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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show preview

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off in September. We bring you all the information you need, and a round-up of some of the most important cars you can expect to see.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is the motoring industry’s largest, and gives us a preview of what we can expect to see on sale over the next couple of years. Here’s our guide to some of the most anticipated new cars from the major manufacturers ahead of September’s event. We’ll be updating this page with more information as the show gets closer.
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
This new, more practical version of the 6 Series replaces the 5 Series Gran Turismo in the BMW line-up, and follows a similar template, mixing the looks of a coupe with the practicality of a saloon. Expect it to be bigger than the car it replaces, but also lower and with better fuel economy. It will provide a new alternative to Audi’s A7. It’ll go on sale in November, with prices starting at around £46,000. You can read more about the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo here.
Read the full BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo news story.
Hyundai i30N
The world of hot hatches is filled with names that have been around for years, from the Ford Focus RS to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. But here’s a new one – the Hyundai i30N. The Korean manufacturer has been honing its new fire-breathing version of the i30 on the race track, and reckons it can be a serious alternative to the established brands. With a 275PS, turbocharged engine, sports seats and aggressive bodywork, it certainly looks the part on paper. We’ll see it in the metal for the first time in Frankfurt, and it arrives on UK roads in the New Year.
Read the full Hyundai i30N news story.
Renault Megane RS
For fans of hot hatches, the news of a new Megane RS is big, big news, as past versions have been some of the most exciting cars available to buy. The new car was teased at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year, but we’ll have to wait until Frankfurt to see it properly. Based on the standard Megane, it’ll sport a beefier bodykit and a big central exhaust, while technical highlights include rear-wheel steering to improve handling, and two different chassis versions: Sport for everyday use; and Cup for even more performance focus. It’ll go on sale in the spring next year.
Read the full Renault Megane RS news story.
Seat Arona
The world and his dog are buying SUVs at the moment, and Seat’s most recent addition to the road – the Ateca – has gone down well with public and critics alike. So hopes are high the next SUV in Seat’s portfolio, the Arona, will continue its good work. Smaller than the Ateca, the Arona takes on the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka X, as well as Kia’s forthcoming Stonic. It goes on sale at the start of October. We’ve already had a sneak peek at the Arona, and you can read all the details and see the video here.
Subaru Impreza
This is Subaru’s latest Impreza, a rival to the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. The European version of the car launched in America last year will make its debut at Frankfurt. Its selling points include all-wheel drive and a focus on sharp handling, thanks to a centre of gravity 5mm lower than the outgoing model. Other features will include Subaru’s EyeSight system, a collection of driver assistance technologies that include automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Few details about the car’s specification have been released, but we’ll update when we hear more.
Suzuki Swift Sport
Details of the third-generation Swift Sport are scarce, but we’re looking forward to hearing more about the latest version of Suzuki’s fun little supermini. Historically, it’s been a car that’s mixed entertaining handling with a low price: a combination that’s found it plenty of fans. Can the new version do the same?
Vauxhall Grandland X
Vauxhall is bringing plenty of new stuff to Frankfurt, including this, the Grandland X. An all-new model, it brings the number of Vauxhall ‘X’ SUVs to three (the others being the Mokka X and the Crossland X). The Grandland X is the biggest of the lot, and competes with the Peugeot 3008, to which it’s very closely related. Peugeot worked alongside Vauxhall’s parent company GM to build the Grandland X on the same underpinnings as the 3008, shortly before buying the brand outright earlier this year.
Expect the Grandland X to focus on style and comfort at a competitive price, rather than a scintillating driving experience or off-road capability. Other rivals include the Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai. Want more info on the Vauxhall Grandland X? Click here.
Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
The Country Tourer is an Insignia that’s been given jacked up suspension and all-wheel drive, giving it limited off-road ability in a similar way to the Skoda Octavia Scout and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. Vauxhall has provided 20mm of extra space underneath it, compared to the Insignia Sports Tourer upon which it’s based. Black cladding and a skid plate under the car give it more protection from off-road debris, and also make it look suitably rugged and chunky. We expect it to arrive in the UK during the first half of 2018 and you can read more about it here.
