2016 Geneva Motor Show day 1 round up

So many new cars and concepts are unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show that we can’t cover them all in detail. But we still want to bring you as much news from the show as possible, so here’s a quick canter through the other big stories that have emerged on the first day of the show.

Maserati Levante

Maserati has revealed technical details on its long-awaited Levante SUV. It will be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engine, both 3.0-litre V6 turbo units. The petrol is available with 350bhp or 430bhp, the latter of which is capable of 0-62mph in 5.2secs and a top speed of 164mph. The 275bhp diesel, meanwhile, returns combined economy of 39mpg. Every engine comes with four-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Tech includes an 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system and many driver aids.

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat’s revived 124 Spider – based on the Mazda MX-5 – will go on sale in the UK this summer, priced from less than £20,000. Power comes from the 1.4-litre Multiair turbo motor usually found in the Abarth 500, here producing 138bhp and 177lb/ft of torque. 0-62mph takes 7.5secs with a top speed of 134mph. More powerful versions will follow. Aircon, cruise control and Bluetooth will be standard across the board, while 124 examples of an Anniversary Edition will be available with all the bells and whistles (£23,295).

Renault Scenic

The fourth-generation Scenic brings in a dramatically modern new look with just a hint of crossover (every model gets 20in wheels). It’s bigger all-round than the old car and has massive amounts of storage and seats that can be configured in dozens of combinations. The classy interior moves quality on a few notches and features a large-format, portrait touchscreen infotainment system. The centre console slides back and forth, too, for reasons that aren’t immediately apparent.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 510bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio was unveiled ages ago, but here it is in mainstream guise. And it’s still gorgeous. Apart from the QV’s 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6, there’s a choice of 200bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol or 2.2-litre diesel with 150bhp and 180bhp. Performance and economy numbers have yet to be announced. A new eight-speed automatic gearbox will be available alongside plenty of gadgets and driver aids. And let’s not forget it’s rear-wheel-drive. Full pricing and specs will be announced nearer the Giulia’s launch later this year.

Fiat Tipo

We have already seen the Tipo saloon, but here it is in the hatchback and estate forms that will arrive in the UK later this year. It’s a good-looking thing, with loads of space in either guise. Various petrol and diesel engines will be available – with a choice of manual of dual-clutch gearbox – the most economical of which is 120bhp 1.6 diesel, capable of 76.3mpg and 98g/km. All models come with aircon, DAB and Bluetooth. Full pricing and specs will announced nearer launch.

Audi Q2

The new small crossover arrives wearing a sharp suit. It sits at the bottom of Audi’s SUV tree; engines range from a 1.0-litre triple up to 2.-litre turbo petrol and diesels. Myriad combinations of front- and four-wheel-drive, manual and dual-clutch gearbox will be available, as well as all the gadgets and safety tech found in its bigger rangemates. It goes on sale later this year; pricing to be confirmed.

DS E-Tense concept

This all-electric concept car features four motors delivering 402bhp and 381lb/ft of torque. It looks utterly bonkers, too. More of this DS, please.

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept

VW will launch a Polo-size SUV in the very near future but, for now, it’s teasing us with this drop-top concept. It features a button-free interior with newly-developed ‘by wire’ system that replace conventional controls and a BeatsAudio stereo (what doesn’t, these days?).

Honda Civic concept

Honda calls it a concept, but under the many scoops and wings, this is about 95% of the next-generation Civic hatchback, due for launch in the UK early in 2017. It’s much more conventional than the last couple of generations – a good thing?

Ford Vignale models

Ford has rolled out the rest of its posh Vignale range, which now counts the Edge and Kuga (officially a concept) SUVs and the S-MAX people carrier alongside the existing Mondeo hatchback and estate models. As per the Mondeo, the new additions receive sumptuous leather upholstery and many gadgets. Buyers are treated to dedicated sales and service areas and a concierge service. Prices and on-sale dates to be announced.

Volkswagen Phideon

Strange that VW would launch a new model bound exclusively for the Chinese market at Geneva, by there you go. It’s an all-new design, based on the MLB platform and powered by a range of TSi petrol engines up to a 298bhp, 3.0-litre unit. It measure 5,050mm from stem to stern and has the generous rear seat space the Chinese market demands. There is much high-tech gadgetry, too. The Phideon effectively replaces the Phaeton and may yet go on sale in Europe.

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes has taken a tin opener to the C-Class Coupe and the result is rather elegant, with a fabric roof that follows more-or-less the same silhouette as the coupe. The fabric roof opens and closes in 20secs at speeds up to 30mph and comes in a range of colours (avoid red). Mercedes claims there’s no great loss of rigidity over the Coupe. As per the Coupe, the Cabriolet features possibly the best interior in the class with four proper seats, and enough driver aids for it to practically drive itself. The engine mirrors the Coupe too, up to the 367bhp AMG C43.

By Only Motors

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