Consumers flock to auto shows not only to see makes and models of vehicles they plan to buy right now, but also to get a peek at hot concepts automakers trot out to pique their interest. In truth, the car companies often preview design trends to come with concept cars. Gauging public reaction, these concepts may lead to eventual production. Here we take a look at 10 concept cars you’ll be able to own, as well as some that are hitting the show circuit we’d love to see show up in dealer showrooms.
Audi Prologue Avant Concept – Audi is whetting showgoers’ appetites at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with the Prologue Avant concept, shown here as a sketch. According to insiders, the Prologue Avant previews what future sportbacks and Avant wagons from Audi will look like. As the sketch clearly shows, the Prologue Avant concept will feature four doors, plus the addition of a fifth door in the rear. There’ll also be a roof-mounted spoiler added.
While the styling is somewhat similar to the Audi Prologue concept unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Prologue Avant concept may be closer to reality. We’ll just have to wait and see how Audi responds to consumer reaction to its latest concept at various auto shows.
Infiniti QX30 Concept – When the show opens in Geneva in early March, showgoers will get an up-close-and-personal look at what is said to be a thinly-disguised version of the new compact crossover from Infiniti set to join the lineup in 2016. The Infiniti QX30 concept combines the sleek lines of a coupe with the commanding view and rugged looks of a crossover. The QX30 sports 21-inch aluminum wheels, a panoramic sunroof, sculpted roof racks and more. Infiniti has confirmed that a QX30 is headed for the U.S.
Kia Trail’Ster Concept – Taking apparent aim at other rugged off-roaders such as the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and , Kia unveiled its hybrid all-wheel drive “near future” Trail’Ster concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Kia describes the Trail’Ster as the ultimate urban escape vehicle, one that’s designed to go where no has ever gone before. Based on the production Soul, the Trail’Ster features a retractable roof that lowers weight and opens to the sky, integrated roof rack fittings for objects that can’t be hauled inside the vehicle, fog lights and skid plates, and a full 2.5 inches of ground clearance beyond that of the production Soul.
Buick Avenir Concept – First unveiled at the 2015 NAIAS, the Buick Avenir concept is a car that many would like to see come to market. Avenir, which is French for future, apparently showcases the direction Buick wants to go with a flagship sedan. According to remarks by those visiting the show, the car may find some Buick converts should it become a production vehicle.
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept – Its design is a strong hint of the production 2016 , due to be unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show. When the Nissan Sport Sedan concept first appeared at the 2014 Detroit auto show (NAIAS), it was widely believed to foreshadow the upcoming Maxima.
Concept – With not one, but two concepts prior to actually making it to production, the Acura NSX concept, first shown in 2012 and then again in 2013, this is another instance of an automaker successfully taking a concept to reality.
Next-Generation – At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Honda took the opportunity to release a sketch of what is likely the next-generation Honda Ridgeline. Honda confirms it’s working on an all-new version of the Ridgeline pickup and it reportedly will offer a four-door cab configuration as well as a split tailgate. What is apparent from the sketch the Japanese automaker released is that the new Ridgeline looks more like a conventional pickup truck than the quirky truck-crossover we’re used to seeing. Only time will tell.
Spyker B6 Venator Concept – It literally stole the show at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but there’s still no word whether the Spyker B6 Venator concept will make it to the U.S. in the form of a production vehicle. The hand-built supercar would likely find a few takers, especially those with a keen desire to stand out from the crowd.
Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Concept – No doubt Hyundai executives at the 2015 Detroit auto show were grilled with questions about when and if the Korean automaker’s Santa Cruz Crossover concept would make it to production. The hints are there, according to various news sources who spoke with top company honchos, so we’ll have to be on the lookout to see if the macho machine hits the assembly line anytime soon. The idea is to focus on a five-passenger, four-door configuration with an extending bed. As to whether the compact crossover will be built in the U.S., stay tuned.