IAA 2017: European OEMs highlight SUVs

Models reflect future industry innovations



  The International Motor Show (IAA) 2017 was held in Frankfurt, Germany from September 12 through September 24, 2017, with the show opening to the public on September 16. More than 50 passenger car brands were on display during the exhibition, which hosted approximately 810,000 visitors. Emphasizing its theme of "Future now", IAA 2017 showcased a record-setting 363 innovations.

Skoda's exhibit at IAA
Skoda's exhibit at IAA 2017

  Similar to the German automakers at IAA 2017, western OEMs chose to showcase SUVs and crossovers to capitalize on the growing demand for vehicles in the segment. The vehicles displayed included subcompact crossovers such as the Ford EcoSport, and compact SUVs such as the Jaguar F-Pace, Citroen C3 Aircross, Dacia Duster, and Skoda Karoq. Automakers also displayed larger vehicles including the Land Rover Discovery SVX and Skoda Kodiaq. Overall, the focus on crossovers and SUVs showcased their importance to the plans of western automakers operating in Europe.

  Beyond the number of SUVs and crossovers that were showcased, certain automakers highlighted concepts indicating their strategies regarding the future of the automotive market. The Renault Symbioz highlighted car connectivity, the Skoda Vision E emphasized the importance of electric vehicles, and the Borgward Isabella Concept served as a design study for the automaker.

  This report is the third report which focuses on the vehicles displayed at the IAA 2017. This report will focus on vehicles showcased by Western OEMs outside of the major German automakers, including Skoda, Citroen, Opel, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, Ford, SEAT, Dacia, and Borgward. Individual reports focusing on electric models and ICE models from major German automakers have already been released. A report on the models shown by Asian automakers will be released in the future.

Related Reports:
IAA 2017: German OEMs emphasize electric mobility (Sep. 2017)
IAA 2017: German ICE vehicles highlight brand strengths and lineup expansions (Oct. 2017)

Skoda expands SUV portfolio with Karoq, Kodiaq Scout and Kodiaq Sportline

  Skoda's exhibit at IAA 2017 provided insight into the automaker's future plans and current strategies. The Karoq and Kodiaq emphasize Skoda's continuing efforts in the growing SUV segment. The Vision E concept vehicle highlights the importance of electric vehicles in Skoda's future growth strategy.

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV

  The Skoda Karoq, serving as the successor to the Skoda Yeti, distinguishes itself through its interior space and integration of technology. Featuring a length, height, width, and wheelbase of 4,382, 1,603, 1,841, and 2,638 millimeters, respectively, the Karoq's larger dimensions provide added comfort. The Karoq also features a luggage compartment with a capacity of 521 liters. With the rear seats folded, the luggage compartment expands to a total capacity of 1,630 liters. With optional VarioFlex seats that can be individually adjusted, the Karoq can have a maximum storage capacity of 1,810 liters.

Skoda Karoq Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq Skoda Karoq Trunk

  Five engines are available for the Skoda Karoq, divided into two three-cylinder gasoline engines and three turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines. Excluding the 140 kW TDI engine, which is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard, all engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch. In addition, all versions provide a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A Driving Mode Select system, featuring Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow modes, is also available.

Skoda Karoq Engine Options
Engine 1.0 3-cyl TSI 1.5 3-cyl TSI 1.6 4-cyl TDI 2.0 4-cyl TDI 2.0 4-cyl TDI
85 kW
110 kW
85 kW
110 kW
140 kW
200 Nm
250 Nm
250 Nm
340 Nm
400 Nm
Top Speed
187 km/h
204 km/h
188 km/h
207 km/h
211 km/h
0-100 km/h acceleration time
10.6 sec
8.4 sec
10.7 sec
8.9 sec
7.8 sec

  Described as a model "at the top of its segment with innovative connectivity solutions", the Skoda Karoq's infotainment system consists of a second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix with capacitive touch displays. A Wi-Fi hotspot is available on certain Karoq trims. The Skoda Connect mobile online services system provides infotainment options and emergency assistance if vehicle problems occur. The optional SmartLink+ platform is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate. The Karoq is also Skoda's first model with a fully customizable digital instrument cluster. A number of advanced driver assistance features are available including Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, and Blind Spot Detect.

