In February 2015, Italdesign Giugiaro began teasing a new concept car for the Geneva Auto Show, and now with the show upon us, we have all of the details on this new model. Dubbed the Gea, this ultra-luxurious, futuristic rig shows what the future may hold for the automotive realm, specifically in terms of autonomous driving and EV technology. Unfortunately, this is simply a concept that has no production plans as of March 4, 2015.

The outward appearance of the Gea is sleek and sexy, but also pretty basic at the same time. The interior, on the other hand, is filled with all sorts of goodies, which shows that this model is all about moving people as comfortably as possible. As with all concepts, this model requires a grain of salt, as many of the features will likely never be part of a production vehicle, but there are some elements that I can see making their way onto a production car in the not-too-distant future.

Continue reading for my full review of the Italdesign Giugiaro Gea.


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First and foremost, the Italdesign Giugiaro Gea is huge. Not just a little bulky, but a massive 211 inches long. However, it pulls this off well, thanks to its streamlined look. Its short hood and swoopy roofline show that this model’s main focus is in the cabin, but it still retains some exterior sexiness.

Up front, the Gea features LED headlights that change with the drive modes. In normal mode, they glow white, but kick it into driverless mode, and the lights turn blue. The rear also features LED lighting. The front and rear lights are all based upon Audi’s laserlight technology.

The Gea has a 131-inch wheelbase and 26-inch, 60-spoke rollers. These wheels were crafted from single blocks of aluminum, increasing their rigidity and durability.

With a car this massive, weight becomes a huge issue, and Italdesign Giugiaro countered this by building the chassis and body from several different lightweight materials, including aluminum, carbon fiber, and magnesium. This keeps the Gea’s heft down to 4,442 pounds, which is super-heavy by most standards, but relatively light for the type and class of car it is.

Overall, the exterior styling of the Italdesign Giugiaro Gea is a tad bland, but it has just enough sexiness to keep things interesting. The headlights and taillights are the main attractions, obviously.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 5,370 MM (211.41 Inches)
Height 1,464 MM (57.63 Inches)
Width 1,980 MM (77.95 Inches)
Wheelbase 3,330 MM (131.10 Inches)
Front track 1,680 MM (66.14 Inches)
Reartrack 1,672 MM (65.82 Inches)
Front overhang 926 MM (36.45 Inches)
Rearoverhang 114 MM (4.48 Inches)
Ground clearance 180 MM (7.08 Inches)
Weight (empty) 2,015 KG (4,442 LBS)


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Stepping into the Gea is like stepping 10 to 15 years into the future, as the book-style opening doors and lack of B-pillars give you a full view of this high-tech, multifunctional cabin. The Gea’s interior actually has three different settings to meet the needs of the driver and passenger: Business, Wellness and Dream.

Business mode is great for traveling businesspeople who need to get their work done on the move. The LED interior lighting turns white, which according to studies enhances concentration and productivity. Additionally, a pair of 19-inch clear LED touchscreens drop down from the roof just forward of the rear seats. The passengers can choose what information they’d like to display on these screens. The front passenger seat can either rotate 180 degrees, allowing the person to engage with those in the rear seats, or it can fold flat to create a table.

In Wellness mode, the car gives passengers the ability to do isometric exercises, helping keep things comfortable on those longer journeys. To facilitate this in-car workout, a pair of aluminum handles pop out to allow an upper-body workout, while two platforms pop out from the floor to allow for a lower-body workout. The ambient lighting changes to amber for a more relaxed feel.

In Dream mode, the LED lighting changes to a dark blue, and pictures of galaxies and stars are projected on the monitors and the dashboard. Additionally, footrests pop out from the rear seats, and the front passenger seat folds flat and joins with the rear seat to create a full-length bed.

On top of being multifunctional, the Gea’s cabin is well-equipped with tech bits and loaded with fine materials. Materials like woven parchment leather on the door panels, painted lacquer, and unstained silk carpeting all add serious class to the cabin.

In front of the driver is a 12-inch screen that shows all of the most important info, like speed, engine rpm, navigation, driving range, etc. Flanking this screen are two 3.5-inch screens that show the two side-view cameras, while a center-mounted screen shows the rearview camera. Rounding out the visual goodies is the 3D holographic screen on the dashboard that projects graphics to match the car’s setting.

Driver input is nearly all pressure-sensitive as opposed to being based on angles like in today’s cars. The steering wheel, which is more like a steering stalk, only turns 2 degrees, leaving the amount the front wheels turn dependent upon the amount of pressure the driver applies to the stalk. Likewise, the pedals are actually two pads that sense the amount of pressure the driver places upon them and uses this to determine the acceleration or braking power.

The Gea is very much a concept car that shows off some of the technology of the future. Very few of these features will be a part of the automotive realm in the near future, but some may see use in the next decade, or so.


The driving force behind the Gea is a set of four 142kW electric motors housed in the differentials, resulting in a mighty 570 kW of total output. Italdesign Giugiaro didn’t dive too far into the performance specifications, but it did mention the luxury sedan will top out at 250 km/h.

