Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: preview

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We round up the exciting new cars that we'll be seeing for the first time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September

Every year the Frankfurt Motor Show re-ignites a busy season of international new car events as, if you exclude the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s the first major international motor show since Geneva in March. 

The doors of the 67th IAA International Motor Show open to the press on the 12th September and the public on the 14th, but the Frankfurt build-up has already begun, with several manufacturers announcing new models that are destined for the show stands. We’ll have important debuts from brands such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Renault and Volkswagen, plus some surprise appearances too. 

However, a number of big carmakers have elected not to attend the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. FCA (including Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep) are reportedly not showing anything, along with Peugeot and Nissan, which will be unveiling its new Leaf electric car in a separate event that month. Frankfurt is traditionally dominated by the domestic German manufacturers with their huge stands and high profile debuts so it may be that other manufacturers are worried about getting their share of the Frankfurt limelight. 

What we do know for certain is that there’ll be a glittering array of new metal at the event. We’ll be regularly updating this page on the lead up to and during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show press days. Be sure to check here for the latest news, images and videos from one of the world’s largest new car events. 

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: the big new cars 

Our preview of the biggest launches and best new cars heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show

  •    • Audi A8 – Ingolstadt’s latest luxury limo is all set for its public debut
  •    • BMW M5 – The latest chapter in the BMW M story boasts 600bhp and all-wheel-drive
  •    • Hyundai i30 N – Public debut of Hyundai’s new Volkswagen Golf GTI rival and first ‘N’ car
  •    • Jaguar E-Pace – Jaguar follows up the F-Pace with a smaller crossover
  •    • Kia Stonic – All-new Kia B-SUV has the SEAT Arona in its sights
  •    • Volkswagen Polo – VW’s latest supermini boasts a new platform and fresh tech

What’s at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017? A to Z

All the key new cars coming to Frankfurt this year, listed alphabetically….

Audi

New Audi A8 - A8 L front

• Audi A8
• Audi RS4 Avant

It should come as no surprise that Audi has a big debut or two at its home market show. The most notable car on display will be the all-new A8 luxury limo, boasting a raft of new technology and autonomous features, plus mild hybrid powertrains. It’ll be the first public outing of the Mercedes S-Class rival. 

Rumours also suggest that we’ll see the new RS4 Avant for the first time at Frankfurt, although we’ll have to wait and see if this will be the case. 

BMW

BMW M5

• BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
• BMW i8 Spyder
• BMW X7
• BMW M5

BMW – another home market carmaker – will have plenty on display at Frankfurt this year. The new 6 Series Gran Turismo will make its first public outing, while we’re also expecting to see the production version of the i8 Spyder drop-top hybrid sports car drawing in the crowds. 

Lovers of luxury SUVs will be catered for by the debut of of a concept version of the seven-seat X7 too, while the new X3 will make its public debut in the metal. Finally, after a long teaser campaign, we’ll finally have the covers pulled off the new four-wheel drive M5 super saloon. 

Dacia

2018 Dacia Duster spy shot front quarter

• Dacia Duster

Dacia is planning to reveal a new Duster SUV for 2018, replacing the current model which has been on sale in Britain since 2012. Details are still thin on the ground, but spy shots suggest that the new Duster will usher in an evolutionary look rather than an all-new design. It’ll be a five-seat model too – rumours of a seven-seat ‘Grand Duster’ are now dead in the water.

Hyundai 

Hyundai i30 N front

• Hyundai i30 N
• Hyundai Kona

Frankfurt will be the first public display of Hyundai’s hotly-tipped i30 N performance hatch. Our pre-production drive of the Seat Leon Cupra rival whetted our appetite for the finished car, and we’re expecting it to be a big crowd-pleaser this year. We’ll also see the new Kona small SUV on the stands for the first time. 

Jaguar

Jaguar E-Pace - front

• Jaguar E-Pace

If you want to see the new Jaguar E-Pace SUV in the metal, your first chance will be at Frankfurt. The baby brother to the F-Pace will go up against the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and JLR’s own Range Rover Evoque, and will be available to buy in early 2018. 

Kia 

2017 Kia Stonic - front

• Kia Stonic

As well as showcasing Kia’s current line-up, including the new Stinger coupe-cum-saloon, the Korean carmaker will use the Frankfurt show for the public debut of its new Stonic. The bold-looking small SUV is going up against sister brand Hyundai’s Kona, plus the forthcoming SEAT Arona and new Nissan Juke. 

Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar - exclusive image

• Mercedes Project One Hypercar
• Mercedes G-Class
• Mercedes-AMG GT four-door concept

Mercedes hasn’t officially confirmed any Frankfurt debuts yet, but we’re almost certain there will be a few given it’s another home market brand.

One likely candidate is the next-generation G-Class 4×4 which has been seen out and about in disguise, while it’s possible we’ll see more production-ready version of the AMG GT four-door concept. It’s also rumoured that the brand is readying a second all-electric concept badged under its new EQ sub-brand, which we could see in the metal at the show. 

Merc’s focus won’t be all-electric, however – the brand is plotting to pull the covers off its long awaited, 1,000bhp Formula 1 engined hypercar at the Frankfurt meet, which is previewed by our exclusive image above.

Renault

New Megane RS cold weather teaser

• Renault Megane RS

Renault will come up with the goods for hot hatch fans at this year’s show with an all-new Renaultsport tweaked Megane, following a long teaser campaign. It will have around 300bhp, while four-wheel steering has also been confirmed. A series of leaked patent renders have all but revealed the design, so it’s performance figures and full specifications we’re looking forward to.  

SEAT

SEAT Arona - reveal front

• SEAT Arona

We’ve already seen SEAT’s new Arona – a rival for a clutch of new small crossovers such as the Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona – but Frankfurt will be the new B-segment SUV’s public debut. It’s the second car in what will be a three-strong SUV line-up from the Spanish brand, sitting underneath the Ateca and the as-yet unnamed seven-seater. We won’t be treated to a reveal of SEAT’s largest SUV at the show, but a shortlist of potential names will be released.

Subaru

2017 Subaru Impreza front quarter official

• Subaru Impreza

The latest Subaru Impreza was introduced at the New York Motor Show back in 2016, and at the time Subaru bosses were coy regarding the car’s chances of making it to Europe. However, fifteen months on from its initial debut the firm has confirmed it plans to launch here, and we’ll see a European spec new Impreza this September.

Vauxhall/Opel

Vauxhall Grandland X - front static

• Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall is readying its new SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan fighter for its first public appearance, though it’ll be wearing Opel badges rather than the Vauxhall griffin in Frankfurt. We’ve already seen plenty of pictures, and Vauxhall has even revealed UK prices and specs on its website, but this will be our first glance at the Grandland X in the metal, and the first opportunity to gauge it up close.

Volkswagen

New 2017 VW Polo leak

• Volkswagen Polo
• Volkswagen Polo GTI

The all-new sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will be shown in the metal, in public, for the first time in Frankfurt this year. Sitting on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB A0 platform for small cars it has grown in size considerably, and a hot, 197bhp GTI badged version will also appear alongside it.

What are you looking forward to seeing at the Frankfurt show? Let us know in the comments!