It should be time for Audi to whip the covers off the production version of its flagship SUV, the Q8. This will stay very close to the concept from Detroit earlier this year with its emphasis on sporty, coupe-like styling, cutting edge technology including 48-volt electrics and a minimalist interior sky high on quality and connectivity. It’s sure to be incredibly spacious inside with a VIP back seat; the Q7 will remain the seven-seater of the family.
Also look out for: Audi RS4 Avant? And all those odd new numbers on the back of the latest models in Audi’s new naming strategy.
There will be no shortage of smaller, more affordable new SUVs at Frankfurt this year and one we will be keen to see is the T-Roc. VW’s fourth and smallest SUV, it fits below the Tiguan and will major on snappy style, a big boot and lots of driver assistance systems. Front- or all-wheel drive, it is being shown in production form – complete with optional two-tone paint job. On sale from November, with prices in Germany starting at €20,000. Expect lots more SUVs from VW still to come.
Also look out for: lots more ID electric car concepts.
Hatchback surprise of the show may well come from Kia. We have only a teaser image to go on so far, along with Kia’s assertion that it represents a new body type for the brand and will form the basis of a sporty but versatile new member of the next cee’d family. Looking very slender and racy, at least it didn’t have to come far: Kia’s European design centre where it was created is 500m from the Frankfurt Messe.