- Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:24
Exactly what cars are going to be at Suntec tomorrow? This comprehensive list puts you in the know...
SINGAPORE — The Singapore Motor Show 2015 finally opens its doors tomorrow. To help you decide whether to go, or even to help you zoom in on the cars that you really want to check out, we’ve compiled this handy list of every car that we’re expecting to see at Suntec.
Alfa is filling its stand at the motor show with three versions of the Giulietta, and the lightweight, athletic 4C. It’s not current (the car’s global launch was in 2013), but it sure is beautiful. We hear the show car’s been sold, so hands off, you lot.
Giulietta 1.4 Turbo
Giulietta 1.4 QV Line
Giulietta 1.8 QV
Audi closed last year here with a loss of market share, slipping to roughly 5.3 percent of total car sales from 8 percent in 2013. Will the brand get off to a stronger year at Suntec? Apart from showroom staples like its main saloon range (with the notable exception of the flagship A8), Audi is taking the A3 Cabriolet and its two smaller SUVs there.
But making their Singapore debuts are two of Audi’s more glamorous models, the all-new TT and a facelifted version of the A7 Sportback.
Audi A3 Sedan
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi TT — Singapore debut
Audi A7 Sportback — Singapore debut
BMW’s presence at the motor show is set to be one of the largest, with the brand’s main range on display while niche models like the 116i hatchback or the 6 Series get left at home. The event will see the singapore launch of the all-new X6, but the i8 eco-coupe is bound to steal some of its thunder. Together with the i3, it will take centrestage at a display on the future of mobility.
BMW X6 — Singapore debut
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 2 Series Coupe
BMW 3 Series
BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW 5 Series
BMW 7 Series
Citroën has a long heritage that it wants Singaporeans to know about, but at the same time it is rolling out cutting edge designs and new tech like its first hybrid car. Expect to see an example of each in the form of the C4 Cactus and the DS5 Hybrid4
Citroën C4 PICASSO 1.6 E-HDI ETG
Citroën GRAND C4 PICASSO 1.6 E-HDI ETG
Citroën C4 CACTUS 1.2 E-VTI ETG
Citroën DS5 HYBRID4 2.0 ETG
Ford is in danger of becoming a brand that the car buying public here largely overlooks — it sells fewer than 20 cars a month here. Will the muscular new Mustang help to turn things around?
Ford Mustang - Singapore debut
Like other Japanese brands, Honda is seeing its sales climb steadily here. Its broad range of products will be at Suntec, including a newly-facelifted CR-V, but the Mobilio RS will be of interest to mass-market buyers: it brings seven seats in a compact package and a familiar Japanese nameplate to the Category A COE segment.
Honda Mobilio — Singapore debut
Honda CR-V (facelift)
Korean designs have gotten bolder and the Hyundai booth will be a great place to see this in practice. Hyundai continues to churn out budget cars that offer plenty of metal for the money, like the new Accent, but the brand’s upmarket aspirations are represented by the Genesis, its BMW-fighter. One notch below that is the new Hyundai Sonata, a fine example of Korea’s strategy of combining sharp looks with the latest tech.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Japan’s answer to BMW (albeit with Mercedes engines under the bonnet!) will have a fairly low-key presence at Suntec, but Infiniti’s Q50 comes with Direct Adaptive Steering, an interesting feature for keen drivers. Bargain hunters can look forward to aggressive deals like discounts of up to $24,000.
Jaguar’s year is kicking off with the launch of special editions of its cars that will take centrestage at the HSBC Women’s Champions Jaguar XJ Event cars.
Two of Range Rover’s more sporty cars get a 2015 Black Pack options package that you’ll be able to see at the Motor Show.
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Evoque
The big (literally) news for Kia this year is the all-new Sorento, which looks much more sophisticated than before. The seven-seater is being launched as a Motor Show special, with only 10 units available for now, we hear. Later in the year, a slightly different variant will join the local Kia lineup.
