Automakers more and more are starting to launch new cars outside of the traditional auto show, but the major shows still play an important role in allowing customers to directly compare various models in person.
One of the biggest on the calendar is the Frankfurt auto show, officially the Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, German for “International Automobile Exhibition.” And this year’s event is just around the corner. The doors open September 12.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the highlights, and to stay on top of it all simply check back at our dedicated hub and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Teaser for Mercedes-AMG Project One debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Mercedes-AMG Project One: The vehicle everyone is waiting to see is the new hypercar from AMG. Why all the interest? Because the new car, which wears Project One only as a code name, will be powered by pretty much the same powertrain found in the Mercedes AMG Formula 1 car. However, the Project One will be even more powerful than the racecar thanks to two additional electric motors powering its front wheels and forming an all-wheel-drive setup.
Ferrari Portofino: Ferraris tend to be popular attractions at any auto show, and even though the Portofino is essentially a reskinned California T it should still prove one of the major highlights in Frankfurt. The aggressive looks alone should be enough to draw in the crowds but the Portofino also packs a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 rated at 592 horsepower. It will see the car sprint to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds—top up or down.
Kia Proceed concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Kia Proceed concept: Korean automaker Kia will have one of the most attractive cars of the show on its stand. It's a fastback concept that sadly isn’t bound for production, at least in its current form. Rather, the concept is a preview of a new fastback body style Kia is likely to introduce for its next-generation Cee’d compact car destined for the European market.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace: Jaguar will use the Frankfurt auto show for the world debut of its E-Pace compact SUV. The German show is possibly where we’ll also see the similar-sized I-Pace electric SUV. The E-Pace has already been confirmed for a showroom arrival in early 2018, with prices to start at $39,595, including destination. The I-Pace is expected to follow in the second half of 2018.
2019 Porsche Cayenne
2019 Porsche Cayenne: Porsche will present the latest version of what’s arguably its most important model: the Cayenne. The mid-size SUV is entering its third generation, and though it’s hard to tell the new model from its predecessor, virtually every element has been renewed. So far Porsche has only shown us the base Cayenne and slightly sportier Cayenne S. Both are powered by turbocharged V-6 engines that deliver 340 and 440 hp, respectively. Those numbers are up significantly on the previous generation, though thankfully prices aren’t. The 2019 Cayenne lists from $66,750, including destination.
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom: If money is no object, then you might want to make your way down to the Rolls-Royce stand. The British marque will present its eighth-generation Phantom, which is built on an all-new platform that only Rolls-Royce will have access to within the BMW Group. Together with the new platform is a new 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 that delivers 563 hp. Of course, when buying a Rolls-Royce, it’s typically the luxury that matters and in this regard the latest Phantom certainly won’t disappoint.
BMW Z4 Concept
BMW Z4 concept: BMW has a new generation of its Z4 just around the corner. We won’t see it in Frankfurt but a concept previewing the car will be present. The thinly veiled concept could also define what might be next for BMW design in general. The grille is tilted forward, with the headlights set high and the twin kidneys lower, taking on the shark-nose look of the BMW Z8. Underneath, meanwhile, is a platform developed in partnership with Toyota. The Japanese automaker will use it for a new Supra.
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BMW X7 iPerformance concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
BMW X7 iPerformance concept: A 3-row, full-size SUV to be badged the BMW X7 is coming, and now we have a clear vision of what it will look like thanks to a concept version making its debut this week at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. With massive kidney grilles, loads of tech, and an interior slathered in leather, the X7 looks large and in charge.
Teaser for self-driving Audi concept debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Audi self-driving concepts: Audi will have not one but two concepts focused on self-driving technology at the show. The will be a concept to demonstrate Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving car classification. The Level 5 car is described as a full-size vehicle.
Teaser for BMW i concept debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
BMW i concept: BMW will have quite the number of concepts on display at this week’s Frankfurt auto show. One of them will be an electric sedan previewing a new member of the BMW i sub-brand. Everyone’s already calling it an i5, though our sources suggest it will be something else.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster: Lamborghini took the wraps and roof off its latest Aventador S model, the Roadster. It carries the same 6.5-liter V-12 as the coupe, which now produces 730 hp. It also gets rear-wheel steering, magnetic ride control dampers, improved aerodynamics, and Lambo's new self-tailored Ego driving mode.
2018 Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf: The second generation of Nissan’s Leaf has been revealed, and we’ll see the car up close in Frankfurt. The electric hatch, which arrives as a 2018 model, is due to start delivery early next year and will offer up 150 miles of range for a very reasonable $30,875. A Pricier model with a bigger battery should offer around 225 miles.
