Five cars to watch out for at Geneva 2013

We take a look at five of the cars that will be rolled out in the up-coming Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.

It’s the event that motorists and petrolheads worldwide look forward to. The Geneva Motor Show is the place to be for witnessing what cars will be making their public debuts.

The 83rd annual automotive show will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 7th to 17th March 2013. Prototypes, new equipment, technical breakthroughs, international partnerships and even political and social debates have all been announced at the exhibition previously.

The show is regarded as a level playing field for the world’s automakers, aided by the fact Switzerland lacks an auto industry of its own.

Here are five of the concept cars that will be thrown into the spotlight in the up-coming Geneva Motor Show.

Alfa Romeo 4C

The concept version of Alfa Romeo’s 4C sports car was first revealed during the last Geneva Motor Show in 2011, so it is a homecoming of sorts for the new Alfa Romeo model.

The 4C will be powered by a new aluminium version of Alfa’s 1742cc turbocharged petrol engine, producing around 300bhp. Alfa Romeo claim that the kerb weight of the vehicle will be less than 1,000kg which will give the mid-engined 4C one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class – which is one of the key targets of the project.

The vehicle sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sources have confirmed will be the only transmission on offer in the new sports car.

Although the Alfra Romeo 4C is intended to be a global car, the 4C will be built exclusively in Italy. In addition, production will not be capped at a certain number; instead the car will be ‘built to demand’.

Fiat 500L Trekking

A more rugged version of the popular Fiat 500 is set to be launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, named the Fiat 500L Trekking. The vehicle is not expected to carry the 500XL label, as expected, due to the potential for confusion with the 500X model.

The Trekking version will have a raised ride height, rugged body cladding and electronic traction control, to give it some of the sought after off-road abilities of a four-wheel-drive vehicle whilst remaining front-wheel drive only.

The Trekking has also been measured at a full 26-inches longer than the regular 500 model, as well as growing six-inches taller and wider.

All of that stretching means that there is 42 per cent more interior room in the 500L Trekking than the standard 500 specification, which means that it is a good thing that the only available engine is Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine.

Peugeot 2008

Peugeot will showcase their 2008 vehicle at the event this year, which they have produced to rival the Nissan Juke, Skoda Yeti and Vauxhall Mokka in the popular ‘urban crossover’ sector.

The Peugeot 2008 is based on the company’s popular 208 supermini and will go on sale in the late-summer. The vehicle will be built in France, China and Brazil, reflecting Peugeot’s global ambitions for this supermini/SUV crossover.

The vehicle features a high driving position, mud and snow tyres and chunky body protection to give the car more off-road credentials than a regular supermini.

The 2008 model will be powered by Peugeot’s existing engine range, including its economical three-cylinder petrol unit. Peugeot has announced that the cleanest model of the 2008 will emit just 99g/km2 of CO2, although they are yet to release full performance or economy data.

Renault Captur

Just as Peugeot is doing with its 2008 vehicle, Renault is showcasing their new Captur model to compete in the growing ‘urban crossover’ market.

Renault say that its new model will combine the styling and driving position of an SUV, the space and practicality of an MPV and the drive of a compact hatchback – a true amalgamation of popular car types.

The car features a two-tone colour scheme, with the roof and pillars in a contrasting colour to the rest of the body, and Renault have announced that there will be plenty of scope to personalise the car.

There will be a wide range of trims featured in the car, as well as some innovative practical features. The full details of the Captur will be confirmed when the car is unveiled at the motor show, but it is expected that we will see the kind of seat-folding systems and clever storage spaces that might previously have expected only on an MPV.

Seat Leon Cupra

The third generation Leon will be showcased by Seat at the up-coming Geneva Motor Show 2013, to much anticipation.

Taking its styling cues from the very latest Seat concepts, the new Seat Leon is the first of the Spanish brand’s products to use the new flexible MQB platform.

The vehicle will be offered with a range of new engines, comprising of five petrol options and four diesel versions. The highest-spec petrol version will feature the new 1.8-litre RSI 178bhp engine from the new A3.

In contrast, the highest-spec diesel-engined model features a 2.0-litre TDI 181bhp engine. Seat has stated that, dependant on the engine chosen, the transmission options will range from five and six speed manuals to six and seven speed DSG automatic transmissions.

So, what car are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Geneva Motor Show? Leave a comment below with your choice and why you’re looking forward to it!