It’s the first major car event of 2017 and we’re already given a glimpse into the future of the motor industry with some stunning concept cars.
There’s no bigger tease than a concept car. They are show-stopping in their outlandish appearance, rare as the only models of their kind to be made, and limited as you’re not entirely sure if they will ever go into production.
Here’s what the 2017 North American International Auto Show has to offer…
At the front of the concept cars launched at the Detroit Motor Show is the Audi Q8 concept SUV. Dubbed “the crown of the Q range” by Audi board member Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter, it takes the Q7 to a whole new level.
It wouldn’t be a concept car of the future if it wasn’t electric, and this plug-in hybrid is no exception, with 330 kW and 700Nm of torque, with a total range of up to 621 miles.
At 5.02 metres long, the Audi Q8 concept exemplifies its full-size class in every way and makes it a strong contender for other large SUVs such as the Range Rover. Expected to hit production in 2018, this concept model serves as an exciting preview of what to see from the German automaker next year.
What separates this unique model from the 2017 Range Rover is its “luxury lounge for four” as its interior provides sumptuousness spaciousness for four persons and their luggage. Although it slopes and has a coupe-like roofline, the rear-seat passengers still have plenty of head and shoulder room.
The smart interior is coupled with the new “digital design” that focuses systematically on the most vital functions and uses head-up displays to project onto the windshield for the driver’s direct view. Very futuristic.
Yes, it looks like the long-loved Volkswagen Campervan but this concept car is much more than that; it’s the microbus of the new age. This electric MPV gives a renewed look into the future with zero emissions and more features than ever from electric mobility.
Including a fully-automated driving mode (I.D. Pilot) and a new generation of indicators and controls, “the I.D. BUZZ is the next generation MPV” says Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division. He goes on to explain “It is based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) and provides comfort and loads of space for long journeys. Its electric range as per the NEDC is up to 600 kilometres".
You might’ve spotted its little brother, the I.D. unveiled by Volkswagen at the Paris Motor Show back in October which in itself started a revolution as the first Volkswagen concept car that can be driven in fully automated mode. But this is the first MPV which can also go driver-less all from a gentle push on the steering wheel, with a driver’s seat that can rotate to face the passengers in the back. Not to mention the laser scanners, ultrasound sensors, radar sensors, area-view cameras and a front camera scan the surrounding area, with other traffic data being received via the Cloud. You could see all of this as of 2025.
If you can't wait until then, check out Lookers Volkswagen to see the current models on offer.