IAA 2017: Asian brands display lineup variety

Notable models include electric vehicles, SUVs, crossovers, and performance vehicles



Kia Proceed Concept
Kia Proceed Concept

  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 starting September 16. The IAA 2017 hosted approximately 810,000 attendees across its duration and featured 994 exhibitors and more than 50 passenger car brands. In addition, the IAA 2017 showcased a record 363 innovations, highlighting its theme of “Future Now”.

  Asian brands showcased a variety of models at the IAA 2017. Reflecting increased demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe, Asian automakers displayed a number of those models, including the Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus NX, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept, and Ssangyong Rexton. The trend toward electric vehicles was another point of emphasis for Asian brands at the IAA 2017. Notably, Honda announced that every new European Honda model would have an electric option and displayed the Urban EV Concept and the CR-V Hybrid Prototype. Other electric models shown include the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept, Chery EXEED TX Concept, and WEY XEV. Finally, models that emphasized driving performance were highlighted, such as the Hyundai i30 N, Kia Proceed Concept, Suzuki Swift Sport, and Subaru Impreza.

  This report is the fourth report which focuses on the vehicles displayed at the IAA 2017. This report will focus on models showcased by Asian OEMs, including Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Chery, WEY, Suzuki, Ssangyong, and Subaru. Previously released reports have focused on electric models from major German automakers, ICE vehicles from major German automakers, and models showcased by other Western brands.

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

Toyota represents core qualities in Toyota Land Cruiser, C-HR concept, and Lexus NX

  Toyota's press conference at the IAA 2017 described three core characteristics of its models: quality and reliability, advanced powertrain technology, and safety. These characteristics were reflected in the models on display, with the heritage of the updated Toyota Land Cruiser, the new powertrain in the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept, and the new technology in the updated Lexus NX.

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Land Cruiser

  With a more than 65-year history, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a reputation for providing reliable off-road capability. The updated Land Cruiser shown at the IAA 2017 continues this reputation. Notably, the Land Cruiser is the only vehicle in its class with body-on-frame construction. This isolates the cabin from impacts to the suspension and improves comfort. Additionally, the construction improves damage protection and reduces body twist. The Land Cruiser’s off-road qualities are highlighted by its 215-millimeter ground clearance, along with approach, departure, and breakover angles of 31, 25, and 22 degrees, respectively.

  Changes to the Toyota Land Cruiser’s exterior include a new grille, bumper and headlights in the front. The headlights and grille have been lifted for increased protection and wading depth. The Land Cruiser’s length has also been increased by 60 millimeters. New elements on the rear include LED brake lights, a restyled bumper, and a smaller garnish plate. The interior has been redesigned, with a lowered center console tower to improve visibility. An 8.0-inch Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system and 4.2-inch display in the cluster are new, while the steering wheel is from Land Cruiser V8 versions.

  The European Toyota Land Cruiser has three available engines, all with all-wheel drive. Western European models are powered by the 2.8-liter D-4D turbodiesel, while eastern European markets have additional options with a 2.7-liter VVT I4 or 4.0-liter VVT V6 gasoline engine. In regards to safety, higher trim levels feature standard Toyota Safety Sense technologies, which include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert.

Toyota Land Cruiser Engine Options
Engine 2.8 D-4D I4 2.7 Dual VVT-I I4* 4.0 VVT V6*
Fuel Diesel Gasoline Gasoline
Power 130 kW 120 kW 183 kW
Torque 420 Nm (6MT)
450 Nm (6AT)
246 Nm 381 Nm
Top Speed 175 km/h 165 km/h 175 km/h
Available Transmissions Six-speed manual
Six-speed automatic
Five-speed manual
Six-speed automatic
Six-speed automatic

*Option only available in eastern European markets

Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Mid-Size Crossover Concept

  Developed by Toyota’s European design studio, the C-HR Hy-Power Concept made its world debut at Frankfurt as a design study emphasizing a playful character. The design team avoided dramatic changes to the C-HR and instead amplified specific features. The exterior uses Dark Carbon silver paint to highlight the contrast between the model’s distinct lines and curved surfaces. The silver also contrasts with the Burning Orange paint on the front pillars and mirror housings. An orange and black diamond-patterned film covers the entire roof.

