This autumn marks the return of the Paris Motor Show. The Mondial de l’Automobile is a biennial event held at the Paris Expo on even-numbered years. Auto Express will be out in force when things kick off on 2 October, but for those of you who can’t wait, why not check out our sneak preview of what to expect when doors open in the French capital?
For 2014, a number of highly anticipated all-new production models are expected to debut, including the Mercedes AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Fiat 500X. There’ll be a host of next-gen reveals, too, such as Volvo’s latest XC90, the Mk2 Audi R8, and the new Mazda MX-5.
Concept cars will also be out in force to preview potential future offerings, show off technological and styling know-how, or simply tease car enthusiasts around the world.
Although Auto Express will be reporting from the show on 2 October, it actually opens to the public on Saturday 4 October, and runs through to the 10th.
Tickets are available to buy from the official website, and cost 14€ for one adult, or 22€ for one adult and one child.
Mercedes AMG GT
Mercedes AMG GT– Porsche 911-rivaling sports car will be inspired by the outgoing SLS AMG and gets its power from a newly developed 4.0-litre Bi-Turbo V8 engine.
Mazda MX-5 – The Japanese manufacturer’s perennially popular roadster will soon enter its fourth incarnation, using a new SKYACTIV chassis and engine combination.
Jaguar XE – Confirmed for production at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the XE will become the entry-level Jaguar when it arrives in showrooms next year. The compact executive saloon is likely to start from between £25,000 and £30,000.
Volvo XC90 – Second-generation SUV will be the first Volvo built on the brand’s new Scalable Platform Architecture, and is set to be one of the safest cars on the road.
Land Rover Discovery Sport – new baby Land Rover will replace the Freelander when it goes on sale in 2015. Expect chunky off-roader looks, eventually backed up by JLR’s new family of Ingenium four-cylinder engines.
Audi R8 – We've seen spy shots of the second-gen Audi R8 testing in various locations around Europe but we should get our first glimpse of the all-new model in Paris. Instead of opting for hybrid power we expect Audi to plump for uprated versions of the existing V8 and V10 engines in the current model.
500X – Fiat will get in on the chunky crossover action with the 500X. It'll retain the iconic face of the supermini but come beefed up and tasked with tackling the Citroen C4 Cactus and Nissan Juke.
458M – Ferrari is on course to embrace fuel efficiency with a new turbocharged version of the 458 Italia, possibly using a form of the 3.8-litre V8 turbo fitted to the new California T.
458 Speciale Spider – A convertible version of the hardcore 458 Speciale spin-off has been spotted outside Ferrari's Maranello headquarters. It could go on sale next year, priced from around £230,000.
Hyundai i20 – Design cues for the sporty Veloster Coupe will be adopted and the i20 is expected to grow in size slightly.
Kia Sorento– It's Kia's best selling SUV and the third-gen model will be bigger than ever. It'll use a new platform meaning more interior passenger space and a fresh exterior design should increase its appeal.
Mazda2 – We'll see the new Mazda2 in the flesh at Paris. With a design inspired by the current 3 and 6 models, the new supermini will also be available with an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet – There's always a surprise or two at a motor show and the drop-top C-Class could be just it. There's no official word from Mercedes but with the saloon and estate already present the cabriolet is next in line.
Nissan Pulsar – Nissan's Golf rival will makes its public debut in Paris. We could also see the high-performance Nismo model, too.
Fabia - The new third-gen Fabia hatchback will debut in the metal at this year's Paris Motor Show, complete with a revised, more efficient engine range.
Vauxhall Corsa – It's one of the biggest selling models in the UK and one of many new models being unveiled to the public in Paris. Vauxhall has also confirmed a tuned VXR version will also make production.
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