This week marks the beginning of the Frankfurt Auto Show, one of the most prestigious automotive events of the year. (Coming from the heart of the European industry, it usually heralds many of the year’s most important debuts and technical announcements.)
In 2017, you can expect to see the world’s top car manufacturers—from Kia to Ferrari, BMW to VW—showing off their latest and greatest wares. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the newest metal that will have the car world talking. So read on and drool at what’s coming on the horizon. And for more great auto show coverage, check out the Top 10 Dream Cars Sold at This Year’s Pebble Beach Concours.
2019 Audi A8
The fourth-generation A8, perpetually the third place finisher among the top premium sedans, comes out swinging with a raft of new tech wrapped in all-new skin. It features an efficiency-boosting mild hybrid system and Audi’s artificial intelligence Traffic Jam Pilot, that drives in fully autonomous mode at speeds up to 37 mph on highways with a physical barrier separating opposing lanes of traffic.
The shooting brake body type, a first for Kia, is the basis for this concept the automaker refers to as an “extended hot hatchback.” Designed for the European market, there is a possibility it could arrive stateside sometime down the road. In the meantime, it’s entertaining to witness the fresh thinking emanating from Kia’s Advanced Design Team.
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Mini Electric Concept
BMW’s Mini brand will unveil a full-electric hatchback that will go on sale in 2019. It retains the unmistakable look of the iconic three-door Mini with updates designed for an electric powertrain. It includes numerous body panels made from fiberglass with some components constructed with 3D printing, which allows small-run production of custom-ordered parts.
Volkswagen brand will introduce its new T-Roc to the robust crossover market, hoping to set a benchmark in this hotly competitive class. Positioned just below the redesigned Tiguan, it is conceived as a sportier alternative with expressive styling and an emphasis on driving dynamics. With front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive gas and diesel-powered versions, there’s no word yet on U.S. availability.
The flagship Bavarian will now be available in four-wheel drive—a first for an M-badged car—with selectable rear-drive modes. With power boosted to 600 horsepower and a whopping 553 lb-ft of torque, the fifth generation M5 has been thoroughly refined, raising the bar yet again for ultra-performance sedans.
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S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet
The redesigned S-Class twins will feature extended driver assistance systems and an updated Widescreen Cockpit control and display with a new generation steering wheel. Among its many innovative features are OLED tail lamps, wafer-thin layers of organic material printed on glass plate that project various levels of intensity depending on function, driving conditions, and ambient brightness.
Bentley Continental GT
A new and sportier version of the Bentley Continental GT will reveal a radical design makeover, with inspiration from the company’s exciting EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.
Jaguar’s first all-electric car initially revealed at last year’s Los Angeles motor show, will take the stage in near-production form at Frankfurt. Powered by a pair of electric motors, it’s expected to produce 395 horsepower for lively, emissions-free performance.
Mercedes Project One
Mercedes-AMG intends to place its world-beating Formula 1 hybrid power unit in a limited-edition hypercar code-named Project One. Only 275 specimens will be built, each boasting around 1,000 horsepower revving up to a crazy 11,000rpm redline, just 2,000rpm shy of a Formula 1 engine at full output.
Ferrari’s replacement for the California T, the devastatingly gorgeous new V8-powered coupe-convertible takes its bow at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Top speed reportedly will hit 199mph.
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