Geneva motor show – Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD & GTE | Automotive Industry Analysis

The press preview will take place on Tuesday 3 March

The press preview will take place on Tuesday 3 March

Volkswagen has announced official details of the Golf GTE, GTD and GTI, each of which will be a world debut at the Geneva motor show.

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The Chinese brand’s second model after the U5 will be a coupe-SUV called U6. This will be previewed by a concept called U6ion. The company issued a media release on 26 February, noting, ” Due to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and circumstances beyond its control, Aiways has been unable to ship the U6ion electric crossover coupe concept to Geneva in time for the press conference. The company will, therefore, unveil the vehicle to assembled international media in Geneva via alternative means”. Further details are awaited.

As for the U5, it had been due to go on sale in selected LHD European markets from April: an update on whether or not this will happen is awaited.

Alfa Romeo

Rumour has it that the brand’s world premiere will be a Giulia GTA. Official news is awaited.

Apex Motors

What the company calls an “electric vehicle concept, codenamed AP-0” will be shown for the first time. The “Hyper EV” uses a car fibre chassis and has a claimed kerb weight of 1,200kg.

Aston Martin

Deliveries of the Vantage Roadster will begin in the second quarter, its maker says. As with the Vantage, the engine is a 375kW (510PS) version of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 engine used by the DB11 V8. Torque is quoted as 685Nm.


The next generation A3 Sportback is set to premiere. It will use the same platform as the current model, albeit heavily updated as per the Golf Mark VIII.

Automobili Pininfarina

AP says the Battista Anniversario will be the fastest and most powerful car ever built in Italy. Only five cars will be made.


The Mulliner coachbuilding division will reveal a GT called Bacalar. Another debutante is the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, which has a unique grille and special 22-inch wheels.


Joining the standard and extended wheelbase plug-in hybrid X1s is the X2 xDrive25e. The powertrain is identical to that in the X1 xDrive25e and X1 xDrive25Le. This consists of a 92kW/125hp 1,499cc three-cylinder turbo which has maximum torque of 220Nm. It transfers its power to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and drives the front wheels. The electric motor generates outputs of 70kW/95hp and 165Nm. This is sent to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. Combined outputs are 162kW/220hp and 385Nm. Range in EV mode is 55-57km.

Other debuts at Geneva include the 330e Touring, 330e XDrive, 330e xDrive Touring, M340d xDrive and M340d XDrive Touring. The first three are petrol plug-in hybrids, while the all-wheel drive M340d sedan and estate are 48V mild hybrids powered by a 250kW (340hp) and 700Nm 3.0-litre I6 diesel engine.

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The Concept i4, a preview of the brand’s D segment electric car, will also be at the show. The development code of what can be thought of as an electric 4 Series Gran Coupé is G08. Production will commence in Munich next year.


After being shown to the media on 20 February, this will be the public premiere for the Cupra Leon and Leon eHybrid, the latter being the plug-in hybrid. Deliveries will not commence until the fourth quarter. The eHybrid will have the same powertrain as the Golf GTE and therefore higher outputs than the SEAT Leon eHybrid. That means a 180kW (245PS) and 400Nm 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine and single motor combination, with energy stored in a 13kWh lithium-ion battery. Both five-door hatchback and estate body styles will be available.

Another announcement made on 20 February was that the production version of the Formentor will be a world debut at the Geneva show.


The 21C is a hypercar from the California-based start-up. The C in Czinger is silent. Power is claimed to be 1,250hp from a 2.88-litre biturbo V8 and two motors and there is all-wheel drive. The company says it will make 80 cars. Zero-400km/h is said to take 29 seconds and 1.9 seconds to 100km/h.


A press release says the brand will “will present a world preview of the most accessible 100% electric city car on the market”. This will be a showcar, not a series production model.


This is the only Groupe PSA brand attending the show. The first of two world premieres is the 9, a 4.93m long sedan which will be built in China and exported to certain European countries. There will also be three E-Tense variants: these plug-in hybrids have combined outputs of 225, 250 or 360PS. A spokesman has told just-auto that the DS 9 will also come in RHD form. The other DS world debut is the Aero Sport Lounge. This 5m long electric coupé-SUV concept has a powertrain derived from that in the brand’s Formula E racing car.


FCA executives stated at last year’s Geneva that a new 500 and a new 500 Electric would be world debuts at the 2020 edition of the show. Now there is a question mark over this, as a mild hybrid version of the existing car has only just been announced. Called, confusingly, 500 Hybrid, Geneva is the motor show debut. The same 51kW and 92Nm 1.0-litre powertrain features in the Panda Hybrid, another model making its motor show debut.

GFG Style

There will be two concepts from Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro but as yet there are no details.


Sold mainly in Europe and India, the i20 is already up for replacement, the current car being only five years old. The new model offers the choice of 84PS, 100 and 120PS petrol engines, the two most powerful of which will be available as mild hybrids.

