On the lookout for a new car? Here’s a list of spring’s most important car-news.
When the 90. Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus, around 10.000 accredited journalists and tens of thousands of representatives from the automobile industry had to stay home. Luckily, the car news is not canceled! Here is a list of the most important, chosen by The Gentleman’s Post.
Almost no cars without a charging port
The big trend in the carmanufacturer’s spring collection is of course electrification. Our count shows 13 new hybrids (model variants counts as one) and 12 electric news, including a good amount of concept cars.
A lot of the news does come with fossil fuel motorization, though they are starting to get a small audience.
Fiat 500 EV
ELECTRIC ITALIAN: Third generation Cinquecento (meaning 500) is longer and wider, but has maintained it’s iconic look and incredible charm. It comes as a hard top as well as a cabriolet. There will be special models oozing of luxury design: 500 Giorgio Armani, B.500 “May Troppo” by Bvlgari and 500 Kartell.
The small city car gets 42 kWh battery capacity with a range of 200 miles, charging with 85 kW effect. Charging time for a full “tank” is set to six hours. 118 hp and 0-60 mph in 9.0 seconds.
Toyota RAV4 Plug-in hybrid
Toyota RAV4 Plug-in hybrid has an expected range of over 35 miles. The car has the same 2.5 liter petrol engine as the regular hybrid, with a combined effect of 306 hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration at 6.2 seconds. It has all-wheel drive (el-engine at the back). The trunk is 520 liters, 60 liters less than in the non-chargeable hybrid.
BMW Concept i4
BMW Concept i4 is a teaser for the electric car i4, which is scheduled to launch in 2021. The car is a Gran Coupe. Almost all functions are added to a curved display, stretching all the way from the driver side to the passenger side. The electric driveline is newly developed, 530 hp equals the performance of a V8 engine. The battery has a 80 kWh capacity, and a range of 350 miles. 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds. The sound of the car (decree set by EU for the safety of pedestrians) is composed by none other than Hans Zimmer.
Swedish/chinese-owned Polestar, owned by Volvo, is in a hot seat these days. The car pictured is their fourth model. If and when Precept will enter the marked is unknown. Precept is a fourseater, flat coupe with a glass roof. Polestar describes the car an as environmental vision, built with recycled plastic and natual fibres.
The name of the car “Morphoz” is a translation of the word metamorph, meaning change. The concept car has a range of 250 miles, and supports wireless charging. It’s supposed to go into production as early as next year.
Volkswagen Touareg R
Volkswagen Touareg R is a chargeable hybrid with permanent all-wheel drive. It performs 460 hp and 700 Nm of torque, produced by uniting a V6-engine (340 hp) and an electric engine (136 hp). Trailer weight is set to 3.5 tonns, with a battery capacity set at 14.1 kWh. Coming in the last half of 2020.
What characterizes this electric SUV is the huge screen along the dashboard, with infinite digital possibilities, including an “Office mode” with video calls. It will be delivered with rear wheel- or all-wheel drive, and 220 or 280 miles range. The top model has all-wheel drive with 408 hp, with a 95 kWh battery. Ordering opens in last half of 2020, and the first models will be launched in early 2021.
Mercedes GLA 250e
The electric range of this A-class based SUV from Mercedes is a staggering 40 miles! It will be delivered with all-wheel drive, with a trailer weight at 3500 pounds. Combined effect from the petrol- and electric engines is 218 hp/450 Nm. Battery capacity is set at 15.6 kWh. It will be able to “fastcharge” (up to 24 kW) – 25 minutes from 10-80 percent. Available in spring. CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake will also be chargeable hybrids, all with 250e as a surname.
BMW 330e xDrive Touring
NOW CHARGEABLE: The new BMW 330e Touring is BMW’s first chargeable hybrid estate car. Allwheel/rear-wheel drive, towbar and a 12 kWh battery, producing a 35 mile range. The sedan will also come as a chargeable hybrid. Underneath the hood there’s a 2.0 liter, four cylinder turbo petrol-engine producing 184 hp connected to an electric engine producing 113 hp. Combined effect is 252 hp/420 Nm. Trunk volume is set at 410 liters in the estate and 375 liters in the sedan.
PROPHECY: Hyundai Prophecy is an electric concept car showing the manufacturer’s heading in design. Some say it looks like an offspring of a Tesla and a Porsche, giving it a Model 3 front and a Porsche rear. “Perfectly cut rock” is the description given by Hyundai. A lot of exterior lighting suggests Hyundai will display pixelated lamps as signature elements going forward. Inside the car, there is joysticks instead of a steering wheel.
CAR OF THE YEAR IN EUROPE: The new Peugeot 208 has been named “Car of the Year 2020,” announced in connection with the Geneva Motor Show. The car will also be available as an electric, e-208, with a 210 miles range.
Volkswagen ID. 4
Volkswagen’s new SUV in the ID-series, ID. 4 first edition, will have a range of up to 300 miles. It’s to be launched next year. First, it will be available as a rear-wheel drive, and later as an all-wheel drive. The car is to be produced in the Zwickau factory, along with the ID. 3. The Volkswagen Group is investing 3 billion dollar in electric mobility. Among other things they are building a battery factory in Salzgitter, opening this year.
Audi Q7 TFSI e
While the Audi Q7 e-tron was diesel-based, the new Q7 chargeable hybrid will be petrol-based, with a 3.0 liter V6. The new name is TFSI e. Q7 has had a facelift, without becoming less recognizable. The chargeable hybrid will be available in two editions, the top model called “60” will have 456 hp, while the “55-edition” will have 381 hp. Electric range is set to 25 miles, with all-wheel drive as standard.
UNIQUE CUSTOMIZATION: The updated Mercedes E-Class gets a sharper design and a unique “powernap”-function, but most importantly it gets multiple combinations for buyers to customize their chargeable hybrid: petrol, diesel, sedan, estate and the all-wheel system 4Matic – all in all seven combinations! The “powernap”-function is a small “wellbeing”-package controlled by the car while you charge; music, scent, lighting and massage! Very little has been revealed about this car related to its stats.