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The coolest cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Most major auto shows are held under one roof, but the record-breaking biennial IAA, aka the Frankfurt Motor Show, spans a dozen massive “halls”. German car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen and its various brands even have their own dedicated buildings to show off their latest vehicles.

But this year’s IAA was noticeably smaller and more subdued than in previous years due to the perfect storm of challenges in the auto industry, such as trade wars in the United States, Brexit, declining sales in China and the emergence of alternative forms of personal mobility and propulsion. technologies.

The latter factor was on the minds of auto executives and on the booths of auto manufacturers, as electric vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan and the Mercedes-Benz EQC dominated the debut list, although exotic vehicles like the Lamborghini Sian did. showed that gasoline supercars are not dead.

Audi AI: Trail

Audi always puts on a show at the IAA, and the AI: Trail concept didn’t disappoint. And not just because it can deploy a flock of drones to send video footage of what’s going on in the cockpit and light the way off-road. The AI: Trail runs on four electric motors, one at each wheel, powered by a battery with a range of just over 300 miles. It has a level 4 range for on-road driving and a level 3 range for off-road so that the rider can enjoy the scenery as a passenger.

Bmw concept 4

Bmw concept 4

BMW’s Concept 4 has garnered a lot of attention, mainly for its huge BMW-branded “kidney” grille which makes the otherwise svelte coupe look like it has big male teeth. While we’ve seen the oversized grille on concepts like the iNEXT crossover and iVision Dynamics, with its sloping hood and swift tail, the rest of the Concept 4 looks like a smaller interpretation of the new 8-series. BMW claims the Concept 4 is the “new face of the 4-Series lineup,” meaning the production model will likely keep that crazy grille.

Byton M-byte

Byton M-byte

Byton has showcased different versions of its all-electric M-Byte five-passenger SUV, but this one is in production, with plans to go on sale in China by 2020 and in the United States by mid. -2021. The cost is expected to be around $ 45,000 with a choice of batteries offering a range of around 225 or 300 miles. While the M-Byte looked conservative compared to other IAA vehicles, inside is a screen that spans the width of the dashboard and another in the steering wheel that stays right in place. when the steering wheel is turned.

Volkswagen ID 3

Volkswagen ID 3

It was during the IAA 2015 that the Dieselgate scandal surfaced, ultimately sending VW executives to jail and forcing the world’s largest automaker to bank on electric vehicles. Four years later, the ID 3 EV sedan represents VW’s future in alternative fuel by launching a new vehicle platform that will be leveraged to spawn a range of new electric vehicles. The first edition receives a 58 kW battery with over 250 miles of range; a 45 kWh battery with a range of around 205 miles and a 77 kWh battery of around 340 miles will come later. The ID 3 won’t be sold in the US, but the ID 4 and ID Buzz crossover will do in the US.

Lamborghini Sian

Lamborghini Sian

Even Lamborghini (sort of) has joined the IAA’s electric train with its sexy new Sian. The hybrid supercar ditches the more mundane battery pack for a supercapacitor to power an electric motor and supplement the gas-guzzling V12 engine. The supercapacitor only adds 34 horsepower by juicing a 48-volt motor installed in the gearbox, but with the V12 it delivers 819 horsepower to go from zero to 62 mph in under 2.8 seconds. Only 63 Sians are produced and all of them are already sold at $ 3.6 million each.

Land rover defender

Land rover defender

With all the curvy cars that made their IAA debut, the new 2020 Land Rover Defender stood out by sticking to its square heritage, despite being more rounded and stylish than its predecessors. The Defender 110, which goes on sale in the spring, will feature a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, while the smaller Defender 90 will hit showrooms later this year. will receive a mild hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3.0-liter engine. 6-cylinder engine associated with lithium-ion batteries for a total of 395 horsepower. While the Defender is designed for hardcore off-roading, most buyers will rarely leave the curb.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

Tesla has changed the way car buyers view electric vehicles and pushed luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz to catch up. It’s a good thing when Mercedes creates concepts like the Vision EQS. Until now, the Mercedes EQ model and concepts have been practical, crossover-like people transport vehicles, but the EQS gives us a glimpse of what a mix of the EV lineup might look like. the marque and its flagship S-Class sedan. Not to be outdone by Telsa, the EQS sports two electric motors that produce more than 469 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. The production model – perhaps without the digital grille with 940 LEDs – will still turn heads with a “light belt” that surrounds the body, with over 200 star-shaped lights at the rear of the car.

Honda E

Honda E

You guessed it: the “E” on Honda’s new hatchback stands for EV. This production model looks a lot like the original concept and will carry features like flush-mounted retractable door handles and a five-screen digital instrument panel that includes two 12.3-inch LCD touch screens. With just 137 miles of range and a small 35.5 kWh battery, the Honda E is designed as a city car rather than a road car, and its electric motor delivers up to 152 horsepower. The Honda E will cost between $ 36,000 and $ 40,000 before rebates, although it is not sold in the United States.

Hyundai Concept 45

Hyundai Concept 45

Hyundai recently hit the auto shows with its futuristic concepts, and it continued that streak with the stylish Concept 45 which made its IAA debut. The wedge-shaped EV has an ultra-thin roof and no B-pillars to interrupt the side windows, while the doors open barn-door-style to reveal a futuristic interior cabin with swivel lounge chairs that facilitate access and out of the vehicle and can face each other in autonomous mode. While the 45 won’t see production in its current form, Hyundai says it is signaling the automaker’s design direction for future EV models.

Great Wall Wey X

Great Wall Wey X

Chinese automakers are always a treat for the eyes of the IAA, and Great Wall’s Wey’s X Concept stood out with its bright baby blue paintwork and futuristic shape. The Wey X is designed as an autonomous electric vehicle with a range of approximately 300 miles. The exterior has a screen in the front and another in the rear doors to communicate with passengers while inside is a “virtual” instrument panel and “floating” seats and a large center console with an integrated monitor.

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Even though Porsche unveiled its much-anticipated 202 Taycan EV ahead of the IAA, it was still the topic of conversation. The introduction of the first all-electric model ever produced by the legendary performance car brand coincided with the start of production of the Taycan in a brand new factory. The Taycan has a 93 kWh battery and a range of approximately 270 miles. Top speed is 161 mph and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is 3.2 seconds. The Porsche Taycan starts at $ 152,250 for the Turbo and $ 186,350 for the Turbo S.

Alpine B3

Alpine B3

A stone’s throw from the futuristic Hyundai 45 concept was the new and heavy Alpina B3 Touring. But don’t be fooled by the understated exterior: With an inline 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine that puts out 462 horsepower, the B3 station wagon is the most powerful BMW 3 Series available and has a top speed of 186 mph. And if the exterior is too stiff, you can always add optional 21-inch wheels.

Chinese mystery car

Chinese mystery car

This car was eye-catching, but what are the stats? We will have to wait and see. There was no literature or signs on it at the IAA other than Chinese writing on the car, and those at the booth were fairly inconspicuous.

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