The 65th Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off for the press on the 10th September and opens its doors to the public on the 14th.
This year’s motor show features 1,000 exhibitors from 35 countries and is expected to attract one million visitors over the course of the event.
As far as European car makers are concerned, this is the year of the electric car and visitors to the show should be ready for a record number of hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery electric vehicles covering just about every size and price range to suit everyone.
But as topical as electric and hybrids are these days, we’d thought we’d choose something a little different. With Jaguar generating loads of excitement with their new crossover concept we thought we’d do a roundup of our five favourite crossovers from this year’s motor show.
Jaguar presents its first sports crossover concept vehicle rumoured to go on sale in 2015. This is the one car that generated more publicity than any other. Demonstrating Jaguar’s all-new lightweight and extremely stiff iQ aluminium platform that will underpin future Jaguars to come from an SUV to a small Jaguar.
The Lexus has introduced its new compact crossover the LF-NX, smaller than the RX crossover and designed for the city lifestyle. Don’t be put off by its sharp and sleek exterior design as its interior makes up for it featuring a full length centre console, a brushed metal finish on all the drivers’ instruments and touch sensitive technology.
Suzuki revealed its latest crossover concept, the iV-4. Unlike most of the new compact SUVs that have been showcased, the iV-4 is designed to be a true off-roader equipped with the All Grip 4×4 system whilst fitting into the urban environment. Suzuki aimed for a compact SUZ concept with greater efficiency and reduced emissions.
Kia has revealed their latest sporty hatchback shaped crossover concept, the Niro. Complete with nifty features and a design concept sure to attract attention, its butterfly doors. Kia has said the Niro is “set to take on the urban environment with style and tenacity” but sadly there are no plans for the Niro to go into production just yet.
Mercedes GLA crossover
The new Mercedes GLA crossover is based on the A-Class but a little taller and wider too, complete with two or four wheel drive. The new GLA models interior is very similar to the new A-Class but with chunkier air vents bezels and complete with plenty of gadgets. This beaut is sure to be popular!
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