Though Italdesign Giugiaro didn’t reveal any torque numbers, I would expect this system to be well over 1,000 pound-feet of immediately available twisting force.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Electric
Engines 4 (2 front 2 rear)
Total power 764 HP
Top speed 155 MPH


Tesla Model S P85D

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The only competitor to a production version of this concept would be the Model S P85D. This beast features 691 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 0-to-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. It tops out at 155 mph, and can run a full 253 miles before needing a charge.

Sure, the Tesla’s cabin is nowhere near the Gea’s in terms of tech and luxury, but then again, the Gea is strictly a concept at this point.

The Model S P85D starts out at $105,670.


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While its exterior design is quite boring, especially considering it came from Italdesign Giugiaro, its interior details and drivetrain are awesome. Unfortunately, there is precisely zero chance that this car will ever be produced, but it could inspire future production models. Things like the swiveling front seat and holographic dashboard are all items you can forget about ever making it into a production car, but the rest of the Gea’s features are up for debate.

  • Leave it
    • * Boring exterior design
    • * Some features will never see production
    • * Small company with limited resources

Press Release

For the 85th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show, Italdesign Giugiaro presents the world début of GEA, the future of luxury mobility.
GEA’s vision is based on the “Piloted Driving” technology outlook for the future: technological advancement, which allows cars to drive increasingly autonomously, will call in the future for a new idea of automobile. The conceptual center of gravity shifts ideally from the driver’s seat, around which the car’s architectural and ergonomic philosophy is usually developed, to the passengers in the rear seats. Once the car drives autonomously through city traffic, on the motorway and in all those situations when driving is simply not a pleasure, it allows the occupants to focus on other tasks or interests.

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“In the near future, the real luxury will be time,” comments Wolfgang Egger, Head of Styling Area of Italdesign Giugiaro. “When designing GEA we thought of the businessmen and businesswomen of tomorrow: the time spent travelling will become productive even in a car. With the three internal setting configurations, which can be selected on the control sphere situated between the two front seats, the car can turn into a travelling office, a wellness or a dream area. This is our vision of luxury mobility for the future”.
GEA doesn’t sacrifice sports performance levels, guaranteed by a power train which, thanks to the four electric motors fitted on the differentials, develops 570 kW of power and affords a top speed of 250 km/h.. With its generous proportions – 5.37 meters long, a wheelbase of 3.33 meters, 1.98 m wide and 1.46 meters high – GEA joins the luxury saloon segment.

GEAwas designed, engineered and built at the Italdesign Giugiaro headquarters in Moncalieri.

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The sinuous lines, and dynamic surfaces, the painstaking care for details and the superior quality of the materials used continue the Italian tradition of car design, which pays particular attention to the proper proportions of the car body and to enhancing the value of details: GEA is a stylish saloonwith a sporty twist.
The sporting soul of GEA is emphasized by the taut surfaces and the generous muscular wheel arches, which underscore their majestic dimensions. The materials used for the chassis and body, i.e. aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium, guarantee a weight of just over 2,000 kg.
The technological innovation of the interior is also reflected on the exterior of the passenger compartment, in a continuous flow of information from the inside out. Indeed, the piloted driving technology allows a radical new car concept and affects the styling directly: when GEA is in driverless mode, the side windows are polarized and tinted to match the car body, painted Obsidian Blue, achieved with three coats applied between the fine pearl black and the deep xirallic blue. A slim chrome molding surrounds the glass surfaces, emphasizing the sophisticated and discreet elegance of the car. A second chrome element runs along the perimeter of the car body, enhancing the front bumper, door sills and the rear bumper.
The generous proportions of GEA are balanced by a 3.33 meter wheelbase and by the 26” wheels, which streamline and lighten the car. The wheel rims are in aluminum, milled from a solid block in a pattern with 60 spokes. The different treatment of the surface of each spoke, with diamond finish on the outside and dulled to opaque on the inside, also makes the wheel rims precious elements of extreme stylistic appeal. In the middle, the large red G conceals the single nut that connects the wheels to the hubs.

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“For some years now, light clusters - thanks to new technologies - have shed their sole purpose of serving to become a distinguishing stylistic feature,” continues Wolfgang Egger, “and they are further cause for creative stimulus for us designers. With GEA we went further still: in this case, they become a communication tool between the interior and the exterior. The LEDs change color according to the driving mode selected: white in normal configuration and blue with piloted driving.”

The front and rear lighting system is based on Audi laserlight and LED technology. The red G which has distinguished all Italdesign Giugiaro concept cars since 2007, set in the middle of the rear, is illuminated and contains the camera which serves as both a rear-view mirror and a parking assistant.

In this vision of the luxury mobility of the future, even getting into the car takes on a brand new connotation. Thanks to the book-type doors, to the absence of a B-pillar and to the virtual red carpet projected onto the ground by the LED inserted in the door sill, passengers gain easy access to the inside of the GEA’s lounge.

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The conceptual center of gravity around which GEA has been developed has shifted to the rear seats. This is where the real passenger compartment control center is: a sphere to fit with the LG G-Flex. Indeed, the smartphone has been installed with an app, developed in conjunction with the Korean manufacturer, that makes it possible to interact with all the vehicle functions, from the choice of the three different settings to more typical adjustments (seats, climate control, door opening, infotainment control).

Business mode
When business mode is selected, GEA turns into a genuine travelling office. The LEDs in the door panels project a white light which, according to the principles of chromotherapy, aids concentration and productivity. Two transparent LED screens measuring 19” each come down from the roof opposite the rear seats and the passenger can choose the information to project onto them. The dashboard graphics change and create a single setting to match the background of the two screens.
The front passenger seat can swivel 180° to face opposite the direction of travel, facilitating dialogue among all passengers; alternatively, the seat back can be folded down fully onto the seat to turn it into a practical counter top.

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Wellness mode
The wellness mode, developed in conjunction with Technogym, is ideal during long journeys because it allows the passenger to perform isometric exercises, which are ideal to warm up the muscles. In this case, the LEDs in the panel turn an ambercolor, for a warmer and more relaxing ambiance.
The rear seats feature two aluminumhandles which, on pressing a sensor, come out of the tray to be used for exercises on the upper body. For the lower limbs, the floor has been fitted with two boards, also made by Technogym, which can be raised using the controls for use in step exercises. A tutorial video with the Technogym exercise programs appears on the monitors to guide the user.
There is also a small refrigerator compartment between the two seats which can be used for cold drinks and juices. At the top, a small drawer contains cosmetics and a perfumed pouch for aromatherapy.

Dream mode
Dream mode is dedicated to total relaxation. The LEDs project a relaxing blue light, the windows darken and relaxing pictures of galaxies and starry skies appear on the monitors and on the front dashboard. Two comfortable footrests can be extended out from the seats and the right-hand rear seat can extend fully to form a real bed joining up with the front seat, swiveled to face opposite the direction of travel but with the seat back up, to reproduce the typical environment found when flying first class.

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The setting is split into two separate areas, also in terms of colors: the driver’s area and the passenger area.
Inside, the painstaking care for details, the attention to the materials used and the creation of various atmospheres are key concepts which have led the designers to create a precious and welcoming setting in which to abandon oneself entirely. The neutral colors of the materials used – woven parchment-leather, painted lacquer, smooth opalescent parchment-leather and soft shiny silk – not stained but instead retained in their natural coloring, create a delicate and precious tonsurton effect. The emotional theme of the surfaces is “writeability”, the nabuck leather and the silk carpet afford two-tone tactile effects which simply ooze luxury and wealth.
The door panels are upholstered in parchment-leather and back-lit with an LED system. The material is used on the entire panel but the different finish on the upper - hand-woven according to great Italian manufacturing tradition - and the lower – smooth – section livens up the generous surface. The floor is covered with a silk carpet, also hand-made, which gives the feeling of being inside an exclusive setting. The ceiling light and the speakers are on the other hand made of micro-perforated stainless steel.
A thin pattern of optic fibers runs along the pillars and the side rails, to lighten the perception of the architecture thanks to fine diffused lighting.

The cluster placed opposite the driver is completely digital. A 12” screen displays, using a purpose-designed graphic interface, all the information useful for driving and controlling the vehicle (speed, engine revs, navigation, battery charge level, residual range, etc.) and on either side two 3.5” screens have been fitted vertically, which project the pictures from the side cameras. When maneuvering, the central monitor projects the pictures from the rear camera instead.
The cluster also features six touch controls on either side, three facing the driver and three hidden away from view yet easy to reach even when driving, which are necessary to turn on the lights, to use the direction indicators, the windscreen wipers… Three classic buttons are instead inserted on the underside of the steering wheel to be used to enable or disable the car, to select the speeds and to select the piloted driving function.

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The dashboard has been fitted with a 3-D holographic screen – an evolution of the one presented last year on board the Giugiaro Clipper – which runs along the perimeter of the width projecting pictures and graphics to match the selected setting mode.
In the seat tray, on the right, there is a compartment to house the LG G-Flex smartphone on which the dedicated car apps have been installed. Once connection between the device and the car has been established, the apps are sent to the central cluster monitor whereas only the controls to adjust the seat remain on the phone’s touch screen.
The entire driving system is controlled electronically and it is designed to make the controls totally intuitive. With a view to achieving superior ergonomics, the steering wheel, which has been minimized to almost a control stick here, only turns 2°: the potentiometer inside it assesses the force exerted by the driver on it and acts accordingly on the front wheels: the greater the force, the greater the steering angle. Similarly, the pedal unit comprises two fixed pads: the sensors inside the accelerator and brake detect the pressure exerted and operate accordingly by distributing more or less power and braking power.

The architecture of GEA develops around a platform devised specifically with a new layout capable of incorporating the 375-litre batteries that power the four electric motors, of 142 kW each, housed on the differentials.

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The power train develops 570 kW and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. The recharging system is induction, which is a solution that dispenses with the need for a side flap for the electric socket, thereby guaranteeing continuity in the smooth silhouette of the car body.

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