Skoda Kodiaq Sportline and Kodiaq Scout Mid-Size SUV

  First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, both the performance-oriented Kodiaq Sportline and the off-road-oriented Kodiaq Scout were displayed at IAA 2017, showing the brand's focus on SUVs. Features highlighting the athleticism of the Kodiaq Sportline include front sport seats with Alcantara covers, badges on the wings and glove compartment, black roof lining, and stainless steel pedals. The standard Driving Mode Select system, which controls the engine, transmission, and power steering offers four different modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Individual. An Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control option electronically regulates the dampers to provide either a more comfortable or more exciting driving experience. The Kodiaq Sportline offers eight engine-transmission combinations, with engines ranging in power from 110 kW to 140 kW combined with either a manual or a dual-clutch transmission.

Skoda Kodiaq
Sportline Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda Kodiaq Sportline Skoda Kodiaq Scout

  While the Kodiaq Sportline is equipped for performance, the Kodiaq Scout focuses on off-road travel. The Kodiaq Scout's front and rear spoilers have been redesigned, increasing its length by nine millimeters. 19-inch wheels are standard. The Kodiaq Scout has a ground clearance of 194 millimeters, along with ramp, approach, and departure angles of 21.3, 20.1, and 22.8 degrees, respectively. A standard Off-Road Assist system helps adjust the electronic chassis systems, while a Rough-Road package protects the underbody, engine, and transmission. The standard all-wheel drive system utilizes an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch to actively distribute load on the vehicle's axles. Engine options for the Kodiaq Scout include two gasoline and two diesel choices ranging from 110 kW to 140 kW.

Skoda Vision E Concept Electric SUV-Coupe

  The electrification of Skoda's product lineup is key to its 2025 Strategy, as the automotive industry has shifted towards alternative-fuel vehicles. The Vision E is Skoda's first fully electric concept and serves as a preview for its first fully electric vehicle, which is expected to launch in 2020. Powered by two electric motors that provide a total of 225 kW, the Vision E is capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h. Lithium-ion batteries located under the floor between the front and rear axles enable a range of up to 500 kilometers, and can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.

  The Skoda Vision E also includes capabilities for level three autonomous driving. Its sensor suite includes long-distance lidars, a 3-D camera, and radars for medium and short-range detection. Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication supplement the sensors. Together, these systems enable advanced driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Autopilot for motorway driving, and Car Park Autopilot. The Vision E also includes connectivity and infotainment systems such as real-time Online Traffic Information, multiple emergency call applications, driver eye tracking functions, and a car preconditioning system to help prepare a trip.

Skoda Vision E Skoda Vision E
Skoda Vision E Skoda Vision E Interior

  The design of the Skoda Vision E emphasizes its modern nature while providing a comfortable interior for passengers. Strong character lines combined with a wedge-shaped body create a sense of movement. LEDs are in all of the concept's exterior lighting, including the triangular Matrix LED headlights that feature a crystalline appearance. In the interior, the lack of B-pillars and transmission tunnel results in more room. Individual rotating seats make it easier for passengers to interact, while the large glass surfaces and integrated ambient lighting provide a more welcoming experience. A central touchscreen and displays for both front and rear passengers enable each passenger to customize their own experience.


PSA Group continue brand product offensives with Citroen C3 Aircross and Opel Grandland X

  Both Citroen and Opel headlined their IAA 2017 exhibits with the public debut of their brand's SUVs. The Citroen C3 Aircross and the Opel Grandland X are centerpieces for their respective brand's product offensives, as Citroen focuses on launching a variety of SUV models and Opel highlights its "7 in 17" plan to launch seven new models in 2017. The Insignia GSi and Insignia Country Tourer emphasize the versatility in Opel's product range.

Citroen C3 Aircross Compact SUV

  The Citroen C3 Aircross is a new-generation compact SUV that combines the space of an SUV with an array of technologies and personalization options. It has a length, width, height, and wheelbase of 4.15, 1.76, 1.64, and 2.60 meters, respectively. With these dimensions, the C3 Aircross offers a large amount of space in the interior, offering the best ceiling height in its class, significant legroom, and a trunk volume between 410 and 520 liters. For additional flexibility, the model features a two-part sliding bench and a flat-folding front passenger seat. The customization of the model is highlighted by 90 exterior combinations and five interior design options.

