DNE re­views ma­jor mod­els at 88th Geneva Mo­tor Show

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The 88th Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show,which took place at Pal­expo con­ven­tion cen­tre from March 8 to 18, fea­tured 900 cars by 180 ex­hibitors from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in the pres­ence of 110 Euro­pean and world of­fi­cials. The event re­ceived about 700,000 vis­i­tors. Daily News Egypt will re­view the most im­por­tant ve­hi­cles ex­hib­ited at the event.

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge

Hyundai Mo­tor pre­sented a glimpse of its fu­ture trends in au­to­mo­tive de­sign through dis­play­ing its lat­est car model,Le Fil Rouge,which means‘com­mon thread’ in French.

The new model fo­cuses on cre­at­ing har­mony be­tween four key el­e­ments: rel­a­tive di­men­sions, struc­ture, de­sign, and tech­nique.

The Le Fil Rouge model rep­re­sents the com­pany’s fu­ture de­sign di­rec­tion, ef­fec­tive sport-style car, which will be ap­plied to all the com­pany’s sedans and SUVs in the fu­ture.This new de­sign aims to cre­ate nat­u­ral beauty in and strong at­trac­tion to the com­pany’s mod­els.

The de­sign­ing team aimed to cre­ate a car that could quickly and re­motely be dis­tin­guished as a Hyundai ve­hi­cle. In some oblique ways, the body of this new con­cept re­sem­bles an early fore­bear.The over­all sil­hou­ette some­what re­sem­bles a more smoothed, stretched-out ver­sion of the 1974 Hyundai Pony con­cept, though with none of the hard an­gles that were all the rage in the 1970s. It was also char­ac­terised by a multi-lay­ered en­gine cover, as well as a pro­gres­sive grid with an im­proved ap­pear­ance and three-di­men­sional de­sign.

Toy­ota GR Supra

Toy­ota un­veiled its new GR Supra Rac­ing Con­cept dur­ing the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show af­ter sev­eral pho­tos of the car leaked on­line a few days be­fore the show.

GR Supra showed Toy­ota’s great in­ter­est in ex­pand­ing in the rac­ing ve­hi­cles cat­e­gory through re­cov­er­ing this sporty model, which made world-class rac­ing fig­ures with its first two ver­sions.

Toy­ota’s Ga­zoo Rac­ing cre­ated the GR Supra Rac­ing Con­cept as a con­cep­tual GR model for use in class-spe­cific race events.Toy­ota cur­rently com­petes in theWorld Rally Cham­pi­onship,World En­durance Cham­pi­onship, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans cir­cuits through Ga­zoo.

Toy­ota has not re­vealed much about the con­cept’s in­ner work­ings other than de­sign cues and the in­te­rior’s gen­eral setup for race-readi­ness.The body­work is made up of—un­spec­i­fied,but prob­a­bly car­bon fi­bre—com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als for light­weight strength while the win­dows are made of plas­tic rather than glass, as per race spec­i­fi­ca­tions.The chas­sis is low and tight and us­esToy­ota-sourced orig­i­nal equip­ment com­po­nents.Wheels are BBS rac­ing units with cen­tre-nut at­tach­ments for pit changes.Those wheels are clad in Miche­lin tires,a part­ner of Ga­zoo Rac­ing. Brembo pro­vides brake cal­lipers and discs.

There are some ru­mours that the en­gine will be placed in the front and will be con­nected to an all-wheel drive (AWD) sys­tem sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous Supra mod­els. Toy­ota’s next sports car will be pow­ered by a 335-horse­power, 3.0-litre, 3000cc, tur­bocharged straight-six en­gine, cour­tesy of devel­op­ment part­ner BMW.

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion BMW X4 SUV was re­vealed to the pub­lic at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show 2018. The new gen­er­a­tion model con­tin­ues to re­tain its coupé-themed de­sign while shar­ing its un­der­pin­nings with the new gen­er­a­tion BMW X3 that was re­cently launched in In­dia. The new BMW X4 is po­si­tioned be­low the X6, the car that in­vented the coupé-SUV cat­e­gory, and man­ages to make over­all de­sign more seam­less than its pre­de­ces­sor. The front on the X4 is sim­i­lar to the X3, but things change dra­mat­i­cally at the rear with the coupé roofline.

The over­all styling is more el­e­gant though, with a larger grille and stan­dard LED head­lights. The pro­por­tions on the X4 have in­creased and the coupé cross­over SUV is now 81 mm longer, 37 mm wider, and 3 mm shorter than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.The wheel­base has in­creased too,by 54 mm,lib­er­at­ing more legroom for rear pas­sen­gers.

In­side, there were ma­jor up­grades to the older ver­sion which in­clude a new 6.5-inch dis­play that comes as stan­dard for the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem or the op­tional 10.3-inch unit. The steer­ing wheel is shared with the new X3, 5 Se­ries, and 7 Se­ries, while the X4 gets voice and ges­ture con­trol,and pad­dle shifters on higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion vari­ants. The X4 also of­fers a new am­bi­ent air pack­age which adds an ioniser as well as a fra­grance dif­fuser, along with trip-zone cli­mate con­trol and ven­ti­lated front seats.

The 2019 BMW X4 will be avail­able in a range of op­tions in­clud­ing the 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylin­der petrol in dif­fer­ent states of tune;while there is a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylin­der diesel avail­able as well. BMW will also of­fer 3.0-litre straight-six petrol and diesel en­gines on the top vari­ants.Trans­mis­sion du­ties will be han­dled by an eight-speed unit on all trims,while the xDriveAWD sys­tem will be of­fered on se­lected ver­sions.

Jaguar I-PACE, Audi A6 and Volk­swa­gen ID-Vizzion

The Geneva Show also wit­nessed the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE pro­duc­tion model, while the Ger­man Audi un­veiled the all-new A6.Volk­swa­gen’s all-elec­tric I.D.Vizzion model also grasped the at­ten­tion of many vis­i­tors at the show.

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