The press days for the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show occurred on September 10th and 11th, followed by a public show that runs through September 22nd of 2019.
A webinar recording covering the Frankfurt auto show is now available at recordedwebinars.autoknowledge.com
2020 Honda E Electric Hatchback
Honda debuted it's production 'e' electric hatchback at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, highlighting looks that are very similar to the pre-production concept that previewed it.
The prototype's rearview cameras and pop-out door handles have made their way to the production car. The Side Camera Mirror System is a first in the compact segment and Honda claims it brings “significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.”
The interior has remained true to the prototype as well, with a five-screen full-width digital dashboard and connected infotainment system. The dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens acting as the primary infotainment displays give the driver and front passenger a host of connectivity and comfort options.
Honda will offer two electric motor options, one delivering 100 kW (136 PS / 134 hp) and the other 113 kW (154 PS / 152 hp) and a peak torque of 315 Nm (232 lb-ft), with the latter being quite brisk, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 8 seconds.
The battery has a capacity of 35.5 kWh and is described as one of the most compact in its class. Despite that, it delivers a range of up to 220 km (137 miles) from a single charge. Thanks to fast-charging capability, the battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes.
Artificial intelligence is also present onboard courtesy of the Honda Personal Assistant service which uses “unique contextual understanding to create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services.” The user can activate the Honda Personal Assistant by saying, “OK Honda”, followed by the question or instruction.
2020 Land Rover Defender
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is all-new - the last generation was discontinued in 2016, and had most recently been refreshed in 2012. The new design is smoother and more modern.
The front grilles consist largely of slots, while the headlights and their running-light patterns are aggressive. Straight lines carry from the front bumper all the way to the rear where more traditional Defender design elements appear. The back end is mostly straight, devoid of too many curves. It looks especially ready for off-roading, given the high-mounted spare wheel on the tailgate.
The interior manages to look just as rugged as the exterior, thanks to a heavy dose of straight lines that are far more prominent than in other Land Rover vehicles. Depending on the vehicle spec, the front row gets either a big ol' center console with plenty of space, or a convertible bench seat with a semipermanent center console. The latter is standard on the Defender 90's First Edition trim and optional on the Defender 110, allowing up to three people to sit in the front row. The Defender 110, depending on configuration, can be had with seating for five, six or seven, the latter including two fold-down seats in the back. Like every other Land Rover product, there are a wide variety of materials available for the trim and seats, including a 30% wool blend for seating surfaces.
Ground clearance is set at 8.5 inches for the two-door Defender 90 (8.6 for the four-door Defender 110) but selecting the off-road-height setting bumps the figure up to 11.5 inches for both models. Both the 90 and 110 sport a 30.1-degree approach angle, which grows to 38 degrees at the vehicle's off-road height. The departure angle is even better at 37.6 degrees for the 90 and 37.7 degrees for the 110, although both even out to 40 degrees at off-road height. The 90's shorter wheelbase gives it the superior breakover angle at 24.2 degrees versus the 110's 22 degrees. Both variants can tackle up to 35.4 inches of water. The 2020 Defender can also tow. It'll pull up to 8,201 pounds of braked load, although without those additional brakes, that number drops to 1,653 pounds.
There are two powertrains; base and S-trim Defender 110 models use a 2.0L turbo I-4 producing 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The Defender 90 and all other trims of the 110 (SE, HSE, X, and First Edition) utilise a 3.0L turbo I-6 mild hybrid engine making 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup, as is permanent four-wheel drive.
An all-new electronic architecture allows the vehicle to receive over-the-air updates across 14 different vehicle modules. It packs a new PIVI Pro infotainment system, with a centrally located 10-inch touchscreen that includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new infotainment system also has an "always-on" design which allows it to boot up nearly immediately thanks to a built-in dedicated battery.
The turn-by-turn navigation can optimize routing based on driver inputs, even going so far as to cancel audio instructions when the vehicle is in a familiar location. The 12.3-inch gauge display can show 3D maps so the central touchscreen can be used for other purposes. There's a new head-up display capable of showing videos, which will help highlight vehicle articulation during off-roading. There is also a rearview mirror that shows the view through the backup camera.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 will go on sale in the spring, with the 90 to follow later in the year. The Defender 110 will start at $50,925 for the base trim, with the S rising to $54,375. Prices for models equipped with the mild-hybrid powertrain will start at $63,275 for the SE through $81,925 for the X edition.
2020 Jaguar XE Sedan
For the 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan, less is more, at least in terms of powertrain offerings and trim levels. But the new, slimmer lineup adopts additional tech features, and the model also sees design tweaks inside and out.
