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Paris Motor Show 2016: What cars to expect

The Paris Motor Show 2016 is nearly upon us. Here is a preview of what to expect from the motoring show and when to expect it.

As motoring shows go, the one in Paris is one of the biggest in the world. No wonder, then, it becomes home to crazy concepts, brand new cars and bizarre innovations for more than 16 days, starting with the press day on the 29th of September and later access to the general public.

It must be said, the Mondial de L’Automobile – as it is officially known – has a number of big absentees this year including Aston Martin, Ford, Mazda, Rolls Royce and Volvo, but it is still going to be a big show. Here is what you need to know.


Nothing new here, but the Abarth 124 Spider is very much a hot topic as the UK drives of the standard 124 Spider have only recently been and gone (our first drive is incoming). It is a more powerful version of the two-seater sports car that packs a limited-slip differential so who can blame Abarth for bringing it along?


There will be a few new Audis to feast your eyes on, including the new version of the A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback, which feature a sleeker design compared to the A5 Coupe. The very powerful TT RS will also be on display next to the R8 supercar we loved to bits. A first proper glimpse of the mid-sized Q5 SUV will also happen.


BMW plans to continue its quest to offer a car for everyone and the X2 is another example, which is expected to be unveiled in near-production concept form in Paris. It sits between the X1 and X3, meaning it will offer a combination of SUV and coupe driving characteristics and be sized between the two.


We have already seen the Citroen CXPERIENCE and its rather shouty name, but Paris will be home to its public debut. Citroen says it is not a preview of the new C5 or C6. Whether that is true or not, the plug-in hybrid saloon is sure to turn heads and we doubt they did it for sheer ‘lolz’. The C3 WRC rally car will also make an appearance alongside the all-new C3 supermini it is based on.


Affordable motoring king Dacia will be taking updated versions of current models to the Paris Motor Show 2016, including the Sandero, though exact details are thin on the ground.


Something a bit more expensive is the Ferrari stand, which will be home to the GTC Lusso, the FF’s successor and a car we are extremely excited to drive. Like Christmas-type excitement and then some. The convertible version of the LaFerrari hypercar could also be there to drop jaws, knowing only 150 examples are being sold worldwide.


We have covered the new Civic (and it seems a lot of you are very interested in it) so most of you will know about the 10th generation model, but it will be nice to see it in the flesh in Paris. A glimpse of a Civic Type R version has also been teased and could offer the sort of 340+bhp seen in the rival Focus RS, which would be very tasty.


Hyundai has a new i30 that was revealed in early September and now it will be available for public consumption in Paris, complete with its redesigned looks and improved levels of technology. A hot-hatch version – codenamed RN30 – may also turn up.


The old Rio was a good but fairly tame car. Its new version, which will debut in Paris, is a much more aggressive affair, not to mention larger in every respect and features a nice enhancement in its technology abilities. 

Land Rover

Land Rover spends a small fortune on car shows so it may just bring the new Land Rover Discovery along, especially as it is getting its own event (and some sort of World Record attempt to do with Lego) at an event in Birmingham on the 28th of September.


Not one to be left out, Lexus will be bringing along yet another outlandish concept car. This time it is the UX, a Q2-sized SUV crossover with more angular lines than a thing with lots of, erm, angular lines. Given the presence of the LC 500, we are expecting good things (and more of that beefy trapezoidal grille).


Mercedes appears to be bring its A-game to the Paris Motor Show 2016 in the form of various unveilings. First is the EQ, which is reportedly an electric SUV that could prove to be a Tesla Model X rival. Then there is the E-Class All-Terrain, an off-road estate, and that stunning Mercedes-AMG GT / GT C Roadster, a convertible version of the AMG GT.

Mini Clubman JCW

Fans of fast Minis will want to see the four-seater John Cooper Works version we drove earlier this year as it is just that, a fast British-built Mini.


Like your concept cars mid-sized, SUV in style and powered by a hybrid powertrain? The Mitsubishi Grand Tourer PHEV Concept could be the one for you, as it is said to be the main focus of its Paris Motor Show plans.


It would be a bit off for French manufacturer Peugeot to miss a French motoring show, right? Luckily it will be there, complete with the new 3008 Kia Sportage rival, Peugeot 5008 seven-seater SUV and Peugeot 3008 DKR Dakar rally car and its 3.0-litre V6 diesel.


We have already driven the new Panamera (you may have seen Rory Reid’s photos of the car if you follow his Instagram), but the public is yet to see it properly. The Paris Motor Show 2016 will reportedly change that and it could also pave the way for a look at the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Or not, as the case may be. 


Few concepts from Renault should feature, including the Trezor Concept that promises an all-electric powertrain and the Alaskan pick-up. We may also see the 2017 Zoe, which is said to have a 248-mile range, putting it ever closer to the Tesla Model S. 


Not much from Skoda, given that the Kodiaq has already been unveiled. Still, Paris will be the place to see it if you are a member of the public and like your cars in an SUV flavour. 


The old Rexton was awful but the Tivilo hatchback showed Ssangyong is starting to get things right. So we have high hopes the new Rexton, which will be previewed in its LIV-2 concept form, could be a radical improvement and just as affordable. 


Speaking of affordable, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is another car that will undoubtedly look relatively cheap in its class. The crossover will get its official reveal in Paris. The Ignis supermini will also pop in for the event. 


Though not officially confirmed at the time of writing, the new Insignia could be unleashed at the Paris Motor Show 2016. If so, we will see exactly what the Ford Mondeo and BMW 3 Series rival has to offer. 


Still reeling from the emissions scandal, VW is sure to keep heading down its new eco-friendly route and there are reports it will show off an electric hatchback with around a 248-mile range to start things off nicely.

When is the Paris Motor Show 2016 open to the public?

The event begins on the 1st of October and runs until the 16th. Tickets and how to get the show can be found on the official website right here. Prices for an adult are €16 rising to €25 if you take a child. Doors open at 10am and close at 8pm.

What about the press preview?

Expect lots of news on the 29th and 30th of September as that is when the press get their previews ahead of the public. Stay tuned.


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