THE 2020 Geneva motor show is just around the corner (March 5-15), the world’s car makers are busy preparing all the big reveals at the first major international auto expo of the year.
Many car companies have already announced what they’ll be unveiling under the shadow of the Swiss Alps, and even these early signs suggest this year’s models will be incredibly diverse, ranging from family hatchbacks and SUVs to all-new performance models and the latest and greatest high-performance supercars.
We’ll also be updating this guide as more models are announced in the build-up to the event. In the meantime, here are all the major new cars we know are being unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Alfa Romeo unnamed vehicle
There is no official information regarding what Alfa Romeo will be revealing in Geneva but the firm released a tantalising seven second video on its Twitter account promising a ‘momentous comeback’ at the 2020 Motor Show. What this will comprise is unclear, but if the sound of a roaring engine accompanying the video is anything to go by, it’ll be exciting.
The video has fuelled speculation that the Italian company will be unveiling a high performance version of its Giulia Quadrifoglio, which would help them in their ambition to compete with market leaders such as BMW and Mercedes, with rumours suggesting it could be a 600bhp+ super saloon reprising the GTA name.
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster
The Aston Martin Vantage is a coupé-only car no more, as the ‘baby Aston’ is now available as an open top Vantage Roadster. With only a 60kg weight penalty to pay in its conversion into a convertible, the Vantage Roadster is plenty fast (0-62mph in 3.8 seconds; 190mph top speed), and the folding fabric roof makes it even easier to listen to the Aston’s snarling 503bhp twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Audi A3 Sportback
An all-new Audi A3 will go on sale in the UK later this year, and we’ll get out first look at the premium hatchback under the spotlights of this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Though it won’t look drastically different to the car it replaces, it’s highly likely the new Audi A3 will feature the impressive new tech we’ve already seen on its Seat Leon and VW Golf sister cars — such as a stripped back digital dashboard, a suite of safety assists, advanced connectivity features and an Alexa-style AI voice assistant.
BAC Mono Mk 2
Jeremy Clarkson was a big fan of the original BAC Mono single-seater supercar (pictured), so the Grand Tour host will likely be pleased to know an all-new version will be unveiled at Geneva this year. That’s literally all we know about the car so far, other than the fact Clarkson will need to wait a little longer before he gets to try the brand new Mono for himself, as the car won’t enter production until summer 2021.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley has something very special in store for Geneva this year: an ultra-exclusive limited edition luxury model from its Mulliner coachbuilding division. We won’t know what exactly the Mulliner Bacalar is until the motor show opens its doors to the press in March, though Bentley’s claims the car “represents grand touring at its most exhilarating” suggests the model will be based on the Continental GT.
Cupra unveiled its plug-in hybrid Formentor SUV concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, so it’s fitting that the production version will make its debut there in 2020. That’s all Cupra’s confirmed about the car so far but, as the original concept (pictured) looked like it needed only minor tweaks to make it ready for the road, don’t expect anything drastically different to the 2019 show car.
The Formentor isn’t the only new car on the Cupra stand this year: the Seat Leon’s sporty twin, the Cupra Leon, will also be at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Cupra claims its new hot hatch has plenty of performance, thanks to an engine range that includes a 305bhp 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 241bhp plug-in hybrid setup, and the car will be available in five-door hatch and more spacious estate guises when it goes on sale later this year.
Many supercars will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show this year, and one of the most outrageous will be the Czinger 21C. The California-based start-up is pitching its debut model as a “revolutionary hypercar fit for the 21st century”, thanks to its 1,233bhp hybrid powertrain and 3D printing construction methods.
With former Koenigsegg and Rimac employees on its payroll, Czinger is showing promising signs that this year’s Geneva Motor Show also won’t be its last.
Dacia’s electric city car concept
Dacia is set to unveil at Geneva one of the most interesting cars at the show: a concept car previewing its first pure-electric production model. Nothing else has been revealed on the car (we don’t even have a teaser image to go off), but it’s likely the concept will be fairly representative of a production-ready car, as Dacia has said it wants to launch a pure-electric city car within the next couple of years.
DS 9 luxury saloon
The new offering from the luxury arm of PSA Group, which includes Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall, is a large saloon to compete with the Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 series.
