The Geneva Motor Show is one of the highlights of the motoring calendar and usually sees plenty of interesting tow cars revealed. This year’s show is no exception.
Mitsubishi is looking to the future with a couple of concept cars. The Concept AR shows Mitsubishi is returning to the MPV segment it left when the Grandis went off sale a few years back. The Concept AR is nothing like as big as the old Grandis, though. Instead, it’s closer in size to a Ford Grand C-Max or a Volkswagen Touran. See past the rather sudden paint of the car on the show stand and I think the Concept AR is a handsome looking car. Mitsubishi says it combines “the mobility of an SUV and the occupant space of an MPV”.
Other concepts on the Mitsubishi stand included the XR-PHEV, which hints at the replacement for the current ASX crossover – watch out for a video review of the current Mitsubishi ASX soon here on Practical Caravan. The GC-PHEV shows what a diesel-electric hybrid replacement for the Shogun might look like.
All three cars suggest a renewed confidence in Mitsubishi design, with a much more modern and adventurous feel than the current line-up. On sale dates for the production models are yet to be confirmed.
One car which will be coming to showrooms soon is the Land Rover Discovery XXV. Made to celebrate the Discovery’s 25th anniversary, the car is based on HSE Luxury spec, so it will come with a long list of toys as standard. Each of the special edition cars will be painted Causeway Grey, with 20-inch alloys and acres of leather upholstery in the cabin. The XXV should be on sale before the end of the year with a price tag around £63,000.
Looking further ahead, expect the current Discovery line-up to expand to become a family of models. The next-generation full-sized Discovery will be much lighter than the current car, sharing its underpinnings with the Range Rover and Ranger Rover Sport. On the face of it that doesn’t appear good news for belts and braces outfit matching, but the next Discovery should still weigh at least two tonnes. A smaller Discovery will replace today’s Freelander. Watch this space for on sale dates.
For me, the Ssangyong XLV is another promising car. The Korean 4×4 specialist has been improving its products at a rapid pace over the past couple of years. The Korando in particular is a very different car to the one which launched three years ago. The XLV concept points the way for a smaller Ssangyong, expected to go on sale in the middle of next year. Despite being only slightly longer than a Nissan Qashqai, the XLV concept has space inside for seven.
A shorter, five-seat model is also planned, which should be the mainstay of the UK range – it hasn’t been confirmed whether the seven-seater will be sold over here or not. Inside, the cabin looks much better finished than today’s range.
Finally, it might not be such an obvious tow car but I think the Jaguar XE looks gorgeous. Expect this BMW 3-Series rival to go on sale in the first half of next year.
There is a renewed confidence in Mitsubishi design, with a much more modern and adventurous feel