The first Frankfurt Motor Show, otherwise known as International Motor Show or in German known as the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA - International Automobile Exhibition) was held back in 1897 with eight motor vehicles on display.
Cut to the present; the year 2017 witnessed more than 40 vehicles being displayed along with 13 concepts. There are several cars bound for the Indian shores which were showcased.
Here is the list of India-bound cars from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Renault's European brand Dacia unveiled the next-generation Duster at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Duster SUV receives updated exterior and interior design. Renault has pushed the windscreen by 100mm to offer bigger cabin, and the new-generation Renault Duster looks evolved rather than a revolution.
The French car maker has updated the Duster with new roof rails, prominent silver front, and rear skid plates as well as LED front light signature.
The upcoming new Duster features Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and 4x4 monitor which comprises of a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle's lean angle. Mechanically, the new Renault Duster is expected to be offered with the same drivetrains as the current model.
Expected Launch Date: Early 2018
Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is the sportier version of the next-generation Maruti Swift. For the first time, the Swift Sport features a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine replacing the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit seen in the previous generation Swift Sport.
With the new 1.4-litre turbocharged unit, the Suzuki Sport churns out 138bhp and 230Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Swift Sport weighs in at just 970kg, lighter by 80kg compared to the previous model.
In terms of design, the new Swift Sport receives a new grille and front splitter along with a revised front bumper. The hot hatch also gets 17-inch alloy wheels with a dual sporty black diffuser at the rear.
Expected Launch Date: Late 2018
Ford EcoSport (Facelift)
Ford was one among the first to launch a sub-compact SUV in India with the EcoSport. Now, the American company is all-set launch the facelifted EcoSport in India. Ahead of its launch, the company showcased the EcoSport facelift model at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new EcoSport features a tweaked exterior design, revised interiors, and a more powerful diesel engine. The facelifted EcoSport sports a new face, the old split front grille has been changed to a larger single piece unit. At the rear, there is a new bumper and the mounted spare wheel is missing, though it is to be seen if the India-spec will lose the mounted spare wheel.
Inside the cabin, the all-new EcoSport receives the latest Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, revised switchgear, aluminum trim pieces and a height adjustable boot floor. Mechanically, the new Ford EcoSport comes with three engine options: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units.
Expected Launch Date: Ahead of 2017 Diwali
In India, Skoda launched the Yeti compact SUV back in 2010 with a facelift in 2014. Globally, Skoda wanted to replace the Yeti and the new Karoq will its replacement. The Skoda Karoq does not look like the Yeti, but the Karoq looks like a full-scale SUV.
The Skoda Karoq is a crossover; however, the Czech carmaker has made good inroads to make the Karoq look more like a full-size SUV. Skoda is expected to offer 1-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines as well as 1.6-litre and 2-litre TDI diesel engines.
Expected Launch Date: Mid 2018
The Hyundai Kona was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show after the Korean company revealed the compact SUV in images earlier in June 2017. The Hyundai Kona will slot above the Creta and below the Santa Fe SUVs in India's product lineup.
The Hyundai Kona follows the design language of the Elantra, and the new Verna with its cascading grille supplemented with a split LED lighting arrangement. While it might share the design language of other Hyundai models, the Kona looks distinct and different.
Mechanically, Hyundai is expected to power the Kona SUV with a 118bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol mill paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a more powerful 1.6-litre turbo with 175bhp mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
As for the diesel engines, the Hyundai Kona is expected to get 1.6-litre units in two different states of tune (113 and 131bhp) paired to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Expected Launch Date: Early 2018
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley took the curtains off the Continental GT at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the new model incorporates design cues from the EXP 10 Speed 6 unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new Continental GT is longer than its previous model but features shorter overhangs which in turn has allowed for an extended and lowered bonnet.
The all-new Bentley Continental GT is powered by an updated version of its 6.0-litre W12 unit that now churns out 626bhp and 900Nm of torque and power are sent to all four wheels through a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Continental GT can sprint from 0-100kph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 333kph.
Expected Launch Date: Late 2018 or Early 2019
BMW revealed the all-new M5 at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany, but the performance sedan made its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new BMW M5 is powered by a revised version of BMW's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine churning out 592bhp and 750Nm of torque, a power bump by 40bhp and 75Nm of torque.
The all-new BMW M5 is the first M car which is not an SUV to go all-wheel drive. A new M xDrive all-wheel drive system is rear-biased and sends power to the rear wheels only if the rears are fighting for grip. The power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF which replaces the previous car's 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The new BMW M5 can sprint from 0-100kph in just 3.4 seconds which is a second quicker than its predecessor and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. Buyers can opt for the Driver's package to remove the limiter which then pushes the M5's top speed to 306km/h.
Expected Launch Date: Late 2018
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
Lamborghini launched the Aventador S Roadster at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Aventador S Roadster is the drop-top version of the Aventador S and is now available in India with a price tag of Rs 5.79 lakh ex-showroom (India).
Powering the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 740bhp and 690Nm of torque. The V12 helps sprint the Aventador S Roadster from 0 - 100km/h in 3 seconds with a top speed of 350km/h.
Carmakers have been looking to India to offer some of their latest models even as the country is moving to be the third largest automobile industry in the world by 2020. It is encouraging to see that brands such as Lamborghini, BMW among others see India as an emerging automobile market in the world.