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Montreal 2017: What’s on tap

The 2017 Montreal Auto Show opens to the public this coming Friday at the Palais des congrès, and promises 10 days of spectacle and excitement. Starting today, though, will be your window into discovering the vehicle launches and other must-see attractions. We’ll also be sharing with you our conversations with representatives from the automotive manufacturers and other industry players.

First, of course, the unveilings: Toyota (model not yet announced), Mitsubishi (the GT-PHEV Concept) and Kia (the Rio 5-door) will be among those introducing new models in their North American premieres. Several models will also be making their Canadian debuts, including the Mazda MX-5 RF and the Audi A5 (coupe, convertible and Sportback hatchback), not to mention the new-generation Q5.                    

The latter model is but one of several unique or redesigned SUVs and crossovers that will be on display at the Montreal show, starting with entry-level models like the Ford EcoSport, the Nissan Qashqai and the Jeep Compass, right up to the luxury big guns, for example the Maserati Levante.

Much of the focus by Auto Show presenters will naturally be on green technologies, beginning with the all-new Karma Revero luxury model. Not to be outdone, performance cars will be represented by the likes of the Hyundai RN30, a concept sports car equipped with a high-performance engine currently being developed by the Korean carmaker for use with its production vehicles.

Visitors to the 2017 Montreal Auto Show won’t want to miss its section devoted to exotic cars, where Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and McLaren models will vie for the attention of salivating car lovers. There will also be spaces dedicated to automotive technologies and connectivity, and CAA-Québec has organized a space for road testing of electric and hybrid vehicles. Back this year as well is the Performance Zone, a mini-paradise for fans of modified vehicles.

Montreal event-planning and marketing agency District has renewed its association with the Auto Show for the Charity Preview Evening. The theme of the 2017 edition is taking its inspiration from the history and heritage of Montreal—a nod to the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations just begun.

Check back here every day—if not hourly—to enjoy our comprehensive coverage of the 2017 Montreal Auto Show!