The International Geneva Motor Show returned for 2017 in March inviting motoring enthusiasts and car buyers alike to join exhibitors in one of the largest and most prestigious motoring events of the year. Manufacturer's worldwide head to the Swiss city year after year to launch and showcase the latest upcoming models, giving audiences an exclusive peek into the future of the motoring industry. There was impressive displays from a huge variety of brands including Ferrari, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Lamborghini, Land Rover and Bentley just to name a few.
We've put together a list of our top 5 headlining cars from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that we think earn a deserved spot in your future fleet.
1. Range Rover Velar
When you bridge the gap between the Land Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the result is rather incredible. Back in the spotlight at Geneva, meet the Range Rover Velar; the latest mid-size SUV to join the Land Rover pack. Blending the high riding style of an SUV and the silhouette of a luxury saloon, it delivers an uncompromised design, refined style and top class technology. All engines have been completely optimised and it has drastically improved in terms of efficiency achieving more miles to the gallon.
Staying honest to SUV DNA, capability is at the heart of the Velar and it is well designed to provide a thrilling and confident performance no matter what the road conditions are. The Velar is agile, responsive and hands the road with precision - innovations such as Electronic Air Suspension and Adaptive Dynamics work to ensure your drive is enhanced in all aspects.
If you're looking for top tech, the Velar ticks the boxes. Unique to Land Rover, it features the sophisticated infotainment system, InControl, providing information, connectivity, navigation and entertainment. A 12.3 inch virtual cockpit display takes centre stage and sets off the cabin - it is composed of a 3 screen set up in addition to a dual touchscreen system dubbed Touch Pro Duo which gives you the flexibility to control multiple features at once. Whether you're travelling with business partners or younger guests you can rest assured they'll be entertained on any route. With the option of rear seat entertainment, passengers enjoy two 8" screens fitted in the headrests where they can enjoy streaming films and TV or connect with smart devices.
To further add to the appeal, you can configure the Velar to best suit your mood and ride in the upmost comfort. With configurable ambient lighting an option, simply choose the colour and shade of the cabin lighting, altering the atmosphere to compliment your day, with a choice of ten colours it's with you on good and bad days.
2. Hyundai i30 Tourer
Unveiling the third generation of the i30 at the Paris Motor Show, Hyundai pulled it out of the bag with the new i30. Representing a huge improvement in the line of models set to be produced by the Korean brand, it impressed audiences with its remarkable facelift, well executed design and economy focused performance. Having left a lasting impression and soaring in terms of popularity, we're not surprised Hyundai has swiftly introduced us to the Tourer edition just months after it was first released. The Tourer model moves on even further, sporting high levels of sophistication through design, technology, safety and space. So in the estate edition, things get bigger and better. Expect a 602 L boot capacity and best in class safety and connectivity features; Autonomous Emergency Braking, Drive Attention Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control.
You'll be motivated to get up and go buy the Tourer since it has a host of features to make the interior an exceptionally inviting space. An 8" infotainment system complete with navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless charging will keep you connected and entertained. The powertrain line up of the new i30 Tourer is impressive and its engineering follows suite of the i130, prioritising efficiency but not at the expense of performance. Initial figures hint that fuel consumption will range from 48 mpg to 78mph and co2 could start from 95g/km.
Elegant and versatile, the i30 Tourer will appeal to many, whether your car is your office or simply for leisure.
3. Nissan Qashqai
Nissan demonstrate that with the all-new Qashqai it's all about 'premiumness'. It's one of Britain's most cherished crossovers and it's experienced a serious upgrade. It exposes a facelifted exterior in addition to some fancy tweaks, including some under the bonnet enhancements and a new premium trim level, making it desirable in more ways than one. Its athletic profile features Nissan's latest signature: a 'V-motion' grille completed by the recognisable boomerang Daytime Running light design which is replicated on the rear, making it sleeker and sportier than before. Technology deserves a mention and it improves sophisticated packages, including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Active Park Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. If you're on the go you can count on the new infotainment and connectivity systems to keep you upbeat, as it's now available with a 7 speaker BOSE sound system and an intuitive touch screen which is responsive to your commands. The new Qashqai will deliver a more refined and responsive driving experience as under the bonnet improvements bring enhanced suspension, steering systems and chassis control, so you'll find the pleasure in driving again.
At the 87th Show Nissan has taken a leap of faith and launched the new Qashqai complete with semi-autonomous driving mode giving a peek into the future of driving. 'ProPILOT' takes care of the steering, accelerating and braking in single motorway lanes. Coming in late 2017, would you give it a go?
4. Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
When it landed in the latter part of 2016 we were taken back by the executive coupe introduced by Vauxhall. Usually you'll find Vauxhall sticking with convention and paying loyalty to their fun, vivacious and expressive style, however the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport appears to have stepped away from this. Introducing a glimpse of the finer things in life, the new model adds maturity, luxury and refinement to a very vivacious range of vehicles. Expect to turn heads with its swooping roof line and sharp coupe-like body, striking alloy wheels and sleek appearance. It strikes the perfect combination of dynamic performance, low running costs and lustrous style making it an exceptionally credible choice if for you're looking for a company car. Available with a range of high efficiency engines, you'll discover a potent driving experience as well as decent fuel consumption.
To further add to appeal, it offers a first class cabin which has an upmarket finish and offers a plethora of comfort with quality upholstery, seat massage and ventilation options available; so being on board is the perfect place to be. It features cutting edge technology including keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, heads up display and IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights which provide ultimate visibility and safety. You'll have your very own on-board assistant, with a fully integrated 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot where you can explore the internet, get in touch with emergency services, book hotels and even make conference calls whilst out of the office. Not to mention it boasts everyday usability, a spacious and comfortable interior is kitted out with clever stowaway compartments and a generous sized boot, so whether its business or pleasure, you'll be able to stay organised and carry a variety of loads.
5. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Geneva Motor Show is testament that the SUV craze continues. Joining the trend, Mitsubishi unveiled their dynamic new vehicle, the Eclipse Cross. Yet rather than embracing the typical rugged composure of an SUV, it blends a sharp coupe profile with the character of a smart vehicle, so in essence it has it all. Hitting the UK in 2018, the Eclipse is the compact crossover, true to the signature Mitsubishi style it encompasses a fusion of sporty and expressive design with a sculpted and bold body. Packed with inventive gadgets as standard, the Eclipse will definitely appeal to the tech savvy, fitted with a Smartphone Link Display Audio system which is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Premium editions include a touchpad controller operated through the centre console, so you can keep your eyes on the place they need to be the most, the road ahead.
Apart from styling, Mitsubishi has left much to our imagination only giving so many details about the new model away, leaving the rest to be discovered later in the year. But what we do know is that it's set to compete with the bestselling SUV's on the market, including the Ford Kuga and the Nissan Qashqai. It is expected to have dynamic performance and when it made its debut there were two choices of engines, the existing 2.2 L turbo diesel and a new 1.5 L direct injection turbo petrol, both of which have been engineered to suit the intended riding style of the Eclipse, with the motivation to enhance efficiency and responsiveness. Designed to live up to the reliable and capable nature of an SUV, the innovative features of the Eclipse Cross will keep you in control and adapt to suit any driving style or journey type. It is fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning in addition to S-AWC, a vehicle dynamic control system which works to perform confidently in changing conditions.
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