We expect it to arrive in the UK during the first half of 2018 and you can read more about it here.
Vauxhall Insignia GSi
Last seen on the Vectra, the GSi badge has long been an indicator of a Vauxhall with a serious bit of poke, and after a long absence it makes a comeback on the Insignia saloon. Features include a 160kg lighter weight all-wheel drive, revised suspension for a sportier ride and cornering, and big Brembo brakes to shave off extra speed.
That speed is provided by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that makes a non-inconsiderable 260PS, attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Should you want to drive like a hooligan – away from the public road, of course – a ‘Competition’ setting will turn off the traction control and relax the electronic stability control, letting you slide it about. You can read more about the Vauxhall Insignia GSi here.
Honda Jazz
From the outside, it’s clear Honda’s designers have given the Jazz a look more in line with the rest of the company’s current range. That means the headlight and grille look much more like the Civic’s, with sharper sculpting on the bumper and around the air vents at the front, At the rear, there’s a new a gloss black trim strip, and buyers have the option of a new colour, metallic Skyride Blue. There's two new trim levels, Dynamic and Sport, and a new 130PS petrol engine available solely on Dynamic trim. Buyers will be able to order the Honda Jazz from November, with deliveries expected from early 2018.
You can read more about the revised Honda Jazz here.
Kia Stonic
We've already seen the Kia Stonic, but it will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It seems like everyone's hitting up the small SUV segment at the moment. The Stonic will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka X, and Seat Arona. The Stonic's looks are decidedly ‘Kia’, thanks to several signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, and the car fits in well with Kia’s other SUVs, the larger Sorento and Sportage. The Stonic will go on sale in the UK in the third quarter of 2017; and, as with any Kia, it will be covered by the company’s seven-year/100,000 mile warranty. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we expect it to cost from around £14,000.
You can read more about the new Kia Stonic, and watch the video here.
Hyundai Kona
Like the Kia Stonic, the Hyundai Kona is an all-new model that will become the company’s third – and smallest – SUV in its range (alongside the Tucson and Santa Fe). Although the specification of cars in the UK is yet to be finalised, we know the Kona will offer buyers a choice between two turbocharged petrol engines, with a 1.6-litre diesel engine available in two power outputs joining the range in summer 2018. There’s no word yet on exactly when the car will go on sale in the UK or how much it will cost, but we expect it to appear in Hyundai showrooms before the end of this year. Given its rivals, we expect a starting price for the range of around £14,000.
Read the full story on the Hyundai Kona here.
Mercedes X-Class
This one seems to have piqued a lot of people's interest already! The new Mercedes X-Class is being billed as the first pick-up from a prestige manufacturer. It will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok. From the front, the X-Class looks like a Mercedes SUV. It’s got the company's familiar grille, a bulging bonnet and headlights that stretch back into the wings, as well as flared wheel-arches. And inside, it all looks like a Mercedes C-Class. It's just the rest of it that's very different. Initially, European buyers will be able to choose between two four-cylinder diesel engines: the X 220d with 165PS, and X 250d with 193PS. In 2018, a V6 diesel with 262ps will join the line-up, and buyers also have the choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic.
The X-Class will be available to order in the UK from November this year. Although prices haven't yet been announced, we expect that it will cost from around £33,000.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
You won’t get much of a clue from the picture, but the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will be the German brand’s answer to super-exotic machines like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. Uniquely, it will be the first ever commercially available road car that has a Formula One hybrid drive system, which Mercedes says will develop an output of more than 1000 horsepower. Exciting stuff. Further details are very limited, but it’s safe to assume that you can also expect a correspondingly bonkers pricetag and a full-to-brimming waiting list.
