Frankfurt Auto Show

2020 Hyundai I10 N-Line - Raising the Bar or Setting Low Standards?

2020 Hyundai I10 N-Line - Raising the Bar or Setting Low Standards?

The tiny Hyundai i10 N-Line 1.0 T-GDI is simple fun done right

We saw the new 2020 Hyundai i10 only a few weeks ago. Now, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Korean company revealed its sharpest version called the Hyundai i10 N-Line. Garnished with performance-inspired and N-developed decorations, the Hyundai i10 N-Line combines fresh wheel design, new bumpers, and other styling cues to evoke a certain hot-hatch quality.

The 2020 Hyundai i10 N-Line comes with a 1.2-liter, N/A gasoline engine developing 83 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque. However, you can have it with a turbocharged mill as well. The 1.0-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder unit provides 99 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.

True, these numbers don’t feel like much, but the i10 would feel zippy with that one-liter mill. Here’s the reasoning behind that claim: the Volkswagen Up! GTI has a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. And it is freaking awesome. The VW Golf Mk1 GTI from 1976 had a 108-horsepower engine with 101 pound-feet of torque. It was also awesome. The 2020 Hyundai i10 N-Line is a perpetrator of pure motoring fun - just as hot hatchbacks were some time ago.

Read more
2019 Hyundai 45 EV Concept

2019 Hyundai 45 EV Concept

Hyundai’s 45 EV Concept Cabin Looks Like Your IKEA Living Room

Hyundai didn’t come empty-handed to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Koreans fielded a strong stand that covered a lot of niches, yet it was the 45 EV concept that caught the eye. Believe it or not, back in 1974, Hyundai worked with Giorgetto Giugiaro on the Pony Coupe Concept, a wedge-shaped car that would ultimately inspire the DMC DeLorean.

The year is 2019 and 45 years later, Hyundai is looking back at the Pony Coupe Concept for its most recent prototype, the suggestively-named 45 EV. Well, we’re sure you’ve guessed its purpose by now, but we’ll say it nonetheless: this is Hyundai’s take on what the future holds for autonomous and electric vehicles in terms of exterior and interior design.

Read more
The 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C Is the Hot Hatch We Deserved From the Beginning

The 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C Is the Hot Hatch We Deserved From the Beginning

Limited-run, hardcore Hyundai i30 N Project C promises much improved driving dynamics

Car enthusiasts can’t help but feel... enthusiastic whenever an automaker reveals a hardcore hot hatchback that epitomizes a good model already on offer. Such is the case with the 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C, which is the quickest and most aggressive i30 N variant - it was just revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show where it will undoubtedly attract a lot of hot hatch fans’ attention.

Read more
Does the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Really Represent the Future of Mercedes Electric Mobility?

Does the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Really Represent the Future of Mercedes Electric Mobility?

I like Mercedes’ idea of a future electric S-Class

Mercedes has just introduced the Vision EQS Concept and, given the EQS designation, we believe that this concept will end up moving into production as part of Merc’s EQ line of electric vehicles. This concept, ladies and gentleman, essentially represents the electric S-Class of the future. All of the prerequisites are there from the long wheelbase to the sporty nature and class-leading luxury. This concept is loaded to the gills with new technology, semi-autonomous driving capability, and a cabin that’s worth of the S-Class name. Does it all seem a little futuristic to you? Well, it should, but the truth is that this car probably isn’t that far off from production. With that in mind, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s still meant to be a driver’s car too. Here’s what you need to know.

Read more
Audi's New RS7 Sportback Finally Has a Look to Call Its Own

Audi’s New RS7 Sportback Finally Has a Look to Call Its Own

It’s the freshest-looking RS7 that we’ve seen in a long time

For the longest time, the RS7 has represented Audi in the high-end performance saloon segment. It’s done its job about as well as it can, but there was always something about the RS7 that somehow kept it from reaching its full potential. It has never lacked in power or driving dynamics so it’s neither of those things. What kept the RS7 from completely standing out in a sea of high-performance four-door saloons was its design.

To be clear, past RS7s didn’t look bad; they just didn’t stand out, either. They looked like your typical era-correct Audis that just happened to come with bigger bodies and far more luxurious interiors. Audi wants to change that narrative, and with the arrival of the 2020 RS7 Sportback, it just might have found that perfect balance of design and performance that could change the way we look at the RS7 Sportback moving forward.

