Stanley Says - Geneva Motor Show
This week, I travelled to Switzerland to attend one of the biggest events in the international automotive calendar, the 87th annual Geneva Motor Show.
As it’s the first major automotive show of the year, car manufacture’s like to take this opportunity to unveil their latest concepts or newest creations to the world.
All 3 of our new car franchises - Mitsubishi, SEAT and SsangYong - brought along impressive ideas and new additions to the show and offered us a glimpse of what we should expect to arrive into the SERE showrooms in the near future.
Mitsubishi’s new family car, the Eclipse Cross SUV (pictured), made its grand debut at Geneva 2017 and is expected to rival Nissan’s Qashqai upon its UK release early next year.
Although the finished car is still months away from completion, the show provided a good idea of what to expect - a smaller but spacious SUV fitted with innovative features like a touchpad controller to navigate the car’s infotainment system and Smartphone Link Display Audio System. Official details in regards to UK engine spec are yet to be released although Mitsubishi do say there will be a new 1.5 litre petrol turbo engine available.
The Japanese car brand also revealed that their Shogun Sport would be returning to the UK later this year, with a price tag likely to be around £30,000.
SEAT’s all new Ibiza (pictured) was revealed at the show this week and although only slight changes to its exterior appearance, it’s interior received a massive overhaul with more room for passengers, bigger boot space, a new centre console and dash, as well as being equipped with the latest technology. It won’t take long to get your hands on the new look Ibiza as it’s expected to arrive into UK showrooms this summer and cost around £13,000.
SEAT also announced their 20V20 concept in Geneva, the large 4x4 inspired car is expected to be the brand’s own version of the Skoda Kodiaq. The car will be intended to replace the Alhambra by 2018 and further grow their SUV range beyond the current Ateca and upcoming small SUV, the Arona.
At the Geneva Show, SsangYong showcased their new facelift Korando model which is expected to go on sale this summer ahead of the all-new Rexton model in September.
The South Korean brand also revealed their new concept at the show, the XAVL (pictured). The mid-to-large size SUV will be a rival for the Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Kodiaq.
The XAVL concept follows on from SsangYong’s XAV concept which was revealed in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both concepts are expected to go on sale by 2020.
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