The Frankfurt Motor Show is on once again! The doors of the giant Frankfurt Messe exhibition centre have opened for the first press day of Frankfurt 2019 and there’ll be a steady stream of huge new car launches flowing throughout the day. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy our live coverage.
Our keyboards and cameras will be taking a battering over the next few days as we bring you the best news and insight on the big new production cars and concepts that Frankfurt has to offer. We’ll also be chatting to the top industry executives, encouraging them to spill the beans on their future product plans.
Unsurprisingly to anyone who keeps even moderately up-to-date with automotive goings on, electric cars will be a major focus of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The VW ID.3 and the Porsche Taycan, two of the most eagerly awaited car launches in years, are both on display. Land Rover’s more traditional new Defender will be challenging them for the biggest share of the limelight, however, and the major production car launches are being supplemented by an array of exciting concept cars pointing the way to production models of the future.
Below you can access all of our 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show coverage. We identify the star cars of the show and list the full roster of new reveals A to Z. We’ll also keep you up to date with a live picture gallery and a live twitter feed. There’ll be video reviews of the key cars coming from the show floor and the latest news stories that emerge as our team ask the big questions of the biggest names in the automotive industry…
Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: key cars
Volkswagen ID.3 – one of the biggest electric car launches to date.
Land Rover Defender – the all-new Defender seen for the first time.
Porsche Taycan – Porsche’s first electric car makes its public debut.
Hyundai i10 – the popular, practical city car in all new form.
Cupra Tavascan – another hot SUV concept from SEAT’s performance sub-brand
Lamborghini Sian – Lamborghini goes hybrid with an 808bhp monster
Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: live gallery
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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: manufacturers A to Z
Alpina will unveil a hot version of the new 3 Series estate at Frankfurt, with a unique body kit, a tuned engine and a range of chassis upgrades. Specifications remain sparse, but we expect the B3 Touring will feature lowered suspension, larger brakes and a tweaked version of the M340i’s turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine, with more than 400bhp.
Audi’s latest high-performance RS 7 Sportback and RS 6 Avant estate will make appearances at Frankfurt. Both feature the German brand’s usual range of aggressive RS styling additions, and will be powered by a retuned version of the same Volkswagen Group twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine found in the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. Power and torque stand at 592bhp and 800Nm respectively.
The fourth ‘AI’ branded concept from Audi – the all-electric Audi AI:TRAIL quattro – has been revealed, showcasing how future Audi SUVs could look.
Audi will also unveil a new niche-busting performance SUV, called the RS Q3 Sportback. It’ll feature the turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine from the Audi RS 3, producing 395bhp and 480Nm of torque. Like the RS 6, it’ll also feature an aggressive cosmetic overhaul, with new bumpers, huge alloys and the brand’s trademark oval exhausts.
The next BMW 4 series will look 85 per cent like the Concept 4 when it arrives in 2020. BMW has said it plans to distance the 3 Series to the 4 Series – to which it currently shares its underpinnings.
BMW’s third-generation X6 coupe-SUV has already been revealed, but it will make its public debut at Frankfurt. Based on the same underpinnings as the new X5, it features a range of petrol and diesel engines, with the most potent 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 524bhp and 750Nm of torque.
The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT will also be revealed – utilising an X5 body it previews BMW’s plans to implement hydrogen-powered cars into its line-up.
BMW will also bring its Vision M Next concept hybrid sports car to Frankfurt, which the German firm claims will preview its forthcoming i8 replacement. It’s driven by a supercharged four-cylinder engine and an electrified front axle, providing a total output of 592bhp, a top speed of 186mph and a 0–62mph time of three seconds.
Cupra, SEAT’s spin-off performance brand, has publicly unveiled an all-electric coupe-SUV concept at Frankfurt, called the Tavascan. It’s based on the most potent version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, set to underpin the range-topping ID.3 hatch. It features a 77kWh battery pack and an electric motor on each axle, which results in a total output of 302bhp, a sub-6.5 second 0–62mph time and a claimed range of 280 miles.
• Honda e
A production ready version of Honda’s cute, retro-styled all-electric city car will be unveiled at Frankfurt. It features a water-cooled 35.5kWh battery pack, a WLTP-verified range of 125 miles and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Unlike most compact EVs, the Honda e’s motor is mounted on the rear axle and sends its power to the rear wheels.
Hyundai launched the retro-looking 45 concept at Frankfurt. Taking inspiration from the Pony Coupe concept from 1974, the 45 adds a modern twist that we will likely see on future models from the brand. Specific details have yet to be revealed, but it’s all-electric and autonomous.
