Mondial de l’Auto sees Renault and Stellantis as champions, but Asian brands also reach the wings of the Porte de Versailles: Electricity is the only real champion
A strong presence of French groups to face the vanguard of emerging Asian brands, with a preview of Mercedes hosted at an event outside the show. The Mondial de l’Auto conference in Paris 2022 tells us the forecast for the new stocks coming, pending the first draft of new Euro 7 regulations to combat emissions expected by the end of October. Above all, there is interest in the Porte de Versailles pavilions, far from the full number of exhibitors registered in the last decade and even from attending the last 2018 edition. The Stellantis Group will show news of its passing brands, but not from Opel or the Italians. While awaiting the redefinition of the alliance with Nissan, Renault’s answer is fully operational once again on battery-powered cars, which is exactly where BYD’s Chinese will offer a full range dedicated to the Old Continent, along with the citizens of Great Wall and all Vietnamese Vinfast. There is the luxury electric Fisker, to which Mercedes responds with a preview of the new EQE Suv, but above all there is a desire to study the movements of the absent, starting with the Volkswagen Group and Toyota. Mondial de l’Auto opens to the press on October 17, to the public on October 18, and closes on October 23. Four-wheeled Europe is in complete transition. To understand speed, this is the list of novelties in alphabetical order by brand.
The sports brand of the Renault group will conquer an electric character in the coming years with a compact car, SUV and sports heir to the current A110, ready for a further evolution of the “farewell”. In fact, the A110 R focuses entirely on a weight of only 1,082 kg obtained thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibres, while the 1.8-liter engine now delivers 300 hp and allows a top speed of 285 km / h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h. x in 3.9 seconds.
Alpine evolution is already underway, as evidenced by the Alpenglow concept, a race car inspired by those competing in Le Mans that is over 5m long and 2m wide, but designed above all to anticipate the potential for hydrogen as a fuel. A heat engine with conventional cylinder and piston operation, and therefore not of the fuel cell type.
Big landing for BYD, the 5th fast growing Chinese car brand, but also the 3rd battery manufacturer in the world. The range for Europe includes three electric cars ready to arrive in Italy in 2023. The Han is the sports sedan, and Tang is the seven-seat family SUV, but the main interest naturally turns to the Atto 3, a compact C-segment crossover with a price tag. 38,000 euros, 204 hp of front-wheel drive and 420 km of declared autonomy.
The brand is now a far cry from the stylish, radical notion that accompanied Logan’s debut in 2004, as evidenced in fact today by the success of the Sandero, which is now the second best-selling car in Europe. Dacia presents itself at the Paris Motor Show as a market fact that can even outperform the Manifesto concept car, an electric-powered buggy that conveys an essential picture of leisure time.
On the other hand, the change affecting the Jogger seven-seat crossover, which has already appreciated in sales but is now also the first car in Dacia’s history to adopt a hybrid engine, is more real and significant. In fact, it will be located in Paris with a 140-hp hybrid engine, arriving in 2023, and equipped with the same E-tech powertrain already seen in Renault Clio and Captur.
It’s time for the DS-branded updates, with a restyled DS 3 Crossback that in its electric version E-Tense equipped with a 54 kWh battery and 156 hp electric motor for 402 km of declared range. The big news is the new DS7, the French brand’s reference crossover, available with a 130-horsepower diesel engine or in three plug-in hybrid variants, the E-Tense 225, E-Tense 300 4×4 and E-Tense 360 4×4. The last two are with a four-wheel drive transmission with a PureTech 200 engine and electric motors 110 and 112 hp respectively on each axle.
After making its debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona dedicated to electronics, it’s time for Fisker’s surroundings to finally present itself in the automotive world, where the 477cm electric SUV is a distinct new feature. The Ocean in the Sport model, with an advertised price of 41,900 euros, is available with front-wheel drive and 275 hp, but is surrounded by the Ultra version that shows 540 hp with all-wheel drive, and by Extreme, which has 630 km of autonomy.
Great Wall Motors
After BYD, another Chinese auto giant arrived at the Paris Motor Show, where Great Wall Motors revealed its strategy for the European market, with the global debut of the brand’s new Wey model, which is set to join the already well-known model. Coffee 01 is a compact SUV, with a gasoline engine of 204 hp and an electric motor of 184 hp.
Most amazing is the novelty of Aura, another Great Wall Motors brand, ready for Europe with a Cat electric compact. The design has a cool retro taste that reminds you of a classic Beetle, but the motor is electric, with 171 horsepower. Energy.
