10 Cool Cars To See At The 2019 Singapore Motorshow
Yes, KLIMS 2018 may still be fresh in our memories, but there’s no reason for us not to oogle at more cool new cars. This week, our counterparts just south of the Causeway are doing just that as the 2019 Singapore Motorshow kicks off.
We’ve handpicked some of our favourites from this year’s edition and, given their debut and appearances here, we might see some of these cars making their way into other markets in the region – ours included – soon enough.
So, without further delay, here’s our pick of what’s hot from the 2019 Singapore Motorhsow that’s taking place in the Lion City’s famed Suntec City this weekend from Jan 10 to Jan 13.
1. ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO
Alfa Romeo's storming QV variant of the Stelvio isn't in the Singapore Motorshow per se, but is being exhibited at the brand's booth. Alfa Romeo's first-ever SUV is a fire-breathing beast that delivers 510bhp/600Nm from its turbo'd 2.9-litre V6, and dispatches the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.8secs.
2. ALPINE A110
The cheeky all-aluminium coupe finally arrives in Singapore, but don't be fooled by its diminutive proportions and 1.1-tonne kerbweight. We're expecting the mid-engined, rear-driven, and likely to be sub-S$290k Alpine (that's pronounced 'Alpeen') to be a keen handler that'll give more expensive machines a run for their money.
3. BMW 3 SERIES
In addition to the new X5, BMW previews its latest, seventh generation G20 3 Series, a model range that pretty much defined the compact sports sedan genre since its first iteration more than four decades ago. BMW has upped the 3er in the refinement stakes, and it isn't only feature-laden with interactive new tech, but remains a stonking drive, especially in M340i xDrive guise (pictured), which is the current range-topper, that is, until the M3 arrives.
4. DS 7 CROSSBACK
Think of the 'DS' brand as Citroen's posher sibling, with the DS 7 Crossback SUV shown at the Motorshow the current flagship of the brand. The DS Automobiles brand may be relatively 'young' since it was formed only in 2015, but its cars draw on 60 years of Classic DS history. The DS 7 doesn't just feature advanced tech like DS Active LED Vision and Active Scan Suspension, but also boasts a properly plush cabin.
NOTE: By the way, the DS brand had already marked its regional debut in Malaysia just before 2018 concluded, where the DS 7 Crossback was also previewed. Brand guardians Naza Group are expected to announce the premium SUV’s pricing pretty soon, so look out for that.
5. HYUNDAI i30 N
From Namyang to the Nurburgring, the i30 N finally makes landfall in Singapore. One of the last bastions of six-speed manual shift hot-hatchery, the pint-sized hatchback is developed to deliver maximum driving pleasure and engagement, as opposed to merely chasing academic lap/drag times, which so many are wont to do these days. We reckon the boffins at Hyundai's N division know something about sportscars; after all, the head honcho used to be the main man at BMW's M division... Hyundai isn't just stopping with the i30 N either, because a Veloster N has just been launched in the USA and a Fastback N is in the works.
NOTE: Hyundai’s very own ‘Ring monster also made an appearance during KLIMS 2018. However, we cannot say for sure if it’ll ever go on sale here in Malaysia. Come on Sime Darby Auto Hyundai, you know you want to… (Hint, hint…)
6. INFINITI QX50
Infiniti's muscular crossover is powered by an innovative VC-Turbo engine (and the first ever in a production model), which boasts variable compression ratio that can vary the engine's compression ratio infinitely between 8.1 to 14.1 to help optimise performance and fuel consumption across different engine loads. The turbo'd 2.0-litre four-cylinder produces 268hp and 380Nm, and the four-wheel-drive system operates largely with a front-bias, but can send up to 50 per cent of power to the rear-driven wheels when needed.
7. LEXUS UX
Lexus's latest compact crossover, which joins the brand's own NX and RX models, is targeted right smack at the likes of the X1/X2, Q3 and GLA brigades, which is a first for Lexus because it typically doesn't believe in benchmarking, much less identifying the competition. Lexus offers the UX in two engine variants in Singapore: a nat-asp 2.0-litre UX 200 and petrol-electric UX 250h.
8. PORSCHE MACAN
Porsche's 'baby' SUV adopts the horizontal rear LED strip from its big brother, the Cayenne, a design feature that seems to be all the rage these days. True to Porsche form, every variant of the Macan will put the 'Sport' in Sport Utility and a big smile on the driver's face, as they deliver the sort of dynamic performance that fans of the brand are used to. Inside, it gets a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen as part of the new Porsche Communication Management system.
9. RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
The new five-door Evoque boasts edgy Velar-esque styling cues that should appeal to most, with smart, sharp and most importantly progressive looks that help it outgrow its 'baby' Rangie moniker. The differences between this and its progenitor are evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, and the cabin is luxed-up beyond pure utility. And to show it hasn't lost sight of its Land Rover roots, the new Evoque's wading depth has increased to 600m.
10. VOLVO S60
The S60 is Volvo's first USA-made car, and is the first Volvo that does away with a diesel offering, which underscores the brand's commitment to electrification. Electrified versions of the car can be upgraded with a performance handling package by Volvo's electric performance arm, Polestar. The sports sedan shares the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the XC60, as well as the brand's range-topping '90' series of vehicles, and boasts similar infotainment features through the central touchscreen tablet interface.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Also present at the show is our colleague and TopGear Malaysia (Chinese) editor Tai Choo Yee. Through his lens, he’s managed to capture a few other interesting cars on show too. Here’s what he managed to capture from his brief visit to the show…
Yup, Jag's electrified crossover SUV also made an appearance here.
Mazda's all-new 3 sedan was on show here too. We can't wait to see it make landfall here in Malaysia soon enough...
Spotted here too was the all-new generation Peugeot 508. This sleek and stylish new fastback D-segment saloon will have you saying 'Oui' in no time!
The all-new Toyota RAV4 will certainly gain some attention should it enter our market. Rumour has it that UMW Toyota has this model - amongst many others - in the pipeline for CKD at its soon-to-open new Bukit Raja plant.
Yup, the new Subaru Forester debuted here in Singapore too. Likely, it wouldn't be long before Motor Image Malaysia has this ready in its line up we reckon...
Audi's new Q3 bows in Singapore. Hard to say if we'll see it officially introduced here in Malaysia given the changes that happened within Audi Malaysia last year...
This article and its contents was originally written and published by David Khoo on TopGear.com.sg. It has been edited and republished with permission from its original author(s) for TopGear.com.my.
Additional images: TopGear Malaysia (Chinese)