Paris Motor Show- The Paris Salon opens its doors to the press in just a few hours. Although many launches will be presented to us tomorrow, we already know some of the most important novelties of the French sample. The Paris Motor Show has lost steam in the European circuit – the Frankfurt Motor Show is the most important of the couple – but it is still a room of some depth to which attention must be paid. Before starting, we wanted to collect some of the news we already know , as is the case of the new Mercedes GLE or the new DS 3 Crossback. Can you come with us?
Key cars at the 2018 Paris motor show
One of the most important novelties for Mercedes is the new GLE. Although not your flagship SUV is one of the most important in markets such as Chinese or American. Although it has an evolutionary design, it is full of technology, from the MBUX infotainment system with personal assistant and augmented reality , through advanced adaptive pneumatic suspensions and six-cylinder engines with microhybridization. A 48-volt electrical system is the backbone of this SUV, which does not neglect its off-road capabilities and is available with engines up to 367 hp .
DS 3 Crossback
The range of DS had been almost deserted after the cessation of the manufacture of the DS4 and DS5. With a DS3 very advanced in years and surpassed by the competition, DS has taken letters in the matter and presented what will be its main volume model. It’s called DS3 Crossback and it’s a premium SUV riding between segments B and C, which you’ll find in cars like only for Paris Motor Show the Audi Q2 to its main rivals. With a chic look, the new member of the Crossback family will try to differentiate themselves from their rivals with a more personal design. For the time being, it will have diesel and gasoline engines between 100 HP and 155 HP.
The SEAT Tarraco was presented to the press at an ad-hoc event in Tarragona – a Catalan city that continues the tradition of SEAT, to name its cars and cities. Although we have already touched it and we have climbed it , the Tarraco has not yet received his first mass bath. The SEAT Tarraco is twin brother of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, with which it shares a platform, mechanics and configuration of seven seats. In fact, it is manufactured in Germany together with the Volkswagen , unlike the Ateca, manufactured in Barcelona. It will be released with engines up to 190 HP of power.
Skoda Kodiaq RS
Skoda subjected us to a real torture of teasers before presenting us with the final production version of the Kodiaq RS . It is the new member of the RS family of the brand, which has in the Skoda Octavia its main members – without forgetting the interesting Vision RS prototype presented a few hours ago. The Skoda Kodiaq RS stands out for a sports body kit, 20-inch wheels with sports tires and an interior with semibaquets, among other details, such as digital instrumentation. Its mechanics is a 2.0 TDI double turbo engine, with 240 hp , associated with an automatic double clutch gearbox.
Renault’s compact crossover is now one of its best sellers. It is the twin brother of the Nissan Qashqai , and the line of defense of Renault against rivals such as the Peugeot 3008 , the SEAT Ateca or the Skoda Karoq . The Renault Kadjar has received a facelift in the middle of its life cycle , a very light facelift in the aesthetic – with a predictable evolution in optical groups, tires and bumpers. Its main novelty is the arrival of a new engine of 1.3 liters of gasoline, with powers of 140 HP and 160 HP . The diesel range is also updated, with 115 HP engines and 150 HP of power.
Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC
The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC is a real nuisance for cars like the Audi S3. It is the first iteration of the new Mercedes A-Class , launched this year in its fourth generation. In the future will have an A 45 version with a power close to 400 HP, focused on competing with the Audi RS3. At the moment, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC offers us a small preview of the compact sportsmanship of Mercedes. Its engine is a 2.0 Turbo with a power of 306 HP , associated with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and a dual-clutch gearbox. We think it has a very interesting aspect, as well as a running train at the height of its rivals.
Peugeot 508 Sport Wagon
Relatives have traditionally been reviled as boring cars, practical cars with little personality designed for large families. Today they are cars with a very careful design – many times more beautiful than their three-volume siblings – and a dynamic far superior to that of any SUV . Not to mention a greater efficiency and better benefits. The Peugeot 508 SW plays perfectly the trick of the design , with a suggestive fall, a trunk with 530 liters of capacity and exciting details like doors without frame. An excellent course for the future of the relatives of always.
The KIA Proceed is an interesting car. It is based on the KIA Ceed, and until this third generation, it was its version of three doors, more juvenile cut. As three-door cars are no longer sold, the Proceed has become a more sporting family-friendly , with a very strong design. It is a car well differentiated from the KIA Ceed SW, the traditional bodywork “ranchera” of the Ceed. The fall of the roof is very pronounced and is more stylized, in addition to having a more sporty tuning. It will be offered with engines up to 204 HP in its GT versions, which share mechanics with the KIA Ceed GT.
BMW 3 Series
The seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series has been leaked a few hours before its official presentation to the press. Although the filtered images come from a configurator, we know that its construction is lighter than that of its predecessor – it reduces its weight by 55 kilos, according to BMW – equipping the brand’s technological innovations, like a fully digital instrumentation. BMW wants to position itself as the dynamic and fun alternative of the segment , and for this it will have turbocharged engines of four and six cylinders. The existence of an M340i version has been confirmed, and in the future everything indicates that it will have high performance M3 versions.
The Audi SQ2 is to the Audi Q2 what the Audi S3 is to the Audi A3 . We knew that Audi was preparing a high-performance version of its access crossover , and the result is the Audi SQ2. Built on the MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group, it is presented with a much more aggressive image, suspensions lowered by 20 mm and a sporty undercarriage. In the absence of knowing more images of the SQ2, we know that will equip a 2.0 TFSI engine of 300 hp, necessarily associated with a S tronic gearbox dual clutch and seven relations. As it could not be otherwise, it will only be available with quattro all-wheel drive.