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1. Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

One hundred and ten years after its foundation, the Alfa Romeo brand renews its legend, returning to its origins and recovering a vehicle known as one of the legends of motor racing, which marks a milestone in its history: the Giulia GTA. Inspired by the 1965 model, the “Great Tourism Alleggerita” Developed by Autodelta from the Giulia Sprint GT that accumulated sporting successes around the world, the new vehicle derives from the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is equipped with a more powerful version of the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo engine, 540 hp.

The Giulia GTA is immediately recognized for its exclusive characterization not only aesthetic, but also functional in terms of performance: the new Alfa Romeo models are not an exercise in style, but high performance vehicles derived from a series model, the Giulia Quadrifoglio .

Alfa Romeo engineers have strived to improve aerodynamics and maneuverability, but above all to reduce weight: the same guidelines followed for the 1965 Giulia GTA. Active aerodynamics has been specifically designed to increase the aerodynamic load. These solutions contain technical knowledge that comes directly from Formula 1, thanks to the synergy with Sauber Engineering and the use of Sauber AeroKit. The same function is assigned to the side skirts, the specific rear wing and the active front splitter.

The Akrapovič titanium central exhaust system, integrated in the carbon fiber rear diffuser, is also new, as are the specific 20-inch single-wheel rims, which appear for the first time in a saloon. Maneuverability has been improved by widening the front and rear track widths in 50 mm and developing a new set of springs, dampers and bushings for suspension systems.

2. Audi A3 Sportback

The Audi A3 created the premium compact segment in 1996. The brand now presents the fourth generation of its successful, more sporty, digitized and fully connected model. The new Audi A3 Sportback includes many innovations from the upper segment, tanto in infotainment as in suspensions and in driving assistance systems.

Measure 4.34 meters in length and 1.82 meters wide without mirrors, so it exceeds its predecessor by more than three centimeters. The height of 1.43 meters and the battle of 2.64 meters do not undergo changes. Depending on the position of the rear seats, the boot capacity may vary between 380 and 1,200 liters, and the loading floor can be enabled at different heights. Optionally, Audi offers tailgate with electric drive, which can also be opened and closed by a gestural movement with the foot.

The new Audi A3 Sportback will launch in Europe with a range of three engines: a 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 hp) and a 2.0 TDI with two power variants, 85 kW (116 hp) or 110 kW (150 hp). At the start of production all engines will be combined with front-wheel drive. The power is transmitted to the wheels through a Manual gearbox with six gears, or of S tronic seven-speed, with a new selector designed now as a compact lever that the driver can operate with sequential movements to control the basic functions of the automatic transmission. Shortly after the market launch, it was offered progressively including new versions, electrified propulsion systems and variants with quattro traction.

3. BMW i4

BMW has presented its new i4 electric prototype, which will mount a propeller with up to 530 horsepower and will begin to be produced in 2021 in Munich (Germany). The new i4 will be the group’s first fully electric model in the medium-sized premium segment, and will offer up to 600 kilometers of autonomy under the realistic WLTP measurement cycle.

During his presentation, the president of BMW, Oliver Zipse, has assured that the group will meet this year with the demanding emission targets of the European Union, aided by launches such as the new Electric Mini SE and the extension of the plug-in hybrid offer. Zipse has also ensured that until the end of the year the average emissions of its new vehicles will be reduced by around 20%.

“The BMW Concept i4 takes electrification to the core of the BMW brand. The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short, a perfect BMW that also generates zero emissions,” says the senior vice president of design for the German group, Adrian van Hooydonk.

Conceived as a large four-door coupe, it will be one of the first steps towards a new BMW brand identity. The exterior of the model features a closed kidney grill that becomes a “smart panel” that houses several sensors, since without a combustion engine cooling is not necessary.

4. Cupra Formentor

The Formentor has stopped being one of the great secrets of CUPRA, the sports car of SEAT that with this model starts a new stage, being the first car developed from scratch. It owes its name to the most beautiful and wild end of Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands.