Lexus is one of the few brands putting on a big show at Suntec. It has a display of the new 2.0-litre turbo engine that will slowly spread across its range of cars (starting with the NX compact SUV), and in the RC F it will be showcasing one of the fastest, most powerful cars at the Singapore Motor Show. The LS-LF concept is being snuck into the show at the last minute (it only arrived in Singapore this morning) to provide a dramatic hint of the brand’s future styling direction.
Lexus NX Hybrid
Lexus RC F
Mazda is another Japanese brand that is coming on strong—last year was a strong one for the brand with more than 1,800 cars sold here, we hear. The sporty Mazda2 is its main motorshow offering, but its wide range of cars will also be showcased at Suntec.
Mazda 2 - Singapore debut
Mazda 3 Sedan
Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mazda 6 Sedan
Mazda 6 Wagon
Reflecting the retail-heavy nature of the Singapore Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will be showcasing its smaller, more affordable models, along with its high-performance A 45 and CLA 45 AMG cas. The highlight of these will be a facelifted B-Class, which has been given a makover inside and out. The strategy is a clever one — by taking its more entry-level cars to Suntec, Mercedes will effectively be asking showgoers, “Do you really want a Nissan Teana when you can have a new Mercedes B-class?”
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
2014 was a relaunch year for Mitsubishi in Singapore, and the motorshow will be a chance for it to continue rebuilding its presence here. Hopes are high for the Outlander PHEV (for “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle”), a car that can conceivably be used without petrol on most days, if the customer has somewhere to charge it.
Mitsubishi Attrage 1.2L
Mitsubishi Lancer EX 1.6L
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV — Singapore debut
A small engine is the highlight of Nissan’s motorshow efforts. A 115 horsepower, 1.2-litre version of the Qashai is being launched at Suntec, and it joins the 2.0-litre model (pictured above) that was introduced last year. For $125,800 with COE (after a $3,000 launch discount) it offers lots of metal for the money.
Nissan Qashqai 1.2L DIG-T — Singapore debut
Engines are the main motorshow theme for Peugeot. It has diesel models to show all, along with new 1.2-litre turbo models that sneak in beneath the 130bhp Category A cut-off.
Peugeot 308 SW
Peugeot 3008 eHDI
Peugeot 5008 eHDI
A facelifted car is the main draw at the Renault stand, in the form of the Megane GT Line. Be sure to check out the Clio RS (a hugely entertaining car) and the Captur, a quirky crossover that we like. The Twizy, an electric quadricycle, adds novelty value to the stand.
Renault Clio RS
What on Earth is a “Levorg”? You’ll be able to find out at Subaru’s stand.
Subaru Levorg — Singapore debut
Suzuki’s traditional strength has been a weakness in Singapore: its mastery of small cars hasn’t helped in a market that favours larger, more expensive machines. If 2015 does bring cheaper COEs that make sales swing further towards mass-market cars, then its lineup of models should be sitting pretty.
Suzuki Swift Sport
Suzuki X Cross
Singapore’s best-selling brand (together with Lexus) in 2014 has a large presence at the motorshow, but its strongest-selling model takes centrestage there. The Corolla Altis is expanding from a single model to a three-variant one: a basic Classic version makes its debut here, along with an upmarket Elegance model. A sporty TRD version is also being launched there.
Visitors should make time for the FT 1 driving simulator, which gives a digital taste of what the sporty concept car is like to drive.
Toyota Corolla Altis Classic and Elegance — Singapore debut
Toyota Prius C
Toyota TRD Corolla Altis — Singapore debut
Toyota TRD 86
FT 1 Simulator
One of Singapore’s favourite sports coupes is back in the form of the Scirocco, which will be launched at the Motor Show in facelifted form. The big news for the car? A smaller engine. Its 1.4 TSI engine will bring it back under the Category A threshold, thanks to an output of 122bhp.
Volkswagen Jetta Highline
Volkswagen Scirocco facelift — Singapore debut
Apart from its mainstream product range, Volvo’s presence at the motorshow will consist of a celebration of its heritage. Expect to see the gorgeous P1800 classic coupe, while the brand bids farewell to its XC90 seven-seater SUV, a car that was wildly successful over its long production run.
Volvo V40 XC
Volvo XC60 Volvo Ocean Race