Toyota C-HR Hy-Power
Concept Toyota C-HR Hy-Power
Concept Interior
Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept Interior
Source: Toyota

  Inside the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept, the diamond theme is continued with diamond shapes across the seatbacks, cushions and inner door panels. Orange trim extends across the entire instrument panel and frames the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment touchscreen. The C-HR Hy-Power Concept utilizes a new hybrid powertrain which will offer more power than the 90 kW hybrid system available on the current C-HR. Additional details about the new hybrid powertrain and its applications will be available in early 2018.

Lexus NX Crossover

Lexus NX
Lexus NX

  Debuting at the Shanghai Motor Show, the updated Lexus NX made its European premiere at the IAA 2017 with a number of enhancements and changes. A new signature spindle grille gives the NX a closer resemblance to Lexus’ SUVs with a more powerful appearance. The LED headlights have been redesigned for the Adaptive High-beam System. A restyled front bumper gives the NX a smoother shape and improved aerodynamics. The rear lower bumper and rear lamps have been redesigned to emphasize the model’s wide stance. The most notable interior change is the increased size of the center display. Depending on the trim, the display has grown from seven inches to up to 10.3 inches. Other interior changes include a redesigned climate control panel and a new touchpad control system.

  Engine options for the updated NX remain unchanged, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline I4 producing 175 kW and 350 Nm, and a hybrid system with 2.5-liter I4 and two electric motors generating 145 kW and 210 Nm. The gas engine is paired with a six-speed automatic, while the hybrid is paired with a CVT. The Lexus Safety System + package is now standard for the NX, and includes Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive High-beam System, and Advanced Pre-Collision System. For additional convenience, the NX features a power tailgate that operates by moving a foot underneath the rear bumper sensor.

  The Lexus NX will be on sale in late 2017, with deliveries set to begin in 2018. The Lexus NX is assembled at the Miyata Plant in Japan.

Hyundai shows versatile lineup with Kona, i30 N, and i30 Fastback

  The Kona, i30 N, and i30 Fastback shown at Frankfurt all fulfill different roles in Hyundai’s lineup as the automaker aims to be the largest Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021 through the launch of 30 new models and derivatives. The Kona is a practical model, the i30 N is a high-performance vehicle, and the i30 Fastback focuses more on styling and technology.

Hyundai Kona Subcompact Crossover SUV

Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona

  Hyundai has expanded its SUV lineup with the public debut of the Kona. The Kona combines a progressive design with premium features and technology. With a width and height of 1,800 and 1,550 millimeters, respectively, the Kona’s wide stance is emphasized by short rear overhangs and wing-type fenders. The interior features smooth surfaces across the dash and instrument panel with customizable color accents. In addition, the Kona offers significant legroom, with 1,054 millimeters in the front and 880 millimeters in the rear. The model provides 361 liters of luggage space in the rear.

  A choice of two gasoline engines will initially be available for the Hyundai Kona: A 1.0-liter, direct-injection I3 engine that generates 88 kW and 172 Nm, and a 1.6-liter, direct-injection I4 engine that produces 130 kW and 265 Nm. The 1.0-liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission while the 1.6-liter engine is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for both engines, though an on-demand all-wheel drive system is available. A 1.6-liter diesel will be available within a year after the Kona’s launch.

  A number of connectivity features are available on the Hyundai Kona. These include a choice between a seven-inch Display Audio system or an eight-inch Navigation infotainment system, both compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A combiner head-up display utilizing a separate screen is also available. Standard driver assistance features from the Hyundai SmartSense package include Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning. Other available assistance features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning.

  The Hyundai Kona will launch in North America and Europe in late 2017.

Hyundai i30 N Performance Hatchback and i30 Fastback Coupe

  While both the Hyundai i30 N and i30 Fastback share the same platform, each model is targeted towards different audiences. The i30 N, Hyundai’s first N-badged high-performance model, is designed to deliver excitement for drivers. Featuring Hyundai’s Theta 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the i30 N has two power options. The Standard Package delivers 184 kW, giving the i30 N a 0-100 km/h time of 6.4 seconds, while the Performance Package provides 202 kW, giving a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds. Both packages deliver a peak torque of 353 Nm (378 Nm with overboost) and feature front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission. Other performance enhancements include an aerodynamic exterior designed to reduce lift, a modified front axle with reduced weight and increased stiffness, and the N Grin Control System that provides five driving mode options.

