Frankfurt Highlights: The Concepts Hint The Upcoming

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Some of concept cars are made to preview the upcoming design language or how the next generation of a car look alike. At 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show I’ve found interesting concept cars that hint the upcoming cars in the near future.

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Mazda introduced its newest concept car, Koeru. Its name is taken from Japanese word which means ‘going beyond’. Yeah, just like its name, the concept car could be the preview how the next generation of CX-Series look alike in the future. Koeru is designed using Mazda’s latest design language, Kodo – Soul of Motion. Up front, Mazda’s designers keep its signature design, like chromed wing that now is placed above the headlights and sweeps away to the grille. Moreover, Mazda keeps the half-rounded LED Daytime Running Lights that we can be found on latest Mazda CX-5, CX-3, and 6. At the rear, we can see a sporty exterior design. This part features the same half-rounded LED taillights that’s combined with thin LED lights above it.

Koeru’s dimension is almost the same as the old CX-7. It has 4,600 mm long, 1,900 mm wide, and 1,500 mm high. Meanwhile its wheelbase is 2,700 mm. The concept car can accommodate up to five passengers and equipped with MZD Connect a new generation smartphone-based connectivity system. And the concept is immersed NVH-suppressing technology for a smoother and quieter ride. Moreover, it features latest SkyActiv engine that is said to be fuel efficient.

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Probably this is the star of 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. At this year’s auto show, Mercedes revealed its latest concept car, named IAA. It stands for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile. The concept car deserves the star of the show because it’s futuristic, it’s a high-tech car, and it’s innovative.

IAA’s exterior styling is like the combination between CLS and F 015 Concept. At the front, its design reminds me of F 015 Concept. It can be seen from its unique-shaped headlights which has the same form like the previous concept. The concept car has an aerodynamic line from the front to the rear. The C-pillar line is designed to be a coupe-like. Its design reminds me of Audi A7 and the concept’s design could be the preview of next CLS-Class. At the rear, Mercedes’ designers put a unique design featuring thin LED taillights that sweeps away from left to right.

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As the name suggests, the 4-door car shows the latest aerodynamic technology. Mercedes said that IAA Concept had active aerodynamic features. When you drive at 80 km/h, the mode changes automatically from Design Mode to Aerodynamic Mode. First, the fin in the front bumper retracts by 60 mm to improve flow along the underbody. Furthermore the flaps in the front bumper extends by 25 mm and rearwards by 200 mm to improve airflow around the front-end and the front wheel arches.

The active wheel rim change their cupping from 50 mm to 0. And the most interesting part of active aerodynamic feature is when the rear-end extending its size up to 390 mm. The result is its coefficient of drag 0.19. It means that the lowest in the world today.

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The concept car isn’t all about the aerodynamic thing. The German carmaker put the autonomous feature to the study car. Mercedes deploys many sensors and modules which allow autonomous driving and car-to-X communication. This feature enables communication between IAA and other vehicles on the road or even with other sources of information. Mercedes IAA Concept comes with petrol engine that is combined with plug-in hybrid which has total output 275 hp and its top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h. I hope the aerodynamic tech can be implemented in next-gen Mercedes’ car, at least for its upcoming supercar.

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Are you waiting for the new Nissan Z? If so, what design or style do you want for it? Or do you want to Nissan change the Z to a crossover? If you still want the new Z as a pure sport coupe, brace yourself. Because at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Nissan unveiled its newest concept, Gripz which is reported to replace the Z! It’s a sport crossover concept that takes inspiration from various vehicles from a rally car to a bicycle. Yes, Nissan wants the concept car can take you to the office on the weekdays and go adventure on the weekend, just like a bicycle (but you can’t lift it up and get in to the public train).

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Its exterior design is looked aggressive and sporty. At the front, there are boomerang-shaped LED headlights which is accompanied by fog lights that is placed below the headlights and V-shaped grille which is now be a identity for Nissan. Gripz comes up with no B-pillar which means that it has suicide doors. But the doors have different way to open. The front is Lamorghini-like scissor doors, meanwhile the rear is luxury sedan-like doors. The car with 22-inch tires has a busy design language at the rear section. There are boomerang-shaped LED taillights, matte black Kamm tail gives the concept a ‘codatronca’ effect, and dual chromed trapezoidal exhausts.

I hope the rumor that Gripz will replace Z, is really a rumor. Because the concept car is perfectly match to preview next generation of Juke.

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Watch out Juke! That phrase is right to say to Nissan because Toyota is preparing to launch its latest crossover next year. And at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the carmaker introduced C-HR II Concept which previews the new crossover. Yes, this is an update version of C-HR Concept that shown for the first time at 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Toyota’s designers change some exterior elements, so it’s looked more production-ready. Up front, C-HR II isn’t looked weird like Juke, even though it still a concept car. Its headlights get redesign and now features LED Daytime Running Lights. The 3-point LED fog lights is replaced with boomerang-shaped. Big changes are on the side section. Now, C-HR II comes up as a four-door crossover, not two-door anymore. But Toyota cleverly disguises the rear doors with thin windows and bulging rear wheel-arches. And the line design of the study car is look alike its rival, Juke. And at the rear, we can see the busy design language with so many details and sculpted lines here and there. To be honest, at a glance it looked like Nissan Gripz Concept.

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Overall, the C-HR II exterior styling is ready for production,especially at the front section. Meanwhile, at the side and rear I expect some major changes, including bigger windows for rear passengers and more simple design at the rear. For the best handling and control, Toyota developed the concept car on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. I expect to see the production version of C-HR II at 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, & Toyota

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