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The Frankfurt motor show is officially under way, with the main bulk of the show happening today, following the ‘Group Night’ kicking off proceedings last night.
Here, you’ll find live updates of all the breaking news, links to that news, images direct from the show and more. Basically, it’s all you need to make Autocar your one-stop shop for all things Frankfurt motor show.
Frankfurt motor show 2017: LIVE BLOG
1255: Our show-floor team are locked in interviews – Mark Tisshaw is talking to Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern: “Camel Trophy is of its time, I’m not sure how relevant that is now,” said McGovern on whether or not he was tempted to go all out with snorkels and spotlights for the Discovery SVX. “This is for customers who want extreme capability. It’s incredibly capable and people buy it as they love the image of it.”
1245: “The next electric model will be the Kona, launched at the Geneva motor show. We are looking to develop more electric motors to help increase range. Our customer centric approach will continue to develop our technological development,” continues Kim.
1240: Hyundai president Hyung Cheong Kim has revealed big plans for his brand: We plan to launch five new SUVs in the next five years, and that means half of our range will be SUVs. By 2020 we plan to launch 15 eco cars including hybrid and electric models. Our tech will be more affordable due to better tech.
1230: “William Lyons would approve, totally”, says Ian Callum of the new Jaguar E-Pace. “He’d have got to it, and before us. He said the car and lorry are closest thing to creating something that lives. Lyons said that – it was lorry in the original quote and not many people know that.” Mark Tisshaw is chatting with legendary Jaguar designer Callum.
1220: Wolfgang Dürheimer is talking about the Chiron’s world record 0-400kph-0 run: “Since its world premiere it has become a true success story. In March first deliveries to customers started and since then our production at our plant in Musselheim has been at full pace. We did to demo the incredible acceleration and braking of the Chiron, we didn’t want to take what the computer says, so we drove it. Unlike others we don’t take just the theory we have to try it in practice.”
1210: At the other end of VW Group’s offerings… “Volkswagen is considering the future of its Up city car in Europe, according to company boss Herbert Diess,” Rachel reports. “While he said certain markets such as Brazil were very popular for the Up – to the extent that it is localising its production there – Diess acknowledged it was more challenging in Europe.”
1202: Lamborghini has announced that its ‘super SUV’, the Urus, will be revealed on 4th December at its Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. That’s one that’ll definitely divide opinion.
1156: Digital editor James Attwood is intrigued by the arrival of Chinese manufacturers trying to break into the European market, although that’s partly because of the rich headline pun potential for the Chery Exceed and anything by the firm Wey. “The Chinese firms have some way to go to crack the Euro market, so let’s hope they can Exceed expectations,” he said, to the amusement of nobody else.
1147: Incoming news! The next electric ID car to be revealed by Volkswagen will be a saloon, which is likely to appear at Geneva motor show next March. Full story here very soon.
1139: Sam Sheehan is noticing a trend from our Twickenham HQ: “I’m glad to see motorsport has played a big part in this year’s show. BMW is showing off its new contender for the 2018 World Endurance Championship, the M8 GTE, and Porsche has emphasised how important its racing involvement is in 911 development. But the racing story to catch my eye most is the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy reveal.
I can’t wait to see these bumper-banging around the streets of Formula E circuits next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up as the most exciting part of the Formula E weekend…”
1130: Still racking up those steps, Jim’s at the Renault stand: “Not a new concept but as elegant a take on closed-cockpit F1 as we’ve seen.
1118: …although we can see why this caught his eye: “Hard not to stop and snap this so-called BMW i8 MemphisStyle…”
1111: Jim’s picked a star car… “The BMW Vision Dynamic has to be the car of the show so far. Sure, it’s ‘before 2021’ on sale date is eating the falling dust thrown up in its face by Tesla’s own electric saloon duo, but in terms of design desirability it more than bridges the gap. Proof, were it needed, that electrified motoring is about to get very interesting very quickly.”
1101: Seat’s predicted top-seller, the Arona, is quietly confident says Rachel: “My first real-life spot of the Seat Arona: not overly exciting but well-proportioned and I imagine will sell plenty.”
