Europe has not traditionally been ground zero for trucks and SUVs, generally favoring high-dollar luxury cars and fuel-sipping compacts that almost never make their way to this side of the Atlantic. To be sure, there are plenty of luxo-yachts and parsimonious compacts at the show, but there are also a few vehicles of note that may be reflections of products coming our way in the next few years, but perhaps not in the exact same form.
The Fiat Panda Antarctica edition could be the basis for a future Jeep model. Volkswagen debuted the Golf Sportsvan, which looks suspiciously similar to the surprisingly popular Ford C-Max. Almost certain to make its way to the states sooner or later is Jaguar's CX-17 crossover, the brand's first SUV. And sure to make American Wrangler fans green with envy, Europe gets a new Polar edition, with a torquey 2.8-liter I-4 cranking out a robust 339 lb-ft of torque. Check out our coverage of all of Frankfurt's crossovers and SUVs below!
BMW X5 eDrive Concept
Officially just a "concept," the X5 eDrive looks finished and complete enough that we're fairly certain it'll be in showrooms soon. The X5 eDrive is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in conjunction with an inline electric motor. The X5 eDrive is designed to be charged via a standard 110-volt AC outlet, a higher-output 240v home charger, or a public charging station. Like other plug-in hybrids, state of charge, estimated range, and other statistics can be monitored through a smartphone app.
2013 Frankfurt: BMW X5 eDrive Concept First Look
BMW Joins the Plug-In Hybrid Bandwagon
Jaguar C-X17 Concept
For shock factor, an SUV was clearly Jaguar's way of making a statement to the luxury-car market that it's ready to play in the big leagues in volume and product variety. As far as crossovers go, the C-X17 is on the smaller side of the premium class, shorter in length than the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML, Infiniti QX70, Porsche Cayenne, and Range Rover Sport, but slightly larger than the Audi Q5. Preliminary dimensions for the C-X17 are a length of 185.7 inches, a wheelbase of 114.4 inches, a height of 64.9 inches, and a width of 77.1 inches. Ground clearance for the road-oriented crossover is a respectable 8.4 inches.
2013 Frankfurt: Jaguar C-X17 Concept First Look
Jaguar Showcases New Aluminum Platform with SUV Concept
Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition
The Polar Edition is painted in a new color, Hydro Blue, and the interior has been done in black. It will also be offered in Billet Silver Metallic or Bright White. As with other special editions, this Wrangler has unique features, such as Polar badges that show the coordinates of Vostok in Antarctica -- 78 degrees S and 106 degrees E -- where the coldest temperature in the world, -128.56 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded. The Polar Edition sports 18-inch alloy wheels in Gloss Black, a body-color hardtop, Gloss Black accents and Jeep logo, and cool Mopar accessories such as a black fuel filler door. There are also three-color hood graphics that show the outline of mountains. Inside, the leather seats have Pearl White stitching and Polar embroidery in the headrests, and the grab bar and ring around the dashboard vent are in gloss Ceramic White. Another special feature is the Ceramic White rings on the gauge cluster and a blue background for the instruments, also with the Polar logo. Options include the Dual Top setup -- the Sunrider soft top and Freedom Top hardtop are available in one package -- plus the Polar Pack 1 special package, with front side airbags, and UConnect infotainment and nav with 6.5-inch touchscreen, 40GB hard drive, USB and aux ports, and a DVD player.
Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition to Debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Special Edition Wrangler Inspired by Antarctica's Extreme Climate
Kia Niro CUV Concept
The Kia Niro hints at what the company might have in store for a B-segment crossover for the European market. Roughly the size of the Soul, the Niro has butterfly doors and is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, with a rear-mounted electric motor for added grip or power when needed. The unconventional interior features a one-piece front seat bottom and controls mounted on tubular struts in the center console. Kia is not saying for sure that the Niro is headed for showrooms, but neither is it denying its interest in bringing something similar to market. The company is using the Niro to gauge customer reaction to a life-style-oriented, sporty B-segment crossover. The primary target market for the Niro is Europe.
2013 Frankfurt: Kia Niro Concept First Look
Kia Hints at Urban Life-Style Crossover for Europe
Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept
While some other luxury brands have been tentative in their offering of SUVs, offering only one or two models, crossovers are the bread and butter of the brand, with the Lexus RX consistently the brand's best-selling model for most of the past decade. For those seeking larger and more sumptuous models, Lexus also offers the GX and LX models. But until now, there has not been a model below the RX to entice first-time luxury buyers into a Lexus showroom. But that may be about to change. The Lexus LF-NX concept signals the brand's intention to offer a crossover model below the RX in size and price to offer shoppers new to the luxury segment another reason to visit a Lexus showroom.
2013 Frankfurt: Lexus LF-NX Concept First Look
Hybrid Crossover Concept Previews Sub-RX SUV
Nissan e-NV200 Taxi
Nissan has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Barcelona, Spain, to promote implementation of electric mobility in the city. It also debuted its e-NV200 electric taxi van at the Frankfurt show to promote electric mobility across Europe.
2013 Frankfurt: Nissan e-NV200 Taxi
City of Barcelona Commits To Promoting Electric Mobility
2014 Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue has always been a popular model among compact crossover buyers, and has been Nissan's best-selling SUV model in the U.S. for several years now. This despite a design that went back to 2008, with only minimal interim changes. Not that that's an egregiously long model run, but since its introduction, many newer, fresher competitors have come on to the scene. With the 2014 Nissan Rogue, the company is hoping the addition of more practicality and better fuel economy will strengthen its position in the compact crossover market even further.
2014 Nissan Rogue Pricing Starts at $23,350, Gets 33 mpg Highway
Nissan's Compact Crossover Adds Third Row, Improved Economy