The Paris Motor Show is once again just around the corner and the list of exclusive unveilings from the world’s top auto brands just keeps growing by the day. We’ve just learned that the Hyundai i20 Coupe, Peugeot Exalt Concept and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept are all set to make their first official appearances in the French capital next month, so here’s a quick overview of what we know about each so far.
Hyundai i20 Coupe
We’ve already seen the unveiling of the Hyundai i20 hatchback, so the Coupe version comes as no real surprise…how quick they got it together however was and is quite impressive! Set for launch in the UK early next year, the three-door i20 features a strikingly different body shape to the hatchback and looks in some respects not dissimilar to the Renault Megane Coupe.
Things have also been overhauled under the hood as Hyundai has confirmed that the i20 Coupe will feature a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, which is a marked step up again from the hatchback version. On the inside, things will be largely similar to the i20 which boasts a seriously refined aesthetic and more than enough comfort to go around. There are still a fair few pieces of the puzzle to be filled in by Hyundai, but with a debut set of October 2 we won’t have to wait a great deal longer for the rest.
Peugeot Exalt Concept
As for the Peugeot Exalt Concept, its official first outing actually happened at the Beijing Motor Show a few months back, but the one on show in Paris next month will be the first outed European version.
In terms of what’s been changed, there’s a slightly different finish to both the exterior and the interior though all performance specs and features will remain the same. The Chinese version boasted a striking red colour to the rear, which has for the European version been replaced with what they’re calling a ‘Shark Skin’ grey texture.
And if that wasn’t a strange enough description, the interior finish has been officially dubbed ‘Newspaper Wood”.
With a 4.7-metre body and ginormous 20-inch alloys, the Peugeot Exalt Concept looks set to be a beast of epic proportions.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S
Last but not least comes the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S, which has just poked its nose out of the bag in the form of a very restricted and largely unrevealing teaser image. Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but Mitsubishi has more than a few kind words to say about its new concept.
‘The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model MMC proposed as a special package of the Outlander PHEV production model that has a refined interior and exterior design that magnifies the Outlander PHEV’s unique driving experience,’ goes the official blurb.
‘The Outlander PHEV Concept-S takes “Sporty and Sophisticated” as the theme for its design,’
‘This refined design expresses the unique combination of spirited 4×4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system, soothing silent running, and superior on-road performance.’
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