2016 Paris auto show preview

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The pace of change in the auto industry has never been quicker, and we’re seeing that in some of the many vehicles destined to appear at the 2016 Paris auto show, which opens its doors to the media on Thursday, September 29.

It’s where automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen plan to reveal radical vehicle electrification programs, and perhaps self-driving technologies, too. The good news is that there will still be plenty of conventional offerings to appease those with gasoline in their veins. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect.

CONCEPT CARS

Teaser for Lexus UX concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

Teaser for Lexus UX concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

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Lexus UX: Lexus will show a concept that’s believed to be a preview of a new subcompact crossover SUV currently in the works. Few details have been released but we know the design was handled by a team in Europe. It was recently previewed in some teaser shots and from what we can gather the planned production version will be twinned with Toyota’s new C-HR.

Citroën Cxperience concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Citroën Cxperience concept, 2016 Paris auto show

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Citroën Cxperience: French automaker Citroën will unveil a futuristic sedan that may just be a preview of its next-generation C5. That’s because the concept is roughly the same size as the current C5, which has been on sale since 2007 and is long overdue for replacement. Forward-looking elements include a plug-in hybrid powertrain, numerous connectivity features and avant-garde styling.

Teaser for Hyundai RN30 concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

Teaser for Hyundai RN30 concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

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Hyundai RN30: Hyundai has unveiled a new generation of its i30 compact hatch. The previous-generation i30 is sold here as the Elantra GT and we expect this new one to come too, although Hyundai is yet to confirm it. The good news is that the new i30/Elantra GT will spawn a performance-oriented model developed by the new Hyundai N division. In Paris, we’ll get a preview of the upcoming hot hatch in the form of the RN30 concept car.

Teaser for Volkswagen electric car concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

Teaser for Volkswagen electric car concept debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

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Volkswagen electric car: Volkswagen plans to launch a bevy of electric cars in the near future. One of these will be a hatchback about the size of the Golf and we’ll get a preview of it in Paris in the form of a concept car. VW already sells some electric cars, including the e-Golf here in the United States. However, its new electric cars will be next-generation models riding on a dedicated platform called the MEB, previewed in the Budd-e concept at January’s 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, 2016 Paris auto show

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Mitsubishi GT-PHEV: Mitsubishi has another plug-in hybrid SUV to show us, though sadly it’s still a concept. It’s called the GT-PHEV and has been designed around the Japanese automaker’s next-generation plug-in hybrid system. The system combines a high-capacity battery, a trio of electric motors and an internal combustion engine designed specifically for hybrid applications. Don’t be surprised if we see this setup in a next-generation Outlander or perhaps even a new Montero.

Hit the next page to see some of the performance cars that will be on display at the 2016 Paris auto show, and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.


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