The Frankfurt Motor Show opens on 19 September, allowing the public to get their hands on some of the hottest new models coming out this year and beyond. You can click here to find out all there is to know about visiting the show, but before then here’s the ten most hotly anticipated cars set to be revealed…
The 500 concept was originally revealed at Geneva 2004 and looked to be a winning design right away, finally being launched in Turin in 2007. A new three-cylinder TwinAir engine and a mild facelift have been the only real changes since. For this year’s major facelift, Fiat was not going to risk changing a successful formula, so the 2016 car has minor external tweaks such as LED daytime running lights and new rear light clusters, but the real change is in the interior. The original 2007 car was designed before sat-navs became the norm, but now Fiat’s uConnect system is built in the centre of the dashboard, bringing easy to use infotainment and navigation to the chic city car.
The A4 enters its fifth generation by being faster, lighter, bigger and more fuel efficient. Much of this is achieved with new smaller diesel engines achieving up to 70mpg, while maintaining impressive performance figures. It might not look like a thorough overhaul from the outside, but redesigned interiors, including a digital dashboard, give the A4 the ammunition to compete with the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE.
BMW designers have worked hard to smooth out the X1 and provide something altogether more attractive than the outgoing model. All-wheel drive will be available as well as, for the first time, front-wheel drive to make this second generation a serious player in the small premium SUV market. Frankfurt will be the first opportunity to compare and contrast to the Audi Q3.
While the GLK was never available in right hand drive, Mercedes has made its replacement suitable for all markets so we’ll be getting it for the first time. The GLC is a small premium SUV that is targeting BMW X3 and Audi Q5 customers. Both petrol and diesel engines will be offered along with all-wheel drive.
Never say never – Bentley knew it had to enter the lucrative SUV market and is expected to launch its £130,000 luxury model at the Frankfurt show. The inspiration for the unique name comes from impressive Roque Bentayga rock formation in Gran Canaria. The body shell will be made in the new Volkswagen group body plant alongside the Q7 in Slovakia, with the final assembly and interior in Crewe. This new platform will also be seen on the forthcoming Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Lamborghini Urus.
The Infiniti brand has been slowly building up a UK customer base, with impressive dealerships and a premium stand out products. The Q30 promises to continue this trend with a new target market – premium hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf. Under the skin the Q30 shares a lot with the Mercedes A-Class, but it’s been engineered and built in Britain.
Suzuki has built up a loyal customer base in the UK as a result of producing a reliable, and somewhat niche, range of cars. This hatchback was first seen as a concept at the Geneva show in 2014 but is now reviving the Baleno name as a premium hatch with a trio of small petrol and diesel engines. The Baleno will be longer and wider than the Suzuki Swift hatch but, with a similar price, this could well prove very popular in the UK.
Vauxhall knows it has strong brand loyalty in the UK and the Astra is its second best seller behind the Corsa. The British-built seventh generation Astra was therefore never going to be a radical departure, but the new design has increased interior space for more legroom but with an overall smaller exterior. Magic.
The last generation Mini Clubman received lukewarm reviews, particularly for its styling, but the fun-focussed brand still has faith in the concept. Now the Clubman strikes a much more aesthetically pleasing design, with the two distinctive back doors, but now there are two rear passenger doors. These combine to make this the largest Mini available, as well as the most versatile for load and passenger carrying combinations.
Like Bentley, Jaguar enters the SUV market with a rival to the Porsche Macan and BMW X4. First seen as the CX17 concept two years ago at the Frankfurt show, this is to be the first of a family of rumoured new SUVs from Jaguar. The name is based on the F-Type sports cars and the ‘Grace, Pace, Space’ advertising slogan used by the firm in the 50s and 60s. Fantastic product placement found the prototype used as the pace car in this year’s Tour de France, so you’ll have already seen a disguised version, but the Frankfurt show will reveal the finished article.