1049: “More from our chat with Seat boss Luca de Meo, on the topic of autonomous cars: “If I put a level 4 autonomous Ibiza on market for €50,000, nobody would buy it.” His point being that Seat will be in the autonomous game when it makes sense, but for now, it doesn’t.”
1038: Seat’s feeling gassy, rather than electric, says Rachel: “We’ve been talking to Seat boss Luca de Meo. Electric is on the cards by 2020, but it’s compressed natural gas that he’s pushing for now. It’s not available in Uk, but in Italy, for example, the CNG-powered Mii accounts for 35% of overall Mii sales.
1030: Jim’s now moved on to commending Toyota’s diverse catalogue of ambitions: “Toyota may be chasing leadership in many directions (outright sales, hybrid technology, fuel cell technology, reliability, customer service, fun, affordable sports cars, Le Mans glory… the list goes on and on) but the arrival of a refreshed Toyota Land Cruiser is a reminder that some of its core strengths remain undimmed by its ambitions elsewhere. Perhaps the ultimate go-anywhere car, there’s nothing about the changes that suggest its crown is about to slip.”
1021: “Kugler says that the new Duster, which comes with bigger ticket tech such as a four camera system and improved off-road capability. He’s clear, though, that Dacia won’t move upmarket and do a Skoda. ‘We will use technology from the Renault Nissan Alluance when it is proven and affordable – it’s as simple as that. Dacia’s success is down to its affordability and dependability.’
1010: Jim’s chatting to the Dacia boss: “The new Dacia Duster is being revealed later today and an early chat with the brand’s boss Jean-Christophe Kugler reveals a sense of anticipation that it will power the brand to a 14th successive year of record breaking sales. ‘The Duster is an authentic off-roader, and I think people like the honesty of a car that can be trusted,’ he says. ‘The fact the emergency services use it underlines its capabilities, and with the new car we have developed our offering to be more stylish, more comfortable and have more technology as standard. It has an honesty, but also huge capability.'”
0958: Lots more has been revealed across the morning, here’s a brief rundown:
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell unveiled
Mercedes-Benz unveils electric EQA hatchback concept
Renault Symbioz concept is designed to integrate with your house
2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch revealed with 276bhp
Subaru Impreza launched as all-wheel drive Ford Focus rival
Alpina D5 S – 322bhp diesel launched in saloon and estate forms
0949: And there’s this morning’s BMW reveal; the concept precursor to the production BMW i5 has been revealed. Take a look here.
0940: Not a 3 Series, then? “BMW boss Kruger is telling the crowd his first car was an Opel Kadett.”
0931: Rachel’s getting out some sharp elbows: “quite a busy press conference at BMW – can’t even fit half of the people present into one picture.”
0920: Car journalists are being made to walk huge distances today. This will not go down well: “Having walked 2.2km to get to my first stop of the day, I’m in the gargantuan BMW hall; its press conference will start in 4 mins and is set to feature an electric i5.”
0910: There’s a big gap for the Mini electric Concept – read our full story here.
0903: Rachel’s made a discovery: “There won’t be any time for this today, but I can imagine this attraction will be very popular with the public…
0853: Jim Holder is checking his Fitbit: “I’ve clocked a kilometre of walking and I’m yet to reach my destination hall or see a car. There may be less manufacturers this year, but the Frankfurt show is still a geographical monster.”
0845: “That green thing” says Mark Tisshaw, “Is the Thunder Power. But the stand is still roped off.”
0835: “Are you disappointed with Angela Merkel? Kruger responded: “we are in a continuous dialogue and we all want a solution”
0825: While Jim’s gone to the dogs, Rachel’s talking turkey with BMW boss Harald Kruger: “Kruger: I have launched a working group [to investigate rumours of the cartel]. Talks among manufacturers are not unusual. Think of the plug for electrified cars.”
0820: Hopefully it’ll retriever good NCAP score, Jim: “Eager to learn what new Chinese manufacturer Wey may have up its sleeve for Collie safety…” Wouldn’t want Wey’s Chinese owners to pull the pug on its European expansion. They must have a boxer tricks for safety, though.