Hyundai i30 Fastback Hyundai i30 N
Hyundai i30 Fastback Hyundai i30 N

  The i30 Fastback, as the first five-door coupe in the compact car segment, represents accessible elegance. Its exterior exudes a strong stance due to a lowered grille and roofline, while the sloping roofline and elongated hood give the model a sportier appearance. The i30 Fastback features the Hyundai SmartSense active safety package, which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist as standard. An eight-inch touchscreen is available, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an optional smartphone wireless charging system. Two powertrain options will be available for the i30 Fastback at launch: A 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine providing 88 kW and 171 Nm, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 103 kW and 242 Nm. Both engines can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, though a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available for the 1.4-liter engine.

  Both the Hyundai i30 N and i30 Fastback will be available in Europe by the beginning of 2018.

Kia unveils range of models with Proceed Concept, Stonic, and Picanto X-Line

  Kia showcased a number of new models at the IAA 2017 across a variety of segments. The Kia Proceed Concept made its world premiere as a design study for the future of the cee’d family. The Stonic made its public debut as a conquest model in the fast-growing compact crossover segment. Finally, the all-new Picanto X-Line represents a new version of Kia’s smallest car, drawing design characteristics from Kia’s crossover and SUV models.

Kia Proceed Concept Performance Hatchback

  Designed at Kia’s European Design Centre to provide a preview of the next-generation cee’d, the Kia Proceed Concept is an extended hatchback that embodies performance. A low stance and muscular proportions along with a highlight line from the greenhouse to the tailgate showcase the concept’s dynamic nature. The lack of a B-pillar and the glass roof showcases an aggressive “Sharkblade” C-pillar. Additionally, the concept includes a design feature called “Luminline”, where the greenhouse is illuminated by integrated lighting as the driver approaches. Traditional Kia elements include a tiger nose grille and a sculpted island hood drawn from the Stinger. The Proceed Concept eschews side mirrors for lower-mounted “Wingcams” for improved aerodynamics and smoother surfaces.

Kia Proceed Concept Kia Proceed Concept
Kia Proceed Concept Kia Proceed Concept Interior
Source: Kia

  The Proceed Concept’s interior features unconventional material usage. For example, the concept’s seats are wrapped in black elastane fabric, tailored to create a rippled appearance, contrasting against the smooth instrument panel. The bold red coloring of the dashboard and steering column visually links to the exterior. Based on the driving mode, the instrument panel and infotainment display are shown in different colors: red for GT, green for Eco, and white for Autonomous. A minimalistic center console is accented by aluminum controls and is supported by a carbon fiber spine along the interior’s length.

Kia Stonic Compact Crossover

  The Stonic is a versatile conquest model for Kia in the rapidly growing compact crossover segment, offering a range of technologies and functionality. Designed as an ultra-compact crossover drawing inspiration from SUVs, the Stonic’s exterior gives a sporty appearance due to short overhangs, a long hood, and low roofline. Despite its compact exterior, the Stonic is fairly spacious, with 1,070 millimeters of legroom for front passengers and 850 millimeters in the rear. A rear luggage compartment, having the widest trunk opening in its class, provides 352 liters of space. With the rear seats folded, the Stonic has a capacity of 1,155 liters.

Kia Stonic 1.0-liter T-GDI I3 Engine
Kia Stonic 1.0-liter T-GDI I3 Engine

  Four engines will be available at launch, comprised of three gasoline versions and one diesel. The 1.25-liter MPI engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while all other engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Stonic is only available with front-wheel drive. Handling systems such as Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management are standard. Available systems that improve the driving experience include Torque Vectoring by Braking, Cornering Brake Control, and Straight Line Stability.

Kia Stonic Engine Options
Engine 1.0-liter T-GDI I3 1.25-liter MPI I4 1.4-liter MPI I4 1.6-liter CRDi Turbo I4
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Diesel
Power 88 kW 62 kW 74 kW 81 kW
Torque 172 Nm 122 Nm 133 Nm 260 Nm

  A seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is the main feature of the dashboard, which is angled slightly towards the driver for easier access. Kia Connected Services, which offers live traffic updates, point-of-interest search, and weather forecasts, is available on Stonic models equipped with satellite navigation. In terms of safety, a number of Kia’s latest Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are available, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Recognition, Blind-spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-traffic Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Driver Attention Warning.