An all-new version of the i10 city car is also at Frankfurt, boasting a major technology and safety kit boost. The Volkswagen up! rival features a new eight-inch infotainment system, fresh LED spotlights, forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist. The new i10 will go on sale in early 2020, priced from around £11,000.
There’s also a tweaked, special edition version of its i30 N Performance on show. Called the Project C, it features a fresh set of lightweight alloy wheels, a more aggressive aero package and a lowered suspension system. Unfortunately it’ll only be sold in Europe, with production being limited to just 600 units.
Lamborghini has unwrapped its first hybrid model, called the Sian. Based on the Aventador, it features a re-tuned version of Lamborghini’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined output of 808bhp. The electric motor is powered by a supercapacitor, rather than a conventional battery, which Lamborghini claims is three times more powerful than a lithium-ion battery of the same weight.
Land Rover has pulled the camouflage off its new Defender at Frankfurt. The British brand’s new off-roader has spent the last six months undergoing a gruelling development programme, covering more than 750,000 miles across 11 countries. The Defender’s boxy profile is mixed with rounded edges, giving it a much more modern look. Its off-road credentials will be the ultimate test of its popularity however.
Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a new ’35’ performance version of the GLB compact seven-seat SUV. It shares the same 302bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the AMG A 35 hatch, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Mercedes’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. Top speed is an electronically limited 155mph, while 0–62mph takes a claimed 5.2 seconds.
Mercedes’s second all-electric EQ model, the EQV luxury passenger van, will also debut at Frankfurt before going on sale next year. It features a 201bhp electric motor and a 100kWh battery pack, offering a claimed a range of 252 miles. Mercedes also says a charge from 10 to 80 percent will take “under an hour” using a commercial fast charger.
The EQV will not be the only electric model on Mercedes’ stand though, as a concept version of the new EQS luxury saloon has been revealed.
The new Porsche Taycan is the German brand’s first ever fully-electric model and is sure to be one of the main attractions at Frankfurt. It arrives to rival the Tesla Model S and will initially launch in two variants – a Turbo and a Turbo S, priced £115,858 and £138,826 respectively. The latter is the most potent model and boasts 750bhp, a 2.8-second 0-62mph time, a limited top speed of 161mph and a 257-mile range.
The SEAT Tarraco has gained a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Tarraco PHEV combines a 1.4-litre four cylinder petrol unit with an electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery, which results in 242bhp and 400Nm of torque. It’s also able to cover over 30 miles on electric power alone.
Skoda has unveiled a sporty, range-topping “Monte Carlo” trim level for both the Scala hatchback and the Kamiq small SUV. Due to reach the UK market in early 2020, they will feature 17-inch alloy wheels, a racy body kit, LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof. Inside, buyers get sports seats, aluminium pedals, a 9.2-inch infotainment system and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.
Joining the Monte Carlo duo on Skoda’s Frankfurt stage is its first ever electric car – the Citigo e iV. The supermini boasts a range of 165 miles and is likely to cost around £18,000 when it reaches the UK in early 2020.
Mercedes’s spin-off city car brand, Smart, has unveiled facelifted versions of its all-electric EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour. Revisions include new front and rear lamps, a more aggressive front bumper, a wider honeycomb grille and more interior customisation options. The new models will go on sale in December, priced from around £24,000.
Vauxhall will have a packed show stand this year, with plans to unveil its all-new Corsa supermini, a facelifted version of the Astra and its revised Grandland X Hybrid4 plug-in. The new Corsa shares its underpinnings with the latest Peugeot 208, and will be offered with a choice of conventional or electric powertrains, with the latter offering a claimed range of 211 miles.
The updated Astra features only a few cosmetic changes, but a substantial mechanical overhaul with a range of new, more efficient turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. There’s also an updated suspension system and a host of fresh technology, including a new digital front camera and an improved traffic sign recognition system.
Vauxhall’s Grandland X Hybrid4 features a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors (one for each axle), which results in a combined system output of 296bhp and 450Nm of torque. Also, thanks to its 13.2kWh battery pack, Vauxhall claims it’ll cover 32 miles on electric power alone. It’s on sale now, priced from £35,590.
Volkswagen’s much-anticipated all-electric ID.3 hatch has made its first full, uncamouflaged appearance at Frankfurt, boasting a 201bhp electric motor and three different battery sizes – 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh. The flagship model boasts range of up to 342 miles.
Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: live feed
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