The Paris Motor Show (Mondial de L’Automobile) kicks off this weekend, providing a platform for numerous automobile manufacturers to debut their latest concept models. BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Lexus are among those anticipated to unveil concept models. Though the manufacturers have been tight-lipped about specifics, a few have offered a glimpse into “the big reveal”. Taking a peak at the lineup this is what we currently know.
BMW Concept X2
The BMW Concept X2 is the newest edition of BMW’s compact segment. The Concept X2 is designed to look sportier than other X models by combining aspects of the company’s coupe designs. Though smaller, the Concept X2 is still designed to do light off-roading. Its 21-inch light-alloy wheels are wrapped in chunky tire treads, providing greater grip.
Honda Civic Type R
The Honda Civic Type R is Honda’s next-generation Civic Type R. Designed to be a sporty and sleek hatchback with track-ready performance, Honda claims the new Civic Type R is “the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever”. Its low, wide body is designed to be aerodynamic and is accompanied by 20-inch piano black alloy wheels and 245-section high-performance tires.
Lexus UX Concept
Heralded by Lexus as the compact SUV of the future, the UX Concept four-seater SUV that is capable of off-roading, yet drives like a coupe and features Lexus’s new Kinetic Seat Concept. The Kinetic Seat Concept offers riders moveable seat cushions and backrest, and is constructed spider web patterned seats made from environmentally-conscious synthetic spider silk materials.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-hybrid
Porsche will unveil their new Panamera 4 E-hybrid, which is said to have superb performance. The Panamera 4 E-hybrid’s engine is modeled after the Porsche 918 Spyder. Its electric motor produces 136 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, while its 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine produces 330 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque.
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ
Mercedes-Benz has announced their fully electric “Generation EQ” SUV. The sporty SUV utilizes two electric motors with scalable battery components, allowing it to increase its output up to 402 hp. Inside the Generation EQ all knobs and switches have been replaced with a new user interface featuring touch controls that are integrated into OLED displays (OLED = organic light emitting diode).