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The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

As the year draws to a close, the Frankfurt Motor Show is one of the last big steps for automakers to present their new products to a global audience. This year saw the big debuts of international players, as well as a surprising number of electric or hybrid cars / concepts from different brands. Here is a look at some of the newbies.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Land rover defender

The iconic Defender is back as a more mainstream model in the Land Rover lineup. The styling, while modern, has plenty of retro touches, from the square upright profile to the square wheel arches. The interior is also modern, but benefits from design and technological touches to still show off the model’s off-road heritage. Under the hood are a range of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engine options, paired as standard with a sophisticated four-wheel drive system. A big change from the previous Defender is the move to a unibody construction, instead of a chassis-based body structure. The Defender is supported by a reworked version of the company’s D7 platform that also underpins models such as the Range Rover and Discovery.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen ID.3

Backed by VW’s MEB platform, the ID.3 is the brand’s most important model after the Beetle and Golf, both considered flagship cars for VW. The ID.3 presents an elegant and modern design with a minimalist and spacious cabin, thanks to its large wheelbase. The ID.3 offers three battery options, 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kW, offering claimed ranges of 330 km, 418 km and 548 km, respectively. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an axle-mounted motor developing 145 hp with the 45 kWh battery, and 198 hp with the other two.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

The wild-looking Sian is Lamborghini’s first hybrid supercar. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 from the Aventador SVJ, but with an output of up to 785 hp, paired with a 35 hp electric motor. Total power is rated at 820 hp with the electric motor integrated into the gearbox. The power of the electric motor is stored in supercapacitors. The name of the FKP 37 is a tribute to Ferdinand Piech, who converted the company under VW in 1998. Only 63 units of the hybrid supercar will be manufactured, and all have already been sold.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes Vision EQS Concept

The sleek EQS features an all-electric derivative of the next-generation S-class. Backed by the company’s MEA platform, the EQS features flowing lines and a silhouette similar to the new CLS, with a yacht-inspired cabin. Power comes from two electric motors mounted on the axle, developing a combined torque of 477 hp and 759 Nm. The energy is stored in a 100 kW battery under the floor.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW Concept 4 Series

The Concept 4 series presents the second generation 4 series. The concept features many elements of the larger 8 Series coupe, as well as a new take on the brand’s kidney-shaped grille – one of the largest yet to adorn a BMW concept. The concept is reportedly 85% production ready, although no details are available on the interior or mechanics.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Porsche Taycan

Porsche’s first all-electric performance car will hit the market internationally (and in India) next year, with a choice of power levels – 625bhp / 850Nm and a more powerful 760bhp and 1,050Nm. Inside, the cabin receives a number of high-tech touches, such as a fully digital instrument panel (a Porsche first), an optional dedicated display for the front passenger and a lower display on the center console. to control the infotainment system. The Taycan is available in two variants – Turbo and Turbo S.

The stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi RS6, RS7

Audi’s stand in Frankfurt included the latest models to join its RS lineup, the RS6 and RS7. Running the same 600bhp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a 48V mild hybrid system, the RS siblings featured more aggressive styling cues such as sportier bumpers, honeycomb grilles bee as well as massive air dams, alloy rims and dual exhausts. As before, the RS6 will be available as a station wagon only. Both models are fitted with Quattro all-wheel drive as standard.

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