With all the hype leading up to the Geneva Motor Show 2018 in just two weeks, we’re set for a truly great year of motoring with new technologies, new designs and new models!
With so much to get excited about, we’ve packed our bags ready to fly over to Geneva and we’re going to be bringing you all the latest news, photos and videos from the show floor. Here’s what’s expected from Audi and VW at the highly anticipated event.
New Audi A6
Unsurprisingly, the Audi A6 is expected to take most of its styling from the new Audi A8 with a few internal touches that mimic the interior of the recently announced Audi A7. As the new A6 will be more affordable than the A7 and A8 models, it’s likely that the new model will sacrifice some of the nicer features from its siblings. Either way, the 2019 Audi A6 will be modern in every sense of the word thanks to the refreshed Audi design language handbook. Expect a sporty driving experience, minimal interior with a redesigned infotainment system and a unique versatile space concept.
It’s unclear, at this point, whether Audi is going to announce an A6 Avant that would give us some indication of what a future RS6 model would look like. You can be sure, though, that Audi will be extremely careful with the design of the A6 to ensure that they will still capture the hearts (and wallets) of RS6 enthusiasts.
New VW Touareg [Rescheduled]
The new third-gen VW Touareg has been confirmed for Geneva Motor Show this year, and with the looming competition in the large SUV sector, we can see Volkswagen bringing out the big guns to further extend the gap between the Tiguan and Touareg models. With this model being at the top of the Volkswagen range, you can expect a huge offensive bringing with it expressive design, innovative technologies (possible Amazon Alexa integration, more on that later) and dynamic driving characteristics.
This model will also announce the successor the the Active Info Display, a huge digital display that will dwarf previous versions. This Innovision Cockpit will open up new possibilities for information and entertainment content right in front of the driver.
Update: This model world premiere has been rescheduled to March 23 in Beijing leaving the big announcements for Geneva Motor Show up in the air.
Rumoured Audi RS Q5 / RS5 Sportback
When Audi announced that they would be bringing eight new RS models to the market by early 2018, we were instantly making our wish list of models than Audi would push through the Audi Sport process. The rumour mill is in full swing on the run up to Geneva, but it’s seeming more and more likely that an RS Q5 will be available by the end of the year.
There are also rumblings that a Sportback version of the super-sleek Audi RS5 Coupe will grace the show floor with a longer wheelbase and minimal refinements. We wouldn’t be surprised if both the Coupe and Sportback Carbon Edition models sat side-by-side in a signature Audi paint.
Concept VW ID Vizzion
The Volkswagen ID concept range is growing even further this year with a Saloon model – the VW ID Vizzion – showing off further refinements to the ID project. This model will be revealed without a steering wheel, something more carmakers are threatening to bring to public roads by 2025.
The Vizzion concept will join its ID project siblings, the Buzz, Crozz and ID in the lineup of futuristic models. Whether we’ll learn any new details about the self-driving nature of these vehicles is unclear, but the technology will definitely be a talking point of the Vizzion.
Production Audi Q8 and e-tron Models
Audi has shown us new variations of the Audi Q8 since Geneva Motor Show 2016 when it announced the Q8 concept – a huge (seriously huge) SUV that brings it closer to a Range Rover Evoque than the Q7. In 2017 we got to see the Q8 Sport concept, with a few details ironed out in the concept design it took a more aggressive stance and a much brighter paint to show that the company was committed to bringing a production model of the Q8 to market.
Now, we’re hoping to see the final production version of it before an early 2019 launch. Don’t expect this model to come cheap though. Sitting at the top of the non-sport lineup, the Q8 will feature all of the latest and greatest technologies to come out of Ingolstadt.
We were also promised a peak at the Audi e-tron Sportback and e-tron Quattro models that started taking reservations in certain parts of the world last year. Although these seem to be something of a pet project over at Audi, with no worldwide launch plans solidified, we’re still expected to see test drives of them outside the showrooms in Geneva.
New SEAT Tarraco and CUPRA Brand Launch
While the public-named SEAT Tarraco SUV will be the newest model to be announced by SEAT, all focus will be on the new CUPRA brand spinoff that has already had some leaks all but confirming a CUPRA Ibiza and CUPRA Ateca to be announced at the show.
While some are already voicing their concerns over the logo choice for the CUPRA brand as it appears on the front of the cars shown in the leaks, others are excited about the possibility of newer, more powerful, engines to drive these new sport variants.
Rumoured Renamed VW Scirocco
Volkswagen fans were left disappointed with the news that the Volkswagen Scirocco had been discontinued. While the third-gen Scirocco hadn’t been updated since 2008, it remained a favourite amongst the VW community. Sadly, VW released an image confirming that they would no longer be producing the model after 2017.
All that being said, there are whispers that the Scirocco could be reborn under a new name (similar to how the CC became the Arteon). We can only hope that this is why the Touareg was rescheduled, leaving the stage clear for a huge announcement that will bring not only 3 door, but also 5 door, Scirocco successors to market.
Unfortunately, this is a bit of a long shot, which is why we left it near the bottom of our list. Ultimately, past sales will decide whether VW bring out a new model or not so we’re on the fence with this one.
Amazon Alexa Integrations
Amazon’s Alexa service is hugely popular in homes around the world, but at CES last year it was revealed that Amazon had started shopping around to bring Alexa in to cars. Huge brands announced their support of the technology, and Volkswagen was one of the first.
Since then, SEAT revealed that they would be including the voice assistant in their infotainment systems going forward, but still no word from Audi or Volkswagen.
That could be about to change with expectations mounting for a completely revamped infotainment system (announced alongside a production-ready Audi Q8) showing off voice recognition technology provided by Amazon. Whether it will be a rebranded version (unlikely) or not is yet to be seen, but expect to see Alexa integrations in both Audi and VW’s new models.
Virtual Cockpit 2.0
With Volkswagen teasing their Active Info Display successor, Innovision Cockpit [pictured], for the third-gen Touareg it seems only fair that Audi would get its chance to redesign and refresh its own Virtual Cockpit. We got a glimpse of what this might look like in the Q8 concepts from Geneva in 2017 and 2018, but this could be the year that we’re shown a finalised version of Virtual Cockpit 2.0 on the show floor.
We love this technology so much that we’re almost as excited about the idea of a second-gen version as we are new models. We’ll get you all the info we can from the motor show.