With less than ten days to go, the countdown to the 2018 Paris Motor Show is officially on. The Biennial exhibition alternates with the ever-famous Frankfurt Motor Show held in Germany. Having first been held in 1898, Paris claims to be the world’s oldest motor show. The last show in the French capital attracted a whopping 1,027,697 visitors, including 10,000 journalists and this year is set to be even bigger and better!
From 2nd – 14th October 2018, manufacturers will take advantage of the opportunity to show off their latest concepts and products. The 2018 Paris Motor Show begins on 2nd October with the first press day and opens to the public two days later on the 4th.
Paris 2016 didn’t fail to impress on the new car front with big debuts including the Land Rover Discovery, Peugeot 3008 and Audi Q5 – all of which are now seen on our roads and in showrooms. Electric concepts from Volkswagen and Mercedes pedestalled ‘electrification’ as a major theme, one we expect to make a return this year. There’s even expected to be electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars to try out this year around the Place de la Concorde.
Here are some of the show-stealing contenders we expect this time around:
One of the show’s most anticipated models is the Audi e-tron - the German brand’s first purely electric car. Alongside, Audi will be bringing its new A1 supermini, as well as the updated Q3 SUV and A4 facelift for public showings. As such, no global debuts are expected.
BMW 3 Series
BMW 8 Series
BMW Vision iNEXT concept
The world debut of BMW’s most important saloon is likely to grab headlines. This high-end motorway cruiser has been a German bestseller for years, and its popularity at Hippo Leasing is no different, thanks to its strong resale value and how reliable and safe it is. Will the 3-Series successfully up its already powerful game? Other new models being displayed in public for the first time are the new X5 SUV and Z4 roadster.
Ahead of the Paris Motor Show BMW has also revealed an all-electric concept - the Vision iNEXT. The new range-topping i SUV is set to arrive in 2021.
Citroen C5 Aircross - the European version of the C5 SUV is expected to land holding comfort, an affordable price tag and as expected from all Citroen models, a whole lot of practicality.
DS 3 Crossback
DS 7 Crossback PHEV
Following the success of the DS 7, another SUV is being added to the line-up, the DS 3 Crossback. Set to rival the MINI Countryman and Audi Q2, could this be the start of another well-loved small SUV?
Hyundai i30 N Fastback
Hyundai’s i30 N Fastback will finally premiere in Paris next month. In an attempt to raise the bar even higher, we will see a new body style and gently revised suspension. These changes will filter down into 2019 i30 N hatches too.
KIA Ceed GT
KIA Nero EV
Joining the already revealed Kia ProCeed on its stand will be the Ceed GT. It’ll be the first sighting of the sportier five-door Ceed hatchback, featuring a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with around 200bhp. Both the ProCeed and Ceed GT are expected to arrive in the UK at the start of 2019.
Lexus RC - Lexus will bring its facelifted RC coupe. Changes include a new front bumper, mesh grille and lighting signature for the LED lights.
Lexus LC Limited Edition - only ten are set to arrive in the UK.
Mercedes A-Class Saloon
The new A-Class Saloon will have its first public outing in Paris. But the star of the show is one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the show, the new all-electric Mercedes EQC. Merc will also bring along another new SUV, the new GLE. Mercedes-AMG will have the new A35 AMG on display, the marque’s shot at rivalling the Volkswagen Golf R.
We’ll be updating our news section and social pages regularly throughout the 2018 Paris Motor Show, so don’t forget to keep us bookmarked and we will keep you filled in!