Paris Motor Show 2018: latest news and live coverage

Day 2 of the 2018 Paris Motor Show promises lots more new car news. Stay up to date here…

The 2018 Paris Motor Show dropped its weighty cargo of new cars yesterday on the first press day but there’s more to come. Press day two is up and running with our team on the ground scouring the show halls for news.

Our live coverage of the 2018 Mondial De L’Auto is continuing today with more details, pictures and videos of the big Paris reveals, including the new BMW 3 Series, the Kia Proceed, the Mercedes B-Class, Hyundai’s i30 Fastback N, the revised Porsche Macan, the Skoda Kodiaq vRS and the DS 3 Crossback. That’s just the tip of the new car and concept iceberg too, there’s a huge variety of new metal on show and you’ll find full details on all of it below.

Check out our live gallery for the latest images and videos from Paris 2018 and scroll down to our Live Twitter feed for the latest insights from the auto Express team at the show…

Paris Motor Show 2018: the key cars

BMW 3 Series – BMW’s next Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 rival will be Paris centrepiece
DS 3 Crossback – DS to add second, smaller crossover, and there will be an electric version too
Porsche Macan facelift – Updated version of Porsche’s best seller gets new six-cylinder engines
Mercedes GLE – All-new BMW X3 rival a key car for Merc
Mercedes B-Class – New B-Class to prove that MPVs aren’t dead just yet
Kia Proceed – Shooting brake version of latest Kia Ceed injects a little fun into firm’s family option

Breaking news stories from the Paris Motor Show 

• Mazda confirms return of rotary engine as EV range extender
• Renault reveals plans for Clio, Captur and Megane hybrids
• Electric Mercedes-EQ models to get AMG treatment
• Bentley Bentayga Diesel axed in Europe
• Peugeot e-Legend concept could be built after 2020
• Ionity charging network coming to UK this year

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Paris Motor Show 2018: manufacturer A-Z 

Scroll down to find out what each manufacturer is up to at the 2018 Paris show…


• Audi A1 • Audi e-tron
• Audi SQ2
• Audi R8 LMS GT3

On the eve of the Paris show, Audi revealed the new SQ2: a hot compact SUV which shares its 296bhp engine with the VW Golf R. A four wheel drive system allows it to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.8 seconds. The new e-tron electric SUV also features in Paris, which is joined on Audi’s stand by the new A1. Finally, the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car that may carry clues as to the design of the forthcoming facelifted production model is on show. 


• BMW 3 Series • BMW X5
• BMW Z4

The all-new BMW 3 Series is the biggest story at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Under the bodywork it switches to BMW’s lightweight CLAR platform, enabling new-generation and alternative powertrains to be fitted. As such, a fully electric variant of the next 3 Series is in the pipeline. Alongside the new 3 Series, we got to see the new X5 SUV and Z4 roadster for the first time in public as well.


• Citroen C5 Aicross SUV Hybrid Concept

A hat full of plug-in hybrid cars from PSA are on the way, and Citroen isn’t one to be left behind. A plug-in variant of the new C5 Aircross SUV is in the pipeline and though Citroen isn’t ready to reveal the final car just yet, it wants you to know that PHEV versions of the Peugeot 3008 and DS 7 Crossback won’t be your only options. That’s why Citroen brought a very thinly veiled C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept to Paris.


• DS 3 Crossback
• DS 7 Crossback E-Tense

DS has added a second SUV to its line-up, and it has made its public debut at its home show in Paris. Called the DS 3 Crossback, it rivals the likes of the MINI Countryman and Audi Q2. Making use of the PSA Group’s new CMP platform, it’ll also be ready for electrification, with an E-Tense model to follow the petrol and diesel options later in 2019.

Meanwhile, DS has long spoken of a 300bhp plug-in hybrid version of its DS 7 Crossback flagship SUV, and we’ve also been given the chance to see that at the show.


• Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

The Monza Ferrari SP1 and SP2 are both limited edition cars designed to kick off a new Ferrari line-up called ‘Icona’. These will be hyper exclusive models designed to evoke some of the brand’s most iconic vehicles. the SP1 and 2 are nods to the 750 and 850 Monza racing Barchettas of the 1950s, based on the 789bhp 812 Superfast and priced at over £3 million each.


• Honda CR-V hybrid

Honda took its hybrid CR-V to the Paris show, which features an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain. The hybrid CR-V uses an electric motor and a 2.0-litre petrol engine to produce 181bhp and 315Nm of torque, while an economy figure of 53.3mpg has been achieved. 


• Hyundai i30 Fastback N
• Hyundai i30 N Option

The standard i30 N hatch has been such a success that Albert Biermann and Hyundai’s N performance division have now worked their magic on the Fastback model. Just like the hatch, it comes in two states of tune, with the 248bhp entry level car being joined by a more powerful 272bhp Performance version. 

Joining the i30 Fastback N on Hyundai’s Paris stand was the i30 N Option, which previews a range 25 possible accessories for the brand’s standard hot hatch, including a large carbon fibre rear spoiler.


• Infiniti Project Black S

We’ve seen the Project Black S before – it made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. It’ll be coming to Paris, only this time there’s technical specs to join it: a mix of twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and two F1-inspired energy recovery systems endow this hybrid coupe with 563bhp.


