The X1 is still being referred to as a concept by BMW, but we understand that production is less than six months away.
Citroen seems on top form when it comes to creating inventive and exciting concept cars. Early pictures of the Citroen Hypnos - a sleek looking C5-based crossover - caused quite a stir when they came out last week. The Hypnos has a new hybrid drivetrain, and the front-end is meant to be a preview of Citroen’s future design direction.
Elsewhere Chevrolet will be unveiling a host of important new models, most notably the production version of the groundbreaking electric Volt.
We've already had a sneak preview when one picture of the Volt leaked onto the web. Then many commentators weren’t impressed its styling, which is conservative compared with the concept car. We'll be interested to see what the Paris show crowd makes of the Volt when the covers come off.
Meanwhile, Chevrolet’s new family saloon the Cruze will make its debut on the same stand. And so will the Chevrolet Orlando MPV. Both models are based on GM’s new Delta platform, which will underpin the next Vauxhall Astra.
Ferrari will be at Paris in force as the production version of the California is making its debut. Even though its been knocking around for a while, Maranello’s V8-engined coupe-cabriolet is sure to wow the crowds.
And at the other end of the new car spectrum, Ford will be launching its funky new Ka. Undoubtedly one of the most important new cars of the year, the new Ka shares its platform with the Fiat 500 and replaces the original model after 12-years on the market.
Honda plans to reinforce its green credentials with a cut-price, Prius-rivalling hybrid that revives the Insight badge. The Japanese giant is so confident in the Insight that it's already said it will be more affordable and more efficient than a Prius when it goes on sale worldwide.
Budget Korean brand Hyundai is launching the i20 supermini, a replacement for the successful Getz. It may not be the most alluring looking car at the show, but it’s likely to represent excellent value and should be well-made. A hybrid version of the Santa Fe 4x4 will also share their stand.
Luxury marque Lexus is unveiling a new convertible version of its big selling BMW 3 Series rival, the IS. Lexus will also preview the facelifted version of the standard IS on its Paris stand.
And, sticking with the Japanese brands for a moment, Mazda will show us its Kiyora concept - a preview of the baby Mazda 1 city car. Plus the facelifted version of the ever-popular MX-5 roadster will also be on Mazda's stand.
The Germans are in town, too. Mercedes-Benz will reveal the ConceptFascination, which is essentially the forthcoming CLK replacement's front-end shunted together with the rear of an E Class estate. The result is much more elegant than it sounds and this concept is meant to signal a change in image for the E Class range.
Nissan’s unveiling a new city car called the Pixo based on the recently released Suzuki Alto.
Meanwhile native Peugeot will show the world its sleek-looking RC Concept for the first time at Paris. This four-door, four-seat coupe ushers in a new and more exciting styling direction for the Peugeot range, which we'll see on forthcoming models like the 607 and 407.
Renault is also keen to make an impact at its local motor show. It’ll have a challenging-looking hybrid concept MPV called the Ondelious and the new Megane and Megane Coupe will be on display at its stand.
Seat will launch its new Exeo family saloon – essentially a reworked version of the last generation Audi A4. We’ll also get to see the hot Ibiza Cupra hatch for the first time.
Meanwhile,Toyota will debut the production version of the conservative-looking Avensis for the first time, which it hopes will can shake up the large family car market.
And finally, Volkswagen will unveil the sixth-generation Golf and new Golf GTI to the public for the very first time.
Like we said, more new car launches than we can remember. We’ll have details on them all, and more, here tomorrow.