0811: Is there an echo in here? “I had seriously forgotten quite how big this place is,” said Rachel Burgess
0804: Seems like a decent trailer for the brand, Mark: “Don’t ever say Ssangyong hasn’t got its brand definition down to a tee…”
0759: It’s not just about the looks, though. Andrew Frankel’s been talking to some engineers: “Fascinating chat with Andy Cowell, MD Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, the man responsible for all of Mercedes F1 engines and, indeed, the whole powertrain going into Project ONE. I asked how on earth he was going to keep an F1 engine cool when parked in a Dubai traffic jam in August.”
“The secret,” he said, “is not to generate the heat in the first place. The more friction you engine has, the more heat it will develop, the more cooling it will need, the heavier and less efficient it will become.” Project ONE has a thermal efficiency of over 40 per cent, a number believed to be unprecedented among cars powered even in part by an internal combustion engine.”
0750: Live blog warden Jimi’s in two minds: “Interesting how understated the Project One looks. Nothing like its hypercar compatriots elsewhere in the industry, no fuss, no unnecessary aggression or detail; this is all aero. Not sure if it’s floating my boat yet, but it’s got the longest mirror arms I’ve ever seen.“
0745: “Chery is a huge story in Frankfurt today, the first domestic Chinese brand to launch a credible attempt into Europe. The covers are on the cars for now, but Chery is also pushing itself as a technology brand – this electric skateboard chassis on show one such example.” Mark Tisshaw muses over Chery’s first bite of the European car market cherry.
0738: Jim’s getting fears of 2001: A Space Odyssey situations in our cars: “So when did you expect fully autonomous cars with no steering wheel or pedals to be on our roads? It certainly wasn’t as soon as 2021, yet that’s when thousands of them will begin testing according to VW’s R&D chiefs, thanks to new legislation passing through the US right now. With the autonomous industry set to be worth billions other countrirs will surely loosen up their regulations and follow suit. Progress, or too much too soon?”
0730: Jim Holder is pondering what’s in store for us car nuts: “Last night VW let slip first details of its autonomous concept for fast car lovers. Pondering its appeal last night I can’t help but conclude that car enthusiasts face a very different future at best. The idea of being taught to drive fast by a computer isn’t so bad – there’s nothing wrong with precise, consistent feedback – but the joys of seat of the pants thrills feel far removed from the idea. Let us know your thoughts below.”
0722: At such a big motor show, the ones who aren’t there are as conspicuous as the ones who are. Andrew Frankel’s keeping tabs: “Always interested at big shows to see who’s not turned up. At Frankfurt Nissan, Fiat, Chrysler, Citroën, Peugeot, DS, Mazda, Aston Martin and McLaren have all stayed away. Most significant though is the absence of Ford from the list of stand holders. Not much more than 100 miles from Cologne, I find that fascinating. Is the view now that this is increasingly becoming a domestic show for the German big hitters and others will peddle their wares more profitably elsewhere? Or is the whole idea of vast static shows, unchanged in concept for decades, now finally starting to lose its sheen in this fast moving digital world?”
0708: Jim Holder is thinking about the future of the battery electric vehicle: “Last night VW talked up the possibility of solid state battery technology hitting mass production by 2030, giving the average electric car a 1000-mile range. Interestingly, during chat with the senior executives after the press conference, though, they all gave different answers as to when the technology would be on sale. “
“The R&D bosses talked up a quicker turnaround – maybe as soon as 2025, while the bigger cheeses hedged on dates closer to the end of the decade. What’s clear is that solid state technology will provide a huge breakthrough – and if anyone can get there first it’ll be a huge advantage.”
0655: Our show-floor team are on their way to the show as we speak, and Mark Tisshaw has some snippets from last night: “It’s only a few years since Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to close one of its three UK factories. Now the company’s turnaround is such that the Jaguar E-Pace has to be built by a contractor, Magna in Austria. It’ll be built in the hall vacated by the Peugeot RCZ.”
0645: And of course, plenty of news came from the grilling of executives last night. Among the scoops are:
Volkswagen Group targets self-driving cars on public roads by 2021
Autonomous VW Golf-based performance car can give track tuition
VW Group boss: diesel is not dead
…naturally, there were some opinions to underline the headlines from our show-floor team:
Lots of talk, but where were the VW Group’s electric cars at Frankfurt?
