concept cars

concept cars

  A concept car is a car prototype made to showcase a new vehicle's styling, technology, and overall design before production. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

The coupe-SUV domain has been dominated by BMW’s X6 for quite some time now. The Porsche Cayenne has come into the picture in the past few years, and now, Mercedes is thinking of joining in on the fun with the debut of the Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show .

The vehicle is being billed as a coupe version of the M-Class , and judging by the official images, the Concept Coupe SUV looks incredibly awesome, the kind that could give the X6 fits in the future.

It’s pretty evident that the design of the Concept Coupe SUV fits its name. It’s like a coupe riding on an SUV platform, akin to the architecture of the X6. More importantly, Mercedes appears to be pretty serious about sending it to production, intent on rebadging it as the MLC-Class with a production timeline of 2015.

It certainly adds a whole lot of credence to the MLC-Class when the company’s boss proudly proclaims the concept as a preview of a vehicle that has a lot of potential. "With the Concept Coupé SUV we aim to secure new customers by opening up new segments for Mercedes-Benz," says Mercedes CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche, as quoted by Auto Express.

Those are words that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially once combined with the official words from the press release below saying, “With this concept car, Mercedes-Benz is announcing the possible expansion of the previously uniform SUV off-roader family.”

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV.

While the Volkswagen Golf R has yet to go on sale in the United States, although it already made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Wolfsburg crew has unveiled an even more powerful version of the hot hatch . Dubbed the Golf R 400, the new machine made its official debut at the Beijing Auto Show as a concept car that takes the familiar Golf design and wraps it into a more assertive package with significantly more power under the hood.

Although Volkswagen isn’t the type of automaker that looks back on past models when designing new vehicles, the R 400 Concept showed up in China with exterior cues taken from two of its most important hatches — the Rallye Golf G60 built in the late 1980s and the VR6-powered R32 model based on the fourth-generation Golf .

Apparently Volkswagen doesn’t plan to put the Golf R 400 into production anytime soon, but the concept car is worth looking into as some of its design features and technologies are likely to go mainstream.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept.

Lincoln Motor Company has just announced its launch a full product lineup in China, including five new vehicles. One of those – a midsize luxury SUV – accompanies the news in this teaser video above. Though Lincoln hasn’t given away much info on the new vehicle, the video does reveal some interesting aspects.

From the few glimpses visible, the SUV appears to be a highly sculpted crossover with plenty of LED trickery and accent lighting. Most eye-catching are the massive turn signals that surround the headlight fixtures and continue to the side mirrors. A strong belt line runs just under the windows with a large rear haunch laying above the rear tire. If things stay true to the artist’s drawings seen here, the front will feature some fairly stunning sculpted lines with plenty of drama.

This SUV will join a lineup of four other cars including the MKZ, the MKC, a new full-size luxury sedan , and the refreshed Navigator – all of which will be built inside the United States. What’s more, Lincoln is taking an entirely new approach to selling cars, one based relationships and an inviting dealer environment.

Lincoln’s goal is a network of 60 dealers in 50 cities across China by 2016, with the first eight opening this fall. The dealers will run under the ideology of “The Lincoln Way,” a much more personal, relationship-biased approach to selling cars. “It completely shifts luxury automotive ownership from a sales and service transaction model to an experience model,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global marketing.

The dealers will feature a more home-like atmosphere with a tea room and other amenities like the Personalization Studio where customers can customize and order their particular vehicle. The new dealership style will concentrate its focus on providing good relationships and quality treatment than having a large, uninviting room packed with products. It’ll be interesting to see how this business model works for China and if it could work within the U.S.

Updated 04/21/2014: Lincoln pulled the covers off its MKX Concept at the Beijing Auto Show and release these detailed images. Sadly, there isn’t much news about the interior or engine options at this time. Click past the jump to see the new shots and read the updated press release.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover.

The Land Rover brand is on the brink of renaissance; a future laid out with a structured purpose that includes no less than three sub-categories and levels of refinement and off-road abilities — and it’s all starting with this, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Just one day before the New York Auto Show officially kicks off, Land Rover pulled the covers off its newest design and road map for the company’s future. The overarching plan includes creating three sub brands with individual vehicles under each. It will be a lot like what the Range Rover brand has already done with its multiple models.

Range Rover will soldier on filling the luxury segment while the Land Rover Discovery lineup will fill the ‘leisure’-oriented rolls and a new lineup under the Defender nameplate will cater to the hard-core off-roaders and keep the Land Rover tradition alive of blazing trails in far-off regions of the world while (hopefully) being accessible to every market, including the U.S.

Besides announcing the new corporate structuring, Land Rover is heralding in its new design language with the Discovery Vision Concept. The new look still has lingering cues from the LR4 that it replaces and the more upscale Range Rovers, but overall, the look is totally fresh. Included under is silvery skin are acres of new technologies and innovative features that set the SUV – and the brand – on a level above. Such things as gesture controls, its ‘transparent’ hood, and the first ever remote-control drive.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on all the new features

Nissan is gearing up to be a major player at the 13th Beijing International Auto Show and it’s bringing the New Sedan Concept to showcase its commitment in the world’s biggest and most dynamic auto market. It’s not easy to impress a market as large and diverse as China . That’s why its of importance for a lot of automakers to put their best foot forward in presenting prospective vehicles that will enter the market. First impressions last, and that is no more important than among the Chinese.