The diesel engine and the 3.0-liter V6 have been axed. The 247-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged Ingenium inline-four is the base engine. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be had with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This base engine's new model designation is P250, versus 25t previously. The step-up engine is the 296-hp version of the Ingenium 2.0-liter. Cars so equipped wear a new P300 badge, in place of the previous 30t. All-wheel drive is now standard with the 296-hp engine, and Jaguar claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.4 seconds for this powertrain.
The exterior design tweaks include new bumpers front and rear, a reshaped rear valence, as well as new LED headlights and taillights. A wider grille with lattice mesh is supposed to draw the XE closer visually to the I-Pace EV.
The former list of trim levels - Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S, Portfolio, and Landmark - has been reduced to just two: S and R-Dynamic S. Newly available is Jaguar Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which uses a second screen for climate control, flanked by two large knobs that can operate different functions (temperature, fan speed, and seat heating/cooling). The new rearview camera mirror eliminates blind spots, and wireless device charging has been added to the center console.
Jaguar also has ditched the rotary shifter in favor of pistol-type shifter found in the F-Type and elsewhere, while surrounding it with a variety of controls, including a flipper switch to toggle among the car's different drive modes. A beefier steering wheel includes capacitive-touch switches. Newly designed seats, with standard leather, are claimed to be more comfortable, while redesigned door panels incorporate wider, softer armrests as well as increased storage capability.
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Electric Sedan Concept
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is a concept for a vehicle that will eventually hit production with the EQS name and badge. Mercedes says the concept uses Level 3 autonomy but still has a clear emphasis on the driver being in control. The screens and infotainment system in the EQS are a glimpse into the future of MBUX.
The EQS Concept uses a 100 kWh battery pack imbuing it with a 435-mile range on a full charge (by WLTP standards). Dual electric motors (one on the front axle and the other on the rear) make a combined 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. This propels the Vision EQS to 60 mph “under 4.5 seconds” with a top speed somewhere just above of 124 mph. Mercedes also claims the car is capable of fast charging at 350 kW, allowing for a 0-80 percent charge in under 20 minutes.
The EQS is a long sedan with a short decklid and narrow window openings. The styling makes use of curves on every surface. Mercedes says the car has 940 individual LEDs on the black panel grille. Then there are 229 individual LED stars on the rear and a “lightbelt” that joins the front lights to the rear. Digital Light headlights are made up of units that have four holographic lens modules each that rotate at over 2,000 rpm. This quick rotation makes the human eye perceive a static image. The trick here is that those holographic modules are able to produce images of things that appear to float in space. These light modules could be used to communicate to other drivers on the road with light using any image one can think of.
"True to its slogan “Driving tomorrow”, this year’s IAA in Frankfurt/Main is the leading international platform for the very latest developments in the world of mobility. From September 12 to 22, trade visitors and the general public convene to see for themselves the hottest brands, suppliers and newcomers in the industry, as well as innovative mobility service providers, high-tech companies and start-ups from all over the world. "
More details can be found at the official website for the show.
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More detailed coverage for the show can be found by loading the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show saved workspace in our Vehicle Information Center.
This list provides a quick overview of what was released at the show and acts as a log of live image, press kit image, and OEM press release integration into our Vehicle Information Center:
|Vehicle Name||Level of Change||Image Status||Press Release Status||Trim Level Captured||Comment|
