The F-Pace will be Jaguar's first crossover, and the brand is keen to emphasize that the vehicle's performance, ride and handling will be in keeping with the brand's sports car heritage.
Handling features include a power-assisted steering system combined with the torque vectoring technology developed for the F-Type and a torque-on-demand all-wheel- drive system. The F-Pace will go on sale next year, and it is expected to become one of Jaguar's two best-selling models, alongside the XE midsize sedan. The U.S. and China are forecast to be the crossover's big-gest markets.
Kia is updating its Sportage SUV with a sleeker design and what it says will be the highest-quality interior it has created to date as the brand seeks to move upscale. The fourth-generation Sportage was designed by Kia's European design center in Frankfurt with input from the brand's studios in Irvine, Calif., and Namyang, Korea. It will go on sale next year.
Mazda released a sketch of the Koeru concept ahead of the show but few details, saying only that the car previews a "new foray into the growing crossover SUV market." Reports said the concept might debut in production form at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November as a replacement for the aging CX-9 crossover.
Mercedes-Benz will unveil the first convertible version of its S-class flagship sedan in 44 years. Mercedes wants the car to be recognized as the "most comfortable cabriolet in the world." Comfort features will include an automatic wind protection system, a neck-level heating system and heated armrests. The four-seat convertible will have the same swooping design found on the S-class coupe that went on sale earlier this year with a longer rear end to accommodate its electrically operated retractable soft-top roof.
Mercedes also debuts its latest C-class coupe with a sportier design to help it compete better against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The coupe is based on the redesigned C-class sedan that debuted in 2014 and is bigger and lighter than its predecessor. The high-performance AMG C63 coupe variant has a wider body than the standard coupe, along with unique side panels and a longer domed hood.
The GLC gets its first public outing in Frankfurt after the compact SUV was unveiled to journalists in June. The GLC has a sleeker design and is more luxurious than the boxy GLK it replaces.