IAA Highlights 2019

In the halls of the IAA 2019 there was still a lot to see despite the absence of some well-known manufacturers. Generally one followed the big poster proclaimed by Ford “Go Electric”. Vehicles with internal combustion engines were hard to find, but the manufacturers showed the audience where the path should eventually go. Especially the design studies gave most manufacturers a very good look into the future. The goal: electric and autonomous.

Even the supercars such as the Lamborghini Sian are electrically designed – but as a hybrid. This model was presented at the IAA in the large VW hall. The sports car is strictly limited and should be the most powerful Lamborghini of all time. Under the shapely body hides a 6.5 liter V12 engine with a total of 780 hp. The driver adds the electric motor, the power reaches a total of 820 hp and accelerates the powerhouse in 2.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h. He reaches over 350 km / h top speed. The Italians have integrated the electric motor directly into the transmission. Unit price 2.3 million euros.

Very futuristic sounds the AUDI AI: Trial. A concept car of an off-road electric vehicle with some extraordinary features, such as the drones, which, for example, ascend in poor visibility and light the way for the vehicle. Large glass fronts in the single frame body should ensure a successful all-round view. Pure nature experience. Driver and passenger, or better said, all passengers of the autonomously driving off-road vehicle sit in suspended seats, which can be removed and taken away. Drinking vessels that are used as a flashlight increase the functionality of the equipment. At the same time, they scan the path so that the excursionist always finds his way back to his vehicle.

A design highlight is the Hyundai 45 EV Concept. It impresses with clear surfaces and reduced Italian design. The “45” is based on the design study of the Hyundai Pony, which was presented 45 years ago, but also for the various 45 ° angle in the bodywork design. All surfaces are very straightforward. Only the wheel arches are soft and protrude very far out. As with many current design studies, the B-pillar is missing and the interior is more like a living room. The doors slide flat to the rear to open. A LED bar at the entrance shows the state of charge of the vehicle. Cameras replace the rearview mirror.

Mercedes Benz takes the visitor into an entire adventure world. A long escalator takes visitors to another world. Interactive LED wall, futuristic skateboards and stations where the senses are trained lead the audience into the large exhibition hall. At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, a concept for an electrically powered S-Class version. The Vision EQS is based on a new electric vehicle kit, which can be variably changed in length, size and battery version, thus enabling a wide range of electric vehicles. Two electric motors offer four-wheel drive and a total of 350 kilowatts of power. From 0 to 100 kilometers / hour, the EQS accelerates in 4.5 seconds. Inside, the study is very spacious.

The ESF 2019 safety vehicle is based on the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, is fully automated in many situations and has a plug-in hybrid drive. If the ESF 2019 is fully automated, the steering wheel and pedals are retracted, which can reduce the risk of injury in the event of a crash. The greater interior flexibility requires new ideas for restraint systems (seat-integrated belt) and airbags with alternative installation spaces (driver airbag in the instrument panel, integral side airbag in the side bolsters of the seat backs). However, the ESF 2019 also shows ideas for a manual driving mode: with daylight-like light from the sun visor, the revitalizing interior lighting can help keep the driver fit.

The BMW Vision M Next is a concept study in which BMW wants to show how they envision the supercar of the future. It could be the successor of the i8 or the new M9. Bonds to the M1 from the 70s are clearly visible. The two-seater should bring 600 hp on the road. In addition to the 314 hp combustion engine two electric motors act on the front axle.