In September, the IAA, one of the world's most important auto shows, opens its doors. According to the worldwide SUV-Booms are driving manufacturers of new Hochbeiner innovations to Frankfurt. But it doesn't get boring.
Above all, the long-term German SUV bestseller Tiguan will be a much-noticed highlight. Based on the modular transverse modular system, the second generation offers more space with less weight and consumption, and various assistance systems are also introduced. The second generation of the BMW X1 also makes its debut in the compact SUV class, which is now based on the front-wheel drive platform (all-wheel drive is still possible) and offers more space inside. The Hyundai Tucson, which is more spacious, more comfortable and more elegant than the predecessor ix35, is said to chase away German sympathy points.
Diverse competitors also position themselves one class higher: Above all the Mercedes GLC, which follows the angular GLK with more space and more economical engines. The Jaguar SUV F-Pace, which comes onto the market in 2016 with lightweight technology from the sedans XE and XF, has a decidedly sporty position and will be seen for the first time in Frankfurt. If the new Bentley Bentayga actually comes to Frankfurt, the luxury SUV is certainly one of the stars. Although eagerly awaited, the SUV from the revived Borgward brand is more of an outsider position. According to media reports, the first new car model from the traditional brand will first hit the market in China in early 2016.
A cross between an SUV and a convertible? Land Rover should bring that with the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio. The SUV with a fabric roof will be launched in 2016. Potential competition may already be in the starting blocks: Citroen shows a variation of the crossover Cactus, which is inspired by the edgy leisure car convertible Mehari.
Convertibles are eye-catchers at every trade fair, of course other manufacturers also bring their fresh air innovations to the IAA. Above all, Ferrari, who show the open version of the mid-engine sports car 488 GTB with the 488 Spider. Mercedes brings the new S-Class Cabrio with it, the fabric roof version should be optically based on the sleek coupe of the upper class. With the market launch of the MX-5, Mazda officially presented its roadster in Germany for the first time.
The compact class is still the most important car segment, at least in Germany. It is no wonder that some golf competitors in Frankfurt also face the public for the first time: the fourth generation of the Opel Astra has a fresh design and is the first in its class to have LED matrix light. Nissan's premium brand Infiniti initially wants to catch customers with the Q30 in Europe, the five-door uses technology from the Mercedes A-Class.
While the IAA was still dominated by electromobility two years ago, e-cars are no longer at the top of the innovations agenda among manufacturers - probably due to a lack of euphoric customer response. Nevertheless, some will be presented in Frankfurt again: Above all, hybrid car pioneer Toyota will be showing the fuel cell car Mirai, for example, which will be available in Germany this year. In addition, the new generation Prius comes into the public eye, as well as a hybrid version of the RAV4. Rumor has it that two other future models will also celebrate their premiere as studies in the Frankfurt exhibition halls: Firstly, the Porsche Pajun, a small Panamera with electric drive. The other is the Audi Q6 SUV coupé, which is also electrically powered.
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X