Mercedes’ Project One allows F1 to finally have some road car relevance
Tuesday 12 September, 0630: Morning! We’re back bright and early for the next round of Frankfurt motor show action, direct from the show. See yesterday’s last post for a roundup of the biggest cars from Group Night, and take a look at the things which the night had to offer:
Land Rover Discovery gets hardcore SVX off-roader
Opinion: Why Land Rover needs the Discovery SVX
German market version of new LEVC TX taxi shown
First ride: LEVC TX taxi prototype on the streets of London
Mercedes-Benz to introduce simplified, voice-operated navigation
2130: That’s it from tonight’s kickoff to the Frankfurt motor show, we’ll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with the next set of reveals, news stories, pictures and details. Catch up to all the Frankfurt show news here, and don’t forget to read the insight and opinion behind the headlines here.
Tonight’s big-hitters have been as follows:
1000bhp Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar fully shown
Porsche unveils 911 GT3 Touring Package as ‘purist’s’ 911
532bhp Audi R8 V10 RWS is model’s first rear-drive variant
Volkswagen reveals revised ID Crozz
Audi Aicon and Elaine models show latest autonomous tech
2120: Diesel’s not dead, according to VW boss Herbert Diess: “We are in a period of transition, and we must bridge – and fund – that transition by continuing to sell the latest diesel and petrol engines.”
2111: Well that’s the first batch of launches done. Plenty more overnight and a shed load tomorrow, so the party’s not over yet. There’s more news coming from our people in Frankfurt, too.
2102: Steve Cropley is taking in the fanfare around the Mercedes-AMG Project One: “Our task is not just to reinvent the automobile but to redefine mobility,“ says Dieter Zetsche.
2050: Jim’s counting stitches: “Per Continental GT there is 2.8km of stitching. Each double diamond as per picture has 712 stitches.”
2041: “There’s a theme here… I vote RS5.” Rachel’s picking favourites.
2034: It’s easy to forget the scale of the Frankfurt motor show. Think that today’s action is intense? We’ve seen cars from just two motoring giants. Many, many more to follow.
2025: And who should appear, but Bentley Continental product line director Benno Brandlhuber – he says despite what we can see of the Conti, he still has to finish the car. How, I ask. Inside or out? “Everything needs maturing,” he replied.
It goes on sale in Q2 of 2018, so he’s only got six months… he said he’s hoping it’ll be done quicker than that.
2018: …“New Bentley Continental GT looks smashing in metallic red. Getting plenty of attention.”
2007: Rachel’s step counter is on, and she’s doing the rounds: “There’s nothing new on the Bugatti stand. Oh, except that crazy record it announced earlier today…”
1959: More breaking news: Audi has revealed the Aicon and Elaine concepts – note the presence of AI in both names – which demonstrate how AI in cars will transform the car into a lounge-like space. For some car fans, that’s an incredibly dystopian future.
1950: Steve Cropley’s checking out the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar: “Lewis Hamilton drives Project One onto stage where Zetsche is standing. They have a conversation. What’s the most exciting about your life, asks Zetsche. Driving the car, says Lewis (who has a haircut so new we hardly recognise him).”
1942: …that doesn’t mean that we’re not already keen on some hybrids in the UK, though: “Porsche UK boss Chris Craft said diesel historically has accounted for 65% of Cayenne sales in U.K. though the hybrid is making gains,” reports Rachel.
1933: BIG HEADLINE TIME: Volkswagen group brands are to offer an electrified version of every single model by 2030. Ten years later, thanks to the UK Government’s ban on ICE-only cars, they won’t be an option; they’ll be the only option.
1927: And another! get your first (or second, if you caught the leak earlier today) look at the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pack. Rachel’s grilling execs on what will probably be the brand’s most desirable new model: “Talking about the 911 GT3 Touring Package, Frank Walliser of Porsche says the downforce level is not the same as the standard GT3. There’s huge demand in market for the GT3, without the wing.”
1918: And there’s another reveal – the Audi R8 RWS. It’s the first road-going, rear-drive R8, and is fitted with the 5.2-litre V10 from the standard R8. Should be nice and drifty.
