Frankfurt Motor Show Preview: The Ones to Watch

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is the 66th biennial passenger car show, showcasing the latest debuts, concepts and new releases from some of the world’s biggest automobile brands.

And to help you keep on top of the hottest new releases and ones to watch, we’ve put together this preview of the cars that have already had the industry talking and are creating a stir at the show. From the latest electric and hybrid developments to hyper-luxury SUVs and convertible takes on the latest super cars, here are the ones to watch at Frankfurt 2015…

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley-BentaygaThe much-hyped and long-awaited Bentley Bentayga is the first ever SUV to come from a hyper-luxury automobile brand, and is set to become the car to drive in Mayfair in 2016 and start a new trend for luxury brands venturing into the SUV market.

The Bentayga was teased at the Detroit Motor Show earlier in the year but will make its full debut at Frankfurt. Billed as “the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world”, it makes light work of 0-60 in 4.0 seconds thanks to a 12-cyclinder W12 engine that packs 600bhp. And it can tackle all manner of terrains and climates, including the ‘Taiga’ snow forest and Roque Bentayga, a rugged peak in the Canary Islands that gave the new hyper-luxury SUV its name.

So what’s the verdict – has there been a gap in the market for a luxe-SUV? The Bentayga has divided opinions, but with rumours of thousands of expressions of interest from customers and plans for  competitors from other luxury brands on the horizon, watch this space…

First deliveries of the Bentayga will start in early 2016, and prices will start at £160,000. 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

AlfaRomeoAlfa’s new “baby Ferrari” will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is expected to dominate the premium sedan market come 2016. Again, there’s been a lot of chatter around this release in the build-up to the show: experts reckon the Giulia is the most important car the brand have released in decades.

Apart from its striking design with swooping headlines and rounded edges, the main talking point around the Giulia is the top-flight Quadrifoglio Verde model’s Ferrari-derived turbo charged 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine, which produces 503bhp.

Alfa’s aim with the Giulia is to put the driver back at the centre focus, combining Italian quality and design with brand new performance tech to create a premium sedan that drives like a sports car. What do you reckon – will this one make your Trader Toy wish list?

Release dates and pricing for the Giulia are expected to be revealed at Frankfurt. 

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept

bugatticonceptIf there’s one motor that’s guaranteed to create a stir at Frankfurt on Thursday, it’s this one – a real-life version of the virtual Bugatti created for the Gran Turismo video game, crafted especially for the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Bugatti Vision plays tribute to some of the brand’s greatest cars, taking inspiration from the Veyron, the 1937 Type 57 Atlantic (spot the centre fin) and the Type 57G Tank (that two-tone blue).

Tech specs and more details will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so if you’re a Gran Turismo fan (or just like to see cool, futuristic concept cars on display) then this is definitely one to watch.

Sadly, this one won’t be released for sale. But you’ll be able to drive a virtual version in Gran Turismo 6 very soon… 

Ferrari 488 Spider

ferrarispiderThe 488 Spider is the convertible little sister version of the Ferrari 488 GTB and we love it so much we’ve already done a full Littlefish Loves feature all about it back when the first pictures were revealed in August.

The 488 Spider has more than a few impressive claims to its name – including “most aerodynamically efficient Spider in Ferrari history” and “most technologically advanced retractable hard-top on the market”.

Add to that a 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 engine that debuted on the GTB and hits 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and you’ll see why we’re excited to see this one make its auto show debut.

Definitely one for your wish list…

Full details and specifications will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. 

Jaguar F-Pace

JagFpacesideviewPossibly inspired by Bentley’s venture into the luxury SUV market, British automobile maker Jaguar has also made its first ever attempt at an SUV ready for Frankfurt 2015.

The F-Pace is described by Jaguar as a “performance crossover”, meaning its more closely aligned to the F-Type sports car than your traditional SUV. In fact, Jag’s Director of Design Ian Callum described the F-Pace as “our family sports car”. So think a practical and spacious interior (including room for buggies, toys and all the paraphernalia of parenthood) disguised in a high-performance, sports car inspired exterior.

