Day 2 of the Frankfurt Motor Show is now in full swing. Following on from our Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 Preview that we published last week we thought it would be apt to recap the opening day of one of the biggest motoring shows in the world. So what has wowed the motoring world so far?
Jaguar C-X17 Concept SUV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
The Jaguar C-X17 Concept SUV may be just that, a concept, but don’t be surprised if the production model isn’t too far removed from what you see before you. Designers have admitted that the C-X17 is mainly an opportunity for Jaguar to display their new aluminium monocoque base architecture, the same architecture that all new models will be created from. If you really look at it though would the C-X17 look out of place in your local Jag showroom? Or, dare we say it, would it look out of place on your drive?! We would go as far as to say that it would look good, really good in fact.
In order to build the car Jaguar is creating 1, 700 new UK jobs. David Cameron said the announcement was “fantastic news for Solihull and a huge vote of confidence in the UK. This investment will also deliver another 24,000 jobs in the supply chain – on top of the 1.3million the private sector has already created since 2010.” Expect the production model to rear its head at some point during 2016.
Vauxhall Opel Monza at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Vauxhall have resurrected the Monza name in fantastic form. The new concept is a futuristic gullwing coupe that is dripping with hints and nods towards the brands future of design and technology. The car features LED projection technology that allows drivers to utilise the full dashboard as one massive screen. This can include anything from a speedo to a movie. The car is also huge on smartphone connectivity with ME, US and ALL settings. ME gives driver information priority, US allows passengers more freedom to control the infotainment system with their phones and ALL focuses on your cars connection to the outside world, displaying your journey progress for example and allowing your car to communicate with others.
The concept model is built around a plug in hybrid system which uses electric motors to power the cars wheels but also relies on a 1.0-litre, natural gas powered, turbo engine as a range extender. Expect a variation of this set up to make it into a production model, if one was ever to materialise.
Citroen C4 Cactus Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
The Citroen C4 Cactus Concept, Citroen’s answer to a Golf and Focus rival, is a little bit different. Drawing some inspiration from the C-Cactus Concept that was unveiled at Frankfurt in 2007 the latest concept has gone with outlandish styling and design. We feel the car, which is roughly 90% production ready, will inspire a marmite reaction from anyone who comes into contact with it.
Gone are conventional bumpers and in their place sits Airbump, a series of air filled blisters. Additionally, door handles have disappeared from the cars exterior, replaced by touch pads. The car’s interior pushes for a non-cluttered and simplistic arrangement with three large buttons, one for drive, one for neutral and one for reverse, replacing the more conventional gear lever. A touch screen in the centre of the dashboard also controls most of the cars functions removing the need for multiple buttons and knobs. The car is expected to go on sale next summer.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes have really pushed the boat out with their new S-Class Coupe Concept. Exterior styling isn’t so far removed from standard S-Class styling that it is unrecognisable but it takes on an even bolder and stronger tone. Exterior creases are far more pronounced, as are the grill and nose, and the rear is much more bulbous than current Mercedes models. The 21in five spoke alloys also go a long way to reinforcing this aggressive look.
The interior is where things take a real step away from the ordinary. A futuristic combination of clean whites and fluorescent blue lighting highlight the cabins minimalist design. 12.3in screens have been lifted straight from the S-class saloon and sit in the dash. For an added touch of (ridiculous) luxury the roof lining and carpet are made of silk. A 4.7-litre twin turbocharged V8 gives the car 449bhp. Mercedes have claimed that the car provides a realistic and concrete vision for the next generation of production models.
The Nanuk is a brave step for Audi. No other manufactures at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show have, so far, revealed a car with such seemingly minimal changes that have impacted its look so significantly. Nanuk is the Inuit word for Polar Bear and the new concept by Audi definitely conveys imposing levels of power and muscle. Taking elements of SUV and Supercar design Audi have created a car that doesn’t seem too sure about what it is. It is powered by a mid-mounted 5.0-litre diesel engine that churns out 540bhp and gives the car an eyeball melting 0-62 of 3.8 seconds.
An air suspension system will allow for ride height to be adjusted, which in our opinion is a good thing. For us it is just too reminiscent of an American muscle car with none of the hard lines and presence that made them so attractive. The road clearance is far too noticeable in comparison to Audi’s previous and current models. It has been rumoured that the Nanuk’s design could influence the production of the second-generation R8 (fingers crossed it doesn’t).
Lexus LF-NX Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Our final, and possibly most outrageous, mention of a new car from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show comes in the form of the Lexus LF-NX Concept. Lexus’ answer to a compact crossover the LF-NX concept exploits hard lines and sharp edges shamelessly. The production model will be slightly smaller than the current RX400h and likely be less imposing.
The car is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol hybrid boost engine. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on a production model that is pencilled in for release next year.
Written by Ryan Hill