Renault Trezor Concept. Picture: Newspress.
Renault Trezor Concept. Picture: Newspress.
Renault Trezor Concept. Picture: Eric Piermont / AFP.
Renault Trezor Concept. Picture: Eric Piermont / AFP.
An Audi 2.5 TFSI engine on display. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
An Audi 2.5 TFSI engine on display. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
New Audi Q5. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
New Audi Q5. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
BMW X2 Concept. Picture: Eric Piermont.
BMW X2 Concept. Picture: Eric Piermont.
Citroen CXperience Concept. Picture: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters.
Citroen CXperience Concept. Picture: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters.
New Citroen C3. Picture: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters.
New Citroen C3. Picture: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. Picture: Newspress.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. Picture: Newspress.
Honda Civic Type R Prototype. Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Honda Civic Type R Prototype. Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Hyundai RN30 Concept.
Hyundai RN30 Concept.
New Kia Rio. Picture: Newspress.
New Kia Rio. Picture: Newspress.
New Land Rover Discovery: Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
New Land Rover Discovery: Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Lexus UX Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Lexus UX Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept.
New Nissan Micra. Picture: Newspress.
New Nissan Micra. Picture: Newspress.
Peugeot 3008 Dakar. Picture: Newspress.
Peugeot 3008 Dakar. Picture: Newspress.
New Peugeot 3008. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
New Peugeot 3008. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Roadyacht GLM-G4 Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Roadyacht GLM-G4 Concept. Picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters.
Volkswagen ID Concept.
Volkswagen ID Concept.

By: Jason Woosey

Though some manufacturers were notably absent, this year's Mondial L'Automobile still played host to a tantalising array of concept cars and new showroom metal, with a few sensible entrants thrown in for good measure.

Batteries vs Petrol

The overriding theme this year was battery power and while those such as Renault's Trezor Concept were seemingly designed with the sole purpose of dropping jaws, others such as the Volkswagen ID Concept painted a realistic picture of what will likely drive everyday motorists into this brave new era.

Yet given that electric cars are still far from mainstream, petrol-head values were still very high on the agenda and on that note Paris introduced us to some exciting new performance cars, including the Audi RS3 sedan and Honda Civic Type R, the latter shown in prototype form.

The current SUV craze in the marketplace was also very well catered for with the likes of Land Rover's new Discovery, Audi's Q5 and Peugeot's 3008, while the upcoming BMW X2 was shown off in concept form.

Those on smaller budgets also got some excitement in the form of Nissan's striking new Micra, while Kia's 2017 Rio made a bid to woe hatchback buyers with more conservative tastes.

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