• Kia Ceed GT
• Kia Proceed

The Kia ProCeed has already been officially revealed, and now it’s made its public debut at the 2018 Paris show. As the latest model to the growing Ceed line-up, the ProCeed is a rakish, shooting brake styled variant of the all-new hatch, sitting alongside both the regular Ceed and the more practical Sportswagon estate.

Joining the ProCeed on Kia’s Paris stand is the warm Ceed GT. Featuring a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 201bhp, it has been designed for driver involvement and greater agility instead of chasing any acceleration or top speed records. Both the ProCeed and Ceed GT are expected to arrive in the UK at the start of 2019.


• Lexus RC
• Lexus LC Limited Edition

Lexus has brought a revised version of the RC Coupe to Paris. The subtle styling tweaks include a new front bumper, mesh grille and lighting signature for the LED headlights. The engine lineup remains the same, but the new dampers, firmer springs and an adjusted steering setup should change how it drives.

Paris also features a special version of the RC’s big brother. The LC Limited Edition gets a unique Naples Yellow exterior paint finish and further yellow highlights on the inside.


• Mercedes A-Class Saloon
• Mercedes GLE 
• Mercedes B-Class
• Mercedes EQC
• Mercedes-AMG A 35
• Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow
• Mercedes to slim down its model range
• Electric Mercedes-EQ models to get AMG treatment

The new Mercedes A-Class has spawned a saloon variant. Officially named the A-Class Saloon, Paris is its first public outing. The next-generation GLE is also present, while the new B-Class MPV has broken cover on the stand as well. If that wasn’t enough, the new AMG A35 the all-electric EQC SUV and EQ Silver Arrow concept all made appearances as well. We also learned that there are plans for AMG performance versions of Mercedes’ electric cars.


• Peugeot e-LEGEND concept 
• Peugeot 508 SW and PHEV

Peugeot has made its play to grab the spotlight in Paris with a stunning retro-futuristic concept car called e-LEGEND. It’s an all-electric homage to the 504 Coupe, complete with autonomous driving features too. The stylish new 508 will be bolstered on two fronts with the full public debut of the 508 SW, plus the arrival of plug-in hybrid versions of the firm’s flagship D-segment offering. 


• Porsche Macan facelift
• Porsche 911 Speedster

Porsche’s facelifted Macan SUV has been revealed, and it’s made its first appearance in public at Paris. A subtle redesign joins a revised interior layout and new infotainment, but changes under the bonnet make for the biggest news. No diesel option will be present in the line-up, but two new six-cylinder petrol engines arrive. The 911 Speedster concept, which has now been confirmed for limited production, has joined the Macan in Paris.


• Renault Kadjar facelift
• Renault K-ZE
• Renault EZ-Ultimo concept
• Renault reveals plans for Clio, Captur and Megane hybrids

Renault is celebrating 120 years with a packed stand at this year’s Paris show, but all-eyes are on the facelifted Renault Kadjar. The crossover has been given a series of tweaks inside and out, including tech upgrades and new engines, in an attempt to keep it competitive in the popular sector.

Meanwhile, the French brand has uncovered a new all-electric city car called the K-ZE. It will be just for the Chinese market when it goes on sale in 2019, however it will be rolled out across the globe at a later date. Renault also revealed the EZ-Ultimo, the third concept car in a series of vehicles designed to preview the French firm’s vision of how autonomous cars will look and operate in the future.


• SEAT Tarraco

The SEAT Tarraco has already been revealed but it’ll be making its full debut in Paris next month. It’s the firm’s first seven-seat SUV and lines up as an alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq and a rival for the Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge. Orders open in December.


• Smart ForEase concept

Smart has taken the wraps of the funky ForEase in Paris. The ForEase is an open-topped concept which takes inspiration from the 2001 CrossBlade. Unlike that car, the ForEase is electric only – it shares its 17.6kWh battery and 80bhp motor with the regualr EQ ForTwo Cabriolet.


• Skoda Kodiaq vRS
• Skoda Vision RS concept

Skoda’s vRS performance brand has released its take on the Kodiaq SUV. Skoda tested the Kodiaq vRS at the Nurburgring, setting the lap record for a seven-seat SUV in the process. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel offering 237bhp, while prices in the UK will likely just eclipse £40,000. A new concept has been revealed, too – the Vision RS previews the firm’s new Ford Focus rival, which will replace the Rapid.


• Toyota Yaris GR Sport

Inspired by the hot Yaris GRMN, the Yaris GR Sport adds a series of sporty styling tweaks and is powered by the brand’s familiar 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine. Further GR Sport models are expected to appear in Toyota’s range further down the line. 


• VinFast LUX A2.0 saloon and LUX SA2.0 SUV

Vietnamese car company VinFast revealed not one but two new models in Paris. The LUX A2.0 saloon and LUX SA2.0 SUV, are premium cars that Pininfarina has been involved in designing from the ground up. Right hand driver versions are a possibility so we could be set to see VinFast models in the UK, too. 

What are you most looking forward to seeing at the 2018 Paris Motor Show? Tell us in the comments or click on to page 2 to plan your Paris Motor Show visit …


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