2004 Paris Auto
Show by TCC Team (9/20/2004)
The well-loved lights of the City of Light take the stage.
subscribeWhen the Mondial de l’Automobile opens its doors for the public
on September 25th, there will be a slew of cars that have
been unveiled at the preceding press days. In this second preview we bring more
news on what we can expect in the French capital:
Mercedes Sports Tourers
Mercedes-Benz Paris ConceptsEnlarge Photo
The Vision R is simply is the upcoming R-Class that will bow next year, whereas the Vision B will arrive on the market as the B-Class. The Vision R, based on the next M-Class will get a new V-6 turbodiesel engine with 218 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 will be teamed to the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission and will drive all four wheels. The Vision R has 4+2 seats and will be on the market as R-Class by the end of 2005.
The other Sports Tourer, the Vision B is the concept for the B-Class that is based on the new A-Class and that will hit the market in the spring of 2005. The wheelbase of the A-Class platform has been stretched about 8 inches and the body is 17 inches longer than that of the A-Class. The B will seat five and will offer considerable luggage room. Mercedes will offer the B-Class with a 140-hp four-cylinder engine with a maximum torque of 221 lb-ft, a 1.7-liter with 116 hp and a 2.0-liter with 136 hp. Also a 109-hp 1.8 diesel engine will be available.
2004 Renault Fluence conceptEnlarge Photo
Alfa Romeo 147
Alfa Romeo will present its updated version of
the 147. The compact model has a new nose with a larger and lower placed grille
to enhance a more aggressive look. New headlights and new taillights have been
fitted as well. The interior has been upgraded with new materials and a new
instrument cluster. The Alfa 147 will get the faster 150-hp MultiJet diesel
engine that will replace the same 1.9-liter variant with 140 hp. Also the
Selespeed sequential transmission has been revised and the new 147 will get
Comfort suspension as well. It will be standard on the 1.9 M-Jet with 150 hp and
will be offered as an option for the other versions.
BMW 320 CD Convertible
2004 BMW 320CD ConvertibleEnlarge Photo