Geneva Motor Show 2019: what to expect

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar. Here are all the important cars heading to this year’s show, and the carmakers that aren’t.

Words by: First published: 7th February 2019
The Geneva Motor Show is now in its 89th year. It’s one of the European motor industry’s biggest and most important events.
What is the Geneva Motor Show?
It’s a big car show held in Geneva every year. Lots of car manufacturers and suppliers take their cars to show off to the media and public. In the past, car manufacturers would save their new models to reveal at the show. This does still happen – as you’ll see below – but more and more frequently, manufacturers are premiering their new cars outside of motor shows.

As well as car reveals, manufacturers also take prototypes, crazy concepts, new equipment, and new technology to the show, so expect to see anything from exotic supercars, to flying cars, autonomous cars, and everything in between.
Geneva Motor Show 2019 dates and address
The Geneva Motor Show is held every year at the Geneva Palexpo convention centre, with two press days kicking off the event on 5-6 March, before it opens to the public from 7-17 March.

Geneva Motor Show address: Palexpo Arena, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Motor Show ticket price
You can buy tickets from the show site. Tickets cost 16 CHF (around £12) for adults, 9 CHF (around £7) for children aged 6-16 and pensioners, and children under six go free with an adult.

If you arrive after 4pm, you’ll be able to get half-price tickets, and group bookings for 20 people or more only have to pay 11 CHF (around £8) a head.
What car manufacturers won’t be attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show?
A few big car manufacturers have already announced they won’t be attending this year’s show. Currently the list stands at Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volvo.
Geneva Motor Show 2019 cars
Here are the most important cars heading to this year’s show, although there may still be one or two surprises along the way! We’ll be keeping you up to date with the biggest launches and news and updating this page accordingly, so keep checking back.
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Aston Martin
Lagonda All-Terrain concept: Aston Martin has announced that the first production car from its luxury, all-electric Lagonda brand will be the All-Terrain concept, which will be seen for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

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Vantage/DB11 AMR/DBS Superleggera: Aston Martin is also bringing its Vantage, DB11 AMR and DBS Superleggera cars to its stand. The Vantage and DBS Superleggera have been personalised by Aston Martin’s bespoke Q service.
Audi e-tron
Q3-sized EV: Audi has confirmed it will debut its all-new Q3-sized fully-electric car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. While it will be Q3 sized, the design will be based more on the larger E-Tron, and it will rival the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV. It’s likely to go on sale in 2020.
7 Series: The latest version of BMW’s flagship saloon will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Like other BMWs of late, the new 7 Series will have significantly larger kidney grilles, along with a flatter bonnet and slimmer headlights. There’s expected to be petrol, diesel and a plug-in hybrid options, with a petrol V12 topping the range.

BMW 3 Series Touring: The new insanely popular BMW 3 Series came out towards the end of 2018, and it’s expected that the estate version will be heading to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Centenary model: Happy 100th birthday to Bentley (do you think it’ll get a card from the Queen?). To celebrate, the company is planning to bring a Centenary model to the Geneva Motor Show. It’s expected to be based on the Bentley Continental GT, and will be inspired by one of its iconic race cars.
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Citroen has released this vague teaser image of its concept for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Like Bentley, Citroen is also celebrating 100 years, but it looks like it will be going for a brighter approach...
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Ford has announced it is not attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
EV: Honda debuted its cute and funky looking Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. For the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it will reveal its all-new electric vehicle which has taken design inspiration from that concept. Fingers crossed it hasn’t gone too far away from the original design, which proved a hit in Frankfurt.

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Jaguar has announced it won’t be attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, as part of cost-cutting methods.
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Huracan Evo: The Huracan Evo has already been unveiled online, but it will be heading to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to garner more stares. It’s an upgraded version of its ‘entry-level’ V10 supercar. Entry level, with prices starting at £206,000. The 5.2-litre V10 engine has had a few updates, and the Huracan Evo can demolish 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, with its 635 horsepower, and all-wheel-drive system. Orders are expected to open shortly after Geneva.
Land Rover
Land Rover has announced it won’t be attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, as part of cost-cutting methods.
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New small SUV: Mazda has announced it will debut an all-new compact SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s likely to sit in the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 models, so should rival the likes of the Seat Ateca and
Nissan Qashqai. There’s not much information out there yet, but according to Mazda, the new SUV will feature a more mature Kodo design language… It will also feature a range of petrol and diesel engines, including Mazda’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI).