|Audi A1 20 Citycarver 5-Door Europe||Bodystyle||N/A||Integrated||Audi A1 Citycarver||What's New: Audi's pint-sized A1 Sportback has received the soft-roader treatment, although it hasn't been given the Allroad designation like the automaker's other soft-roaders but rather the new moniker Citycarver. As the name suggests, the A1 Citycarver is at home in the city, but if buyers what to carve out their own path on country roads or a little rough terrain, they can do that too. This is due to the A1 Citycarver's 2.0 inches of extra ground clearance brought about by a combination of raised suspension and taller wheels (starting at 16 inches in diameter).|
|Audi A6 20 Allroad Hybrid Europe||Trim||N/A||Integrated||A6 Allroad 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 8-Spd AT AWD||What's New: Audi's pint-sized A1 Sportback has received the soft-roader treatment, although it hasn't been given the Allroad designation like the automaker's other soft-roaders but rather the new moniker Citycarver. As the name suggests, the A1 Citycarver is at home in the city, but if buyers what to carve out their own path on country roads or a little rough terrain, they can do that too. This is due to the A1 Citycarver's 2.0 inches of extra ground clearance brought about by a combination of raised suspension and taller wheels (starting at 16 inches in diameter).|
|Audi A7 20 5-Door Hybrid Europe||Trim||N/A||Integrated||RS 7 4.0L twin turbo V-8 8-Spd AT AWD||What's New: Audi's pint-sized A1 Sportback has received the soft-roader treatment, although it hasn't been given the Allroad designation like the automaker's other soft-roaders but rather the new moniker Citycarver. As the name suggests, the A1 Citycarver is at home in the city, but if buyers what to carve out their own path on country roads or a little rough terrain, they can do that too. This is due to the A1 Citycarver's 2.0 inches of extra ground clearance brought about by a combination of raised suspension and taller wheels (starting at 16 inches in diameter).|
|Audi AI:Trail Quattro Electric Concept||Concept||N/A||Integrated||Audi AI:Trail Quattro Electric Concept|
|Audi Q3 20 Sportback Europe||Bodystyle||N/A||Integrated||Q3 35 TDI 2.0L turbodiesel I-4 7-Spd DCT FWD|
|BMW 1-Series 20 5-Door Europe||Redesign||N/A||Integrated||M135i 3.0L turbo I-6 8-Spd AT AWD|
|BMW 8-Series 20 Convertible Europe||Trim||N/A||Integrated||M8 Competition 4.4L twin turbo V-8 8-Spd AT AWD|
|BMW 8-Series 20 Coupe Europe||Trim||N/A||Integrated||M8 Competition 4.4L twin turbo V-8 8-Spd AT AWD|
|BMW 8-Series 20 Gran Coupe Europe||Bodystyle||N/A||Integrated||M850i 4.4L twin turbo V-8 8-Spd AT AWD|
|BMW Concept 4 Coupe||Concept||N/A||Integrated||BMW Concept 4 Coupe|
|BMW X1 20 Plug-In Hybrid Europe||Alt Energy||N/A||Integrated||X1 xDrive25e 1.5L turbo I-3 6-Spd AT AWD Plug-In Hybrid|
|Byton M-Byte 21 Electric Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||Byton M-Byte Electric|
|Cupra Tavascan Electric Concept||Concept||N/A||N/A||Cupra Tavascan Electric Concept|
|Ford Puma 20 Hybrid Europe||Debut||N/A||N/A||Puma 1.0L turbo I-3 6-Spd AT FWD Hybrid|
|Honda E 20 Electric 5-Door Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||E Electric 1-Spd AT RWD|
|Hyundai 45 5-Door Electric Concept||Concept||N/A||Integrated||Hyundai 45 Electric Concept|
|Jaguar XE 20 Sedan Europe||Refresh||N/A||N/A||Jaguar XE Sedan|
|Land Rover Defender 20 Europe||Debut||N/A||N/A||90 3.0L turbo I-6 8-Spd AT 4x4|
|Land Rover Defender 20 Hybrid Europe||Debut||N/A||N/A||110 2.0L turbo I-4 8-Spd AT 4x4|
|Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 5-Door Plug-In Hybrid Europe||Alt Energy||N/A||Integrated||A 250e 1.3L turbo I-4 8-Spd DCT FWD|
|Mercedes-Benz B-Class 20 5-Door Plug-In Hybrid Europe||Alt Energy||N/A||Integrated||B 250e 1.3L turbo I-4 8-Spd DCT FWD|
|Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class 20 Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||GLB 250 2.0L turbo I-4 8-Spd DCT AWD|
|Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Electric Sedan Concept||Concept||N/A||Integrated||Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Electric Concept|
|Mercedes-Benz EQV 20 Electric Europe||Debut||N/A||N/A||EQV Electric 1-Spd AT FWD|
|Opel Corsa 20 5-Door Europe||Redesign||N/A||Integrated||SE 1.2L turbo I-4 8-Spd AT FWD|
|Opel Corsa 20 5-Door Electric Europe||Alt Energy||N/A||Integrated||Corsa-e Electric 1-Spd AT FWD|
|Porsche 911 20 Coupe Europe||Trim||N/A||N/A||4 3.0L twin turbo H-6 8-Spd DCT AWD|
|Porsche 911 20 Convertible Europe||Trim||N/A||N/A||4 3.0L twin turbo H-6 8-Spd DCT AWD|
|Porsche Macan 20 Europe||Trim||N/A||Integrated||Turbo 2.9L twin turbo V-6 7-Spd DCT AWD|
|Porsche Taycan 20 Electric Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||Turbo S Electric 2-Spd AT AWD|
|Porsche Taycan 20 Electric Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||Turbo Electric 2-Spd AT AWD|
|Volkswagen ID.3 20 5-Door Electric Europe||Debut||N/A||Integrated||ID.3 Electric 1-Spd AT RWD|
|Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Concept||Concept||N/A||N/A||Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Concept|