Maintaining the elegance of the French brand’s other offerings, the DS 7 Crossback and the DS 3 Crossback, the new saloon has a sleek exterior that the company says nods to the original 1955 Citroën DS. A clear (and neat) callback are the indicator repeaters on the C-pillars.
There will be three petrol-electric hybrid iterations, the first of which comes with 225hp and the ability to go between 25 and 31 miles in zero-emissions mode. A petrol-only version will also be available for the hybrid-averse.
Officially, Pagani hasn’t confirmed which cars it will be bringing to the Geneva Motor Show this year. However, we expect it will save a space on its stand for its latest creation: the track-focused Pagani Imola supercar
Pagani proudly boasts the Imola is “a powerhouse of technology for the race track and road”, and it’s easy to see why from the claimed specs. Powering the Imola is an 815bhp twin-turbocharged V12 (the most powerful engine ever installed in a Pagani, no less), and Pagani says the car was ruthlessly put through its paces for nearly 10,000 miles at “racing speeds” around the Italian race track its name pays homage to.
Car buyers have plenty of options available if they’re after a new supermini, and they’ll soon have another alternative to consider in the form of the all-new Hyundai i20. As well as being a big departure from its predecessor design-wise, the new i20 is also an improvement over the old car on the tech front: Hyundai says the car comes with two 10.25-in dashboard display units, a suite of safety assists and a mild hybrid engine option.
While Hyundai is bringing the new version of one of its smallest cars to Geneva, sister brand Kia will unveil the successor to its largest: the Sorento seven-seater SUV. Kia also claims there’s more to the new Sorento than the “refined boldness” of its striking styling, as the company says its new flagship SUV will be more spacious and come with more advanced technologies than the model it replaces.
Morgan’s new sports car
Morgan has confirmed it will reveal a new entry-level model at the Geneva show, the British sports car maker’s show of choice for unveiling new models.
Having shown its Plus Six model in Switzerland last year, Morgan is expected to bring that car’s little sister in 2020: the Plus Four, though that’s still to be officially confirmed.
We know that the offering will feature a four-cylinder engine and an all-aluminium chassis similar to the one that underpins the Plus Six, with an optional manual transmission, though other than that Morgan is keeping its cards close to its chest. Word is the turbocharged six-cylinder Plus Six is a little too hot to handle for many drivers, so the Plus Four could be the sweet spot.
Until the finer details of the new vehicle are revealed, we have been treated to a titillating image of the new model under a black sheet, via Morgan’s social media accounts.
Technically, the Rimac C_Two isn’t debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this year, as the company has been showcasing prototypes of its pure-electric hypercar at the expo since 2018. However, Rimac has confirmed it will be bringing the production-ready car to Geneva in 2020, complete with “improvements in design, ergonomics, and performance” and an all-new name to replace the “C_Two” moniker.
Skoda Octavia vRS iV
The Skoda Octavia family car range will soon be complete, as the Czech car maker has said it will unveil the sporty vRS iV model at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. As the car has a 241bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain under the bonnet, Skoda claims the new Octavia range topper “combines family-friendly versatility and sports car-like performance with sustainability and efficiency” — and, if the saloon version isn’t spacious enough for you, Skoda will also sell the new Octavia vRS iv as an estate car.
Toyota’s new compact SUV
An all-new face will soon enter the hotly contested small SUV fray, in the form of Toyota’s upcoming compact crossover. We’ll find out more about it Geneva, though Toyota has confirmed its yet-to-be-named model will be based on the same platform that underpins the new Yaris supermini, and will have at least some hybrid engine options.
Volkswagen Golf GTD
Despite its role in the infamous “dieselgate” emissions test cheating scandal, Volkswagen still seems to have love for diesel, as it’s launching a diesel-powered hot hatch version of the all-new Golf at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
VW hasn’t revealed any performance specs yet, though it claims the car’s turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine is more powerful, more efficient and less polluting than the one that powered the previous Golf GTD. This, the car maker boldly says, means the new GTD will have “one of the cleanest combustion engines in the world” when it goes on sale.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Not every Golf hot hatch at Geneva will be powered by a diesel engine, as Volkswagen is also bringing the all-new Golf GTI to the show. Details on performance and tech specs are being kept under wraps for now, though we expect the new GTI will come with all the advanced features available on the regular Golf, and will likely have a 240bhp+ 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet.