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 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.

Okay, we’ve seen Porsche , BMW and Audi all experimenting with hybrid and electric cars , which is okay. But now things are getting a little more upscale in the electrification of luxury cars to help boost mpgs without losing performance and comfort. The latest of the entrants is Bentley with its Beijing-bound Hybrid Concept, which is little more than an electrified and copper-accented Mulsanne . Hey, if you’re gonna reveal a new hybrid engine, then why not show it off in your flagship sedan?

The details are still a little scarce on the Hybrid Concept, but Bentlry did let us in on a few details. We know that the hybrid drivetrain will carry the same 6.75-liter V-8 gas burner as the base model, but with electric motors added to boost fuel economy and output, while decreasing CO2 emissions. According to Bentley, this drivetrain bumps fuel economy up by 25 percent and guts CO2 by 70 percent.

What’s more, this drivetrain is in Bentley’s future plans, and it will slowly make its way into every Bentley vehicle.

we expect to hear more about the car following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept.

Have you noticed how most Toyotas are boring by design, while the company’s concept cars are usually groundbreaking and spectacular? Here, have a look at the 2014 Toyota FCV concept and then take a peek at the Camry sedan . See what I mean?

Well, this enormous concept-to-production gap might be narrowed in the near future, as the Japanese manufacturer is one step away from reviving the iconic Supra nameplate with the FT-1 concept as its base (have another look at our recent renderings for a refresh).

Of course, we’re not expecting Toyota to make the production car as mean looking and aggressive as the aforementioned design study, but the final result is bound to have a big impact on the industry. It might as well be the next Lexus LFA , but with a Toyota badge on its nose and with a greater "wow" factor attached to it. And the LFA is hard to beat!

Now I know all of you sports car enthusiasts are just dying to see this new product alive and kicking, but you’ll have to keep your shirts on for a little while longer, as Toyota has yet to reveal its plans with the next Supra.

Meanwhile, the stunning FT-1 concept took a trip across town from the Calty Design Research workshop to Jay Leno’s Garage , where California’s biggest car collector sat down and had a chat with two of the main men behind the project.

Leno is obviously impressed with the FT-1’s design, claiming the new concept car could spawn something truly impressive. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to drive it, as he does with most of the vehicles that drop by his garage, for obvious reasons, but the video reveals some interesting facts about the car.

Now go ahead and enjoy the video and make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on the upcoming Toyota Supra.

BMW earlier announced that it will reveal the China-exclusive 7 Series Horse Edition at the Beijing Auto Show , and now it appears that the German automaker is set to use the Asian event to introduce yet another large sedan .The good news is that we won’t see yet another special edition based on the 7 Series, but a brand-new vehicle that will top BMW’s lineup in the future. Yes, we’re talking about something bigger than the aforementioned sedan. A limousine that’s rumored to come alive under the 9 Series moniker.

According to a recent report, the executive four-door will be shown as a concept car in Beijing, with the production model, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2016, to compete against the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman , Stuttgart’s spiritual successor to the Maybach.

The extra-long-wheelbase BMW will share underpinning with the upcoming 7 Series , meaning it will be bolted on BMW’s lightweight G11 modular platform. The 9 Series will borrow styling cues from the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe , also believed so serve as inspiration for an 8 Series revival.

Little else is known about the 9 Series, but if this report turns out to be true, BMW’s new flagship is likely to be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost .

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe (pictured here).


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