2018 Paris Motor Show: What To Expect

Sep 11, 2018 at 11:03am

The Audi A1, new BMW 3 Series, and Kia Proceed, among others, will make their debut in Paris next month.

The most important autumn fair is the 2018 Paris Motor Show (or, Mondial de l'Automobile). It takes place from October 2nd to October 14th, and is typically home to some of the best and brightest Europe has to offer. But things have seemingly taken a downturn as a number of manufacturers have decided to skip 2018's showing.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of vehicles that will be shown this year in Paris that are scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2018 or 2019. Audi, BMW, Peugeot, Lexus, and others will all be represented in the City of Lights. Here's what to expect from the Paris Motor Show when doors open next month.

Everything you need to know from Paris:

2019 Audi A1

After eight years, the small car from Ingolstadt finally gets a second generation. For the first time, the Audi A1 (like the VW Polo and the Seat Ibiza) is based on the Modular Transverse platform. It grows in length by six inches (15.2 centimeters), stretching out to 13.2 feet (4.03 meters), with a noticeably larger trunk. The smallest Audi will be available exclusively with a gas engine when it goes on sale.

2019 Audi E-Tron

Audi is already making a splash with the A1 and Q3, but the third debut from Ingolstadt will be the new E-Tron. So far, there are only pictures of the camouflaged prototype. It will make its debut this month before its trade show premiere in Paris. 

The SUV will be about as long as a Mercedes GLE, with power generated by two electric motors, which together deliver 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts) in short bursts. Estimated range is around 250 miles (400 kilometers), and pricing should be competitive with the Jaguar I-Pace.

2019 Audi Q3

The second-generation Audi Q3 debuted in November 2018, but it has never been shown at a trade show. Audi could celebrate its new SUV's debut in Paris. 

At 14.7 feet (4.49 meters), the Q3 is now four inches (10 centimeters) longer, and the trunk also grows significantly to 23.8 and 53.9 cubic feet (previously 16.7 and 49.9 cubic feet). Inside, Virtual Cockpit now comes standard, and under the hood, three gasoline and a diesel engines are offered.

2019 BMW 3 Series

The new Z4 is more of a niche model – the highlight of BMW will be the new 3 Series. Just recently, images from Munich showed a camouflaged prototype (pictured here).

The car should get a sportier suspension and active dampers. In addition, the strongest BMW four-cylinder of all time – the new 3 Series should produce over 252 horsepower (187 kilowatts). Market launch is March 2019.

2019 BMW Z4

The new version of the BMW Z4 was unveiled at the end of August as a First Edition model. But if you didn't get a chance to see it at Pebble, the new roadster will show up in Paris, too. 

The new Z4 is longer and wider, but has a shorter wheelbase. The top model M40i gets a 340 horsepower (253 kilowatts) six-cylinder engine. The other variants are likely to be a 30i model with 252 hp (187 kW) and a 20i with 184 hp (137 kW). But we'll know all the details on September 19th; market launch is next spring, and prices are not yet known.

2019 Citroën C5

There have long been rumors about a new Citroën C5; the old model was discontinued in 2017, but eventually partner brand Peugeot released a new version of the 508. It would be appropriate to a new Citroën C5, all things considered. Since there are no pictures of the third-generation C5, take a look at the beautiful study CXperience for inspiration, which was unveiled in 2016 at the last Paris show.

FCA: Not Represented

A number of major car brands are not represented in Paris this year. That includes almost the entire Fiat Group. So no Alfa booth, no Ferrari booth, no Jeep stand. Maserati was rumored to show a study of the planned for 2020 SUV (pictured here), but we've since received confirmation that the company won't be showing in Paris.

Ford: Not Represented

Ford could have shown the new Ranger Raptor (picture) in Paris – it would be a decent eye-catcher, at least. But instead the brand debuted it at Gamescom, and only virtually. Too bad. Otherwise, the Blue Oval doesn't have enough to justify a debut in Paris. So Ford canceled any showing.