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The i30 is another debut for Hyundai, albeit a facelift rather than a new model. The brand will also reveal an EV concept called Prophecy.


MQ4, a new generation of the Sorento/KX7 will have its motor show debut. The architecture will be HMG’s N3, as introduced by the Hyundai Sonata in 2019.


The Huracán Evo Rear-Wheel Drive was announced in January. It is powered by a 449kW (610hp) and 560Nm version of the firm’s 5,204cc naturally aspirated V10, with drive via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Dry weight is said to be 1,389kg.


The GLE Coupe equivalents of the GLE 63 4MATIC+ and 63 S 4MATIC+ (revealed at the LA show last November) are introduced. They are the GLE 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé, both powered by a 3,982cc biturbo V8 and 16kW (22Nm) and 250Nm ‘EQ Boost’ starter-generator. The 63’s engine produces 420kW (571hp) and combined torque is 750Nm. Corresponding outputs for the GLE 63 S are 450kW (612hp) and 850Nm.

What Daimler calls “the AMG variant of the E-Class” will also be a debut. Presumably, this means facelifted versions of the E 53 4MATIC+, E 63 4MATIC+ and E 63 S 4MATIC+ with these retaining those names.

Two other Mercedes-AMG world debuts are the GLA 45 4MATIC+ and the GLA 45 S 4MATIC+. Each has the same basic 1,991cc engine as powers the GLA 35 4MATIC. In 45 form the outputs are 285kW (387PS) and 480Nm (354 lb-ft), while equivalents for the 45 S are 310kW (421PS) and 500Nm (369 lb-ft). In the USA, only the first of the pair will be available and the name changed to GLA 45 4MATIC.


An updated E-Class saloon and estate will premiere, with new engines, updated safety systems and a mid-life facelift.


The provisionally named ‘Plus Four‘ would be revealed in 2020, the company announced in December. The new model, which will have a four-cylinder engine, will be the first in a series of replacements for the 4/4, Plus 4 and V6 Roadster, each of which is to be discontinued.


There will only be five examples of the Imola. The company’s latest hypercar is Huayra-based, is claimed to weigh 1,246kg and has a lot of aerodynamic addenda. The 6.0-litre biturbo V12 has stated outputs of 827hp and 1,100Nm.


Likely to be a preview of a future model called 4, the Precept is a prototype of an electric sedan. The car also comes with Google’s HMI software. Polestar hasn’t yet revealed the car’s size, only that the wheelbase is 3.1m long.


The current Boxster and Cayman have been around since 2012 so new variants are needed to maintain interest in these old cars. The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 are powered by a 294kW (400PS) 4.0-litre flat six-cylinder engine which spins to 7,800rpm. The transmission is a six-speed manual, the ride height is dropped by 20mm and there is a sports exhaust. The 911 Turbo and Turbo S may also be revealed.

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There will be a facelift for the Mégane range, along with the Mégane E-Tech Plug-in. The latter has the same petrol-electric powertrain as the PHEV Captur. Deliveries will commence in August. The Twingo Z.E. is another world debut, as is the Morphoz concept. And after four and a half years of production, the Talisman has been facelifted. The D segment sedan and wagon also receives revised engines.


We don’t yet know the production model’s official name but the company says it will not be C_Two, which is what a prototype at the 2018 Geneva show was called. Only 150 units of the electric hypercar will be made, each priced in European countries at 1.8m euro.


The fourth generation Leon is to have its public premiere, following a 28 January debut at a special event at SEAT’s Martorell base.


For its new generation, the Octavia RS (vRS in the UK) becomes a plug-in hybrid, its official model name being Octavia RS iV. Other details are still under wraps.

The Kamiq Scoutline also premieres. This has exterior changes which include LED tail lights and matte black wheel arch liners, special wheels and silver mirror caps.


A second small SUV to join the C-HR in European markets will be revealed at the show. The new model will share much with the Yaris. Both will be manufactured at the TMMF Onnaing plant near Valenciennes.


The Golf GTE, GTD and Golf GTI will be revealed. The GTE, a plug-in hybrid, has a 110kW (150PS) 1.4-litre turbo and an 85kW (115PS) motor, a six-speed DSG gearbox and a new lithium-ion battery, with the range in EV mode claimed to be up to 60km. System outputs are 180kW (245PS) and 400Nm. The GTD’s 2.0-litre diesel also produces 147kW (200 PS) and 400Nm. Its standard transmission is a seven-speed DSG. The GTI’s 2.0-litre turbo engine, which produces 180kW (245PS) and 370Nm, comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox with a seven-speed DSG) optional.

Volkswagen is also revealing the Touareg R. This high performance variant is a plug-in hybrid, with system power and torque of 340kW (462PS) and 700Nm. That comes from a 250kW (340PS) 2,995cc turbo V6 and a 100kW (136PS) motor.

Brands which will not be present: Cadillac, Citroen, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Subaru, Tata and Volvo.

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