The Paris motor show marks the end of the summer break and bring a flurry of new European model debuts. Check out what we’ll see there

The illustrious Paris motor show, the second largest European car show of the year, is returning for 2018 on 2 October.

Following a bumper debut count at Geneva 2018, Paris is the next chance for the world’s carmakers to show off their latest products and future-previewing concepts in the public sphere. Last year we saw debuts of the Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra and Volkswagen ID concept

However, a number of big manufacturers are skipping this year’s show. Volkswagen, Ford, Volvo, Nissan and Volvo all won’t be bringing anything along. 

Other brands are using these absences as an opportunity to make a bigger splash with their new metal. Our A to Z below shows what we’ll be seeing there. 

2018 Paris motor show: the cars

Audi A1

The reveal process for the new A1 happened a while ago, but the first in-the-metal look we'll get at the new Mini rival will be at the Paris motor show. 

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Audi A4

Audi is updating its 3 Series rival with a sharper look and more standard kit. The car is due to go on sale during the summer, so we can expect it to make its show debut in Paris.

BMW 3 Series

BMW’s lost some ground to Mercedes-Benz since the C-Class became the country’s — and Europe’s — top-selling compact executive car. The brand will look to the G20 to make up some of the lost pace, despite other car classes being savaged by SUV sales.

BMW X5

Speaking of which, while BMW’s rival to the Jaguar F-Pace has already been shown, it will make its first public outing at the Paris show. It’s got a fresh new look, architecture shared with the 5 and 7 Series and it is larger in every direction than its predecessor.

BMW Z4

It’s been a long time coming, but the new Z4 will arrive in Paris as the overhauled rival to the Porsche Boxster and Mercedes-Benz SLC. BMW promises a renewed focus on dynamic ability for the new car, as well as a completely different look from its predecessor.

DS 3 Crossback

The DS assault on the plush SUV market continues with the 3 Crossback — a rival to the BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace. The zany styling of the DS X E-Tense concept could provide a little guidance on where DS is going with the 3 Crossback, which is expected to eventually replace the ageing 3 hatch. 

Hyundai i30 Fastback N

We don't know what it'll look like yet (although educated guesses can be made, based on the existing Fastback, and hatchback N), but we know what it'll drive like from our drive in a prototype. 

Kia Proceed

Kia’s shooting brake version of the Ceed, the Proceed, replaces the previous slow-selling three-door hatch version and deletes the apostrophe from its name for good measure. We’ve only seen it in concept form, but hopefully styling won’t stray too far from that.

Lexus LC Limited Edition

Exclusive paint and interior design marks out the LC Limited Edition. The name is no exaggeration, either - only ten will come to the UK - five hybrids and five naturally-aspirated V8s. 

Mercedes-AMG A35

The warm version of Mercedes’ new hatch arrives in early 2019 as a 300bhp understudy to the 400bhp full-fat A45. It’ll rival the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, while the A45 will be more of a match for the RS3 and BMW M2

Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon

Mercedes is also taking the A-Class to the fight against the Audi A3 saloon by making a long-booted version. The A-Class saloon’s styling has already been revealed on the Chinese-spec long-wheelbase car, but a slightly different look will be applied to the European car.

Peugeot 508 SW

Peugeot's saloon has been given a new fastback shape, but what about the estate? Well, that's been given a sharp new look too, and we'll get our first in-depth look in Paris. 

Porsche Macan

Porsche's smallest SUV has been with us since 2014, so it's time for a mid-life refresh. We've already had a drive in a prototype, so take a look at our first impressions here before first examples hit the road at the end of the year. 

Renault concept

Nothing is yet confirmed, but Renault is almost certain to take a concept to its home motor show. Last time around, the brand unveiled the dramatic Trezor concept  — an autonomous supercar that previewed the new styling direction of the brand. 

Skoda Karoq Scout

The next Skoda to get the tough off-road treatment is the Karoq, which gets a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol in rufty-tufty Scout spec. Four-wheel drive comes as standard, too.

Skoda Karoq Sportline

Off-roading not your thing? Skoda's revealing a Karoq Sportline at Paris too, and it's got an exclusive 2.0-litre TSI engine with 187bhp. 

Skoda Kodiaq vRS

Skoda’s first hot SUV, and what will be the second model in its vRS line-up since the Fabia vRS was canned, is already the fastest seven-seat SUV around the Nürburgring. It’ll be fully revealed in Paris before sales start at the end of the year. 

Suzuki Jimny

The Japanese carmaker has a reputation for quirky offerings, and this year we will see the European debut of the dinky new Jimmy 4x4 before first examples hit the roads later this year. 

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15 June 2018

The above pictures show how banal actual production cars look as compared with concept cars. In particular, its hard to believe the new X5 is a 2018 design.

15 June 2018

I reckon the production version of the new 8 series will also be disappointing.

16 June 2018

Surely the most disappointing motor show preview ever.

15 June 2018

I usually go to the Paris biennial motor show, there was none last year.So many manufacturers not presenting this year also, but I'm still going. I agree with abkq, but lovely to see the imaginations of the French car designers, even if they don't make production.

Murcielago

26 July 2018

batmobiles are supposed to be black

27 July 2018

...have lost their way a little re styling don’t you think ? All snorting aggression and over done muscularity with zero elegance. All bling and no subtle confident surfacing. Rethink required a la Merc. Softer, more elegant....and interestingly...bigger sales. 

2 August 2018
Japes123 wrote:

...have lost their way a little re styling don’t you think ? All snorting aggression and over done muscularity with zero elegance. All bling and no subtle confident surfacing. Rethink required a la Merc. Softer, more elegant....and interestingly...bigger sales. 

Dear Japes. Whilst I agree with your views regarding BMW I can only conclude you had what one would describe as a moment, or a psychotic episode in your description of the Mercedes, or as you so eloquently put it, "Merc". There are only two marques that offer truly elegant models in this, or any other segment, neither originate from Germany.

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