Frankfurt Motor Show

2015 Frankfurt Motor Show preview guide

Frankfurt Motor ShowFrankfurt is one of the highlights of 2015 for petrolheads, with many new cars set to make their debut.

Here are the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show stars we know about so far…

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited Giulia (say it ‘Julia’) will take on the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series when it goes on sale in summer 2016.

The Giulia seen here is the range-topping 510hp Quadrifoglio. This rear-wheel-drive saloon should give the BMW M3 something to worry about.

Audi A4

Audi A4

It might not look much different, but the new Audi A4 is lighter, roomier and more efficient. The most efficient 2.0 TDI Ultra saloon returns 76.4mpg and emits just 95g/km CO2.

Inside is where the A4 scores over its rivals. The (optional) 12.3in digital instrument display already wowed us in the TT and looks just as great here.

Bentley Bentayga


Bentayga 1The Bentley Bentayga beats off strong competition from the Renault Kadjar for worst car name of 2015. On sale in early 2016, it is the British brand’s first SUV.

So far, Bentley has only released grainy pictures of the Bentayga in cold-weather testing. It is powered by a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine.

BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series

The 7 Series has always lived in the shadow of Mercedes’ more popular S-class limousine. However, it promises to remain the keen driver’s choice in this class.

The latest 7 Series is packed with technology. The latest version of its iDrive media system offers a touchscreen and gesture control. You can twirl your finger to adjust the audio volume, for example.



It’s fair to say that the outgoing X1 wasn’t BMW’s finest hour. The new car is a big improvement, particularly in terms of fuel efficiency.

Most X1s are four-wheel drive. The remainder send power through the front wheels, rather than the rears as previously. Enthusiasts may grumble, but few owners will care.

DS 4 Crossback


DS4 1Don’t call it a Citroen! DS is now a separate brand and the new Crossback is part of its push upmarket. As the name suggests, it’s a crossover version of the existing DS 4 hatchback.

The Crossback takes on the Nissan Qashqai with a choice of 130hp petrol or 120hp diesel engines. Apple’s Carplay media system is on the options list.

Ferrari 488 GTS

Ferrari 488 Spider

We don’t know how the Ferrari 488 Spider drives yet, but we almost don’t care. Just look at it. And imagine the sound from its turbocharged V8 engine as it screams to 62mph in 3.0 seconds. Automotive nirvana.

The Spider has a retractable hard-top roof, yet its chassis is just as rigid as the 488 GTB coupe – a remarkable achievement. Gotta love those speedster-style humps behind the headrests, too.

Ford Edge

Edge 1

Bringing some American-style glamour to Europe, the Edge sits above the Kuga in Ford’s SUV line-up. There will also be a Sport model, with gloss-black trim instead of chrome.

Edge buyers can choose from 180hp or 210hp 2.0-litre diesel engines – both with four-wheel drive. Sales start in early 2016.

Infiniti Q30

Infiniti Q30

We first saw the concept version of Infiniti’s Q30 hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. Here is the production car – due later this year.

The Q30 (seen here in concept form) shares many of its underpinnings with the Mercedes A-class and will be built alongside the Qashqai at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland.

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

If you have been watching the Tour de France, you will probably have seen this lightly-disguised Jaguar F-Pace supporting the Team Sky riders.

The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first SUV and will take on the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and new Mercedes GLC when it goes on sale in early 2016.

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

Here is the fourth-generation Kia Sportage. The compact SUV features a bolder front end than the current model, with high-mounted headlights and ‘ice cube’ LED lights on GT Line versions.

Overall dimensions are similar, but the wheelbase is longer. Kia says the design of the Sportage was inspired by the controversially-named 2013 Provo concept car.

Lamborghini Huracan Spider

Lamborghini Huracan

Again, we don’t have images of the forthcoming Huracan Spider yet. So just imagine this car without a roof. Yep, it’s going to look sensational.

With a 602hp 5.2-litre V10 underneath its rear deck, the drop-top Huracan will provide plenty of wind in your hair. A 202mph wind, to be exact.

Mercedes-Benz S-class Convertible

Mercedes 1

The S-class is often hailed as ‘the best car in the world’. Does that make the new drop-top the best convertible in the world? We shall see…

The S-class is often hailed as ‘the best car in the world’. Does that make the new drop-top the best convertible in the world? We shall see…

MINI Clubman

MINI Clubman

The MINI Clubman is back, this time as a more conventional small estate car. It will cost from £19,995 when it goes on sale later in 2015.

The Clubman no longer has a small ‘Clubdoor’ at the side. But the vertically-split tailgate remains – setting it apart from the five-door MINI hatchback.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Mercedes-AMG C63

Here’s the first version of the new C-Class Coupe to be released: the tyre-smoking C63 AMG. Its 4.0-litre V8 engine develops 476hp, or 510hp in S trim. Which should be plenty.

Sharing its engine with the AMG GT sports car means the C63 can sprint to 62mph in 4.0 seconds or less. It also has something called ‘flap technology’ to make the exhausts EXTRA LOUD.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLC

We’ve just driven Mercedes’ new medium-sized SUV and came away impressed. The GLC makes its public debut at Frankfurt, then reaches showrooms in October.

The GLC is offered with a choice of two diesel engines in the UK. Other markets get petrol and petrol/electric hybrid versions.

Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

First seen as a concept car at Frankfurt, a production version of the 308 R Hybrid now looks certain. We think that’s a very good thing indeed.

This 500hp plug-in hybrid 308 hits 62mph in 4.0 seconds and emits just 70g/km CO2. Although not at the same time, of course…

Porsche 911 facelift

Porsche 911 2015

As ever, the design of the new 911 is decidedly ‘evolutionary’. To be fair, this is only a mid-life facelift, designed to keep the current ‘991’ model fresh.

The big news for the latest 911, spied here testing at the Nurburgring, is under the skin. More turbocharged engines are on the way, and a smaller, four-cylinder engine is rumoured.

Renault Megane


Megane 1The fourth-generation Megane is Renault’s attempt to move upmarket, taking on the latest Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf. The French manufacturer promises a big step up in quality.

Highlights of the new Megane’s interior include a large touchscreen and optional head-up display. A Renaultsport hot hatch will follow at a later date.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Dawn 1

The elegant Rolls-Royce Dawn is an open-top version of the Wraith coupe. Its maker says it will be the quietest convertible on sale.

Under the Dawn’s long bonnet is a 6.6-litre turbocharged V12. It’s expected to cost upwards of £250,000 when it reaches showrooms in 2016.

Toyota Prius

Prius 1

If we’re being kind, we’d describe the styling of the new Prius as ‘challenging’. Toyota hasn’t released any figures yet, but expect the iconic petrol/electric hybrid to be greener than ever.

Nope, it doesn’t look any better from the back… However, new double wishbone rear suspension should result in sportier handling.

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Opel Astra

Squaring up to the next Renault Megane is the 2015 Vauxhall Astra. The engine line-up includes a super-clean 1.6 diesel that emits just 82g/km CO2.

UK prices for the new Astra will start at £15,295 and standard equipment includes DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control. A Sports Tourer estate version follows in spring 2016.

VW Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Frankfurt 2015 will be a relatively quiet show for Volkswagen. But we should see a concept version of the next Tiguan 4×4. The current car is shown here.

The concept Tiguan will offer big clues to how the new car will look. Hybrid powertrains – as seen in the Golf and Passat GTE – look likely and a seven-seat version is possible.

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