2019 Frankfurt Motor Show | MotorWeek

Electric cars have quickly gone from a distant future idea to dominating today’s headlines. As seen at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With its first public showing, the all-electric Porsche Taycan sedan took a starring role at Frankfurt. It an EV rocket with up to 750-horsepower.

Porsche held on to the spotlight with the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. As for their SUV’s, three new hybrid models join the Cayenne series,…and the Macan Turbo took a bow.

Mercedes-Benz got our attention with the dramatic Vision EQS concept, showing how the electrified EQ sub-brand might evolve.

Along with expanding their small plug-in hybrid offerings, the brand showed extra fastback style in the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and more potent 435 hp Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe. The AMG treatment is also due for their newest small SUV… as the Mercedes-AMG GLB35 4MATIC.

We’re told this sleek but polerizing BMW Concept 4 Coupe is very close to the next 4 Series design. An updated BMW X6 also had its first public outing… 12 years after being introduced in Frankfurt.

Volkswagen unveiled their first fully electric production model on the MEB architecture… this compact ID.3 sedan. Destined for Europe, the U.S. will see a similar sized ID.4 crossover.

This wild and wacky Audi AI:TRAIL quattro concept takes EV driving off-road, with up to level 4 autonomous technology on-road. Meanwhile, the alluring Audi RS 7 Sportback arrives with a 591-hp mild-hybrid V8.

Lamborghini revealed their first hybrid super sports car… the 819 horsepower Sián FKP 37. Using a supercapacitor it claims 0-60 takes less than 3 seconds.

The new Land Rover Defender made a dramatic entrance descending a 42-degree incline. And, it’s due to descend back to America too.

Asian brands also made EV news at Frankfurt. The production Honda e concept arrived. Looking much like the cute concept of 2 years ago…with an estimated 136-mile range.

Hyundai’s view includes plugging in with the EV Concept 45…. and their first electric racing car… the Veloster N ETCR.

Chinese upstart Byton brought their first production model… the M-Byte electric SUV. Inside is a 48-inch video display.

At Frankfurt 2019, our electric future was clearly on the fast track. And, that’s it for this week’s Motor News.

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