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Autocar September 18, 2019

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better for cars to be loved or hated than not noticed at all

THERE MAY HAVE been fewer launches at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, but those that did take place attracted no shortage of scrutiny. The Land Rover Defender was called everything from a glorious reinvention of an icon to an ungainly pastiche that can’t live up to the nameplate. The hugely significant Volkswagen ID 3 was criticised for being too safe and plain, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé (or, specifically, that grille) for being too bold. Elsewhere, the striking designs of the Cupra Tavascan and Hyundai 45 Concept EVs also provoked much comment. Design always has been subjective, of course, and in the social media age it’s never been easier for opinions to be aired. But it does feel as if many designers have been freed up to be bold. You may…

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lamborghini eyes all-electric power for 2+2 gt due in 2025

“The new GT will sit alongside the Huracán, Aventador and Urus” Lamborghini’s fourth model line, a 2+2 grand tourer inspired by the 2008 Estoque concept, is due to be given the green light to arrive by 2025 – and, in a shock development, could become the brand’s first fully electric car. The four-seater, which has been chosen after being evaluated against a possible third mid-engined supercar, will sit alongside the entry-level Huracán supercar, the range-topping Aventador and the Urus SUV. Early debates questioned whether the 2+2 would be front or mid-engined, but a far more radical approach is now under serious consideration, according to Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani. “If you look at the timing for a fourth model line, there is the potential that this will be the right time for a full-electric…

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three more pioneering lambos

Miura The first two-seat supercar to feature a rear/mid-engined drivetrain layout, the Bertone-designed Miura is among the most revered Italian cars ever made and regarded as the genesis of modern supercar development. Sesto Elemento Based on the Gallardo, the Sesto Elemento is a limited-run 562bhp track car composed largely of carbonfibre and weighing less than a tonne. Just 20 were made and they sold out before completion at nearly £2 million each. Terzo Millennio With a high-output electric motor on each wheel, this concept previewed Lamborghini’s future powertrains. Key features included self-healing bodywork, a kinetic energy recovery system and a structurally integral battery pack.…

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new xj ‘challenges the norm’

“The new XJ will be revealed before the end of 2020” Jaguar has begun the countdown to the launch of its next-generation all electric XJ flagship saloon with the release of the first preview image of the new car at the Frankfurt motor show. The image of the new XJ’s rear was shown during a video played at the firm’s press conference, where sibling brand Land Rover revealed the new Defender. It shows a classic saloon style rear end, with thin rear lights that feed into a light strip running the full width of the bootlid. The model also features both the Jaguar logo and the company’s name spelled out. The new XJ, based on Jaguar Land Rover’s new MLA architecture, will be revealed before the end of 2020 and go on sale soon…

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my show star

Volkswagen ID 3 JIM HOLDER In terms of capability and price, the ID 3 appears to be bang on the money of the very best, but in terms of sales ambition, it has the capability to be ground-breaking, pushing electric car ownership into the mainstream conscience in short order. Audi AI:Trail RACHEL BURGESS The prize for most outlandish car of the show goes to the Audi AI:Trail. Design boss Marc Lichte calls it a car with “no compromises” for a time when you only use a car for its intended purpose, in this case off-roading. Best gimmick? Detachable drone headlights. Land Rover Defender MARK TISSHAW Bravo, Land Rover for doing the car its own way. For me, the evolution 70 years on matches that of the Porsche 911: that’s what it would look like anyway. I liked it…

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future saloons, sports cars safe at jaguar

JAGUAR’S NEW DESIGN boss, Julian Thomson, is committed to the firm continuing to make sports cars and saloons – and not simply creating more and more SUVs. Thomson, who recently took over from Ian Callum, told Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show that the company will not “go full bore into SUVs. We will do cars in the future, too”. The firm has invested heavily in SUVs in recent years because of their strong sales, while its saloon models have struggled. “Cars [non-SUVs] are an important market to us,” he said. “We now have lots of competent SUVs in our showroom but we need to satisfy all customers with different powertrain and body choices.” Thomson said the likes of the XE and XF will also be replaced and could receive dramatic overhauls of…