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Munich IAA – Dacia Jogger world debut – Just Auto

The press preview is Monday 6 September

This list of prototypes, concepts and production vehicles is updated as manufacturers make announcements. Here are the debutantes so far:

BMW Group

There will be multiple world premieres for BMW but for now, only the iX5 Hydrogen has been announced. Limited production is due to take place from late 2022.

Cupra

The SEAT division says its UrbanRebel Concept is a “radical interpretation of an urban electric performance car” and a preview of a model which is due out in 2025.

Speaking at an event in February, the brand’s CEO Wayne Griffiths announced, “Cupra will help make electric cars available to the masses with an urban, small electric car – and that’s a project we’re working on with the Volkswagen Group.”

It is believed that this model – sized somewhere between 3.7 and 4.1 metres, will be launched in 2025. The Group’s MEB-K platform should be the basis.

Daimler

The first Daimler division to announce a world debut at the IAA was smart. The vehicle will be a ‘compact’ SUV concept. Being smart, this will be electric. The brand’s parent firm is developing the production model with Geely, using Volvo’s SEA as the basis.

Mercedes-Benz will also have a global debut in the form of the EQE. Other world premieres include the S-Class Guard and the C-Class All-Terrain.

Mercedes-Maybach will reveal a concept which heralds its first EV. This will almost certainly be a preview of the EQS SUV. Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG has plans to show a hybrid and an EV but there are no other details for now.

Kia

The NQ5 series Sportage has already been revealed in South Korea but only with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Now comes the Sportage plug-in hybrid (code: NQ5 PHEV).

Kia says the 1.6 litre T-GDI engine is supported by a 66.9 kW permanent magnet traction electric motor. The chemistry of the 13.8 kWh battery is lithium-ion polymer. More details will be added as they become official. Build is likely to be in Slovakia and potentially in South Korea too.

Kia UK says European markets’ versions of the fifth generation Sportage will be unique to the region. Images and other details will be posted online on 1 September.

Micro Mobility

This Switzerland-based firm which sells scooters, promises that the production version of its Microlino (or Microlino 2.0) electric city car will debut at the IAA. It was exhibited as a prototype at the 2016 Geneva motor show and passed EU homologation tests in July 2018. Production is set to commence in September, the company stated in February.

The Microlino is just 2.4m long, has two-tone paint and looks a lot like a BMW Isetta from the 1950s. One innovative touch is mounting the headlights on the front of the door mirrors. The car is designed to be parked sideways in a parking bay, with the occupants gaining access via a large side-hinged door on the front of the vehicle, just like they did with the Isetta.

Porsche

There are no specifics as yet of what Porsche’s concept will be. Possibilities include the electric Macan or a replacement for the Boxster or Cayman. The latter pair will be a decade old in early 2022.

Renault Group

Dacia is to show the Jogger for the first time. Positioning of this seven-seat SUV will be above the Duster. There was a mini-preview in January, in the form of the partially revealed Bigster concept.

The new model is around the same size as today’s Lodgy and powered by petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains. The architecture is the R-N-M Alliance’s CMF-B.

There have been multiple names for another future model from Group Renault, the latest one being Renault Megane E-Tech. In June, Renault appeared to suggest that the name may be MéganE (‘Mégane E).

In October 2020, the company stated that for the fifth generation, the car would be reinvented an an EV,  revealing the Mégane eVision at a special event that month. Groupe Renault’s CEO Luca de Meo claimed that this prototype shared “95 per cent” of its looks with the production model. Build is due to commence towards the end of 2021, and this is rumoured to be at Douai.

The 4,210 mm long eVision was powered by a 60 kWh battery and while small for its segment, interior room was generous thanks to a long wheelbase (2,700 mm) and short overhangs. It will be a competitor for the larger VW ID.3, along with the Nissan Leaf, Citroen e4 and others in the C-EV class. The fourth generation Megane five-door is 4,359 mm long, which is 64 mm lengthier than generation three.

Whether or not the eVision’s drive system will make it to production isn’t known. The prototype was said to have power and torque outputs of 160 kW and 300 Nm. A longer, seven-seat body could be added in 2023, reviving the Megane Scenic name.

Volkswagen AG

Audi is yet to tell us too much more but what it terms “a production-based show car, the Audi grandsphere concept” will also premiere at the show.

As for Volkswagen, the passenger vehicle division has issued a preview image of the ID.5 GTX as a “a near production concept”. The SUV-coupé is due on sale in 2022 and might be solely for the European region.

OEMs with no presence at the show include Stellantis and Toyota Motor Europe

Future platform intelligence

More detail on past, current and forthcoming models can be found in PLDB, the future vehicles database which is part of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Center.

 




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