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    The world’s biggest automobile extravaganza happens just once every two years; and when it does, it paves the way for the foreseeable future. Electrification of mobility is a concept that Frankfurt Motor Show never completely embraced until 2019. Moreover, Frankfurt ’19 seemed to be a cabinet for distinct motoring themes besides city-street silhouettes and electric concepts. As this season came to a close last evening, we selected some of the most exciting models showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019.

    Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Concept
    Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Concept

    Being the brand’s expression of global luxury and touring, the Vision EQS Concept appears to be a sleeker electric alter-ego of today’s S-Class. Mercedes-Benz says it has also “systematically developed the use of sustainable materials” in the Vision EQS, suffice to say that there’s a lot of recycled plastic in the car. The best detail of this car is the illuminated front grille. In terms of numbers, we’re talking about 480+ horsepower and a 700-km range on a topped-up 100-kWh battery.

    Audi AI:Trail Concept
    Audi AI:Trail Concept

    What business does a super-sports car maker like Audi has in building a luxury moon-crawler? Nobody knows, but they pulled it off. The AI:Trail’s checklist presumably ticked off the following; Futuristic Design, Electric Mobility, Autonomous Driving, and Off-Road Capabilities. To keep up with its nature-inspired aesthetic, the interior uses wool, wood, and other organic elements. Power stands at 429-bhp with 1,000-Nm torque. Maximum range is quoted as 310 miles on the road and 155 miles on rougher terrain, while it has an electronically limited top speed of 81-mph.

    BMW Concept 4
    BMW Concept 4

    This BMW will turn into tomorrow’s 3 Series or 4 Series. Scheduled for 2021, BMW said the real life model will seem much less aggressive and more road-friendly. We’re excited to see BMW maintain the massive signature grille even in the new model. There aren’t any specifications on how powerful the Concept 4 will be but we’d expect this to effortlessly outdo an M4.  The German brand also revealed its plans to distance the 3 Series from the 4 Series, to which it currently shares its underpinnings.

    Land Rover Defender
    Land Rover Defender

    “Made for Impact.” This extravagant vehicle shares the power of a Range Rover and the elegance of an Evoque. Bringing luxury down to the rough terrains, it comes in four variants for different terrains and purposes – Adventure, Explorer, Country, and Urban. As of today, it uses an Si4 petrol engine but it will soon go hybrid with a P400e Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) engine. In terms of power, the engine variants begin with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit making 200hp and 430Nm of torque. The Land Rover Defender is expected to arrive in India by 2020.

    Cupra Tavascan
    Cupra Tavascan

    Cupra unveiled an all-electric coupe-SUV concept at Frankfurt, called the Tavascan. Now you’d wonder why a performance-driven brand is making an SUV? It’s actually their first because it is the most successful genre of motoring today. The brand is based on the most potent version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The design is new but comes with a clear mix of luxury and efficiency. Pop the hood, and you’ll see two motors powering two axles and producing 302-bhp. You can expect a range of 280 miles too.

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    Mikhail Gomes
    Senior Features Writer
    A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.