Mazda 3: By steering a subtle course upmarket, the latest Mazda 3 feels like a polished, premium product. Enjoyable to drive and with a more upmarket cabin, its only weak link is the amount of space in the rear seats and boot. All that remains to see is how competitively priced it will be.

Read more about the new Mazda 3 in our latest expert review.

MX-5/CX-5: As well as a new SUV and the new 3, Mazda will be debuting its MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition, and its best-selling CX-5 model.
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CLA Shooting Brake: Mercedes will be going for sportiness over practicality with its new CLA Shooting Brake. The engine range is expected to be the same as the A-Class hatch, with a hot version to follow.

GLC Coupe facelift: The Mercedes GLC Coupe will also be getting a mild facelift. It will be getting a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay (for the first time), and some external styling tweaks. The engine line-up is also getting some efficiency improvements.
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Engelberg Tourer Concept: Mitsubishi has announced it will unveil a concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show: the Engelberg Tourer Concept. It’s named after a prestigious Swiss winter sport resort. Mitsubishi says it will be a practical SUV with a focus on next-generation technology and enhanced EV performance.
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Battista: Design company Pininfarina never do things by halves. This year, the company is debuting its new Battista model, named after the company’s founder, Battista Farina. The car is an all-electric hypercar with a 0-62mph time of less than two seconds, a top speed of more than 250mph, and a casual 1,927 horsepower. The company will only build up to 150 units, with each one costing between £1.5-2m.
Polestar 2: Although Volvo isn’t attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Polestar (the company’s performance brand) is. It will debut its ‘2’ model, an all-electric car set to rival the Tesla Model 3. It’s got a claimed range of 310 miles, and will cost £35,000 (which is considerably cheaper than the Tesla).
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Clio: Renault is debuting its new Clio at the Geneva Motor Show. The fifth-generation model will have new styling, be lighter, have some semi-autonomous driving systems added, and include a mild hybrid system. Buyers will be able to opt for a 0.9-litre, three-cylinder turbo, or a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. There’s no news on whether any diesel variants will be available yet.
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Leon concept: The Seat Leon is a popular car, and a new one will be on the way to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, in concept form. Seat has said the design will move from sharp lines and edges, to more of a ‘fullness’. Whatever that means. The production model is likely to be on sale in the UK by the end of 2019.
Kamiq: Smaller than a Kodiaq and a Karoq, Skoda will debut its new Kamiq compact SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The small SUV will be about Nissan Juke size, and will follow on from the Vision X concept Skoda debuted at the 2018 show. Skoda will offer the Kamiq with its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engines, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol (found in the VW Golf), and a 1.6-litre diesel.
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Korando: The new Korando SUV will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. SsangYong has said the new model will have plenty of design updates, new technology, and new engines, including a new 1.6-litre diesel, 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid, and a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol-hybrid.

New EV: SsangYong brought its e-SIV concept to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and will reveal the production model at the 2019 show. It’s expected to have a 190-horsepower motor and an electric range of 200-280 miles. It should cost around £25,000 and go on sale in 2020.
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ID Beach Buggy concept: VW’s ID concepts have been popping up at motorshows for the past few years, and the 2019 Geneva Motor Show will see another one. A new all-electric buggy will make its debut, based on the classic popular Meyers Manx dune buggy. From the teaser pictures, it keeps all the classic buggy styling – no fixed roof or proper doors, and open side sills – but it’s not yet known whether or not it will go into production.

Passat: There are some styling tweaks to VW’s popular mid-size car, including new advanced headlights as seen on the latest Touareg. But the company is particularly keen to shout about its new autonomous driving features.

Read more about the revised Volkswagen Passat.
Volvo has announced it won’t be attending the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and will instead focus on its own events.