Possibly the most anticipated car at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, it’s the first piece of mosaic that anticipates by 2025 the introduction of four zero-emissions cars in North America and Europe. This is the Jeep Avenger, fully electric that will be located under the Jeep Renegade and is produced at the Tychy plant, in Poland, where the creation of Similar cars Under the brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo. Jeep announced that the Avenger will have fairly indispensable features for the car, which should therefore maintain excellent ground clearance and angles of vibration and attack for its class, as well as a technically sporty interior with ample space for passengers and luggage.
It also debuted for what is now just a concept, the Jeep Avenger 4×4 that combines design, capability and innovation in an all-wheel drive chassis equipped.
The venue will not be the Paris Expo of Porte de Versailles, but the Faubourg’s most impressive Rodin Museum dedicated to the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Mercedes has organized its own “Fuorisalone” for the world premiere of the new EQE Suv, the interior photos of which have already been announced. Based on the same EVA2 platform as the Eqs models, it is expected to use a 90.6 kWh battery and strongly supports the brand’s promising results, which doubled the number of electric vehicles delivered in the third quarter of 2022, up to the quota. Copied.
Among the new names changing in the car is Mobilize, the division to which Renault has entrusted urban and shared mobility solutions. At the Paris Motor Show, the Dio, the perfect heir to the Twizy in the same formula as a two-seater quad bike 100% electric, made from 50% recycled materials and available from the second half of 2023 exclusively to participation, but also to individuals by subscription. With a length of 243 cm and a range of 140 km, it will come in two versions: Duo 45 with limited speeds of 45 km / h, usable from 14 years, and Duo 80 at 80 km / h.
Also surprising is Mobilize’s second entry, the Solo concept, designed for individual compact mobility and an alternative to an electric scooter. The steering wheel is rear, the driving position is semi-sitting, the speed is limited to 25 km / h.
The Peugeot platform is dedicated to the new 408, a coupe-crossover that stands out thanks to its generous front and rear parts, but also to the rear with a steeply stooped rear window. It measures 469 cm tall and has five doors and a large trunk. It will be offered with a three-cylinder 130 hp 1.3 PureTech petrol engine and in two versions of the 180 or 225 hp hybrid.
The brand also offers the average Peugeot 308 in an unrivaled zero-emission engine, in two variants with five doors and a Station Wagon, signed e-308. Available from 2023, the car will be able to rely on a powertrain with 156 hp and 260 Nm of torque, along with a 51 kWh battery.
More important than any other Renault show, the Paris Motor Show has engaged in a transition towards an exclusively electric future that relives the magic of models of the past in new, zero-emissions reinterpretations. Such is the case for the Renault 4ever Concept, a reinterpretation of the classic Renault 4 with a pronounced body connotation, with the silhouette of an urban electric SUV. The final vehicle is expected in 2025 and will use the Cmf-Bev platform shared with Nissan, which will also be the basis for the final version of the Renault 5.
The R5 Turbo 3E Concept is dedicated to 5, which this year celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its debut, with the “3” denoting continuity with respect to the Turbo 2 engine, and the “E” standing for the electric motor. The mechanics of the R5 Turbo 3E have a total power of 380 horses and perfectly anticipate the new Renault 5 battery-powered car, scheduled for 2024, also on the Cmf-Bev platform.
An anniversary also for Kangoo, who 25 years ago helped invent the multi-space car segment and today is rethinking it in a zero-emissions variant. The Kangoo E-Tech Electric rides on a 122 hp engine and 45 kWh battery for a stated range of 285 km.
Ambitious programs and important collaborations immediately open the doors to the important car. The Paris Motor Show is the occasion chosen by the Vietnamese brand VinFast to present its dedicated electric range to our markets, starting with a pair of Pininfarina-designed VF 8 and VF 9 SUVs, produced at the Hai Phong plant, south of Hanoi. The Vinfast VF 8 is a 475-cc medium and large sports car, equipped with two engines for a total of 353 or 402 hp of all-wheel drive. Two battery options, from 82 or 87.7 kWh, respectively, for a range of 420 or 470 km.
The Vinfast F9, on the other hand, measures 512 cm in length, has three rows of seats for a total of seven and can rely on a twin-motor configuration with a total power of 408 hp, while the two battery options include 92 kWh or even 123 kWh batteries, one of the largest ever for a car to date, with ranges of 438 and 594 kilometers respectively.
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