‘Loud, colourful, and loaded with the grandstanding might of the German auto industry on a full-throttle display; Frankfurt 2017 proved to be an auto show to remember’.
2017 would always be remembered as a year when future paved its way to the Frankfurt auto show. Yes, there is a plethora of interesting and significant production debuts—namely Bentley’s latest Continental GT, BMW’s stunning X3 and M5, Porsche’s breath-taking Cayenne, Hyundai’s compact Kona crossover, and not to forget Ferrari’s Portofino, to name a few—but this year the buzz was all about the hybrids, electric vehicles, and autonomous driving. This is the Frankfurt motor show where the auto-giants Mercedes-Benz claimed to be working on a future automobile which would be electric-powered and didn’t entertain any steering wheel or pedals.
The following vehicles find themselves in our list of the best from the show floor:
1. Mercedes-AMG Project one:
There are fast hypercars, there are stylish hypercars. And then comes a never-seen legal hypercar loaded with an actual Formula 1 power-train. A rich, powerful, and top-notch car, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE emerged as the major highlight of the show. The concept shares a majority of its powerpack with Mercedes-AMG’s Petronas grand prix racer that steered Lewis Hamilton to victory back in the 2015.
With a gigantic power more than 1,000 horses on tap, it will faster than a Bugatti Chiron. The car features the F1-style steering wheel and an air-conditioned cockpit that remains the cause of celebration for the auto-enthusiasts. It’s that one car everyone wanted to see at Frankfurt.
2. Kia ProCeed Concept:
Kia’s Proceed is liquid lust wrapped in hot red. This four-door wagon seems to be racing the streets even if it sits stationary on the stand. Sadly it will not be seen storming the U.S. streets because the concept gently hints at the Kia’s Cee’d family for Europe.
The car portrays a clean and elegant look merged together with beautiful proportions. The hood appears smaller than it actually is with no B-pillar and adorned with the sharkfin trim at the C-pillar. On the inside, the concept features a series of shaved and unshaved ribbons on the seats: which boils down to almost 100 square meters of black fabric in total.
3. Jaguar iPace e-trophy
Jaguar is all set to unleash a one-make race series for the upcoming all-electric I-Pace, and to prove its point, the auto-makers unravelled a concept at the Frankfurt show stand. This future car has different exterior mirrors, unique side windows, and an outclass styling around the rear hatch.
Yes! What hides within the plain sight on the Jaguar stand is the production version of the I-Pace. Tear apart the rear wing, the race-face front fascia, the side skirts and the zestful tires and wheels, and what you’ll glimpse over is a twin-motor I-Pace backed by 400 hp of power and an expected EPA-rated range of about 220 miles when it launches in the second half of 2018.
4. Bently Continental GT
Finally, Bentley’s gran turismo receives the exorbitant proportions it deserves, thanks to the MSB architecture it shares with Porsche’s Panamera. MSB, which happens to be VW Group’s front-engine and rear- or all-wheel-drive architecture, has empowered the company to position the front wheels ahead of the engine, inducing an extended dash-to-axle ratio to the future car, continuing the hallmark legacy of great British sports and luxury cars since the 1920s.
The new Conti GT appears much sleeker, lower and luxurious than ever before with sharp tailored surfaces. What’s loaded inside is rich leather, and beautifully adorned wooden finish, giving it an ultra-modern feel.
5. Honda Urban EV concept
Credit to its simple, tidy surfaces and bumpers extended over the large wheels at each corner, the Honda Urban EV concept drew a number of eyeballs at the Frankfurt motor show. Inspired by the exceptional product design principles instead of styling whimsies, this compact Honda—is barely 4 inches shorter than a Fit—paves its way as a an embracing breath of fresh air from a Japanese automaker.
As quoted by the Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo, “The Urban EV showcases a brand-new EV platform that is native to the company, and the production version of the car will hit the European market in 2019.
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