Top 5 Concept Cars to Watch for in 2014
Auto shows have a highly charged atmosphere, providing the excitement of catching a glimpse into the future. Although some cars seem to be built purely to spark the imagination, others provide a more realistic glimpse of what to expect in the near future from your favourite brands. The following are five concept cars that you can expect to see for sale shortly, combining innovative design with practicality.
Crossovers are big business these days, and Acura is stepping into the ring with its Acura MDX concept car. The MDX crossover will be available in 2014, with roomy seating for seven passengers and improved handling due to a more rigid structure. This concept car will also offer both all-wheel and front-wheel drive for added agility, along with an improved V6 engine to improve efficiency and speed.
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Those looking for a flashy new BMW will soon have even more options with the 4-series concepts. The 3-series coupe is already an impressive work of architecture, but this new 4-series model rides lower to the ground, with a greater length and width than its previous incarnation. This gives it a sleeker, more futuristic look and what will surely be an impressively smooth ride. The new coupe will debut later this year, and appears to be ready for production in the near future though a date has not yet been set.
Another luxury concept car that is close to production is the Lincoln MKC. This elegant compact crossover SUV is a cut above average with plush leather and metallic wood trim. What helps set this new vehicle apart are the technological features. The driver will be able to set the dial to control the ride with a pre-programmed plan, and the transmission can also be controlled with the push of a button. The engine is highly efficient, using Ford’s EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine technology.
Peugeot RCZ R
Peugeot turned plenty of heads with their Onyx concept car last year. This ultra-efficient vehicle of the future is cobbled together from eco-friendly materials like crushed newspapers, felt, and copper. Yet they’ve outdone themselves this year with a new Peugeot car of the future: the RCZ R. This will be the most powerful car they’ve put into production, due to be unveiled next month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Extreme speeds will be achieved with a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine and unique suspension designed for racing. When this concept takes its first spin around the track, everyone will be watching.
Nissan is never one to shy away from a futuristic design, and the Juke’s success showing that consumers are ready for it. The new Resonance concept is fluid, with flashy curves and a low-sitting design that puts the driver close to the pavement for a crossover. The interior of the car feels more like a lounge than a backseat, with wood and white leather contrasting with the high tech displays.