Beer, sausage, and lots of cars. That’s what we can expect at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Clearly the first two of those are way outside our area of expertise - as well as being delicious but blatantly stereotypical - so we’ll just have to concentrate on the car stuff instead.
There are a lot of things to concentrate on, too. Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, SEAT, VW, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Dacia, Honda, MINI, and Porsche. And that’s not even a complete list of all the makers with new cars due to hit showrooms in the next few months.
Clearly some of these brands are a little more aspirational but there’s such a wide range of new and updated cars there are plenty of more realistic options available.
Hyundai and Kia will be going head to head with two compact SUVs to rival the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke. The Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic are both small SUVs with bold styling and rugged looks. Both will eventually be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines - the initial choice will be a bit more limited - and both can be specified with a number of different trim levels and options. No doubt there will also be EV variants to come at a later date.
If neither of these tickles your fancy there are other compact SUVs arriving in Frankfurt.
The SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc have both launched recently and should prove very popular. The SEAT Arona is based on the same platform as the Ibiza while the T-Roc is essentially a Golf with a funky new wardrobe. Again, both come with petrol and diesel options and both can be personalised with a wide range of trim options.
You might be forgiven in thinking that this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is all about the SUV. You would largely be right, but it’s not all about the compact models in this popular segment of the market. All four of the new cars we’ve already mentioned are expected to enter the market in the sub-£20k price bracket - options list not withstanding – so expect some competitive leasing rates for these cars. But there are also a few high-end executive options on display.
Jaguar will be showing off the E-Pace concept while Porsche is set to reveal the fabulous new Cayenne.
The Jaguar E-Pace sits below the F-Pace in the range but Jaguar is keen to ensure this new car isn’t pigeonholed as a baby version of the larger SUV. This has largely been achieved by making the E-Pace look a bit like the gorgeous F-Type coupe. The E-Pace is spacious, well-equipped, and exceptionally good looking. At around £28k it has a more exclusive feel that is reflected in the price. And no doubt leasing rates...
Not as exclusive as the new Porsche Cayenne though. The Cayenne has been a massive success for Porsche with the new version being described as the sportiest yet. Expect superb build quality and a range of hugely powerful engines. In fact, expect a hugely powerful hybrid. According to Porsche the most powerful member of the family will be the 666bhp Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. If that isn’t the best way to be environmentally aware we don’t know what is.
If you do pride yourself on your environmental commitment the Frankfurt Motor Show has more than enough to keep you occupied. There is an electric MINI concept due to go on sale in 2019, albeit a toned-down version. Honda will also introduce us to the CR-V hybrid prototype it is planning to bring to Europe.
Away from the SUVs and electric concepts there will also be an opportunity to meet the new flagship Audi A8 and the BMW 6-Series GT. If you’re looking at the executive market then these two are likely to loom large.
The Audi A8 boasts a host of new technology and options, as well as a range of suitably smooth and powerful engines. It may not sound particularly enthralling but the new A8 has been fitted with a more capable 48v electrical system that allows Audi to pack more technology into the car. Relying less on the engine to generate electricity means the new A8 is actually more economical and therefore cheaper to run.
The BMW 6-Series GT isn’t quite as clever as the Audi but it delivers in terms of looks - the GT concept looks so much better on the 6-Series than it ever did as a 5-Series. The GT feels more spacious than its predecessor but still retains the balanced handling of a BMW. You can choose from either petrol or diesel engines with the BMW all-wheel xDrive system also an option.
This is only a small portion of the samples that will delight the visitors. Obviously the best way to see all the new cars and technology on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show is to visit the Frankfurt Motor Show. That may not be the most practical option for a lot of you but don’t worry. We will be keeping a close eye on proceedings over the next week and it won’t be long before we will be offering all of these new cars to our leasing customers.
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