The 2017 Geneva International Motor Show has been going on since last week, and the great news just keeps pouring in. It all comes to an end on Sunday, March 19, but that means there are still a few more days for car makers to shock and awe us. Let’s dive in, shall we?
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Yes, Mitsubishi is reviving the mighty Eclipse. What was once a compact sports car that took its final plunge in 2012 is being brought back as a crossover, hence the “Cross” in the name. Maybe a publicity stunt given “The Great American Eclipse” happening this year, but regardless, a lot of people are getting excited about the new crossover.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is outfitted with an all new 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine, exclusive to the Cross, and paired with Mitsubishi’s Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). A diesel option is going to be released overseas in Europe, a questionable choice, but a few other choices did provoke some questions. The good news is the Eclipse Cross debuted, but has yet to be released. Perhaps those design choices and missing diesel engine option will change by then.
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro was released as a hybrid crossover not too long ago, and we all knew Kia was holding out on us. We’re still wondering where the Kia Niro we saw at SEMA went. A crossover with a truck bed seemed like a neat invention, but perhaps in hindsight it was best to keep the rear window of a crossover clear of clutter. Who knows if they’ll pick that concept back up.
For now, the Kia Niro hybrid is being joined by the Kia Niro PHEV. Unlike standard hybrids that only charge the battery from the energy captured through regenerative braking, a PHEV has charge ports so that the driver may recharge the battery completely whenever they wish. This also opens the option to drive on electricity only, with zero tailpipe emissions. From what Kia representatives have said, the Niro PHEV can last about 25 - 35 miles on a single charge. The numbers will be clearer closer to its release, aimed for later this year.
Chevy Camaro Track Concept
At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Chevrolet released a new Camaro. Based on the mechanical specs, this new Camaro, dubbed the Camaro Track, is a lot like the Camaro SS 1LE, a US-only vehicle. It comes with a FE4 and ZL1 suspension package - complete with magnetic shocks, revised springs, and sway bars; the SS 1LE’s electronically-controlled limited slip differential for AWD; Brembo six-piston front brakes; and extra coolers for the engine, transmission, and differential.
Like we said, mechanically speaking, it’s the same. The exterior and interior however have that “special edition” feel. The Camaro Track concept comes with its own unique graphics package with black stripes on the hood and roof with a satin green paint job. There are also a front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler - still reminiscent of the 1LE, but tweaked just enough to be different. The inside features suede trim on the steering wheel and center console, Recaro seating, and several accessories for the interior as well as the exterior that will also be US-exclusive. Just call it a 1LE special-edition, Chevy.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
With a name straight from mythology, one can only wonder what this vehicle looks like. Well, we can tell you that it definitely looks like something from a dark fairytale. The latest hypercar from Aston Martin, the Valkyrie, is said to be “revolutionary”, developed in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Just one look at this vehicle, and one would think everyone on the design team is a long-time Batman fan.
Take a look. Does that not scream “Batmobile”? It totally does, and we can’t complain. Every rendition of the Batmobile has been iconic in one way or another. For an auto show dedicated to super and hyper cars, the Aston Martin Valkyrie sure fit in well. Of course, it dawned a dark metallic paint job - so Dark Knight.
Airbus and Italdesign Pop.Up
OMG guys, they’re here! Flying car concepts are popping up (pun intended) at auto shows. We could cry, seriously. The Pop.Up, imagined by Airbus and Italdesign Giugiaro, debuted as a design concept at the Geneva International Motor Show this year. However, it wasn’t some silly sketch that may never come to fruition. No, the Pop.Up debut is a non-functional prototype on the showroom floor.
The vehicle is a two-seat carbon-fiber cabin that can travel on the ground or take to the air with eight counter-rotating rotors. No joke, drivers will literally be lifted from the ground. The Pop.Up has a vertical takeoff and landing function to limit the need for a runway type situation, and theoretically speaking, hyperloops made for traffic and not just airline-speed trains could pop up in the future. Excuse us while we geek out over the idea of shouting warp-speed from the cabin of the Pop.Up flying car!
Well those vehicles are definitely something. There will be many more to debut soon enough, there is still roughly a week of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show left. We wonder what other gems will pop up this week.
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