This high-performance SUV Coupé combines the brand’s own DNA, with cutting-edge technologies, a dazzling and captivating exterior design, a cozy interior for the driver and passengers, and very advanced and high-performance mechanical options. The CUPRA Formentor is, therefore, a model that combines sophistication, innovation and an exceptional driving experience.

It is a vehicle that brings together the qualities of SUVs and sports cars, and comes at a time when the SUV Coupé segment will witness incredible growth. It shows the ambition, expressiveness and inspiration of the brand, and highlights the positioning of CUPRA as a brand focused on technology that looks to the future.

Its two-tone body is reminiscent of a robust SUV, but the design of the CUPRA Formentor uses this aesthetic technique to lighten the silhouette of the vehicle.

In this sense, the dimensions of the car clearly exemplify the mix of concepts that completely fit the needs of current customers, offering the essence of a five-door sports compact, with the size of a coupé SUV. The CUPRA Formentor measures 4,450 mm in length and 1,839 mm in width. Its height of 1,511 mm provides an interior space worth mentioning for all passengers, which, combined with a battle of 2,680 mm, offers a significantly wider space in the area of ​​the rear seats, and a trunk with a capacity of 450 liters with very regular shapes.

On the other hand, sportsmanship is represented by the visual emphasis that falls on the back of the vehicle while the length of the hood is accentuated, thus achieving proportions that express great dynamism. The perfection of its design clearly amplifies the exterior quality of the vehicle, which gains strength with the integration of continuous and functional rear light, enhancing the distinctive aesthetics of the rear of the vehicle and the 48 cm (19 ”) alloy wheels as standard, also available in Copper color, which house the brake system signed by Brembo.

The CUPRA Formentor will be available at its launch with two high-performance power units, designed to generate a unique driving experience.

At the top of the range is the 2-liter TSI petrol engine, with direct injection and turbocharger, which offers a maximum power of 310 hp (228 kW) and a torque of 400 Nm. This option offers an exciting sound that adds a special appeal to the vehicle. This combustion engine is associated with 4Drive all-wheel drive technology, which constantly records the movements and adhesion of the vehicle, as well as the driver’s requirements, to transmit the power and torque to the wheel that needs it at all times. .

Also, CUPRA Formentor integrates PHEV plug-in hybrid technology. The 1.4 TSI petrol engine develops 150 hp (110 kW), which is combined with the 115CV (85 kW) electric motor with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13 kWh. Thus, CUPRA Formentor achieves the benefits expected by the client, in tune with respect for the environment. In fact, this power unit offers a total combined power of 245CV (180 kW) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, and has an autonomy in exclusively electric mode of approximately 50 km, according to the WLTP cycle.

The two mechanical options of the CUPRA Formentor benefit from the automatic DSG double clutch transmission.

5. Dacia Spring Electric

Dacia writes a new page with the presentation of Dacia Spring: a showcar that advances the first 100% electric model of the brand. It is a 100% electric urban 4-seater that focuses on the essentials to give access to easy mobility for all, with an autonomy in the environment of 200 kilometers, according to the WLTP measurement cycle.

A few days ago, Bruno Vanel, head of electric vehicles of the Renault Group, said that the Romanian brand will market an electric model in 2021 very affordable, whose final production version will be revealed at the end of the year. The manager announced that he will maintain the usual approach of the Romanian manufacturer: competitive price thanks to the use of a technology already known in the market.

“It will be focused on the essentials,” Bruno Vanel explained to a media group, including ABC, at a recent meeting in Paris. The model will use “already known” technology, and although it did not specify whether the model will be based on the electric SUV City K-ZE, which Renault already markets in China with a price below 10,000 euros, said that this model “is working very well.”

During his presentation, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the former Renault CEO already announced that the model, with about 200 km of autonomy and a 44CV engine, could arrive in Europe “if there is demand”, possibly with different benefits.

Renault already markets in Europe the 100% electric models Zoe, Master and Kangoo Z E, to which a version of the Twingo will soon be added. He also sells the Twizy quadricycle. The group also prepares the launch, together with Renault and Nissan, of a new dedicated platform, called CMF-EV

6. DS 9

The DS9 is the third of the models born from the new French premium brand. In this case it’s not an SUV, but of an elegant saloon.

