The new cars being shown at Geneva Show next week.

Updated / Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018 14:05

Peugeot's new 508 is one of the main new launches at this week's Geneva Motor Show.

By Donal Byrne

You can expect plenty of news about the further electrification of cars, but there will still be a few more conventional launches at next week's Geneva Motor Show.  Our Motoring Editor, Donal Byrne, has been looking at what's going to be on the stands.

Peugeot's new 508 will be one of the main launches in Geneva and the company is aiming to replicate the progress it has made with the success of its current SUV range and introduce the same philosophy into the bigger saloon. Full LED headlights, frameless doors and a sweeping coupe profile - rather like Volkswagen has done with the Arteon - are all strong features and the interior will get the latest iteration of the Peugeot iCockpit.

The 508 also gets the Peugeot i-Cockpit makeover.

This includes the smaller steering wheel we have seen on the current SUV's and a digital screen. Peugeot says the new platform on which the 508 is based has resulted in a 70 kg weight saving and new engines will be cleaner and more efficient. Two petrol engines and four diesel engines will feature in the line-up and the 1.5 diesel will have an emission level of just 98g/km. A plug-in petrol hybrid will be available from late in 2019 and the first versions of the 508 will go on sale this september.

Audi is due to show new versions of the A6 and the A6 Avant estate, while BMW will unveil the new X4.

The BMW X4.

The X4 is going to be very much in the style of the other current cars in the X-range. The influence of the X3, for example, is very evident both externally and internally. The fog lights integrated into the outer air intakes are just one cue and the cabin styling is very much part of the overall X look.

The new car is longer, wider and lower than the one it replaces and BMW says extra legroom is a key feature. 

It will arrive in Ireland initially with two diesel four cylinder engines - a 2.0 litre and a 4.0 litre - and these will be joined later by a six cylinder petrol and a diesel. All versions will have the xDrive full-time four wheel drive system and all will feature a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

For the serious petrol heads, Ferrari will be showing what is effectively a racing car.

The Ferrari Pista is the most powerful V8 the company has ever produced.

The Pisat has a 0 to 100 KPH time of just 2.85 seconds and a 0 to 200 KPH time of 7.6 seconds. The maximum speed is 340 KPH. Enough said - this one is for the track.

Kia's third generation Ceed (at least the ridiculous apostrophe has been dropped) will also get its first public outing. 

Kia's c'eed now becomes the Ceed.

It will be the first Kia to offer ‘level two autonomy’ Lane Following Assist technology and have a comprehensive range of advanced driver assistance systems available

Engines include a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a new 1.6-litre diesel.  The car goes on sale later this year. 

Lexus will be showing a road-going version of its smaller SUV, called the UX.  

The last time we saw a preview of the UX was almost two years ago and it will be interesting to see what has changed and what has not in the meantime. This is an important car for Lexus as it fills a customer gap for a more compact SUV to sit below the bigger NX. Let's hope, however, that the boldness of the new LC coupe is reflected in the UX design profile.

The Mercedes stand it likely to attract plenty of visitors to see the new A-Class and the revised C-Class.

Mercedes has continued with its sportier profile emphasis for the A-Class, which has more interior space and has had an interior re-fit that should serve to lift the car's profile. The C-Class is likely to have a new range of engines on its introduction.

Skoda's revised Fabia will no longer feature diesel engines.

Skoda will be featuring a revised Fabia and it is interesting to note that diesel engines are being dropped completely for the car. It's understood that only variations on the VW group's 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engines are being offered. This engine is the best small engine on the market and is more than enough for city and occasional long-distance driving.

On the same stand will be a styling statement from Skoda in terms of at least one future car - the Vision X.

The Skoda Vision X.

At the moment the Vision X is slated to have a hybrid engine, using compressed gas and an electric drive. However, we are still a long way from seeing this car in development. Still, it is a sign of things to come for Skoda's future SUV development.

Volvo has a new V60 estate.

The Volvo V60 is nearer being a reality thank the Skoda and it is expected the new estate will go on sale later this year. There will be a choice of petrol and diesel engines and two plug-in hybrid versions are expected to be launched at a later stage.