Citroen C3 Aircross Citroen C3 Aircross
Citroen C3 Aircross Citroen C3 Aircross Interior
Source: Citroen

  Six different engines are available on the Citroen C3 Aircross. All engine options are available with a six-speed manual transmission. The PureTech 110 can also be paired with a six-speed electric automatic transmission. All engines come standard with front-wheel drive. Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent systems on the C3 Aircross provide improved handling and traction on a variety of road surfaces. The Grip Control system provides five different modes: Standard, Sand, All-Road, Snow, or Off.

Citroen C3 Aircross Engine Options
Engine PureTech 82 1.2-liter 3-cyl PureTech 110 1.2-liter 3-cyl Puretech 130 1.2-liter 3-cyl BlueHDi 90 1.6-liter 4-cyl BlueHDi 100 1.6-liter 4-cyl BlueHDi 120 1.6-liter 4-cyl
60 kW
81 kW
96 kW
66 kW
73 kW
88 kW

  In terms of comfort and convenience, the Citroen C3 Aircross features wide seating for passengers and a cabin that has been designed for optimum acoustics. The C3 Aircross offers up to 12 driver assistance systems and four connectivity technologies. Driver assistance systems include a rear vision camera, a head-up display, a speed limit recognition system, Blind Spot Monitoring system, and Lane Departure Warning system. Connectivity features include the Citroen Connect Nav 3D navigation system, Citroen Connect Box emergency notification system, and wireless smartphone charging.

  The Citroen C3 Aircross will be launched in Europe in October 2017, with an international launch to occur shortly after.

Opel Grandland X Crossover SUV

  Jointly developed by Opel and PSA, the Opel Grandland X aims to capitalize on the growth of the European SUV segment by offering a model which blends style and functionality. The Grandland X has a length, width, height, and wheelbase of 4,477, 1,844, 1,636, and 2,675 millimeters, respectively. The front grille has winglets that extend outwards from the center Opel emblem to the slim headlights emphasizing its wide stance. Cladding throughout the lower body combined with muscular wheel arches and 19-inch wheels give the vehicle a sense of energy. The side view outlines an athletic profile due to its steep roofline and character lines sweeping from the front to the rear.

  Customers will have a choice between two engines at launch: a 1.2-liter turbo gasoline engine that generates 96 kW and 230 Nm of torque, and a 1.6-liter diesel engine providing 88 kW and a peak torque of 300 Nm. Both engines are equipped with a standard Start/Stop system and can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. More options will be available after launch, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain, a high-performance diesel engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Optional Grip Control provides improved traction in all driving conditions.

Opel Grandland
X Opel Grandland X
Opel Grandland X Opel Grandland X Interior

  An available panoramic sunroof and AGR-certified ergonomic seats enhance comfort in the Opel Grandland X. Connectivity features such as the newest generation of IntelliLink, Opel Onstar personal assistance system, and wireless smartphone charging enhance convenience. Other standard systems on the Grandland X include camera-based Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Recognition, and Hill Start Assist. Optional advanced driver assistance features include Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking, Advanced Park Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

  The Opel Grandland X will be produced at the PSA plant in Sochaux, France, with prices starting at EUR 23,700.

Opel Insignia GSi Sedan and Insignia Country Tourer Compact Crossover

  At IAA 2017, both the Opel Insignia GSi and Insignia Country Tourer made their world premieres, showcasing a sporty sedan and a model centered on off-road adventure. The Insignia GSi features a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine that provides 191 kW and 400 Nm, and a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder biturbo diesel engine that produces 154 kW and 480 Nm. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled through shift paddles. The mechatronic FlexRide chassis adjusts the vehicle's driving characteristics based on conditions and driving style, while the standard all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring allows power to be distributed to each wheel as necessary. Large chrome air-intakes and a rear fascia with spoiler both enhance the Insignia GSi's performance and add to its sporty appearance.

