Geneva Motor Show 2020: preview

From all-electric city cars to 600bhp supercars, here is our guide to what you can expect to see at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

This year’s Geneva Motor Show opens its doors to the world’s press on Thursday 5 March. It’s one of the most important events in the motoring calendar, acting as a stage for some of the world’s biggest new car launches.

Naturally, the event is important for Europe’s car manufacturers, with heavy-hitting brands such as Audi, Fiat and Porsche each planning to unveil their latest vehicles. Japanese manufacturers such as Honda and Toyota will also make an appearance, with the former unveiling its facelifted Civic Type R and the latter its all-new Yaris.

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Given the automotive industry’s ongoing shift towards electromobility, the Geneva Motor Show will also play host to a range of hybrid and all-electric launches. The all-new and eagerly awaited Fiat 500 electric will make an appearance for the first time ahead of going on sale in the summer. 

We’ll have a team of reporters on the show floor during the event’s press days to bring you all the latest news as it happens. For now, here’s a list of what you can expect to see. 

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Audi

• A3 Sportback

Hot on the heels of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf comes the new, fourth-generation Audi A3. It will undergo a minor cosmetic overhaul with a pair of slimmer LED headlamps and a new grille design. It will be sold as a five-door Sportback model only and will feature a range of new mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.  

Honda

• Civic Type R facelift

Honda has revised its flagship hot hatchback for 2020. While cosmetic revisions are minor, the Civic Type R’s mechanical revisions are more involved, with new dampers, tweaked front suspension geometry and a set of fade-resistant brake discs with heavy-duty brake pads.

Fiat

• 500 electric

Fiat’s all-electric 500 will make its official debut at Geneva. The Italian brand is yet to confirm details on the new model’s powertrain, although our recent batch of spy shots suggest it’s styling won’t change drastically over today’s model. It’s expected to go on sale in the second half of this year, when it will act as a rival to the new Honda e and forthcoming MINI electric.

Mercedes

• Mercedes GLA crossover arrives to tackle BMW X2

The new GLA is bigger than ever and will go up against the BMW X2 and Audi Q2 when it hits the showrooms. It boasts a practical 421-litre boot capacity, has greater ground clearance than before and a hot AMG 45 edition, packing upwards of 400bhp, will follow. 

Porsche

• Porsche 911 Turbo spied with minimal disguise

The Turbo is the crown of the Porsche 911 range and is expected to debut at Geneva. We’ve already been for a passenger ride in a development car where engineers promised in excess of 600bhp for the Turbo and 650bhp for the Turbo S from an all-new 3.8-litre flat-six. 

SEAT

• Leon hatchback

As a sibling of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, the new SEAT Leon will share its MQB underpinnings and engine range with the VW. However, unlike its German counterpart, the new Leon looks set to adopt a fairly major cosmetic redesign, with the outgoing model’s smooth panelling being ditched in favour of a more angular look.

Skoda

• Octavia vRS

• Electric MEB crossover

The new Skoda Octavia will get its widest range of high-performance variants yet, with the usual petrol and diesel options to be joined by a new 1.4-litre petrol PHEV, which should offer an all-electric range of around 30 miles.

Skoda is also expected to bring a production-ready version of its all-electric Vision iV crossover concept to Geneva, which is due to go on sale in 2021. The crossover is yet to receive a name, but it willl share the same MEB underpinnings as the recently launched Volkswagen ID.3.

Toyota

• Toyota Yaris revealed with new hybrid tech

The new Yaris has a 50mm longer wheelbase than the outgoing model despite being shorter. Toyota has also given the new car a quicker steering rack, more rigid body and softer springs while the driver sits 36mm lower than in the previous example.  

Hybrid models will use a recalibrated CVT transmission with a power increase of 15 per cent expected to bring the Yaris up to around 115bhp. 

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