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HJ's Take on the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Published 07 March 2017

For me the highlight and most relevant car at the show was one the World has already seen: The Jaguar I-Pace.

Think a 5-seater Jaguar/Tesla 4WD SUV. Like a Tesla, the battery packs are embedded in the floorpan for a low centre of gravity. Power is 400HP. Torque is 700Nm. 0-60 comes up in less than 4 seconds. And it will travel 500 kilometres on a single charge. This is the way the World has to go.

John Edwards , Ralph Speth , Rattan Tata Geneva 2017 (1)

Also worthy note was the generous tribute by Dr Ralf Speth to Ratan Tata, who he credited with making possible all that Jaguar has achieved in recent years and, indeed for the resurgence of the British Motor industry. Seen here in the company of John Edwards, managing director JLR Special Operations Division and Dr Speth.

KIA Stinger 2017 F34 Geneva

Round the stands, KIA showed its new Stinger grand touring car. Available with 2.0 litre turbo petrol, 3.0 litre 380HP V6 petrol, 2.2 litre diesel and rear or four wheel drive, it rides on an exceptionally long wheelbase and electromechanically adjustable suspension. Unfortunately 4WD is not compatible with RHD.

KIA Picanto 2017 GT Line Geneva

At the other end of KIA’s range, a plug-in version of the Niro hybrid crossover and the new Picanto city car boasting excellent safety and connectivity in a small footprint.

DS7 Cross Back 2017 F34 Geneva

After taking over Vauxhall/Opel and achieving European Car of the Year for its excellent Peugeot 3008, PSA also had a new, expensive DS7 Crossback on show. This sits on the third length of the 5-length EMP2 platform shared with the 3008, Picasso and now the forthcoming Opel Grandland X.

DS7 2017 R34 Geneva

In keeping with the DS name, the DS7 rides on active scan suspension that, like Mercedes S Class Magic Ride, reads the road surface ahead and adjust the suspension accordingly. This extremely luxurious car will eventually be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprising a 225PS 1.6 THP petrol engine and two electric motors; combined output 300HP.

Alpine A110 2017 F34 Geneva

To much excitement Alpine revealed its reincarnation of the A110, now mid-engined with an aluminium monocoque and a kerb weight of just 1,080kg. Engine is a 252PS 1.8 petrol turbo with 320 Nm torque fed through a 7 speed wet clutch DCT. Top speed is expected to be 155mph with 0-60 under 4.5 seconds. Price, around £50,000.

Honda Civic Type R 2017 F34 Geneva

Honda showed its new 5-door Swindon built Civic Type R with power now boosted to 316HP, but still fed through the front wheels.

Volvo XC60 2017 F34 Geneva

Volvo showed its new 2017 XC60

VW Microbus 2017 F34 Geneva

VW revealed a fresh take on its electric microbus concept.

Suzuki Swift 2017 F34 Geneva

Suzuki showed its new Swift, and this one was four wheel drive, strangely with a hoard of heavy steel ingots taped to the base of its spare wheel well. We’ll find out more about this and let you know why when we test drive the new Swift in two weeks time.

Suzuku Swift 2017 4x 4 Steel Ingots In Wheel Well

 

 

 

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