The 6 coolest cars of the Paris Motor Show 2016

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept

Eco credentials are lovely and all that, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a petrol-sipping car that also looked like a super-tough beast? Now you can, or at least will be able to when the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV goes into production in the next few days.

As you can see, it looks awesome, with suicide doors for the rear sealing the stylish deal, and beneath that brutish exterior is a petrol-electric arrangement that should help to preserve the polar bears.

It’ll do 120km on pure electric energy, which is enough for the majority of commutes, but of you go above that there’s a 2.5-litre petrol the will kick in. To help get the very best efficiency the GT-PHEV (which will probably actually end up being the next Outlander) has some neat tricks up its sleeve, such as active grille shutters that close when air isn’t needed in the engine, a speed sensitive suspension that drops the car to reduce drag, and GPS and online data that’s used to tailor dampening to the particular road you’re on. Neato!

Land Rover Discovery

Yeah, we know that next to the GT-PHEV this Discovery looks a little, let’s say, “unadventurous”, but whereas the Mitsubishi is a concept that will be inevitably toned-down before launch, this Land Rover is finished and ready to rock.

It’s got some clever stuff going on, too. There’s a smart air suspension that raises the car for wading through water or lowers it for aerodynamic efficiency when bombing along the motorway for starters. But cooler than that is the fact that the car’s seven seats are motorised and you can configure how they’re arranged via an app. We’re going to go ahead and assume there’s some sort of override that will prevent you flattening your kids when you fold down the seats.

And if, like most parents, your biggest concern is keeping the whole family entertained and therefore quiet during long journeys, you’ll probably be delighted to hear that the new Disco has built-in Wi-Fi and no fewer than nine USB ports to keep all of those peace-promoted electronic devices juiced-up. Meanwhile, you can keep yourself entertained with the optional Meridian sound system.

And while the Discovery is arriving a bit to early to have full automation, the self-parking mode, adaptive cruise control and assisted off-road driving should make driving one a very relaxing experience.

Mercedes Generation EQ concept

Mercedes has whipped off the covers on its full electric, four-wheel drive SUV dubbed Generation EQ. With that it’s clearly thrown in with the electric future of driving and says this beast won’t compromise, offering an impressive 402bhp.

The Generation EQ is planned to go into production in 2019 to take on the likes of Audi’s e-tron quattro and the Tesla Model X. With a hefty 500-kilometre range it should really give them something to worry about. That range is partly thanks to aerodynamic-improving features such as concealed wipers, cameras instead of side mirrors and remote doors that open remotely and therefore don’t need handles.

Mercedes says this is just the start and plans to have more than ten fully equipped electric vehicles on the roads by 2025. If this is the shape of things to come, that should be a pretty awesome collection of cars.

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