The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, theme of which was ‘Mobility Connects’ saw the participation of journalists from about 29 countries. The show underscored its position as a leader and importance among others by major motor shows. This time around, the primary focus was on connected and automated driving along with E-mobility and optimization of traditional drive trains. Keep reading to know the top ten cars from the show from India’s perspective.
Rolls-Royce Dawn: The Dawn is inspired from 1952 Silver Dawn drophead and is a soft-top convertible. Look at the Dawn as an open-air alternative to the existing Wraith coupe. It would be powered by a 6.6-litre V12 engine producing 563bhp of power and 780Nm of torque. According to Rolls-Royce, Dawn can do 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds while the top speed has been electronically limited to 240kmph.
Set to go on sale early next year, Dawn would be the most rigid-bodied convertible partly due to the new suspension system that it employs. It has been claimed to be as quiet as the Wraith despite the absence of a fixed roof. It takes approximately 21 seconds to retract the top and you can do this at speeds of up to 50kph.
Jaguar F-Pace: The CX-17 concept that was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is now the F-Pace. The F-Pace would take on the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5 in India and is a first utility vehicle from Jaguar. As the name indicates, F type has been an inspiration behind the car. The F-Pace is built upon the modular aluminum architecture just like the XE and XF to keep the weight minimum, while improving structural rigidity simultaneously. It’s expected that there would be choice between two supercharged 3.0-liter V6 powerplants, one with 340 horsepower and another tuned to deliver 380 ponies. Both variants would use an eight-speed transmission that would send power to all four wheels via a torque-vectoring system.
Audi A4: The next generation of A4 takes a significant leap in terms of design and features optional Matrix LED headlamps, single frame grille set between sharp six point frame. The rear has been inspired from the A3 and features LED taillights. With intelligent material use the weight has also been reduced by 120kgs.
There’s an optional virtual cockpit that now replaces the A4's standard instrument cluster. The Virtual cockpit is also complimented by a dash-mounted 8.3-inch screen. Audi connect aboard would also provide a high-speed LTE Internet connection and would double up as wireless hotspot.
BMW X1: This is the second generation BMW X1 and will use a front wheel drive architecture. The new X1 is about 25mm shorter than the outgoing version but is wider and taller in comparison. Standard equipment list would include power front seats, a seven-speaker audio system, a 6.5-inch high-resolution infotainment screen etc. Panoramic roof, leather upholstery and an 8.8-inch high-resolution Navigation screen are available as optional features.
A 2 liter four-cylinder diesel unit would be under the hood and will be available in 3 states of tune. X1 sDrive18d with 150bhp power and 330Nm torque, X1 sDrive20d with power of 190bhp and 400Nm torque and the most powerful xDrive25d with 231bhp and 450Nm torque.
BMW 7 Series: The 7 Series takes luxury to an all new level and offers features like laser headlights, auto-parking assist, key fob with display and other premium but unique touches everywhere. The new car uses innovative materials and carbon fibre extensively for weight reduction and as a result is about 130kg lighter than the car it replaces. Inside the BMW 7 Series you will find a freestanding touchscreen display integrated with latest generation BMW’s iDrive system that also supports air gestures now.
The only diesel option would be six-cylinder diesel 730d (265PS) while the petrol options include 3-litre inline six powered 740i developing 326bhp and V8-powered 750i xDrive 445bhp. As 8-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard with all variants. xDrive AWD system would also be available as optional.
Jaguar XF: Jaguar XF was another attraction beside the new F-Pace from the house of Jaguar. The car utilizes extensive aluminium construction which helps it shed 190kgs. Jaguar offers a wide variety of engine options in the current-generation XF, all of which will be tweaked for the next-generation model. There will be 3 engines with 4 state of tunes, starting from a 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, as seen on the new XE, a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 motor and a top of the line, highly powerful, 3.0-litre supercharged V6 motor sourced from the Jaguar F-Type.
The XF rivals cars like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class and Audi A6 in different world markets.
Mercedes-Benz A Class: The new Mercedes A Class hasn’t changed much except the optional LED headlamps along with redesigned air intakes and an aggressive bumper. There’s an A45 AMG addition to the existing range which bears changes in the form of new bumper, quad exhaust, sports LED clusters and larger rear wing. There’s new upholstery color in the interior along with trim materials around the dashboard in the new 2016 Mercedes A Class.
At the same time the A45 AMG kicks all these style addition a notch higher with more aero-aggressive front bumper, a pair of side canards, new LED tail lamp cluster at the rear end along with new chrome tipped quad exhausts. The powertrain on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be the same 1.6-litre petrol and a 2.2-liter diesel engine, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. While the A45 AMG would use a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, that has been tuned to offer 381PS of power and 475Nm of torque.
Volkswagen Polo GTI: The Polo GTI has already been spotted testing in India. The fast hatch when it’s here would use a 1.8-litre TSI engine (192PS / 320 Nm) with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. That’s a lot of power for a small hatch. The GTI can hit the 100kmph mark in under 7 seconds. VW also offers an optional Sport Select suspension system in Europe which allows the driver to adjust the damper setting.
It’s not yet clear if they would be available when it comes to India. In addition to the GTI badge on the outside, you would notice a honeycomb grille with red highlights, LED headlamps with DRLs, redesigned bumpers new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and dual exhausts. Other features that would make the GTI exclusive include aluminium pedals, sport seats and Golf GTI inspired seat fabric and a sport steering wheel.
BMW 3 Series: The face lifted 3 series would take on the likes of the elegant Mercedes C-Class. Updated 3 series comes with redesigned bi-xenon headlamps, air intakes, tail lamps and bumper. Just like all other latest BMWs the twin kidney grille merges with the headlamps. The LED headlamp units are also available as optional while the signature BMW corona rings around the beam bulbs are now semi-circular and also come as standard. LED daytime running lights are standard. And as in the case of all latest BMWs of today, the kidney grilles merge with the headlamps.
The engines would be the same and no changes there. However, there would be a new 340i variant which would be powered by an inline six, twin-turbo engine (326bhp / 450Nm). The range of gearbox would be a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. Interiors remain largely unchanged with the addition of a glossy element on the dash.
Mercedes GLC: This is the second generation of the GLC and will replace the GLK-Class in world markets. However, in India it would make its debut. There’s a twin-slat grille and typical styling that we are seeing in all the latest generation Mercedes. Multi beam LED headlamps with LED DRLs and 20 inch wheels are available as optional. The sides bear strong character lines and large glass area. At the rear end you will find stylish, wrap-around tail lamps, roof spoiler and dual exhaust.
Mercedes claims that fuel consumption has been cut by 19 percent. Some other highlights of the package are - multi-chamber air suspension, dynamic transmission modes and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for better ride comfort and agility. The GLC will use a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines (GLC 220 d, GLC 250 d and GLC 250 petrol).