With the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show commencing next month, there will be numerous new cars and concepts on display for car aficionados to soak up and drool over.
From sports coupes to city cars, luxury vehicles to superminis, rest assured that there is a type of car for everyone – no matter what they require or desire in a car.
We’re going to take a look at five of the up-coming cars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, whilst giving a nod in the direction of the vehicles’ estimated prices.
Alfa Romeo 4C – Est. between £35,000-£40,000
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the car was developed with construction methods previously used for the excellent Lotus Elise sports car. It will be the first mass produced Alfa Romeo car for re-entry into the US market.
The new 4C sports car utilises a fully aluminium 1.8-litre inline-four cylinder turbocharged engine, capable of producing 230bhp. The engine was designed for minimum weight and helps the car race through the 0-62mph sprint in around 4.5 seconds.
Although unconfirmed as of yet, the top speed achieved by the Alfa Romeo 4C is named at around 155mph, helped by a power-to-weight ratio of just 4kg/hp.
Rolls-Royce Wraith – Est. around £220,000
Sitting above the standard Ghost in the Rolls-Royce range, the Wraith version is expected to cost a hefty sum of around £220,000.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is expected to use the same 6.6-litre twin –turbo V12 as the aforementioned Ghost model, although it will be upgraded from the current car’s 563bhp – we’d hope so too for the prices being touted.
In addition to the engine, the Wraith will come equipped with an eight speed automatic gearbox, as well as air suspension. Both of these features will be tuned for a sportier performance, however.
Rolls-Royce has stated that the Wraith ‘features a luxurious, contemporary interior to complement the dynamic poise of its exterior styling’ – such as ‘Canadel Panelling’ wood trim for the interior of the cars suicide door.
Seat Leon SC – Est. around £16,000
Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the Seat Leon SC, which is a sporty three-door version of the original five-door Leon.
Although sharing many parts with the new Leon five-door model, the SC version has a shorter wheelbase, tapered side window line and more sloping rear windscreen that gives the car a sportier appearance.
The new Leon SC will utilise the same turbocharged engines as the five-door variant, with power outputs of between 104-181bhp. In addition, a hot hatch Cupra version, which will pump out more than 200bhp, will eventually be added to the range.
Although the cars specifications will differ slightly from the five-door model, the SC will be available in the same trim levels; the entry level ‘S’ model, the upgraded ‘SE’ version and the top of the range ‘FR’ trim.
Skoda Octavia – £15,990 (petrol) & £18,040 (diesel)
Skoda have announced that the new Octavia small family car, ahead of its on-sale date in March this year, will cost from £15,990 for petrol-engined models and £18,040 for diesel-fuelled cars.
In addition, three trim levels will be available for the new Skoda Octavia: the entry level ‘S’ version, an enhanced ‘SE’ trim and the range topping ‘Elegance’ specification.
Furthermore, the new Octavia will come equipped with four engine options, such as the 105bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine, which, according to Skoda, returns 57.7mpg and has CO2 emissions of 114g/km.
Two diesel options are also available, including a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI version that provides 68.2mpg, whilst emitting 106g/km of CO2.
Volkswagen Cross Up – £12,000
Volkswagen announced an SUV-style version of its multi-award winning city car: the Volkswagen Up, which will make its debut at the up-coming Geneva Motor Show.
The Volkswagen Cross Up, which goes on sale later this year in Europe, features cosmetic changes compared to its city car brother, including black plastic cladding for the wheel arches and sills, door protection strips and metallic trim for the door mirrors and front bumper.
In addition, the Cross Up variant also comes equipped with roof rails and 16 inch alloy wheels, as well as featuring a raised ride height. Furthermore, the SUV comes with additional leather and chrome trim inserts within the vehicle’s interior.
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This article was written by Glenn Doyle from AskaPrice.com, the premier one-stop-shop for car buyers - specialising in new cars and new car deals.