The spacious floors of the Messe Frankfurt exhibition hall will soon turn into a sea of cars and people. Come September and the Germans will host, in these halls, one of the most awaited auto shows in the world- The Frankfurt Motor Show.
This 66th edition of the motor show will take place from September 17 to September 27. It is of major importance to the car buyers in India as many of the models that will be displayed are expected to come here in 2016.
Our excitement got the better of us and so we put together a little preview of all the India-bound cars to give you an idea of what expect in 2016.
1. Suzuki Baleno
The Suzuki Baleno is the Japanese automaker’s new premium hatchback that will slot in above the Swift. It will be launched in India next year with petrol and diesel engine options.
2. 2016 BMW X1
Unveiled in June this year, this second generation X1’s biggest change is that it has now moved to the UKL 1 FWD platform. It is now bigger, more spacious and obviously being offered with a load of new technologies developed by the Bavaria-based automaker.
3. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
It has been the biggest and most powerful C-Class on sale for the last five years and now there is a new one. As has been the case before, this car looks like its standard sibling but with some mind-blowing performance thanks to the 500+bhp output from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
4. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Now into its third generation, Mitsubishi’s massive Pajero Sport has got a new look and turbocharged 2.4-litre diesel engine. It is expected to make an Indian debut next year and is expected to be offered only with an automatic transmission.
5. Ferrari 488 GTS
When it was launched last year, the Ferrari 488 GTB came into the headlines for being the first turbocharged Prancing Horse ever. Riding the success wave, Ferrari will now launch the convertible version, a.k.a the 488 GTS, at the Motor Show next month.
6. Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracan had some big shoes to fill when it was launched in 2014 signalling the end of the Lamborghini Gallardo, and it has managed to do so without losing a step. Now, looking to take things further and in almost the same logical progression as its predecessor, Lamborghini will take the wraps off the Spyder at the motor show next month. It is expected to come to India by the middle of 2016.
7. 2016 BMW 7 Series
BMW’s latest iteration of its flagship limo has undergone its most comprehensive change in close to a decade. It gets new engines and an updated cabin. Given its importance in the Indian market, we expect that it will make its debut here in the early part of next year.
8. Mercedes-Benz GLC
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the replacement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK and will, for the first time, be offered in RHD markets. It is expected to be launched in India by mid-2016 and will slot in above the GLA-Class crossover.
9. Maserati Levante
The Maserati Levante will finally be shown in full production form nearly four years after it was displayed as the Kubang concept vehicle. Since Maserati is now officially in the country, we can expect this crossover to be launched by the middle of next year through the CBU route.
10. Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar took the motoring world by storm when it took the wraps off the CX-17 SUV two years ago. Since then, it has been a steady stream of spy pictures and eventually a camouflaged debut at the 2015 Tour De France. Now, the SUV will debut at the motor show and then go on sale a few months later. Given our love for luxury SUVs, there is a very high possibility that they will launch it just a short while after the XE sedan’s Indian debut.
11. BMW 3 Series facelift
A mid-life cycle update for BMW’s current entry-level sedan, this upgrade includes a few cosmetic changes as well as mechanical updates in the form a hybrid driveline for certain variants. It is slated to go on sale in Europe in about two months from now and will then reach Asian markets early next year.
12. 2016 Audi A4
This all-new fifth generation Audi A4 was unveiled recently and will go on sale in the European markets within the next two months. We can expect an Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and a launch later next year.
13. Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley Bentayga may be the most outlandish experiment that the British automaker may have undertaken in recent times, a complete departure from the normal body styles that it builds. Expect high levels of luxury and a price tag of over Rs 2 crore when it hits our shores in late 2016.
14. Porsche 911 facelift
It is one of the most recognisable faces thanks to 52 years of sticking to the same design. Yes, we are talking about the 991 series Porsche 911 which will be seen with its first major update since 2012. Given that Porsche cars are sold as CBU in India, this model should make its way here by the end of this year.
15. Mini Clubman
Mini’s largest offering, the Clubman, has finally got the new family treatment and will officially make its debut at the show. It also gets a new set of engines along with the updated appearance. We can expect an Indian debut sometime next year.