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.
At the other end of the spectrum, and helping keep things grounded, are those existing models due a mid-life facelift, with the Mercedes B-Class, Ford C-MAX and Audi A1 in line to appear.
Although Auto Express will be reporting from the show on 2 October, it 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 – 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.
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