The C-X17 is not just a concept, but also the start of an aggressive model expansion programme
The aluminium iQ[IA] platform developed for the C-X17 will go on to underpin a range of Jaguars
Jaguar has hinted at a range of smaller, more compact cars in the future
The SUV itself also remains a production possibility for Jaguar
Jaguar has also confirmed a new 'baby' model to take on the BMW 3-series
Toyota's Yaris Hybrid-R was first teased in a set of images last month
Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, the Hybrid-R offers 414bhp overall
The Hybrid-R also makes use of a super-capacitor, the same type as the one used on Toyota's Le-Mans racer
A third 60bhp electric motor is also used to deliver extra boosts of power
Toyota hasn't ruled out using the Hybrid-R in motorsport
Lexus's LF-NX concept is the firm's answer to the Range Rover Evoque
The model is designed to gauge reaction to a bolder design language
Lexus wants to style the LF-NX to 'make its rivals look boring'
Inside, the focus is on luxury and flair
The LF-NX has a total power output of 200bhp
Audi has revived the Quattro name for its Sport Quattro concept
The car previews a new model that will sit above the R8 in Audi's lineup
The plug-in hybrid also celebrates 30 years since the launch of the original Sport Quattro
Audi refers to the car as the 'legitimate successor' to the icon of the ’80s
Audi first teased a possible relaunch of the Quattro in 2010
Citroën's Cactus is already confirmed for production next year
It will go on sale as the Citroën C4 Cactus
As well as being the basis for a production model, the Cactus also previews the design of Citroën's C-line range
The interior features entirely digital instrumentation
The car is expected to sit on Citroën's EMP2 platform when it goes on sale
The top concepts at the Frankfurt motor show give a close look into the shapes that our cars will take in the coming years.
Four of our top five cars will spawn production variants, in fact. It's a trend which has been growing in recent years - you just have to look back to some of the concept cars from the 2011 Frankfurt motor show to see how many are now on sale. The Ford Fiesta ST, Infiniti FX Vettel edition, Range Rover Evoque, and the Alfa Romeo 4C are all either on sale now, or coming very soon.
Concepts are often the headline acts at motor shows, and the Frankfurt motor show has been no exception. Click below for the full stories behind our top five concept cars of the show.
The stunning Jaguar SUV concept sets out the marque's future - and marks the beginning of an ambitious model expansion programme too. Over the next few years the new all-aluminium architecture known as iQ[Al] will start to underpin a new generation of models from Jaguar. Described by bosses as being flexible, modular and scalable, the platform gives Jaguar a lot of design freedom. We already know the new architecture will be used in developing the firm's BMW 3-series rival, planned for 2015.
We've seen leaked pictures of this Toyota concept in the run up to the Frankfurt motor show, but never the full car. Powered by a combination of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine and two electric motors attached to each of the rear wheels, the Hybrid-R gets a grand total of 414bhp. Among the other technological features on the Hybrid-R is the super-capacitor. Originally used on Toyota's Le-Mans racer, the unit is used to store electrical energy much faster than a conventional battery.
Setting the Range Rover Evoque firmly in its sights, the LF-NX concept from Lexus is being used to assess reaction to a bolder design language. Power for the concept comes from an adaptation of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system used on the ES300h saloon. The front wheels are driven by the combination of a 156bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine and a 44bhp electric motor. A four-wheel-drive version of a future production version is also under consideration.
The Quattro name has been revived by Audi for this concept, which is intended to preview a new production model which would sit above the R8, at the very top of the manufacturer's range. Powered by a V8 engine producing 552bhp, and assisted by a 148bhp electric motor, the Sport Quattro delivers its power to the road via an all-wheel drive system. It's efficient too, with Audi claiming just 59g/km of CO2 emissions and 113mpg.
Citroën has confirmed that its radical Cactus concept will enter production next year, becoming the Citroën C4 Cactus when it goes on sale. As well as becoming a model in itself, the Cactus also sets out a new design language for Citroën's C-line range of vehicles. The concept shown in Frankfurt is powered by PSA's Hybrid Air Technology, which uses compressed air and a hydraulic motor assembly to assist a conventional engine. Citroën says using the technology gives the Cactus an average fuel economy of 'more than 94mpg.'
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