Frankfurt motor show 2019

Mat Watson
September 12, 2019

Read carwow’s complete guide to the Frankfurt motor show 2019 to find out all about the new cars that will go on sale in the next 12 months, with an A-Z guide of all the new models that will be revealed at the event.

The 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show, which runs from 12-22 September, is one of the biggest on the car fan’s calendar and has been held since 1897. The biennial show is the home event for German manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen, all of which will host large stands, revealing new cars, concepts and model updates. 

Like every car show over the past few years, you can expect this year’s Frankfurt event to focus on electric and alternatively fuelled cars – the headline launch of the show will be VW’s new ID.3. It’s the first electric car Volkswagen has built from the ground up and the company expects to sell more than a million of them. By contrast, Audi will prove petrol cars are still alive and kicking by launching its outlandishly fast RS6 Avant in Frankfurt. 

While both those cars will soon be in showrooms, Frankfurt will also be chockablock with concept cars that will never go on sale, but whose designs hint at models that you might be able to buy in the future. 

Want to tune your current car rather than buy a new one? Then you can expect Frankfurt to have plenty of stands devoted to car parts. If you like two wheels over four, motorbikes will also be on display in Germany.

Sound good? Then tickets start from around £8.50 (€9.00) for half-day access or from £12 (€13) for a day’s entry to the event. Getting there is easy because the event’s location (Festhalle Messe Frankfurt) is just a 15-minute walk from the city’s main station.

For now, though, keep reading to find out exactly what new cars you can expect to see in Frankfurt. And don’t forget, carwow will be updating this article regularly with all the latest news in the lead-up to and during the show.

Alpina

Want an über fast version of the new BMW 3 Series but don’t want to have to wait two years for the new M3? Well, Alpina has the answer and it’s called the B3. It will be revealed in Frankfurt and it’s set to get a tuned version of the 3.0-litre straight-six that’s fitted to the new M340i. That will give it more than 400hp, an 180mph top speed and acceleration of 0-60mph in around four seconds. Aside from just being very quick, you can expect the B3 to be very comfortable with taught suspension that errs on the side of cosseting and an eight-speed automatic gearbox that serves up silky-smooth shifts. Other things to like? How about an interior that’s posher than the one you’ll find in a BMW with plush hand-stitched leather. Oh, and the option to have the car with a practical touring (estate) body shape. In short – you’ll like it.

 

Audi

You can expect the Audi stand to be so big it’ll be like a mini motor show within a motor show. Guaranteed crowd-pleasers will include the RS6 Avant and RS7 five-door coupe, both of which are tipped to get 4.0-litre V8s with more than 550hp. 

Along with the all-new RS models, Audi will use Frankfurt to launch a new derivative of the A1, called the Citycarver. It looks like an A1 that has mated with an SUV – giving Audi’s smallest model a pumped up body and slightly raised ride height. That should make it ideal for tackling nasty urban obstacles such as speed humps – hence the name – but, as grippy four-wheel drive won’t be available, you won’t want tackle anything much more taxing. In fact, everything else about the Citycarver is shared with the A1 including its 115hp, 1.0-litre and 150hp, 1.5-litre petrol engines. Prices are set to start from around £28,000.

Audi will also bring a revised version of its A5 Coupe to Frankfurt. It gets shaper looks and improved infotainment while the hot S5 model moves from petrol to diesel power – it now packs a 347hp 3.0-litre V6 with a 48V hybrid system. 

BMW

The BMW stand in Frankfurt will be your first chance to see the new X6 in public. It trades a little bit of the BMW X5’s practicality for the added style of a coupe body. That said, it still has room for four and a massive boot. The X6 can be had with a choice six-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, while the range is topped by the 530hp M50i V8 petrol. Four-wheel drive comes as standard but in the X6 it’s designed to make the car surefooted on-road rather than unstoppable off it.