1910: It’s unofficially official – the Project One has leaked, and a reliable leak hunter has published the pictures. Get your first look at the newest hypercar on the block here.
1859: Rachel’s over by the ID Crozz: “This Crozz, aptly named Crozz II moves things on from the concept seen in shanghai. It’s much nearer production in style – and it’s been confirmed to arrive in 2020, the same year as its ID hatchback sibling.”
1853: Whispers of the Mercedes-AMG Project One having leaked from a news site are circulating the show. Wouldn’t like to be the person responsible.
1842: Ever the diplomat, Rachel compares manufacturers’ electric efforts: “Muller has announced all VW Group models will have an electrified variant by 2030 – that’s ten years later than Jaguar Land Rover’s intentions which were announced last week. That said, Skoda, Seat, Audi, VW etc. collectively have a far larger range to update.
1826: We’ve had our first reveal of the night – the Volkswagen ID Crozz, which has been updated into a more production-ready state, and confirmed for production. Take a look here.
1815: Only five minutes until our first reveal of the evening. Rachel Burgess is in, brushing up on her Deutsch: “first journey into the gargantuan Frankfurt motor show on the eve prior to the show for Volkswagen Group night. Big boss Mr Müller is talking in German…”
Monday 12 September, 1800 UK time: Welcome to the Autocar live blog of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. As usual, we’re bringing you all of the news, as well as live updates, pictures and news direct from the show.
At the show we have editorial director Jim Holder, editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, editor Mark Tisshaw, news editor Rachel Burgess and editor-at-large Matt Prior, senior contributing writer Richard Bremner, senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel, and special correspondents Hilton Holloway and Julian Rendell.
Back on the ground in the UK, we have digital editor James Attwood, senior staff writer Sam Sheehan, editorial assistant Sam Jenkins, with staff writer Jimi Beckwith running the live blog. Phew. Let’s get started.
Frankfurt motor show 2017: THE CARS
Audi’s Aicon and Elaine autonomous concepts
Audi’s going big with its push for autonomy; the brand revealed not one, but multiple concept cars with level 4 and 5 autonomy.
We’ve already seen it in the flesh at the Audi Summit in early July, but the A8 has also made an appearance at Frankfurt.
Rear-wheel drive Audi R8
A rear-wheel drive Audi R8 is has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. It’s being produced in limited numbers, under the name Audi R8 RWS.
Bentley Continental GT
The wait is (almost) over – Bentley’s long-awaited next-generation Continental GT is expected to be officially revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, as the brand’s most advanced car yet. It will even have a hybrid in the range, like its SUV sibling, the Bentayga.
BMW 6 Series GT
Another we’ve already seen, but only in pictures: the replacement for the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. It’s more conventionally styled than its numerically inferior predecessor, but it’s still splitting opinions.
BMW will officially be the first mainstream manufacturer to produce an entry for the next big performance segment: the hot electric hatch. Renault may have pipped it to the concept with the Zoe e-sport, but the i3S is a dead cert for production. BMW is also showing the facelifted i3 range too.
BMW’s third i model has been previewed at Frankfurt motor show with a new ‘notchback’ concept. The eagerly anticipated i model, which is expected to take the i5 name into production, is planned to be introduced in 2021 as part of a range of up to 25 plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles announced by BMW chairman Harald Krüger in an update to the German car maker’s ‘Number One > Next’ model strategy.
Another hot one from BMW but it couldn’t be more different to the i3S: it is BMW’s newly four-wheel-drive M5. The super saloon has already been shown in part on a video game publicity shot, but Frankfurt is the first time we’ve seen it in person and up close.
BMW M8 GTE
Hot on the heels of the 8 Series concept, the M8 GTE – the road-going M8’s race-going brother, is being revealed at Frankfurt. BMW’s only revealed the car in disguise so far, but when the wraps come off, it’ll give us a hint as to what to expect from the 8 Series and M8.
BMW X7 concept
BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLS has arrived at Frankfurt in concept form. It’s been revealed pre-show, and the X2 is holding its concept’s looks for production, so expect much the same process for BMW’s opinion-splitting SUV flagship concept.