  Sales of the Kia Stonic began across Europe in the third quarter of 2017. The Stonic is manufactured at Kia's Sohari Plant in Korea.

Kia Picanto X-Line

  The public debut of the Kia Picanto X-Line at the IAA 2017 aims to expand the appeal of the Picanto mini car through SUV and crossover stylings. The Picanto X-Line has a raised ground clearance of 156 millimeters, 15 millimeters more than the standard Picanto. New front and rear bumpers with metallic-looking skidplates, highlights around the grille and fog lamps, and black cladding on the wheel arches give the model a more rugged appearance. The Picanto X-Line maintains its class-leading cabin space and features a storage capacity of 255 liters. With the rear seats folded, storage capacity increases to 1,010 liters.

Kia Picanto X-Line Kia Picanto X-Line
Kia Picanto X-Line Kia Picanto X-Line Interior

  The Kia Picanto X-Line is the most powerful model in the Picanto family, featuring a 1.0-liter three-cylinder T-GDI engine that generates 74 kW and 172 Nm. A 7.0-inch touchscreen provides a 3D map navigation system and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional convenience options include a rear-view parking camera, wireless smartphone charger and USB port. Active safety features standard to the Picanto X-Line include Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control. Autonomous Emergency Braking is also available on the Picanto X-Line.

  The Picanto X-Line, manufactured in Seosan, Korea, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Honda announces electric strategy with Urban EV Concept and CR-V Hybrid Prototype

  During Honda’s press conference at the IAA 2017, Takahiro Hachigo, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., announced that every new car model launched in Europe would feature an electric option. This statement was reinforced by the unveiling of two alternative-fuel concepts, the all-electric Honda Urban EV Concept and the CR-V Hybrid Prototype.

Honda Urban EV Concept Hatchback

  The Urban EV Concept serves to guide the future of Honda’s electric development. Built on a new platform, the Urban EV Concept has a muscular stance with low and wide proportions. A screen located between the headlights displays information to other road users. The windshield appears to envelop the front, improving driver visibility. Seating consists of a front and rear bench seat. Wood finish wraps around the dashboard console which contains the steering wheel column, controls, and a display screen. Screens behind the console extend into the doors and act as mirrors through digital cameras on the sides of the car.

Honda Urban EV Concept Honda Urban EV Concept
Honda Urban EV Concept Honda Urban EV Concept Display

  While details of the powertrain and battery were unavailable, the Honda Urban EV Concept features Honda’s Power Manager Concept. The Power Manager Concept enables the vehicle to store energy more efficiently, allowing it to power devices in the home or sell power back to the electrical grid. Another feature on the Urban EV Concept is the Honda Automated Network Assistant. The system acts as a personal concierge that gathers feedback based on a driver’s choices and emotions to make future recommendations.

  A production version of the Honda Urban EV Concept will launch in Europe in 2019.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype SUV

  The Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype made its European debut at Frankfurt while previewing Honda’s first electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe. Stylistic changes to the prototype include broader wheel arches that contribute towards a wider stance. The new wheel arches house a larger wheel and tire combination. Thinner A-pillars on the CR-V Hybrid Prototype give the vehicle broader shoulders compared to its predecessor. The hood and rear feature sharper lines for a more aggressive appearance, while the headlights have been restyled.

Honda CR-V Hybrid
Prototype Honda CR-V Hybrid i-MMD
Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype Honda CR-V Hybrid i-MMD Display

  The Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system (i-MMD) on the Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype consists of a two-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine paired with two electric motors. One motor is used to drive the wheels, while the other motor is dedicated to generating electricity and powering the battery. Depending on the driving mode, the engine can be utilized for all three purposes, as the system automatically shifts between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. The i-MMD system forgoes a transmission and is instead fitted with a single fixed-gear ratio that directly connects moving components.

  A production version of the Honda CR-V Hybrid will go on sale in Europe starting in 2018 as the first Honda hybrid SUV on the continent. Additional details on the production model will be released closer to launch.

Chinese OEMs hint at global expansion with Chery EXEED TX, Tiggo Coupe Concept, WEY XEV

  The models showcased by Chery and Great Wall Motors’ new luxury brand WEY at the IAA 2017 indicated the importance of electrified powertrains in their global expansion efforts. Both brands displayed concepts in the rapidly growing SUV and crossover segments with electric powertrains, with the Chery EXEED TX, the Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept, and the WEY XEV.

