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CarsGeneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more

13:40  29 january  2019
13:40  29 january  2019 Source:   theweek.co.uk

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After a number of significant launches at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, carmakers are beginning to switch their attention to Europe’s first major showcase of the year - the Geneva Motor Show.

Described by Auto Express as “one of the most important dates in the automotive calendar”, the Swiss show always attracts the world’s largest manufacturers to unveil their highly anticipated machinery.

Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more © Lamborghini Huracan Evo

With the show running from 7 to 17 March, there are still a few more weeks to go before proceedings get under way.

In the meantime, these are the biggest car announcements that are set to take place in Geneva:

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BMW’s updated 7 Series saloon has already created quite a stir ahead of its public debut in March.

The German carmaker launched the first set of images for its new luxury saloon in early January and revealed that the car would sport a redesigned grille that is 40% larger than the old model’s.

Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more © PA Images A BMW logo (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)

While the new grille has divided fans, the rest of the car’s upgrades are less controversial. The cabin has been equipped with a pair of customisable panels, one behind the steering wheel and the other embedded in the dashboard, while parking and reversing assistance comes as standard, says Top Gear.

The new 7 Series is due to go on sale in the summer. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but WhatCar? estimates a figure of roughly £65,000.

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Honda’s all-electric Urban EV concept stole the hearts of both fans and critics when it appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, prompting the carmaker to develop a production model.

Now the Japanese manufacturer is ready to show off a new prototype version of the electric hatchback, which should bear a strong resemblance to the final production model.

Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more © Lamborghini Huracan Evo Details about power and range are scarce. That being said, Auto Express expects the hatchback to come with a “a modest 200-mile range, mated to the latest fast-charge technology”.

Prices and a release date are expected to be announced following the car’s reveal.

Unveiled online earlier this month, the new Huracan Evo is an extensively upgraded version of Lamborghini’s entry-level V10 supercar.

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The cars to look out for at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show The cars to look out for at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more © Lamborghini Huracan Evo Based on the original Huracan LP610-4, the Evo model features an updated version of the standard car’s 5.2-litre V10 engine. Its 630bhp and all-wheel-drive system helps fire the supercar from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, matching the track-focused Huracan Performante’s figures, says Auto Express.

The Evo also comes with four-wheel steering as standard, which moves the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front on twisty roads, notes Top Gear. This dramatically improves turn-in response and stability at high speeds.

Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Honda Urban EV and more © Lamborghini Huracan Evo Orders are expected to open shortly after it makes its Geneva debut, with prices starting at £206,000.

Italian design firm Pininfarina, the company behind the iconic looks of the Ferrari Testarossa and Lancia 037, will be taking the covers off its first all-electric hypercar in Geneva.

Named after the company’s founder, Battista “Pinin” Farina, the hyper EV boasts a claimed power output of 1,900bhp and a top speed in excess of 250mph, says Autocar. If the final model backs up the company’s claims, the Battista would become one of the most powerful production cars in the world and the fastest all-electric car ever made.

The Battista is due to go on sale in autumn 2020 and will cost between €2m and €2.5m (£1.5m to £1.9m), the motoring magazine says.

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