While the X6 is a car you’ll see in showrooms soon, the BMW Vision M Next is years away. It’s a hybrid supercar that uses a four-cylinder petrol engine and electric power to produce 600hp combined and an electric-only range of just 62 miles (100km). It’s tipped to eventually become a replacement the BMW i8 hybrid sports car.

Cupra 

Cupra will reveal the pure-electric Tavascan SUV in Frankfurt. With an electric motor on the front and the rear axle, the Tavascan has 306hp and gets from 0-60mph in less than 6.5 seconds, while its 77kWh battery is apparently good for a range of 280 miles. Its spacious interior sports a pair of huge infotainment screens and is said to promote ‘inner calm’. Cupra’s words, not carwow’s.

Honda

You could be forgiven for thinking that you had already seen the Honda E, several times, but Frankfurt is the first time you’ll be able to see the car fully production-ready. Not that much has changed. The E is still a cutesy five-door electric car with a posh interior. Its rear-mounted electric motor gives it brisk performance and excellent manoeuvrability because it doesn’t hamper the turning radius of the front wheels. It will have a range of 125 miles and goes on sale next year. 

Hyundai

Frankfurt will be your first opportunity to see the latest version of the Hyundai i10 city car. It’s 20mm lower and 20mm wider than the old car giving it a chunkier appearance, while passenger and boot space has also increased slightly. The i10 gets a smart new cabin with class-leading infotainment in the form of an eight-inch infotainment screen that comes as standard with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, so you can use your smartphone’s sat-nav on the car’s big screen. You can have the i10 with a choice of 67hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 84hp 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. Most of intriguing of all is the Eco Pack, which gives you a higher-ratio gearbox, tiny (and efficiency-boosting) 14-inch wheels and a lightweight back seat with room for two rather than three people. All in the quest to save fuel, though Hyundai has yet to share figures.

While the new i10 and i30 N Project C are Hyundais you’ll soon to be able to buy, the attention grabber at the manufacturer’s stand is likely to be the electric45concept. Inspired by the first car Hyundai launched in the 1970s, it will, apparently, provide a milestone for Hyundai’s future designs.

Lamborghini

Lamborghini’s Sian super car will make its public debut in Frankfurt. A 819hp monster, it has a 6.5-litre V12 in combination with an electric motor fitted to the gearbox that can be used for low-speed manoeuvring as well providing instant torque when it’s needed. Also of note is the super capacitor which can provide a boost in power at speeds of up to 81mph. All in, the Sian gets from 0-60mph in less than 2.8 seconds and hits nearly 200mph flat out.

Land Rover Defender

Germany’s motor show could just be turned on its head by a new British car, yes, it’s true. That car is the new Land Rover Defender something we’ve been talking about since, well, since the old model went off sale way back in 2016. Expect the new version to be a lot more sophisticated than the antiquated old car, with huge infotainment screens, air suspension, plus luxurious fixtures and fittings. Power will come from four and six-cylinder engines and you’ll be able to choose from short (90), longer (110) and longest (130) models. Most important of all, the new Defender will be just as unstoppable offroad as the old one. 

Mercedes 

You’ve seen the EQC electric SUV and drooled over the prospect of the EQS electric S-Class, well, this is the next piece to Mercedes’ all-electric line-up. Called the EQV, it looks almost identical to Mercedes’ eight-seater V-Class, and it is. Except that the usual diesel engine has been swapped for batteries and an electric motor, giving it a range of 250 miles and an ability to suck up 60 miles worth of charge in 15 minutes. 

If the EQC hasn’t captured your imagination then don’t despair, there’s rumoured to be something much more exciting cooking at the Mercedes stand in the from of an all-new electric saloon. Something like this prototype already captured by our spies earlier this year. 

Mini

With their clean-running and instant thrust, electric motors are perfect for driving in town, making them a perfect match for a city slicker like the Mini 3-door, now coined the Mini Electric. Makes sense. Save for some coloured trim and badges, it looks identical to a petrol or diesel model. It has nippy performance and a small battery that’s light enough not to affect the car’s go-kart-like drive, although it does mean it has a relatively meagre range of fewer than 130 miles on a single charge. 

