The Trax will be Chevrolet's first entry in the growing subcompact SUV/crossover segment. It is a sibling of the Opel Mokka and Buick Encore. The five-seat Trax will be offered in Europe with a choice of 1.4- or 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engines or a 1.7-liter turbocharged diesel. All-wheel drive is an option. The Trax arrives in Europe early next year. It will be sold in 140 countries but not the United States.
Ford says the redesigned Mondeo, its European flagship, is the most premium version of the mid-sized car that it has built. It will also be more economical to drive than the outgoing model. Powertrain choices include a new 1.0-liter gasoline engine and a hybrid variant. The Mondeo is a sibling to the Fusion now on sale in the United States. In Europe, the Mondeo will have five-door hatchback, wagon and sedan versions and a gasoline-hybrid sedan variant. The Mondeo will go on sale next year.
The F-Type will be one of the hottest debuts in Paris. The rear-wheel-drive two-seater heralds the brand's return to its sporting tradition after decades spent focusing on luxury sedans. The F-Type will arrive as a convertible next spring, and a hardtop version is expected a year later. Three gasoline engines will be offered: two versions of Jaguar's new 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine, making 340 hp and 380 hp, and a version of the current 5.0-liter supercharged gasoline V-8. Jaguar said the F-Type's all-aluminum construction will cut weight, leading to better performance and lower emissions. The car will have an eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start technology.
Land Rover has reduced the weight of the Range Rover by up to 926 pounds through heavy use of aluminum in the SUV's body shell. The fourth-generation Range Rover has an all-aluminum monocoque body shell making it 39 percent lighter than its predecessor. The Range Rover arrives in 140 global markets, including the United States, in late 2013.
Mercedes-Benz will show a sculpture called Aesthetics S that hints at the new generation of the brand's flagship S-class sedan. The sculpture shows a coupelike roofline and proportions similar to those of the current S class. There are also similarities to Mercedes' Concept Style Coupe that was unveiled at the Beijing auto show in April. The new-generation S class likely will offer more luxury fittings and technology to fill the gap left by the axing of the Maybach ultraluxury marque. The production S class may be unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January or the Shanghai show in April.
The CLS Shooting Brake gets its auto show debut. The wagon variant of the brand's coupe-styled, four-door CLS will be positioned well above the E-class wagon. Mercedes will also show its SLS GT supercar with an electric drivetrain and possibly a diesel engine.