Mini's new Countryman SUV is a more ruggedly styled version of the traditional Mini hatchback with optional all-wheel drive. Expanding Mini's lineup is part of owner BMW's bid to boost the brand's profitability. The Countryman is Mini's fourth model as well as its first four-door car. The Countryman will be offered with three gasoline and two diesel engines. In Europe, it will have technologies such as brake energy regeneration and a stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption. BMW has not said whether the United States will get these technologies.
Mitsubishi's ASX compact crossover is a European-spec version of the RVR, which is on sale in Japan. The ASX will launch in Europe in late spring; the United States will get a version this fall.
With its new Juke crossover, Nissan aims to offer a sporty alternative to hatchbacks. In the United States, the Juke will be positioned below the Rogue crossover.
The front-wheel-drive Juke will be the brand's third crossover, following the Rogue and the larger Murano. The Juke will go on sale in Japan in the summer, in Europe at the end of September and in North America in the fall.
Nissan also will unveil a subcompact car that it plans to sell in the United States for about $10,000. The company said the so-called Global Compact Car will replace the long-running Micra subcompact in markets outside the United States, including Europe and Southeast Asia.
Porsche will show the 911 GT3 R Hybrid in Geneva, a car designed to explore the potential of hybrid drivetrains in a racing environment. The car, based on Porsche's 911 GT3 RSR, uses an advanced new electromechanical flywheel system in place of a conventional battery to provide electrical energy to a pair of 60-kilowatt motors. The two motors assist the engine -- a 480-hp, naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter version of Porsche's traditional flat-six unit.
Porsche's second-generation Cayenne SUV, which also debuts in Geneva, will be lighter and slightly shorter than the current bulky-looking model. It will be offered with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.