Most Significant Car Events: 2016 Paris Motor show

The Paris Motor Show (French: Mondial de l’Automobile) is a biennial auto show in Paris. Held around October, it is one of the most important auto shows, often with many new production automobile and concept car debuts. The show presently takes place in Paris expo Porte de Versailles. The Mondial is scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, which considers it a major international auto show.

Below, we run through some of the key cars to look forward to. We’ll be updating this preview in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to check back to keep up with the latest.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa’s Porsche Macan rival will come with the same twin-turbo 2.9-litre petrol V6 that sits under the bonnet of the Giulia Quadrifoglio. In the Giulia it’s good for 503bhp, but it might shed a few horses in the Stelvio. Still, that’s a lot of power for an SUV. We’ll meet it in Paris.

Citroën C3 Picasso

Citroën’s second-generation C3 Picasso looks set to follow the design trend set by its bigger siblings, the C4 Picasso and C4 Cactus, when it arrives in Paris. The car will sport a raised bonnet and more rounded edges, and it could even gain a set of Airbumps, as seen on the Cactus.

Skoda Kodiaq

We’ve already driven the prototype and have a very good idea of what the car will look like undisguised in Paris. Skoda’s new seven-seat SUV could easily become one of the car maker’s best selling models. It will come with a choice of five engines and optional four-wheel-drive.

Mercedes all-electric SUV concept

Mercedes will reveal a GLC-based all-electric SUV, which will be labelled as a concept but is said to give a clear indication as to what the car maker’s first purpose built EV will be like. The model will come as the first of four EVs due before 2020.

Hyundai i30

The third-generation Hyundai i30 hatchback will be launched in Paris before it goes on sale in 2017. The model will ditch a three-door variant, but will retain options for a five-door hatch, estate, and four-door coupé.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Although not officially confirmed for Paris, Ferrari’s LaFerrari Aperta – an open-top version of the discontinued LaFerrari hypercar – looks set to make its public debut there. The limited-run drop-top will feature the same 950bhp V12-based powertrain as the original car.

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