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New Cars in March 2018

New Cars in March 2018

By Swansway Motor Group 20-02-2018

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Motoring journalist, John Swift, takes a look at what exciting new cars are coming in 2018; they include the Audi e-tron and Jaguar i-pace

In March 2018 the attention of the motoring world will turn to Geneva and its annual motor show.

Amid all the glitz and glamour and the usual outlandish concept cars will be several that will be in the showrooms later this year and here we look at some of the major ones.

 

Audi E-tron

There will be a race between manufacturers this summer to bring out the first all-electric SUV and Audi is throwing its hat into the ring with this E-tron, pictured here in concept form. The full production versions should be one of the stars of the show and its claimed performance figures will make it a serious rival to contenders from Jaguar, sister company Porsche, and of course, the American brand, Tesla.

The E-tron shares some of its technology with a forthcoming Porsche. We know it will have three electric motors and be biased towards rear wheel drive, but more importantly will be the indicated range of more than 300 miles on a single charge.

 Audi E-Tron concept car takes to the road before launch of this all-electric vehicle

Jaguar I-Pace

Very similar in concept, range, performance and possibly price too, is the Jaguar E-tron.

Projected sales figures for the gorgeous looking Jag will be quite modest while the re-charging infrastructure catches up with the car manufacturers to make all-electric cars more practical propositions, but anyone driving one will be centre of attention as the I-Pace will draw a bigger crowd than any hypercar.

Like the Audi, the significance of this is not the numbers but what they say about the future direction of the motor industry.

 Red Jaguar i-pace on the move prior to being launched in the UK

Range Rover SV Coupe

Best hurry if you want one – only 999 of these hand-built cars are being built.

Designed to mark Land Rover’s 70th anniversary and almost the half century for the Range Rover, the SV Coupe is a two door and with what is promised to be dramatic styling. We can’t yet show you that but we have got this image of the interior said to be the last word in luxury.

The details are being kept well under wraps, but if you want to watch the car’s official unveiling on March 6, you can log onto www.landrover.com.

 The incredibly luxurious interior of the Range Rover SV coupe

SEAT Cupra

Not really a car, more the launch of a brand. The Spanish arm of the VW group is launching Cupra as a stand-alone performance brand, as FIAT does with Abarth, BMW does with its M Sport, Audi with RS and Mercedes with AMG, and the Ateca SUV will be its first.

If you‘re wondering, Cupra is an abbreviation of Cup Racing. Sadly we do not yet have a picture of the car, just the new badge, but SEAT has been talking of it having getting on for 300 bhp so it certainly justifies the performance tag.

 The new SEAT CUpra logo which is a gold symbol on a midnight blue background

Audi A6

Expect to see some of the self-driving technology already seen on the bigger A8 appear in the new A6. It has an all-new chassis underneath, new engines under the bonnet and a level of sophistication for the driver and passengers which promise to set new standards in this class and will certainly let it take the fight to its German rivals, the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes E Class.

 

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

OK, probably not quite the most glamorous model being aired at Geneva but still an extremely practical and popular car, as owners of the current car will tell you. The Multispace is unashamedly a van converted to an MPV and it is this design purity that gives it such a spacious interior. Unpretentious and practical, the new car is even bigger than the one it’s replacing and should have more modern driver and safety aids.

The Citroen Belingo Multispace may not be the prettiest car but it's super practical

Peugeot 508

No official photos have been released by the company but this Ford Mondeo-sized saloon has been flagged up as having very distinctive looks outside and the latest version of Peugeot’s acclaimed i-Cockpit inside. More details should be released in March.

Which car are you most excited about seeing at the Geneva Motor Show?  Let us know in the comments below.

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