The show is one of the largest and most prestigious events in the automotive calendar, and will debut some really exciting new cars this March. Here’s a look at the models that the public is likely to see for the first time.
Ferrari F12 M
A replacement for the F12 supercar, the F12 M has only been seen testing under disguise until now. So, it’s safe to expect a public unveiling of the car at Geneva in March. Expect the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer to be more powerful than the outgoing model; it’s likely to use a motor that makes close to 780hp.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Jaguar is readying an estate version of its Mercedes E-class-rivalling XF. It will share its underpinning and engines – 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesels and a 2.0-litre petrol – with the regular XF, but the extra cargo space is sure to make it a much more practical luxury car.
Range Rover Coupé
SUV-coupes seem to be the ‘in thing’ with carmakers. A trend that was started by the BMW X6 has been adopted by brands like Mercedes-Benz (GLE Coupe, GLC Coupe) and Audi (Upcoming Q8). Now, Land Rover will jump into the bandwagon with its Range Rover coupé. It won’t be as practical as the regular model, but it sure will garner a lot more attention than its boxy sibling.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
The Italian supercar maker will reveal a lightweight variant of the Huracán, its ‘entry-level’ model at Geneva. Expect it to arrive on the show floor in both, coupe and convertible, body styles. Needless to say, the lower weight will mean higher top speeds and lower acceleration times.
This sportscar, codenamed P14, is a replacement for McLaren’s 650S – codenamed P14 – at Geneva. Not only is it expected to look significantly different from the model it replaces, it is also likely to be a lot more powerful. So far, McLaren has only revealed the car’s carbon-fibre monocoque. However, we’ll probably have to wait until March for the whole shebang.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
Pagani confirmed the Huayra Roadster's place at the Geneva motor show this year with two preview images showing fragments of the car. The hardtop Huayra is powered by Pagani’s bespoke 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12, producing 740hp and 1,000Nm, and it’s very likely that the Huayra Roadster will share this engine in unaltered form.
Porsche 911 GT3 facelift
Porsche has been tinkering with the 911 formula for some time, with turbocharged engines being the most notable change. However, the latest iteration of its GT3 will retain the current-gen model’s naturally aspirated 3.8-litre engine and will be available with a manual gearbox.
2017 Suzuki Swift
While the sporty hatchback has already been unveiled in Japan in its latest avatar, not to forget the detailed images of the car that are already online, this Suzuki will make its motor-show debut at Geneva. Internationally, the model will be offered with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains, but in India, it will continue to be offered with the current car’s 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. Of these, expect the diesel engine to be the more powerful unit.
The ageing XC60 is soon to be replaced by an all-new model which is likely to see a global unveiling at Geneva. The likelihood for the reveal is particularly high this March since there are only a few auto shows where Volvo showcases its new cars. The new XC60 will be built on the same set of underpinnings as the brilliant XC90, and is also likely to share a lot of its styling with its bigger sibling.
Renault’s futuristic sportscar could be another showstopper at the Geneva Motor Show. While the concept car has been a common sight at auto shows, this will be the first time that the production car makes its public debut.