Teaser for Borgward concept car debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Borgward concept: Revived German automaker Borgward is planning something special for the show. The automaker recently released a teaser image for a concept which is believed to be a low-slung, sporty coupe. Along with the teaser, Borgward released the tag line: “She is back!” This suggests that we’re likely to be treated with a modern-day version of Borgward’s most famous model, the Isabella.
Mini John Cooper Works GP concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Mini John Cooper Works GP concept: Mini is hinting at a new generation of its John Cooper Works GP with a concept set to debut this week. For those unfamiliar with the GP badge, it denotes a vehicle one step above the John Cooper Works grade. Mini tends to use it towards the end of the product cycle, and so far we’ve only seen it used on the Hardtop body style. The last time was in 2013.
2018 Hyundai i30 N
2018 Hyundai i30 N: Hyundai’s Golf rival, the i30, has spawned a high-performance version dubbed the i30 N, and we’ll see it up close in Frankfurt. The “N” in the name signifies Hyundai’s new N performance division, as well as the Nürburgring where N-badged cars will be developed. We won’t see the i30 N in the United States, but we hear that a Veloster N is a strong possibility.
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Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept
Mercedes-Benz EQ A concept: Mercedes will have a concept previewing an electric compact car currently in the works. Called the EQ A, the concept, and likely the production version that will follow, will be in the form of a hatchback, though sadly that’s all we know about it. The production EQ A will be the second electric car from Mercedes’ new EQ sub-brand. The first a crossover-type vehicle called the EQ C. This crossover will take on the Tesla Model Y and an electric BMW X3 also in the works.
Honda Urban EV concept teased ahead of Frankfurt auto show
Honda Urban EV concept: Honda will have an electric car concept, one designed for urban environments. It’s likely to be a city car not unlike Chevrolet’s Bolt EV. Honda’s NeuV concept unveiled in January at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show may hint at what’s to come. While the NeuV isn’t bound for production, the Urban EV is said to preview a production model aimed at the European market.
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2019 Bentley Continental GT: Bentley has a new Continental GT, and it's the new definition of stunning. With a gorgeous design inside and out, monster power from the W-12 mounted under the hood, and even a 48-volt active suspension system, the new Continental GT will be the stuff of dreams for many who appreciate luxury and performance. One additional item of interest is the unique rotating three-sided display in the dash that rotates between the infotainment touchscreen, three analog gauges, and a book-matched piece of wood veneer.
Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Mini Electric concept: Mini has an electric car coming in 2019 and we’ll get a preview of it with a concept in Frankfurt. No technical details have been revealed but we’re expecting the concept, and the production model it will spawn, to have a single electric motor and at least 200 miles of range. One thing the concept indicates is that Mini will use its signature Hardtop body style for the production model.
Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept: Daimler’s Smart brand will use the Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview will come in the form of a concept that Smart describes as a fully self-driving electric car ideal for shared urban mobility. That’s already a lot of ideas in one concept, but this Smart will also present connectivity technology. It’s all part of Daimler’s corporate strategy known as CASE, an acronym for Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric.
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc: Volkswagen will be showing its new T-Roc, a compact crossover first previewed by a concept of the same name in 2014. Sadly, VW won’t sell the T-Roc in the United States. Instead we’ll get another pint-sized crossover, most likely a subcompact model dubbed a T-Cross. The subcompact model has also been previewed in concept form, in this case by the T-Cross Breeze concept shown in 2016.
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell EQ Power development
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell EQ Power: Mercedes will become the first luxury player with a fuel cell on the market when it launches the GLC F-Cell EQ Power, most likely sometime in 2018. The automaker will show a near production-ready example in Frankfurt. What makes Mercedes’ design so impressive is that it is a plug-in hybrid, a hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid. Thanks to a sizable battery, drivers will be able to charge the SUV at public charging stations instead of solely relying on almost non-existent hydrogen stations when the tanks are empty.
2018 Suzuki Swift Sport
2018 Suzuki Swift Sport: The Suzuki Swift is a hot little hatch that was briefly offered in the United States in the late 1990s and still offered elsewhere. A redesigned model was launched earlier this year, and in Frankfurt we’ll see the car’s Swift Sport variant. We don’t have any specs, but you can bet there will be an inline-4 mounted up front and spinning the front wheels via a manual transmission. We hear that 140 hp will be available.
That’s it for now but at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the 2017 Frankfurt auto show via our dedicated hub.