Jag execs expect the F-Pace to quickly become one of their top two bestselling models. So if you want to get your hands on one, better be quick.

Pricing is expected to start from around £30,000 and the F-Pace will go on sale in early 2016. 

Thunder Power Electric Car

thunderpowerAs you know, at Littlefish FX we’re big fans of championing new, exciting startups that we think are cool – you can find our latest feature on the startups you need to know about here. So of course a Frankfurt debut from a newly-born, little-known automobile company was going to make our list of things to watch out for – especially when all we have to go on so far is this rather elusive promo image and a few skilfully leaked numbers.

Thunder Power are allegedly working on an electric car that will beat the Tesla Model S – and an early version of their project will be on show at Frankfurt. The Taiwanese company promise “European engineering” wrapped up in a “Italian design”, and have revealed some impressive stats including 430bhp, a 373-mile range, top speeds of 155mph and 0-62mph in less than 5 seconds.

Oh, and Thunder Power have hired Bugatti mastermind Dr Peter Tutzer to oversee the project. So you can see why we’re excited…

The Thunder Power Electric Car is expected to cost in the region of £40,000 when it goes on sale in late 2016. 

Mercedes-Benz GLC

MercGLCThe new Mercedes GLC will tackle the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 head-on in the battle of the SUVs. It will be released in October, so naturally it’ll take pride of place at the Mercedes Frankfurt stand.

The GLC shares a lot of characteristics with the C-Class but is beefed up a bit to offer more interior space and a range of driving modes including off road and B-road settings.

As ever with Merc, the standard spec is impressive (including a reversing camera – essential for a motor this size – an electrically opening boot and automatic climate control). And if that’s not enough, there’s a host of optional extras to add extra features and a touch of luxury – there are so many too choose from that we don’t have time to list them all here, but basically if you can think of it, Merc offer it.

The GLC will be available in UK showrooms from October and prices start at £34,950. 

Peugeot Fractal

peugeotfractalThe Peugeot Fractal is another one-off concept created especially for the Frankfurt Motor Show to show just how the Peugeots of the future could look – and to sum it up, we’d say the future of Peugeot looks modern, edgy and just the right amount angry.

It’s an all-electric, compact 2+2 coupe with a roof that lifts off, with oversized 19-inch wheels and a muscular, well-built frame for a motor so small. But it’s the tech that’s really worth shouting about – from the laser-cut, matt black panels that adorn the back end of the vehicle to the 3D-printed interior and the 12-speaker sound system and vibrating sub-woofer placed to align with your spine (tapping into just a few of the future tech trends we’re excited about).

The Peugeot Fractal is concept-only, but watch out for some of these concept features rolling out on future Peugeot models.

Borgward BX7

borgwardBorgward are a German company who’ve been on hiatus for quite a while – almost half a century, to be exact. But now they’re back with their comeback model – the BX7 – just in time for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The seven-seater SUV will be the first of a number of new models from the reborn German marque and will originally go into production in China only, expanding after its first year of sales if all goes well. The new SUV will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbo-charged four cylinder engine producing 224bhp, and a plug-in hybrid version will also be on display featuring a 401-hp gas and electric power train.

There’ll be more than a few eyes on Borgward’s return…

Borgward will launch in China in 2016 and head back to Europe in early 2017, with their models expected to cost in the region of £30,000. 

Audi E-Tron Quattro

audiconceptAudi’s e-tron quattro concept will make its debut at Frankfurt and is said to “provide an outlook on the brand’s first large series electric car”, and aimed at “making zero emissions driving a pleasure, not a compromise”.

The concept is claimed to provide clues to an upcoming Q6 SUV, which is expected to be available in late 2018. And the rumours are Audi will aim to project a performance image for their future model, with at least 500bhp from the lithium-ion battery and a lot of the same makeup as the new Q7 to produce what Audi engineers describe as a Range Rover-rivalling ride quality.

So in a motor show that looks like its going to be dominated by electric and hybrid options and premium SUVs, the Audi e-tron quattro is definitely a concept to keep an eye out for.

The e-tron quattro is a concept vehicle, though elements of the design will likely be used in the 2018 Q6 SUV. 

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