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GENEVA SHOW

With the Geneva Mo­tor Show just around the cor­ner, a num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers are show­ing the mod­els they will re­veal in the metal at the show. Land Rover will re­veal its Velar there, but there will also be a num­ber of new SUV mod­els.

One of th­ese will be the new Volvo XC60. The com­pany has re­leased a num­ber of teaser im­ages for the ve­hi­cle, which looks set to adopt the com­pany’s new de­sign phi­los­o­phy from the XC90 and S90. There will also be new tech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly in the realm of safety, with the com­pany promis­ing the XC60 will be able to steer it­self around any po­ten­tial ac­ci­dent.

Mit­subishi has fi­nally re­leased pic­tures of its Eclipse, a model that is set to take on the new Toy­ota C-HR launch­ing in SA this week. The de­sign marks a rad­i­cal de­par­ture for the brand. All looks good un­til you get to the rear with the Honda-style split win­dow — we thought that had been left in the de­sign history books.

Peu­geot will un­veil its In­stinct con­cept, a car that adopts the shoot­ing brake de­sign phi­los­o­phy. It will also be the French mar­que’s show­case when it comes to au­tonomous driv­ing.

ALPINE ON THE WAY

Talk­ing of the French, Re­nault’s com­mit­ment to res­ur­rect­ing the Alpine brand will take an­other step for­ward with the re­veal of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the new A110. Adopt­ing the name and styling cues from the orig­i­nal A110, it Still with per­for­mance, Ford has un­veiled the next gen­er­a­tion of the pop­u­lar pocket rocket, the Fi­esta ST. It will get a new 1.5l EcoBoost en­gine de­liv­er­ing 147kW and a claimed 0100km/h time of 6.7 sec­onds.

On the test­ing scene, the BMW X2 has been spot­ted on roads around Outd­shoorn, while fur­ther afield Land Rover is test­ing facelift ver­sions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Both will get new front de­signs to give them a more sporty look while in­te­ri­ors could re­ceive a num­ber of up­dates.

Jeep is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to its new Wran­gler, which is likely to be more of a de­sign evo­lu­tion to ap­pease its fans. Ex­pect some aero­dy­namic tweaks to make it slightly less up­right and there are ru­mours of a hy­brid pow­er­train op­tion.

JAGUAR UPSTAGES ALFA

In what must have been a planned coup by Jaguar, mo­tor­ing me­dia at­tend­ing the in­ter­na­tional launch of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Switzer­land were treated to the view of a con­voy of cam­ou­flaged Jaguar E-Pace mod­els un­der­go­ing test­ing. Far from the usual Jaguar test­ing lo­ca­tions, it was a bril­liant piece of pub­lic re­la­tions.

Mit­subishi has fi­nally re­vealed pic­tures of its Eclipse cross­over.

Peu­geot will show its In­stinct shoot­ing brake con­cept at the Geneva Mo­tor Show.

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