With a variety of exciting new products joining the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Jeep and Citroen line ups in the coming months there couldn't be a better excuse to visit the 85th International Motor Show at Geneva and get a feel for whats to come. Starting with the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider we reflect on the some of the highlights.
4C coupe not pretty enough for you? We challenge you to resist the gorgeous new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Here to make its european debut, the drop-top version of the 2-seater sports car dominated the Alfa Romeo stand. This isn't the first time that we have caught sight of the new 4C Spider, it was previewed at last years show and launched to the American market at the Detroit Motor Show towards the end of last year. This though is the first time we have been shown the European spec car and seen exactly what Thames Motor Group customers will be able to get their hands on. With its new open-top design and sensational new Giallo (yellow) paint scheme we couldn’t be more excited for its arrival. Sharing most of its exterior design with its award-winning sibling, aside from the omission of the roof, the most obvious changes include: new covered projector-style xenon headlights, a body coloured engine cover and subtle rear spoiler.
The 4C Spider's new optional centre mounted Akrapovič titanium exhaust system was also on display. Through use of a clever valve system, it offers switchable modes that allow the driver to change the sound of the car at the touch of a button.
Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Concept
The rebellious new Jeep Renegade debuted at Geneva last year and this year Jeep showcased the wildest version yet. Called the Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Concept, this unique concept car is based on the Trailhawk off-road model. It features a unique brushed steel exterior enhanced by a matte black colour contrast on details such as the 7-slot grille surround. It also features raised suspension and chunky all terrain tires, as well as a host of Mopar accessories, some of which are currently available and others hint at potential future products.
Of course the real talking point is not the compact SUV itself but rather whats hitched to the back of it! The funky Jeep trailer has been designed to mimic the rear section of the full size model and even includes Renegade's signature gas can style rear lights. Inside, the trailer has been kitted out with a huge touchscreen display that controls an array of the Renegade's infotainment features. Also featured is WiFi connectivity and a set of speakers, creating a unique mobile entertainment centre.
A New Face for a New Brand
As of now we will no longer find a Citroen badge on the marques premium DS models, instead Geneva Motor Show marks the birth of the new luxury DS brand. The first new car to be unveiled under the standalone luxury brand is the brands flagship, the DS 5. The exterior is given a sharp new look with a new sculpted vertical grille with the DS monogramme in the centre and Xenon Full LED headlights resembling those of the facelifted DS 3. Inside passengers benefit from a new 7-inch touchscreen and power is provided by a range of new high-performance engines. With its avant-garde styling and refined cabin, the new DS 5 is set to raise the bar even higher than the previous model and we can't wait to see it in our Tunbridge Wells showroom.
With the 60th Anniversary of the Citroen DS taking place this year, the 85th Geneva Motor Show was the ideal launchpad for the new DS brand and to mark the occasion DS showcased the iconic Pallas. Harking back to the original 1955 DS but painted in Ink Blue (DS 5 launch colour) and featuring the same stitched leather upholstery that can be found in current high-end DS models it represents the very best of their range from both the past and future.
Also on the plush DS stand were a number of DS 3's sporting new standalone DS badging.
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