All the cars and news from the 2021 Munich IAA Mobility show
The first Munich Motor Show is on. Officially, the Munich Motor Show is called IAA Mobility and It spreads right across the city, with a traditional motor show space as well as displays in the city centre and even a test track that links the main locations.
The Munich Motor Show is hosting the reveals of various new models, and you can read about all of the most important ones below in our A-to-Z list of the car makers and what they’re up to at the show.
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Audi, BMW, Cupra, Dacia, Hyundai, Mercedes, Polestar, Porsche, Renault, Smart and Volkswagen are all in attendance at the Munich show but there are some notable brands who are giving the event a miss. Notably, Stellantis brands including Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat won’t be attending the show.
The Munich Motor Show replaces the traditional Frankfurt Motor Show this year and is built around the Summit area, a typical motor show space with halls full of new products. This is where our reporters are hard at work chatting to industry bosses on the hunt for our famous scoops and exclusive news stories.
Then there’s the Blue Lane, a test track that runs from the conference centre to the city centre, where visitors can try out new products, including cars and bicycles – since this motor show is focused on all forms of mobility and not just cars. Finally, there’s the Open Space in the city centre, where visitors to Munich will be able to see the new cars and other transport, plus there will be entertainment and other events.
Munich Motor Show 2021: A to Z
- Audi Grandsphere
- Audi Skysphere
- Audi RS 3
Audi is showing two of its 'Sphere' concepts at the Munich Motor Show. The first, the ‘Grandsphere’, is an all-electric luxury car that previews a future A8 limo replacement. It features Level 4 autonomous tech, while the 120kWh battery provides 710bhp, 960Nm of torque and a driving range of around 460 miles between charges.
It also features a new approach to interior design, with the cabin constructed mainly of sustainable or recyclable materials. The highly digital approach centres around a new infotainment system that can project a full cabin-width image onto the surface when in its autonomous mode. Audi also claims the Grandsphere is the closest of the three Sphere concepts (the others being the Skysphere and the as yet unseen Urbansphere) to a production model.
The sporty Skysphere is also on show in Munich. It was revealed a few weeks prior to the show and features dramatic swoopy styling that is said to preview the brand's next-generation design direction. The all-electric luxury two-seat roadster also incorporates some radical thinking, helped by its variable wheelbase set-up, that's claimed to provide occupants of the Skysphere two very different experiences.
Power comes from a battery that “is expected to be more than 80kWh” for a claimed WLTP range of 500km (around 310 miles). The battery feeds one electric motor mounted on the rear axle producing 623bhp and 750Nm of torque; Audi claims that the Skysphere weighs around 1,800kg, which results in a 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds.
If the two advanced concepts aren't enough to drag you to Audi's Munich stand there's also the first chance to get up-close-and-personal with the giant-slaying hyper hatch, the RS 3. Already, unveiled in full online, we already know the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S rival returns with its trademark 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder that pumps out a muscular 395bhp and 500Nm of torque.
Combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and quattro all-wheel drive, Audi says the RS 3 can get from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds before running into its speed limiter at 155mph. In the UK, the RS 3 that has claimed the Nurburgring lap record for compact cars is priced from £50,900.
- BMW iX3 facelift
- BMW iX5 Hydrogen
- BMW i Vision Circular
BMW has rolled out its hydrogen fuel-cell powered X5 SUV. Called the iX5 Hydrogen, The zero-emission SUV is also available for showgoers to take short rides in ahead of its 2022 debut. Featuring a unique blue-tinted grille, lightweight 22-inch alloys and a revised rear diffuser with blanks where the exhausts sit on ICE-powered X5s, the short-production run of iX5s are driven by a pair of electric motors that generate a combined 369bhp.
Employing fuel-cell tech developed in partnership with Toyota, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen is claimed to combine an unconfirmed long-range with a four-minute refuelling time.
As well as the bigger hydrogen-powered X5, BMW has used its home show to debut the recently updated pure-electric iX3 that received mild cosmetic updates and more tech.
Finally, the German brand has also revealed its vision of the future with a 100-per-cent recyclable concept car called the i Vision Circular.
- Cupra Born
- Cupra UrbanRebel
Spanish performance brand, Cupra, will unveil the UrbanRebel concept at Munich, which gives an indication of the design language the manufacturer will employ on its more affordable, smaller electric cars.
Look past the motorsport addenda and the shape provides an interesting insight into how a small Cupra EV might look. Although Cupra says the UrbanRebel has 335bhp, with the ability to produce up to 429bhp for short periods, a production car is more likely to have around 200bhp and a rear-wheel-drive set-up.
Cupra will also use the Munich show to unveil its all-new Born electric hatch that's closely-related to the Volkswagen ID.3. Already previewed online, we know that beneath the skin, the Cupra Born will be offered with either a 148bhp or 228bhp electric motor that, with the largest 77kWh battery provides a range of up to 335 miles.