Borgward’s sports car concept
Revived German (but now Chinese-owned) car maker Borgward has given us a glimpse of its sports car concept, which could eventually make production as a halo model, akin to MG’s E-Motion concept.
Chery’s SUV concept
This one has all the trappings of an automotive zeitgeist; it’s a Chinese carmaker’s European brand, hybrid or electric SUV, to be revealed in pre-production form.
Citroën C3 Aircross
Citroën’s answer to the Nissan Juke makes its first public outing at the Frankfurt motor show. The quirky French small SUV arrives in the UK in November, priced from £13,995 – undercutting the Juke by almost £900.
At the other end of the SUV market, though, will be the Dacia Duster. Dacia’s small SUV is being replaced in 2018, with exterior images now having been revealed.
The Ford Ecosport has some catching up to do, having been coldly received in its first iteration. A first refresh didn’t do much to help, so Ford is launching this third version to elbow its way to the front of one of the hottest segments in the car industry.
Facelifted Honda Jazz
It’s time for the Jazz’s mid-life refresh, so Honda’s taken one to Frankfurt to show the world. Expect Honda’s supermini-cum-small-mpv practicality and dependability, with a similar face to the new Civic.
Honda CR-V hybrid
The Honda hybrid is back! Well, if you discount the NSX, that is. Honda’s first hybrid in its electrification onslaught will be a CR-V, before other models follow suit.
Hyundai’s first hot hatch makes its bow at Frankfurt, following its debut in Germany earlier this summer. There is up to 271bhp on tap, pumped-up looks and the promise of crisp handling.
Hyundai is helping to keep up the SUV’s relentless momentum with the Kona – its answer to the Nissan Juke. It’s the first of three cars in this segment, and one of 12 (and counting) hitting Frankfurt in September. Keep scrolling for the others…
…Starting with the Jaguar E-Pace. It has already proven to be one of Jaguar’s most headline-grabbing modern-day cars, being its second SUV and expected to be its best-seller and that fabled ‘Baby Jag’.
Kia’s Proceed concept
Continuing its upward trajectory into more premium segments, Kia is following Mercedes’ lead by creating a shooting brake. It’s likely to replace the slower-selling Pro’Ceed three-door in the Ceed range, although Kia’s tight-lipped on the details.
Kia Picanto X-Line
Kia’s smallest model is getting a punchy new trim level; the X-Line. The rugged, off-road-inspired trim adds cladding to the exterior, as well as contrasting highlights, and marks the first time the brand’s 99bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder will be used in the Picanto.
Facelifted Kia Sorento
The facelifted large SUV is being showcased at the Frankfurt motor show, with small tweaks to bring it up to date. The exterior refresh is as subtle as is possible, while under-the-skin updates including safety assistance systems will feature. It’ll also get the brand’s sporty GT-Line trim.
Another Nissan Juke rival at Frankfurt later this summer is the Kia Stonic. Kia’s small SUV made its initial splash upon its reveal not long ago, but we’ll see it for the first time in the flesh at Frankfurt.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
The drop-top version of the Aventador S, the open-top has been added to V12’s model range with 730bhp. It’s on sale from £301,754.
Facelifted Lexus NX
The European-spec Lexus NX, in facelifted form, is at Frankfurt, after the Asian-spec car was revealed at the Shanghai motor show earlier in the year.
Facelifted Lexus CT
Lexus’ hatchback has also been given a mild facelift, which the brand is showcasing at Frankfurt. It’s likely to be the last refresh the model receives, as Lexus plans to replace it with a small SUV, named UX.
Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar
Perhaps the headline car of the Frankfurt motor show is Mercedes-AMG’s as-yet-unnamed hypercar, codenamed Project One. It’s set to fight the Aston Martin Valkyrie and usher in a new generation of hypercars when it arrives late next year.
Mercedes-Benz EQ hatchback
Mercedes is following Volkswagen’s lead with an electric vehicle concept assault; it’s now prepping its answer to the Volkswagen ID hatchback concept. Expect a similar approach to its previous EQ SUV concept.
Mercedes-Benz G63 Exclusive edition
Mercedes-AMG is sending the original G-Class off in style with the introduction of two limited-volume versions of the military-grade off-roader. The G63 and G65 Exclusive Edition receive a range of unique styling touches to both their exterior and interior.