Read more
 Is the 2020 ID 3 Volkswagen's Third Coming After the Golf and Beetle?

Is the 2020 ID 3 Volkswagen’s Third Coming After the Golf and Beetle?

All-electric VW ID.3 has a cavernous button-free interior and the exterior appearance of a long-wheelbase hatchback

Volkswagen has revealed the production version of the ID.3, the first of a new generation of all-electric vehicles. The plan is for the ID.3 to be a big sales magnet for the brand, especially since it’s not going to be a hugely expensive car, but rather one designed to be more attainable than other rival battery powered models.

Read more
The BMW Concept 4 Makes It Clear That BMW Has a Grille Problem

The BMW Concept 4 Makes It Clear That BMW Has a Grille Problem

Would you like some car with your grille today?

BMW just pulled the sheets off the Concept 4, a new concept that appears to be a weird take on the current 4 Series with a very aggressive attitude and the most ridiculous grille that we’ve ever seen. What does the concept represent for BMW?

According to BMW, “The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

BMW has even said that the Concept 4 “offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.” So will this thing actually transition into the next-gen 4 Series? Let’s talk more about it.

Read more
Say Hello to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Say Hello to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Porsche’s entry-level all-wheel-drive 911s are here

It’s hard to focus on anything else than Frankfurt’s highly-anticipated debuts this year, including the likes of Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID. Speaking of Porsche, the carmaker has just unveiled the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet, so those who’ve been holding out on getting a new 911 because AWD wasn’t on the table might as well start calling their accountants.

Read more
The 2020 Audi A7 Has Been Electrified, But to What Extent and What Cost?

The 2020 Audi A7 Has Been Electrified, But to What Extent and What Cost?

There may be a slight drop in usable cargo room and performance, though

The current Audi A7 is a real looker, it offers pretty decent performance for a car its size, and you can’t argue with its interior quality of technology. But, the one technology it wasn’t privy to was electrification. Well, not at least until now, anyway. That’s right, folks, Audi has just introduced the A7 Sportback 55 TFSI E Quattro PHEV. What does that mean for performance and fuel economy? Well, Audi didn’t just toss in an electric motor and battery – there are some serious changes here, and you should probably be aware of them.

Read more
The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

We get our first look at the all-new Land Rover Defender just before its official Frankfurt motor show debut

Hype buildup around the launch of the new generation Land Rover Defender has been immense. It was announced a few years ago, but since then the automaker has remained exceedingly quiet on the matter. The new Defender was teased on a number of occasions, though, and it was even shown in full camouflage at major motoring venues like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, thanks to this latest lear, we finally get to lay eyes on the real thing.

Read more
The 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Spider Has a Front-Mounted V-12 and That's a Big Deal

The 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Spider Has a Front-Mounted V-12 and That’s a Big Deal

The Ferrari 812 GTS is the drop top 812 Superfast you’ve been wanting

If you were holding off buying the Ferrari 812 Superfast because you really wanted it as a convertible, then you should grab your checkbook because that exact car has been unveiled. It’s called the 812 GTS and Ferrari didn’t mess around with it too much - it really is just that: the drop-top version of the 812 hardtop.

Ferrari is keen to remind use that this particular formula - drop top, V-12 engine in the front, is really quite a rare combination throughout the manufacturer’s history. It points out that the last such model to go on sale was the 2010 Ferrari SA Aperta, although it also counts the limited-series 2014 Ferrari F60 America that was launched to mark the manufacturer’s 60th year on the American market.

Read more

Latest BMW:

The Mercedes GLE 350 DE Delivers Supercar-Levels of Torque in a Family-Friendly Package

The Mercedes GLE 350 DE Delivers Supercar-Levels of Torque in a Family-Friendly Package

The freshly-revealed GLE 350 de 4Matic brings the torque

Electric cars might be coming in hot to invade all the niches you can think of, but in areas with poor charging infrastructure or for people looking to leave the city more often, hybrids are an amazing proposition. Sure, the market isn’t short of these contraptions either, regardless of what segment you’re looking at. But, it’s not every day that you come up with a family car that packs hip-shattering levels of torque.

Enter the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de 4Matic, a GLE derivative that produces a whopping 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of torque out of a diesel-electric powertrain. You know you want to find out more about it, so keep on reading.

Read more