Motoring: Feeling light-headed at the Frankfurt Motoring Show
New Astra line-up unveiled as Opel announce plans to produce 29 new models by 2020
– 16 September 2015 03:14 PM
The 66th Frankfurt Motor Show was so exciting with stunning models and loop de loops that it all proved too much for one motoring chief.
We’re not sure whether it was the searing heat from the lights in the hall or the breathtaking stunt by Jaguar to launch their F-Pace SUV, but it was too much fun for BMW boss Harald Krueger who fainted during his presentation.
To be fair, I needed a lie down myself after seeing some of the magnificent metal on show over the last three days which included the latest Bentley SUV called Bentayga — dubbed the fastest luxury truck on earth which is packing a W12 with 600bhp and 0-100kph in just 4 seconds. Other supercars making their debut included the Lamborghini Huracan Spider, the Bugatti Vision Concept (replacement for the Veyron), Ferrari 488 Spider and the Porsche 911.
But we here know the most awaited launch of the week happened over at the Opel stand.
Pulling the dust covers off the stunning new Astra and Astra Sport Touring (which has 30,000 orders already even though the car is not officially launched until October 10th), CEO Mary Barra revealed that Opel plan to launch 29 new models by 2020 — including a super luxurious SUV.
Over at Audi the blistering S4 and S4 Avant were debuting, equipped with a newly developed V6 powerplant. The 3.0 TFSI engine has 354bhp with a 0-100kph sprint of just 4.7 seconds, outstripping its predecessor in terms of power and torque. Despite the improved performance, the S4 consumes less than 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, with 170 g/km CO2.
Also on display was the Audi e-tron quattro concept which, thanks to the power of three electric motors, has the propulsion of a little rocket. It’ll hit 100kph in 4.6 seconds, has a top end of 210k and an eye-popping range of 500kms. Elsewhere the SEAT Leon Cross Sport, which combines the performance of a compact sports car with the versatility of all-wheel drive and packing 300bhp, hit the catwalk. Also on show was the Ibiza Cupra which manages to squeeze 192bhp out of a 1.8 litre engine packed into a city car shell and can rocket to 100kph in just 6.7 seconds.
Over in the French quarter the all-new Megane made an appearance. It promises to be “loaded with technology features from higher-segment cars”.
Taking its face off the Talisman Concept, the fourth generation hatchback is much sportier looking with it’s dimensions stretched to make it 25mm lower, 47mm wider and its wheelbase lengthened by 28mm. The sexy GT (pictured) comes in both diesel and petrol and will be launched here in the new year for summer deliveries. A ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel will be added in 2017.
Finally, the new VW Tiguan gets the same conventional overhaul as the 2015 Passat with a more chunkier and angular look.
The longer wheelbase gives 29mm of extra leg room in the rear while the boot expands 145 litres to 615 litres. The interior design is familiar with a similar dash and cabin layout as the Passat and Golf.
Like the aforementioned a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan (also called the GTE) will be in showrooms early next year.