Chery EXEED TX Pre-production Compact SUV

  The Chery EXEED TX, revealed in pre-production form at the IAA 2017, is the first model of Chery’s premium EXEED family and will be the first Chery model sold in Europe. Notably, the EXEED TX is larger than all of Chery’s other SUVs. Its muscular stance has feature lines and contours that give the impression of flowing water, which is complemented by a unique face featuring a horizontal chrome bar. The interior of the EXEED TX uses a number of sharp horizontal lines to create a sense of spaciousness. Ambient LED lighting in the cabin can be customized by the driver.

  In Europe, the Chery EXEED TX will offer three different electric powertrains: a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery electric system. The plug-in hybrid will be the first version offered in Europe, combining a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that provides 110 kW with an electric motor that generates 85 kW. The powertrain gives the EXEED TX a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h. In pure electric mode, the EXEED TX will have a range of 70 km. In addition, 80% of the battery can be recharged in 30 minutes through a fast charger. A 220 V charger will fully charge the battery in four hours.

Chery EXEED TX Chery EXEED TX Interior
Chery EXEED TX Chery EXEED TX Interior
Source: Chery

  The dashboard of the Chery EXEED TX is highlighted by a ten-inch touchscreen display in the center, supplied by Bosch. The display enables access to a range of infotainment options and applications, including intelligent navigation with real-time traffic information. Systems such as smartphone connectivity, voice recognition, built-in Wi-Fi, and an E-call emergency assistance system are all standard on the EXEED TX. Driver assistance systems include Collision Protection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and an advanced driver fatigue detection system.

  A date for the launch of the EXEED TX in Europe has not yet been set, though the model will launch in China in 2018.

Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept SUV

Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept

  Though there are no plans for a European production model, Chery highlighted the Tiggo Coupe Concept at the IAA 2017. The concept represents Chery’s focus for the future, both in terms of design and technology. The SUV is built on a new modular architecture and features coupe-like styling, with suicide doors that provide easier access to the cabin. Inside, rotatable front seats allow for easier interaction between passengers. Bluetooth speakers in the seat headrests offer personalized entertainment. In autonomous drive mode, the steering wheel can be folded and used for non-driving applications such as gaming.

  Continuing Chery’s emphasis on advanced alternative powertrains, the Tiggo Coupe Concept features an all-electric powertrain. An electric motor is combined with a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to generate 130 kW and a maximum torque of 370 Nm. This enables the Tiggo Coupe Concept to have a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of seven seconds and a top speed of over 200 km/h. The system provides a driving range of up to 500 kilometers. With a fast charger, the battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. The battery can also be charged through an inductive charging system.

Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
Interior Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
EV System
Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept Interior Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept EV System

WEY XEV Battery Electric Crossover Concept

  Great Wall Motors showcased its new luxury brand WEY with the unveiling of the XEV SUV concept. Reflecting the brand’s belief in the importance of electric vehicles in the future, the XEV is powered by multiple electric motors. One motor generates 55 kW and 150 Nm for the front wheels while another produces 130 kW and 250 Nm for the rear wheels. Both motors can operate independently or together, giving the XEV all-wheel drive capability. The powertrain gives the XEV a range of 500 kilometers, a top speed of 160 km/h, and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.


  The WEY XEV’s design is focused to be aerodynamic to reduce drag and improve the vehicle’s range. The gullwing doors open to enable easier access to both the front and rear seats and highlight the amount of space that the cabin provides. Screens embedded in the back of the front seats provide entertainment options for rear passengers. With sensors such as cameras and lidar systems throughout the vehicle, the XEV is capable of Level Four autonomous driving capabilities. Advanced driver assistance systems include Automatic Cruise Control, Active Lane Change, and Intersection Processing.

Suzuki Swift delivers subcompact performance

  Suzuki’s press conference at Frankfurt showcased the next generation of the Swift Sport, reflecting the brand’s goal of creating an exciting driving experience for its customers. Changes to the new Swift Sport help reinforce the development concept of “Ultimate driving excitement”.

Suzuki Swift Sport Subcompact Car

  The debut of the third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport showcased a number of changes to improve performance. These changes are reflected in the stance of the new Swift Sport, as its body was lowered by 15 millimeters and widened by 40 millimeters over the previous version. A new front grille and bumper give the Swift Sport a more aggressive appearance, while spoilers, side skirts and diffusers improve the model’s aerodynamics. Semi-bucket seats, a driver-oriented instrument panel and a D-shaped steering wheel further highlights the model’s sportiness.

