New Hyundai Elantra, Fiat 500L among Geneva cars we'll see here
In no particular order, here are seven new cars we'll be seeing in North America soon.
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GENEVAâ€”In no particular order, here are the vehicles that debuted this week here in Switzerland that weâ€™ll be seeing in North America soon.
Back home, weâ€™ll call it the Elantra Touring.
Unlike the prestige brands that are doing so well, mass-marketers often use different model designations in different markets.
Why? Youâ€™d have to ask them.
Mechanically, the wagon-ish Touring weâ€™ll get will be very similar to the current Elantra sedan. Itâ€™s the reigning Canadian and North American Car of the Year; why would you change anything?
BMW 6 Series Gran Sport
The first four-door coupe from BMW is the companyâ€™s response to Mercedesâ€™s CLS and Porscheâ€™s Panamera. It rides on a stretched 6-Series platform. Base powerplant will be the twin-turbo six, with twin-turbo V8 and four-wheel drive models to follow.
BMW also showed a new M6 â€” essentially the M5 hardware in the two-door coupe body.
Fiat 500L four-door
The â€˜Lâ€™ stands for â€˜Largeâ€™. But given itâ€™s a 500, â€˜Largeâ€™ is very much a relative thing.
Its face looks like the 500, but the rest of the car is sort of a cross between a Mini Clubman and, well, a crossover. It does have four doors and four seats.
Details are scarce, but weâ€™ll certainly get the 1.4 litre MultiAir four cylinder thatâ€™s in the 500 â€˜Smallâ€™.
Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko bragged here that his company began its electric car program way back in 2006. Now, he continued, everybody has an electric, or at least a hybrid, on their stands.
Given the woeful sales, and technical and infrastructure issues these vehicles all face â€” all 100 percent predictable, by, among others, yours truly â€” it was ironic that heâ€™d even bring this up, and then use the rest of his allotted time to introduce a big SUV, the replacement for the Outlander.
Looking pretty much exactly like the awkwardly-named PX-MiEV II concept car from last fallâ€™s Tokyo Motor Show, Outlander will offer a variety of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid.
The new â€˜littleâ€™ Porsche is all-new, with a larger yet lighter body, re-worked suspension, and hugely revamped interiors along the lines of the Panamera and new 911.
Base (265 hp) and S (315 hp) models will be offered.
The best news is that a comparably-equipped new one costs less than the old one. Now, thatâ€™s progress.
Bentley GTC V8
Bentley showed the convertible version of the GT V8 coupe that debuted in Detroit. The twin-turbo variable displacement engine still produces huge power but with better efficiency â€” by Bentley standards anyway.
Yes, thatâ€™s how theyâ€™re spelling it. Itâ€™s the replacement for the 599, the latest in a long line of muscular front-engined V12-powered Ferraris.
To me, the car looks bigger than before, but itâ€™s an illusion: itâ€™s shorter, lower and narrower, with a shorter wheelbase, but a redesigned rear suspension and transmission (en bloc with the rear axle) actually create more interior space.
A new 6.3 litre V12, which generates 740 horsepower on 30 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, makes the F12 the fastest road-going Ferrari around the companyâ€™s Fiorano test track.
The smaller California has also been upgraded â€” 30 more horsepower from its V8 engine, 30 fewer kilograms for it to shove around.
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