One of the world’s grandest automotive fairs has kicked off in Dubai. The 2019 Dubai International Motor Show once again has attracted a multitude of exhibitors and visitors to witness what is coming to the UAE soon.
Here’s a roundup of some of the key products and technologies displayed at the motor show. The biennial motoring event is now in its 15th edition, and is set to surpass its own record of visitors and exhibitors.
Mitsubishi has been a popular brand in the Middle East for decades. Chief among the popular models in the region are the Pajero and Lancer. The Japanese carmaker has revealed the new ASX and Montero Sport crossovers, and has also brought the Outlander PHEV along.
The crossover-heavy display of Mitsubishi clearly highlights the firm’s focus to deliver customer-centric products. SUVs and crossovers are popular right now, which is why the company is rolling out multiple products in the segment.
Mitsubishi is revamping its lineup to offer more crossovers, beginning with the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX.
One of China’s largest and most diversified conglomerates, GAC Motor, recently entered the UAE represented by Gargash Enterprises, and is expanding its footprint at a brisk pace with many launches lined up for the region.
Joining the GA8 saloon and GS8 SUV is the recently launched GN8 MPV, targeted at big families who need extra space at hand. With its model lineup now including three offerings, GAC is rapidly covering more and more automotive segments.
Nissan is unquestionably one of the foremost automotive brands in the Middle East. At the motor show, the Japanese carmaker has arrived with a wide range of vehicles and tech innovations. The range of sports cars includes 370Z and GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. The Patrol and Kicks occupy the SUV display, while Nissan also marks the Sunny’s return at the show.
The Nissan Sunny is based on an all-new platform and looks sharper than before. Nissan also brought along the Patrol Gazelle Storm concept to the show.
The world's fastest accelerating hypercar, the Aspark Owl, is also on display at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show.
Chinese luxury brand Hongqi earned its name by offering the L5 luxury limousine. The brand is expanding its lineup by introducing two SUVs: HS7 and HS5. Predictably, the SUVs will be luxurious and distinctly exclusive, much the same as the L5.
BMW has come to the show with something to offer for everyone. The company’s display at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show includes the new Z4 M40i co-developed with Toyota, and the 750Li xDrive M-Sport that makes 530hp.
A trio of SUVs is also on display at the BMW pavilion, with the X5 and redesigned X6 joined by the mammoth X7. Specifically, the BMW X7 M50i showcased at the show has the same V8 motor that powers the 7 Series, sending the SUV past 100kph in 4.7 seconds.
Land Rover will see a lot of visitors to its pavilion. The main attraction there would be the all-new Defender.
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has brought its entire range of offerings to Dubai. While the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is clearly the showstopper, cars like F-Pace, E-Pace, F-Type, XE, and XF are also making their presence felt at the show.
Land Rover must expectedly face a lot of visitors, seeing as it has successfully managed to bring back an icon without drawing too much criticism. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is on display at the Land Rover pavilion, making its regional debut in ‘90’ and ‘110’ trims.
Japanese hypercar manufacturer Aspark has come to the Dubai Motor Show with an astounding product called the Owl. Marketed as the fastest accelerating electric car, the Aspark Owl crosses 100kph in 1.9 seconds, topping out at 400kph. Priced at $5.1 million, it produces 2012hp and 2000Nm with a range of 450km.
Mercedes-Benz Middle East organised a press conference at the Dubai Motor Show, launching new products. Thomas Klein, CEO of Mercedes Middle East, unveiled the 2020 GLS, GLE Coupe, and the all-electric EQC 400, all set for regional release in the near future.
The German carmaker chose the motor show to make a regional introduction of its EV sub-brand, EQ. The EQC 400 will be joined by an electric luxury saloon in the near future, as well as another, smaller electric crossover.
The Maserati GranTurismo Zeda didn't make it to Dubai in time. Maserati is bidding farewell to the much-loved car with a special edition pictured here.
The Italian luxury carmaker has its entire range on display at the event. The Maserati GranTurismo Zeda didn’t make it to Dubai, but the marque is showcasing rather interesting special editions of its existing model range. For instance, the Maserati Levante Trofeo Collector’s Edition shares the pavilion with the Quattroporte SQ4 Zegna Pelletessuta special edition and Ghibli GranSport.
General Motors has a lot to showcase this time around. The first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8, all-new Onix saloon, and 2020 Chevrolet Captiva are making their regional debuts at the motor show. Chevy also revealed the Silverado Trail Boss Z71 exclusively designed for the Middle East.
In all, six new reveals with 36 models in total from Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac combined make up the General Motors pavilion.