Priced from £32,000 including the government's £2,500 grant, deliveries begin in early 2022, while the former SEAT sub-brand says it's tuned the Born to be fun to drive.
- Dacia Jogger
Budget car maker Dacia will show off its new seven-seat MPV called the Jogger – a replacement for the Romanian brand’s Lodgy seven-seater MPV. It’s been confirmed to be coming to the UK, despite this model having been previously only available in other markets.
It uses the same architecture as the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway, but it’s larger to accommodate the extra passenger seats inside. It also uses the same engines, including a small petrol and the LPG-equipped Bi-Fuel model.
- Kia Sportage
Kia has confirmed that it will showcase the all-new European-spec Sportage family SUV in plug-in hybrid form at the 2021 Munich show. It's the first time we'll have seen a specific model for the European market, with a shorter wheelbase likely for the Sportage we'll get in the UK. The SUV will package a 13.8kWh battery feeding a 90bhp electric motor that will work in conjunction with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit.The Korean brand's first electric car to be based on the E-GMP platform, the EV6, will also make its European debut.
- Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain
- Mercedes EQE
- Mercedes Concept EQG
- Mercedes-AMG EQS 53
- Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 E-Performance
- Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS
Mercedes has launched a host of new cars at Munich, including four pure-electric vehicles and one new performance hybrid.
The most important debut is the Mercedes EQE saloon. Set to take on the Tesla Model S, the EQE will go on sale in 2022 as an all-electric alternative to the E-Class exec and will offer up to 410 miles on a single charge thanks to its large 90kWh battery. Two versions will go on sale in the UK, but Mercedes will only show the EQE 350 at Munich, which will feature 288bhp and 530Nm of torque.
The Concept EQG joins the EQE on Mercedes' stand, previewing a future all-electric version of the G-Class. No performance figures have been quoted, but the German brand has promised that the production version of the EQG will offer the same rugged off-road ability as the G-Class when it arrives in 2024.
AMG has also revealed its first ever electric performance model in the shape of the EQS 53. Promising 751bhp in top spec Dynamic Plus trim, it'll sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds and go on to an electronically-limited 138mph.
We have also had our first look at the EQS SUV, as the new Maybach Concept EQS previews the flagship variant of the upcoming all-electric luxury SUV.
If that wasn't enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance – the brand's most powerful ever model with 831bhp – is on show, along with the new C-Class All-Terrain.
- Porsche concept
Mystery still surrounds exactly what Porsche plans to unwrap at the Munich motor show following it only revealing a single teaser image of a headlamp, but we expect the concept will be fully electric and possibly take the shape of a sports or supercar.
Other rumours suggest that it could preview new tech destined for the brand's 2023 hybrid racer that's currently in development for the World Endurance Championship's upcoming LMDh class.
- Mobilize Limo
- Renault 5
- Renault Megane E-Tech Electric SUV
Renault has a strong line-up at the Munich show, starting with the new Megane E-Tech electric car. It’s a fully electric version of the popular family car and will rival the Volkswagen ID.3.
The Renault 5 electric car prototype we’ve already seen has also made an appearance on the show stand, as well as some classic Renault 5 models to compare it with.
Finally, there are vehicles from the new Mobilize brand, which Renault is using to show its planned range of urban vehicles, likely to be called Duo, Bento, Limo and Hippo. This service looks like it will produce a successor to the oddball Twizy, but with a more modern sales policy with charges based on time spent in the car and paid by smartphone.
- Smart Concept #1
Smart is showcasing the start of its push upmarket and into larger vehicle segments at Munich, with new parent company Geely at the helm. The company will unveil its Concept #1 electric SUV, which ditches some of the brand’s famed “smallness” in favour of a more premium image. It will morph into a fresh rival for the MINI Countryman and Audi Q2 in 2023 and will be the first car using the new Geely developed SEA all-electric car platform.
- Volkswagen ID.5 GTX
- Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift
- Volkswagen Taigo
Volkswagen will unveil not one but three new cars at the Munich show. We've already driven the ID.5 GTX coupe-SUV in prototype form, but now it's time to reveal the real thing.
Based heavily on VW's first performance-focused electric car, the ID.4 GTX, the sporty ID.5 gets swoopy looks and a powerful 295bhp all-wheel drive system that offers a brisk 6.2-second dash from 0-62mph. Feeding the pair of electric motors is a 77kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a range of up to 308 miles.
If a quick electric SUV-coupe doesn't appeal, VW will also cater to more traditional performance car enthusiasts with the facelifted Polo GTI. Now pumping out 204bhp from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, the pint-size VW hot hatch gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that enables it to launch from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds.
The final launch on the VW stand will be the European market debut of the SUV-coupe Taigo. Closely related to the Polo-based Nivus already on sale in South America, think of the Taigo as a sportier take on the current T-Cross. Under the bonnet there's the choice of either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol or a more powerful 1.5-litre turbo that will offer up to 148bhp.
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