Motor shows reveal the latest and greatest from the motoring world, giving the public the chance to get up close with top-end models, as well as seeing some truly unique concepts that might not ever even hit the road.
September 2019 saw Frankfurt host its most recent event, and there were plenty of new models on display – with one aiming to change the way you think about its cars.
Here are our favourite cars from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show…
Land Rover Defender
Arguably the star of the whole show, Land Rover finally revealed the replacement for its legendary off-roader. The 2020 Defender arrives 3 years after the old model was discontinued and is set to be as capable as ever.
Sporting a purpose-built aluminium chassis, the new Defender comes with Land Rover’s latest terrain response system. It’s also being offered with a series of design and equipment packs, including an adventure pack which boasts body-mounted panniers, roof rack and a winch.
It’s being offered in 5-door 110 and 3-door 90 body stylesin petrol or diesel from launch, with a plug-in hybrid version available in 2020. The boxy silhouette remains, while there’s plenty of tech to bring the Defender into this century. Prices start from £45,240 for the 110 version.
The German manufacturer sees this model as the start of its third major phase. After the Beetle and the Golf, the all-electric ID.3 is expected to be Volkswagen’s next big thing. Sitting in the compacts category, the ID.3 is built on the VW Group’s new MEB electric platform, which will be used across a series of vehicles.
While only being marginally wider and longer than a Golf, its additional height and lack of a transmission tunnel means the ID.3 is incredibly roomy. Offered with a range up to 342 miles from a motor delivering 148bhp or 201bhp, there will be an ID.3 to suit most drivers.
VW is also making sure that the model is well-equipped. With a steering column-mounted instrument display, the ID.3 is also fitted with a 10-inch central touchscreen as well as a series of driver assists. Although unconfirmed, prices are expected to start around £25,000.
Alpina B3 Touring
Using the practical, touring edition of the BMW 3 Series as the base, manufacturer-certified tuner Alpina has made its latest fast model. Called the B3 Touring, the wagon is fitted with a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, which develops 462bhp and 700Nm of torque.
With a top speed in excess of 186mph, this is the fastest 3 Series Touring you’ll be able to buy. It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, as well as a limited-slip differential for improved cornering.
Design changes have also been made, with quad exhausts, exclusive alloy wheels and a sporty body kit. Prices haven’t been revealed yet and order books will open in the first quarter of 2020.
Audi RS 7 Sportback
After revealing the RS 6 Avant earlier this month, Audi has taken the covers off its next RS model. Based on the A7 Sportback, the RS 7 features a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which develops 592bhp and 800Nm of torque.
When you aren’t going hell for leather, Audi has also included a mild-hybrid system to help save fuel. But when you are, the RS 7 can reach a top speed of 189mph with the Dynamic Package Plus.
It also comes with leather sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, custom driving modes, a sportier design and two oval exhaust pipes. Official pricing hasn’t been released, with models set to arrive in the UK early in 2020.
The prototype version of the e was revealed back at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. And although the production model is almost identical, we now know what the small EV is set to cost. Starting from £26,160, the Honda e comes with a 100kW battery pack and an electric motor that develops 134bhp.
But the advancement isn’t just on the powertrain. The e doesn’t have conventional door mirrors, with cameras used instead. The rest of dashboard is mainly screens too, with 5 used for all the main vehicle functions.
With a range of up to 136 miles, the Honda e can’t go as far as some of its rivals, but the city-focused model comes with great styling and is set to be a favourite with urban drivers.