Bentley Continental GT
The third incarnation of Bentley’s four-seat grand tourer will be longer and lower than its predecessor, with a lighter body made with aluminium. It’ll be powered by an enhanced version of Bentley’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine giving 635PS, mated to an eight-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox, and it’ll dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds, before powering onto a top speed of 207mph.
Like before, the new Continental GT will ride on air suspension, but this time with a seriously clever new roll control system, and the car will also have active all-wheel drive. You’ll also have a drive mode selector with four settings that’ll adapt the behaviour of the engine, gearbox, suspension and other chassis systems. The cabin promises the usual Bentley blend of high-quality wood, leather and chrome, together with painstaking attention to detail. It promises a fair amount of technology, too, with a configurable driver display and a 12.3-inch touch-screen that flips away into the centre console. Read the full story on the new Bentley Continental GT here.
Porsche Cayenne
The new Cayenne’s looks aren’t a big step away from the previous generation, especially from the front, but it does look more streamlined overall. The big changes are inside, where the cabin is much less cluttered and more spacious. It’ll go on sale in the UK at the beginning of next year, with prices starting at £55,965 and a choice of two engines. Hybrids and high-performance models will follow in due course.
Read the full Porsche Cayenne news story and see our exclusive video here
Kia Picanto X-Line
Kia will be extending its line-up of SUVs with the addition of this new X-Line model, which is based on the company's smallest car. With a rugged look inspired by Kia’s crossover and SUV models, such as the Sportage and Sorento, it sits 15mm higher than the standard Picanto, and has SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skidplates at the front and rear. It’s also the most powerful Picanto ever, with a turbocharged 100PS 1.0-litre engine, and should be on sale before the end of the year.
Read the full Kia Picanto X-Line news story here
Ford Ecosport
With new rivals coming from the likes of Kia, Skoda, Seat and Hyundai, Ford has announced a series of updates to its Ecosport. It’s claimed to offer more versatility and new technology, as well as updated looks, a new engine and four-wheel drive. Buyers now have more opportunity to personalise their car, while the cabin is higher-quality and a new sporty ST-Line trim is available. Expect it to be on sale by the end of this year.
Read the full Ford Ecosport news story here
Dacia Duster
The latest version of the Dacia Duster will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show; and, although full details will be revealed at the show, we know it will feature a new, more rugged, look outside, a redesigned cabin and extra equipment. The one thing Dacia is yet to reveal is what the cabin will look like, although the company promises it is completely redesigned, with a higher-quality feel and more equipment.
Read the full Dacia Duster news story here
BMW i3
BMW has made a series of revisions to its top-selling electric car, the i3. This includes a new look, as well as the availability of new technology and the addition of a sportier version, the i3s. This has more power than the standard i3 and a unique chassis set-up to make the most of it, while both versions have been redesigned to make them look sportier. There are new materials inside, too, as well as some extra equipment, and the full range is on sale now, with prices starting at £34,070.
Read the full BMW i3 news story here
Mini Electric concept
Mini has given the clearest indication yet of what we can expect from an electric Mini, by unveiling this ‘Mini Electric Concept’. The company makes no secret of the fact that it previews a production car that will be unveiled in two years’ time. Although it’s unmistakeably a Mini, several aspects have been changed to reflect the fact the car has no conventional petrol or diesel engine. As yet, though, there is no word on how powerful it will be, how fast it will go, or how far it can go on a charge, but we hope more will be revealed in Frankfurt.
Read the full Mini Electric Concept news story here
We’ll see the new M5 in the flesh for the first time in Frankfurt, and the big news is that, for the first time, BMW’s iconic super-saloon will feature all-wheel drive. It’ll also feature a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which delivers a power output of 600PS, meaning the car can see off the 0-62mph dash in just 3.4 seconds. Like many M5s before it, the latest version will give you a dizzying amount of choice on how your car behaves, and the first customers (who’;ll have paid around £90,000 for privilege) should get their cars in spring next year.
Read the full BMW M5 news story here

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