  The Suzuki Swift Sport is equipped with a 1.4-liter BoosterJet engine, which generates 103 kW and 230 Nm of torque. A new turbocharger improves the torque at lower revolutions, while the direct fuel injection system improves fuel consumption. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission to provide front-wheel drive. Monroe front and rear shock absorbers with increased rigidity, combined with a reduction in curb weight from 1,050 to 970 kilograms, improve the Swift Sport’s handling over its predecessor.

Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4-liter BoosterJet
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4-liter BoosterJet Engine

  The cabin of the Suzuki Swift Sport features a Bluetooth-compatible infotainment display with a seven-inch touchscreen and 3D map navigation. The system includes smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink. Safety features include an advanced forward detection system which utilizes a camera and laser sensor, and the Dual Sensor Brake Support system which first alerts the driver and then automatically brakes if a collision is imminent. Lane Departure Warning, Weaving Alert Functions, High Beam Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control Systems are also available.

  Sales for the Suzuki Swift Sport are expected to begin in 2018.

Ssangyong continues SUV focus with Rexton

  Ssangyong, known for its lineup of SUV and crossovers, continued its product offensive with the European premiere of its flagship model, the Rexton. The automaker plans to introduce a new car every year through 2020, and will introduce a pickup in early 2018.

Ssangyong Rexton Mid-Size SUV

  Ssangyong’s next-generation flagship model, the Rexton SUV, made its European premiere at the IAA 2017, emphasizing a blend of technology and functionality. The Rexton has a length, width, height, and wheelbase of 4,850, 1,960, 1,825, and 2,865 millimeters, respectively, making it longer and wider than its predecessor. In both five-seat and seven-seat configurations, the seats in the rear rows can be folded to provide additional storage space. For added convenience, an available smart power tailgate opens if a person holding a smart key stands behind the vehicle for three seconds.

Ssangyong Rexton Ssangyong Rexton Interior
Ssangyong Rexton Ssangyong Rexton Interior
Source: Ssangyong

  Engine options include a 2.2-liter I4 diesel engine, generating 133 kW and 400 Nm when paired with the six-speed manual transmission or 420 Nm paired with the seven-speed automatic transmission. A 2.0-liter I4 gasoline engine is also available, generating 165 kW and 350 Nm. The gasoline engine can be mated with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission. The Rexton comes standard in rear-wheel drive, though a part-time all-wheel drive option is available that allows the driver to choose when to engage the system. An independent multilink suspense in the rear improves comfort on rough surfaces.

  The Ssangyong Rexton offers a choice between a standard smart-audio system with an 8-inch display and an available infotainment system with a 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen. Both systems support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ventilated seats in the front row along with heated seats in the first two rows provide additional comfort to passengers. The Rexton also features a number of available active safety systems, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

  The Ssangyong Rexton is currently available in Europe and will be internationally launched during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Subaru Impreza emphasizes all-wheel performance

  The Subaru Impreza that was shown at Frankfurt fulfills a unique niche in the automotive market, as it is designed for customers that do not want an SUV or crossover but want a vehicle capable of travelling across various road conditions.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza

  Originally shown at the New York Motor Show in April 2016, the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza made its European debut at the IAA 2017. The Impreza emphasizes safety and all-wheel performance across a variety of terrain conditions. An increase in chassis rigidity provides a more dynamic response and improved handling. At launch, the Impreza features a 1.6-liter port injection gasoline boxer engine generating 84 kW and 150 Nm. A 2.0-liter direct injection gasoline boxer engine that provides 115 kW and 196 Nm will be available shortly after launch. Both engines will are paired with a Lineartronic CVT.

  In regards to safety, the frame of the Impreza has been designed such that collision energy absorption has increased by 40%, while the structure has incorporated more durable materials. Subaru’s EyeSight advanced driver assist technology utilizes two stereo cameras to monitor road conditions up to 110 meters ahead. EyeSight provides systems such as Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist. The Impreza also features the Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System, which uses radars to identify hazards behind the vehicle. A new instrument panel provides additional details to the driver including the status of various EyeSight functions.

  The new Subaru Impreza will be available in Europe in late 2017.


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