Future now: coming cars revealed before Paris Motor Show
WERE you the type of kid who had to cop a feel and even a sneaky peek under the wrapping paper of your Christmas prezzies long before the big day?
If you were, you'll be a fan of car companies who can't wait to show off their new models before an "official reveal" at the Paris Motor Show later this month.
A few highlights include the first sight of Land Rover's new Discovery seven-seat large SUV, albeit just the front end of the premium off-roader.
The new model joins the rest of the Landie and Rangie line-up stylistically, with a far more rounded visage, finally dropping the boxy shape of previous and current generation Discos.
Little has been confirmed regarding the new Discovery, but we do know it will feature world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology, where owners can reconfigure their SUV's seven seats remotely with a smartphone app from anywhere in the world.
Certainly a First World convenience (and something cool to show off), you can also fold the seats via buttons in the luggage area or on the C-pillar, or by using the dashboard's main touchscreen.
Another premium busting to show us what's coming is Audi with its 2017 A5 and S5 Sportbacks. The five-door coupes in second-gen guise receive re-engineered suspension and new driver assistance systems, while the S5 Sportbacks score the same new six-cylinder turbo engine (good for 260kW and 500Nm) as found in the S5 coupe.
The long-awaited new version of the Q5 mid-size SUV will also debut.
Citroen has shown off its new C3 Hatch complete with protective Airbumps for the lower doors (as seen on the C4 Cactus), the compact five-door likely to hit Australia in mid-2017.
Peugeot has revealed what the all-new 5008 seven-seat SUV will look like too, with Peugeot Australia also anticipating a mid-2017 launch for the model.
It's the first seven-seat SUV for the marque, and will join Peugeot's updated 2008 and all-new confirmed for Australia 3008 to round out a full range of passenger and SUV vehicles for our market.
The Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 29.