treatment like its hatchback partner.


2018 Kia Niro EV
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For Kia, Paris will host the public debuts of the new Proceed shooting brake line-up that includes the sporty GT model, while the all-electric Niro EV that made its first appearance in South Korea earlier this year will be getting its European debut.


2019 Mercedes EQC
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The German firm will likely be showing the A-Class Saloon in Europe for the first time alongside the newly unveiled EQC all-electric SUV and latest GLE SUV – which comes in a seven-seat layout for the first time. Mercedes have also been testing a faster version of the A-Class, so that could also be shown at the event.


2018 Skoa Karoq Scout
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The Czech brand has already confirmed that it will be giving two versions of the Karoq their debut at the show – the Octavia Scout and the Sportline – while Skoda’s first performance SUV, the Kodiaq vRS, will be revealed for the first time.


2019 Suzuki Jimny
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Suzuki are likely to give its cute compact SUV, the Jimny, its public debut in Paris before it goes on sale next year.


2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
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Toyota will take this opportunity to give its Corolla Touring Sports a public reveal after the hatchback version was unveiled at Geneva earlier this year.

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