Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 - Greatest Hits
Words: Scott Blackburn
As it does every year, Frankfurt has recently played host to the Frankfurt Motor Show, displaying some of the latest and greatest the automotive world has to offer. This year’s event was an opportunity for major motoring names to display their work towards the more sustainable end of the spectrum.
With some touches of the real and imminently available, combined with some more sci-fi-esque machinery and some silly names, the show had a few key hits that stood out from the crowd, so, in no particular order, here we go …
Volkswagen isn’t a newcomer to the electric field, with electric overhauls of the Golf and the Up! having been available for some time. Both of these, however, are simply electric conversions of combustion-based models.
For those looking to get their hands on an ID.3 … tough luck, for now at least. All 30,000 initial models have been sold. Although, you may notice that VW have fallen into the same trap as Nissan and Renault here, in producing something progressive but also upsettingly ugly.
That being said, the top model will make 201 bhp, so it’ll be a quick streak of nasty.
Audi AI:TRAIL Concept
Audi’s eye-catching offering was a little less realistic, but arguably more exciting. The future-styled electric off-roader makes a solid 429 bhp, and features sensor-controlled air pressure regulation in its tyres, amongst a host of other off-road gadgets.
The really interesting thing here though, is the rounded cabin, which Audi’s design boss says he wants to implement in more real Audis moving forwards.
BMW i Hydrogen NEXT
This futuristic but very reality-based hydrogen/electric from BMW, acts as a precursor to the impending hydrogen fuel-cell-powered X5, due to be released in 2022.
BMW are choosing to focus on hydrogen as it provides the same zero-emissions credentials as electric, but without the range issues. The new powertrain has been developed in collaboration with Toyota, so it’s safe to assume we’ll see the same from them too.
The 2020 Taycan has already been hailed as a serious Tesla rival, marking Porshe’s first real steps into the world of electric.
With an impressive set of figures, the Turbo S makes 750 bhp, achieving a 0-62 time of just 3.2 seconds.
Land Rover Defender
As most people are aware by now, Land Rover used the Frankfurt Motor Show as a the venue for the unveiling of the new Defender.
The return of the icon brings a selection of new engines, including a hybrid, and a wide range of adaptable trim levels, as well as a strong return to Land Rover’s more rugged heritage.
Check out our full piece on the Defender here