Manufacturers didn’t disappoint with some of the weird and wacky concepts on display at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
From practically-production-ready family cars to weird car/bike crossovers, check out the cars from tomorrow on display at Frankfurt…
SEAT Leon Cross Sport
This is what happens when SEAT’s Leon X-Perience off-roader and Cupra 290 hot hatch have babies. It’s a jacked up three-door hatch with 300hp. Ace.
It boasts an extra 41mm of ground clearance over the regular Leon SC, while it hits 62mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s as fast as the Volkswagen Golf R.
Audi e-tron quattro concept
Does the world need another BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz GLE? We hope Audi decides not, despite this concept, revealed at Frankfurt.
A production Audi Q6 is expected to arrive in 2016. It’s likely to feature a range of petrol and diesel engines, although this concept features three electric motors.
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo
With Veyron production coming to an end, everyone’s wondering what’ll be next for Bugatti. This isn’t it, but it does preview what might come…
Designed exclusively for Gran Turismo 6 on the Playstation, the Vision GT is inspired by the Type 57 Bugatti that won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1937 and 1939. Apparently it’s good for a virtual 250mph.
Land Rover Defender Pedal Car Concept
Production of the Defender as we know it might be coming to an end later this year, but if you can’t afford one of the final editions, how about this? It’s a Defender pedal car, set to be revealed in production form next year.
Complete with an individual chassis number, production versions of the Defender pedal car are expected to cost around £10,000.
Honda 2&4 Concept
Honda’s car and bike development teams got together and designed this – a weird, half bike/half car.
Powered by a 999cc V4 engine and weighing just 405kg, the 2&4 is said to be the ideal compromise between car and bike.
Citroen Aircross concept
First shown at Shanghai, the Aircross previews a forthcoming Citroen SUV set to rival the Nissan X-Trail.
The concept features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 221hp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a 96hp electric motor.
Kia Optima GT
This isn’t really a concept car – it’s pretty much production ready, but Kia’s describing it as a prototype.
Performance figures are to be confirmed, but the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine will produce around 240hp. That’s going to make it fairly quick.
Mazda Koeru concept
Mazda insists the Koeru is just a concept, for now, but it looks remarkably production ready to us. Similar to the CX-5 crossover, it features a coupe roofline.
Likely to be sportier than the CX-5, the Koeru features 21-inch alloys and could be launched as the CX-4.
Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA
This curvy four-door coupe boasts an impressive drag co-efficient of just Cd 0.19 thanks to clever active aerodynamics which effectively change the car’s shape when driving at high speeds.
Powered by a plug-in hybrid system producing a total of 279hp, the IAA is good for an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
Peugeot Fractal concept
Peugeot has form for interesting concepts, so it’s no surprise to see this quirky ‘urban coupe’ appearing on its Frankfurt stand.
The Fractal previews the next generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, as seen on the 308. It features a small steering wheel with touchpads that can be used to control most infotainment functions, as well as a 7.7-inch head-up display.
Ssangyong XLV-Air concept
The first of two concepts on Ssangyong’s stand at Frankfurt, the XLV-Air hints at a long-wheelbase Tivoli.
Ssangyong hasn’t said whether the rugged-looking crossover will be sold in the UK, but it looks practically production-ready and could offer excellent value for money.
Ssangyong XAV-Adventure concept
Ever found yourself wishing there was such thing as a 21st century Ssangyong Korando? No, us neither…
Although Ssangyong has traditionally sold tough off-roaders, the Tivoli marks a change in direction towards the lifestyle crossover market. The XAV-Adventure continues that, ‘designed to meet the needs of the more active young generation’.
Porsche Mission E
This has to be one of the most exciting concepts – and biggest surprises – to appear at Frankfurt. It’s Porsche’s answer to the Tesla Model S – an all-electric, four-wheel-drive, four-seat sports car.
With two electric motors producing 600hp, the Mission E will reach 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds. It also boasts a range of 312 miles.
Toyota C-HR concept
The crossover trend is showing no signs of declining, so here’s Toyota’s answer to the Nissan Juke.
Set to appear in production form at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, we saw the first incarnation of the C-HR at Paris last year.
Citroen Cactus M concept
This funky thing is what happens when Citroen takes its brilliant C4 Cactus and has even more fun with it. The M concept in a modern day Citroen Mehari – with a roof that converts into a tent.
The Cactus M’s interior is completely waterproof, meaning you can hose it down after a day on the beach. It’s fresh to see a concept that isn’t about clever technology or high performance – and for that, we applaud Citroen.
Nissan Gripz concept
One of a number of coupe crossovers at Frankfurt this year, the Gripz is a controversial preview of the future of Nissan Z-cars.
At 4100mm, the Gripz is slightly shorter than the Juke. Nissan says it doesn’t preview a forthcoming model, more a design ideology.