Opel Insignia
GSi Opel Insignia GSi
Opel Insignia GSi Opel Insignia GSi Interior

Opel Insignia Country
Opel Insignia Country Tourer

  While the Insignia GSi focuses on road performance, the Insignia Country Tourer emphasizes off-road capabilities. Black protective cladding combined with silver front and rear skid plates give the Insignia Country Tourer a rugged appearance. An additional 25 millimeters of ground clearance, an available all-wheel drive system with Twinster torque vectoring, and five-link rear suspension all enhance the model's off-road capability. Instead of a standard rear differential, two electronically controlled multi-plate clutches enable greater precision in transmitting power to the rear wheels. Initial engine options include a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine providing 191 kW, a 2.0-liter biturbo diesel with 154 kW, a 2.0-liter diesel providing 125 kW, and a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine providing 121 kW.

  The Opel Insignia Country Tourer is available starting at EUR 34,885 and launches in fall 2017. Orders for the Opel Insignia GSi will begin in October 2017. Both models are assembled in Russelsheim, Germany.



Jaguar Land Rover shows SUV range with Jaguar E-Pace and Land Rover Discovery SVX

  Jaguar Land Rover's exhibit at IAA 2017 highlighted two different SUVs. The Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV combines performance and practicality, while the Land Rover Discovery SVX focuses on providing all-terrain capability. 

Jaguar E-Pace Compact SUV

  Introduced in July 2017, the E-Pace made its public show debut at IAA 2017. The E-Pace is a compact SUV that draws on design stylings from the Jaguar F-Type sports car to combine dynamic performance with convenience and utility. With a traditional Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short front and rear overhangs, and a sweeping roofline, the E-Pace has a purposeful stance. The E-Pace has a length, width, height, and wheelbase of 4,395, 1,983, 1,649, and 2,681 millimeters, respectively. Comfort and luxury are emphasized on the E-Pace's interior, which features leather fascias and upholstery, chrome trim, and customizable interior lighting.

Jaguar E-Pace Jaguar E-Pace
Jaguar E-Pace Jaguar E-Pace Interior
Source: Jaguar

  The E-Pace is the first Jaguar to exclusively feature the automaker's all-aluminum 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel and gasoline engines. The D150 and D180 engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, while a nine-speed automatic transmission is available for all of the engines. An all-wheel drive system is available for all engine options, though a front-wheel drive system is also available on the D150. Jaguar's Active Driveline is an option on the P300 and D240 versions, enabling nearly all of the engine's torque to be transferred to the rear axle.

Jaguar E-Pace Engine Options
Engine D150 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo D180 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo D240 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo P250 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo P300 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo
110 kW
132 kW
177 kW
184 kW
221 kW
380 Nm
430 Nm
500 Nm
365 Nm
400 Nm
0-100 km/h
acceleration time
10.1/10.7/10.5 sec
(Manual FWD/Manual AWD/Auto)
9.9/9.3 sec
7.4 sec
7.0 sec
6.4 sec

  The Jaguar E-Pace features a luggage compartment with a 577-liter capacity. Folding the rear seats increases the storage capacity to 1,234 liters. For added convenience, the E-Pace includes four 12-volt charging points and two USB charging ports located throughout the vehicle. The E-model also includes the newest generation of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. Advanced driver assistance features including Driver Condition Monitor and Emergency Braking are standard, while other available features include Blind Spot Assist, Forward Traffic Monitor, and Park Assist.

  The Jaguar E-Pace launches in winter 2017 and will be produced in partnership with Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. In 2018, the E-Pace will be produced for the Chinese market at Chery Jaguar Land Rover's plant in Changshu.

Land Rover Discovery SVX Mid-Size SUV

Land Rover Discover
Land Rover Discovery SVX

  The Land Rover Discovery SVX, revealed at IAA 2017, was designed by the automaker's Special Vehicle Operations division as a vehicle suited for extreme off-road conditions. Enhancements have been made to the aluminum architecture of the fifth-generation Discovery to improve its off-road capabilities. Both the architecture and the four-corner air suspension system have been raised, improving the model's approach, departure and breakover angles. The Discovery SVX uses 32-inch Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires with higher side-walls to reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces.

  The Land Rover Discovery SVX will have an exclusive 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, capable of 386 kW and 625 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a twin-speed transfer box. A Hydraulic Active Roll Control system increases wheel articulation and improves body control, thus improving traction in off-road conditions while reducing body roll. Other dynamic systems on the Discovery SVX include Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control, and All-Terrain Progress Control.