That seems to be the approach Nissan is taking with the presentation of the New Sedan Concept. Following in the footsteps of the Friend-ME Concept that debuted last year at Auto Shanghai, the Japanese company wants to make an even bigger impression with the New Sedan Concept, largely because the prototype could very well translate into a production version if reception for the concept is as good as Nissan hopes.

Fortunately, Nissan Design China (NDC), the company’s newest global design center located in Beijing, did the work on the New Sedan Concept so at least it should have the market’s pulse in on it.

Updated 04/14/2014: Nissan unveiled a new teaser video of the future sedan concept that will be unveiled later this month at the Beijing Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Friend-ME Concept.

The new-generation Jeep Cherokee is making its first appearance at the Easter Jeep Safari. For its first taste of the event, the Cherokee is getting upgrades befitting of the company’s off-road reputation.

First of all, we’re already on record as not being big fans of how the new Jeep Cherokee’s looks. Those slit-like headlights look good on a coupe , but not so much on an off-road SUV . But that’s neither here nor there, because all the modifications given to the Cherokee Adventure makes those lights seem like an afterthought.

Boasting of Trailhawk 4x4 capability, the Cherokee Adventure lives up to its name, nicely balancing the tan exterior with plenty of new adventure paraphernalia best suited for the SUV’s purpose. A prototype matte-black Mopar roof basket rides on top, providing space for owners to stow all their gear for all their outdoor adventures.

Speaking of the outdoors, the Cherokee Adventure has also been prepped to tackle even the roughest of terrains. Jeep Performance Parts rock rails have been installed to provide off-road defense. Added protection also comes in the form of a two-piece underbody skid plate, a front suspension skid plate, an oil tank skid plate and a two-piece fuel tank skid plate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Adventurer.

The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is the perfect setting for Jeep to introduce a slew of its new concepts . This year, a handful of new Jeep models are scheduled to be unveiled, one of which is the Wrangler Level Red, so named because it refers to the highest level of difficulty an off-road trail can be designated.

One look at the 2014 Wrangler Red Level and you immediately understand why its been named as such. It’s got a sleek Pitch Black exterior that’s heavily accented with a TorRed graphic stripe that runs from the top of the hood and down the body sides. An under-bumper skid plate was also added to provide more protection to the Wrangler. sensitive bits under the hood

Speaking of under-hood bits, this Wrangler is not bone-stock under there either. It received a cold-air intake kit, a low-restriction exhaust, 4.10-to-1 ratio Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear, a Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4-to-1 low range for slow and steady off-road driving and a 73-to-1 crawl ration for really aggressive off-road craziness.

The Wrangler Red Level also comes with a cameo appearance from Mopar, courtesy of a half-door kit that adds to all the other exterior goodies, including a prototype Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier, a locking gas cap, a hood prop kit and Jeep Performance Parts rock rails.

The Wrangler Red Level has more details to it that are worth your attention, but you’re going to have to click past the jump to read more about this unique Wrangler

With the 2014 Moab Easter Jeep Safari set to commence this weekend, Jeep-based models. Another two vehicles were conceived using the brand new Cherokee as a starting point. that left us with only one 2014 Grand Cherokee showing up in Utah: the EcoDiesel Trail Warrior.

As the name suggests, this specific Grand Cherokee concept is set to hit the trails with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel mill under the hood. Shared with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , the powerplant delivers 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of trail-blazing torque.

However, the Trail Warrior isn’t a regular diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV benefits from a Quadra-Lift air suspension, prototype wheels wrapped in all-terrain, BF Goodrich tires and it has a 44:1 crawl ratio. Additionally an array of unique Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories will make it stand out from the crowd.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior Concept.

First teased back in January under a sheet of white cloth, Peugeot’s Beijing-bound concept vehicle has finally had the covers pulled off, revealing a dramatically-styled four-door coupe bearing the name "Exalt". So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Peugeot Exalt Concept.

Back when it was first teased, Peugeot boldly announced that this concept would serve as a follow up to the incredible Onyx Concept we saw at the 2012 Paris Auto Show . If anything, the Exalt has some pretty enormous shoes to fill, considering how bonkers the Onyx turned out to be with its insane 680-horsepower and 1,061-pound-feet output.

Peugeot is presenting the Exalt Concept with a Hybrid4 powertrain that combines with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, producing a combined output of around 340 horsepower. It’s not on the level of the Onyx, but really, there aren’t a lot of cars out there that are on the level of the Onyx.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot Exalt Concept.

The all-popular Jeep Wrangler is once again taking the trails of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah in the shape of three, off-road-prepped, concept vehicles . The Wrangler Maximum Performance is the most extreme of the pack, boasting hardcore climbing capabilities and a 70:1 crawl ratio.

Enabling the Wrangler Maximum Performance to tackle even the roughest of terrains are a prototype Jeep Performance Parts four-inch lift kit and push-button, electric-locking Dana 60 axles at the front and rear. Also, a 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case and 4.88 gearing are ready to help this unique Wrangler take on Moab’s most difficult trails.

Of course, the aforementioned upgrades would be completely useless without a proper set of rollers, so it was only natural for Jeep to go with newly design beadlock wheels wrapped in 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires. A similar spare tire is wrapped in a Jeep Performance Parts cover and fitted around the back.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance.


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