So the curtain falls on 2015 Geneva Motor Show and what surprises did we have? Well not so many really, the best bits we have reported on previously from leaks and spy-shots, but here is our top rated 4×4 news from the two day trade event.
i, From Mercedes came the G500 4×4-2, with it’s massive ground clearance due to the new portal axles, lifted suspension and massive wheels. Only a few years ago Mercedes considered the end of the Gelandewagen, then came the 6×6 favoured by those chaps in the desert, an idea liked by many but viewed as too large for us mere mortals in Europe, hence the development of the G500, for those who want big, aggressive but shorter.
ii, From Khan Design came the 105 flying Huntsman and the stretched 6×6 concept Flying Huntsman. The 6×6 is pretty radical and gained many comments for and against, but remember this is only a concept, many derivatives can be born from that and Kahn can work their magic on pretty much anything taking it as far as your pocket allows.
iii, Korean manufacturer Kia, unveiled an old name but to an all new SUV, the Tucson. It will replace the ix35 getting a sleeker new look with the latest generation of engines and better dynamics, it will be released sometime in 2016.
iv, The Jeep stand featured some radical options to the new Jeep Renegade including the Hard Steel variant with some of the Mopar customisation accessories and a colour coded trailer built to look like the tail end of the Renegade.
v, JLR Brought to the show the Range Rover Evoke facelift. Love it or loath it, the Evoke is the Range Rover badged sales rocket ship, very popular with the ladies. With little changes on the out side to freshen up the look, but big internal changes with the Ingenium diesel (68mpg) and extra electronic gadgetry the model is set to continue to keep the till ringing for the Land Rover group.
The prototype convertible Evoke has just been shown on video by Land Rover marketing on social media, roaring through the cross rail construction site in London. We saw the concept 3 years ago, so production is assumed in the near future.
vi, Suzuki, unveiled two small concepts, one, the iM 4 is a compact SUV, although speculation by viewers was that this could be the new Jimny, Suzuki have denied this saying the iM4 is a lifestyle compact SUV for the younger adult market.
vii, Seat of Spain, have promised but have yet to step into the SUV market, all is about to change however, with the revealing of the 20v20 concept mid sized Sports Utility. The vehicle is weighing in to be around the Audi Q5, BMW X3 size, but before it’s target release for 2020 two smaller SUV will be added to the Seat range.