Jaguar, Lamborghini and Infiniti introduced their new models at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Some specialists were initially skeptical of Jaguar adding a crossover, partly because the brand is paired with SUV-centric Land Rover, and partly because it has a ridiculous name. But the F-Pace is a gorgeous luxury crossover inside and out. The dashboard is somewhat plain, in the style of many Jaguar Land Rover products, but some F-Pace models on display had fantastic wood trim and really soft leathers that stand up to German crossovers. I sat in the back seat and was pleasantly surprised to find that unlike, say, a Range Rover Evoque, there is plentiful legroom and headroom for adults to actually ride long distances.
The gorgeous curves and creases on the Q30 are not only as wild as the 2013 concept, but also a far cry from the Mercedes-Benz models that underpin this compact hatch. Not offering AWD in the U.S. is a mistake -- Infiniti plans to push the Q30 crossover on snowbelt buyers -- but otherwise this car has the style and sophistication to lure in new shoppers. Infiniti claims it drives with as much excitement as its looks imply, which would be welcome change from the Benz models.
Lamborghini Huracan Spider
While the Gallardo dropped its top like a gawky, awkward co-ed, the Huracán Spyder is a supermodel posing for the paparazzi on the sands of Ibiza. Removing the roof doesn’t typically do any favors to a supercar’s performance, but modern carbon-aluminum engineering means the Spyder should be every bit as sharp as its buttoned-up sister—and even more gorgeous to look at.