Warning: You’d better bring an extra pair of legs if you plan on covering every inch of the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show because with over 85,000 square metres of exhibition space crammed with over 550 cars (and bikes) and more than 100 of the world’s best manufacturers from over 70 countries, you’ll need them! The 14th edition of MENA’s most influential automotive event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre has something for everyone and isn’t just restricted to the latest and hottest metal from the automotive world; along with a fine display of brand new cars and concepts are a host of activations too such as test drives, drifting, competitions and live music. With so much to see at the motoring extravaganza, you risk missing the key highlights but as ever wheels has got your back; we pick out the cars that you shouldn’t miss from the show:
For those of you looking for the ultimate in luxury motoring, head over to the Rolls-Royce stand and soak in the delightful new Phantom and once you’ve stopped drooling (and dreaming!) have a butchers at the one-off Bespoke Spirit of Calligraphy Ghost and Dawn Black Badge.
In BMW’s corner, you’ll find the much-anticipated M5 and all-new X3 however, the headline act is the Concept X7 iPerformance SUV and with its eDrive technology paired with a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, it isn’t just efficient but it should be properly thrilling to drive too. For the purists, the M5 can’t be beat; its twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 boasts 600 horses and for the first time it’s being offered with optional all-wheel drive too.
The Eclipse is back — but not as you think! The Eclipse Cross is compact crossover, not a compact sportscar. With a Super All Wheel Control system, high rigid body, and a turbo engine with fuel efficiency and rich torque that’s the equivalent to a 2.4-litre engine, it could be quite fun to drive. Check it out at Hall No. 3.
The hydrogen fuel cell Mirai consumes only the compressed hydrogen gas in its tank and the oxygen in the air. It emits nothing but water and can travel up to 500km!
If you’re after a fast SUV, like a really fast one, then you’ve got to take a look at the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — it’s the world’s most powerful production SUV! It packs a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that makes a stonking 707 horsepower and 875Nm of torque. The kids will never be late for school again.
Check out the all-new G70 saloon — which completes the Genesis brand’s saloon lineup sitting below the larger G80 and G90 models; it features a smart exterior, smart interior and a choice of two different powertrains — a turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 and 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four.
Regular wheels readers will have already seen it on the cover of issue 655 — but everyone else has had to wait to catch the new QX80. With a refined and spacious cabin, comfort-oriented suspension, and potent 5.6-litre V8, this SUV will continue to be a big hit here.