2019 Kia Proceed

Kia showed a stunning near-production version of the Proceed wagon, the beautiful concept car from Frankfurt last year. Even if the production model isn't quite as racy as the concept – it should still pique your interest. So far, there is only one teaser image of the rear.

Mazda: Not Represented

Like Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Subaru, Mazda also skips the show. Is Europe no longer important for Asian brands? For Subaru, that may apply, but Nissan and Mazda move a lot of product in the region. The soon-to-be-launched CX-3 facelift (pictured) therefore won't be seen in Paris, and certainly not the chic CX-4, which probably still exists only in China.


2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

Alongside the five-door A-Class, the A-class sedan will show up at the Mercedes booth in Paris. At 14.9 feet (4.55 meters), it's 13 inches longer than the hatchback version. Market launch for the car (which, by the way, does not replace the CLA) should be the end of 2018.

2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The B-Class is, so to speak, the van version of the A-Class. So it's not surprising that the generational change in the A model follows suit on the B-class. There are no pictures yet, so our photo shows the old (second) generation. The B-Class shouldn't differ much from the A-Class.

Opel: Not Represented

The new Opel models aren't sexy enough – the Corsa GSi doesn't offer much new technology, and the Insignia B (pictured here) will eventually be replaced by an equivalent to the Peugeot 508. But the middle-grader came on the market only in 2017, so you completely renounce an appearance in Paris.

2019 Peugeot 208

According to industry rumors, a new Peugeot 208 will show up in Paris. Others say the car will debut in Geneva. The small car – launched in 2012 – could have similar styling to that of the 508, with a look matching what our rendering shows. The new 208 should be (as the next Opel Corsa, with which it shares its platform) as an electric car.

2019 Peugeot 508 SW

The next-generation 508 was already shown in Geneva, and the station wagon is in Paris. It probably won't attract much attention, because pictures of the 508 SW Peugeot were published quite some time ago. 

Our guess is that the station wagon could get a new off-road variant (maybe a 508 RXH?) in Paris. This would be the long-promised plug-in hybrid drive with electrical rear axle fit.

2019 Porsche Macan Facelift

The Porsche Macan arrived in 2014. After four years, Porsche is now showing the facelifted model in Paris. The 15.4-foot (4.70-meter) long compact SUV shows its strongest changes in the rear. There, the two taillights are now connected by an LED light strip. 

Up front, there will be standard LED headlights in the future. For the market launch in November, there will only be a 245-horsepower (182-kilowatts) four-cylinder. Pricing will start again at about $64,000.

2019 Renault Clio

Renault will show its fifth-generation Clio in Paris, according to rumors. The current version shown here has been on the market since 2012. The new version will share the platform with the Nissan Micra. In addition to a three-cylinder engine from the Twingo, there will also be a 1.3-liter four-cylinder from the Mercedes A-Class. It will be interesting to see if there will be a wagon version again.

2019 SEAT Tarraco

Skoda has the Kodiaq, VW has Tiguan Allspace, and now SEAT gets a three-row Tarraco. So far, there are only pictures of camouflaged prototypes of the big SUV, but we don't expect much more than a brand-engineered Kodiaq version with up to seven seats.

2019 Vinfast Sedan 02 And SUV 02

The Vietnamese brand VinFast will show a sedan called "Sedan 02" and an SUV dubbed "SUV 02" in Paris. The chic design of both vehicles comes from Pininfarina. Hopefully they will both get new names when they reach production...

Volkswagen: Not Represented

While Audi is traveling to Paris with a whole series of cars, the Volkswagen brand won't be represented at all. Just a few years ago, that would have been completely unthinkable – Wolfsburg would certainly have something to show. The T-Cross (rendered here) – the equivalent of the Seat Arona – won't be shown in Paris: Instead, the small SUV will be presented in the fall.