The International Motor Show Germany (IAA) is this year taking place in Frankfurt. At the glitzy motor show this month, much has been made of the hybrid and all-electric concept models. Showcasing a vision of an all-electric future, the outlook seems bright for the automotive industry and for the environment.
Perhaps then we can sleep soundly, knowing that our future is in safe hands, but what of the here-and now? Here are the latest models to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, due for production in 2018.
1. Renault Megane R.S.
Due to be launched in early 2018, this new sporty makeover for the popular hatchback proves it has much more to offer than a big rear. Boasting 277 BHP, 4CONTROL four-wheel-steering and the option of a six-speed manual or six-speed EDC automatic transmission, this is a car which is sport in so much more than the name.
The R.S. stands for 'Renault Sport' and so is not to be confused with the RS Ford performance range. With additional options of 'Sport' or 'Cup' chassis and altered front suspension, the ride and handling has been improved massively.
To record your progress, the R.S. Monitor Expert allows you to record real-time performance direct from the on-board computer and connect it to your camera for sharing on social media. A Trophy version with 300HP and torque increased to 400Nm will be available late 2018.
2. Vauxhall Grandland X SUV
A new addition to the Vauxhall family, the Grandland is similar to the Peugeot 3008, which is unsurprising given the shared ownership of Citroen/Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall. Offering 4 trim levels, as yet to be revealed and with 1.6 diesel and three-cylinder petrol options, the front-wheel drive Vauxhall Grandland X SUV is anticipated to be a popular, middle-priced and economic people carrier alternative.
3. Vauxhall Insignia GSi
Unveiled as a high-performance variant to the VXR range, the GSi promises an uprated FlexRide® Premium Chassis which has been created from tests conducted at the world-famous Nurburgring. Offering Brembo performance brakes and active torque vectoring you will stick to the road, even in the most slippery of conditions. Plus, to switch it up a bit you can choose between Standard, Tour and Sport mode.
The All-Wheel-Drive Insignia GSi has been transformed from the standard model into a handsome, yet aggressive beast which flexes muscles of steel. Styled with twin air in-takes, the 20-inch alloy wheels and aero-dynamic lines give this new breed a style all of its' own. However, this all-new GSi gives a more than subtle nod to the performance Vauxhall GSi range of yesteryear and gives car lovers much with which to be encouraged.
4. Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
Revealed as a refreshing alternative to SUV's, the Country Tourer is a re-vamp of the old faithful estate. Souped-up and jacked-up, coupled with five-link suspension to give a smooth ride on rough ground. This all-new All-Wheel Drive Insignia is designed with off-road styling, plastic cladding added to the bodywork to give it that rugged look.
Boasting the new LED lighting signature, extra boot space and Apple CarPlay technology, the Country Tourer is an altogether upgraded model on its' predecessor.
Updated safety features include Lane Keep Assist, Head Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with automatic emergency brake assistance and Rear Cross Traffic Alerts. Early signs are that this car is to be priced lower than the Sport Tourer but higher than the model it replaces.
5. Citroën C3 Aircross
Citroen have unveiled their own entry to the SUV game; Aircross is a compact SUV offering lots of space and an infinite number of seating arrangements to suit your needs, making it similar to a mid-range people carrier. Available in petrol and diesel versions with performance ranging between 82 and 130 PS. Energy-efficiency has been improved with a carbon output range of 104-126 grams per kilometre.
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6. Dacia Duster
Duster has been marketed as a bargain SUV and with this new upgrade Dacia sets out their stall for a bigger piece of the pie. Duster has undergone a complete rethink making it a more authentic alternative.
Whilst still the cheapest SUV available, every switch, button and level has been redesigned, and the bodywork has been reworked to a sleeker and altogether more elegant body design. Built upon the same chassis, and now available in burnt-sienna, the Duster represents great value for money.
7. SEAT Arona
SEAT's newest SUV sits under the Ateca for size but is more closely aligned to the All-New Ibiza for styling and design. With thicker, higher seats and a more upright windscreen, giving greater headroom and a wider field of vision.
Practically, the boot space is one of the most generous on the SUV market, offering a massive 400-litres of capacity. Front-wheel drive, there are a variety of petrol and diesel options available with standard five-speed, six-speed or seven-speed transmission.
Arona has been treated to the new trims including the sporty FR trim which gets Seat's four-mode drive programmes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual - for a full range of ride characteristics.
8. Kia Stonic
Inspired by its' big brother, Sportage, Stonic, is a nippy, urban compact crossover SUV still sporting the unmistakeable signature tiger-nose grille. With 1.0-litre petrol up to 1.6-litre diesel engine options, Stonic offers low emission and high efficiency in this striking new entry for Kia. Creating a true crossover to appeal to the European market, Kia have demonstrated their full intention to expand in this successful sphere.
Featuring the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system your safety has been catered for. To prevent understeer, Stonic is equipped with Torque-Vectoring by Braking which intelligently brakes inside wheels when cornering. Straight Line Stability brakes individual wheels under heavy braking - for instance during an emergency stop, which will stop the car from weaving.
9. Ford Mustang
The arrival of American muscle to these shores was welcomed by many. The all-new Mustang has a new look, its headlights more of a grimace than a smile. The completely redesigned 5.0-litre V8 dual-fuel, high pressure injection engine releases another 25 horses from under the bonnet of this gutsy, stateside beast, producing 460 BHP and a further 20lb·ft of torque, increasing pulling power to 420lb·ft.
New modifications include an exciting Drag Strip Mode, which is custom-designed to maximise straight line acceleration. The 10-speed transmission has wider spacing, optimising a higher average power when accelerating.
10. Ford Eco-Sport SUV
Ford have deliberately promoted Eco-Sport as their smallest SUV. Available in four trim levels, S, SE, SES and Titanium. The SES model features intelligent four-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension for a more exhilarating ride. All models have a swing-gate tailgate for increased access. All tech is included as standard with an HD Radio and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The Eco-Sport is available in ten new tones with the addition of bold copper accents to the interior and exterior styling, giving the new-look model a striking, sophisticated look.
11. Ford Ranger Black Edition
This limited-edition release is set to limit numbers, with just 2,500 to be produced. The exterior of the black edition has been completely de-chromed, and instead the radiator grille, alloys, sports and detailing have been coated in Absolute Black giving this already fearsome looking machine an even darker complexion and a more aggressive finish.
Available in double-cab, standard list includes: SATNAV, Front Parking Sensors, Rear-View Camera, plus FORDSYNC3 multimedia system, with 8-inch touchscreen and dual-zone electronic climate control.
12. Ford Tourneo Custom
Tourneo has made the full transformation from a boxy transit with windows into a fully-fledged, purpose-built people carrier. This dynamic new look, with angled contour lines is coupled with a more comfortable interior making it look and feel more like a car.
Offering outstanding fuel economy, the Tourneo is a great alternative to a people carrier offering comfort, capacity and classic styling.