Paris 2016: the preview

No, we’re not going to come over all romantic and talk you through why Paris is the place to bring your significant other for a bit of alone time together, but this autumn the French capital becomes the City of Automotive Love, as it plays host to the biennial international motor show. Our buddies over at will be travelling to the show and covering it in detail and here they help us duck and dive past the supercars and concepts to find the most significant new showroom models at the event from an Irish & UK market perspective.

Audi: Audi has done a good job of keeping this one quiet so far, but we know a new Q5 SUV is on the way to Ireland, probably within the 171 registration period. Expect a significant weight reduction and a Q5 e-tron plug-in hybrid petrol model to supplement the inevitable big-selling diesels. Should look sharp too. What we do have are pictures of the gorgeous new A5 Sportback, which will also debut in Paris.

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Citroen C3: This one we’ve seen images of already and it looks great. It builds on the quirky design of the C4 Cactus, but does away with some of the weirdness, and Citroen promises a lot of personalisation too. It can even be specified from the factory with an on-board HD camera to take images and photos and share them with others without leaving the car.

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Honda Civic: The 10th generation Honda Civic that comes to Ireland in 2017 is closely based on the shapely North American model and it has much more universal visual appeal than the current car. We’re told it’ll debut Honda’s high-tech VTEC Turbo petrol engines in Europe, in 1.0- and 1.5-litre guises – along with the 1.6-litre diesel, obviously.

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Hyundai i30: That Honda above is just one of many C-segment hatches in the crosshairs of the all-new Hyundai i30. It’s an attractive car, if not particularly exciting looking, but it promises to be a rock-solid purchase. Engine options will include 1.0- and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre diesel. There’s a fancy looking eight-inch touchscreen available too.

Paris 2016: the preview hyundai-i30

Kia Rio: Another new Korean car debuts in Paris and that’s the Fiesta-rivalling Kia Rio. We don’t know a whole lot more about it other than it looks far sharper than before and it’s a little bigger.

Paris 2016: the preview kia-rio

Land Rover Discovery: This is a massive car for Land Rover and, probably, a massive car… Expect styling themes shared with the Discovery Sport and a spacious seven-seat cabin, plus enough technology to allow the large SUV go pretty much anywhere you dare.

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MINI Countryman: Here’s one of the few that we’ve not actually had official images of. We’re expecting a chunkier, more SUV-ier MINI for the second generation Countryman and rumours suggest there’ll be a hybrid one too.

Peugeot: As it’s the French company’s home show, you can be sure Peugeot wants to put its best foot forward. And it already has, by revealing its brand new 3008 and 5008 models. The former has gone from being an awkward looking crossover to something very desirable and more SUV-like, while the 5008, previously a staid (if useful) MPV, has transformed into a masculine looking seven-seat SUV to take on the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Paris 2016: the preview peugeot-3008 Paris 2016: the preview peugeot-5008

Skoda Kodiaq: Skoda nearly broke the internet earlier this month when it revealed its first ever seven-seat SUV, the new Kodiaq. It’s fair to say that it’s going to be hugely popular in Ireland when it arrives.

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