With 4.93 meters long and 1.85 meters wide, with large wheels of 690 millimeters in diameter, the DS 9 appears more imposing than other saloons in its segment. It is built on a new version of the EMP2 platform (Efficient Modular Platform 2) with a greater wheelbase, not previously used, and that gives more space to passengers in the rear seats. Its design gives it a sharp silhouette whose roof descends and lengthens the fastback style.

The DS 9 is initially offered with an E-TENSE rechargeable hybrid engine consisting of a turbocharged petrol engine PureTech and an electric motor totaling 225 hp, capable of traveling between 40 and 50 km (WLTP) in zero emission mode thanks to a battery of 11.9 kWh.

The electric motorization, together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, reaches a maximum power of 80 kW (110 hp) and 320 Nm. It is used at startup, to increase accelerations without speed limit and to circulate in zero emission mode up to a speed of 135 km / h. The Electric driving mode is selected at startup. It is accompanied in a Hybrid mode, designed to automatically manage the different energies when driving in 100% electric, 100% gasoline or mixing the two If the situation requires it. These transitions are imperceptible to the occupants. An E-TENSE sports mode offers the maximum accumulation of thermal and electrical energy available with a specific mapping of the accelerator pedal, gearbox, steering and piloted suspension. Increase driving pleasure and dynamism with all serenity.

The DS 9 It has an energy recovery system in deceleration and braking, which recharges the battery when it circulates. Further, an E-Save function guarantees a power level in the battery to make a part of the journey in zero emission mode (several levels can be chosen), for example, when the driver knows that he will enter the center of a city. The 7.4 kW on-board charger can recharge the battery in 1 hour and 30 minutes at a domestic or public charging station with the cable supplied as standard.

The range will be completed soon with two other 250 hp E-TENSE engines, two driving wheels, an extended autonomy, and 360 hp With an intelligent four-wheel drive. In China, the 250 hp E-TENSE version will be offered since launch.

A 225 hp PureTech petrol engine It will also be available. All models are offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

7. Fiat 500 electric and Panda and 500 Mild Hybrid

It will be this Wednesday when Fiat unveils its main novelty planned for the Geneva Motor Show, the 100% electric version of the small 500.

2020 marks a new milestone in the history of the Fiat brand, which with the launch of the new Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid undertakes the path of electrification of the brand, which will continue with the start of production in Turin of the new 500 100% electric, which will play a key role in the e-Mobility by FCA strategy. In this year 2020, the group will present a range of products and services to provide customers with a comprehensive sustainable mobility experience.

The first steps in electrification will be through the Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda, which will be available from February and March 2020 respectively.

The new 500 and Panda Hybrid offer all the advantages of efficient hybrid motorization, compact, lightweight and affordable. In short, it is the best solution for an urban car and is consistent with the Fiat approach that, during the last 120 years of history, has always been a pioneer in technology and innovative in mobility, now increasingly sustainable.

In addition, for the first time in the history of the two emblematic and complementary models of the Fiat brand, the 500 and the Panda will be presented with a single special series: the exclusive “Launch Edition”, with the debut of the new Mild Hybrid engine of gasoline that combines the new engine of 1 liter, 3 cylinders and 52 kW (70 HP) of the Firefly family with an electric motor BSG (integrated starter generator in the belt, of the English Belt integrated Starter Generator) of 12 V and a lithium battery. Compared with the 1.2 Fire 51 kW propeller (69 hp), the Mild Hybrid engine reduces consumption and, therefore, CO2 emissions by 20% on average and up to 30% in the Panda Cross, without giving up the performance.

They also guarantee a very high ride comfort thanks to the BSG system that ensures a silent start and no internal combustion engine vibrations in the phases of stopping and starting the engine. It also offers customers all the advantages of approval as a hybrid vehicle, in addition to complying with the Euro 6D Final regulations, and ensures certain advantages, depending on local regulations, such as freedom of access and movement through urban centers, one more parking Cheap in city centers and tax advantages.

