Most expected luxury car launches at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S
The new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan and its higher performance C63 S sibling have been revealed prior to their Paris Auto Show debut. Like the recently unveiled 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, the new C63 lineup will carry the Mercedes-AMG nomenclature set to adorn all future offerings that come out of the famed Affalterbach operation. These latest high-performance C-Class variants also share the AMG-crafted go-fast engineering with the two-door GT, from its engine and transmission to a fully adjustable Adaptive sport suspension option and driver selectable Dynamic Select operating programs.
The new Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S are fitted with an M177 version of the new 4.0-liter Mercedes-AMG V8 Biturbo found in the GT and GT S. The engine develops 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm in base C63 form while C63 S spec sees those figures rise to 503 ponies and 516 peak torque.
These new Mercedes-AMG road burners have sufficient might to snap off 0-60 mph sprints in less than 4.0 and 3.9 seconds, respectively and take both C63 iterations to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
2015 BMW X6
The 2015 BMW X6 will be seen by the public at the 2014 Paris Motor Show before arriving showrooms worldwide later this year. In the U.S., the 2015 BMW X6 will be available in X6 sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i trims with the 35i models sporting a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque while the xDrive50i not only has all-wheel drive but a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood with 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.
Joining the 2015 BMW X6 at the Paris Motor Show this year will be the world premiere of the 2 Series Convertible, the French premiere of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition, the French premiere of the i8 and new technologies for the BMW ConnectedDrive suite.
Jaguar XE S Dynamic
Jaguar has challenged itself in entering this crucial sector in 2015. The car is a result of around £2bn worth of investment in a new factory on Land Rover’s home turf in Solihull, W Mids. The car’s bodyshell is mostly aluminium and is constructed here, and the plant will also assemble the XE. A new engine plant in Wolverhampton is also set to produce the car’s efficient new Ingenium engines.
Another first for Jaguar for a long time is a manual box – an all-new six-speed unit – while a revised version of the eight-speed ZF auto used elsewhere in the Jaguar range will also feature.
Until four-wheel-drive models arrive in 2016 (coinciding with the car’s debut in the important US market), the XE comes with All Surface Programme Control. This system is developed from Land Rover’s Terrain Response set-up, and controls the engine output, brakes and differential to enable the car to negotiate slippery surfaces, delivering winter tyre levels of grip from all-season rubber.
A choice of five engines will be offered in the XE at first, starting with the 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel that’s part of the new, modular Ingenium engine family.