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell EQ Power
Mercedes has showcased its hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered SUV concept at Frankfurt, although it’s not just hydrogen-powered, it’s a hybrid, with another electric engine providing additional go. Mercedes claims a range of 500km (311 miles).
Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupé facelift
The revised S-Class was revealed at the Shanghai motor show, so it follows that the coupé and cabriolet variants will come soon after.
The X-Class may be about to be revealed, but it’s been wheeled out again at Frankfurt for its motor show debut, as part of a large Mercedes-Benz stand.
Electric Mini concept
Mini’s first fully electric model, a variant on the three-door hatch, is previewed by a Frankfurt-bound concept, before going into production at the brand’s UK plant in Oxford.
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
The concept features extreme styling which is unlikely to be carried over in its entirety to a production model. There are large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler. It also uses lightweight materials including carbon fibre, which Mini said optimises the power-to-weight ratio. However, no figures are provided. It uses 19-inch alloy wheels, while the LED rear lights display half of the Union Jack, a nod to the car’s British origins.
Porsche’s first SUV, the Cayenne is about to enter its third generation. Porsche revealed the car ahead of Frankfurt so we know what it looks like.
Renault Megane Renault Sport
The Mégane Renault Sport’s gestation has been plagued with leaks and barely disguised shots. Frankfurt was where it was fully revealed, though, and it didn’t disappoint.
Renault Symbioz concept
Renault’s Symbioz concept demonstrates three future aspects of motoring; autonomy, electric drive and connectivity, which the brand expects to feature on its everyday models by 2030.
The Seat Arona broke cover a while ago now, but its first motor-show outing was at Frankfurt, where it joined the ranks of the other SUVs hitting the car market. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Seat Leon Cupra R
Seat’s performance flagship moves into its third generation with the Leon Cupra R; a copper-trimmed, 306bhp hot hatch with upgraded aerodynamics, exhausts and interior over the standard Leon Cupra. Just 799 will be made.
Smart Vision EQ concept
Smart’s Vision EQ concept shows off the brand’s developments in four key areas; connected, autonomous, shared and electric – it previews the brand’s future within Daimler’s brand portfolio, with plans for connected and autonomous technology previewed on the car.
The next Subaru Impreza will break cover at Frankfurt, as the firm refreshes its line-up with new architecture, first seen on the new XV.
Suzuki Swift Sport
Suzuki released a video to show off the car’s sporting prowess ahead of the full reveal, but the Swift Sport is now in the open, for all to see. Styling is more grown up than its sibling, and it’s split opinion amongst Autocar readers.
Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept
Toyota has described the Hy-Power concept as a design study, but it explores a more sporting element to its hybrid crossover, the C-HR. If it reaches production, the model will be the first hot hybrid SUV on the market.
Facelifted Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota’s stalwart go-anywhere leviathan SUV gets another refresh, bringing it into line with the rest of the Toyota range. It’ll be evolution rather than revolution, and the tough mudder will still have its body-on-frame construction underneath the skin.
Vauxhall Grandland X
Could this be a new addition to the UK’s best-sellers list a year from now? Vauxhall certainly hopes so, and the Grandland X makes its debut at the Frankfurt show as a rival to the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai.
Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
It’s been a while since the Country Tourer was revealed, but Vauxhall’s estate-cum-off-roader officially made its debut in Frankfurt.
Volkswagen ID Crozz
The Volkswagen ID Crozz has been refreshed for the Frankfurt motor show, following its initial outing in Shanghai. In addition to a new paint colour, the Crozz has been given more detailed LED headlights and a lower light bar akin to that on the not-dissimilar Skoda Vision E concept.
Volkswagen’s Polo has grown up for its sixth generation and was revealed earlier in the summer at an event in Berlin.
Continental’s wireless electric vehicle charging
Tech company Continental will showcase its latest inductive charging tech in Frankfurt. The road charges the car while stationary, and data is sent to the driver’s phone via a smartphone app.
Dates Trade: 14-15 September 2017; Public: 16-24 September 2017
Location Trade fair grounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, D-60327 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Opening times 9am-7pm, daily
Tickets For ticket information, visit the official website.
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