  Production of the Land Rover Discovery SVX begins at the Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre near Coventry, UK in 2018.


Renault highlights performance with Megane R.S., connectivity with Symbioz concept

  Renault's exhibit at IAA 2017 focused on specialized vehicles rather than general-purpose models. The Renault Megane R.S. emphasizes performance and driving enjoyment, while the Renault Symbioz concept demonstrates how a future car can integrate with a person's daily activities, connect to a home, and provide a new mobility experience.

Renault Megane R.S. Performance Hatchback

Renault Megane
Renault Megane R.S.

  At Frankfurt, Renault unveiled the third generation of the Megane R.S., which was highlighted by a new powertrain. A new 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with direct fuel injection generates 205 kW and 390 Nm of torque, due to improved cylinder heads, air filter, and turbocharger. The new engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Notably, the Megane R.S. is the first vehicle in its segment with standard 4CONTROL four-wheel steering, which improves the vehicle's agility and cornering. Front and rear hydraulic compression bump stops, a redesigned independent steering axis front suspension, and limited slip differential all further enhance handling. Renault's MULTI-SENSE system provides five driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race, and Perso.

  The design of the Renault Megane R.S. draws from its racing heritage while containing features that improve performance. Compared to the Megane GT, the Megane R.S. has wider wings and tracks. A wide air intake in the front and extractor vents behind the front wheels improve engine cooling, while a rear diffuser and new lip spoiler adds downforce. A Formula 1-style blade on the front bumper serves as a Renault Sport hallmark and stands out from the body. The R.S. Vision LED lighting system on the fog lights, cornering lights and main headlights provide improved lighting. In the interior, front sport seats add to the model's sporty nature while an R-Link 2 multimedia system and various driver assistance systems provide more practicality in daily use.

  Orders for the Renault Megane R.S. will begin in December 2017.

Renault Symbioz Concept Sedan

  The Renault Symbioz concept was displayed in an enclosure resembling a home living room, to show how the future car is increasingly connected to both the home and people. With an interior inspired by living room design, the Symbioz shares many of the same materials used in a home, and can serve as extra room. Glazed surfaces all use clear glass to maximize the amount of light into the cabin. A miniature steel framed table can be deployed between the seats, further showcasing the similarities to a living room. A retracting dashboard and pivoting front seats combined with a lack of a B-pillar and a split door opening system provide a large, inviting space for people to relax in. If the car is not being manually driven, the front seats convert into armchairs for improved comfort.

Renault Symbioz Renault Symbioz
Renault Symbioz Renault Symbioz Interior

  Connectivity plays a key role in the Renault Symbioz in both driving applications and passenger convenience. On the road, the Symbioz can be forewarned of accidents or traffic before encountering the issue. Beyond level four autonomous driving, the Symbioz can also autonomously guide itself through toll gates. The Symbioz can identify occupants no matter where they sit, and provide passengers with access to personalized media and services. Seat belt control screens can provide additional information to passenger such as weather, or enable passengers to remotely control connected devices in the home such as a TV, thermostat, or refrigerator. Information is also displayed on an 80-centimeter-long Ultra-High-Definition OLED display located where the dashboard would be.

  Following the automaker's Zero Emissions strategy, the Renault Symbioz is an all-electric vehicle with a rear-wheel drive system which utilizes two permanent-magnet electric motors on the rear axle, one for each wheel. This system generates 500 kW and 660 Nm of torque. The 72 kWh batteries provide a range of more than 500 kilometers, and can be charged to 80% capacity in 20 minutes. Charging can occur automatically through an inductive charging system. As part of a smart electric grid, the Symbioz can distribute power with the house depending on system needs, such as charging batteries for a weekend road trip, or discharging to power home appliances at peak hours or during a blackout.

  Renault announced that a demonstration vehicle based on the Renault Symbioz will be available for test drives later in 2017. A production vehicle based on the concept is expected to be shown in 2023.


Ford displays updated versions of EcoSport and Mustang

  The vehicles shown by Ford at IAA 2017 comprised a range of refreshed models making their European public debuts. The updated Ford EcoSport features changes to the interior and added technology while the updated Ford Mustang adds enhancements to improve its performance.

