Frankfurt – Autumn’s Automotive Fest
by Sue Baker
Days are turning cooler, dusk comes earlier, and Keats’ “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is almost upon us. September is also when a fresh crop of ‘new model year’ cars start arriving, and autumn motor shows reveal what’s on the way next year.
In mid-September the vast biennial Frankfurt Motor Show takes place, and I’ll be going there to peruse all the new metal that will soon be coming our way. The show’s public opening is on the 19th of September after press and trade days starting on the 15th, and it will be on in the vast show halls of the Frankfurt exhibition centre until the 27th. Anyone who goes there needs good stout walking shoes, for what is notoriously the world’s biggest car show.
What will be there? Here’s a quick A-Z preview of some of the new models we’re expecting to see.
Alfa Romeo will please Alfa fans with the unveiling of the new Giulia, a rear-wheel-drive rival for such as the BMW 3-Series, and due here next summer. On the Audi stand the big news will be the new A4, the fifth generation of the company’s popular mid-range model, and also the Q6 e-tron hybrid.
Over at Bentley, we’ll be agog to see the company’s first SUV, while BMW will showcase its new X1, a second generation model that is expected to be beefier and more rugged than the current model.
On the DS stand, fresh from its separation from parent company Citroen, there will be a new version of the DS 4 with more rugged looks and pumped up suspension, and called the Crossback. Fiat’s newcomer is a gently updated 500.
There’s a new model due on the Infiniti stand that will be British built. It’s the Q30, an upmarket hatchback that will be produced at parent company Nissan’s Sunderland factory. Lots of attention will be focused on the Jaguar stand, where the big cat branded F-Pace, described as a ‘performance crossover’ promises to be a big draw.
From Kia, we expect to see the new Sportage, the latest cee’d, and also the new Optima which we hear will feature wireless phone charging. Lexus plans to unveil a new generation model of its RX and an updated GS. Meanwhile Lotus will have its new 3-Eleven sports car, said to be the fastest model the Norfolk-based company has yet produced.
Then on the Maserati stand we’ll want to see the Levante, the company’s new luxury performance SUV. From Mazda the big draw will be its Koeru concept car, as a preview of a new large crossover model coming later. What will local heroes Mercedes-Benz have? A super-luxury cabriolet based on the S-Class, and also a new C-Class Coupe.
Home-grown MINI will show the new Clubman, with a more rational arrangement of doors than its slightly weird current model. Over to Nissan, and as well as an updated Leaf there will be the new Navara pick-up. From Peugeot we look forward to seeing the 308 R Hybrid high performance hatch, and an exciting sports car concept called the Fractal.
Sports car fans will be agog to see the latest update of the 911 on the Porsche stand. Then over at Renault, the big news is the new Megane. From Seat there will be a new Ibiza Cupra, and Smart will introduce a folding roof cabriolet version of its latest fortwo city car. Suzuki’s news is the forthcoming new Baleno supermini.
From Vauxhall the scene-stealer will be the new Astra, its most important new car due on sale soon. Volkswagen plans to show a concept model that is effectively the new Tiguan, as well as an updated Golf Cabriolet.
Cushioned shoes at the ready, Frankfurt here we come, very soon now!
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