Europe’s spring new-car season kicks off in Geneva in March with several major unveilings of new models on the way.
But the brands and models that are missing may be as noteworthy as those debuting in the Alpine city.
A couple of leading small cars, including the Ford Focus, apparently passed up Geneva’s spotlight in favor of solo events where they wouldn’t fight other vehicles for attention. Ford is expected to showcase the new Focus in April.
The show will go on without them with an emphasis on new SUVs to meet insatiable global demand. The Geneva unveilings are due March 5 to 7.
Here’s what we know so far:
2019 BMW X4
The BMW X4 xDrive M40d. Fabian Kirchbauer, BMW
BMW’s new X4 aims to put a sporty spin on the compact luxury SUV
Like the more formal X3 that went on sale last year, it’s based on BMW’s new Cluster Architecture and expected to be lighter and roomer than the current X4. The top model is expected to be a 360-hp M40i with a six-cylinder engine.
Land Rover looks to raise the price ceiling for luxury SUVs with the limited edition Range Rover SV coupe, which has two doors and an opulent interior. Land Rover will build just 999 SVs to mark the Range rover’s 70th anniversary.
Jaguar goes electric with I-Pace
Electric-powered and outrageously sleek, the Jaguar I-Pace is also expected to debut. It follows on the heels of the brand’s first SUV, the F-Pace, but showcases a new, cab-forward design. Jaguar predicts an EPA-rated cruising range of more than 220 miles.
Audi’s Q8 will be the brand’s new flagship
Audi may launch the Q8 large SUV that will become the brand’s global flagship. In addition to being a homonym for an oil-rich state, the Q8 is expected to showcase Audi’s latest technologies.
A new version of the A6 midsize sport sedan will share the spotlight. The A6 will share its major systems with the A7 fastback that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Lexus picks up another SUV with the UX
Lexus’s SUV family grows to five vehicles with the UX, which promises to be smaller and less polarizing than the compact NX. The UX is based on the TNGA architecture that underpins a wide range of vehicles for Toyota Motor Co. The lineup is likely to include a hybrid.
Photos: Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari 488 Pista Ferrari
Most powerful Ferrari V-8 car ever
While most of the focus is on SUVs, Ferrari will unveil the most powerful V-8 in its history, a twin-turbo 3.9-liter engine that produces 711 horsepower in the racing-inspired 488 Pista. The two-seater has a 211-mile-per-hour top speed and races from zero to 62 mph in 2.85 seconds. The 488 Pista weighs about 198 pounds less than the 488 GTB it replaces.
Toyota’s long-awaited Supra may return
Toyota is expected to reveal the long-awaited replacement for its Supra coupe. Based on an architecture shared with the next BMW Z4 roadster, the Supra is expected to use a BMW-built six-cylinder engine share many other features with the Z4.
Volvo promises Polestar1 will be fast, efficient
Volvo’s new Polestar brand of electric luxury-performance vehicles will reveal details – possibly including U.S. prices – on its first vehicle, the fast and efficient Polestar1 coupe.
Volvo will introduce an all-new version of its V60 midsize station wagon. It’s expected to have similar styling and technology as the bigger V90, since both cars – and the XC90 and XC60 SUVs – are based on the automaker’s versatile SPA architecture. The V60’s sedan sibling, the S60, will debut later this year.
For an early look at the V60 wagon, go to Volvo Cars’ Facebook page.
General Motors’ former European brands – Opel and Vauxhall – will skip the show completely, something that would have been unthinkable before GM sold them to France’s Peugeot SA a year ago. Ford plans the European debut of the Edge SUV upgrades that drew crowds in Detroit
Peugeot is expected to show a new version of its 508 large sedan,