Ford EcoSport Subcompact Crossover

  Ford looks to capitalize on the recent growth of the European SUV segment with the updated EcoSport. The interior features the most changes, with more user-friendly controls and soft-touch materials. A floating central touchscreen along with a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster modernize the interior. New features available on the Ecosport include a B&O PLAY sound system, Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter, a rear-view camera, Blind Spot Recognition System, and SYNC 3 connectivity. On the exterior, redesigned bumpers, larger wheels, new taillight designs, and contrasting roof color options give the EcoSport a cleaner appearance.

Ford EcoSport Ford EcoSport
Ford EcoSport Ford EcoSport Interior
Source: Ford

  The Ford EcoSport will initially offer a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine with two power settings, and a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine. An all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine which offers reduced emissions will be launched in 2018. All engines will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, though the 92 kW EcoBoost engine is available with a six-speed automatic. The new 1.5-liter EcoBlue version will feature Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive for the first time, which can adjust torque delivery between the front and rear wheels to a 50-50 split in less than 20 milliseconds when needed.

Ford EcoSport Engine Options
Engine 1.0-liter 3-cyl EcoBoost* 1.0-liter 3-cyl EcoBoost 1.0-liter 3-cyl EcoBoost 1.5-liter 4-cyl EcoBlue** 1.5-liter 4-cyl TDCi
74 kW
92 kW
103 kW
92 kW
74 kW

*Available in 2018 after launch
**Engine to be updated in mid-2018 with same specifications and improved emissions

1.0-liter EcoBoost
Engine 1.5-liter EcoBlue
1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine 1.5-liter EcoBlue Engine

  The updated Ford EcoSport for the European market will go on sale in late 2017 and is produced in Craiova, Romania.

Ford Mustang Sports Car

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

  The updated Ford Mustang shown at Frankfurt features increased power and performance. Two new engines are available on the Mustang: An enhanced 5.0-liter V8 generating 331 kW due to a new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, and the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost providing 290 kW with a transient overboost function. Besides a six-speed manual, Ford's new ten-speed automatic transmission, which uses real-time adaptive shift scheduling for improved fuel efficiency and acceleration, can be mated to either engine. The newly available MagneRide suspension quickly adapts to road conditions through a fluid that can be electronically controlled to increase or decrease damping resistance.

  On the exterior, the Ford Mustang features a lower hood profile with integrated air vents and revised lower grille. This both adds to the Mustang's aggressive appearance, and improves aerodynamics. LED headlights, daytime running lights, indicators and 3-D tri-bar taillights are now standard. New technologies include a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster and a customizable drive mode that allows drivers to personalize the Mustang's performance and dynamics settings. The Mustang features new advanced driver assistance systems such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Distance Alert.

  European sales of the refreshed Ford Mustang will begin in 2018.


SEAT expands product lineup with Arona

  As with many other brands presenting at IAA 2017, SEAT chose to highlight an SUV in the Arona. The Arona made its public debut in Frankfurt as a key component of SEAT's largest product offensive in its history. Notably, SEAT earmarked a total of EUR 900 million for investments and R&D expenditure for the development of the Arona and the Ibiza.

SEAT Arona Compact Crossover SUV

Seat Arona
SEAT Arona

  As part of SEAT's largest product offensive, the Arona compact crossover complements the larger Ateca in the automaker's growing SUV lineup. The Arona is SEAT's second vehicle which utilizes Volkswagen's MQB A0 platform and its first model in the compact crossover segment. The Arona's length, height, width, and wheelbase are 4,138, 1,552, 1,780, and 2,566 millimeters, respectively. Notably, its height makes it more capable of off-roading and provides more headroom for passengers. The Arona also features a luggage capacity of 400 liters. Highlighting its position as a crossover, the Arona's appearance is emphasized by darkly accented bumpers, wheel arches and side skirts. Customers can chose a two-tone coloring split between the roof and the lower body.

  The engine range for the SEAT Arona consists of three gasoline engines, two diesel engines, and a CNG engine that will launch in 2018. All engines feature direct injection, a turbocompressor, and an automatic stop/start system. The Arona is only available with front-wheel drive. Technology systems in the Arona include driver assistance systems such as Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Fatigue Detection. A rear camera provides additional assistance in maneuvering. An eight-inch touchscreen, wireless charger, and infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are also available.