Nissan

Nissan revealed the new Juke last week, but Frankfurt will be your first time see the car in person. It’s not quite as wacky as the old model and it’s also grown in size to offer more interior space. other changes include a posher interior, vastly improved infotainment and a full suite of self-drive technology. Initially only available with a 1.0-litre petrol, the Juke will eventually be offered as a plug-in hybrid.

Porsche

Gone are the days when performance brands scoffed at electric cars and you’ll see the proof of that on Porsche’s Frankfurt stand in the form of this – the Porsche Taycan. Under its four-door coupe body, it has two electric motors and four-wheel drive – which can burst the car from 0-62mph in a little over three seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. 

Renault

The Renault Captur is another small SUV set to get revealed in Frankfurt. It gets chunky looks on the outside and a posh feel on the inside including a Tesla-copying, portrait-style infotainment screen. It’ll have space for four and a boot that’s surprisingly large for this size of car. Power comes from the usual petrol and diesel engines, but the Captur will also be available as a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid with an electric range of 28 miles.  

SEAT

Looking for a practical SUV with hybrid power? Then head to the SEAT stand where you’ll find the Tarraco PHEV. It uses a combination of petrol and electric power to produce 245hp, and give the car an electric-only range of 30 miles. It’s also exempt from paying London’s Congestion Charge.

Skoda

Skoda will premier Monte Carlo versions of its entry-level Kamiq SUV and Scala small car in Frankfurt. The trim level will sit at the top of the range on both cars and will add kit such as a contrast-colour roof, black exterior trims and black wheels. That sporty theme will continue inside, where you’ll get body-hugging seats finished in a natty fabric, a sports steering wheel, smart trims and alloy-finished pedals. Best of all, you will be able to combine these sporty looks with cheap-to-run petrol or diesel engines.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall will launch the new Corsa in Frankfurt and, yes, it’ll be available as a pure electric car. The new model gets sharper styling, more interior space and a posher cabin with the now-expected large infotainment screens. You can choose from petrol or diesel engines with up to 100hp or go for the eCorsa electric model. This has 136hp, gets from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and has a range of more than 205 miles. 

If you need more range then another car on the Vauxhall stand may just tickle your fancy – the Grandland X Hybrid4. It has two electric motors and a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 300hp combined and making the car four-wheel drive. That gets the spacious SUV from 0-62mph in seven seconds and gives it an electric-only range of up to 32 miles. 

Vauxhall will also reveal a new Astra, albeit only a slightly revised one. It looks almost identical to the current model but gets new engines and improved aerodynamics for better fuel economy. The suspension has also been tuned to be more comfortable. Inside, you get a choice of three infotainment systems and Vauxhall says interior quality has also improved.

Volkswagen

The ID.3 could be the most important car to get launched in Frankfurt. The first car VW has designed from the ground-up to be electric, it is about the same size as a VW Golf, but its stubby bonnet means more of its length can be devoted to the passenger space. You’ll be able to have your ID.3 with a choice of two electric motors with 150 or 204hp and with three batteries giving you a range of 205, 260 or 340 miles. It’s also rear-wheel drive, giving the car an extremely tight turning circle that should make it perfect for driving in town.

Along with the new ID.3 you can also expect to see the T-Roc Cabriolet. Based on the standard T-Roc it gets a fabric roof that can fold away in under 20 seconds, has space for four people and a 284-litre boot that’ll have room for a couple of suitcases. You can expect it to be offered with a 115hp 1.0-litre or 150hp 1.5-litre engine, although – because it needs added body stiffening to make up for the lack of a proper roof – the heavy Cabriolet will be slower and less fuel-efficient than the standard T-Roc.

Another new car you’ll see on the VW stand is the e-Up, a revised version of VW’s small electric car. Its larger battery increases the car’s range from 99 to 162 miles and its 11.9 second 0-60mph time is half a second quicker than the old model’s.

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