Geneva’s attraction for high net worth individuals has had a huge impact on the nature of the annual motor show here, where high-end makes pull out all the stops with special edition and limited run sports and luxury cars. Add to the mix a number of exotic show cars from Italian design houses, and you have a show that has a decidedly upscale aura. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show will deliver on that count, to be sure, but also there’s an ever increasing number of smaller, and more affordable cars that combine the styling and utility of SUVs on car-based platforms that provide a more civilized approach to everyday motoring. These more mass market entries will be on hand in abundance.

The Geneva spotlight will fall on many familiar luxury and performance brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, McLaren and Porsche, to name but a few. Some have already revealed the stars of their stands ahead of the show, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the Mercedes-Benz E63S Wagon. Those waiting for the show itself for more formal launches include McLaren with its 650S replacement, the Range Rover Velar and Porsche’s facelift of the 911 GT3. Among the much anticipated show cars from Italy will be the Pininfarina H600, a luxury electric-drive sedan that could see production and an Italdesign concept that will bow alongside a recently revealed limited run car from its Automobili Speciali division.

Crossover SUVs highlighted

At the other end of the spectrum, a host of small cars and crossover SUVs are getting ready to bow. Of interest to the U.S. market are the Subaru XV Crosstrek replacement and the Mitsubishi Eclipse, a crossover that brings back the name of a fondly remembered sport coupe from the Japanese make. Other notable introductions include the new Citroën C3 Picasso, an intro that takes on new significance in light of PSA’s bid to buy Opel from General Motors and the French automaker’s plan to return to the U.S. under the guise of a car sharing service.

Speaking of Opel, the brand will be showing a new Insignia Sport Tourer, a wagon that is slated to be sold in the U.S. as a Buick. Also heralding new interest in the station wagon body style will be Porsche’s sport wagon version of the Panamera.

In that space between mainstream and luxury, two premium models debuting in Geneva are the Volvo XC60, a midsize crossover and the Volkswagen Arteon, which is a liftback that’s said to be the next generation of the CC sedan, which tops the German make’s passenger car range. For these and more news from Geneva, check back during the show’s press days March 7-8.

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