8. Honda Jazz and Civic Type R

The new Jazz and 100% electric and the Honda e are the advance of the six electrified models that the Japanese brand plans to launch by 2022, and two of the samples with which it had planned to participate in the Hall. The third novelty is the “restiling” of the Honda Civic Type R.

9. Hyundai concept EV «Prophecy»

Hyundai has presented its visionary concept EV “Prophecy”, which clearly expresses the brand’s latest design philosophy, Sensuous Sportiness, extending the example that defined the era of the concept “EV” 45 last year, which already replaced complexity in favor of clean lines and minimalist structures.

The “Prophecy” has an iconic silhouette of perfect proportions that has been inspired by an aerodynamic design. Taking advantage of the greater wheelbase and the shorter projection, Hyundai designers have achieved the definitive automobile form, thanks to a new EV architecture defined by impeccable surfaces and pure volume, combined with functionality and aesthetic harmony.

“We have given life to another icon that sets a new standard for the electric vehicle segment, which also takes the vision of Hyundai design to even broader horizons,” he said. SangYup Lee, director of the Hyundai Global Design Center. «A part of that expansion is what we call” Optimistic Futurism “, a design concept embodied by ‘Prophecy’. With this concept, our goal is to forge an emotional connection between humans and cars ».

Its design is timeless, something that seeks the application of the Hyundai Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy. Its voluptuous side section is similar to that of a perfectly carved stone. It is cut by a line of a clean and simple curve that extends from the front to the back with a minimalist restriction. In addition, the dynamic and elegant line is similar to the stern of a ship created by the broad rear sides seems to push the shape forward even when it is stopped.

10. Lexus UX 300 e

The luxury firm of the Toyota group had announced its presence with the electric UX 300 e, in addition to the convertible LC500 and the Lexus LF-30 Concept.

Since the launch of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification technology, and has assumed a leading role in offering products with high performance but respectful of the environment. At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled its global electrification strategy, called “Lexus Electrified,” which seeks to make a fundamental leap in terms of performance, driving touch and control and driving pleasure.

Specifically, the “Lexus Electrified” technology makes possible an integrated control of the transmission, steering, suspension and brakes, to realize the potential of the electric motor grown in hybrid vehicles. With this technology, we can control the traction force so that the vehicle adopts the ideal position for every situation on the road. Lexus intends to continue providing safer and more pleasant vehicles to drive.

As the first production model under the banner of “Lexus Electrified”, the UX 300e, fully electric, was developed to achieve excellent road performance. Lexus engineers did not modify the unmistakable design or utilitarian features of the UX crossover, and focused on taking advantage of the advantageous performance of electric vehicles. The high-power electric motor of the UX 300e provides a natural but energetic acceleration, and the high-capacity batteries, located just below the floor of the passenger compartment, give rise to a low center of gravity and exceptional autonomy for such a compact urban vehicle ( 400 km in the correlated NEDC cycle, which correspond to an autonomy forecast of more than 300 km in the WLTP cycle). In combination with the most modern connectivity technology, the UX 300e maximizes the advantages of electric vehicles while merging great features with high functionality. (Philosophy “AT A TIME”)

The UX 300e will be launched in Spain at the end of 2020.

11. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

More than 14 million sedans and Estate models delivered to its owners since 1946 They make the E-Class the best-selling car series in the history of Mercedes-Benz. Many connoisseurs consider it the “heart of the brand.”

The canceled Geneva Motor Show was the event chosen by Mercedes for the update of the tenth generation of the vehicle, which will now have a new exterior design as well as an exclusive and high quality cabin.

The restyling of the E-Class also implies developments in the electrification of its motors. Seven plug-in hybrid models are offered (with gasoline or diesel engine, for saloon or Estate, with rear-wheel drive or integral). The engine offer covers a range of powers between 115 and 270 kW in the case of gasoline mechanics and between 118 and 243 kW in the case of diesel groups.

The engine cast will be completed for the first time with a four-cylinder petrol group (M 254) equipped with an alternator second generation integrated starter (ISG), with up to 15 kW of additional power and 180 Nm of additional torque. The models equipped with this propeller will have a 48-volt on-board network. The gasoline model is very efficient thanks to the recovery function and the possibility of activating the “glide” mode with the engine off.

