Frankfurt motor show 2019: all the star cars to watch out for

Volkswagen's all-electric hatchback, Hyundai's third-generation city car and an all-new Land Rover Defender. These are the star cars headed to the Frankfurt motor show in September...

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Darren Moss
20 August 2019

Land Rover Defender, Volkswagen ID 3, Audi A3

The bi-annual Frankfurt motor show is one of the biggest motoring events around – and that's because it gives us a first look at some of the exciting new cars you'll be able to buy soon.

Like the events in Paris and Geneva, Frankfurt puts an emphasis on European car makers, meaning many of the cars on display there will (eventually) find their way into showrooms.

As has been the trend in recent years, many of Frankfurt's new cars are expected to be both electric and autonomous. Among them is the Volkswagen ID 3, the Golf-sized electric hatchback that's due to go on sale early next year, and the Mercedes-Benz EQV electric people carrier. Below and over the next few pages, you'll find details on all of star cars headed to the Frankfurt motor show.


Frankfurt motor show 2019 star cars

Audi A3

2020 Audi A3 rendering

The next-generation version of Audi's popular family hatchback will be larger than the car it replaces, meaning more space inside for passengers and luggage. It will also feature a high-tech interior borrowed from the latest Q3 family SUV, including the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display and a permanent internet connection that means it can show you the latest fuel prices, for example. As well as the usual petrol and diesel engines, the new A3 will be offered as both a mild hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. An electric A3 is also planned, borrowing technology first used on Audi's E-tron electric SUV. 

As well as the staple five-door A3 hatchback, there will also be a new S3 hot hatch, an A3 Saloon and a new coupé-styled version to take on the Mercedes CLA. The three-door A3 Cabriolet, though, won't be replaced.

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Audi RS6 Avant and RS7

Audi RS6 Avant front static

Audi's A6 Avant estate and A7 Sportback five-door coupé are both luxurious cars, but for buyers who also want prodigious pace, the new RS6 Avant and RS7 headed to Frankfurt will be worth paying attention to. In the case of the RS6 Avant, power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 592bhp – more than you get in a Porsche 911 Carrera – and can accelerate up to 62mph in just 3.6sec. Prices should start at around £85,000.

Find out more about the new RS6 Avant, or find a great A6 Avant deal


BMW Vision M Next

BMW Vision M Next side

We're used to seeing BMW's M Performance division turning out tuned versions of existing BMW products, but this Vision M Next concept car is intended to show how a modern successor to the original M1 sports car of 1978 might look. As is fitting of the times, it's a plug-in hybrid, and it has 591bhp on tap from what's expected to be multiple electric motors. Top speed is 186mph. It's tentatively planned for production as a strictly limited-run model, arriving shortly before the second-generation BMW i8.


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