What to Expect at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is right around the corner and there are many debuts to get excited about.

The halls of the Geneva Motor Show are typically filled with luxury and exotic supercars, and this year won’t be any different. Expect to see plenty of wild concepts from automakers you’ve never heard of before and interesting electric cars from all around the globe.

2017 Geneva Motor Show Preview

All the major automakers have debuts lined up, and here’s what you can expect once the show doors open to the media on March 7. AutoGuide.com will be reporting live from the show to bring you all the debuts as they happen.


Audi will unleash more RS models at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, starting with the RS5 coupe. The company will also unveil the RS3 Sportback, powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower. Unfortunately, the Audi RS3 Sportback isn’t heading to the U.S. so our attention will be on the RS5.


BMW isn’t expected to have any surprises, but it has already unveiled the facelifted 4 Series and the 5 Series wagon that won’t be heading to the U.S. In addition, the German automaker will show off the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition. We’re hoping BMW has something hidden up its sleeves.


It’s the most powerful series production Ferrari model yet and it’s the replacement for the F12Berlinetta. The Italian automaker has already introduced the Ferrari 812 Superfast, so there won’t be very many surprises there.


The new Ford Fiesta ST has already been introduced, featuring a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine with around 200 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. We’re excited to take a look at the Fiesta ST up close and, hopefully, we can get the automaker to spill some details on the North American model.


At an auto show that is traditionally home to supercars and exotics, one of the more exciting debuts won’t even cost $50,000. The production Honda Civic Type R will finally be revealed and we don’t expect very many changes compared to the concept Honda showed off last year. Once we set our eyes on it, you can bet we’ll be hounding Honda reps to find out when it’ll be available in the U.S.


Lamborghini has been teasing a hardcore Huracan variant that appears to have set a new record at the world famous Nurburgring. Expected to be named the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, we already know there are quite a few aerodynamic upgrades from the teaser video above.

Land Rover

Land Rover is expanding its Range Rover lineup with the new Velar model. Sporting a coupe SUV body, the Range Rover Velar is targeting models like the Porsche Macan. Although details are scarce, the British automaker has released one photo showcasing the glass roof and confirmed it will slot between the existing Evoque and Range Rover Sport models.


The all-new Lexus LS 500 made its debut earlier this year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and now the Japanese luxury automaker is following it up with the LS 500h hybrid in Geneva. Also being shown for the first time in Europe will be the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3. Other models that will be on display include the LC, the RC, the RC F and the RX and NX ranges.


McLaren will unleash the replacement for the 650S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Expected to be called the McLaren 720S, we already know it will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and the British automaker has confirmed it will run the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds.


The new E-Class family will be complete in Geneva with the debut of the convertible version. Joining the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will be the E63 wagon and Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, a convertible G-Wagen highlighted by Maybach luxury. The company is also set to show off a new AMG concept, rumored to be the GT4 — a four-door version of the GT sports car. There will also be a few special edition models to check out at the show.


Mitsubishi is finally ready to debut a new compact SUV and it will be called the Eclipse Cross. As you may know, the Eclipse nameplate was a popular sports coupe sold by Mitsubishi from 1989, while the Cross is short for crossover. The model will sit under the Outlander once it heads to dealerships.


Pagani has already spilled the beans on the wonderfully exquisite Huayra Roadster and it’s currently at the top of our list of must-see cars. We believe it might be the most beautiful convertible supercar ever created, and it makes its first public appearance at the Geneva show.


Porsche has already announced the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the wagon/shooting brake Panamera is also set to debut. There are also rumors that the Cayman GT4 RS will debut, giving Porsche sports car lovers something to get excited about.


The second-generation Subaru XV will make its debut in Geneva, riding on the company’s new Global Platform that also underpins the new Impreza. Look for updated Boxer engines under the hood and plenty of high-tech features inside the cabin.


Toyota is showing off its version of a hot hatch with the new Yaris and a GRMN variant, inspired by the World Rallycross race car. The Toyota Yaris GRMN features a 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine cranking out 205 hp and will be a nice competitor to the new Ford Fiesta ST that is also debuting in Geneva.


Volkswagen is finally replacing the CC with a new model called the Arteon. And since the Volkswagen Phaeton no longer exists, the Arteon will be the German automaker’s most expensive sedan offering.


The cover will be pulled off the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 in Geneva and should arrive in the U.S. later this year as a 2018 model. The Swedish automaker has said the new XC60 ushers in the next evolution of Volvo’s interior design and will feature an updated version of the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system found in the 90 series models.


You can bet there’s going to be a lot of supercars making their debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One notable one will be the Italdesign supercar (seen above), sporting a V10 engine from an Audi R8. We’ll also be keeping our eyes on the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo and the Zenvo TS1 GT anniversary model, powered by a 5.8-liter twin-supercharged V8 with over 1,150 hp.

Electric Cars

Along with your fine collection of supercars, expect to see some exotics with electrified powertrains. Nanoflowcell will show off its Quant 48Volt, a prototype of a new generation of electric cars that is capable of going zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.4 seconds. We will also see Chinese automaker Techrules unveil its GT96 production model after showing off its turbine-recharging EV in concept form last year. There’s also the new Elextra electric supercar and Vanda Electrics’ Dendrobium.

Stay tuned to AutoGuide.com, as we’ll be at the show covering all the debuts as they happen.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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