12. Renault Mègane 2020, Twingo ZE and Morphoz

True to the genes of the brand, the MORPHOZ concept embodies, within Renault’s design strategy around the cycle of life, the “Family” petal. Now, this concept evokes more than an exploratory vision of mobility. Its design, details and interior presentation also foreshadow the new family of Renault electric models in the coming years.

MORPHOZ It is a vehicle as it adapts to all uses, both day-to-day trips on short journeys and those that require a greater range of action. A personal vehicle that is shared when one does not use it. A vehicle designed to integrate into varied ecosystems and promote exchange. An autonomous vehicle to drive and let yourself drive.

Renault has also presented the new Mègane 2020 virtually.

The main aesthetic change is inside, with a new driving position added with a new 9.3-inch screen for the multimedia system integrated in the dashboard, and another 10.2 for digital instrumentation. It is also provided with the Easy Link multimedia system, much more agile and intuitive. Other changes have to do with the disappearance of the GT Line finish, which is renamed, with an even more sporty approach, such as R. S. Line, to honor the radical R. S., which by the way, also updates its 1.8 engine of 300CV.

Renault’s third big novaded is the electric version of the Twingo. A model that we learned in depth days before the Geneva Motor Show2020, together with a small group of media, and that maintains the philosophy of the combustion version: contained dimensions, urban approach and good maneuverability thanks to its rear-wheel drive.

The Twingo shares a platform with the Smart EQ ForFour, for its electrification was taken for granted. However, it has important differences. The battery, developed jointly with LG Chem, water-cooled – for better energy efficiency – has more capacity: 22kWh versus 17.6.

Approves an autonomy of 180 kilometers, with an average consumption of 16.3 kW / kilometer. In an urban driving, the approval is increased up to 250 kilometers, enough, according to Renault, to travel daily to work with a single load during the week, since the average user of this type of vehicles travels 30 kilometers a day.

13. Seat Leon

The León range has always been a fundamental pillar for Seat and a reference for the segment, with more than 2.2 million units sold during the three generations of its history.

Now comes the fourth generation, which has just been revealed in Martorell, the nerve center of the firm in Spain, where the most iconic Seat models have come from and continue to develop. The new León is the last vehicle designed and developed at Martorell’s facilities, and its production will also take place in this factory for everyone.

The new Seat León brings with it a great evolution in design compared to its predecessor, with a new concept, both exterior and in the passenger compartment. On the outside it has softer lines, with a nose that reminds its SUV brothers Ateca and Tarraco, and that gives the car more character.

The aesthetic is reinforced for technological innovation in lighting, with lighting technology that includes surrounding ambient light, rear light that covers the entire width of the body, dynamic flashing lights, Full LED headlights and welcome lights.

The Leon will arrive with a wide range of highly advanced engines and versions of gasoline (TSI), Diesel (TDI), Compressed Natural Gas (TGI), micro hybrid or ‘Mild Hybrid’ (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid PHEV (eHybrid).

The offer of gasoline engines are direct injection units and turbochargers, that provide powers between 90 and 190 hp.

In diesel the new Leon has three 2-liter TDI options. Both body versions (5 doors and Sportstourer), are offered with manual transmission for 115 hp TDI engines, and with manual or DSG transmission, for the 150 hp TDI block of power The Sportstourer is also available with a 150 hp version associated with the DSG gearbox and the SEAT 4Drive all-wheel drive system.

All diesel engines feature a new double dose SCR catalytic reduction system, that is, that performs a double injection of AdBlue to significantly reduce NOx emissions compared to diesel engines of the previous generation of León.

Seat also opts for Compressed Natural Gas, a fuel that represents an important part of the brand’s objective to reduce its emissions. The new Leon has the 1.5 TGI engine, CNG and gasoline hybrid, offering 130 hp of power.