SEAT Arona Engine Options
Engine 1.0 3-cyl TSI 1.0 3-cyl TSI 1.5 4-cyl TSI 1.6 4-cyl TDI 1.6 4-cyl TDI 1.0 TSI*
70 kW
85 kW
110 kW
70 kW
85 kW
88 kW
Available Transmissions
Five-speed manual
Six-speed manual
Seven-speed dual-clutch
Six-speed manual
Five-speed manual
Seven-speed dual-clutch
Six-speed manual

*Available in 2018

  The SEAT Arona is manufactured in Martorell, Spain and is currently available.


Dacia introduces next generation of popular Duster compact SUV

  The world premiere of the second-generation Dacia Duster was the main point of emphasis at Dacia's exhibit in IAA 2017, with several versions of the model on display, including one on a central platform. The popular Duster is Dacia's iconic SUV, with more than one million models sold since its introduction in 2010.

Dacia Duster Compact SUV

  The second-generation Dacia Duster aims to build upon the popularity of the original through a redesigned interior, modified exterior, and additional equipment while still being offered at an affordable price. Changes to the exterior were subtle to preserve continuity with the previous generation. The dimensions of the new Duster are close to its predecessor, with a length and width of 4.3 and 1.8 meters, respectively. The front and rear ends appear wider due to the spacing of the lights. From the side, a higher belt line gives the impression of robustness, while the windshield has been moved forward by 100 millimeters and is more steeply angled, making the cabin longer.

  The interior of the Dacia Duster is completely redesigned for improved practicality and comfort. The new S-shaped dashboard is more vertically angled and driver-focused. The seats feature a new frame, denser foam, and new adjustable head rests. A new MediaNav Evolution touchscreen is mounted higher on the center console for easier access. The steering wheel's height and reach can also be adjusted. The new Duster features a total storage capacity of 28.6 liters, a 5.8-liter increase over the previous model. New systems on the Duster include a multi-view camera system, Blind Spot Warning, keyless entry, and automatic climate control.

Dacia Duster Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster Dacia Duster Interior

  The new Dacia Duster offers the same engine and transmission options as its predecessor, consisting of two gasoline and two diesel engines paired with either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available on the Duster. Despite its affordability, the Duster offers off-road capabilities due to its ground clearance of 210 millimeters, and approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees, respectively. Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist systems further improve the Duster's operations on sloped surfaces.

Dacia Duster Engine Options
Engine SCe 115 4-cyl 1.6-liter TCe 125 4-cyl 1.2-liter dCi 90 1.5-liter dCi 110 4-cyl 1.5-liter
85 kW
92 kW
66 kW
80 kW
156 Nm
205 Nm
220 Nm
260 Nm

  Sales of the Dacia Duster begin in 2018, which is expected to have a base price of approximately EUR 10,000.


Borgward draws from history with Isabella Concept

  While Borgward's exhibit at IAA 2017 included its BX5 and BX7 SUVs, the focal point was the Isabella Concept that made its debut at the show. Sharing the name of the classic model that was manufactured by the original Borgward, the Isabella Concept acts as a modern design study for potential future models.

Borgward Isabella Concept Sports Coupe

Borgward Isabella
Borgward Isabella Concept

  Described as a model that merges heritage and tradition with progressive forms, the Borgward Isabella Concept represents a possible future direction for the recently revived automaker. The Isabella Concept is a four-door, four-seat coupe featuring an electric powertrain. Performance plays a key role in the Isabella Concept's design, as seen in its aerodynamic components and cooling air inlets. Measuring five meters long, 1.4 meters high, and 1.9 meters wide, the Isabella Concept has a unique appearance blending flowing shapes and sharp lines. Other notable features include the lack of a grille, distinct headlights and taillights, and a glass greenhouse which wraps around the rear.

  The Borgward Isabella Concept's doors slide to the front and the rear to reveal its futuristic interior. Notably, the interior features a minimalistic design, with a distinct lack of buttons or knobs to control various features. Instead, the Isabella Concept features overlapping touchscreens located where the center stack and console would traditionally be. The steering wheel design is clean and also features a lack of control devices. The glass greenhouse envelops the interior with light, creating a more modern aesthetic.

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