The vehicle integrates 3 CNG tanks with a total net capacity of 17.3 kg, which contributes to the new Seat León TGI a range of 440 km in natural gas mode. And if CNG tanks run out of fuel, andl engine changes automatically to run on gasoline until you reach the next CNG gas station. Once there, refueling is as simple as with any other vehicle in the range.

The new León also now includes the micro hybridization technology or ‘Mild-Hybrid’ (eTSI), which allows to reach even higher levels of efficiency, and have, like TGI engines, the DGT ECO label. Available with the 1.0 TSI 110 hp and 1.5 TSI 150 hp petrol engines, the new León eTSI combines 48 V micro hybridization technology with the combustion engine with a dual clutch transmission instead of the manual.

This technology uses a 48V starter generator and a 48V lithium ion battery, and allows the new León to circulate in neutral with the engine off in some driving scenarios, recover energy when braking, and support the motor with electric assistance, thus obtaining a plus in efficiency never seen in previous generations.

Pluggable

Not missing one plug-in hybrid variant: eHybrid. It combines a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an electric motor, powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries of 13 kWh capacity. Thus the Leon eHybrid achieves a combined power of 204 hp, associated with a six-speed DSG transmission.

14. Skoda Octavia RS iV

ŠKODA offers for the first time a model of its RS family with plug-in hybrid engine. The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV has been equipped with a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an 85 kW electric motor, which deliver a combined power of 180 kW (245 hp). With black details on the body, the OCTAVIA RS iV is immediately recognizable as a top sport variant of the ŠKODA bestseller, currently in its fourth generation. The Czech manufacturer will also offer the new OCTAVIA with three additional electrified versions. The OCTAVIA iV is a plug-in hybrid of 150 kW (204 hp) of power, and is available with Ambition and Style finishes. The two e-TEC variants, 81 KW (110 HP) and 110 kW (150 HP), use mild hybrid technology for the first time in ŠKODA.

ŠKODA has equipped its OCTAVIA RS iV with a 1.4 TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 150 hp) and an 85 kW electric motor. Together, they deliver a combined power of 180 kW (245 hp) and offer a maximum torque of 400 Nm, which is transmitted to the front wheels via 6-speed DSG transmission. The CO2 emissions of the car are approximately 30 g / km in the WLTP * cycle, which means that it complies with the new and stricter EU6d emission regulations, applicable to all new vehicles registered in the EU and will enter effective as of January 1, 2021.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 37 Ah, equivalent to 13 kWh, which gives the car an electric range of 60 km in the WLTP * cycle. Since the 330 Nm of torque provided by the electric motor are immediately available, the RS iV can start quickly. In Sport mode, which allows drivers to use the full power of their car, the OCTAVIA RS iV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 7.3 seconds. Its top speed is 225 km / h. The progressive steering comes standard, and the dynamic adjustment of the sports suspension, typical of the RS range, is adapted to energetic driving styles.

15. Volkswagen ID.4

Gradually Volkswagen is completing its 100% electric offer making it reach all segments. To e-Golf and e-Up! the ID family has just been incorporated, with a first member, ID.3 that will reach the market throughout this year, and a first compact SUV model which has just been revealed by the German firm.

This is ID.4, an evolution of the prototype of the ID.CROZZ. The vehicle has been released through a webcast, after the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show.

The new ID.4 will be launched this year, following the steps of ID.3, and like this one, it is based on the Electric Propulsion Modular Platform (MEB), as explained Ralf Brandstätter, director of Operations of Volkswagen.

The design of this SUV without emissions is especially aerodynamic. According to Brandstätter «the outstanding aerodynamics of the vehicle reduces the drag coefficient and will increase the autonomy of the ID.4 to 500 kilometers, depending on the battery ».

The Volkswagen ID.4 It will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, while an electric all-wheel drive version will be added at a later date. It has a high voltage battery located near the center of the basement of the vehicle to create a low center of gravity and optimize driving dynamics. As in all the other models based on the MEB Platform, ID.4 enjoys a large interior space thanks to its compact electric propulsion system. The fully digital instrument cluster of this zero emission SUV is very intuitive and clearly structured. It operates primarily through touch surfaces and intelligent and intuitive voice control.

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